Junius Brutus “J.B.” Stroud ’51

Dr. Junius Brutus Stroud III

June 9, 1929 – May 17, 2022

J.B. Stroud was born on June 9, 1929 in Greensboro, N.C., but his family moved to the small town of Faison, N.C. (population 800) when he was four years old. He grew up there with his parents J.B. Stroud, Jr. and Rachel W. Stroud, his maternal grandmother Annie H. Witherington, and his two sisters Anne W. and Berta A. Stroud. He once said that being a small boy in Faison in the 1930s was like living with one foot in a Mark Twain story and the other in a Norman Rockwell painting.

He enrolled at Fishburne Military School in 1944 where he lettered in football, basketball and track, graduated first in the class of 1944 and was selected by the faculty as the most outstanding cadet.

He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College, class of 1951. Two months later he was called on active duty and trained as a rifle platoon leader and as a paratrooper. Then, in the mysterious ways of the army, he was temporarily pulled out of the pipeline to Korea and sent to military intelligence school. Captain Stroud next spent a year in Korea at Eighth Army Headquarters as an Order of Battle specialist.

In the fallof 1953 he joined the faculty at Fishburne where he taught mathematics and physics, coached football and track and was assistant commandant of cadets. The 1957 Taps yearbook was dedicated to him. Most importantly, he met Ruby Lee Masincup, and
they married in August 1955.

After two years of graduate study at the University of Virginia he joined the mathematics faculty at Davidson College in 1960 where he taught until 1998. During those years he took a two year leave of absence to complete a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Virginia. He further pursued his scholarship during sabbaticals at Dartmouth University, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

J.B. was a dedicated teacher who maintained close relationships with his students throughout his life. He was a recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award at Davidson in 1987. He served Davidson College Presbyterian Church over a 40-year period as Deacon, Elder, Clerk of the Session, and Treasurer. He was the Scoutmaster of Troop 58 in Davidson for numerous years and a dedicated contributor to Habitat for Humanity.

J.B. loved history, puzzles and travel, and he was the consummate handyman. To his friends and students, J.B. was appreciated for his intelligence, thoughtfulness, fairness, sly smile and wit, and kind and friendly nature. To his family, he was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle. He was an inspiring example of always doing one’s best and of always putting others first.

He dearly loved his family and is survived by his cherished wife Ruby Stroud; his children Timothy and his wife Stella P. Stroud, Jonathan Stroud, and Cynthia S. and her husband Jonathan Glance; his grandchildren Brion (Jacinda), Robert (Chie), Emily (Philip), Clara, Jon David, Pryor, Timothy, Carlyle (fiancéeTherese), and Ellyson; his sisters Anne S. Taylor and Berta S. Swain; his sister-in-law Sarah M. Wright; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the wonderful care given to J.B. by the nurses and staff of The Pines at Davidson as well as Hospice and Palliative Care, Lake Norman. If desired, friends may make a memorial contribution to the J.B. Stroud Scholarship, Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28036, or tribute gifts can also be made online via www.davidson.edu/makeagift. Donations to Hospice & Palliative Care can be made at hpccr.org.

The memorial service honoring the life of J.B. Stroud III will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 in Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Main St., Davidson, N.C.

Thomas B. “Tommy” Haller ’51

Dr. Thomas B. Haller, 91, retired dentist in Pulaski, VA passed away Saturday, March 26, 2022. Born in Pulaski in September 1930 to Dr. and Mrs. Alexander Haller, Tommy made Pulaski his home, apart from his time in college and his service with the U.S. Coast Guard.

He attended Davidson College where he played basketball and excelled in school, while also meeting his future wife, Lillian Haller, who attended Queens College nearby. They have been married for almost 70 years. He did his military service in the Coast Guard and attended Medical College of Virginia to finish his studies in dentistry. Tommy then began his dental practice in the Town of Pulaski in 1959.

Along with his surviving wife, Lil, the couple raised three children in the county; Dendy Haller Askins, Allison Haller Hunter (John) and Thomas B. Haller, Jr. (Linda), along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren that he was extremely proud of. Tommy was also preceded in death by his beloved brother, Dr. J. Alex Haller, Jr.

Tommy was a lifelong active member of First Presbyterian Church in Pulaski and his dedication to it, its membership, and its mission was a cornerstone of his life. Tommy also took great pride in his community and was instrumental in creating several organizations including the Pulaski County United Way and was also involved with establishing the Emergency Needs Task Force, Free Clinic and Daily Bread, all located in Pulaski.

He was also proud of his role in building the Pulaski YMCA shortly after returning to the county. And finally, he was an avid golfer and long-term member of Thorn Spring Golf Club in Pulaski where he served in numerous club leadership capacities and enjoyed many great times and fellowships with all of his many golf buddies.

His children would tell you that Tommy’s life was a testament to a life of “giving back,” something his father had instilled in him at an early age, and he carried with him through the end of his days.

Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Pulaski, VA at 2 pm on Saturday, April 2nd with Rev. Graham Mitchell and Rev. Terrie Sternberg officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, April 1st at Stephens Funeral Home from 5-7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to any of his favorite organizations; First Presbyterian Church/Daily Bread, Pulaski YMCA or any other local charity in the Pulaski community.

James H. Woodrow “Woody” McKay ’51

James Hamilton Woodrow McKay Jr., “Woody”, age 92, passed away peacefully at home in Hoschton, GA, on March 11, 2022. Woody was a Presbyterian minister who served as a campus minister at FSU and GA Tech as well as in local church families. He is survived by his wife Linda McKay and his children Linda Davies, and Michael, Woody, David, Robert and Jonathan McKay, stepchildren Robert Usherwood and Jenny Warren, and 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at Buford Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 18th at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice and/or tell a joke to a random stranger in remembrance of Woody.

Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 20, 2022.

Donald W. Shriver, Jr. ’51

The Rev. Dr. Donald W., Jr. Acclaimed ethicist and President Emeritus of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, died on July 28 at Mount Sinai Morningside. He was 93. President of Union from 1975 to 1991, he presided over one of the most pivotal periods in the institution’s history. In the words of Professor Emeritus Larry Rasmussen, “Don Shriver saved Union Theological Seminary. That should serve as tribute enough. But more than that, he navigated changes that put in place a vibrant future Union, markedly different from the institution he joined in 1975.” Born in 1927 in racially segregated Norfolk, Virginia, Shriver was perhaps an unlikely candidate to become, in the words of Professor Cornel West, “the most prophetic seminary president in the late twentieth-century.”

He was raised, in his own words, to “never know how many injustices” his Black brethren suffered, yet throughout his career he would never stop speaking out against these injustices. Shriver graduated from Davidson College in 1951, and subsequently enrolled at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, where he received his BD (M.Div.) in 1955. After seminary, he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and served as a parish minister in Gastonia, NC from 1956, until he enrolled in the doctoral program at Harvard University in 1959.

After graduating, he embarked on a lengthy career in which he fought racism in church, culture and academia alike. In his own accounting, Shriver took Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and its call to white ministers, deeply to heart. His first book, “The Unsilent South: Prophetic Preaching in Racial Crisis,” collected nineteen sermons across the Presbyterian South speaking out against the evil of white supremacy. That same year, church elders tried to have him fired from North Carolina State University campus ministry because of his participation in the march on Selma, but Shriver refused to back down. In the ensuing years, Shriver became one of the nation’s foremost social ethicists, catapulting him to national renown.

In 1975, he was appointed President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (UTS), succeeding Roger Shinn. He assumed the presidency amid considerable doubt that UTS would be able to stay open, due to severe financial woes. However, through the timely sale of Van Dusen Hall, Shriver was able to usher UTS through its 1980 accreditation. But his tenure as president transformed more than financial stability. Through hiring now-legendary professors like Cornel West, James Forbes, Phyllis Trible, James Washington, Beverly Wildung Harrison, Larry Rasmussen and more, he ignited the seminary’s modern era as a diverse and justice-oriented institution. “It has been an honor to know President Emeritus Shriver.

As much as he was known as an ethicist and pastor and someone who passionately denounced white supremacy, he was a truly great man on a personal level and will be missed by many,” said Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary President. Both during his presidency and after, Shriver remained one of the nation’s foremost leaders. From his service as the 1979 President of the Society of Christian Ethics, to his longstanding tenure as a member of The Council on Foreign Relations from 1988 until his death, Shriver shaped both the academy and national politics. In 2009, he was awarded the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his 2005 magnum opus, “Honest Patriots: Loving a Country Enough to Remember its Misdeeds.” He also received honorary doctorates from more than 10 colleges, universities and seminaries for his ground-breaking scholarship and prophetic leadership.

Shriver is survived by his wife Peggy, who was a ubiquitous presence on the UTS campus. As Assistant General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, together they helped shape the broader church’s witness on issues from the Vietnam War to economic and environmental justice. She also has authored many books of poetry, which Don was known to fondly read aloud, remarking “I love you, Peggy Shriver.” The couple were long standing members of The Riverside Church. The couple were awarded the Union Medal together, the seminary’s highest honor, on “Don’s Day,” May 13, 1991, a day- long tribute to Shriver’s 16- year presidency. He is also survived by their children, Lionel and Timothy. He was preceded in death by their beloved son Gregory. A memorial service is being planned for mid-September.

Palmer Friend Shelburne ’51

Palmer Friend Shelburne of Colfax, NC, 91, died peacefully on July 21. Palmer deeply loved his family, being a physician, and caring for his patients. He loved getting outdoors to explore the natural world and travelled widely to see flowers, birds and mountains. Palmer was born on January 6, 1930, to Dr. and Mrs. Palmer A. Shelburne of Greensboro, NC. He received his bachelor of science from Davidson College and his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Following graduation, Palmer was an intern at Duke University. After marrying Julie Webber in 1956, he went on to serve 1½ years in the U.S. Navy at Camp Lejeune. He then became a resident at Mass Memorial in Boston. Returning to his home state and Duke, Palmer held a fellowship in cardiology, launching a 30-year career of practicing medicine.

In 1978, Palmer served as the president of the Greensboro Academy of Medicine. He was a lifetime member of the N.C. Heart Association, certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and an associate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians. He was a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. Never one to slow down, Palmer went on after his retirement to 20 years of volunteering at Habitat for Humanity.

Palmer is survived by his wife of 64 years, Julie Shelburne, his daughter Cathy Beck (Bill), son Brian Shelburne (Erika) and son Peter Shelburne (Ellie) and his sister, Mary Helen Watkins of Durham, NC. He was blessed with five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Ruth Bamford of Colfax, NC.

His life will be celebrated on Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m. at River Landing at Sandy Ridge, 1575 John Knox Drive, Colfax, NC 27235. Prior to the celebration, the interment will be held at Forest Lawn at 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. The family will receive guests after the service at River Landing.

The family wants to express appreciation for the loving care provided by the staff at Winged Foot in River Landing.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Nature Conservancy or Habitat for Humanity. Online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com.

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