In Memoriam

1930s

Florice Strickland Deen (’37) died Nov. 6, 2018, at her home in Mershon, Georgia, at age 105. At her passing, the retired educator was the oldest known person in Pierce County.

1940s

George Walter Long(’49,’67) was 93 when he died Nov. 5, 2017, in Jonesboro, Georgia. The World War II U.S. Navy veteran was a retired educator.

George Eanes (’49) of McDonough, Georgia, died Dec. 13, 2017, at age 90. After one year of college, he enrolled in the U.S. Navy and served aboard a destroyer in the North Atlantic during World War II. He returned to Georgia Southern and played varsity basketball for three years. He was a high school history teacher, guidance counselor and coached boys and girls basketball. He was inducted into the Georgia High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010.

James O’Neal (’49) passed away Sept. 11, 2018, in suburban Atlanta at age 89.  He was employed with Southern Bell for 40 years. O’Neal served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War and is remembered as one of the true “Chosen Few/Frozen Chosin.” They are the men who fought in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. The 17-days of fighting in brutally cold temperatures is one of the most celebrated in Marine Corps history.

Alma Smith Mitcham (’47) died April 13, 2018, in Ludowici, Georgia, at age 91. She was a retired Long County educator.

Dr. Frank Rizza (’48), died Oct. 1, 2018, in Savannah at age 90. The retired general surgeon served in the U.S. Army at the 44th MASH hospital during the Korean War. He had a private practice in New Orleans for 36 years.

Mildred Hamby Harrison (’49) of Augusta, Georgia, died Jan. 19, 2019, at  age 93. She was a retired Richmond County educator.

1950s

Robert Pollak (’58) of Valencia,  Pennsylvania; an avid golfer and lifelong Pittsburgh sports team fan; died Aug. 21, 2017. He had a career in the banking industry.

Robert Hurst (’54), a lifelong resident of Waycross, Georgia, died Oct. 1, 2017, in hospice care. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from the Ware County Board of Education as a public relations director.

Craig Marsh (’50) of Callahan, Florida, died April 18, 2018, at age 89. He was a four-term superintendent of schools for Nassau County.

Alida Green Smith (’56) of Savannah died May 1, 2018, in hospice care. She worked for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah for 10 years, and was a court reporter for years in the Chatham County courts.

William “Bill” Lewis Jr. (’52) died May 11, 2018, at his home in Severna Park, Maryland. Through his service in the U.S. Army, he developed skills as a linguist and retired from a life of public service with the National Security Agency.

Maude Ann Smith Wynne (’50) of Savannah died Aug. 22, 2018, at age 92. A librarian and teacher, she spent most of her career at White Bluff Elementary School in Savannah.

Dan Wilson Jr. (’54) of Atlanta died Sept. 30, 2018, after a battle with cancer. In his early career, he was a teacher but then took a job in the banking industry. He also served as a financial aid counselor at Georgia Tech and Georgia Perimeter College.

Jean Bolen Bridges(’53,’61,’74)  of Swainsboro, Georgia, died Oct. 8, 2018. The English and literature professor was a charter faculty member of East Georgia State College. She was also a recipient of the Governor’s Award in Humanities.

Claxton “Pepper” Walker(’52) died Oct. 21, 2018, in Bolingbroke, Georgia, at age 87. The Korean War U.S. Army veteran was a retired educator and school principal in Macon, Georgia, After retiring, he became a bailiff in the Bibb County courthouse.

Ronald Coleman (’53) passed away Oct. 25, 2018, in Augusta where  he lived after he retired from AT&T. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a public relations

executive in Savannah and in Jacksonville, Florida. He performed in musicals at the Savannah Playhouse.

Lila Weatherly Jordan (’57,’70) of Dublin, Georgia, died Nov. 6, 2018,  after

a brief illness. She was a retired elementary school teacher.

James Hill (’59) of Martinez, Georgia, died Nov. 7,  2018, at age

80. He had a private dental practice in the Augusta, Georgia, area. Hill was elected to the Georgia State House of Representatives in 1985.

John Chesley Adams Jr. (’59,’62) of Statesboro died in hospice care Dec. 2, 2018. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he had a private practice as a clinical psychologist and taught at several Georgia colleges. Adams also served on the Georgia Southern University Foundation Board of Trustees, and was a member of the Foundation’s  1906 Society.

