Thomas English Hill ’29

Thomas English Hill ’29 of Chapel Hill, N.C., died July 8, 2006. He spent his early years in Richmond and Fayetteville, and graduated from Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. After studying in Germany and Scotland, he earned a doctorate in theology from the University of Edinburgh.

He taught briefly at King College and Southwestern [Rhodes] College and did post-doctoral study at Harvard before a long and successful career teaching and writing philosophy at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

His five books concerned ethics, knowledge, meaning, and “a good life.” He was an esteemed teacher and colleague influential in the academic development of the college.

He enjoyed more than fifty years of marriage to Sara Armfield, a graduate of Agnes Scott College and a teacher of physics and mathematics. They retired to Chapel Hill in 1974, and even after her death, ten years later, he continued to write and take part in local philosophy discussions.

A national AAU wrestling champion in 1929, he remained devoted to tennis and exercise for many years. Survivors include his daughters Sara P. Hill and Mary A. Hill (John Anderson); son Thomas E. Hill, Jr. (Robin Hill); four grandchildren, Thomas Hill, David Porter, Noelle Parker, Kenneth Hill; and five great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Porter, Austin Parker, Nicholas Porter, Kelsey Parker, and Dylan Parker.

Francis Newton “Fritz” Littlejohn ’29

Francis Newton “Fritz” Littlejohn ’29 died November 24, 2005, in his New York home. After graduation from Davidson, he played minor league baseball in Danville, Va. He then got a job as a sports reporter for The Charlotte Observer that lasted until 1937.

He went to the Associated Press and, as a sports reporter, interviewed baseball icon Babe Ruth and tennis great Bill Tilden. He then became news editor and later served in the Army Air Force 1942-43.

He was news supervisor at NBC Radio until 1952, then advanced to managing editor of CBS-TV News. He covered the political scene until 1972 and attended every nominating convention in that era.

While he was at CBS, his wife Edith Killian died. He went to ABC and was made events director. He met Ann, a writer whose work he edited. They married in 1962, but Fritz had no children from either marriage. While at ABC, Fritz’s job empowered him to make the inventive decision to carry the McCarthy hearings live.

Fritz retired from the Voice of America as deputy to director John Charles Daly. Surviving is his wife, Ann Gihuly Littlejohn, 349 E 49th St., New York, N.Y. 10017

Frank Houston Smith ’26

Frank Houston Smith ’26 of Raleigh, N.C., died Oct. 23, 2005. With a B.S. in chemistry from Davidson College, Mr. Smith served as a junior chemist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture, then joined the Department of Animal Science at NCSU as assistant in animal nutrition. He graduated from N.C. State College with an M.S. in chemistry. He retired as professor emeritus in 1973 with 45 years of continuous service to NCSU.

Mr. Smith was affiliated with the American Chemistry Society, the American Oil Chemistry Society, the N.C. Academy of Science, the American Institute of Nutrition, Gamma Sigma Delta, and Sigma Xi. He was a longtime member of Fairmont United Methodist Church, where he served as Cub Scout Master, Boy Scout Master, Methodist Youth Fellowship counselor, and Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Lois Ellington Smith; two sons, Frank Houston Smith, Jr. (Gaille Rouse Smith) and David R. Smith, 7712 Tobruk Ct., Hanover, MD 21076-1641; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Marcus Dean Haney, Jr. ’27

Marcus Dean Haney, Jr. ’27 of Denver, N.C., and formerly of Charlotte, NC, died October 13, 2005. He was employed by E.I. DuPont Organic Chemicals Division in Charlotte for forty-one years and retired in 1967.

He was a lifelong charter member of Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and a deacon. His wife of seventy-three years, Margaret Porter Haney, died in 2003.

Survivors include three sons, Marcus D. Haney, III and his wife, Christie, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Don Haney and his wife, Dottie, of Weeki Wachee, Fla., and Sky Valley, Ga.; and Jerry P. Haney and his wife, Judy, 2800 Cherry Ln., Denver, N.C. 28037; ten grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

Loraine Bledsoe “L.B.” Singleton ’26

Loraine Bledsoe “L.B.” Singleton, ’26 is formerly of Laurinburg, N.C. He obtained his education at Davidson College, UNC-Chapel Hill, and received his master’s degree at Columbia University.

He was a teacher, coach, and principal. He also worked for the N.C. Department of Agriculture, and was an educational director for Waverly Mills until his retirement in 1970. Following his retirement, he started a moving and storage business, which he operated until 1989. Lorraine died on April 19, 2005.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Florence Singleton. Surviving are his daughters, Suzanne S. Gibson, 805 Williamsburg Dr., Rockingham, N.C. 28379, and Marilyn Singleton of Sunset Beach, N.C.; and grandchildren, Claire Gibson, Bryan Gibson, and Darius Raji.