University and Health System Obituaries for 2018

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 2018, as reported to Duke Human Resources through August 2018.

August 2018

Peggy L. Perry-Trice of Bahama, NC passed on August 06, 2018. Peggy was an active employee with Duke University Medical Center working with the Neurology Administrative Department. Her career with Duke began December 02, 1990 and continued until her passing, sharing nearly thirty years with her Duke family. Peggy leaves to cherish her memory, husband Richard H. Trice, Sr., son Perry Terrell Trice; father, Lennie Perry, mother Freida Watford, stepchildren, Richard H. (Ashley) Trice Jr., Crystal (Kelvin) Little and La’Qwanda Trice. Her sister Pamela, her brother, Timothy Perry and Mother-In-Law, Shirley Caldwell along with a host of nieces and nephews, plus her beloved eight grandchildren. Family, community and colleagues will miss Peggy.

July 2018

Marie Dunman, a former Patient Account Associate, employed by Duke University, working with Coding Operations, passed July 26, 2018. She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family after a long, courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). She was sixty-six years young. Marie was preceded in death by her father, Melvin Blevins, her mother, Cora Clayton Blevins, a brother, William Blevins and a grandson, Judson Clint Regan. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of nearly fifty years, James Gary Dunman, daughters Julie Dunman and Angela Dunman Regan (Barry) a grandson, Jeremy Harris and a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Marie Harris, her sisters, Cathy Jenkins (Tommy), Dixie Smith (Dean), Carolyn Wolfe (Scott), Patricia Blevins and Sarah Evans, her brothers Jerry Blevins and Kelly Blevins (Brenda) and a host of family and friends.  She loved God and family, always thinking of others even while enduring challenges of her own debilitating illness. She adored her devoted daytime nurse of ten years, Willie Garland as well as her other part-time caregivers, Kim Evans, Mandy Pleasant James, Kathy Oswald and Cassandra Scott.  She had fond memories of her work at TG&Y, C.M. Solomon, Talbert, Loxscreen and of course, Duke University.  She made lasting friendships with great coworkers that she considered to be like family.

Dr. Phail Wynn Jr., who spent nearly forty-five years of combined service as Duke University’s first Vice President for Durham and Regional Affairs and President of Durham Technical Community College, died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in his home. It is with profound sadness, the family of Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. announces his passing. Being a native of Oklahoma, Dr. Wynn has traveled extensively and North Carolinians were fortunate that he chose to spend so many years in Durham. His career is inclusive of service provided to Durham Technical Community and Duke University for a period exceeding forty-five years, respectively, touching the lives of so many adults, as well as, young people, through initiatives spearheaded by Dr. Wynn's wise thinking and efforts. Phail was instrumental in varied initiatives, which influenced our community in such a positive manner. To enhance his being, Phail was affiliated with a myriad of boards, organizations, businesses and fraternities. Inclusive in that listing are Alpha Tau Boule' and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. additionally, by serving in the United States Army, he honored our country. Phail was admired and respected for his accolades, his unassuming manner and his willingness to help others. Dr. Wynn will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched and remembered as a man of principle who was committed to bringing positive change to his/our community, which he so generously embraced. May Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr.'s legacy live on with in the Durham community. He was a trailblazing educator who became North Carolina’s first black community college president He will be remembered as a passionate, visionary leader who pursued excellence. Phail died of a heart attack, just weeks after he retired from Duke University. He was seventy years young.  “Phail Wynn’s impact on this community was and is both broad and deep,” said Bill Ingram, who succeeded Wynn as president of Durham Tech. “We can’t begin to estimate the number of students who passed through Durham Tech during his twenty-seven years as president, but we know that he touched and changed the lives of countless thousands.” Wynn’s funeral was held in Duke Chapel, his coffin draped with an American flag in honor of his military service that included a tour in Vietnam. The John Brown Quintet played his favorite jazz tunes during an upbeat ceremony where laughter at stories about Wynn competed with the muted sobs of mourners.

Elizabeth Frances White, a former employee with Duke University, working as a Physician Payroll Administrator, in the Private Diagnostic Clinic Finance Department, passed July 18, 2018. Elizabeth Frances was born on March 10, 1946 in Telford, TN. Married, in 1966, to Howard E. White, Jr. She was a Durham resident since 1970, had two sons, Steven and Philip. Elizabeth Frances worked at Duke for nearly forty years beginning her career on May 25, 1970 retiring June 01, 2008. She was a long-time member of The Summit Church. She is survived by Howard, her sons, daughters-in-laws, Karyn, Michelle, and Mia, along with her beloved grandchildren, Jacob, Anna, Logan, Paedon and Mason. Also left, to cherish her memory are sisters, Paula Todd and Blue Sample, brother, Mack Hayes. The family would like to thank the many friends who have been a part of her journey. Elizabeth Frances will be missed greatly.

Marianne Green Taylor, a former employee of Duke University Medical Center, working as a Staff Specialist in the Pathology Department, passed away peacefully in Hock Family Pavilion on July 11.2018. Marianne was seventy-six years young. Her career with Duke began January 21, 1965 retiring June 01, 2013 sharing nearly fifty years with her Duke family.  

Robert P. Behringer, of Durham, NC, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2018 after a short illness. Robert was surrounded by his loving family, and will be dearly missed. Dr. Behringer received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Duke University in 1970 and his PhD from Duke University, in 1975. He served as department chair from 1999-2002, Robert lead the successful Behringer Group researching aspects of granular and fluid flows, received countless awards and recognitions, including the James B. Duke Chaired Professorship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship and the Jesse Beams Award of the Physical Society and was beloved by all who knew him. Dr. Behringer is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Sue; his children, Michael Behringer and wife Jennifer, and Molly Behringer and fiancé Nate Thompson; his grandchildren, Lauren, Ashley, Carter and Emma; and his brother, Frederick and wife Susan. Duke flags were lowered to honor the Physics Professor.

Charlie Cameron Jr., a former employee with Duke University, working as an Animal Caretaker II, with the Lab Animal Resource Division, passed on July 09, 2018. Mr. Charlie was seventy-seven years young. His career with Duke University began on September 30, 1969 retiring April 01, 2006, embracing nearly forty years with his Duke family. Surviving relatives include his wife, Mary Cameron; son, Jerry Conley Cameron; daughters, Deneen Cobb and Tiffany Sherrell; brother, Joe Cameron; sisters, Catherine, Earnestine, Mary, Marjorie, Corliss, Barbara, and Linda; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

Cheryl Rodgers, an active employee with Duke University Medical Center of  Nursing, working in the Son-Faculty & Staff of the Medical Center, as an Associate Professor, holding the distinguished degrees of PhD, RN, CPNP, CPON, FAAN,  passed away on July 07, 2018 at the young age of fifty-one. She was surrounded by her loving family. Cheryl was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Daryl & Twila Rodgers. At a very young age, Cheryl knew her life-long passion was to help others. She earned her BSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1989, her MSN from the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center in 2000, and her PhD from Texas Woman’s University in 2009. She moved to Houston after graduating in 1989 to work at MD Anderson Cancer Center. It was there that she met her husband, Eric. After leaving MD Anderson, she went to work for Baylor College of Medicine. Cheryl excelled at everything she did. She devoted her life to help children fight cancer. It was often said that her smile alone could cure anyone. Cheryl joined Duke University in 2013 where she was an associate professor in the school of nursing. Her research focus was pediatric bone marrow transplant patients. She served as a manuscript reviewer for pediatric and oncology journals and was a member of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing Editorial Board. She served as the Evidence–Based Practice Chair and member of the Nursing Discipline Steering Council within the Children’s Oncology Group. She received numerous honors and awards throughout her career including being selected as the Top 20 Texas Nurses and the 2018 American Academy of Nursing Fellows. She had numerous publications and was author and co-editor of several pediatric nursing textbooks. Cheryl and Eric loved to travel worldwide and sail. Cheryl’s family would like to offer a special thanks to Duke University and Hospital for their care, compassion, and love. Cheryl is survived by husband Eric, parents Daryl & Twila Rodgers, sisters: Sheila (Chris) Roberts, Joleen (John) Jourdan, nephews, niece, other family and friends.

Roger G. Phillips, a former employee with the Duke University Health System, working as a Biomedical Equipment Specialist, Clinical Engineer, passed on July 06, 2018. He will be missed by both family and community.

Shelly Y. Wilkins, a Pharmacy Patient Assistance Service Technician II, working with Duke University in the Hospital Based Clinics, passed on July 03, 2018. Shelly was fifty years young at the time of her death. She began her career with Duke on June 16, 1997.

June 2018

Nettie Carolyn Billingsley, left her earthly home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 02, 2018. She was seventy-one years young. She was born to the late Lacy Freeman and Zula Mae Young. She was the oldest granddaughter of the late James and Betty Young. Nettie was preceded in death by her mother Zula Mae Mitchell, brothers Herman “June” Mitchell and Major Mitchell, and a sister Betty Mitchell. She was also preceded in death by her favorite aunt, Edna Wilcher Bynum and her closest cousin, Earline Wilcher. Nettie., or Carolyn as she liked to be called,  received her high school diploma and nursing certification from Durham Technical Community College. She became a MLPN at Duke University Hospital where she worked diligently for forty years before retiring in 2008. She was a faithful member of Peace Missionary Church until her health declined. She was married in 1968 to Duke Billingsley and they were blessed with one son, Kenith. She was loving mother and wife and she cared for her siblings, relatives, and friends in a generous and special way. She also enjoyed learning as much as she could about healthy eating and growing fresh herbs through reading then implementation. She leaves to cherish her loving memory; her husband, Willie Kenith “Duke” Billingsley (Audrey); son, Kenith Tauwan Billingsley; grandchild, Antonio Bagley; sisters, Ola Dixon and Nannie Ruth Bailey; sisters-in-law, Earnestine (William) Turner, Darlene Perry Woodley, Claudette Kellam and Gloria Beckwith; cousins, Yvonne Wilcher Head, John “Jody” Wilcher, James “Jay” Wilcher, Monica Wilcher, Lafayette “Midget” Moses, and a special friend Elizabeth Sutton and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Jack Streater Jr., passed away on June 04, 2018. He was sixty years young. Jack was loved and cherished by many people including : his spouses, Shelia, Sheila B. Streater; his sons, Jack Streater, III, Keith D. Streater (Cherita); his granddaughters, Isis Streater, Teagan Streater; his siblings, Melvin Streater (Sheila), Avie Curtis, Wanda Sutton, Velma Collier of Arizona, Joan Blakeney of Pennsylvania, Ida Mae Streater of Washington, Reece Funderburk of South Carolina; his siblings-in-law, Gattis Baines (Cynthia), Michael Baines (Cynthia), Narcolia Fulmore (Walter). He was also cherished by nieces, nephews, family members and friends. His career with Duke began December 01, 1980 retiring December 01, 2010 sharing thirty years of life with his Duke family.  

Flora Elliot, a former Clerk IV working for Duke University, in the Materials Management Distribution Division, passed June 06, 2018 at the young age of seventy-nine. Her career began with Duke on April 27, 1977 retiring April 01, 2001 sharing twenty-four years of life with her Duke family. 