Rebecca King Cromley (’51) of Brooklet, Georgia, died Dec. 24, 2018, in hospice care. She was a homemaker and elementary school teacher.

William “Keith” Clements (’50) of Arlington, Texas, died Jan. 15, 2019, at  age 95. The World War Two veteran was awarded the Victory Medal and Bronze Service Star. He played minor league baseball and had a 36-year career with a pharmaceutical company.

Shirley Smith Johnson(’53,’62,’78) died Feb.2, 2019, at her home in Appling Georgia. She was a retired school principal with the Columbia County Board of Education.

Mary Weitz Friedman (’51) of Savannah died Feb. 5, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. An active community member, she was a volunteer for several organizations including the Agudath Achim synagogue, which she attended and supported for over six decades.

John Sanders (’59,’82) of Warner Robins, Georgia, died Feb. 24, 2919. He was  a retired music and English teacher, an organist and choral director.

Helen Allred Strozier (’51, ’75) died at her home in Savannah March 17, 2019. She had a 30-year career as an elementary school teacher in Chatham County

1960s

Michael Gibbs (’67) died Feb. 8, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he worked in the sprinkler design business until he retired. The former Savannah art teacher was a collector of fine art and antiques, and served as a judge for the Miss Alabama pageant for many years.

Joe Sears (’64) of Alma, Georgia, passed away March 16, 2018, in hospice care after a short illness. He retired from the Bacon County Department of Education after nearly 40 years of service as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and as the superintendent of public schools.

W. Jerry Langston (’63) of Perry, Georgia, died April 21, 2018 on his 77th birthday after an extended illness. He was a teacher and coach, and retired from a fertilizer company after more than 20 years of service.

Dorris Goswick (’61) of Alpharetta, Georgia, passed away May 28, 2018. He was a postal worker for 38 years, and a dedicated member of the Alpharetta Historical Society.

Stanley Richard Rockett (’67) of Douglas, Georgia, passed away June 10, 2018. The owner of a State Farm agency, he served on the Coffee County Board of Education and was a past president of the Douglas Chamber of Commerce.

Patricia Thomas (’66) of Evans, Georgia, died at her home July 9, 2018,  after a brief illness. She was a retired teacher with the Columbia County Board of Education.

Cail Brinson (’62) passed away Sept. 8, 2018, in Gordon, Georgia. He also attended South Georgia College, where he was one of the original “Bobby Bowden Boys.” He was employed by a railroad company, an insurer and a distributor before opening his own business.

Jodie Galloway (’68) of North Augusta, South Carolina, succumbed to acute pancreatitis Sept. 9, 2018. He served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard and had careers as a teacher, insurer and financial planner. He was also active in the American Legion.

Charlotte Brigham Johnikin (’64) of Augusta, Georgia, died Sept. 10, 2018, at a nursing home. She was a retired teacher with 31 years of service  to the Richmond County Board of Education.

Wanda Connor George (’64) of Conyers, Georgia, died in hospice care Sept. 18, 2018. She spent 30 years in elementary education in Rockdale County Schools.

Tony Nevil Sr. (’61) of Register, Georgia, died Sept. 24, 2018, of injuries from a farming accident. He was a teacher and coach for several years before returning to the family farm. In 1990, he  was named Man of the Year in Soil Conservation for Bulloch County, and Farm Family of the Year in  2003.

Catherine Anderson Brannen (’64), of Statesboro, died Oct. 16, 2018, in hospice care. After her marriage and the birth of three children, she completed her degree in elementary school education and became a teacher. She later joined her husband’s business as the secretary and bookkeeper.

Donald “Don” Callaway (’68) died at his home in Moultrie, Georgia, Oct. 26, 2018. He had a  35-year career in federal service, which included heading the Naval Auditor General’s audit operations at Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. He also joined the Staff of the Commandant of the Marine Corps where he was branch head of the Audit and Review Branch of Fiscal Division. He was awarded the Secretary of the Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Service Medal when he retired.

Pierce (Pete) Leonard Jr. (’68) of Mount Airy, North Carolina, lost a 12-year battle with cancer on Nov. 27, 2018. He held jobs with Reynolds Tobacco Company and with his brother’s manufacturing company before starting his own auto sales business.

