Edward Nisbet Maxwell, Sr. ’41

Ed MaxwellEdward Maxwell, Sr., 96, of Louisville died Monday, February 13, 2017 at Jefferson Place.

He was a native of South Boston, Va., served as a medical officer in the US Public Health Service in World War II, was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church and a longtime choir member. He was the former chief of Radiology at Audubon Hospital and the old St. Joseph’s Infirmary, was a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and was a former member of the AMA and JCMS.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ethelyn LeGrand Jones Maxwell; parents, Columbus Wirt Maxwell and Evelyn Nisbet Maxwell; and sister, Betty Maxwell.

He is survived by his children, Edward N. Maxwell, Jr., MD (Nancy Lee) of Lexington, KY, Betsy Maxwell, Kenneth L. Maxwell, James H. Maxwell. MD (Susan) of Greensboro, NC, Nancy M. Hanna (Bill), and Margaret A. Maxwell of Richmond, KY; sister, Louise Worth; grandchildren, Jennie Hale (Jason), Christopher, Dr. Matthew (Sara), Ryan, Clay and Leigh Maxwell, Colin and Will Hanna; and great grandchildren, Georgia and Ari Hale, Wesley, Caroline and Maggie Maxwell.

His memorial service will be held at Noon on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Fourth Presbyterian Church 3016 Preston Hwy. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. at the church.

Memorial gifts may be made to Fourth Presbyterian Church or MUSCL 1207 Hart Avenue Louisville, KY 40213.

Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 22, 2017

Thomas Arthur Galbreath, Jr. ’41

Thomas Arthur Galbreath, Jr. '41Thomas Arthur Galbreath, Jr. died Thursday, November 24, 2016.

He was born May 21, 1920 in Greenville, N. C. He was the son of Thomas Arthur and Amine King Galbreath. Tom was a graduate of Davidson College.

He began his career in banking with The Commercial Bank, now Wells Fargo. He was employed with J. P. Taylor – Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. for thirty five years.

Upon retirement he joined his wife Margaret, in managing the Coral Bay Club, at Atlantic Beach.

Following their retirement they lived in Kinston. Tom loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was a life time member of Queen Street Methodist Church, where he was an active member.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Margaret, and brother-in-law Philip E. Edwards.

He is survived by his sister Amine G. Edwards of Rocky Mount and nieces Amine E. Morgan (John), and Ruth E. Nicholson (Paul) and step children Jess Roper McLamb (Gene), Liza Roper, and Thomas J. Roper (Sue), and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Interment will be at Westview Cemetery. A memorial service will be Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Queen Street United Methodist Church.

Reception immediately following at The Kinston Country Club, 1501 Country Club Dr. Memorials may be made to Queen Street Methodist Church, 500 N. Queen Street, Kinston, N.C. 28501, or a a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with Edwards Funeral Home.

Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 27, 2016

William (Bill) Earl Loftin, Sr. ’41

William (Bill) Earl Loftin, Sr. '41The world lost a kind and gentle soul on September 18, 2016. William Earl Loftin Sr. (Bill) died peacefully at age 96, in Charlotte, NC. 

Bill was predeceased by his parents, Charles Ivey Loftin Sr. and Martha Jackson Loftin; his beloved wife of 59 years, Martha Enck Loftin; his beloved wife of 9 years, Ruth Lipford Loftin; his brother Charles Ivey Loftin Jr.; his brother John Frank (Hank) Loftin; and his sister Martha Loftin Whaley.

Bill Loftin loved God, family, work, Davidson College, and Rotary International. Bill was born in Gastonia, NC on January 10, 1920. He graduated from Davidson College in 1941, earning both Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Though unable to serve in WWII due to health issues, Bill moved to Boston and worked in the airplane industry during the war. He often lamented losing his brother, Hank, and friends to the war, and wished he could have joined them on the battlefield.