Martha Van Noppen, died peacefully at the Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, NC on Friday, June 08, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Martha served well the Health System of Duke University, in the Medical Oncology Division working with Dr. Sullivan. Martha was born in the town of Ft. Jackson, SC on April 19, 1942, the daughter of Thomas Pratt van Noppen and Stella Hays Gee van Noppen who both predeceased her. Martha grew up in Madison, NC, at a time when children were free to explore the entire town; she and her brothers and later her sister knew every special nook and cranny of their small world. She saw herself “as a child of nature and loved being outside!” During those youthful years, she trained as a classical pianist and was a delight to all who heard her play. Martha graduated from St Mary’s College in 1962 and from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1964. She later received her Master’s in writing from the SUNY system in Rochester, NY. Her abilities with pen and paper served her remarkably well in life, including editing medical journals and transcribing medical records, as well as spending much of her career studying and writing about the great authors in the American South. One of her proudest literary accomplishments was the notable chapter Martha researched and wrote about Eudora Welty in a biographical collection about Southern authors. Martha also used her gifts of writing and painting with the Omaha Magic Theater in Omaha, Nebraska. Eventually, Martha relocated to Key West, FL, where her medical editing took a backseat while she embarked on a new path driving a cab for American Taxi. During this time, an article was written about Martha’s life in the Miami Herald. As her twilight years approached, Martha chose to move back to North Carolina to be close to friends and family. She continued to write stories, poetry, and to enjoy painting and the arts. Martha is survived by her brothers, Thomas Pratt van Noppen, Jr. of Mt. Airy, NC, and Hays Gee van Noppen and his wife, Sylvia, of Leland, NC, and by her sister Charlotte Horn and her husband, Pete, of Wesley Chapel, FL. Martha is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Carlin van Noppen, Claudia Majors and her husband, Justin, Christopher Bittmann, Marian van Noppen, Elizabeth van Noppen, Diana Nguyen, and Paul Nguyen and his wife, Chelsea Block; and by her five grandnieces and grandnephews.Martha will be greatly missed by her many devoted friends. The family would like to give special thanks to Gail McMichael Lane, Martha’s lifelong friend whose love and support have been immeasurable; to Brenda King-Walker, Martha’s neighbor and friend of many years, whose care and friendship are forever treasured; to Darlene Wilkins, Martha’s Hospice nurse of fourteen months, to the wonderful staff at Wisdom Senior Care, and to Martha’s very special doctor, Dr. James R. Snapper.

Margaret Elenore Bradford, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2018, in Durham, NC, with her daughters Amanda Millay Hughes (Durham) and Robin Paris Swieringa (Chicago) at her side. She was eighty-seven years young. Margaret was born in 1931 in London, Ontario, Canada. Throughout her childhood, youth, and early adulthood, she developed a lovely soprano voice and regularly performed secular and sacred music. This talent, coupled with her remarkable beauty, led to her crowning as Miss Canada of 1950. Her voice studies led her to Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, where she performed as a singer and as the advertising talent in live local TV commercials for national-brand products. In the early 1960s, she hosted “Showtime on Broadway” on WQRS radio in Detroit. In the early 1970s, Margaret became a citizen of the United States. Over the years, she filled a variety of roles in workplaces in and around Detroit, MI; Andover, MA; and Durham, NC, finishing her fourteen year career at Duke University working in the ‘Terrace Shop’ located at Duke Gardens. Margaret is survived by her two daughters, Robin Paris (Bill) Swieringa and Amanda Millay Hughes (Kirsten Wescott); three grandchildren, Jennifer (Duane) Lingle of Greensboro, NC, Emily Millay Haddad of Durham NC, and William (Kate) Hughes of Brooklyn, NY; and four grandchildren, Tess and Tate Lingle and Penelope and Hazel Hughes. She is also survived by her sister Linda Bradford of Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

Octavia Leanora Reaves Huggins, an active employee with Duke University, working with Patterson Place Dermatology, passed June 26, 2018.  Her career with Duke began May 03, 2004. She was the daughter of Dollie Reaves Johnson of Chadbourn and the late Herbert Reaves. In addition to her mother, surviving are her husband, Gregory Huggins; one daughter, Lavashia Hall Younger of Durham; one son, Tommy Hall Jr. of Durham; three sisters, Marilyn Day of Richmond, Va., Barbara Ennis of Spotsylvania, Va. and Angela Crawford of Chadbourn; and two brothers, Larry Reaves of Greenbelt, Md. and Anthony Q. Jones of Whiteville .Octavia will be greatly missed by her family, friends and colleagues.

Linwood Wilson, a former Patient Transporter, Special Services with Duke Regional Hospital, passed June 28, 2018. His career began at Duke May 03, 2004 retiring March 01, 2018. He will be missed by many.

May 2018

Dr. Andrakeia Shipman, thirty- four years young, passed away on May 30, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. She was a pharmacist at Duke University Medical Center and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Andrakeia ‘Drake’ earned her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2008. In 2012, she became a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and was appointed adjunct assistant professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andrakeia was continuously involved in patient care and clinical research as well as teaching and mentoring. She was an integral part of the Duke Pediatric Cardiology team and was one of two pediatric pharmacists certified to evaluate pediatric cardiac transplant candidates and provide post-transplant counseling and teaching. She is survived by her daughter, Londyn, and she is remembered as funny, passionate, supportive and a wonderful daughter, mother, sister and friend. She will be missed by family, friends, colleagues and her community.

Elise M. Bass, a former Environmental Services Housekeeping Specialist, working with Duke University Health System, passed on May 30, 2018. Elise’s career with Duke began on December 05, 1977 retiring January 01, 2002 sharing twenty-five years of life with her Duke family.

Polly Puett, a former Emergency Room Clinical Nurse II, working with Duke University Health System, passed on May 27, 2018 at eighty-one years young. She was born in Person County, She was the daughter of the late John Robert and Gara Ellis Day. Polly graduated from Helena High School in 1954, then Watts Hospital School of Nursing in 1957. Polly was a registered nurse at Person Memorial Hospital in for seventeen years before beginning her career with the Duke Health System. She worked in the Emergency Department for nearly thirty-five years. She was a member of Roxboro Baptist Church. Preceding her in death, her son, Michael Allen Puett, her brothers, Phillip Bartholomew Day, Durell Coggin Day, and John Thomas Day, her sisters, Alice Elizabeth Day, Molly Bet Day Pulliam and Lillian Ann Day Painter and her great-grandchild, Eleanora Davis.  Polly is survived by her sons, John David Puett and wife Gretchen and Donald Andrew Puett and wife Angela, all of Roxboro; two sisters, Bertha Owens and Sally Jane Guill, all of Roxboro; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and Ralph Dukes, whom she thought of as a son. Many will miss her, as all loved her.

Marie Green Swain, of Timberlake, North Carolina passed on May 26, 2018. She was a former Pediatric Patient Care Technician working in the Duke Pulmonary & Critical Care, Asthma, and Allergy & Airway Unit with the Private Diagnostic Clinic of Duke University. Her career with Duke began July 20, 1969 retiring January 01, 2007 sharing nearly forty year with her Duke family.

Mattie Ruth Scott Harris, a former Environmental Services Housekeeping Specialist working with the Duke Health System in South Duke, passed May 19, 2018 at eighty-nine years young. Mattie’s career began on November 01, 1983 retiring July 01, 1999 embracing sixteen years with Duke.

Weyburn S. Tiller, a former accounting Specialist, working with Duke University, in the Housing Business Office, passed on May 19, 2018. Weyburn’s career began with Duke on June 01, 1970 retiring September 01, 1996, embracing twenty-six years with Duke.

Reynaldo Johnson, an active employee, currently working with the Duke University Health System as a Sterile Technician II in the DN Sterile Processing Unit passed May 18, 2018.  His career began on November 17, 2017. Family, friends, and colleagues will miss him.

Gloria Mae Stevens, could quite possibly, be considered, of Duke’s greatest fans. She loved all aspects of Duke Sports and was one of Duke Blue Devil’s greatest fan. She was a former Duke University Health System employee working in Pediatric Unit 5100 as the Nurse Manager. She treated people as if everyone was family. She loved the children and directed the Pediatric Unit with great love and care. She served as a mentor for many nurses at Duke, all of them, remembering her fondly.  Her career with Duke began June 07, 1955 retiring January 01, 1991 sharing nearly forty years with her Duke family. She was eighty-five years young at her passing, on May 17, 2018.

Milton Louis Whitfield Sr., died Wednesday, May 16, 2018, peacefully at his home. He was ninety-four years young. Milton was born in Durham, the son of the late James Hastings Whitfield and Ethel Brinn Whitfield. Milton retired from Duke University as a Manager of the Instrument Shop working as a Machinist where he shared nearly fifty years of life with his Duke family. He was also a proud member of Braggtown Baptist Church. Preceding him in death by thirty-seven years, his wife Rosebud Poole Whitfield; and brother, Ira Ray Whitfield. Milton is survived by his wife, Peggy Dickerson, of Roxboro; daughter, Elizabeth Whitfield Stansbury and husband Frank; son, M. Louis Whitfield, Jr.; sisters, Mary Lou Holt, Ruth Baker, Juanita Ross, Sue Ward and husband Henry, Patricia Whitfield; brother, Jay Whitfield; grandchildren, Elizabeth S. Humphrey and husband Joel, Christina Rose Stansbury; and 8 step-children. Milton enjoyed working in his own machine shop at home, reading and most of all, spending time with his beloved family. He will be greatly missed by all.

Martha Green, a former Biostatistics & Informations System Staff Specialist, working with the Medical Center in the Statistical Center of Duke University, passed May 15, 2018. Martha began her career with Duke on September 24, 1992 retiring May 01, 2008 sharing sixteen years with her Duke family. May she rest in peace, knowing she will be greatly missed and loved by all who knew her.

Adriane Kyropoulos, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina died Friday May 11, 2018 at the young age of fifty-one. Adriane was the daughter of Simone Kyropoulos and the late Leon Kyropoulos; sister of Laura Kyropoulos; wife of Sasha Harris; loving mother of Theo L. Harris, and Petra S. Harris, aunt & godmother of Lucas and Phoebe; niece of Constantine Kyropoulos and David Tenney, Simeon and Leslie Haritos. Adriane was an attorney and an Assistant Director of Career Services at Duke Law School. Adriane’s career began with Duke University on July 15, 2013.

Carl Thomas Swanson, seventy-five years young, of Hillsborough, North Carolina, died peacefully at his home on May 7, 2018. He was born on April 2, 1943 to Carl W. and Genevieve A. Swanson in Waterbury, Connecticut. After graduating from Norwich University, he served as an officer in the US Army with the 3rd, 11th and 1st Calvary Divisions. He graduated from North Carolina Central University School of Nursing in 1984 and worked as a Psychiatric Nurse for twenty-four years, with Duke University Medical Center in the Meyer Center. Eventually he retired, completing his nursing career with John B. Umstead Hospital. He married Edith Faye Hardee on June 22, 1968 and they had two children. A lifelong Catholic, he was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Hillsborough. Carl was an expert shooter and collector of guns. He enjoyed swimming, hunting, fishing, hockey and tinkering with all things mechanical. Carl was best known for his dry sense of humor, giving sage advice and an endless number of one-liners. Carl is survived by Faye, his wife of forty-nine years; children Kristi of Ayden, NC and Carla (Aaron) of Bloomington, IN; granddaughter Ava June Kessler of Bloomington, IN; brother Jon A. Swanson of Washington, DC; many nieces, nephews and cousins. His parents, siblings David V. Swanson and James G. Swanson, preceded him in death.

