Paul Buckley Griffith ’83

It is with heavy hearts that we write to tell you that our beloved Paul passed away on June 28th in the early hours of the morning. Our family, along with Paul’s brother Joe, were there with him in his final moments. He died peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family. We will miss Paul forever, but are comforted by the knowledge that he now exists in transcendent peace and joy with Christ. 

Over these past weeks and months, we have received so many beautiful messages of love and support from people across the chapters of Paul’s life. We read each of these messages to him and are deeply grateful for the time you all took to show Paul how loved, admired and appreciated he was. They meant so much to him and they brought smiles, joy, gratitude and laughter into our home during a challenging time. We will find comfort in these messages for years to come.

We would love for as many people as possible to mark his passing in person, so weare planning events in both the UK and the US. Paul’s funeral will be held in the UK on Saturday, 16 July 2022. A memorial gathering will be held for Paul in Washington DC on Saturday, 30 July, 2022. Please see below for full details. 

UK Funeral Service – Saturday, July 16, 2022 – Please RSVP

10:30 AM Requiem Mass

Verona Fathers, Sacred Heart Church, Sunningdale, SL5 OJY, UK

(Livestream available)

12:00 PM Funeral Procession from Sacred Heart Church to Crematorium

12:30 PM Committal Service

Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium, South Road, Bracknell, Wokingham, 

RG40 3DW, UK

 (Livestream available)

1:30 PM Reception at Griffith Residence

Abbotswood, Waverley Drive, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 4PZ, UK

US Memorial Gathering – Saturday, July 30, 2022 – Please RSVP

Washington DC, USA. Further details on time and location to follow.

For more information about these memorial services and to RSVP, please visit

Nancy Clifton Kinzer ’79

Nancy Clifton Kinzer crossed the threshold from this life to the next on June 28, 2022, at the age of 64.

Nancy was born to Almonese Brown Clifton and Thomas Woodard Clifton on November 9, 1957, in Dallas, Texas. She was the second of three children, including her sister, Deborah Clifton Van der Lande, and her brother, Forrest Bradford Clifton.

Nancy attended the Lovett School in Atlanta. She graduated from Davidson College in 1979 after spending her junior year in Montpellier, France. At Davidson she befriended Mark Kinzer, her future husband.

After graduation, Nancy moved to Northern California. She lived in Palo Alto, sold copiers, and learned to drive a stick shift on the hills of San Francisco.

In 1982, Nancy moved back to Atlanta just in time for the birth of her first niece and nephew, twins Heather and Bernard Van der Lande. Nancy worked as a computer programmer for Delta Air Lines before moving to the Delta Air Lines Foundation, where she worked in corporate philanthropy. During this period, she and Mark reunited. They married on November 10, 1990. They have two children, Emily Chesher Kinzer (26) and Benjamin Thomas Kinzer (23). Nancy would go on to work on fundraising campaigns for the United Way of Greater Atlanta, 7 Stages Theatre, and others. She was an alumna of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 1995.

Nancy was a long-time member of Decatur Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, she heeded the call to serve God and enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary. In 2007, her family decamped to England for the Fall semester so that Nancy could pursue religious studies at Westminster College, Cambridge. She received her Master of Divinity in 2011. During the course of her career, Nancy served at Trinity Presbyterian Church (Decatur, Georgia), Faith Presbyterian Church (Blue Ridge, Georgia), and Northminster Presbyterian Church (Roswell, Georgia). Her beloved congregants will remember Nancy for her generous heart, sound advice, and willingness to address difficult issues head on both in and out of the pulpit.

In her spare time, Nancy loved to read mystery novels, try new recipes, do crossword puzzles, and meet with the book club that she belonged to for more than 20 years. Nancy also had a knack for planning trips, and her family have many fond memories of traveling both in and out of the country with her.

Nancy is predeceased by her father, Tom Clifton; and her stepfather, Ralph Williams. She is survived by her husband and children, as well as her mother, Almonese (Nesie) Clifton Williams; siblings, Deborah Van der Lande and Brad Clifton (Carolyn); step-siblings, Ralph Williams III (Mary), Nancy Jane Morizio (Michael), John Williams (Susan); and her nieces and nephews: Heather Van der Lande Cummings (Andrew), Bernard Van der Lande, Ashley Van der Lande, Billie Clifton, and Thomas Clifton.

In her final chapter, Nancy showed an appreciation for the sacred in the mundane, gratitude for the life she had led, and resolute courage in the face of pain and death. She loved her family fiercely, both the living and those she held close in loving memory. Her husband and children will miss her terribly.

A memorial service will be held on July 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM. at Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia, with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Kulea Music Institute, which Nancy supported with her time and talents in the closing months of her life.

Kulea Music Institute
71 Howard St., #5312
Atlanta, GA 30317.
CashApp handle: $KuleaMusicInstitute

Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jul. 6, 2022.