Bill attended and taught at Harvard Business School and went on to teach at Florida State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

One of Bill’s mottos was “live to work, not work to live.” In 1956, Bill opened a business, Heritage Printers Inc. in Charlotte, NC. Heritage Printers became nationally known for its high quality letterpress books with customers such as University of California, Yale University and Atheneum Press. Bill also continued his father’s commercial printing company, Loftin and Co. (founded in1898 and still operating).

Bill Loftin was a Southern gentleman, known for his integrity and good will. He served as Charlotte Rotary president and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He served as deacon and elder of Avondale Presbyterian Church and was active with Davidson College alumni.

He was a friend to the downtrodden, and taught his family to “provide for the comfort of others.” He was a servant leader who left the world better.

Bill loved his family and often called them “The Lucky/Blessed Ones.” He is survived by his daughters, Ann Loftin Robinson (Peter), Judith Loftin Hobbs (Walter), Martha Loftin Whitfield (Chip) and his son, William Earl Loftin Jr. (Nan); eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Bill’s caregivers, Ida Vaughn and Pier Williams, for their loving service over the past four years, and the staff of Levine/Dickson Hospice House.

A celebration of Bill Loftin’s life will be held October 15, at 2 pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 West Franklin Boulevard Gastonia, NC. The family welcomes friends to honor Bill, October 14, 7-9 pm, 221 Altondale Avenue, Charlotte, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Levine/Dickson Hospice House or “The Rotary Foundation” c/o The Rotary Club of Charlotte, 1850 East 3rd St., (Suite 220), Charlotte, NC 28204.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Loftin family.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Sept. 25, 2016


Fred Eugene Little ’41

Fred Eugene Little '41Fred Eugene Little, Jr., 94, of Wilmington, NC, passed away at The Commons at Brightmore on June 9, 2015. He was born in Wilmington, NC on October 5, 1920, son of Fred Eugene and Elizabeth Albright Little. He attended public schools in Wilmington as well as Porter Military Academy in Charleston, SC, and the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He graduated from Davidson College, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He served his country in World War II, stationed in North Africa as a Captain in the then U.S. Army Air Corps.

 He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Betsy Hightower of Arlington, VA. They lived in Wilmington where he joined his father and brother Robert at Wilmington Printing Company. After 20 years, he left WPCo and opened an office to engage in commercial real estate sales.

 At different times, he was president of the Printing Industry of the Carolinas, the Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, the Wilmington Regional Board of Realtors and the Committee of 100. He served on the board of BB&T (formerly Carolina Savings & Loan Association) for over 40 years. He held several positions over a 50-year span in his beloved Civitan Club of Wilmington, where he was a star salesman of Claxton fruit cakes.

 He was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church where he was a Deacon and Ruling Elder. He served on the boards of the Cornelia Nixon Davis Nursing Home and the American Lung Association.

 He was a life-long member of the Carolina Yacht Club and the Cape Fear Country Club, where he served as President.

 He is survived by his son Fred E. Little III (Tobie) of Fayetteville, daughters Meredith Little Hall (Vic) and Lizabeth Havington Little (Carter Sneeden), all of Wilmington, son John Albright Little of Wilmington; grandchildren, Fred E. Little, IV (Kim), P. Barrett Little (Kate), Kristofer P. Dorough and Leigh D. Pridgen (Alan); as well as two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his life-long friend and recent dear companion, Kathryn Perdew Minnick.

 There will be a private service and interment at Oakdale Cemetery.

David Wilson Talmage ’41

A life begun in 1919 ended peacefully on March 6, 2014 as David W. Talmage died at home on his own terms. David was an intellectual giant who was determinedly practical. At 94 years, he knew he was failing in health and resolutely planned his passing. He was pleased to have seen all five of his children and their spouses as well as most of his ten grandchildren and their significant others in the few weeks before his death.

