J. Bruce Abele ’74

J. Bruce Abele, M.D., 67, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Dubuque, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019, at T. Boone Pickens Palliative Care Center in Dallas. 

A memorial service will be held Friday, September 13, 2019, at 4p.m. at the Reflection Chapel at the Pickens Palliative Care Center. Burial will be at a later date in Boonville, Mo. 

He was born July 3, 1952, in New Haven, Conn., son of William A. Abele, M.D., and Joyce Abele. Dr. Abele grew up in Boonville and was a 1974 graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina.

Bruce and Marta Jane Iven were joined in marriage on July 3, 1976, in Enid, Okla. Dr. Abele earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1984 and served his residency at Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbia from 1984 until 1987.

Like his father, Bruce specialized in internal medicine, and upon completing his training he continued the Boonville practice of his retiring father. In 1989, Bruce and his family relocated to Dubuque, where he joined Medical Associates Clinic, until his retirement in February 2016. 

Over the years of dedicated professional service, countless patients received highly skilled and compassionate care from Dr. Bruce Abele. Consistent with his commitment to the field of medicine, Bruce elected to participate in the UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Willed Body Program for medical education and research in Dallas. 

Dr. Abele is survived by Marta J. Abele, Ph.D., his loving wife of 43 years; his devoted children, son Adam, and daughter, Elizabeth (Will Swan); and his adored granddaughters, Lucy Jane Swan, and Emma Kate Swan, of Dallas. His family was Bruce’s proudest accomplishment.

Also, surviving are brothers, Douglas Abele, of Boonville, Christopher Abele, of Kansas City, and Andrew Abele, of St. Louis; sister-in-law, Suzanne Shearer; and brother-in-law, Patrick Iven, both of Dallas. Bruce also immeasurably enhanced the lives of his extended families, a close contingent of fellow Davison alums, his medical colleagues and other dear friends. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to the American Red Cross, to the Medical Associates Clinic Foundation or to the University of Dubuque.

 Copyright (c) 2019 Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA)

Kenneth Haller Jones ’73

Kenneth Haller Jones '73

Kenneth Haller Jones, died August 28, 2019, succumbing to his fourth bout with cancer. He was predeceased by his father, Jean Jones, and mother, Frances Haller Jones.

He is survived by his brother, Steven R. Jones (Jan, Tim, Danny, Beatrice) and his sisters, Susan J. Dobson (Jim, Sarah, Jean, Susannah), Barbara D. Jones (Martin Konowitch, Sam, Jake, David) and Margaret J. Czarsty (Craig, Mary, Beth, Isabel, Lucas).

He is also survived by incredible friends, especially Michael, Karen, Sharon, Cindy, Frances, Mary Ballou and Pearlie.

He is also survived by his brother, Troy Hendrickson (Shelly, Tori, Josh). Troy was a major part of his life since they were matched in 1992 through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Ken was born in Washington, D.C. on August 21, 1951. He went to Ginter Park Elementary and graduated from James Caldwell High School (West Caldwell, N.J.) and Davidson College.

At Davidson, he was a varsity letterman on the 1970 and 1971 Southern Conference Champion Soccer teams. He had leading roles in seven major dramatic productions and was a member of Alpha Psi Omega (national honorary dramatic society) beginning in his sophomore year.

He was a Freshman Hall Counselor and was Entertainment Chairman of the student body his junior year. Ken had the highest math GRE score of his senior class and majored in economics. He spent half of his senior year in the Planning Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, as the first Davidson student in a program that awarded course credits for paid work experience.

After graduation, he worked as an analyst in the Planning Department at the Federal Reserve in Richmond. Ken then worked for Best Products Company, Inc. in Corporate Development and later became a Director of Merchandising.

A major interest in his life was writing fiction. Although he never achieved financial success or acclaim for his fiction, he was a six-time Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

In 1995, he co-founded The Tax Complex, LC with Cindy Greer and Frances Goldman. They added Jim Short as a partner in 2007. The partnership flourished and continues to do so today. Ken was a Big Brother twice, to Troy and to Jonte. He was a board member and officer of local charitable organizations.

