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1941 obituaries Emagene McGibony
Griffin (’ 41 BA), 97, of Monroe; April 12, 2017. Griffin
worked as a medical technologist at Union Memorial
Hospital and at Ellen Fitzgerald Hospital. At UNC, she
belonged to Chi Omega. ◆ Thomas F. Mc Whirter Sr.
(’ 41), 99, of Roswell, Ga.; May 22, 2017. Mc Whirter
retired as senior vice president of Joseph & Feiss
Co., a longtime clothing manufacturer. At UNC, he
belonged to Marching Band.
1942 obituaries Sylvia Shaffer
Bates (’ 42), 96, of Delmar, N. Y.; May 1, 2017.
Bates was active in the Garden Club of Albany,
Junior League of Albany and University Club Bowling
League. ◆ Al R. Burgess (’ 42), 96, of Laurinburg;
May 9, 2017. Burgess was president of Burgess-Corbett Motors. A bomber in the Army Air Forces in
WWII, he was highly decorated. ◆ C. Rush Hamrick
Jr. (’ 42), 95, of Blowing Rock; May 15, 2017.
Hamrick retired as president of Kendall Wholesale
Drug Co. after 40 years. His civic leadership roles
included serving as president of Federal Wholesale
Drug Association and the Greater Shelby Chamber
of Commerce, and he was a member of the board
of the National Wholesale Druggist Association. He
was a W WII Army veteran. At UNC, he belonged to
1943 obituary Thomas Preston
Brown Sr. (’ 43 BA), 94, of Castle Hayne; April 17,
2017. Brown retired after 48 years as a math
professor and dean of students at UNC-Wilmington.
Previously, he taught math and French at New
Hanover High School, was a freight claim agent
for Atlantic Coastline and was a business office
manager for James Walker Memorial Hospital. He
chaired the Hanover Federal Credit Union board
and was president of the Order of Isaac Bear, an
honorary society for UNC- Wilmington faculty.
1944 obituaries Margaret “Peggy”
Pickard Sirvis (’ 44 BA), 93, of Chapel Hill; April
8, 2017. After working as field director for the
Centinela Valley Girl Scout Council, Sirvis continued
her involvement with Girl Scouts as a volunteer
trainer and local troop leader. In 2012, she
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1938 obituary R. Dillard Griffin (’ 38,
’09 BSCOM), 99, of Durham; July 7, 2016. Griffin
owned and managed Roscoe Griffin Shoe Co. He
served in the Air Force in W WII. On the occasion of
his graduation in 2009, the Review asked Griffin how
he became the oldest member of the class of 2009.
“Not many graduates had a job to go to in the summer
of 1938,” he explained. He had a job as manager of
one of the shoe stores that his father owned. Over the
next 70-plus years, he “regretted not having received
my diploma,” he said. “I decided the only person that
could do anything about it was me.” At 91, he enrolled
in a class through the Friday Center for Continuing
Education, completed his assignments and took the
final exam. (He got a B.) He didn’t tell anyone about
going back to school until he knew he had passed
the course. The article, “The 75-Year Journey to a
UNC Degree,” appeared in the July/Aug 2009 Review,
available at alumni.unc.edu/CARarchive.
1939 obituary Rachel Banks McLain
(’ 39 BA, ’ 44 MA), 98, of Matthews; April 5, 2017.
McLain served as child welfare supervisor for the
Florence Crittenton Home and the Mecklenburg
County Department of Social Services. She was
named Social Worker of the Year for Mecklenburg
County. A recipient of the Girl Scout’s Golden Eaglet
Award, she served as executive director of Girl
Scouting in Reidsville and Leaksville. She worked for
the Red Cross in WWII.
1940 obituaries Sophia Spivey Cody
(’ 40 BA, ’ 44 MA), 97, of Winston-Salem; April 14,
2017. Cody was recognized as the first woman to be
licensed as a real estate broker in North Carolina.
She served as president of Goodwill Rehabilitation
Center and, in recognition of her fundraising work,
received the Goodwill Woman of the Year Award in
1959. As a graduate student, she studied the use
of invasive plants as a substitute for fossil fuels.
◆ Edward Kaufman (’ 40 BA), 97, of Long Branch,
N.J.; April 6, 2017. Kaufman retired as president
of S&E Kaufman Associates, manufacturers’
representatives. He served in the Army in W WII.
At UNC, he was manager of the boxing team and
belonged to the Hillel Foundation and Tau Epsilon
Phi. ◆ Elizabeth Wharton Newland (’ 40 ABLS), 98,
of High Point; Feb. 15, 2017. Newland retired from
UNC-Greensboro as head of the Walter Clinton
Jackson Library’s catalog department. At UNC, she
belonged to Beta Phi Mu.
Little remains of the business makeup of East
Franklin Street’s 100 block from the 1970s.
One exception is Sutton’s Drug Store. It
now lacks what most drugstores have — a
prescription counter — but it’s got what few
have anymore: a legendary lunch counter.
“FOLDER 1159: CHAPEL HILL: STREE TS: FRANKLIN S TREET, CIRCA 1970S:
SCAN 1,” IN THE N.C. COUN TY PHO TOGRAPHIC COLLEC TION #P0001, N.C.
COLLEC TION PHO TO ARCHIVES, UNC.