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Upon retiring, Gerard Marder M.D.’52 substituted for pediatricians in Gaston County, N.C., until he was 75.

Association of State College and University Forestry research Organizations. He is survived by his wife, Jane; a daughter; a son; a brother; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Lyle L. Knudsen M.F. ’50, Ph.D. ’50 of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 17, 2014. He served in the Army Air Corps as an aviation meteorologist and cryptographic officer and remained in the Air Force reserve until 1960. He was an assistant professor at the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station before working with the Air Force in the operations analysis office at the Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado. He is survived by a daughter, a son, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson. Herman Lavier Michael Jr. ’50 of Oakland, Md., on Jan. 24, 2014. He served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific theater during World War II. After finishing his education at Duke, he worked at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. He reenlisted for the Korean War and eventually settled in Fairfax, Va., where he worked for many communications companies that required worldwide travel. He is survived by his wife, Betty Akers Michael ’46; a daughter; a son; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

president of the Greenville Hospital system and was active in numerous professional health-care organizations, including as president of the S.C. Hospital Association and chair of the Southeast Hospital Conference. He is survived by his wife, Martha; two sons; a daughter; a sister; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Robert C. Ridout B.S.E.E. ’51 of Montgomery County, Pa., on Feb. 5, 2014. He was a Navy veteran and worked as a regional electric sales manager for more than 25 years. He is survived by his wife, Pat; two sons; a daughter; a sister, Betty F. Ridout McCarthy ’47; six grandsons; and a great-granddaughter. June C. Brantley Ervin ’52 of Salisbury, N.C., on March 19, 2014. She was marketing director for the lutheran Nursing Home at Trinity Oaks for 24 years and was president of the Salisbury-rowan Choral Society. She received the Susan J. Gloeckler Memorial Award for Animal Welfare from the Humane Society of rowan County. She is survived by her husband, George; a son; a stepdaughter; a stepson; and a step-grandchild.

Martha H. Mackenzie Plowden ’50 of Phoenix, on March 4, 2014. She worked as a technical lab assistant with the Cone Mills Corp. in Greensboro. She is survived by her husband, Dick.

Gerard Marder M.D. ’52 of Burlington, N.C., on Jan. 7, 2014. He served in the Navy during World War II as an executive and commanding officer. He then returned to active military duty as a medical officer, later opening one of the first pediatric practices in Gastonia. He retired from fulltime practice in 1989 but continued to work part time at the Gaston County Health Department and substituted for pediatricians around the county until age 75. He was a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, president of the N.C. Pediatric Society and the Gaston Medical Society, and chief of staff at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Joan; two sons; a daughter; four stepchildren; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Thomas L. Craft Jr. ’51 of Greenville, N.C., on Feb. 9, 2014. He served in World War II in the European theater in intelligence and reconnaissance. After the war he became an educator, serving as a coach, teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in the Pitt County school system. He belonged to many organizations, including the rotary Club, the Mid-East Commission, the Boys & Girls Club, the Pitt Community College board of trustees, and the Chowan College board of trustees. He is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.

Joseph Reynolds ’52, J.D. ’55 of Hendersonville, N.C., on Feb. 12, 2014. As Navy judge advocate general second lieutenant, he was stationed in Japan for three years. He spent 35 years as a civil lawyer. He was involved in elections as chair of the Buncombe County Democratic Executive Committee. He was also a president of the Black Mountain Jaycees and received its Distinguished Service Award. He is survived by his wife, Jane; a son; three daughters; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

James T. Holmes J.D. ’51 of Iowa City, Iowa, on March 21, 2014. He served as a radio mechanic in the Army Air Forces before practicing law for 58 years, both alone and in partnership with his father and later his son. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three sons; a daughter; and eight grandchildren.

Mary Ann “Mac” Christian Rogers ’52 of Durham, on Jan. 11, 2014. A wedding coordinator for Montaldo’s in downtown Durham for 20 years, she retired as assistant manager. She is survived by her husband, W. Henry Rogers ’52; two children; seven grandchildren; and a greatgranddaughter.

Burt H. Moore ’51 of Anderson, S.C., on Feb. 3, 2014. He retired in 1991 as the executive vice

Robert O. Rutherford ’52 of Cherry Hill, N.J., on March 25, 2014. He served in the Navy

George B. Oliver A.M. ’50, Ph.D. ’59 of Fredericksburg, Va., on Feb. 13, 2014. He served as a hospital corpsman in the Navy during World War II. He later taught at randolph-Macon College for 42 years, retiring as the Isaac N. Vaughn Professor of history. He was involved in the Fredericksburg Host lions Club, Friends of the rappahannock library, and Virginia Humanities Conference. He is survived by two daughters, a stepmother, and four grandchildren.


and spent his career as an engineer, volunteering with the Emerald Society and the Boy Scouts of America. He was an avid amateur ham radio operator. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, a brother, and three grandchildren. Charles S. Smith ll.B. ’52 of Easton, Pa., on Feb. 11, 2014. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for serving in World War II, and he practiced law in the Easton area for more than 50 years. He was a past president of the Northampton County Bar Association, Easton Area Chamber of Commerce, lehigh Valley Cancer Society, Easton Area Jaycees, and Easton lions Club. He was also a delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association committee for review of candidates for appellate court, and a former chair of the association’s government regulation committee. He was a life member of the state’s bar foundation. He is survived by his wife, Margaret V. Kohl Smith B.S.N.Ed. ’52; a son; a daughter; and four grandsons. Elinore D. Taylor ’52 of Huntington, W.Va., on Jan. 1, 2014. She had several careers, including newspaper and radio reporting and social work. She served as the director of Christian education for the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church before joining the Marshall University English department as an assistant professor. She served on the boards of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, the league of Women Voters, the NAACP, and Church Women United. She wrote two plays, They’ll Cut Off Your Project and Appalachian Spring Postponed. Survivors include nieces, nephews, and extended family. Carolyn J. Bogardus Ware ’52, Ph.D. ’71 of Syracuse, N.Y., on Dec. 25, 2014. She was vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, N.Y. She is survived by her husband, James; a son; a stepdaughter; and three stepsons. Donald E. Warren M.D. ’52 of Palm Beach, Fla., on March 31, 2014. He worked as a cardiologist for 40 years and was a founding board chair of Palm Beach Atlantic University, for which he became a life trustee. In his community, he served as founding president of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin counties and as a member of the board of governors for St. Mary’s and Good Samaritan medical centers. He was given the Palm Beach chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award in 1999, the Champion of Higher Independent Education in Florida Award in 1975, the American Heart Association Award of Merit in 1970, and the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches’ Community leader Award in 2013. He is survived by his wife, Bebe; three daughters; and eight grandchildren. Barbara J. Shaw Welch B.S.N. ’52 of Alexandria, Va., on Feb. 11, 2014. She taught at the Alexandria Hospital School of Nursing for 17 years. She is survived by three sons and a daughter.

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