Faculty, Staff and Friends

Posted: July 12, 2013

Gayle Currie of Greensboro, former coach at Guilford, has been inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. She coached volleyball, women’s tennis and women’s basketball, and served as athletics director from 1992-96. Gayle won several NAIA District 26 coach of the year honors and was the NAIA national women’s tennis coach of the year when the Quakers shared the NAIA championship. She is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and was the first woman elected to the Guilford College Hall of Fame. Gayle boasts the most wins in tennis (217) and volleyball (400) among coaches in North Carolina.

Greensboro poet Ann Deagon, a retired Guilford professor, was the subject of the cover story in the March edition of O.Henry magazine. A Hege Professor of Humanities and writer-in-residence, Ann taught at Guilford College for 36 years.

Eric Lewis, head women’s soccer coach at Guilford College for 11 seasons, became the eighth head women’s soccer coach in the history of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa.

Sympathy is extended to

The family of Helen Georgis Bartis who died July 22, 2013, in Greensboro. Helen was a life-long member of the Greek Orthodox Church and spent most of her time supporting the activities of her church and preparing many delicacies for the Greek Food Festivals. She also enjoyed working the polls during elections, playing tennis and bowling. Helen worked for several years as gift recorder in the Office of Advancement at Guilford College. She is survived by a sister, one son, two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family of Elizabeth “Betty” Simpson Bergman ’51 who died July 29, 2012. Betty lived in the Guilford College community where she raised a family and worked until retiring to Myrtle Beach, S.C. She spent her working career as a bursar in the Business Office at Guilford College. Survivors include a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.

The family of Arthur Bluethenthal who died April 3, 2013. Arthur was a successful businessman and a B-17 pilot during World War II. He was chairman of the United Way board and a member of the Weatherspoon Art Gallery board, the Guilford College Board of Visitors and the Greensboro Jewish Federation board. He is survived by his wife Joan, three children and grandchildren.

The family of Miles Bowker who died Oct. 13, 2012, in Greensboro. He was educated at Stevens Institute in New Jersey and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He was with Bell Laboratories for 44 years working on such projects as submarine detection during WW II and the first transatlantic telephone cable. Miles retired to Greensboro where he volunteered in the Business Office at Guilford College. He is survived by his wife Shirley, three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family of Ty Buckner upon the death of his father, Raymond T. Buckner, Nov. 8, 2012. Raymond graduated from N.C. State University and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Orleans, France. He began his career with C.D. Spangler Construction, and worked for 18 years with Duke Power Co. in survey and real estate development. He later owned and operated Buckner & Associates, a land surveying and engineering firm. Survivors include his wife Peggy, three sons, two sisters and a brother. Ty is associate vice president for communications and marketing at Guilford College.

The family of Carl Ivan Carlson Jr. who died May 20, 2013. Carl was a member of the College’s Board of Visitors from 1973-80 and First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and deacon. He graduated from Davidson College and attended Harvard Business School. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corp. He is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons and 11 grandchildren.

The family of Edwin G. Caudill, Stedman Professor of Management Emeritus at Guilford College, who died Aug. 5, 2012, in Salisbury, N.C., at the age of 91. His distinguished Air Force career spanned 27 years and included service in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and at the Pentagon. He rose in rank from an enlisted man to colonel and received numerous commendations and medals, including the Legion of Merit. During his military career, he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkley, a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. from American University in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Air Force in 1967. Following his military service, he became a professor and academic administrator. He served as Dean of the College of Business at American University in Washington, and was a member of the faculty of the Department of Management at Guilford College in Greensboro for 24 years, serving as department chair for many years. He is survived by his four children: Aprell Caudill ’71 Taylor, Charles Caudill ’71, Rhoda Caudill ’72 Icerman and Edwin Caudill ’79, seven grandchildren and his sister Frances Wooten.

Carol Leuzinger Cothern ’88 and husband Fred, whose premature granddaughter, Mary Rose Chepchumba Cothern, daughter of John A. Cothern ’98 and wife Caroline, died Jan. 12, 2013. She was the first child for John and Caroline who reside in San Diego, Calif. Before retiring from Guilford, Carol was library associate for acquisitions in Hege Library.

The family of Treva Wilkerson Mathis Dodd who died April 28, 2013. Treva was a graduate of Woman’s College in Greensboro (UNCG) with a major in library science. She was employed at the Woman’s College library as a circulation assistant and then at the Guilford College library (now Hege Library) as cataloger, reference librarian, curator of the Friends Historical Collection and acting head librarian until her retirement in 1980 as associate director. Treva enjoyed family, friends, travel, gardening, pets, reading and history. She was a member of numerous organizations, some of which were Southeastern Library Association, N.C. Library Association, Greensboro Library Club, Guilford College Friends of the Library, the Friends Historical Association and Art Appreciation Club at Guilford. She is survived by her son William Brantley Mathis, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family of William “Bill” Grubbs, Stedman Professor of Accounting at Guilford College, and Jo Ellen Cox Grubbs ’73 upon the death of their son William Alton “Bill” Grubbs, Jr. ’99, who died in Oak Ridge, N.C., Dec. 19, 2012. He was a Certified Public Accountant with Lincoln Financial and was formerly employed with Aon in Winston- Salem, N.C. and Elon University. Bill was the founder of Project Racing Home and enjoyed working with animals and loved car racing and talking sports.

