(’ 41 BSCH), 89, of Fort
Collins, Colo.; June 24,
2009. Billica retired
from DuPont Corp. as
director of chemical
fibers surface research.
He pioneered the use
of scanning electron
microscopes in industry; his first microscope
is in the Smithsonian
Institution. His name is
on the patent for Dacron, the first polyester fiber
produced. Active in Boy Scouts, he was an Eagle
Scout, received the Silver Beaver Award and was
one of the few recipients of the Silver Antelope
Award. He was president emeritus of the N.C.
Botanical Garden. In WWII, he served in the Navy
and there developed protective clothing for gas
warfare. At UNC, he was graduated Phi Beta
Kappa and belonged to Phi Kappa Sigma and
the business staff of Yackety Yack.
University of Illinois library. u Oscar Merle Boyette
(’ 49 BSCOM), 81, of Charlotte; June 29, 2009.
Boyette retired as vice president and controller of
Louis G. Ratcliffe Inc., a floral business. He served in
the Army. At UNC, he belonged to Delta Sigma Pi. u
Robert Norton Burleigh (’ 44 BSCOM), 88, of
Alpharetta, Ga.; July 8, 2009. Burleigh retired from
General Electric after 35 years. Active at UNC, he
belonged to Golden Fleece, Order of the Grail, Phi
Delta Theta and Delta Sigma Pi. He was senior class
president. u Charles Herbert Cargal (’ 47), 84, of
Birmingham, Ala.; Aug. 1, 2009. Cargal retired as a
purchasing agent for a paper and metal company. He
was in the Navy officers’ training program. u W.
Horace Carter (’ 43, ’ 49 ABJO), 88, of Tabor City;
Sept. 16, 2009. Carter, a longtime journalist and prolific writer, founded The Tabor City Tribune, which
won the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service
Grainger Raymond Barrett (’ 70 AB, ’ 74 JD), 59, of
Fayetteville; July 29, 2009. Barrett taught in the
Institute of Government. Details, ’ 70 Class Notes. u
David Evan Bowman, 56, of Pittsboro; July 22, 2009.
Bowman was a computer programmer at UNC. u
Frances Simmons “Scottie” Byerly (’ 51 MSPH, ’ 62
PhD), 87, of Lewistown, Mont.; June 2, 2009. Byerly
was an administrative assistant and taught in the
School of Public Health. Details, ’50s Class Notes.
u Nora F. Cline, 96, of Carnegie, Pa.; July 11, 2009.
Cline retired as professor emerita of the School of
Public Health in the ’70s. u Augusta Stanley
Dingeldein (’ 66 BSMTC), 64, of Texarkana, Texas;
July 19, 2009. Dingeldein worked at UNC Memorial
Hospital. Details, ’ 66 Class Notes. u Amos Henry
Hawley, 98, of Chapel Hill; Aug. 31, 2009. Hawley
was Kenan professor emeritus at UNC, retiring in
1976. His book, Human Ecology, is considered of
major international importance in sociology. It focused
on ways that populations use technology and social
systems to leverage environmental resources. He
was a leader in population studies and sociology
and was recognized by his peers, who elected him
president of the Population Association of America
and of the American Sociological Association. He
taught at the University of Michigan for 25 years,
in 1953 for articles and editorials about the Ku Klux
Klan. An Eagle Scout, he interrupted his schooling to
serve in the Navy in WWII. At UNC, he belonged to
Golden Fleece and Kappa Alpha Order and was the
desk editor for The Tar Heel. Story, page 68. u
Harold Elmer Cheshire (’ 41 MSPH), 94, of Torrance,
Calif.; Jan. 20, 2009. Cheshire spent much of his
career as a sanitary engineer, but his final position
was as developer, owner and operator of a travel
trailer park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In the Army in
WWII, he served in the Sanitary Corps. u Roy E.
