In Memoriam


1956 College Union
      Hanging out in the College Union, 1956

    East Carolina remembers . . .

Faculty Deaths

William Grossnickle

Dr. WILLIAM F. “BILL” GROSSNICKLE of Greenville (above) died July 1. A 46-year member of the psychology faculty, he was a long-standing member of the Faculty Senate, chairing the Curriculum Committee for 25 years. He chaired 87 master’s theses.

Dr. ROBERT D. MYERS of Fort Myers, Fla., died July 16. Robert D. MyersIn 1987, he was named joint professor of pharmacology and psychiatric medicine at the Brody School of Medicine and was director of the research division at ECU’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies. In 1996, the Board of Trustees named him Distinguished Research Professor of Pharmacology, and he retired in 1998 with emeritus status.

Evelyn Fike Laupus
of Greenville (above) died July 15. The wife of the late Dr. William E. Laupus, the first dean of the Brody School of Medicine, she worked with her husband to support the medical school. She founded the Pill Guild, an association of medical faculty wives. In Laupus Library, the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the fourth floor is named in her honor.

KAREN PATRICIA STEVENS REEP of Bakersfield, Calif., died June 13. She was the wife of Edward Reep, artist-in-residence at ECU from 1970–1985, and a quilter who taught seminars on the East Coast.


DEL KINGSLAND of Greenville died July 13. He was the long-time supervisor of the Steam Distribution Shop at the main campus Steam Plant.

EILEEN MARY MCINERNEY of Winterville died Aug. 2. She retired from ECU and worked for the city of Greenville.

CHRISTOPHER RANDOLPH MURPHY ’96 ’10, ECU assistant director of undergraduate admissions, died July 10. The Chris Murphy Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in his memory.

CHARLES W. POLLARD ’90 of Greenville died July 28. He worked at ECU for 25 years, most recently in radiation safety.


Dr. WILLIAM JEFFRESS SENTER of Raleigh died May 28 at 93. He lobbied for the establishment of the ECU Medical School and served on the board of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Dorothy Lawson VonCannon1930s
DOROTHY LAWSON MATTOCKS VONCANNNON ’35 of Richlands (senior yearbook picture, left) died May 10. She was a retired teacher. BETTY CASTELLOW DAVIDSON ’36 of Newport News, Va., died July 4. She began teaching in Pantego schools and later taught and retired from Newport News School System after 18 years. ROSALIE BULLOCK FRANCIS ’38 of Charlotte died June 15 at 94. She taught elementary school for 31 years, primarily at Rama Road School. ZIBA HELEN MORGAN MEADOWS ’38 of Oxford died June 13 at 94. She taught at Oak Hill and Berea schools. She and her husband, Brent, were former owners of Meadowview Memorial Park and Oxford Implement Company.

Catherine Wilson Stafford1940s
CATHERINE WILSON STAFFORD ’45 of Harrisburg (senior picture, left) died June 8. She taught in Harrisburg schools and organized the first 4-H club there. When the town of Harrisburg incorporated, she was one of the first town council members. She was the oldest of four sisters who attended ECU—Frances Wilson Massey ’51 of Raleigh, Hattie Ruth Wilson Dietzel ’56 of Washington State, and Dixie Wilson Batten ’61 ’63 of Whiteville. ALICE ALLIGOOD CLARK ’40 of Greenville died Aug. 26 at 92. During WW II, she worked at Pope Air Field, later moving to Greenville where she taught in Pitt County Schools for 23 years. MARGIE LYNETTE HOLLOWELL CLARK ’43 of Tarboro died June 12. She worked for Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church for 36 years. WILLIAM KNIGHT “BILL” DELBRIDGE ’48 of Norlina died July 10. In WW II he received two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, a Presidential Citation and the Belgian Fourragere. He helped organize the local Peoples Bank and was postmaster in Norlina for 26 years. DORIS S. ELLINGTON ’46 of Raleigh died July 23. She taught at Apex High School, Laurel Hill High School in Scotland County, Millbrook High School and at Fuquay-Varina High School. She also coached basketball. ELIZABETH MATTHEWS JONES ’43 of Harrellsville died June 19 at 90. She taught for 34 years in Harrellsville and Colerain. HILDA MARTIN HARRELL ’43 of New Bern died Aug. 13. She taught French and English in Nash County schools for 22 years. GRACY MAYS ’41 of Hixson died July 25. She retired from teaching at Allen Elementary School in Concord in 1983. EDNA EARLE HOLLOMAN MELTON ’49 of Goldsboro died June 3. She taught in the Goldsboro City School System for 30 years. BESSIE FRANCIS COUNCIL YOUNG ’45 of Raleigh died June 14. She taught elementary school in Wake County for many years.

