ALUMNI DEATHS

Longtime Western North Carolina physician Pete Hill dies at 88

Dr. Paul Edward “Pete” Hill ’49 of Flat Rock, a physician with an active medical practice of 50 years, died Dec. 24, 2013, at the age of 88. Hill is believed to be the first alumnus of Western Carolina University to attend a medical school and receive a medical degree.

Dr. Paul Edward “Pete” Hill

Dr. Paul Edward “Pete” Hill ’49 and his wife, Vera Howse Hill

Born and raised in Murphy, Hill graduated from Murphy High School and volunteered for the Army Air Corps, serving as a navigator in World War II. More than 60 years later, he had an opportunity to join other veterans of that war in an HonorAir trip to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

After leaving the military and earning his bachelor’s degree at WCU, Hill obtained his master’s degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his medical degree at the Duke University School of Medicine. He was a medical intern at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for two years and practiced medicine for a short time in Enka before returning to his hometown of Murphy, where he worked in family medicine from 1957 to 1968. He then served as a medical intern specializing in internal medicine at Charlotte Memorial Hospital for two years, after which he moved his practice to Hendersonville. He worked in that area of medicine until his retirement in 1991.

Hill was a charter member of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Hendersonville and served in the hospital visitation ministry for many years. During his life, he expressed pride in having served as chairman of the board of education for Murphy schools during their successful integration. Hill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Vera Howse Hill, a nurse whom he met and married while in medical school, and who worked for a time in the WCU infirmary; one son; one daughter; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Bruce Wayne Adams ’89, Feb. 20, 2014; Franklin.

Martha Gail Anderson ’63 MAEd ’66, Dec. 11, 2013; Andrews.

James Ralph Barnwell ’48, Oct. 11, 2013; Asheville.

Max Gantt Beam ’48, Nov. 5, 2013; Rutherfordton.

Sibyl Ann Bell MAEd ’72, Nov. 6, 2013; Hayesville.

William Stanley Benson ’72, Feb. 1, 2014; Cullowhee.

Vernon Lowery Booth ’52, Dec. 29, 2013; Charlotte.

Jane Boyd-Hamilton MAEd ’74, Nov. 21, 2013; Bonaire, Ga.

Zane Ray Brisson Sr. ’61, Dec. 3, 2013; Kernersville.

Luther Ed “Red” Buchanan ’61, Dec. 23, 2013; Lowell.

Lela McKeithan McDowell Butler ’43, Nov. 1, 2013; Apex.

Paula Foster Capozzi ’90, Dec. 16, 2013; Tryon.

Arika Wright Carden ’77, Jan. 12, 2014; Newton.

Elmer Chandler ’64, Dec. 17, 2013; Marshall.

John “Pat” Clayton ’72, Nov. 5, 2013; Cullowhee.

Clyde Jake “C.J.” Cody Jr. ’71, Dec. 6, 2013; Leicester.

Mary Uldine Carter Cox ’56 MAEd ’70,Jan. 9, 2014; Asheville.

Sandi A. Danio ’99, Oct. 10, 2013; Folly Beach, S.C.

Boyd Cecil Deyton EDS ’83, Jan. 13, 2014; Green Mountain.

Pauline Dills Dillard ’49 MAEd ’53, Oct. 28, 2013; Bryson City.

Roselle A. D’Orazio ’44, Dec. 27, 2013; Chamblee, Ga.

James Russell Elliott ’64, Jan. 26, 2014; Greensboro.

David Leon Evans Jr. ’64 MAEd ’71, Jan. 10, 2014; Sumter, S.C.

Ruth Haynie Feaster ’42, Nov. 26, 2013; Brevard.

Frankie Bumgarner Ferguson ’44, Jan. 6, 2014; Gastonia.

Kathleen White Flynn MA ’69 EDS ’72, Nov. 3, 2013; Hickory.

Charles Samuel Frady ’59, Nov. 13, 2013; Covington, Ga.

Jared Wesley Gallamore ’11, Nov. 19, 2013; Asheville.

Clyde L. “Buddy” Green Jr. ’60, Oct. 18, 2013; Waynesville.

Jake Roland Hardin ’67, Feb. 19, 2014; Monroe, Ga.

