John Lacy McLean ’72

Dr. John Lacy Mclean III late of Marshall MO, (Johnny to family and Doc to students) passed away at the age of 71 on Dec 30, 2021.  John was a beloved English professor at 9 Universities / Colleges and taught over 10,000 students during his career.  John thoroughly enjoyed teaching and never viewed it as work. His main goal, as a teacher, was to make college fun for his students. Socratic discourse drove spirited discussion in the classroom. Those discussions carried over into a decades long poker game where Doc forged lifelong friendships. Free time was spent as an amateur historian with a keen focus on presidential succession and particular focus on the Kennedy assassination. 

John was preceded in death by his Mother Edna Adams McLean and his Father, John Lacy McLean Jr both of Greenville SC.  He is survived by his Sister Mary Tyner of Suwanee GA, Brother Tom McLean of Hoschton GA, two nephews Will Tyner of Nashville TN, Thomas Tyner of Birmingham Alabama, two nieces Perrin Mayne of Nashville TN, and Morgan Shelly of Commerce Georgia.

John’s cremains will be buried in Greenville SC at Woodlawn Cemetery next to his mother.  No formal service is planned. 

Donations can be made to Missouri Valley College Institutional Development either by Mail at 500 East College, Marshall MO 65340 or online at  Please put John L Mclean Donation in the appropriate places.

Frank Soos ’72

Frank Soos, of Fairbanks, Alaska, creative writing professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and former Alaska State Writer Laureate, died in a solo bicycle accident on August 20. The accident occurred in Maine, where he and his wife Margo Klass spend a portion of each summer. He was 70 years old.

Frank was raised in Pocahontas, Virginia. His southern voice comes through in essays and stories that often refer to his hometown. There his parents, Frank and Genevieve Soos, ran a grocery store where Frank and his brother Tom learned the value of community and hard work.

After graduating from Davidson College in 1972, Frank taught at Mooresville Senior High. In 1981 he graduated from University of Arkansas with an MFA before teaching for five years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In 1986 he moved to Alaska to teach creative writing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He retired as professor emeritus in 2004.

Frank was a consummate educator and mentored a generation of students. Among his greatest joys was seeing their work published. As Alaska State Writer, 2014-2016, Frank promoted these richly talented Alaskan writers.

Frank published two volumes of short stories, Early Yet (1998) and Unified Field Theory (recipient of the Flannery O’Connor Award, 1998), as well as two collections of essays, Bamboo Fly Rod Suite (1999), and Unpleasantries (2016). With Kes Woodward he co-edited Under Northern Lights: Writers and Artists View the Alaskan Landscape (2000). A collaborative work, Double Moon, combines mini-essays with the work of his wife, artist Margo Klass. The Team We Got, an unpublished work, features the 1962-63 Pocahontas High School basketball team. A new collection of stories, The Getting Place, will soon be published.

Frank was close to his brother Tom Soos and his wife Anna Rice of Cornelius, North Carolina, and to Margo’s children and their families, Wil Klass and his son Quinlan of Amherst, Massachusetts, and Dan and Ingrid Torinus and their daughter Molly of Middleton, Wisconsin.

Memorials will take place in Fairbanks, Alaska, and Corea, Maine.

Contributions in Frank’s honor may be made to Davidson College: Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035 or

The Frank Soos Creative Writing Scholarship has also been established at the University of Alaska Fairbanks: Box 755080, Fairbanks, AK 99775 or

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William Howard Boyd ’72

William Howard Boyd, Jr., 70, born July 5, 1950, died on June 20, 2021.

Howard is survived by his wife of 45 years, Susan Sherer Boyd, his son William Howard Boyd, III, his son Thomas Beattie Boyd, Sr., his daughter-in-law Jamie Leigh Boyd, his grandson Thomas Beattie Boyd, Jr., his sister Betty Anne Domm (Terry), his brother Jim Boyd (Joanie), his brother-in-law Tom Sherer (Judy), and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, William Howard Boyd, Sr., his mother Anne Paisley Boyd, and his sister Margaret Maguire.

Howard graduated from Davidson College in 1972. After serving two years in The United States Army, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law, and graduated cum laude in 1977 as a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe. He was also Editor of the Law Review. Howard then practiced law as an attorney for his firm Gallivan, White and Boyd for over 40 years, where he was a partner and shareholder.

In this capacity, he led the business and commercial litigation team, handling over 200 jury trials and numerous appeals. Howard was a member of the American Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, South Carolina Bar Association, Greenville County Bar Association, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association, the Defense Research Institute, and he was also recognized by Best Lawyers in America in several practice areas.

Howard was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, taught Sunday School, and served on various committees. Additionally, Howard was passionate about working for the Greenville community. He worked diligently for United Way of Greenville County as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Chair of the Palmetto Society, and the Campaign Chair. Howard was a Riley Fellow, a graduate of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative at Furman University.

Howard further served the community as General Counsel for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Leadership Greenville Alumni Association, President of the Greater Greenville Davidson Alumni Association, Chairman of the Board for the Upcountry History Museum, Board Member for the Boy Scouts of America, and Chairman of the Board for Coaches for Character.

