University and Health System Obituaries for 2017

Deaths of university and health system faculty, staff and retirees as reported to Duke Human Resources

Below are Duke University and Duke University Health System employees and retirees who passed away in 2017, as reported to Duke Human Resources through July 2017.

July 2017

Fred T. McKee, a Health Information Management employee, working with Duke University Health System as a Medical Records Supervisor, died July 23, 2017. Fred was seventy-five years young upon his passing. He will be missed by family and friends alike. Fred’s career path brought him to Duke on December 02, 1980 retiring June 01, 2005. Fred selflessly shared twenty-five years of his life with his Duke family. Rest in peace.

Brenda Morgan, a former N-63 Intermediate Care Registered Nurse serving the Surgical Oncology Department of Duke University Health System, died July 20, 2017.  Brenda grew up in Altona, Illinois, attended Illinois Wesleyan University (First Nursing Class) and after getting married and having two sons, she graduated in 1966. She decided to pursue a career in Public Health traveling to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill which she completed in 1974. Upon completion of her Master’s Program, she was asked to join the UNC Nursing School Faculty. Later, she was recruited and employed by Duke University as an instructor and student (doctoral studies). Upon retirement, Brenda chose to move to Indianola, IA to be close to family. Brenda was interested in quilting, needlepoint, genealogy and traveling. She was also very involved in the community serving on several boards and earning her DAR designation. Brenda began working with Duke on April 16, 1975 retiring February 01, 2001.

John H. Moore III, a former employee with Duke University, working as a Housekeeper with Housekeeping Operations, died on July 12, 2017. He followed his father’s footsteps choosing facilities management as his career path. Housekeepers work in a wide variety of spaces including labs, libraries, classrooms, office and athletic venues. Duke employs over 250 housekeepers who are responsible for the safe and effective cleaning of over 100 University buildings. John’s career with Duke began on June 02, 2003. John will be missed by family, friends and colleagues alike.

Lucille T. Evans, employed by Duke University West Campus, working in Housekeeping Operations for nearly twenty five years, died July 11, 2017. Lucille thoroughly enjoyed watching the Pioneer Woman Cooking Show, listening to the Blues, and taking care of her ‘do Chico’.  She also held a special love in her heart for flowers, there was not a flower in bloom that Lucille did not notice or appreciate. Grateful for the perfumed heavenly scent effused from buds that pulled her back into childhood memories of gardens long past; gardens filled with flowers bursting with colorful blooms. Lucille will be incredibly missed by her family and friends who mourn her loss but rejoice in her memory. Lucille began working with Duke on April 01, 1972 retiring May 01, 1996.

Jerdeane Foster Haymer, a former employee with Duke University Health System, working in the Sterile Processing Department, passed on July 04, 2017 at Duke Hock Family Pavilion.  Jerdeane’s career with Duke began on October 01, 1980 retiring January 01, 1997. She will be missed by family and friends alike.

Betsy Rooker Durham, a former employee with Duke Medical Center, working as a Respiratory Therapist, died July 02, 2017.  Betsy was eighty-five years young upon her passing. She was preceded in death by her husband Benjamin Durham, Jr. leaving her sons, Benjamin Durham III (Cindy) and Bryan Durham, grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Betsy’s career with Duke began on September 11, 1967 retiring May 01, 1997. She will be missed by many.

June 2017

Shirley Ann Parker Watson, an employee with Duke University Health System, working as a Patient Service Aide, died June 30, 2017. Shirley was 81 years young at the time of her passing. Shirley’s career with Duke began October 20, 1975 retiring January 01, 1998. Her gentle demeanor, kind words for all she met and bright smile, will remain in the hearts of all she assisted.

Gale L. Thompson, a former employee of Duke University working with Housekeeping Operations, died June 29, 2017. Gale was sixty-two years young at the time of death. Gale’s career with Duke began on November 21, 1994 retiring twenty-two years later on June 01, 2016. It is the bright smile and friendly demeanor that will be missed by all.

Shelia Johnson, a former Medical Assistant with Duke University Health System working with the Rankin Clinical Research Unit, died June 25, 2017.  Shelia began her career with Duke on October 10, 2011 retiring May 01, 2016. She will be missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Charles A. Burnette Sr., an employee with Duke University working with the Transit Operations Division, died June 20, 2017. Charles passed at 57 years young. Charles’s career with Duke began November 07, 2011.  He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and coworkers.

Eva Whitt, a Duke University employee who worked with the Building Management Department, died June 19, 2017.  Eva will be remembered as a joyous woman, always laughing about something current or a story that was told. She herself enjoyed telling a good story, especially stories about her marvelous and memorable adventures with her precious grand-daughter ‘Kenzie’ (super hero tales rose high above all other stories). Eva’s passing is a great loss to all who knew her; she will be incredibly missed. Eva began her career with Duke on May 08, 2000 retiring June 30, 2016.

Stephen Anthony Sparks, an employee of Duke University working with the Maintenance Department, as a High Voltage Electrician, died June 18, 2017. He was fifty-five years young. Survivors include his longtime companion, Elizabeth Love O’Briant, brother, Joe David, sister, Reba, three nieces, one great nephew and a special Aunt, Sadie Rae. Stephen enjoyed spending time with his family, working, cooking and listening to fabulous music. Steve’s career with Duke began on July 01, 1995.

Willie Rigsbee, a former employee with Duke University working as a Groundskeeper with Duke Athletics, died June 17, 2017. Willie was known a man who took great pride in his work, no job too small, no job too big, he conquered them all with verve resulting in a level far above the ordinary. Willie’s career began with Duke July 01, 2002 retiring June 13, 2013. He will be greatly missed by friends and family.

Patricia Shipman Smith, a member of the Duke University family, passed peacefully June 10, 2017. “Pat”, born the oldest of six children, blessed the lives of many with her angelic voice throughout her life. She was a member of the Peace Missionary Baptist Church located in Durham, where her voice will resonate in the hearts of her church family, family members and friends alike. Patricia’s career began at Duke on December 01, 1969 retiring May 01, 2007 sharing nearly forty years of her life with her Duke family.  

