Paul Douglas “Doug” Heidt ’64

Paul Douglas (Doug) Heidt, 82, died Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Angels Touch Care Home in St. Albans, West Virginia.

Doug was born in Gadsden, Alabama, on February 1, 1942, to Dorothy Morrison Heidt and Edward Heidt, Jr. Growing up in Clearwater, Florida, Doug was active in his church, school, and community activities. He graduated from Clearwater High School, where he was Drum Major for the school band. During that time, he was also elected Governor of the Florida Key Club. He graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina, where he was in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and the president and tenor soloist for the Davidson Male Chorus. He went on to graduate from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, where he received his Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Ministry. During that time, he also spent a year at the Ecole de Theologie in Montpellier, France.

In 1969, he married Sharon McGloshen, whom he met at seminary, when she was a student at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education. That year, he embarked on a long and enriching ministry, beginning at both the First Presbyterian Church and the Pee Dee Presbyterian Church in Mount Giliad, North Carolina. Next, he was the Associate Minister at the First Presbyterian Church in Roanoke Virginia. He then served the Grace Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. His final move was to the First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, West Virginia, as Associate Pastor in Care and Outreach. During his 23 years in that position, he mentored seminary interns from Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, was on the board that developed Edgewood Summit Retirement Community, designed and facilitated the church’s Rebuilding Group, a support program for people experiencing divorce, started the Stephen Ministry, a lay ministry for congregational care, created And Death Shall be no More, a comprehensive guide to end of life planning, and he published “The Love That Will Not Let You Go,” a book describing Christianity as simply Love — the all-encompassing, unending, universal, relentless Love of God — put into practice.

Doug loved fishing as much as he could, rocking on his front porch with a gin and tonic, reading, writing, teaching, and cooking (perfecting and handing down to his grandchildren the art of assessing pasta readiness by throwing it against the wall). After his retirement, to everyone’s delight, he often credited many of his best meals to his favorite cookbook, “The Busy Woman’s Cookbook.” He especially loved spending time with his family, swimming in the backyard pool he always wanted, which mostly was arguably too warm, but perfect for his taste.

Doug is survived by his wife, Sharon; his daughter, Kathryn Ellis (Reuben); son, Daniel (Diane); grandchildren, Felicia, Emma, Jayden, Cooper, and Dehlia; brother, Alan (Alice), and brother, Sid (Melinda), along with a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he loved fiercely.

A Celebration of his Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2024, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church, Charleston, West Virginia. Continuing in his selfless character, Doug has been taken to the WVU Donor program in Morgantown, West Virginia, to assist in the education of our future’s medical professionals.

Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, as per Doug’s instructions (unsurprisingly), in the form of taking a child fishing. Donations may also be made to The FPC Hope Center, a nonprofit whose mission is to assist young adults in successfully transitioning out of foster care.

Michael Newman Faulconer ’64

Michael Newman Faulconer, 82, passed away peacefully on January 24, 2024.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia on December 21, 1941, he was the son of the late Dr. C. Newman Faulconer (minister of 1st Presbyterian Church 1955-1973) and the late Katharine Faulconer. He is also predeceased by his sister, Katharine “Kitty” Sue Hawpe and his late wife Toni Stroud Faulconer. He is survived by his daughter Kristen F. Welborn, her husband Will Welborn, and their three children, Matthew, David and Katherine, as well as his first great-grandchild, Naomi Hazel Welborn. He is also survived by his three step-daughters, Carey Clark, Dottie Hollis, and Stacey Foster, and their families.

A special thanks to his devoted friend Brenda Sharpe for caring for him over the last four and a half years.

Services for Michael will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at Mackey Funerals and Cremations Woodlawn, 1 Pine Knoll Dr. Greenville, SC 29609. Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM followed by a Celebration of Life service at 3:00 PM.

John L. Powell II ’64

Dr. John L. Powell II, 81, departed this life on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, at Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, Wilmington, N.C.

Dr. Powell was the first born of Dr. J.B. and Jean Powell. Raised in Clinton, N.C., Powell graduated from Clinton High School, Davidson College and U.N.C. School of Medicine. Dr. Powell had an exemplary career in medicine for which he was recognized in 2023 with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the U.N.C. School of Medicine and was also named a Healthcare Hero in Southeast N.C. He was a board-certified Fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a board-certified Gynecologic Oncologist and was also certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery.

He served eight years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps delivering over 5,000 babies and reaching the rank of Major. He completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology in Atlanta and was later recruited to be the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. While there, he rose from Assistant to Full Professor at Tufts Medical Center, training thousands of medical students and residents.

