Class Notes 


Leo Corbin is president of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. Sarah C. Sears joined Physicians East Greenville OB/GYN as a certified nurse midwife. Samuel Wood works in finance at Pepsico.


Krista Eason, instructional technology facilitator and principal intern at Harrisburg Elementary School, Concord, was promoted to an assistant principal at the school. Sky Bass Taylor wed Kenneth Neil Moore Jr. on July 2 at Airlie Gardens, Wilmington. The wedding party included Meg Kristofak '14, Lauren Alexis Levings '14 and Caroline Wilkerson.


Lindsay Ann Gold '12 '15 wed Jeffrey Michael Oatis on June 4 at The Yacht Club at Marina Shores, Virginia Beach, Va. The wedding party included Melanie Bonney, Katie Calvert '14, Allyson Garner '13, Stephanie Haughey '12, Matt Liverman '11 and Joey Valesko. In Greenville, she works as an applications developer, and he is a property manager. Jonna Kurr- Murphy '12 '16 is department chair and seventh-grade language arts teacher at Eppes Middle School, Greenville.


Danielle Morris Abeyounis wed Samuel Thomas Rhodes on April 9 at First United Methodist Church, Rocky Mount. The wedding party included Caroline Boyd '10, Mary Carson '10 '14, sister of the bride, Beth Crawford '11, Kaitlyn James '10, Brittany Rawls '10, Kristin Shaw '08, sister of the bride, and Candice Strother. She is a human resource benefits manager at Boice-Willis Clinic, Rocky Mount. Leigh Buckhout received the 2015- 16 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce. He is a Winterville police officer. Dr. Andrew B. Jordan joined the dental practice of Dr. Donald L. Hardee, Greenville. Andrew O'Neal is head coach of the West Stokes Wildcats baseball team in King where he played baseball. He was the men's varsity soccer coach at the school and coached third base for the baseball team.


Stacey Kathryn Andrews wed Thomas Shields Ball '11 on June 11 on the grounds of her parents' home in Greenville. The wedding party included Joshua Leith Aldridge '13, Scott Andrews '07, brother of the bride, Brittany Leggett Corey, David Judd Howard Jr. '11, Joshua Lee Hudson '09 '11, Erin Rose St. Ledger '08 '10, Katherine Stuart Smith '12 '14 and Ross Michael Warren. Brandon Cordrey is executive director of the Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh. Samuel Jones is principal of Walnut Cove Elementary School, Stokes County. He was assistant principal at Surry Central High School, Dobson. Troy Lewis is Tarboro town manager. He was the town's public works director. Dr. Lauren Mercer joined the staff at East Carolina Veterinary Service, Greenville. She graduated in May from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Brittany McGrath Richardson joined Physicians East, Greenville, as a certified nurse practitioner.
sessoms Ron Sessoms '10 (left) was promoted to senior associate with Rhodeside & Harwell, Alexandria, Va., where he is an urban designer. Antwan Staley was promoted to Miami Dolphins beat writer for the Palm Beach Post. He also covers other sports, including Florida Panthers hockey and Miami Hurricanes football. Ryan Christopher Willis wed Laura Gibbs Collier on July 16 in the chapel at the Hudson Manor, Louisburg. He is a surveyor with Stantec, Raleigh.


Hollie Elizabeth Powell wed Joshua Logan Ennis on April 23 at First Baptist Church, Henderson. The wedding party included Amanda Ennis Brewington '04 '12. She works in the Pitt County Schools. C. J. Wilson signed as defensive tackle with the New Orleans Saints.



Dr. Shannon Holcomb volunteered for her fourth time with the Dominican Dental Mission Project in 2016. She practiced dentistry for a year in Morehead City and is now with Smiles By Shaw, Greenville. Brent Rivenbark, fourth- grade teacher at Hobbton Elementary, is 2016-17 Teacher of the Year in Sampson County Schools.


Robin Calcutt '06 '14 is director of planning, accountability and research for Moore County Schools. She was principal of West Pine Middle School for the past two years. Ashley Gordon Carlson received a master of nursing degree from Oregon Health and Science University. Christine Catalano is executive director of middle school and advanced programs for Nash- Rocky Mount Public Schools. She was principal of Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School. Lindy W. Kitchin is director of counseling and disability services at N.C. Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount.


