Michael Ernest Bumgarner ’70

Michael Ernest Bumgarner, 67, passed away May 31st, 2015 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

Born November 5th, 1947 in Charlotte, NC, Mike was the son of the late Floyd and Frieda Bumgarner. As one of Charlotte’s “West-Siders,” he graduated from Harding High School in 1966 and then went on to graduate from Davidson College in 1970, also earning a Master’s degree from UNC-Charlotte. Mike reached the rank of Captain in the United States Army Reserves and played starting scrumhalf for the Charlotte “Olde Originals” Rugby team from 1971 to 1983.

After serving 30 years with the North Carolina Department of Corrections, Mike retired in 2001 to focus on teaching a new generation as Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Mount Olive. To supplement his part-time teaching position, he played full-time golf.

Mike is preceded in death by his first wife Wendy Vaughn Bumgarner and daughter Jessica Joy Bumgarner. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Debbie Yates Bumgarner and his 2 daughters, Leslie and Katie. Or as he would say, his “Main Squeezes: Senior, Intermediate, and Junior divisions.” His family grew with the addition of a son-in-law, Zach Sorgi, in 2012.

Mike was a life-long disciple and servant of Christ. He was a member of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church for the last 21 years where he served in many capacities, including Elder and Sunday School teacher. Mike was an avid reader and sports fanatic who would want it noted that he recorded 2-lifetime Holes-In-One. Even though he enjoyed these hobbies immensely, his greatest passion was saved for his family and many life-long friends.

Visitation will be held Wednesday June 3 at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Road from 6-8pm, with a funeral service following on Thursday at 2pm at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church on Six Forks Rd.

Donations can be made to Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

William Hunter Gammon ’70

William Hunter Gammon ’70, of Raleigh, N.C., died Aug. 23, 2012, of complications from acute pancreatitis. Born July 16, 1948, in Norfolk, Va., to Hunter Oakley Gammon and Nancy Watkins Gammon, Gammon was a proud graduate of Davidson and an avid supporter of the UNC Chapel Hill. He was a recognized leader in the field of construction law in North Carolina and a generous volunteer with the Rex Hospital Foundation, working on the Rex Hospital Open and heading its affiliate Corporate Challenge for many years. Gammon graduated in 1970 from Davidson, where he was the center on the football team which captured a Southern Conference title in1969. He went on to law school at UNC, graduating in 1973.

While in law school, he followed his love and passion for football by serving as a graduate assistant under Coach Bill Dooley and accompanying the team on three consecutive bowl trips. He then began his law career clerking for N.C. Supreme Court Justice Carlisle Higgins from 1973-74 before serving four years with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He then was in private practice in Washington, D.C., for 11 years, most of those years with Lewis Mitchell and Moore. While in Washington, he earned a master of law at George Washington University, though he would be the first to tell you that if there was not a parking place around the law school when he went into D.C. for class, he would find his way home early! He returned to his beloved North Carolina in 1989 to join Moore and Van Allen, PLLC in Raleigh and practiced there for 14 years, serving on the firm’s executive committee for five years.

In 2003, he joined Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, where he practiced at the time of his death. He was currently serving a three-year term on the N.C. Bar Association Board of Governors and its Foundation Board of Directors. He previously chaired the construction law section and took great pride in leading the Bar’s Citizen Lawyer Task Force. He was currently serving as the co-chair of the Carolinas AGC/NCBA Construction Section Joint Committee. In 2012 he was proud to be listed at the top of construction lawyers in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite. He has also has been honored in Best Lawyers in America and North Carolina Super Lawyers.

 Gammon had many loves in his life: his wife, Jessica, 2118 White Oak Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608, to whom he has been a loving partner and cheerleader for 42 years; his daughter, Meg Gammon Blythe (Bryan Blythe ’98) and their children, Margaret Davidson, William Hunter (that announcement made him cry), and their yet-to-be-born baby brother; his father, Hunter Oakley Gammon; his brother, Tracy Watkins Gammon (fiancée, Jettaka Alexander); his nieces, Courtney and Katie Gammon and Paige, Anna Walker, and Grayson Gillespie; his sister-in-laws, Lane Gillespie Cooke and Mary Margaret Gillespie; his brother-in-law, David E. Gillespie, Jr. (Dana); and his mother-in-law, Margaret C. Gillespie. His mother, who taught him what it was to be a true Southern gentleman, preceded him in death in 2001. He was a man of integrity, honesty, loyalty, and unceasing energy.

