William Sutton “Sutt” Alexander ’60

Sutt Alexander’s business card in retirement read “Will respond to gardening, golf, fishing.” Sutt passed away at his Sharon Towers home on August 3, 2022. He was the son of William Sutton Alexander, Sr. and Louise Dunavant Alexander. Born in 1938 in Charlotte, he graduated from Myers Park High School in 1956, where he led the Mustang State Championship Golf Team. A graduate of Davidson College, Sutt also led the Wildcats to win the Southern Conference Championship Golf Tournament in the same year. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart “Dotty” in 1961 at Myers Park United Methodist Church, where he remained a lifelong member. Sutt was an honorary member of the Carolina Golf Club and a past member of the Charlotte Country Club. He grew up in a golfing family. His grandmother Louise Wert Dunavant built the Carolina Golf Course in 1929 and Sutt grew up working at the course helping his father. He worked in management at New York Life Insurance Company for forty years and retired to the family farm on Old Providence Road (now Sutton Hall). He spent his retirement gardening, enjoying Caswell Beach and Lake Norman. His silver queen corn flanked by sunflowers and his pop-up vegetable stand became a summertime favorite for all.

Sutt is survived by his wife, Dotty; daughters, Chris Fitzgerald and her husband, John and Anna Jacobs and her husband, Jay; grandchildren; Lydia Gailey and husband, Jake, Ben Fitzgerald and wife, Mary, Louisa Jacobs, Alex Fitzgerald, and John Jacobs IV. He had four great-grandchildren; William Wesley and Anna Brooks Gailey and Thomas Arthur and Raelyn Christine Fitzgerald.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM at Myers Park United Methodist Church with a reception following in Jubilee Hall. The Reverend Bill Roth will officiate.

Those wishing to remember Sutt are invited to donate to the Wesley Warriors Foundation Fund supporting families facing childhood cancer. Visit https://www.ngcf.org/wesleywarriors/.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at www.kennethpoeservices.com.

Charles A. Engh ’60

On May 30, 2022, Charles A. Engh, Sr., of Alexandria, VA and most recently of Stuart, FL. passed away peacefully. Born September 13, 1938, in Alexandria, VA and preceded in death by his parents Otto and Sara Engh.

“Dr. Charles”, as he was fondly called by his patients, was an internationally renowned total hip arthroplasty surgeon and a pioneer in the development of the porous-coated cementless implant for hips; an innovation that has changed the nature of joint replacement surgery worldwide. He received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and attended medical school at the University of Virginia. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Johns Hopkins and a fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC.

He practiced at National Hospital for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in Arlington, Virginia from 1972 through 1993, which was started by his father, Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic founder, Otto Engh. From 1993 until his retirement in 2010 he practiced at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria Virginia.

Throughout his career he focused on patient care pathways to improve the quality and consistency of the hip replacement experience.

At the start of his practice, he was one of two surgeons in the Washington, DC area with an FDA license to use bone cement. Failures of cemented implants fueled his desire to find another method. In 1985 his work with cementless femoral fixation led to the first implant approved by the FDA for use without cement. He was an ardent advocate for biologic fixation even when most leading hip replacement centers in the United States were just using cement. He believed that cementless implants would provide long-term fixation and his autopsy studies proved that his theories were correct.

Charles established the Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute (AORI) in 1972. It continues to provide ground-breaking research relating to total joint arthroplasty. Reviewing data collected on his patients enabled him to understand what contributed to the success of hip replacement. He was the first in the country to have data on the outcomes from cementless hip implants. Throughout his career the goal of his research was to develop a hip replacement that would serve patients for their entire lives. Along with his clinical and research work, he was instrumental in the development of the Anderson Clinic Post-Graduate Medical Education Foundation which has trained over 100 hip and knee arthroplasty fellows since 1983. He took great pride in mentoring fellows to support the next generation of orthopedists.

He was the winner of several prestigious awards including, The Hip Society’s John Charnley and Otto Aufranc awards, the AAHKS Lawrence D. Dorr award twice, and in 2013 – The Hip Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He published over 190 articles in orthopedic journals and 19 book chapters, as well as a book on joint replacement.

