◆ Betsy Carrington Wall Medford (’ 46, ’ 47 BA),
92, of Lexington; Oct. 14, 2016. Medford ran her
father’s business, Carrington Farms, and co-owned
Carrollton Inc. and Stylecraft Developers. She
volunteered with schools and civic organizations
in Lexington. At UNC, she wrote for The Daily Tar
Heel and joined Alpha Delta Pi. ◆ Leonard Arthur
Meyer (’ 46), 91, of Atlanta; Oct. 8, 2016. Meyer
went into the family business in wholesale wine and
spirits, retiring as executive vice president of Empire
Distributors. He traveled throughout Europe to
import wines and was among the first to distribute
boutique wines from California. In 1984, he received
the Time Magazine Distinguished Wholesaler Award,
sponsored with the Wines & Spirits Wholesalers
Association. In W WII, he was awarded five Battle
Stars and a Victory Medal for his Army Air Forces
service in the Pacific. At UNC, he joined Tau Epsilon
Phi. ◆ Evelyn Cheek Stevenson (’ 46 BA), 93, of
North Wilkesboro; June 16, 2016.
1947 obituaries Stephen Dodson
Bennett (’ 47 BSCH), 93, of Rocky Mount; Oct. 28,
2016. Bennett had a 40-year career as a chemist
and technical superintendent in the textile industry.
He served aboard destroyers in the Pacific in
WWII, participating in the Iwo Jima, Okinawa and
Japanese mainland operations. ◆ Fay Maples
Hutto Black (’ 47 BA), 90, of Birmingham, Ala.; Oct.
15, 2016. Black taught art in a Jackson, Miss.,
public school. She exhibited her paintings after
moving to Birmingham. At UNC, she was a member
of Delta Delta Delta. ◆ Jean Chesson Couch (’ 47
BA), 91, of Rocky Mount; Oct. 11, 2016. Couch
taught in the Rocky Mount school system, retiring
in 1976. ◆ Emily Ridenhour Givens (’ 47 ABJO), 90,
of Taylorsville; June 20, 2016. Givens volunteered
in church work and civic clubs in her community.
At UNC, she joined Alpha Delta Pi. ◆ Michael L.
Hamilton (’ 47), 91, of McMinnville, Ore.; Oct. 28,
2016. Hamilton started an insurance agency and
a real estate business. He was active in many
community groups. In WWII, he served three years
in the Navy, primarily in the Philippines. At UNC,
he belonged to Phi Gamma Delta. ◆ Dr. Barbara
Newborg (’ 47 CMED), 95, of Durham; Oct. 5, 2016.
Newborg retired as an associate professor at Duke
University Medical Center. She co-authored Walter
Kempner and the Rice Diet: Challenging Conventional
Wisdom, about the scientist whose research
became the basis for Duke’s Diet and Fitness
Center weight-loss program. She was Kempner’s
chief medical associate for 40 years. ◆ Claris
Ashley Smith (’ 47 ABJO), 91, of Indian Head, Md.;
Nov. 14, 2016. Smith served in the Army Air Forces
in WWII before coming to UNC, then was a reporter
and editor with The Augusta Chronicle, the Durham
Morning Herald and Charlotte News. Recalled to
active duty in the Korean War, he was an intelligence
officer, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He forged
a second career in public school administration,
keeping his hand in journalism with a column on
politics for the Maryland Independent. ◆ Jean
Griffith Wall (’ 47), 90, of Greensboro; Nov. 4, 2016.
Wall first worked as a chemist for Vick Chemical Co.,
where she advocated for pay equality for women.
She went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees
in child development at UNC-Greensboro, where she
became an undergraduate adviser. In retirement,
she volunteered with Greensboro Urban Ministry
and other civic groups. ◆ Richard Elvin Wardlow
(’ 47 BA, ’ 50 LLB), 93, of Cornelius; Nov. 25, 2016.
Wardlow practiced law in Charlotte for 30 years.
He retired in 1980 as a partner in Wardlow, Knox,
Caudle & Wade. He was a much-decorated W WII
Army combat veteran who took part in the Normandy
landings. At UNC, he made Law Review.
1948 update L. Irvin Graham (’ 48
BSPHR) of Wallace has been inducted into the
Duplin County Hall of Fame. The retired owner
of Graham Drug Co., he has been recognized for
his service to the people of Duplin County as a
pharmacist and a civic leader.
obituaries William Ayden Creech (’ 48 BA),
91, of Raleigh; Oct. 10, 2016. Creech earned his
law degree by taking night classes at Georgetown
University while working as a U.S. Senate staffer by
day. He joined a private practice in his hometown
of Smithfield in 1959. He was elected to the N.C.
House in 1976 and later served in the N.C. Senate.