Alvis Henry Scarlett, of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the son of the late Robert and Myrtle Scarlett, passed away peacefully May 09, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Alvis was eighty-six years young.  He was a former employee of Duke University, working in the Para Transit, Safe Walk-Safe Rides Escort Program as a Driver. His career with Duke began on February 03, 1986 retiring on June 01, 1996 sharing ten years of life with his Duke family. Alvis is survived by his son, James N. Scarlett, and his wife, Mitzi, of Haw River; daughter, Tammy E. Scarlett, of the home; five granddaughters, five great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; one brother, and four sisters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cleaon Toney Scarlett; daughter, Toney Scarlett; and granddaughter, Francis Scarlett.

Barbara Louise Perkins Buschman, was born in Rutland, Vermont May 16, 1924, she was the daughter of Shirley Gibson Perkins and Cleon Arthur Perkins. Barbara graduated from Rutland High School in 1942, after which she and her twin sister, Janet, traveled south to attend Duke University during World War II, where she would earn a bachelor's degree in Art History. After graduating from Duke University, she chose to remain in Durham, where she began what would be a forty-seven year career at Duke as a Clinical Research Coordinator I, with the Residential Life Student Housing Program. Barbara loved Duke and was an avid fan, especially of Duke Blue Devil’s Basketball. She attended games in Cameron Indoor Stadium for 76 seasons, 1942-2018.
As a student, Barbara was active in the Duke Players theater group, which traveled the state to entertain the troops during the war. Taking a wood engraving class from renowned artist Clare Leighton, Barbara created wood-cutting illustrations for the book One and Twenty: Duke Narrative and Verse 1924-1945, which included William Styron's first book appearance. As a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Durham, she greatly enjoyed her work with the Episcopal Youth Community as well as knitting baby blankets and other items for the annual Fall Festival. In 1979, she helped as the church sponsored a family of refugees from war-torn Cambodia, to whom she became "Gramma Barbara." She was very proud of the family's adjustment to life in America. Barbara was a beloved mother and grandmother, and is survived by her four children and five grandchildren, including her daughter Kathryn B. Hoover (Matthew Hoover) of Durham, NC; her sons William G. Buschman of Atlanta, GA, Robert D. Buschman (Peggy Amend) of Sandy Springs, GA, and Eric W. Buschman (Betsy Voorhees) of Durham, NC; her granddaughters Christina A. Buschman of Cleveland, MS, and Kelly E. Buschman, Kira R. Hoover, and Emily K. Buschman of Durham, NC; and her grandson Jordan P. Buschman of Sandy Springs, Georgia. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Donald A. Perkins, and her sister, Janet Perkins Martin, both of Rutland, Vermont. Although she loved North Carolina, she never forgot her Vermont roots, and returned to visit "God's Country" and her family and friends there as often as she could. Barbara will be missed by family, friends and her community.

Dorothy Dalton Mathis Rummel, known and loved by many as "Dot," "Pinky," and "Dorothy," went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2018, while at home, surrounded by her loving husband and family. Dorothy was born in Edgefield County, South Carolina on September 15, 1920, the ninth of twelve children born to John Henry Mathis and Rosa Lee Thurmond Mathis. A 1936 graduate of Edgefield High School at age fifteen, Dorothy went on to business school. At age eighteen, she began a long career in the secretarial field, first working for the National Youth Administration in the early 1940s. She moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and worked for the Gulf Coast Bay Services Unit for Civil Service, before moving to Augusta, Georgia, where she was a secretary at the Daniel Field Air Force Base. After WWII ended, she went on to work at the C&WC Railroad. While living at the YWCA in Augusta, Dorothy's date for a hayride got sick, so Dorothy agreed to go out with a blind date. That turned out to be Robert Leslie Rummel, whom she wed on February 12, 1949. After a Niagara Falls honeymoon, the couple drove their 1936 Buick Limousine to Robert's parents' home in Susanville, Calif. Three children later, the Rummel family settled in Durham, where Dorothy worked first with the Duke Hospital Cleft Palate Board, and later with the Duke Hospital Child Guidance Clinic., and even later with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division with the Duke University Health System. After her retirement, Dorothy volunteered as a Cancer Support Volunteer for many years .Dorothy's greatest gift was her ability to meet, greet and get to know people from all walks of life. She never met a stranger. She was a loyal member of Guess Road Baptist Church and loved teaching Sunday School. Dorothy enjoyed playing Scrabble with her husband, walking, and traveling by motor home to visit friends and relatives. She and Bob visited all fifty states in the United States, as well as into Canada and Mexico. Dorothy kept logs of their travels, and filled too many scrapbooks to count. In her later years, she and Bob regularly "walked the mall" at Northgate, where they were friendly to everyone they met. Friends and strangers alike, called Robert and Dorothy “the lovebirds”. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and all of her siblings. She is survived by her loving husband of sixty-nine years Robert Leslie Rummel; one son, Bruce Rummel and wife Kay of Susanville, Calif.; two daughters, Robin R. Snyder and husband Charles of Durham, and Rose Rummel-Eury and husband Michael of Concord, N.C.; four grandchildren, Rebecca R. Ayling and husband Nate of Portland, Ore., Joshua Snyder and wife Elizabeth of Durham, Joy E. Snyder of Durham, and Ryan Rummel and wife Brandy of Palmer of Alaska; sister-in-law Katherine Mathis; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Dorothy’s family wishes to thank Dr. Greenblatt and staff, and the kind, caring staff at Transitions Lifecare, Katherine, Denise, Tanya, Susan, Isabel, and Jessie. They also wish to thank the staff of Duke Regional Hospital, who so expertly cared for Dorothy until she went into home hospice care, and to Dorothy's home caregivers, Lori, Yani, and the family's special cousin Carol. 

April 2018

Gail Walton, seventy-five years young, passed on April 22, 2018. She was a former employee of Duke University Health System working in Duke North Operating Rooms as a Clinical Registered Nurse IV.  Gail’s career began on June 23, 1981 retiring June 01, 2007 sharing nearly thirty years of life with her Duke family. Family, friends and her beloved community will greatly miss Gail.

Rickey Clay Gentry, Facilities Manager of Duke University, working with Central Campus as a Landscaping Specialist, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Rickey was born on August 21, 1952 to Mary Shaw Gentry and James Gentry (both deceased). In 1979, Rickey got married to Sandra Jones and together, they raised three daughters.  In March of 2018, Rickey and Sandra celebrated thirty-nine years of marriage. When Rickey was young, he was diagnosed with a health condition that caused his doctors to believe that he would not thrive in life but rather live a much-shortened life span; however, Rickey received another diagnosis from God that allowed him to reach the age of sixty-five.  Rickey was born and raised in Durham and graduated from Durham High School in 1972.  He retired from Duke University as a Grounds Maintenance Supervisor after thirty-four years of service. Rickey volunteered at the Salvation Army Boys Club for many years and coached basketball.  He chose the children that would be ‘last pick’ turning them into champions using guidance, encouragement and love. On September 8, 1984, Rickey experienced a life-changing event. He came to church with a pack of cigarettes stuffed deep in his shirt pocket, during the service he felt compelled to stand up during the appeal for baptism; a young assistant pastor readied the church then prepared Rickey. A baptism took place, inducting Rickey into the membership of Immanuel Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church. He threw out the cigarettes (along with a few other unhealthy habits) and never smoked again.  He went on to become a Deacon, Head Deacon, Van Driver, Pathfinder, Deputy Director, and a man who helped coach the church basketball team. Rickey also worked in the Soup Kitchen. He was a ‘doer’ and a ‘go-getter’, a person who truly made a difference in other people’s lives. Family, friends, coworkers and community will miss Rickey greatly. His parents, and four brothers, predeceased him:  James Larry Shaw, Jimmie Gentry, Michael Gentry, Roland Gentry and one sister, Serena Mae Shaw. Rickey leaves behind his wife, Sandra Gentry, his daughters:  Dionna Gentry, Rykae (Charles) Cooper, Charlotte, NC and Krystyna Gentry, Charlotte, NC; granddaughters:  Cierra Gentry and Cameron Cooper; His sisters, Dorothy Gentry, Durham. NC and Antoinette Lee of Baltimore, MD, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Linda Young, a former Laboratory Senior Assistant, working with the Pharmacology & Cancer Biology Center with Duke University Medical Center, passed on April 11, 2018. She was seventy years young. Linda began her career on November 10, 1997 retiring on October 01, 2012 embracing fifteen years with her Duke family.

Dennis Robert Rasmussen, of Durham passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Dennis was fifty-one years of age. He was employed by Duke University Health System, working in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Cancer Center as a Magnetic Resonance Radiology Technician. His career with Duke began on September 26, 2011 and he was active until his death. There is a saying, "there is power in simple things" and Dennis was a living example to the truth of that verse. Whether working at the MRI Cancer Center with Duke University Hospital, attending a Carolina Hurricanes game supporting his favorite team, traveling to far off countries to satisfy his adventurous spirit, jamming out to RUSH or just being at home with his family doing work around the house and yard, he found his simplicity. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, and friend who influenced all those around with a simple kindness, quick smile and contagious laugh. There is power in simple things and those fortunate enough to know Dennis will fully understand how a simple act carries the power to create a memory that can last a lifetime. Dennis is survived by his wife of ten years Stacy Menendez Rasmussen, his son, Alex Menendez of Ft. Myers, FL; his mother, Marilyn Rasmussen; his brother, David Rasmussen; his sisters, Dawn Rasmussen and Debbie Rasmussen, all of Durham. Several nieces and his three beloved dogs, Dixie, Dottie, and Billy, also survive Dennis. His father, Ernest Rasmussen, and his sister, Diane Rasmussen, preceded him in death.

Larry Edwin Earp, died on Monday, April 09, 2018, at seventy years young. Larry was a native and lifelong resident of Durham, the son of the late Edwin Avril Earp and Doris Benson Earp. He was a former employee of Duke University Medical Center, working as a Nursing Care Assistant in Trauma Unit #22. He began his career with Duke on March 07, 1979 retiring after thirty-two years of service. Larry was a very loving husband, father and grandfather (Papa). He took great pride in being a regular attendee of West Durham Pentecostal Church. Preceding him in death was his son, Christopher Edwin Earp and sister, Norma Jean Brown. Larry is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Sherry Meredith Earp; daughter, Tracy Earp Williams of Durham; sisters, Susan Earp Cooper of Bynum, N.C. and Edwina Etta Earp of Roxboro; grandchildren, Kristina Rose Williams, Elizabeth LeAnn Williams and Hunter Edward Williams.