All who knew Charles will remember him for his love of sailing and spending time at his home on St. Leonard’s Creek in Lusby, Maryland. Charles was an avid sailor, a passion he developed as a boy sailing on a small pond at Effingham, his family’s farm in Virginia. He enjoyed spending time on the water, whether it be sailboat racing on the Chesapeake Bay or sailing in the Caribbean during the winter.

When not racing his sailboat or on the water Charles could be found at his home in Maryland. He had an eye for beauty and making his surroundings a place for all to enjoy. He had a passion for antiques, architectural and landscape design. He spent much of his free time at antique auctions or designing and planting at his Maryland home.

Charles is survived by his brother, Gerard A. Engh and sister, Sally E. Reger; former wife, Eleanor B. Engh; children: Charles A. Engh Jr. (Anna), Eleanor “Rusty” Golden (Kevin), Elizabeth E. Ware (Dudley); six grandchildren: Catherine and Charlie Engh, Emily Golden, Liza, Guil and Cate Ware; and Cassandra Robbins.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute at http://www.aori.org/

Alfred S. Elder ’60

October 24, 1936 – April 5, 2022

Raleigh, North Carolina – Alfred Stratton Elder (“Al”) died on April 5, 2022, with his beloved wife Debbie by his side. He had the opportunity to spend affectionate and meaningful time with his loved ones and he was at peace. We should all be so fortunate. His family is grateful to his physicians at Duke Pulmonary of Raleigh in the treatment of his interstitial lung disease and to the medical professionals at Duke Raleigh Hospital who provided compassionate and dedicated care in his final days.

Al was born on October 24, 1936 in Richmond, Virginia. Al was the youngest of four children born to John Howard Elder and Mildred Stratton Elder. His siblings John Howard Elder, Jr., Mary Elder Pauli, and Helen Elder Wheeler and his former wife Frances predeceased him. He is survived by his wife Debbie Taylor Elder, with whom he shared over 41 years of a happy life filled with love and laughter, his children Connie Elder Carrigan (Tom) and Christopher David Elder (Lisa Taylor), stepsons Douglas Wayne Sorrell (Emily) and Bradley Scott Sorrell, grandchildren Jamison Carrigan (Kristin), Samuel Carrigan (Kelsey Kem), Emylee McIntosh, Cassi Kowa (Kamren), Dylan Sorrell, and Justus Sorrell, and many nieces and nephews.

Al’s early years were spent in Highland Park in Richmond until the end of 4th grade, after which he lived in the Ginter Park neighborhood in Richmond until his graduation from college. He was a proud 1955 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, received his B.S. degree in biology from Davidson College in 1960, and earned his Master of Plant Pathology degree from North Carolina State University in 1971.

Al served in the United States Army Security Agency in a unit attached to Special Forces from 1960 to 1964. He was stationed at the Fort Ord army base in Monterey, California, during which time his daughter Connie was born, and later at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he received training in the Czech language, learned how to intercept morse coded messages from Cold War countries during the era of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and trained with Special Forces Field Operations in several states, including the execution of numerous tactical parachute jumps, the accounts of which never ceased to enthrall his children and grandchildren. Al graduated from Special Forces Branch Training as fully qualified for the Green Berets in 1962.

Al had a long and distinguished career as a public servant. From 1964 to 1981, Al was employed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, beginning his career as an entomologist in Goldsboro, North Carolina, during which time his son Chris was born. Al spent the remainder of his state tenure as Director of the Pesticide and Plant Protection Division in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was appointed by the Governor to the NC Pesticide Board and by the Commissioner of Agriculture to the NC Plant Conservation Board. While in state government, Al served in many leadership positions in the Southern Plant Board and the National Plant Board and in professional societies for entomology, plant pathology and nematology.

From 1981 to 2000 Al was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in a variety of management and executive positions and locations, including six years in Washington, DC, with an assortment of leadership responsibilities for all national plant health regulatory activities representing the United States worldwide. He spent 13 ½ years at the highest civilian career levels of the Senior Executive Service and was awarded the Presidential Rank Award as Meritorious Executive by President George H.W. Bush for his achievements. Among his diverse awards and honors were the Entomological Society of America’s Outstanding Regulatory Entomologist Award, leadership of the US delegation to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in 1998, and a celebratory invitation including an exclusive audience with Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in 1999. He also received a Golden Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore for his work representing the US Department of Agriculture in Reinventing Government as well as several honor awards for outstanding accomplishments awarded by the US Secretary of Agriculture.