Dr. Christopher Gregory joined the Physicians East Department of Cardiology, Greenville.


Robert Batts '04 '10 is director of secondary education for Edgecombe County Public Schools. He was principal of Tarboro High School. Michael Swinson '04 '08 '13 '15 is principal for Washington High School, Beaufort County. He was assistant principal at Ayden-Grifton High School, Pitt County.


Amanda Wilborn Benedict, an associate director of development at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., produced the bi-annual Winship Gala fundraiser in 2016, which raised $1.3 million, making it the most successful fundraising event in Emory's history. Andrew Cox is nance director for the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools. He was with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. W. Brandon Hinton is deputy county manager for community services in Henrico County, Va. He was director of the county's office of management and budget since 2012 and assistant deputy county manager for community services since April 2016. Marcia Navarro is principal of Middle College High School at Durham Technical Community College, Durham. She was former senior managing director of teaching and learning for Teach for America-Eastern NC.


Denisha Harris '02 '05 was promoted to purchasing manager for the city of Greenville. She is a certified local government purchasing officer. Robert D. Locklear is assistant superintendent of instruction and support for Robeson County Public Schools.


Mike Godwin is facility director of Aquaventure Aquatics Campus, a water-themed indoor fitness center in Greenville. He was aquatics supervisor for the city of Greenville's recreation and parks department. Lucia Onufrey teaches special education at Farmington Elementary School, Culpepper, Va.


Jim Butler is principal of Richmond Senior High School, Rockingham, where he earned his high school degree. Shelby DeBause and a coauthor published a children's book, It's...Just Private. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Hampton, Va. Keith McKenzie retired as principal of Richmond Senior High School, Rockingham. Dr. Roxie Wells is president of Bladen Healthcare and continues to serve as president of Hoke Healthcare.


Connie Hall published her second novel, Valedictorian: A Story of the Hidden Glory of a Troubled Life, based on struggles her father faced through his decades of military service. She retired after 30 years as a registered nurse.


Toya Jacobs '97 '06 was appointed to the Greenville Utilities board of commissioners. She is ECU's diversity and inclusion program manager. E. Scott Marsigli is institutional research analyst at N.C. Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount.

wallace Tabari Wallace '97 '02 '07, principal, H.J. MacDonald Middle School, New Bern, received the 2016 Partners In Education Outstanding Leadership Award, honoring outstanding leadership and significant contributions to education by school administrators based on how they create awareness for PIE throughout their school, making an impact and lasting contribution to PIE's mission.


Meredith Prudden Goins was promoted to group manager, peer review program, for Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, Tenn. Robert McOuat published a novel, Shallow Brooks are Noisy.


William "Junior" Bailey is the head softball coach at Division II Barton College, Wilson. He was Pitt Community College softball coach and athletic director. Dr. Irene Hamrick is chair of the American Geriatric Society's Health Systems Innovation-Economics and Technology Committee, and she received the UW-Madison Family Medicine Residents Scheibel-Lloyd Teaching Award. Jason Mills , D.H. Conley High School head baseball coach, Pitt County, is the 2016 Daily Reflector Coach of the Year.


Gaynor O'Donnell-Hammond is ECU's director of women's basketball operations. She starred as a point guard for the Pirates from 1989- 93 and was inducted into ECU's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.


Irene Bailey '93 '95 won second place in the DAR American Heritage Committee, Art & Sculpture, in the oil painting category with her "The Passing of the Brush" piece. She was honored at the Continental Congress at the American Heritage Forum in Washington, D.C., in June.

gatlin Curtis Gatlin , principal at Ben D. Quinn Elementary School, New Bern, received the 2016 Partners In Education Outstanding Leadership Award, honoring outstanding leadership and significant contributions to education by school administrators based on how they create awareness for PIE throughout their school, making an impact and lasting contribution to PIE's mission.


