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Howard Chadwick D’42 died Nov. 11, 2009, in Charlotte, N.C. He served Moravian congregations during the first seven years of his ministerial career, then Presbyterian parishes in Charlotte, Kansas City, Mo., and Orlando, Fla., during the next 30 years. He was founder and executive director of the Outreach Foundation for international missions in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. He is survived by two sons, who are both pastors, a daughter, and six grandchildren.

Theodore E. “Ted” Perkins D’46 died Jan. 14, 2010, in Greensboro, N.C. He was a minister of the gospel in the Religious Society of Friends who served as pastor with 10 different meetings, as a public school teacher, and as a librarian, including 21 years of service at Elon University. He was active in Quaker leadership throughout his life, and was especially known as an expert historian and genealogist. He had attended every North Carolina Yearly Meeting session, except one, since 1939. He enjoyed volunteer service and gardening in retirement. His wife of 64 years, Eugenia Mae Echerd Perkins, a daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive him.

H. Kyle Nagel D’52 died Nov.18, 2009, in Houston, Texas. He served United Methodist churches in the Southwest Texas Conference, and later as a Unitarian Universalist pastor in Massachusetts and ministerial superintendent of the UU Convention of North Carolina. He was a Mason, a Knight Templar, and a Shriner for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Dulany Nagel, a son, and four grandchildren. 

E. Fay Bennett D’54 died Nov. 9, 2009, in Lamar, Ark. He started the Baylake Pines Methodist Church at Norfolk, Va., served as a missionary in Mexico 10 years, and four years in the Dominican Republic. A professor at Columbia Bible College in Columbia, S.C., he was formerly principal of Maria Christian School in Los Angeles, Calif. He had traveled to all 50 states and to 48 countries. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean Buckner Bennett.

Margaret P. Gandy D’60 died April 8, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. She was a Christian educator in United Methodist parishes in North Carolina and Alabama, an executive director with the Girl Scouts in Florida, and, in retirement, a beloved high school guidance counselor. Her husband of 50 years, William F. “Bill” Gandy D’59, two children, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive her.

Henry W. Bray D’63 died Feb. 23, 2010, in Burlington, N.C. He was a Congregational Christian pastor who served churches across North Carolina, and a member of the steering committee that guided mergers to form the United Church of Christ. He was an active Civitan and an advisory board member at Elon College. His wife, Jolene C. Bray, and two children survive him.

H. Lawrence “Larry” Bond D’61, G’67 died Nov. 17, 2009, in Boone, N.C. He was a professor of Renaissance history at Appalachian State University for 37 years. He was the pastor of the Linville Falls Community Church for 26 years, and was ordained in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. A proud member of the American Cusanus Society and one of the world’s foremost translators of ancient Latin texts, he spoke and wrote in 13 languages. He was a friend to the homeless and downtrodden, and an advocate for civil rights. Two daughters and two grandchildren survive him.

William R. Kyle Jr. D’67 died Feb. 10, 2010, while vacationing in Sydney, Australia. He retired in Williamsburg,Va., following a long career as a United Methodist pastor serving parishes across Virginia. He was a past president of the Duke Divinity School Alumni Association. He is survived by his wife, Shirley S. Kyle, two sons, and three grandchildren.

David L. Blackwelder D’70 died Jan.13, 2010, in Millsboro, Del. He was a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving parishes over many years in Delaware and Maryland. For 14 years he was a pastoral counselor, clinical supervisor, and program director at Tressler Lutheran Services in Newport. He was active in synod leadership, particularly with social service ministry, vocations, and pastoral care. He is survived by his wife, Theda D. Blackwelder, four children, and five grandchildren.

John C. Mott D’70 died July 7, 2009, in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. He was an Episcopal priest, and he is survived by his wife, Myrtle A. Mott.

Miriam Walsh D’73 died Dec. 3, 2009, in Baltimore, Md. She was a member of the order of the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart in Towson, Md. Two brothers,