Faculty and Staff

Dr. Janette Amboise-Chaumont, of Bloomington, IN, died October 9, 2013. She received a B.A. from Syracuse University and a M.A. and a Ph.D. from other universities in the country. She taught voice at Berea College from 1970-1989. She is survived by her niece, Wendy Singleton.

James Harold Coffey, of Berea, KY, died July 20, 2013. He was retired from the Facilities Management Department at Berea College. He enjoyed gardening, photography, antique cars and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Flonnie Johnson Coffey, and his two daughters.

Glenn E. Lively,’48, of Houston, TX, died August 20, 2013. His career path led him to raise funds for many charitable organizations, including United Way, Red Cross, and was a director at Texas Society for the Prevention of Blindness and March of Dimes, retiring from Baylor College of Medicine in 1996. Throughout his life and after retirement, he continued to raise funds for his beloved alma mater. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois Kyer Lively,’49, and two sons.

Carrie “Libby” Saylor, of Taylor Mill, KY, died September 19, 2013. She was a retired payroll manager after 25 years of service with Berea College. She is survived by her children, John Britton and Rena Saylor Morehead.

Jean Wyre Whitall, of Hanover, NH, died August 13, 2013. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in sociology in 1944, and a M.A. in mathematics in 1947. She taught mathematics at Berea College for three years, an experience which shaped an interest in education opportunities for underserved areas for the rest of her life. She is survived by her daughters, Ann Whitall and Ruth Whitall.

Remembering Dr. Amer Said Lahamer

Dr. Amer Said Lahamer
Dr. Amer Said Lahamer

Beloved and award-winning physics professor Dr. Amer Said Lahamer passed away on October 31, 2013 at the age of 57 following a courageous fight against cancer. Known for his enthusiasm, Dr. Lahamer earned the respect and appreciation of his students and colleagues as a professor, curriculum designer, researcher, advisor and administrator.
For his services to the College and his students, Dr. Lahamer received Berea College’s “Seabury Excellence in Teaching Award” in 2005. In 2010, he was awarded the Pegram Award from the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society for his excellence in the teaching of physics. The “Outstanding College/University Teacher in Kentucky” award was another prestigious recognition Dr. Lahamer received in 2012. Students and faculty, who nominated him for these awards, praised Dr. Lahamer for his intuitive and hands-on teaching methods, his genuine enthusiasm for his field, and his dedication to help his students become experts in their studies.
A well-attended memorial service was held for Dr. Lahamer on January 18th 2014 at Berea College. Dr. Lahamer is survived by his wife, Iman, and their three children, Jennan, Ahmad and Aysham, his mother, siblings, and his extended family in Libya and Iowa.


Genevieve Louise Woodard Burchett,’32, of St. Albans, WV, died September 7, 2012. She was a registered nurse at Thomas Memorial Hospital and Home Health. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Ann Martin, Linda L. Bird, Janice Holstein, and her son, Robert Calvin Burchett.

Ellen Axson Rodes Ceperley,’35, of Charleston, WV, died August 23, 2013. She was enthusiastic in her knowledge and love of WV, with its history and natural beauty. She was employed as a secretary with Cabot Gas Company. She is survived by her husband, Florian Ceperley, three sons, and two daughters.

Bertha Elizabeth Huff Goforth,’35, of Brookeland, TX, died September 8, 2013. She taught in the Harlan County and Fayette County school systems until her retirement in 1973. She is survived by her daughter, Rosemary Ball.

Adele Roper Mercier, Cx’36, of Blue Ridge, GA, died August 1, 2013. After obtaining a nursing degree from Berea College, she worked with her brothers, C.J. & E.A. Roper in their medical clinic. As well as being a rural nurse, she helped her husband and business partner establish Mercier Orchards. She is survived by her children, William Timothy “Tim” Mercier, Helen Childs, and James Embra Mercier.

Lorraine Brammell Criswell, Cx’38, of Grayson, KY, died September 13, 2013. She earned her master’s degree from Morehead State College and taught in the Carter County school system. She was a founding member of the Carter County Retired Teachers Association. She is survived by her daughter, Dianne Harris.