Howard also served as President of the Downtown Sertoma Club, and was once selected as Sertoman of the Year.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 27th, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2310 Augusta St., Greenville, SC 29605.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2310 Augusta St., Greenville, SC 29605, and also to United Way of Greenville County, 105 Edinburgh Court, Greenville, SC, 29607.

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Published by The State on Jun. 25, 2021.

John “Jack” A. Latimer III ’72

John “Jack” A. Latimer III, 69, passed away Oct. 29, 2020, at Hospice of Washington County’s Doey’s House, surrounded by his immediate family.

Jack was born Nov. 10, 1950, in Hagerstown, MD, the son of the late John A. Jr. and Kathryn Latimer. He was the youngest of two siblings, survived by his sister Anne Gatrell. He graduated from North Hagerstown High School in 1968, Davidson College in 1972 (BA), and Frostburg State University in 1981 (MBA).

He married the love of his life, Susan Katherine Hiser, May 27, 1972, whom he met at Nags Head, NC, when he was 12, and she was 13.

Jack was also proud to represent Hagerstown in 1967 as a member of the winning Colt League Baseball World Championship Team.

He began his professional career in the commercial lighting industry, working for GTE Sylvania, Inc. and Tristate Electrical Supply Co. Inc. Jack served as president and CEO of Cushwa Brick Inc. from 1985-1992; vice president, sales and marketing of Redland Brick Inc. from 1992-1996; president and CEO of Jamison Door Co. Inc. from 1996-2001; owner and managing member of Gruber-Latimer Restoration, LLC from 2001-2019; and senior consultant for Van Alen Restoration LLC from 2019-2020.

Jack was passionate about service to his family and his community, often combining a commitment to his vocation and avocations. He held leadership positions in several professional organizations, including Maryland Manufacturing Consortium, Brick Institute of America, National Association of Brick Distributors, International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses and Associated Builders and Contractors Inc.

In addition, he volunteered for countless local nonprofit agencies, serving in leadership roles for many organizations focused on making the community stronger and healthier.

Those include Washington County Hospital Association, Meritus Medical Center, Meritus Healthcare Foundation, Hagerstown Community College Foundation Inc., Community Action Council, Salvation Army, United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, Hagerstown Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Hagerstown Sunrise, Fountain Head Country Club, Long Meadow Volunteer Fire Co. Inc., Washington County Emergency Services Advisory Council, Federal Little League and Valley Senior League.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; his son and daughter-in-law, John A. IV and Cassandra Latimer; his daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Joseph Hodge; grandchildren Austin Latimer, Emma Hodge, and William Hodge; his sister, Anne; nephews Bradley Bentz and Keith Bentz; and, niece, Kathy Mazur.

The immediate family will receive friends and family from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 2020, at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home at 1331 Eastern Boulevard in Hagerstown.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 3, 2020, at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., with the Rev. Jake Caldwell presiding and interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac Street.

In compliance with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, individuals attending any of the services are required to wear a mask. In addition, First Christian Church will ask attendees to sign in, and temperatures will be taken before admittance. Seating will be limited to 100 at the church. Additional seating will be available at the funeral home, with the service privately live streamed.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to John R. Marsh Cancer Center, 11110 Medical Campus Road, Suite 129, Hagerstown, MD 21742, Doey’s House/Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742 and First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Jon R. Jacobs ’72

Jon R. Jacobs '72

Jon Jacobs, MD died peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at home in Charleston, South Carolina. Loving and well loved, devoted to his Lord Jesus, his family, and his friends, he drew his final breath while members of his family were gathered adoringly at his bedside.

Jon was born on January 20, 1950 in Biloxi, Mississippi to Edmond Milliard Jacobs and Wilda Ruth McLeod. He was a gifted Renaissance man with a sparkling mind. He was a noted physician, carrying on a medical practice in Charleston as a general surgeon and a cosmetic and surgical dermatologist from 1983 until his retirement in 2019. He blessed countless patients and fellow medical professionals with his knowledge, skill, wisdom, and witty humor. A busy medical practice could not contain or exhaust his physical or mental energies, and he vigorously pursued the hobbies he loved. He was an author and poet, having published “Progression to Perfection,” Christian Rosary Meditations, and “Lifescapes,” A Poetic Perusal of Life’s Adventures. He owned and flew helicopters. He was a wood-working artisan, lovingly creating objects of art from wood for his family and friends. He spoke French and loved to travel to France.

Jon was a godly man of faith. His deepest passion was for his Lord Jesus, with Whom he sought to walk daily and Whom he sought to share with others. He was an avid reader of scripture and brought the word of God to bear in all he did. His strong faith was an inspiration to many.

Jon is survived by wife Carolyn Reneé; his former wife Catherine Harkey; by his daughter Catherine “Carrie Ruth” and husband Nate Davis and their children, Nathaniel, Ella, Caleb, and Griffin; by his son Christopher and wife Lauren, by his son Gregory and fiancée Sarah Crosswell; by his son Jeffrey and wife Kristin and their children Uriah and Eden Marie; and by his sister Cindy Lea Stacey; and his brothers Jeff, Steve, and Kerry.

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414, (843) 722-8371.
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