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

Walter Winton McAlhaney ’72

Walter Winton McAlhaney went home to the Lord on Sunday, September 20, 2015. He was a native of Fort Mill, SC and a 1968 graduate of Fort Mill High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Davidson College and earned a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of South Carolina.

He was a retired research biochemist. Walt loved classical music and reading.

Walt was the son of Jake and Ethel McAlhaney of Fort Mill, SC, who currently lived in Anderson, SC and was the beloved husband of Kathleen S. McAlhaney for over 39 years.

He was a member of Boulevard Baptist Church and taught Sunday School for more than 20 years.

A graveside service will be held at the Unity Cemetery in Fort Mill, SC on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be sent to the Anderson County Animal Shelter or to the Wounded Warrior Project. Sullivan-King Mortuary Sullivan-King Mortuary and Crematory.

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Michael Stephen O’Malley ’72

Michael Stephen O'Malley '72Michael Stephen O’Malley, 64, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at his home in Chapel Hill. Michael had recently retired from his role as Associate Director, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center after more than 30 years of service to the state of North Carolina.

His wife, Nadine Ishmael O’Malley, daughter Bailey Gatens, and their much-loved dog Shelby were the lights of Michael’s life. He was a great cook and loved to cycle. He was an avid follower each summer of the Tour de France. He was a lifelong basketball fan, played intense lunchtime games at Woolen Gym and was a member of the basketball team that won the 1990 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national championship in the men’s 40+ league.

For more than a decade he played on the “Great Sax” volleyball team where he was fondly nicknamed “Pie”, and met many lifelong friends. In all of his athletic, work, and personal endeavors, he displayed a remarkably wry and witty sense of humor.

He was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, mentor and colleague who will be deeply missed. Michael was the son of Joseph and Nancy Kieffer O’Malley and grew up in Atlanta, GA, with his brother, Richard, and sister Mary O’Malley Huff.

He graduated in 1968 from Druid Hills High School. Michael attended Davidson College, graduating in 1972 with a degree in history. Reading history was a continuing passion throughout his life. He served in the US Army Reserve from 1972-1980.

He began his career in medical research and service roles in UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals. This interest led him to obtain an MPH and a PhD in Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He left Chapel Hill for just one year to work as a senior manager with the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Funds in Washington, DC during which time he met his wife, Nadine.

In 1990, they moved back to North Carolina when he took a leadership position at UNC Lineberger, where he served until his retirement in 2014.

He was an exceptional leader known as a great “connector,” shepherding the leaders, staff, and faculty at the largest research entity on the UNC campus. He worked tirelessly and skillfully with a kindness and infectious smile that spread warmth throughout the entire cancer center.

Even the most mundane of mass emails would entertain, using lines from, among others, the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, or Saturday Night Live to communicate about road closings or new federal grant opportunities. He was known for walking the halls of the cancer center to drop in and say hello, a habit he continued even after his “retirement.”

In recognition of his remarkable administrative skill and research accomplishments he was awarded the C. Knox Massey Award in 2007. Michael also served as an adjunct associate professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, where he counseled and mentored countless students. He taught a course in the school for more than twenty years, educating hundreds of students on cancer prevention and control.

He co-directed for twenty-three years the Cancer Control Education Program, a National Cancer Institute funded pre- and postdoctoral training program in cancer prevention and control. His cancer prevention trainees now hold faculty, research, and service positions across the nation. Michael was an indispensable source of advice and counsel to both UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and Lineberger Cancer Center.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Michael is survived by his sister Mary Huff and husband, Andrew, and their children, Jack, Lindsey, and Sam of Louisville, KY; sister-in-law Claudette Croushore and husband Dean of Richmond, VA and their children Rachel, Monica, and David (wife Maggie and baby son Reid); brother-in-law Scott Ishmael and wife Jennifer of Galway, Ireland and their children Sarah, Andrew, and Brian; and other dear family and friends.

He was predeceased by his father, mother, and brother.

The family will receive friends from 3:00-6:00 pm on Monday, June 29 at Nadine and Michael’s home in Chapel Hill. A memorial service to honor Michael and reflect on his life and service to the cancer center will be held Saturday, August 22, at the Genome Sciences Building on the UNC campus (Auditorium, room G200).

The time has yet to be determined and will be provided at a later date. In his memory, please consider donating to the Michael S. O’Malley Cancer Prevention Fund at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The fund will carry on Michael’s passionate life’s work, funding innovative education and research initiatives at UNC Lineberger designed to prevent cancer.

For updates on the memorial service, details on donating memorial gifts, and for sharing your thoughts and reflections with the family, please go to http://michael.web.unc.edu.

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Harold Edward Mapes Jr. ’72

Harold E. Mapes Jr., DDS passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 2 at the age of 65. He was born in Charlotte, NC and had been a long time resident of Glen Rock, NJ before moving to North Haledon, NJ. He was a graduate of Glen Rock High School, Davidson College and Emory University Dental School.

Hal had a private practice in Glen Rock for 30 years and recently began working for Rutgers Correctional Healthcare. He coached and was active in the youth sports programs in Glen Rock for many years. He was a prior member of the NJ Dental Association and the Glen Rock Jaycees, and recently served on the Condominium Association in his community.

Hal is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Carol A. (nee Vandenburgh); his mother Nancy Mapes; and his children Jennifer M. Wallace and her husband Kevin, Andrew D. Mapes and his wife Crista, Stephen G. Mapes and his wife Annie and Thomas E. Mapes. Loving grandpa to Taylor, Courtney, Dylan, Owen, Connor and Braden.

He is also survived by his sisters Susan Fredericks, Nancy Small, Diane Glass, Mary Lange and their families, along with many other family members. Hal was predeceased by his father, Harold E. Mapes Sr., in 2000. Hal cherished the time he spent playing with his grandchildren and will be remembered the most for the love he had for his family.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 12 at 2:30 at The Community Church of Glen Rock, 354 Rock Road, Glen Rock, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the American Heart Association, 1 Union Street, Suite 301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691, Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Vander Plaat Funeral Home (vpfh.com), Wyckoff.

Catherine “Karen” Quant Sutton ’72

Catherine “Karen” Quant Sutton passed away at her home on January 9, 2014. Karen was a lifelong Virginia resident who grew up in Alexandria, attended Fort Hunt High School, Randolph-Macon Women’s College and James Madison University, where she earned a MA in Library Science. All who knew her, especially her loving family, her friends, and her colleagues at Osbourn High School truly enjoyed every moment of time spent with her. Karen enjoyed reading, traveling, family reunions, concerts, and jigsaw puzzles. While she did many amazing things in her life, her favorite thing was spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her husband of forty years, Lawrence Sutton; daughter, Jennifer Sutton and husband, Alan Trunkey of Suquamish, WA, daughter, Amy Sutton-Graham and husband, Christopher Graham of Springfield VA, son, Lawrence Sutton, III and wife, Katie Sutton of Carrolton TX and daughter, Katie Sutton and Larry Ayala of Woodbridge, VA; and five grandchildren, Sophia Sutton-Ayala, Greta and Patrick Trunkey, Charlotte and Andrew Graham. She is also survived by seven siblings, Susan Willetts and family, Gretchen Quant, Lauren Stickles and family, Sharon Slater and family, Larry Quant and family, David Quant and family, and Michael Quant and family. A gathering of family and friends will be held Monday, January 13 at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Boulevard, Dale City, VA from 4 to 8 p.m. A 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, January 14 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria, VA.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Kids Need to Read (kidsneedtoread.org).