These include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Richmond (Chair, President, V.P. and Treasurer), J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation (Treasurer), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Treasurer), City of Richmond Public Library Foundation (Treasurer), Commonwealth Community Foundation (Treasurer) and Boulevard United Methodist Church (Treasurer).

He also volunteered with Shalom Farms of the United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond, the Richmond Arts Council and Business Volunteers for the Arts.

He would be pleased to be remembered with a donation to the Kenneth Haller Jones Endowed Scholarship at the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Foundation (P.O. Box 26924, Richmond, Va. 23286) or the Kenneth Haller Jones Endowment Fund at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (154 San Angelo Drive, Amherst, Virginia 24521).

Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

That which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. (Tennyson) 

 © Copyright 2019, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VA

William League Spencer ’70

William League Spencer, age 71, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, August 24, 2019, at his home in Raleigh. Bill was born August 8, 1948, in Jackson, Mississippi to Dr. James L. and Frances League Spencer.

He graduated from high school in Charleston, SC in 1966 and from Davidson College in 1970. After 5 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, Bill earned a master’s degree in public policy at Ole Miss, and worked with the PEER committee of the MS legislature until he moved to CA to attend the RAND Graduate School.

After earning a second master’s degree there, he accepted a position with the North Carolina Department of Revenue in 1997 where he remained until his retirement in 2012.

Bill enjoyed family, reading, enthusiastically following his favorite college sports teams, and playing competitive trivia with a group of Raleigh area friends.

Bill is survived by his brother Jim Spencer of Brevard, NC, sister Ellen Johnson of Pickens County, SC, their spouses, numerous nieces and nephews, and by his aunt Elizabeth Spencer Rusher of Chapel Hill, NC.

A memorial service will be held at the Carlton Gray Funeral Home in Raleigh at 12:00 noon Saturday, September 7, 2019. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 11:30.

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Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr. ’71

Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr. '71

Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr., age 69, a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019. He lived life to the fullest and will be dearly missed. 

Born October 11, 1949, he was a son of the late Adam Benjamin Robinson and Elizabeth Fox Robinson. He was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1967 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1971. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1973. 

Adam was the fourth generation of his family to be involved in funeral service in Pine Bluff and the surrounding area. He was the President of Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc., President of Cooperative Life Insurance Company, and Secretary-Treasurer of Robinson & Fuller, Inc. 

Always interested in improving funeral service, he continuously sought ways to better serve families and help them honor their loved ones. Adam also further helped funeral service by serving in leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. He was a president and member of both the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association.

He was proud to have the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and as president of the organization in 2012-2013. 

Adam was a generous, thoughtful, and charismatic man who could command a room and bring joy to any community. He also never met a stranger and cared deeply for people with his gentle, giving nature and spirit, finding his greatest joys in being present for others. 

He was a member of the board of directors of Simmons Bank from 1995 until present, with positions on the Simmons Bank Director Credit Committee and the Senior Credit Committee. Adam loved contributing to Simmons’ credit culture and service to communities. 

Always active in efforts improve the quality of life in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, he served in numerous organizations, including a past president of Fifty for the Future, Inc.; a past member of the board of directors for the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce; a past member of the board of directors; and a past member and president of the Pine Bluff Civic Auditorium Complex Commission.

Adam was also a past member and chairman of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Development Council and a longtime member of the Pine Bluff Downtown Rotary Club. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a past-president and member of the board of directors of the Pine Bluff Country Club. 

A tireless and enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Pine Bluff, Adam was the co-chairman of the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Endowment Building Campaign in 1993 and oversaw the fundraising and construction of the Center’s permanent home. He was a past president in 1987 of the Arts Center board and also appeared in numerous roles in the Arts Center’s theatrical and musical productions. 