James Hendry “Jim” Robinson ’57

James Hendry Robinson, M.D., 87, of Wilmington passed away June 24, 2022. He was born January 19, 1935 in Clinton, North Carolina to the late Albert Grady and Moye Mercer Robinson. He was predeceased by his son, James Hendry “Chip” Robinson, Jr., his brothers, Robert Edmund Robinson and Albert Grady Robinson, Jr., his sister-in-law, Rose McLean Whitesides, and his nephew, Henry Monroe Whitesides, Jr.

Jim was a graduate of Clinton High School, Class of 1953, and Davidson College, Class of 1957, where he was a member of the wrestling team and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. During a college summer, he worked at Montreat, the Presbyterian retreat in the North Carolina mountains, and met and fell in love with a Montreat summer resident, Nancy “Toppy” McLean of Gastonia. They married in 1958, and began their blessed journey together of life, love, family, work and Christian service. Jim then attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Class of 1961, while Toppy taught school in Durham before having their first child, Chip. Jim and Toppy then went to Danville, Pennsylvania (where Bert was born) for Jim’s internship at Geisinger Memorial Hospital. Jim served in the U.S. Army, Retired Reserve. Jim and Toppy returned to Chapel Hill for Jim’s residency in anesthesiology, then moved to Wilmington in 1964, where Leslie was born three years later. They were grateful for the warm reception by the community as Jim established the first anesthesiology practice in Wilmington at James Walker Memorial Hospital, where he practiced until 1967, then moved to the newly established New Hanover Memorial Hospital (now Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center) and formed Wilmington Anesthesiologists. Jim practiced anesthesiology for 34 years, retiring in 1998. He enjoyed working with his colleagues, staff and patients, providing care through the years, and becoming a much beloved figure in the medical community and among his patients, who often lovingly recounted that “Dr. Robinson put me to sleep.” He was a member of the American Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, the New Hanover-Pender Medical Society, and numerous other professional associations.

In addition to his professional excellence and leadership, Jim was known for his staunch devotion to his family, his uncomplaining perseverance through early-onset arthritis, his grace, wisdom, humility, dry wit, and his twinkle-eyed, mischievous sense of humor. He had a strong love for and faith in God, and was an active member of First Presbyterian Church. He served multiple terms as an Elder, a Deacon, and committee chairman. Jim served on numerous community boards, including two terms as President of the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Center, and was instrumental in the establishment of the overnight shelter, the Day Center and the Second Helpings program. Jim and Toppy enjoyed their memberships in the Carolina Yacht Club, Surf Club, and Cape Fear Country Club. They enjoyed attending their children’s school and extracurricular activities, regularly entertaining their friends in their homes in Wilmington and Montreat, and serving in the church and community. Jim especially enjoyed teaching Chip and Bert to hunt and fish as he had been privileged to do while growing up in Clinton, and they partook in an annual hunting trip with friends in the Virginia mountains for many years. Following Jim’s retirement, Jim and Toppy would extend their annual Montreat visits into long summer seasons, graciously hosting family and friends to stay and enjoy Montreat’s holy beauty. Jim delighted in his role as “Pop” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and dispensed many words of wisdom and hugs of love and affection through the years.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Nancy “Toppy” McLean Robinson of the home; son, Albert Lynn Robinson (Lucy) of Wilmington; daughter, Leslie Robinson Morris (Joe) of Asheville; daughter-in-law (Chip’s widow), Robin Wicks Robinson of Wilmington; sister, Kathryn Robinson Holder (Tom) of Aiken, South Carolina; and brother, Redmond Mercer Robinson (Doris) of Winterville. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren: Alexandria Robinson Wilson and her children, Grey, Paige, and Charlotte Wilson, all of New Bern; McLean Gardner Robinson of Wilmington; Graham Kent Robinson and Jane Kathryn Robinson of Charlotte; James Hendry Robinson III of Raleigh; Wallace Katherine McLean Robinson of Wilmington; and James Robinson (“Jack”) Morris and Michael Joseph Morris of Asheville. He is also survived by Toppy’s brother, L.L. McLean, Jr. (Suzanne) and his family, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at First Presbyterian Church. The service will be preceded by a private Committal Service in the Columbarium Memorial Garden at 1:30 p.m.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at the home, 1903 Brookhaven Road. Memorials to Dr. Robinson may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 125 S. Third Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, or Montreat Conference Center, P.O. Box 969, Montreat, NC, 28757, or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Andrews Mortuary. Condolences may be left at

Laymon Luther “Buddy” Echols ’56

Laymon Luther “Buddy” Echols, 88, husband of the late of Billie Rainey Echols died Friday, June 17, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Laymon Luther and Martha Posey Echols. Buddy was a lifelong member of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church and a faithful member of the Round Table Sunday School class. He was a graduate of Greenville High School Class of 1952, and Davidson College Class of 1956 where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Buddy served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army; he was assigned to the Army Intelligence Agency and stationed in Nationalist China. President of Echols Oil Company and Haulers, Inc. from 1958 until 1997, he also served as President of the South Carolina Oil Jobbers Association in 1966.

Buddy is survived by two daughters, Martha Echols Waddell (Dan), and Mary Hamilton Echols (Wesley); two grandchildren, Robert Fredrick Fowler, IV and Laura Rainey Fowler; and a step-grandchild, Virginia Waddell.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. Due to the pandemic, the family was not able to properly say goodbye to Billie, and so, just as in life, they will be celebrated together with a memorial service at 12:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A private burial will be held in Springwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buncombe Street United Methodist Church Round Table Sunday School Class, 200 Buncombe St., Greenville, SC 29601.

