Robert Brown Taylor ’58

Bob was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Taylor, Sr. (Bob and Mary). His family moved to Greensboro when he was two years old and except for time in school and the military, he lived in Greensboro for the remainder of his life.

Bob was a graduate of Davidson College and enjoyed a split career in banking and private business. He felt his work to be interesting and challenging and was still working routinely in his home office before his death.

He loved and was an active worshiper of First Presbyterian Church. He also shared a special love for the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island where he served on the board of governors for a number of years.

Bob enjoyed golf all his life though he couldn’t play in his later years. He loved all things coastal, and he spent many hours playing his piano.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, his son, Robert B. Taylor III (Bobby) and his sister Frances Taylor Boone. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rebecca Walters Taylor (Becky); Charlotte residents, son, Joseph W. Taylor (Joe), daughter-in-law Rosalind, grandson Thomas Pappas, son, David D. Taylor, daughter-in-law Elizabeth, grandchildren, Broughton and William Taylor; and New York resident Tom Winslow.

Bob was thankful for the example of his parents and that God was always a part of their home. He deeply loved his family, his friends, and being a proud grandfather. His life was enriched by Becky’s love and his faith in God’s love. The family is blessed to have had Chantal Koffi, his caregiver, for the past year.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 21, 2022, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC. The service may be viewed live online at Out of an abundance of caution, there will not be a reception following the service.

Anyone wishing to send a memorial, please consider First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, The Village Chapel of Bald Head Island, 105 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461 or charity of choice.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Taylor family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

Norman McClure Johnson ’54

Norman McClure Johnson of Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC died at the age of 90 on January 7, 2022.

The son of Reverend Norman and Mary McClure Johnson, he was born in Blacksburg, VA on February 28, 1931. Reared in Rocky Mount, NC, Norman graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College in 1954. After serving as a U.S. Army officer in El Paso, TX, he went on to study at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Munich, the University of Freiburg, and UNC Chapel Hill, where he received his PhD. Norman taught European history at Davidson College and Salisbury University until his retirement.

He enjoyed sailing, international travel, and riding his bike to campus. Norman will be remembered by his family and friends for his dry wit, quest for historical irony, vast knowledge of international and domestic affairs, appreciation of music, and gift as a raconteur.

Norman is survived by Nancy Revelle Johnson, his wife and sounding board of 57 years, daughter Claire Johnson-Hurry (Doug), who fondly called him “Vats,” and grandson Wallace McClure Hurry. He was predeceased by his brother, James Wallace Johnson (Roseann Nagle), who shared his brother’s passion for sailing.

Please visit to express condolences to the family. Donations in Norman’s memory can be made to NC WARN to support energy & climate justice (NC WARN, P.O. Box 61051, Durham, NC 27715,

Ralph Lee Futrell ’52

Ralph Lee Futrell, 92, passed away on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at Brookridge Retirement Community.

Ralph was born in Winston-Salem on January 9, 1929, to Pete Harvey Sr. and Ida Hanes Futrell, the youngest of seven children. He graduated from John W. Hanes High School in 1947 where he was active in band, chorus, and sports. He was named outstanding male athlete of his senior class.

Ralph attended Davidson College and graduated from High Point College in 1952. In July of that year, he married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Morgan. After serving two years in the Army during the Korean War, Ralph and Bobbie moved to Richmond, VA.

In 1955 Ralph attended art school at Richmond Professional Institute (VCU). He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor of fine arts degree with an emphasis in commercial art. His career began at Alderman Studios in High Point and later continued at Long, Haymes and Carr in Winston-Salem. In 1969 Ralph began his freelance graphic design business, gRalphics, which he continued until his retirement in 1996.

Ralph was a lifelong member of Burkhead United Methodist Church. He sang in the church choir since his teens as well as at many funerals and weddings, including his son and daughter’s. He was also a member of the championship Auctioneers barbershop chorus. Ralph’s greatest loves were creating art and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Futrell, Alice Futrell, Hilda Pardue, Martha DiPrima, and brothers, Charles Futrell and Pete Futrell, Jr. Surviving are his beloved family including his wife, Bobbie; daughter, Connie Stockburger (Eric) and their children, Nicole and Matthew; son, Dan Futrell (Nancy) and their children Nathan (Sarah), Natalie Shore (Alex), and great-grandchildren, Madelyn Futrell and Beau Shore.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Woodland Cemetery in Winston-Salem. Please observe masking and social distancing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Burkhead United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at

Lincoln Bain “Lee” Scott ’54

Dr. Lincoln Bain Scott, Jr., 89, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2021, surrounded by loving family.

Lincoln was born in Monroe, MI to Lincoln Bain Scott, Sr. and Rachel Butcher Scott. His adventurous youth was spent in Tennessee, where he graduated from Clarksville High School in 1950. Upon graduation from Davidson College, Lincoln attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he met his beloved wife of 64 years, and fellow Tennessean, Julia Ann Johnson. They married in 1957 and moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where Lincoln completed his residency at the University of Michigan. Shortly after, he joined the Davis Clinic, of Mt. Pleasant, MI, as a pediatrician and partner.

After eleven years in practice, a growing family and an increasing yearning for the South, they landed in Chapel Hill, NC, in 1971, where Lincoln spent twenty years as a physician at UNC Student Health.

