Frank Sims Key, Jr. ’45

Frank Sims Key, Jr. of Florence died on Monday, August 12, 2019. He was 95. Frank was born on January 20, 1924, in Gastonia, N.C., the son of the late Frank Sims Key, Sr. and Rachel Auld Key.

After graduating from Florence High School, Frank attended Davidson College and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology.

He served as a Naval Aviator during World War II. Upon his return to Florence, he joined his father in the roofing business for several years. In the early 1960s, he became a part of Sanborn Chase’s team at Vulcraft as an engineer.

Later, in 1966, he and two partners founded Socar, where he would work until his retirement in 2006. Frank was an excellent tennis player, a lover of automobiles, a great Sunday School teacher and a quiet mentor to many people. He and his wife, Peggy, and several other Christian friends started the East Florence Mission in the early 1970s and remain involved with that ministry to this day.

Frank is survived by his wife of 69 years, Peggy Elmore Key. In addition, there are four children: Randy (Gigi) Key of Florence, SC; Margaret (Ken) Charles of Florence, SC; Charlie (Marilyn) Key of Timmonsville, SC; and Pete (Katy) Key of James Island, SC. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A family burial will take place on Wednesday, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the P. E. K. Foundation, Post Office Box 649, Florence, SC 29503.

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Ralph Coonrad ’45

Ralph Coonrad '45

Ralph W. Coonrad, M.D., revered and beloved orthopaedic surgeon and Professor Emeritus, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, died at the age of 95 on April 10, 2019, in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Coonrad or simply “Ralph”, “Rolf” or “Papa” as many of family, close friends and colleagues referred to him, leaves behind the legacy of a lifetime of major accomplishments in his profession, but beyond that and so near and dear to his heart, were the lifelong relationships he developed with so many and especially with his family whom he dearly loved.

He served as a devoted mentor to so many talented and aspiring surgeons and colleagues alike as the role model of a consummate physician in his compassionate care, grace and humility, and he loved every opportunity to broaden those relationships with the occasional fishing or hunting trip.

A Celebration of Life for Dr. Coonrad will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM, with a reception to follow at Hope Valley Country Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Westminster Church.

In addition to his doctors and countless staff members at The Forest At Duke, Dr. Coonrad’s family wishes to express their profound gratitude to Maimouna Barrett for her exquisite and loving care.

Dr. Coonrad is survived by two daughters, Susan C. Cullen (Dennis) of Durham, North Carolina and Sally C. Carroll (David) of Charlottesville, Virginia, three grandchildren, Kevin W. Cullen (Holly) of Durham, North Carolina, M. Evelyn Carroll of Richmond, Virginia, and E. Ashley Carroll of Arlington, Virginia, and one great-grandchild, Grace V. Cullen of Durham, North Carolina.

He is predeceased by his cherished wife of 49 years, Dr. Evelyn V. Coonrad.

Dr. Coonrad was born in Tsingtao, China, the son of Presbyterian missionaries, on September 10, 1923. He attended the Pyengyang Foreign School in North Korea and the Stony Brook School in New York before matriculating to Davidson College, where he earned varsity letters in football, wrestling, track, and tennis.

Dr. Coonrad then served for three years as a naval ensign during World War II, graduating from Duke University School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha) in 1947.

He completed a surgical internship and a residency in orthopaedics at Duke University Medical Center in 1953. His residency included a fellowship at the Warm Springs Foundation (founded in 1927 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt) where he gained invaluable experience performing tendon transfers in poliomyelitis patients, which inspired his life long passion for pediatric orthopaedics.

Following his residency, Dr. Coonrad was stationed at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas for two years where he served as a Captain in the United States Army and Chief of Orthopedics and Hand Surgery.

He operated on many US soldiers wounded during the Korean War, including one particular patient whose elbow, having been destroyed in combat, provided the inspiration for his future development of a total elbow joint replacement.

Dr. Coonrad returned to Durham in 1955 and entered the private practice of medicine. He was one of the founders of Triangle Orthopedic Associates, while simultaneously working throughout his career at Duke University Medical Center, first as an Assistant Clinical Professor, and later as an Associate Clinical Professor of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery.

He was an attending staff member of Watts Hospital in Durham, and later Durham Regional Hospital, where he served as President of the Staff. He also served as a consultant in orthopaedic surgery to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham, an Associate Clinical Professor at UNC Memorial Hospital, and for 35 years, as a consultant to the United States Army and Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In addition to his full time practice, upon retirement of his mentor and cherished friend Dr. Lenox Baker, he became the medical director and chief surgeon of Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital at Duke, a position he held for 24 years.

Although Dr. Coonrad’s early surgical expertise was in surgery of the hand, he was also a pioneer in developing scoliosis surgery in North Carolina.