Dr. Roy Rose,’38, of Dallas, TX, died September 23, 2013. He served in World War II as a navigator and training instructor in the Army Air Corps in the Panama Canal. A memorable event was when his plane was shot down and he survived six days in a raft. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1949. He co-founded the Sharoy Clinic in Amite, LA, where he accepted patients of all races. One night the Ku Klux Klan burned a cross in front of the Rose family home because he treated African-American patients. He was considered “a real old-fashioned doctor” who delivered babies, performed surgeries, and set bones late into his career. He retired in 1987 after 57 years of active clinical practice. He is survived by his wife, Rubye L. Rose, a son and daughter.

Frances Harrison Tuttle,’39, of Reidsville, NC, died October 10, 2013. She taught junior high school at Bethany School, Wentworth School and Reidsville Junior High School for 36 years. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, G. Warren Tuttle, and a daughter.


Maggie Storey Barger, Cx’40, of Elgin, TN, died August 16, 2013. She earned a B.S. degree from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute and finished her graduate work at University of Tennessee. She taught for 34 years and served as principal at several schools. She was inducted into the Scott County Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame as an educator in 2004. She is survived by her children, Margaret Ellis, James Arthur Barger and Marion Papes.

George R. Bent II, Cx’41, of Oberlin, OH, died September 17, 2013. He served as president of the Pfaudler Company in Rochester, NY, and later became president of the Ceilcote Company in Berea, OH.

Marion E. Carter, Sr.,’41, of Frenchburg, KY, died October 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Oleane Jones Carter.
Dr. Arch B. Clark,’41, of Erlanger, KY, died August 25, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine with his post graduate training completed at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA, and Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY. Dr. Clark practiced medicine in McKee, KY for four years prior to his practice of 34 years in Richmond, KY. He was a member of the Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center staff and served on the hospital’s trustee board for several years. He is survived by his wife, Ann Q. Clark, and a son.

Jack G. Walker,’43, of Winston-Salem, NC, died October 14, 2013. He was commissioned as an officer with the U.S. Navy serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired as the chief financial officer and comptroller with Piedmont Aviation in Winston-Salem after a 25 year career. He is survived by his loving wife, Jayne Childs Walker, and his three sons and two daughters.

Dr. Clyde C. Flannery,’44, of Indianapolis, IN, died on October 25, 2013. His early ordination at the age of 16 into the Free Will Baptist Church was the beginning of a devoted career in Christian ministry and active with civil rights. He received a D.Min. from Christian Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate from Defiance College. After retirement, he served as interim minister for a number of congregations and volunteered with organizations which served homeless, immigrant families, and patients at Riley Hospital for Children. He is survived by his daughters, Dr. Maureen Flannery, Hon.’02, Jennifer Dier, and Madeline Flannery.

Dr. Paul Edwin Lyon, Navy V-12 ’43-’44, of Interlochen, MI, died August 8, 2013. He honorably served as Ensign in the Navy during World War II and had a distinguished career as a medical doctor. He was dedicated to his community and served in various positions as a volunteer. He received the Citizen of the Year Award from Benzie County in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Parish, and three sons and three daughters.

Lt. Cdr. (U.S. Navy Ret) John Robert Morris, Navy V-5,’43 -’44, of St. Louis, MO, died November 17, 2013. He was invited to Berea’s Navy V-5 training program during World War II, and then he served our country as a Navy aviator for 23 years. After his retirement from the Navy, he settled in St. Louis with his family and continued his work with airplanes at McDonnell-Douglas as a quality control engineer and as a private charter pilot for Osage Airlines. The men and women who served with him in the Navy will remember his compassionate guidance, leadership, and friendship. His Berea V-5 alumni colleagues will remember the stories they exchanged at the annual reunions. He is survived by the love of his life of 70 years, Dorothy Ellen Turpin Morris, Cx’44, as well as his two daughters and two sons.

Betty Josephine “B.J.” Knotts Shuck,’44, of Hanover, IN, died September 14, 2013. She completed her master’s degree in French from Indiana University and taught mathematics, English, and French in high school for 20 years. Among many interests, she enjoyed taking trips to Europe with students and friends. She is survived by three daughters, Sandi Webster, Andrea Tarpley and Candi Gray.

