Edward “Ned” M. Hedgpeth, Jr. ’58

Edward "Ned" M. Hedgpeth, Jr. '58Edward (Ned) McGowan Hedgpeth, Jr. died peacefully at home on March 31, 2018. His metastatic prostate cancer progressed rapidly in the last two months. Ned was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on May 22, 1936, the son of Dr. Edward McGowan Hedgpeth and Marian Reese Hedgpeth, who both predeceased him.

He graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1954 and from Davidson College with a B.S. in Biology in 1958. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina, graduating in 1962. After serving as Captain in the US Army Medical Corps in Heilbronn, Germany, he began his surgical residency in ophthalmology at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Following his residency, Ned completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins, in Baltimore, MD.

In 1969, Ned joined McPherson Group, PA (which later became North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat, PA) in Durham, NC, where he practiced successfully for many years. He served as President of NCEENT from 2000-2003. Ned was a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology and an active member of the North Carolina Medical Society and the Durham Orange County Medical Society where he served as President in 2000. He was passionate about the study and practice of ophthalmology and a highly respected ophthalmologic surgeon who performed delicate eye surgery with extraordinary skill. He enjoyed many years of helping patients achieve better eyesight. It was a source of great satisfaction to him that he was able to help so many with their eye problems. Ned served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at both Duke Medical School and UNC Medical School and assisted in the training of many younger Ophthalmologists. He was a proud founding member of North Carolina Specialty Hospital and was also an active member of the medical staff at Durham Regional Hospital.

Ned was a long-standing member of Hope Valley Country Club and of Roaring Gap Club, where he spent many happy years at his beautiful mountain home. He was an excellent golfer and enjoyed both the golf and the great fellowship at both Hope Valley and at Roaring Gap. Ned was a lover of animals all his life; he especially loved his pony in his early years, and in his later years, he adored his beloved Yorkies, first Buddy, and then Peanut and Little Bit, who accompanied him almost everywhere he went.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Terry Hedgpeth, his daughter Marian Wells Hedgpeth and her husband Kevin B. Seifert of Durham, NC, and by his step-daughter Dr. Terry Anne Sams, DMD, her husband Gus, and their sons John Charles and McGowan of Southern Pines, NC. Ned is also survived by his sister, Jane Hedgpeth Wells of Houston, TX.

Ned was an outstanding physician, a devoted husband and father, an effective leader in the Durham medical community and a wonderful friend and colleague. He was loved by his many patients, colleagues, friends and family members, and he will be dearly missed by all.

Alyssa “Aly” Kendall ’90

Alyssa "Aly" Kendall '90Alyssa “Aly” Kendall, 49, died peacefully on March 28th surrounded by close family and friends.

Aly endeared herself to medical communities near and far, having been treated for cancer over the last 10 years at UVA, Moore Cancer Center in San Diego, UC Davis, as well as Tahoe Forest Hospital/Cancer Center.

By the end of each nursing shift during her many hospital stays, Aly invariably knew her nurse’s life story.

A career educator and fierce Scrabble wordsmith born in Maryland and educated at Davidson College (BA) & Vanderbilt University (MA), Aly came to Truckee in 2009 to teach Spanish. Head of Lake Tahoe School Ruth Glass hired Aly in 2014 to run the school’s library.

Lake Tahoe School teachers who brought their students to library story time described Aly as “magical” for her spellbinding reading of the books she had selected for the school library. Here in Truckee, the medical community came to know her as the patient who could always manage to smile through the pain, explain details of her illness as articulately and thoroughly as a physician, and repeatedly rally back to better health against all odds.

Aly is survived by her son, Casey Jobe; husband, Peyton Jobe; parents, Chuck and Verona Kendall; sister, Ashley Kendall; and the family pet, Sonny, who Aly adopted after organizing a student volunteer effort at the Truckee Humane Society.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to the ACPMP Research Foundation at URL https://paddlechallenge.acpmp.org/campaigns/245.

Carl C. Hassel Jr. ’50

Carl C. Hassel Jr., beloved patriarch of the Hassel family, went peacefully after a brief illness to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ March 28, 2018.

