William Merritt (’ 79 BA) of Charlotte has been
sworn in as president of the N.C. State Bar. Merritt
is vice chancellor and general counsel for UNC.
marriage Stephen Knuckley Zaytoun (’ 79
BSBA) and Lisa Ann Macko of Raleigh.
obituaries Johnnie Edward Burke (’ 79
CGREd), 86, of Raleigh; Oct. 26, 2016. Burke began
as a teacher and basketball coach; he became
principal of several high schools and middle schools
in the Franklin and New Hanover counties school
systems. He served on the board of Haven House
Services, a Wake County nonprofit that helps at-risk
youth and families. He served in the Army in the
Korean War. ◆ Etta Lee Matthews (’ 79 ABJO), 59,
of Raleigh, Oct. 22, 2016. Matthews was editor of
the Fuquay-Varina Independent and later worked
as assistant communications director at Wake
Tech Community College. At UNC, she belonged to
Kappa Tau Alpha and was a staff writer for The Daily
Tar Heel. ◆ Eunice Louise Wheeler (’ 79 PhD), 71,
of Chapel Hill; Oct. 15, 2016. Early in her career,
Wheeler was a social worker.
1980 update Ann Martinelli Livermore
(’ 80 BA) of Woodside, Calif., has joined the board
of directors of Qualcomm. Livermore retired as
executive vice president of enterprise business of
Hewlett-Packard in 2011 after a career of nearly 30
years with the company.
obituary Neil Bryan Harley Henis (’ 80 PhD),
62, of Cedar Park, Texas; July 21, 2016. Henis was
in the semiconductor industry, working for Motorola
in Austin, Texas, for most of his career.
1981 update Kalen Vaughan Johnson
(’ 81 BA) of Apex has published her debut historical
novel, Robbing the Pillars, the first in her Empire
Barons series. The novel tells the story of Gold Rush
California’s “legislature of a thousand drinks” and
two men, one a fugitive from Scotland seeking a
new life in California and the other a San Francisco
judge tied to a Chinese Tong.
obituary Karen Jill “Kim” McGaughey (’ 81
BA; ’ 89, ’ 88 MSPH), 58, of Richmond, Va.; Nov. 10,
2016. A fellow in the inaugural class of the Annie E.
Casey Foundation’s Children and Family Fellowship
Program, McGaughey co-created the Virginia
Comprehensive Services Act and the Casey Fellows
Network. She worked for six Virginia governors to
help improve life outcomes for children and families.
1982 update Dr. Joseph Patrick
Hatem (’ 82 MD, ’ 92 MPH) of Southport has been
named emergency department medical director at
Dosher Memorial Hospital. Hatem joined Dosher in
1990 as an emergency services physician.
1983 updates Caroline Beasley (’ 83
BSBA) of Naples, Fla., has been appointed CEO of
Beasley Broadcasting Group. Since 1994, Beasley
has served as vice president, chief financial officer,
treasurer and secretary. Beasley Broadcasting owns
or operates 52 radio stations, more than 40 percent
in the nation’s top 50 markets. ◆ Barbara Rosser
Hyde (’ 83 BA) of Memphis, Tenn., has received the
William Richardson Davie Award from UNC. While
working in the development office at UNC, Hyde
launched the first Parents Fund and established
the Morehead Alumni Fund. She is co-chair of the
steering committee for the UNC campaign set to
launch in fall 2017. She served on the UNC Board of
Trustees (2005–13). ◆ Teresa Artis Neal (’ 83 BA)
of Cary has received the William Richardson Davie
Award from UNC. Neal is a media lawyer who serves
as legal and strategic counsel to Trans World Radio,
an international distributor of inspirational and
educational content. She served on the GAA Board
of Directors (2008–11). ◆ Jill Ridky-Blackburn (’ 83
MEd, ’85 PhD) of Chapel Hill has published Historic
Coker Hills: A Botanist’s Neighborhood in Chapel Hill.
The book, available at the Chapel Hill Historical
Society, tells the natural and cultural history of that
area of Chapel Hill.
obituaries Karen Parker Allen (’ 83 BSBA),
55, of Stedman; Oct. 6, 2016. At UNC, Allen
belonged to Phi Mu. ◆ John Herbert “Jack” Keene
(’ 80 MPH, ’ 83 DRPH), 78, of Midlothian, Va.;
Oct. 22, 2016. Keene, president of Biohaztec
Associates, was an authority on hospital medical
microbiology, infection control and biosafety. He
began his career at Abbott Laboratories.