Joanne Peterson Harrison (’65) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, passed away Nov. 29, 2018. She was a retired high school teacher of over 30 years.

Robert Mayers (’66) of Roswell, Georgia, passed away Nov. 30, 2018. He had a long career in the banking industry, retiring from Wachovia Bank as a senior vice president and group executive. In retirement, he lived at St.Simons Island, Georgia, but relocated to Roswell when his health failed.

Elder Wayne Gibbs (’66) died Aug. 7, 2018, in hospice care in Statesboro. He served in the ministry at Primitive Baptist churches in Middleground, Metter and Savannah, Georgia.

Julia Price Bragan (’62) died in Statesboro Aug. 31, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She had a passion for teaching and was an elementary school teacher in Cincinnati.

Peter “Pete” Walker Hendry (‘65) passed away Sept. 8, 2018, on Tybee Island under the care of Bethany Hospice, and his family. He played basketball at Armstrong State. Hendry owned and operated the Shipwreck Club on Hilton Head Island and worked for National and PanAm airlines.

Janice Booth Ward (’62) of Athens, Georgia, passed away Jan. 17, 2019. She was a retired elementary school teacher with more than 30 years in the classroom.

William “Billy” Brunson (’65) of Statesboro died Jan. 25, 2019, at Azalea Health and Rehabilitation in Metter, Georgia. The retired teacher later worked for Rockwell Manufacturing and retired from a position with Georgia Southern.

Eleanor Sue Angert (’65,’67)  was  surrounded by family when she passed away Jan. 28, 2019, in Fernandina Beach, Florida. She retired as a teacher in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina School System.

Fleur Powell Wilkins Lee (’67) of Jesup, Georgia, died Jan. 28, 2019. The retired educator enjoyed gardening, fishing and hiking.

Andrew “Andy” Sharpe (’68) of Statesboro died Feb. 15, 2019 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. He had a career with the Bulloch County Correctional Institute, where he served as the correctional counselor until his retirement.

1970s

Charles Land (’74) of Manning, South Carolina, died March 25, 2018, in hospice care. He was the owner of a finance company and a member of the National Bird Hunter’s Association.

Robert Charles Smith (’71), Homestead, Florida, native and longtime Statesboro resident, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta. The onetime French music student was a paralegal with Edenfield, Cox, Bruce and Classens for over 30 years.

John Strobel “Pete” Cawley, Jr. (’76) of Savannah, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2019, surrounded by his family. The Navy veteran began working with Primerica in 1979 and was a national sales director at the time of his death.

Janet Brown James (’70) died peacefully June 4, 2018, at her home in Alpharetta, Georgia. The grade school teacher was best known for her outgoing nature and enthusiasm for storytelling.

Patricia Adams Woods (’76) of Vidalia, Georgia, died Sept. 13, 2018, in hospice care. The registered nurse retired from a Georgia public health agency.

Martha Tharrington Hayes (’73) of Savannah passed away at her home Sept. 28, 2018. She was a retired educator and elementary school principal from the Savannah Chatham County School System.

Paul Berry (’72) of Titusville, Florida, was surrounded by family when he died Oct. 9, 2018. He was buried in his native state of South Carolina.

Barbara Sanders Maharrey (’78), a lifelong resident of Bulloch County, Georgia, died Oct. 18, 2018, in Statesboro. She was a certified nursing assistant and was active in the Nevils community as a caregiver for friends and family.

Beverly Murphy Bell (’76) died peacefully Oct. 23, 2018, in Macon, Georgia. She had a career in human resources and also worked with agencies assisting the elderly.

William “Bill” Griffin Jr. (’72) of Statesboro passed away  Nov.  15, 2018. He was an original and lifelong member of the Housing Corporation of Theta Kappa Chapter of the Sigma Nu Fraternity at Georgia Southern. He had a career in construction and the agricultural financing business.

Marie Peel Lane Moultrie (’75,’78,’83) died Nov. 18, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. In retirement, the former Jenkins County teacher and her husband, enjoyed motorcycle camping trips throughout the U.S.

Margot Koerber Novikoff (’79) of Savannah passed away Nov. 29, 2018. She was a behavior specialist before retiring due to a disability.

