Shirley “Red” Wilson ’50

Shirley "Red" Wilson '50

Shirley Schaub “Red” Wilson, 95, passed peacefully on Friday, January 8, 2021, at Hospice Home of Burlington after a long fight with metastatic melanoma.

The only son of John Lee and Georgia Keiger Wilson, Red was born at home in Intelligence, NC, near Madison on September 26, 1925.

Red loved sports as a child, especially baseball. He was lucky enough to own a mitt, a glove, a couple of bats, and several baseballs. The little rural community boys congregated at Red’s house to play the game, perhaps foreshadowing his competitive athletics future. At Madison High School, Red was a three-sport athlete, playing football on a brick-hard dirt field in the fall, basketball in the winter, and baseball on that same dirt field in the spring.

In addition to his athletic talents, Red was an excellent student who aspired to become a physician just like four of his uncles. He briefly attended Wingate College as the War broke out and then decided to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall of 1941. Red started as a freshman for the Tar Heels on the war-depleted team. Just three months later, he enlisted in the Navy and drew Corpsman duty, a fitting role for an aspiring future doctor.

Red received his honorable discharge in June 1946 as a Pharmacist’s Mate, Second Class, and immediately sought to take advantage of the GI Bill. He headed straight back to Chapel Hill to play for Snavely, but quickly realized it might be tough to earn a spot since over 300 gridders were trying to make the team.

Red ended up enrolling at Davidson College, where he could play two sports while also pursuing an education that would lead him into medicine. As a Davidson student, he played three years of football and four of baseball. He spent his final year coaching the freshman football team as his football eligibility had expired. All it took was coaching one football season to persuade Red that his calling was to be a coach, and the rest was history.

While at Davidson, Red met Katie Francis in 1947. They married the next year on January 17, 1948, and became inseparable for life. Together he and Katie raised three children, all of whom he was immensely proud.

He was lucky enough to coach their oldest, John, and help him earn a football scholarship to NC State. He was elated to watch his daughter, Cathy, follow in his footsteps and pursue a career in teaching and mentoring young people. And finally, he was proud to see his youngest, Steve, earn his Eagle Scout and later work with him as the Duke football team’s head manager. In their own way, each of his children followed in Red’s footsteps, which was a testament to his inspiring and motivating nature.

Red’s official coaching career began in Selma, NC, where he taught and coached at the local high school. He accomplished two consecutive winning seasons for the school, which were the first wins the school had seen in a while. It quickly became apparent that Red knew how to win as a coach.

One season, after his Reynolds Black Demon team was handily whipped in their opening game by several touchdowns, he exhorted to his players in a dead silent locker room after the game, “We shall lose no more!” And they then won 11 straight games and the state title. He compiled an impressive resume including a women’s basketball regional championship in Henderson, NC; football conference championships in Selma, NC, Henderson, NC, and South Norfolk, VA; two state championships, two runners-up champions, and two playoff berths at Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, NC; and another runner-up championship at Fayetteville Senior High.

His successes did not stop with football —Red also produced many successful swimming teams and golf teams at Reynolds. One of the highlights of his high school coaching days was his last high school game, the NC-SC Shrine bowl in 1966, when his team scored 35 points in the second half to win the game. The feat remains a Shrine Bowl record for the most points ever scored in a single half.

A lifelong learner, Red returned to UNC-Chapel Hill to earn his Master’s in Education and a principal’s certificate. He later did post-graduate work on an RJ Reynolds Tobacco Fellowship in psychology at the University of Colorado. His unwavering Christian faith kept Red grounded throughout his professional and academic careers. Red served as an elder at three churches and attended services if he was physically able. Whether Red was in school, on the field, or at home, he truly lived the Golden Rule every day.

