Tech. Sgt. Amy Perry watches as her daughter, Kayla, 9, works in the Tommy’s Road Elementary School computer lab at the Operation LINK after-school program in Goldsboro. Operation LINK is an AmeriCorps mentoring program to support children of military families in eastern North Carolina. Perry is in the Air Force and stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. (Photo by Jay Clark)
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In Memoriam  
Esther Mason Fulcher ’27 of Stacy died Feb. 24 at 105. She was a teacher at Stacy and Cove City and probably was East Carolina’s oldest living graduate. Josephine Atkisson “Pete” Hill ’29 of Burlington died March 5 at 95. At ECTC she was editor of the Tecoan and in Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. She joined Saco-Lowell in Sanford in the early 1940s as their first female tool designer.


Marie Tharrington Brown ’39 of Durham died April 4 at 95. She taught school in Nash County and worked for the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C.

Estaline Tew Bass ’42 from Clinton died July 6, 2013, at 92. She taught 37 years in Sampson County Schools.  Mary Emma Jefferson Burnette ’44 of Fountain died March 11 at 90. She taught school. Hellon Geddie Edwards ’40 of Ayden died Dec. 3 at 93. For 32 years she taught at Maury School in Maury and coached the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams. Dr. Julia Bray Fiorentino ’49 of Jacksonville, Fla., died Feb. 21. After serving as a teacher, she began a full-time ministry and traveled to more than 50 countries in 40 years. James Auburn Little ’48 of Winterville died Jan. 28 at 91. He worked for the Veterans Administration. He played football on ECTC’s 1941 undefeated team. Catherine Lewis Tew ’44 of Greensboro died on Feb. 14 at 90. She taught school and later became a homemaker. Richard R. West ’40 of Virginia Beach, Va., died Feb. 28 at 94. He was a teacher, salesman and operator of Oceana Driving School. Elizabeth Bridgers “Lib” Wilkerson ’45, formerly of Greenville, died March 22. She taught public school music in Kinston, Robersonville and Greenville.

Mary Ann Jones Ball ’56 of Kinston died Feb. 14. She taught in the business department at Lenoir Community College. Nalber “Nell” Lee Benham ’54 of Virginia Beach died Jan. 13. She taught high school physical education. Estelle McBride Boroughs ’59 of Southern Pines died on Jan. 26 at 90. She taught special education reading at Vass-Lakeview and Southern Pines elementary schools. Earl Gray Castellow ’58 ’60 of Greenville died Dec. 1. He taught physical education and coached at several schools. Vivian Mercer Cockrell ’53 of Columbus, Ga., died March 15. She taught in Pinehurst, Rocky Mount and Raleigh; was president of Carolina Blue Printers and owned an insurance agency. Harriett Louise Burnette Collins ’53 of Washington, D.C., died Dec. 18. Thomas Leroy Craft Jr. ’51 ’55 of Ayden died Feb. 9. He retired as associate superintendent of Pitt County Schools. John Franklin Daughtry ’54 of New Bern and Indian Beach died Jan. 1. A 29-year Air Force veteran, in 1962, he transported the spaceship Sigma 7 and several of the Mercury astronauts from Midway Island to Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. He captained the football team his senior year. Bobby C. Davis ’50 of Raleigh died Jan. 26. He worked for Martin Marietta Materials. Marshall Peterson DuVal Jr. ’57 of Grimesland died March 8. He was a Korean War veteran. Robert B. “Bob” Gaskins ’50 of Jacksonville died March 16. He taught for 39 years in Onslow County Schools. He was the first recipient of the ECU School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award. Paul Hamilton “Sonny” Geer Jr. ’50 of Morehead City died Feb. 12. A waterfront businessman, he served as a Morehead City councilman and chair of the town planning board. Jack Stewart Gray ’55 of Buxton died Dec. 10. He owned Tower Circle Motel in Buxton and was an active member of the island community. Frank McRay Hancock ’58 of Charlotte died Feb. 6. He was a retired agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Jeane Cullifer Hemingway ’56 died March 1. She taught school in Richmond, Va., and at North Pitt High School. Walter M. Jackson ’50 of Severna Park, Md., died Dec. 22. He was an Anne Arundel County high school principal. Betty Butler Jernigan ’52 of Edgewater, Md., died Jan. 2. For 25 years, she taught in North Carolina and Maryland schools. Mary Buckmaster Kietzman ’50 ’61 of Swansboro died March 25 at 91. She was a middle school teacher and later a high school teacher for the gifted. Claude Keith King ’55 of Virginia Beach, Va., died Dec. 14. A professional golfer and a member of ECU’s Sports Hall of Fame, he competed in 96 PGA Tour events, made 80 cuts and had eight top 10 finishes. Later he was head professional at Lake Wright Golf Course in Virginia Beach for 30 years. John Stacy King ’59 ’68 of Swansboro died March 7. He served 30 years in Wayne County as principal of New Hope School and Eastern Wayne High School. Gloria Taylor Davis Lee ’57 of Myrtle Beach, S.C., died March 8. She taught school for 35 years. Lorelle Franck Martin ’56 of Goldsboro died March 30 at 98. She retired from Mount Olive College as chair of the science department after 30 years of service. Billy Last Mason ’58 of Wilmington died Dec. 15. He had a 37-year career with New Hanover County Schools. Donald C. McGlohon Sr. ’54 of Greenville died Dec. 29. He founded the insurance agency McGlohon and Co. He was mayor of Greenville from 1979 to 1981 and a member of the Business Advisory Council of ECU’s College of Business. Robert Taylor “Bobby” Wells ’59 ’60 ’61 of Dunn died Nov. 19. He retired as personnel director for the Harnett County School System. Charles E. Woods ’50 of San Antonio, Texas, died Jan. 1. He served in the Air Force for more than 30 years and had the distinc­tion of commanding three different Air Force wings. In 1981, a scholar­ship at ECU was named in his honor.

