RE TROSPEC T: 1950s
the National Institutes of Health after 33 years.
His roles included executive officer of the National
Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development. He received the
DHEW Superior Service Award and the William A.
Jump Meritorious Award. After retiring, he was on
the Bethany Beach town council and chaired the
town planning commission. He was in the Army in
WWII. At UNC, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. ◆
Oliver James Beaman Sr. (’ 49), 93, of Greensboro;
July 12, 2017. Beaman founded Beaman Building
Co., Colonial Corp. and Beaman Realty Co. He
helped establish and was director of the Greensboro
Better Business Bureau. In WWII, he was a fighter
pilot in the Navy. ◆ Emily Ogburn Doak (’ 49 ABJO),
89, of Greeneville, Tenn.; June 11, 2017. Doak
volunteered with the Andrew Johnson Heritage
Association, Tusculum College, the Smithsonian and
the American Cancer Society. She was a lieutenant
in the Marine Corps in the Korean War. At UNC, she
belonged to student government and Delta Delta
Delta. ◆ Harold Edward Roper (’ 49 BSPHR), 96, of
Shady Spring, W.Va.; Nov. 28, 2016. A pharmacist,
Roper retired from CVS Pharmacy at age 73.
Previously, he was pharmacy officer for the Air Force
Hospital in Florida, and he owned and operated a
pharmacy in Sweetwater, Tenn. He was in the Coast
Guard in WWII. ◆ Tobie Oliver Surprenant (’ 49),
96, of Raleigh; July 3, 2017. Surprenant retired as
a cultural affairs officer after 21 years in the U.S.
Foreign Service. Previously, he taught Spanish,
French and English at the high school and university
levels. In his youth, he played semi-professional
football and was a professional boxer, holding
the record for the most consecutive one-round
knockouts. He was in the Army in WWII.
Submit a class note or update your record:
1950 update R. Charles Loudermilk
Sr. (’ 50 BSBA) of Atlanta has received the J. W.
Fanning Award from Leadership Georgia. Loudermilk
is the founder and chair emeritus of Aaron Rents, a
lease, ownership and specialty retailer of furniture,
house appliances and electronics. In 2008,
he was named Atlanta’s Business to Business
Philanthropist of the Year, and Buckhead Triangle
Park was renamed for him. Loudermilk’s work in
historic preservation includes his ownership of The
Buckhead Theatre and his work to preserve its
architecture and historical legacy.
obituaries Ella Hobbs Craig (’ 50 MSSW),
97, of Anchorage, Alaska; June 17, 2017. Craig
retired from Charter North Hospital, where she
created its social work department. Previously, she
was social services director for the U.S. Bureau of
Indian Affairs and worked for Red Cross Disaster
You know University Day had to be a big deal
if you got the band, a choir, a color guard and
three genuine bewigged time travelers.
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