Rob Maloney , athletics director and head boys basketball coach at D.H. Conley High School, Pitt County, was recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as a certified athletics administrator. Pam Silverthorne received the Barry Gaskins Ambassador Award for her work helping students improve their reading skills. She is the Title 1-CARE teacher at Stokes School, Pitt County.


Robin Hiatt was appointed to the board of the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching by Gov. Pat McCrory. She teaches third grade at Powhatan Elementary School, Clayton.


Kevin Donn Plotkin relocated his Merrill Lynch practice from Center City Philadelphia, Pa., to Wayne, Pa.


Rick Farris joined ClinTec International as executive vice president, U.S. Operations. Greg Shelnutt was elected secretary for the S.C. Arts Alliance. He is professor of art and chair of the art department at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
the gift of serving Nancy Whitfield published The Gift of Serving: The DAVE Volunteer Model, which describes how to create healthier volunteer relationships. She is president of The Leader's Lightship, Chesapeake, Va.


Robert "Bob" Gagnon retired from Selective Insurance after 35 years and started a second career as director of claims for Sentinel Risk Advisors LLC, an insurance brokerage firm with offices in Raleigh and Greenville. JR "Hippie" Gorham published his first book, Sharecropper's Wisdom: Growing Today's Leaders the Old Fashioned Way. Dr. Vicki Lanier '81 '94 is emergency department medical director at Bladen Healthcare, Elizabethtown.


Clark Baker '80 '09 received his D.O. degree from Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, Tenn. He is doing an internal medicine residency at Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville, Va.


Deborah Davis '79 '83 was promoted to CEO of VCU Health System Hospitals and Clinics as well as vice president for clinical affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. Robin Parker Tutor-Marcom '79 '07 received her DED in agricultural and extension education from N.C. State University. She is director of the N.C. Agromedicine Institute, a partnership of ECU, N.C. State and N.C. A&T State University, whose mission is to promote the health and safety of farmers, shermen, loggers, their workers and their families through research, prevention/intervention and education/outreach.


Larry A. Mercer was selected as a fellow for the Institute for Leadership and Counseling at Huntingdon University, Huntingdon, Ind.


Dan O'Shea is vice president of marketing for Window World. He was the general manager of the Piedmont Triad division of Fairway Media LLC.


Terry Hayes is a realtor with Duncan Real Estate, Anna Maria Island, Fla. William "Bill" Malambri, longtime professor of music and director of bands at Winthrop University, was honored when Carowinds theme park named the new warm-up building for the park's long-running Festival of Music program in his honor. He has served as the theme park's consultant on the program for 38 years.


Phyllis N. Horns, ECU's vice chancellor for health sciences, received the N.C. Hospital Association's 2016 Meritorious Service Award, given each year to an individual who is not a CEO or trustee of an NCHA member institution.


Hubert Burden a founding member of ECU's medical school staff in the 1970s, retired after 45 years. He taught anatomy, and that lab was named in his honor in 2016. Harry Taylor exhibited his photographs at the Victor R. Small House Art Gallery, Clinton, in summer 2016. His work has been featured in Haven, Garden and Gun, Our State, Coastal Living, Oxford American and on the television show Sleepy Hollow.


laroque Betty J. Vaughn published The Intrepid Miss LaRoque, the fourth book in her Ryan Madison-prize- winning series.


Phyllis Brock and her husband, Jim, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2016. She was a business teacher at Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines.


William "Bill" Cole wrote a book, Reflections: Developing Primary Health Care in Virginia. He was a public health advisor with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for 26 years and a self- employed health management consultant for 25 years.


Dennis Price '58 '65 celebrated his 50th anniversary as director of the music ministry at Churchland Baptist Church, Chesapeake, Va., on June 19.


Alta Lawson Kornegay had a career as a home demonstration agent for the N.C. Extension Service in Duplin County and was an active volunteer in her community.


