Harlan L. Creech D’36 died June 15, 2009, in Charlotte, N.C. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, he served the Western N.C. Conference as a pastor for more than 40 years. He was district superintendent of the Charlotte District before his retirement in 1977. Creech was an avid athlete who played college tennis and football, and enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing. He took up dancing and bridge in his 80s, and learned to play the piano after age 90. He is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
William J. “Bill” Andes D’41 of Elon, N.C., died Jan. 26, 2009, in Chapel Hill. N.C. He was a minister with the United Church of Christ who retired as pastor emeritus of Elon (N.C.) Community Church. He served churches in Ruffin, Pittsboro, and Winston-Salem before moving to Elon Community Church, where he served from 1954 to 1966. He also served as conference minister, Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, son and stepson, two grandchildren, and four stepgrandchildren.
Walter Scott McCleskey D’46 died March 19, 2009, in St. Pierce, S.C. Admitted to the South Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church in 1945, he served local churches until 1948, when he joined the U.S. Army as a chaplain. During eight years of service, he was stationed in Germany and Korea, and was awarded a Bronze Star. He was active in the Rotary Club International and American Legion, and was a lifelong member of the National Train Collectors Association. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Emily Woodall McCleskey. Survivors include two daughters and eight grandchildren.
R. Maurice Edens D’50 died June 15, 2009, in Georgetown, Texas. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church and served as both a director of Christian education and as an executive minister. Edens joined the staff of the National Council of Churches and led ecumenical groups in many communities. He retired in 1983 after serving at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, and lived in Dallas until the late 1990s. He is survived by his companion of 25 years, Elliott Tucker; his first companion, Martha Edens Clark; a brother, nephew, and nieces.
Arlie Charles Knipmeyer T’50, D’54 died June 26, 2009, in Chesapeake, Va. A veteran of World War II, he was stationed with the U.S. Army in the Philippines. He served as a pastor for many years, first in the Virginia and Illinois conferences of the United Methodist Church, and then as a United Church of Christ pastor in Evanston and Chicago, Ill. He retired in 1989 after 21 years as pastor of Seminary Avenue Community Church in Chicago. Survivors include his wife, Doris Perdue Knipmeyer, four daughters, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
J Edwin Houk T’53, D’56 died Aug. 25, 2009, in Asheville, N.C. He served 17 churches as a United Methodist pastor during 45 years in the Western N.C. Conference. He is survived by a son, a sister, Mary Margaret Houk D’58, and a brother.
F. Donald Beaty T’54, D’57 died May 31, 2009, in Concord, N.C. He was a member of the Western N.C. Conference for more than 40 years and served United Methodist churches in Greensboro, Asheboro, Charlotte, and Concord. He was active in campus life at Duke both as an undergraduate and in seminary. He received Duke’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, which honored a graduating senior for exemplary character and deep spirituality, and served as divinity student body president. He is survived by his wife, Emily Nan Grier Beaty, three children, and six grandchildren.
Wilhelm Siegfried “Zig” Volskis D’57 died May 2, 2009, in Staunton, Va. He and his family escaped their native Latvia during World War II and spent five years as refugees in Poland and Germany. At the age of 17, Volskis arrived in the United States and settled near Ashland, Va. Following seminary, he joined the Virginia Methodist Conference and was ordained an elder in 1959. Before his retirement from St. John’s United Methodist Church in Staunton, he served churches throughout the state. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Sue Baber Volskis, two daughters, and two grandsons.
John Edwards Reed D’58 died May 2, 2009, in Hot Springs, Ark. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Strauss Reed, a son and two daughters, and several grandchildren.
René O. Bideaux D’59 died May 13, 2009, in Asheville, N.C. He was a United Methodist pastor who served as a missionary to Costa Rica and pastored churches in North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He served as a district superintendent in Connecticut and Massachusetts and then as associate general secretary of the national division of the General Board of Global Ministries. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rebecca Edge Bideaux, two daughters, and four granddaughters.
Meritt “Conrad”Holmes D’60 died March 22, 2008, in Carmichael, Calif.
Harry A.J. Allen D’66 died June 20, 2009, in Springfield, Ill. Until he retired in 1997, he was a professor in the counseling and doctoral studies programs of the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. A licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, he served as a consultant to the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Tiburon, Calif. Survivors include his wife, Carol, two daughters, and five grandchildren.
Jay Howard Fast D’68,’69, died Jan. 28, 2008, in Morgantown, W.V. Fast served Ruble United Methodist Church in Wheeling, W.V., as pastor for more than 20 years. He earned a Ph.D. in education at West Virginia University and worked as a licensed professional counselor at Morgantown Pastoral Counseling Center. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed rowing, biking, and hiking. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Cormier Fast, four daughters, a sister, and four granddaughters.
Kathleen S. Ross D’80 died May 24, 2009, in Los Angeles, Calif. A lifelong United Methodist, she was a member of the California-Pacific Annual Conference where she served as minister to youth and children at Del Rosa UMC, San Bernardino. She was the first woman president of the San Bernardino Interfaith Association and spent many years involved in interfaith ministry. Prior to her death, she had served at Walteria UMC in Torrance. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Manousos, two adopted daughters, her father, two brothers, and five nephews and nieces.
Delma Lee Money D’90 died April 9, 2009, in Pinnacle, N.C. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a United Methodist pastor for 20 years. He served churches in Surrey County, Thomasville, Kernersville, and Statesville. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Allgood Money, a sister, three nieces, and two grandnephews.
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Henry B. Clark II T’53 of Sacramento, Calif., died July 23, 2009, in Portland, Maine. A retired professor of social ethics, he had lived in Sacramento since 1996. Professor Clark taught at the Divinity School from 1963 to 1975. As a Duke undergraduate, he served as co-captain of the golf team. He graduated from Union Theological Seminary, where he studied with Reinhold Niebuhr, and received his Ph.D. degree at Yale University in 1963. He also taught at Howard University and the University of Southern California, where he retired in 1994. He was the author of more than a dozen scholarly books and recently published a novel, Trophy Boy. He is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.