Dr. Donald Eugene Harkins, V-12 ’44 -’45, of El Paso, TX, died July 27, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and joined the U.S. Army in 1949 serving in Korea, Europe, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic and various posts in the United States. He received several meritorious medals for his achievements and retired from military service July 1, 1967. He also held a career as a mathematics teacher in the El Paso and Fabens Independent School systems and at St. Patrick. He is survived by his loving wife, Genevieve (Genny) Harkins, two sons, a step-daughter and a step-son.
Evelyn N. “Lindy” Stradling, of Elkton, MD, died May 18, 2013. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and was a teacher’s aide in Delaware schools for many years. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert J. Stradling, V-12 ’44-’45, two daughters and a son.

Wallace Gibson, Jr., V-12 ’45-’46, BC ’47, of Chesterfield, MI, died November 25, 2011. He earned a Master of Education degree from Wayne State University, and was a retired school administrator. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Noss Gibson,’44.

Herman Morris Teeter, Sr., of Gastonia, NC, died March 23, 2013, after a long illness. He was an auto mechanic and a computer technician. He is survived by his wife, Annie “Sue” O’Daniel Teeter,’47, who lives in Gastonia, NC.

Betty Lou Chandler Grace,’48, of Midland, TX, died August 5, 2013. She earned a master’s degree in psychology and taught first grade at The Hillander School and also worked in the field of psychology, administering IQ tests to school children. She is survived by her five children, Susan Grace Wilson, Robert McCary Grace, Jr., Nancy Grace Jackson, John Charles Grace, and David Thomas Grace.

Glenn E. Lively,’48, of Houston, TX, died August 20, 2013. His career path led him to raise funds for many charitable organizations, including United Way, Red Cross, and was a director at Texas Society for the Prevention of Blindness and March of Dimes, retiring from Baylor College of Medicine in 1996. Throughout his life and after retirement, he continued to raise funds for his beloved alma mater. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois Kyer Lively,’49, and two sons.

Jean Elizabeth Martin Strong, Fd ’48, of Vanceburg, KY, died August 27, 2013. She worked at Berea College Hospital 1952-1956 while her husband attended college. After 36 years of employment with Lewis County Health Department, she retired as a registered nurse. She was a wonderful Christian, loved by her co-workers, and parents of children she treated. She is survived by her husband, Edward Strong, Fd ’48, BC’56, two sons and a daughter.

Winston Williams Bowling,’49, of Murfreesboro, TN, died October 13, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was decorated with two bronze stars. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. In 1962, he purchased Hoover Paint Store which he and his wife operated until passing the operations to his son. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Billie Jo Bowling, and three sons.

Rachel Chaffin Keener, Cx’49, of Mount Vernon, OH, died August 3, 2013. She retired from Euclid General Hospital, where she worked for many years as a registered nurse and night shift supervisor. She is survived by her children, Karen Havreberg, Curtis B. Keener, and John (Bobbi) Keener.

Roy L. Wilson,’49, of London, KY, died August 9, 2013. He is survived by his daughter, Eileen Kidd, and his son, Don Wilson.


Ralph W. Bracht, of Tulsa, OK, died January 17, 2013. He earned a B.S. and M.A. from Ball State University. He is survived by his wife, Pauline Pettit Bracht,’50, who moved to University Village and Retirement Center, an independent living community, to be near her two daughters and their families.

Margie Blevins Kiser, Cx’50, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, died August 17, 2013. She was the first of her family to attend college and used her training in English literature as a gifted, published poet and newspaper reporter. After her husband’s return from a 26 month separation in a POW camp, she made various places home, including Wiesbaden, Germany, before settling back in Walton Beach. In 1981, she established the Animal Protection League of Okaloosa County, Inc. She is survived by her children, Rebecca Kiser, James Kiser, Jr., Daniel Kiser, and Jennifer Ogilvie.

Joan Ramey Baber,’51, of Chicago, IL, died July 19, 2013. She was a program director for the Dairy Council of MI, teaching nutrition throughout the state for 25 years. After her retirement in 1984, she and her husband continued their lifelong passion for creating pottery under the name of Sugarcamp Pottery. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Baber.

Dr. Edwin C. Copeland, Sr.,’51, of Annapolis, MD, died October 10, 2013. He received his M.A. in elementary education from University of South Carolina and a M.A. in counseling education from University of Maryland. He finished his Ph.D. in educational administration from George Washington University. He taught English for many years and was a personnel specialist for 25 years, retiring in 1990. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Hilda Davenport Copeland,’53, and two sons.

