Richard “Dick” N. James ’57 died July 28 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Montour County, Pa., to Dr. Alfred E. and Esther R. James. His early career included serving as a research chemist at Riegel’s Research Laboratory, where he was awarded several patents, one of which sold to General Motors. The major portion of his career was spent as a senior chemist with Monsanto Co. in Greenwood, S.C., and also in Decatur, where he was presented with the Monsanto Achievement Award for designing and implementing a robotic testing system for the quality control laboratories. Dick was a graduate of Davidson with a B.S. degree in chemistry. He also completed graduate studies at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Ga., and The Polytechnical Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. Following his retirement, he was a member of the adjunct faculty of Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood. Dick was a member of the American Chemical Society and recognized as one of the distinguished chemists in America. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greenwood. Surviving are his wife, Sandra N. James, 101 Wexford Place, Greenwood, SC 29649; his mother; and a brother, David R. James (Kristin). Also surviving are three children, Christopher N. James (Rebekah), Candace James Cummings, and Dr. Karen James Cubelli; and five precious grandchildren, Ryley Breeding and his father, Brad Breeding, Alexander and Abigail Cummings, and Juliana and Carmine Cubelli. He was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather, and a special friend to all who knew him.
James Douglas Daniels ’57, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died June 10, 2007, in Columbia, S.C. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Army 1958–60. He was a faculty member and coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. After earning his Ph.D. degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he taught history at Valdosta State College in Georgia and served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 1970–80. He served as president and professor of history at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., from January 1981 until his retirement in June 2002, at which time he received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor. He was a member of the Southern Historical Association, Sigma Chi fraternity, and Omicron Delta Kappa. He is listed in the Directory of American Scholars and was a frequent public speaker in historical, athletic and higher education areas. He was past president of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Hartsville Rotary Club, member of NationsBank Advisory Board (Bank of America), and the Pee Dee Heritage Board. He served the Presbyterian Church as a Sunday school teacher, a deacon, and an elder. He also served on numerous presbytery committees and as a Commissioner in 1991 to the 203rd Presbyterian General Assembly. He is survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Marie B. Daniels, 206 Persimmon Fork Rd., Blythewood, S.C. 29016-8308; sons, Christopher James Daniels ’82 and his wife, Teri, of Columbia, S.C., and Gregory John Daniels of Athens, Ga.; daughter, Susan Daniels Henderson ’91 and her husband, Kyle, of Cheraw, S.C.; five grandchildren, Christopher, Justin, and Alexander Daniels of Columbia, and Catherine and John Henderson of Cheraw; and sister, Pat McJunkin, and her sons, Jim and John McJunkin, of Statesville, N.C.
The Rev. Royal E. Walther, Jr. ’57 ended his eight year fight with cancer on September 21, 2006, in Fremont. He attended Davidson in 1955-57 and graduated from Mount Harvey College and the Evangelical Lutheran Seminary. He started missions in ChurchFremont, for twenty-three years. After forty years as a Lutheran pastor, he continued to serve interim ministries for four more years. He was also on the Fremont Board of Education, Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, Lutheran Social Services Synod Board, and local LSS board. Survivors include his wife of forty-seven years, Virginia P. “Penny” Walther, 825 Michaels Rd., Fremont, Ohio 43420; sons Tim and Mark; and six grandchildren.
Huger Sinkler King, Jr. ’57 died May 13, 2006. He served in the Navy as an executive officer on the USS Portunas and the USS Yamacraw. In 1963 he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill Law School and later returned to Greensboro to practice law. Having retired from his law practice in Greensboro, he married and started a new chapter in his life with a new family. In 2001 Huger and Josie moved permanently to Wilmington. Huger is survived by his loving wife of twenty years, Josephine Gregory Robson King, 514 Santa Maria Ave., Wilmington, N.C. 28411-7642; his children, Anna King Dollar and her husband, Bob of Concord, Elizabeth King Burns and her husband, Derek of Hillsborough, Greg Robson and his wife, Lisa of Atlanta, Ga, Laura Robson Voigt and her husband, Phil of Dallas, Texas, Chris Robson of Greensboro, Page Robson ’92 of Wilmington, Lisa Robson of Greensboro; seven grandchildren; his siblings, Richie King ’59 and his wife, Patty of Davidson, N.C., Rinda King de Beck of Greensboro, and Michael King and his wife, Susan of Mt. Airy. Also surviving him are: his uncle, Carl Carlson, Jr. ’37, his wife, Anne of Greensboro; his aunt, Laurinda Carlson Schenck of Yeaman’s Hall, SC; four beloved nieces and three nephews who brought him great joy; and his mother-in-law, Frances Manheim Ferguson of the home.