Dr. Paul Edward “Pete” Hill ’49, Dec. 24, 2013; Flat Rock.

Joseph Glenn Hipps ’56, Nov. 25, 2013; Raleigh.

Douglas Edward Hunt ’62, Oct. 25, 2013; Durham.

Charles Richmond Johnson ’52 MAEd ’59, Dec. 24, 2013; Candler.

Boyd Elliot Johnston ’87, Dec. 16, 2013; Charlotte.

Fred Haskell King ’51, Oct. 31, 2013; Hendersonville.

Ruth Lyerly Lessley ’45, Nov. 12, 2013; Sylacauga, Ala.

Jerry Carlton Love ’64, Nov. 28, 2013; North Wilkesboro.

Benjamin Myers Mabry ’76, Feb. 17, 2014; Columbia, S.C.

William Crawford Mason Jr. ’84, Dec. 2, 2013; Franklin.

Joseph “Joe” Edward McIlwain Jr. ’88, Jan. 13, 2014; Marion.

Joyce Garrett Middleton ’61, Jan. 6, 2014; Kannapolis.

Landis “Pat” Mitchell ’64, Jan. 7, 2014; Spindale.

Elmo Francis Neal ’52 MAEd ’67, Jan. 29, 2014; Spartanburg, S.C.

Jim Walter Nelson MA ’65, Nov. 15, 2013; Belton, S.C.

Darcy Nickell MA ’93, Oct. 27, 2013; Panama City Beach, Fla.

Hilda Tallent Olson ’43 MA ’67, Nov. 15, 2013; Camden, S.C.

John Alan Parsons ’70, Feb. 20, 2014; Kernersville.

James Bruce Phillips MAEd ’65 EDS ’75, Oct. 29, 2013; Mars Hill.

Michael Joseph Phillips ’72, June 29, 2013; Newland.

Jerry Dennis Prince MAEd ’68, Jan. 23, 2014; Camilla, Ga.

William Dale Ratcliffe ’58, Dec. 10, 2013; Hazelwood.

Wendal Ryan Reece ’93, Nov. 17, 2013; Waynesville.

Harry Grant Rogers ’52, Feb. 8, 2014; Robbinsville.

Una Crawford Setser ’58, Dec. 3, 2013; Franklin.

Gailliard “Gilly” Simmons MA ’69, Dec. 20, 2013; Anderson, S.C.

Mary “Annie” Simpson ’95, Oct. 19, 2013; Statesville.

Preston Dale Marlin ’73, Feb. 15, 2014; Salisbury.

Juliana T. Stempel ME ’05, Aug. 27, 2013; Penrose.

Bruce Allen Thore ’73, Feb. 21, 2014; Charlotte.

Betty Buckner Wade ’48, Dec. 11, 2013; New Orleans, La.

James Lee Warrick ’57, Feb. 1, 2014; Arden.

David Berkley Young ’62, Dec. 9, 2013; Swannanoa.

UNIVERSITY DEATHS

Joyce Ann Baldwin, retired professor in human environmental sciences, Jan. 15, 2014; Asheville.

Virginia Mikels Clark, longtime staff member in the Division of Administration and Finance, Oct. 31, 2013; Waynesville.

Robert J. Conley, Sequoyah Professor of Cherokee Studies, Feb. 16, 2014; Sylva.

Richard Scott Craddock, retired head of the elementary education department, Feb. 8, 2014; Burlington.

David Martin Hatton, arborist, Dec. 26, 2013; Sylva.

Yorke George Jander Jr., retired facilities management employee, Dec. 7, 2013; Franklin.

Belvia Jane McMahan, retired WCU staff member, Jan. 16, 2014; Sylva.

Jeannine Arlette Madigan, former staff member of the grants and scholarships office, Oct. 29, 2013; Clyde.

Baxter Norton, retired professor of mathematics, Jan. 31, 2014; Sylva.

Cora Lee Frizzell Ray, retired staff member of dining services, Dec. 15, 2013; Sylva.

Faye Opal Hoyle Watson, retired staff member of dining services, Jan. 12, 2014; Sylva.

Mary “Susie” Frances Watson, retired staff member of dining services and housing, Feb. 7, 2014; Cullowhee.