John Browning Odell Jr. ’83

John Browning Odell Jr., a man devoted to his family, his faith in God, and his community, passed away Monday morning, July 17, 2023, following a valiant battle with pneumonia. His wife and children were with him. He was 62.

Born July 9, 1961 in Sacramento, California, he was the son of the late John Browning Odell and Shirley Hartmann Odell Kirby.

When he was a toddler, the family moved back to Newport News in Tidewater Virginia, where generations of Odells lived. He attended Davidson College in North Carolina, where he earned his degree in history. (He recently attended his 40th reunion and was a proud Wildcat.)

His love of history led him to the National Park Service where he was a park ranger at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, and then to the Curator’s Office at the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. He met Margaret “Peg” Schmid at the Senate. They married in 1992 and lived in Arlington, Virginia. While working at the Senate full-time he earned his Master’s in Museum Studies at George Washington University. After 14 years at the Senate, he read a job listing that merged his museum vocation with his lifelong passion for baseball.

As a result, John has served as Curator of History and Research for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for 24 years, working with great people and telling wonderful stories through print and exhibits. He was frequently told he had the best job, and he agreed.

John served his community in many ways. A faithful and dedicated member of Christ Church in Cooperstown, he was currently serving as Senior Warden. He participated in and then led a weekly 6 a.m. Men’s Bible Study for almost two decades. He had been a coach and board member for Cooperstown Youth Baseball. While he was an Orioles fan, he loved seeing any baseball game, at any level, especially when it was live and in person.

He had served on the Parks Board for Cooperstown, and on the board of Friends of the Parks for many years. He stepped back from volunteering in March 2020 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, which he fought bravely with the guidance of Bassett Healthcare and the caring people there. He was delighted to “ring the bell” marking the end of his chemotherapy in August 2022, and he and Peg celebrated with a trip to Portugal.

John loved the outdoors and instilled a love for it in his children. The family enjoyed hiking locally and on vacation. He was an excellent trivia player, crossword puzzle completer, and he grilled up excellent salmon.

John is survived by his wife, Peg Schmid Odell, of Cooperstown and their three children, Rebecca Louise Odell of Albany, John Floyd “Jack” Odell of Cooperstown, and Emrys Carleton Odell of Cooperstown. His family love him very much and will miss having such a thoughtful, funny, caring, and supportive husband and dad. He is further survived by a sister, Beth Odell Dunn of Newport News, Virginia, and a brother, Scott Odell and his partner Marci Kisling of Quinton, Virginia, as well as his wife’s mother, Ruth A. Schmid of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and Peg’s siblings, Barbara Schmid Heifetz and husband, Hal, of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and William O. Schmid and wife, Lori, of Allendale, New Jersey and their families, his aunt Nancy Hartmann Welker, and a stepfather, Douglas Kirby. He enjoyed spending time with family, including much loved cousins, at the holidays, in creeks, at the beach, and at Taff Family reunions.

Friends are welcome to pay their respects to the Odell family from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2023 at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. A service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at Christ Church, 46 River Street in Cooperstown, with Father Nathan Ritter, Rector, officiating. Immediately following the funeral there will be a reception in the Parish Hall.

Interment will be private in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown, where John will be laid to rest near Fairy Spring, where he and his family enjoyed picnics, cooling off in the lake, and kayaking.

In lieu of flowers, John’s family respectfully requests that memorial donations be directed to Friends of the Parks, PO Box 1008, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

John would encourage each of us to take that trip, to enjoy a hike, to call a friend, to spend time with family, and to go see a ballgame.

Bruce Nofsinger ’89

Roger “Bruce” Nofsinger, Jr. died peacefully at daybreak on Sunday, June 4, 2023, with his wife of 26 years, Julie, and their son Duncan by his side. He was 56.

The son of Winnie Duncan Nofsinger and Roger Nofsinger, Bruce was born in Lexington, Kentucky and grew up in Maitland, Florida. His summer experiences as a camper and a counselor at Eagle’s Nest Camp, in the North Carolina mountains, were fundamental to the extraordinary man Bruce became – instilling in him a love of the outdoors, friendships that broke boundaries and an endless enthusiasm to share his love of life and learning with others. Bruce was a creative, a giver, a teacher, and a leader. He was camp counselor to his core!