Dorothy Snipes Byrd, who served Duke Children’s Hospital working with the Child Life Services Division, died on June 10, 2017. Dorothy entered her heavenly home joining her husband Marvin along with her deceased parents, Walter and Annie Watson. Dorothy leaves two children, five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Dorothy began her career with Duke on December 20, 1961 until retirement March 31, 1991 embracing thirty years with Duke.

Evangelist Magdaline Yarbor Sellars, a former employee of Duke University working with the Total Rewards Department, died June 08, 2017. Evangelist began her career with Duke on October 10, 1988 retiring September 01, 2004. She is survived by her two sons, George and Ricky (and their wives) two daughters, Deborah and Sherri (and their husbands), fourteen grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Claiborne “Cornell” Hunt, a former employee of Duke Medical Center, working as a Respiratory Therapist with the Physiologic Monitoring Division, passed away peacefully in his home on June 08, 2017. Claiborne was born in Durham, was a member of the West Bend United Methodist Church, and was known for his love of the outdoors. Claiborne’s career with Duke began on February 01, 1993 retiring May 01, 2005.

Rose Ella “Roz” Wolbarsht, died after a brief illness, on Sunday, June 04, 2017. Roz held an administrative position in the English Department of Duke University. She was deeply involved in Hadassah Charities, various educational initiatives, and still found time to create a story-telling radio program that crossed many barriers. Roz was passionate about promoting access to reading and expanding cultural awareness spending many hours during her summers taking Bookmobiles to rural areas throughout the Southeast. Her unexpected death interrupted plans to move to Italy with her sister, who sings with a mainly charitable group known as Trio Musicando. Roz began her career with Duke on October 13, 1986 retiring April 01, 1993. She will be deeply missed.

Joe Erenst Lee Jr., an employee of Duke University working with the Marketplace in the Food Services Division, died June 01, 2017 at the age of 43. Joe’s career with Duke began October 24, 2005. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.

Dorothy Pendle Brock, a former employee with Duke University who served as the Director of Gift Records, later becoming the Director of Endowments, died June 01, 2017.  Dot, was very active in the Durham community, spending twenty years working for the United Way of Durham,  served on countless boards, and spent over fifty years working with Altrusa International Foundation of Durham (a foundation dedicated to improving economic well-being and quality of life through a commitment to community services and literacy).  In retirement, Dot served as President of the Duke Retirees Association, was a member of the Iron Dukes and proudly claimed the title of a ‘Cameron Crazy’ regularly attending the Blue Devils basketball games. Dot’s career with Duke began on June 10, 1969 retiring June 30, 2007 sharing nearly forty years of her life with Duke.

May 2017

Clydia Catherine Kea, a former employee with Duke University working as a Housekeeper Specialist, died May 31, 2017. Clydia leaves her husband William Jackson Kea after 69 years of blissful marriage. Clydia’s career with Duke began on January 9, 1976 retiring August 31, 1998.

Carol Irene Medlin Carroll, a Patient Account Associate with Duke University Health System, died peacefully at Hock Family Pavilion on May 29, 2017. Carol was known best for her devotion to her family, reading the bible, a deep passion for helping others and for loving the beach.  Carol began working with Duke on August 02, 2010 retiring October 28, 2016.

Samuel DuBois Cook, Duke’s first African-American Faculty Member died, May 30, 2017. Samuel DuBois Cook was a devoted member of the Duke Community holding a special place in Duke’s history.  He was a scholar of political science who was intimately involved with the leadership of the civil rights movement. Throughout his life, Samuel worked for a society based on inclusion, reconciliation and mutual respect for all. In 1981 Samuel DuBois Cook was named a member of the Duke Board of Trustees and later became a Trustee Emeritus. In 1997, Duke established the Samuel DuBois Cook Society, which continued Cook’s work affirming and celebrating the efforts of African Americans at Duke.

Patricia Dickinson, served Duke University employed with Central Administrative Management through Duke Temporary Services. Patricia joined the Duke workforce on September 14, 2009. She passed away suddenly on May 30, 2017. Patricia is survived by her husband, daughter, son, step-daughter and step-son. Patricia was blessed with six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  

Janet M. Linn, a former employee with Duke University working in the Office of the Provost General Administration, died May 23, 2017.  Janet’s career with Duke began on October 09, 1980 retiring September 01, 2001. She will be missed by family and friends alike.

Marie Ann LaMontagne Abbene Sayre, a former employee with Duke Medical Center working in the Opthalmology Department as an Administrative Secretary, died May 23, 2017.  Marie’s career with Duke began on August 19, 1991 retiring January 01, 2008.

Carolyn Blake Walters, an employee of Duke Medical Center working as a Project Coordinator with the Oncology Biostatical Center, died May 23, 2017.  Carolyn began her career with Duke on October 14, 1991. She will be greatly missed by her two daughters, grandson and husband, Joseph.

Robert W. Storms PhD, Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Affiliate of the Regeneration Next Initiative, employed with Duke University of Medicine, Division of Cellular Therapy, died May 22, 2017. Robert was the author of many highly regarded conference papers, medical journal articles and of the book “Defining Progenitors Based on their Expression of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase.” Historically Robert’s research focused on biology of hematopoietic stem cells and progenitors expanding to studies on mesenchymal stem cells isolated from umbilical cord tissue. Robert’s career with Duke began on November 16, 1993.

Tuggle Lewis Blalock, formerly employed by Duke University owner of Stream Plant Fireman-Staff Facilities Management-Steam Plant, died on May 21, 2017. Tuggle began his career on December 28, 1976 retiring March 03, 2004 sharing nearly thirty years with Duke University.

Daniel Ray Morris, an employee of Duke University, working in the HVAC & Refrigeration Preventative Maintenance, died May 17, 2017. Daniel is survived by his wife, Mary, three children along with six grandchildren. Daniel’s career began with Duke on June 16, 1998.

