Fletcher Lee Hartsell Jr. (’ 72 JD) of Concord represented UNC at the inauguration of Carol S. Spalding
as president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Hartsell, an N.C. senator and president of Hartsell &
Williams PA, has served on the GAA Board of Directors (2005-08). u Roy Allen Williams (’ 72 ABEd, ’ 73
MAT) of Chapel Hill, UNC men’s basketball head
coach, was the speaker for the induction ceremony
in May at the Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame.
Dr. Robert Harold Hutchins (’ 72 AB, ’ 76 MD), 59, of
Wilmington; June 26, 2009. Hutchins, a physician, had
a private practice in internal medicine. He also was
involved in clinical pharmaceutical research with New
Hanover Medical Research. At UNC, he graduated
Phi Beta Kappa. u Thomas Chambers Morphis Sr.
(’ 72 JD), 61, of Hickory; May 23, 2009. Morphis was
senior litigation partner with Young, Morphis, Bach &
Taylor LLP. He was chairman of his church’s board of
trustees. At UNC, he belonged to Delta Theta Phi.
’ 73 Daniel Wilson Barefoot (’ 73 AB, ’ 76 JD) of Lincolnton has received the 2009 Heritage Award from the Lincoln County
Historical Association and the Lincoln County Historic
Properties Commission. Barefoot is the city attorney
for Lincolnton and the author of travel guides, a trilogy of ghost stories and a biography of Gen. Robert
F. Hoke. u David Wood Miller (’ 73 AB) of Carmel,
Calif., has been elected to the board of directors for
the California Irrigation Institute, an independent
forum on water and irrigation. Miller is a consultant
with GEI Consultants Inc. u Laurence Gilbert Sanford (’ 73 AB) of Durham has been named to the honorary board of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, an organization that provides support to 24
local land trusts and works with direct land protection along the Blue Ridge Parkway. u Melvin Kirby
Westmoreland (’ 73 AB) of Atlanta has been named
president of the Council of Superior Court Judges for
a yearlong term ending in April 2010. Westmoreland
is a Superior Court judge for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit. u Patricia Nickens Willoughby (’ 73 ABEd) of
Raleigh has been reappointed to the N.C. State
Board of Education. Willoughby is the executive director of the Office of the Governor’s N.C. Business
Committee for Education, a member of the National
Association of State Board of Education Study Work-groups and a member of the N.C. Courts Commission. u Lourdes Riera Winters (’ 73 ABEd) of
Statesville has been named the Iredell-Statesville
Teacher of the Year for her work teaching English at
North Iredell High School in Olin.
Inslee Ebissa Grainger (’ 73 PhD), 93, of Roanoke,
Va.; May 16, 2009. Grainger joined the Navy in WWII
and served 20 years in intelligence. After retiring
from the military, he became head of the Romance
language department at High Point College. u Henry
Donald Hamilton (’ 73 BSPHR), 59, of Greenville;
Jan. 2, 2009. Hamilton was a pharmacist with
Pharmerica. At UNC, he belonged to Kappa Psi. u
Joseph Stephen Taylor (’ 73 AB), 58, of Rocky Mount;
April 23, 2009.
’ 74 Garnet Leigh Bass (’ 74 ABJO) of Raleigh as been named director of communica- tions at the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. u James Abernethy Cobb Jr. (’ 74
AB) of Hollywood, Fla., has been elected to the board
of directors of the Broward County Bar Association.
Cobb is an assistant statewide prosecutor specializing in racketeering and organized crime cases. Cobb
recently was appointed chairman of the Florida Bar
Grievance Committee in the 17th Judicial Circuit. u
Robert Anthony Evans (’ 74, ’ 73 AB) of Rocky Mount
has been appointed district attorney in the 7th Prosecutorial District to complete the term of Howard
Southerland Boney Jr. (’ 69 BSBA, ’ 73 JD), who is
retiring. Evans has served on the GAA Board of Directors (2001-04). u Stephen Edgar Hancock (’ 74
BSBA) of Durham received the 2009 Duke Energy
Citizenship and Service Award presented by the
Durham Chamber of Commerce. Hancock, president
and managing shareholder of Thomas, Knight, Trent,
King & Co., has served in leadership roles with the
Salvation Army of Durham, the Durham Merchant
Association Foundation, the Durham Arts Council,
the Carolina Theatre and the Durham Jaycees. u
Constance Anne Renz (’ 74 MSW) of Durham has
received the UNC School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award. Renz is a clinical assistant
professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine. u Sarah
Ruffing Robbins (’ 74 AB, ’ 75 MA) of Fort Worth,
Texas, has been named the Lorraine Sherley Chair in
American Literature at Texas Christian University. u
Dennis Alvin Wicker (’ 74 AB) of Sanford has
received the Distinguished Citizen Award by the
Three Rivers District of Occoneechee Council for the
Boy Scouts of America. A former N.C. lieutenant governor and state representative, Wicker is a partner
and leader of the government relations practice
group at SZD Wicker.
