Charles Lewis Price ’49

Charles Lewis Price ’49 died June 8, 2006. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a pilot in World War II and again in the Reserves in the Korean War in 1953, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. After graduation from Davidson, he earned a master’s in 1951 and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, concentrating his studies on the South during Reconstruction. His dissertation was directed by noted historian Fletcher Green. In 1956, he taught history at West Georgia College. In 1957, he began a career as a professor in the history department at East Carolina University, where he served until his retirement in 1983. He served as a member of the Historical Society of North Carolina, the Southern Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians. H was involved in the creation of the Historians of Eastern North Carolina and he helped create the graduate program of the ECU Department of History, directing many Ph.D. candidates in their thesis work. He was instrumental in the creation of the manuscript collection at Joyner Library at ECU. A member of First Presbyterian Church since 1958, he served as an elder and was a member of the Harvey-Webb Sunday School Class, often as the teacher. He also served on the Building Committee and played on the softball team. Survivors include his wife, Doris Youngblood Price, whom he married in 1947, 1114 Ragsdale Rd., Greenville, N.C. 27858, daughters, Annette Price of Durham and Kathy Price Williams of Medford, Mass.; and grandchildren, Brett Douglas Williams of Burlington, Vt., and Laura Beth Williams of Medford, Mass.