William Harold Morris, Jr. ’56

William Harold Morris, Jr. '56William Harold Morris, Jr. was born on June 30, 1934, in Gastonia, N.C. and passed away on June 6, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Harold, Sr., and Margaret Lewis Morris. His brother, Robert, survives.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret; his three children: Beth Sarros (Nick) of Mt. Zion, IL; Hal (Alyssa) of Palo Alto, CA and Bobby (Gloria) of St. John, IN; eight grandchildren: Anthony and Meg Sarros; Grace, Will, J.K., Audrey and Henriette Morris; and Gavin Reinbold-Morris.

Visitation will be Sunday, June 11, 2017, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Avenue, Munster, IN. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave., Munster, IN. Bill moved to Charlotte, NC., at nine years of age found himself taking on many new experiences.

While his grandfather served in the N.C. Legislature (both in the House and the Senate), Bill served 2 terms as a page, one year as Chief Page. He would go to school on Monday, pick up his assignments for the week, and leave for Raleigh with his grandfather. Bill rarely saw his grandfather, so he would complete his school work on the first day, complete his page duties and return home to Charlotte, turn his assignments in on Friday and start the process all over again on Monday. This would go on for several months, but he always managed to achieve outstanding grades!

He attended Harding High School and enjoyed playing football (becoming Charlotte’s leading scorer his senior year, despite never having played the sport until his junior year) and baseball. Bill always loved all sports, but enjoyed baseball the most.

He was greatly influenced by his uncle, Buddy Lewis, who played in the major leagues for 13 years and was a two-time All Star, despite having his career interrupted by World War II and his stint as a pilot flying over 500 missions in the China Burma India Theater and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Bill received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College, with honors, where he played football two years and baseball 4 years, serving as a tri-captain his senior year. <
He was also a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Bill received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill in 1960, where he was named to Alpha Omega Alpha, medicine’s highest honorary.

While in Chapel Hill he also tried to revive interest in the graduate intramural program, achieving some amazing results for the medical school. Internship and residency years were spent at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. His love of pediatrics and of children only intensified during this time; and he made the decision that private practice would be his future, not academic medicine.

Having made the private practice decision, Bill entered the Army as a Captain. The Vietnam war was in full swing; and Bill was assigned to Ft. Rucker, AL, to establish the Department of Pediatrics. Ft. Rucker was the base for training helicopter pilots who would be sent to fight the war in Vietnam.

At one time it was named the busiest airport in the world. The worst part of Bill’s assignment was the casualty lists which so often contained the names of his patients’ fathers. At the conclusion of his service, he was commended for his dedication and his service to the children of Ft. Rucker. The Hammond Clinic was Bill’s final professional destination.

He came to the Clinic in July of 1965 to establish the Department of Pediatrics. Thus began his 35 years of devotion and service to the children of northwest Indiana and northeastern Illinois. Along the way he became the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics both at St. Margaret’s Hospital and Community Hospital.

He served on national committees for the American Medical Association. He was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, Indiana State Medical Society and Lake County Medical Society. Bill thoroughly enjoyed his practice and was very devoted to his patients and to his nurses.

Parents had his permission to start calling him between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. if they had concerns about a sick child whom he had seen or a brittle diabetic who might need to be regulated. He wanted to be sure that his patients received the care and attention that they deserved.

Upon his retirement on January 1, 1999, Bill was able to enjoy some of his passions- crosswords puzzles, music, reading, all sports, but especially baseball, English mysteries, his dogs- “Ditka” and “Brick”, travel and travelogues.

Throughout his life, his family always came first. He tried very hard to make his children’s swim meets, baseball games, tennis matches, basketball games, etc. He also enjoyed coaching his sons’ baseball teams, going out to play them in tennis matches or serving as Commissioner of the Munster Babe Ruth 13 year old league. He simply enjoyed the sports environment- the friends and coaches, the players, the rituals, the interaction with other teams and their players.

His family and his grandchildren were such great joys to him. There was always a lot of teasing, but always a lot of fun and a lot of love.

He will be sorely missed. Upon Bill’s retirement on January 1, 1999, Governor Frank O’Bannon awarded him the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest award to be given to a citizen.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society, 421 45th St. Munster, IN 46321, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave., Munster, IN or a charity of your choiceWilliam Harold Morris, Jr. '56www.kishfuneralhome.net

Published in The Times from June 9 to June 10, 2017

Jeffery Dee Smith III ’56

Jeffery Dee Smith III '56Rev. Jeff Smith passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 20, 2017 while participating in his favorite pastime, playing chess.

Smith is survived by his immeasurably loving wife of 53 years, Mary Olive (Gillie) Smith, from Reidsville, NC.

