Donald Coldwell Fuller Jr. ’64

Donald Coldwell Fuller Jr., known almost universally as “Dee,” died at his home on Nov. 7, 2022, of aggressive cancer. He was born on May 14, 1944, in Bellefonte, Pa., but moved to Milledgeville, Ga., in 1945 with his parents, the late Donald C. Fuller Sr., and the late Lena Frisbie Fuller, who were both educators — Dr. Fuller at what was then Georgia State College for Women, and Mrs. Fuller in the Baldwin County public schools.

Dee attended Peabody School at GSCW from nursery school through fifth grade. As a 3-year-old, he began a search for the “biggest number in the world,” the first manifestation of his lifelong fascination with numbers. After Peabody School came two years at City Elementary School and then Baldwin High School, where he excelled in academics and played the trombone in the Baldwin High School band. He was the District Star Student his senior year. Among the many happy memories of his childhood was the fun he had playing sandlot ball at Gilbert Park (now absorbed by Georgia College’s maintenance facility) with his neighborhood friends.

Graduating from high school in 1960, he matriculated at Davidson College, where he spent two-plus years before moving on to The University of Georgia from which he earned the BA and MA degrees in English and ultimately the MA degree in mathematics, completing all coursework for the PhD in that field.

From 1966-1969 Dee served in the U.S. Navy, teaching English to midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. After a stint at UGA’s graduate school, he joined the faculty at Gainesville College (now the University of North Georgia) in 1973 and was a professor of mathematics there until his retirement in 1999. After retiring, he and his wife Kathe returned to Milledgeville, his hometown (and her adopted hometown) and settled into the pleasures of the leisurely life. Except that he very much missed his interactions with students and the intellectual stimulation of helping them with academic challenges, especially in math and math related fields like physics. Almost immediately he signed on as a volunteer tutor at what is now known as The Learning Center at GC, and for 20 years he spent several days a week working with students, who fondly referred to him as “Mr. Dee” or “the old man in the Learning Center.” A gifted mathematician and lifelong learner, helping students overcome their fear of mathematics and realize its beauty and power gave him great joy.

A person of many interests, Dee read widely, loved music, especially of the baroque era, and was a great fan of all GC Bobcat sports teams. He loved cars and knew everything about them except how to fix them. He wrote with great facility and kept up a wide-ranging and lively email correspondence with his many friends. He had a quick wit and a keen sense of fun. One of his favorite pastimes was riding the backroads of Middle Georgia in his Prius V; he and Kathe spent most Sunday mornings happily exploring those roads while listening to the glorious music of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart and other composers over a fine car audio system. He was a kind and deeply spiritual person who in later years belonged to no organized religious group.

He is survived by Katherine McLean Fuller, his wife of 52 years; his sister, Beckwith (Becky) Fuller Merryman (Emory) and his niece, Mary Lee Merryman, all of Elkton, Va.; his nephew, Emory Hughes Merryman, III (Xiao Yen), and his great nephews, Victor and Alexander Merryman, all of Arlington, VA.

His beloved and loving dogs Lola and Annie also survive and miss him.

In place of flowers as a memorial, it is suggested that those who wish, make a contribution to the Georgia College Learning Center, c/o the Georgia College Foundation, Campus Box 96, Milledgeville, Ga. 31061; the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), 711 S. Wilkinson St., Milledgeville, Ga. 31061, or their charity of choice. Another fitting way to remember Dee would be to listen to music that stirs one’s soul or to figure out a math puzzle.
The funeral will be private.
Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.

Bruce Edgar “Buzz” Richmond ’60

Bruce Edgar (Buzz) Richmond, age 83, of Meadowlakes, Texas, died peacefully at Kingsland Hills Care Center on October 27, 2022, after a 4-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Martha Backiel Richmond of Fairfield, CT; his son, Bruce Richmond Jr. of New Haven, CT; his brother, Chet and wife, June Richmond of Waterford, CT; his first wife and mother to his four children, Patricia Pritchard Richmond Pisaretz of East Haven, CT; his parents-in-law, Eddie and Mary Sobotik; and his sisters-in-law, Eddie Sue Gilbert and Janice Watts.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of 29 years; his three daughters, Pamela A. (William) Hawthorn of Wallingford, CT, Linda S. (Drew Crossman) Richmond of Higganum, CT, and Jennifer L. (David Donnelly) Richmond of Branford, CT; daughter-in-law, Jenifer Blemings of New Haven, CT; grandchildren: Madeline A. (Etienne Ducommun) Marone of Geneva, Switzerland, Shannon (Joseph Woodward-Clinton) Richmond Blemings of Philadelphia, PA, Brendon Pastore of Clearwater, FL, Layla Richmond of Branford, CT, Jessie (Joshua) Duponte, Wallingford, CT, and Emma (Kyle) Hawthorn, Wallingford, CT; great-grandchildren, Max and Molly Duponte; sisters-in-law, Sharon Chude (husband, Charlie) and Debra Sowin; brothers-in-law, Jeff Sobotik, Vaughn Watts; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews from both the Richmond and Sobotik families.