In 1982, he was appointed to Wake County’s District
Court, and in 1996, he became an emergency
District Court judge, work that took him to nearly
every county in the state. He served in the Navy
in W WII and later in the Foreign Service. At UNC,
he belonged to Phi Gamma Delta. ◆ Anna Black
Hudgins (’ 48, ’ 49 BA), 89, of Norfolk, Va.; Nov. 15,
2016. A teacher early in her career, Hudgins served
as vice president of Norfolk’s Junior League and
on the boards of many civic groups, including the
Portsmouth Children’s Museum. ◆ Oveida “Vee”
Ellis Mayo (’ 48 BA), 88, of Longwood, Fla.; Dec. 22,
2015. Mayo lived in Henderson for much of her life
and tended a much-admired rose garden. At UNC,
she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, belonged to the
Y WCA cabinet and served as secretary for Theta
Psi Epsilon and as chaplain of Alpha Gamma Delta.
◆ Dr. George Thomas Wolff Sr. (’ 48 BA), 91, of
Greensboro; Oct. 29, 2016. A family physician, Wolff
opened his private practice in Greensboro in 1955.
He was chosen as N.C. Family Physician of the Year
in 1985; UNC’s School of Medicine awarded him
its Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1995. He
served in the Navy as a medical corpsman in WWII.
At UNC, he belonged to Sigma Nu.
FACULTY AND STAFF OBITUARIES
Dr. Robert Calvin Brown (’ 59 MD), 83, of Chapel
Hill; Oct. 24, 2016. Brown was an associate professor of pathology in the 1970s. See 1959 Class
Notes. ◆ Franklin Delano Giles (’ 55 BSBA, ’ 65
MEd, ’ 73 EdD), 83, of High Point; Aug. 22, 2016.
From 1958 to 1962, Giles was assistant director
of UNC’s records office. See 1955 Class Notes.
◆ Dr. E. Franklin “Hank” Hart Jr. (’64 BSMED,
’ 67 MD), 73, of Morganton; March 4, 2016.
Hart, an ear, nose and throat specialist, was a
clinical assistant professor at UNC. See 1964
Class Notes. ◆ F. Ross Johnston (’ 57, ’ 61 BA),
81, of Indian Trail; Oct. 10, 2016. Johnston was
a biochemist at UNC Hospitals. See 1957 Class
Notes. ◆ Leroy Kennedy, 64, of Snow Camp;
Oct. 4, 2016. Kennedy worked in UNC’s grounds
department for 20 years. ◆ Richard Ivor Levin
(’ 59 PhD), 86, of Chapel Hill; Nov. 11, 2016.
Levin was the founding director in 1970 of the
Young Executive Institute at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler
Business School. He taught in the business
school for 34 years. See 1959 Class Notes. ◆
David McFarland, 76, of Chapel Hill; Oct. 30,
2016. McFarland was a professor of economics
at UNC for 40 years. A native of DeKalb County,
Miss., he taught at Princeton before joining UNC
in 1964. He served as a lieutenant in the Navy. ◆
Dr. Eugene Orringer, 73, of Chapel Hill; Nov. 10,
2016. Orringer, a hematologist and oncologist,
served for more than 20 years as director of the
UNC School of Medicine MD-PhD program. His
work in hematology advanced the field of sickle
cell disease research. ◆ Dr. Annette Pashayan,
63, of Chapel Hill; Oct. 3, 2016. Pashayan was a
clinical associate professor of anesthesiology at
UNC. She opened a private practice in Greensboro
in 2005 and retired from Gate City Anesthesia in
2012. Pashayan had a lifelong second career as
a singer. For three seasons she performed with
the Robert Shaw Festival Chorale at Carnegie Hall.
She also collaborated with an Israeli composer
to produce a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and
string quartet, Songs From the Edge. ◆ Mary D.
Sheriff, 66, of Chapel Hill; Oct. 19, 2016. Sheriff
was the W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor
of art and former art department chair. She joined
the faculty in 1983 and was editor of the journal
Eighteenth-Century Studies. A recipient of grants
and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation
and the National Endowment for the Humanities,
among other organizations, Sheriff published
widely on the French painters Fragonard and Vigee
Le Brun, lending a feminist perspective to the
study of Rococo art. She often advised the Ack-
land Museum on acquisitions and exhibitions. ◆
Neil James Shipman, 75, of Chapel Hill; Nov. 5,
2016. Shipman retired as clinical associate pro-
fessor in UNC’s School of Education. He previous-
ly taught at the University of Memphis and worked
as a school principal in Maryland. In 1992, he led
the development of national licensing standards
for school leaders. He served on several nonprofit
boards in Chapel Hill and belonged to a men’s
spirituality group at St. Thomas More Catholic
Church. ◆ Dr. Dirk J. Spruyt, 91, of Chapel Hill;
Nov. 16, 2016. After spending six years in rural
Ethiopia, where he and a medical team provided
primary health care from a mobile tent, Spruyt
joined what is now UNC’s Gillings School of Global
Public Health in 1967. He worked for the N.C.
Department of Health and Human Services, in
the facility services division that oversees nursing
homes and home health care, from 1982 until
retirement. During his WWII Navy service, he took
part in surveying the nuclear bomb destruction
in Tokyo and Nagasaki. ◆ Steven Bennett Wing
(’ 84, ’ 83 PhD), 64, of Pittsboro; Nov. 9, 2016.
Wing was an associate professor of epidemiology
at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.
See 1984 Class Notes.