Donald John Fluke, passed away on Friday, April 06, 2018 at ninety-five years young. He was born on February 17, 1923, on a farm outside of Nankin, Ohio, to Eugene Perry Fluke and Mary Johnston Swan Fluke.  Donald graduated from high school in 1941, just in time for WWII. He went to Heidelberg College to learn chemistry and then worked at a TNT plant until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and began training in meteorology at Bowdoin College, finally training as a flight navigator. After the war, he enrolled at the College of Wooster and graduated in 1947. He earned his PhD at Yale University and began his research career in radiation biophysics. After Yale, Don went to Brookhaven National Laboratory where he met and married Margaret "Pepper" Dutcher. His academic pursuits took him and his new family to Berkeley, then Duke, then back to Berkeley, until finally settling permanently in Durham joining the faculty at Duke University. Donald retired as Academic Council Biology Professor Emeritus on December 31, 2008 after embracing fifty years with his Duke family. Don taught radiation biophysics in the Zoology Department, also serving as Chairman and Director of Undergraduate Studies during his career. He served on the Academic Council and on many different committees in support of academic progress in the university. Don was a long time member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ until late in his life. He and Pepper were Durham Savoyards cast members, producers, and officers. Don supported Pepper's activities in the local crafts community and in the revitalization of the Carolina Theater. They were both enthusiastic Duke Sports fans. Don loved music, art, ships, and trains. He built a harpsichord from a kit and renovated harmoniums. He read every issue of The New Republic. He learned to speak Dutch. He wrote a series of memoirs covering his boyhood on the farm through his tenure at Duke University. Donald will be greatly missed by family, friends and community. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Margaret Janet Dutcher Fluke, and his sister Elinor Mary Fluke Martin. He is survived by his children, John Christian Fluke and wife Dale Robin Klein Fluke, and Mary Hilda Fluke; and also his sisters Louise Molly Fluke (Brownson) Conery, Emeline Louella Fluke (Krause) Fulmer, and Helen Margaret Fluke (Kirsch) Helvenston.

Cornelia Irene Freeland, a former Library Assistant in the Biochemistry Department of Duke University Medical Center, passed on April 06, 2018 at the young age of ninety-six. Cornelia’s career began working with Duke on September 01, 1956 retiring July 01, 1994 sharing nearly forty years of life with Duke University.   

Mary D. Long, ninety-one years young, passed on April 04, 2018. Mary had worked with Duke University Health System as an Administrative Dietitian with Duke Food Court South. Mary’s career begin August 01, 1958 retiring August 01, 1988 embracing thirty years of service. Friends, family and community will remember Mary fondly.

March 2018

Vernon “Bro” Powell, a Duke University employee working with MS Supply Room Warehouse Operations, as a Supply Chain Associate, passed March 31, 2018 at sixty years young.  He began his career with Duke on April 14, 1980 and remained active until his death. Vernon shared nearly forty years of his life with Duke. He will be remembered as a fabulous storyteller and a great man with a wonderful spirit who selflessly brought smiles and laugher to family, friends and coworkers alike.

Jorge Raimundo Rios-Marti, a member of the Duke University family, working with Central Administration, as a Senior Manager in the IT Card Office Auxiliary Department, passed on March 31, 2018 at forty- four years young. Jorge began his career with Duke on May 01, 2005 and was active until his death. He proudly embraced thirteen years of life with Duke University. Jorge kicked the field goal to win the state football title for South View High School in Hope Mills, near Fayetteville, back in 1991, going on to become  a successful kicker for the UNC football team. He was a true Duke Blue Devil, as long as Duke was not playing against Carolina, for that game only, the light blue shone through his dark blue shirt. He was a 1998 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will be remembered and missed greatly by family, friends, coworkers and community.

Nancy Worthington Burroughs, ninety-three years young, passed March 30, 2018, surrounded by her loving family, at Crystal Bluffs Nursing Home. Nancy was a member of Davis Missionary Baptist Church, and very active in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, church choir and other church activities. She was known throughout Crystal Bluffs as “Mrs. President” of the Resident Council Club. She loved to cook and sew for weddings and parties. She retired from Duke University Health System employed as a Dietary Supervisor with Sea Level General and Children’s Hospital on February 01, 1989 after sharing nearly twenty years of life with her Duke family.  Nancy was also the Dietary Supervisor at Snug Harbor. She is survived by her daughters, Patsy Fulcher of Morehead City and Bea Reno of Staten Island, NY; son, Bruce Burroughs and wife, Karen, of Cape May, NJ; sisters, Peggy Harris Edwards of Raleigh and Selma Evans of Ayden; grandchildren, John Fulcher, Jr., Jarrod Fulcher, Tara Fulcher, Erica Copeland, James Burroughs, Ryan Burroughs, Brandon Burroughs, Jody Burroughs, Christopher Reno, and Joseph Reno; numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her son, Merle Burroughs; parents, Herbert Henry and Bettie Stokes Worthington; brother, H.J. Worthington; and a sister, Mavis Foster.

Altomae Wilkins Mitchell, age eighty-one of Rougemont, NC, departed this life on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She was a native of Enfield, NC but resided in Person County and was a member of the Greater Cleggs Chapel Community Missionary Baptist Church in Timberlake. Altomae began her career with Duke University Health System as an Assistant Manager of the Personal Food Service Department with the Duke South Food Court on May 01, 1971. She retired on May 01, 1995, sharing nearly twenty-five years of life with her Duke family. Altomae is survived by five children: Vickie Mitchell-Winters (Lanie) of Durham, NC, Wanda Neal (Terry) of Roxboro, Donna Mitchell, also of Durham, Kimberly Mitchell Green (Joe) of Mebane, NC and Teddie Mitchell, III of the home; one sister, Hazel Davis of Baltimore, MD; one brother, Wallace Wilkins (Linda) of Roxboro; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of other additional relatives and friends.

Gloria A. Thorpe, a former Registered Nurse, employed by Duke University Health System, working with Medical Unit 7100, passed on March 29, 2018 peacefully in her home, at seventy-four years young.  She was the daughter of the late Robert Gwynn and Hallie Turner Gwynn of Caswell County. She is survived by her husband, Reverend Ned Thorpe; two daughters, Robin Michele Thorpe of Hillsborough and Kimberly Thorpe Kirtpatrick of Greensboro; two sister, Linda G. Mims of Reidsville and Bessie G. Thomas of Greensboro; three brothers, James Gwynn of Pelham, Curtis Gwynn of Greensboro and Tyrone Gwynn of Danville, VA; and four grandchildren. Gloria began her career with Duke on November 30, 1981 retiring May 01, 2009 after twenty-eight years of selfless service. Her gentle demeanor and giving spirit will be remembered by all those she knew and by those, she so graciously aided during her career.

Shirley T. Mitchell, age sixty-eight, of Roxboro, North Carolina, departed this life on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in Peak Resources - Treyburn, Durham, NC. She was a native of Harnett County and a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church. Shirley was a former employee with Duke University working as an Accounting Clerk with Audits and Reports. She began her career on April 16, 1974 retiring January 01, 2010, sharing thirty-six years with her Duke family. She is survived by her husband, Lamberth Mitchell of the home; two sons: Lamont Mitchell (Evangeline) and Wilbur Mitchell, both of Roxboro; three sisters: Carolyn Tucker Jones (Johnnie) of Accokeek, MD, Doris Tucker Melvin (George) and Joyce Tucker Hart, both of Roxboro; one brother, John Tucker, Jr. (Myrtle), also of Roxboro; one granddaughter, Iya Mitchell of Durham; and a host of other additional relatives and friends.

Mable Shellie, a former Housekeeping Specialist working with Duke University Housekeeping Operations, passed at ninety-two years young on March 27, 2018. Mable began her career with Duke on September 07, 1954 retiring October 01, 1993 after sharing nearly forty years of life with her Duke family. She will be remembered by many for her gentle graciousness and warm personable smiles.

Barbara Styron Taylor, of Sea Level, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 at her home. She was seventy-four years young. Barbara worked at TA Taylors Seafood and as a server, at Eunice’s Restaurant in Atlantic, Sea Level Inn and as a Dietary Service Aid for Duke University Health System at Sea Level General and Children’s Hospital, Extended Care. Her career with Duke began December 01, 1976 retiring October 01, 1992 sharing sixteen years of life with her Duke family. Above all else, her favorite job was raising her grandchildren. Barbara is survived by her companion, Glenn Jarrett; daughters, Patricia “TC” Davis and husband, Richard, of Sea Level, Mary Styron and husband, Richard, of Cedar Island; son, Charles Taylor and significant other, Paulette, of Sea Level; 6 grandchildren, Gregory Taylor and wife, Morgan, of Atlantic, Joshua Austin of Cedar Island, Jared Davis and significant other, Allyson, of Sea Level, Fred Styron of Cedar Island, Shane Taylor of Marshallberg, Vada Styron and significant other, Tim, of Sea Level; nieces, Kim Styron of Sea Level, Shawna Styron of Harkers Island; and sister-in-law, Sally Styron of Harkers Island. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Taylor; mother, Ethel Styron; father, Hallet Ward Styron; brothers, James Ward Styron and Joseph Styron; niece, Susan Gaskill; nephew, James Ward Styron, Jr.; and sister-in-law, Reda Styron.

Jeanne Keller Kaufman-Fox, a Duke University Coordinating Editor working for Duke University Press, passed peacefully on March 23, 2018, surrounded by her partner for many years, Susan McDonald, her brother Kenneth B. Fox III, many friends , and her most beloved dog Wyatt. She had long battled cancer. Jeanne was sixty-one years young. One of Jeanne’s richest passions was cooking. Known for her fearlessness and unsurpassed skill in the kitchen, she never shied away from creating a new dish, much to the delight of all the friends she and Susan so warmly welcomed. Those who loved her would cite her sharp wit and keen intelligence accompanied by a wicked sense of humor. She will be remembered fondly and missed greatly by family, friends, coworkers and by members of her community. Jeanne began her career with Duke on May 19, 2010 and was an active employee until her death.

Onie Cozart Williams, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther and Lillie Cozart, passed on Friday, March 23, 2018 at her home in Durham, NC.  She was seventy-three years young. Onie attended Durham Public Schools and Hillside High School.  In 1978, she graduated from Durham Technical Institute.  Following graduation, she was offered and accepted a job at Duke University’s Perkins Library.  Soon thereafter, Onie was promoted to the Stacks Supervisor position.  In addition to being stellar in her work life, Onie was also stellar in ‘life’ in general. She made time to be involved in many library and campus activities. She was the first chairperson of the Staff Recognition team and she served on Dulsa Support Staff committee assessment, delivery transition team, among many other worthy activities.  She retired from working at Perkins Library thirty-one years later, after receiving numerous accolades and awards.  Onie was also a member of the Thrifty Savings Club for many, many years. She loved shopping for clothes, trinkets, gadgets, for ‘what-evers’ and ‘what-nots’. She loved traveling, reading, and playing Candy Crush.  She loved her family unapologetically.  What she meant is what she said and what she said is what she meant. Her expression was kind, her voice pleasant but she was a wonderful no nonsense type of person.  Onie was preceded in death by her daughter, Detrease Williams. Left to cherish her precious memories are four sons, Victor Cozart (Georgia), Thomas Williams, Jr. (Statesville, NC), Walter Williams (Durham) and Lamont Williams (Virginia); Three sisters, Mary Short (George), Sandra Kelly, Carol Melvin (Samuel); one brother: Clarence Cozart.  Daughters-in-laws, Cynthia Williams (Walter), Crystal Melvin (Detrease), Kenyatta Williams (Lamont), Louis Edward Cozart (Eldest uncle) and wife Betty Edwards.  Five Grandchildren; Elijah Williams, Karima Cozart, Shunda Williams, Langston and Karis Williams; Two Great Grandsons; Malichi Redford and Zhyiere Williams; and a host of loving nieces, nephews along with a multitude of other loving relatives and friends.

