University and Health System Obituaries for 2022

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 staff, faculty and retirees who have passed away in 2022, as reported to Duke Human Resources through April 2022.

January 2022

David O’Ne Breeze: Began working with Duke on June 17, 1968, retired September 30, 2002, employed as a Senior Utility Worker for Bi-med Waste Program with Duke University Health System, died, January 1, 2022.

Margaret Spring: Began working with Duke on November 26, 1973, retired July 31, 2002, employed with Duke University, died, January 2, 2022.

Willie Ray Cain: Began working with Duke on September 25, 1989, employed as a Painter, in the Engineering Department with Duke Raleigh Hospital, remained an active employee until his death January 6, 2022.

Alana Agner: Began working with Duke on October 22, 2007, retired December 3, 2007, employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse for Duke Primary Care, died January 7, 2022.

Mozelle McNeill: Began working with Duke on January 5, 1981, retired on July 6, 2007, employed as an EKG Technician II, EC PreOp Screening, Duke University Health System, died January 8, 2022.

Darrell Pickard: Began working with Duke on May 17, 2004, retired March 28, 2019, employed as a Pharmacy Technician II in Duke Hospital and Duke Eye Center, died January 8, 2022.

Carolyn Beard: Began working with Duke on February 14, 2007, retired May 24, 2007, employed by Duke University, died January 9, 2022. 

Willie Flagler Jr.: Began working with Duke on August 16, 1959, retired February 2, 2007, employed as a Patient Transporter for the Operating Room at Duke Regional Hospital, died January 9, 2022.

Bernice Leathers: Began working with Duke on March 18, 1974, retired December 30, 1999, employed as a Housekeeping Specialist in Duke Clinic, died, January 9, 2022.

Lynda B. Winstead: Began working with Duke on July 4, 1984, retired on October 30, 2006, employed as a Clinical Technician II, Laboratory, Duke University Health System, died, January 9, 2022.

Locksley Gardner: Began working with Duke on October 16, 1979, retired April 30, 1985, employed as a Medical Technologist in Clinical Research for Duke Medical Center, died, January 10, 2022.

Christine Smith: Began working with Duke on June 30, 1973, retired December 15, 1995, employed as a Housekeeping Specialist with Duke University, died, January12, 2022.

Joanne O Ferguson: Began working with Duke on September 22, 1965, retired February 11, 1991, employed as an Editor-In-Chief Duke University Press, Duke University, died, January 15, 2022.

Eileen M. Mikat: Began working with Duke on March 1, 1980, retired on October 31, 1991, employed as an Assistant Research Professor, Pathology, with Duke University, died, January 15, 2022.

O Glenn Jr.: Began working with Duke on July 1, 1971, retired August 31, 1998, employed as a High Voltage Electrician, With Facilities Management-Administration, Duke University, died, January 16, 2022.

Hope Batey: Began working with Duke on September 12, 2016, retired February 11, 2021, employed with Duke University, died, January 18, 2022.

Connie Bennett: Began working with Duke on September 29, 2008, retired on July 7, 2013, employed as a Clinical Nurse II Nuclear Medicine, Duke University Health System, died, January 18, 2022.

Harold W. Hayes: Began working with Duke on August 22, 1960, retired March 17, 1995, employed as a Computer Operator, Health Information Management with Duke University Health System, died, January 20, 2022.

Cynthia Weaver: Began working with Duke January 9, 1998, retired December 30, 2021, employed as a Patient Account Associate, OR-Infrastructure, with Duke University Health System, died, January 20, 2022

Gisela Pedraza: Began working with Duke on March 13, 2007, retired August 30, 2013, employed as a Staff Assistant with Pediatrics Cardiology of Duke University, died January 21, 2022.

Barbara Tate: Began working with Duke on June 12, 1972, retired June 24, 2011, employed as a Clinical Nurse in Heart Invasive Holding Area, Duke University Health System, died, January 21, 2022.

