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  2000s     1990s     1970s - 80s
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1920s & below
In Memoriam  
Clarice Barnes
’34 of Clayton died July 13 at 99. She retired from Four Oaks Elementary School, Johnston County, after teaching first grade for 38 years. Elease Williams Bowling ’37 of LaPlata, Md., died July 24 at 97. In Charles County, Md., she taught second grade at Indian Head Elementary, Glasva Elementary, LaPlata Elementary, Walter Mitchell Elementary and Port Tobacco Elementary until retiring in 1976. Helen Louise Lassiter ’36 of Conway died June 11 at 97. She taught for a brief period after graduation.

Alice Bragg Bigham ’40 of Franklinton died June 29. She taught in the public school system for 39 years and in retirement tutored students in her home for 15 years. Adrian Ernul Brown Jr. ’48 of Manteo died June 30 at 94. He was a retired public school science teacher and coach. A WW II Army veteran, he played on the 1941 undefeated ECU football team and was a former cast member of The Lost Colony. Frances Crandall Roebuck Larkin ’41 of Washington died July 5 at 93. Ann Cates Moore ’47 of Burlington died May 26. She taught in the Burlington School System for five years. Marjorie Rowe Taylor ’44 of Greenville died June 3 at 90. For 30 years, she taught business education for the Hertford County School System, retiring in 1983. Millison “Millie” Bryant Taylor ’45 of Kernersville died June 13 at 90. She taught for more than 30 years in N.C. public schools. William “Bill” Clarence Taylor Jr. ’49 of Greenville died June 8. He started and was president of ABC Moving & Storage, Greenville.

Robert Maxwell “Bob” Chambers ’56 of San Marino, Calif., died May 24. He attended ECU on a football scholarship. He retired from Kustom Signals out of Kansas. Walter Barney Crumpler Jr. ’58 of Goldsboro died July 6. A member of the U.S. Navy Reserve, he was a public accountant. Charles Everett Elgin ’58 of Waterford, Va., died July 30. Margie Ruth West Gibbons ’55 of DeLand, Fla., died July 29. She taught for 32 years. Gerald “Jerry” Carlyle Jackson ’58 of Moncks Corner, S.C., died July 4. He was a retired auditor with the Navy Audit Service. Lee Victor Landing Jr. ’55 of Hilton Head Island, S.C., died July 8. He retired from the Federal Health Administration after more than 25 years. Curtis H. “Curt” Nichols ’50 of New Port Richey, Fla., died July 11. A U.S. Navy veteran, he worked with Commercial Credit for 38 years. James Knott Proctor Jr. ’52 of Greenville died Aug. 8. A U.S. Coast Guard veteran, he worked in sales and purchasing for more than 57 years, first at the J.B. Kittrell Company for 31 years and then at Eastern Carolina Vocational Center for 26 years. He played on ECU’s golf team.

Sadie Marie Barber Smith Blankenship ’60 ’63 of Wilton, Me., died May 21. She retired after many years of teaching. Ann Marie Duke Cobb ’69 of Pinetops died June 10. She taught at Rocky Mount Academy. Benjamin Haywood Courtney ’68 ’72 of Williamston died July 12. He was an assistant principal, principal and guidance counselor in Martin County Schools. William “Bill” Ellsworth Dansey Jr. ’63 died Sept. 23 in Greenville at 75. He owned the Candlewick Inn and The Pipeline restaurants in downtown Greenville. He also was a real estate developer who built Tar River Estates and other projects near campus. He served on the ECU Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1993 and was a member of the Greenville City Council.

Evelyn Johnson Kirkland ’61 ’62 of Lumberton died July 13. A member of Kappa Delta sorority at ECU, she taught 30 years in public schools in Greenville, Fayetteville and Lumberton. She served on ECU’s College of Education Dean’s Professional Advisory board and was elected to the College of Education Educator’s Hall of Fame. She was a member of the ECU Chancellors’ Society, the ECU Order of the Cupola, the ECU Women’s Roundtable and the ECU Alumni Association. Memorials can be made to the ECU Foundation (memo: James B. and Evelyn J. Kirkland Middle Grades Scholarship). Charles David Lord ’64 of Charlotte died July 1. Hewas a property and casualty insurance agent. Rebecca Ann Scott ’65 of New Bern died June 23. She worked at Kitchen on the Trent. Ann Lane Whitlow ’68 of Kinston died July 28. She taught second grade for 21 years at Southwood Elementary School, Kinston.

Janet Maness Angley ’78 of Concord died July 19. She was retired from the Raleigh School system. Michael George Bowe ’75 of Sugar Land, Texas, died July 5. He worked for LyondellBasell Industries. Robert Paul Britton ’78 of Greenville died July 5. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and a member of the Pirate Club for more than 25 years. He worked with all types of commercial and personal lines of insurance throughout eastern North Carolina. Kevin William Callahan ’79 of Greensboro died July 28. He retired from Southeast Guilford High School, Greensboro, after teaching and coaching for 34 years. Robert Michael Gabriel Jr. ’73 of Boca Raton, Fla., died June 28.A U.S. Army National Guard veteran, he started Carolina Carpet and Flooring, Chapel Hill/Carrboro, later renamed Gabriel, Menefee and Associates, from which he retired in 2012. Eula G. Graziano ’77of Grifton died Aug. 11. She taught in Pitt County schools, including Chicod and Pactolus schools. Linda Davis Johnson ’76 of Washington died June 15. Bobby Brantley Matthews ’73 of Wade died June 16. He retired as vice chancellor for business and finance at Fayetteville State University after serving 30 years in the state auditor’s office. David Roland Minges ’78 of Raleigh died Aug. 5. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi fraternity. As a lawyer he workedin the office of the N.C. Attorney General and later entered into private practice.

