Thomas Gunn Archibald ’64

Thomas Gunn Archibald died in the early morning of Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Cooperman Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, New Jersey following a stroke.

He once wrote his own obituary in this way: “Thomas Gunn Archibald, born February 3, 1943. Husband, father, friend. Enjoyed travel and learning. Had the good fortune to have lived in quiet times. Examined life when he could.” That says it all. To add more detail, there is this: Tom was a very well-educated man, having received his B.S. from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Tulane University. More importantly, he pursued knowledge and understanding throughout his life. People often sought out his advice. In addition to wisdom, he had an irreverent sense of humor.

He was a career chemist, research scientist, research director and vice-president of technology development in the United States, Europe and China. His fields of expertise included pesticides, energetic materials, polymers and pharmaceuticals, and he had over 100 patents and papers. For many years he served as a consultant to fine drug manufacturers and was a Board member of Porton Fine Chemicals Ltd. in China, where he grew to love and appreciate the Chinese culture.

He was also proud of being a professor of chemistry at the University of the Virgin Islands, an HBCU university. He found time during his life to be an orange rancher, realtor, builder, marriage and family counselor (MFCC), crisis-line volunteer, Alternatives-to-Violence trainer, law student, and comedy manager. He liked to say that his hobbies were traveling, learning new things, and promptly forgetting them.

Since moving to St. Petersburg in 2014, he was an enthusiastic member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg and ASPEC (Association of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College). He was happiest in recent times when preparing for a talk at ASPEC on such varied topics as economics, science and history.

Tom was a devoted son to Harold Freeman Archibald and Lina Jean Gunn Archibald, who predeceased him by far too many years. He is survived by his loving friend and wife of almost forty years, Barbara Gould Archibald, and by his children, Sybil Archibald and Barry Echtman, and Lydia Archibald; and also by his step-children, Maile Gould D’Arcy, Tamara Gould and David Gould and their dear spouses. His eleven grandchildren, who called him “Opi,” miss him as well, Harry, Kate, Luc, Emma, Dorothy, Heather, Riley, Hannah, Samuel, Ava and Amalia.

A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held on February 4, 2023 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, 100 Mirror Lake Drive N., St. Petersburg, at a time to be announced.

Sarah Patterson French ’95

Sarah Patterson French of Atlanta, Georgia was a devoted mother, dependable friend, and loving wife. Surrounded by her family who loved her dearly, she passed away on October 23, 2022, at the age of 50 following a short but valiant fight against cancer.

Sarah was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Dr. Russell Horner Patterson III and Mrs. Virginia Patterson McLellan. She graduated from the Hutchison School of Memphis and Davidson College of Davidson, North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in English. Her love of language, grammar, literature & music, cultivated at both Hutchison and Davidson, was a defining characteristic of her life. Prior to having children, she taught in the Lower School at The Lovett School in Atlanta, served as the Publisher of The Harbus News at Harvard Business School in Boston, and worked as a children’s textbook editor for Harcourt Brace in Orlando. Sarah was a faithful member of Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, serving as a member of both the session and the most recent pastor nominating committee. She also sang for twenty years in Trinity’s highly regarded chancel choir. Sarah also served on the Board of Visitors to Davidson College.

Sarah’s primary and most loved role was mother to her beautiful and accomplished children, Colin & Virginia. She was devoted to their education both academically & spiritually for nearly 21 years. Her courageous fight against cancer was born from her desire to live to see her children mature into adults, graduate from college and experience the joy of being a grandmother.

Sarah was also a committed and caring sister and friend to many. One of Sarah’s greatest strengths was her ability to make and maintain strong, meaningful friendships. She was known for her great sense of humor and sharp wit. Sarah could accomplish any task, big or small, and others were willing to help in her endeavors because of the respect they had for her.

Sarah met the love of her life, Reid French, at Davidson College in 1992. They were married in 1995 and experienced a wonderful life together for over 27 years. Sarah and Reid’s marriage was so delightful because they had both similar interests and striking differences. Both loved music, theater, children, travel and education. While Sarah’s love of English and literature contrasted with Reid’s passion for business and economics, together they were complete and whole.

