Emmy Knobloch ’82

Emmy Knobloch '82Dr. Emily Jean Knobloch of Jackson, Wyoming died peacefully surrounded by her family from complications of melanoma on May 18. She was born July 10, 1960 to Emily Champion and the late Carl William Knobloch, Jr. in New York City. Emmy lived a life full of love, courage and achievement.

Emmy graduated from the Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Georgia), Davidson College and the University of Minnesota Medical School. At Davidson, Emmy captained the tennis team, was Davidson’s very first female All-American in any sport and was elected to Davidson’s Hall of Fame. At Minnesota Medical School, Emmy was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

After starting on Wall Street, she found her passion caring for patients as an internal medicine doctor. Dr. Emmy, as she was fondly called, loved her patients and the staff at St. John’s Hospital in Jackson. Her family was also lucky to benefit from her incredible skills, most especially her late father Carl and her partner Robert.

Other interests during her life were horses, playing tennis, fishing expeditions with her father, and rescuing dogs, of whom there were many and all much beloved. She was a Rowland and Ward record book holder and won awards for her marathon times. Most importantly, she knew what she loved, people and animals, most especially stray dogs.

Emmy was an active contributor to her community in Jackson, Wyoming including having served as the Chairman of the St. John’s Hospital board and Medical Director of the St. John’s Living Center in addition to her private practice. She was also a Director of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.

So many extraordinary doctors and caregivers have been part of Emmy’s courageous fight against melanoma. We will keep the specific list short and only note very gratefully her care from St. John’s Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Dr. Martha Stearn.

She is survived by her mother Emily Champion Knobloch, her partner and best friend of many years Dr. Robert Berlin, dear 4-legged child Dr. Shami, sisters Carla Knobloch and Eleanor Knobloch Ratchford (Tom) and her two devoted nephews Joseph Thomas Ratchford III and James William Ratchford. She is also survived by many dear cousins, including Stevens Sharkey and George Champion, whom she considered as brothers.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Emmy and celebrate who she was with acts of kindness to others.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 24  at 11am at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta . A celebration of Emmy’s life will also be held in Jackson Hole at a later date. There will be a private burial at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 20 to May 22, 2018

Rusty Goode, Jr. ’54

Rusty Goode, Jr. '54Seddon “Rusty” Goode, Jr., 86, died peacefully and surrounded by family on May 14, 2018. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Jane Nisbet Goode.

Rusty was born on January 7, 1932 in Clinton, North Carolina to the late Seddon Goode, Sr. and Hallie Ross Goode. Rusty was raised in Lakeland, Florida and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1950 and Davidson College in 1954. After serving two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, he earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1957.

Rusty began his business career in 1957 in Charlotte with Southeastern Financial Corp. He later held executive positions with North Carolina National Bank and Interstate Securities Corp., working for his father-in-law, Walter Olin “Mutt” Nisbet. In 1981, Rusty became President and Director of the University Research Park. Upon his retirement in 2006, he became Vice Chairman.

Rusty loved helping and connecting people and serving the City of Charlotte and the State of North Carolina. From 1979 to 1989, Rusty served on the board of the NC Department of Transportation, including a term as vice chairman. Rusty’s terms spanned both Republican and Democratic administrations, and he became affectionately known as the “Road Czar”. Rusty was one of the architects of Interstate 485 for which a section was named in his honor in 1997.

In 1992, he was honored by the Governor of North Carolina by being awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Rusty spent 21 years on the Board of Commissioners of the Carolinas HealthCare System and 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Davidson College. In addition, he served on the boards of Canal Industries, Inc., the NC Global TransPark Authority, The NC State Ports Authority, The NC Advisory Budget Commission, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the State Teachers Retirement System and the UNC Charlotte Foundation. UNC Charlotte awarded him an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in 2007.

While Rusty spent a lot of time working, he always managed to find ways to do the things he loved most: sharing time with Jane, especially watching their kids and grandkids play sports; cheering on the Wildcats; puttering in his tool sheds in Montreat and Wrightsville Beach; rebuilding a Boston Whaler in his driveway; ordering from catalogues; fishing in the Florida Keys and Wrightsville Beach or driving through the farm or the URP just to “check on things” and to catch up with those who went along for the ride.

