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deadline for the May/June 2017 issue is Feb. 1.
1936 obituary Bert S. Smith Jr. (’36
BA), 101, of Farmville; Aug. 25, 2016. Smith owned
and managed his family’s farm and worked in his
cousins’ store, R.O. Lang’s & Sons, in Farmville.
Earlier, he was in the hotel business, at Albemarle
Hall in Virginia Beach and at the Miramar Inn in West
Palm Beach, Fla. He began his career in banking
with Suburban Bank in Silver Spring, Md. He was in
the Coast Guard and the Navy in WWII. At UNC, he
belonged to the Philanthropic Society, Campus Y
and Phi Delta Theta.
1939 obituary Albert Hamilton Holt
Sr. (’39 BA, ’47 MA), 99, of Clemson, S.C.; Sept. 21,
2016. Holt taught at Clemson Agricultural College,
which became Clemson University, for more than
35 years, retiring with emeritus status. He was a
professor of Shakespeare, composition and British,
American and African-American literature. An early
civil rights activist, he helped establish the Clemson
Child Development Center, where he volunteered
throughout his life. He was in the Army in W WII.
1940 obituary John Albert McNeill
Sr. (’40 BSPHR), 98, of Whiteville; Sept. 20, 2016.
McNeill owned and operated McNeill Pharmacy, one
of North Carolina’s oldest pharmacies. He was in the
Navy in WWII. At UNC, he was on the wrestling team.
1941 obituary Stanley Bertram
Blum (’41 BSCOM), 97, of Rhinebeck, N. Y.; Aug.
4, 2016. Blum was a sales executive in the shoe
industry for Oomphies Inc. He was also an artist,
poet and author. He spent 13 years as curator of
the Jazz in July art exhibition at the 92nd Street Y in
Manhattan. He was in the Army Air Corps in W WII.
At UNC, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. A profile
of Blum and his wife, June Epstein Blum (’41 BA),
“A Love Affair With Life,” was published in the July/
August 2011 Review, available at alumni.unc.edu/
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1942 obituaries Sara Anne “Billy”
Warren Connelly (’42 BA), 94, of Indian Trail;
Nov. 29, 2015. Connelly worked at Shaw Field
and Langley Air Force Base. Early in her career,
she taught math at the University of Alabama. ◆
Charles Moyer Mendenhall Jr. (’42 BSCOM), 94, of
Greensboro; Sept. 29, 2016. Mendenhall worked as
an industrial engineer. He was in the Navy in WWII.
At UNC, he belonged to Campus Y and Yackety Yack.
◆ Emma Didier McNairy (’42 BA), 95, of New Port
Richey, Fla.; July 31, 2016. McNairy taught French
at Dunedin High School. At UNC, she belonged
to Philanthropic Society and Campus Y. ◆ Julian
Lloyd Smith (’42 BA, ’47 MAEd), 95, of Laurinburg;
Aug. 22, 2016. Smith retired as athletic director
and professor emeritus at St. Andrews University
in Laurinburg. Previously, he was a professor and
basketball coach at Oberlin College in Ohio and
a coach and teacher at Grimsley and Page high
schools in Greensboro. He was in the Navy in W WII.
At UNC, he belonged to the basketball team.
1943 obituaries Bettie Creighton
Hannan (’43 BA, ’52 MA), 95, of East Lansing,
Mich.; Aug. 31, 2016. Hannan worked as a
translator of technical papers to aid researchers at
Michigan State University. At UNC, she belonged
to Gamma Phi Beta and was elected to Phi Beta
Kappa. ◆ Emily Patrick “Pat” Hoffman (’43 BA),
95, of Savannah, Ga.; Aug. 26, 2016. Hoffman was
a professional actress and a drama and speech
teacher. She co-founded and was co-director of the
Actor’s Company of Pennsylvania, which supported
amateur theater projects. She was a docent at
the Andrew Low House in Savannah. At UNC, she
belonged to Carolina Playmakers.
1944 obituaries Lois Phillips Brock
(’44 BA), 93, of Phoenix; July 21, 2016. Brock taught
eighth-grade math for 22 years. She volunteered
for 20 years as a reader for the Arizona Braille and
Talking Book Library. A licensed pilot, she was in the
Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the Army Air Forces, in
WWII and taught flight navigation to Navy pilots. At
UNC, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. ◆ Mary
MacKethan Hayslip (’44 ABJO), 93, of Fayetteville;
Sept. 21, 2016. Hayslip was an active volunteer
in her community, especially at the Fayetteville
Depending on whether the Beat Duke Parade
was held the day before the game or the day
of, this is Friday, Nov. 19, or Saturday, Nov.
20, 1948. (The scores of the games tallied
on the Carolina Wash-It float enabled us to
pinpoint the year.) This game marked the
debut of the Victory Bell, awarded to the
winning team of the Carolina-Duke game every
year since (and in the news last fall for a
temporary decision to have the bell painted in
both schools’ colors). Carolina shut out Duke
20-0 and went all the way to the Sugar Bowl,
where the Heels lost to Oklahoma by 8. The
team finished with a 9-1-1 record.
“SHEE T FILM 02211: BEAT DUKE PARADE, CIRCA 1949,” IN THE UNC PHOTO
LAB COLLEC TION #P0031, N.C. COLLECTION PHO TO ARCHIVES.