Fred Huntley Allen ’55

A kind gracious gentle soul has left us. Fred Huntley Allen, Jr. passed away on Thursday, February 3, 2022. He was born on October 29, 1934 in Wadesboro, NC to the late Fred Huntley Allen and Margaret Hardin Allen.

Fred was a graduate of Davidson College (1955) and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. After internships and residencies at the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University he graduated from the Neurological Institute of Columbia. While in New York he met Gretchen VanAusdal, his luv. They married in 1964, moving to Charlotte the end of that year to begin his neurology practice.

He served in the United States Army (1968-70) finishing as Chief of Outpatient Neurology at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Upon returning home he founded Carolina Neurological Clinic bringing Army colleagues to Charlotte. Fred was active on the clinical boards of the American Academy of Neurology and was a founding member of the Southern Clinical Neurological Society.

Throughout his practice he had a passion for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Fred served on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association receiving the Louise Martin award for service. He conducted one of the original drug trials for Aricept and contributed to research at Duke University that identified the APOE gene as a risk for early onset Alzheimer’s.

Fred was a Deacon at Myers Park Baptist Church, served on boards of the Association for the Blind and Shepherd’s Center and worked tirelessly for MedAssist funding in its early days. Supporting his children’s activities was his joy. He was an assistant scoutmaster at Christ Church having been an Eagle Scout himself. Fred never missed his children’s games or performances at Country Day and was a Boosters Club co-chair.

Fred and Gretchen moved to Southminster Retirement Community in 2014 and his positivity was seen by all he met. As dementia took his cognition his granddaughter, Adele became his biggest buddy.

In addition to his wife Fred is survived by his three children, Fred “Hunt” Huntley Allen III and his wife, Emily, William “Will” VanAusdal Allen and his wife, Becky and Margaret “Lucy” Lucille Allen Chapman and her husband, Andrew; grandchildren Cody Elizabeth Allen, Alexandra Grace Allen, Louis Huntley Allen, and Adele Grace Chapman. Also surviving are his sister, Nancy “Missy” Elizabeth Brown and her husband, Henry and numerous very special nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews. Fred was predeceased by his brother, James Hardin Allen and sister-in-law, Ruth Allen.

The family is eternally grateful for the compassionate care of Dr. Charles Edwards and his staff and for all the staff at Southminster.

A memorial service for Fred will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Myers Park Baptist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Fred to Memory and Movement Center Charlotte, 300 Billingsley Road, Ste. 108, Charlotte, NC 28211 or Southminster Community Fund, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at

Vereen M. Bell ’55

Obituary prepared by Vanderbilt University:

Vereen M. Bell, a professor of English, emeritus, at Vanderbilt University who had a transformational influence on countless students, challenged institutional structures and pushed for greater diversity, died Aug. 24 at home in Nashville. He was 86 years old.

“Professor Bell’s classes all but defined the educational experience for generations of Vanderbilt students,” said John Geer, the Ginny and Conner Searcy Dean of the College of Arts and Science. “He demanded rigor, provoked new ways of thinking and—most memorably—championed students’ intellectual growth with an inimitable style and a wry humor.”

Bell was born on Oct. 31, 1934, in Cairo, Georgia, and grew up in the nearby cities of Thomasville and Quitman. He graduated with a bachelor of science from Davidson College in 1955 before enrolling at Duke University, where he earned his doctorate in 1959. He taught at Louisiana State University for two years before joining the Vanderbilt Department of English as an assistant professor in 1961. His areas of expertise included American and British literature and modern American poetry.

“A scholar of early Modernist literature, he had the soul of an artist and the mind of a writer: associative, curious, deeply empathic, in love with language and unafraid of intense emotion,” said Kate Daniels, Edwin Mims Professor of Literature. “His lifelong Georgia drawl, his love of humor, his storytelling genius, his impressive height, his hospitality at work and at home, his dog-whispering abilities, his intense interest in absolutely everyone he met—even his creative and hilarious use of profanity—drew people to him. He had more friends than anyone I ever knew, all besotted with affection. It was my joy to be one of them.”

Bell was promoted to associate professor in 1965 and received the Chancellor’s Cup the next year for making the greatest contribution outside the classroom to student-faculty relationships. Other university teaching awards during his career included the Madison Sarratt Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.

“Vereen cared deeply about the quality of the student’s course experience. He was supportive of his students as well as the department’s junior faculty,” said Roy Gottfried, professor of English, emeritus. “In class, Vereen would hold long, free-wheeling discussions with students to talk through his and their ideas of the meaning of literature, including the complex works of writers like William Faulkner and William Butler Yeats.”

In 1987, Bell was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to further his biographical research on Yeats in Ireland and England. His books included Robert Lowell: Nihilist as Hero (1983), The Achievement of Cormac McCarthy (1988), and Yeats and the Logic of Formalism (2006), and, with his Vanderbilt colleague Laurence Lerner, he co-edited On Modern Poetry: Essays Presented to Donald Davie (1988).

“He was known for being sharp and direct in his conversation, and he would always root for the underdog,” Gottfried said. “I would describe him as an iconoclast from top to bottom. He was very eager to challenge a variety of thoughts and structures when he was a faculty member and department chair.”

