John Edward Keiter ’61

John Edward Keiter, Sr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday night, August 18, 2021.

John was born on December 29, 1938, in Kinston, North Carolina, and enjoyed many summers at his beach house with his family on the outer banks of North Carolina, where he liked to sail in his sailboat as a young boy.

He moved to Utah in the mid-1970’s and fell in love with the mountains and the four seasons. John loved to hunt, fly fish, golf, sail, travel, ski, spend time with friends and family and be in the outdoors. One of John’s favorite places on earth was the river house he built on the Provo River in Woodland, Utah.

John graduated from medical school from the University of North Carolina and specialized in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Washington in St. Louis, Missouri. He served as a general surgeon in the Army in Kansas.

John was married to Phyllis Ann Whitenack for 18 years, and they had two daughters together, Katharine and Anna.

John was a renowned Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who was beloved by his patients. He was once published for developing one of the first procedures for re-attaching a finger to a hand to replace a thumb.

John was married to Dana Marie Durbano in 1982 and they raised four children together: his stepdaughter Breklyn, and their three children Kelly, John Jr. and Caroline Paige. The family lived in Ogden until 1994, when they moved to Park City.

John had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam on two medical missions, where he helped reconstruct cleft palates for many small children and patients who did not have access to modern healthcare. His efforts to reconstruct a young boy’s face that was marred in a mine explosion during the war was captured in a documentary by filmmakers who accompanied him on the trip.

John was also married to Carla Evans for 10 years, and they lived at the River House in Woodland after he retired.

Dad enjoyed many family trips to Hawaii, where he loved to golf, run on the beach and spend time with his kids.

He loved it when his children and grandchildren would visit him in his later years.

John is the middle child to William Eugene Keiter, Sr. and Leonora Mary Readey Keiter. He is survived by his brothers, William Eugene Keiter, Jr. (Martha) and Robert Harvey Keiter (Beth), his six children, Katharine Windsor Olive (Mike), Anna Christian Keiter, Breklyn Adele Morgan (Troy), Kelly Marie Keiter, John Edward Keiter, Jr. (Rachel) and Caroline Paige Sparks (Mike), and his eleven grandkids, Eric and David, Christian, Mason, Mia and Bree, Clark and Amy, Calvin, Rivers and Winnie.

His family will miss him dearly. We are grateful for the memories and hope he’s found peace and happiness with loved ones on the other side.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 12 C Street in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will be live-streamed for family and friends who are unable to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Operation Smile at operationsmile.org.

David Norris MacKinnon ’61

David Norris MacKinnon, age 82, formerly of Richmond, KY, died on August 5, 2021. Born in Greenville, AL on March 6, 1939, son of the late Luther and Eleanor Norris MacKinnon. Beloved husband of the late Molly Ryland MacKinnon. Loving father of Laura Conway of Louisville, KY and Douglas (Courtney) MacKinnon of Gibsonia, PA. Brother of the late Luther Gillis MacKinnon. Proud grandfather of Molly Conway, Grant MacKinnon and Connor MacKinnon.

Norris earned a B.A. in Spanish from Davidson College, did graduate work at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned his PhD in Spanish from the University of Kentucky. He went on to be Spanish professor at Eastern Kentucky University for many years until his retirement. Earlier in life, Norris was a regular jogger and in recent years was an avid cyclist, enjoying riding the country roads of Kentucky and recently Pennsylvania. He had a thirst for knowledge, was always curious, and never stopped learning.

Memorial services will be held in Hampton Presbyterian Church, Gibsonia, PA, on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Rev. Dr. Ted Martin, officiating. Private interment will be held in Richmond Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norris’ memory to the American Cancer Society, cancer.org.

Arrangements by Schellhaas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd., Bakerstown, PA. Please offer condolences at www.schellhaasfh.com.

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Benjamin Land Bivins ’61

Benjamin Land Bivins, 81, died peacefully on February 19, 2021, at his home in Tallahassee, FL after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Born and raised in Macon, GA, he was the son of Howard and Katherine (Armstrong) Bivins. A 1957 graduate of Lanier Senior High School, he attended Davidson College and Emory University School of Medicine before enlisting in the Air Force for three years, including one in Vietnam.

Following his residency at the University of Michigan, in 1972 he moved his young family to Tallahassee to open his dermatology practice. Several years later, he became the first in Tallahassee to offer Mohs skin cancer surgery after training with Dr. Mohs. Dedicated to his patients, many expressed over the years how much they appreciated that he took the time to listen to their concerns and treat them as individuals.

After retirement in 2000, he continued helping patients as a regular volunteer at the Neighborhood Medical Center.

Throughout his life learning meant doing. Whether it was teaming with his brother Guy on boyhood woodworking projects, traveling to experience other cultures and locales, sailing, developing photographs, speaking Spanish, or simply trying his hand at something that sparked his interest, his broad curiosity led in many directions.

A longtime supporter of and participant in the local arts community, in retirement his passion for creating art deepened and he returned to school to earn an MFA in painting at Florida State University.

