Category Archives: 1941

Edward Nisbet Maxwell, Sr. ’41

Edward 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-galbreathThomas 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

bill-loftin-srThe 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

1Fred 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.

Joseph Franklin Wilson ‘ 41

Joseph Franklin Wilson, 94, passed away on February 27th in Tucson, AZ. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha. He is survived by his wife Carol, his children and their spouses, Joe and Tricia Wilson, Stuart and John Beard, Riley and Cindy Wilson, Fran Wilson and Sam Barber, his grandchildren Jesse Wilson, Martha Beard and her husband Ben London, Samantha Beard, Kenyon and Calista Wilson, and Gus and Bess Barber, and his step-son and family, Jeff and SoSim Peterson and their son Alex.

The youngest of seven, he was born August 16, 1919 to Robert Manton and Bess Knox Wilson, medical missionaries living in Korea. Raised with a “certain amount of attention and a certain amount of neglect”, Joe grew to be a crack shot with a pellet gun by the age of six. Within the Wilson clan, danger was a steady companion. There was a pet leopard, a pet bear, a pet deer, and more snakes– all named Betsy– than you could fit in a sock. Two of his brothers are still living: John, age 97, and Bob, age 99.

 Joe attended Davidson college in North Carolina and the Medical College of Virginia. During various training rotations and Army postings, he met and married Dr. Martha Frances Richardson Wilson of Seneca, South Carolina. Together they had four children. The family moved to Alaska with the US Public Health Service in 1959, first to Sitka, and then Anchorage in 1961. He was a surgeon at the Alaska Native Medical Center until 1989. His presence brought ease to patients and colleagues alike, and even the hairiest of complication prompted nary-an expletive, but a simple “Good grief!”He led his kids, grandkids, and legions of friends on many a grand adventure.

Fishing was his special love. On the boat, he was guileless and pure. He loved everything about it: the baiting, the wet sleeves, the early and long hours, the anticipation, the camaraderie, the exclamation of bringing any fish onboard, the laughing-gaffing-bonking-bleeding-cleaning-icing thrill of it all. He wanted to keep doing it forever, but he also wanted it for us. He was the indomitable force in our lives, and we adored every molecule of him.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 11 at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Anchorage, 616 W. 10th Ave. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to be made to Carondelet Hospice of Tucson, Arizona (520-205-7700), or the Food Bank of Alaska.

Stuart Wynn Gibbs ’41

Dr. Stuart Wynn Gibbs, Sr., 94, formerly of Gastonia, died January 14, 2014, at Parkview Retirement Center, Sanford, NC, with family by his side.  He was born August 19, 1919, in Sautee, GA, to the late Reverend Dr. Charles Mitchell Gibbs (Davidson, Class of 1915) and Woodfin Carson Gibbs.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Sara Bowen Gibbs; a sister Margaret Gibbs Lob of Metairie, LA; and a brother The Reverend Charles Mitchell Gibbs, Jr. (Davidson, Class of 1948) of Cornelia, GA. 

Dr. Gibbs was raised in Erwin, NC.  As a youth, he picked cotton and worked in the Erwin cotton mills where he swept floors and filled hoppers. His interest in medicine began as he accompanied the town’s young doctor on night calls as the doctor’s driver.  He graduated from Erwin High School and attended Blue Ridge School for Boys in Asheville for a year before beginning undergraduate studies.  He was a 1941 graduate of Davidson College and received his medical degree from Wake Forest Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1944.  He served a rotating internship at Watts Hospital, Durham, and his radiology residency at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem.

Dr. Gibbs practiced radiology in Rocky Mount for four years followed by service in the US Army Medical Corps at Fort Gordon, GA.  In 1954 he joined his medical school friend Dr. Leslie M. Morris in Gastonia in private practice, and together they established Gaston Radiology, PA, which served Gastonia and the surrounding area including Gaston Memorial Hospital, Garrison General Hospital, Gaston County Negro Hospital, Kings Mountain Hospital, and Divine Savior Hospital in York, SC.  The practice continues to date.

He retired in 1985 after 31 years of practice in Gastonia.  He was a former chief of staff of Gaston Memorial Hospital, a past president of the Gaston County Medical Society and a past president of the NC Radiological Society.  He was a Fellow and Councilor in the American College of Radiology and a member of many professional organizations including the American Medical Association and the NC Medical Society.

Dr. Gibbs was dedicated to his patients and loyal to and loved by office and hospital staff and others whom he encountered in his work.  He was devoted to working with and teaching staff, and he taught physics at the GMH School of Radiation Technology.  He was always regarded as an ethical, tenacious, unselfish professional.

A devoted member of First Presbyterian Church, Gastonia, he served as an Elder and choir member. He enjoyed spending time on Hilton Head Island with family and friends. Stuart was a loving, faithful and generous husband, son, father and brother; he enjoyed being an active, attentive grandfather.  He was an avid supporter of Davidson and Salem Colleges.  He was a longtime member of the Gaston Country Club where he pursued the sport of golf and shared that interest with his son.  He remained active and supportive of his community in retirement.

Dr. Gibbs is survived by his children Ann Blatzer and husband Bruce of Columbus, OH; Gail Parker and husband Byron of Laurens, SC; Sara “Penny” Shields and husband Paul of Sanford; and Wynn Gibbs, Jr, and wife Cindy of Greenville, SC.  He was blessed with eleven grandchildren:  Leah Blatzer and Julia Blatzer of Richmond, VA; Shannon Medlin and husband Mark of Gilbert, SC; Clay Parker of Hopkins, SC; Stuart Parker and wife Kathryn of Bristol, TN; Dan Shields and wife Kathryn of Raleigh; Frank Shields and Lisa Duke of Asheville; Stuart Shields of Sanford; Miller Wofford, Mary Wynn Gibbs, Stuart Gibbs III of Greenville, SC; and six great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are a sister Tilda Herring of Clinton; a sister-in-law Ann Gibbs Tennant of Alcolu, SC; a brother-in-law David S. Clay and wife Anne of Salisbury; and 18 nieces and nephews.

