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Malcolm M. Adamson D’47died April 8, 2008, in Chattanooga, Tenn. A United Methodist minister, he served with the Holston Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, Tenn., for several years and then for three decades as superintendent of The Bonny Oaks School in Chattanooga. After retirement he was executive director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Chattanooga for five years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, George Hankins Adamson, two sons, and three grandchildren.

W. Bryant Spivey D’49 died July 26, 2008, in Columbia, S.C. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, a Baptist pastor who served churches across South Carolina, and served as a chaplain with the state Department of Mental Retardation, in the Adult Prison System, and with the Department of Youth Services. He was also a director of the Baptist Student Union at the University of South Carolina and president of the South Carolina Child Care Association. His wife, Carol Moore Spivey, two children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive him.

Norris L. Fellows D’50 died July 17, 2008, in Mocksville, N.C. A Presbyterian minister who served as a U.S. Air Force chaplain in the Korean War, he was a pastor in Springfield, Mo., Oxford and Wadesboro, N.C., and founding pastor of Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church in Gaithersburg, Md. Prior to his retirement, he preached at Northgate Presbyterian Church in Durham, N.C. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Jean McInnis Fellows, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Another daughter, Elisabeth London Fellows King T’77, died Aug. 15, 2008.

Donal M. "Jack" Squires D’51 died April 6, 2008, in Fairmont, W.Va. A veteran who served with the Army in the Pacific during World War II, he was ordained as a United Methodist and later became a chaplain with the U.S. Air Force. His assignments included Texas, Alaska, Washington, D.C., Vietnam, Montana, Mississippi, and the Azores. His last duty assignment was as senior air force chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery. Squires earned five Air Force commendation medals. He was active with the American Legion for 23 years and served as the national chaplain. In retirement he worked with Kiwanis, the American Cancer Society, the Boy Scouts, and as executive director of the Chamber of Commerce for Marion County, W.Va. He is survived by his wife, Lou G. Engle, her three children, five step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Eben Taylor Jr. D’53 died Oct. 23, 2008, in Laurens, S.C. He was a pastor, civil rights advocate, and social justice pioneer. A U.S. Army veteran who served in Europe during World War II, he was ordained in the United Methodist Church and served parishes across the South Carolina Conference for more than 40 years. He represented the church at numerous General and Jurisdictional conferences, served two terms on the national General Commission on Religion and Race, and helped to oversee the merger of South Carolina black and white United Methodist conferences in 1972. During his career, he helped found and support many social ministries. He was predeceased by his wife, Martha Mallary Taylor D’50. Three sons and four grandchildren survive him.

John H. “Jack” Crum D’56 died Sept. 20, 2008, in Littleton, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor who served parishes across the North Carolina Conference with a passion for prophetic ministry and ecumenical understanding. He enjoyed traveling and had visited all 50 states and more than 50 countries on seven continents. His wife, Kay Sugg Crum, a son, and three grandsons survive him.

Edwin M. Heath D’56 died Sept. 18, 2008, in Kernersville, N.C. He served in the Korean War prior to seminary and ordination as a United Methodist minister. He was pastor of congregations across the Western North Carolina Conference and retired in 1988. His wife, Ruth Heath, two sons, and two grandchildren survive him.

Charles E. Goodin D’59 died Nov. 8, 2008, in Phoenixville, Pa. He was a United Methodist minister who served parishes across the Western Pennsylvania Conference for several decades. He is survived by his wife, Alcinda "Cindy" Ann Murray Goodin, four daughters, and five grandchildren

Clingman C. Capps D’61 died Aug. 8, 2008, in Reidsville, N.C. He served as a United Methodist pastor in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. His wife, Patricia Lewis Capps, and eight children/ stepchildren survive him.

Suzanne H. Manges D’66 died Oct.16, 2008, in Denver, Colo. A consultant and freelance writer, she worked for many years with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., prior to her move to Colorado.

Reece E. Cook Jr. D’68 died Oct. 24, 2008, in Mooresville, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor who served parishes across the Western North Carolina Conference for more than 44 years. His wife, Elaine Willis Cook, four children, and five grandchildren survive him.

Elbert Johns D’69 died July 14, 2008, in Bloomington, Ind. Ordained as a United Methodist pastor, he served for several years as executive director for the Stanly County Mental Health Center in Albemarle, N.C. He co-founded the ArcLink, a nationwide resource for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and was involved with the ARC (formerly the Association for Retarded Citizens) on the local, state, and national levels while living in North Carolina and Indiana. Survivors include his wife, Christina M. Johns, two sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren.

Susan Lutz Allred D’83 died Dec.10, 2008, in Durham, N.C. A hospital chaplain, Christian educator, and United Methodist pastor, she served parishes in the North Carolina Conference prior to her retirement in 2001. Susan was a mentor for women in ministry and an advocate for mission work. She is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.

Tracey Anne Adams D’08 died Dec. 13, 2008, in Richmond, Va. She was the director of church membership and development at Centenary United Methodist Church in Richmond. Prior to divinity school she had worked with the American Social Health Association in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and as a student she served as president of the Black Seminarians Union and worked closely with APPEAL and other programs in the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. Her parents and other family members survive her.

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Randolph R. Few T’43 died Oct. 14, 2008, in Durham, N.C. He was a real estate developer and lifelong United Methodist church leader, a member emeritus of the Divinity School Board of Visitors, Duke alumnus extraordinaire, and the son of William Preston Few, the president of Trinity College as it became Duke University. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Dana Few, three children, and eight grandchildren.

Erika Marx Richey died Oct. 16, 2008, in Durham, N.C. The daughter of German Moravian missionaries to Tibet and an educator who specialized in early childhood education, she had a lifelong commitment to Christian missions and human rights. Her late husband was professor McMurry S. Richey T’36, D’39, G'54, whom she supported throughout his many years of service on the Divinity School faculty. Her Moravian sugar cake was enjoyed by a couple of generations of his students. Three sons, including Russell E. Richey - former professor and academic dean at Duke Divinity School, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive her.