Bill Arnold1950s
WILLIAM VANCE “BILL” ARNOLD JR. ’59 of Raleigh (left) died Aug. 14. For 26 years he served as director of the North Carolina Film Office, where he aided in the production of 700 movies filmed in the state. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Arnold ’58. MIRIAM DEMPSEY BATTEN ’54 formerly of Hope Mills died June 16. She taught elementary school for many years in Cumberland County, retiring in 1995 from C. Wayne Collier Elementary School. Thomas A. Bennett SR. ’59 of Naples, Fla., the retired vice chairman and COO of Wachovia Bank, died July 19. He was a member of the Chancellor’s Society and the Sabre Society, and served from 1981 to 1989 on the Board of Trustees. Memorial contributions may be made to the ECU Medical Foundation, 525 Moye Blvd., Greenville, NC 27858 or to the ECU Educational Foundation, 901 East 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27858. ALSTON WINSLOW BURKE ’53 ’58 of Hampstead died June 19. A Navy veteran, he was principal for several years at Belvoir Falkland School and a teacher and coach at Dixon High School. He also owned and operated Gateway Motel and Topsail T-Shirt Town in Surf City. TROY RHYNE JACKSON SR. ’59 ’64 of Grifton died Aug. 26. Following a career in teaching and school administration, he was in educational sales and founded Sweet Caroline’s Catherine Smith Joynerrestaurant. CATHERINE “KITTY” LORAH SMITH JOYNER ’59 of Greenville (left) died Aug. 2. She was a founder of the Friends of the ECU School of Music and a founder of the Friends of the ECU Summer Theatre. She and husband, Max, endowed a University Honors Scholarship and other scholarships in the College of Nursing. The first Chair at the Brody School of Medicine, endowed in 1992, is named the Catherine and Max Joyner Distinguished Professorship in Primary Care Medicine. They were members of the Chancellors’ Society and the Order of the Cupola. She served on the Friends of the Joyner Library board and was president in 1995–1996. MAC LANCASTER ’58 ’61 of Lawndale died July 15. A founding brother of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he led the local to affiliate with Pi Kappa Alpha in 1958. He was an educator in the public schools in Martin, Hertford and Cleveland counties and founder of Cleveland County Educational Foundation that provided college scholarships to Cleveland County seniors. He and his wife, Gail, had a separate scholarship fund for Cleveland County seniors who attend ECU. JAMES FRANKLIN “JIM” LEE ’54 of Raleigh died June 29. A WW II Navy veteran, he retired from the N.C. Department of Transportation Personnel Office, where he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1999. PATRICIA SMITH OWEN ’55 of Charlottesville, Va., died Aug. 9. She taught high school before marrying the Rev. J. Malloy Owen III and serving churches in Greenville, Clayton and Raleigh, and the United Methodist districts of New Bern and Goldsboro. ANNETTE BASS PARKER ’59 of Four Oaks died June 14. She taught language arts at Four Oaks Elementary for 33 years of her 34-year career. She first taught at Meadow School. LORENZO WILLIAM “PETE” PETERSON ’56 of Chesapeake, Va., died July 8. A Korean War Army veteran, he was a civil service auditor for the Navy. VOIGHT VERNE PRITCHARD ’58 of Goldsboro died Aug. 16. A member of Sigma Nu fraternity, he worked for Commercial Credit Corp. for 32 years. EUPHA JONES PULLEY ’51 of Ayden died July 17. She taught high school in eastern North Carolina. In 1971, she and her husband, Jim, opened Krispy Kreme Doughnut Co. in Greenville from which she retired in 1996. EUGENE PADEN SMITH ’51 of Williamston died July 25. A resident of Havelock for more than 50 years, he was editor, publisher and owner of The Havelock Progress weekly newspaper. He was instrumental in the referendum establishing the town of Havelock, where he was mayor from 1975 to 1984. WILL B. PITTMAN ’50 ’53 of Trent Woods died Aug. 12. He was an Army veteran. Under his leadership, New Bern city schools integrated and, before his retirement in 1981, consolidated with Craven County schools. CARL DAVID TOLSON JR. ’53 of Lancaster died June 11. An Army veteran, he was an auditor with Armour and Co. in Atlanta and later worked with Springs Cotton Mills, now Springs Industries. GAYE BATTEN VANN ’51 of Selma died July 13. She was a retired teacher from Princeton High School. SARA ELIZABETH ADAMS WHITE ’59 of Greenville died June 8. She was a past member of the board for Friends of ECU School of Music. JANICE ALBRITTON WHITEHURST ’53 of Greenville died Aug. 5. She taught school for 11 years before she and her husband opened Tom’s Restaurant in Greenville, which they owned and operated for 30 years. 


