George E. Piper ’67

George E. Piper, psychiatrist, of Haddonfield, NJ, passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2022, at the age of 77.

George is survived by his loving wife, Diane.  Dear father of Lauren (Michael) Koch of Haddonfield, NJ and loving grandfather of Katie and Michael George. Predeceased by his parents George and Betty (nee Ney) Piper.  Survived by his brother Shawn (Deborah) Piper of Marmora, NJ; sister, Holly Bell of Lewistown, PA; nephews Ryan, Brandon, and Derrick Piper, and Nathan Bell; and niece, Holly Campano.

Born in McVeytown, a small town in Central Pennsylvania, George attended Rothrock High School, where he garnered local fame as a member of the Eagles 1963 PIAA Class C State Basketball Championship team.  He graduated from Davidson College in 1967, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree, and received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1971.

George was the second of two psychiatrists who founded the UMDNJ-SOM Department of Psychiatry (now Rowan University-SOM Department of Psychiatry) in 1983.  As Vice-Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, George assisted the Chairman in the development of the department’s patient services and teaching programs for medical students and residents.

In 1994, George became the Assistant Dean of Graduate Medical Education at UMDNJ-SOM, and then Associate Dean, where he was responsible for postgraduate physician trainees, residency and fellowship training programs, and affiliations with primary and secondary affiliated hospital systems.  He was also responsible for organizing the UMDNJ-SOM Graduate Medical Education training system in the first accredited UMDNJ-SOM Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI), which received national recognition and acclaim for being the model Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution for the country.

In 2005, George retired from UMDNJ-SOM and entered the field of private practice in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he continued to practice until his recent passing.  He was the consummate professional, who was always available for his patients.  His empathy and kindness were evident in his patient care.

George was a man of integrity. He was empathic and kind to all, including his family, friends, patients, and strangers.  He treated everyone with love, respect, and dignity.

As per his wishes, George will be returned to Jack’s Mountain close to his childhood home in McVeytown, PA, where his remains will be scattered.  Funeral services will be private.

For those who desire, contributions in George’s memory may be made to the McVeytown Presbyterian Church, 5 N. Queen Street, P.O. Box 323, McVeytown, PA  17051

Wade Barber ’67

Wade Barber Jr., lawyer, judge, and son of Chatham County, died at home Friday, May 13, 2022. His family was with him—his wife Marina, his daughters Claire and Liz, their partners Lois Bukowski and Danny Spiegel, and his son James Riley. He is survived by his grandchildren Fanya, Yaakov, Simi, Maayan, Sam, and Levi, and beloved nephews and nieces.  He is remembered among lawyers in North Carolina as a leader.

In 1916, his father (Wade Sr.) founded a law practice in Pittsboro and practiced there continuously until his retirement in 1982. Wade joined his father in that practice in 1971 and, with interruptions to be of broader service to the community, Wade practiced law there until 2022.

In Wade’s Pittsboro boyhood, it was a short walk to school, to the grocery store, to the barber shop, to the Presbyterian Church, to the courthouse (where his father could often be found), to Miss Martin’s house across the street (where she had a television long before the Barbers did), and to the hard-dirt baseball field (where boys of all backgrounds played together). As a teenager in that place at that time he was told never to take the keys out of the car’s ignition. It would make them too hard to find for the next driver—his mama Agnes or his sisters Betty Scott and Mary Hayes.

At Davidson College, Wade made friendships that lasted all his life, and he reveled in the school’s academic opportunities, all except Spanish, an obstacle to graduation overcome just in time.

In law school at Chapel Hill, Wade found that the intellectual demands of the law—logic, reason, clarity of thought, and precision of expression—comported with his way of thinking.  He was good at these things and he liked them.  In the years ahead, Wade encountered another set of demands that the law requires of good lawyers. These demands are empathy, compassion, a willingness to try to understand another person’s burdens, an ability to guide a person through deeply challenging times, the shouldering of responsibility that is intrinsic to the representation of a client, and humility. He was good at these things, too. His clients also found that he was good at these things and they admired him. He developed a mature respect for the dignity of each individual.

