H. Lee Fowlkes, Jr. ’72

H. Lee Fowlkes Jr., of 183 Gatewood Road, passed away Monday, November 7, 2016, at Hospice of Rockingham County, following a period of declining health.

He was born in Baltimore, Md. on June 20, 1949, to Harry Lee and Nesbitt Magdalene Watlington Fowlkes. He was retired Director of Arts and Education of Caswell County.

He received his B.A. from Davidson College and his MSA from UNCG. He was a member of the Yanceyville Rotary Club, N.C. State Arts Council and Friends of the Library.

Funeral Services are Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 South Fisher Street, Burlington, N.C., conducted by the Rev. David Grissom, with visitation to begin 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Committal services will be 2 p.m. at Pelham United Methodist Church Cemetery, 594 Red Marshall Road, Pelham, N.C.

Mr. Fowlkes is survived a sister, Dianne Fowlkes Webster of Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caswell Council for the Arts P.O. Box689, Yanceyville, N.C. 27379.

Harrelson Funeral Service is assisting the Fowlkes Family with arrangements and condolences may be made at www.harrelsonfs.com.

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William Moss Gill ’72

William GillWilliam “Billy” Gill of Williamsburg, Virginia left this earth and entered the kingdom of heaven on May 17, 2016 surrounded by his wife and family. Billy was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and a dear friend to countless others. Billy was born in Newport News on September 27, 1950, to Flora Mae Holland and Jesse Weston Gill, Jr. At Ferguson High School, Billy met the love of his life, Patricia Humme. After sharing the stage in school theater, they began a lifelong romance, partnering in marriage, parenthood, and church ministry.

He pastored at two churches. Billy’s greatest passions were spending time with his family, and sharing the love of God with compassion, seeing the potential in each person, seeking to love and forgive as he had been forgiven by the Savior who transformed his life. He devoted his life to the pursuit of God, studying and teaching God’s Word, and leading in worship and prayer meetings.

Billy is survived by his wife Patty; his children and their spouses, Sarah & Michael Kalafian, Jesse & April Gill, Benjamin & Ellen Gill, Sharon & Chris Stewart, Isaac & Megan Gill; 11 grandchildren; his brothers Weston, Steven & Timothy; and his loving in-laws, Bill Humme, and Pam & David Colonna. This verse best describes our beloved Billy: “Blessed is every one who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the LORD.” Psalms 128:1-4

Charles Harris “Nick” Livengood III ’72

Dr. Charles Harris “Nick” Livengood III, MD, age 66, died Monday, May 9, 2016, at home.

Born May 3, 1950 in Durham, the son of Charles H. Livengood Jr. and Virginia McClellan Livengood, great-grandson of Norman McLeod Johnson, Durham’s first doctor, grand-nephew of William T. Blackwell.

Nick enjoyed watching Durham become a city of which he was proud.

Nick attended Durham Academy when it was Calvert Method School. A 1968 graduate of Jordan High School, he was President of the Student Government Association 1967-8, and played on the 26-0 State AAA Championship Basketball team.

Nick graduated Davidson College in 1972 with a Bachelor of Sciences, major in Premedicine, minor in English. He was President of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and a member of the Honor Council and Premedical Honor Society.

Following graduation in 1976 from Duke University School of Medicine, he served an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia, 1976-7.

Dr. Livengood completed his residency and Administrative Chief Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, 1977-81, with special appreciation of the teaching and support of Roy T. Parker MD, Charles B. Hammond MD, W. Allen Addison MD, and Donald T. Moore MD.

Dr. Livengood was appointed as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center, July 1, 1981. Subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases 1981-3.

Dr. Livengood was certified for life by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1983; awarded tenure and rank of Associate Professor in 1992; and authored over 40 peer-reviewed scientific research studies and over 20 book chapters in the field of Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Livengood was inducted into membership of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1983, and served on its Executive Council and as its Membership Chairman for many years.

He founded the Chlamydia Laboratory at Duke University Medical Center in 1983, which became the first lab at Duke to offer patient results from testing based on nucleic acid amplification. Dr. Livengood continued on as Medical Director of the Duke Hospital Chlamydia/STD Laboratory.

Special thanks is offered to Jane W. Wrenn ASCP for her tireless technical direction, loyalty, and organization of the laboratory to which it owed its success for over 25 years; more importantly, her support and dedication to Dr. Livengood’s interests were a source of essential strength to him.

He organized and directed the Annual Duke Symposium in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health for many years, and established the Cape Fear Valley/Duke Ob-Gyn Program in 1988.

Dr. Livengood served as Chief of the Gynecology Service in the Department of Surgery at the Durham Veterans’ Administration Medical Center from 2005-16. Dr. Livengood was especially grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the dedicated people at DVAMC.

He also served as the Medical Quality Assurance Officer of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Duke University Health Systems for many years. Special thanks to Haywood L. Brown MD for his support during these efforts.