WILLARD JOHN ANGEL JR. ’69 of Cascade, Va., died June 6. For 35 years, he owned Angel Design where he was a product designer for the furniture industry. BEVERLY “SUZI” JAQUAYS ’69 of Yuma, Ariz., died June 30. An Alpha Xi Delta sister, she taught at Ronald Reagan School for 14 years. Betsy Young Justus ’67 of Cary, the first woman to chair both the N.C. Employment Security Commission and the N.C. Department of Revenue, died July 9. After her career in state government, she was a founder and first president of the N.C. Electronics and Information Technologies Association. JANE MEWBORN LAYNO ’66 of Morehead City died July 15. She taught French at Sanderson High School in Raleigh for 28 years. She was active in Chi Omega Sorority, Rho Zeta Chapter, and was an advisor when the Alpha Kappa Chapter formed at N.C. State in 1984. JOHN RIVES “BIG RED” RICHARDSON ’69 of Stevensville, Md., died July 31. A Vietnam War veteran, he earned a National Defense Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal. He worked in the FDIC. WILLIAM LEGGETT “BILL” SLAUGHTER ’65 of Seven Springs died July 22. He retired from the Navy Reserve as a commander and retired from the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation. RAWLEY GALLOWAY SPEIR ’67 of Loudon, Tenn., died June 11. He worked for E.I. DuPont, Bernhardt Furniture, Burlington House Furniture, Singer Furniture and Lane Action. JOHN RUSSELL STANCIL SR. ’61 ’69 of Raleigh died May 28. He was a counselor and administrator for 30 years in the N.C. Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

