Patrick Clark Braxton-Andrew ’06

Patrick Clark Braxton-Andrew '06We celebrate the life of Patrick Clark Braxton-Andrew (PBA, Pato, Pibba), a life that ended far too soon on October 28, 2018. Yet in those 34 years, Patrick experienced more than many would ever dream.

He lived his passions: teaching his students to love the Spanish language and Latin culture and food as he did ; setting up his own tutoring business to promote not only academic excellence, but also to instill the desire for lifetime learning and curiosity; traveling to far off places (Central and South America, SE Asia), interacting with locals wherever he ventured, and finding kindness and generosity throughout.

As Patrick wrote in the intro to one of his photo albums “I’ve stood breathless… with loved ones at the feet of world-class wonders and made lifelong friends, oh so many unforgettable friends, and eaten oddities and delicacies, often in the same bite. I’ve contracted exotic illnesses and learned a language and forgotten to call or email and survived the recklessness that perhaps inherently afflicts anyone who’s willing to pack a backpack full of belongings and, simply, leave. Along the way, while learning to shed belongings and preconceptions, I’ve accumulated more stories than I can ever (or, in certain cases, should ever!) tell.”

No matter how far he ventured, he always returned to the Davidson community where he grew up, graduating from Davidson College in 2006.

Many here will miss seeing him on his daily runs along the roads near town; others will recall the meals shared, his voracious appetite, and especially his love for dessert.

We will all continue to be inspired by the commitment he had to his students, the joy he found in his travels, the friendships he cherished worldwide, and his love of life.

Patrick is survived by his mother, Jean Braxton and father, Gary Andrew, his brother, Kerry Braxton-Andrew and sister-in-law, Kathleen Braxton-Andrew, and countless extended family and friends who will carry on his memory.

Patrick’s family wishes to thank the Davidson community for their outpouring of love and support and the yellow ribbons of hope.

We want to thank the friends of Patrick who worked tirelessly to effect the search efforts in Mexico. And we wish to acknowledge the courageous leadership of the Governor and the Attorney General of Chihuahua in finding Patrick’s body and returning him home.

Gifts in Patrick’s memory may be made to one of the following: (1) via check to the Patrick Braxton-Andrew Memorial Fund, Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or using the following link: www.givecampus.com (search for Patrick). This fund will provide grants to Davidson students to study or travel abroad. (2) via check, payable to E2D (www.e-2-d.org), a non-profit organization where Patrick volunteered his time-dedicated to helping people in his community learn technology skills. Mail to E2D, Inc., PO Box 1299, Davidson, NC 28036, writing PBA (or Patrick) in the memo line or donate online at www.e-2-d.org/donate(under “special instructions”, note PBA or Patrick).

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 3:00 pm at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N Main St, Davidson, North Carolina, 28036. There will be a reception following the service at the college’s Lilly Family Gallery in Chambers Building on campus. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is serving the family.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Dec. 2, 2018.

Julia Bogie Santen ’01

Julia Bogie Santen '01Julia Bogie Santen, born on November 23, 1978, in Lexington, KY, to Elizabeth Steger Santen and the late John David Santen, passed away unexpectedly on June 15, 2018, in Charleston, SC, at age 39. She owned Julia Santen Gallery, a successful vintage poster business in downtown Charleston.

Julia enjoyed fine cuisine, funny movies, travel and outdoor activities, and taught sailing at ActionQuest Global Expeditions after college.

She graduated from Davidson College (2001), Henry Clay High School (1997), and The Lexington School (1994). She was a member of the Junior League of Charleston and First Presbyterian Church of Lexington.

Julia is survived by her mother, Liz; her brothers, John David Santen, Jr. and William Chenault Santen; her niece, Scout Santen; and her nephews, Manny, Dashiell and Harper Santen.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Julia’s memory to The Lexington School.

A celebration of Julia Santen’s wonderful life will be held at a later date.

She is loved and missed by family and friends the world over. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on June 20, 2018

James Daniel Stuntz ’00

James Daniel Stuntz, a talented writer, loving son, friend and uncle passed away in Silver Spring, MD on April 18th, 2018 at the age of 39.

Jim is survived by his loving parents, David and Ann Stuntz; his dearest friend, Peter Tabakis; his grandfather, John Stuntz; his sister and brother-in-law, Rebekah and Josh Barricklow and their children — Jim’s beloved niece and nephew — Riley and Dean; and his brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Sabrina Stuntz.

A wake is scheduled in Jim’s honor on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 3:00 PM at the family’s cherished lake house in Troutman, NC where close friends and family will attend the scattering of his ashes. Peter Ausmann will officiate. The family is grateful for all memories, prayers and condolences shared here: http://jimstuntz.forevermissed.com/.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered in his name to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! . – Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll.

Published in The News & Observer from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2018

Rutledge Johnson ’05

Rutledge Johnson '05James Rutledge Johnson, 35, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Jennifer “Jenny” Archer Johnson died Wednesday, January 3 after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Greenville, SC on July 29, 1982 to Dr. and Mrs. J. Greg Johnson (Elise).

A graduate of Christ Church Episcopal School, Rutledge received 12 varsity letters, was All-Conference in football and baseball and was All-State in wrestling. He then went on to graduate from Davidson College where he played football and obtained a B.A. degree.

After coaching at Porter Gaud, he received his Juris Doctorate degree from Charleston School of Law. Then working in Columbia for the Attorney General’s Office, Rutledge became a Deputy Assistant Attorney General. Most recently he was an associate of the Bell Legal Group of Georgetown and an Adjunct Professor at the Charleston School of Law.

Forever a Davidson Wildcat, Rutledge Johnson is survived by his wife, parents, two sisters: Susan and Anna Johnson, and beloved dog, Coach.

His funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 9, 2018 in First Baptist Church of Charleston, 48 Meeting Street at 4:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

An additional memorial service will be held later in North Litchfield, SC.

Harwood Curry, Jr. ’02

Harwood Curry, Jr. '02Peter Harwood Curry, Jr. 37, departed peacefully in the company of his family and friends on October 7, 2016. He was born June 3rd, 1979 in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy in 1998.

A graduate of Davidson College, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and majored in his life’s passion-philosophy. Following his graduation from Davidson College, he taught English in Qingdao, China and then returned home to Nashville to begin a small business career.

A unique individual in every sense of the word, he had an endless wealth of humor, intellectual curiosity, imagination, and generosity. He embraced all the opportunities that life afforded to him. He fought cancer for seven years with all his heart and spirit, giving his family and friends more time than anyone thought possible.

Through it all, he never lost his sense of optimism or his wit. His concern at all times was the well-being and comfort of others, especially those he loved the most.

He is survived by his husband of five years Zachary Adams Mayo (Zac); parents, Patsy and Peter Curry; sister, Page and brother-in-law Kipp Kranbuhl; parents-in-law, Lisa and Mark Mayo; sisters-in-law, Carmen Smith (Drew) and Rachel Ellen (Hunter); and many nieces, nephews and godchildren.

The family would like to thank Dr. Emily Chan and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support the Peter Harwood Curry Jr. Colon Cancer Research Fund at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Checks can be made out to the University of Illinois Foundation, add “Curry” in memo line, and send to: University of Illinois College of Medicine, 1747 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 302, Chicago IL, 60608. Attn. Stephanie Carani.

Visitation with the family will be held 4:00-6:00 PM Friday October 14, 2016 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike Nashville, Tennessee, 37205. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, October 15, 2016 at St. George’s Episcopal Church.