In 1977 the legislature split Chatham and Orange Counties off to be their own prosecutorial district. Governor Jim Hunt appointed Wade to be the chief prosecutor (that is, the district attorney) for the new district. Wade was elected by the voters to a full term in 1978. His respect for the dignity of individuals showed itself when he prosecuted people for crimes. He worked always to understand how this person came to be in this bad spot. It also showed itself, clearly and brightly, in his efforts to protect the victims of crime and ease their loads.

In 1985 Wade returned to his Pittsboro practice, representing a wide range of clients and expanding his work in land use law and the creation of attractive, practical, environmentally mindful residential developments.

In 1998, Governor Hunt appointed Wade as a judge of the North Carolina superior court. He ended his service as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for District 15B in 2006. He returned to his Pittsboro practice–his third stint–and in 2010 was joined by his daughter Liz, forming the firm of Barber & Barber. It was a very happy and fulfilling time for him.

Four of Wade’s grandchildren, Claire’s children, live in California. The physical distance has been great, but the bonds of affection have been close. His two Chapel Hill grandchildren, Liz’s boys, are physically closer, and the bonds of affection are the same. Wade brought his creative energy and many talents to his role as Grandpap – whether spontaneously erecting a zipline in his front yard one Thanksgiving, catching critters and building dams in creeks, constructing bows and arrows, or providing rotten stumps and pint-sized tools to use to smash them up.

Wade and Marina met on a canoeing trip in 1976, and they were married six weeks later. They dedicated themselves to each other. They loved a winter evening at home watching Tar Heel basketball and a summer afternoon in the shade of an umbrella at the beach. They also loved adventure, and they opened the world of daring to their children. They camped in the Andes Mountains at 14,000 feet, where the campsite stream froze overnight. They sailed their Flying Scot often on Jordan Lake and taught their girls to sail and navigate on trips in the Chesapeake Bay and Abaco Islands. They amused the boatmen on a river in Kenya with the news (which the boatmen may not have believed) that there are no monkeys in North Carolina. 

Wade was a skilled woodworker, and the exquisite bowls he turned are the treasured possessions of those lucky enough to have them.

Wade and Marina built a home in Ashe County. They designed it specifically as a place where they could gather with family sometimes and with friends sometimes and with both sometimes.  For a decade it has been a comforting and welcoming haven in the mountains.

Wade’s career was one of service. He served on the board of directors of the Golden Leaf Foundation and the North Carolina Environmental Defense Fund. He served on the board of governors of the North Carolina Bar Association. He was chairman of the North Carolina Task Force on Dispute Resolution and the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. He served on the North Carolina Courts Commission, the North Carolina Criminal Code Commission, the Commission on Alternatives to Incarceration, and the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee on Court Personnel.

He received the North Carolina Civil Liberties Union Award, the North Carolina Mediation Network Service Award, the North Carolina Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section Service Award, and the Chatham County Smart Start Distinguished Service Award, and, in March of 2022, he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. 

Wade was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in January 2022, and its progression was swift. Through his months of illness, he maintained grace and courage. He had, by his own description, “a thick skin and a sense of humor.” He lived his last allotted time as he had lived his life.

A Memorial Service will be held 2:00PM, Monday, May 16, 2022, at the United Church of Chapel Hill – 1321 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Wade’s memorial will be a Friends (Quaker) meeting. For Friends, a memorial meeting for worship is a time of prayer, of thanksgiving, and remembering.  At times an individual may be moved to speak, to offer a prayer or a message that has come out of this silence.  Most of the messages will, no doubt, relate to our memories of Wade and our celebration of his life.  Neither laughter nor tears are out of place.  Any message which is delivered in a worshipful manner is appropriate.  Reflections, poetry, singing, and stories may all be part of the fabric of memory we weave together.  All present are free to speak, but all messages should be brief.  Please stand and speak loudly and clearly so you may be heard by all.  

