Ralph Monroe Bell ’37

Ralph Monroe Bell ’37 of Charlotte and Waxhaw, N.C., died on Feb. 7. He was born Sept. 3, 1916 in Mooresville, N.C., to the late Dr. Andrew E. Bell and Lilla Mann Bell. He was educated in Mooresville Public Schools and is a graduate of Davidson College, University of North Carolina Medical School, and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. After graduating, he was an intern at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. He served for four years in the Navy Medical Corps and was a lieutenant commander when he left the service. He then worked at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans as part of Tulane Medical School’s graduate school. Ralph practiced medicine as an internist specializing in hematology in Charlotte from 1949 until his retirement in 1986. He was known as an outstanding diagnostician, an avid hunter, and part-time farmer. He enjoyed raising hunting dogs and horses. Ralph’s interest in people, love for his family, dedication for keeping up with new developments in his profession throughout his retirement, and his wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by a sister, Lilla Winstead. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Hodge Bell, 8223 Bonds Grove Church Rd., Waxhaw, NC 28173; two stepchildren, Kimberly Holladay Faaberg (Jeff) and Kevin Holladay; four step-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Carrie, Erik, and Joshua Faaberg; four sisters, Mary Parks Weathers, Louise Moffitt, Helen Rankin, and Eleanor Alexander; and nine nieces and nephews.