Anne Elliot Hill,’51, of Clinton, TN, died September 20, 2013. She retired from Anderson County Schools in 1986, where she taught science for over 25 years, first at Norwood Junior High School and then at Clinton Middle School. She is survived by her son, Charles V. Hill, and her two daughters, Rebecca Hill Baldus and Kathryn Hill Taylor.

John R. Whitaker,’51, of Davis, CA, died September 28, 2013. He completed his Ph.D. in agricultural biochemistry in 1954. After joining the Army, he was an instructor and junior food technologist at UC Davis, professor and biochemist at The Department of Food Science and Technology, associate dean of The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and emeritus professor in 1993. After retirement, he continued teaching at numerous foreign universities until 2006. He published more than 270 articles on food enzymes, with 63 published after retirement, and was the editor or co-editor of 12 books; the most recent was the “Handbook of Food Enzymology”. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gwen C. Whitaker, and four daughters.

E. Geraldine Christian Ensor, Cx’52, of Church Hill, TN, died October 16, 2012. She retired from Church Hill Elementary after 18 years of teaching young children. She is survived by her sons, Thomas Blake Ensor and Timothy Ensor, and a daughter, Marsha Davis.

Betty Lou Hill Lehigh, Cx’52, of London, KY, died September 30, 2013. She retired from Anchor Hocking Glass Company, where she started as a secretary and retired a sales manager. She is survived by her three children, Celeste Ferguson, Kathleen Lehigh and Mark Lehigh.

William Rinehart Meredith II, Cx’52, of Harrodsburg, KY, died September 14, 2013. After finishing his J.D. from Washington College of Law and American University in Washington DC, he served in the United States Air Force as a radio intercept operator with the Security Service involved with military intelligence. He was a trust officer with the Security Trust Company and practiced law in Harrodsburg, KY. He is survived by his children, William R. Meredith III and Sarah “Shelley” Dangerfield Meredith.

Minta Catherine “Kitty” Anderson,’53, of Darlington, SC, died August 18, 2013. She taught school at Tamassee DAR School, Pickens and Walhalla High Schools, where she loved working with young adults. She was the author of the daily devotional “Toddling to the Throne Room”. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Paul P. Anderson, and four daughters.
Calvin Luther Phipps,’53, of Hendersonville, NC, died August 6, 2013. He attended Pleasant Hill Academy and was in the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific servicing planes. As an executive with the Boy Scouts of America, he organized fundraising and recruiting programs for the scouts, traveling across the United States. After retirement, he volunteered his time at various ministries, including Habitat for Humanity and the Blue Ridge Prison and Jail Ministry. He is survived by his children, Lee Phipps,’79, Dale Phipps, and Lydia Gossett.

Delphine “Dusti” Moser Deaver,’54, of Northport, AL, died September 1, 2013. She attended Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, was a commissioned lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church and served in mentoring young people in anticipation of Christian service. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Frank Deaver.

Fred Keith Morgan, Cx’54, of Cold Springs, KY, died September 6, 2013. He was a retired chemist and photographer who wrote numerous articles about his eastern Kentucky heritage. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Angela Morgan.

Dr. Marcus Neil Rogers,’54, of Bloomington, IN, died September 18, 2013. After earning his medical doctorate from West Virginia University and the Medical College of Virginia in 1958, he was commissioned into the Public Health Service, where he served the Navajo people in both Arizona and Oklahoma. Then he served as a physician at the Indiana University Health Center for 22 years assisting with sports medicine. Even after retirement, he continued his career serving the community as a physician at both Prompt Care and Cook Medical Clinic. He is survived by his wife, Helen B. Rogers, three daughters and one son.

Dr. Robert Eugene Eplee, Sr.,’55, of Whiteville, NC, died January 30, 2013. He was a retired research scientist with the United States Department of Agriculture. He is survived by his wife, Mary Mullins Eplee,’58, and his son.

Dr. John Sheldon Showell, of Springfield, VA, died February 21, 2013. He earned a M.A. in chemistry from California Institute of Technology and obtained a Ph.D. in synthetic, organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He served at NSF for 28 years, retiring in 1994. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1991 and made a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Harvey Showell,’57, and two sons.

Jack T. “Tom” Owens, of Cleveland, VA, died April 13, 2013. He operated a fifth generation farm and was an avid livestock trader. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Shirley Rasnake Owens,’57, and his daughter.