Margaret Carol Horne (’74) of Savannah, died in hospice care Dec. 11, 2018. She was a  nurse and committed her life to service as a Little Sister of the Poor.

William Crockett (’77) of Beaufort, South Carolina, passed away Dec. 18, 2018, in hospice care. His career in sales took him all over the world but he always returned to his beloved Lowcountry.

Kathy Schenck Rigdon (’73), formerly of Snellville, Georgia, died Jan. 2, 2019, at home in Tampa, Florida, after a three-year battle with breast cancer. She retired from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent in Charge.

William Attaway (’71) died Jan. 14, 2019, at his home in Marietta, Georgia. He served eight years in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear code IT analyst during the cold war era. Later, he worked as a mainframe programmer and computer analyst in the financial sector.

William “Billy” Barrett III(’76) died unexpectedly Feb. 12, 2019, at his home  in Bluffton, South Carolina. He had a long career with Hargray Communications and he operated his own public accounting practice. He was a past president of the Savannah Jaycees.

Angela Brannen Miles (’73) of Savannah died peacefully Feb. 26, 2019, after a 10-year battle with Frontotemporal dementia. She was active in her church and in the Savannah community.

V. Gayle Hightower Kelley (’78) of Duluth, Georgia, died Feb. 27, 2019. She loved to cook, travel, and had a long career in customer service.

Fred Jacoby III (’71) of Savannah passed away Feb.  28, 2019. The avid tennis player, coin collector and auto enthusiast, was the general manager for Southern Motors Acura for more than 20 years.

1980s

Catherine Torrence (’80) of Savannah was surrounded by family when she died Feb. 8, 2018,  at a rehabilitation center in Houston, Texas.

Kenneth “Ken” Hoyt (’89) of Savannah died March 6, 2018, in a hospital. The Vietnam War U.S. Army veteran was awarded three Bronze Stars. He
retired from Gulfstream as an information systems financial  controller.

Roy Nelson Brinson (’80) of McIntyre, Georgia, died July 16, 2018, at his home after an extended illness. He retired as a warden after a 37-year career with the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Edward Averett Jr.  (’80), a longtime resident of Sandersville, Georgia, died Aug. 14, 2018, in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He was an airborne infantry officer in the military and served as the superintendent of Sandersville schools for 20 years.

Lenton Copeland Sr. (’80) of Brunswick, Georgia, died Aug. 22, 2018, following an extended illness. He served 21 years in the U.S. Navy, which included two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Stephen Sizemore (’81) died Aug. 25, 2018, at his home in Gurnee, Illinois. He had a career spanning more than 25 years as a business leader in the plastics industry.

Cathy Howorth NeSmith (’80) of Statesboro died in the hospital Sept. 28, 2018. An original member of the Eagle Wing Club of Georgia Southern, she was devoted to her family and the family’s construction business. An avid traveler, she loved fishing and spending time at Lake Oconee and Tybee Island.

Bruce Wilkinson (’87) of Columbus, Georgia, passed away Dec.7, 2018. An account manager for a broadcasting company, he enjoyed gardening and preparing gourmet meals for his family and friends.

Vivian Campbell Pennamon (’81) of Augusta, Georgia, died at home Dec. 26, 2018, after a battle with breast cancer. She was a professional educator and administrator for 35 years and a community leader in Richmond County.

Jeffery Herrington (’89) of St. Simons Island, Georgia, passed away Dec. 31, 2018. A devoted Eagles football fan, his career included positions with Epworth by the Sea, Statesboro Airport, and, most recently, served as guest house manager at Sea Island.

Denise Kennedy Duncan (’80) of Savannah was surrounded by family when she died Jan. 7, 2019. She was employed by the Savannah Morning News for 38 years.

Celia Gibbs Rogers (’83,’87), who taught for 32 years in Savannah public schools, died Jan. 17, 2019. A single mom of two daughters, she loved gardening and flower arranging.

John Mark Apel (’85,’87) of Hinesville, Georgia, died Feb. 1, 2019, in a Savannah hospital. The devoted “Trekkie” worked 25 years in the print industry and his last five in mechanical engineering.