Susan Irene Brock ’80 of New Bern died June 9. She worked with the American Red Cross in Sumatra, Indonesia, after the tsunami; was training officer for the Peace Corps in Moldova and Kyrgyzstan; and was health officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was posthumously awarded US AID Career Achievement Award. Margaret “Peggy” Chinn Hartsell ’80 of New Bern died June 13. She worked in the Craven County School System for 31 years. Kathleen Rose Nesteriak Howard ’89 of Wake Forest died July 21. She was a registered health information administrator for 25 years, most recently for Duke Health System as a senior medical coder. Geoffrey Kenan ’87 of Greenville died June 11. He was a co-founder of Motivational Empowerment Network.

Clara E. Fadden Coniff ’97 of Warsaw died June 8. She was a clinical therapist in Sampson, Duplin, Pender and Onslow counties, specializing in children and families. She also worked in crisis counseling. Pamela Deen Fleming Holmes ’91 of Grifton died Aug. 12. She worked as a social worker at National Institute of Mental Health, INOVA, Fairfax Hospital, and most recently, Stanford Hospital. Richard Lee Littiken ’92 of Sanford died July 19. He was vice president of Cooper Mechanical Heating and Air Contractors and was an active alumnus of ECU’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Dr. Shannon Marie Maveety ’95 of Sacramento, Calif., died May 17. Since 2007, she taught at Granite Oaks Middle School in the Rocklin Unified School District, Calif. William “Bill” Derek Shields ’93 of Greenville died June 12. He taught at Martin Community College, Bertie County site; A. G. Cox Middle School; North Edgecombe County High School; Farmville Central High School and the GED program through Pitt Community College. Michael Sebron Williams ’93 of Charlotte died June 5. He owned R&R Safe Company, Charlotte.

Margaret Linda Zealy ’00 of Durham died May 25. She was executive director of the Exchange Club’s Family Center of Durham County.

Casey Kane of Burlington, a rising ECU senior music major and member of the marching band, died July 25. Braxton Horton, a rising ECU sophomore biology major, died June 1. Weston Michael Vandemerwe ’12 of Apex died Aug. 9. He worked for an insurance company. Stanley “Stan” Bennette Winstead ’13 of Rocky Mount died June 27. He was operations supervisor at WakeMed Mobile.


Dr. Alice J. Anderson of Greenville died Aug. 21. She recently retired as an assistant professor of environmental sciences and safety programs at ECU.

Dr. Ruth Boxberger of Great Bend, Kan., died Sept. 8 at 93. She was the first woman in the U.S. to receive a Ph.D. in music therapy and taught at ECU from 1967 until 1987 when she retired.

Dr. Michael Laird Bramley of Stokesdale died Aug. 24. He was a partner of Greenville Pediatric Services and one of the first pediatricians to care for infants in the fledgling neonatal intensive care program at ECU, eliminating the need to transfer severely ill children to UNC or Duke. He was also an assistant clinical professor at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.

Col. Douglas Felix Carty of High Point died Aug. 29 at 93. He was chair of ECU’s Department of Aerospace Studies from 1966 until 1969. He received the Arnold Air Society’s Outstanding Professor of Aerospace Studies and Advisor’s Award.

Dr. William “Bill” Hampton Holley ’59 of Greenville died July 2. He taught in ECU’s School of Art and Design from 1964 until accepting emeritus status in 1999. He was coordinator of art education from 1968 to 1996.

Michael Justin Lewis of Charleston, W. Va., died Aug. 2. A family physician by medical specialty, he was vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU from 2002 to 2006. He then served as executive assistant to Chancellor Steve Ballard working on specific health sciences projects, including the ECU School of Dental Medicine, “The Learning Village” and the Cardiovascular Diseases Institute until 2010.

John Burgess Matlock of Wilmington died Aug. 5. He was defensive line coach at ECU on Sonny Randle’s staff during the 1971 and 1972 seasons.

Dr. Douglas Frisbie Newton of Wilmington died Sept. 10. Early in his career he was an associate clinical professor of medicine at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine. In 1975 he entered private practice of gastroenterology and internal medicine at Quadrangle Internal Medicine in Greenville, which later became Physicians East.

Dr. Ralph Von Tresckow Napp of Winston-Salem died Sept. 9. He taught sociology and anthropology at ECU from 1957 to 1969. A WW II veteran, he co-wrote a book with a German professor about their combined war experiences as enemies.


Wayland H. Adams of Ayden died June 16. In 2005 he retired from ECU after 32 years. James Earl “JE” Boyd Jr. of Grimesland died Aug. 15. He was a brick mason in facility maintenance at ECU. Lt. Col. (ret.) Brad Stiles Carson of Raleigh died June 19. He worked at ECU in the 1980s. Edward Bruce Tapscott Jr. ’72 ’79 of Greenville died June 2. He worked in diabetes and obesity research at ECU. Kenneth Brown Wheeler ’71 ’77 ’82 of Greenville died Sept. 12. He retired from ECU’s student financial aid office and was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.


Rebekah Fulghum Kirby of Asheville died July 9 at 94. She served for 16 years on the ECU Board of Trustees, appointed by Gov. Terry Sanford and later reappointed by Gov. Robert W. Scott. During her tenure, ECU transitioned from a college to a university and the medical school was established. Harry Lewis Thompson of Windsor died Aug. 4. As curator of Port O’Plymouth Museum, Plymouth, he supported ECU historical research efforts in the area.