The family of Georgia Hairston, who was a beloved housekeeper in Hege Library from 1973- 1987. She died on April 18, 2013 in Greensboro. The Homegoing Service for Georgia was on April 22 at Raleigh’s Crossroads United Methodist Church. She was predeceased by her daughter Linda Hairston Stout, and is survived by her husband Lemmie and two sons, Lemmie, Jr. and George.

The family of Stuart T. Maynard, Sr. ’43, who died April 3, 2013. Stuart played and was captain of the baseball and football teams at Guilford. He returned to Guilford in 1952 where he served as athletic director, head football coach, director of physical education and most notably as head baseball coach, where he received the nickname “Rock.” During his career, he became the winningest Quaker baseball coach, and was named the 1966 NAIA Coach of the Year when the Quakers won a berth in the NAIA World Series. Returning to the NAIA World Series in 1976, Stuart was selected the Professional Baseball Scouting Association’s Coach of the Year. He won the Carolinas Conference Coach of the Year and four District 26 Coach of the Year honors. In 2010, Guilford dedicated the Maynard Batting Center and installed “Rock’s Rock” to honor the coaching great. He is survived by his wife Ruth Weisgerber Maynard ’43, daughters Molly and Linda and sons Rusty ’68, William and Andrew ’82, and grandson Bill.

The family of Ernest McCoy whose mother Margaret H. McCoy, died July 14,2013. Margaret was educated in Greensboro attending J.C. Price Elementary, Dudley High School and Bennett College. She worked as a cafeteria manager in the Elizabeth City, N.C., School System and in the Guilford County School System as an aide for the mentally challenged. She is survived by a daughter, son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ernest was former director of student counseling services at Guilford College, and continues to serve on a part-time basis.

The family of J. Floyd “Pete” Moore ’39, Professor Emeritus, Department of Religious Studies, who died Aug. 25, 2012. Pete taught at Guilford from 1944-84. His religious beliefs led him to become a Friend and a conscientious objector to war. He studied Quakerism at Pendle Hill and in 1943 received a graduate degree in divinity from Hartford Seminary and later a doctorate in theology from Boston University. This led to his reputation as a theologian, activist and a lifelong Red Sox fan. In 1944, he was hired by Guilford College and taught religion, Biblical literature and philosophy until 1984, wrote a booklet called Friends in the Carolinas and was vice chairman of the Friends World Committee for Consultation and organized the 1967 World Conference of Friends held at Guilford. He was involved with many Quaker organizations and traveled worldwide, often recruiting international students for Guilford. Pete received the College’s Alumni Excellence Award in 1990. Friends of the Library at Guilford College named The J. Floyd Moore Endowment Fund in his honor in 1992. Pete was predeceased by Lucretia, to whom he was married 57 years, and their son Randolph Thomas Moore ’73. He is survived by his daughter Abigail Moore Sebastian ’70 and husband Bobby, his son Douglas ’78 and wife Barbara Kinsey ’70 Moore, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family of Helen Borton Parker, who died June 29, 2012, at Friends Homes Guilford. Helen was a docent in the Friends Historical Collection, Hege Library, and also took art classes at Guilford. She received a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree in textile chemistry from Penn State University. Helen taught in and led the Department of Home Economics at West Chester High School and Downingtown High School. She taught early childhood development and was a master teacher at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania and a founding member of QUIP (Quakers Uniting in Publications), where she served as treasurer in the 1980s and remained active traveling to meetings in the United States and Great Britain into the 1990s. She is survived by her husband Clarence, a son and daughter and two grandchildren.

The family of Coolidge Porterfield, Guilford College trustee, whose mother-in-law Margaret Shelton died March 17, 2013, in Danville, Va. Margaret is survived by three daughters, four grandsons, 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

The family of Mike Poston, whose mother Iona D. Poston died Jan. 10, 2013, in North Manchester, Ind. Iona was a homemaker and a sales representative with Old Fort Specialty in Wayne, Ind., and a member of Laketon American Legion Post #402 Auxiliary. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, a brother and sister, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mike is vice president for advancement at Guilford College.

The family of Norris W. Preyer, history professor at Guilford 1953-57, who died June 5, 2013. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. Norris served as chair of the History Department at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., until his retirement in 1990. He specialized in Southern and early American history. He is survived by his wife Kathryn, son Norris, daughter Janet, two grandsons and two brothers.

The family of Gloria Wallace Thompson, who died April 10, 2013. Gloria served on neighborhood boards at Francisco Place and Whitehall, and also on the board of directors for the Friends of the Guilford College Library. She was a charter member and past president for the Women’s Professional Forum and the WPF Foundation. She is survived by her husband, two daughters and a son, four grandchildren and a sister.

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