Julian Jerome “Jerry” Clark Jr. ’59

Julian Jerome “Jerry” Clark, Jr., 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2024, surrounded by his family.

Born on September 7, 1937, he was the son of the late Mary Mackey Hough Clark and Julian Jerome Clark. A Charlotte native, Jerry was a proud member of the Classic Class of 1955 at Myers Park High School. Upon graduation from Davidson College in 1959 where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. He was assigned to a division of military intelligence and resided in Washington DC. In 1961, he married his bride of sixty-three years, Elizabeth “Woody” Bradford.

Upon his return to Charlotte, Jerry started his career in commercial real estate development where he continued to be active in the field. He was president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Charlotte and was a founding member of the North Carolina Income Property Loan Committee. He was also a member of the North Carolina Industrial Developers Association. He was proud of the many long-lasting relationships he developed with buyers of commercial properties during his real estate career.

As a deacon serving the finance and long-range planning committees at First Presbyterian Church, he worked to secure the Popular Street property, enhancing the long-term financial position of the church. Jerry had many strong relationships with the non-profit community including establishing the Brown Cup, serving on the board of Youth Homes, Right Moves for Youth, the Dowd YMCA, the Charlotte Track Club, United States Masters Swimming, and the Davidson Athletic Foundation. Jerry was a member of Charlotte Country Club, the Charlotte City Club, Springdale Hall Club, and was a proud member of The Piedmont Club of Charlotte.

Jerry touched many lives as a lifelong athlete, enjoying tennis, basketball, golf, squash, long distance running, triathlons, and swimming. He enjoyed training for and competing in local, national, and international events. He qualified twice for the USA Triathlon World team, and held state, national and world records as a US Masters swimmer. For him, the journey of training with friends throughout the many years in all these sporting events was more rewarding and more important than any individual results achieved.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Woody” Clark; his three children; Lisa Neely (Doug), Andy Clark (Lauri), Mary Attaway (Joe); his grandchildren: Sarah, Connor, and Elizabeth “Biz” Neely; Lilly and Katie Clark, Julian, Camille and Lucy Attaway, and the sweet remembrance of Peyton Elizabeth Clark. He is also survived by his beloved brother, Billy Clark (Veronica and stepdaughter Alex).

A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at First Presbyterian Church. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed using the following link: https://firstpres-charlotte.org/watch/. The family will receive friends in the Wood Fellowship Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jerry’s honor can be made to the First Presbyterian Church TV Ministry, Memory & Movement Charlotte, or The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. 

Charles Lee Cooke ’59

Charles Lee Cooke, MD, died peacefully on January 22, 2024, at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his parents, Moses, and Selma Cooke, and his sister Barbara and brother Kenneth. His survivors include his sons David (Kim) and Stephen (Hana), stepsons Rick Rowley (Laura) and Chip Rowley (Marie), as well as his brothers J. Robert (Nancy) and Joe (Kathy) and sisters Betty (Eddie), Marilyn (Greg) and Martha (Lawson).

Charley is survived by his wife of 44 years, Midge, and they have been blessed with ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. They delighted in sharing life, new experiences, and sweet treats with these amazing human beings.

Charley grew up in rural North Carolina in the town of Cornelius. The family of seven children were brought up on the farm, which resulted in individuals who were hard-working and high achievers. After high school, Charley attended Davidson College, an institution that greatly impacted his life and passions, as he thrived in pre-med, music, and religion. His continued pursuit of higher education led him to attend Medical School at Chapel Hill, NC. After graduation from Medical School, Charley spent two years on rotations for the United States Air Force as an MD. Upon completion of his service to our country, Charley interned at the Medical College of Virginia. There, he joined the Staff of the Connective Tissue Disease and continued to live a life full of teaching, attending to patients, practicing photography, devouring history books, and crafting his woodworking skills.

After a 20-year tenure at MCV that saw him become a Professor of Medicine, Charley left to join a private practice. Once he retired from private practice, he continued to support the medical community by reviewing disability cases for Social Security until he was 82. His love of medicine and contribution to the profession continued to the end of his life.

Charley received many accolades throughout his life. Among these were Outstanding Alumni at Davidson College, Honored History Speaker by Richmond Academy, and Outstanding Physician in Richmond for Connective Tissue Disease. He also dedicated himself to volunteer work, which included Crossover Clinic (where he was honored), a docent at Chimborazo Hospital Site, and an elder at Second Presbyterian Church.

When he wasn’t helping patients or volunteering, he and Midge loved traveling, reading, cooking, and being with family. His proudest possession was his fully equipped woodworking shop in his basement. He spent countless hours crafting beautifully detailed wooden pieces, from picture frames to cedar chests, and many of his creations live on with his family members.