Al’s career with the US Department of Agriculture resulted in frequent moves to positions of higher responsibilities and relocations to California, Maryland, Texas, Mississippi, Virginia, and North Carolina. Al served as the US representative in leadership roles with the North American Plant Protection Organization and in implementation of the revised International Plant Protection Convention. He met frequently with his counterparts from throughout the world in resolving phytosanitary issues to enhance trade in agriculture commodities involving untold value to producers.

As a champion and proponent of cotton boll weevil eradication at both the state and federal levels, Al oversaw the rejuvenation of cotton production in the southeastern United States while simultaneously reducing the use of environmentally damaging and costly pesticides. This resulted in re-establishing cotton as a viable crop after many years. He was also instrumental in numerous similar campaigns against plant pests to remove them as impediments to production and movement to other states and countries in trade. These campaigns also prevented the continued use of costly and environmentally damaging chemicals for control. At both state and federal levels of government Al was an advocate for strongly science-based programs and enhanced professionalism. After his retirement in 2000 he served on several panels of experts reviewing plant and animal protection programs. Al led one such group in reviewing bulb preclearance activities in Israel, the Netherlands, Ireland, Great Britain, and several other areas of western Europe before the group’s efforts were disrupted by the terrorist attacks in 2001.

Despite his numerous awards and accolades, Al would be quick to tell you that he played a “small and insignificant role” in the “grand outcomes” of creating initiatives and strategies for which he was proud. Al looked backward only for the purpose of seeing results and inputs so that he could develop options for moving forward. His natural inclination was toward long-range visionary thinking and his management style was highly collaborative and oriented toward organizational goals that often didn’t fit into established patterns. His empathetic approach to and concern for others and his intellectual curiosity were evident throughout his life, including the bonds he formed with his medical team during his final days.

Throughout his life, Al enjoyed participating in and following sports. At various stages in his life, he was active in football, baseball, cross-country running, and track and field. Al received a number of grant offers to colleges for track and was an outstanding jumper and middle distance runner. Later in life, Al participated in softball and road racing with much success and during his retirement years Al regularly visited the gym and won many awards at county and state levels in Master’s and Senior Games track and field events. He and Debbie were also a force to be reckoned with in cornhole! He and Debbie greatly enjoyed travel and were able to spend time in every state in the United States and much of the world. Extended trips to Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands, and Canada were especially enjoyable, and he welcomed the opportunity to share travel tips, brochures, and recommendations to others.

Al always claimed his sister Helen was the family historian, but he enjoyed nothing better than to take his children on tours of his family’s old haunts in Richmond and Appomattox and to answer our many questions about his life, family history, and the state of the world. He was generous with advice and counsel when asked, but he also recognized the value of enabling us to make up our own minds about decisions in our lives – although there was no better praise than to be told that he was happy with the choices we had made! We treasure our memories of our times together. Although he did his best to prepare and equip us for this new phase in our lives, his absence leaves a huge void that only he can fill.

While Al was generous with his love and praise, he was not fond of being the center of attention. Although from time to time we vetoed his requests not to be fussed over, we generally tried to respect his wishes. Al lived life on his own terms, and he left nothing unsaid regarding his future expectations. He requested that there be no formal memorial service, desiring only that his immediate family celebrate his life with a traditional Irish wake and later scatter his ashes with those of his cherished wife Debbie at their family home in the mountains of North Carolina after her passing, which we hope and trust will be many years in the future. It is a fitting request which provides comfort and solace to those who survive him as he enjoyed family gatherings and the peace and natural beauty of the mountains.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association or to the charity of your choice.

Published by & from April 9 to April 10, 2022.

John B. Gordon ’60

John B. Gordon of Raleigh, NC passed away on April 3, 2022, after a brief illness. He was a kind husband, father, grandfather and friend to others. He was born in Gastonia, NC, on June 8, 1933. His education was at Davidson College and Duke University Law School.

In 1956, John married Sylvia Catherine Stuart and they had two children, John B. Gordon, III (known as “Jay”) and Catherine Mason Gordon (Robert Bagley), and two grandchildren, Benny Mandelbrot and Jack Bagley, all who survive him.

John served for three years in the U.S. Army in Counterintelligence. He also held a number of legal roles for organizations in Raleigh. He ended his career teaching business law at North Carolina State University for many years and teaching undergraduate students brought him joy.

