IKE FRANKLIN ANDREWS ’ 50 (’ 52 LLBJD) 1925–2010
Legislator Helped Create UNC System, Advocated for Elderly and Disabled
Ike Franklin Andrews ’ 50, who as a state legislator helped create the current
UNC System, died May 10. He was 84.
money and got to London
to see the British prime minister flash his
famous two-finger V for victory sign.
Andrews, who also earned a law degree
from UNC in 1952, served in the U.S.
Congress as well, representing the 4th
Congressional District, made up primarily
of Orange and Chatham counties.
After the war, Andrews began his
studies at UNC. He married in his soph-
omore year, and Alice was born a year
later. To help make ends meet, Andrews
sold eggs he bought from Chatham
Born in the small town of Bonlee in
Chatham County, Andrews, a Democrat,
practiced law in Siler City and Pittsboro
and served as solicitor before being elected
to the N.C. Senate in 1959, followed by
four terms in the N.C. House. He served
six terms in the U.S. House, beginning in
County farmers to fraternities, restaurants
and groceries in Chapel Hill and
Carrboro. He estimated he sold a million
eggs while a student, Joyce said.
He joined the governing board of
what was then the three-campus
1973, before returning to private law practice. Throughout his political career, he
supported education and was an advocate
for older Americans and those with disabilities. A daughter, Alice Joyce ’ 71, said that
in his years in Washington, he took great pride
in the service he provided constituents.
Consolidated UNC in 1959. It was a
bulky 100-member panel, but he was
elected and re-elected to its executive
committee, which handled most of the
board’s business. In 1971, Andrews was
on the board as it became the UNC System
While recovering from injuries sustained in the Battle of the Bulge in
World War II, Ike Andrews ’ 50 left a Scottish hospital to go to London to
see his hero, Winston Churchill, declare victory.
Andrews enlisted in the Army in WWII the
day he turned 18, Joyce said. A field artillery
forward observer, he was wounded in the
Battle of the Bulge and honored with the
Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. While he was
recovering from his injuries in a hospital in
Scotland, the war ended. His daughter said he
was determined to see his hero Winston
Churchill declare victory, so he borrowed some
Board of Governors, and as the system eventu-
ally expanded to 16 institutions of higher edu-
cation and one specialized high school, the
N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.
— Sally Walters
F. Gloyd “Skip” Awalt Jr. (’ 44 AB), 88, of Chapel Hill;
April 13, 2010. A lawyer, Awalt retired from IBM as
legal counsel and director of management development and finance. He served on the advisory council
for the Institute of Outdoor Drama and received a
service award for his work with the Roanoke
Historical Association and The Lost Colony
production. He was in the Navy in WWII, receiving the
Purple Heart. As an alumnus, he served on the
Board of Visitors. As a student, he was in UNC’s first
NROTC class and belonged to St. Anthony Hall. u
Wiley Perry Ballard Jr. (’ 44), 87, of Atlanta; March
30, 2010. Ballard was president of a real estate
company. In WWII, he was a glider pilot in the Army
Air Corps. At UNC, he belonged to Phi Delta Theta. u
Thomas Girard Banks (’ 46), 85, of Spring, Texas;
April 8, 2010. Banks retired from the staff and facul-
ty of the Army War College. A colonel, he was a
career Army officer, serving in WWII and the Korean
and Vietnam wars. Among his numerous awards, he
received three Bronze Stars, three Air Medals, the
Army Expert Rifle Badge and the Senior Parachutist
Badge. He belonged to a number of military organizations, including the Military Officers Association of
America. u Dan Taylor Barker (’ 49 BSCOM), 88, of
Fayetteville; April 6, 2010. Barker retired as a partner
in an accounting firm. He served on the boards of
the Cumberland Community Foundation and the
Cape Fear Valley Hospital, among others. He served
in the Army in WWII and the Korean War. In WWII, he
experienced 130 days of continuous combat and
received the Bronze Star and Oak Leaf Cluster. In the
Korean War, he earned the Silver Star. He belonged
to Delta Sigma Pi at UNC. u Alice Constantine
Bonduris (’ 47 MA), 85, of Pikesville, Md.; April 4,
2010. Bonduris was a technical writer who taught
high school English and French early in her career.
With her husband, she established Alicia Limited, a
perfume company. u Edwin Ranier Brenegar Jr.
(’ 49 BSCOM), 85, of Winston-Salem; April 21, 2010.
Brenegar retired as vice president of human
resources with McLean Trucking Co. He served on
numerous civic boards, including the citizens advisory council for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
schools and Second Harvest Food Bank, which he
served as chair. In WWII, he was in the Army Air
Corps as a crew member on the B- 29 Flying Fortress.
At UNC, he belonged to Kappa Sigma. u Leonard
Edgar Brown (’ 48), 85, of Elkton, Md.; March 2,
2010. Brown retired as an adjuster and investigator
for a railroad company. In WWII, he was in the Navy.
At UNC, he belonged to Alpha Tau Omega. u Robert
Poplin Burcham (’ 47), 87, of Columbia, Md.; March
4, 2010. Burcham retired from Washington Gas Light
Co. as director of financial analysis and research. He
also was key to developing and managing the company pension fund. He served in the Navy in WWII. u
Stuart Gordon Cahn (’ 43 BSCOM), 87, of Denver;
Jan. 27, 2010. Cahn was an American Furniture executive. He served in the Navy on amphibious duty during WWII. He was president of the congregation at
his temple. At UNC, he belonged to Phi Alpha, Beta
Gamma Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa. u Dr. E.
Catherine “Kitty” Cline (’ 45 CMED), 88, of
Newburyport, Mass.; April 4, 2010. Cline retired from
private practice as an obstetrician and gynecologist
in Southbridge, Mass. She practiced medicine in
Canada in WWII, caring for veterans. u Joseph
Anthony Cospito (’ 49 AB), 81, of Marlton, N.J.; Feb.
25, 2010. Cospito retired as an elementary school
principal for the Gloucester, N.J., board of education.
Elmore Sr. (’ 41 AB, ’ 47
LLBJD), 89, of Asheville;
Dec. 12, 2009. Elmore,
an Asheville lawyer,
served in the N.C. leg-
islature while a UNC
law student. In WWII,
he was in the Army Air
Forces as an ordnance
expert and as defense
counsel in courts-mar-
tial cases. He complet-
ed his law degree after finishing his military
service. At UNC, he belonged to Chi Phi.