Nine years ago, Charley and Midge made the decision to move to Covenant Woods. Here, Charley thrived by founding The History Group, loving the great food, and socializing with staff and residents. He ultimately needed more care and spent almost two years in Health Care, where he was cared for by the wonderful staff, for which he and Midge were so grateful.

Donations in his memory may be given to the Scholarship Fund at Covenant Woods or the Organ Fund at Second Presbyterian Church.

The memorial service in honor of Charley will be held on January 31st at 2 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church located at 5 North 5th Street, Richmond, VA. Reception to follow.

John William Denham ’59

John William Denham, 86, passed away on December 30, 2022 at Salemtowne Retirement Community. He was born on October 3, 1936 to Chester and Louise Lowrance Denham in Mooresville, NC. John was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Julia Carr Denham.

He is survived by his daughter, Ellen Denham and her husband, Stephan Laurent-Faesi, his daughter Amy Denham and her husband, Jonathan Simmons, and his brothers Robert Denham and William Denham.

John was a beloved physician in Winston-Salem for many years until he retired due to a debilitating stroke in 1992. His clinical work included serving on the faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, as the medical director of Whitaker Rehabilitation Center at Forsyth Hospital, and as a primary care physician at Winston-Salem Health Care.

He was a member of Christ Moravian Church, where he sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and served on the Board of Elders. His family remembers his compassion for all people and animals, his love of classical music, and his strength and good humor in facing more than thirty years of life after his stroke.

A memorial service will be held on January 14, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Christ Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, with a reception immediately following at the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to Christ Moravian Church, 904 W. Academy St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.

James Frosst Alexander ’59

Dr. James Frosst Alexander died peacefully in his home on December 29th, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was a Charlotte native, born April 28, 1938, the first child of James Moses and Stella Frosst Alexander. He attended Charlotte public schools, was an Eagle Scout, and he graduated from Woodberry Forest School in 1956. He obtained a Bachelor of Science from Davidson College in 1959. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 1963 with a MDCM degree. After completing his residence in Internal Medicine at Montreal General Hospital, Jim did a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Emory University, then served in the United States Navy at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander and earning the National Defense Service Medal. In 1970, he returned to Charlotte to begin his practice of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology with his father in what became the Mecklenburg Medical Group (MMG).

Dr. Alexander brought the first flexible upper gastrointestinal endoscope to Charlotte in 1970 (keeping it in the trunk of his car!). Early in his practice, he initiated the development of the first endoscopy centers at both Atrium (Carolinas Medical Center) and Novant (Presbyterian Hospital).

During his practice, Jim was an active leader in his community, state and nation. He was the President of the Charlotte Society of Internal Medicine, the National Society of Children of Alcoholics, and the Drug Education Center of Charlotte. He was Treasurer of Mecklenburg County Medical Society and lifelong member of the Rotary Club of Charlotte and the Charlotte Country Club.

At the time of his retirement from MMG in 2009, the organization had grown from 6 to 90 physicians. He was President of MMG during the late 80s and 90s when vertical healthcare integration began and led MMG in joining the Carolinas Physician Network of Carolinas HealthCare System.

In retirement, he and his wife, Denise David, moved to Kennebunk, Maine, where he continued his volunteer work as a board member of Maine Behavioral Healthcare for over a decade.

Dr. Alexander’s parents and sister, Susan Alexander Boone, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Denise David Alexander, his brother, John William Alexander (Judy) and his sister, Stella Alexander Harman, his children with Martha Bedell Alexander, Tasse Alexander Little (Rich) and James Chester Alexander (Tracy), his stepchildren, Sylvie Paule Demers (Don Lary), Laurence Andre Demers (Sam Smithwick) and David Paul Demers, his grandchildren William Glenn Little (Samantha), Jacob Alexander Little, Benjamin Frosst Little (Claire), Samuel Bedell Little, Samantha Mechele Alexander, Lucas Demers Butterfield, Philip Demers Butterfield, Simon Demers Butterfield, Owen Demers Wadlington, Shay Demers Smithwick, Sabine Demers Smithwick, and his great grandchild Leo Glenn Little.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS): P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574.

CCALS is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support people diagnosed with ALS, their families, health care providers, and communities, as they navigate the complexities, both physical and emotional, associated with the disease.

Memorial services to remember Jim’s life will be held in soon in Charlotte, NC and in the spring in Kennebunk, ME. They will be announced by Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. Interment will be private.

To leave a message of condolence, please visit Dr. Alexander’s Book of Memories at www.bibberfuneral.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St. Kennebunk, ME.

Jacob Daniel “Dan” Neubauer ’59

No services will be held for Jacob Daniel ”Dan” Neubauer III, 85, of Kerrville, who passed away Sunday, October 23, 2022 at his residence. Arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

Dan was born on December 16, 1936.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Katherine and children Randall, Rick, Jake, Julie and Josh (Davidson ’95).