Robert L. Avinger, Jr. ’60

Robert Livingston Avinger, Jr. died on June 23, 2021 of advanced dementia. Born on April 26, 1938 to Frances Haltiwanger and Robert Livingston Avinger, Sr., Bob grew up in Columbia, South Carolina in a happy neighborhood filled with family and life-long friends.

Bob was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Dreher High School in 1956, where he was a proud member of the 1956 State Championship basketball team. Bob attended Davidson College and thrived academically, socially, and athletically. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, was president of Beta Theta Pi, and played on Dr. Tom Scott’s golf team. Bob developed a deep love for Davidson College and his network of college friends remained incredibly important to him. After graduating from Davidson in 1960, Bob served for two years as a lieutenant in the United States Army. Bob then earned his PhD in Economics from Duke University.

Returning to Davidson College in 1967, Bob taught Economics and served as the Dean of the Center for Special Studies. He received the first ODK Award given by students for outstanding teaching. His relationships with his students were deep and influential; he remained closely connected to former students throughout his life. That influence continues today through the Avinger Impact Fund – providing annual grants awarded through the Jay Hurt Hub for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Davidson College to current students to support the development of business start-up ideas. Indicative of Bob’s influence, the fund was established by his former students.     

In 1980, Bob left Davidson College and joined his friend Olin Nisbet at Sterling Capital Management, an investment advisory firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. After retiring from Sterling in 1998, Bob continued to pursue his passion for entrepreneurial endeavors.

Bob and Jane McRae Jackson married in 1962. For over fifty years, they have lived in and served the Davidson community. Bob was a devoted member of Davidson College Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder. Together, Jane and Bob received the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award for service to the community – and most notably for their leadership in developing the Pines Retirement Community. Bob served on the Board of Trustees at Davidson College and on the Board of the Union Seminary.

Through the years, the family spent summers at Pawleys Island, South Carolina. While at Pawleys, Bob shared his love for sailing, flounder fishing, and spending time in the creek. Their home at Pawleys, “Lagniappe,” was a joyful haven for friends and family. Bob adored music and reading. He entertained many with his mean jazz piano playing and was a founding member of the Davidson Book Club.

Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane Jackson Avinger of Davidson, his children Mary Charles Avinger Montgomery, Asheville, and Robert Livingston Avinger, III (Jane Price), Nashville. Bob was affectionately called “Grandbobby” by his six grandchildren: Findley Dean Montgomery, Catherine Stuart Montgomery, Whitney Harris Montgomery, Jr., Anna McNair Avinger, Robert Baker Avinger, and Caroline Coker Avinger.

His brothers and sisters-in law and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Avinger, Haltiwanger, Jackson, and Rivers families were all important to him.

The family is profoundly grateful to the many loving and compassionate caregivers both at home and at the Pines Health Center and is especially grateful for Eddy Beam. 

A worship service in celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, June 27, in the Lilly Family Gallery in the Chambers Building on the campus of Davidson College. A reception will follow. Unvaccinated attendees are requested to please wear a mask.     

There will be a visitation at the Avinger home on Saturday, June 26 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts can be made to the Avinger Impact Fund at Davidson College or to The Pines at Davidson. 

Avinger Impact Fund
Davidson College 
Box 7170
Davidson NC 28035-7170

The Pines at Davidson
400 Avinger Lane
Davidson, NC. 28036

Harry Lee Broome ’60

Dr. Harry Lee Broome was born in Salisbury, NC in 1937. He was Valedictorian at Needham Broughton HS in Raleigh NC graduating in 1956, where he also became an Eagle Scout and a champion tennis player. He went on to play tennis for Davidson College graduating in 1960. He then attended UNC School of Medicine and served as a physician in the US Army as a Major stationed overseas in Korea.

Returning to Fort McPherson in Atlanta, he completed his training in orthopedic surgery at Georgia Baptist (now Atlanta Medical Center) and opened a practice, Chattahoochee Orthopedic Clinic, with his longtime friend and partner, Dr. Lyn Crooms.

