earning a place on Allstate’s Wall of Fame.
1959 update David Walter Myers (’ 59)
of Austin, Texas, has received the 2016 Governor’s
Trophy for his contributions as director of Texas
service programs for persons who are deaf or hard
of hearing. Myers, now retired, was one of the first
deaf students to attend UNC.
obituaries William Daughety Amis (’ 59
PhD), 91, of Atlanta; Jan. 18, 2017. Amis retired as
professor emeritus of sociology at Georgia State
in 1988. He co-founded Atlanta’s Science Fiction
& Mystery Bookshop in 1983. He served in the
Army. ◆ Dianne Simon Avery (’ 59 ABEd), 79, of
Wilmington; Dec. 15, 2016. Avery taught high school
and middle school for 19 years. She retired as
the community relations director for New Hanover
County schools. She served on the boards of many
nonprofits, among them the Cameron Art Museum
and the N.C. Aquarium Society. At UNC, she was
elected to Phi Beta Kappa. ◆ Nancy Harrill Barrett
(’ 59 BA), 83, of Salisbury; Jan. 11, 2017. Barrett
taught Spanish at Georgia Southern College in
Statesboro, Ga. A Fulbright Scholar, she began her
career teaching languages in Bolivia for the State
Department. ◆ Randolph Constantine Jr. (’ 59, ’ 60
BSMAT; ’ 63 MA), 78, of Bayfield, Colo.; Sept. 24,
2016. Constantine taught college math and worked
in Houston’s aerospace industry, writing software
for the space shuttle program. He also won national
high-power rifle competitions and wrote a book on
the subject. He was vicar of Trinity Anglican Church,
in Pagosa Springs, Colo., from 2007 to 2012. He
served in the Army Signal Corps. ◆ David Allan Floyd
Sr. (’ 59 BA), 79, of Nashville, Tenn.; Dec. 13, 2016.
Floyd worked as a licensed real estate broker for 41
years. He co-founded Silverpointe Properties, retiring
in 2010 as its principal broker. He served in the
Marines. At UNC, he was a pitcher on the baseball
team, belonged to NROTC and Phi Delta Theta
and was a Morehead Scholar. ◆ William Henry
McCullough (’ 59 JD), 82, of Raleigh; Jan. 22, 2017.
After a 50-year legal career, McCullough retired as a
senior partner with Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein
in 1990. He held many leadership positions with
his church, Holy Trinity Lutheran, including chair of
its annual talent show. He served in the Army. At
UNC, he was on the Law Review board of editors. ◆
Bennett W.C. Roberts (’ 59 BSBA), 79, of Durham;
Dec. 17, 2016. Roberts was the community relations
coordinator for the American Tobacco Co. His duties
included hiring staff and editing the company’s
newsletter. As a founding board member of the
Duke Homestead State Historic Site, he scoured
the region for tobacco-related artifacts to add to
its museum, and he donated the core of its library
on the history of tobacco production. An amateur
historian of all things Carolina, Roberts co-authored
two books on tobacco history: Bull Durham Business
Bonanza and Amazing Leaders of the Durham Branch.
At UNC, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
◆ Fred Jones “Sonny” Swearingen Jr. (’ 59 BA),
78, of Colonial Heights, Va.; Jan. 2, 2017. Drafted
by the NFL’s New York Giants, Swearingen chose
instead to join his father in the real estate business.
Swearingen Realty Co. built many of the custom
homes and subdivisions in Virginia’s Tri-City area. At
UNC, he was on the football team and a member of
1960 obituaries Betty West Groce
(’ 60), 78, of Hendersonville; Dec. 17, 2016. Early
in her career, Groce supervised youth activities at
Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation Department.
She taught Sunday school at First Baptist Church
for half a century. ◆ Rebecca Morris Hennigan
(’ 60 BA), 78, of Troy, Ala.; Dec. 8, 2016. Hennigan
was a guidance counselor at Charles Henderson
High School in Troy for 31 years. ◆ Donald Richard
Johnston (’ 60 MSPH), 83, of Raleigh; Jan. 16,
2017. Johnston conducted environmental health
research at the Research Triangle Institute and also
worked for the U.S. Public Health Service and N.C.
State University. He published a pamphlet about
Union Gen. E.B. Tyler, his great-great-grandfather.
He served in the Army. ◆ Judith Jones Southerland
(’ 60 BSN; ’ 75, ’ 74 MSN), 79, of Straits; Dec. 9,
2016. Southerland retired as director of standards
management at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh.
◆ Charles E. “Ernie” Summey Sr. (’ 60), 78, of
Gastonia, Dec. 13, 2016. Summey was a corporate
credit manager for two appliance-supply companies
and a coffee manufacturer. He served as treasurer
of his Presbyterian church for 17 years. At UNC, he
belonged to Pi Kappa Phi and was lead trombonist
in Marching Band.