Clark (’ 40, ’ 53 BSBA), 91, of Newport News, Va.; July
13, 2009. Clark spent most of his adult life in
Newport News, Va., first working in the shipyard. He
established and then managed the housing office at
Langley Air Force Base until he retired. In WWII, he
was a radio operator in the Merchant Marines. He
was a past president of the alumni club in the
Virginia-Norfolk/Tidewater area. At UNC, he belonged
to the Philanthropic Society, student government and
the men’s tennis team. He had relocated to Cary
recently. u Paul L. Clodfelter Jr. (’ 40, ’ 42 BSCOM),
90, of Richmond, Va.; Jan. 29, 2009. Clodfelter
worked in the tax department of Seaboard Air Line
Railroad. He was in the Navy in WWII and, later, the
Navy Reserve. At UNC, he belonged to Zeta Psi. u
John Collier Cobb (’ 49 BSCOM), 81, of Goldsboro;
July 4, 2009. At the time of his death, Cobb was
president of Cobb Distributing Co. For years, he was
president of Cobb Motor Co. He had extensive community involvement, including with the United Fund
and the Goldsboro Art Center, and served as redevelopment commissioner. An artist, his work was exhibited at the N.C. Museum of Art, as well as other
museums. He was an Eagle Scout. In WWII, he
served in the Navy. In the Korean War, he served in
the Air Force. At UNC, he belonged to Phi Gamma
Delta. u William Battle Cobb Jr. (’ 49 BSGEO), 81, of
Virginia Beach, Va.; Aug. 2, 2009. Cobb was a career
shipboard officer in the Navy, serving in the Korean
and Vietnam wars. In retirement, he managed a gun
and tackle shop in Norfolk. At UNC, he belonged to
then joined the UNC faculty in 1966. He was inducted
into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. u
Jack Temple Kirby, 70, of St. Augustine, Fla.; Aug. 6,
2009. Kirby was editor of a series, Studies in Rural
Cultures, at UNC Press. He was professor emeritus
of history at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He
wrote or edited seven books about the South. At the
time of his death, he was president of the Southern
Historical Association. u William Julian Koch (’ 45,
’ 47 AB; ’ 50 MA; ’ 56 PhD), 85, of Glendale, Ariz.;
July 17, 2009. Not only did Koch earn three degrees
at UNC, he taught in the botany department for nearly
40 years. Details, ’40s Class Notes. u Bobbie Jean
Lesane, 40, of Durham; July 5, 2009. Lesane was
training coordinator of Housekeeping Services at UNC.
In addition, she was an Employee Forum delegate.
u Rosalie McNeill Massengale (’ 39 MA, ’ 55 BSLS),
92, of Chapel Hill; June 18, 2009. Massengale was
a librarian at UNC. Details, ’30s Class Notes. u
Elizabeth Anne McMahan, 85, of Chapel Hill; Aug.
17, 2009. McMahan joined the faculty of the biology
department at UNC in 1961. She traveled the world
in her termite research, and two insect species are
named for her. In 1987, she retired and joined the
Peace Corps to teach zoology at Jamaica’s College
of Agriculture. She moved to Chapel Hill in 1989. An
Phi Gamma Delta and NROTC. u Dr. Worth B.
Daniels Jr. (’ 44), 84, of Baltimore; July 9, 2009. An
internist, Daniels retired from private practice after
more than 30 years. He also was a physician for a
nursing home and a medical director of a hospital
hospice. Daniels served in the Army at hospitals in
the U.S. and Germany. In addition to belonging to
medical associations, he was board chairman of The
News & Observer in Raleigh, which his family owned.
At UNC, he belonged to Sigma Alpha Epsilon. u
Penelope Soufas Englisis (’ 46 AB), 84, of Brooklyn,
N. Y.; April 11, 2009. u Frederick James “Fred”
Flagler Jr. (’ 47), 83, of Winston-Salem; Aug. 25,
2009. Flagler was the retired managing editor of the
Winston-Salem Journal. He was in that position in
1971 when the paper won a Pulitzer Prize for Public
Service for its coverage of environmental problems,
including a successful campaign to block a strip-min-ing operation in northwest North Carolina. Before
joining the Journal in 1955 as a reporter and assistant city editor, he worked for the Statesville Record,
High Point Enterprise and Furniture South magazine.
He was inducted into the N.C. Journalism Hall of
Fame in 2005. At UNC, he was editor of the Yackety
Yack and managing editor of The Daily Tar Heel, as
belonged to Chi Phi and was on the track team.
Donovan (’ 43
AB), 88, of Austin,
Texas; July 16,
retired as senior
vice president and
of the M. W.
Kellogg Co. He
served in the
Army Air Corps in
WWII. At UNC, he
endowment in her name was
established at the N.C. State
University Library to buy entomological literature. u
Fredric William Moses, 65,
of Hartford, Conn.; July 8,
2009. Moses was a music
teacher at UNC and the N.C. School of the Arts. At
the time of his death, he was professor of voice
with the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. A
baritone, he performed as a soloist with major
orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. u H. Bently
Renwick (’ 66 MEd), 74, of Concord; Sept. 2, 2009.
Renwick was an administrator at UNC, as well as at
other North Carolina universities. Details, ’ 66 Class
Notes. u Flonnie Mae Clark Sparrow, 91, of
Durham; June 28, 2009. Sparrow retired from the
Office of Records and Registration. She also had
worked at the mills in Carrboro and at Eubanks
Drugstore on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. u Mary
Russell Thomas (’ 62 MSLS), 92, of Chapel Hill; Aug.
29, 2009. Thomas was a medical librarian at UNC.
Details, ’ 62 Class Notes. u James Allen Wight Sr.
(’ 63 MSW), 80, of Cary; July 25, 2009. Wight taught
social work policy at the School of Social Work.
Details, ’ 63 Class Notes.