Carl W. Haley D’36 died Aug. 30, 2008, in Roanoke, Va. A United Methodist pastor, superintendent, and administrator, he served with distinction across the state of Virginia. He was a champion of higher education and the recipient of two honorary doctoral degrees. In 1971 he delivered a sermon at the White House at the invitation of one of his housemates during his School of Religion years at Duke—a law student named Richard Nixon. Carl Haley loved Duke and cherished relationships formed there as he and a dozen classmates from the mid-1930s who called themselves “The Chain Gang” sustained regular correspondence (and often their families vacationed together) over a period of almost 70 years. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret Young Gifford Haley, a son, a daughter, and five grandchildren. His first wife and a son pre-deceased him.
B. Roy Brown D’43 died March 8, 2008, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was a United Methodist minister who served parishes over many decades in the Iowa and Nebraska Conferences. B. Roy had a lifelong interest in music, politics, current events, theology, Nebraska football, Duke basketball, and, most of all, people. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mary Margaret Brown. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and a granddaughter.
Robert W. Evans D’44 died Feb. 10, 2008, in Batesville, Ark. He spent his professional life at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., teaching philosophy and psychology, and serving as dean of continuing education and dean of students. He retired in 1985. He is survived by his wife, June Jackman Evans, a son, a daughter, and two grandsons.
James A. Auman D’48 died June 28, 2008, in McLeansville, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor and administrator who served churches and institutions across the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church over several decades. He was the first executive director of the Association of Methodist Colleges, 1965-69, and in retirement he was a minister of visitation for 14 years. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Anderson Boone Auman, a son, three daughters, six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Esther Pierce Brown D’49 died Feb. 13, 2008, in Hardwick, Conn. Her early career was in Christian education with the Episcopal Church office and parishes in New York City and as editor of the Seabury Series Sunday School Curriculum. Esther was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1984 and subsequently served as vicar and then rector of St. John the Baptist Church in Hardwick and vicar of St. John the Evangelist Church in Needles, Calif. She is survived by her husband, Averell Brown, a son, a daughter and grandchildren. Three brothers are also ministers.
Grady L. Kinley D’50 died June 30, 2008, in Goldsboro, N.C. He served parishes across the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church as a pastor for 36 years. He is survived by a daughter and a grandson.
Kenneth R. Moore D’51 died May 23, 2008, in Greensboro, N.C. A decorated Army veteran of World War II, following Divinity School he served United Methodist parishes across the Western North Carolina Conference. He was a life member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, and former chaplain, who also enjoyed gardening and mountain biking. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth R. “Robbie” Moore D’75. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Sara Helen Copley Moore, a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.
Robert F. Moore D’51 died April 15, 2008, in Lumberton, N.C. He was a veteran of World War II, a chaplain, and a United Methodist pastor who served churches across the North Carolina Conference for 37 years and as a hospice volunteer for 17 years. He is survived by his wife, Burnell Kessel Moore, a son, two daughters, two grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Donal M. Squires D’51 died April 6, 2008, in Lost Creek, W. Va.
Sterling D. Turner D’53 died April 26, 2008, in Maryville, Tenn. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served United Methodist parishes in East Tennessee and Virginia in the Holston Conference. He is survived by his wife, Betty Swofford Turner D’50, a son, two daughters, and a granddaughter.
Walton N. Bass Sr. D’54 died June 7, 2008, in Durham, N.C. He was a veteran of World War II, a United Methodist pastor for 19 years, and a schoolteacher for 17 years prior to his retirement in 1986. His wife of 60 years, Emma Simmons Bass, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild survive him.
John R. Blue D’55 died June 8, 2008, in Gainesville, Fla. He was a United Methodist minister and, for most of his career, a Veterans Administration Medical Center chaplain who served appointments in West Virginia and Kansas. His wife, Linda L. Blue, a daughter, three sons, and nine grandchildren survive him.
Henry F. Flowers D’58 died Feb. 22, 2008, in Winston-Salem, N.C. A decorated Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, he was for many years a United Methodist pastor who served churches in both the Western North Carolina Conference and the South Carolina Conference. He was a past grand chaplain for the Grand Lodge of North Carolina Free Masons and was superintendent of the Oxford Orphanage 1973-74. He is survived by his wife, Helen Thomason Flowers, a son, a daughter, and a grandson.
Jerry D. Hoskins D’69 died Feb. 23, 2008, in Smyrna, Ga.