1961 obituaries Zarelda “Zee”
Walston Fambrough (’ 61), 76, of Cockeysville,
Md.; Aug. 1, 2016. Fambrough chaired the science
department at St. Paul’s School for Girls from 1978
to 1995 and was president of a women’s chorus.
◆ Dr. John “Jack” Calhoun Graham Jr. (’ 61 MD),
81, of Kitty Hawk; Jan. 15, 2017. Graham opened
the first radiology office on the Outer Banks. An
avid fisherman, he was appointed in 1974 by then-Gov. Jim Holshouser to the N.C. Marine Fisheries
Commission, where he tried to balance the interests
of sportsmen and commercial fishermen. He served
in the Army. At UNC, he belonged to Phi Chi. ◆
William DeLay Lamm (’ 61, ’ 62 BA; ’ 69 BSPHR),
78, of Mount Airy; Dec. 22, 2016. Lamm was a
pharmacist, first in his father’s drugstore and later at
Mayberry, Wally’s and Gate pharmacies. He served
in the Navy in the Vietnam War. At UNC, he served
in student government and joined St. Anthony Hall.
◆ George Sampson Taylor Jr. (’ 61 MEd), 92, of
Charlotte; Jan. 16, 2017. Taylor began as a coach
and math teacher and became a superintendent
of public schools in Greene, Polk and Robeson
counties. He served in the Air Force. ◆ Ranjit Tirtha
(’ 61 PhD), 89, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Jan. 26, 2017.
A noted scholar of Sanskrit, Tirtha retired after
teaching at Eastern Michigan University for 21 years.
He wrote several books.
1962 obituaries Mary Alice “Willie”
Willwerth Blevins (’ 62 BSN), 76, of Palm Harbor,
Fla.; Jan. 19, 2017. Blevins taught nursing at
Western Piedmont Community College and served
a term as mayor of Drexel, N.C. She retired as
director of nursing at Mease Countryside Hospital
in Dunedin, Fla. She raised emus and operated a
farm and garden store. At UNC, she belonged to
Kappa Delta. ◆ Mary Ann Carothers Boykin (’ 62),
79, of McKinney Texas; Oct. 2, 2016. Boykin taught
art at the University of Houston at Clear Lake from
1980 until she retired in 2005. Early in her career,
(’ 62 MA), 82, of Blacksburg, Va.; Dec. 2, 2016.
Spencer taught math at Virginia Polytech Institute for
35 years. He served in the Army. A bridge player, he
earned the rank of life master.
1963 obituaries James R. Degener
(’ 63 MSW), 82, of Hamilton, Ohio; Dec. 29, 2016.
Degener had been a social worker with Hamilton
County and regional hospitals. He served on the
board of his church’s youth group program. ◆
Herschel Jerome Frey (’ 63 PhD), 80, of Encinitas,
Calif.; Sept. 12, 2016. Frey was professor emeritus
of Spanish linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh.
One of his hobbies was breeding exotic birds, among
them Gouldian finches, native to northern Australia
and New Guinea. He was proficient in Czech, a
language he first learned from his grandmother.
◆ Hal Lee McAdams Jr. (’ 63, ’ 65 BA), 75, of
Greensboro; Dec. 8, 2016. McAdams enjoyed a
long career in sales and marketing with a number
of regional furniture companies. He served as an
Army medic in Vietnam. At UNC, he was a member
of Sigma Nu. ◆ Myron Perry “Mickey” Simmons
(’ 63 BA), 75, of Cochranville, Pa.; Jan. 23, 2017.
Simmons was a lawyer, businessman and rancher.
He attended UNC as a Morehead Scholar. ◆ Faye
Cone Swofford (’ 63 BSMT, ’ 63 CMT), 75, of North
Myrtle Beach, S.C.; May 1, 2016. ◆ Dr. James Alvin
Yount (’ 63 BSMED, ’ 66 MD), 75, of Charlotte; Dec.
28, 2016. Yount practiced internal medicine and
cardiology with the Mecklenburg Medical Group
for more than 40 years. He served in the Army and
reached the rank of major. At UNC, he was elected to
Phi Beta Kappa.
1964 updates Michael Clitus
Blackwell Sr. (’ 64, ’ 65 ABJO) of Thomasville has
published a guide to personal satisfaction, Above
the Clouds: 9 Essentials for Thriving at the Peak. In
the book, Blackwell, president and CEO of Baptist
Children’s Homes of North Carolina, blends practical
advice with humor and theological insight. ◆ Dr.
Terry Donald Golden (’ 64 BA, ’68 MD) of Atlanta
has retired after 42 years of practicing internal
medicine and diabetes care at Piedmont Hospital. ◆
Beverley Haynes Johnson (’ 64 BSN) of Bethesda,
Md., has received the Edward R. Loveland Memorial
Award from the American College of Physicians.