He was born to Carl and Iverna Hassel on August 17, 1926 in Richmond, Virginia. He attended John Marshall high school where he was Captain of the Cadet Corps and member of the tennis team. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Conner in the Pacific Theater in World War II.

Following the war, he married his high school sweetheart Leslie Ann Bailey. He then enrolled at Davidson College and graduated with a degree in Economics in 1950.

He worked briefly in Burlington, North Carolina before returning home to Richmond to continue his career. In 1959, he took a job with the Reynolds & Reynolds Corporation of Dayton Ohio and moved to Jacksonville. While working at Reynolds, he was awarded the R.H. Grant Award indicative of the company’s top Salesman.

He retired from Reynolds at age 62. In Jacksonville, he was a member of Saint John’s Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, and most recently as a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church. He was past president of the Jacksonville Davidson Alumni Association and a member of the college’s Board of Visitors.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years Leslie Ann, daughter Carol Lynn Moore (Elliott), son David Hassel (Candace), grandchildren Trae Moore (Tonya), Blair Moore (Meredith), Joanne Hassel Clifford (Matthew), Kristen Hassel Nagy (Brett), Bryan Hassel (Ashley), and 14 great-grandchildren.

A private family interment service was held at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Donations in his name can be made to either Arbor Terrace Memory Care San Jose 3760 DuPont Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32217 or Thornwell Home for Children 302 South Broad St. Clinton, SC 25325.

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William Littleberry “Fritz” Vinson ’48

Fritz Vinson '48William Littleberry Vinson, “Fritz”, 91, died Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in Pawleys Island, SC. Fritz was born on January 9, 1927 in Greensboro, NC to Barnard Bee Vinson and Helen Julian Vinson. He was the youngest of four sons, and was preceded in death by his parents and brothers; Barnard Bee, Charles Julian, and Paul Garrett.

Fritz was a life-long learner. Invited along with his mother to accompany his brother Charles during his US Navy pilot training, Fritz attended five different high schools in Florida and Texas, ultimately graduating from Miami High School in 1944. He studied political science at Davidson College and graduated in 1948. He completed his law degree at Emory University in 1952 and was a member of the Georgia Bar since 1951. Throughout his life, Fritz was a well-regarded business man.

After graduating from college, Fritz joined the credit department at Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved into management of the tax department at Sears after completing law school and remained there until founding his own property tax consulting business, Cape and Vinson, with his friend Forrest Cape. Fritz continued to be a well-respected property tax consultant in Atlanta until he retired as president of Avtax, Atlanta in 1998 and moved to Pawleys Island, South Carolina in 1999.

Soon after arriving in Pawleys Island, Fritz studied to become a Master Gardener and volunteered at Brookgreen Garden and with the Clemson Extension Service on their water sampling team. Fritz was never comfortable being retired and was glad to be able to continue working as the Financial Director and Treasurer at Georgetown Presbyterian Church right up until his death. Fritz deeply valued the friendships he enjoyed with his co-workers.

Fritz was a loving husband and father. It was friends, Nancy and Kent Beals, who introduced Fritz to two of his greatest loves, Pawleys Island and Luan Butler, the beautiful woman who would become his wife and best friend. Fritz proposed to Luan two weeks after their first blind date.

He often said that one of the best things about Luan was her beautiful daughters, Nancy and Kathy. When Luan and Fritz married on October 3, 1964, he became not only husband to Luan but daddy to these two little girls. Over the next sixteen years, two more girls, Caroline and Anna, joined the family. He was so proud of all his daughters, their spouses and his grandchildren. 

Fritz’s generous love embraced and supported not only his wife and children, but many extended family members, friends, colleagues, and members of the wider community.

When their own nest emptied, Fritz and Luan adopted a residential cottage at Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, South Carolina, providing for the needs of the cottage including hosting the children and their house parents for vacation time at the beach and in the mountains. Together, Fritz and Luan served on the Board of Visitors for Thornwell Home, and established a family legacy fund for cottage life.

As a man of faith, Fritz was a dedicated member and Ruling Elder of Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and Georgetown Presbyterian Church in Georgetown, South Carolina. He taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. His wisdom and expertise were valued in the many church and Presbytery committees on which he served.

