In Memoriam

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Faculty Deaths

RellyWanderman_optRELLY H. WANDERMAN of Greenville died Sept. 5 at 95. She taught in the French department from 1963 to 1981. Her late husband, Dr. Henry Wanderman, was also on the French faculty from 1960 to 1973.

ANN HENDERSON CORY of Greenville died Aug. 15. In 2009 she retired as a research associate in the biochemistry department at the Brody School of Medicine.

VIVIAN PARNEE CRICKMORE ’63 ’64 of Rocky Mount died Sept. 30. She was a librarian here from 1964 to 1976, at N.C. Wesleyan and in the Halifax County School System from which she retired.

JOHN HARVEY LINTON of Winterville died Aug. 7. A retired U.S. Army Air Corps lieutenant colonel who was a fighter pilot during WWII and a former engineer with IBM, he taught at Campbell College and ECU.

MARIE THERESA LACY HENDERSHOT of Baton Rouge, La., died June 7. She was the wife of the late Dr. Paul T. Hendershot, who taught business at ECU from 1964 to 1968.


WAYNE C. WILLIAMS of Baton Rouge, La., died Sept. 13 at 85. He retired from the Brody School of Medicine in 1990 as director of the Center for Health Sciences Communication after 24 years with the school. A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and an Army veteran, he served as vice consul in Hong Kong. Later he worked as a medical illustrator at Duke University and the University of Kentucky before coming to ECU.

LARA BAILEY LEE, “MAMA LEE,” of Aurora died Sept. 12. She was the Alpha Delta Pi housemother for 17 years and received several awards for her service.

JUDITH STORM BLAKE of Belhaven died July 24. She was the first female police officer for the ECU Police Department and the Kinston Police Department.

NATALIE JONES COLSTON of Winterville died June 22. She was an ECU property manager and worked at PirateStuff.

LISA M. CORBETT of Winterville died Nov. 9. She was an independent contractor with the ECU Brody School of Medicine as a dietitian.

JANELLE KATHERINE FUERCH EADS of Concord died July 7. She worked in the ECU financial aid office in the late 1980s.

MARY ELIZABETH DUPREE GRIMES ’30, “MISS SISTER BABE,” of Greenville died June 18 at 90. After 25 years at ECU, she retired and worked as a substitute teacher in Pitt County Schools for several years.

SCOTT DARRELL LANGLEY of Ocala, Fla., died Aug. 7. He had been a biomedical photographer at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.

JAMES EARL MANNING SR. of Greenville died Oct. 15. He worked with MacKenzie Security for 15 years and was a courier for seven years at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.

DAWN M. MCDONALD of Hudson, N.Y., died Oct. 5. She was formerly an executive pastry chef in ECU’s Campus Dining.

MARGARET MOORE SCHILLER of Greenville died May 23 at 93. She was an administrative secretary with the ECU home economics department and later with the biology department.

LETHA DIXON SUMERLIN of Winterville died Aug. 30. In 1988, she retired from ECU as a recreational coordinator after 22 years.


MARION WOOD CURRIE ’37, formerly of Fayetteville,
died July 29 at 95.

EstherDennisGibson_optESTHER DENNIS GIBSON ’36 ’64 of Ayden died Oct. 31. She taught in Stokes County, at Contentnea High School in Lenior County, at Ayden High School and at Lenoir Community College where she retired in 1982 as head of the English department.

NANNIE WETHINGTON SMITH ’36 of Grifton died Sept. 4 at 90. A lifelong resident of Grifton, she retired as town clerk.