Charles 'Baba Chuck' Rudolph Davis, Durham dance legend, American Dance Festival Faculty Member of Duke University, died May 14, 2017. Baba Chuck founded the Chuck Davis Dance Company of New York in 1968 and the African American Dance Ensemble of Durham in 1983. He had been a panelist for several programs of the National Endowment for the Arts, served on the board of the North Carolina Arts Council since 1991 and in 1992 Mr. Davis received the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the state’s highest honor.  Baba Chuck made yearly trips to Africa giving dancers and choreographers the opportunity to perform in the USA.  He will be incredibly missed, Baba Chuck Davis and ‘DanceAfrica’ were cited as one of “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures”.

Flora Bell Cameron Long, formerly employed by Duke University working in the Department of Rewards and Recognition, died May 14, 2017. Flora’s career began on November 13, 1963 retiring August 23, 1994 sharing over thirty years of her life with Duke University.

Dr. Joannes H. Karis, Distinguished Emeritus Faculty Member-Department of Anesthesiology, died May 12, 2017. Dr. Karis was recruited by Duke July 01, 1975. The final 18 years of his illustrious career were spent with Duke University Health System performing cardiac anesthesia. Dr. Karis was quoted as stating, “I loved the sense of university community that Duke engendered, and I developed a particular pride and affection for this phase of my life.” Dr. Karis was involved with the development of physiologic monitoring for operating rooms and collaborated in the development of the Duke Automated Monitoring Equipment (DAME). During his final years at Duke, he represented the university as a volunteer with Project Hope to help develop cardiac anesthesia at university hospitals in Krakow, Poland, and Hangzhou, China. Dr. Karis will be remembered as a remarkable leader, scientist, pioneer, and philanthropist who was instrumental in the growth and development of both the cardiac and pediatric anesthesia divisions at Duke. Dr. Karis’s legacy of innovation, academia and humanity will continue to surround the people of Duke.

Annie Elizabeth “Kitty” Tillery, a former employee of Duke University working with the Finance Department in Accounts Receivable, died May 12, 2017. Annie began working on September 01, 1972 retiring January 01, 1995. She is survived by her husband Wade, four sons (and their wives), five grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Annie will be missed by all.

Mark LeRoy Bradford, an employee with Duke University Health System working as a Registered Nurse in the Oncology and Neurology Departments, died May 10, 2017. Mark’s career began with Duke on February 16, 2009. Taking care of people was Mark’s chosen path. He had also worked selflessly with hospice teams, in his service to others.  Mark enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening and music. He is survived by his husband Perico “Perry” Arcedo and will certainly be missed by all those he shared his life with.

Milton Collins, a former FD Service Ambulatory Service Center employee with Central Product Division, died May 10, 2017.  His career began on September 08, 1976 retiring October 11, 2010. Milton shared over thirty four years of his life working with Duke University.

Malinda Rush, a former Duke Raleigh Hospital employee working in the Rehabilitation Department of the hospital, died May 9, 2017.  Malinda began her career with Duke on August 28, 1961 retiring June 01, 2006. Malinda proudly served Duke Raleigh Hospital for over forty five years choosing a career path that allowed her to share her life with those in need.

Frederick Hudson Saunders, an employee of Duke University, working in Housekeeping Operations, died May 09, 2017. Frederick was 68 years young. He will be missed greatly by friends and family. Frederick’s career began with Duke on May 19, 1971 retiring February 01, 2004. May he rest in peace.

Judith Wallace Willis, a former employee working with the Duke University Health System, died May 6, 2017. It was befitting that Judith, known loving by family as “Ju” was born on the first day of the year, as she was the first of six children and was born a natural leader.  Judith completed her undergraduate degree in Radiology, receiving many accolades and specializations in her chosen field.  Judith’s generosity and heart were legendary. Many have thanked her for their quality of life, even when hers was being altered.  Facing her own adversities, Judith summoned up faith, support and love from the depths of her soul to champion and cheer on others in need. Judith’s career with Duke began on February 28, 2000 retiring February 02, 2017. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Joseph Myers, a former employee with Duke University Health System, died May 5, 2017. Joseph is survived by his wife, Joyce, his daughter, Kimberly Jo Ballard (Michael) and four grandchildren (Victoria, Cynthia Gray, Michael and Xander).  Joseph served Duke from July 4, 2011 retiring July 07, 2012.

Lucille Hill Brooks Becton, a former Certified Registered Nurse working with Duke University’s Private Diagnostic Clinic, died May 5, 2017. Lucille was a member of the Braggtown Baptist Church where she served as Deaconess. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and at the time of her passing was the oldest living graduate of the Watts School of Nursing. Lucille’s career began at Duke on January 11, 1965 retiring September 01, 1981.

William Upchurch, a former employee of Duke University working with Medical Facilities in Security Operations, died May 02, 2017.  William began his career with Duke on January 01, 1962 retiring December 21, 1983 sharing twenty years of his life with Duke.

Samuel Albert Alston, a former employee of Duke University Health System working in the DN Ancillary Operating Room, died May 02, 2017. Albert, as he was affectionately called, was reared by his grandparents, the late Ida Mayes Alston and Robert Alston. Albert began his career at Duke on November 13, 2006 retiring December 01, 2011.

Robin Lyons Puckett, a former Assistant to the Dean of the Environment at Duke University, died May 01, 2017. This position earned Robin the University’s Presidential Award. She had once stated that her proudest achievement was the creation of the ‘cradling’ program within Duke’s Neonatal Department, which provided volunteers to cradle and comfort sick and premature infants. The program was instituted in the 1980’s and continues today. Robin left an indelible impression on all her knew her. Her gentle kindness, patience, goodness and grace are legendary amongst her family and friends. She held a smile in her pocket for all. Robin began her career with Duke on April 17, 1985 retiring July 01, 2001.

 

April 2017

Dennis Morgan, an IT Analyst working with Duke Health Technology Solutions Data Center Service, died April 30, 2017. Dennis began his career with Duke on June 14, 1996 retiring August 09, 2006.

Willie Mae Mason, departed this life at 91 years young on April 30, 2017. Willie Mae worked for Duke University Medical Center as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Medical Unit-8100. She began her career with Duke on July 01, 1962 retiring September 01, 1991 sharing nearly thirty years with Duke. Willie Mae is survived by her son Fred Mason, Jr. and daughters, Gladys, and Pearl along with two grandchildren.