David Parker Lewis, beloved son of James B. "Jimmy" Lewis Jr. and Mary H. "Jenny" Lewis of Farmville, passed away at his home in Durham on March 20, 2018. He was thirty-seven years young. David was employed with Duke University Health System working in the Computerized Tomography Unit as a as a Clinical Registered Nurse II. David grew up in Farmville with his identical twin brother Ben. Much of their childhood was spent working on the farm along side their daddy. After graduating from Farmville Central High School in 1998, David earned a bachelor's degree in Communications in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began his career of service. Following a year in Quito, Equador teaching English as a second language, he returned to Chapel Hill to work for the UNC Public Health Research Center. His dream of becoming a nurse was realized in 2014 after graduating from Watts School of Nursing. David received his bachelor's in nursing this past December from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington .His passion for his work was matched by his love of the great outdoors, and he spent many a holiday hiking, camping, and snow skiing with friends. David's greatest gift was his gentle and caring spirit. He was loved by so many for his goodness, his service to others, and his courage to forge his own path.In addition to his parents, David is survived by his brother Benjamin Ryan, his wife Kate Louise, and their son Kempton David Lewis of Wilmington, NC, and his grandmother Mrs. James B. Lewis, Sr. of Farmville. His surviving aunts and uncles include Phyllis and Howard Hurt of Rockwell, Phil and Kim Lewis of Greenville, Johnny Lewis of Farmville, Dena and Phil Hansley of Raleigh, Sally Stevens of Raleigh, and Betsy Hunt and Patricia Davis of Willow Spring; his "should be" aunts, Susan Hardison of Snow Hill and Edwena Letchworth of Wilson; and many cousins and friends. We are especially thankful for the love and support of David's close friends Whitney Brooks, Suzanne Corbitt, Annick and Gaelle Le Goff, and Matt Kluttz. . David began his career with Duke on July 01, 2013 was active until his death. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues, and community.

Nicholas Wright Gillham, a James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Biology at Duke University, died on March 19, 2018 of a heart attack suffered at his home at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington, near Pittsboro, North Carolina. A noted geneticist, educator and author, he was born May 14, 1932, in New York City and was educated at The City and Country School, New York, and the Loomis School, Windsor, CT. He earned three degrees at Harvard University, including his Ph.D in 1962 following three years in the Air Force Medical Service as an entomologist. From 1961-1963, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University and then returned to teach at Harvard as instructor and assistant professor. In 1956, he married Carol Collins of Troy, New York, a Wellesley graduate he first met in 1951. She is a retired art curator and survives her husband after almost 62 years of marriage. Nick's father, Robert Marty Gillham, was a motion picture advertising executive and his mother, Elizabeth Enright Gillham, was a writer of still much-loved children's books and short stories. Nick's grandmother, Maginel Wright Enright Barney, the younger sister of Frank Lloyd Wright, was an illustrator and artist. His grandfather, Walter J. Enright, was a political cartoonist. Nick's youngest brother Oliver and his wife Janis both predeceased him as did his devoted Labrador, Lily Rose. In 1968 Nick joined the Duke University faculty and was named to his distinguished professorship in 1982. He served as chairperson of the Department of Zoology from 1986-1989. Supported with grants from the NIH, the NSF and the Department of Energy, Nick and John Boynton, professor of Botany, ran a large and successful genetics laboratory for over thirty-four years. His scientific accomplishments also included co-authorship of a 1973 textbook on microbiology and two books, in 1978 and 1994, on his special interest, the genetics and molecular biology of cellular organelles called chloroblasts and mitochondria. Nick's honors included membership on many editorial boards and national panels. He served on the President's Biomedical Research Panel in 1975. He had a 12- year term as a board member and chair of the American Type Culture Collection in Rockville, MD. In 1972-1977, he was supported by a US Public Health Service career development grant. He spent a sabbatical at Rockefeller University in 1974-75 and in 1984-1985 received a Guggenheim fellowship grant allowing him to pursue his research at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. NY.In mid-career, Nick developed an interest in the social aspects of genetics. Realizing the sensitive matter of eugenics led to the publication in 2001 of a well-received book, A Life of Sir Francis Galton. Galton was a cousin of Charles Darwin and himself a significant scientific figure in Victorian England, if today a controversial one. Research for the Galton book was conducted primarily in the archives at University College London. During this time, Nick became a member of the East India Club. Following his retirement in 2002, Nick published Genes, Chromosomes, and Disease, 2011, to provide technically accurate guidance on the emerging subject of "personalized medicine" to lay persons interested in or afflicted by genetic diseases. Above all else, Nick was a naturalist. As a small child, "Nicky" spent many summers at Taliesin, the home of Frank Lloyd Wright in Spring Green, WI, chasing butterflies and learning to identify the birds and flowers in those beautiful surroundings. As a teenager, he was very proud of his summer job at the Museum of Natural History in New York working as a young volunteer in the butterfly collection. From the late 1930s, Nick summered with his family in Wainscott, Long Island. In 1966, when he was still teaching at Harvard, Nick and Carol bought their own cottage in nearby Sagaponack, which has ever since kept them close to their northeastern roots, with summers spent with New York friends and members of the Georgica Association.

Andrew Clay Puckett Jr., PhD, passed away on March 12th, 2018 at the age of eighty-one,  after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease .Andy was born on October 14th, 1936 in Vicksberg, Mississippi, to Andrew Clay Puckett, Sr. and May Jones Puckett and grew up in Columbus Mississippi. He attended Vanderbilt University, graduating with a pre-medical degree .After several years of working in Virginia as a Science teacher, a minister at Lael Baptist church, and as a chaplain, he returned to school, this time in Durham. He earned a Master's degree at the Duke Divinity School and began work towards qualification as a hospital chaplain and a Clinical Pastoral Care Supervisor His work as a chaplain included the Southwestern State Mental Hospital in Marion, Virginia and the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. While at MCV he moved to the Massey Cancer Center and its Pediatric Oncology program to do the heartbreaking work of pastoring children with cancer and their parents. In the early 1990's Andy was recruited by Dean Doyle Graham to join the staff of Duke's Medical Education Department as an Associate Dean, with the goal of "humanizing medical education at Duke". When Andy asked how he should do that, he was told, "Just come and be Andy Puckett" – which he did with great success. He worked to develop Dukes' medical ethics program, and was much loved by many of the medical students that he taught and mentored. Andrew loved the outdoors, hiking , camping, gardening , fishing, cutting firewood, and building countless squirrel-proof bird feeders for friends everywhere. He also had a lifelong love of music and he played many different instruments over the years, Piano, Saxophone, bass Ukelele, Guitar and Harmonica. He loved to perform, and even managed to play the National Anthem before a Duke Men's home game against St. John's. This performance remains on U-tube to this day! He was a huge college basketball fan and thoroughly enjoyed his Duke Season tickets attending faithfully until Parkinson's made the trip to Cameron too loud, difficult and tiring to manage. He baked his famous "World’s Best Brownies" and regularly took a batch to the Iron Dukes Office, making sure that Coach K got his share. After retiring, Andy further pursued music and writing. He honed his harmonica skills with annual trips to a blues harmonica convention in West Virginia. He also began to be published outside the academic community, attending workshops at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, and being accepted into Middlebury's prestigious Bread Loaf writing academy. Andy will be forever remembered by his wife, Libby, his daughters Betsy (Mark} Dessauer and Emilie (Todd) Nicotra, and his stepsons Chris (Jen) Thomas, and Drew Thomas. He will also be lovingly remembered by their six grandchildren, Oscar and Theo Dessauer, Emma and Drew Nicotra, and Josephine and Samuel Thomas, as well as by his first wife, Beth Jarrard, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Doris B. Breeze, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Adorable Senior Living, Hillsborough, North Carolina at the age of eighty-three. She was born in Dillon, South Carolina. Doris was the daughter of the late Mollie Barfield Gibbs. She was a longtime volunteer and employee of Durham Regional Hospital. She was very proud of being involved with the Candy Striper program. Doris is survived by her husband, Donald Breeze; son, Anthony Dwayne Breeze and wife Angela Kuehn Breeze; and grandchildren, Whitney Renee Breeze, Skylar Michael Morris, Jason Scott Mays.

Lise Gindy, a former employee with Duke University Health System working with the Apheresis Laboratory, passed March 11, 2018, peacefully in her home. Lise career with Duke began on February 01, 1985 retiring November 01, 1992.  Recently she celebrated her 90th birthday in Denmark with family. She was daughter of Henry Holst, renowned Danish violinist and Else Werner whose father, Sigvart Werner is known for photographing all of Denmark. Lise's life was filled with the very best classical music and art. She was born in Berlin, Germany on October 31, 1927 while her father was concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. Her family moved to Manchester, England and during WW II, her father remained in England working while the rest of her family stayed in Copenhagen under German Occupation with her grandparents. After the war, the family was reunited in England traveling on a B17 Flying Fortress. Lise attended secretarial college and joined the Danish Foreign Service. Looking to go somewhere warm, she asked for a post in Egypt or India. She was soon on her way to Cairo, Egypt. Following her five years in Cairo, she came to the United States with her husband, Kamal Gindy. They moved to Salt Lake City and then to Duluth, Minnesota where she lived from 1966-1985. Lise lived in Duluth longer than in any other city. Cross-country skiing, bird watching, hiking, camping, singing in the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus, attending concerts and having dinner parties with UMD faculty and friends were some of her favorite activities while in Duluth. In 1985, Lise moved south to North Carolina, this beginning her ties with Duke. In 2000, she uprooted at age seventy-three and moved to Uppsala, Sweden. Her last ten years have been in Potomac, Maryland close to her granddaughter, Linnea. When asked what her secret to a long life was, she would answer, "laughter and a sense of humor." Her family and friends will miss her love of life, kindness and sparkle. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kerim and Karen Gindy, her daughter and son-in-law, Naira and Robert Darius and her granddaughter, Linnea Darius.

Jaime V. Cruz, passed Friday, March 09, 2018 at Durham VA Medical Center Hospital. He had been a former employee of Duke Medical Center working in the Transportation Department. Jaime’s career with Duke began on October 20, 1993 and retired September 01, 2009 sharing sixteen years of life with his Duke family.

Myron “Skeet” Martin, a former employee of Duke University, working with Facilities Management, in the Maintenance Overhead Division as a Maintenance Mechanic, passed at eighty-two years young on March 09, 2018. “Skeet” began his career on October 23, 1978 retiring March 01, 2001 sharing twenty-three years of life with his Duke family.  He proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1956 and we gratefully thank him for his selfless service. Myron “Skeet” Martin is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Martin; daughter, Cynthia Lee Casey and husband Lee; son, John Harrison Martin; sister, Inez West and husband Dennis Sr.; two brothers, Robert Martin and wife Ann, Owen Martin and wife Patricia; grandchildren, Jordan Riley and wife Maggie, Daniele Carpenter and husband Jason; and eight great-grandchildren.

John R. McLaurin, a former employee of Duke University Health System working as a Security Lieutenant with Duke Regional Hospital, passed on March 09, 2018. John began his career on August 10, 1998, retiring November 01, 2013 sharing fifteen years of life with his Duke family. “Mac” was a hardworking man, a man who set examples. He was considered a trusted and loyal friend, a family man who possessed a heart of gold. He will be missed, by not forgotten.

