Ryan Patterson ’97

Ryan James Patterson, 44, died on June 24, 2019. He was surrounded by family members who will admire, love and miss him always. Ryan was born on November 8, 1974, in East Point, Georgia to the late James and Patricia Patterson. Ryan graduated from The Galloway School in Atlanta, Georgia in 1993, and Davidson College in 1997 where he met his wife, Ann.

He channeled and embodied Davidson’s Honor Code and remained an ardent fan of the Davidson Wildcats throughout his life. Ryan and Ann married in 1999 and enjoyed a loving partnership for 20 years.

Ryan loved his career, beginning at Wachovia Securities, then The Duke Endowment where he studied for and earned the CFA designation, and the last 11 years at Global Endowment Management. Ryan joined GEM in 2007 in GEM’s infancy. He relished in the precise, exacting nature of his job and its day-to-day challenges. He was known for calm efficiency and expert problem-solving. He rose to become Chief Investment Operations Officer. He also dearly loved everyone he worked with and looked forward to going to work.

Ryan picked up golf in childhood and would enjoy watching it and playing it for the rest of his life. He was elated to play Augusta National earlier this year. He also loved airlines, airplanes and transportation logistics. He liked spending time at the airport; both traveling and watching planes take off and land.

He was a weather aficionado who routinely supplied upcoming weather information to family and neighbors. He loved an old-school print newspaper and subscribed to and read three different newspapers all of his adult life. To close friends, he was also known for his impeccable taste in film and music.

Despite his many varied interests, Ryan was most dedicated to his family. He was a devoted husband, a fun, proud and loving father who savored his daughters’ company and acts of kindness. Ryan took active involvement in his daughters’ many interests and talents, and helped develop them into compassionate, resilient young women. He was also a caring older brother, a loyal grandson, an amazing uncle and a dear friend to many.

His family and friends remember with tremendous admiration the indomitable spirit, infectious smile and unwavering courage Ryan showed during his journey with Glioblastoma.

Ryan is survived by his wife Ann, two daughters, Amelia and Dorothy, two grandmothers, Jeanne Patterson and Dora Mae Peter, two brothers Kyle (Rebecca) and Todd (Shenna) and five nephews, Eli, Miles, Reid, Finn and Theo Patterson.

He is also survived by stepfamily members, including his late mother’s husband, David Roessner, and his late father’s wife, Dayle Betlock, and step siblings, Jennifer Strautman and Marc Betlock.

Ryan wanted to thank the many caring doctors and healthcare professionals who held his hand as he walked this path over the last two years, Dr. Allan Friedman, Dr. Katherine Peters, Dr. Justin Favaro, and Dr. Rahul Karamchandani.

A celebration of Ryan’s life will be held Sunday, June 30, at 1:30PM at Avondale Presbyterian Church, 2821 Park Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center.

Published in Charlotte Observer on June 27, 2019

Sara “Sunny” Harris Hutchinson ’97

Sara "Sunny" Harris Hutchinson '97Sara Harris Hutchinson, 43, of Charlotte, beloved wife of Wen and devoted mother to Cameron, Wills, and Sara, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, February 19, 2018.

She was born on December 30, 1974, the daughter of Deborah Small Harris and John William Harris II. She graduated from Charlotte Latin School and Davidson College and had a deep love for both of her alma maters.

Affectionately known and nicknamed “Sunny,” she was a beam of light from the day she was born. Her radiant and magnetic personality drew people to her and put smiles on their faces. Sunny, at her core, was a connector of people, effortlessly engaging individuals, regardless of their age or life circumstances. Her deep generosity of spirit was contagious, and her life was defined by caring for and loving others. Sunny was devoted to her family and friends with unconditional love.

Those closest to her describe her as vibrant, generous, inclusive, compassionate, trustworthy, loyal and thoughtful. Her guiding and enduring faith in God gave her strength and made every day a joyful adventure.

A true love story, Sunny and Wen met sixteen years ago in Atlanta. Because of their mutual adoration and respect, their relationship has been an inspiration to all. Sunny and Wen rarely left one another’s side. Her greatest joy was being with her family, no matter what the activity.

Sunny was a faithful and adoring mother, whether cheering for her children on the sidelines or spending time snuggled on the couch together at home. She was a loving daughter and sister, cherished her relationship with her parents and siblings, and was a fiercely loyal friend to all.

Sunny loved life, living it to the fullest every day and imparting her sunshine to all those around. She loved music, dancing, travel, golf tournaments, Panthers’ games, and back porch conversations. She was a servant leader and a quiet motivator among her circle of friends as well as her community that she loved so dearly. To know her was a gift and to have been loved by Sunny was a blessing.

In addition to her parents, Sunny is survived by her husband, William Owens Lewis Hutchinson, “Wen”; children, Cameron, Wills, and Sara; sister, Winslow Morrison Harris, “Windy”; brother, John William Harris III, “Johno” and his wife, Anna Dings Harris; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Roseberry Hutchinson; brothers-in-law, John Guiher Hutchinson (Kaki), James Kay Thomas Payne (Deidra), Andrew Allemong Payne (Mary); as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:00 am, at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte with Rev. Joe Clifford and Rev. Leighton Ford officiating. Family will receive friends following the service in Oxford Hall.

Those who wish may make memorials to the The Levine Children’s Hospital c/o Carolina Healthcare Foundation or Charlotte Latin School.

Condolences may be offered at www.harryandbryantfuneralhome.com.


Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 22, 2018

Laura Kjeldgaard “LK” Case ’97

Laura Kjeldgaard “LK” Case ’97, 36, of Quincy, Mass., died on Sept. 20, 2011 after a year-long battle with colon cancer. She was a beloved wife, mother, and friend who leaves a legacy of strength, courage, and independence. Born on Feb. 25, 1975, in Denver, Colo., to Susan Kjeldgaard Stiker and the late J. Mark Kjeldgaard, Case grew up with her two younger brothers in Yarmouth. In 1990 her mother remarried, and Case gained five more siblings. She entered Davidson before transferring to Mount Holyoke College, where she excelled in both field hockey and lacrosse. She graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke in 1997 majoring in medical humanities and ethics. During the summer after graduating, Case was reintroduced to her future husband, Delvyn Case, 162 Waterston Ave., Quincy, MA 02170-3432, now a music professor at Wheaton College, whom she had first met as a small child. Though they had known of each other as they grew up in neighboring towns, it took a blind date set up by their scheming mothers to get them together. They married in 1999 and then moved to Philadelphia. After the birth of her first daughter, Alexandra, in 2000, the family moved to Massachusetts, where their second daughter, Madeline, was born in 2006. Case was a devoted mother, who loved spending time with her family. She loved cheering for the Red Sox, apple picking, reading, and visiting her hometown of Yarmouth, especially for the annual Clam Festival. In the last 10 years of her life, she discovered a passion for photography, particularly for portraiture. Though her talent and attention to detail earned her awards for her work, she always viewed her work as a ministry, often working for free for individuals and groups in her community who could not normally afford high-quality photos of their children, families, and events. Case was an active member of Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain. She maintained a private but strong faith, whose authenticity was best attested by her empathy for others and by her generosity to many whom she did not even know. In addition to her husband and two daughters, Case is survived by her parents, Susan and Bud Stiker; brothers, Nicholas Kjeldgaard (Wendy, her husband’s sister), Timothy Kjeldgaard, Ned Stiker (Stephanie), Matthew Stiker (Leigh Ann), Tony Stiker (Melissa Schulz), and John Stiker (Jill); and her sister, Samantha Stiker Sheesley (Rick). She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.