Born of Presbyterian missionaries, he was raised in Korea by his parents and his beloved Grandmother Emerson. He was the sixth of seven children and spent his entire young life in Korea, including attending high school in Pyeng Yang, North Korea at a mission boarding school. He had little formal school until high school and was educated at home and in small mission schools.

His was an interesting young life in the countryside of South Korea in a small town of Kwangju. His first visit to the United States didn’t occur until he was 13 when he spent a few months in Decatur, Georgia when his father was on furlough from his mission work. After his return to Korea, he did not visit the United States until he returned to attend college. He attended Maryville College for one year and then transferred to Davidson College where he graduated in 1941. He attended Washington University for Medical School during World War II. He graduated from Washington University in 1944 when the War required an accelerated path for graduation. From 1945 to 1947 he served as a medical adviser to the Korean government for the United States Army. He served two internships: Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia from 1944-1945 and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri in 1948-1949. He served a residency at Barnes Hospital from 1949-1950 and a fellowship at Washington University from 1950-1951.

 He married the love of his life, LaVeryn Talmage, in 1944 and stayed devoted to her until her death in 2013. Together they raised five children who all reside in the Denver area. They are Janet Lynn ”Jenny” Bock (Jim), Marilyn Talmage-Bowers (Kent), David Hall Talmage (Ellie), Mark Talmage (Karen) and Carol Talmage. In addition, he has ten grandchildren: Timothy Bock, Christopher Bock, Kaitlyn Talmage-Bowers, Melissa Auell (Patrick), Madigan Talmage-Bowers, Steven Talmage, Garrick Talmage, Morgan Talmage, Alexa Talmage and Zachary Talmage. With LaVeryn, he raised their family, travelled the world and distinguished himself in his career. In late life, he supported her painting career and took care of her while studying a new interest, physics.

He had a distinguished career at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh. He was a distinguished professor at the University of Colorado from 1986 to the present. He also served as the Associate Dean for Research Affairs at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) from 1983 -1986. He was the director of the Webb Waring Lung Institute from 1973 to 1983, the Dean of Faculty at UCHSC from 1969-1971, Acting Dean of Faculty at UCHSC from 1968-1969, Professor and Chairman of the Microbiology Department at UCHSC from 1963-1966. He was a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UCHSC from 1960-1986. He was a Professor in the Department of Medicine at UCHSC from 1959 -1960. He also served as Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh.

His professional work earned him much acclaim. He was elected to the National Academy of Science in 1976 and on the Council of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases from 1974 to 1978. He was president of the American Association of Immunologists in 1978 and President of the American Academy of Allergy in 1965. In addition, he was honored to be the editor of the Journal of Allergy from 1963 to 1967.

He earned many honors for his professional work. He earned the prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Award in 2003, the Sewall Award from the University of Colorado in 1996 and the Sandoz Immunology Prize in 1995. He earned the University of Colorado Faculty Research Lectureship (1979), the Fulbright-Hays Senior Scholar Award (1977), an honorary Doctor of Science at Colorado State University (1980), an honorary Doctor of Science from Buena Vista College (1970) and an Alumni Recognition Award at the University of Chicago. He was a Markle Scholar from 1955 -1960 and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha.

David was a research scientist and prolific writer. He was the author of more than 150 articles in scientific journals. Three weeks before his death, he submitted a paper to a physics contest with an essay on physics related to gravity and inertia.

Personally, David was a peacemaker above all. He was remarkably patient and loving. He disliked conflict and advised forgiveness and lack of judgment. He gave everyone the benefit of the doubt and counseled respect for all humans. He was seldom critical and was empathic and concerned about others. He was a humble person despite his many accomplishments. He was pleased to support his church and a homeless coalition with considerable financial support. He was a steadfast supporter of education and provided significant support for his children and grandchildren’s higher education.

He is survived by his children, his grandchildren, his sister, Mariella Provost of Black Mountain, North Carolina and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his other siblings: John, Franklin, William, Janet (Keller) and Roy.