While Julia was Lincoln’s first love, there were many others close to his heart. The subject of food was nearly sacred, as a dear family friend put it “…somewhere up there a buffet is in trouble…”. Bar-b-que (eastern NC style of course) and seafood were among his favorites. He gifted us with a love of fine cuisine and fond memories of peeling shrimp at Topsail Island, shucking Stump Sound oysters and chasing blue crabs in the flats. While Lincoln never met a plate of bar-b-que he didn’t like, his love for Allen & Son Bar-B-Que was borderline manic.

Lincoln also loved cooking, nature, gardening, skiing, sailing, fishing and held a special place in his heart for dogs. A lifelong tennis player, Lincoln had a serve that proved nearly impossible to return. His height also served him well on the volleyball court, where he was a fierce attacker on the Davidson College volleyball squad.

Lincoln was a true gentleman and taught his children humility, hard work, the power of reading and humor. He loved his family dearly and left us with so many treasured gifts and memories – we are all so very grateful. “Big Lee” will be missed dearly.

Remaining to cherish Lincoln’s memory are spouse, Julia J. Scott; children, Lincoln “Tad” Scott, III (Renee), Susan S. Estridge, Kelley S. Hyatt (Greg), Joseph Scott, Sr. (Jennifer); grandchildren, Jennifer Scott, Lee Scott, Katie E. Schneider, Joseph Estridge, Kendall Hyatt, Tanner Hyatt, Joseph Scott, Jr., Ethan Scott and Caroline Scott.

Preceding Lincoln in death are parents Lincoln B. Scott, Sr., Rachel B. Scott and son in law Bruce R. Estridge.

A family celebration is being planned for the springtime. Memorial donations may be directed to Transitions LifeCare; online at or mailed:
Transitions LifeCare
250 Hospice Cir
Raleigh, NC 27607

Published by The News & Observer on Jan. 6, 2022.

P. Buford Price ’54

Buford was born in Memphis, Tennessee on November 8, 1932 to Eva Tankersley Dupuy and Paul Buford Price, Sr. His early years were spent in Marianna, Arkansas. The family moved to Lexington, Kentucky when Buford started junior high school.

Following his high school graduation in 1948, he received a scholarship to attend Davidson College in North Carolina where he graduated summa cum laude. Buford then was given a scholarship to study in the Physics Department at the University of Virginia.

In June 1958 he received his PhD and married Jo Ann M. Baum, who was studying in the Graduate School of Foreign Affairs at UVA. That August he learned he had been granted a Fulbright Scholarship to do research at the H. H. Willis Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, England. He and Jo Ann moved to England where later that year he was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to do research the following year at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University.

In Fall, 1960 Buford was recruited by at the General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, New York. He, Jo Ann, & the family moved to Niskayuna, New York where they lived for the next nine years. There were temporary excursions with the family to do research at the Physics Department, UC Berkeley (1963) and at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India (1965-66).

In 1969 Buford was offered a professorship in the Department of Physics, UC Berkeley. He, Jo Ann and the family moved to Berkeley in September and have lived there ever since. There were short and long absences for sabbaticals with Guggenheim and Miller awards in Germany, Japan, Italy and Switzerland.

Buford was a Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley until his retirement in 2002. He remained a Professor of the Graduate School from 2002 until his death in 2021. Buford contributed his talents to several prominent leadership roles at Berkeley. He was Director of the Space Sciences Laboratory from 1979 to 1985, Chairman of the Department of Physics from 1987 to 1992, and Dean of Physical Sciences from 1992 to 2001.

His scientific accomplishments contributed to a wide range of disciplines. At General Electric, he developed the nuclear track-etch technique, which continues to find widespread application in geology, geophysics, anthropology, high-energy nuclear physics, exotic radioactivity, planetary science, and high-energy astrophysics, as well as commercial applications. He was one of the first scientists to analyze lunar samples returned by the Apollo astronauts, and later developed cosmic-ray detectors that were deployed on the Russian Space Station. He was a founding member of the AMANDA collaboration, later Ice Cube, the high-energy neutrino observatory installed in the polar ice underneath the South Pole. This collaboration led to highly productive work in glaciology, paleoclimatology, and the study of extremophile bacteria living in Antarctic ice. Buford was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences in 1975 as a result of his early work, and he contributed to many other fields during his research career spanning more than five decades.

Buford trained several generations of students who went on to productive scientific careers, a testament to his highly collaborative approach to doing science. He always encouraged his students and associates to explore their own ideas and generously supported their professional development. All who worked with Buford knew him to be a delightful colleague, peer and mentor.

Survivors include Jo Ann B. Price, his loving spouse of 63 years, their children and families: P. Buford Price, III (Bo), his spouse Cecilia Bartolucci, their children Lavinia and Eric of Munich, Germany; Heather A. Price, her daughter Haley Dixon of Berkeley; Pamela M. Wright (Pam), her spouse Peter E. Wright, their children Audra and Cory of Dallas, Texas; Alison P. James (Ali), her spouse Matthew L. James, their children Alec and Nick of Millbrook, New York. Buford was predeceased by his mother and father, his brother Charles Everett Price, and his and Jo Ann’s infant son Billy.

Along with his membership in the National Academy of Sciences, Buford was a member of the American Institute of Physics and the Bohemian Club. He had a successful and distinguished career and left his mark on many lives both professionally and socially. We will long remember his sparkling eyes and engaging smile. A celebration of Buford’s life will be held after Covid allows us to gather. Donations in Buford’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

(More information: Niels Bohr Library and Archives; Physics History Network – American Institute of Physics)

Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, 2022.