James Newton McQuay, was a gentle, loving, and quiet man. Quick to smile and slow to talk. James cared about serving God and others in the world through nature, (especially with plants). He was both scientific and creative in his endeavors.  James Newton left his family and this earth, passing on April 27, 2017. His family was what he valued above all else, and he lived his life expressing that love. James was a North Carolinian native, growing up on a farm that is now downtown Charlotte. He worked hard milking cows and slopping the hogs before and after school, but exhibited quite a sense of humor with his brothers and sisters who knew him as a mischievous clown. James began his career with Duke as a Botanist on July 01, 1962 retiring December 01, 1992 sharing thirty years of his life with Duke. James Newton Served in the U.S. Air Force; thank you for your service James, may you rest in peace.

Virginia Hotelling, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University died, April 27, 2017. Virginia went on later to earn an Executive MBA degree from Wake Forest University. She worked with Duke University Health System in the Pathology Department. She began her career on April 01, 1962 retiring November 01, 1998 sharing thirty six years of her life with Duke. She will be dearly missed by her husband William and their two children.

Roger Vick Atkins, of Hillsborough, North Carolina passed away April 26, 2017 after a long fought, battle with cancer. Roger was a North Carolinian native, growing up in the Sandhills region. He graduated from North Carolina at Chapel Hill, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era, completing a tour of duty in Cam Ranh Bay. He retired from Duke University where he worked for the Department of Psychiatry, Center for Aging, Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorder Family Support Network. Roger was also the owner of Compliance Resources LLC, a company serving the pharmaceutical industry. Roger’s greatest treasures were his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered as a gentle and quiet spirit, an avid reader, a true intellect, a world traveler and a devoted UNC Tar Heel Fan. Thank you for your service Roger, may you rest in peace. Roger began his career with Duke on September 01, 1981 retiring November 01, 2011.

Charles Marshall Clay, departed this life on April 25, 2017. He was a graduate of Hillside High School (class of 1967) going on to receive an Associate’s Degree from Vance Community College. Charles also proudly served his county as an U.S. Army Veteran. He retired from Duke University working in the Patient Revenue Management Organization after sharing thirty three years of his life with his Duke family. He began his career on April 18, 1977 retiring January 01, 2010. Thank you for your service Charles, may you rest in peace.

Ellen Ruffin Torain, a former employee working with the Patient Visitor Assistance Service of Duke University Health System, died April 24, 2017. Ellen began working with Duke on September 01, 1981 retiring April 01, 2009 sharing nearly thirty years of her life with Duke. She is survived by her husband Deacon, son George, daughters Dalphine, Lenore, and Sylvia a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

John Wallis, a former employee of Duke University working as a Project Coordinator with the Arts & Sciences Facilities died April 23, 2017. John’s career with Duke began on July 01, 1997 retiring January 01, 2010. John’s smile and kind demeanor will be missed by all who knew him.

Margaret Blanton, a former employee of Duke Divinity School, who worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Office of the Dean, died April22, 2017. Margaret’s career with Duke began, April 09, 1994 retiring December 01, 1999. She will be missed by family and friends alike.

Craufurd Goodwin, a James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Economics, who in more than fifty years at Duke, helped shape the university’s course during the strife of the 1960s, died April 20, 2017. Craufurd made Duke a leader in the study of the history of economic thought and boosted the profile of The Graduate School. He held several leadership roles at the university, including vice provost, university secretary and dean of the Graduate School. Craufurd also helped launch the Master of Liberal Studies program (now known as the Graduate Liberal Studies program), which allowed thousands of adults to earn advanced degrees in interdisciplinary studies. His passing, leaves a significant loss to the Duke community. Craufurd began his career with Duke on September 01, 1962, his last day worked was April 20, 1017 embracing fifty-five years of life with Duke.

Nancy Shelton Holmes, a Duke retiree, died April 20, 2017. Nancy was employed with Duke University Health System working with the Surgical Pathology Laboratories. Her career with Duke began on January 08, 2004 retiring February 09, 2004. Nancy will be mourned by her husband Thomas, her two sons Skipper and Perry, four daughters, Sybil, Cindy, Robin and Becky, twelve grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Nancy will be missed by all her knew her.

Seth L. Warner, Math Professor Emeritus, died April 20, 2017.  Seth joined the Duke faculty as a research instructor in mathematics in 1955, became a professor in 1965, and served 11 years as departmental chairman before his retirement in 1995. He published 33 articles and two texts, Topological Fields and Topological Rings, he also published a two-volume text on modern algebra in 1954, which was reprinted in 1990. Seth studied the organ under H. Frank Bozyan while at Yale, Melville Smith while attending Harvard and under Andre’ Marchal while in France. He was well known for his performances on Duke Chapel organs, often giving public demonstrations of the Flentrop organ every Thursday shortly after its installation in 1976. Professor Warner entered the Faculty Fitness Program in 1971 becoming a runner, and eventually a marathoner. He will be remembered by many and missed by all.

John Blackwood, was the former Chief of Police for the town of Carrboro and was employed with Duke Regional Hospital as the Security Supervisor prior to his retirement. John died April 14, 2017.  He began his career on March 31, 1982 retiring April 01, 2007 sharing twenty five years of his life with Duke. When not on duty, John was an avid fisherman, great outdoorsman, and a diehard Tar Heel Fan but what he will be remembered most for is the love he held for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Addye Townsend, a former employee with Duke University Health System, employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse working in the Private Diagnostic Clinic-Community and Family Care Offices, died April 15, 2017. Addye’s career at Duke began on July 02, 1968 retiring January 05, 1996 sharing nearly thirty years of her life with Duke. Addye was 82 at the time of her passing. She is survived by her son and two daughters and four grandchildren who shone as the brightest light in her eyes.

Beatrice McMillian, a former employee of Duke University working in Duke North at the Atrium as a Food Service Associate, died April 13, 20017. Beatrice’s career at Duke began on February 24, 2003 retiring August 27, 2007. Her kind and pleasant demeanor will be missed by both family and friends.

