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philosophy, died July 27 at age eighty-eight. O’Flaherty spent his entire career at
Wake Forest, from 1947 until retiring in 1984. He established a student exchange
program between Wake Forest and the Free University of Berlin.
John Williams, the first Chair of the Department of Psychology, died May 28 at age
seventy-three. Williams came to Wake Forest in 1959 and was named a Wake
Forest University Professor in 1992. He retired in 1995. Williams studied and
wrote extensively on cross-cultural sex, age, race stereotypes, and the racial atti-
tudes of pre-school children.
James W. Mason, a former Chair of the Board of Trustees six times between 1968
and 1989 who played a key role in establishing the University’s self-governance,
died in Southern Pines December 2 at the age of eighty-six. He received the
Medallion of Merit in 1980 and an honorary doctorate of laws degree in 1996.
2003
Merrill G. Berthrong, Director of Libraries at Wake Forest and an Associate Profes-
sor of History from 1964 to 1989, died January 14. He was third Head Librar-
ian of Z. Smith Reynolds Library. He implemented open-stacks, the Library of
Congress book-classification system to the library, and saw the collection grow
from 200,000 volumes to over a million.
Jeanne Owen, who taught in the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy
for thirty-five years and was the University’s first female full professor (earning
the distinction in 1967), died July 27. She was eighty-two. She began her career
at Wake Forest in 1956 as one of only six women on the faculty. She served as
Acting Dean of Women from 1962 to 1964. She was awarded the Jon Reinhardt
Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987 and retired in 1991.
Rhoda K. Channing, Director of Z. Smith Reynolds Library since 1989, died on July
25. She was sixty-one. Channing led Wake Forest to digitize its most unique
resources and developed an online public access catalog that linked Z. Smith
Reynolds Library with the libraries at the School of Medicine and the Worrell
Professional Center.
Hubert B. Humphry Jr. (’48), former Chair (1999–2001) of the Wake Forest Board of
Trustees, died March 18 at the age of seventy-four. He served three terms on the
Board between 1989 and 2001.
Nancy Priddy, a housing operations coordinator for Residence Life and Housing for
fourteen years, died on April 8 at forty years old.
2004
Mary E. Tiejen (MA ’02), a core curriculum provider for the Biology Department,
died on March 22 at age thirty.
Percival Perry (’37), Professor Emeritus of History and Dean of the Summer School,
died August 15. He was eighty-seven. He served the University as a Professor of
American history for over forty years.
David Smiley, Professor Emeritus of History died December 27 at the age of eighty-
three. Smiley focused on Southern history and had a forty-one-year tenure at
Wake Forest from 1950 to 1991. In addition to teaching history, Smiley taught
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