HUBERT BUNN BERGERON JR. ’48 ’51 of Waldorf, Md., died Sept. 10. A WWII Army veteran, he taught school for 42 years in Norfolk, teaching at Norview High School, Lake Taylor High School and B.T. Washington High School. NINA RUTH LONG COOPER ’49 of Sanford died June 30. A retired educator, she was a long time employee of Central Carolina Community College. ZALIA CAROWAN FOWLER ’43 ’61 of High Point died Oct. 26. She was among the first teachers certified for the special education program in N.C., and served in the special Virginia Armfield School program in the High Point City Schools sponsored by the Junior League. In 1972, she was designated as one of six Special Reading Teachers in Guilford County and was later recognized as a Parent Educator for all Title 1 students in High Point. MARIETTA G. FRANKLIN ’45 of Raleigh died Sept. 28. She was a media specialist for Wake County Public Schools and Ravenscroft School from the 1960s through the 1980s. DAPHNE ADELE REES MILES ’43 ’50 of McLeansville died Oct. 1. She taught in the Guilford City School system for more than 22 years. KATRINE COLLIE PARKER ’40 of Virginia Beach, Va., died Sept. 4 at 91. She taught elementary school in Seaboard and Rich Square, retiring from the Northampton County School System after 29 years. DWIGHT DAWSON THOMAS ’41 of Charlotte, died Sept. 30 at 91. He worked for many years at Carolina Moving & Transfer and was later employed with Dunmar Moving & Transfer. He was a member of the N.C. Movers Association and received many honors from this organization. JULIA DEAN SANDLIN TURNER ’43 of Pink Hill died Oct. 15. She taught second grade and later was certified as a speech and hearing therapist for the Lenoir County School System. She finished her career as the first kindergarten teacher at Pink Hill Elementary School. MILDRED REEVES HOWARD WALKER ’43 of Buies Creek died Sept. 5 at 98. A retired elementary school teacher, she taught first, second or third grades for more than 32 years, the last 21 years in Harnett County schools. She last taught at Buies Creek Elementary School.


OCTAVIOUS TALMADGE “O.T.” BATCHELOR JR. ’50 of Rocky Mount died Sept. 19. WILLIAM BERRY “BUD” BLUE ’59 of Union, S.C., died Oct. 26. EDMUND BURGESS BOYD ’50 of Westmoreland, Tenn., died Nov. 9. In addition to family farming, he worked in a torpedo plant in Washington, D.C., served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy and worked at the Pentagon. WILLIAM JASPER “BILL” BROOKS ’59 of Wilmington died Nov. 8. “Coach Brooks” was the architect of the athletic program at UNC Wilmington and an inductee in several sports halls of fame. Starting in 1951, he was the first head basketball coach, athletic director, head baseball coach and chair of the health and physical education department at Wilmington College, UNCW’s precursor. He was athletic director for 40 years, won two national junior college baseball championships in 1961 and 1963, and led his basketball teams to two national junior college tournaments in 1962 and 1963. He helped to form the Colonial Athletic Association and was involved in constructing UNCW’s athletic facilities. WILLIAM ANDRES GLASGOW JR. ’52 ’58 of Wilson died Dec. 4. He was a high school band director for 32 years in Farmville and Wilson, and a woodwind instructor at Atlantic College. He performed in area bands for 65 years, and in recent years was a regular with the Moonlighters and Casablanca Bands in Raleigh. MILFORD JUDSON LAMB ’56 of Tarboro died Sept. 15. In 1991, he retired from Carolina Telephone Co., where he worked for 33 years in human resources. He raised and showed championship beagles. HELEN W. MEADOWS ’54 of Virginia Beach, Va., died Oct. 21. She taught in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools from 1953 to 1983. She worked with a Braille association, where she helped put together Bibles to be sent all over the world.


MARVIN L ALLEN ’68 of Kernersville died Oct. 17. He worked at Grinnell in Winston-Salem and joined Forsyth Tech in 1973, retiring as vice president of business technologies in 2004 after 31 years of service. He was an original board member, treasurer and emeritus board member of WinstonNet, a community organization focused on providing computer technology skills to the disadvantaged. WILLIAM EARL “BILL” BRINKLEY JR. ’64 of New Bern died Sept. 28. A founding partner of Brinkley, Elam and Knott, CPAs in New Bern, he practiced public accounting for more than 40 years before his recent retirement. At ECU, he was a founding member of the Kappa Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, later serving as president. His civic engagements included his beloved ECU Pirate Club, which he served as its president in 1978. ROBERT “BOB” LAWRENCE GASTON II ’69 of Greenville died Oct. 16. He was employed with Bank of America and lived in Greensboro and Raleigh before moving to Atlanta, where he worked in real estate and did FDIC contract work. For the past five years, he lived in Greenville. BERTHA ELIZABETH CROUSE GRUBB ’69 of Durham died Sept. 8. She was a teacher for more than 31 years, including 21 years with New Bern/Craven County Schools where she served as elementary supervisor, staff development coordinator and deputy assistant superintendent for instruction before retiring in 1987. JOANN BARBER LEITH ’63 ’66 of Greenville died Oct. 30. She was the fourth employee of what is now Pitt Community College and retired as division director of business in 1986. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert W. Leith Sr., retired emeritus faculty from ECU’s industry and technology department. BINGHAM BURLE “BING” MITCHELL JR. of North Shores died Nov. 22. He was a teacher, coach and athletic director for 36 years working at Bertie, Bath, Washington, Northside and South Central High Schools. He served as an assistant coach for the Bertie Senior High School State Championship Basketball team, was an assistant coach for the N.C. East-West All Star game, Washington Daily News Coach of the Year for two years, was inducted into the Washington High School Walk of Fame and was head coach for the Northside High School 2-A State Runner-up in football. RACHAEL ROBINSON FISHEL RICKS ’66, formerly of Littleton, died Sept. 11. She retired as assistant superintendent for instruction for the Warren County Schools.