Elizabeth Heath Danziger, a former employee of Duke University working in Compliance Affairs as an Analyst Programmer, died April 11, 2017. Elizabeth’s career began on May 08, 1969 retiring July 31, 1989 sharing twenty years of her life with Duke. Condolences to Elizabeth’s family and friends.

Rosa Mae Duncan Lewis, a former employee with Duke University Health System who served in the Patient Visitor Assistance Service Unit at Duke University Hospital, died April 9, 2017. Rosa Mae was married sixty years to her husband William Lewis Jr. who survives. She had no greater love than her family, close and extended. Rosa Mae began working with Duke on May 06, 1991 retiring April 01, 2002.

Mindy Lange Kash, a former Duke University Medical Center employee, died April 8, 2017. Mindy worked with Duke University School of Nursing in the SON-Faculty and Staff Unit. Her career began with Duke on February 02, 2007 retiring September 23, 2011.

Morris Weisfeld, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, employed by Duke University died April 08, 2017. Morris received his B.S. from Brooklyn College in 1949, his M.A and Ph D. From Yale University in 1951 and 1954, respectively. He taught sophomore calculus and applied mathematical analysis at Duke beginning in September of 1967. His research focused on the structure theory of rings and computational mathematics. He served as the managing editor of the Duke Mathematical Journal during the early 1970. Morris spent fifty years of his life with Duke University.

Annie Nelson, a former Duke University Health System employee who worked with Patient and Visitor Services, died on April 06, 2017. Annie’s career began on August 21, 1995 retiring September 01, 2010. Annie will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Tommie Lee McLain, Tommie “Beady” McLain, passed away in his home peacefully in the arms of his loving family on April 06, 2017.  Tommie began his career with Duke on February 10, 1998. He will be missed by many.

Leroy Bass, an employee who formerly worked on East Campus in the Utilities Department of Duke University, died April 01, 2017, 2016.  Uncle Boot, as his family called him, will be sorely missed as he was always the life of the party with a good story to tell. Leroy began working with Duke on March 29, 1989 retiring February 01, 2002.

March 2017

Dr. Robert Wilkins, a neurosurgeon, educator and editor passed away on March 31, 2017.      Dr. Wilkins received his postgraduate training at the Duke University Medical Center which consisted of two years residency in general surgery and five years residency in neurosurgery. Dr. Wilkins joined the neurosurgery faculty of Duke University and was an Assistant Professor at Duke from 1968 through 1972. He served the next four years at Scott and White Clinic in Temple, Texas, returning to Duke as Professor of Neurosurgery from 1976 through 2004. He became Professor Emeritus of Surgery starting in 2005, and Chief of the Duke Division of Neurosurgery from 1976 to 1996. Dr. Robert Wilkins made several humanitarian trips worldwide to aid those in need.

Frederick O. Purser Jr., a former Duke University employee, died March 28, 2017.  Frederick began his career with Duke on September 01, 1962 retiring November 01, 1993. Frederick graciously shared over thirty years of his life with Duke University.

Joseph George Pietrantoni Sr., passed away peacefully on March 28, 2017.  Joe was known at Duke as a visionary leader and a friend to all.  Upon his retirement from Duke as Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services, Joe was presented the prestigious University Medal and was recognized as “an innovator who made so many good things happen for Duke and for generations of Duke students.” Joe enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, Duke basketball and life at Kerr Lake. Joseph began his career with Duke on February 09, 1970 retiring June 30, 2005.

Marion Jackson, a former Duke University Health System employee who worked in the field of Medicine, died March27, 2017.  Marion’s career began with Duke on May 01, 1962 retiring February 01, 1990.

Betty Higgins, a former Accounting Specialist with Central Private Diagnostic Clinic/GL working in the Financial Management Department, died March27, 2017.  Betty began her career with Duke on December 03, 1979 retiring June 01, 1995.

Robert Frank Good, a former employee of Duke University Health System, working as a Clinical Research Associate, died March 25, 2017.  Robert’s passing was peaceful, surrounded by his loving family, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marlene and their children. Robert began his career with Duke on May 01, 1976 retiring January 13, 1995.

Bertha Gentry, a former employee of Duke University, died March 24, 2017.  Bertha began her career with Duke on August 01, 1980 retiring May 01, 2007 sharing nearly thirty years of her life with Duke.

Elaine H. Gorski, an employee of Duke University working with Central Administrative Management in the Finance Department died March 20, 2017.  Elaine was born in England, the oldest child of a military couple. Once stateside, Elaine grew up on a farm with three siblings. Her professional career was usually filled with numbers; from traffic manager at WCHL to tracking and managing research grants for Duke University. During her employment with Duke University an auto accident rendered Elaine a quadriplegic who exceeded what professionals predicted for her, at her level of injury. Elaine was deeply involved with the passing of an expansive consumer rights protection law in NC in 2009.  Elaine began working with Duke on January 22, 1997.

Carolyn Smith, a former employee working with Duke University Health System in the Patient Nutrition Department as a Food Service Associate, died March 20, 2017.  Carolyn’s career began at Duke on March 30, 2000 retiring November 22, 2010.

Helen Parks, a former employee working with Duke University Health System in the Pathology Department as a Research Specialist, died March 20, 2017. Helen began her career on May 03, 1962 retiring on April 01, 1990. Nearly thirty years of Helen’s life were spent with Duke Health.

Kishore Babu Chava, an employee with Duke University Health System working at the Inpatient OPS Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician died on March 18, 2017.  Kishore began working with Duke on May 14, 2007.

Joseph R. Hailey, a former employee with Duke University Health System working in the Gastroenterology Department, died March 17, 2017.  Joseph began his career with Duke on November 21, 1988 retiring January 1, 2002.

Emma Deborah Robinson Oliver, a former Duke University Health System employee working in Medical Unit-8100 at Duke Hospital, died March 16, 2017.  Emma’s career began on March 15, 1971 retiring July 20, 2013 sharing forty two years of life with Duke Health. She is survived by her four sons, Henery, Steven, William and Bryan along with one sister Cynane.

