John Mack ’70

John Edward Mack of Charlotte died peacefully on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

A native of Greensboro, he was born on July 16, 1947, to the late Edward J and Lorraine L Mack. As a teenager in Greensboro, he earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

John attended Davidson College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in economics. As a student John co-founded the college’s inaugural campus radio station which steadily grew and ultimately became WDAV, the college’s classical FM public radio station.

He was also a member of the swim team, sailing team, and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Letting his “bohemian” sideshow, he spent a year crewing on sailing yachts in the Caribbean.

John attended the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia where he earned an MBA. He married Janne Himes on May 24, 1975.

Following graduate school, John began a career in domestic and international finance that spanned over 45 years. He worked in domestic banking, international banking, financial business management, mergers and acquisitions, and investment banking. He also worked with external advisors with regard to the sale of international import-finance products to domestic customers.

He moved to Charlotte and was employed by what was then North Carolina National Bank. There he developed his financial and leadership skills, strengthened his “workaholic” habit, and continued practicing high ethical standards.

John was promoted to higher levels of responsibility and participated in taking Bank of America to national prominence. After he worked in the London NCNB office for two years, John and Janne moved back to Charlotte.

From 1974 t0 2001 he served in senior management positions at Bank of America and its predecessor companies NCNB Corporation and NationsBank, where he served as Corporate Treasure for 12 years.

When John retired from Bank of America, they moved to Tokyo, where John served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Managing Executive Officer of Shinsei Bank Limited from 2002 through 2005. He also managed Global IPO. John continued as a consultant to Shinsei until 2006. From Japan, they moved to Breckenridge CO, and he did not slow down.

In 2007 he became the first non-Brit invited to join the Board of HBOS plc, the holding company for the Bank of Scotland. He was a Non- Executive Director through January 2009, and he served as a Director for the Bank of Scotland plc during this same time period.

In 2010 John became Vice Chairman and Director of Islandsbanki hf located in Reykajavik, Iceland, and he held this position through 2015. During his years in Breckenridge, he also served as Non-Executive Chairman of New Generation Biofuels Holdings, Inc., after first being its Independent Director. Until it was sold, John served as a Director of Flowers National Bank. He was a member of the Board of Directors of GlobalMin Ventures Inc. from 2014 to 2018, of Medley Capital Corporation from 2011 until March 2019, of Residential Capital LLC from 2011 to 2013, and of Wilson Solarpower Corp from 2006 to 2015. John’s service on corporate boards continued after his mobility became limited and was serving on several boards at the time of his death.

In 2015, he was co-founder of Mojave Gold Corporation and was serving as its Chief Financial Officer. John has been a Board member of Tiptree Inc. since May, 2015 and was serving as Chairman of the Audit Committee. He was one of the original Board members of Incapital LLC and was holding the title of Director, Audit Committee. He was also a current member of the Board of Directors for Searchlight Minerals Corp.

When notifying companies, colleagues, and friends of John’s death, the responses were filled with statements about his character, loyalty, work ethic, positive attitude, expertise, friendship, interest in helping, and concern for others.

At home when John was not in work mode, he was down to earth with a casual style. He enjoyed interesting conversations, honing his cooking and baking talents, sharing wine from his prized wine collection, serving in volunteer capacities, reading, or making an occasional cross country ski outing.

Before leaving Charlotte in 2002, he was a faithful, dedicated member and Elder at Charlotte’s First Presbyterian Church. Whether living in Charlotte or Breckenridge, John was an active alumnus of Davidson College. He was an early supporter of the construction of WDAV’s Samuel W. Newell, Jr. Building, and a member of its Advisory Board.

John also served on the college’s Board of Visitors, including its Executive committee; he served on several reunion committees and the Charlotte regional campaign committee during the Campaign for Davidson. John was named a life member of the Board of Visitors, and he established the need-based Edward J. Mack ’37 Scholarship in honor of his father who served as a Davidson Trustee, Board of Visitors member, and Alumni Association volunteer.

At least annually John met with the student recipients. He loved knowing and mentoring them and sharing stories about his father for whom the scholarship is named. John wanted to keep himself in the background and let the focus be on his father and the student recipients.

John is survived by his wife Janne Himes Mack and siblings Eric Geoffrey Mack of Sun City, Arizona, Robin Mack Davis and husband John of Greensboro NC , and Janice “Smack” Mack of Greensboro NC.