Red transitioned to coaching at the collegiate level in January 1967 when he became Head Coach and Athletic Director at Elon College. Red expanded all intercollegiate sports at Elon from women’s sports to the addition of track and field and wrestling. He became the winningest football coach in Elon history over his ten-year tenure, garnishing many accolades. He went on to join the Duke Blue Devils in 1977 as head recruiter, quarterback and JV team coach. His JV team won all their games that first year.

Within two years, Red took over as the Blue Devils’ head coach. While at Duke, he was able to turn the team around and went on to earn back-to-back winning seasons during his last two years. That final season was book-ended with memorable wins over ranked opponents, Tennessee to start and UNC at season’s end.

Duke’s President, Terry Sanford, offered Red a position at Duke Medical Center. There Red enjoyed an outstanding career in patient relations and fund-raising. Red made such an impact throughout his time at the Medical Center that the University named the Human Performance Laboratory at the Duke Center for Living after him upon his retirement. This gesture was a final tribute to Red for his years of service and helping others.

Although Red achieved great success as a coach and teacher, he was always more than that; he was the ultimate motivator who encouraged everyone to reach beyond their dreams. Whether he was ‘coaching’ an athletic team, a medical team, or even his own family, his message was the same: always stay positive and do not let failures define you. Red’s motivation, hard work, faith, and a fierce belief in the untapped abilities of others made it easy to love and look up to him.

Red’s optimistic spirit and winning attitude were gifts to everyone who had the honor of knowing him and led him to many accolades. He was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame, the Davidson College Sports Hall of Fame, the Elon College Sports Hall of Fame, and the RJ Reynolds High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Red received the Alamance County Sports Development Council Distinguished Service Award, the Johnny Vaught Head Coach Award of the All-American Football Foundation, and the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Bill Dooley Chapter Award for Outstanding Contribution to Football.

Red served on the NC Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health. He was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the NC Football Coaches Association, the Order of the Longleaf Pine by former NC Governor Jim Hunt, and the Elon College Medallion.

Red’s greatest accomplishment, though, was his family – his beloved wife, Katie, of nearly 73 years; his three children; 6 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. When Katie died, he yearned to reunite with her to complete life’s great circle.

In addition to his parents and wife Katie, Red was predeceased by his sister, Beverly Wilson Robertson, and his nephew, Richard Robertson, MD. Surviving are his children: John Wilson (Deborah), Vass, NC; Cathy Wilson Koontz (Craig), Lexington, NC; Steve Wilson (Laura), Richmond, VA; grandchildren: Whitney Wilson-Botts, Erin Wilson, Catherine Koontz Rogers, MD (John), Wilson Koontz, Taylor Wilson (Rainey), and Carolyn Wilson; great-granddaughter, Ainsley Botts; niece, Martha Robertson Martin (Wallace) and four grandnieces/nephews.

The family invites friends to Rich and Thompson Funeral Home, Burlington, NC, on January 16, 2021, 11:00 am to noon to pay respects and a graveside ceremony at Magnolia Cemetery Elon, NC, at 1 pm. A celebration of Red and Katie’s lives will be held later after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Red Wilson Athletic Scholarship, Office of University Advancement, Elon University, Campus Box 2600, Elon, NC 27244, or First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 508 W. Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215. Condolences may be left at

Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Jan. 13, 2021.

George William “Bill” Lazenby III ’57

George William "Bill"  Lazenby III '57

George William ” Bill” Lazenby III, M.D. passed away peacefully on December 30, 2020, in Clearwater, FL. He was born in Bluefield, WV, on October 18, 1934. Dr. Lazenby graduated from Davidson College in 1957 and from Duke Medical School in 1961.

He began his military service with the United States Army in 1961 and completed an internship at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1962, after which he completed training at the U.S. Naval School of Aerospace Medicine in 1963.

As a flight surgeon Dr. Lazenby took care of service members and their families and also flew both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Dr. Lazenby was awarded the Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal for the meritorious service and valor he displayed during missions he flew while stationed in Verona, Italy, from 1963 until his honorable discharge in 1966.