Robert Larson: Began working with Duke on July 8, 1991, retired on August 31, 2012, employed as a Radiologic Technologist, DRH-Radiology-Diagnostic, with Duke Regional Hospital, died, January 22, 2022.

Joanne Matthew: Began working with Duke on December 3, 2001, retired on May 13, 2015, employed as an Appointment Coordinator, Surgery Access Center, Duke University Health System, died, December 3, 2001.

Richard Myers: Began working with Duke on August 9, 1973, retired October 31, 2000, employed as the Chief Executive Officer, DUFCU, DRH Corporate Administrator with Duke Regional Hospital, died, January 22, 2022.

Mary Black: Began working with Duke on March 9, 1970, retired September 13, 1990, employed as a Medical Licensed Practical Nurse in Nursing Services, Duke University Health System, died, January 26, 2022.

Robert H. Jones: Began working with Duke on May 1, 1973, retired January 25, 2022, employed as a Professor Emeritus, Cardiovascular & Thoracic with Duke University, died January 26, 2022.

James E. Nichols: Began working with Duke on July 8, 1985, retired December 31, 2021, employed as a Maintenance Foreman in Engineering & Operations for Duke Medical Center, died, January 27, 2022.

Daniel Reaves: Began working with Duke on February 10, 1992, retired on August 31, 2009, employed as a Parking Lot Attendant, Traffic & Parking with Duke University, died, January 29, 2022.

Sandra Peele: Began working with Duke on March 19, 1984, retired on January 31, 2013, employed as a Clinical Nurse III, Rehabilitation Nursing, with Duke Regional Hospital, died, January 30, 2022.

February 2022

Miranda West: Began working with Duke on June 21, 2004, retired September 30, 2018, employed as a Clinical Research Plastic Maxillofacial & Oral Surgery, with Duke Medical Center died, February 2, 2022.

Pauline D. Hooks: Began working with Duke on August 11, 1948, retired on October 31, 1988, employed as a Staff Nurse, Gynecology, Duke University Health System, died, February 5, 2022.

Carol Dahm: Began working with Duke on November 25, 2013, retired on July 30, 2021, employed as a Staff Assistant with Major Gifts, Duke University died, February 6, 2022.

Edith Hester: Began working at Duke on June 2, 2000, retired on December 18, 2015, employed as a Housekeeper Specialist, HK Operations, Duke University, died, February 6, 2022.

Annie Manning: Began working with Duke on December 20, 1978, retired on March 31, 2003 employed as a Medical Supply Assembler, Sr. OR-Infrastructure with Duke University Health System died, February 7, 2022.

George H. MacKnee: Began working with Duke University on February 22, 1999, employed with Duke University, remained an active employee until his death, February 11, 2022.

Don T. Marshall: Began working with Duke on May 30, 2005, retired December 31, 2019, employed as a Nursing Care Assistant, Health Coordinator with Duke University Health System died, February 11, 2022.

George G. Somjen: Began working with Duke on January 1, 1964, employed with Duke University, as a Professor Emeritus, Cell Biology, remained an active employee until his death, February 15, 2022.

Walter Dellinger: Began working with Duke on August 1, 1969 retired June 30, 2004, employed as a Professor (Tenure) Law Faculty RG1 Duke University died, February 17, 2022.

Veiola Cates: Began working with Duke on June 8, 1998, retired on August 28, 2009, employed as a Housekeeping Specialist, Facilities Operations, Duke University, died, February 19, 2022.

Susan A. Caulder: Began working at Duke on October 22, 1979, retired on December 31, 2008, employed as a Staff Specialist, Orthopaedics, Duke Medical Center, died, February 21, 2022.

Alice Whitaker: Began working with Duke on June 4, 1979, retired on July 31, 1997, employed with Duke University, died February 21, 2022.

Valinda Blalock: Began working at Duke on May 15, 1972, retired on May 22, 1989, employed by Duke University, died, February 25, 2022.

