Michael Vann Milton ’69

Michael Vann Milton, 76, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2023 in Community Hospice care at Baptist Hospital after a courageous battle with Lewy body dementia.

Mike was born August 14, 1946 in Monroe, North Carolina. A top student, he graduated from Monroe High School and Davidson College, where he majored in English. Following undergraduate studies he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. While working at Prudential, he met Elizabeth Gibbs Milton. They married in 1973.

He earned an MBA in Accounting from the University of North Florida. Mike worked as a CPA and as a corporate financial officer for more than 40 years.

Mike was a voracious reader and especially loved author Vladimir Nabokov. He loved music, including artists such as Eric Clapton and Linda Ronstadt, and enjoyed attending the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Mike deeply treasured his close friends from his Davidson Sigma Chi days, ‘The Big Chill’ group. Mike and Elizabeth traveled with the Chill group each year for nearly 50 years.

He was quick to make friends in every situation and filled his relationships with joy and laughter. As a beloved parent and grandparent, he was unfailingly supportive and instilled values such as diligence, education, and kindness to others.

Mike is survived by his wife of 49 years Elizabeth, son Michael Milton (Julia) and daughter Sara Leutzinger (Mark), and five grandchildren Jane, Stella and Flora Milton, Lindley and Walter Leutzinger, as well as siblings Susan Drew (Larry), Jackie Gillespie (Glen), Mary Warshaw, Stewart Milton (Terry), John Milton, Alice Butler, and beloved aunt Ruth Simon.

A memorial service will be held on February 9 at 3 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at 1100 Stockton Street in Jacksonville, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mike’s memory to the UF Foundation, PO 100243, Gainesville, FL 32610. Donations will be used for Lewy body dementia research at the University of Florida. Online donations are also accepted at fixel.ufhealth.org.

Minor Revere “Chuck” Adams III ’56

Mr. Minor Revere “Chuck” Adams, III, of Gastonia, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 8, 2023.  He was born December 23, 1933 in Gastonia, NC, a son of the late Minor Revere Adams, Jr. and Esther Rodgers Reid Adams.

Chuck was educated in the Gastonia school system, attended Davidson College, and served his country honorably in the US Army in Korea.  He then graduated from the University of South Carolina and was a dedicated Gamecock for the rest of his life.  

Chuck worked in the insurance business and as a Realtor.  He was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia where he was a Deacon and an Elder.  He was a former member and Past President of the Gastonia Jaycees, a current member of the Gastonia Rotary Club where he is also a Past President and Paul Harris Fellow.  Chuck was also a former board member of the YMCA and the Community Foundation.

Survivors of Mr. Adams include his wife of 45 years, Susan Cooke Adams of Gastonia; daughter, Cooke Adams Thompson and husband Reed of Kalispell, MT; Minor Revere Adams, IV and wife TJ McSwain of Gastonia; grandchildren, Hayley McSwain and Hobbs Thompson; sister-in-law, Becky Adams; brother-in-law, Dr. Bo Abernethy, both of Gastonia; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; Special Friend, Connie Humphries.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, William Preston Adams, Esther Reid Adams Hunnicutt, and Sarah Rodgers Adams Abernethy.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm, Sunday, January 15, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dan Commerford officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service in the Memorial Gallery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1621 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054 or to Operation Christmas c/o The Rotary Foundation of Gastonia, PO Box 33, Gastonia, NC 28053.

Thomas Frederick Kastner ’68

Thomas Frederick Kastner, age 76, of Cary, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2023.

Tom was born in Newark, NJ to Fred J. and Betty Kastner, moved to Cary in 1957, attended Cary schools, graduating from Cary High School in 1964.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1968 and received his law degree from UNC-CH in 1971. He was an attorney in Greensboro, NC.

He is survived by his siblings, Fred C. Kastner (Barbara) and Susan Kastner Castle (Ed) all of Cary. He is also survived by his nephew, Ryan Castle (Mary) of Summerville, SC, and nieces, Carrington Castle of New Bern, NC and Jill Panichelli (Scott) of Hillsborough, as well as great nieces, Collins Castle and Alexandra Panichelli and great nephews, Ford Castle and Nathan Panichelli.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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 www.henryfuneralhome.net.

James “Jim” Barnett ’62

James Samuel “Jim” Barnett passed away peacefully on December 26, 2022, in Bradenton, FL, after a short illness. He was born on May 7, 1940 to Kathryn and George Barnett, and grew up on a small farm in South Carolina, where he got into all sorts of mischief with his two brothers, Neil and Julian – like the time they thought it would be a great idea to burn the vine off the wooden fence instead of cutting it down and digging it up like their father had asked.

