John McGuire ’67

John McGuire '66John O’Brien McGuire passed away on Thursday morning, October 12, 2017.

Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, he came with his wife and three sons to Asheville in July of 1978 to open a private practice of his own in general surgery from which he became a most beloved and successful physician for the next 27 years.

He graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, NC and then went on to Durham and entered Duke Medical School for four years. He completed his internship and residency in General Surgery and a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He spent two years as a Major in the Air Force in Myrtle Beach, SC where he was the chief surgeon.

After beginning his practice in Asheville he became a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and proving his worth he helped form one of the first general surgical partnerships (Regional Surgical Specialists) in Asheville that has since grown and continues to employ exemplary surgeons for this community.

He was a board member of the Buncombe County Medical Society, Chief of Surgery at Mission and St. Joseph’s Hospitals, Board Chairman of Buncombe County Heart Association , member of the North Carolina Surgical Society, Chief of General Surgery Section at Mission and St. Joseph Hospitals.

John’s medicine was bold, and one of his biggest and extremely important accomplishments was the initiation of Laparoscopic Surgery here in Asheville. He designed and brought online an advanced Laparoscopic training suite at Mission Hospital and taught advanced Laparoscopic techniques to surgeons from all over the U.S.

He was then a founding board member of the newly formed Asheville Surgery Center (ASC) and acting Executive Director for a year. If that was not enough, he initiated, organized and established funding for the Mission Comprehensive Regional Breast Cancer Program.

In his retirement, his love of learning new endeavors continued unabated. After all that he had accomplished in his career, he became a certified private pilot, obtained an instrument license and flew all over the country and down to the Bahamas and Mexico. He also began to blow glass, especially at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC.

From being a student of glass blowing, he became a board of Trustees member at the school for five years. He was also a member of the Board of Directors at Deerfield Retirement Center in Asheville.

John was an extremely brilliant person who could “fix” anything. He loved to fly. He loved to blow glass. He loved to garden. He loved rebuilding his little Austin Healy Bug Eyed Sprite. He loved to grow and admire his many trees, conifers and roses. He loved to fish. He loved to be with people and he loved to tell his stories (over and over). He loved his family very much.

John was a very talented man, a loving husband, a devoted father, a “favorite” grandfather, a dependable brother and a true friend.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Grace Moseley Robinson McGuire and William Bulgin McGuire and his youngest son, Malcolm Boyd McGuire.

Surviving are his wife, Christine (Tina) McArdle McGuire of 49 years; two sons, John O’Brien McGuire, Jr. (Elizabeth Pagano McGuire) and Peter Buckley McGuire (Jennifer Deuel McGuire); six lovely grandchildren, Larisa Michelle McGuire, Cullen O’Brien McGuire, James William McGuire, Lucy Mei McGuire, Connor Douglas McGuire, Jack Booth McGuire; one sister, Elizabeth McGuire Petty; two brothers William Bulgin McGuire, Jr. and Robert Boyd McGuire plus nieces and nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 17 at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Asheville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Penland School of Crafts, P.O. Box 37, Penland, NC 28765; Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St. Asheville, NC 28801 and / or the charity of one’s choice .

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and a guest register is available online at

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2017

Jon Charles Miller ’65

Jon Charles Miller '65Jon Charles Miller died quietly of leukemia at his Durham home on Sunday. He was seventy-three.

A scholar and a teacher, he was a man of books, language, poetry, and music. He was gentle, patient, and kind. His courtesy was old-fashioned and came to him easily.

Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Miller of Durham, Jon was born in Toledo, Iowa, while his father was in service overseas during World War II.

Jon attended Durham public schools and graduated from Durham High School in 1961. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.

After college, he served as an officer in the U. S. Army in Korea and at the Armor School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After leaving the service, he earned a doctoral degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jon wanted nothing other than to be a teacher. It was his career for forty-six years. For more than ten years he taught in Durham schools. Later, he was part of the founding faculty at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics where he taught English for thirty-five years until his retirement in 2015.

His annual reading of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas became a school tradition. His office door was always open. He delighted in his students’ success at school and in their lives afterward. He maintained a voluminous correspondence with former students until very nearly the day he died.

Jon possessed an unlimited curiosity and was an omnivorous reader; he loved books and readers. He worked for almost thirty years as a volunteer with the Friends of the Durham Library and twice was president of that organization.

Jon loved back roads, small towns, and out-of-the-way places. He loved long road trips to Iowa and Maine, stopping at dusty bookshops and familiar dives and diners all along the way.

Jon literally married the girl next door. He was married to Patricia Wilson Miller for fifty-two years. Their marriage cemented the firm bond between the Wilson and Miller families that has continued for three generations.

Jon was pre-deceased by his daughter Amy and his sister Sue Harlow.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, his brother Thomas R. Miller and wife Kimberly, his brother-in-law Walter G. Harlow, his sister-in-law Betty Dayton, his brother-in law Dr. Steve Wilson and wife Dianne, and also by nieces and nephews Doug Dayton, Chris Harlow, Robin Hulbert, William Harlow, Allison Wilson, and Charles Miller, and by a grand-niece Abbey Harlow and a grand-nephew Ryan Harlow.

Jon lived a life surrounded by a family who loved and encouraged him, by interesting and generous colleagues, by students who often challenged him to be better, and by friends whose company gave him great joy,

In lieu of flowers Jon’s wish was that contributions be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Dennis Dewitt Nicholson ’67

Dennis Dewitt Nicholson III, 71, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening, October 1, 2017 in Asheville, NC with his brother, Don at his side.

