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1936 obituaries William Grenade
Dixon (’ 36 BA), 102, of Trenton; May 5, 2017.
Dixon founded and owned Hickory Color & Chemical
after working in textile sales. He was in the Army
Air Corps in WWII. ◆ Hugh Durwood Maxwell Jr.
(’ 36), 101, of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; July 2, 2017.
Maxwell retired as an Air Force colonel after 28
years in the military, including as a bomber pilot
in WWII. He previously worked for a Kenansville
1937 obituary Dr. Edmund Rhett
Taylor (’ 37 BA, ’ 39 CMED), 101, of Columbia,
S.C.; June 23, 2017. Taylor practiced general and
thoracic surgery and was president of the Columbia
Medical Society, chief of staff at Richland Memorial
Hospital, chief of surgery at Lexington County
Hospital and chief of surgery at State Park Health
Center. He was chair of the S.C. Medical Society’s
Emergency Care Committee and was an Army
trauma surgeon in WWII. At UNC, he belonged to Phi
1940 obituary Dale Monroe Bentz
(’ 40 ABLS), 98, of Iowa City, Iowa; June 25, 2017.
Bentz’s 45-year career as a librarian took him to
UNC, Duke and the University of Tennessee. He
retired as university librarian at the University of
Iowa. Previously, he was the University of Iowa’s
associate director of libraries. He was president of
the Iowa Library Association. In 1989, he received
the Distinguished Alumni Award as a friend of
the University of Iowa, and in 1994, he received
UNC’s School of Information and Library Science
Distinguished Alumni Award. He was in the Army Air
Corps in WWII.
1941 update Joseph Ellis Zaytoun
(’ 41, ’ 43 BA) of Cary has received the state’s Order
of the Long Leaf Pine. Zaytoun is the retired founder
of Zaytoun & Associates, now Strategic Employee
Benefit Services. His son, Stephen Knuckley
Zaytoun (’ 79 BA), now leads the business.
obituaries Elizabeth “Lib” Averill Harkey
(’ 41), 97, of Charlotte; June 6, 2017. Harkey was
a casework supervisor for the Mecklenburg County
Department of Social Services. She was co-chair of
the White House Conference Committee for Child
Welfare, co-founded Planned Parenthood of Greater
Charlotte, chaired the board of Sharon Towers and
Florence Crittenton Services, was president of the
Shepard’s Center of Charlotte and was on the board
of Habitat for Humanity. In 1998, she received
Florence Crittenton Services’ Lucille P. Giles Award,
and in 2014, UNC School of Social Work recognized
her with an award for her lifetime of outstanding
social work, practice and achievement. ◆ Josephine
Austin Oden (’ 41 ABJO), 96, of Hatteras; July 3,
2017. Oden managed the Sea Gull Inn. Previously,
she worked for The Daily Advance in Elizabeth City.
At UNC, she belonged to the Philanthropic Society
and won the Harper Prize, a national writing contest.
1943 obituaries Rupert Watson
Jernigan Jr. (’ 43), 94, of Johnson City, Tenn.; April
10, 2017. Jernigan retired as a lieutenant colonel
after 20 years in the military, first in the Army and
later in the Kentucky National Guard. He served in
WWII and the Korean War. After his military career,
he worked for Columbia Gas & Transmission
System for 29 years. At UNC, he belonged to Alpha
Phi Omega. ◆ Robert Newton Page III (’ 43 BA,
’ 48 LLB), 94, of Aberdeen; June 6, 2017. Page
practiced law in Aberdeen, where he was former
mayor and was regarded as one of the state’s
longest-practicing lawyers. He was in the Army Air
Corps in WWII. At UNC, he belonged to Campus Y
and Kappa Alpha Order. ◆ William Wallace Pearson
(’ 43 BA), 95, of Davis, Calif.; July 18, 2017.
Pearson managed a cotton plantation near Webb,
Miss., and in 1983 won the Cotton Grower Cotton
Achievement Award. He was active in the civil rights
movement and was on the first biracial delegation
to the Democratic Convention in 1968. He was in
the Army Air Forces in WWII. At UNC, he belonged
to Phi Delta Theta. ◆ Dorothy Brooks Solomon (’ 43
BA), 95, of Columbia, S.C.; April 14, 2017. Solomon
belonged to Temple Emanuel and was a pianist.
1944 obituaries Frank Wendell
Saunders (’ 44, ’ 45 BA; ’ 47 MA), 94, of Greenville;
July 13, 2017. Saunders was a math professor
at East Carolina University, serving as director of
graduate studies in mathematics and as acting chair
of the mathematics department. He was on the ECU
Athletics Committee for 25 years. Previously, he was
head of the math department at Coker College. He
was an Eagle Scout and was in the Navy in WWII. At
UNC, he belonged to Kappa Alpha Order and NROTC.
Who remembers Band Day? High school bands
from across the state descended on Kenan
Stadium for a halftime extravaganza under the
direction of UNC band director Herbert W. Fred
’ 61 (PhD). An inspired Carolina beat Georgia
28-7 on Nov. 2, 1963.
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