Born in Mt. Airy and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, Smith earned degrees from R. J. Reynolds High, 1952 (recipient of the Brevard Hoover Award and a Reynolds football player); Davidson College, 1956 (Beta and Diving Team); Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY, 1959; and Harvard University Divinity School, 1961.

Following his graduate work with theologians and Christian philosophers, Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich–mentors who nurtured his steadfast and enduring intellectualism and affirmed his deep concern for humanity in the mid-twentieth century–Smith followed his calling into the ministry.

In 2007 he was named Pastor Emeritus at his first church, Pine Hall Presbyterian, where he began in 1965.

Pastoring at several churches in North Carolina, including Edgewood Presbyterian in Sanford and Taylorsville Presbyterian in Taylorsville, Smith was also an active member of the Salem Presbytery, PCUSA. Dedicated to his lifelong passion for social justice, Smith served devotedly for many years on the Peace and Justice Committee.

He was a member of the Synod of North Carolina and he served as a delegate for two General Assemblies, making arguments for equity within the church. Remaining keen on political activism, Smith committed himself during the 1970s to public service, running the local office of U. S. Congress House of Representative Steve Neal (D-NC) of the Fifth District.

Locally known for his sharp insight, wit, and his timely, articulate interventions at meetings of the West End Association and elsewhere, Smith adored his neighborhood and remained committed to historic preservation, while demanding accessibility for people of all abilities.

A tireless advocate for the mentally ill, Smith fought stigma so that God’s grace could be witnessed in all humans.

Rev. Smith leaves behind not only his wife, but his three daughters, one deeply courageous son, two son-in-laws and five grandchildren who stole his attention and heart. They are: Davilla Gilbert and her husband, Craig Gilbert of Charlotte, NC; Mary Olive Smith and her husband Danny Weiss of Maplewood, NJ; Jeffrey Dee Smith, Jr. of Winston-Salem, NC; and Sandra Weathers Smith, of New York, NY.

Grandchildren in order of birth and height are: Kelly (18), Michael (12), Inacio (11), Gil (9) and Grant (8).

Smith was predeceased by his sister Davilla Smith Perry and her husband Bob Perry.

He is survived by his cousin Rev. Ned Gillum of Indiana along with four nieces and their families, who have so loved their Uncle Jeff.

The funeral service will be held at Highland Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem, NC on Tuesday, April 25 at 2 pm. Family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice or to Pine Hall Presbyterian Church in Pine Hall, NC.

Gregory Gordon Dimijian ’56

Gregory DimijianOur beloved Gregory (Greg) Gordon Dimijian, MD – scientist, doctor, naturalist, and world explorer died March 15, 2017 in Dallas, Texas after a brief illness. He was born on February 5, 1935, in Birmingham, Alabama, and was raised there. As a youngster he almost became a concert pianist and his love of music continued throughout his life. By age 8 he had a camera, and subsequently took >200,000 photographs. He had an eye for composition and captured nature’s images like no other.

Greg graduated from Davidson College in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry and from Cornell University Medical College in 1961. He did a rotating internship at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington followed by 2 years in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Mary-land. He then did a residency in psychiatry, spending 2 years at the University of Washington in Seattle and 1 year at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas.

He began private practice of psychiatry in Dallas, Texas, retiring from that practice in 1993 followed by his role as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas South-western Medical School in Dallas until his death. During the summer after his first year in medical school, Greg became a national park ranger at Glacier National Park, and that experience stimulated his interest in animal behavior, which became a lifelong passion. He worked with researchers and field biologists around the world to understand and photograph the earth’s natural heritage.

To share that knowledge, in 1996, he and his wife, Mary Beth, published AnimalWatch: Behavior, Biology, and Beauty and in 2013 published For the Love of Wild Places: Finding Adventure and Beauty in Nature, both of which are collections of some of his best photographs taken on 70 or so jaunts with family to photograph wildlife around the world. Greg’s photographs also have appeared in The New York Times, Time, Natural History, National Geographic, and Nature as well as in other books and the Internet.

Greg is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Beth (Haubert) Dimijian, a son David Gordon Dimijian and his wife Ellen and two grandchildren, Daniel and Olivia Dimijian, a daughter Karen Elizabeth Banks, as well as his family by marriage: Shari Haubert, Joan and Scott Holt, Rick and Judy Haubert, Cecilia Riley and Mike Gray, Cynthia Walker, Nancy Haubert and Ken Loar. We will all cherish his love of nature and travel that he shared with us. A polymath, Greg made our world a more wondrous place. He is lovingly remembered by his family and numerous friends for his energy, kindness, intellect, curiosity, and humor. His legacy continues in the images, books, and other gifts he has given to us all.

Kenneth Lee Bumgarner ’56

Kenneth Lee Bumgarner '56Kenneth Lee Bumgarner, 82, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at Frye Medical Center in Hickory. He resided in Hickory at the time of his passing.