Bell was an outspoken advocate for increasing diversity on campus, including hiring more underrepresented minorities and women in faculty positions. He served on the Committee on Afro-American Affairs and spoke out during the late 1980s on the need for a reinvigorated Black studies program at Vanderbilt with the hiring of Black scholars to lead it.

Humorist Roy Blount Jr., was a junior when Bell was hired at Vanderbilt, and they had been friends ever since.

“He tended to be gruff, I guess is the word, and even sardonic,” Blount said. “I’m not going to say he was cloaking his essential sweetness, because he would snort at such a cliche.”

Blount recounted that he spent “many a rollicksome, word-loving night” at Bell’s Nashville home—a tradition stretching back to the 1960s when he welcomed Black students like Perry Wallace and Walter Murray.

Bell is survived by his five children: Mary Vereen Bell, Leighton Alexander Bell, Eleanor Bell Hall, Julie Marx and Jonathan Marx.

An event for Bell’s friends and colleagues to celebrate his life will be announced later. The family requests that any memorial contributions be designated for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and/or the Tennessee Justice Center.

Paul Richard Morrow, Sr. ’55

Paul Richard Morrow, Sr. of Weston, FL died July 23, 2021. He was the son of the late Paul Bennett Morrow and Crosby Marian Hager Morrow. He attended public schools in Mooresville, NC, and was a graduate of Davidson College, the College of William and Mary, and The American College.

After a tour of duty in Korea, he returned to Mooresville, working with his father and uncle at Morrow Bros. Furniture and Appliances for five years. He commanded the local company of the NC Army National Guard before returning to active duty. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam war, serving two one-year tours, where he attained the rank of Major, and was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, three Bronze Stars for Meritorious Achievement, and four Air Medals, among others.

He was a Chartered Life Underwriter with Lincoln Financial Group, retiring after 25 years. He was a former member of the Mooresville, NC Jaycees, and was Past President of the Exchange Club of Hampton Roads, VA. He was a long-time member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Hampton, VA, where he sang in the choir, and, at the time of his death, he was a member of Plantation United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees. He was a flutist; while a student at Davidson College, he played in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Charlotte Opera orchestra.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Carole Turman Morrow; two sons, Paul Richard Morrow, Jr. and wife Brenda of Pawleys Island, SC and Mark Ansel Morrow, Sr. and wife Lisa of Davie, FL; four grandchildren; Mark, Jr. (MJ), Caraline, Crosby, and Carleigh; two step grandsons; Marsh and Taylor Deane, and a brother, Donald Hager Morrow of Raleigh, NC, as well as many nieces and nephews. Memorial Service at T.M. Ralph Funeral Home, Plantation, FL, Friday, July 30, 2021.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Service to begin at 5:00 pm. Inurnment with full military honors at Glenwood Memorial Park, Mooresville, NC, under the direction of Cavin-Cook Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Plantation United Methodist Church, 1001 NW 70th Avenue, Plantation, FL 33313. Arrangements by T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home 7001 NW 4 Street Plantation, FL 33317 954 587-6888

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Paul Howard Sellers ’55

Paul Howard Sellers, 87, of Norfolk VA, died May 11, 2021. He was the son of Charles Howard Sellers and Norma Willis Sellers.

He graduated from Winyah High School in Georgetown SC and Davidson College (NC).

He is survived by his children, Virginia (Mark) Bitikofer; Charles (Berenice Krebs) Sellers; Ellen (James) Honeycutt; and Paula Sellers; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was an electronics engineer, employed by the U.S Navy, when he retired. He was a member of Larchmont United Methodist Church.

Burial will be private.

Brohn E. M. Ware ’55

Brohn Edward Max Ware, 90, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, after a brief battle with COVID-19. He was born Oct. 11, 1930, to Laurence Adam Ware and Lillie May Mayhew Ware. Brohn grew up in Mooresville. He graduated from Mooresville High School in 1948, where he lettered in football, baseball, and basketball.

In 1948, he enlisted in the Army achieving the rank of Master Sgt. He received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition for Invaluable and Meritorious Military Service to the United States of America for his service on the front lines in the Korean War.

In 1955, he graduated from Davidson College where he played basketball and received a degree in history. Brohn worked at BellSouth where he served in many management roles over his 30+ year career.

But the activity he was most passionate about was being a football referee which was always the highlight of each week. For more than 15 years on Friday nights and Saturday mornings you could find him wearing a white hat and a striped shirt running up and down the field officiating at high school and college games.

He was a member of Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC where he served and was active in Sunday school and worship. He was a follower of Jesus Christ for many years and had made it a point to be intentional in living out his faith daily always leaving someone’s presence by telling them “God bless you.” He was preceded by his parents; and his brother, Joel Ware.Brohn was a loving and devoted husband and father.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Martha Ann Carven; sons, John Emory Ware (Audrey), Jeffery Lynn Ware and William Edward Ware (Myung Hee); granddaughter, Brennan Renee Ware; and stepgranddaughters, Megan Marie Hanks and Carmen Camille Whisler.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Centre Presbyterian Church-designation benevolent ministries Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory,

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