Dr. Powell also served on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. Powell was a pioneer of laser surgery, lecturing on the use of lasers in 26 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and 8 foreign countries. He also designed 2 surgical instruments which are now widely used by Gynecologists. Powell authored over 200 articles which were published in peer-reviewed medical journals and 13 book chapters. He also wrote 140 articles known as “Powell’s Pearls” which focused on famous names in medical and surgical history, many of which were published in medical journals. Dr. Powell gave more than 300 presentations at regional, national and international medical meetings.

In 1994, Dr. Powell was recruited to join the A.H.E.C. teaching program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, not only as the sole Gynecologic Oncologist but also to help design and start up the Zimmer Cancer Center. After retirement, Dr. Powell served 7 1/2 years as Coordinator of the Retired Physicians Section of the local medical society.

Dr. Powell dedicated his life to the practice of medicine, giving his patients the best care possible and inspiring other doctors to do likewise.

A memorial service will be held at Andrews Mortuary Chapel, 1617 Market St., Wilmington, N.C. at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a memorial gift in memory of Dr. Powell to either: Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28401 U.N.C. Health Foundation, 123 West Franklin St., Suite 150, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27516 Condolences may be shared with the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com.

Walter Young MacDonald ’64

Walter Young MacDonald, 81, of Waterville, OH, died May 28, 2023 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, his wife, Lea Anne Metzger MacDonald, at his side, 15 years after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. He made the most of that time, bringing a lifetime of experience as a social worker, psychologist, and Episcopal priest to bear on his changing circumstances; finding a new, loving, extended family; and parceling out what remained of a seemingly endless store of energy and curiosity.

He was born in Boston, MA on June 10, 1941, the fifth of 6 children born to Marian S. Young and Herman Albin MacDonald, former mayor of Beverly, MA and Commissioner of Public Works for the state of Massachusetts in the 1940s. A hard-won rise to a life of political power and privilege meant that Herman was mostly absent from the life of his family, and his wife and children were left to handle that however they could. For Walt as a young boy, the household atmosphere was hushed and stifling: emotions went unexpressed, questions unanswered. “Our home in Marblehead Neck was in black-out during the war and everything was closed up on the ocean side of the house. The same could be said of us.” Letting the light back in, for himself and others, would become a guiding principle in Walt’s life.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Davidson College in 1964. Inspired by the school’s liberal world view and eager to help those most in need, he worked after graduation in the nearby Charlotte, NC ghetto in an anti-poverty program advocating for fair housing, food distribution, and affordable medical care. He met individually with community members, searching out solutions to the intractable problems they faced, but soon saw that social remedies went only so far. What he loved doing, and thought most useful, was talking and listening to people on a deeper level, surfacing their problems, and working those out while honing his own perceptual skills.

He moved on to Cambridge, MA, enrolling in the Episcopal/Harvard Divinity School to train for the priesthood (Master of Divinity, 1969). Known for progressive teaching and action on issues of civil rights and social justice along with field training, the school helped him shake off a little more of his upbringing and engage on a spiritual level with a less privileged community. At the same time, he began postgraduate work in Social Relations and Psychology at Harvard, where he enrolled in clinical pastoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital, counseling patients on death and dying. Noting that the hospital environment at that time was quite buttoned-up on the topic, he recounted going to visit one of his patients but finding an empty room. No one would say “dead.” He was instructed instead to follow the blue line. It ended at the morgue, and his deceased patient. It echoed a moment from his childhood, when he asked a policeman and neighbors shielding from his view a lifeless body on the beach: “Dead? What is dead?” No one would say. He was 5 years old. Breaking through the social constraints and taboos that rendered that word–and others like it–too fraught to say became a central principle of his converging ministry, counseling, and social work.

He finally landed at the School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Master of Social Work, 1972) to train for certified private practice in social services and psychology. That led to a career he carried out with exuberance and stamina for the next 40 years. He was an adherent of the approach of Milton Erickson, psychotherapist, who, unlike Freud, believed that the unconscious was a positive force–a reservoir of creative potential that could be tapped to solve practical problems. It was the perfect corrective to Walt’s early work in the Charlotte ghetto, where the available solutions left out fundamental psychological and spiritual needs. “You know more than you think you know,” Dr. Erickson would say, as he devised impromptu ways of exposing and utilizing his patients’ own knowledge and intuition to improve their spiritual, mental, and social health. For Walt and his mentor, being alive in the moment, breaking rigid habits and patterns, questioning social conventions, exposing “forbidden” words and ideas to the light of day–all were part of the process.