If you are comfortable, please remove your mask while speaking.  Please leave ample pauses between speakers so that we may contemplate fully the import and meaning of your message.  

At the appropriate time, Carolyn Stuart will signal the conclusion of the celebration by shaking hands with her neighbors.  You are then invited to shake hands with your neighbors.  A few closing remarks will follow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Environmental Defense Fund.

Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to serve the Barber family.

G. William “Bill” Jones ’67

Bill Jones died on January 28, 2022 after a fall on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina.

Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lida Inge Wylie Jones, and his three sons (Geoff, Christopher, David) and their families. Geoff, Erin, Shannon (17) and Sydney (14) live near Denver. Christopher, Sharon, Alex (16) and Owen (13) live near Boston. David and Jennifer live in San Francisco. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and an extended family he loved dearly.

George William “Bill” Jones, Jr. was born on December 13, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama to George and Alice Jones. He is predeceased by his parents and his sisters Alice and Patsy. Bill grew up in Talladega, Alabama. He attended Indian Springs High School. He received a B.A. from Davidson College, an M.Div. from Columbia Seminary, and a D.Div. from Louisville Seminary.

Bill served as a pastor at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church (Kingsport, TN), Covenant Presbyterian Church (Johnson City, TN), and Balmoral Presbyterian Church (Memphis, TN). He taught a faith of tolerance for all people no matter who they were or what they believed. Stories from Bill can be heard on YouTube at the channel “Bill Jones, Storyteller.”

Bill and Lida retired on Ocracoke Island, where he loved walks on the beach, sunsets, island birds, and most of all, the community. Bill’s life was full of joy, especially from backcountry canoe trips, movies, music, reading, but most of all from family and friends. Everyone who knew him loved him and he loved us all.

A celebration of Bill’s life is planned for March 26, 2022 on Ocracoke Island. Donation suggestions can be found via social media.

Published by The Birmingham News from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2022.

Jennings Bryant ’67

Dr. Jennings Bryant passed peacefully surrounded by family Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was 76 years old.

A brilliant, prolific scholar who leaves an enduring legacy in the fields of communication and media psychology, the roles that brought him the most joy were those of dedicated father and grandfather, devoted husband, and supportive mentor and teacher.

He was a unifier – always bringing together people, disciplines, and ideas – and dedicated his life to the service of others – to his field, his community, and his family. He fancied himself a “gentleman farmer,” and was as comfortable on an international stage delivering a keynote address as he was on the tractor at his farm in Glenwood.

Born in Fort Benning, Ga., Jennings spent almost all of his earliest years surrounded by his extended family in Grassy Creek. After graduating from Harris High School in Spruce Pine, he got his A.B. in History from Davidson College. He then went to Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, received his M.Div. in Theology and Counseling, and was ordained. Through his studies in seminary, he found his “home” in the emerging field of communication, and went on to receive his Ph.D. at Indiana University in Mass Communication-Psychology.

Today, Jennings Bryant is one of the most recognized and knowledgeable scholars in communication, and his name is synonymous with media effects and media psychology. His work is also a guiding light in the areas of entertainment theory, children and media, and sports communication.

As one of his professional peers once said, “His accomplishments are, to be honest, incomprehensible, beyond either the goals much less accomplishments of nearly anyone in the history of communication research, in the effort, range, amount, and impact (or in any one of them).”

Over his five-decade career, he published 27 books, 160 journal articles and chapters, and over 250 conference papers. In addition, he was the founding co-editor of the journal of Media Psychology, and the series editor on over 400 academic books. He also founded and ran the Institute for Communication Research at the University of Alabama for 15 years (1989-2004). Clearly, it’s a good thing he only needed to sleep 4 hours a day!

In his illustrious professional career, he held many titles. At the University of Alabama, where he spent the last two and a half decades of his career, he was Professor Emeritus, College of Communication and Information Sciences Distinguished Research Professor, Ronald Reagan Endowed Chair of Broadcasting, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.

