92 July/August 2014
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Mary Kemp Allen (’ 33 ABLS), 102, of Matthews;
Feb. 5, 2014. Allen owned and operated an
office-supply and gift shop in Myrtle Beach, S.C.,
before retiring to Charlotte.
Martha Dabney Jones (’ 35 MA), 104, of Charlottesville, Va.; Feb. 15, 2014. Jones retired in
1972 as headmistress at Stuart Hall in Staunton,
Va., and taught English at St. Mary’s Junior
College in Raleigh, where she also was dean of
students. Her community activities included work
with Literacy Volunteers of America, the Mental
Health Association and Meals on Wheels. In
WWII, she served in the Women’s Auxiliary Army
Corps. At UNC, she belonged to Pi Beta Phi.
Mary-Betty French-Pearson (’ 39), 96, of Woodland, Calif.; Jan. 11, 2014. French-Pearson’s
volunteer activities included PTA, Stephen Ministers, Adult Day Health Care and the Woodland
William George “Bunk” Anderson (’ 40 AB), 96, of
Charlotte; March 14, 2014. A cotton broker and
classer, Anderson was a buyer for Smyre Mills in
Gastonia for 26 years. He served in the Navy in
WWII in a submarine-hunter patrol off the East
Coast of the U.S. At UNC, he belonged to Zeta Psi
and the baseball team. ◆ James Carl Hambright
Jr. (’ 40), 94, of Rock Hill, S.C.; March 14, 2014.
Hambright owned and operated Hambright & Co.,
a wholesale lumber merchant. He served on the
board of directors and the executive committee
of the North American Wholesale Lumber Associ-
ation. Active in Boy Scouts for 50 years, he held
the Palmetto and Silver Beaver awards, He was
a high school basketball and football official as
well as a college football official. He served in the
Army Air Corps in WWII. At UNC, he belonged to
Kappa Sigma and student government.
Mary Gail Menius Bentz (’ 41 AB), 93, of Iowa
City, Iowa; Feb. 1, 2014. Bentz taught in public
and private schools in North Carolina before
moving to Iowa City, where she exhibited her
artwork. She also taught a watercolor class. ◆
Joseph Malphus Jenrette Jr. (’ 41 BSCOM), 94, of
Mount Pleasant, S.C.; March 15, 2014. Jenrette
retired from Jenrette Transport Co., which he had
formed with his father, and developed commercial properties. An avid runner, he competed in
races across the Southeast into his 70s. He
volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, managing
its thrift shop. He served in the Navy in WWII. At
UNC, he belonged to Sigma Chi, where he served
as president. ◆ Dr. Russell Edward Herring Jr.
(’ 41), 94, of Crozet, Va.; Feb. 23, 2014. Herring
retired as a radiologist in 1985 after working in
Martinsville, Va., and Hendersonville. When he
started out as a physician, he served western
Albemarle County. A Civil War buff, he counted
meeting historian and author Douglas Southall
Freeman as a highlight. In WWII, he was an
Waiters at UNC’s Commons Hall, sometime
between 1890 and 1920. The photographer
captured this shot on a glass-plate negative
— a method that sparked a do-it-yourself photography revolution in 1851. With glass-plate
negatives, a would-be shutterbug had only to
follow the 10 simple steps listed in 1864’s
The Silver Sunbeam: A Practical and Theoretical Textbook of Photography:
1. Prepare the glass plate.
2. Coat the prepared plate with collodion.
3. Sensitize the plate.
4. Expose the plate in the camera.
5. Develop the picture.
6. Fix the image.
7. Dry the plate.
8. Remove any particles which may have
settled on the plate.
9. Cover the plate with the “purest and most
transparent crystal varnish, precisely in the
same manner as the plate was covered
10. Apply black velvet or paper to the back of
the plate to form a dark background.
Glass-plate negatives were commonly used
until the invention of celluloid film in 1903.
GLASS NEGATIVE 0290: WAITERS AT COMMONS HALL, CIRCA
1890S–1920S, IN THE COLLIER COBB PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION
#P0013, NORTH CAROLINA COLLECTION PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVES, UNC.
ADDI TIONAL INFORMA TION FROM “THE PRESERVA TION OF GLASS PLATE
NEGA TIVES” B Y GRE TA BAHNEMANN, WEBJUNC TION.ORG.