◆ William Carr Smith (’ 49 BSCOM), 83, of Wilson;
March 1, 2011. Smith retired as president of an
insurance company. He served in the Navy in WWII
and belonged to Phi Gamma Delta and Glee Club at
UNC. ◆ Louis Robert Soscia (’ 44), 89, of Virginia
Beach, Va.; March 3, 2011. Soscia retired as an
executive with Metropolitan Life Insurance. He was
active in his church, where he started Meals on
Wheels. He served in the Army in WWII and received
the Bronze Star. ◆ Mabry Griner Spottswood (’ 45
AB), 87, of Mobile, Ala.; March 27, 2011.
Spottswood was active in her church and the Junior
League of Mobile. ◆ Alfred Arthur Strauss Jr. (’ 43),
91, of Raleigh; March 5, 2011. Strauss retired from
Wake Technical Community College. He served in the
Air Force in WWII. ◆ James Mahan Tanner (’ 48 AB,
’ 54 PhD), 86, of Raleigh; March 25, 2011. Tanner
retired as a psychologist and business consultant in
Birmingham, Ala. In WWII, he served in the Marine
Corps and became provost marshal for Tientsin
(now Tianjin), China. He served in the Army in the
Korean War. ◆ Mason Page Thomas Jr. (’ 49 BSCOM,
’ 51 LLBJO), 82, of Raleigh; Nov. 23, 2010. Thomas
retired from the faculty of the Institute of Government (now part of UNC’s School of Government) as
professor of public law and government and as its
assistant director. Previously, he had been a judge
with Wake County Domestic Relations and Juvenile
Court. He was active in numerous community activities involving children and race relations. At UNC, he
belonged to Glee Club and was on Law Review. ◆
John Daniel Thorp (’ 42 BSCOM), 89, of Vero Beach,
Fla.; Sept. 17, 2010. After 51 years operating manufacturing businesses in Cleveland, Thorp retired as
president of a company that manufactures high-tem-perature plastics. He founded an art program for
inner-city Cleveland children and served in the Navy
in WWII. At UNC, he was president of Zeta Phi and
the Interfraternity Council, belonged to Golden Fleece
and Order of Gimghoul and graduated Phi Beta
Kappa. ◆ William Robert Webb IV (’ 44, ’ 48 AB), 89,
of Friday Harbor, Wash.; Nov. 6, 2010. Webb retired
as headmaster of Dunn School, a college-preparatory
school in California, and he owned Westcott Bay Sea
Farms, a summer camp in Washington. In WWII, he
was a photographer’s mate in the Navy. At UNC, he
belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon, Glee Club and the
Philanthropic Society. ◆ Bruce Alexander Williams Sr.
(’ 49 BSPHR), 87, of Stokesdale; Jan. 1, 2011.
Williams, who retired as a pharmacist in Hendersonville, volunteered with the Interfaith Assistance Ministry in Stokesdale. He was an Army medic in WWII.
At UNC, he belonged to Kappa Psi.
’50s Dr. Charles B. Fulghum Jr. (’ 50 BSMED, ’ 51 CMED, ’ 54 MD) of Atlanta has published Sermons of
a Psychiatrist, an anthology of his sermons as an
Episcopal priest. ◆ Roland P. Perdue III (’ 56 AB) of
Canyon Lake, Texas, has been named interim senior
minister at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. ◆
Robert Morgan Powell (’ 56 BSIR) of Fort Smith, Ark.,
has retired as chairman of USA Truck. Powell has
been a director of the company since 1983, was CEO
from 1988 to 2007 and had been chairman since
2000. ◆ Richard Franklin Taylor (’ 50 BSCOM) of
Lumberton has been elected by the N.C. House to
serve on the UNC System Board of Governors. Taylor,
president of Taylor Insurance Agency Inc., is a past
member of the GAA Board of Directors (2005-08).
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Adventures in Ideas
FALL 2011 SEMINARS
Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Chapel Hill! As the leaves turn you can feel the energy
and excitement on campus. Come recapture that sense of excitement at one of our acclaimed
weekend seminars. Programs begin Sept. 9–10.
Learn from UNC’s renowned faculty and choose from a wide array of stimulating topics.
Interested in the arts? Join us as we learn about the world of opera and then see a performance of Carmen at the NC Opera. Or if theater is more your style, you’ll enjoy exploring the
Freedom Riders of the 60s followed by a production of The Parchman Hour by the
PlayMakers Repertory Company.
But that’s just the beginning … this fall our
seminars include a fascinating look at King Arthur
through the ages, a journey to ancient Greece
and Rome, a discussion of the future of Europe,
and a closer look at Islam and Africa. Perhaps
you’d like to talk about revolutions, or learn more
about water resources. These and other weekend seminars entertain, enrich, and enlighten.
If a weekend doesn’t suit your schedule, check
out our Humanities in Action series at Flyleaf
Books on Wednesday afternoons from 3 – 5:00
p.m. These programs offer the same great faculty
plus an open forum for conversation. Visit our Web site for details. Register early for special
discounts. We look forward to welcoming you this fall!
Register online at www.adventuresinideas.unc.edu or call (919) 962–1544.
Sponsored by the UNC Program in the Humanities and Human Values and the UNC General Alumni
Association. GAA members receive a registration discount. First-time participants also receive a
special discount. Full-time K- 12 teachers, librarians and administrators in public and private schools
and community college faculty in North Carolina receive a 50% discount on tuition for all seminars.