Recruited to play soccer at Davidson College, Bruce’s innate athleticism was supercharged by his instinct as a team player. He played left back, but could be relied upon to adapt and apply his skills where they were needed most, even in the locker room where he was self-appointed team DJ. Bruce’s selfless versatility was a recurring theme in his professional and personal life.

On and off the pitch, Bruce maintained lifelong friendships from Winter Park High School to Davidson and beyond. New pursuits strengthened his zeal for others–– with time, no matter where he was, he only got closer to childhood neighbors, fellow Eagle’s Nest-ers, soccer teammates, or college roommates, one of whom would introduce him to Julie, the love of his life. Together, Bruce and Julie built a life full of friendship, music, massive full-body hugs and community service. Bruce took great pleasure in his work at Topics Education, a consulting firm he founded that began as a youth news magazine and developed into a company that helped clients inject education and learning into their corporate identities. In addition to this work, Bruce’s wide array of community service projects included serving on the Charlotte Advisory Board of the NC Outward Bound School, Theater Charlotte, North Carolina Council on Economic Education, and of course, assisting Julie in her creation of the thriving Dilworth Community Garden. If there was something Bruce could do to help, he took it on and gave it his all.

True to his nature, Bruce lived fearlessly once diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and for more than 2 years he shared his experience, self-reflections, and inspiring perspective with family, friends, and even complete strangers on his Caring Bridge site. Music was his therapy. Sharing music and experiencing music with others (live or through one of his signature playlists) was his love. Bruce used one of these playlists to document and share his cancer journey, adding a song for each day, where the title of the song tells his story in that moment. Until the day he died, Bruce continued to find new, creative ways to inspire those around him, whether that be propelling small businesses in Charlotte, or turning friends on to his favorite añejo tequila.

Bruce loved, and he was loved. Along with countless dear friends, Bruce is survived by his wife, Julie, his son Duncan, his parents Winnie, and Roger Nofsinger (Leigh) and brothers Kevin (Heather) and Stuart (Sara).

The family would like to thank Bruce’s life-extending care team, especially Dr. Kunal Kadakia at Levine Cancer Institute, for his endless kindness and dedication, and Dr. Chris Crane at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The memorial service for Bruce is on Saturday, June 17, at 2:00 pm in the Lilly Family Gallery inside the Chambers Building on the Davidson College campus. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the NC Outward Bound School in memory of Bruce at

Levi Anthony Jordan, II ’85

Mr. Levi Anthony Jordan, II made his eternal transition on Thursday, February 2, 2023.

Sarah L. Carter’s Funeral Home Northside is serving the Family.

On February 10, 2023, there will be a viewing at Northside Chapel of Sarah L. Carter’s from 5 pm to 7 pm. The address is 6665 New Kings Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32219.

On Saturday, February 11, 2023 there will be a Home Going Service at 10 am at Southside COGIC. The address is 2179 Emerson Street, Jacksonville, Florida, 32207.

Janet Morris Jones ’85

Janet Morris Jones was delivered into God’s hands on January 4, 2023 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by family. Janet was a strong woman who lived life to the fullest and will be lovingly remembered as a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and friend to all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 30, 2023 at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, NC. A graveside inurnment service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro, NC.

Janet was born January 30, 1964 in Boston, MA to Mary Gertrude Lanergan and George Edward Morris, Jr. She graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT in 1981 and Davidson College in Davidson, NC in 1985. While at Davidson, Janet participated in a study abroad program, Semester at Sea, that allowed her the privilege of visiting 11 countries. It sparked her lifetime love of travel that she later shared with her husband and children.

After college, Janet moved to New York City to work as an Institutional Equity Sales Trader at Cowen & Co. During that time, she met the love of her life and husband, Tim. They met in 1987 and married in 1990 at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT.