After training in the early 1960’s with Dr. Paul Harrington of the Baylor School of Medicine, Houston, Texas, he became the first orthopaedist in North Carolina to treat scoliosis with the newly designed Harrington rods, and he also developed a school screening program for scoliosis throughout the state.

Dr. Coonrad was an inventor and designer of many surgical instruments and devices, however, his most transformative design was for a total elbow joint replacement.

In 1972, working alone in his garage using cadaver bones, he designed an elbow joint by whittling models from wood. Dr. Coonrad then worked with the Zimmer Company to produce the prototype in titanium.

The “Coonrad Total Elbow”, and later the “Coonrad-Morrey Total Elbow System”, became the gold standard of elbow replacements for over 40 years.

Dr. Coonrad served as a member or chairman of numerous pivotal orthopaedics committees, including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Shoulder and Elbow Society, Scoliosis Research Society, American Orthopaedic Society, and North Carolina Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. Coonrad was also the recipient of numerous academic, scientific and research awards, including recognition by the Governor’s Council as North Carolina’s Outstanding Physician in 1971 and by the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association as the Outstanding Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1996, as well as receiving the Duke Orthopaedic Residency Award for excellence in education and teaching in 1994, and the inaugural Duke Master Orthopaedics Award in 2017.

A lasting monument to Dr. Coonrad’s faith, energy and vision, and the cornerstone of his and his family’s life, is Durham’s Westminster Presbyterian Church. Dr. Coonrad and his wife Evelyn were founding members of the church, and are recorded in the church register as members #0001 and #0002. Dr. Coonrad served as a deacon and elder of the church and regularly attended service until only a few weeks prior to his death.

His proudest moment in a lifetime of honors and accolades was his 1974 designation as Durham Father of the Year.

The Coonrad family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham, NC. For online condolences, please visit – select obits.

Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 15, 2019

Bryant B. Skinner ’45

Bryant B. Skinner '45

Bryant B. Skinner, Sr., a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Florida, died on March 10, 2019 at the age of 96.

Born October 12, 1922, he was one of the first babies born at the new St. Vincent’s Hospital in Riverside.

He was a well know businessman and civic leader, spending his career in commercial real estate development and giving his time and talents to innumerable political, civic and charitable organizations.

He attended the public schools in Jacksonville, but graduated high school from The Webb School in Bell Buckell, Tennessee. He attended Davidson College until the outbreak of WWII, which led to his transfer to the University of North Carolina under the naval officers training program.

He shipped out to the south Pacific as a newly minted “ninety-day wonder” ensign on board the LST 1009. He was in numerous campaigns in the amphibious war and was part of the occupation forces in Japan.

Returning home, he graduated from UNC and went to work for Stockton, Whatley & Davin, Co., a large real estate development company based in Jacksonville, were he spent 10 years involved in the company’s state-wide operations. He was a vice president of the company when he left in 1959.

He married Betty Walthour of Birmingham, Ala., in 1948. They had many happy years together and raised three sons and a daughter. Betty was a strong and dedicated supporter of Bryant’s many adventures.

In 1960 he commenced development of the Deerwood Club, a gated residential community in the then “middle of nowhere” wilderness called the Southside of Jacksonville. Deerwood was a great success and is credited with being the vanguard of development in what was to become the city’s most dynamic quadrant.

In 1981, he commenced a commercial development called “Southpoint”, at the interchange of I-95 and the newly opened J. Turner Butler Blvd. It too was a success, and established JTB as the city’s main growth corridor to this day.

Together with his three sons, he established Skinners Wholesale Nursery, a nursery specializing in large container grown trees.

His early involvement in the local Republican Party, when a Republican was an oddity in Jacksonville, was another expression of his visionary life. He met every Republican president from Dwight Eisenhour to George Bush and visited President Nixon and President Reagan in the White House. He was Reagan’s Duval County campaign manager in his successful 1980 campaign.

He loved the Gators, especially football, rarely missing a game. An avid sportsman, he loved hunting and fishing, tennis and golf, but did not like hiking or walking, saying that the person who was walking was just a person who had missed his ride!

He was active in business and civic life, serving as a director on the boards of Baptist Hospital, St. Luke’s/Mayo Hospital, Flagship Bank and as chairman of the board of Sun Bank. He served as president of the River Club, downtown Rotary Club, Jacksonville Country Day School, Young Life and the University of Florida Gator Boosters. He headed the committee to establish the Jacksonville Navy Memorial.

In all his many adventures-business, civic, travel, sports, etc., he never failed to be scrupulously honest. He loved to “work hard, play hard.”

Almost every social or family event was punctuated by his storytelling, tales which grew more fantastical and hilarious with each telling. He was a man of his times, a proud member of the Greatest Generation. He will be missed!

He is survived by Betty, his daughter, Betsy, his son Russell (Sandy), his son Bryant, Jr. (Joan), and his son Charlie (Laura), eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, and his brother Dr. Richard Green Skinner Jr.