Harold Franklin Warren,’57, of Charlotte, NC, died July 30, 2013. After finishing his bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in art, he was a writer for many years at the Charlotte Observer and a winner of multiple NC Press Association awards. He authored the book “A Right Good People” chronicling the lives of the people of the Appalachian Mountains. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shelby Jean Sizemore Warren, four daughters and two sons.

Leo Winchester,’57, of Henderson, KY, died November 5, 2013. He received his master’s degree in education from Western Kentucky University. He held various principal positions and eventually served as the assistant superintendent and the chief financial officer of the Henderson County Board of Education. He is survived by his brothers, Glenn Freeman Winchester and Boice Lynch Winchester, and his sisters, Ruby Winchester Oliver and Shirley Winchester Wilson.

James Elwood Cook, Cx’58, of The Villages, FL, died April 16, 2013. He was a retired administrative assistant for the state of West Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia J. Cook.

Ina Margaret Conner Penoyer,’59, of Greenville, SC, died September 20, 2013. She had previously served as director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, John A. Penoyer, Sr., a son and a daughter.

Virginia A. Greene, Cx’59, of Scottsdale, AZ, died July 28, 2013. She dedicated her entire life to the service of others through her social work and was a manager and sales professional in automotive sales. She is survived by two brothers, Billy Greene and Howard Greene, Sr.

Kenneth W. McCormick of Sidney, OH, died August 23, 2012. After finishing a B.A. from Marshall University and a M.A. from Ball State University, he taught at West Union and Botkins school systems before his 25 year career teaching social studies, boys’ golf, and girls’ track at Sidney High School. After his teaching career, he worked as a travel agent at Shelby County AAA Club, retiring after 14 years of service in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Pauline “Polly” (Dowell) McCormick,’59, a daughter and a son.


Dr. Betty R. Howard, Cx’60, of Washington, DC, died on October 18, 2013. She completed her B.A., M.A., and Ed.S. from George Washington University in educational administration, and a Ph.D. at American University in educational psychology. She devoted her career to advocating for educational rights of students, including working 39 years as an administrator in Montgomery Public Schools serving students with special needs, retiring in 2012. She is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Howard Whitmore and Cynthia Howard Kelly.

Johnny Earl Shults, of Sevierville, TN, died July 17, 2013. He was employed at Cherokee Textile Mills for many years. He was an avid fisherman and collector of model cars. He is survived by his wife, Edna Pressley Shults,’60, and a son.

Dr. P. Clayton Rivers, Sr., ’61 of Lincoln, NE, died April 16, 2013. He was Emeritus Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he worked from 1972-2002. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He was a postdoctoral fellow in alcohol studies at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He also served as an assistant professor of psychology at Marshall University and associate professor and department chair at North Dakota State University. In 2011, he and his wife, Dr. Linda Stewart Rivers, Cx ’62, received the Alumni Loyalty Award for their longtime support of the College. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, two grandsons, two brothers and one sister.

Erma Jean Vitatoe,’61, of Crab Orchard, TN, died October 22, 2013. She taught at several elementary schools and used her expertise with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services as a child protective service worker. She retired from public service in 1996 from the city of Crab Orchard as city recorder. She is survived by her brother, Willard Stanton Vitatoe, and two sisters, Linda Sue Godsey and Shirley Faye Vitatoe.

Dr. Hazel Nixon Brown,’62, of Yadkinville, NC, died October 31, 2013. She earned two M.A. degrees from Wake Forest University and from University of North Carolina Greensboro, as well as an Ed.D. from UNCG. She served as a registered nurse at Lula Conrad Hoots Memorial Hospital in Yadkinville and was a fourth grade school teacher at Yadkinville Elementary School. Later, she joined the faculty at UNCG and taught nursing for 37 years, retiring in 2011 as the Eloise R. Lewis Excellence Professor of Nursing. She published a book “Share Cropper’s Daughter” about the first 22 years of her life, which includes her four years at Berea College. She is survived by her husband of nearly 50 years, Leonard L. Brown, and four children.

Jerry Volker Tauscher,’62, of Deland, FL, died August 15, 2013. He taught German and physical education at Brevard College before earning a master’s degree from Springfield College, MA, in recreation administration. His training was instrumental in the development of 170 acres of Jackson Park. His love of teaching history was instrumental throughout his career until his retirement in 2000.