Emery Craig Parker, sixty-two years young, departed this life on March 05, 2018, while in his home, surrounded by loving family. Craig was an employee of Duke University at the time of his passing, working in the Procurement Services, Customer Relations Division, Moving & Storage. He had been with Duke since November 12, 1990 sharing twenty-eight years of life with his work family. Family was first and foremost in his life. Always thinking of others before himself. He possessed a grand sense of humor, was extremely well versed on a wide variety of subjects, was expressive and a huge fan of the Carolina Tarheels. He coordinated large family events to ensure the distant family would all keep in touch, provided support for all his family members, was a good friend, respected and trusted by all who knew him. Life was better and brighter when in the company of Craig. He was a native of Durham, NC and a graduate of Durham High School, Tampa Florida University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received the Presidents Award for Service and the Joseph G. Pietrantoni Outstanding Employee Award for Duke Surplus. Craig was the longtime former treasurer of the Triangle Buckeyes Ohio State Alumni Club where they named a service award for him, the Craig Parker Service Award. He was the type of person that you went to when you needed good advice about most anything, as he was always there for you. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, John Furman Parker and Andrew Mark Parker. Craig is survived by his partner of 17 years, Jeff Cousins, one brother, Roger K. Parker (Phyllis) of Mebane, NC and one sister, Susan Parker Naylor (George) of Timberlake, NC, one aunt, Peggy Parker of Durham, NC and sister-in-law, Edith Parker of Lowell, NC. Craig has a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many cousins who all loved him dearly.

Carla H. Thompson, a Program Coordinator, working in the Surgery Chairman Office of GM, with Duke Medical Center, passed at Duke University Hospital in Durham, on March 05, 2018 at the young age of fifty-five. She began working with Duke on August 15, 2011 and was an active member of the Duke work force until her death. Carla will be greatly missed by family, friends and coworkers alike.

Ann B. Wilson, was a former Duke University employee working with the Brodhead Center Auxiliary, in the SECS-Administration Offices, coordinating University Center-Events. Ann passed at the young age of seventy-five on Saturday, March 03, 2018. She was a life-long resident of Durham, born to Dorothy Britt and the late Clee Foster Britt. Ann was a long time survivor of lung cancer.  Left to cherish the memory of Ann are her children; sons, Allan Tilley and fiancé Jeannie Montgomery, Scott Tilley (Tara); daughter, Tonia DeAnn Teasley (Rodney); brothers, Ronnie Britt (Bonnie), Donald Britt (Lupe), Wayne Britt; grandchildren, Brittany Tilley and fiancé Ryan Morley, Blake Tilley, Justin Bobal, Tori Bobal, Kennedy Teasley, Colton Tilley, Hunter Tilley, Ryan Montgomery; and great-grandchildren, Avery Morley, Mackenzie Morley. Ann began her career April 24, 1978 retiring January 01, 2006  after sharing twenty-eight years of life with her Duke family.

Wanda F. Wiley, a former Plant Engineer working with the Engineering & Operations Administration of Duke Medical Center, passed on March 02, 2018. She was fifty-five years young. Wanda had a keen sense of humor, wonderful laughter and a gentle presence. She will be greatly missed by family and friends and by her beloved community. Her career with Duke began on January 23, 1984 reaching retirement on November 01, 2016. Wanda embraced thirty-two years of life with her work family at Duke.

February 2018

Marion "Carol" Dewitt, of Durham, North Carolina, passed on February 25, 2018. She was a former Medical Licensed Practical Nurse serving the Duke University Health System working with the General Medical Clinic. Marion’s career with Duke began on June 01 1967 retiring August 01, 1995, sharing nearly thirty years with her Duke family.

Richard Allen Danner, former Director of the Duke University Law School Library passed peacefully at his home on February 22, 2018. He was seventy years young. Richard attended Columbus High School, going onto graduate Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1969, with a degree in political science. During school, Richard was drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in Vietnam; he enlisted upon graduation, earning two bronze stars. Once completing his service to his county, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology pursuing graduate studies in political science. It was there he met the love of his life, Cheryl Sanford. They decided to move to Madison, Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin Law School, earning a master's degree in library science (in 1975) and his Juris Doctor (in 1979). They relocated to Durham, NC after accepting a position at Duke University Law School in 1979. Richard was appointed as the Director of the Duke University Law School Library in 1981. He held that position until retirement in late 2017, graciously sharing nearly forty years of life with his Duke family. Over the course of his esteemed tenure at Duke Law,  Richard was also named the Senior Associate Dean for Information Services and the Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law (Emeritus), in recognition of his influential work at the school. Richard received honors and recognition for his contributions to the legal education, including Marian G. Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 2018 from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the AALL Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2014, and, in 2018, both the Duke Law Alumni Association A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information award. He was also known for his leadership in professional organizations related to law librarianship and legal education, serving as president of AALL in 1989-1990, as first vice-president of the International Association of Law Libraries from 2004-2010, and on the AALS Executive Committee from 2002-04. He also edited AALL's Law Library Journal from 1984-94. Known for his generosity and for being an exacting mentor, Richard was responsible for teaching generations of law librarians (who all served under him at Duke) before going out to workacross the world. Richard was on the forefront of establishing novel approaches to leverage open access, information technology, and electronic publishing to shape legal education, research, and scholarship. Under his leadership, Duke became the nation's first law school to offer free open access to the text of its student-edited journals online, in 1998. In 2005, he led the creation of the Duke Law Scholarship Repository, a full-text archive of open-access publications by faculty and affiliates, which has since generated nearly 12 million downloads. Richard loved his family deeply and was loved by them in return. He was immensely proud of his children, Zach and Kat. He loved sports, following the Green Bay Packers, the Boston Red Sox, and the local Duke University Blue Devils, where he was a long-time season ticket holder for the basketball and football teams. He was a veracious consumer of music, particularly Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, and the Allman Brothers Band, and frequently sought out opportunities to experience live music locally and during his travels. He loved books and the New York Times, hated going out to eat (but did it all the time), and enjoyed the numerous times he was able to travel internationally to explore the world. Richard will be greatly missed by friends, family, colleagues, and his community.

Nathan A. Vinson Sr., a former employee of Duke Regional Hospital, working as an Anesthesiology Technician, passed on February 22, 2018. Nathan was a trusted friend, an excellent employee, and a deeply invested family man. His family was the center of his universe. Nathan was always smiling and was more than willing to share that warm smile with all he encountered. His career began on July 15, 1969 retiring February 01, 2010 sharing forty-one years of life with his Duke family.

Deborah Holder Rollins, died February 19, 2018 at sixty-four years young. Her former colleagues recognized Deborah as an inspirational, compassionate, caring woman. Deborah was a former Medical Licensed Practical Nurse working for Duke University Health System in Medical Unit 8300. She began her career with Duke November 26, 1973 retiring July 01, 2013, sharing forty years of life with her Duke family. Her family, friends, colleagues and beloved community will genuinely miss Deborah.

Margaret Pollard, a former Laboratory Supervisor for Central Laboratory Support Collection with Duke University Health System Clinical Laboratory, died February 17, 2018. Margaret’s career with Duke Health System began June 01, 1966 retiring May 01, 1987. She was living in Little River, South Carolina at the time of her passing. Margaret was ninety-two years young.

Linda ‘Diane’ Carver, former Patient Advocate working with Duke University Health System in the Operating Room–Infrastructure, passed February 16, 2018. She was seventy years young. Diane was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She is survived by daughter, Lori-Ann Holder (Jeremy); two grandchildren; Haleigh Grace and Addison Holder, three sisters; Nancy Clayton (Mike), Donna Elliot (Donald), and Bonnie Elliott (Robin); special Aunt Evelyn Wilson, Sister-in-Law, Carolyn Carver Stevens, and loving nieces and nephews. Diane’s career began February 28, 1975 retiring August 01, 2006 embracing thirty-one years with her Duke family.

Lola “Myrl” Pope Keene, a former Senior Library Assistant, working with Library Acquisitions, in the Serials Department of Duke University’s Perkins Library, passed on February 16, 2018 at ninety-three years young.  “Myrl’ began her career on April 19, 1954 eventually retiring on December 31, 2000 sharing forty-six years of life with her Duke family. She was also involved in the Bessie Porter Library Sunday School Class, with the West Durham Pentecostal Holiness Church. A host of loving nieces and nephews, along with special friends, the Pleasant family, survive, “Myrl”. She will be missed by many and loved by all who knew her.

Jennifer Alice Goldman, forty-nine years young, of Burlington, North Carolina passed away February 13, 2018 at Duke University Medical Center after a short battle with lung cancer. She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia but North Carolina was Jennifer’s home from 1969. She was employed by Duke University Health System since January 08, 1991 embracing twenty-seven years of life working in Duke Orthopaedics Access Center as an Appointment Coordinator. Jennifer’s co-workers became her second family. They knew her to be a very loyal and hard-working colleague. She particularly enjoyed welcoming new colleagues into the Duke family teaching them the fine art of working the schedule to help as many patients as possible and as quickly as possible. Jennifer loved all of God's creatures but was most fond of her two cats, China Rose and GusGus, and her dog Jazzy.  Art and music were Jennifer’s favorite passions. She love listening to music and was a very creative sketcher. Jennifer was also a masterful shopper who loved antique furniture. Everyone who met Jennifer knew within minutes that they had met one of “the sweetest”, “kindest” persons on Earth.  She cared deeply for her family, animals, friends, colleagues and community.  Jennifer will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Left to hold Jennifer’s precious memory dear, are her parents, Jeanne & Wayne Murray of Conowingo, Maryland and Jack & Penny Goldman of West Jordan, Utah; brother, David Goldman & wife Jennifer of Franklinton. Brittany Goldman niece and Tyler Goldman nephew. Pat and Ross Harwood and their children Mark, Lisa, and Amy were also a major part of her extended family.

Shannah Marlene Calvert, a Sleep Technician working for Duke University Health System in Children’s Pediatrics, passed February 12, 2018 at the young age of forty. She began her career with Duke on August 26, 2013.

Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Lewis Simpson, a community leader, scientist, civic leader, adventurer and women's rights supporter died Monday, February 12, 2018 peacefully in her home at the young age of ninety-three and Dottie was a very young ninety-three. She knew no bounds, timeless and ageless. She was nineteen when she obtained her pilots license intending to join the armed services as a WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) in World War II, however the war ended just before she had the opportunity to serve. Still having a strong desire to fly, but unable to apply for a pilot’s job, (during that time, being a pilot was not an option for women) Dottie instead became an Airline Stewardess for Pan American Airways. She met her true love, Hunter Simpson, during that same era of life, and married him in 1951, but not before first travelling the Yukon River in an 18’ (foot) riverboat, and completing a trip around the world, (accompanied by a co-worker and dear friend, also a Pan American Airways Stewardess). Dottie attended Duke University serving as Junior and Senior Class President of The Woman’s College, graduating in 1946 with a major in mathematics. After much adventure, and life, she decided to go back to school receiving her MBA in the 1980s. At seventy-six years of age; Dottie would ride in a Russian MiG 25 to 80,000' at Mach 2.4 and at eighty years of age, was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest woman to have experienced weightlessness. Dottie was active in promoting the passage of ‘Title IX’, which reads: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” paving the way for girls and women to play sports on fields and courts across America. She was an original owner of Seattle Reign, the city’s first professional women’s basketball team; she was also a passionate supporter of women’s crew at the University of Washington as well as Duke University. Dottie instilled the values of community service, education and opportunity in her close-knit family, who will strive to carry on her legacy of goodwill. The University of Washington and Duke University, both benefited from her active involvement and guidance, (often at the executive level), of these programs, Seattle Junior Programs, Seattle Repertory Theater, MOHAI, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Flight, The ARCS Foundation to name a few. Dottie will be remembered for never taking “no” for an answer when campaigning for an organization or cause in which she truly believed in.  She served two terms on Duke's board of trustees (1982-1995), where she chaired the Student Affairs Committee, and was a member of the search committee that recommended the hiring of President Nannerl O. Keohane. She served on Duke's Council on Women's Studies. In 1999, Dottie was honored with the Duke University Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Duke Alumni Association. "In her lifetime of service," wrote Duke trustee Susan Bennett King '62, "Dottie represents the best of a generation of women who have contributed so much time, energy, and intelligence in volunteer work, often unheralded but just as often the moving force behind major programs and projects. Her quiet but persuasive leadership has galvanized both people and funding sources for years. It is this kind of commitment ...that has successfully translated vision into reality." She is survived by son, Brooks Simpson (Kathy), daughters, Anne Simpson (Charlie Conner) and Chris Brent (Bruce) and grandchildren, Hailey Simpson (Mike), Blake Simpson, Eric Hagfors, Kristen Millar (Dave), Leisa Brent and Wyatt Brent. Her wish to be a pilot has been realized by a daughter, who flies for Northwest Airlines. There is no doubt, that Dottie’s wise council, zest for life, and graceful heart, adventurer before her time, will be missed by, family, friends and community.

