John L. Burke ’46

BURKE, John L., age 93, of Richmond, was born April 23, 1923 and died October 20, 2016. Mr. Burke is survived by his wife of 70 years, Carolyn; his sons, Dr. T. Michael Burke and Kevin E. Burke; his daughter, Catherine Harrington; as well as his son-in-law, Daniel Harrington; and his daughter-in-law, Melissa Burke; his sister, Roberta Burpee; his grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Burke and Allison Burke; his great-grandchildren, Jack, Claire and Colin Burke. Mr. Burke was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Leo Power Burke and Lillian D. Burke. His brother, Lt. Thomas Burke, was killed in action in World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for Bravery.

During World War II, Mr. Burke served with the U.S. Ranger Battalion, landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, H-Hour, and fought across France, Belgium and Germany. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, French Croix de Guerre Medal, European Theater with three clusters, Combat Infantry Badge, and the French Legion of Honor Medal. He graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. degree and was a member of the Varsity Baseball Team. Mr. Burke retired from A.H. Robins in 1987 after 35 years of service. He was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Products Division. He was also a member of the Country Club of Virginia.

James Milton Bisanar ’46

James Milton Bisanar, 90, of Easton, Md., died peacefully Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. He was born May 1, 1925, in Hickory, to the late George E. Bisanar and Mayme Maxey Bisanar.

He attended Davidson College and received his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1948, and completed an internship and a pediatric residency there in 1952.

He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1953 to 1955.

In 1960, he completed a radiology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Radiology. Jim practiced Radiology in Baltimore, Md., for 30 years.

He married Diane Renshaw in 1955. They made their home in Towson, Md., before moving to Easton in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; two daughters, Karen Canter (Harry) of Easton, and Linda Gnade (Bruce) of Texas; four grandchildren, Laura Canter of North Carolina, Julia Canter of Florida, Nolan Canter of Maryland, and Andrew Gnade (Allison) of Texas; and one great-grandchild, Bennett Gnade of Texas.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, G. Norman Bisanar of Concord, and E. Alan Bisanar of Hickory; and his son, James E. Bisanar of Easton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood Dr., Easton, MD 21601; or a charity of the donor’s choice. Graveside services will be private.

Arrangements are being handled by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A., of Easton.

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William Erskine Gallant Jr. ’46

William Erskine Gallant Jr. died at his home in Charleston, S.C. on Nov. 12. at the age of 89.

He was born Dec. 12, 1925 at Anderson County Hospital in Anderson, S.C., the first of three children of William Erskine Gallant Sr. and Ione Peek Gallant (Ione McCurry Peek).

He was baptized in the Presbyterian church of Anderson, S.C. where he attended kindergarten, followed by attendance in Anderson public schools: North Fant Grammar School, McCants Junior High School, and Anderson Boys High, class of 1942. He attended Davidson College and Duke University before being called to serve in the United States Army during World War II.

He served in the war as a staff sergeant in the 86th Infantry Division, known as the Blackhawks. His first combat area assignment was in Europe, where his division helped press the German army back through France and into Germany. With the end of the war in the European Theater, he was transferred to the Philippines with his division to await the final assault on Japan. Fortunately, the Japanese capitulated, and the War in the Pacific ended.

Mr. Gallant was mustered out of the service and re-entered Duke University, where he majored in English and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in American literature and writing, for which he had a strong talent. He graduated in 1949 and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

After graduation he was offered a position on the Anderson Independent and Daily Mail editorial staff by the owner/publisher Wilton E. Hall, but chose instead to follow a career in the Gallant-Belk Group of some 40 department stores founded in 1919 in Anderson by his father. Ultimately, he became executive vice-president of this group of Belk Stores upon the retirement of his father.

During this period of his life, in addition to his retailing responsibilities, Mr. Gallant was involved in the management of the family-owned Lackaday Farm off Abbeville Highway on Airline Road outside of Anderson. He was active in the breeding of fine Aberdeen Angus cattle and for a time served as secretary-treasurer of the South Carolina Angus Association. He developed a love for horseback riding in childhood, and later on raised Irish Connemara ponies at Lackaday.

While on a visit to Greece, Mr. Gallant met Eva Nancy Borglund, a Swedish native and fellow writer and artist. They flew to the United States where they became husband and wife with marriage ceremonies in First Presbyterian Church. Marriage was followed by life on the farm, creating art, and raising their family.