Rose Marie Kimball Lewallen,’63, of Plano, TX, died September 1, 2013. She retired in 2010 with a total of 43 years as a high school science teacher. She is survived by her brothers, Tom Kimball, Joe Kimball, and her sister, Jane Kimball Hoover.

Marie “Louise” Fletcher Perry, of Buffalo, WV, died August 9, 2013. At the age of 55, she graduated from West Virginia Community and Technical College with a degree in gerontology and served as an activities director for several long-term care facilities. She was the mission’s coordinator at Wade Chapel and president of Women of Wade with the United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Noah Edward Perry,’64, and two daughters.

Gene M. Owens, of Potomac, MD, died on December 25, 2011. He was a cadet midshipman in the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, attended Tulane University, attained a M.A. in development economics and studied in Buenos Aires as a Ford Foundation Fellow. He graduated with distinction with a Ph.D. in political science from Georgetown University’s School of Government and Foreign Affairs and a M.A. in Environmental Economics from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was employed with Asian Development Bank until his early retirement in 1997, and then joined the Harvard Institute for International Development as Environmental Policy Advisor in Cairo, Egypt. EcoShare Group was the name of his consulting firm. In 2002, at the age of 60, he received his fifth academic degree, a M.A. in environmental sciences and policy and was associated with several international consulting firms. He is survived by his wife, Ellery Allen Owens,’65, and his son, Andrew Owens.

Carol Hope Gilliam,’66, of Frankfort, KY, died September 6, 2013. She received her master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and was an influential teacher. She is survived by her son, Ben Gilliam.

James E. Deaton, Fd ’67, of Somerset, KY, died November 6, 2013. He was the owner and founder of Windows of Discovery, a counseling center specializing in substance abuse. He set national records in power lifting on both the bench press and dead lift. He is survived by two children, Megan Deaton and Jamie Deaton.


Roger Keith Damron, Cx’70, of Lexington, KY, died January 4, 2013. He worked for many years for Pinkerton’s in FL. After retirement, he volunteered in art at the Beacon House. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Blount Damron, a daughter and a son.

George William Moore,’73, of Louisville, KY, died August 31, 2013. He was assistant county attorney in Jefferson county, former commonwealth attorney for the 21st Judicial District of KY, past KY Commonwealth Attorney of the Year, and commissioned lay pastor at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church in the Transylvania Presbytery. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Brookhart Moore,’73, a son and a daughter.

Christopher R. Petz, Cx’74, of Sarasota, FL, died August 17, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He served as a construction project manager in various companies taking great pride in his work. He is survived by his children, Heath Petz, Christopher Petz, and Teylor Petz.

Billy Jack “B.J.” Chadwell, Cx’77, of Richmond, KY, died September 10, 2013. He worked as a Fleet sales manager for Paul Miller Ford in Lexington, KY. He is survived by his mother, Martha Chadwell, and his three sons, Billy Jack Chadwell II, Cx’91, Bradley Chadwell and Blake Chadwell.

Sharon Jane Tollett O’Malley,’77, of Tumwater, WA, died August 31, 2013. She was a public health nurse and a civilian director of medical management in the Managed Care Division at Madigan Army Medical Center. She is survived by her husband, Mike O’Malley, and two daughters.


James Pleasant Mahan III,’82, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, died on June 2, 2013. In his youth, he was a model for John Casablanca’s Agency. He modeled in Italy, France, New York, Miami, Hollywood and Los Angeles. After graduating from Berea College with a double major in French and German, he became a language teacher in Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA. He spoke and taught five languages. He is survived by his mother and father, Helena Mahan Pappas and James P. Mahan, Jr.

Jim Bradley,’88, of Sevierville, TN, died January 18, 2013. He taught middle school for 22 years at Sevierville Middle School, and was twice awarded Teacher of the Year. He was a skilled artisan of woodworking and calligraphy at Hillbilly Village for 34 years. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Pam Bradley, a daughter and a son.


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Scott Taber
Scott Taber
3 years ago

I lost my mom last year and was sad to hear Amer is in a better place now maybe strongly teaching physics somewhere. He might barely remember me; but he gave some interest in the beauty and toughness of physics; thanks for posting on Passages.

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