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Charles Wilson “Charlie” Robinson ’56

Charles “Charlie” Wilson Robinson Jr. passed into the loving arms of his Savior surrounded by his loved ones on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas. Charlie was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 17, 1935 to parents Charles Wilson Robinson and Mildred Randolph Gane. Growing up in Charlotte, he excelled at academics, track, and outdoorsmanship. At 16 he skipped 12th grade to attend Davidson College pre-med and run the high hurdles for varsity track.

Next, was medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where Charlie graduated AOA. While in medical school he met and married Joan Atkinson and welcomed daughter, Ashley and son, Charles. Upon completion of his residency in Clinical Pathology, the Army brought Charlie to Fort Sam Houston to serve as Chief of Special Hematology at Brook General Hospital. He quickly, in no particular order, fell in love with tacos, San Antonio, First Presbyterian Church, and the medical community of South Texas, and never moved back to his native North Carolina.

His distinguished professional career included serving as a founding member of Severance and Associates Pathology Group. Severance provided pathology services to many area hospitals. Charlie, as Vice-President of Hospital Services, helped many of these hospitals design their clinical laboratories. He also personally trained the hospital physicians on how to utilize their new laboratories. Charlie served as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at U.T. Health Science Center, as Trustee and Secretary of the Bexar County Medical Foundation, and Director of the Alamo Health Care Plan, Inc. His training in hematology and blood banking led Charlie to co-found and serve as director of what today is known as South Texas Blood and Tissue Center. He understood the need for consolidating all the various hospital blood banks into a centralized source for the benefit of hospitals throughout San Antonio and South Texas. For many years, he served as a consultant to a large number of hospitals. Every Thursday for a little over a decade, saw Charlie leaving town at the crack of dawn to visit various hospitals across the Hill Country and South Texas: Comfort, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Luling, Pearsall, Johnson City, San Marcos, Lockhart, Del Rio.

Charlie’s interests were many and varied. In addition to his love of medicine he was a self-taught, highly educated investor in the stock and commodities markets. When he wasn’t engaged in lab work, investments, or outdoor activities, Charlie exercised his green thumb, including the propagation of orchids, tomatoes, and other vegetables.

In the early 1970’s, Charlie purchased a house on Lake LBJ–a refuge from his busy professional life where he taught all his children to water ski, sail and drive boats. Many Saturday mornings, would find Charlie, aka the Mad Chopper, pruning shrubs at the lake, leaving the cuttings lying on the ground for his children to drag to the top of the hill, while he would go look for “pinholes in his eyelids.” (take a nap).

Charlie met Cynthia Cartall in April of 1980 and they married four months later. His blended family was a joy to him, and he and Cynthia had so much fun together. They traveled the world, from Tahiti to Israel, to Europe to the Baltic, but Charlie’s favorite trips were their five photo safaris to Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. They preferred bush camps to lodges, and they learned to cope with “unexpected eventualities.” While these may have been a little nerve-wracking, they were certainly interesting!

An avid outdoorsman, Charlie loved to hunt and fish. As a boy, Charlie, toting his grandfather’s shotgun, and his younger brother, Bill, would ride the city bus to the family farm for the weekend. The bus stop was a solid two mile walk from the farm. As they walked up the road, Charlie would hunt for their supper. A longtime member of Blue Wing Club, Charlie shared his love of fishing with his children and grandchildren. In later years Charlie hunted elk in Colorado and Wyoming with his son Hunter and dear friend Ron Hall and fished for salmon and halibut in Alaska both with his son, Charles, and his wife Cynthia.

Charlie was a dedicated member of Dr. Louis Zbinden’s Tuesday morning doctors’ Bible Study at Northeast Baptist Hospital. In retirement, he joined the men’s Thursday morning Bible study at First Presbyterian Church.

Family was especially important to Charlie, he spent many weekends grilling and hosting various friends and family at both the lake and in San Antonio. A member of the Petroleum Club and the Friday Singers, Charlie’s infectious smile and wonderful laugh will be treasured always.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Mildred Robinson and his brother, William Robinson (Bill). Charlie is survived by his wife Cynthia Cartall Robinson, children: Ashley Robinson Dike, Charles Wilson Robinson III (Amy) and Hunter Cartall Peyton (Kari), grandchildren: Peyton Ray Dike, Stuart Rex Dike, Ramsey Campbell Robinson, Charles Wilson Robinson, Hayes Cartall Peyton, Bennett Elaine Peyton, and sister, Louise Robinson Singleton and brother Stephen Robinson (Virginia), as well as many nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

The Memorial Service will be held Thursday, June 23, 2022, 2:00pm at First Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Dr. Bob Fuller will officiate. Honorary Pallbearers: Clay Cartall, Milt McFarland, Bill Young, George Case, and Ron Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic, First Presbyterian Church, South Texas Blood & Tissue, or a charity of your choice.

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