And all were intricately woven into Walt’s daily life. He was the best listener you would ever meet, engaging anyone who might cross his path on a given day, offering surprising insights and new perspectives. The world was his office, even though it might be only a local diner or museum or sidewalk. He was an absolutely unstoppable force when it came to his ever-evolving hobbies/passions/interests, of which he had many: collecting early photography masters, travelling, designing landscapes, writing poetry. All of this he eagerly shared, with unabashed disregard for his increasing physical limitations, always in pursuit of his next adventure–unfolding just now.

Survivors include his companion and wife of the last 9 years, Lea Anne Metzger MacDonald, of Waterville, OH; his son, Ian Erickson MacDonald (Julie), Kalamazoo, MI, from a previous marriage to Paula Kern Brant MacDonald, Ann Arbor, MI; stepchildren, Michael Metzger (Felicia), Toledo, OH, Julia Serve (Bob), Sylvania, OH, Dianne Hamizadeh (Farid) and Mary Jo Connelly (David), Waterville, OH; 13 step- grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Glenn; and a brother, Karl “Bill” MacDonald. His parents, Herman and Marion Young MacDonald; brothers, Herman Jr. “Mac” and David MacDonald; and sister, Louise Moncrief, died earlier.

Funeral services will be held August 17, 2023, 11 a.m., at St. Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4718 Brittany Road, Ottawa Hills, OH 43615, with burial in their Memorial Garden. Contributions in memory of Walt may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 800 S. Detroit Ave., Toledo, OH 43609.

Richard Charles Masline ’64

Mr. Richard Charles Masline, 80, of Charlotte, NC, completed his journey into Heaven on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at his home.

He was born in New York City, New York on July 12, 1942 and has lived in Charlotte for the last  25 years. Richard loved Animals, gardening, traveling, making friends and he loved telling stories about his child hood pet, Caesar, The Great Dane that was 6 feet tall.

Richard was a devout Christian and loved the Lord with all of his heart. He was a member of St. Marks Episcopal Church where he served on many committees and ministries. One of his last ministries was his Prison Ministry that was near and dear to his heart.  He shared the love of Jesus with inmates while taking them dozens and dozens of cookies that he and his wife prepared.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and AnnaBelle Reed Masline, and his brother, Jeff Masline.

Richard leaves behind his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Elizabeth Davis Masline; his daughter, Kathryn McCoy of Norman, OK; three grandchildren, four great-granddaughters, and his loving Dachshund, Duchess Elizabeth. He leaves his sister Pam McGuirt of Ocean Isle, NC and his brother, Don, (Majorie) Masline of Ocean Isle, NC; sister-n-laws, Martha Ann Springer of Charlotte, NC and Marion Davis of Asheboro, NC. Richard also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews, and best-friends, Scott and Debra James of Charlotte, NC.

Richard earned his bachelor’s degree at Davidson College in NC,  along with his Masters degree from Pepperdine University in California where he lived for 20 years. He retired from IBM and worked for NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories.

The Memorial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday April 29, at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 8600 Holly-Huntersville Rd. Huntersville, NC with Priest Father John Garry officiating. MaryBeth is asking her family and friends to please wear bright colors, no black.
Also she is requesting that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to The Flying Lions at St. Marks Episcopal Church,  Flying Lions is a ministry that teaches disabled people how to cook and live an independent life in the community, Humane Society of Charlotte and The Hospice Team of Huntersville, North Carolina.

The family wants to thank Davita Dialysis of Charlotte, NC, MTS Transportation of Mecklenburg County,  and  the Hospice Team for the loving support and comfort care that they gave to Richard and to the family. Also special thanks to Dr. Jason Carnes, Dr. David Framm, Dr. Rolband and their staff at Tryon Medical Associates and Dr. Vivek Sanghani and Dr. Peale Chuang and their staff along with Bayada Home Health, special thanks to David, Lisa and Chris. Also the family wants to thank Tim Cota, Billy, Judy Givens from Shad Landing Independent Living; Susan Duffy, Patrick Wiley, Billy Thomas and her team for helping take Duchess Elizabeth for many dog walks; Jan Daubener for helping coordinate food etc. and the chaplain Jonathan Allen of Hospice for his visits and phone calls. A thank you goes to the neighbors in Huntington Ridge, Charlotte, NC for helping  The Maslines over the years.  A very special thank you goes to Martha Ann Springer and Carol Heck for their special love and support. Last but not least, Much Love and Gratefulness goes to  Priest Father Garry and his flock at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Charlotte, N.C.

Please send some love to MaryBeth with a memory of Richard in the days to come.