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boro. He also was a real estate agent. He served
in the Army Air Corps in W WII, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, and was a cadet instructor
during the Korean War. At UNC, he belonged to Phi
Kappa Sigma and the men’s swim team.
Anne Ackerson Duvall (’ 45 AB), 90, of Pensacola,
Fla.; Feb. 27, 2014. At UNC, Duvall belonged to
Pi Beta Phi. ◆ Robert James Walton III (’ 45), 91,
of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; March 26, 2014. Walton
established Wilson Walton International, a company that manufactured marine corrosion-control
products. He served in the Navy in W WII. ◆ Dr.
John E. Weyher Jr. (’ 45 BSMED, ’ 46 CMED), 89, of
Wilmington; March 5, 2014. Weyher practiced urology in Goldsboro for 28 years and was on the staff of
Wayne Memorial Hospital. He served in the Navy. At
UNC, he belonged to Sigma Nu. ◆ Emily Vander-Linden Williams (’ 45 BSLS), 90, of Cary; March 6,
2014. Williams retired in 1992 as a librarian with
the Forsyth County public library system, where
she was head of technical services. Previously, she
worked at libraries in Rocky Mount and Winston-Salem. In W WII, she was a civil service librarian at the
Marine Air Force base in Cherry Point.
Thomas Benjamin Bagnal (’ 46), 87, of Mount Airy;
Feb. 28, 2014. Bagnal retired from Renfro Corp.
as vice president of human resources. An ordained
minister, he was pastor at Presbyterian churches
in Clemmons and Mount Airy, where he also was
a city commissioner, and was interim pastor in
Elkin and Mount Airy in retirement. His book Living
by Faith is a collection of his sermons. He served
in the Navy in W WII. ◆ Katharine Boone “Kitty”
Bridgers (’ 46 ABJO, ’ 49 LLB), 94, of Tarboro; Feb.
20, 2014. Bridgers retired as a court reporter
with the state of North Carolina. At UNC, she was
elected to Phi Beta Kappa. ◆ Nona Markee (’ 46
AB), 88, of Seattle; Jan. 30, 2014. Markee volunteered with the Portland Community College adult
ESL program. ◆ Susan Durham Sessler (’ 46), 89,
of Asheville; March 13, 2014. Early in her career,
Sessler was a secretary in UNC’s admissions office. A lifelong volunteer, she gave time to schools,
Mission Hospital and various civic groups.
Gilbert Sylvester “Dick” Ballance (’ 47 AB;
’ 52, ’ 51 MEd), 94, of Charlotte; Feb. 24, 2014.
During Ballance’s 51-year teaching career, he
taught English and broadcast speech at Garinger
and Central high schools in Charlotte. He also
managed a radio station in Wake Forest. He
published his first book, Leah’s Journey, at age
92. During WWII, he served in the Army Air Corps
in Europe and Africa. ◆ Jacqueline Huskey
Hughes (’ 47), 87, of Shelby; Feb. 19, 2014.
During WWII, Hughes worked on the clerical staff
of the top-secret Manhattan Project to develop
the first atomic bomb. ◆ S. Paul Washburn
(’ 47 BSCOM), 92, of Livermore Falls, Maine;
Nov. 21, 2013. For many years, Washburn was
a bookkeeper and administrative assistant in
the business office of International Paper Co.
During WWII, he served in the Navy.
Mary Lee Donoho Grafe (’ 48 CPHN), 91, of
Orlando, Fla.; Feb. 10, 2014. Grafe retired as
a public health nurse in Dade County, Fla. She
received an Honorary Lifetime Membership from
the Women of the Church Presbytery of Florida in
1982. In WWII, she served as a surgical nurse in
the Navy. ◆ John Locksley Hall (’ 48 BSCOM), 87,
of Charlotte; March 1, 2014. Hall retired after
more than 30 years in sales with Ford Motor Co.
He was a district sales manager in Charlotte,
Dallas, Detroit, the California-Nevada-Los Angeles market and in South Africa. He pioneered
“unveiling events” for new cars and trucks, with
balloons, music, models and celebrities. At UNC,
he belonged to Kappa Alpha Order. ◆ Donald
Edwin Kunze (’ 48 BSCOM), 91, of Carrollton,
Texas; March 3, 2014. Kunze began his career
as a comptroller with several construction companies and then worked as a tax specialist. He
worked his way through college by playing trombone with a big-band ensemble. In WWII and the
Korean War, he served in the Navy. ◆ William
Ririe Manning (’ 48 MPH), 95, of St. George,
Utah; March 10, 2014. Manning worked with
the Utah Department of Public Health and the
American Public Health Association. He served
in the Navy in WWII. ◆ George Fenton Rice (’ 48
MSSW), 92, of Williamsburg, Va.; Feb. 15, 2014.
Rice was executive director of The Planning
Council, a nonprofit specializing in planning and
developing health and social welfare services in
Virginia. He helped establish the Eastern Virginia
Medical School in Norfolk. During WWII, he
served in the Army. ◆ Lovie Beard Shelton (’ 48,
’ 49 CPHN), 87, of Washington; March 29, 2013.
Shelton retired from the Beaufort County Health
Department in 1988 and was the first public
health nurse in Pamlico County. She delivered
babies for more than 50 years, and her midwifery equipment is in the permanent collection of
the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. In WWII,
she served in the Cadet Nurses Corps. ◆ Dr.
Thomas Peirson Stratford (’ 48 AB), 88, of Richmond, Va.; Feb. 17, 2014. Stratford practiced
ophthalmology in Richmond from 1958 until he
retired in 1995. In retirement, he was medical
chairman of Prevent Blindness Mid-Atlantic and
helped develop its children’s eye-screening
program. He served in the Navy in W WII. At UNC,
he belonged to Phi Gamma Delta.
Alice Denham (’ 49 AB) of New York has published a memoir, Secrets of San Miguel. The
book offers tales about the Mexican town known
for both its beauty and its population of artists,
writers, expatriates and locals.
Give Our Newest
Tar Heels a Proper
Carolina Clubs across the
country will host events this
summer in honor of our
newest crop of Carolina
students. Student send-off
receptions are a great way for
new students to meet their
fellow classmates and alumni
while socializing and learning
more about Carolina.
Find out what the club
in your area is doing at