Ora Riley, a former Duke University Health System employee working in Surgical Unit 2300 at Duke Hospital, died March 16, 2017.  Ora’s career began on June 12, 1967 retiring January 01, 1995. Sharing nearly thirty years of life with Duke Health.

Albert Eldridge, born in Franklin Virginia, where he attended high school, later attending William and Mary, then receiving his doctorate at the University of Kentucky, Lexington began his long career with Duke University teaching both undergraduate and graduate students about Foreign Relations. Albert passed on March 16, 2017 in his home surrounded by loved ones. He began serving Duke on September 01, 1970 sharing forty five years of his life with Duke. Albert will be greatly missed.

Lottie J. Smith, an employee with Duke University Health System working with the Private Diagnostic Clinic in the OB/GYN Department as a Clinical Assistant, died March 16, 2017. Lottie served Duke from May 08, 1995 sharing over twenty years of her life with Duke.

Ronald Witt, a Professor Emeritus of Duke University, died March 15, 2017.  Ronald’s career began at Duke in 1971 where he was Distinguished Professor of Medieval and Renaissance History until his retirement in 2004.

Hazel Humphrey, a former Duke University Health System employee who worked in Unit Support Services as a Patient Service Aide, died March 14, 2017.  Hazel’s career began on August 27, 1974 retiring January 31, 2000.

Donald Seaver, a former journalist and Director of News Services at Duke University, died March 11, 2017. He was 87 years young. Donald began his journalism career at the Charlotte Observer winning the prestigious Albert Lasker Medical Journalism Award in 1960 for his series on NC’s neglected mentally ill children. His career continued at Duke University where he worked from 1963 to 1988 as a medical science writer spending twenty five years of his live with Duke. Donald will be greatly missed by his three children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His wife Nancy (of 57 years) preceded his passing in June of 2016.

Lula Mae Jeffers Evans, a former Housekeeper Specialist for Duke University, died March 10, 2017 peacefully in her home at 93 years young. Lula’s career began at Duke on March 14, 1962, 1970 retiring January 01, 1986.

Robert J. Smith, a former employee with Duke University working in Duke Parking and Transportation Department, died March 10, 2017. Robert’s career began at Duke on February 05, 1974. He will be missed by family, coworkers and friends.

Nelda Mold, a former Duke University Health System employee working in the Division of Hematology as a Laboratory Research Analyst, died March 06, 2017. Nelda’s career began at Duke on July 24, 1970 retiring March 19, 1994.

Marie Crump, A former Food Nutritionist working with Central Production at Duke University, died March 06, 2017. Marie began working with Duke on March 25, 1980 retiring May 31, 1994.

Beulah Prout, an employee with Duke Regional Hospital, working with Trauma Unit-22, died March 06, 2017. Beulah began working with Duke on March 26, 2001 retiring May 01, 2002. She will be missed by many.

Mary Copeland, a former employee of Duke University Health System working in the Ambulatory Surgical Unit in an Administrative role, died March 04, 2017. Mary began working with Duke Health on April 10, 1979 retiring May 01, 1995.

Louise Benjamin, a former Food Production Associate working with Duke University servicing the Great Hall, died March 04, 2017. Louise’s career began on August 30, 1974 retiring September 28, 2001.

Helen Kinton, a former employee of Duke University Health System working with the Duke Diet and Fitness Program, died March 02, 2017. Helen began her career on October 17, 1977 retiring May 01, 2009. Helen shared over thirty years of her life with Duke Health.

February 2017

Alida Cockerham, a former employee of Duke University’s Human Resources Department working as a Benefits Specialist, died February 28, 2017. Having worked beside Alida for several years, I quickly responded to her keen sense of humor, it was difficult, if not completely impossible, to work along-side Alida without appreciating her stellar customer service, the joy of her laughter as well as her loyalty to her coworkers and clients served. Alida will be missed for her bright smile, the dedication to her career and for the joy she spread daily to those around her. Alida began her career with Duke on February 12, 1986 retiring December 01, 2015 sharing nearly thirty years of her life with Duke.

Georginna Myers, an employee with Duke Regional Hospital working as an Obstetric Technician in the Duke Regional Hospital Delivery Room, died on February 28, 2017.  Georginna began working with Duke on November 11, 1996. Her gentle presence will be missed by all who knew her.

Jack Metcalf, a former Associate VP of Budgets & Analysis with Duke University working as a Cost Accounting Specialist, died on February 26, 2017.  He graduated from Durham High School, and Durham Technical College going on to be employed with Duke University where he spent over forty years of his life with Duke. He was fondly known as a ‘Cameron Crazie’ as Jack was more than an avid fan of Duke Blue Devil basketball. Jack began working with Duke on September 09, 1969 retiring January 29, 2010. He will be missed by many.

Thomas Wilson, joined the faculty at Duke University in Electrical Engineering, where for thirty five years he demanded much of his students, and much of himself in support of his students. Tom was a pioneering researcher in the field power electronics. With colleague Harry Owen, Tom taught, supervised, advised and graduated 38 Maters and PhD students. He was a Durhamite since 1959, passing peacefully in his home at 91 years young on February 25, 2017.  Tom particularly enjoyed summer vacations on Mount Desert Island, Maine, surrounded with family. He served as hike leader for many years, bringing to that job his customary conscientiousness, and his endearing ‘goofiness’ which children and parent alike adored. Thomas began working with Duke on September 01, 1959.

Geraldine Lyons, a former employee with Duke Regional Hospital working in the Rehabilitation Department, died on February 25, 2017.  Geraldine began working with Duke on March 05, 1970 retiring June 01, 2003.

Hans Keizer, a former employee with Duke Medical Center working in Cell Biology, died on February 25, 2017.  Hans hailed from Rougemont, North Carolina born in the Netherlands. He immigrated to the United Stated forty nine years ago with his family in tow at the invitation to come and work in the laboratory at Duke Medical Center as a Biomedical Research Chemist. During his career at Duke he worked on several projects in the field of the infra-red light spectrophotometry, earning several patents that he shared with colleagues. Hans enjoyed good food, card games, reading mystery novels, Big Band jazz, black and white movies and his beloved family. He began working with Duke on June 17, 1991 retiring July 31, 1991.