MARY ROBERTS ANDREWS ’76 of Robersonville died Aug. 2. She retired in 1993 after teaching for 39 years, including 14 years as principal of Williamston Primary School. KATHERINE JANE BLACKBURN ’78 of Beaufort died July 22. She worked in radio and television ad sales before becoming general manager at Summa Information Systems Inc., from which she retired. WILLIAM FRANKLIN BOWEN ’79 of Wilmington died July 4. At UNC Wilmington, he worked in continuing education, the admissions department and was the first executive director of the Alumni Association. MICHAEL ALLAN BUCHANAN ’77 of Lake Worth, Fla., died June 7. A decorated 20-year Army Military Police veteran, he owned an insurance agency in Palm Beach County, Fla. HELEN LISK BYRD ’77 of Durham died Aug. 5. She worked at Albemarle Savings and Loan in Albemarle. MARY “PENNY” MARTIN DALY ’77 ’82 of Bailey died June 19. She retired as principal of Bailey Elementary School in 1995. She was the first female principal in the Nash County School System. ARTHENEUS “ART” DEW ’76 of Fayetteville died July 3. During 33 years in the Fayetteville-Cumberland County School System, he was principal of Manchester Elementary School and principal of Westarea Elementary School. RICHARD CARL EVANS JR. ’70 of Charlotte died June 4. He taught biology in Cook County (Ill.) schools and later moved to Charlotte where he worked at Dillard’s until retirement. JULIA GRAY GAY ’70 of LaGrange died July 13. She was a nurse for 38 years at Wayne Memorial Hospital. JEANETTE MATTHEWS GIBSON ’75 of New Bern died April 28. She was a bookkeeper and accountant in New Bern and Morehead City, comptroller at Craven Community College and a state auditor. CLIFTON BELL “CLIFF” HICKMAN ’78 ’86 of Greenville died Aug. 5. An Army veteran, he retired as assistant director of the Edgecombe County Department of Social Services after a 27-year career. DOROTHY PURSER JENKINS ’70 of Greenville died Aug. 9. For 20 years, she was a staff nurse and then a systems analyst at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. HOWARD JAMES MARSHALL ’74 of Greenville and formerly of Currie died May 27. HAMISH POLLOCK JR. ’70 of Bradenton, Fla., died July 26. He retired as a special education teacher in Florida public schools. DAVID ROGERS SR. ’73 ’81 of Goldsboro died July 2. He served for 34 years in the Wayne County Public Schools.

BARBARA JEAN DOUGLAS ’80 of Carthage died June 29. She was a special education teacher at Cameron Elementary School and received Teacher of the Year twice. JAMES KENNETH EDWARDS ’85 of Ayden died Aug. 9. After retiring as a land surveyor and civil engineering tech from NCDOT, he was licensed as a real estate broker. LESLIE BENNETT FETNER ’81 of Rockingham died Aug. 8. A member of First United Methodist Church in Rockingham, she administered and taught classes in the Discipleship Bible Study. DIANE SORRELL HARDISON ’84 of Raleigh died July 15. She taught the multiple handicapped class at Vinson-Bynum Elementary School in Wilson until 1975, when she became the director of exceptional children’s programs in Wilson County. She was named the Outstanding Special Education Administrator by the N.C. Council of Special Education in 1994. ADAM H. HARRIS II ’81 of New Bern died July 20, 2010. SUSAN FAIR LIKOSAR ’85 of Winterville died Aug. 30. She sold real estate for almost 20 years with Aldridge and Southerland.

Lt. JASON MICHAEL CAMPBELL ’95 of the Fayetteville Police Department died July 18. He received two Life Saving Awards, two Departmental Citations, three Individual Commendations, two Departmental Unit Commendations and a Good Conduct Award. JAMES EDWARD MCGEE IV ’96 of Morehead City died June 16. He was an admissions representative at Miller-Motte College in Jacksonville. CHRIS RITTER ’94 of Virginia Beach, Va., died July 24. He was a physical education teacher at Lynnhaven Middle School in Virginia Beach. DURWOOD SCOTT WESTON SR. ’92 of Blounts Creek died May 29. He retired from Beaufort County Community College as the system administrator and instructor in the business division.


BRIAN JAMES EUNSON ’00 of Skowhegan, Me., died July 12. After a 20-year Air Force career, he taught at Robert Smalls Middle School in Beaufort, S.C., and at Lawrence Middle and High Schools in Fairfield, Me. Dr. ERIK OISTEIN LIE-NIELSEN ’02 of Winston-Salem died July 8. He was an assistant professor in the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. FRANCIS THOMASINE “FRANNIE” WADE ’07 of Snow Hill died July 4. She was head librarian of the Greene County Public Library.