Vicki Adams Bell (’ 74), 59, of Carolina Beach; April
29, 2009. Bell was a nurse at New Hanover Regional
Medical Center in Wilmington. u Jeannie Carol
Hinson (’ 74 BSPHR), 57, of Cleveland, N.C.; April 29,
2009. Hinson was a pharmacist at drug stores in
Salisbury and elsewhere in Rowan County. u
Christopher Hughes Phillips (’ 74), 57, of Raleigh;
April 30, 2009. Phillips was serving as chief of the
advocacy and customer service department of the
N.C. Division of Mental Health at the time of his
death. u M. Rodney Underwood (’ 74 AB), 58, of
Pittsburgh; June 6, 2009. Underwood was in the creative end of advertising, while at the same time playing in blues bands whenever he could. His advertising career began in Raleigh, but he soon moved to
New York and major agencies. Also a documentary
filmmaker, his film Getting to the Bottom of Our
Blues was set to premiere in the summer and fall.
He received the Clio, as well as awards from the
Cannes Film Festival and the Art Directors Club. At
UNC, he was a diver on the men’s swim team. u
Pamela Anne Williamson (’ 74 AB), 55, of
Anchorage, Alaska; June 12, 2009. A lawyer who
wanted to become a script writer, Williamson managed to combine those careers. She worked for several years for a major Washington, D.C., law firm,
then moved to Hollywood to pursue her interest in
script writing. She graduated from the Film Institute
of America in Hollywood. Her activities at UNC were
many: She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was an officer
in the Campus Y and chair of its committee on black
relations, and belonged to Golden Fleece and
Marching and Concert bands. She was a Johnston
’ 75 Deborah Lamberton Hill (’ 75 AB, ’ 87 MSW) of Hillsborough, Thomas Warren Ross Sr. (’ 75 JD) of Davidson and J.
Terry Sanford Jr. (’ 75 AB) of Durham have been
named to the honorary board of the Conservation
Trust for North Carolina, an organization that provides support to 24 local land trusts and works with
direct land protection along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
u Richard Allan Leinwand (’ 75 BSBA) of Elizabethtown represented UNC at the installation of William
Findt as president of Bladen Community College.
Leinwand is president of Leinwand’s clothing store.
u Norman Howard Loewenthal (’ 75 MEd) of Chapel
Hill will appoint the successor to Charles Henry
Adams (’ 58) when Adams steps down as executive
director of the N.C. High School Athletic Association
in February. The NCHSAA was founded as part of
the UNC Extension Division and is under the continuing education program, directed by Loewenthal.
Karyn Eve Dorsett (’ 75 ABEd), 56, of Winston-Salem; May 28, 2009. Dorsett retired from Wachovia
Bank and Trust, where she was a loan review analyst.
’ 76 Lynn Medford (’ 76 ABJO) of Edgewater, Md., has been named co-editor of The Washington Post Style desk, transferring
from metro editor for enterprise. u R. Scott Tobin
(’ 76, ’ 75 AB; ’ 81 JD) of Savannah, Ga., has been
appointed president and general counsel for Health
Discovery Corp., a molecular diagnostics company
specializing in personalized medicine. Tobin also will
serve on the company’s board of directors.
Robert Stanley Carter (’ 76 AB), 57, of Chapel Hill;
April 27, 2009. Carter most recently worked at The
Appliance Center in Durham. He had a long career
with Rolane Outlets and had served as district manager.
’ 77 David Neal Allen (’ 77 AB, ’ 80 JD) of Charlotte has been elected president of the N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys. Allen is a partner and litigator at Parker Poe
Adams & Bernstein LLP and serves as the state bar
councilor for the 26th Judicial District. u Nathaniel
Mowinckel Hyde (’ 77 AB) of Huntersville has been
elected president of the board of trustees of Christ
School in Asheville. Hyde is a managing director with
US Trust of Charlotte. u Robert Redfern McRae Jr.
(’ 77 CGREd) of Kings Mountain has been named one
of nine members on the search committee that will
select the next executive director of the N.C. High
School Athletic Association. McRae is a former president of the association (1997-98) and retired superintendent of Randolph County schools. u Ann
Gretchen Sjoerdsma (’ 77 ABJO, ’ 81 JD) of Kitty
Hawk has won a gold medal for biography in the
2009 Independent Publisher Books Awards. Sjoerdsma also received gold medals in the science
and biography categories in the New Generation
Indie Book Awards and placed as a finalist in the
medical category of the National Indie Excellence
Awards for her book, Starting with Serotonin: How a
High-Rolling Father of Drug Discovery Repeatedly
Beat the Odds.
Randall Dean Holland (’ 77 AB), 54, of Gastonia;