He was born Sept. 24, 1934, to the late Russell Lee and Catherine Smith Bumgarner, in Hickory.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Junine Tron Bumgarner; three children, Francis Keith Bumgarner and wife, Diane, Chris Tron Bumgarner and Leigh Ann Respess and husband, Mike.

He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was a long-time member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and taught Sunday school for many years.

He was a member of the LPDA (LePhare des Alpes) in Valdese. He attended Valdese High School, Davidson College, earned a BA in History at Lenoir-Rhyne in 1958, and a Masters in Education at the University of North Carolina in 1965.

He began a teaching and coaching career in Shelby, and was head football coach at Boyden High School in Salisbury. He moved on to an extended career in pharmaceutical sales and sales management with Ortho Pharmaceutical, a division of Johnson & Johnson.

He later founded and ran several small businesses, culminating with Omnidex Products, Inc., where he was CEO for many years until the time of his passing. The graveside service will be held at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at 3 p.m., in Pioneer Hall, also at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valdese Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 109 Main St. E, Valdese, NC 28690, 828-874-2531.

Online condolences and memories may be left at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Arrangements are made through Heritage Funeral Service of Valdese.

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L. Hadley Hunt ’56

Hadley HuntL. Hadley Hunt died on February 25, 2017, following surgery complications after a valiant medical fight over the last year.

Born September 10, 1934, he was son of the late Lynn Ross Hunt and Emma Ruth Hadley Hunt of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina. Hadley was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. JoAnn Padley Hunt; a daughter, Joanna Hunt Whitehouse, her husband, the Rev. Dr. Robert Whitehouse, and their sons Ross and Peter Whitehouse of Vass, North Carolina; son Lynn Padley Hunt, Lynn’s wife Lisa Michele Hunt of Chesapeake, Virginia; and son Benjamin Hadley Hunt and his close friend Tom Heimdal of Chicago, Illinois; two sisters, Mary Charlotte Hunt Kornegay and Ruth Baker Hunt Jobe, and Ruth’s husband Randall E. Jobe, all of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina, as well as many treasured nieces, nephews and cousins of the Hunt/Ross/Hadley Clans.

He earned his B. S. in music from Davidson College in 1956, where his daughter later graduated and grandson Peter is presently a junior. He was immensely proud of this Davidson legacy.

He completed his master of sacred music degree at Union Seminary in New York City in 1958, studying with many eminent theologians and musicians, including Arthur Poister. His professional career encompassed sacred music and music education.

He was in the first class of ministers of music ordained by the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church in the 60s, served as president of the National Association of Methodist Musicians for Virginia, later becoming dean of the American Guild of Organists in Lynchburg, Virginia.

As a church organist/choirmaster, he was distinguished by his improvisation skill. Beginning at age 16, he served two churches in North Carolina: Pleasant Garden United Methodist Church and Marion First United Methodist Church.

In Virginia, he served Huntington Court United Methodist Church in Roanoke, Fort Hill United Methodist Church, Peakland United Methodist Church, and, for nearly 33 years, Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church, all in Lynchburg. Additionally, Hadley served as organist 35 years for High Holy Days services at Agudath Shalom Synagogue.

In the early 60s, he was the founding director of the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center Chorus, known for artistic performances of major choral works. This group later evolved into the Jefferson Choral Society and continues to thrive as a world-class choral organization.

He was appointed music director at the Central Virginia Training Center, where he developed an outstanding program for teaching intellectually disabled learners through music.

He and wife JoAnn, a professor at Lynchburg College, were awarded a Federal Developmental Disabilities Grant to facilitate teacher training programs, the first such collaborative effort between a state institution and a private college, dedicated to preparing teachers to use music with intellectually disabled persons.

They were featured as lecturers and clinicians both nationally and internationally, disseminating their techniques to other professionals in educational and medical fields. Hadley considered his creative work in this area as a Christian calling rather than a profession.

Following his retirement, he volunteered his musical skills in several nursing homes and retirement communities, organizing singing groups and bell choirs, and producing numerous musical programs.

In addition, he worked with the Stop Hunger Now Mission Program, helped with the Homeless Overnight Project, and contributed to the music ministry at Deep Creek United Methodist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Most recently, he was the inaugural donor to the Anatomical Gift Program for the School of Health Sciences at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, and so will continue to serve society even in death. Hadley was known for his wit, giving spirit, and family storytelling. He will be missed greatly.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Burlington, North Carolina on Friday, March 3, 2017 at one p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Davidson College L. Hadley Hunt Fund (address: Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, North Carolina 28035).

A reception will follow in the Gathering Place at the Village at Brookwood, 1860 Brookwood Avenue, Burlington, North Carolina.

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