He returned to Europe with his family in 1972, took up residency in London, then spent a year traveling across Europe and into Northern Africa while home-schooling his children. Upon returning stateside they resided in South Carolina for a short time before moving to Massachusetts, and eventually to the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. There, he and his family spent many wonderful years in Oak Bluffs. He remained on the Island until declining health caused him to relocate back to South Carolina to be closer to family.

Mr. Gallant had many artistic talents including painting, photography, pottery, sculpting, and writing. He was a frequent contributor to letters to the editor sections of The New York Times and The Boston Globe. He was passionate about politics and social justice, and gave annually to Doctors Without Borders and Amnesty International.

Mr. Gallant is survived by his children, Eva Nancy Gallant, Julia Peek Gallant, and William Erskine Gallant 3rd, and his grandchildren Kathryn, Jamie, Alexander, and Nicholas. He is preceded in death by his wife, Eva Borglund Gallant, who died Sept. 24.

His family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Summit Place of Daniel Island for their kindness and professionalism while caring for Mr. Gallant.

William Erskine Gallant Jr. will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Daniel Malloy McEachin ’46

Daniel Malloy McEachin departed this life October 28, 2015, at his home. He was born August 2, 1925, in Florence, South Carolina. He was the only child of Peter Hector McEachin and Margaret Howard McEachin.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Elkins McEachin; daughter, Margaret McEachin Gates (Dennis), son, Daniel Malloy McEachin, Jr. (Amy), grandchildren, Samuel George Gates, FitzLee Howard McEachin (Erin), Peter Hector McEachin (Paige), Amy McEachin Buchanan (Will) and Daniel Malloy McEachin III. He is also survived by one great-grandchild, Margaret Malloy McEachin.

He graduated from Florence High School in 1942. He attended Davidson College before entering the United States Army in 1944. He served in 2nd Platoon, Company A of the 19th Battalion, 14th Armored Division of the 7th Army. He was in combat during World War II from November, 1944 to May, 1945. He was wounded at the Battle of Hatten for which he received the Purple Heart.

After his discharge from active duty in May 1946 he remained in the Army Reserve until 1952. Upon his return from World War II, he entered the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, he was Chief Justice of Wig and Robe, and was first honor graduate of his class.

Upon graduation from law school, he entered the practice of law with his father, Peter Hector McEachin, his aunt, Leah Townsend and his cousin, Eugene N. “Nick” Zeigler.

He later practiced briefly with his son, Malloy. He was selected County Court Judge for Florence County and also served as a Special Circuit Court Judge by appointment. Upon the reorganization of the state judicial system, he was elected a Family Court Judge for the 12th Judicial Circuit.

He was an avid outdoorsman and waterman and athlete, playing golf and tennis until late in life. During his salad days he was a scratch golfer. He had an inquiring mind and was a voracious reader.

Though his formal education ended in 1949, his quest for knowledge in the fields of science, economics, philosophy and mechanics continued until shortly before his death. The family would like to thank Gloria Wright, Denise Charles, Deborah Berry and Willie Mae Goodman for their loyal care.

The family will be receiving guests at his home. Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2015, at St. John’s Church with interment following at Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. John’s Church, 252 S. Dargan St., Florence, SC 29506; or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Thomas Conner, Jr. ’46

Tom Conner died after a brief illness on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at Piedmont Hospital. He was born Feb. 3, 1925 at old Piedmont Hospital, raised on Lullwater Road in Druid Hills, and attended grade and high school at Druid Hills School.

Prior to service in the Navy during World War II, Tom attended Davidson College. Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended Emory University School of Dentistry, graduating in 1951.

He pursued graduate studies at The Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and performed his residence at Grady Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Atlanta. He entered private practice with his father, Dr. Thomas Conner, Sr., in 1954 and retired in 1989.

Tom was a member of the local, state, and American Dental Societies, The American Society of Oral Surgeons, The American Board of Oral Surgeons, and the Southeaster Society of Oral Surgeons, where he served as president in 1987.

He was a life member of the Capital City Club, the Homosassa Fishing Club, the Peachtree Rod and Gun Club, and past member of The Old Timers – Atlanta Rotary Club.

Tom was predeceased by his parents, Miriam Sneed Conner and Thomas Conner, Sr., his son, Owen Bowden Conner, his wife, Margaret Bowden Conner, and his sister, Ruth Conner Fristoe.

He is survived by his son, Thomas Conner III and daughter-in-law Nancy Vileno Conner, and his sister Miriam Conner Jones, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Northside United Methodist Church, Dr. Gil Watson presiding, with burial following at Westview Cemetery. The family will receive guests prior to the service.

Donations may be made to the Lamar Q. Ball Raptor Center, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30498 or to Northside United Methodist Church, 2799 Northside Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

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