Janet left the investment industry to attend Pace University Law School in White Plains, NY, graduating in 1993. Janet and Tim moved to Dallas, TX in 1993 and Janet joined International Concepts Group as General Counsel. Their three children were born in Dallas: George Ryan Jones, Graham Stansel Jones, and Charlotte Mary Jones.

In 2003, Janet and Tim moved their young family to Chapel Hill, NC to be closer to family and friends. Janet joined the management of a closely held family investment partnership to help with investment strategy, corporate governance, charitable giving, and succession planning. She was a member of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and, through the business, a member of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE).

In 2021, Janet and Tim retired and bought a home in Wilmington, NC on the Intracoastal Waterway and split their time between Chapel Hill and Wilmington. Janet loved being on the water, walking the beach, enjoying the birds, dolphins, and other wildlife, as well as participating in her favorite water sports.

Janet was very involved as a community volunteer. Beginning in 1998, she was a Guardian Ad Litem, representing abused, neglected, and dependent children, giving them a voice in court. For years she was a school and church volunteer where her children attended. Until her sudden illness, she was on the board of directors and served as Secretary of the Landfall Foundation in Wilmington, NC.

In addition to her husband Tim, Janet is survived by her children, Ryan, Graham, and Charlotte; her mother Mary Morris and father George Morris of Chapel Hill, NC; her brother Edward Morris and his wife Nancy of Hingham, MA, and their children Charles Edward, Hilary Jane, and Avery Ann.

Janet felt closest to God when in nature. She asks when remembering her, that you hold those you love tight and take time to hike the mountain, dive the coral reef, take a walk in the woods and on the beach, and explore our beautiful world. Enjoy every moment. Life is precious.

Memorial gifts may be made to UNC Lineberger Pancreatic Cancer Center.

Tracy K. Koogler ’88

Tracy Karen Koogler, MD, of Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Linda Rosen Koogler and the late William Mangus Koogler, II, died on December 28, 2022 at the home of her mother in Raphine. She was born on July 15, 1966 in Richmond. She is survived by her brother, William Todd (Royanne); nieces, Lindsay Ryan and Madison Bailey; step-nieces, Josephine Emilia Rose Dell and Frances Victoria Brooks Dell; uncles, Melvin E. Rosen, Jr. (Peggie) and Fred P. Rosen, Ph.D.; and aunt, Betty Lou Harlow Koogler; several cousins and a special friend, Mark Schimmelpfennig. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Melvin E. and Nina Bell Brubeck Rosen, William Vincent and Mildred Earhart Koogler; uncle, Douglas Wayne Koogler, and aunt, Margaret Whittle Rosen.

Tracy graduated from L. C. Bird High School, Chesterfield, in 1984; Davidson College in 1988; and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1992. She trained in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She began her career at the University of Chicago as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics section of Anesthesia and Critical Care. She completed the MacLean Ethics Fellowship and became active in ethics consults. During her career, she was promoted to associate professor, a co-director of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Service, and an assistant director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She was also active in Pediatric Research in Medical Ethics (PRIME). Tracy was the doctor caring for pediatric patients in the burn unit as well as her assignment in the PICU. In addition, Tracy was passionate about protecting the results of human subjects in research and served as vice-chair of the University of Chicago Institutional Review Board for many years. In 2020, Tracy was named the Distinguished Clinician in the Distinguished Faculty Awards at the University of Chicago.

Tracy is a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago serving as Deacon and Elder. She visited South Africa in 2018 as part of a choir trip. Her two greatest loves for fun are sailing on Lake Michigan and watching the Davidson Wildcats and UVA Wahoos play basketball. She attended multiple ACC tournaments and was present when UVA won the National Championship in 2019.

She requests memorial donations be made to The Fund for Davidson (Diversity and Inclusion), Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28036-7170; Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2014; or Northwestern Memorial Foundation, attn: Lou and Jean Maluati Brain Tumor Institute, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60611. Tracy requests cremation with ashes returned to Chicago. The family will receive friends from 4:00-5:00 and from 6:00 until 8:00 on Monday, January 2, 2023 in the Henry Funeral Home, Staunton, Virginia. A memorial service will be held at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago at a later date. Condolences may be made online to the family at