Grant L. Beardsley ’54

Grant L. Beardsley ’54, of Placida, Fla. and formerly of Miami, Fla., died Mar. 13, 2007. Dr. Beardsley was born Jan. 8, 1933, and was raised in Dunedin, Fla. He graduated from Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and earned his bachelor of arts degree in English from Davidson College in North Carolina. He joined the Air Force as a jet instructor for the T-33 and F-86. He retired as a major in the Air Force Reserve. After serving six years in the Air Force, he returned to school at the University of Miami School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, where he received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees. He did past research on the biology of the dolphin-fish and behavioral studies of pink shrimp. Dr. Beardsley joined the National Marine Fisheries Center, Miami Laboratory (NOAA), and was program manager of the Oceanic Game Fish Investigations and the Atlantic bluefin tuna program. He retired as a senior scientist in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Sue Beardsley, 13044 Via Cassia, Placida, FL 33946; daughters, Lynn Mitchell and Lauren; sons, Grant III and Michael; a sister, Alice Beardsley-Garber; and four grandchildren.

William G. Hill ’54

William G. Hill ’54 of Winston-Salem, N.C., died November 20, 2006. After attending Davidson, he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill.

He moved to Winston-Salem in 1957 and began work with Pilot Freight Carriers, Inc., where he retired after thirty years of service. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard. During the ’60s and ’70s he served on the technical lighting staff of the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem. He became an avid gardener and loved to grow roses and was a member of the Winston-Salem Rose Society. He won many awards for his wonderful roses. He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-eight years, Jeanne Glover Hill. Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne North Hill of Winston-Salem; a son, William G. Hill and wife, Carleen, and a grandson, Alexander Gilchrist Hill, all of Lexington, N.C.; a sister, Mary Hill Taylor, Wilmington, N.C.; and four nephews.

G.L. Buist Rivers, Jr. ’54

G.L. Buist Rivers, Jr. ’54 of Hollywood, S.C., died Oct. 26, 2006. At Davidson, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He was a partner with Hagood, Rivers and Young from 1959-65, then a senior partner and one of the founders of Young, Clement, and Rivers from 1968-1986 and then became of counsel in 1987. He was a member of the S.C. Bar Assocaition, Kiwanis Club, and numerous clubs, societies, and boards. He was a member of the Episcopal Church serving as a vestryman. His lifelong passion for fire engines led to him being the head of the Board of Firemasters for the City of Charleston. One of his favorite activities was fox hunting. He was on the board of directors of the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America for twenty-one years. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Carroll W. Rivers, 4808 Highlander Ln., Hollywood, S.C. 29449; a son, G.L. Buist Rivers III; a daughter, Reinette R. Boucher; a brother, Dr. Thomas P.R. Rivers ’57 of Charleston, S.C.; and four grandchildren, Buist Rivers IV, Eliza Lee Rivers; Alexander Boucher, and Caroline Boucher.

William C. Elliott ’54

William C. Elliott ’54 died December 4, 2005, in Indianapolis, Ind., where he had lived since completing medical training. He was a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill Medical School and served his internship at Peterbent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He started the first hospital-based hospice in the United States at Methodist Hospital and was an assistant professor at Indiana University and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Indiana University. He was instrumental in founding the first Cath Lab at Kranner Institute if Cardiology. He was a member of the Marion County Society, the Indiana Medical Society, American Federation of Clinical Research, American College of Cardiologists. He was also a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife of forty-eight years, Betty Porter Elliott, 7334 Lions Head Dr., Indianapolis, Ind. 46260; three daughters, Virginia E. O’Neill, Elizabeth E. Hodge, and Mary E. Smith, a son, Dr. William C. Elliott, Jr.; a brother, Dr. James J. Elliott ’48 of Davidson, N.C.; and ten grandchildren.