Benjamin (Ben) Cannon Jr. ’68

Benjamin (Ben) Cannon Jr. died on November 11, 2023 at the age of 76 in Chico, CA. Ben is survived by his wife Mary Cannon, Brother-in-law Lon Addams, nieces Kimberly Cronin and Stephanie Addams Jones. Nephews; Lee Addams and Joel Addams, stepchildren; Allison Craig, Hannah Boeldt and husband James Boeldt and their son Christopher James Boeldt, Alexander Craig and his wife Megan Craig. He is preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Mary Cannon, his sister Marsha Addams and niece Lindsey Addams.

Ben was born in Statesboro, Georgia. He graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. He completed an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma Washington and furthered his education with a degree in Diagnostic Radiology at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. Ben proudly served as a Colonel in the United States Army Medical Corp until 1984. He worked as an Interventional Radiologist at Chico Community Hospital, North State Radiology, and Enloe Hospital in Chico, CA.

Ben married Mary Cannon on May 5, 2012. He retired to pursue his passionate interests; golf, abalone diving off the Mendocino Coast, snorkeling, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his wife, family, and friends.

Donations can be made in his name to Doctors Without Borders or in care of Brusie Funeral Home.

Services will be held December 2, 2023 at 11:00 at Faith Lutheran Church, Chico, CA.

Jack L. Smith ’68

Jack Smith peacefully passed away surrounded by his loving family in Evergreen, Colorado.

Jack is remembered for his integrity, wry sense of humor, kindness, and his family loved his sense of adventure, dedication to loved ones, and his love of travel.

He spent 41 years as an esteemed Denver lawyer.

He is survived by wife Diane, daughter Amy, son Daniel and his wife Ursula and their 2 children.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held December 9th at 1 pm, at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary and Cemetery, in the Chapel of Peace. 7777 W. 29th Ave. Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033

Benjamin Goodman Jr. ’68

Dr. Benjamin Goodman, Jr., passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at the age of 77, surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born February 20, 1946, in Hickory, NC to Dr. Benny Goodman, Sr and Peggy Goodman, and was the oldest of four children.

Ben was a loving husband, parent, grandparent, sibling, doctor and friend to many in the Hickory community. Ben practiced medicine for 51 years, of which 10 years were alongside his father. Combined, he and his father, Dr. Benny Goodman, Sr., served the Hickory community for nearly a century as family physicians.

Ben was a 1964 graduate of Hickory High School, a 1968 graduate of Davidson College, and a 1972 graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Penn State in 1975. He also served the U.S. Army for 12 years retiring as a Lt Colonel. He was chosen to attend the National Endowment for the Humanities in Religious Studies at Harvard University in 1978. One of his proudest moments was an article that he authored in the American Journal of Medicine related to Temporal Arteritis – along with numerous articles and other medical journals. He was a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He also served as Professor and Director of Family Medicine Residency at Medical University of South Carolina from 1977-1988 where he met his nurse and wife of 43 years, Martha Goodman.

Ben and Martha have two surviving children, Robert Goodman of Bluffton, SC and Caroline McKinney of Hickory, NC. Robert, and his wife Karen, have a daughter, Sophia. Caroline, and her husband Kyle, have five children, Harper, Connor, Sawyer, Hunter and Grace. He was preceded in death by his third child, Eryan, in 2001. Ben was particularly close to his sister, Kathryn, and her husband, Lamar Lehman, and their children, Katy Lehman (Paul Brown) of Atlanta, GA and Pat Lehman (Melissa, Owen and Emory), of Greensboro, NC.

Ben had a tremendous love for his family, the care of his many beloved patients, baseball (go Braves!), reading, photography and everything UNC Tarheels. He will be remembered by many driving his red Mazda Miata around town with his treasured dog, Bob.

Please join us to celebrate Ben’s life at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2023, at First Presbyterian Church, 237 2nd St NW, Hickory, NC 28601 with the Rev. Richard Floyd officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

Please bring your favorite memory or story to share with our family.

Donations can be made to the following – or charity of your choice:

Autism Society of North Carolina, Attention: Donations, 5121 Kingdom Way, #100, Raleigh, NC 27607 or Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter, .

Michael Love May ’68

Michael Love May, 76, of Doylestown, PA and formerly of Cranbury, NJ died on June 16, 2023 after a short illness.

Michael was born to Frank P. and Mary Shaw May on September 2, 1946, in Quincy, FL. He grew up in Gainesville, FL, attended Davidson College in North Carolina, then returned to Gainesville to earn a PhD at the University of Florida.

