18, 2012. Britt was vice chancellor for development
at UNC-Charlotte for 14 years. He retired in 2001 as
senior professor emeritus of education and supervision. He served in the Army during the Korean War.
◆ Ralph Meredith Potter (’ 59 AB, ’ 61 LLBJD), 75,
of Fayetteville; June 2, 2012. Potter was president
of Paris & Potter Enterprises and built a network of
more than 50 franchise restaurants across the
Carolinas. He also worked as a trial lawyer for the
N.C. Attorney General’s Office and was an assistant
district attorney in both Raleigh and Fayetteville. He
established the Ira Douglas Potter Memorial and
Ralph M. Potter Scholarship Funds at UNC and was
past president of the board of trustees of Fayetteville
Academy and the ARC of Cumberland County. At UNC,
he belonged to Chi Phi. ◆ Elizabeth Gregory “Libby”
Preston (’ 59, ’ 57 AB), 74, of Charlotte; June 21, 2012.
Preston was a librarian in public schools and at her
church. She volunteered at Thompson Children’s
Home, Winghaven and St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen. At
UNC, she belonged to Pi Beta Phi. ◆ Emily Louise
Stafford (’ 59 BSBA), 74, of Pittsboro; June 10,
2012. One of the first female CPAs in North
Carolina, Stafford was tax manager in the Raleigh
offices of Peat Marwick and of Coopers & Lybrand.
Later, she was president and controller of Prestige
Travel in Raleigh. ◆ Charles Walter Thomas III (’ 59
BSIR), ’ 74, of Simcoe, Ontario, Canada; Aug. 7,
2011. Thomas retired as president of Simcoe Leaf
Tobacco Co. At UNC, he belonged to Pi Kappa Alpha.
W. Ronald McCarter (’ 59
ABEd, ’ 65 MEd), 75, of
Graham; July 13, 2012.
A career educator,
McCarter retired in 1999
as president of Alamance
Community College. He
was former president of
Southeastern Community College in Whiteville
and dean of New River Community College in
’ 60 ■ obituaries Dennis Leon “Bob” Gregg (’ 60), 75, of
Annapolis, Md.; July 6, 2012. Gregg founded Gregg
Construction, a commercial interior construction firm,
and was the company’s president. ◆ Douglas Neal
Kelly (’ 60 BSMAT), 74, of Greenville, S.C.; July 14,
2012. Kelly owned Greenville Jet Sales after retiring
as senior vice president at Smith Barney Investments,
where he was a stockbroker. He served on the
board of trustees of Limestone College and was
past chairman of the Greenville Downtown Airport
Commission. During the Vietnam War, he served in
the Air Force, receiving three Distinguished Flying
Crosses. At UNC, he belonged to Pi Kappa Phi and
AFROTC and was a Morehead (now Morehead-Cain)
Scholar. ◆ J. Taylor McMillan (’ 60 AB), 74, of
Raleigh; June 18, 2012. During 30 years as a state
employee, McMillan worked in the UNC Institute of
Government, the Administrative Office of the Courts
and the N.C. Department of Labor, where he retired
as chief deputy commissioner. He established the
Frank Porter Graham Lecture Series at UNC. Elected
to Phi Beta Kappa at UNC, he was debate team
president and belonged to Order of the Old Well. He
won the Willie A. Mangum Award for public speaking
at UNC in 1959. ◆ Jerry Leath “Jake” Mills (’ 60 AB),
74, of Washington, N.C.; July 22, 2012. For 31 years
Mills taught English Renaissance literature at UNC
and was Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished
professor. He received the Tanner Award for Under-
graduate Teaching in 1978 and was an internationally
known scholar of Edmund Spenser and Sir Walter
Raleigh. He retired from UNC in 1996 but continued
to teach at East Carolina University and at Colby-
Sawyer College in New London, N.H. His essay
“Equine Gothic: the Dead Mule as Generic Signifier
in Southern Literature” was considered a classic and
was featured in The New York Times. At UNC, he was
elected to Phi Beta Kappa. ◆ Lloyd Lester Woolley
Jr. (’ 60), 86, of Winter Park, Fla.; June 10, 2012.
Woolley retired as vice president of Southeast Bank.
He also played piano and performed with celebrities
and local musicians. He served in the Navy.
’ 61 Frederick Otto Mueller (’ 61 ABEd, ’ 64 MEd, ’ 70 PhD) of Chapel Hill received the Award of Merit from the National
Federation of State High School Associations.
Mueller, a retired professor emeritus of exercise and
sport science, is director of the National Center for
Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at UNC.
William Herbert Ashendorf (’ 61 BSBA, ’ 64 LLBJD),
72, of Charlotte; July 29, 2012. Ashendorf was a
lawyer, entrepreneur and former owner of Southern
Watch Supply Co. In later years, he opened a Sports
Fantasy franchise in Charlotte and helped found the
Myers Park High School Alumni Association. He
served in the Army Judge Advocate General Corps.
At UNC, he belonged to Hillel Foundation and Tau
Epsilon Phi. ◆ Gertrude Johnson Chewning (’ 61
MEd), 84, of Chapel Hill; July 3, 2012. For more
than 25 years, Chewning taught English at three
Durham County high schools. In 2011, former students established the Gertrude Chewning Scholarship Award at Jordan High. ◆ Arthur Elliott “Bud”
Cockrell (’ 61 BSBA, ’ 69 JD), 72, of Belhaven; July 3,
2012. A lawyer, Cockrell was town attorney for Belhaven and Plymouth and was on the board of directors of Washington County Hospital. ◆ James
Franklin Gentry (’ 61 BSIR), 78, of Gastonia; Feb. 4,
2012. Gentry was president of Professional Management Association. During a career in industrial relations and personnel management, he worked for
Champion International and Belmont Heritage Corp.
He served as president of Associated Industries, a
nonprofit clearinghouse for information on labor laws
and human relations activities. ◆ Philip Augustus
Lee (’ 61 MA, ’ 67 PhD), 76, of St. Paul, Minn.; Feb.
21, 2012. Lee retired as associate professor emeritus of French at Macalester College in St. Paul. ◆
Billy Jarrett Link (’ 61 MSW), 81, of North Myrtle
Beach, S.C.; June 27, 2012. Link worked at several
state mental hospitals, including the John Umstead
Hospital in Butner and the Salisbury VA Hospital,
and was a psychiatric social worker at Broughton
Hospital when he retired. He and his wife were
named Drexel’s Citizens of the Year in 1974. He
served in the Air Force during the Korean War. ◆
Gerald Michael Sher (’ 61), 72, of New York; April
29, 2012. Sher served in the Army during the
Korean War. He belonged to Pi Lambda Phi at UNC.
◆ Richard Milton Singleton (’ 61 AB, ’ 64 MA), 76, of
Rincon, Ga.; June 9, 2012. Singleton worked for
Lockheed-Martin and the California school system.
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