Jim met Elaine Ward (Barnett) in a church youth group when they were in Middle School. They didn’t much like each other at first (he thought she asked too many questions, she thought he was too quiet). But, as these stories sometimes go, they tried one date in high school, fell in love and continued building their deep love for each other – the relationship of a lifetime – while they attended college. On June 29, 1962, Jim both graduated from Davidson College and married Elaine, beginning their amazing 60 years together as husband and wife. Because his college graduation was delayed a month, Jim liked to joke that Elaine graduated (from St. Andrews Presbyterian University) summa cum laude, while he graduated “sooner come later.”

The newlyweds immediately headed off to Germany, where Jim, who was commissioned into the army as a 2nd Lieutenant (also on June 29, 1962), served as an M.P. If he never told you about the time he pulled over Kris Kristofferson, but let him off with a warning, well, then, you must not have known Jim that well. Even though money was tight, Jim and Elaine took advantage of every opportunity and adventured all over Europe, sometimes sleeping in the car so they could meet their budget of $5 a day. So began their love of travel and discovery. Jim liked to joke that Elaine would even take a trip to “hell in a handbasket” so long as it was a roundtrip ticket, and he was always, faithfully, unquestioningly by her side for every journey. Jim and Elaine also began their lifetime of legendary hospitality in Germany. They loved hosting friends and family (except maybe the friend who had a little too much wine and could only remember that he had parked his car on “some street named strasse” – the German word for street).

Their son, Bill, was born in Germany and, when Jim and Elaine returned to the U.S., daughter Kathryn followed. Jim settled into his career of helping small businesses, entrepreneurs and families reach their dreams through his work with North Carolina National Bank, which ultimately became Bank of America. By the time he retired, Jim was a Senior Vice President.

Jim worked hard to support his family, but he never let work get in the way of his devotion to them. He taught his children the importance of education, hard work, and giving back to the community, and he showered them with love, even when they were insufferable teenagers. Jim was also always quick with a prank or a wry joke (like the time he convinced his daughter that her school – but not her brother’s – was closed on April 1st, and then watched with much mirth as she gloated and pranced around until Jim grinned widely and announced, to her dismay, “April Fool’s Day.”)

When grandchildren came (Michael, Jack, Christopher, Ethan and Oliver), Jim embraced them with the same love, humor and gusto, whether it was taking them fishing, tickling them and “getting their goozlers,” or spoiling them with “pie for lunch” for a whole week. For his grown children, now parents, Jim shared invaluable parenting advice, so much so that their friends know all about Jim Barnett and his parenting wisdom, even if they never met him.

Jim also found time to serve the community as a member of the City Council in Monroe, N.C., founder of the Union County, N.C. Arts Commission, member of the Board of Trustees of The Ringling Museum, President of the Manatee County United Way and member of the Board of Thornwell Children’s Home. He also served as a teacher, Elder and Deacon of the Presbyterian churches he and Elaine joined over the years and served as the volunteer Treasurer for the Peace River Presbytery for seven years. In fact, when Jim retired from the bank, he went right back to work as a Development Officer with the Presbyterian Foundation.

In their more than six decades together, Jim and Elaine continued their love of travel and adventure. They visited all 50 states and 101 countries. Their last escapade – just after Jim’s 82nd birthday – was a visit to son, Bill, in London and then a week-long journey through Wales (in a six-foot wide canal boat!) with daughter, Kathryn, and her family.

Jim’s love of friends and entertaining also continued throughout his spectacular 82 well-lived years. The house was often filled with the sounds of bridge games, tall tales, music, U.N.C. basketball games and laughter. Anyone who knew him can especially remember Jim’s magical laugh. It did not matter if the pets snuck in and dragged the marinating pork chops all over the house, if the boat candle decoration floating in the pool during a big party caught fire, if the shrimp got left in the trunk of the new car, or if the boat he was trying to sail with his cranky teenager went backwards all the way down the canal, Jim always found a way to laugh and see the humor in difficulties. He stayed that way right up to the end, cracking up the nurses and medical staff and his family during his short hospitalization.
As he would have been quick to tell you, Jim Barnett lived a full, meaningful, joyous life, filled with love, laughter, service, faith and adventure. He touched innumerable lives.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Sunday, February 19, at 3:00pm, at First Presbyterian Church, Sarasota, Florida, which will also be live-streamed at firstpressarasota.org. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota, FL 34237.