After his military service Dr. Lazenby completed a residency and fellowship in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. He practiced briefly in Boston, MA, and subsequently moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida. Dr. Lazenby practiced ophthalmology in Florida for over 40 years. He had staff privileges at several institutions including Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, where he served as Chief of Staff from 1980-1981 and 1984-1985, and Morton Plant Hospital, where he served as Chief of Ophthalmology from 1989-1990.

Dr. Lazenby continued to attend staff meetings at Morton Plant Hospital even after his retirement from the active practice of medicine. Dr. Lazenby and his wife, Ellen, were married on February 11, 1972. Together they raised two children, Soosie L. Lazenby and George William “Will” Lazenby IV.

Dr. Lazenby was a beloved physician and respected member of the community. His patients, staff, friends, and family held him in the highest regard and considered him a true southern gentleman with a heart of gold.

In his younger years Dr. Lazenby was an avid snow skier and loved to play golf.

He was an incredible husband and father and set a sterling example for his children of kindness and selflessness. He is and will be terribly missed.

Dr. Lazenby will be laid to rest during a private ceremony at Sylvan Abbey in Clearwater, FL.

In addition to his loving wife and children, he is also survived by his son-in-law, George William Spowart.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made in Dr. Lazenby’s honor to the Morton Plant Mease Foundation or Southeastern Guide Dogs. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home

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David Long ’59

Of the many adjectives used to describe him, David Edwin Long was perhaps most proud of being labeled irascible and irreverent. Independent and with a strong moral sense, he spent his life ignoring social convention and doing what he considered to be right.

After 83 years, that life ended as he passed away peacefully at his home in Lake Ridge, Virginia on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, surrounded by his family.

David was born on November 21, 1937 in Washington, Georgia, and grew up as the younger son of a Presbyterian minister. At one point he described himself as a Professional Student, earning a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in North Carolina, a master’s from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, another master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, and a PhD from the George Washington University in Washington DC.

He married Barbara Ellen Baggett on December 28, 1962, and immediately whisked her away to the Middle East to begin a long career as a Foreign Service Officer and then civil servant at the State Department.

Moving to Washington DC around 1970, he became one of the country’s leading experts on Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. His honest and direct assessments did not always endear him to management, but he was widely respected.

He authored and co-authored over a dozen books, including one of the most widely used textbooks on the Middle East. He became a recognized expert on international terrorism, serving as Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism during the late 1980s.

He loved teaching, and taught at several universities including Johns Hopkins, American University, the University of Pennsylvania, the US Coast Guard Academy (where for a while he was acting chair of the Humanities Department), and Georgetown (where he was the first Executive Director of the newly formed Center for Contemporary Arab Studies).

And he never lost his love of travel: from trekking through the deserts of Sudan, to diving off the coast of Saudi Arabia, to traveling though all 50 states in the US, he loved experiencing new places and connecting with people from all walks of life.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; his three sons Gordon (Elizabeth Metzler), Geoffrey (Sarah Kahn), and Andrew; and four grandchildren: Rachel, David, Stephanie, and Caroline, who knew him as a loving and attentive grandfather, always quick with a story no matter how often his listeners may have heard it before.

His belief in choosing one’s own path and striving for self-fulfillment provides deep inspiration for his children and grandchildren, and they will always remember him.

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Thomas P. R. Rivers ’57

Thomas P. R. Rivers '57

Thomas Pinckney Rutledge Rivers, M.D., 86, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Mary West Rivers, entered into eternal rest Monday, November 30, 2020.

His funeral service will be held graveside Friday, December 4, 2020 in Magnolia Cemetery, 70 Cunnington Avenue at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

Tommy was born July 23, 1934, in Charleston, South Carolina, son of the late George Lamb Buist Rivers and Ethel Rutledge Rivers. He graduated from Episcopal High School and graduated from Davidson College, where he served in the Army ROTC and was a Southern Conference champion swimmer.

