Avery Patton, Jr. ’33 of Decatur, Ga., died April 22, 2005. He worked as a schoolteacher, principal, chemist, and professor before joining the U.S. Army during World War II. He served in Germany as a captain with the post-war occupation forces, ensuring war survivors were sufficiently fed and housed. After the war, he pursued a long career in the pharmaceuticals industry. He was a member of the Decatur Presbyterian Church where he was a former deacon and elder. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-two years, Myrtle Edmonson Patton. He is survived by a niece, Mrs. Katherine M.W. Dugas, 508 Kimberly Dr., Warner Robins, Ga. 31088; four great-nephews; one great-niece and two great-great nieces.
Rudolph Evander Conoley ’33 of Miami, Fla., died February 26, 2005. He was a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army and Army Reserve and a retired Dade County schoolteacher and administrator. Following graduation from Davidson, he obtained his master’s degree from Duke University in 1940. He began his career as a principal in the Everglades Public School System and returned to Miami to become a teacher at Bryan Junior High. He later became the dean of boys at Miami Edison Senior High. He finished his career as coordinator of personnel for the Miami Dade Public School System. His wife of fifty-six years, Laurita Pearson, preceded him in death in 1996. He is survived by son, R. Van Conoley, Jr., 25 Rosedown Blvd., Debary, Fla. 32713; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Conoley; and granddaughter, Mary Beth.
William Augustus Bedell ’33, retired businessman of San Antonio, Tex., died September 20, 2004. Survivors include his daughter, Margaret Cluck, 300 Mandalay Drive East, Olmos Park, San Antonio, Tex. 78212