Annie Pickett Smith wrote a novel, Hester: Historical Fiction about the Life of a Slave, based on the life of Hester Pearsall, who was the oldest known living ex-slave living in Duplin County in 1953. It was published in 2012.


jamesEva Vaughan James '34 of Gahanna, Ohio, died June 19 at 102. She taught at Coopers School in Nash County.





oakleyCarrie Congleton Gray Oakley '35 '36 of Greenville died June 2 at 100. She taught sixth grade at Chicod School, Pitt County, and later was a social worker in the Pitt County social services department and a coordinator of social workers for Pitt County Board of Education.


haddockLucy Lancaster Haddock '47 of Virginia Beach, Va., died June 5 at 90. For more than 30 years, she taught in public schools in North Carolina and Virginia. Helen Rouse Hunter '46 of Tewksbury, Mass., died May 19 at 91. She was a remedial reading teacher for 43 years in the Lowell Public Schools. Sara McKenzie Hunter '46 of Arlington, Mass., died on June 15 at 90. She was a longtime home economics teacher and community volunteer. Annie Kathleen "Annie Kate" Evans Leonardi '44 of Pitman, N.J., died July 16 at age 92. She was a teacher and researcher.


shufordRobert Lee "Shu" Shuford Jr. '49 '53 of Greensboro died on May 21 at 93. A WWII U.S. Army veteran, he was the first county manager of Iredell and Wilson counties for a total of 33 years of service to local governments. At ECC, he was student body president and a varsity basketball player. Enid Petteway White '49 of Winston- Salem died June 21. She taught at Farm Life High School, Vanceboro.




berryReuben Walton Berry Jr. '52 of Fort Worth, Texas, died July 23. A WWII Army veteran, he worked for Montgomery Ward & Co., Beatrice Companies Inc. and retired as CEO of Eastman, Borne and Associates, Chicago. Carolyn Elizabeth Finck Bowers '56 of Elizabeth City died July 12. She was an elementary school teacher at P.W. Moore, Pasquotank Elementary and Weeksville Elementary Schools retiring after 30 years of service. Howell Elmer Caines '59 '65 of Tabor City died June 17. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he taught in public schools. Rogers H. Clark '58 of White Lake died Sept. 9. He was 80. He was a retired Army National Guard officer was president of Sampson-Bladen Oil Co. and Waccamaw Transport Co.

friedinGladys Harrell "Tiny" Friedlin '53 of Atlantic Beach died June 6. She retired after more than 50 years of teaching school in Chesapeake, Va. Allen Stanfield "Stan" Harper '59 of Selma died June 1. A U.S. Navy Korean War veteran, he retired in 1994 as assistant director of the N.C. Dept. of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole. Upon retirement, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. John Robert Howell '59 '62 of Oxford died Oct. 9. He was 79. He was a teacher, coach, drivers education instructor and principal at schools in Pitt, Edgecombe and Granville counties.


jacobsHarry Jacobs '50 of Richmond, Va., died May 29. He was chairman emeritus of The Martin Agency. He led the branding and marketing efforts of such national and international clients as Coke, Hanes, Mercedes- Benz, Saab, Geico, Ping, UPS and Walmart. Betty Mann McKinney '56 of Raleigh died Aug. 8. She taught in the Hampton (Va.) Public School System before leaving to raise her daughters. Albert "Sonny" Metts Jr. '57 of Johnson City, Tenn., died March 29. A U.S. Army veteran, he was director of the health department in Northampton County for a number of years and later retired as professor of environmental sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Margaret Mellon Harris Nemtuda of Greenville died Aug. 8. She was a real estate agent in Wilmington for more than 25 years, retiring from Coldwell Banker in 2005.

OliverRobert Richard Oliver '53 of Lexington, Ky., died July 8. After serving as a corporal in the U.S. Army and a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he was a math teacher, guidance counselor and administrator for the Fayette County school system until retiring in 1987. Mary Grey Tart Porter '57 of Raleigh died July 24. She retired from the Environmental Protection Agency. Augustine Joseph Russo '52 of Virginia Beach, Va., died May 13.



saulsKathryn "Kit" McLawhorn Sauls '54 of Greenville died June 23. She taught at B.F. Grady Elementary School, Duplin County, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Charles Vardell Simmons Jr. '57 of Smithfield died July 31. He retired from the N.C. State Auditor's office. Curtis G. Summers '54 of Chesapeake, Va., died June 16. He worked for the Virginia State Health Department and Browning's Marine, delivering boats up and down the East Coast.



wingardMary Lou Stewart Wingard '56 of Aiken, S.C., died July 25. She taught school for 40 years in Newport News, Va., Hollywood, Fla., Wilmington and Turbeville, S.C. Ryland Kester Young '52 of Greensboro died June 21. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a steel salesman and served as a minister of music at many Baptist churches in and around Greensboro before retiring from music ministry in 2005.