A witness to the resurrection and celebration of Dr. Gibbs’ life will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia on Sunday, January 26, at 2 pm officiated by The Reverend Dr. John Frye and The Reverend Paul Shields.  The family will greet visitors after the service in the church Fellowship Hall.  Private interment service will take place at Forsyth Memorial Park, Winston-Salem, on March 1.

Dr. Gibbs’ family offers their gratitude to those who lovingly supported him with care, prayers, visits, and correspondence, including the staff of Parkview Retirement Center, Parkview-In-Home Care, and Community Home Care and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054; Barium Springs Home for Children, PO Box 1, Barium Springs, NC 28010; Community Home Care and Hospice, 1836 Doctors Drive, Sanford, NC 27330 or a charity of your choice.

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James Ardric Ewart ’41

Dr. James A. Ewart Resident of Walnut Creek After prolonged disability, Dr. James A Ewart died last November, 2013. He was a devoted Cardiologist caring deeply for his patients in the John Muir Hospital and in his private practice. He will be missed! –

Hector MacLean ’41

Hector MacLean ’41, of Lumberton, N.C., died peacefully at his home on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 2012. He was born Sept. 15, 1920, a son of the late Governor Angus Wilton McLean and Margaret French McLean. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Lyl Warwick MacLean. MacLean also was a brother to the late Margaret McLean Shepherd and Angus Wilton McLean, Jr. He is survived by his only child, Lyl MacLean Clinard (Aaron), 803 W. Farris Ave., High Point, NC 27262; grandchildren, Lyl MacLean Clinard Kluttz (Bill) and Aaron Neal Clinard, Jr. (Betsey); and three grandsons of whom he was very proud, Aaron Neal Clinard III, William Clarence Kluttz IV, and Rudduck Mendenhall Clinard. He is also survived by a nephew, John Calvin Shepherd; two nieces, Lee Shepherd Gurtin and Martha Godwin Shepherd; along with several grandnephews and nieces. During his 92 years, MacLean proudly and unselfishly lived a life of service. Privately, he benefited family and friends in gifts of his time, talents, and assets. Publicly, he served in numerous leadership roles for the First Presbyterian Church of Lumberton (including elder emeritus), the Presbyterian hierarchy of government, the city of Lumberton, the State of North Carolina, and his nation. As a graduate of Davidson and while attending the Wharton School of Business, he volunteered at the outset of World War II. This patriotic service included being a captain in Gen. George Patton’s Third Army during its successful campaigns in Europe. At the conclusion of those perilous times, he was honorably discharged with the rank of major and a Bronze Star Award to begin his life of public service. Upon his return from military service, MacLean successfully completed law school at the University of North Carolina, whereupon he opened a law practice in his hometown of Lumberton. After only a few years, he was called upon to lead as president the National Bank of Lumberton, an institution founded by his father in 1897. This marked the beginning of a long history of success in the banking industry, which continued until his retirement from posts including president, and later CEO, from 1955-90. He led the bank’s efforts in one of the early banking models of mergers and acquisitions under the banner of Southern National Bank. This multi-state corporation at his retirement led shortly thereafter to the merger of equals with BB&T. MacLean’s political career included service as mayor of Lumberton and as a senator in the N.C. Legislator. A state senator for 10 years, he proudly sponsored bills that led to Pembroke State College becoming a part of the UNC system and the establishment of the N.C. Zoo. In the field of education, MacLean extinguished himself at: UNC Chapel Hill as president and founder of the Medical Foundation of N.C. for 22 years and recipient of the university’s Distinguished Service Award; St. Andrews Presbyterian College as its founding chairman of the board of trustees and the recipient of its honorary doctor of humane letters degree; Davidson’s Board of Visitors; UNC Pembroke’s as a recipient of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and its Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award; and a trustee at Union Theological Seminary. Today, most of these institutions have, in his honor, Hector MacLean scholarships. Out of his passion for history, MacLean dedicated countless hours as: chairman of the Council of the Thirteen Original States, trustee of the U.S. Constitution Council, founding chairman of the Robeson County Historical Drama Association, which produced the outdoor drama “Strike at the Wind,” president of the Presbyterian Historical Foundation, chairman of the N.C. Bicentennial Commission, DAR Medal of Honor recipient, and an early member of the St. Andrews Society of NorthCarolina. Among his many honors were his induction into the N.C. Business Hall of Fame, an award of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, and the naming of Interstate 95 through Lumberton as the “Hector MacLean Highway.”

William Russell Eagan ’41

William “Bill” R. Eagan, 92, husband of the late Margaret Andrews Helmus Eagan, died Monday November 26, 2012. Bill was born on May 10, 1920 in Atlanta, GA, to the late John Joseph and Susan Young Eagan. He was the President of Spartan Metal Products Co., Inc.

Bill enjoyed walking on the Cottonwood Trail and at Milliken with his dog, Little Bit. He loved reading, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, going to work every day, technology, and chocolate.

Bill is survived by a son, Andrew Eagan; eight grandchildren, Joey (Benji) Mullinax, Russell Kaiser, Melissa (Jeff) Buehler, Chris (Julie) Eagan, Russ (Stacey) Eagan, Matthew Eagan, Isaac Eagan and John Eagan; a nephew, John Goodhue; two nieces, Katie Campbell, Susan Goodhue; six great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Little Bit.

He was predeceased by a son, William Eagan, Jr.; two daughters, Florence “Fae” Eagan, and Margaret “Peggy” Kaiser.