Close to his heart are his “do it all” companion for over 30 years, Heyward Jones, his dedicated live-in caregiver Beth Jones Batistin, and his secretary/house manager Cydnie Forrest.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 28, at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 118 East Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Young Life Jacksonville.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville.

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 James Alexander Corrigan ’45

James Corrigan '45James Alexander Corrigan, 94, of Evanston, Illinois, died Monday, June 18, 2018 in Evanston.

Jim was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1924, to John James Corrigan and Charlotte McRae Corrigan. His family then moved to High Point where he was raised. He attended Davidson College until called into service for the war in 1943, during which time he served in the United States Air Force.

After the war, he completed his undergraduate degree at Amherst College, where he was a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity and made lifelong friendships. Jim completed his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Jim’s career in finance spanned seven decades and took him to The Treasury Department of the University of Chicago and finally as a consultant to the Educational Testing Service from which he retired at the age of 84.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, William McRae Corrigan and his sister-in-law, Virginia Loebs Corrigan.

Jim is survived by his two nieces who loved him dearly, Louise Corrigan Havens and husband David of New Canaan, CT, and Sallie Corrigan Amos and husband Bob of High Point, NC.

Jim took great joy in the activities of his great-nephews and nieces, William Havens, Charlotte Havens, Samuel Havens, Sophie Havens, Trela Hendrix IV and McRae Hendrix. Jim is also survived by cousins, Sandy and Linda McRae, Catherine McRae, Coralie McRae Barnett and Douglas McRae.

A private family graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Oakwood Cemetery Drive, with Ken Broman-Fulks officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests all memorials be directed to The First Presbyterian Church, 918 N. Main Street, High Point, NC 27262.

Cumby Family Funeral Service is serving the Corrigan family.

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John Tweed Hannah ’45

John Hannah '45John Tweed Hannah, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend died on Tuesday, the 6th of March 2018 at The Hallmark in Houston. He was 94 years old.

He was born in Houston on the 15th of January 1924 to Ethel Bloomfield Hannah, originally from Moss Point, Mississippi, and David Hannah from Ayrshire, Scotland. John attended Davidson College and graduated with a BBA from the University of Texas. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

His business pursuits were centered on the development of medical buildings. He built the first offices for what is now the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. With Jesse W. Edmundson, he restored Houston’s 1884 Cotton Exchange Building, a historic landmark recognized by the state and nation.

Under the tutelage of master angler Charley Thanheiser, John became an incorrigible fisherman. He took trout and Atlantic salmon on the fly from the streams and rivers of seven countries, including twelve states and provinces.

For a time, John was co-owner, with Brooks Bouldin, of the E. F. Payne Rod Company in Highland Mills, New York.

He and Rita were organizing members of St. Philip Presbyterian Church in the early 1950s and they have continued to serve the church for 65 years. John was a commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and helped organize a subsequent General Assembly of the denomination, held in Houston.

He was a writer, publishing two books of fishing memories, as well as two additional books. During his long life, John served a number of organizations in positions of responsibility including Presbyterian MoRanch Assembly, Texas Presbyterian Foundation, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, Interface-Samaritan Counseling Center, Riverside General Hospital, Citizens for Good Schools, Texas Interfaith Housing Corporation, Preservation Alliance of Greater Houston, Southampton Residents Association, The Forest Club, the Wodehouse Society and Texas Flyfishers.

During World War II, he served in the Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician’s Mate First Class and was stationed on Guam. At the end of the war, he and another former electronics sailor, Frank C. Smith, Jr, took a motorized victory lap of seven thousand miles around the country.

John was active in the Republican Party, and later in the Democratic Party.

He is preceded in death by his siblings David Hannah, Jr, and Mary Hannah Smith; and also by granddaughter Jennifer Thorvilson.

By far the greatest joy of John’s life was his wife and counselor of 70 years, Rita Grace Waters Hannah, who survives him. He was proud of, and enjoyed the company of, his descendants.

He is also survived by his two daughters, Heather Hannah Beadle of Boulder, Colorado, and Janet Hannah Eskridge (Carl) of Lincoln, Nebraska; granddaughters Hannah Eskridge Mirmiran of Omaha, Nebraska, and Rachel Eskridge of Nashville, Tennessee; great-grandchildren Grace Thorvilson (Kurt Burne), Johnathan Thorvilson, Joey, Daniel and Lily Mirmiran, and Jac Eskridge-Smith; great-great-grandchildren Will and Daxton Thorvilson.

He is also survived by loving nieces, nephews and a host of relatives in Scotland. The family wishes to thank the staff and residents of the Hallmark for their gracious and caring support.

A memorial service is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 12th of March, in the sanctuary of St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe in Houston, where Dr. John Wurster will officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the adjacent gathering area.

Prior to the service the family will have gathered for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Philip Presbyterian Church.

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