Outside his eminent medical career, Nick served as announcer of the Durham Debutante Ball Society and Christmas Cotillion every year from 1979-2009. He joined the Board of Directors of South Durham Little League, and served as its Equipment Manager since 1998.

The fine people in SDLL brought a special joy and camaraderie to Dr. Livengood for which we are grateful. He coached over 25 kids’ baseball teams, which was a source of great happiness to him.

Most of all, Dr. Livengood was blessed to have a son who brought him the greatest happiness in his life. The hours they spent together on baseball fields, fishing in the ocean, walking on the beach, and just playing together, were the finest hours of his life.

Funeral services will be 11:00am Friday, May 13, 2016 from St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Durham, with Rev’d Sally French presiding. Burial will follow in Maplewood cemetery.

Friends may visit from 6:00-8:00pm Thursday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line memorials: hallwynne.com.

Christopher Harrison Johansson ’72

Christopher “Chris” Harrison Johansson, of Vale, North Carolina. Chris passed away as a result of cardiac arrest at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on the morning of Friday, February 12, 2016, surrounded by his family and friends. He was 64 years old. Chris was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on June 19, 1951. He was the eldest son of Patricia Jo Adams Johansson and Donald Edward Johansson.

He was a licensed Professional Engineer, and taught mechanical engineering at Central Piedmont Community College for twenty-seven years, until his retirement in 2012.

Chris is survived by his wife of 40 years, Victoria Harrison Johansson, and by his mother, Patricia Adams Johansson; siblings Melinda Johansson, Alan Johansson, Charity Johansson, Theresa Johansson, and Joanna Johansson-Tesh.

He will also be immeasurably missed by his many nieces and nephews: his namesake Ann Christopher Johansson, Lucy Johansson, Reed Johansson, Severn Johansson, William Johansson, Devon Hauser, Emily Colvin, Elizabeth Seabolt, Melissa Martinie, Michelle Martinie, Rebecca Martinie, Giulio Santini, Elena Santini, Rachael Wallace-Johansson, and Eli Wallace-Johansson; and by his great-nephew Ashton McEacharn.

Chris distinguished himself, in all the lives he touched, in the ways that matter most: by his kindness, humor, integrity, and greatness of heart.

His generosity with his family, students, and friends is a legacy that will remain in all our hearts for as long as we live. A friend said of him, “Chris was the kind of solid person on whom the world relies, and against whom we check ourselves to see if we’re going in the right direction.”

Special thanks are due to the wonderful paramedics who airlifted him to Carolinas Medical Center, and to the diligent and compassionate doctors and nurses in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit there.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, Chris’s friends and family make donations to the cause that is closest to their hearts.

A memorial service will be held at a date yet to be determined.


Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 21, 2016


Samuel Rankin Fisher ’72

Samuel Rankin Fisher, MD, died on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 with his loving family by his side. He was 65 years old.

Dr. Fisher was a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences at Duke University Health System. He was a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the American Rhinologic Association, and board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Internationally renowned for his expertise in head and neck surgical oncology, he also had broad expertise in many aspects of Otolaryngology.

He was recognized as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma of the head and neck. Dr. Fisher published significant research in his areas of interest, which included biochemical action of the membranes in chronic sinusitis and polyposis and the molecular genetic makeup of cancers of the head and neck. He had a thriving and successful practice at Duke for more than 40 years, during which time he helped to train many current head and neck surgeons.

A native of Winston-Salem, NC, “Sammy” graduated from Reynolds High School in 1968, received his B.S. degree from Davidson College in 1972 and earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1975. He completed his surgical residency at Duke Hospital in general surgery, and then specialized in Otolaryngology head and neck surgery.

For those who knew him, Sammy was a Southern gentleman, a true character with a gift for humor. He had a love for life and lived it to the fullest. Sammy was a proud dad and granddad, loyal son and brother. He especially enjoyed the game of golf among his other many interests which included cooking, hunting, fishing and gardening. Sammy was also a member of the Iron Dukes, and truly bled Duke blue.

He is survived by his mother Marjorie Rankin Fisher of Winston-Salem, NC; two brothers, Dr. William Sloan Fisher III “Romey” and wife, Lynn, of Winston-Salem, NC, and Evans Watkins Fisher of Hickory, NC; four children, Samuel Rankin Fisher, Jr., and his wife Carolyn, of Columbia, SC, Lee Reesman Fisher of New York, NY, Marjorie Randall Fisher, of Raleigh, NC, and Robert Watson Fisher of Hillsborough, NC; and his three month old grandson, Samuel Rankin Fisher III. His father, William Sloan Fisher, Jr, predeceased him.

Visitation will be held from 6-8pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Durham. A memorial service will follow on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11am at Goodson Chapel at the Duke Divinity School.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Duke Cancer Institute supporting Melanoma and Skin Cancers c/o Dr. Samuel R. Fisher & Dr. H.F. Seigler Melanoma Research Fund

Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 29, 2015