Barbara Bush (’86) of Tucson, Arizona, died of heart failure Feb. 8, 2019. The mother of four was a special needs teacher.

Evelyn Padgett (’89) of Savannah died at home Feb. 10, 2019. She was a former operator at Southern Bell and was co-owner of Padgett Trailer Sales, Inc.

Candace Pratt  Pair  (’84) of Rincon, Georgia, died Feb. 28, 2019, from lung cancer complications. She had a career as a dental hygienist.

1990s

Edward McGowan (’96) of Annapolis, Maryland, died Feb. 5, 2018, after  losing a battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He formed an Irish rock band, played bagpipes, coached high school gymnastics and had a general contracting business.

David Ring Jr. (’96) of Jesup, Georgia, died Aug. 29, 2018, after a sudden illness. He was a teacher for 29 years in the Wayne County School System.

Matthew Doering (’95,’00) of Brunswick, Georgia, lost his fight with pancreatic cancer Sept. 4, 2018. His long career with the Glynn County Police Department included the position of chief of police.

Rhonda Bird Beasley (’93) of Powder Springs, Georgia, died Sept. 7,  2018. She was employed by the Tom Barrow Company.

Jeffrey Wolfe (’98) of Statesboro died Sept. 19, 2018 while working in Effingham County. He was the owner/operator of a surfacing and paving construction business.

Matthew Weatherman (’93) of Marietta, Georgia, passed away Sept. 21, 2018. He was an account manager for an equipment management services company.

Robert Roche Jr.  (’92) of Centennial, Colorado passed away Sept. 23, 2018, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He worked as a senior buyer for several different manufacturing facilities.

Alfred Clowser (’98) of Colorado Springs died Oct 11, 2018, at age 85. He served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and later worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah. In retirement, he returned to Colorado to pursue his passion for physical fitness, which included backpacking, running marathons and competitive race walking.

2000s

William “Drew” Hauesler (’15) of Cordele, Georgia, passed away Jan. 16, 2018, after battling brain cancer. He was a project engineer with a construction company in Perry.

James Wes Hill (’05), passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at his parents’ residence in Sylvania, Georgia. He was a mechanical engineer and a member of the Sylvania First United Methodist Church.

Angie Greene Castleberry (’01) of Cordele, Georgia passed away Aug. 7, 2018. She was a teacher in Coffee and Crisp counties.

Jean Osborne Newton Cottier (’06) of Savannah passed away in her home Sept. 4, 2018. She worked for more than 35 years in various capacities within the juvenile justice system and adult court systems in Georgia most recently as Chatham County Superior Court deputy administrator and Drug Court coordinator.

Steven Parker (’05) of Flowery Branch, Georgia, died Oct. 16, 2018. His family remembers him as an amazing husband, son and brother.

Ingrid Thigpen Wise (’00,’02,’04) of Marietta, Georgia died Oct. 23, 2018. She was a school psychologist for the Douglas County School System.

Kent Sparks (’04) of Forsyth, Georgia, died Dec. 17, 2018. He was an educator and football coach for 26 years.

William “Bill” Lord Jr. (’00) of Sylvania, Georgia, died Dec. 19, 2018, of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle. In addition to teaching, he had a passion for food and the outdoors.

Herman Talmadge Moody Sr.  (’06) died Dec. 28, 2018, in hospice care in Statesboro. He worked as a delivery driver for many years and also worked part-time at WCLA Radio in Claxton.

Stephanie Peery Malnight (’04) of Lafayette, Indiana, was surrounded by family when she died Jan. 10, 2019. The public health nurse had a lifelong love of music.

Theresa Purvis (’11,’17) of Savannah died unexpectedly Feb. 2, 2019. Outgoing, adventurous and compassionate, she loved the ocean and her four-legged child, Nahla.

EAGLE NATION

Retired professor Robert Magnus died Sept. 20, 2018, at his home in Savannah.  The professor of criminal justice served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Armstrong after teaching for more than 20 years.

Retired Professor Joseph Killorin died of heart failure  Oct.  19,  2018,  at age 92. The Savannah native started his teaching career at Armstrong in 1948 and retired in 1988. He was the academic dean for several years and held the Callaway Chair of Literature and Philosophy. Occasionally, he was a director and actor with the Armstrong Masquers and the Little Theatre of Savannah.