George W. Williams: Began working with Duke on September 1, 1957, employed with Duke University as a Professor Emeritus, English, remained an active employee until his death, February 25, 2022.

John E. Scott: Began working with Duke on January 22, 1970, retired on April 25, 2005, employed as a Housekeeper Specialist, HK Operations, Duke University, died, February 26, 2022.

Shelia G. Couch: Began working with Duke on October 15, 1984, retired on April 30, 2013, employed as a Staff Assistant, Development, Duke University, died, February 27, 2022.

Jeanette Ross: Began working with Duke on August 22, 1977, retired November 1, 2003, employed as a  Service Coordinator, Student Fees, West Campus Duke University, died, February 28, 2022.

March 2022

Rachel Hougom: Began working at Duke on November 10, 1969, retired on March 30, 2001, employed as a Staff Assistant, Biology/Anthropology, Duke Medical Center, died, March 4, 2022.

Betty Goodbar: Began working with Duke 35 years ago, as an Administrative Assistant with the Drama Department and English Department of Duke University. She was retired from Duke University. Betty died, March 5, 2022.

Carole V. Spigner: Began working at Duke on October 17, 2005, retired on July 16, 2017, employed with Duke University, died, March 5, 2022.

Myrtle Gilchrist: Began working at Duke on June 2, 1980, retired on May 8, 2006, employed with Duke University, died, March 7, 2022.

Betty Stancik: Began working at Duke on July 1, 1962, retired on August 31, 2002, employed as a Medical Secretary, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Duke Medical Center, died, March 11, 2022.

Dorothy Clark: Began working with Duke on August 17, 2015, retired on December 14, 2015, employed with Duke University, died, March 19, 2022.

Omega Hodges Sr. : Began working with Duke on September 23, 1975, retired on September 6, 2013, employed as a Sterile Processing Technician, DN Sterile Processing, Duke University Health System, died, March 20, 2022.

Thurman Hilliard: Began working with Duke on August 11, 1969, retired on February 29, 2000, employed as a Manager IT, Finance Division, Duke University, died, March 21, 2022.

Eva Smith: Began working with Duke on April 30, 2001, retired on March 23, 2007, employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse, DUAP Henderson Family Medicine, Duke Primary Care, died, March 27, 2022

April 2022

Shirley Blalock: Began working with Duke on February 18, 1985, retired on September 5, 1997, employed as a Department Coordinator, Duke University Stores, died, April 2, 2022.

Inell Alston: Began working with Duke on March 26, 1974, retired on December 27, 2013, employed as a Housekeeping Specialist, Medical Sciences Duke University Health System, died April 5, 2022,

Ruth Baker: Began working with Duke on January 1, 2003, retired on December 31, 2005, employed as a Patient Service Assistant, Duke North, Duke University Health System, died, April 6, 2022.

Robert Johnson: Began working with Duke on September 9, 1980, retired on January 1, 2003, employed as a Housekeeping Specialist, Duke North, Duke University Health System, died, April 6, 2022.

Lynn Pope: Began working with Duke on January 22, 2008, retired on October 19, 2012, employed as a Clinical Nurse II, EC PACU-Duke University Health System, died, April 8, 2022.

Harvey Ayers: Began working with Duke on January 29, 1996, retired August 12, 1996, employed as a Medical Records Clerk, Duke Primary Care, died, April 9, 2022.

Kathleen Windsor: Began working with Duke on October 5, 1998, retired on October 31, 2010, employed with Duke University, died, April 9, 2022.

Marvin Cullison: Began working with Duke on December 1, 1986, retired on December 31 2001, employed with Duke University, died, April 11, 2022.

Rosario Juan: Began working with Duke on August 15, 1988, retired on January 31, 2013, employed as a Medical Lab Scientist, Clinical Pediatric, Duke University Clinical Labs, died, April 12, 2022.