Thomas O. Ruby ’79

Thomas Ruby '79Thomas O. Ruby, 60, of Gahanna, Ohio, died Saturday, October 21, 2017 at home from pancreatic cancer. Tom was born in 1957 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to C. Orland Ruby and Corinne Blackburn Ruby.

Tom grew up in Centerburg, New London and Alliance, Ohio, where his dad and mother served United Methodist churches as minister and director of Christian education, respectively. Tom graduated from Alliance High School (1975), Davidson College (1979) and Harvard Law School (1982).

In 1989, he married the love of his life, Mary Jo Geyer. Tom spent his entire professional career at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, first as an associate and then, since 1989, as a partner. His practice concentrated on commercial finance, including loan transactions (representing lenders and corporate borrowers), commercial contracts, other areas of the Uniform Commercial Code, and aircraft acquisitions, sales and financings.

Tom also had significant involvement in the firm’s opinion letter practice and the training of younger lawyers. He was a member of the Columbus, Ohio State, American, and Lawyer-Pilot Bar Associations. In addition to his professional associations, Tom was a member of Broad Street Presbyterian Church and the Athletic Club of Columbus.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and his parents-in-law, Paul and Marjorie Geyer.

In addition to Mary Jo, he is survived by nieces, Tania Barnett and Christie Stouffer, nephew, Joshua Stouffer, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Elaine Geyer, sister-in-law, Linda Stouffer, many cousins, including, on Mary Jo’s side, Larry and Melanie Ross, Cori Ross and Lauren Ross James, and his Vorys family.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Palmer Hall, Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, at Broad Street Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in Tom’s memory may do so to Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Davidson College, Class of 1979 Scholarship, PO Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035-7170 or to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90166-3721.

Tom and Mary Jo would like to thank The James Cancer Center for their compassionate and comprehensive care. Services entrusted to Schoedinger Northeast Chapel. Visit to share memories or extend condolences.

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George Thomas Ealy ’71

Dr. George Thomas Ealy MD PHD was a distinguished medical writer and professor. He earned his degree from Davidson College in 1971.

His love of medical science led him to UNCC where he earned a masters in biology in 1976. He then earned a PHD in microbiology and immunology and a MD degree at the University of Louisville. In the 1990s George focused on medical writing.

In Spring of 1994, George published an article in 19th Century Music (by the Regents of University of California) titled “Of Ear Trumpets and Resonance Plate”. The article presented proof that Beethoven could hear with ear trumpets. George spent years researching the old medical archives on Beethoven. This article has been referenced in universities world wide and is required reading in courses at Princeton University.

For the last decade, George has been a distinguished microbiology professor at Keiser University in Jacksonville, Florida. He was commissioned and completed a microbiology text book for nursing students for the Pearson Textbook Company. Then followed with a renowned text book on the treatment and care of Ebola patients.

He lost his battle with cancer on June 25, 2017. George was the son of Thomas C. and Garnice Knight Ealy of Charlotte (now deceased).

George is survived by his wife Roxanne of Jacksonville, FL, his brother W. Carl Ealy of Charlotte, his cousins Barbara Whitley of Madison, GA and Joanne Denny of Milton, FL.

All memorials should be sent to: Keiser University, The George T. Ealy MD PHD scholarship fund, c/o Campus President, Keiser University, 6430 Southpoint Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

Published in Charlotte Observer from June 28 to June 30, 2017

George Thomas Ealy '71

George Ealy and Dr. Samuel Spencer at graduation 1971.

Richard Reaves Louthan ’71

Richard Reaves Louthan '71Richard Reaves Louthan, 67, of Jupiter, Fla., passed away on Sunday, March 26, after a courageous battle against Benson’s syndrome.

Reaves was the son of Marilyn Reaves Louthan and the late Frank Garrett Louthan Jr. He was born in Richmond, Va. on August 8, 1949.

Reaves graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, received a Bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

Reaves married Noreen Frances O’Malley in New York prior to their returning to Richmond.

Prior to retiring in 2013, Reaves worked for Woodfin Oil for over 20 years. His personal and professional relationships with John, Jack and the many Woodfin associates were endearing to him.

Like his father and grandfather, Reaves was an active member and President of the Kiwanis Club of Richmond, supporting numerous community projects and living the Kiwanis ideals.

He was active with Darden Alumni in the Richmond area and was a long-time manager for the First Presbyterian softball team.

