DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. ’56

DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. '56DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. DeWitt Frederick Helm, Jr. departed this life peacefully at home with his wife Anne by his side on November 8, 2017.

Born April 24, 1933, DeWitt was reared in North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia where his parents were Presbyterian home missionaries. He was graduated from Woodberry Forrest School and Davidson College before serving as an officer in the U. S. Army Air Defense Command.

DeWitt spent over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry at Richardson-Vicks, Pfizer, and AH Robbins. These years were filled with indelible memories of advertising Clearasil with Dick Clark during the heyday of American Bandstand; increasing sales of Visine eye drops with “gets the red out;” and aggressively marketing Sergeant’s Pet Care Products.

In 1981, he was recruited by the Association of National Advertisers, Inc. to be its President and CEO. In 1987, he led the organization’s successful resistance of Florida’s sales tax on services including its tax on advertising. With record attendance at seminars, workshops and conferences its membership thrived. While at ANA, he served on a number of industry boards and was elected an Honorary Director for Life of The Advertising Council, Inc.

The Church was an integral part of DeWitt’s life. He was ordained a Deacon by Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City in 1961; elected and ordained an Elder by the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va. in 1975; and installed an Elder by the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort, S.C. in 2007, 2014 and 2017. DeWitt taught Sunday school, chaired numerous committees and designed and conducted new member classes which increased the congregation by over 150 members.

When DeWitt and Anne retired to Beaufort, SC in 2003 he brought a strong commitment to the community. He twice served as President of the Point Neighborhood Association. During his tenure, two neighborhood parks, Harvey Park and the Charlie Knott Park, were restored and dedicated. DeWitt’s life was filled with 84 active years. He loved living in Beaufort; traveling with Anne; selling on eBay; lunching with friends and being with his constant companion, his sweet Australian Shepherd Jezebelle.

DeWitt will be missed, but his work and stories will be remembered. DeWitt is survived by his wife Anne Valle, son, Frederick (Barbara), daughter, McNair Bishop (Diggs), sister, Blanche Nichols, her son Bobby, and grandchildren Melissa, Katharine, Morgan, Bill, Mary, and Coleman. He was preceded in death by Jezebelle.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 14th at First Presbyterian Church, North Street, Beaufort, S.C. Following the service a reception will be held at the Church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church, Beaufort and Friends of Caroline Hospice, Port Royal. Copeland Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

Published in The Island Packet on Nov. 10, 2017

James Richard Holshouser ’56

The Rev. James Richard Holshouser, 83, of Blowing Rock, passed away Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. He was the son of the late Robert Jacob Julius Holshouser Sr. and Mamie Gladys Roberts Holshouser. He was a graduate of Davidson College and Union Seminary in Richmond, Va. He was a retired Presbyterian minister and served many churches throughout eastern and western North Carolina.

He is survived by his wife, Sadie Rebecca Rigler Holshouser; two daughters, Natalie Lorraine Holshouser of Blowing Rock, and Laura Ailene Holtsberg and husband, Russell of Bend, Ore; two sons, Richard Andrew and wife, Francisca Holshouser of Denver, Colo., and Jonathan David and wife, Rebecca Holshouser of Boulder, Colo.; one sister, Lorra Lee Holshouser of Mooresville; two brothers, Robert Holshouser, Jr. and wife, Susan K. of Conover and Howard and wife, Rita Holshouser of Mooresville; three granddaughters, Lorraine, Madison and Lillian; and one grandson, Dylan.

Services for Rev. James Richard Holshouser Sr. will be conducted Sunday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m., in Grace Lutheran Church in Boone.

Memorial donations may be made to The Masonic Home For Children At Oxford, 600 College St., Oxford, NC 27565.

Online condolences may be shared with the Holshouser family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Holshouser family.

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.