Bruce was the fourth generation of Richmonds to live in the Pine Creek area of Fairfield. Bruce attended school in Fairfield and graduated in 1956 from Roger Ludlowe High School, where he was Freshman Class President, played football, tennis and basketball and was a member of the Varsity “F” Club and National Honor Society. After graduating, he attended Davidson College, NC on a football scholarship for one year and then transferred to the University of Connecticut. A year later, he enlisted in the army and was stationed in Germany. After an early discharge with honors in 1961, he returned to the University of Connecticut to finish his business degree. He graduated in 1963 with a B.S. in marketing from the University of Connecticut, where he received the honor of being named in the Who’s Who in American Colleges. Hard work was etched in his DNA. As a young boy he had paper routes, dug sand worms to sell to bait shops, caddied at the Country Club of Fairfield and had a lobster pot business to help with expenses while in college. Bruce had a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry for 32 years, taking him to New Jersey, Istanbul, Turkey, Norwalk, CT and New York City. He worked for Merck and Pfizer, then shifted to pharmaceutical advertising with William Douglas McAdams agency and finally with Sudler & Hennessey, where he spent the last 20 years before retiring as Executive Vice President. He had a one-year hiatus during this time to try his hand at entrepreneurship by opening a bakery in Niantic, CT, where he honed his baking skills, which would be much appreciated by family and friends in the coming years.

Upon retirement from Sudler & Hennessey, Bruce and his wife, Carolyn (whom he married in 1993), made their home in Meadowlakes, TX, but spent their summers in the Pine Creek area in Fairfield, CT. Throughout his life and retirement, Bruce loved golfing, fishing, boating and clamming. His love of sports started in early childhood and continued throughout his lifetime. Listed among his favorite teams were the St. Louis Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys and the UConn Huskies. Although he loved all sports, his favorite time of the year was draft day for his fantasy baseball team, Richmond Rifles. Bruce was a founding member and participated for 42 years in the Pharm League, taking top honors three times.

A man of many talents and interests, Bruce loved working with wood, both carving and turning. He even laid a floor in his Texas home with 3×3 inch Mesquite wooden tiles. He took classes in wood turning, watercolors, computer classes for investment and photography and learned to bead on a small loom. Fascinated by collecting, he organized stamps and money from around the world. His collections included bottle and can openers, vintage toy cars and antique fishing lures. He loved hunting for beach glass (polishing some if not quite ready), seashells and rocks. Bruce always shared his treasures with everyone. His last collecting activity centered around his grandchildren as he collected state quarters and President dollars and then had the uncirculated ones rated and encapsulated as an investment for them.

Bruce loved to travel and was able to see many parts of the world, but the best times were always with family – annual Hilton Head trips and trips to the “country” (Frenstat, TX) with Carolyn’s family.

To say Bruce loved conversation and meeting people would be an under-statement, as family and friends were recipients of his many hours of storytelling.

The family would like to thank the staff at Kingsland Hills Care Center in Kingsland, TX and the New Century Hospice for their loving care of Bruce.

Bruce and Carolyn were members of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bay, TX. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Alzheimer Association at https://act.alz.org/donate or 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601, or any charity of your choosing.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at the Fairfield Funeral Home of Edmund W. Dougiello, 36 South Pine Creek Road, with visitation beginning at 9 am. Service will begin at the funeral home at 10:45, followed by committal services with military honors at Oaklawn Cemetery in Fairfield.

Samuel L. White ’63

Samuel Landis White died Oct. 27, 2022 after a lifetime of service to his community, his church and his family. He was born to Stephen A. White V and Mary Landis White on February 20, 1941, and was a lifelong resident of Mebane.

He was devoted to Mebane, serving as a Town Board member, following a tradition that began in 1882 when his great-great grandfather was the town’s first mayor. Sam was the last member of the White family to serve as President of White Furniture Company before the business was sold.

He attended Mebane High School where he led the team to the finals of the state football championship in 1957. He was an Eagle Scout and a proud graduate of Davidson College in 1963. He received a master’s degree in business from the University of Virginia in 1965.

After returning to Mebane, he married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret “Peggy” Gibson White, and they raised five children who survive him: Grace Ellen White, Samuel Glasgow White (Jessica), David Stanton White (Lydia), Rebecca Gibson White (Skip), and Julia White Buckner (Joe), and his 12 grandchildren: Peter, Charlie, Nell, Jeff, Emily, Collin, Zane, Katherine, Leo, Eva, Natalie and Elijah.

Sam was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Ellen White Turner; his brother, Stephen Alexander “Zan” White VI; and his stepmother, Margaret Holmes White.

He leaves behind a congregation of beloved friends at Grace Reformed Baptist Church who worshiped with him and ministered to him throughout his decades of faithful service to God.

A Memorial service will be held at Grace Reformed Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. In lieu of flowers the family asks for contributions to Grace Reformed or a charity of your choosing.

