Charles Chastain ’59

Charles Chastain ’59 passed away on April 12, 2007. Born in Tampa, Fla., Chastain received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Before joining the philosophy department at the University of Illinois Chicago in 1974, he taught at Princeton, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, UCLA, Cornell University, and the University of Toronto. Chastain’s principal interests were in epistemology, philosophy of language, and ethics-but his expertise extended far beyond those areas, and one could learn from discussing virtually any area of philosophy with him. His main publication is the highly influential “Reference and Context” in the Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. VII, Language, Mind, and Knowledge. After 1975, Chastain continued to contribute philosophically as a teacher and in conversation with colleagues, students, and friends. Many leading philosophers credit Chastain for the contributions he made to their thought.

Allen Vance Beck, Jr. ’56

Mr. Allen Vance Beck, Jr., 62, of 1910 Shirley Drive died suddenly Friday, May 24, 1996, at Alamance Regional Medical Center, Burlington.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, with Dr. Charles Williams, Pastor and Rev. Phyllis Kort, Associate Pastor officiating. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park on Tuesday.

Born in Shelby, he was the son of the late Allen Vance Beck, Sr. and Gwendolyn Dickerson Beck. He was retired Executive Vice President of Belk in the Triad, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington where he was a former Elder of the Church and was a graduate of Burlington High School and Davidson College.

Survivors are wife, Mrs. Jane Wrike Beck of the home; daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Beck Hail of Somerset, Ky.; sons, Curtis Vance Beck of Charlotte, Walter Wrike Beck of Burlington, Allen Dickerson Beck of Elon College; sisters, Mrs. Betty Gwen McPherson of Burlington and Mrs. Marie Beck Ray of High Point.

The family will receive friends at the Rich and Thompson Mortuary in Burlington from 7-9 p.m. tonight and other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Capital Campaign, 508 W. Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215; or to Boy Scout Troop 17, c/o the First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, 508 W. Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215.