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Milton Chick Wilkerson D’37 died Dec. 10, 2008, in Roanoke, Va. A United Methodist minister, he served churches in the Virginia Conference and also served as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II. Beginning in 1966 he was administrator of the Lydia-Roper Retirement Home in Norfolk and the Eastern Shore Retirement Home, and from 1968 until his retirement in 1982 he was an administrator at the Roanoke Methodist Retirement Home. His late wife, Margaret Underwood Wilkerson, was a Duke alumna WC’40. They are survived by a daughter.

Morgan S. Smart D’48 died Sept.15, 2008, in Mechanicsville, Va. He was a United Methodist pastor, with the life-long avocation of church organist, who served parishes across the Virginia Conference. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Perkins Smart, two daughters, Katherine Smart and Ann Smart Martin T’82, and a granddaughter.

Savas C. Agourides G’50 died in February 2009 in Athens, Greece. He came to the United States as a Crusade Scholar of the Methodist Church. Agourides was a professor at the University of Athens, where his scholarship focused on internal debates in Orthodox theology. A Festschrift — Sacred Text and Interpretation: Perspectives in Orthodox Biblical Studies — was published in his honor in 2004 by Holy Cross Press. His dissertation on Marist interpretations of Jesus was directed by Frank Young, Amos Ragan Kearns Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Patristic Studies.

Wilbur E. Thomas D’54 died Jan. 28, 2009, in Quinton, Va. He was a United Methodist pastor who served churches across the Virginia Conference. His wife, Fern K. Thomas, two children, and four grandchildren survive him.

C. McGee Creech D’60 died Jan. 12, 2009, in LaGrange, N.C. A United Methodist pastor, he served parishes in the North Carolina Conference over several years and as the assistant administrator at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro for 28 years prior to his retirement. His wife, Leatrice Smith Creech, a daughter, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren survive him.

William Anderson Lane D’61 died Nov. 30, 2008, in Macon, Ga. A veteran of World War II who served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps, he taught at Princeton, Hartford, UNC-Greensboro, and Mercer prior to his retirement. He was a leader and supporter of the arts in Macon, recognized by the Governor’s Award in the Arts in 1990, and former chairman of the board of the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association in Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Anne Lane, two children, and a granddaughter.

Ole Edvard Borgen D’63 died March 24, 2009, in Lillestrøm, Norway. He was the first non-American president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. He was a student pastor while at Duke and later a member of the Western North Carolina Conference. He served pastoral appointments in the United States and in Sweden and as secretary and leader of the World Methodist Council’s office in Geneva, Switzerland, before his election as bishop of the Northern Europe Central Conference. Borgen was named the 1985 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of Duke Divinity School. He served as scholar-in-residence at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky., 1989–1992, returning to Sweden in 1993. Predeceased by his wife, Martha, in 2003, he is survived by two children.

Fred Janasi Gomendo D’84 died June 1, 2008, in Mutare, Zimbabwe. He was a retired United Church of Christ minister and the past president of the UCC in Zimbabwe. He is survived by a daughter.

James W. White D’86 died Jan. 21, 2009, in Asheville, N.C. He served parishes as a United Methodist minister in the Western North Carolina Conference and as a missionary with OMS International in South America from 1978 until 1982 as the principal of International School in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is survived by his wife, Linda Guthrie White, two daughters, and one granddaughter.

Helen Greene Phillips D’92 died March 3, 2009, in Weyers Cave, Va. She was a United Methodist minister who served churches of the Holston Conference. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Hubert “Billy” J. Phillips, a daughter, a son, and three grandchildren.

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Clara Belle Scott Godwin died Feb. 17, 2009, at her home in Durham, N.C. She retired as director of finance and general administration at the Divinity School in October 1994 after 24 years of service. A member of the Duke University Retirees Association, she served as secretary and was active in the Duke University Retirees Outreach Program. She served on the board of deacons and board of trustees at Pilgrim United Church of Christ. She was also a member of the Red Hat’s Club, the Durham Women’s Club, and Tobaccoland Civitan Club. The Clara S. Godwin Endowment Fund was established by the Divinity School and friends at her retirement. She is survived by two children, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.