Reaves is survived by his wife, Noreen; his children, son, Garrett Louthan (wife, Jennifer Louthan) and daughter, Molly Louthan; and grandchildren, Zoey and Ezra. He is also survived by his mother, Marilyn Reaves Louthan; and siblings, Frank Louthan, Lynn Slabaugh, Chip Louthan and Robert Louthan. Reaves loved golf and sports, and dancing, most of all.

There will be a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 8, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Florida, 3323 W. Commercial Boulevard, Suite 260, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33309.

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Charles Thomas Knighton ’72

Charles Thomas Knighton, 66, of Richmond, Va., died on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. He was the son of Alton L. Knighton and Beverly Wilkinson Knighton, both of whom predeceased him.

Charlie was a graduate of Davidson College, did graduate work at William & Mary and earned a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. The great bulk of his working years were spent as an employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Charlie is survived by his brother, Alton L. Knighton Jr., and his wife, Susan K. Knighton, of Roanoke, Va.; by his nephew, Alton L. Knighton III, his wife, Joy G. Knighton, and their sons, John Knighton and Graham Knighton, all of Richmond, Va.; and by his nephew, Jefferson C. Knighton, of Richmond, Va.

A service in celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va., with Dr. Alexander W. Evans officiating.

A reception will follow at the Church. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a memorial to Second Presbyterian Church (5 North 5th Street, Richmond, VA 23219), Davidson College (405 North Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036) or Virginia Historical Society (428 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220).

Reid Garrett Hinson ’78

Reid Garrett Hinson '78Reid Garrett Hinson, 60, died unexpectedly on December 20, 2016 at his home in Charlotte.

Reid was born in Rockingham, NC on Nov. 11, 1956 to Robin Ledbetter Hinson and Frances Garrett Hinson, both of whom preceded him in death.

Reid is survived by his best friend and wife, Catherine Cooper, whom he adored; his brothers, Robin L Hinson, Jr. and Minor Thurlow Hinson; his sons, Reid G. Hinson, Jr. and Mills Gray Hinson; his step-daughter and step-son, Alice Williamson Jones (Heath) and Samuel Cooper Williamson (Linda Ketsche); and three step-grandchildren, Bennett, Clara, and Maxwell.

Reid grew up in Rockingham, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem. He was a 1974 graduate of RJ Reynolds High School, and a 1978 graduate of Davidson College. He then became a US Naval Officer for 5 years, retiring as Lt. Commander. During his Navy time he was Navigator as well as Gunnery & Assistant Combat Systems Officer on the destroyer USS O’Brien, and Professor of Naval Science at Mass. Maritime Academy.

Reid then attended UNC Law School, where he won American Jurisprudence Awards in Admiralty and Legal Research and Writing. He was admitted to the NC Bar in 1986.

Reid began his legal career in Wilmington, NC, first as associate and partner with the Murchison, Taylor firm, and in 1991 as partner with Clark, Newton, Hinson & McLean.

Reid was a trial attorney and represented business litigants, insurers, personal injury claimants, and defendants in matters such as shareholder, commercial lease and contract disputes, admiralty and maritime claims, products liability, and environmental matters.

He managed his firm while also being lead counsel in cases and appeals at all NC trial and appellate court levels, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, and the US Court of Appeals. Reid was a member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute.

>In 1999, he relocated to Charlotte where he had his own general practice before joining the City Attorney’s Office in 2005. Beginning in 2006 he retired from active practice but continued to take document review projects until full retirement.

Reid was fond of saying that he “grew up in the country” in Richmond County, where he acquired his love of the outdoors, animals, general mischief, and driving any vehicle or piece of equipment which could be driven. His love of water began at Camp Sea Gull, and he became an expert boat captain and sailor.

While in the Navy he earned his private pilot license and enjoyed flying. Reid was musically gifted, and was a pre-teen prodigy as a bluegrass and old-time guitar player and singer.

At the age of 13, he hitchhiked to Deep Gap, NC, where he played music with Doc Watson and the Watson extended family, becoming adept at Doc’s singular cross-picking style. The old folks were quite impressed by his talent and taste.

Reid went on to perform solo, and with the “old timers” and others at festivals across the South. He worked as a studio musician in NY for friends on several important albums and later formed his own band locally.

Reid’s moral compass unerringly pointed to honor, integrity and, above all, kindness. His greatest gifts to his loved ones were his big and loving heart, keen intellect, and spirit of adventure and fun. Thank you, Reid.

A Memorial Service for Reid will be held at Providence United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 29.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Habitat For Humanity, The Wounded Warrior Project, or other charity of your choice.

Robertson Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 25, 2016