Carolyn Barnes, a former Supervisor working with Duke University’s Patient Revenue Management Organization, in Accounts Receivable for the Professional Billing & Coding Department, passed on February 11, 2018 at seventy-four years young. She began her career at Duke on September 14, 1971 retiring September 01 2005 sharing thirty-four years of life with her Duke family. Carolyn will be missed by family, friends and community.

Verlene Suggs Beasley, a former Medical Technologist working in the Microbiology Laboratory with Duke University Health System Clinical Laboratory, died February 11, 2018.  Verlene was eighty years of age. Her career with Duke began November 01, 1961 retiring July 01, 1995 sharing thirty-four years of life with her Duke Health System family.

Valinda Lou Gornto, a former employee with Duke University Administration, working as a Benefits Manager with Rewards & Recognition, passed February 11, 2018 after a long decline of health. Valinda was eighty years of age. She was a life-long resident of Hillsborough, North Carolina. Valinda retired from Duke University after over forty years in the Benefits & Records Department. She was known for her sense of humor (never a dull moment when she was in the midst) and love of cats.  She is survived by her brother Morris Wrenn (Jean), niece Sharon Wrenn Wilson (Bill), niece Crystal Wrenn Babson (Robert).  Also surviving are two great nephews, Drew Babson (Brittany), William Wilson and fiancé Lauren Wolfe, and great niece Allison Babson Ross (Justin).  Hunter Warren and Trista Warren survive as great-great nephew and great-great niece. She was predeceased by her husband, former Hillsborough Deputy Bruce Gornto, father Oscar Wrenn/Strum and mother Lizzie Wrenn/Strum. Valinda was a very special person to all her family members, listening to their ‘wants, needs, hopes and wishes’ then (whenever possible) provided those special moments and lifelong memories. When Valinda was at Duke Medical Center, she was a tremendous advocate for family members who needed her aid. She loved Gospel Music, and singing. The world benefits from people like Valinda who bring so much joy to others, just by being themselves. Valinda began her career with Duke on May 01, 1957 retiring July 01, 1998 sharing forty-one years of life with her Duke family

Susan Spell Butler, former Laboratory Supervisor with Duke Medical Center working with Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, passed February 5, 2018 while living in ‘The Forest at Duke Retirement Community”. She was ninety-four years of age. Susan was preceded in death by her childhood sweetheart and husband of sixty-two years, James M Butler. She is survived by her two children, Kitty Butler Cobb (Parks) of Seven Lakes and Bill Butler (Laura) of Burlington NC. Susan was also blessed with two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She loved her family first and foremost, music and Duke Choir. Many will miss Susan. Her career with Duke began on September 20, 1954 retiring July 01, 1987 sharing thirty-three years of life with her Duke family.

Eunice Delois Talley Godette, a former Housekeeping Specialist working with Duke University at Nicholas School of the Environment--Marine Laboratory, in Beaufort, NC, passed February 4, 2018.   Eunice was eighty years young. She was a native of Palmer Springs, Virginia and resided in Craven County for over fifty years. Eunice attended St Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA and graduated from Durham Business College in Durham, NC. She began working with Duke Marine Laboratory on June 21, 1976, retiring January 01, 2000. Upon retiring from her Duke career, she worked briefly for Fox Hill Private School as a teacher’s aide. In 2005, she received the Teacher’s Aide of the Year Award. She was a person who possessed the type of smile that virtually lit up a room, quiet, gentle, kind, a very caring and sharing person. In 1959, Eunice married Franklin D. R. Godette. Together they had four children. A son, Shaughnessy M. Godette preceded her in death, as did her beloved husband, Franklin. Eunice adored her family; her children were her pride and joy.  She taught her children that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Humility, empathy, and generosity were qualities that were engrained in their character. She was a role model to her children, showcasing the importance of being kind to others, emphasizing how important it is to live a respectful, Godly life Three loving children, Flondezi (Diane) Godette, Arturo Godette, and Felicia Godette; two loving grandchildren, Autumn and Marcus Godette; a sister, Rebecca Howard, a devoted brother, Calvin Talley; a sister-in-law, Verdelle Newby (Bernard), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends will forever cherish her memory.

Patsy Gray, a former Clinical Service Coordinator working with Duke University Health System in the General Surgical Clinic died, February 2, 2018 peacefully in her Durham home, she was eighty-four years of age. Patsy was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Ed Shoe's Sunday School Class and the Joy Club. She was also a member of the Duke Medical Center Retirement Group. She was born in Bahama, the daughter of the late Earl Justin Hill and Lillie Mae Tippet Hill. She was preceded in death by her son, Paul Lee Gray; sister, Mary Ella Andrews; and brothers, Billy T. Hill and Edgar Hill. Left to hold Patsy’s memory dear, are her husband of sixty-six years, Arthur Daniel Gray, Sr.; daughter, Tammy Cohn (Ken); son, Arthur Daniel Gray, Jr.; and sister, Mildred Doby. Patsy began her career at Duke on September 01, 1966 retiring January 01, 1995.

Helen M. Walker-Smith, a former employee of Duke Regional Hospital working in the Environmental Services field passed on February 02, 2018 at fifty-nine years young, four days prior to her 60th birthday.  Her career with Duke began on March 20, 2006 retiring January 01, 2010. Helen will be missed by family, friends and community.

January 2018

David Wise, a former Housekeeping Specialist working with the Duke University Health System at Duke North, died January 31, 2018. David was fifty-six years young. He was a resident of Durham, North Carolina at the time of his passing. David joined the work force at Duke on June 07, 1992 retiring from his career on July 01, 2012 sharing twenty years of life with his work family.

Gwendolyn Lavone Gooch, daughter of the late Henry and Inez Davis Gooch, passed on January 29, 2018 at Duke Medical Pavilion, at the young age of sixty-seven. Gwen was a graduate of the Hillside High School, Class of 1969. She retired from Duke University after 30 years of service. Gwen was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and auntie. After retirement, she devoted her time caring for her great nieces and nephews as their caretaker. Gwen was a big fan of the Carolina Tarheels, a lover of music and a great cook and. She was famous for her coleslaw and was encouraged by many to patent it and sell it. Gwendolyn leaves to cherish her memory, a loving daughter and devoted son. Tarika Moore (David),  Jacobey Gooch (Danisha), one brother, Kenneth Gooch (Robin), nine sisters, Sandra McCallum, Joyce Thaxton (Melvin), Rev. Dr. Cheryl McNair (Alexander), Quintzella (Steve), Cynthia (Tony), Linda and Juaneza Gooch, Brenda Young and Pamela Worley (Ivy) all of Durham, her grandchildren, Jacobey (Poodie) whom she raised as her own, Jakiya, Quron and JaCoda Gooch, Ashiley McNeil (Jeffrey) of Spring Lake and Naduri Moore of Charlotte, two great grands, one aunt Annie Gooch, a sister in law Kim Gooch, a special cousin, Phyllis Johnson (Alfred), and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends. She was loved by all and will be missed by many.

Rosa Elizabeth Pollard McLamb, a former employee of Duke University Printing Services, died January 29, 2018. He career began June 01, 1974 retiring August 01, 1991 sharing seventeen years of life with her Duke family.

P. Aarne Vesilind, seventy-eight years young, passed, surrounded by his loving family on January 28, 2018, from complications of cancer. He obtained his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and his PH.D. in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina. He spent his post-doctoral year with the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo where he developed a laboratory test for estimating the performance of dewatering centrifuges, then a year as a research engineer with Bird Machine Company. In 1970, he went on to join the faculty at Duke University as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering. In 1999, P. Aarne was appointed to the R.L. Rooke Chair of the Historical and Societal Context of Engineering at Bucknell University. There, he served to his capacity until retiring in 2006. Along with numerous accolades, accomplishments and prestigious awards, P. Aarne was most proud of his teaching awards. He was presented the E.I. Brown Award from the students of the Department of Civil Engineering, Duke University, for teaching excellence (four times), the Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award from the students of the School of Engineering, Duke University (1999), the 2005 Award for Achievement in Environmental Engineering Education, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, 1998 and 2005. One of his students recalls a favorite memory. ‘For homework, there was a question on nerve gas concentrations. He asked a straightforward question about determining air concentrations for nerve gas and roughly how much you would need to achieve a lethal concentration over ‘X’ area. After everyone turned in their answers, he chastised the ones who answered the question.’ "Just because you can answer a question, doesn't mean you should." ‘The lesson was knowledge is powerful, and we have to use our engineering knowledge ethically. That lesson was never forgotten.’ While at Duke, P. Aarne headed the Program in Science, Technology and Human Values for many satisfying years, (an undergraduate enrichment program that sought to build bridges between the humanities and engineering departments). In 1987, he married his high school sweetheart, Libby McTaggart, settling in Chapel Hill, NC. Together they acquired a summer camp on a small lake in Bath, NH. Calling it “The Birdbath” which became a sanctuary for bird watching, a little ‘skinny dipping’, a time for thoughtful reflection and happy relaxation. The camp was surrounded by birch trees that reminded him of his early childhood home on the Pirita River in Tallinn, Estonia. P. Aarne started a small publishing house, Lakeshore Press, as a forum for academic texts, musical arrangements, and memoirs about Estonians before, during and after Soviet occupation. It was after a thirty-year tenure at Duke University that Aarne and Libby moved to Lewisburg, PA. When actually retiring, in 2006, P. Aarne and Libby moved to New London, NH, it was there he fulfilled a lifelong dream by becoming music director and conductor for the Kearsarge Community Band. Above all his worldly accomplishments, Aarne’s most endearing quality was his gratefulness. He kept his friends close, acknowledged good fortune, and appreciated small wonders, like the sound of a canoe, gliding over lily pads. P. Aarne began his career at Duke University on September 01, 1970 retiring July 01, 2001.

Dixie Elizabeth Howard, a former employee of Duke Medical Center, working as a Medical Records Clerk II with the Ophthalmology Department, passed on January 28, 2018. Dixie was seventy-four years young. Her career with Duke began on December 30, 1991 retiring October 01, 2008 sharing nearly twenty years of life with the Medical Center.

