and the founder of the firm’s land use group. He
teaches land use law at the University of Connecticut
School of Law and the Vermont Law School.
obituary Jeanette Smith Letterman (’ 74 BA),
64, of Raleigh; April 14, 2017. Letterman was a CPA.
1975 update Marybell Avery (’ 75 BA,
’ 76 MAT, ’ 83 PhD) of Lincoln, Neb., represented
UNC at the inauguration of Ronnie D. Green as
chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in
April. Avery is a retired curriculum specialist with the
Lincoln public schools.
obituaries Ellis Turner Alexander (’ 75 BA),
64, of Norcross, Ga.; May 7, 2107. Alexander retired
from RR Donnelly. Previously, he held several senior
management positions in the printing industry and
worked for 11 years with Pilot Freight Carriers and
Youngblood Trucking. In 2016, he was elected to
the Rowan County Sports Hall of Fame. At UNC, he
was on the football team, belonged to Phi Gamma
Delta and was a Morehead Scholar. ◆ Jill Miller
Allison (’ 75 BSPHR), 64, of Boiling Springs; April 25,
2017. Allison retired after 33 years as a pharmacist
with Eckerd Drugs and Hardin’s Drug. ◆ Mary P.
Andrews (’ 75 BA), 63, of Wilmington; April 22, 2017.
Andrews’ civic contributions included volunteering
in the New Hanover County school system and
serving on the board of She Rocks, an organization
that supports women with ovarian cancer. ◆ Lois
Johnson Filley (’ 75 MEd), 91, of Hillsborough; May
2, 2017. Filley retired as counselor and director of
testing at the UNC Guidance and Testing Center
after 20 years. ◆ Stephanie Skeeler Friesenhahn
(’ 75 MSRA), 65, of Garden Ridge, Texas; May 8,
2017. Friesenhahn retired from the McNay Art
Museum as a development officer after a career
in nonprofit work. ◆ Susana Hernandez-Kurtulus
(’ 75, ’ 74 MSLS), 67, of Richmond, Va.; April 7, 2017.
Hernandez-Kurtulus served as a medical librarian for
the McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center
for more than 30 years. She was active in the
Greater Richmond Association of University Women,
fostering the higher education of girls and women
for more than 20 years. ◆ Keith Monroe Oliver (’ 75
BA), 63, of Sparta; March 25, 2017. Oliver was an
optometrist in private practice. ◆ Douglas Dwight
Sharp (’ 75, ’ 74 MA), 71, of East Lansing, Mich.;
April 29, 2017. Sharp was a science teacher in the
Detroit public school system.
1976 obituary Mitchell Jules Reep
(’ 76 BA), 63, of Salem, Ore.; April 4, 2017. Reep
taught science at a middle school in Delano, Calif.,
and philosophy at the Delano campus of Bakersfield
College. He received the college’s first Instructor of
the Year Award. Throughout his varied career, he
also practiced law and was a community organizer.
He began his teaching career as a philosophy
lecturer at Chicago State University. At UNC, he was
elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
1977 updates David Steele Aldridge
(’ 77 BSBA) of Atlanta has been elected to the
board of directors of the CDC Foundation. For two
years, Aldridge has served as an adviser to the
foundation’s finance committee, which he now
chairs. He is the former CFO and executive vice
president for Superior Essex, a global wire and
cable manufacturing company. ◆ Jamie Susan
Jacobson (’ 77 ABJO) of Greenville and Catherine
Carter Morris (’ 77 ABEd, ’ 78 MA) of Fuquay-Varina
have been appointed to the UNC Board of Visitors.
Jacobson is a vice president and copywriter with
Adams & Longino Advertising. Morris is the director
of automotive sales and a group leader at ATI
Industrial Automation, a developer of products for
robotics and automation. ◆ Sallie M. Shuping-Russell (’ 77 BA) of Chapel Hill has been appointed
to the N.C. State Banking Commission. Shuping-Russell, a senior adviser in the private equity
partners group at BlackRock, served two terms
on the UNC Board of Trustees and is vice chair of
RETROSPEC T: 1979
Then as now, a good group of friends makes the long walk from Hinton James dorm seem a bit shorter.