France F. Jordan ’56

France F. Jordan ’56, of Hollywood, Md., passed away Sept. 4. He was born June 13, 1934, in Liberty, N.C. General Jordan was commissioned in 1956 from the ROTC program at Davidson. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and of the regular course of the Command and General Staff College. His initial assignment was as a platoon leader, followed by duty as a company commander at the medical training center of Brooke Army Medical Center. In 1958, he was selected as aide-de-camp to Maj. Gen. William E. Shambora, the medical center commander. His assignments included duty with the Army General Staff; deputy chief of staff for Plans and Operations, U.S. Army Medical Command, Vietnam; chief, Operations Division, and later executive officer, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command; commander, 44th Medical Brigade; deputy director for health care operations, OTSG; and executive officer for the Surgeon General. In 1984 the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. named Jordan as the first recipient of the Outstanding Federal Services Health Administrator Award. In 1984 he was selected as the first MSC officer to fill the two-star billet of deputy assistant secretary of defense for medical readiness, a position from which he retired in 1987. He received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal upon his retirement, as well as the U.S. Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal. France is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Jordan, P.O. Box 747, Hollywood, MD 20636-0747; sister, Betty Hamilton; son, France F. “Sam” Jordan, Jr.; daughter, Martha Angela Jordan; stepsons, Ian Goetchius and Wade Christian; stepdaughter, Laura Kimberly; and five grandchildren.

France F. Jordan ’56

France F. Jordan ’56, of Hollywood, Md., passed away Sept. 4. He was born June 13, 1934, in Liberty, N.C. General Jordan was commissioned in 1956 from the ROTC program at Davidson. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and of the regular course of the Command and General Staff College. His initial assignment was as a platoon leader, followed by duty as a company commander at the medical training center of Brooke Army Medical Center. In 1958, he was selected as aide-de-camp to Maj. Gen. William E. Shambora, the medical center commander. His assignments included duty with the Army General Staff; deputy chief of staff for Plans and Operations, U.S. Army Medical Command, Vietnam; chief, Operations Division, and later executive officer, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command; commander, 44th Medical Brigade; deputy director for health care operations, OTSG; and executive officer for the Surgeon General. In 1984 the Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. named Jordan as the first recipient of the Outstanding Federal Services Health Administrator Award. In 1984 he was selected as the first MSC officer to fill the two-star billet of deputy assistant secretary of defense for medical readiness, a position from which he retired in 1987. He received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal upon his retirement, as well as the U.S. Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal. France is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Jordan, P.O. Box 747, Hollywood, MD 20636-0747; sister, Betty Hamilton; son, France F. “Sam” Jordan, Jr.; daughter, Martha Angela Jordan; stepsons, Ian Goetchius and Wade Christian; stepdaughter, Laura Kimberly; and five grandchildren.

Rufus Woody ’44

Rufus Woody ’44, 88, of Austin, Tex., died Sept. 3. He served in the European Theater in WWII flying photo P-38s. Three weeks prior to the invasion he photographed Omaha Beach at 50 feet using a nose camera. Later the engineers told him that the pictures allowed them to destroy landing craft obstacles, which probably saved thousands of American lives. He flew 69 combat missions, also being awarded two Silver Stars and 12 Air Medals. He retired as a colonel after 31 years in the Air Force. He and his wife, Martha, 2500 Toulouse, Austin, TX 78748-6081, married 63 years, had four children, Rufus III, Lou Kier, Andy, and Claire Loria, and nine grandchildren.

Charlton Henry Storey, Jr. ’38

Charlton Henry Storey, Jr. ’38 passed away at his home in Tucson, Ariz., on Sept. 2, 2010. Storey was born Aug. 27, 1917, in Bryan, Tex. His father, Charlton Henry Storey, Sr., was a Presbyterian minister and his mother, Willie, was the church organist. Storey moved with his family many times throughout his youth as his father was called to many different congregations. He had a wonderful childhood, full of adventures and a menagerie of pets, including a donkey and horse. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout just prior to his 16th birthday.