Margaret Bobbit, a former employee working with Duke University as an Environmental Services Support Member, died February 24, 2017.  Margaret’s career began at Duke on March 09, 1965 retiring June 01, 1986.

Susan Elizabeth Davis, an employee working in the Searle Center as a Housekeeper, died February 22, 2017. Susan will be missed by her mother, Carolyn Smith; sons, Timothy Davis, and Robert Parker; along with Susan’s brothers, Jeff Davis, Patrick Davis, and Wallace Davis; and sisters, Charletta Parker and Tara Smith; and two grandchildren Zya and Brielle. Susan began her career at Duke on March 14, 1988.

Grace Mitchell Livingston, an employee with Duke Regional Hospital, died on February 20, 2017.  Grace Mitchell Livingston graduated from Harlem Hospital Center School of Nursing, working over 30 years in the Duke University Health System as a Registered Nurse, eventually retiring October 29, 2010. She enjoyed working in the healthcare field and continued to work part-time even after her retirement. Grace was an avid reader, loved to travel and enjoyed being with her family.

Linda Gail Goss Nifong, a former employee with Duke Medical Center, died February 15, 2017.  Linda served as a Manager of the Orthotics and Prosthetic Department while working with the Duke Medical Center for over thirty five years. Linda was a sassy and classy lady who spent much of her time, giving freely to others. Linda’s career with Duke began on June 04, 1969. She will always be cherished by those who knew her.

Ann Weems, a Staff Assistant working with Duke University Health System Endocrine Administration Office, died February 15, 2017.  Ann began her career with Duke on May 14, 2007 retiring January 01, 2011.

Shirley Riggsbee, a former employee with the Duke University Athletic Department working administratively with the Football Team, died February 14, 2017. Shirley served Duke from September 26, 1977 retiring September 01, 2000.

Paul Stallard, an employee working with Duke Health Technology specifically within the CDMS Infrastructure as an IT Analyst, died February 14, 2017.  Paul’s career began on November 01, 2012.

Susan Boos, a former Duke University employee who worked in the Behavioral Psychiatry Department, died February 13, 2017.  Susan’s career began on August 06, 1973 retiring September 01, 2009.

Rafael Osuna, a former Duke University Faculty Professor Emeritus, died February 12, 2017. Rafael Osuna, Professor Emeritus of Romance Studies at Duke University is survived by his two children; Juan Antonia Osuna and Elena Osuna, and his grandson Anton. He was born in Cordoba, Spain moving to the United States in 1961. He published many academic books and articles, books of poetry and a novel. Rafael’s career began at Duke on September 01, 1977 retiring December 31, 2008.

Thaddeus Bryan Wester, Trustee Emeritus, died February 12, 2017. He was Lumberton’s first Pediatrician. Thaddeus was among the initial wave of doctors who helped establish what is known today as Southeastern Health. He also founded the Lumberton Children’s Clinic, which continues operating today. A few of the organizations he served and honored are: Duke University Trustee for twelve years; President of the North Carolina Health Directors Association; Distinguished Alumni Award Duke University Medical Center; U.S. Public Health Services Medal. He held a love for the outdoors, camping, fishing and gardening as well as the ocean where he had the reputation of being quite an accomplished sailor.

Raeford “Ray’ Delano Griffin, a former Duke University Medical Center employee working with the Engineering & Operations Safety Program in the Maintenance Division, died February 11, 2017. Ray retired after sharing twenty five years of his life with Duke University Medical Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. To quote a close friend, “Ray was one of the coolest people I have ever known. I will never forget him.” Raeford began working with Duke Health on September 28, 1981 retiring January 01, 2007. Thank you for your service Ray. May you graciously rest in peace.

Ricky Marsh, a former Duke University employee working in the Statistical Center, died February 10, 2017. Ricky’s career began on August 16, 1976 retiring April 01, 2016.

Larry Moore, a Duke University employee working as a Housekeeper Specialist in the Medical Sciences Building, died February 10, 2017. Larry’s career began on October 06, 1982 sharing thirty five years of his live with Duke.

William Earls, a former employee working in the Housekeeping Operations with Duke University Health System, died February 08, 2017. William began his career on August 8, 2005 retiring January 01, 2017.

Marisa Needham, PhD, DABCC, a Postdoctoral Associate working for Duke University Health System in the field of Pathology Research, died February 07, 2017 after fighting hard, the battle against a very aggressive, triple-hit lymphoma. Marisa joined the Duke work force on July 01, 2005. “I miss so much Marisa’s bright smile and great ideas.” Was quoted by a close friend. “It is a sad loss to her family, young son, her wider circle of friends, colleagues and to humanity.” The Duke community will sorely miss Marisa, her spirit, and tender heart.

James McCoy Teachey III, a Respiratory Therapist working in the Duke University Health System with the Pediatric and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, died peacefully in his home on February 06, 2017. James was known best for his immense compassion and impeccable competence. He was deeply appreciated by many children and their appreciative parents. James loved the beach, walking in nature and had an unrivaled faith in God. James began working with Duke on June 13, 2005.

Lottie Tilley McPherson, a former employee with Duke University working in the Private Diagnostic Clinic, died February 04, 2017.  Lottie was born on January 17, 1917 and passed on February 04, 2017 at 100 years young.  She was a long time resident of Durham, educated in the Durham school system, formerly employed by Duke University. Lottie’s career with Duke began on October 01, 1963 retiring April 01, 1980. What a gift to have held, 100 years of life that was appreciated every single day by Lottie. She awoke each morning with thanks in her heart greeting the day with a smile, come rain or shine.

Clarence Lipscomb, a former employee with Duke University working in the Patient Information Services Department, died February 03, 2017.  Clarence’s career with Duke began on June 30, 1975 retiring December 01, 2007.