After graduation, he continued his involvement with FSU through advisory positions, as an instructor, and by funding travel for students and visiting artists. He delighted in exploring the possibilities in art, and it was rare to find him without a small pad and pen for quick sketches and notes. Enjoying art remained a central part of his life even as Alzheimer’s took his ability.

He cherished and was cherished by his family. He is survived by his wife, Elece; children; Christopher (Jennifer DuBose and daughter, Kate), Margaret Irene (Kit Goodner and children; Henry and Ana) and Lucy (Eric Schmidt and sons; Hugo and Leif), all of whom he had with his first wife, Nancy, and Elece’s daughters; Ali (Ed Thomas and sons; Chad and Ben) and Emily (Rick Mottern and daughters; Amelia, Ava and Adeline); and siblings; Jack (Deanna), Guy (Juanita) and Charlotte (Roland Knight, who predeceased him) and their families.

The family will hold a private memorial service. Donations in his memory are encouraged to the FSU Foundation to benefit the Ben Bivins Fund for Art or to the Trust for Public Land.

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Ronnie Radford ’61

On Saturday, January 23, 2021, Ronnie Reginald Radford, loving husband, dedicated father of three children, and Air Force Veteran committed to America’s security and success, passed away at the age of 81 surrounded by family at his home in St. Augustine, Florida.

Born March 2, 1939, Ronnie’s story is one of achievement. Raised from birth in St. Augustine by his parents, George and Lillian, Ronnie came from very modest means, and he committed himself to success early. He graduated Ketterlinus high school having been the valedictorian of his class, president of his class, captain of the football team, and a multisport varsity athlete.

He leveraged his high school success to earn an academic scholarship to attend Davidson College where he was a walk on football player, majored in math and physics, and held a job as cook to pay obligations beyond his scholarship. Halfway through his education at Davidson, he received an appointment to attend the United States Naval Academy, joining as a “Plebe” on July 7, 1959.

After four years of taking advanced courses due to his two year head start at Davidson, he graduated on June 5, 1963 ranked tenth in his class of 867 graduates. His academic performance garnered the notice of the United States Air Force, who recruited him away from the Navy to attend Stanford University.

Within hours of graduating from the Naval Academy, he married Nancy Hall, daughter of former St. Augustine Fire Chief, Brandon Hall, walking under the swords in Annapolis.

Upon graduation from Stanford, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, he served his country for twenty-four years as an engineer and program manager supporting crucial Air Force defense initiatives including an Air Force adjunct to the NASA Gemini space program, the F-16 fighter jet, the Advanced Cruise Missile, and the B-1 Bomber among other programs, rising to the rank of Full Colonel, and in the last two years of his career taking on General Officer roles leading thousands of personnel.

These roles took him and his family across the country – north, south, east and west – stationed at Air Force bases and the Pentagon.

After retirement from the Air Force, he continued his service in various leadership and consulting roles in the commercial defense industry until he retired for good to St. Augustine in 2007.

For many years he continued to serve by supporting various community initiatives through the Military Officers Association and local elected office among others. Ronnie was an active father, coaching his children’s sports teams, helping out with homework, attending father/daughter dances, and instilling love of country in their hearts. His work ethic was legendary, his rigor for perfection was limitless, and his sharp reasoning skills buoyed his work and wit.

He put family and country above all else, and he was known for always doing the right thing regardless of consequence.

While he was a serious man, his personal joys included listening to Johnny Cash, golfing with friends, and enjoying a good laugh – he was known to laugh so hard he could not speak for several minutes.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his brother, James Radford, his children, Joel Radford (Robin), Laura Radford, and Gina Mangus (Charles), his grandchildren, Brandi Moore (Andy), Browdie Wylie, Lindsay McLean (Justin), Zachary Mclean (Hannah), Nicholas Mangus, Brock Radford and Bradyn Radford, Elena Mangus, and his great grandchildren Browdie, Anna, and James.

Due to COVID considerations, private services will be held at Craig Funeral Home Monday February 1, 2021 at 11 AM ET, and virtual participation will be supported.

For additional details please visit their website at https://www.craigfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Ronnie Reginald Radford’s honor to The Wounded Warrior Project (https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org).

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Gordon LeGrand ’61

Gordon Buck LeGrand, MD Gordon Buck LeGrand, MD, 81, of Raleigh passed away Saturday, November 21, 2020.

A private graveside service for the family will be held in Maplewood Cemetery, Wilson, North Carolina.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Judith Cubberley LeGrand; sons, Gordon C. LeGrand, MD and Charles W. LeGrand and wife, Alaine; grandson, Thomas A. LeGrand; brother, John L. LeGrand; mother-in-law, Catherine B. Cubberley and his brother-in-law, William C. Cubberley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Quince and Lucy Buck LeGrand and his father-in-law, Charles L. Cubberley, MD.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, North Carolina 27603.

Condolences directed to Joyner’s Funeral Home and Crematory at www.joyners.net.