Sarah was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Patterson McLellan. Sarah is survived by her husband R. Reid French, Jr., her children Colin McRee French and Virginia Holmes French, her sisters Katherine Patterson Gieselmann and Mary Russell Patterson Tully, her father Dr. Russell Horner Patterson III, her step-mother Sandy Stillman Patterson, her sister-in-law Tracy French McMillan, and her parents-in-law Russell Reid French and Victoria Holmes French.

A memorial service in honor of Sarah will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 11 at Trinity Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. A reception at the church will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift in Sarah’s honor. The family requests that contributions be made to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322 or Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30327. Gifts online can be made at or Please note your gift in memory of Sarah French.

Jacob Daniel “Dan” Neubauer ’59

No services will be held for Jacob Daniel ”Dan” Neubauer III, 85, of Kerrville, who passed away Sunday, October 23, 2022 at his residence. Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Dan was born on December 16, 1936.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Katherine and children Randall, Rick, Jake, Julie and Josh (Davidson ’95).

Perry “Peter” McCallum Parrott Jr. ’67

Perry McCallum Parrott, Jr (Peter), husband of Lynn Brownell Parrott, died peacefully at home on Hilton Head Island on Saturday, October 22, at age 76.

Peter was born November 16, 1945, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He is predeceased by his parents, Ardis Flick Parrott and Perry McCallum Parrott, Sr.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, attended The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, then graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Peter and Lynn were married in 1967, prior to his attending graduate school at Clemson University where he received a Master’s degree in Industrial Management.

After college, Peter joined his father’s textile dyeing and finishing company, Parrott and Ballentine. His career was interrupted by service to his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal for his military service. He returned to Parrott and Ballentine, then joined the Sea Pines Company, first at Big Canoe near Atlanta. In 1973, Peter and Lynn, with their two young sons, moved to Hilton Head Island where he was one of the early real estate associates for Sea Pines Plantation. Following a successful tenure with Sea Pines, and as a development partner of Twin Oaks, Peter was hired by Trammell Crow Residential and became a partner, based in Tennessee. The family returned to Hilton Head Island and Peter founded the University Housing Group, which developed student housing in college locations throughout the southeast.

Peter always enjoyed the game of tennis and has played on the Davidson College team while there. He also loved fishing with his sons, boating, and golfing.

Wherever the family lived, Peter was deeply involved in community philanthropy. He served on the Board of Directors of the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and was appointed to the South Carolina Board of Education, representing the Governor’s School. While a member of the South Carolina Yacht Club, Peter was awarded the prestigious Galbraith Humanitarian Award for his tireless work for Volunteers in Medicine. He orchestrated very successful fundraisers for VIM and served on its Board of Directors for many years. The Eckedahl-Parrott Award was established at VIM in honor of the two major supporters.

Peter is survived by Lynn, his loving wife of 56 years; his son Perry McCallum Parrott III, his wife Anna Willis Parrott and sons Andrew and Sheppard of Delray Beach, Florida; son Walker Brownell Parrott and his su amante Debs of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. He also is survived by a sister; Ardis Parrott Albany of Birmingham, Alabama; a brother, John Flick Parrott, and his wife Sally Fowler Parrott of Greenville, South Carolina. Peter was loved by his entire extended family.

A graveside service is planned for family and friends on Thursday, October 27, at 11 AM at Six Oaks Cemetery in Sea Pines, with a gathering to follow at noon at the Sea Pines Country Club to toast a life well lived.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Peter’s memory to Volunteers in Medicine, Post Office Box 23858, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925; Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, 15 University Street, Greenville, SC 29601; or Memory Matters, Post Office Box 22330, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925.

David James Griffiths ’73

David Griffiths died suddenly at his retirement home in Davidson, NC, on October, 21, 2020. A 1969 graduate of Ewing High School, Dave lettered in three sports, and was inducted into The Ewing Sports Hall of Fame. After graduating from Davidson College in 1973, he received a MAT graduate degree from Trenton State College in 1974. From 1974-1985 He taught at and was assistant principal at Grey Nun Academy in Yardley, Pa. He returned to teaching at Ewing High School from 1990-2013, and then, back to Davidson, NC for his retirement. While at Davidson, he enjoyed watching Men’s Basketball, as well as most other sports. He traveled constantly, volunteered at the Davidson Gardens, and enjoyed reading and documentaries on TV. Dave impacted many people throughout his life, including family, students, teammates, and friends. He was laid to rest with his parents and grandparents in Dunmore, Pa.