John Lee Beach Sr. ’61 of Oak City died Jan. 1. He was a farmer, an insurance adjuster and a member of Oak City Fire Department. Betty Caviness Brantley ’66 of Greensboro died Jan. 22. She taught in Charlotte and Winston-Salem schools. At ECC she belonged to Chi Omega sorority. Samuel “Sam” Alexander Brown ’67 ’68 of Pinehurst died March 18. He owned The Real Estate Center of Pinehurst. Dr. Samuel Douglas Bryan ’68 of New Bern died Feb. 13 at 95. He was a dentist and later a rehabilitation counselor and consultant for the N.C. State Department of Human Resources, Services for the Blind. Ronald Cary Davis ’65 of Easton, Md., died March 6. He retired from the FBI after a 30-year career. Joseph B. “Skipper” Duke ’64 of Greenville died Jan. 19. He retired from DuPont. He played football at ECC and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Marie Gibbs Grimsley ’65 of Hot Springs, Ark., died Jan. 6. She was a teacher and owner of Grimsley Tax Service. Robin A. King ’66 of Southern Pines died Feb. 8. A Navy veteran, he was stationed aboard the USS Forrestal during a July 1967 fire that killed 134 sailors and injured 161. A hospital corpsman and medical staff member, he received the Bronze Star for his actions. Russell Ray Knowles Jr. ’64 of Sneads Ferry died Jan. 9. He worked for Federal Paper Board for 31 years. Harold Gene Marlowe ’60 of Whiteville died Dec. 9. He was CEO of Pioneer Savings and Loan and owned the Farm Store in Whiteville. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. David L. McCaffrey Jr. ’69 of Newark, Del., died Dec. 4. He worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Delaware. Margaret “Anne” Brown McCutcheon ’69 of Kinston died March 27. For 30 years she taught English at North Lenoir High School, Kinston. Dorning Prideaux Jenkins Metzler ’62 of Southern Pines died Dec. 2. She was a flight attendant and taught in Montgomery County schools. Joseph Elliot Patrick ’69 ’71 of Irvine, Calif., died Nov. 22. He retired as a CPA and auditor from Fluor International. Jack J. Pizzolato ’62 of Sarasota, Fla., and Toms River, N.J., died Feb. 17. He was a State Farm insurance agent for 36 years. Bobby Ray Pope ’61 of Lexington died Feb. 24. He retired from Lexington City Schools after 32 years. At ECC, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Berkley Moore Stephens Jr. ’65 of Winston-Salem died Feb. 3. He was an entrepreneur who played baseball at ECC and was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. Mary Latham Foster Waters ’66 of Sanford died Jan. 1. She was a retired Lee County public school art teacher.