He later practiced at Pinnacle Orthopedics.Harry was a family man, a dog lover, a student of history, a tennis player and a bass fisherman. Mostly, however, he was a charming, honest and sincere friend to so many people and those who were lucky enough to be counted amongst them have learned the true meaning of loyalty and friendship.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Mary Elizabeth Broome and his beloved dog Allie.

He leaves behind his wife of 43 years and best friend, Sandra Jean (Sandy). His adoring children – Harry Jr., married to Karen, Trey, and Shawn, married to Paul Castino. His grandchildren include Payson, Evan, Anna, Jake, Abby and Michael who loved him dearly. It was mutual. His sisters, Betty and Bonnie and their extended families in North Carolina.

Finally, he also leaves behind his two Portuguese Water Dogs, hundreds of dear friends, and thousands of largemouth bass fish that he put back into the water at the Suwannee River. He is and will be deeply missed.

Visitation will be held at Roswell Funeral Home, 950 Mansell Road, Roswell, GA on June 18, 2021 from 12 noon until 2 PM with a celebration of Harry’s life following at 2 PM.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Atlanta chapter of the Humane Society.

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John O. Stover, Jr. ’64

Dr. John O. Stover Jr., 78, of Pellston, Michigan and Surf City, North Carolina passed away on April 22, 2021. 

John was born on October 1, 1942 to John (Bucky) O. and Betty Fayssoux Stover in Winston Salem, North Carolina. After graduating from Broughton High School in Raleigh NC, he studied pre-med and participated in ROTC at Davidson College. After graduation, John continued to pursue his medical interest and was awarded a M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia in 1968. 

Upon completing medical school, John served his country as an active-duty reservist from 1969 to 1972 with the 13th Medical Detachment in Mannheim, Germany. 

Following his service, John completed a residency in radiology at the University of Oklahoma. He practiced as a board-certified radiologist for over forty years. John started his career in Rocky Mount, NC, later practicing across the country, holding licenses in multiple states. John was a man of many interests and passions, including travel with his beloved wife, Marilyn, and raising and riding horses on his farm in Red Oak.

Additionally, John was an avid potter for over twenty years where he and Marilyn enjoyed creating original works of art. Most importantly, he was a devoted family man who derived his greatest pleasure spending time with his children and grandchildren. 

Dr. Stover is survived by his wife Marilyn Rupp Stover, his children Alexandra (Sandi) E. Gegout, John (Shawn) O. Stover, III, Gloria S. Lewis, and Patrick L. Stover, his ten grandchildren, Hilary, Anne-Sophie, Alexander, Christopher, Valentine, Andrew, Louis, Marick, Patrick, and Benjamin and three great grandchildren, Eleanore, Arthur, and Constantin. 

A celebration of life will be held in Surf City, NC on Saturday, May 1st and later this summer on Douglas Lake, MI.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate in John’s name to the Rotary Club of Surf City at PO Box 4006, Surf City, NC, 28445.

Published in The News & Observer on Apr. 28, 2021.

Walter DeForest Clark ’62

Rev. Walter DeForest Clark passed away peacefully with his son Christopher Stausz-Clark and his daughter Karen Sporn by his side on April 21st after a brief illness in Seattle, WA. He was 83.

Walter was the son of the late Edwin DeForest Clark and Margaret Davis Clark. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on April 16, 1938. His family lived in Rochester, NY, Wilmington, NC and Greenville, SC. He graduated from Greenville High School, Davidson College and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Walter married Judy Strausz of Yakima, WA and they moved to Charlotte, NC.

Walter was a Community Worker in Charlotte and worked with under privileged children and families. He was sponsored by Myers Park Presbyterian Church and Third Presbyterian Church. He founded an Auto Mechanic Garage and taught mechanical skills to boys who needed to learn a trade. He also formed a basketball team in the area.