He is also survived by familial nephew, Tyler Mack Davis, numerous Himes nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, and many cousins in a large Mack extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Lorraine Mack.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Health Center at Southminster and the Novant Presbyterian Hospice for the care given to John.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the family will have a limited attendance columbarium interment followed by a brief limited attendance memorial service at First Presbyterian Church, Charlotte.

To honor John’s memory and in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be given to the Edward J. Mack ’37 Scholarship at Davidson College. ( Davidson College Development Office; Box 7170; Davidson NC 28035-7170 ) Kenneth W. Poe Funerals and Cremations 1321 Berkeley Ave; Charlotte NC 28204 704 / 641-7606

William League Spencer ’70

William League Spencer, age 71, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, August 24, 2019, at his home in Raleigh. Bill was born August 8, 1948, in Jackson, Mississippi to Dr. James L. and Frances League Spencer.

He graduated from high school in Charleston, SC in 1966 and from Davidson College in 1970. After 5 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy, Bill earned a master’s degree in public policy at Ole Miss, and worked with the PEER committee of the MS legislature until he moved to CA to attend the RAND Graduate School.

After earning a second master’s degree there, he accepted a position with the North Carolina Department of Revenue in 1997 where he remained until his retirement in 2012.

Bill enjoyed family, reading, enthusiastically following his favorite college sports teams, and playing competitive trivia with a group of Raleigh area friends.

Bill is survived by his brother Jim Spencer of Brevard, NC, sister Ellen Johnson of Pickens County, SC, their spouses, numerous nieces and nephews, and by his aunt Elizabeth Spencer Rusher of Chapel Hill, NC.

A memorial service will be held at the Carlton Gray Funeral Home in Raleigh at 12:00 noon Saturday, September 7, 2019. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 11:30.

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Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr. ’71

Adam Benjamin Robinson, Jr., age 69, a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019. He lived life to the fullest and will be dearly missed. 

Born October 11, 1949, he was a son of the late Adam Benjamin Robinson and Elizabeth Fox Robinson. He was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1967 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1971. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1973. 

Adam was the fourth generation of his family to be involved in funeral service in Pine Bluff and the surrounding area. He was the President of Ralph Robinson & Son, Inc., President of Cooperative Life Insurance Company, and Secretary-Treasurer of Robinson & Fuller, Inc. 

Always interested in improving funeral service, he continuously sought ways to better serve families and help them honor their loved ones. Adam also further helped funeral service by serving in leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. He was a president and member of both the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association.

He was proud to have the opportunity to serve on the board of directors of Selected Independent Funeral Homes and as president of the organization in 2012-2013. 

Adam was a generous, thoughtful, and charismatic man who could command a room and bring joy to any community. He also never met a stranger and cared deeply for people with his gentle, giving nature and spirit, finding his greatest joys in being present for others. 

He was a member of the board of directors of Simmons Bank from 1995 until present, with positions on the Simmons Bank Director Credit Committee and the Senior Credit Committee. Adam loved contributing to Simmons’ credit culture and service to communities. 

Always active in efforts improve the quality of life in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, he served in numerous organizations, including a past president of Fifty for the Future, Inc.; a past member of the board of directors for the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce; a past member of the board of directors; and a past member and president of the Pine Bluff Civic Auditorium Complex Commission.

Adam was also a past member and chairman of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Development Council and a longtime member of the Pine Bluff Downtown Rotary Club. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a past-president and member of the board of directors of the Pine Bluff Country Club. 

A tireless and enthusiastic supporter of the arts in Pine Bluff, Adam was the co-chairman of the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Endowment Building Campaign in 1993 and oversaw the fundraising and construction of the Center’s permanent home. He was a past president in 1987 of the Arts Center board and also appeared in numerous roles in the Arts Center’s theatrical and musical productions. 

Though Adam was reluctant to take credit and quick to give it, his awards included 2006 Small Business Person of the Year from the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce; the 2002 Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Volunteer of the year; the Arts and Science Center Catherine Bellamy Award in 2013; the 1993 Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year, presented by Morticians of the Southwest; and the Special Impact Award for 1991 All Civic Night presented by the Chamber of Commerce. 

Adam’s survivors include his wife, Anne Seawell Robinson, whom he married on March 30, 1974 in St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City; two sons, Adam Scott Robinson of Pine Bluff and William Seawell Robinson and his wife, Dr. Christina Kilby of Crozet, Virginia; his two beloved granddaughters, Beverly Anne Robinson and Clementine Kilby Robinson; a brother, Spencer Fox Robinson and his wife, Debbie of Pine Bluff; and a sister, Dr. Margaret Robinson Rutherford and her husband, Dick of Fayetteville. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. John Landis and Reverend Gordon Topping officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son. 

Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Robinson’s. 

Memorials may be made in Adam’s honor to the Arts and Science Center Endowment Fund, 701 S. Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601; or to Hospice Angels, 3801 S. Camden Road, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. 

Online condolences may be made at RalphRobinsonandSon.com

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H. Woods Gleason IIIĀ ’70

Hope Woods Gleason  III, 69, of London, UK, and Charlottesville, Va., passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 17, 2018, after a brief illness at Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Woods was a Charlottesville native, born June 13, 1948, at UVA Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hope Woods “Bootie” Gleason and Dorothy Williams “Ditty” Gleason.

Woods led a successful academic life, beginning with graduating from Albemarle High School at the top of his class. This was followed by an undergraduate degree at Davidson College, a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School and an MBA from the University of California Los Angles.

In addition to these milestones, special mention is made of his attending Paris Sorbonne University and even appearing as a contestant on the game show Jeopardy in the early 1980’s.

 Woods work life was beginning to evolve during his academic days, including teaching police officers in Atlanta, working for a senator on Capitol Hill, and even becoming a member of the U.S. Army, eventually achieving the rank of Captain.
His life’s work began in earnest after graduating from UCLA when he joined with an international consulting firm specializing in the film industry.
This job led to his eventual geographic posting from being Los Angeles based to being promoted to handling the European division from a London based office where he stayed for the remainder of his working career until retiring.

 

Woods is survived by his brothers, Christopher B. Gleason of Charlottesville, Va., and Gregory W. Gleason and his wife, Jerrilynn C. Gleason, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a nephew, Shawn G. Gleason of Denver, Colo.; and a niece, Lauren E. Gleason of Richmond, Va.

The extended family of an aunt and first cousins and their families that have always been an integral part of our close knit family are thanked for their special love and friendship over his lifetime.

A Service to Celebrate the Life of Woods will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, 101 E. Jefferson St., Charlottesville, Va.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, P.O. Box 7047, Charlottesville, VA 22906.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

Hugh Alan Baskin ’70

Hugh Alan Baskin '70Dr. Hugh A. Baskin, 68, passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2016 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Hugh was born on December 3, 1947 in Denver, CO to Jack and Lela Baskin.

He was the middle of three children. His parents instilled in him the values of honesty, self-discipline, a strong work ethic, patience and kindness.

Much of his childhood was spent helping out on the family farm. When the chores were done, Hugh could be found reading, throwing the football or riding his pony Corky to school.

After graduating as valedictorian of his high school class, he attended Davidson College in North Carolina. He sang in the men’s chorus and spent a year studying in Southern France.

He truly valued the liberal arts education, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1970. Hugh then attended University of Colorado for medical school, graduating in 1974.

Hugh met Patricia Sheahan of Oak Park, IL on a blind date set up by mutual friends. They were married in Westminster, CO on June 1st, 1974 then relocated to Tucson, AZ for Hugh’s residency in pediatrics.

After visiting the Pacific NW they fell in love with the area and settled in Salem, OR, where he began his career at Salem Pediatric Clinic in 1977.

Dr. Baskin dedicated his career to caring for children and families. His calm demeanor, endless patience and kind heart were qualities that guided him through 37 years of practice. He taught the importance of honesty and service to others by example.

He spent over four years on the board at Salem Hospital, and was head of the medical staff for a year. Despite putting in long hours at work, Hugh was a dedicated husband and father to his two children.

In recent years he was able to enjoy time with his three grandchildren. Dr. Baskin valued a lifetime of education; he was an avid reader, and read both for work and pleasure.

He appreciated music, visits to art and history museums, and was fluent in French and Spanish. He loved the outdoors and travelling. Camping, hiking, and running were frequent activities, and he participated in many Hood to Coast relays.

His greatest adventure was hiking the Camino de Santiago with his wife in 2014, a 500 mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain. The following year they walked the Chemain Jacques, a 200 mile trek through southern France.

Hugh is survived by his wife Patty of 42 years, his son Colin Baskin and wife Jennifer Alexander, his daughter Megan Weathers and husband Sam, grand-daughter Anna (8 years), and grandsons Cormac and Emmett (1 year).

Also surviving are his older sister Mary Lee Moneypenny and husband Robert, his younger brother Joseph Baskin and wife Dee, and nieces René, Kedryn, Cameryn, and Kyna.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to Family Building Blocks at www.familybuildingblocks.org.