George William Ahlsen Jr. ’70 of Newport died March 31. A Navy veteran, he taught at Lenoir Community College in Kinston and was a computer programmer. Gurney Alexander “Junior” Barbee Jr. ’71 of Norwood died Dec. 12. He taught at Stanfield Elementary, Norwood Elementary. James “Jim” Woodie Britt Jr. ’78 of Greenville died Feb. 5. He retired as a nurse for Pitt County Memorial Hospital, Nash General Hospital and Northcare Health Services of Greenville. James Earl “Jim” Cherry ’75 of Williamston died Feb. 14. He retired from Weyerhaeuser. Raymond Joseph “Joe” Dupere Jr. ’75 of Unity, Maine, died Feb. 28. He taught for 20 years at the University of Maine. Steven Kent May ’73 of Winston-Salem died Nov. 24. He was a commercial lender with NCNB, Nationsbank and The Self Help Organization in Charlotte. Betty Privott Dail Forehand ’79 of Camden died Feb. 3. She was a home economic extension agent. Veda Kay Glover ’76 ’81 of Jacksonville died March 18. She was a teacher and assistant principal in Onslow County Schools. Linda Barber Hawes ’71 ’88 of Richlands died March 29. She taught for 37 years as an elementary teacher and principal for Camp Lejeune Dependents Schools. Carl E. “Eddie” Hereford ’75 ’82 of St. Albans, W.Va., died Dec. 15. He taught in Raleigh and Franklin County schools. Maurice Clifton “Pete” Joyner ’71 of Tucker, Ga., died Dec. 10. Elaine Saunders King ’71 ’84 of Greenville died Feb. 6. She was a guidance counselor at Ayden Middle School. Janice Marie Burns Lucido ’71 of Ocean City, Md., died Jan. 23. She operated JL Interiors of Ocean City, Md. Donald Cecil McLane Jr. ’73 ’74 of Greenville died Dec. 1. He worked for Greenville City and Pitt County Schools. Alice Walters Mumford ’77 of Durham died Feb. 4. She retired from Durham County Schools as a guidance counselor. Peter Donald “Pete” Muse ’73 of Durham died Jan. 19. He was general manager at Instrotek in Raleigh. Marilyn Garrison Parker ’71 of Ardmore, Okla., died Nov. 30. She taught at the elementary and college level. Ludia Pearl Peele ’74 ’92 died Feb. 15. She retired after 36 years as a nurse and a nursing instructor. Henry William “Bud” Rouse Jr. ’78 of Washington died Feb. 26. He taught more than 30 years at West Craven High School. Cleo Philip “Pete” Stapleton ’79 of Swansboro died Jan. 3. A Korea and Vietnam veteran, he received the Bronze Star and other commendations. Sam Hawes Tedder ’78 of Fairmont died Jan. 6. He retired from the Fairmont City School System. Jerry Taylor Trott ’73 of Jacksonville died Dec. 31. He retired from the Wayne County School System. Gary O’Neal Wall ’70 died Jan. 9 in Laytonsville, Md. Kathleen Mann White ’72 of Winterville died Feb. 22. She taught in Craven County and Pitt County schools. Cynthia Rae Grinbergs Wooten ’78 of Burgaw died Feb. 26. She was co-owner of Quality Turf.

Patricia Haley Anderson ’83 of Wake Forest died Dec. 28. She taught in Fayetteville and Robersonville. Lynn Todd Blalock ’81 of Atlantic Beach, Fla., died March 13. She was a billing and coding specialist at Team Health Inc. Joan S. Boudreaux ’80 ’86 of Greenville died March 20. A former president of Pitt County American Lung Association, she volunteered with hospice for 24 years. Robert Lorenzo “Papa” Everett ’88 ’98 of Kinston died Dec. 27. He taught at Wesleyan College and Pitt Community College. Rodney DeWayne Faulkner ’86 of Farmville died Jan. 30. He worked in sales. Edward Vernon Ferrell III ’87 of Cornelius died March 23. He worked for Ferrell Realty Co. in Winston-Salem. Elizabeth “Dell” Croom Knox ’81 ’96 of Winterville died Dec. 3. She was a nurse manager at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for 33 years. Jennifer Lee Hill Kozel ’89 died Jan. 9. She retired after 30 years of teaching in Onslow County. Donald Merle Lawrence ’87 ’93 of Moncure died Dec. 12. He was an Army and Navy veteran. Dr. Jane Templeman Lewis ’80 of Newton Grove died March 15. For 37 years she was a counselor in Johnston and Sampson county schools. Alfrieda Wright Murphy ’81 of Wilmington died March 15. She retired from John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington. Priscilla Allen Askew Newton ’81 of Greenville died March 1. She taught in Hertford, Northampton, Bertie and Pamlico counties. Michael “Mike” McPartland ’86 of Cary died Nov. 27. At ECU he played rugby and was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Anne Kelly Davis Smith ’86 of Elizabethtown died March 26. For 30 years she taught at East Bladen High School. H. Todd Stone ’85 of Fredericksburg, Va., died Jan. 5. He was a middle school music educator. Christopher James Vigren ’80 of Pittsfield, Mass., died Jan. 12. James T. Wilkerson ’85 of Oxford died Feb. 14. For 38 years he worked for Warren County Schools. He later served as superintendent of the Hancock County, Ga., school system. Jo Ann Williams ’83 ’98 of Goldsboro died Dec. 17. She worked in the public schools for more than 30 years. Brenda L. Kline Williamson ’85 of Gilroy, Calif., died Jan. 9. She was director of the Western Region Developmental Disabilities Administration for the state of Maryland.