Marjorie McKnight Pollard, daughter of the late James I. and Sarah McKnight was born on August 6, 1913 in Franklinton, N.C. Marjorie passed away peacefully, at Pettigrew Assisted Living Facility, on January 28, 2018, at the grand age of 104 years young. Marjorie attended Franklinton schools moving on to attend Kittrell College. Her husband, Marvin Pollard; three brothers, Francis, James and Arthur, and one sister, Negolia, predecease her. Survivors include Evelyn, her daughter, Adriane Saunders, Deborah Cole, Michael Gallop, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends who will dearly miss Marjorie. Her career at Duke University began November 10, 1967 retiring May 01, 1979.

Elizabeth Elizabeth ‘Lib’ Mayhall, passed January 25, 2018 peacefully at her home in Durham. Lib was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up in Covington, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois graduating from the University of Chicago in 1961 with a degree in English Literature. While a young mother, Lib braved three stints of living abroad: two in London, England and one in Kolkata (then Calcutta), India. It was in 1973 that she and her family landed back in the states settling in Durham, North Carolina. She began working with Duke University Health System as a Senior Psych-Diagnostic Technician in the Division of Neurology on August 27, 1973 retiring November 01, 2001 after embracing nearly thirty years of life with Duke. During her retirement, she traveled widely, by bicycle and RV with her beloved husband Gene. On Saturdays, she played bridge with close friends. Lib was a gifted artist and treasured painting sessions with her granddaughter Caitlin, also an artist. Among so many other memorable talents, her family will miss her wry sense of humor, keen intellect and laser focus on her family’s wellbeing. Lib was seventy-nine years young upon her passing.

Janet P. Wilson, passed away on January 24, 2018 at the Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Janet was a graduate of Asheboro High School and received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Guilford Technical College, a BSN from NC Central University and an MHA from Pfeiffer University. She began her career with Duke Medical Center as a Nurse Clinician working in the Breast ONC Clinical Research Division on January 04, 1982.  Janet retired on January 01, 2016 sharing thirty-four years of life with her Duke family. Janet was an avid Tarheel fan and enjoyed traveling with her husband (Rick) to Canada and to Arizona to visit close friends. Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Rick Wilson; her sisters, Johnsie Pierce Brantley and Gail Pierce Connor. Survivors left to carry her loving memory include her sister, Sharon Pierce of Asheboro; nieces, Erin Connor and Jami Brantley; nephew, Rob Brantley; great nephew, Zeke Brantley; and many friends who helped her through this time.

Titus Adeniyi, passed on January 23, 2018. His career as a Housekeeper Specialist with Duke University Health System began March 21, 2005 retiring October 01, 2015 sharing ten years of life with his Duke family.

Lucious Tilley, eighty-three years young, passed on January 22, 2018. Lucious began working with Duke University Health System on January 01, 1972 retiring November 01, 1999 sharing nearly thirty years with Duke.

Johnny William Etheridge, Jr., formerly a Duke Regional Hospital employee, working as a Clinical Nurse II in the Nurse SVC Unit 6-1 passed on January 20, 2018. He was seventy-one years young.  Johnny’s career began at Duke on June 02, 1997 retiring October 01, 2011. Johnny honorably served his country in the US Army and was a Vietnam War Veteran.  He went on to continue to serve his country and his fellow servicemen as a Registered Nurse working at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Family, friends, and his community will miss him greatly. We thank you for your service.

Carolyn Murray, passed away at the young age of seventy-three on January 20, 2018. She was a former employee of Duke Regional Hospital, working as a Clinical Nurse II, with the Nurse SVC Unit 6-1. Carolyn began her nursing career with Duke on May 27, 1985, retiring August 01, 2011 embracing nearly thirty years with Duke.

Carl Lynnberg Adams Sr., seventy years young, passed on January 19, 2018. Carl was a diligent, caring and wonderful person who possessed amazing people skills. He was known throughout Duke for being not only a hard worker but also for his extremely pleasant demeanor. He loved his job, but held his greatest love for his family, including his Mother. Carl began his career with Duke on April 01, 1971 as a Maintenance Specialist, working for Duke Medical Center E & O, retiring November 01, 2013 embracing over forty years of life with his Duke family.  After retiring from Duke, Carl went on to become a dispatcher for ACCESS; still serving the community, he held so close to his heart.  

Lucille Johnson Smith, passed away on January 17, 2018 at the age of eighty-one. She was a former employee of Duke Medical Center, working in the Plastic Max & Oral Surgery Department as a Research Technician. Lucille was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Emma, George, Janie, Umphrey Jr. ‘Cool Breeze’, Robert and Clyde. She is survived by her husband John D. Smith; her daughters Regina Smith, Lisa Barnes (James); sons Jay D. Smith (Fredricka), Myron D. Smith (Kathy); grandsons James Corey Wilson (Charity), Jalen Smith, Jordan Smith, Ryan Smith, Chrystian Smith, Xavier Smith; Granddaughters Lyndsay Barnes, Mya Smith, Reischea Smith, Aston Garrison; and Great Grandchildren Carlie and Jessica Wilson. She will be lovingly remembered by many.

Walter Griggs, a former employee with Duke University Health System, working at Duke North in the Environmental Services Department as a Housekeeping Specialist passed on January 13, 2018. Walter began his career on September 01, 1978 retiring March 01, 2017 sharing nearly forty years of life with his Duke family.

James Terry, a former employee with Duke University working in Material Management passed away on January 13, 2018. His career with Duke began on May 01, 1983 retiring April 01, 1991. Both family and friends will miss James, may you rest in peace.

Verble Ardinia William Dollar, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina passed January 12, 2018. She was a former Administrative Assistant with Duke Medical Center working with the Medicine Endocrinology & Metabolism Department. Her career with Duke began March 01, 1988 retiring later that year. Verble was a young ninety-three years of age, born April 23, 1924.  She was born in Pitt County, NC to the late William Isaac Williams and Sadie Vainwright Williams. She is also preceded in death by her first husband H. Donald Roberts and second husband Clayton Dollar. Verble is survived by her son Douglas Roberts of Chapel Hill, daughter Brenda Roberts of Richmond, VA; five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild who will miss their loved one greatly.

William Ray Edwards, a former employee of Duke University working as an Assistant Equipment Manager with the Locker & Towel Service, passed on January 12, 2018. William was born on June 6, 1933, allowing him eighty-five years of gracious living. At the time of his passing, William was a resident of Hillsborough, North Carolina. His career at Duke began August 25, 1958 retiring July 01, 1995 embracing nearly forty years of life with his Duke family. Proudly, he honored his country by serving with the military as a member of the U.S. Army. William served from May 1953 to April 1955 where he served honorably in Stuttgart, Germany.

Stephanie ‘Stacy’ Couch Emory, passed away on January 11, 2018 at her home in Durham. She was born and raised in Durham, NC. She attended New Horizon Church and was a graduate of Northern High School. She went on to attend East Carolina University and graduated from Durham Technical Community College as a paralegal.  She had worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield, moving on to work with the Duke University Health System on March 16, 2009 in the Emergency Department as an Ed Tech I. Stephanie fought a courageous two year battle with brain cancer, never once complaining. She was a kind, generous daughter, mother, aunt, niece, cousin, sister and friend, who was loved by all.

Mae Frances Lewis, a former employee of Duke University Health System working with Laundry Services in Laundry Processing, passed January 11, 2018. She was eighty-seven years of age. Mae was the daughter of the late Dorsey Williams, Sr. and Lillie Mae Hill Williams. Left to carry her loving memory are her two sons, Davis Lee Lewis and James Edward Lewis both of Henderson; three daughters, Brenda M. Blalock, Polly Ann Lewis and Emma Marie Williams all of Henderson; one sister, Shirley Ann Plack of Oxford; six brothers, Dorsey Williams, Leslie Williams, Waverly Williams and Douglas Williams all of Oxford, Lonnie Williams of Durham and John Richard Williams of Orangeburg, SC. Mae will be missed by her ten grandchildren who she held precious in her heart; and by her ten great grandchildren, her greatest pride and joy. She began her career with Duke on June 13, 1980 retiring January 01, 1998.

Donald Gagnon, of Morehead City, NC died Monday January 8, 2018 at his home. Donald was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. After high school, he joined the Coast Guard. Donald was stationed on a weather cutter out of Boston, which was reassigned to Wilmington, NC. He was transferred to Coast Guard Station Fort Macon in 1967. There he met the love of his life, and eventual wife, Dianne. Don was a gentle soul and a friend on sight. He loved boats and bikes, the water and fishing but more than that, he loved sharing ‘fun’ times with his family and friends. Donald worked for Duke University from May 22, 1978 retiring September 01, 2007 in Beaufort, sharing nearly thirty years of life with Duke. Donald will be remembered by his wife, Dianne, daughter Donna Harrington (Brian) and their children Hannah and Brison; son Sean M. Conner (Jill) and their son Ian; son James C. West (Sarah) and their daughter Heather; daughter Susan Jones (Robert) and their children Daniel, Micah, Andrew, AmyRose and Tristen. May you rest in peace.

Cynthia ‘Cissy’ Ann Vann, passed away at the young age of seventy-two at Hock Family Pavilion on January 7, 2018 after a brief illness. Cissy was born in Dayton, Ohio but raised in Durham, NC. Cissy worked for Duke University Medical Center as a Study Coordinator for the Duke Early Phase Clinical Research Unit until her death. Her career with Duke began on April 03, 2006. Prior to working with Duke she was the Administrator for Petroleum Club of Houston for twenty-five years. She is survived by her sons, Vann and Geoffrey Huff; four grandchildren, Mary, Claire, Sydney, and Emily along with two Great Grandchildren, Vanessa and Elizabeth. Cissy loved family, church, her animals and sports. She was also passionate about cooking for her family and friends, welcoming the more, the merrier always at her table.

James Harrison, a former Duke University employee who worked as an Information Specialist Technician in the Duke Stores Computer Repair, died January 07, 2018. His career at Duke began on December 13, 1982 retiring April 01, 2003 sharing twenty-one years with his Duke family.

Martha Jane Hackney, a former Accounting Supervisor, with Duke University Medical Center, passed January 06, 2018, at WakeMed Hospital in Cary, NC. Martha was seventy-five years young.  She began her career at Duke on October 02, 1972 retiring February 01, 2006, sharing a warm smile, a great sense of humor, loyalty and a fierce commitment to her job and workmates for thirty-four years. She was born in Durham, the daughter of the late Oscar Allen and Hazel Horne Allen. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by son, Richard Alan Hackney. Martha is survived by her daughters, Angela Whipple, Cynthia Smith, Dawn Wirth; grandchildren, MaKenna Kendall Marti, Brenner Richard Whipple, Jason Kyle Hackney, Christopher Brian Wright, Jennifer Smith Long, Devon Castillon; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Virginia Lee, Fay Ray. Martha will be missed by family, friends, community and past coworkers, the world will be a little less bright without her presence.

Lucy Parker, a former Patient Service Aid working with Duke University Health System in the Unit Support Services Department, died January 04, 2018. She began her career with Duke on July 01, 1967 retiring February 01, 1995 sharing nearly thirty years of life with Duke. Family, friends and community will miss Lucy.

Froilan ‘Allan’ Franza Aquino, working in the DN Sterile Processing Division of Duke University Health System as a Sterile IV Technician, died January 01, 2018, after a short illness. His career with Duke began on March 16, 2009 sharing nearly ten years of his life with Duke. Allan is survived by his wife, Jhoanna, his son, Ian Aquino; his mother, Norma; brother, Nat (Tes), sister, Ella and a host of nephews and one niece. Allan will be remembered for his bright smile and engaging personality. 

2017 obituaries can be found here.