Kenneth Gerard “Gerry” Bello ’73

Kenneth Gerard “Gerry” Bello ’73 died peacefully at home while engaged in one of his favorite pasttimes, watching sports on television. He was born at Rex Hospital on July 8, 1951, to Jacqueline Hutzler Bello and Harold Lou Bello, and was named for the Duke basketball coach Gerry Gerard.

Gerry attended kindergarten at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, then went to J. Y. Joyner, Daniels Junior High, and Needham B. Broughton High School. During this time, he played Little League ball, was active in track and field, participated in Boys State, served as president of the Honor Society, and took part in his debate team. During holidays and summers, he worked at Boylan & Pearce.

Following high school, he attended Davidson College, graduating in 1973. He then enlisted in the Peace Corps and was in the group held hostage in Uganda by Idi Amin. He went on to serve in Zaire. Returning to Raleigh, he earned his Master’s at NC State. Following graduation, he worked for the State of North Carolina in the Health Department. He then took time off and traveled throughout the United States, visiting many of our national parks.

Returning to North Carolina, he decided to focus on waste-water management, working in Durham, Wilmington, Monroe, and Henderson. Like his sister, Susan, he developed lymphoma, though he worked full-time in Henderson despite his medical treatments. He retired in 2012 and shared his love of life with his family and friends. Also like his sister, he enjoyed a meaningful, enjoyable last weekend and showed no signs of imminent death.

Gerry loved his God, the Bible, his far-flung family and myriad friends, especially his buds from Broughton, Davidson, and State. He will be remembered by his family for his infectious laugh, warm personality, constant thoughtfulness in recalling everyone’s name and every milestone celebration of others, and his deep, abiding Christian faith.

He was predeceased by his father, Lou Bello; his stepfather, Robert N. Harper; and his sister, Susan Bello.

His survivors include his mother, Jackie Harper; his older brother and his wife, Tom and Judy Bello of McLean, Virginia; his stepbrother, Dr. Robert Harper of Raleigh; and two stepsisters, Billie Bellamy Harper Buie and her husband, Dr. Stephen Buie, of Asheville, and Nellie Sue Harper Potter and her husband, Steven Potter, of Toronto, Canada. In addition, he is survived by his nieces and nephews: Yeats and Justine Bello and their son Julian of Washington, DC; Pierce and Alyssa Bello of Falls Church, Virginia; Jackie Bello of McLean, Virginia; Jonathan and Madeline Harper of Brooklyn, New York; Lauren Harper of Durham, North Carolina; and Sarah, Hannah and Grace Buie.

In lieu of flowers (to which he was allergic), please offer any contribution in memory and celebration of his life to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or other charity of your choice.

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Thomas Lewis Lane ’73

Thomas Lewis Lane ’73, 59, of Riegelwood, N.C., went home to be with his Lord, his dad, sons, and other loved ones on March 17, 2011. Lane was born Nov. 25, 1951, in Whiteville, N.C., the son of Virginia L. Lane and the late Neal A. Lane. In addition to his mother, Lane is survived by his wife, Judy Marsh Lane, 15058 Old Lake Rd., Riegelwood, NC 28456; sons, Sean (Amanda) and Kevin Lane; and daughters, Caitlin Lane, Bryce Marsh (Lindsey), and Terri Marsh Rixon (Pete). He was preceded in death by sons, Jason and Adam Lane, and their mother, Linda Lane. Left to cherish his memory are three brothers, Roy Lane (Diane), Jeff Lane (Becky), and Jon Lane (Allison), and four sisters, Neala Hardie (Roger), Nancy Lane, Susie Smith (Gary), and Janice Dayton (Ron). He had two aunts, Martha Reinert and Georgia Morgan, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Lane was raised in rural Columbus County, and from his childhood had a great love of the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and had a tremendous appreciation for the beauty in God’s world. He was an extraordinarily intelligent and capable man, and was known as someone who could fix anything, build anything, and do anything. Lane served as a deacon in Riegelwood Baptist Church and taught Sunday school there. He worked for most of his life at the Leland Dupont plant, where he was loved and respected by his fellow workers. He was a devoted father, a loving husband, an unfailing brother, and a compassionate friend. He could always be counted on for a kind word and a helping hand, and asked little for himself. He was quick with a smile, and kept a harmonica in his pocket to add a bit of cheer to any moment.


Robert Allen Wright ’73

Robert Allen Wright ’73 passed away Aug. 14 at his residence in Atlanta, Ga. Wright was born Nov. 7, 1951, in Wilmington, N.C. He grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Davidson, where he was involved in theatre, which was his passion and his career. His brother, Russ, recalled that Wright’s interest in the stage began at an early age, with the plays he’d stage in the basement of their parents’ home. After college Wright worked with many productions for the Alliance Theatre and many other venues both locally and internationally. Most recently, he was stage manager for a number of productions for Marietta’s Theatre in the Square, where he shared many good times working with management, staff, and performers. Wright was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Vernon Wright and Catherine Weaver Wright. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, C. Russell Wright and Whit Perrin Wright, 2129 Grandview Rd., Jasper, GA 30143-3313. He also leaves many dear friends and colleagues for whom he cared deeply.


Marianna “Missy” Boaz Woodward ’73

Marianna “Missy” Boaz Woodward ’73 passed away unexpectedly on July 25 in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is remembered and mourned by countless family and friends in Alaska and on both coasts of the United States. Born in Charlottesville, Va., on Jan. 27, 1951, Woodward grew up on her family’s apple farm south of town in Covesville. She attended Agnes Scott College in Atlanta one year before transferring to Davidson. When she graduated with honors in 1973, she was the first female graduate in the school’s history. She and her husband, Kes, who graduated with her from Davidson the same year, were married in 1971. The couple moved to Alaska in 1977, living in Juneau and Anchorage before moving to Fairbanks in 1981. An art major at Davidson and fulltime studio potter during her first few years in Alaska, Woodward decided to become a doctor and completed three years of undergraduate science courses in Juneau and Fairbanks before entering the WAMI medical program. She received her medical doctor’s degree from the University of Washington in 1987 and completed her pediatric residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H., in 1991. Woodward joined Tanana Valley Clinic in 1991, and in addition to seeing pediatric patients, served as the clinic’s president and for several years as its first medical director. She was practicing with the remarkable staff of TVC and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital at the time of her death. Woodward was preceded in death by her father, Emmett Daniel Boaz, Jr.; her mother, Marianna Wilson Boaz; and her sister, Ada Cornelia Boaz. She is survived by her husband, Kesler Woodward ’73, P.O. Box 70892, Fairbanks, AK 99707-0892; son, Eli Woodward (Becca Lang); brothers, Emmett Daniel Boaz III and Wilson Ashby Boaz; sister, Emily Katherine Kroehler; treasured nieces and nephews; and her husband’s family in South Carolina.



Thomas E. Stewart ’73

Thomas E. Stewart ’73, of Palatine, Ill., passed away Oct. 7. He was the beloved husband of Norma Stewart, 592 W. Parkside Dr., Palatine, IL 60067-9027; loving father of Thomas “T” (Olivia), Tracy (Dan), and Shawn (Cindy); proud grandfather of Ethan, Vivian, and Jake; and fond brother of John, Dean, and Grace.