He graduated from N.C. State with a B.S.E.E. He worked his entire professional career at Westinghouse and retired in 1982. During college, he was the drum major of the college marching band and was also active in the ROTC. From 1940-45, he served in the U.S. Army in the North African and European Theaters. He retired from active duty after WWII as a lieutenant colonel and served in the Reserves for 20 years. It was during his service in French Algeria, that Storey met the love of his life, Hermance Dadoun. They were married 64 years and were true soul mates. Storey was a devout Christian, who loved the Lord and served many congregations as a member of the session and Bible study teacher.

He is survived by his wife, Hermance Dadoun Storey, 4857 N Territory Ave., Tucson, AZ 85750-5959; his daughters, Margaret V. McMillan (Robert), Ellen C. Montijo, and Madeleine A. Lucas (David); grandchildren, Michael X. Montijo (Daria), Tessa C. Riley (Jeremy), and Scott A. Lucas (Kristen); great-grandchildren, Zane C. Montijo, Ayden W. Riley, and Theadora L. Montijo; and a brother, John M. Storey ’44. His son, Charlton H. Storey III, preceded him in death in 1980.

William Carey Dowd III ’47

William Carey Dowd III ’47, of Charlotte, N.C., died Aug. 29 at Sardis Oaks in Charlotte. Dowd was born in Fort Worth, Tex., on March 22, 1919, the son of William Carey Dowd, Jr. and Ann Rogers Dowd. He grew up in Charlotte and received a B.S. in physics from Davidson. He did graduate work in physics at Northwestern University and taught physics at both Davidson and Northwestern. Dowd was a lifetime seeker of knowledge and dedicated educator. He was a tutor at First Ward Elementary School and an instructor in management development at the executive program of business administration at UNC Chapel Hill. Although officially serving in the Army during WWII, Dowd also worked for the other services as needed. He fought in four amphibious invasions-North Africa, Sicily, Anzio, and southern France with the 74th Signal Corps Special as a first lieutenant. Dowd spent his career in the printing industry-part of the family’s business interest. His grandfather, William Carey Dowd, Sr., owned both the Charlotte News and the News Printing House, a quality commercial printing company. Carey Dowd, Jr. sold the Charlotte News after WWII. Upon his father’s death, Dowd took over the printing operation and renamed it The Dowd Press, Inc. Dowd married Gail Elizabeth Griffith in 1949, daughter of Thelma and Brodie Shepard Griffith, who retired as associate publisher of both the Charlotte News and the Charlotte Observer. Dowd was a leader in the printing industry in the Carolinas and the country. He served the Printing Industries of the Carolinas (PICA) as president and was instrumental in merging the Printing Industries of Charlotte with PICA. He served on the board of directors of the Printing Industries of America (PIA) and its executive committee. He was president of the Master Printers of America and chaired many of its committees. In 1970, he was the first member of PICA to be inducted into PIA’s prestigious Ash Khan Crew (The Benjamin Franklin Society) and was a proud member of the Pied Pica Club. Following his retirement, he researched insurance fraud for the Printers Group Insurance Trust with the Master Printers of America. Dowd was a member of the Charlotte Kiwanis Club. He was a longtime supporter of the Salvation Army. Dowd was a choir member for over two decades, life deacon, and former chair of the board of deacons at Myers Park Baptist Church, where his parents were founding members. Dowd took pride in his military service, his contributions to the printing industry, his wife’s charitable and civic contributions, and the Dowd family’s important role in the development of North Carolina and the city of Charlotte. He was known for his powerful intellect and strong sense of duty to his family, friends, church, community, and country. Dowd was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gail Griffith Dowd, who died in 1996 after a long illness, and a daughter-in-law, JoAnn Sloan Dowd, who died in 2009. He is survived by his sister, Marie Dowd Latimer; his children, William Carey Dowd IV (fiancé, Charlotte Gore), 3182 Heathstead Pl., Charlotte, NC 28210-7187, Brodie Griffith Dowd, Eloise Dowd Miller (companion, Robert T. Monson), and Melissa Ann Dowd (Curtis Seltzer); his grandchildren, William Christenbury Dowd, Jennifer Dowd Gomes (Jeremy Gomes), Jessica Lauren Dowd, Katherine Elizabeth Dowd, Parker Griffith Dowd (fiancé, Whitney Keane), and Mary Rebecca Wilkinson Seltzer; Sara H. Ellison, who has been a special loving friend to Dowd and his family for over 50 years; and his beloved and devoted friend and confidante, Betty Chambers.