Online condolences may be sent to www.mcclurefuneralservice.net

Thomas Gunn Archibald ’64

Thomas Gunn Archibald died in the early morning of Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Cooperman Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, New Jersey following a stroke.

He once wrote his own obituary in this way: “Thomas Gunn Archibald, born February 3, 1943. Husband, father, friend. Enjoyed travel and learning. Had the good fortune to have lived in quiet times. Examined life when he could.” That says it all. To add more detail, there is this: Tom was a very well-educated man, having received his B.S. from Davidson College and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Tulane University. More importantly, he pursued knowledge and understanding throughout his life. People often sought out his advice. In addition to wisdom, he had an irreverent sense of humor.

He was a career chemist, research scientist, research director and vice-president of technology development in the United States, Europe and China. His fields of expertise included pesticides, energetic materials, polymers and pharmaceuticals, and he had over 100 patents and papers. For many years he served as a consultant to fine drug manufacturers and was a Board member of Porton Fine Chemicals Ltd. in China, where he grew to love and appreciate the Chinese culture.

He was also proud of being a professor of chemistry at the University of the Virgin Islands, an HBCU university. He found time during his life to be an orange rancher, realtor, builder, marriage and family counselor (MFCC), crisis-line volunteer, Alternatives-to-Violence trainer, law student, and comedy manager. He liked to say that his hobbies were traveling, learning new things, and promptly forgetting them.

Since moving to St. Petersburg in 2014, he was an enthusiastic member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg and ASPEC (Association of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College). He was happiest in recent times when preparing for a talk at ASPEC on such varied topics as economics, science and history.

Tom was a devoted son to Harold Freeman Archibald and Lina Jean Gunn Archibald, who predeceased him by far too many years. He is survived by his loving friend and wife of almost forty years, Barbara Gould Archibald, and by his children, Sybil Archibald and Barry Echtman, and Lydia Archibald; and also by his step-children, Maile Gould D’Arcy, Tamara Gould and David Gould and their dear spouses. His eleven grandchildren, who called him “Opi,” miss him as well, Harry, Kate, Luc, Emma, Dorothy, Heather, Riley, Hannah, Samuel, Ava and Amalia.

A Celebration of Tom’s Life will be held on February 4, 2023 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, 100 Mirror Lake Drive N., St. Petersburg, at a time to be announced.

Perry “Peter” McCallum Parrott Jr. ’67

Perry McCallum Parrott, Jr (Peter), husband of Lynn Brownell Parrott, died peacefully at home on Hilton Head Island on Saturday, October 22, at age 76.

Peter was born November 16, 1945, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He is predeceased by his parents, Ardis Flick Parrott and Perry McCallum Parrott, Sr.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, attended The Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, then graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Peter and Lynn were married in 1967, prior to his attending graduate school at Clemson University where he received a Master’s degree in Industrial Management.

After college, Peter joined his father’s textile dyeing and finishing company, Parrott and Ballentine. His career was interrupted by service to his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal for his military service. He returned to Parrott and Ballentine, then joined the Sea Pines Company, first at Big Canoe near Atlanta. In 1973, Peter and Lynn, with their two young sons, moved to Hilton Head Island where he was one of the early real estate associates for Sea Pines Plantation. Following a successful tenure with Sea Pines, and as a development partner of Twin Oaks, Peter was hired by Trammell Crow Residential and became a partner, based in Tennessee. The family returned to Hilton Head Island and Peter founded the University Housing Group, which developed student housing in college locations throughout the southeast.

Peter always enjoyed the game of tennis and has played on the Davidson College team while there. He also loved fishing with his sons, boating, and golfing.

Wherever the family lived, Peter was deeply involved in community philanthropy. He served on the Board of Directors of the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and was appointed to the South Carolina Board of Education, representing the Governor’s School. While a member of the South Carolina Yacht Club, Peter was awarded the prestigious Galbraith Humanitarian Award for his tireless work for Volunteers in Medicine. He orchestrated very successful fundraisers for VIM and served on its Board of Directors for many years. The Eckedahl-Parrott Award was established at VIM in honor of the two major supporters.

Peter is survived by Lynn, his loving wife of 56 years; his son Perry McCallum Parrott III, his wife Anna Willis Parrott and sons Andrew and Sheppard of Delray Beach, Florida; son Walker Brownell Parrott and his su amante Debs of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. He also is survived by a sister; Ardis Parrott Albany of Birmingham, Alabama; a brother, John Flick Parrott, and his wife Sally Fowler Parrott of Greenville, South Carolina. Peter was loved by his entire extended family.

A graveside service is planned for family and friends on Thursday, October 27, at 11 AM at Six Oaks Cemetery in Sea Pines, with a gathering to follow at noon at the Sea Pines Country Club to toast a life well lived.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Peter’s memory to Volunteers in Medicine, Post Office Box 23858, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925; Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, 15 University Street, Greenville, SC 29601; or Memory Matters, Post Office Box 22330, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925. Islandfuneralhome.com.