Rusty is survived by his daughters, Beth Goode Reigel (Ernie) and Mary Jane Goode (Walt Gramley). In addition to his wife, Jane, Rusty was preceded in death by his son, Ed Goode, and is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Beth Goode (Carl Belk). Also surviving are his seven grandchildren who lovingly called him Papoo or Pop: Rebecca Jane Ponton (Rob), Will Reigel, Rusty Reigel, Mary Ellen Goode (Matt Spangler), Eddie Goode, Elizabeth Gramley and Ross Gramley and three great-grandchildren, Ellie, Jane and Robbie Ponton. Additionally, Rusty is survived by his sisters-in-law, Becky Rencher and Marian Nisbet and was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Olin Nisbet and Bud Rencher. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews also survive Rusty.

The family would like to thank Lametsha “Buffy” Crawford for the invaluable love, support and care she has provided over the years to Rusty, Jane and “Gagi”. You will forever be a part of our family. Thank you also to Southminster Healthcare and Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte for your care, compassion and support.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11 o’clock in the morning at Covenant Presbyterian Church. The interment will be private. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Edward S. Goode Scholarship Fund , Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035, The Levine Children’s Hospital c/o Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, 208 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203 or Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28204.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

Bob Keever, Jr. ’51

James Robert “Bob” Keever Jr., whose Christian faith and love for others defined his life, passed away April 30, 2018, after a long illness.

From 1975-84, he was pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Wooster.

Born Nov. 7, 1929, in Charlotte, N.C., he was the son of James Robert Keever Sr. and Susan Alexander.

Bob graduated from high school in Charlotte and earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in 1951. He briefly attended Duke University, but after receiving his call to ministry entered the Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned his master of divinity degree.

He earned his master of theology degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., and a doctor of ministry degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif.

He began his career in the ministry in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. as a pastor in Charlottesville, Va., and later served churches in McLean, Va., Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wooster, Crawfordsville, Ind. and Chapel Hill, N.C. During his career, he was a passionate advocate in support of civil and human rights for all persons, and for the rights and dignity of mentally disabled persons.

He spent the final 12 years of his life as a resident of Croasdaile Village Retirement Community in Durham, N.C.

Bob was devoted to his wife, Ellen H. Keever, who preceded him in death in 2012, after a loving marriage which spanned 58 years. He was also devoted to his family, and loved their many gatherings at the family vacation house on Claytor Lake, Va.

Surviving are his children and their spouses, Cynthia D. Keever of Asheville, N.C., Robert Keever and Claudia Chaten of Mechanicsville, Va., Wythe and Sandy Keever of Harrisburg, Pa., Graham and Mary Jane Keever of Fletcher, N.C., and Laura and Olin Brimberry of Raleigh, N.C. He is also survived by grandchildren, Makahla and Caitlin Stout of Asheville, N.C., Charles, Mary and Annie Keever of Richmond, Va., Megan Keever Rivera of Torrance, Calif., Ryan and Adam Keever of Fletcher, N.C., and Lillian, Olin and Lucile Brimberry of Raleigh, N.C.; and a great-granddaughter, Kelly Rivera of Torrance, Calif.

Memorial services will held at First Presbyterian Church of Durham, N.C., on Monday, May 21 at 2 p.m. Graveside services will be held in Round Hill Cemetery in Marion, Va., later in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham, N.C. 27701; or The Southern Poverty and Law Center at splcenter.org.

Don Randolph, Jr. ’61

don randolph 61Joseph Donald “Don” Randolph, Jr., age 78, of Marietta, SC passed away in his sleep on April 25, 2018

He was born in Greenville, SC on March 6, 1940 to the late Joseph Donald and Elizabeth Gantt Randolph. He graduated from Greenville High School receiving a National Merit Scholarship, and earned a BS in chemistry from Davidson College in 1961.

Following his service in the US Army, Don worked as a chemist for a number of years. In 1998 he suffered a stroke and has spent the time thereafter at a nursing facility in Marietta, SC.

Don is survived by his brother, John Randolph of Knoxville, TN; his son, Thomas Randolph; and grandchildren: Hanna, Thomas, and David Randolph, all of Woodbridge, VA.

A funeral service will be held 2:30 PM Monday, April 30, 2018 in the Markley Chapel at Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, SC, with burial in the Churchyard immediately following.

Arrangements by Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Dr., 864-232-6706.