Audrey Silberman, served Duke as a Volunteer with Duke Women’s Auxiliary in the mid-1960’s then served as the President for several terms. Audrey joined the Duke workforce in 1974 as a Staff Assistant in the Division of Hematology – Oncology before becoming an Administrative Assistant to a succession of Medical Directors at the Duke Emergency Department. Audrey Silberman, passed on February 03, 2017. She began her career with Duke on August 12, 1974 until retirement April 01, 2002 sharing twenty eight years of her life with Duke.

Margaret T. Moore, a former employee with Duke University working with Duke Press Journals, died February 02, 2017.  Margaret’s career with Duke began on September 01, 1977 retiring July 01, 1990.

January 2017

Ezella Hayes, a former employee of Duke University working at Primary Care Roxboro Road Clinic, died January 30, 2017.  Ezella began her career with Duke on August 12, 1975 retiring after thirty one years on June 01, 2006.

Jimmie Manley, an employee working with Autopsy Services, died January 30, 2017. Jimmie began his career on June 02, 1958 retiring on August 01, 1999 after sharing forty-one years of his life with Duke University Medical Center.

Kathy C. Beck, formerly employed by the Medical Center Library and Archives, working as the Assistant to the Dean for Library Services, died on January 27, 2017. Kathy began her career on September 02, 1970 retiring September 01, 2009 sharing over 39 years with Duke University Medical Center.

Carolette Campbell, a former long-time employee of both Duke North and Duke Regional Hospitals, working in Patient and Visitor Relations, as a communications clerk, died January 27, 2017. She is survived by her mother Eva Mae Campbell and her sister Delphine Houge-Forte. Carolette began working with Duke on August 27, 1986 retiring March 01, 2011.

Servan Yeargan Whitfield, a former employee with Duke Regional Hospital working in the Emergency Services Department, died January 27, 2017.  Servan graduated from the Watts School of Nursing where she began working in 1976.  She later moved to Duke Regional where she opened the hospital’s Emergency Room and is where she retired in 2004. She will be remembered by colleagues and friends for her compassion and devotion to the many patients she served during her nursing career. Servan’s career began on May 17, 1976 retiring June 01, 2004. She was a lady of elegance and grace holding great passion in her heart for those in need.

Frank Bumphus Sr., a former employee with Duke University Health System, working as the Director of Sterile Processing, died January 24, 2017.  Frank’s home was located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he lived at time of his passing. Frank’s career began on April 30, 1975 retiring July 27, 1990.

Roberta Ailene Moore, a Research Administrator for Duke University, died January 24, 2017.  Roberta began working with Duke on June 17, 2013. To quote a dear friend, “Roberta created a ripple of kindness that will live on forever.”

Linda Cash, a former employee working with Duke University in the Self Pay Department, died January 21, 2017. Linda began working on June 01, 1998 retiring eighteen years later on April 01, 2016.

Felicia Vernell Burgh Ellington, an employee with Duke Primary Care (located in Mebane) working as a Patient Service Associate, died January 21, 2017. Felicia began her career with Duke on March 16, 2015. Her greatest joy and love came from being with her family, especially her grandchildren, her second love was shopping and fashion.

Louise Blake Sims, an employee with Duke University Health System, working as a Therapy Aide, in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department, died January 21, 2017. Louise began her career with Duke on January 02, 1952 retiring June 30, 1992 sharing forty years of life with her Duke family. She will be missed by both, family and friends.

Jean Springle Williams, a former Librarian working with the Duke Marine Laboratory, died January 20, 2017.  Jean began her career on June 01, 1964 retiring January 01, 1991. She was a volunteer for numerous organizations as well as have eagerly contributed to her community.

Mary Willoughby, a former Duke University Library employee who worked in the Administration Offices of Collection Strategy and Development, died January 20, 2017.  Mary began her career with Duke on July 01, 1979 retiring May 01, 1997.

Arlene Clayton, a former employee working in the Duke Speech Pathology and Audiology Department, died January 17, 2017. Arlene’s career with Duke began on September 15, 1965 retiring July 01, 1984.

Norma Suzan Fletcher, a former employee with Duke University working as an Administrative Director, died January 13, 2017. Norma, born in Durham County, was preceded in death by her first husband, Wallace Morgan and her son, Stephen Boyd Morgan. Surviving are her daughter Beverly and her husband Kyle, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Norma served Duke from May 05, 1997 retiring July 01, 2008.

Sharon Hawks, an employee of Duke Hospital North working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, died January 10, 2017. Sharon joined the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Duke University School of Nursing, as their Assistant Program Director. She eventually became the Program Director. Her contributions to the anesthesia program and nursing profession were unending. Sharon’s career began at Duke on September 24, 2001. She will be greatly missed by friends, family and colleagues alike.

Russell Wayne Borland, a former employee of Duke University working in Curriculum Development, died January 09, 2017. Russell began his career with Duke on May 04, 1970 retiring January 01, 2013 sharing forty three years of his life with Duke. A previous co-worker stated, “I have such fond memories of Russell while he worked here at Duke and enjoyed keeping in touch with him via Facebook after his retirement. I am so sad for the family, my prayers are for peace and comfort.”

Mitchell Arlin Dixon, a former employee of Duke, working at the Marine Laboratory NSOEES, as a First Assistant Engineer, died January 07, 2017. Mitchell’s home was located in Harkers Island, where he worked with Duke University Marine Laboratory aboard the research vessel Cape Hatteras as an engineer for over twenty five years. Mitchell began his career with Duke on June 14, 1984 retiring June 22, 2007 sharing twenty five years of his life with Duke.

Queen E. Williams, a former employee of Duke working in Central Production, died January 05, 2017. Queen E. began her career with Duke on July 25, 1958 retiring August 01, 1998 sharing forty years of her life with Duke.

Dwight C. Walls, a former employee working in the Maintenance Division of Duke Medical Center, died January 05, 2017. Dwight was a floor specialist, once retiring from Duke, Dwight started his own company finishing floors for a number of years. Dwight’s career with Duke began August 01, 1980 retiring on April 01, 1993.

Agnes Overby Seate, a former employee with Duke University Medical Center working in Dietary Services, died January 01, 2017. Agnes served Duke from April 01, 1980 retiring on October 01, 1992.