Scott Buell ’75

Scott Buell, chemist, entrepreneur, armchair historian, family handyman, local polymath, dad-joke aficionado, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2024, in his home in Raleigh, NC. He was 71.

Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised on a corn farm in Sunbury, Ohio, his intelligence and curiosity were apparent from an early age. He continued his pursuit of knowledge of his own history getting into genealogy.

He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Davidson College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he met his wife, Jeanne. Scott’s gregarious and welcoming nature caught Jeanne’s eye, or more accurately, her ear, as he called out to her from down the hallway, “HEY! ARE YOU NEW?”. Their chemistry grew over the course of their studies and learning new things together like how to play Bridge (the card game), a bonding experience that would span their lives and deal them many happy memories with friends everywhere they lived. Sharing games and solving puzzles of all sorts was a source of enjoyment for the couple over their 43 years of marriage, whether it was a jigsaw puzzle, crossword, broken appliance, or piecing together a detailed travel itinerary.

After graduate school, they moved to New Jersey where Scott began his 29-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. They had 2 children, Nicole and Devin. Scott cultivated his children’s intelligence and instilled empathy, work ethic, and “corn”iosity in his children from an early age. “Ask good questions,” was a common salutation in the house as the kids headed to school. He loved sharing his science enthusiasm with his children and their classmates, performing science “magic” tricks in their classrooms for many years and recently at home for his grandsons.

Of course, his love of science wasn’t limited to labs and classrooms. An admirer of nature, the family traveled America, visiting 32 National Parks and countless campgrounds. He sought out unique events from hot air balloon festivals to total solar eclipses, an opportunity to hone his amateur photography skills. Scott also channeled his roots into one of his favorite pastimes of gardening. He loved exploring new varieties of vegetables to grow (getting the whole family hooked on a surprisingly delicious tiny tomato), sharing his bounty with family and friends, and nurturing his children’s green thumbs with his enthusiasm and encouragement.

An avid DIYer, Scott never met a home project he wasn’t eager to tackle himself, improving every room in his house and many in his children’s homes as well. Known for his deep research to ensure the work was done right, he owned nearly every tool imaginable and knew how to nail quality construction from tiling and plumbing to framing and flooring. Recent notable projects include a 300 sq. ft. treehouse for his grandsons and a secret doorway for his daughter, which was featured in the Washington Post.

During retirement, Scott embraced his philanthropic side. He volunteered with AARP, North Raleigh Ministries, Memory Cafe at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Camp Agape. Scott was also immensely proud to have established the Van Divender/Buell Scholarship at the University of Richmond, which his wife and daughter attended, to support students pursuing STEM degrees.

Good-natured, smart, generous, and funny, Scott was loved by all who knew him. He will be so greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne Van Divender; daughter, Nicole (Jim Cunningham); son, Devin (Katie); grandsons, Carson and Tanner; granddaughter, Ellery; sister, Tamara Caudy (Don); sister-in-law, Victoria Brookens Buell; and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Dolores Buell and brother, Terry Buell.

A Celebration of Life will be held in-person and live-streamed at 1 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to North Raleigh Ministries, the University of Richmond Van Divender/Buell Scholarship Fund, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, or a charity of your choice.

James “Jim” Prince ’75

Jim , a member of the Class of ’75, passed away on October 19, 2022 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. No obituary is available. He remained friends with his Davidson roommate, Bob Amos, until the end of his life. They believed that their class was a “driving force” toward allowing women to attend Davidson, as they voted for it in their freshman year.

Richard Alan Quinby ’75

April 9, 2022, Richard Alan Quinby died from cancer at 68. Rick was born in Chappaqua, N.Y., Nov. 26, 1953 to David and Joanne Quinby.

After working as a newspaper reporter and tennis pro he came to Maine to be part of a family business centered on Peaks Island, where in his off time he volunteered helping refugees. This passion took him to southern Asia and Africa where among other duties he oversaw USAID operations in Ethiopia and surrounding area, spending over 20 years abroad.

He leaves behind a daughter, Christine; and two granddaughters; his mother, Joanne; brother, David and sister, Karla Kipp; uncle, Alan Quinby, aunt, Sally Shepard; and many dear cousins and friends, most notably Ed and Linda Mangini, and Pam Kaiser who rallied to Richard’s aid after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Herbert Dwight Page ’75

Herbert Dwight Page, 68, of Madisonville, Tennessee passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Hillside Memorial Park, officiated by Rev. Dr. Susan Margaret Hudson.

He was born September 3, 1953 in Laurinburg, NC to the late Herbert Conroy Page and Connie Maxwell Todd. He was a member of Madisonville Presbyterian Church in Madisonville, TN. He received his BA in European Studies from Davidson College, an MA in French Language and a Doctorate in Philosophy and French Literature from Harvard University. He also studied Spanish and German at Middlebury College.

He shared his love of teaching at numerous colleges, including the University of Tennessee where he taught French and German and Hiwassee College where he taught French and Spanish. Dr. Page retired from Bryan College where he taught French and Spanish. He was Editor of the Swiss-American Historical Review. He was also an accomplished pianist and a published author. He loved to travel and had many good memories of his travels in the United States and across Europe.

He is survived by loving cousins, Melanie Todd Hoyle, and husband, Bence, Faye Todd Lakey, and husband, Dale; and a host of long-time friends.

The family would like to thank Deidra Crosby, pastor of Madisonville Presbyterian Church for her unwavering support to Dwight and his family during his illness.

Bumgarner Family Funeral Service and Crematorium is serving the family.

Bruce “Duke” Baker ’75

Bruce Albert “Duke” Baker, 67, passed away peacefully at his home on Hilton Head Island on November 24, 2020 with his loving wife, Theresa, by his side. Even though he lived strong for over twenty years with heart failure, he succumbed finally to a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Duke was born February 26, 1953 in Nyack, New York to Albert and Sally Baker. The oldest of three children, he grew up in South Glenn’s Falls, NY, where he was the high school quarterback. He moved to North Carolina for college and to play football at Davidson College.

After college, he married Theresa and went to the University of Tennessee for Dental School. They resided in Knoxville, TN where he practiced General Dentistry for five years before moving to attend a residency in Orthodontics at St. Louis University.

Upon graduation, they settled in Evansville, Indiana where Duke began his Orthodontic career. He practiced 19 years there and an additional 10 years on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Dr. “Duke” was truly one of a kind and anyone who knew him was better off for it. He was married to his sweetheart, Theresa, for over 44 years. He was most well known for creating beautiful smiles as an Orthodontist in Evansville, Indiana and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Dr. Duke was loved by his patients and team members over the years for his generous and caring heart.

Outside the office, Duke was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed walking the golf course while playing. He also enjoyed working with his hands, not only in Orthodontics, but by building bookcases and other woodwork. In addition, he could often be heard playing the piano at home. Duke and Theresa enjoyed traveling with friends and also with their sons and their families.

Duke is survived by his wife, Theresa Baker; sons, Matt (Brooke) of Sarasota, FL, Andy of Charlotte, NC, and Chris (Brooke) of Cary, NC; mother, Sally Baker; brother, Steven (Susan) and sister, Patty Johnson. Duke will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Reagan, Cole, Cooper, and Cruz, as well as his three nieces and nephew. He is proceeded in death by his Father, Albert Baker.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 5 at 11:30 am at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Medical University of South Carolina Heart and Vascular Center to further research and care on heart transplants and congenital heart disease at

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