Johnson, president and CEO of the Institute for
Patient- and Family-Centered Care, received the
Dorland Health People Award in 2011, The Stanley
Graven Award in 2008, the Stan and Mavis Graven
Award and the Changemaker Award in 2007, the
1992 Lloyd Bentsen Award for leadership and
Pediatric Nursing’s 1990 Humanitarian Award.
obituaries Patricia Peden Dressler (’ 64
ABEd), 74, of Columbia, S.C.; Dec. 24, 2016.
Dressler was outreach director for South Carolina’s
public broadcasting network. At UNC, she belonged
to Pi Beta Phi. ◆ William Richard Evans (’ 64 MSW),
82, of Fresno, Calif.; Nov. 1, 2016. A social worker,
Evans worked as a hearing officer for the National
Institutes of Health at one point in his career.
◆ John Arlen Hammond (’ 64 BA), 79, of Rocky
Mount; Dec. 25, 2016. Hammond retired as head
of the trust department of People’s Bank & Trust
in Rocky Mount. He maintained leadership roles
with the YMCA, Kiwanis, N.C. Wesleyan College
and Meredith College. ◆ Harold Arthur Hood (’ 64
MEd), 86, of Charlotte; Dec. 22, 2016. Hood was
principal of Matthews Elementary School for 18
years. Previously, he helped develop Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools’ busing plan in response to the
U.S. Supreme Court’s desegregation decision. He
rode in the Stumptown Festival Parade, dressed as a
different character every year, and sang with a string
band. He served in the Army in the Korean War. ◆
Edward Lynn Trout (’ 64 MA), 77, of Tybee Island,
Ga.; Jan. 10, 2017. A historian with the National
Parks Service, Trout worked as a seasonal ranger
and taught at Western Carolina University. He wrote
books on Appalachian heritage and served in the
1965 updates John Carpenter
Converse (’ 65 BA; ’ 68, ’ 69 BSBA) of Raleigh
has received the state’s Order of the Long Leaf
Pine. Converse, the retired president of Belvidere
Investment, serves as vice chair of the Wake County
ABC Board. ◆ Evelyn Pauline Lloyd (’ 65 BSPHR)
of Hillsborough, the owner of Lloyd’s Pharmacy,
celebrated her 25th year of service on the
Hillsborough Board of Commissioners in December.
As a member of the board since 1991, Lloyd has
overseen improvements in the town’s infrastructure,
including building a reservoir and a new police
station, upgrading the water treatment plant and
purchasing fire trucks.
obituaries Marshall Young Cooper Jr. (’ 65
BSBA), 76, of Henderson; Jan. 10, 2017. Cooper
retired as president and CEO of Harriet & Henderson
Yarns. He served on UNC’s Board of Visitors, and he
helped create the Henderson YMCA, among other
civic accomplishments. Vance County’s Chamber
of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year in
1993. He served in the Coast Guard. At UNC, he
belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon. ◆ William Alton
Grubbs Sr. (’ 65 MBA), 75, of Greensboro; Jan. 15,
2017. Grubbs began his career as a CPA with large
companies, then built the accounting program for
Guilford College. He co-authored the definitive CPA
exam textbook on accounting and financial reporting
and retired after 46 years at Guilford, where he
chaired the accounting department. ◆ J. Earle
Harper (’ 65 BSST, ’ 68 MAT), 73, of Carrboro; Nov.
29, 2016. Harper retired as an administrator for the
N.C. Department of Public Instruction in 2002. He
previously taught biology at Chapel Hill High and at
UNC’s School of Education. In 2002, he received
the state’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his 30
years of service to N.C. public schools. ◆ Denis
Omar Hazam (’ 65 MRP), 74, of Philadelphia; Nov.
18, 2016. Hazam worked at the Mental Health
Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where
he and his wife ran a support group for people
with bipolar or depression diagnoses. ◆ Myron
L. Kocher (’ 65 PhD), 95, of Greenville, S.C.; Dec.
31, 2016. Kocher was a professor emeritus of
modern foreign languages at Furman University. As
a Fulbright Scholar, he studied in France. He was
an Army veteran of W WII. He sang in his church
choir and sometimes stepped in as organist or choir
director. ◆ John Thomas Morse (’ 65 MRP), 85, of
St. Paul, Minn.; Nov. 2, 2016. Morse was a longtime
city planner for the state of Minnesota. ◆ Norman
Pressly Owens (’ 65, ’ 66 BA), 73, of Statesville; Dec.
25, 2016. Owens made his career as an insurance
agent. In retirement, he worked as a security guard
at J.C. Penney Distribution Center. ◆ Sterling
Hegnauer Whitener (’ 65 MSW), 95, of Greensboro;
Jan. 28, 2017. Whitener developed the social work
program at Livingstone College in Salisbury and later
became a consultant to retirement communities.
He studied in India as a Fulbright Scholar and
wrote a book, In the Shadow of the Pagoda, about
his experience of growing up in China as the son
of missionary parents. He spent 15 years in Hong
Kong helping to resettle Chinese refugees fleeing the
1966 obituaries John Berenguer
(’ 66 MSW), 81, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Dec. 3, 2016.
An entrepreneur and longtime radio host, Berenguer
started two companies, Spanish Consultation
Center and Language Bank, that offered translation
services in the U.S. and around the world. He and
his wife later started a janitorial company, The
Cleaning Cubans. Berenguer also worked for the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development. ◆
Gladys Sapp Dunston (’ 66 MSW), 75, of Durham;
Nov. 29, 2016. Dunston was a social worker in
New York for 30 years, becoming president of the
Westchester County chapter of the Association
of Black Social Workers. After retiring from the
Greenburgh, N. Y., school district in 2004, she
returned to North Carolina, where she chaired the
board of Durham County Social Services and Bridge
Jubilee Crossing, an organization dedicated to
preserving the legacy of the civil rights movement. ◆
Edward C. O’Connor (’ 66 MSPA), 85, of Burke, Va.;
Nov. 24, 2016. O’Connor entered the Army in 1952
and retired as a decorated major general in 1981.
He was CEO and president of Global Marketing Corp.
from 1986 to 2010, served on numerous boards
and traveled the world as a lecturer. ◆ Thomas
Oakley Peck (’ 66 BA), 72, of Branford, Conn.; Dec
11, 2016. Peck retired as a vice president of Bank
of America. He was an Air Force veteran of the
Vietnam War. ◆ June Killinger Ramsey (’ 66 MAT),
75, of Pensacola, Fla.; Dec. 23, 2016. Ramsey was
a biology professor at Pensacola Junior College for
more than 30 years. ◆ Hunter Wayland “Scookie”
Spruill (’ 66, ’ 68 BSBA), 72, of Windsor; Dec. 28,
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