Christopher Baldwin ’97 of Raleigh died Feb. 24. He was a geologist with AMEC Engineering, Research Triangle Park. Walter “Trey” Lawrence Chapman III ’90 of Altavista, Va., died Jan. 11. He was manager of The Sportsman restaurant at Smith Mountain Lake. Jeffrey Paul Jones ’91 ’98 of Farmville died Feb. 26. He was a chemist at Merck in Greenville. C. Rudolph Knight ’92 ’99 of Tarboro died Nov. 29. He taught business at Edgecombe Community College and was director of continuing education. Jennifer Alford Laughinghouse ’97 of Greenville died Jan. 17. She worked in insurance sales at Alford and Associates in Rocky Mount. David Costner McAllister ’90 ’93 of Cary died March 9. He was a teacher and athletic trainer at Cary Academy in Cary. Lori Smith Pierce ’97 of Jacksonville died on Nov. 17. She taught at Wallace Rose Hill High School. Lois Carol Wheatley Redmond ’98 of Garner died Jan. 9. She was a writer at the Durham Herald-Sun for many years. Kathleen B. Smith ’97 ’06 of Greenville died Jan. 31. She taught music at Kinston High School before becoming a psychotherapist in Greenville. Linda Gibson Williams ’90 of Rocky Mount died Feb. 27. She taught at Rocky Mount Senior High.

Patricia McLaughlin ’01 ’04 of Winterville died Feb. 7. She taught in West Greene Elementary School in Greene County. Christopher Scott “Chris” Shiflett ’07 of Hickory died Dec. 28. He was a pharmacist at Cape Fear Valley Hospital. Brent Copeland Sprange ’04 of Fletcher died March 28. He was a physician assistant in the Asheville area. Matthew Francis Sullivan ’02 of Raleigh died Jan. 27. He was a sales representative at Lumenis Aesthetic in Raleigh. Aubrey Antley Wilford ’07 of Greenville died Jan. 4.

Stephen Nicholas Alexieff ’10 of Raleigh died Feb. 20. He was a telecommunications engineer at UC Synergetic in Raleigh. Derek Deontay Blacknall of Greensboro died Dec. 9. He played defensive back for the Pirates between 2008 and 2011. Roy Alton “Trey” Peaden III of Farmville died Nov. 30. He was studying to become an elementary education teacher. Edward Blake Tolley of Raleigh died Nov. 29. He was a senior construction management major and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.


Barry Michael Shank of Greenville died Jan. 11. He taught music theory, trumpet and conduct­ing at ECU from 1961 until 1995. He also was director of music for ECU’s Summer Theatre. For more than 20 years he also hosted Barry Shank’s Wind Machine in Greenville’s Sunday in the Park series and played in Greenville’s Emerald City Big Band. He umpired youth league baseball games for more than 30 years.

Fred D. Ragan ’59 ’61 of Brevard died Nov. 11. He taught history from 1965-1996, served as history department chair from 1979-1986 and was director of graduate studies from 1988-1991. He retired with emeritus status.

Dr. Everett Coy Simpson of Greenville died March 29. He joined ECU’s biology department in 1961 and taught there until retiring in 1987. He received the Robert Jones Award for Teaching Excellence and was chair of the biology department.

Walter T. Calhoun
of Greenville died Dec. 22. He taught history at ECU from 1960 to 1990.

Dr. William Fredrick Bobzien III of Holly Springs, N.C., and Bridgton, Maine, died Dec. 24. He was a clinical professor of medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Evelyn Mae Powers of Rapidan, Va., died Dec. 25. She taught in ECU’s College of Education from 1991 to 1998.


James Ray Davenport of Bell Arthur died Jan. 21. For 25 years he worked in ECU’s central receiving department.

Richard “Dick” Farris of Winston-Salem died March 27. He spent 18 years at ECU Human Resources, ultimately becoming director.

Jan Lowe Foust ’80 of Winterville died March 11. She was an accountant at ECU for 32 years.

Ann Elizabeth Chaffin Wall ’81 of Bath died Feb. 26. She had a long career in special education and later was director of Project HIRE.


Ronald Earl Mason of Beaufort died Dec. 12. As a state legislator who served Carteret County in the N.C. House from 1971-1978, he introduced the bill establishing a four-year medical school at ECU.