DAVID ALAN AYSCUE ’76 died Sept. 22. He was the owner/operator of the Book Potato Literary Agency in Greenville. PARTHENIA “BONNIE” HARDY-HILL ’75 of Reidsville died Nov. 25. For more than 30 years, she taught in Virginia, Halifax County and Reidsville and was recognized as “Teacher of the Year” for Rockingham County Schools. DON NORTHCOTT ’73 of Trap died Sept. 7. He was a manager for North Eastern Grain, and owned and operated Trap Farm Supply and J. and N. Enterprises. WILLARD “BRIAN” STRICKLAND ’70 of Nashville died Sept. 14. SUSAN ”SIS” ROBERTA ROOK WOODARD ’75 of Henrico died Sept. 10. She was a social worker with district 19 CSB in Emporia until retiring in 2006. She was completing a doctorate in counseling from Liberty University.


LISA DUDLEY BRANCH ’80 of Greenville died Oct. 18. VALERIE LANIER JOSEPH ’86 of Petersburg, Va., died Nov. 2. She worked for Costco for more than 20 years. DIANA LYNN SNODGRASS OLIVE ’81 of Johnson City, Tenn., died April 12. She worked in nursing roles in medical ICU, cardiac rehabilitation, critical care nurse education, clinical trials and as a volunteer summer camp nurse. ROBERT DURWARD STATON JR. ’85 of Virginia Beach, Va., died Oct. 27. He worked for Hoffman Beverage Co. as a safety director and was an operations manager for S & R Transport; he was also part owner in Colonial Truck and Trailer.


SION ALFORD “SI” BELL JR. ’94 of High Point died Sept. 5. At ECU, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was employed with King Textiles of High Point. CAROLINE BUTTS ’94 of Wilmington died Nov. 4. She had a counseling practice through Alpha Counseling Center in Wilmington and was very active in the arts community in Wilmington. ALEXANDRA MARY GOEHL ’99 of Morrisville died Aug. 31. She was pursuing paramedic training. VIVIAN DENISE MELTON GORDON ’97 of Monroe died Sept. 1. She was a practice manager for the Union Family Practice in Monroe until illness forced her to retire in 2009. MICHELLE PARKER QUICK ’93 of Winterville died Nov. 15. She worked at Southern Bank of Greenville. CLEGG EVANDER SELL III, “BEAU,” ’96 of Wingate died Oct. 9. He had developed a love for the rodeo as a bull handler often serving as the first responder to fallen and injured cowboys. Dr. MAY HOPE WILKINS ’97 of Plymouth died Sept. 21. An educator for 39 years, she taught high school English, coached girls’ and boys’ tennis, consulted with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, was an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and was the principal of Plymouth High School.


VICTORIA T’NYA CARTER of Raleigh died Nov. 20. A junior double major in business and marketing with a minor in communication, she was a member of the Black Student Union and one of the 17-member fall 2010 pledge class of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a community service organization. BRIANA LATRICE GATHER of Winston-Salem died Nov. 21. A junior chemistry major, she was a member of the Black Student Union and was inducted into Golden Key. She was one of the 17-member fall 2010 pledge class of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a community service organization. Dr. ANNA WOODALL HUDSON ’08 of Winterville died Sept. 18. She served one year of residency at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. LISA BUCK LANGEMANN ’05 ’07 of Greenville died Oct. 12. She was in her third year as a second-grade teacher at Bethel Elementary School. RICHARD “RICK” CECIL ROBINSON ’02 of Sand Creek, Wis., died Sept. 18. He retired as a staff sergeant after 17 years in the U.S. Marines. SARA C. WEST ’00 of New Bern died Sept. 19. She was a soldier of the Salvation Army.