Fritz enjoyed water skiing, fishing, camping, body surfing at the beach, opera, carpentry, gardening, reading history and current events, genealogical research, playing bridge, and a good game of Scrabble. Fritz possessed a keen intellect and a wry sense of humor. His wisdom, guidance, and integrity have shaped many lives. 

Fritz is survived by his wife of 53 years, Luan Butler Vinson; children, Nancy and Dave Seay of Greensboro, NC, Kathy and Bill Cates of Greensboro, NC, Caroline and Phillip Dennis of Indianapolis, IN, Anna and Hunter Jones of Washington, DC; grandchildren Rachel and Libby Seay, Ryne Gabel, MacKenzie Cates Allen (Mark), Hayley Cates, Allyson Cates Koopman (Brian), Helen, Hannah and Jacob Dennis, Graydon and Piper Jones; great-grandchildren Layleigh and Elizabeth Allen.

A service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of Life will be held at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Road Georgetown, SC 29440 at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 4, with a reception to follow. You may sign a guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com. 

Memorial gifts may be made to the Vinson Family Legacy Fund for Cottage Life at Thornwell Home for Children, 302 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325, or to Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

William Robert Dunn, Sr. ’47

Dr. William Robert Dunn, Sr. age 92 of Cumming, Georgia, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Kehr Dunn; son, Richard K. Dunn; daughter, Barbara Ann Dunn; sister, Elizabeth Grunwald; parents, William and Clara Dunn.

Dr. William Robert Dunn, Sr. was born in Atlanta and graduated from North Fulton High School, Davidson College, and earned his medical degree in 1947 from Emory University.

He wed Norma Kehr Dunn in June 1947. They enjoyed 60 years of marriage and raising a family together. He spent 2 years in a surgery residency at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. He then enlisted in the Navy and served in the Korean War. He returned to Grady Hospital to complete his Pediatric Residency in 1954, and attended Columbia Seminary in Decatur.

He then traveled to Belgium to learn French to prepare for a tropical medicine residency. He spent 3 years as a medical missionary in the Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Three decades later in 1984, he returned to the Congo for another missionary tour.

Returning stateside, he set up a very popular family practice in Cumming, Georgia at the suggestion of Dr. Jim Mashburn. His medical practice was extremely busy and patients would often line up in his waiting room with sack lunches until he could attend to their needs. He always put his patients first.

He managed to find time to perform physicals for the Boy Scouts and high school football teams. He was also very active with the Cumming Kiwanis Club. He also trained Physician Assistant students from Emory University. He remained active in his Emory Medical Class of ’47 reunions.

He retired from practice in 2010, but spent another 5 years volunteering his medical services at the Good News Clinic in Gainesville, Georgia. He taught an adult Sunday school class and sang in the choir at Cumming First United Methodist Church. He was also active with Meals on Wheels, and working his cattle farm in Forsyth County. He loved his family and the Georgia Bulldogs.

A humble man, he quietly joined the Mashburn family in being a major donor in a land grant that helped preserve 932 acres on Sawnee Mountain and creating the Sawnee Nature Preserve. This has become a popular outdoor destination and the largest county park in the state of Georgia. It has over 5 miles of trails and mountain vistas. He was a man of great passion, work ethic, character, compassion, modesty, and skill.

Survivors include his children, Charlene (Terry) McGill of Cumming, Bill (Melody) Dunn of Cumming, Roger (Ruth) Dunn of Cumming; daughter-in-law, Barbara Dunn Roland of Gainesville; sister-in-law, Joanne Kehr of Iowa; niece, Betty Grunwald; nephews, Fred Grunwald, Bill Grunwald; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm at Cumming First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kathie Stasko and Dr. Bob Bowling officiating followed by a Reception in the Family Life Center.

The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home on Thursday, March 29th from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Friday, March 30th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 2nd at 11:00 am at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Forsyth County Senior Services/ Meals on Wheels, 595 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, GA 30040, Cumming First United Methodist Church, P O Box 606, Cumming, GA 30028 or Season’s Hospice, 8013 Majors Road, Cumming, GA 30041.

Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory, Cumming, Georgia is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 30, 2018