Bob Beasley '69 '73 of Greenville died Oct. 12. He was 69. He was a teacher and principal in Bertie County and owned ServiceMaster by Beasley for 31 years. Robert Richard "Bobby" Bradley '62 of Vass died May 23. He served six years in the National Guard. W. Richard Collier '66 of Virginia Beach, Va., died July 14. Retired Lt. Col. Jesse Paul Davenport III '61 of Pactolus died May 21. In 1981, he retired from the Air Force after more than 22 years. He joined the family business, JP Davenport & Son, retiring after 20 years. William Thomas DeLeo '63 '94 '02 of Greenville died Aug. 23. An Army veteran, he received his master's degree in occupational safety at ECU. He was a commercial and residential developer for most of his career. Beginning in 2005, he spent four tours in Iraq with the Army Corps of Engineers to help with reconstruction of the country. He also was vice president of external operations with the Leadership Institute for Learning and Communications in Greenville.

draperJohn Robert "Bobby" Draper '64 of Suffolk, Va., died May 20. In 2004, he retired as director of renewal services for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, which he joined in 1970. He was on the baseball team at ECC. Charles Paul Herron Jr. '69 of Charleston, S.C., died May 16. He served as a deputy sheriff for Dorchester County sheriff's office, where he retired in 1998 after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Terry "Steve" Leonard '66 of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., died July 7. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a lead bartender at Caesars (now Montbleu) from 1985 to 2016. James Edgar Marshburn '62 of Pinehurst died July 21. He retired from Vass-Lakeview Elementary, Vass, after 31 years of coaching and teaching history, health and physical education. Floyd William "Bill" McCants '63 of New Bern died June 17. He was a teacher and coach in the Delaware public school system. John Bertram Parker '69 of Oklahoma City, Okla., died July 17. He and his wife were missionaries in South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Brenda Lynn Redd '66 of Trent Woods died June 2. She retired from Ben D. Quinn Elementary School, where she taught for 30 years. Ellen Futch Rusnak '64 of Disputanta, Va., died July 7. She taught for 36 years in the Prince George County school system in Virginia. Bettie Jo Bailey Tew '64 of Wilson died July 27. For more than 30 years, she taught in public and private schools. Sarah Robinson Williams '66 of Elkin died July 20. She retired as a teacher at Mountain Park Elementary School, where she was teacher of the year twice.


Kathy Angela Poole Austin '79 of Clayton died July 29. She was a teacher. Billy "Bill" Burks '74 '76 of Marion died July 8 at 96. A USMC WWII veteran, he taught school for several years. Mary Kathleen Fleming '77 of Selma died May 26. She taught special education at South Johnston High School for 10 years and later was head of human resources at Bayer and Perdue Pharmaceuticals. Jane McKown Fuchs '72 of Virginia Beach, Va., died June 27. She was a social worker in Norfolk for four years before deciding to stay home with her children. Stephen Francis "Steve" Horne II '72 of Greenville died June 28. A U.S Army veteran, he served in Vietnam in the 509th RRG Tay Ninh, 25th ARVN Division. For 40 years, he practiced law in Greenville with the law firm of Horne and Horne PLLC. Memorials may be made to ECU Educational Foundation, Ward Sports Medicine Bldg., Suite 304, Greenville, NC 27858. Please write "Football" in the memo line. Brenda Gail Quashne '71 of Southport died June 5. She retired after 30 years as an elementary school teacher in the Colonial School District, New Castle, Del. Kay Stephenson Wallace '76 of Clayton died June 21. Memorials may be made to the ECU Foundation, Mailstop 301, 2200 S. Charles Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858- 4353. Please write "Kay Wallace Endowed Scholarship Fund" in the memo line.