Gammon’s passion was golf. He continued to display the beauty of an elegant golf swing at his beloved Carolina Country Club and Blowing Rock Country Club. Nothing was finer than to enjoy a round at Blowing Rock and get home to relax on the porch and look at “his mountain,” unless, of course, he could fit in a Carolina game before getting on the golf course. He was a master trip planner and as recently as month of his death had planned a trip to play golf in Scotland with 12 friends, a trip, unfortunately, that he never had the chance to complete. He loved his church, White Memorial Presbyterian, and looked forward to ushering, driving the church van, and singing the old hymns. And, he loved a good party.

Memorials may be made to his beloved Davidson College, Box 7174, NC 28035-7174.

William Noble Horton ’70

William Noble Horton ’70, 62, of Clayton, Calif., passed away on April 15 from the effects of prostate cancer. Horton was the first professional to affiliate with FSG (Finance Scholars Group), in its infancy, as a principal of the firm. He made immeasurable contributions to what was then a three-person firm, not the least of which were his indomitable good humor and good spirits. Many of the decisions that set FSG on its current path were made under Horton’s watchful guidance. Horton is survived by his wife, Diane B. Horton, 5844 Verna Way E., Clayton, CA 94517-1105; five children, Kristina, Cheryl, Nick ’06, Becky ’09, and Audra; and one son-in-law. He was a Vietnam veteran (platoon and company commander, 1st Air Cavalry) and a graduate (with distinction) of the Harvard Business School. Before joining FSG, Horton had a 35-year career in investment banking and as an operating executive with, among others, Goldman Sachs and Hambrecht & Quist. He was also a business school lecturer and served on a number of boards for businesses and educational institutions. Horton not only understood business, finance, and corporate governance, but also understood people.

George Michael Moskos ’70

George Michael Moskos ’70, of Swarthmore, Pa., died Jan. 4. Moskos, a professor of French language and literature and James C. Hormel professor in social justice at Swarthmore College, was a dedicated and talented teacher, a scholar eager to explore new intellectual territory, and a champion of justice and equality. He was 62 and is survived by his partner, Blair Gannon, 915 Harvard Ave., Apt. 1100, Swarthmore, PA 19081-2210. Moskos joined Swarthmore College and the modern languages and literatures department in 1975, after earning a B.A. at Davidson and then completing his Ph.D. in French, with a minor in art history, at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He was a specialist in French literature of the 19th century and, in his academic pursuits, often explored themes of identity, gender, and sexuality. Moskos sometimes co-taught with colleagues outside of his discipline and was an active participant in the comparative literature and women’s studies programs. While serving on the benefits committee of Swarthmore College, he was instrumental in moving the college to support same sex partner health benefits until the insurance industry adopted that practice. In 1997, Moskos was appointed to the James C. Hormel professorship in social justice, a chair that recognizes a professor in any academic division whose teaching and scholarship stimulate increased concern for and understanding of social justice issues, including those pertaining to sexual orientation. Moskos was an ardent traveler, a generous and entertaining host, and a collector of tasteful and intriguing mechanical toys, some of which could be seen on the bookshelves of his campus office.

William Whitfield Morrow, Jr. ’70

William Whitfield Morrow, Jr. ’70, 62, of Chapel Hill, N.C., died Dec. 29 at his home. Son of William Whitfield and Margaret Jolly Morrow, he was born and raised in Albemarle, N.C., where he earned his Eagle Scout and a football scholarship to Davidson. Morrow majored in economics, was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and won All Southern Conference honors in football and track. After graduation from Harvard Business School and service in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, he began a career in real estate development with Sea Pines Corporation of Hilton Head. At the time of his death, he worked for the New Hope Technology Foundation of Chapel Hill. In 1997, he received the Davidson Alumni Service Award. Morrow was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Morrow, 218 Hillcrest Cir., Chapel Hill, NC 27514; daughters, Katie, Paige, and Leigh; son, James; son-in-law, Bishop; granddaughter, Graceyn; and sister, Ellen and her family.