His funeral service will be held Friday, October 6, 2017 in J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL, 232 Calhoun Street at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery following the service. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Downtown Chapel.

Dennis was born November 21, 1945, in Birmingham, Alabama, son of the late Colonel D.D. Nicholson, Jr. and Celeste Peeples Nicholson. He graduated Rivers High School ’63, Davidson College ’67 and the University of South Carolina ’70.

He was a residential home builder for many years in Charleston and most recently in Asheville, NC.

Dennis loved his family, college basketball, the Lowcountry and surf-fishing on Seabrook Island. He was an adventurous traveler, enjoyed a knowledge of words, lively conversation and heated debates.

He will be missed by many. Dennis is survived by his son, Dennis Dewitt “Witt” Nicholson IV of New York City, NY; sister, Judy Frey (Keith) of Westport, CT; two brothers: David Nicholson (Martha) of Lewisburg, PA and Donald Nicholson (Christina) of Asheville, NC; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his former wife, Melinda Nicholson of Charleston, SC.

Memorials may be made to the Col. D.D. Nicholson, Jr. Scholarship Fund at The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409.

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Norman Pease ’67

Norman Pease '67James Norman Pease, III, age 72, passed away in Atlanta, GA on September 25, 2017, having led a remarkably full life even while he battled cancer for the past six years.

Born May 8, 1945, in Charlotte, NC, Norman attended Myers Park High School and then Davidson College. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Army ROTC. It was there that he met his future wife of 49 years, Sidney Walker, a student at Queens College.

After graduating from Davidson, Norman completed Officer Candidate School in 1968, served in the Vietnam War and attained the rank of Captain. He and Sidney settled in Atlanta in 1970.

With Norman, no one was a stranger for long, and he created life-long friendships through a variety of activities such as ALTA tennis, Rotary Club, and as a greeter at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. He was fond of his co-workers at Leased Vehicles and then LeasePlan USA where he was known as a person of exceptional integrity and loyalty.

Some of his most cherished activities included attendance at the sporting events of his sons and yearly family beach trips where he would bask in the sun with a good book and stroll the beach to catch up with old friends. Family and friends could count on a laugh from his dry wit and punchy one-liners.

Left to carry his memory in love are his wife Sidney, sons Jay (Catherine) of Mt. Pleasant, SC and Josh (Meg) of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren, Darby, Carson, Declan, and Kieran; sister Carson (Sandy Evans) of Mineral Bluff, GA and Belfast, ME, brother Ed (Emily) of Williamsburg, VA, and a host of extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Norman Pease, Jr. and Mary Carson Jones Pease, both of Charlotte, NC, and granddaughter, Johanna.

Norman will be remembered for his warmth, upright character, good humor, and genuine kindness.

Services will be held in Atlanta at Peachtree Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 11am. Reception will follow at the church.

The family would like to extend gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute for their support and care during his courageous battle with cancer.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University ( or Hospice Atlanta Center (

Published in Charlotte Observer on Oct. 1, 2017

Richard Vance Fulp ’64

Mr. Richard Vance Fulp, 75, a native of Kernersville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

He was born on June 17, 1942 in Forsyth County to the late William W. and Nell Culler Fulp. Dick graduated from Davidson College in 1964 receiving his BA in economics where he was a member of the men’s football squad and the R.O.T.C.

He earned his MBA from UNC Chapel Hill in 1965, and following, joined the United States Army, serving as Captain during the Vietnam War.

After receiving honorable discharge in 1970 he joined the Trust Department of Wachovia Bank, becoming Vice President in 1973 and later, manager of the trust division in Winston-Salem. In 1980 he joined SeaFirst Bank as Senior Vice President and manger of the Trust Division, later becoming Executive Vice President of the Trust Division.

Thru 1992, Dick served on many executive and directorial levels for SeaFirst / Bank of America in the US, Europe and Asia. In 1993, Dick became Chairman of Franklin Street Trust. Later he became General Partner of Franklin Street Ventures.

His professional and civic activities included, Director/Treasurer of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of Seafirst Foundation, Director of Depository Trust Company New York, Chairman of the American Bankers Association Trust and Investment Management Division, Director with Bank of San Francisco, member of Davidson Athletic Foundation, Trustee of historic Bethabara Park, Director at Arbor Acres, Director at Friends of Odd Fellows Cemetery and member of Centenary United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents Dick was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Douglas Fulp.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Larrimore Fulp, of the home; daughter, Leigh Fulp Hughett of Winston-Salem; son, Richard Vance Fulp, Jr. and wife Xiomara of Pittsboro, NC; brother, William W. Fulp, Jr. and wife Annette of Mebane, NC; three grandchildren, Robert Clayton Hughett, Parker Vance Hughett, and Zoe Gabriela Fulp; many nieces and nephews; and Sweetie the Cat.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Centenary United Methodist Church with the Rev. Craig Ford officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

A private interment in the church columbarium will be conducted prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106; Davidson College Athletic Foundation, 405 N. Main St., Davidson, NC 20836; Forsyth Humane Society, 4881 Country Club Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27104; Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103; or Respite Care fund at Centenary UMC, 646 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

Online condolences may be sent to the Fulp family at