In 1978 he took a position as professor of entomology at Rutgers University, where he worked until he retired in 2012. Most of his research focused on dragonflies or damselflies. He could often be found, net in hand, wading or canoeing after one or the other; his family lovingly remembers the fug of pond mud and wet sneakers that filled his car every summer. He co-authored the second edition of Dragonflies of North America and the first edition of Damselflies of North America, both considered seminal works in the field, and was a pioneer in the study of dragonfly migration.

Well respected and admired internationally, Michael co-founded the World Dragonfly Association and served a term as its president. He was a fair, compassionate, and caring mentor, a productive collaborator, and an inspiring leader in his scientific society.

His family remembers him as an even more avid birder than he was a dragonfly collector. He traveled extensively, from the Galapagos to Siberia, with the goal of bringing into focus as many new species as would fit through his binoculars. When asked why he chose to study insects instead of birds, he said he loved birds too much to make them his job – and besides, he wouldn’t have wanted to have to kill them to take specimens.

As well as a scholar and naturalist, he was a gentle, kind man who spoiled dogs, took children seriously, and loved his wife with great devotion. As a friend, he was amusing, tolerant, and loyal. As a father, above all perceptive. And as a beloved husband, he was thoughtful and generous – a partner eager to share the world.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie May; by two sisters, Mary Love May and Jane Ritchie; by his son, James May, and daughter-in-law, Lauren Boehm; and by two granddaughters, Lydia and Frances May-Boehm.

Memorial services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund or the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

James “Jack” Jackson ’68

James Alexander (Jack) Jackson, 8/11/46 – 3/18/23  Jack was born in Bad Reichenhall,  Bavaria, Germany to his mother Vivian Villers, an Estonian relocated to Germany by the Nazis during World War II, and his father James Jackson, a US soldier from Bennettsville, South Carolina who died soon after the war.  The Jackson family sponsored the immigration of Jack, his mother, grandmother and great aunt to the US in 1949.  They settled in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where they were active in the Estonian community. Jack was adopted by his grandfather Jackson and regularly visited his South Carolina family as a child.  Although Jack’s first language was German, he quickly acclimated to his adopted country.  A good student and athlete in public schools, Jack earned his BA from Davidson University with honors and was awarded a Fulbright/DAAD scholarship to Germany for 1968-69 in Bonn. He utilized this time not only to study European Intellectual History and advance his German language skills but also to travel extensively in Europe and make lasting friendships.  In 1969, Jack came to the University of Minnesota for graduate studies in European History, worked as a residence assistant in Middlebrook Hall and as a History Department teaching assistant while earning his MA in European History. Soon after his arrival in MN, Jack joined the US Army Reserves, Civil Affairs unit, retiring as a Major in 1986.  During his service in 1975 he was called to active duty at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, to administer the relocation of Vietnam refugees. 

In 1976, Jack Jackson changed his professional career focus, enrolling in the UMN School of Public Affairs, now the Humphrey Institute, where he earned his MA in public administration.  Jack interned at the MN Housing Finance Agency and was subsequently hired there as a financial analyst.  He retired in 2008 with 30 years of service to the Agency where his work advanced the building of hundreds of affordable housing projects across Minnesota.  Jack Jackson was committed to providing safe, attractive affordable housing for all people.  He was proud to have his career contribute to the MN Housing Finance Agency and to work with professional colleagues he admired and valued.                                                                                                                   

Jack Jackson was active in DFL politics and a committed progressive.  He attended DFL caucuses, was a delegate to conventions, worked to elect many candidates, drop literature, door knock and served as the campaign treasurer for State Representative Lee Greenfield.  He was an aggressive racketball player and soccer enthusiast.  Jack also was a devoted advocate of the arts; particularly enjoying jazz at the Dakota and attending poetry readings and the local theater.  Jack was a renaissance person who enjoyed nothing more than a long conversation that ranged from current events to 18th century European history to world geography and contemporary literature and the arts.  To his last day, our friend Jack the intellectual raconteur was with us.  We are so blessed to have him in our lives and our south Minneapolis community for 50 plus years.

Jack was preceded in death by his life partner of 40 years, Susan “Sue” Grieger (passed in 10/2021), his mother Vivian Villers, his maternal grandmother and great aunt, his father James Jackson, the South Carolina grandparents and family and friend Dennis Anderson.  He is survived by his friends of 50 years, Rudi and Diann Anders, Jeffrey Loesch and Kathleen O’Brien and Marcia Greenfield, sister-in-law Darline Wieland of Ohio and her family and many friends and colleagues. To honor Jack’s memory, donations are suggested to Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative (2610 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55114, ) or Common Bond Communities (1080 Montreal Ave., St. Paul, MN  55116

Memorial service at 11 AM Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at the Lakewood Garden Mausoleum Room #1 at 3600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis 55408.