Atlanta represented UNC at the investiture of Mark P.
Becker as president of Georgia State University in
October. Stephenson is the retired executive director
of the Georgia Amateur Athletics Foundation.
Thomas Iden Benton (’ 68 AB, ’ 71 JD), 63, of
Roanoke Rapids; Dec. 24, 2009. Benton was a trial
lawyer, practicing in Wilmington and Roanoke
Rapids. He served as chair of the Halifax County
Republican Party. At UNC, he was active in student
government and the N.C. student legislature. u
Jonathan Rogers “Josh” Carlisle (’ 68, ’ 69 AB), 62,
of Lewisville; Aug. 18, 2009. Carlisle worked with
major advertising firms, such as J. Walter Thompson
and Young & Rubican, as a writer, producer and cre-
ative director. He received more than 200 advertising
and marketing awards of excellence, including seven
Clios and an Emmy. In recent years, he was an
instructor in the GED program and a program for at-
risk youth at Davidson County Community College in
Lexington. u Dianne Seymour “Dee” Forgy (’ 68
BSN), 63, of Morganton; Dec. 5, 2009. Forgy retired
as a nurse at a health-care center. She was a regis-
tered nurse at Grace Hospital intensive care unit for
many years. u Ida Jenkins Gadsden (’ 68 PhD), 93,
of Savannah, Ga.; Nov. 26, 2009. Gadsden retired as
a professor at Armstrong State College. Earlier, she
worked in health education. She chaired the
Savannah Airport Commission for many years. u Dr.
M. Theodore Strickland (’ 68 AB, ’ 76 DDS), 63, of
Rocky Mount; Nov. 23, 2009. Strickland was a pri-
vate practice dentist for many years. He was presi-
dent of Rocky Mount Kiwanis and of the local dental
society. He served in the Navy on a destroyer and
later as a dental officer. At UNC, he belonged to
Alpha Phi Omega. u Harold Dean Triplett (’ 68 AB),
64, of Hampstead; Dec. 14, 2009. Triplett was tax
assessor for Pender County and, previously, for
Watauga County. u Kathleen Johnson Zaccagnini
(’ 68 ABEd, ’ 69 MAT), 63, of Murrells Inlet; Dec. 14,
2009. Zaccagnini retired as a professor at Gallaudet
University in Washington, D.C. At UNC, she belonged
to Kappa Delta and Valkyries.
Please join us at the General Alumni Association’s
Annual Alumni Luncheon
Saturday, May 8, 2010
George Watts Hill Alumni Center
12: 15 – 2: 30 p.m.
2010 GAA Distinguished Service Medal Recipients:
Barbara Rosser Hyde ’ 83
Brenda W. Kirby
Karol V. Mason ’ 79
Roy A. Williams ’ 72, ’ 73 (MAT)
with a performance by the UNC Clef Hangers
’ 69 Samuel Ogburn Southern (’ 69 JD) of Raleigh has been reappointed to the N.C. Battleship Commission. Southern is
a senior partner in Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP. u
Dr. Stephen Adams Yokeley (’ 69 BSDEN, ’ 72 DDS)
of Mount Airy has been elected city commissioner.
Yokeley, who retired from dentistry in 2005, is president of the Surry County Board of Realtors, past
president of the UNC School of Dentistry Alumni
Association and representative from dentistry on the
GAA Board of Directors (1988-89).
Martha Small Burnette (’ 69 BSPT), 62, of Wilson;
Nov. 30, 2009. Burnette retired as a physical therapist. Earlier in her career, she served on the hospital
physical therapy staff at UNC’s medical school. u
Reba Steele Carriker (’ 69 MA), 71, of Concord; Dec.
12, 2009. Carriker taught high school Spanish, then
became a school librarian. She was a member of the
Charlotte Opera Guild. u Margaret McKernan
Geffken (’ 69 MSRA), 89, of Whiting, N.J.; Nov. 15,
2009. Geffken retired as New Jersey state director
for the federal ACTION program and was coordinator
of the Older American Programs for the state. Earlier
in her career, as director of the Staten Island Senior
Center, she helped create Project SERVE, a retired
and senior volunteer program. u Donald Wayne
“Woody” Woodall (’ 69 AB), 62, of Roselle, Ill.; Oct.
28, 2009. Woodall retired as director of financial
operations for The Washington Post. The Advertising
Media Credit Executives Association named him
Credit Executive of the Year in 1994.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call
the General Alumni Association at (919) 962–1208.
General Alumni Association
’ 70 John Leslie Atkins III (’ 70 MRP) of Research Triangle Park has been elected chair of the board of the N.C.
Railroad Co. Atkins is chair and CEO of O’Brien/
Atkins. u Holly Elissa Bruno (’ 70 MAT) of Sterling,
Mass., was the keynote speaker on educational
leadership and emotional intelligence at the annual
conference for headmasters and lead teachers of
Iceland’s preschools in Reykjavik. In December,
Bruno presented a full-day conference, Inspired, Optimistic and Realistic: Leading on Purpose, for the Arizona Department of Education. u James Edward
Delany (’ 70 AB, ’ 73 JD) of Hinsdale, Ill., represented
UNC at the inauguration of Morton Schapiro as president of Northwestern University in October. Delany,
commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, served on
the GAA Board of Directors (2005-08). u Dr. H.
Shelton Earp III (’ 70 MD; ’ 72, ’ 71 MS) of Chapel Hill
has received the 2010 UNC Faculty Service Award
from the GAA in recognition of his role in the growth
and development of the Lineberger Comprehensive
Cancer Center, and in shepherding the opening in
2009 of the N.C. Cancer Hospital, among his other
service on campus. Earp has been director of the
Lineberger center since 1997 and holds a professorship in pharmacology at the UNC School of Medicine.