Richard E. Arey ’48

Richard E. Arey ’48, of Blowing Rock, N.C., died August 20. He was born June 4, 1927, in Shelby, N.C., son of the late William Griffin Arey and Catherine Roberts Arey. He was a retired hotel executive, and during his career, he managed the Robert E. Lee Hotel in Winston-Salem, N.C., The Washington Duke Hotel in Durham, N.C., and was the vice-president of operations of the Hilton Plaza Inns in Kansas for twenty-one years, before his retirement in 1990. He was a past president of the North Carolina Hotel and Motel Association, the North Carolina Restaurant Association, the Kansas City Hotel and Motel Association, and the Kansas City Restaurant Association. He was currently serving as an honorary life board member of the North Carolina Restaurant Association. During his retirement years, he was vice chairman of the Unifor Chapter of SCORE, director of the Blowing Rock Rotary Club, Elder of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, director of Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, president of the Blowing Rock Country Club, and director of Blowing Rock Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anice Graham Miller Arey, and his brother-in-law, Joseph S. Dorton, Jr. ’52. He is survived by his daughter, Ann Mason (William), 5104 Harlon Circle, Richmond, Va. 23226; two granddaughters, Catherine and Susan Mason; two brothers, Will Arey (Jean) and Bob Arey (Loraine); and one sister, Mary Alice Dorton.