Heather Bachmann Carter '89 of Poquoson, Va., died July 5. From 2007 to 2016, she taught at Trinity Christian Preschool in Poquoson. At ECU, she was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority. Kenneth Lee Clark '80 of Sanford died June 5. In the late 1970s, he started Clark Textile Machinery in Charlotte, which he maintained and managed until his retirement. Sandra E. Gibson '85 of Miami died Sept. 24. Charles Allen Jones '85 of Sanford died July 12. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Dale Pierson "Peggy" Palmer '80 of Tracy, Calif., died July 23. She was a nurse at Lenoir County Mental Health Center. John James "Trey" West III '86 of Durham died May 26. He had a 27-year career with Lowes Home Improvement. At ECU, he was pledge trainer and grand master for Kappa Sigma fraternity. Charles Derrick "Bull" Williamson '84 of Ocean Isle Beach died July 5. Starting in the 1980s, he began work with the family business, Williamson Realty Vacation Rentals.


Brian David Bartram '90 of Newport News died June 28. He was a procurement analyst for Newport News Shipbuilding. At ECU, he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. Hayley Price Eberwein '91 '92 of Clayton died July 12. She taught in elementary schools for 24 years. Lynn Edna Griffith '99 of Lexington died June 29. She was an educator and later a reference librarian for the Lexington Public Library. Reva Dale Parker '92 of Fayetteville died May 26. She was the art teacher at Morganton Road Elementary, Cumberland County Schools. Joseph "Joey" Darrin Paul '97 of Greenville died May 19. He worked for several years in a family-owned construction business and later in the homebuilding/ land development industry in purchasing/estimating. Amber Virginia Saleeby '99 of Fayetteville died July 4. Michelle Patricia Streath '96 of New Bern died July 27. She was employed in the hotel and insurance industries.


Brian Eugene Brinkley '03 of Greenville died June 29. He was a department manager for Lowe's, assistant store manager for CVS and in the loan department at Wachovia Bank. Christina Marie Dinardo Fisher '10 of Hendersonville died May 24. She worked for Morrow Insurance for 10 years. Gordon Stuart Giles Jr. '06 of Kinston died July 8. For 22 years, he was a network engineer for Vidant Medical Center, Greenville. Karen Martin Lee '05 '10 of Greenville died May 27. She was director of the radiography program at Pitt Community College. Jonathan Owens Pulley '09 '11 of Norfolk, Va., died July 9. He was a counselor at PORT Human Services in Ahoskie. Debra Mary Skinner '09 of Sherrills Ford died June 8. For more than 30 years, she was a special education teacher in New Jersey and North Carolina. Renee Lynn Desha Stokes '09 of Wilson died June 13. She taught at Wellcome (Greenville) and Speight (Wilson) Middle Schools and later earned a culinary degree. Michael Glenn West '01 of Simpsonville, S.C., died June 14. A U.S. Navy veteran of Desert Storm and Somalia, he was vice president of retail banking for Park Sterling Bank in South Carolina and Georgia.


Eric Matthew Barlow '14 of Durham died June 3. He was an academic coordinator for UNC-Chapel Hill. Graham Smith Ferguson '11 of Raleigh died June 4. Carson Wayne Rhodes '16 of Tarboro died Sept. 18. He was a political science graduate and worked for the N.C. Democratic Party. Patrick Thomas Browne of Waldwick, N.J., a rising sophomore, died June 6. He was a member of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity.


Ben Oshel Bridgers of Sylva died July 9. He taught in the ECU English department from 1962 to 1963.

Maria Regina Figueiredo-Brown of Greenville died May 30. She was an assistant professor of educational leadership at ECU.

Dr. Edward Garner Flickinger of Nashua and Glen, N.H., died June 25. He was a professor of surgery at the ECU medical school from 1980 until 1989.

Roscoe Locke '81 of Greenville died July 29. He was an adjunct professor at ECU after serving as principal of Stokes, Belvoir, Bethel and Northwest elementary schools. In 2000, he was named Principal of the Year and inducted into the ECU Educators Hall of Fame in 2010.

