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Robert N. “Cap” Wells D’46 died on Nov. 3, 2004, in Florence S.C. He served for 30 years as a United Methodist pastor in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Geraldine Fletcher WC’33, and is survived by a son, Robert N. Wells Jr. T’71, and three grandchildren.

Lester P. Jackson, Jr. D’47 died July 23, 2005, in Nashville, N.C. He served the North Carolina Conference as a United Methodist pastor for 40 years. His wife, Henrietta R. Jackson, and a daughter survive him.

William P. Lowdermilk D’58 died July 18, 2005, in Fayetteville, N.C. A United Methodist pastor in the North Carolina Conference for almost 50 years, he provided distinguished leadership at Methodist College from 1963 when he was director of public relations until his retirement as vice president in1995 and beyond. He inspired and encouraged students, faculty, and staff— working to build the human assets of the college from its earliest years and keeping it close to the church. From 1995 to 2000 he served as chaplain at Quail Haven Village in Pinehurst, N.C., where the chapel is dedicated in his honor. He is survived by brothers and by countless men and women for whom he was a life-long mentor and friend.

Gary L. Ferrell D’82 died June 21, 2005, in Newton, N.C.

Others in the Divinty School Family:

Adam Lischer, who grew up as a child of Duke and the divinity school, died July 17, 2005, after a brief struggle with cancer. He was 33. He was the son of Richard and Tracy Lischer, who with their children Sarah and Adam moved to Durham in 1979 when Dr. Lischer joined the divinity school faculty. As a high school student in Durham, Adam sang and acted in several dramatic productions and went on to major in drama and philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from which he received his B.A. in 1995.

Adam Lischer received his J.D. from the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1998. After law school, he served as judicial clerk to the honorable Linda McGee on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He was awarded the Clifton W. Everett Community Lawyer Fellowship and worked with Eastern Carolina Legal Services, mainly representing poor and indigent clients. He later served for four years as assistant district attorney for Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson counties. In May 2004, Adam joined the Durham firm of Pulley, Watson, King, and Lischer, where he and his mother realized their long-held ambition to practice law together.

Adam Lischer leaves his wife of six years, Jennifer, and his daughter Elizabeth Adam, born 12 days after her father’s death. A funeral Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on July 20 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Durham.


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