Professor Emeritus Fred C. Ellenburg of Pineola, North Carolina, died Oct. 25, 2018, at age 87. During his service on the Statesboro Campus, he taught middle grades and secondary education.

Retired Professor Catherine Simmons Blocker, Ph.D., died Nov. 7, 2018, at her home in Richmond Hill, Georgia. The Armstrong professor formerly served as the education director at the Savannah Science Museum.

Retired Professor Patricia Byers Brignati died Dec.  12, 2018, in Marietta, Georgia. As program director within the College of Education at Armstrong, the professor recruited and developed second career candidates as teachers in high need schools.

John Anthony Gehrm II,  former  Armstrong VP of Advancement, died Dec. 16, 2018, in Tallahassee, Florida. He loved advocating for a good cause, which made development a perfect career choice. He finished his career in development with the Florida State University Foundation.

Lewis Albert “Al” Raulerson, Ph.D., of Monroe Township, New Jersey,  died  Jan. 23, 2019, after a brief illness. The Korean War vet was a psychologist and counselor for more than 40 years, primarily on the Statesboro Campus, where he cared for college students and members of the community. He liked dogs, cats, oranges, military history, books, long walks, music, singing in the chorus and Georgia Southern football.

Professor Emeritus Amberys Whittle of Statesboro died Feb. 11, 2019, at a hospital in Savannah. The professor of English published books and journals in the fields of American and biblical literature.

Kathryn Elaine Hoehn Anderson, Ph.D., died Oct. 25, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. She was a professor and director of the Center for Nursing Scholarship and Research in Georgia Southern’s School of Nursing. She developed the Family Health Systems Approach family to nursing theory, which is used as a foundation for health departments, texts and in student dissertations and theses.


Professor Emerita Roxie Remley, who had a lifelong interest in the arts, died Jan. 25, 2019, in Statesboro. She was 99. Born in Indiana, Remley joined the newly organized  Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) during World War II. Her first assignment as an officer was top secret—an experiment in training women to operate anti-aircraft guns, a first for women in the U.S. military. After the war, Remley joined Georgia Teachers College, now Georgia Southern University. She was instrumental in establishing the art department where she taught for 26 years. The professor exhibited in dozens of juried shows throughout the South and Midwest. After she retired in 1976, Remley remained active with the Averitt Center for the Arts, the Bulloch County Historical Society and many other local and national organizations.


Dr. Paula Dessauer Wilson, a former adjunct faculty member at Armstrong, died at her home in Anacortes, Washington, Feb. 18, 2019. While living in Savannah, she served as the associate director of pediatric research at Memorial University Medical Center, executive director of the Savannah Behavioral Health Collaborative, executive director of the Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council (CCSNPC) and director of ChathamHealthLink, a community-based health information exchange.


Charles David Thompson (’81) of Statesboro died Dec.  22, 2018, in Savannah. A journalist, first at his hometown newspaper in St. Marys, Georgia, then in Statesboro, he was named founding editor of The Eagle, a weekly student-oriented newspaper.

In 1987, he joined the media relations staff at Georgia Southern, first as news service editor and later editor of Georgia Southern magazine. A charter member of Southern Boosters, David’s devotion to Georgia Southern sports made him a walking encyclopedia of all things Eagle. His institutional knowledge of Georgia Southern and his close relationships with five university presidents was a valuable resource to the University and community. After 30 years at Georgia Southern, he retired as director of communications for University Advancement. His proudest achievement was marrying the love of his life, Phyllis Thompson, a Georgia Southern alumna and president of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce.


Professor Emeritus James Walter Lynch of Athens, Georgia, died Feb. 22, 2019, after a short illness. He taught mathematics at Georgia Southern for years before retiring in 1992. He enjoyed coin and gun collecting, and was a founding member of the Bull Shooters Gun Club of Statesboro.

Professor William “Bill” Deaver Jr. died unexpectedly April 28, 2019, in Savannah. He was a professor of Spanish at Georgia Southern for 25 years. Raised in Richmond, Virginia, he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and a doctoral degree from Florida State. The professor loved traveling and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Professor Emeritus Robert Strozier died April 28, 2019. See the story on page 32 in the magazine or search our website.

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