He was an avid photographer and won awards. He enjoyed taking photographs and especially giving them to others as gifts. John will be remembered for his kindness and sense of humor. He always had a good story to tell.

John’s church life was very important to him, having served as an Elder, Deacon, and Sunday School teacher at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held for John at a later date at West Raleigh Presbyterian.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane Raleigh, NC 27603 or Davidson College, 405 N Main St, Davidson, NC 28035.

Service arrangements are being handled by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary’s St. Raleigh, NC.

Thomas Baker “Tommy” Price ’60

Dr. Thomas Baker Price, age 83, died Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Tommy was born in Florence, SC on November 15, 1938, son of the late Clara Haynsworth Price and the late Dr. Julian Pleasants Price. In 1956, he graduated from McClenaghan High School in Florence, SC. He graduated cum laude from Davidson College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Honors at Davidson included membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. Tommy was president of Kappa Sigma fraternity and a member of the varsity soccer team. In 1964, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Duke University Medical School in Durham, NC.

Further medical training included a straight surgical internship at Indiana University Hospitals in Indianapolis, IN, followed by residency training at Vanderbilt University Hospitals in Nashville, TN and Medical College of Georgia Hospitals in Augusta, GA. Tommy served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, including one year of duty in Vietnam.

After completing his medical training, he joined Dr. Russell O. Lyday and Dr. John E. Lyday in the practice of general surgery in Greensboro, NC. For Tommy, medicine was a calling and a privilege. He treasured his relationships with patients and colleagues. The family would like to thank the medical teams at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates and Moses H. Cone Hospital Cardiovascular ICU for honoring Tommy with the same compassionate care that he provided to his patients.

In addition to his medical practice, Tommy was an active leader in the medical community. He was a member of the Wesley Long Community Hospital Medical Executive Committee and the Moses H. Cone Hospital Medical Board. Tommy served as President of the Medical and Dental Staff at Wesley Long Community Hospital, Chief of the Department of Surgery at Wesley Long Community Hospital (1984-1990), a member of the Board of Trustees at Wesley Long Community Hospital and later the Board of Trustees of Moses Cone Health System (1990-2002). He was a member of the American Medical Association, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, NC Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of General Surgeons, NC Medical Society, Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine, and NC Surgical Association, where he served as President (1993-1994).

Tommy was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Tommy and Flora were blessed with almost 60 years of marriage, three children and seven grandchildren. He was a man of few words, humble in his approach. His family and friends deeply valued his perspective and guidance. Tommy was known for his intellect, integrity and his abiding faith in God.

In 2004, Tommy retired from his general surgery practice with Central Carolina Surgery, PA. He enjoyed countless days in retirement at his beloved “farm” in the country. A passionate and creative gardener, he established a vegetable garden that grew larger each year and he cultivated over 250 blueberry bushes. Tommy also designed homemade irrigation systems and planting tools. He cherished time at his cabin with good friends, tinkering with the Price-Deaton-Pring Small Engine Repair team, drinking Mountain Dew and eating peanut butter nabs, and repurposing gently used equipment. Tommy loved a good project, particularly one in which he could involve his grandchildren. He always strived to impart his love of learning; a day with Granddaddy at the farm always meant learning or creating something new.

Survivors are his wife, Flora McNair Price, daughter Katherine Price Orrell Bunn and son-in-law Thomas Ware Bunn of Charlotte, NC, daughter Jane Price Avinger and son-in-law Robert Livingston Avinger III of Nashville, TN, son Thomas Alexander Price and daughter-in-law Heather Sansom Price of Charlotte, NC. Also surviving are seven grandchildren: Emily Elizabeth Orrell, Anna McNair Avinger, Robert Baker Avinger, Caroline Coker Avinger, Emma Margaret Price, Thomas Leighton Price and Katherine Charlotte Price. In addition, survivors include many beloved nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his brother Julian Haynsworth Price, sister-in-law Sylvia Parks Price, sister Rebecca Price Patte, brother-in-law Ret. MG Christian Patte, sister-in-law Beth McNair Robinson and son-in-law Kirk Raymond Orrell.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC, where he was a long-time active member. This service may be viewed live online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzQQNxb11YY. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sadye Bowles Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 617 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 or StepUp Greensboro, 707 North Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com for the Price family.