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William Earl Brewer (’ 49, ’ 50 BSCOM), 92, of Pink
Hill; March 15, 2014. Brewer owned and operated
a tobacco warehouse until he retired in 1986. He
also was a part-time accountant and established
Brewer Drug Co. in Pink Hill. For 16 years, he
served on the Lenoir County Board of Commissioners and was on the board of trustees of Lenoir
Memorial Hospital. In W WII, he was in the Army Air
Corps. At UNC, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
◆ Marjorie Riddick Holmes (’ 49 AB), 85, of Sanford; March 15, 2014. Holmes was a Cub Scout
leader and a member of the Pickwick Papers Book
Club. At UNC, she belonged to Chi Omega. ◆ B.
Wade Isaacs (’ 49 BSCOM), 86, of Durham; March
13, 2014. Isaacs retired in 1995 as executive director of the N.C. Automobile Dealers Association.
A lobbyist for 25 years, he was national president
of Automobile Trade Association Executives. He
received the President’s Award from Traffic Safety
Now for helping promote the use of seat belts.
In 1995, he received the Order of the Long Leaf
Pine. At UNC, he belonged to Phi Delta Theta and
the football and wrestling teams. ◆ Claude Dillard
“Goose” Lancaster Jr. (’ 49, ’ 56 BSBA), 90, of New
Bern; March 30, 2014. Lancaster was president
of C.D. Lancaster Insurance Agency and, later,
Lancaster-McAden Agency. His career with the
company lasted more than 30 years. The first
New Bern High School football player to play in the
Shrine Bowl, he was inducted into the New Bern
High School Sports Hall of Fame. He served in
Signal Intelligence Service in W WII. At UNC, he belonged to Sigma Chi and played football. ◆ Virginia
Forward Leonard (’ 49 ABJO), 86, of Jamestown;
Feb. 13, 2014. Leonard taught elementary school
in Guilford County for 18 years and was nominated
SUSAN LYNETTE SPENCER-WENDEL ’ 88 1966-2014
Journalist Approached End of Life With Sense of Adventure
By 2011, Susan Spencer-Wendel ’ 88 knew time was not on her side.
But she was determined to make the
most of it.
Her memoir published last year, Until
I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living With
Joy, chronicled her adventures the year
after she was diagnosed with the mus-cle-wasting disease amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS) — also known as Lou
Spencer-Wendel died June 4 in West
Palm Beach, Fla. She was 47.
Because of the degenerative nature of
the disease, Spencer-Wendel lacked the
strength to write the book on a regular keyboard. So she began typing the
manuscript on an iPad and then, as she
declined, turned to an iPhone, typing
each letter with her right thumb.
has bought the rights
to the book, which
tells of how she left
a job as a criminal
courts reporter and
feature writer for
The Palm Beach Post — writing farewell
articles describing the trips she took with
loved ones to Budapest and the Yukon —
and resolved to do everything she wanted
while she was still able.
With passion and stoicism, she wrote
of her journey to the Yukon territory of
Canada to see the aurora borealis, a trip
in Florida to watch the last launch of the
Space Shuttle and a reconnection with her
birth mother. She took special trips with
each of her two sons, swam with dolphins
and took her 14-year-old daughter to try
on wedding dresses at a bridal shop in
New York, knowing she would not live
to see her married.
“My philosophy is, ‘Do what you delight in — and do it no matter what’ —
so I did,” she told the British newspaper
The Sunday Telegraph. “You can’t fight
nature. Don’t fret about what you can’t
control — it can’t be undone. Death
will be a blessing, I believe that every
day, but I haven’t let that get in my way.
There’s death, but first there’s life.”
— Don Evans ’ 80
ONLINE: The Review published a profile of
Spencer-Wendel, “Living in the Present,” in its
May/June 2013 issue, available at alumni.unc.
three times as Teacher of the Year. At UNC, she
belonged to Alpha Gamma Delta and was special
features editor of The Daily Tar Heel. ◆ Ernest
T. Marshall (’ 49), 88, of Rio Verde, Ariz.; Oct. 7,
2013. Marshall was an advertising and public relations executive with Potts Woodbury Advertising
and with the National Agri-Marketing Association,
where he was the executive director. President
Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Board for
International Food and Agricultural Development.
He served in the Navy in WWII. ◆ Joseph Franklin
Maurice (’ 49 AB), 89, of Hamlet; March 12, 2014.
Maurice was a restaurant entrepreneur and for 21
years managed Richmond Distributing Co. in Hamlet. An Eagle Scout, he served in the Army in W WII.
At UNC, he belonged to Pi Kappa Alpha. ◆ Sallie
Conley Scherrer (’ 49), 90, of Johnson City, Tenn.;
March 15, 2014. Scherrer began her education
career teaching in a one-room school in Kentucky.
She eventually taught in schools in Washington,
D.C., Massachusetts and Maryland and was an
assistant principal and principal. ◆ Francis Jourdan
White (’ 49 AB), 90, of Orlando, Fla.; Feb. 20,
2014. White retired as a vice president with First
Savings & Loan Association in Orlando. He served
in the Army Air Corps in W WII.
Frank Cuthrell Boseman Sr. (’ 50 BSCOM), 88, of
Goldsboro; Jan. 14, 2014. Boseman retired from
the Air Force. He served in the Navy in W WII and
was an Eagle Scout. At UNC, he belonged to Delta Sigma Pi and AFROTC. ◆ Thano Philip Cotsis
(’ 50 BSCH), 90, of Cresskill, N.J.; March 5, 2014.
Cotsis taught early in his career. At UNC, he
was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. ◆ Robert Frank
Ensslin Jr. (’ 50 AB), 86, of Chapel Hill; March 15,
2014. Ensslin retired as a major general in the
Army and founded Ensslin Advertising. He was
president of the National Guard Association and
director of the American Association of Advertising Agencies. During 10 years’ service with the
Florida National Guard, he oversaw the Guard’s
actions relating to the Mariel boatlift, a statewide
trucker strike and several hurricanes. He received
the Florida National Guard Distinguished Service
Medal in 1974 and the American Advertising
Federation Silver Medal in 1971. At UNC, he
belonged to Kappa Sigma and was art editor for
the Yackety Yack. ◆ Theodore James Fussell (’ 50
BSCOM), 86, of Raleigh; March 2, 2014. Fussell
worked for 23 years as a purchasing agent and
inventory manager for Bocock-Stroud Co. in
Winston-Salem. An Eagle Scout, he served in the
Navy and retired after 20 years with the rank of
commander. At UNC, he belonged to St. Anthony
Hall, Golden Fleece, Order of the Old Well and
NROTC. ◆ Myra Mott Bomba Hanni (’ 50 CPHN,
’ 65 BSPHN, ’ 68 MPH), 86, of Avon Park, Fla.;
March 4, 2014. Hanni was a nurse and public
health administrator for the state of Florida. A
past president of the Broward County Health
Planning Association, she received the Florida
Meritorious Service Award for Public Health. ◆
Susan Trumbo Meredith (’ 50 AB), 85, of Norfolk,
Va.; Feb. 15, 2014. Meredith was treasurer of
Meredith Construction Co., a family-owned business, for more than 50 years. She helped start
the Historic Country Inns of Lexington. Along with
volunteering with Norfolk Young Life, she was
a Girl Scout leader and docent at the Norfolk