Gray Nisbet Lewis ’58, of Leawood, Kans., and formerly Overland Park, Kans., passed away June 2. Lewis was born in Statesville, N.C., to Noscoe and Ivah Lewis. He married Marsha Caudle on July 12, 1958. Gray received a B.S. in economics from Davidson and attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University; National Commercial Lending School, Oklahoma University; and the Bank Market School, Northwestern University. Lewis was employed as a senior vice president with M&I Bank at the time of his death. He was a vice president for banks in Charlotte, N.C., and Columbus, Ohio, before moving his family to Overland Park in 1980. Lewis is survived by his wife, Marsha W. Lewis, 12912 Broadmoor, Leawood, KS 66209-4016; daughters, Jennifer Lewis, Anne Lewis, and Lila Lesley Brady (Kevin); and grandchildren, Kiana and Quin Brady. Lewis was a championship tennis player and past president of two tennis associations. He enjoyed golf, sports, and bridge.
Ernest W. Carpenter III ’58, of Petoskey, Mich., died May 9.
Arthur Simonton Lynn, Jr. ’58, of Granite Falls, N.C., passed away Nov. 5 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born March 5, 1936, in Henderson, he was the son of the late Arthur Simonton Lynn, Sr. and Mary Alice Boyd Lynn. Arthur earned a bachelor of science degree from Davidson, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Subsequent to receiving his undergraduate degree, he attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest honors in 1962 and completed a postgraduate internship. Following medical school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served at Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., with the rank of captain. Following military service, he completed two years of an internal medicine residency at Shands Teaching Hospital, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., followed by a fellowship in cardiology at the University of North Carolina. In 1968, Arthur began private practice in internal medicine with Dr. James Comer Gaither in Catawba County. He also joined the staff of Catawba Valley Medical Center, formerly Catawba Memorial Hospital, where he served until a cardiac arrhythmia caused his untimely death. Arthur was a senior partner with Catawba Valley Internal Medicine. His professional offices include the department of medicine chairman at Catawba Memorial Hospital, chief of staff at Catawba Memorial, and president of the North Carolina Medical Association. He was an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Newton, where he served on several church committees and was instrumental in the church’s growth. Most recently, he attended First Methodist Church of Granite Falls. Survivors include his wife, Paula Phillips Lynn, 10 Meandering Way, Granite Falls, NC 28630, and her daughter, Amanda Robin Smith; his former wife and loyal friend, Elizabeth “Libbie” Whitley Lynn; daughter, Margaret Lynn Campbell (Dr. Paul Campbell); sons, Arthur Simonton Lynn III (girlfriend, Tamara Fauzy), and Jefferies David Lynn (Alicia Cohen Lynn); grandchildren, Elizabeth Lynn Campbell, Thomas James Campbell, Mary Margaret Campbell, Phillip David Lynn, and Griffin Joseph Lynn; and sister, Judith Christian Lynn.
Walter Jackson Coleman ’58, of Atlantic Beach, Fla., whose commanding presence, eloquence, and vision contributed to his success as an outstanding business and community leader and educator, died June 18 after battling lung cancer. Throughout his life, Walter was an exemplary leader, serving his church, community, and country in so many valuable roles. The Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce auditorium, named for him, is a fitting tribute for the outstanding community leader. An unprecedented two-time president of the chamber of commerce, he was also active in economic development serving on the board of the Central Florida Economic Development Council. He was appointed to the Workforce Development Board. He was accorded the highest honor of the Kappa Alpha Order, the Knight Commander’s Accolade, for his service as alumnus and faculty advisor at Florida Southern College (FSC), in addition to his outstanding achievements and service to numerous areas of business and economics. Walter was an associate professor, with an M.B.A. in management, as well as an M.B.A. with computer science emphasis, and was at FSC since 1988. His 35 years of applied business experience ranged from entrepreneurial activities as the CEO of his own organizations, to the strategic environment of the board of directors of a New York Stock Exchange listed company. He taught strategic management and computer science concepts, as well as human resources management, having served at one time as the regional director of personnel for the 12th largest company in the Fortune 500 index. He taught entrepreneurship, served as an international business consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development in former Eastern Bloc countries such as Ukraine. Walter was a national Toastmasters International finalist and was elected “Teacher of the Year” by his students, and received the national Methodist General Board of Education Outstanding Teaching Award. Walter was also a Marine veteran, having served in the Korean War, and was an avid outdoorsman, nationally ranked in skeet shooting and a competition handgun champion. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean Buck Coleman, 1711 Beach Ave., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233-5838; children, Caren Coleman, Cathy Trussell, Jackson Coleman, Cyndy Jelinek, and Buck Coleman; grandchildren, Kristen and Otto Jelinek, Amanda and Caroline Trussell, and Ryder Coleman; sisters, Martha Coleman and Marylee Heaton.
Kenneth P. Forester, Jr. ’58 died at his Charlotte home of an apparent heart attack on September 3, 2007. Born in Sumter, S.C., January 20, 1936, he was the son of K.P. Forester and Louise Joye Forester. He graduated from Davidson College in 1958, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, was tapped into ODK, the honorary national leadership society, and was a distinguished military student. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army (artillery) in 1958, and served on active duty until 1959. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves until 1969, achieving the rank of captain. He took great pride in his military service to his country. After a brief stint with the family business in Sumter, he moved to Charlotte in 1963 and began a distinguished career in real estate, focused on commercial and residential development and property management. Among his many accomplishments in real estate were his fifteen years of service as executive vice-president of SYNCO, Inc. and his twelve years as president of the Lake Norman Company. He was a charter member of the Charlotte Property Management Association and a long-time member of the Charlotte Board of Realtors. A lasting legacy of his vision and skill in real estate development is the Davidson Landing Community on Lake Norman. Ken frequently said that the most important transaction he ever negotiated was convincing Barbara Boyd of Lenoir, N.C., to marry him on June 19, 1965. Beyond his devotion to family and career, Mr. Forester was committed to public service and to his church. He was for many years an active Presbyterian Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, serving as chairman of the Finance Committee and in other capacities, and was honored for that service by being named Elder Emeritus. Among his civic activities, most prominent was his twenty years of service on the Board of Spirit Square, and as its chairman during the period 1990-1991. In recognition of his service to East Carolina University, he was named an honorary alumnus in 1992. His dedication to good causes will be missed by a wide spectrum of the Charlotte community. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Boyd Forester, 100 Amrita Ct., Charlotte, N.C. 28211-4019; his children, Michelle F. Cole (Justin) and Kenneth P. Forester III; his granddaughter, Lydia G. Cole; a sister, Ellen Forester Perkinson (A.P.); and four nephews and numerous grand-nephews.