He received numerous accolades for his achievements, such as the University of Alabama Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award (2000) and Burnam Distinguished Scholar Award (2008), the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Broadcast Education Association (2006), and the Steven Chaffee Career Productivity Award from International Communication Association (2011), where he served as President from 2002 to 2003, and was also elected a Fellow.

In 2018, he was inducted into the Alabama Communication Hall of Fame, and that same year he received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Davidson College.

His most cherished accomplishments, however, were those of his students and other young scholars he mentored around the world. He was renowned for being incredibly warm, welcoming, and supportive, and often hosted students and colleagues at his two-century old family farm in North Carolina. Chats on the front porch with his “farm lemonade” were the thing of legend.

In addition to his global impact on the field of communication, Jennings was also an active service leader in his community. He served as an Elder and Clerk of the Session in the First Presbyterian Churches of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Marion. Over the last several years, he served on the Board of Directors of the Historic Carson House and the Children’s Hope Alliance, and as a voluntary groundskeeper for The Barium Springs Home for Children near Statesville.

Jennings is survived by his wife, Phyllis Dunker Bryant; children and their spouses, Alison Bryant and Paul Levine, Todd Bryant, and Adrienne Bryant Godwin and Chris Godwin; stepdaughters, Stacie LeMaster and Angela Orrell; sisters, Mimi Duncan and Sarah Hobart; brother-in-law, Reid Duncan; seven grandchildren that will miss him dearly, Sarabeth, Bennett, Garrett, Jason, and Samantha Levine, and Isabella and Gabrielle Gray.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Sara Poteat Bryant; and his parents, Elvira and Jennings Bryant Sr.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you donate to the newly established Jennings Bryant Memorial Endowed Program Fund at the University of Alabama College of Communication & Information Sciences.

The fund will honor his legacy by supporting graduate students from diverse backgrounds with high potential, as well as support the College’s research efforts. Donations can be made online at www.give.ua.edu/?d=1368CC11-5030-4AE5-A83E-A4B9EC85ABA3. Alternatively, checks can be made out to “The University of Alabama” earmarked for the Jennings Bryant Memorial Endowed Program Fund and mailed to, Jenny Pyle, The University of Alabama College of Communication & Information Sciences, Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

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Published by The McDowell News on Oct. 18, 2020.

Richard Barney ’67

Richard (Dick) Barney passed away peacefully June 8 in the wake of sudden and severe cardiac arrest. He was raised in Madison, New Jersey, and earned a B.A. degree from Davidson College as well as a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literature from Princeton University.

His real passion, however, was math, and he soon studied on his own to pass the ten required exams to become a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

He spent thirty years employed as a benefits and pension actuary while raising his family in Chatham, NJ, where he also served on the school board.

After retiring in 2004, he moved to Ticonderoga to enjoy his beloved Lake George area. Subsequently, he taught math part-time at SUNY Adirondack for 8 years.

Dick was a member of the Champlain Valley Chorale, a volunteer tax preparer for the Hague/Ticonderoga AARP Tax-Aide Program, and a member and Deacon of the Putnam United Presbyterian Church. He loved discussing politics and international relations and relished traveling, playing golf, and following sports.

In particular, he enjoyed keeping up with Davidson College’s basketball team, for which he had been a student manager as an undergraduate.

He was an enthusiastic supporter of his children’s sports activities as coach, official and #1 fan. Above all else, he loved his family and time spent with them.

Dick is survived by Ruth, his wife of 49 years; Sean, his son; Heather, his daughter; Nikki Lavoie and Abigail Noonan, his daughters-in-law; and Sophie Lavoie Boone, Christopher Lavoie Barney, and Theodore Roberts Noonan, his grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Silver Bay Association in summer 2021.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dick may be made to Silver Bay Association or American Field Service, which sponsors international student exchange programs.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home of Ticonderoga.

To offer online condolences, please visit www.wilcoxandreganfuneralhome.com.