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J. Claude Evans D’41 died Sept. 7, 2007, in Asheville, N.C. He was a United Methodist minister who served parishes in South Carolina, as a Navy chaplain in the South Pacific during World War II, as editor of the South Carolina Methodist Advocate 1952-1957, and as chaplain at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. In retirement  he continued part time as a counselor and workshop leader with the Intentional Growth Center. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxilla Evans, four children including Sara M. Evans WC’66, G’68, and two grandchildren.

Albert J. Schrader D’50 died July 24, 2007, in Richmond, Va. He served as a Navy chaplain for three years and a United Methodist pastor in parishes in Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia for 40 years. He is survived by three children.

Martha Mallary Taylor D’50 died Nov. 4, 2007, in Laurens, S.C. She was among the first women to earn the B.D. (now M.Div.) degree from Duke. (During the preceding 24 years, alumnae had earned M.R.E. or M.A. degrees.) She worked in guidance and counseling at several high schools and alongside her husband, Eben Taylor Jr. D’53, in United Methodist parishes across South Carolina. Her husband, three sons and four grandchildren survive her.

William F. Van Hoy Jr. D’50 died Aug. 14, 2007, in Asheboro, N.C. He taught social studies courses for almost 30 years at Asheboro High School prior to his retirement in 1978. He is survived by two children and three grandchildren.

H. Fred Davis D’51 died Aug. 23, 2007, in Lumberton, N.C. He was a chaplain with the U. S. Army, the N.C. National Guard, and the Methodist Retirement home over many years, and he was a pastor for 35 years serving two United Methodist parishes in southeastern North Carolina. Three children and three grandchildren survive him.

Robert S. Barefield D’52 died Sept. 20, 2007, in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was a counselor at Wake Forest Medical Center and served as a Methodist minister and Wesley Foundation director in North Carolina, Louisiana, Florida and Missouri. Later he was director of the counseling center, professor of engineering management, and co-founded of the minority engineering program at the University of Missouri-Rolla. Survivors include his wife, Ann Lee Barefield, two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Lewis R. Sherard D’56 died Sept. 4, 2007, in Greenwood, S.C. He served United Methodist parishes across South Carolina, and was pastor emeritus of Matthews United Methodist Church in Greenwood at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Georgia Britt Sherard, two daughters, a son and six grandchildren.

Robert A. Regnier D’58 died Aug. 9, 2007, in Little Rock, Ark. A United Methodist minister for 50 years, he served as a pastor, district superintendent and, from 1991 until his retirement in 2004, as president and CEO of the Methodist Children’s Home/Methodist Family Health. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Irene Thornton Regnier, two children and seven grandchildren.

Paul Gentry T’59, D’63 died July 21, 2007, in Avon Park, Fla. He was an educator and is survived by his wife, Doris Gentry, and two daughters.

Harmon L. Wray D’71 died July 24, 2007, in Nashville, Tenn. A lecturer in church and ministries at Vanderbilt Divinity School, he established a program placing Vanderbilt students and inmates together in classes at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. He served the United Methodist Church as the executive director of restorative justice ministries and coordinator for ministries with the poor and marginalized He is survived by his partner, Judy Parks.

Elbert G. Martin T’71, D’74, G’79 died Aug. 12, 2007, in Palm Desert, Calif. He worked with SunGard SCT, a company providing technology-related systems and services for higher education.

Luther M. “Billy” Peele Jr. D’79 died Nov. 16, 2007, in Wilmington, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor who served parishes across the North Carolina Conference. His wife, Myra Peele, and three adult children survive him.

Mark D. Mashburn D’87 died July 26, 2007, in Winston-Salem, N.C. A United Methodist pastor with parishes in the Western North Carolina Conference, he also chaired the Conference committee on worship and served as national formation officer for the Order of St. Luke. Surviving are his wife, Neil T. Mashburn, and two sons.

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Harriet V. Leonard died Nov. 11, 2007, in Durham, N.C. She was the Divinity Library’s first reference librarian, working from 1960 through early 1992. A Divinity scholarship in her name was established in 1992 with a priority for women who are beginning a second career.