Mary Nan Hudgins Mailman of Weatherford, Texas, died June 25. A lifelong musician and pianist, she was on ECU's School of Music piano faculty from 1962 until 1966.

Mary Evelyn McNeill of Greenville died July 20. From 1972 to 2001 she taught neuroanatomy at ECU's medical school. She received the Legion of Merit for her 35 years of active and reserve military service. She retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Betty J. Russell '55 of Greenville died May 30. She taught in ECU's physical education department from 1959 to 1964 and later worked in display design for J.C. Penney until her retirement.

David B. Stevens of Greenville died July 4 at 93. A WWII veteran and professor emeritus at ECU, he taught social work from 1970 to 1988 and was ECU's first full- time attorney. He retired as a colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Donations may be made to the ECU Foundation, 2200 South Charles Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858. Please write either "David B. and Willa H. Stevens Criminal Justice Scholarship" or "David B. and Willa H. Stevens Social Work Scholarship" in the memo line.


Edna Earle Mills Adams of Greenville died Aug. 11. She retired from ECU Printing and Graphics after many years of service. Haresh Motiram Advani of Greenville died July 31. He was a power system and RCM engineer at ECU. Debbie Alphin Cobb of Winterville, died Sept. 28. She worked at ECU from 1998-2005. Hazel Faulkner-Gooding of Winterville, died Oct. 7. at 92. She worked at the Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center and retired from ECU in 1984. William "Bill" Finch died Aug. 12. He worked for several years as a pharmacist at the Brody School of Medicine. Evelyn Downing Hinnant of Greenville died June 15. She retired as a clerical secretary in ECU's math department. Memorial contributions may be made to the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, Mailstop 301, 2200 S. Charles Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858-4353. Please write "Alzheimer's Research Fund" in the memo line. Rena Lowery Manning '48 of Greenville died June 10. She was assistant to the registrar at ECTC and later taught nursery school at Mimi's Kindergarten.


Margaret Little Blount Harvey of Kinston died May 27 at 93. She created the Margaret Blount Harvey Literacy Institute at ECU. James Randolph "Randy" Tripp of Greenville died Aug. 24. He studied business at ECU in the 1950s. An Army veteran, he retired from the state, where he was a quality control coordinator of the Air Quality Monitoring Division of the Department of Environmental Management. Since 2000, he owned and operated Carolina Medical Support. He and his wife, Linda, co-chaired the 2004 Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center Hope Gala. He was a Centennial member of the East Carolina Alumni Association and a scholarship-level contributor to the Pirate Club and S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series.


A study of colorism within the African-American community has garnered recognition for Steven M. Cozart ’95.

The artist, illustrator and documentarian has received the 2016 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for “The Pass/ Fail Series.”

The inspiration for Cozart’s project came from a piece he created in 2013, a self-portrait in which he argued with himself. He said the portrait was intended to be a representation of the internal turmoil that takes place within many African-Americans who struggle with their own acceptance or rejection of their identity within the con nes of the black community.

Images from the work are online at archives/26539.

In a news release sent out by Duke University, the Durham native said he wanted to spark dialogue about issues of “classism and stereotyping by African-Americans toward other African-Americans based on several factors, including skin tone, hair texture, gender roles and other myths and fallacies prevalent in the community.”

He began by interviewing his parents, followed by interviewing,  lming and photographing family, friends, colleagues and students—African-Americans of various backgrounds and ages— who were “able to engage in conversations about color and social acceptance within their families, social circles, and larger community.”

For “The Pass/Fail Series,” Cozart made paintings, drawings, mixed-media collages and short videos about each subject and “uses the photographs, video stills, and audio excerpts from these conversations to create combinations of imagery and text. The individuals’ portraits and words are drawn on the surfaces of paper bags; the portraits on the side, the words on the bottom. The portraits take on a life of their own when matched with the subjects’ words. The intent is that the viewers imagine they can hear the voices of the individuals speaking.

The work evokes the “brown paper bag test,” a discriminatory act that was used in some social circles within the African- American community to determine whether an individual could have privileges of access. Being lighter than the paper bag was desirable, though colorism cuts both ways, and being of a light complexion has also been used as a means to impugn one’s “blackness.”