In 1961, he graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina. Prior to beginning his OB/GYN career, he fulfilled his Army obligation as a physician at Fort Jackson. Beginning in 1968, he became one of Charleston’s most prominent OB/GYN’s, delivering more than 7000 babies over the course of 40 years.

He also served as the Chairman of the OB/GYN Department of Bon Secours St. Francis. Tommy was a member of St. Andrews Church of Mt. Pleasant, where he served as a member of the vestry.

He was a member of the Middleton Hunt Club, a charter member of the Bachelor’s Society of Charleston, a member of the Carolina Yacht Club and a founding member of The Sportsmen. He was a senior member of the St. Andrews Society of Charleston and was a member of the St. Cecilia Society.

Anyone who knew Tommy knew his contagious passion for birds, wildlife, wildflowers and shrimping in the creeks. Known as an amateur ornithologist, he helped to rediscover the Bachman’s warbler in South Carolina.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary of Charleston, SC; seven children: Elizabeth Rivers Meadows (Glenn), Frances Rivers Slay (Brian), Elise Rivers Kennedy (Sean), Thomas Pinckney Rutledge Rivers, Jr. (Lisa), Caroline Pinckney “Cacky” Rivers (Angelo), William Thomas Rivers (Charlotte) and Ellen Rutledge Rivers (Taylor); twelve grandchildren: Charles Heath Heyl IV, Anne Heyl Kody, Eliza Turner Heyl, Alston Rivers Slay, Richard Andrew Slay, Kyle William Kennedy, Madeleine Elise Kennedy, Charlotte Elizabeth Lazarus, Moultrie Rutledge Rivers Williams, Caroline Pinckney Williams, William Alexander Rivers and Abigail West Rivers; sister-in-law, Carroll W. Rivers; three great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, George Lamb Buist Rivers, Jr.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Church of Mount Pleasant, 440 Whilden Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 or The Center for Birds of Prey – Avian Conservation Center, 4719 North Hwy 17, Awendaw, SC 29429.

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W. Robert “Bob” Boland ’59

W. Robert “Bob” Boland who died on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, in Albuquerque, NM was born September 11, 1937, to Willard Roy Boland and Mary Pauline Mitchell Boland, in Winter Haven, Florida.

He earned his B.S. at Davidson College in North Carolina. His professional life was especially interesting. After graduating from Davidson, he was employed at NASA in Hampton, Virginia, where he met his wife of 60 years, Beryl Ann Pope.

While with NASA, he was a member of the 3-person team which proved the feasibility of the mission to the moon. Leaving NASA for graduate study, he earned his M.S. at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and his Ph.D at the University in Philadelphia, PA and then at Clemson University in South Carolina, a joy and a challenge.

In 1981 he was recruited to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory of the University of California in New Mexico. Research, mathematical libraries, and computer consulting were all fantastic experiences while at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

His last major scientific project was to run the only true 3D calculation of a simulated nuclear explosion in the DOE ASCI program. He generated enough data to fill the Library of Congress 17 times and that is why his nickname was “Dr. Terabyte”.

After retiring from LANL, he enjoyed the gypsy lifestyle, living and traveling in an RV with his best friend, Ann for eleven years. The first year they drove from Florida to Cabo San Lucan, Mexico, for Fairbanks, Alaska (and flew to Barrow), and then back to central Florida for the winter. Ultimately they traveled to all but one of the 50 states.

He beat the “Big C’ but was not able to overcome Alzheimer’s. He spent the last five years of his life being well cared for at The Woodmark at Uptown in Albuquerque. A faithful life-long Methodist, Bob served his church in many capacities. He also supported Los Alamos Swim Team and New Mexico Swimming.

Bob leaves behind his wife, Ann; his two sons, Eric and Kevin; and three grandchildren, Ryan Richard Scarberry, Patrick Ryan Boland and Riley Ann Boland; his sister, Janice Boland Smallwood Smith and her husband Robert; and his brother, Charles Arthur Boland and his wife Joanne; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

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