electronic microcircuit industry and bought Murcota
Corp., which sold radio and television components
and electronic equipment. He was an Eagle Scout
and served in the Army.
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1961 obituaries Robert Sutton
Bradsher Jr. (’ 61), 82, of Oxford; Feb. 25, 2017.
Bradsher and his wife operated Mitchell Insurance
Agency in Oxford for 40 years. He served in town
government and for more than 40 years was a
volunteer firefighter. He served in the Army as a
Morse code operator. ◆ Rodney Carroll Hobbs (’ 61
BSBA, ’ 72 MPH), 84, of Bunnlevel; Feb. 5, 2017.
Hobbs, a CPA, retired as deputy chief of maternal
and child health with the N.C. Division of Health and
Human Services. He then drove his dump truck as
an independent hauling contractor. He served in
the Air Force. At UNC, he belonged to Delta Sigma
Pi. ◆ Carolyn Mayo Holloway (’ 61 BSN), 77, of
Raleigh; March 20, 2017. Holloway, an award-winning nurse, was a director at Rex Healthcare
for 12 years and retired as a director of Providence
Alaska Learning Institute. ◆ Hannah Hart Jones (’ 61
BA), 78, of Pittsboro; Feb. 12, 2017. Jones spent
most of her life in Ohio, working as a real estate
agent and volunteering for Planned Parenthood. She
took part in the civil rights movement and gave the
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. a campus tour before
his speech at UNC. She belonged to Campus Y
and Kappa Kappa Gamma. ◆ Rebecca Ann Pope
Roberts (’ 61, ’ 66 BA), 77, of Benson; Feb. 2, 2017.
Roberts was a social worker with the Connecticut
Department of Children & Families. She also owned
two clothing stores.
1962 updates Lynne Clark Englebreth
(’ 62 BA) of Lower Gwynedd, Pa., was honored for
her decade-long stewardship of the St. Thomas’
Barn Project. The project converted an old barn to a
depository for unwanted goods, which were cleaned
up and resold at sales during the summer, building
from an initial donation of $9,000 to St. Thomas
Episcopal Church’s outreach to over $100,000 each
year for the past several years. ◆ Julian McIver
Pleasants (’ 62 MA, ’ 71 PhD) of Davidson has
published Home Front: North Carolina during World
War II. Pleasants, a retired professor and former
director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program
at the University of Florida, argues that WWII was
the most significant event in the history of North
Carolina, transforming the rural state into an urban
and industrialized society.
obituaries William Mercer Boyer (’ 62 MBA),
82, of Melbourne, Fla.; Jan. 27, 2017. Boyer,
an engineer, worked at Cape Canaveral for 34
years and retired from Lockheed Martin/General
Dynamics. He served in the Navy. ◆ Joseph Franklin
“Frank” Gall (’ 62), of Mobile, Ala.; Feb. 23, 2017.
After serving in the Coast Guard, Gall completed
his Navy flight school training and became a
helicopter pilot. He flew search-and-rescue missions
and trained other pilots to fly helicopters. He was
promoted to commander and retired in 1984. ◆ Roy
Andrew Heath Jr. (’ 62), 77, of Hampton, Va.; Jan.
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18, 2017. Heath retired after 31 years with NASA.
A sports enthusiast, he officiated in several high
school and college sports and operated the shot
clock at Christopher Newport University basketball
games for 26 years. At UNC, he belonged to Glee
Club. ◆ Vonceil Brantley Kelly (’ 62 MEd), 89,
of Huntsville, Ala.; March 13, 2017. Kelly taught
science in Columbia, S.C., receiving the state’s Star
Teaching Award in 1970. ◆ Donald Lee Scalf (’ 62
MEd), 82, of Rocky Mount; March 7, 2017. Scalf
taught physical education at N.C. Wesleyan College,
where he organized and coached the cross country,
golf and men’s basketball teams. The college’s
soccer field and basketball court were named for
him. He was named athletics director and retired as
professor emeritus. For 18 years he also managed
the Westridge Swim Club, where he taught hundreds
of children to swim. ◆ Marion Osborne Thornton
(’ 62 MEd), 82, of Charlotte; March 31, 2017.
Thornton taught high school in Charlotte and later
taught Spanish at a community college in Florida.
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1963 update Dr. Sheldon Peck (’ 63
BSDEN, ’ 66 DDS) of Boston has received the Albert
H. Ketcham Memorial Award from the American
Board of Orthodontics. Peck practiced orthodontics
for 50 years before retiring in 2001. He continued to