The family moved to Minneapolis and Walter became a Pastor at the Presbyterian House of Faith and was there for 27 years. He and his Congregation worked with the community in Minneapolis and housed several agencies that offered food, clothing and counseling at House of Faith. He also reached out to the community through summer neighborhood, Vacation Bible Schools.

His two children Christopher and Karen attended the House of Faith Church Nursery School. He started “Familia De Fe”, a Latino Congregation in 1990. They worshipped at House of Faith and continued on after he retired. Walter loved music. He was an oboist and singer. He loved sports, hiking, camping and traveling. He was a poet and a writer and loved reading.

He is survived by his son Christopher Strausz-Clark (Jaime) and their two children Katie and Hannah and by his daughter Karen Sporn (Matt) and their two sons Calan and Ashton who live in Seattle, WA.

He is also survived by his three sisters, Louise Sadler of Charlotte, NC, Margaret Jones (Pete) of Chapel Hill, NC and Mary Tyler (A.C.) of Wilmington, NC and 9 nieces and nephews Kathy Call, Michael Reville, Steve Reville, Beth Blackwelder, Nathan Sadler, Alison Jones, David Jones, Mark Jones, Margaret Tyler. He is predeceased by one niece Margaret Reville of Birmingham.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.

The family wishes to thank Abe Go and his staff at the Family Home Magnolia Domicile, for their loving care of Walter while he was there.

Walter was a servant of the Lord.

At the end of his poem about the birth of Christ he states:

“But in this quiet stall I feel no fear,

Some rustling straw the only sound I hear,

No walls, no spears, no taxing Government,

No thrones, no fitting monument,

Force my allegiance to this Deity,

For nothing stands between my Lord and me.”

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Jack Caldwell Carter ’60

Jack Caldwell Carter, 82 years of age, passed away on April 6, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Carter was born in Atlanta, Ga., to Hugh D. Carter Jr., and Ruth Moore Carter. He married Carajean “Jean” Langston, and together they raised their child, Hugh “Paul” Carter in Atlanta and Americus, Ga. Mrs. Carter recently passed away on Dec. 28, 2020, while residing in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jack received his formal education at Davidson College, Florida State University, Georgia State University, and received his doctorate from the University of Georgia. He originally had planned to obtain his degree in theology at Davidson College.

Dr. Carter was a retired professor of genetics. He taught for many years with a passion. He mentored and developed many friendships while working at Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Ga. Dr. Carter instilled the importance of higher education, integrity, and resourcefulness to his family and grandchildren who loved him dearly.

Paul and Jack were not only father and son, but also best friends. Imagine being a child of two lifelong educators. Paul fondly remembers many, many adventurous trips with his parents to Ocala, Fla., the Florida Everglades, camping and road trips covering many places with his parents as a child.

Dr. Carter and Jean retired and moved to St. Simons Island, Ga., where they spent many days enjoying the sunrises and sunsets together with family and friends over the years.

Jack and his best friend, Terrell, and their families spent many days together as one as well throughout Paul’s younger years. Jack and Terrell also enjoyed the trips to Las Vegas and Biloxi.

Dr. Carter and Mrs. Carter leave the following to cherish their wonderful memories – their only child born to this loving couple, Hugh “Paul” Carter and their daughter-in-love, Tiki C. Carter of Fayetteville, Ga.; their granddaughters, Cherisa and Chiara Hawkins, both of Stockbridge, Ga.; and their great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Pinkney of Stockbridge, Ga.

We would like to thank Dr. Carter’s friends and fellow educators for their support over the last couple of months, such as Mr. Terrell and Mrs. Janie Turner and their family; Dr. Hap and Mildred Tiegen, Mr. Henry and Nancy Peabody; the many friends at Riverwatch Condominiums, St. Simons Island, Ga.; Brooks Assisted Care and Baptist Medical of Jacksonville, Fla.; and his dear friend, Anne Vroom, of Brunswick, Ga.

Services will be planned for a later date.

Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 904-288-0025.

The Brunswick News, April 14, 2021

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