Faculty D eaths
years with the N.C. Rural Fund for Development. Mavis Ray, one of the founding members of what is today the School of Theatre and Dance, died Jan. 11 at her Florida home. Born in England, she was an accomplished ballet dancer and actress who was persuaded to come to ECU in 1965 by Edgar Loessin, who had been charged with creating a theatre department for the school. Together they staged over 75 musicals and several operas on campus. She took a leave of absence to return to Broadway and was in the cast of Ballroom, which won the 1979 Tony Award for Best Musical. She returned to campus in 1983 and remained here through her retirement in 1989.
David W. King of Williamsburg, Va., died Dec. 7. He taught at Valdosta State University, LaValle, and at ECU from 1967 to 1971, before retiring from Christopher Newport University. He co-authored a college French textbook and played piano and organ. Dr. David John “Jack” Middleton Jr. of Gloucester died Nov. 12 in Raleigh. Originally from Warsaw, he graduated from Duke and UNC Chapel Hill and was director of continuing education at Appalachian State before serving as ECU’s dean of continuing education from 1962 to 1980. In retirement, he moved to Gloucester and served on several boards and commissions in addition to his 40
Evelyn Lawrence Boyette ’62 ’65 of Greenville died Oct. 4. A Falkland native, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa at Women’s College in Greensboro and taught history at Ayden High School, PCC, and then at ECU from 1964 to 1982. She was active in the Mayflower and Pitt County Historical societies, Friends of Sheppard Memorial Library, and First Presbyterian Church. She was married to Dr. Joseph G. Boyette ’55 ’57, who taught biology at ECU from 1957 to 1989 and died in 2001. Memorials may be made to ECU’s Evelyn and Joseph Boyette Fellowship.
Vila Rosenfeld with Ralph Nader at a 1982 campus panel session
Dr. Vila Mayberry Rosenfeld died Nov. 8 in Greenville. She taught in ECU’s Education program
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from 1965 to 1994. She served in several roles not traditionally held by women, including president of the N.C. Vocational State Association and the North Carolina Milk Commission. She helped develop the Tax Aid program and served on the Greenville Affordable Housing Loan Committee, and in 2005 was honored by the National Campaign for Tolerance. She was married to Dr. Norman Rosenfeld, who taught in ECU’s English department from 1965 to 1995. Dr. Maurice Dean Schnell of Davenport, Iowa, died Nov. 15. He played football at Iowa State and after serving in the Army during the Korean Conflict, bypassed a pro football career for medical school. Certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and orthopedics, he taught at several universities, including ECU from 1979 to 1981, before becoming medical director of rehabilitation at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. Dr. James A. “Jim” Van Fleet of Naples, Fla., died Sept. 26. He taught political science at ECU from 1998 to 2001. He worked with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and taught at the University of the Pacific before he was appointed to the U.S. AID mission in Bolivia. He taught at Wichita State University and was dean of foreign students at the universities of Louisville and Toledo.
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Published on May 8, 2009