Though Adam was reluctant to take credit and quick to give it, his awards included 2006 Small Business Person of the Year from the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce; the 2002 Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Volunteer of the year; the Arts and Science Center Catherine Bellamy Award in 2013; the 1993 Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year, presented by Morticians of the Southwest; and the Special Impact Award for 1991 All Civic Night presented by the Chamber of Commerce. 

Adam’s survivors include his wife, Anne Seawell Robinson, whom he married on March 30, 1974 in St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City; two sons, Adam Scott Robinson of Pine Bluff and William Seawell Robinson and his wife, Dr. Christina Kilby of Crozet, Virginia; his two beloved granddaughters, Beverly Anne Robinson and Clementine Kilby Robinson; a brother, Spencer Fox Robinson and his wife, Debbie of Pine Bluff; and a sister, Dr. Margaret Robinson Rutherford and her husband, Dick of Fayetteville. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. John Landis and Reverend Gordon Topping officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son. 

Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Robinson’s. 

Memorials may be made in Adam’s honor to the Arts and Science Center Endowment Fund, 701 S. Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601; or to Hospice Angels, 3801 S. Camden Road, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. 

Online condolences may be made at RalphRobinsonandSon.com

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Patricia Ann Morris Harris ’77

Patricia Ann Morris Harris, 64, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Edward M. Harris of Perkasie, PA, her daughter Patty Harris Dawson and son-in-law David Dawson of Quakertown, PA, and her son Mac William Harris of New York City, NY.

She is also survived by her parents Mac Glenn and Janelle Connevey Morris of Princeton, NJ, her brother Robert Steven Morris of Cleveland, OH, her sister Janelle Morris Thibau and brotherin-law Eric Thibau of Potomac, MD, and her brother John Logan Morris and sister-in-law Susan Teare Morris of Princeton, NJ, along with many loving nieces and nephews. 


Patricia, known to her family and friends as Pat, grew up on Clearbrook Farm in Princeton, NJ and attended the Princeton public schools. She graduated in 1973 from Princeton High School and attended Davidson College in Davidson, NC, matriculating in the first co-ed class. She founded the Davidson Women’s Chorale Group and was lead singer in several campus musicals. She graduated in 1977 with a B.A. in Music. 


Patricia was an advertising sales associate at the Norfolk Ledger Star newspaper and worked in a nursing home in Norfolk, VA, before joining the team responsible for the opening of the Princeton Campus of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith, Inc. on Scudders Mill Road. She enjoyed a long career at Merrill Lynch, and later Bank of America, in Human Resources where she focused on Manager Training. She later joined the staff of Thompson Toyota in Doylestown, PA where she made many wonderful friends and colleagues on that exceptional team. 

Countless family members, friends, and the community have heard Pat playing piano and guitar and singing over the years with her family. Aside from her career, she was a dedicated wife to Ed and a wonderful mother to Patty and Mackey. A highlight of her life was the recent wedding of her daughter Patty to David Dawson outdoors at a beautiful farm. At that wedding, her son Mackey, a songwriter in his spare time, assembled his friends and launched the “Silo Boys” as a band unmatched in its talent. Pat was proud to be anointed their Number One fan.

In addition to her love of family and music, Pat was famous for her baking and canning, and her homemade chocolate chip cookies and coffee cake were relished by all. She loved her collies, musicals, horseback rides, and singing duets with her sister Janie. She loved to drive out West with a car full of cousins on annual family trips. Pat is known to be the fountain of kindness that has fed a very large extended family and will continue to serve as an inspiration of giving to family, her church, and the community at large. Pat will always be remembered for the music that brought joy to everyone around her, and which will forever be celebrated by those who knew and loved her. 

Pat grew up in the Nassau Presbyterian Church of Princeton, NJ and was a member of the congregation of Deep Run Presbyterian Church of Perkasie, PA.

Services will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at twelve o’clock noon at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ. 


The family wishes to thank the kind and loving staff at The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and her doctors and nurses who cared for Pat as if she was one of their own. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in her name to Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.