Cozart’s mother, who was of a much lighter complexion than her sisters, is quoted as she speaks about the experiences of his grandmother having to explain her (daughter’s) complexion. Another interviewee talks about condescending, passive and sometimes aggressive commentary she has received throughout her life related to her dark complexion.

“When I began talking to people about a caste system based upon skin tone, I thought that darker folk would have negative stories and lighter ones would have more success stories, but I was only half right,” Cozart said. “I did hear tales of woe from darker-skinned folk, but was surprised to hear the same woes from lighter-skinned folk as well, including my mother.”

Cozart believes his work will create dialogues “that promote sensitivity, understanding, self- awareness and self-love. It is a project with no perceived end, as it involves conversations that must continue to take place in the African-American community as we move forward into the future.” He added his ultimate goal is to minimize, or even eradicate, fallacies and preconceptions.

Cozart, who lives and works in Greensboro, received his bachelor’s degree in art education with a concentration in printmaking and drawing from ECU. His work has been exhibited at the Greenville Museum of Art, Center for Visual Arts in Greensboro, Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, the African American Atelier and the Randolph Artist Guild, and he has received grants and awards from the Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub and the Fine Artists League of Cary, among others.

He teaches at Weaver Academy for Performing & Visual Arts and Advanced Technology in Guilford County and has been a visiting lecturer at ECU, North Carolina A&T State University and Guilford College.

Cozart received $10,000 as part of the prize, named for photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. It supports documentary artists—working alone or in teams—whose extended  eldwork projects rely on the interplay of words and images.

—ECU News Services


After a week of rock climbing, rafting, fly fishing and more, George Kalinowski was most excited about being among fellow veterans who really listened.

Kalinowski, a Vietnam veteran and East Carolina alumnus, was one of 10 participants on a recent trip that allowed combat- wounded veterans to bond and realize new capabilities through adapted outdoor sports. From Aug. 9-14 at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado, Kalinowski and veterans of other conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan were able to build confidence and camaraderie.

"The trip was outstanding. Everybody was opening up. I think they liked having the old guy there," said Kalinowski, who suffered shrapnel wounds in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. "No one takes the time to listen to veterans, at any age. With the guys, we opened up more when we realized we'd gone through similar things. They wanted to hear what I had to say. They were really supportive, and I wanted to support them, too."

Kalinowski was selected for the trip after applying through the East Carolina Alumni Association Military Alumni Chapter. This year, the chapter partnered with No Boundaries, a nonprofit that offers this trip to veterans from across the country twice a year, in the summer and winter, at no cost to veterans.

"My favorite part was the fly fishing, but every activity was great," he said. "A couple times, I doubted myself and thought some of this stuff was beyond what I could do at my age. But everything went really well."

Kalinowski grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. His father was an Air Force officer. He came to ECU on the recommendation of one of his high school teachers. He joined a fraternity and studied accounting but was drafted into the Army before he could graduate. He worked in several fields throughout his career, including real estate and as the part-owner of a sign company.

"Life has been good to me. I've been fairly well off," he said. "But being retired, I wasn't doing much. This trip inspired me to get in shape. My family was worried it would be too much strain. I've been a couch potato, but now I've got a whole new attitude."

On the last night of the trip, participants were invited to be guests of honor at a local rodeo. They were brought to the center of the ring as the announcer thanked them for their service.

"The crowd stood up and clapped. I'm not an emotional person, but that got to me," Kalinowski said. "We were so unwelcome when we came home. I'm so glad the nation is supporting veterans better."

Kalinowski "overwhelmingly" recommends the trip to other Pirate veterans. "No doubt about it, you won't be sorry," he said. "It's great what these organizations are doing for us."

The next No Boundaries trip will be March 7-12. Applications will be due Jan. 24. ECU alumni or students who are combat-wounded veterans are encouraged to apply.

The Military Alumni Chapter hosts various programs throughout the year and is open to any ECU alumni with current or past military service. To find more information, get involved or support the chapter, visit

-Jackie Drake

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