Lynn Douglas Hudgins ’62

Lynn Douglas Hudgins, 81, of Salem, South Carolina, passed away on October 19, 2022.

Lynn was born on November 13, 1940 in Charleston, West Virginia, to the late Dr. Archibald Perrin Hudgins and Marie Linville Hudgins. He completed high school at Fishburne Military School and attended Davidson College for two years. He then transferred to Presbyterian College, where he was a member of the tennis team, completing his bachelor’s degree in 1962. After college, Lynn enlisted in the U.S. Navy, attending Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and the U.S. Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida. Afterwards, he served for six years as a naval aviator. Lynn continued his career as a pilot for Delta Airlines from 1969 to 2000 rising to the position of Chief Pilot, first in Los Angeles and subsequently in New York City. 

During his retirement, Lynn loved volunteer work serving with the Lions Club, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), and Firewise in his local community. He never said no to a request for help. Lynn attended Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson.

Lynn is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Linda Sylvester Hudgins; sons, Lynn Douglas (Connie) Hudgins, Jr. and Kenneth Scott (Jennifer) Hudgins; brother, Archibald Perrin Hudgins, Jr.; grandchildren, Oliver (Maureen) Hudgins, Harry Hudgins, Virginia Hudgins, Nathaniel Hudgins, Brandi Berghorn, Jason (Kayla) Berghorn, and Chelsea Berghorn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Cottingham House Hospice Care, 390 Keowee School Drive, Seneca, SC 29672.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Robert S. Abernethy ’62

Robert S. Abernethy III, MD of Medfield, formerly of Dover, MA, died suddenly but peacefully Friday morning October 14, 2022 after a valiant struggle with dementia.

Dr. Abernethy was beloved husband for 60 years of Caroline (McClain) Abernethy; father of Robert Abernethy IV of Fort Worth, TX, Frances Abernethy Armstrong (Gregg J. Armstrong) of Medfield, MA, and the late Enloe McClain Abernethy; cherished friend of Joan Abernethy, M.D.; and beloved grandfather of Kate and Owen Armstrong and Robert V and Thomas Abernethy. Born on June 18, 1940 in Charlotte, NC, to Robert S. Abernethy, Jr. and Belle Ward Stowe Abernethy, he was brother of Margaret Martin of Charlotte and the late Sally Eads of Fincastle, VA.

Rob attended Davidson College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After his internship at Pennsylvania Hospital, he fulfilled military service at the NIMH’s Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, DC before completing his residency training in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Deeply committed to the individualized care of his patients, Dr. Abernethy practiced medicine at MGH with honor, humility, and integrity for over 40 years.

Dr. Abernethy will be remembered for his adventurous, but humble spirit, his abiding optimism, and his keen sense of humor. He found joy in sailing the coast of Maine, caring for an island home, skiing (quite slowly) at Sugarloaf, and visiting with his children, friends, and his beloved grandchildren. He remained kind and good humored to the end, never squandering an opportunity to express his earnest gratitude and appreciation to those who cared for him.

His family extends special thanks to Dr. Michael J. Barry of MGH who so lovingly guided Rob through his progressive illness and to the devoted staff at Birch Grove Assisted Living at Fox Hill Village in Westwood.

A celebration of Dr. Abernethy’s life will be held on February 4, 2023 at 11:00 at the Dover Church in Dover, MA. Remembrances may be made in his name to the Epiphany School, 154 Centre Street, Dorchester, MA, 02124 or the Davidson Trust, the scholarship fund supporting Davidson College’s commitment to needs-blind admission: Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC, 28035.

Russell Holmes Showalter, Jr. ’62

Russell Holmes Showalter, Jr., 82, passed away on August 30, 2022 in St. Augustine, FL. Russell was born on November 16, 1939 in Durham, NC.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann McDonald Showalter of St. Augustine, FL; his siblings Anne H. Showalter of Fernandina Beach, FL and D. Scott Showalter (Vivian) of Denver, CO; children Stephanie Showalter of Houston, TX, Jonathan Showalter of St. Augustine, FL, Hunter Showalter of Atlanta, GA. He was predeceased by his father, R. Holmes Showalter, Sr. and mother, Winona Fincher Showalter.

An attorney in Jacksonville and member of the Florida Bar for over 50 years, he will also be missed by countless clients, nieces/nephews, grand-nieces/grand-nephews, cousins, friends, and colleagues.

Memorial services will be performed at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 32 Sevilla St., Saint Augustine, FL 32084 on September 17, 2022 at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Special Olympics or a charity of your choosing.”

E. Jeffery “Jeff” Couch ’62

E. Jeffery Couch of River Landing, died peacefully on April 1, 2022, surrounded by his three adoring daughters Laura, Sarah and Abbey.

Jeff was born May 5, 1940 to the late Everett Goodrich Couch and Emily Moore Couch. From early childhood, he lived in Ohio, graduating from Portsmouth High School and attracting classmates who became lifelong friends. In 1958, Jeff moved to Davidson, NC where he earned his dream come true, a degree in Economics from Davidson College, again fostering friendships that lasted his lifetime.

After Davidson, Jeff began a career in financial management, first at C&S Bank and Nations Bank in Atlanta, and later joining NCNB in Charlotte. There he honed his economic and leadership skills and was promoted to higher levels of responsibility including taking Bank of America to international prominence. A gifted leader, Jeff retired as Senior Vice President from Bank of America.

To hold dear his memory, Jeff is survived by his wife, Darla Clark Couch and dearly beloved daughters Laura Boling of Alpharetta, GA; Sarah Davis of Loganville, GA; and Abigail Giordano of Fairfax, VA. He was blessed with eight grandchildren: Jake, Kelly and Sadie Boling; Maren Piland and Harper Davis; Bobby and Ellis Giordano; and one great-granddaughter, Jessica Black. Jeff is also survived by sister, Sarah Haft and nephew, David Haft of Washington, DC.

In keeping with Jeff’s passion for learning and discovery, his body has been entrusted to Wake Forest University School of Medicine. A memorial date has not been set.

Published by Charlotte Observer on April 24, 2022.

Danny Austin McRight ’62

Danny Austin McRight, 81, of Davidson, NC died on October 19, 2021. Dan was born to the late Rev. Daniel Austin and Lillian Lorene McRight in Sheffield, AL. on June 26, 1940. Dan graduated from Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, VA. in 1958, and Davidson College in 1962. He did graduate studies at The University of Glasgow (Scotland), Vanderbilt University, Emory University, and Columbia Theological Seminary where his received a M. Div., in 1972.

While at Davidson he was a Dana and a Belk scholar and served as President of the Westminster Fellowship. In 1966 Dan was ordained for ministry by Mecklenburg Presbytery then served in several Presbyterian Churches in the South. His career focus was that of training hospital chaplains through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Dan served in Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, and Nashville. This training was provided to pastors and students of many faith groups. In addition, he was active in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Dan is survived by his wife, Dr. Rebecca R. Fewell of Davidson, NC., his sons, William A. McRight of Los Angeles, CA., and Robert A.O. McRight, of Orlando, FL., stepsons, S. Mark DuBose of Pensacola, FL., and Philip A. DuBose, of Spring Hill, TN., and step-grandsons, Brooks A. DuBose of Cleveland, TN., and Brennan E. DuBose of Memphis, TN.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Chaplaincy Fund at The Pines at Davidson, 400 Avinger La, Davidson, NC 28036, or to Davidson College, 405 N. Main St., Davidson, NC 28035. A Celebration of Dan’s life of service will be held at Davidson College Presbyterian Church at a later date.