Faculty/Staff News & Notes
employees win Massey awards
A counselor with an ear for students and an eye for the big picture. A business professor who blends a self-deprecating sense of humor with an indefatigable sense of mission. A band director with a knack for keeping his student band members in step and on time, both on and off the field. A woman with a heart of gold and will of iron who refused to allow a nearly-fatal car accident 12 years ago end her love for life -- and for babies.
These are the four outstanding University employees honored at a luncheon May 4 with this year's C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Awards, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed by Carolina.
The late C. Knox Massey of Durham created the awards in 1980 to recognize "unusual, meritorious or superior contributions" by University employees. The award is supported by the Massey-Weatherspoon Fund, which was created by three generations of Massey and Weatherspoon families.
Carolina Chancellor James Moeser selected this year's winners based on nominations submitted by the campus community, and each honoree received an award citation and a $5,000 stipend. Winners are:
* John White Edgerly, director of Counseling and Psychological Service (CAPS);
* John Parkhill "Jack" Evans, the Phillip Hettleman professor of business administration who is now serving as special assistant to the chancellor to help coordinate development of the Horace Williams tract;
* Jeffrey Wayne Fuchs, director of Athletic Bands; and
* Eleanor Guthrie Richardson, a longtime volunteer in the nursery of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center.
Edgerly has been a fixture for Carolina students since he was appointed to direct the Student Development and Counseling Center two decades ago. In 1999, he helped join counseling and psychological services into one department, Counseling and Psychological Service, or CAPS, for which he serves as director.
The citation describes Edgerly as "a man of skill in dealing with persons, judicious in temperament and unfailingly courteous in his treatment of others."
His career here has spanned the stresses of five decades, through the loss of a war in Vietnam, to the fall of a president during Watergate, to the fall of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.
The citation described how Edgerly employed the full range of his skills in 1999 during the unification of psychological and counseling services. "The merger demanded vigilant and effective management of a smooth transition for all students requiring counseling or psychological treatment and deft tact in the collaborative melding of two culturally different professional organizations," the citation said, and Edgerly supplied both.
Many of these same personal qualities were put into action after Sept. 11. "The aftermath of September 11th revealed how well prepared are the director and the organization he leads," the citation said. The citation said Edgerly earned a Massey by "his balanced and capacious understanding of the widely varying needs of students -- undergraduate, graduate, professional and post-graduate -- and his selfless performance of his duties at the highest level of personal and professional good judgment and leadership."
In 1974, when Chancellor Ferebee Taylor rearranged his personal staff, he made sure to appoint as one of his new assistants a young faculty member named Jack Evans from the School of Business who was an expert in operations research and systems analysis.
Over the course of his career, Evans would be called back to the South Building again and again to fill a host of positions and fulfill an array of key assignments.
He served three years as Taylor's assistant; nine months as the business school's associate dean for academic programs; 10 months as the acting dean of the business school, followed by eight years as the dean. He later served as interim dean for nearly four months to fill an unexpected vacancy.
More recently, Evans served 15 months as the University's interim vice chancellor for finance and administration. He has served as special assistant to the chancellor with special coordinating responsibilities for planning the development and use of the Horace Williams tract, or what is now being referred to as Carolina North.
"He is a man who has always gone the second mile -- and the third, and the fourth, and more -- for the University," the citation said. "Why so many tough jobs and emergency assignments for so personally modest and humorously self-deprecating a man? He has drawn them because he has always been creatively useful, has never treated any of these posts as mere time-serving, and because of his skill in leading other talented persons to forswear in-fighting and concentrate upon fruitful and useful accomplishments."
There may be other band directors in the country who can keep time as well as Fuchs, but few could match his dedication for keeping his commitments.
This character trait came into play in 1997 when, after leading the Marching Tar Heels for the Las Vegas Bowl football game in Nevada, the chartered plane that was supposed to take the band home failed to appear. Instead of looking for a big hotel, Fuchs worked all night to snare another plane to get his band back to Chapel Hill in time for the winter commencement set for 2 p.m. the next day.
He pulled it off, but barely. He arrived at the podium in time to give band members the downbeat for "Pomp and Circumstance" wearing the same outfit he'd been in for the past 36 hours.
"All that effective exertion is typical of him," his Massey citation said. Fuchs was praised for managing to maintain close contact and cooperation with Carolina's athletic coaches; lead the 330-member Marching Tar Heels; plan their halftime programs for football games; lead the basketball band; muster, guide and manage an overlapping system of pep bands to play for more than 70 athletic events a year, all without imposing undue burdens on student band members; and know all his students by name, plus the instruments they play.
And that's not all. Fuchs also runs the Tar Heel Invitational, a recruiting event held each fall for 25 high school bands from across the state and visits high school band programs as a clinician. He also serves as chair of the Music Department's wind and percussion area.
In short, he is a leader who repeatedly hits the right notes with people as well as with his music.
Think of a young wife, the mother of two daughters, and the adoptive parent of a third. Think of a woman devoted to helping raise children not her own who spent seven years as a cottage parent at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center.
That was the perfect description of the life that Eleanor Guthrie Richardson was leading half a lifetime ago, before the day a terrible automobile accident nearly ended it.
For months, her life hung in the balance. For months, she could neither speak nor walk and remained in a comatose state.
Then one day, a colleague from the center came to visit and triggered a spark of recognition and the start of a struggle to rebuild her mind and body and reclaim her former life. It proved to be a long, painful and ultimately successful journey back.
"A decade and a half after that grim accident she was able to return to the Graham center as an unpaid volunteer in the nursery," the citation said.
For the past 10 years, she has been the "indispensable loving, caring nurturer" of babies in the nursery," rocking them, hugging them, cuddling them, feeding them and loving them.
"Often," the citation reads, "she holds one baby while keeping one or two others in gentle motion in their bouncy chairs with her foot."
One and all know her only as "Sister," including the children who stay in the center after they leave the nursery and, when they see her, run up to her to give and get more hugs.
C. Knox Massey was a former advertising executive. He served two decades as a University trustee and worked without pay to promote the statewide Good Health Campaign that led to the creation of a four-year medical school and teaching hospital at Carolina. He then worked as a "dollar-a-year" special assistant to the chancellor, aiding in the development of scholarships, professorships and other awards.
Massey chaired the class of 1925 gift endowment campaign that raised the first 50-year reunion gift of more than $50,000. He was inducted into the N.C. Advertising Hall of Fame, based at Carolina's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, in 1990.
Richard V. Wolfenden, Alumni Distinguished Professor of chemistry, biochemistry and biophysics at Carolina's School of Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences was elected to the National Academy of Sciences on April 30.
Election to membership in the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. Wolfenden is the only scientist from North Carolina among 72 new members elected to the academy this year for distinguished and continuing original research achievements.
The honor came one day following Wolfenden's appointment as fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, class of 2002.
Founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has included among its fellows George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill. Current membership includes more than 150 Nobel laureates and 50 Pulitzer Prize winners.
Wolfenden's work on enzyme mechanisms and water affinities of biological compounds is considered major influences in these areas. His research also influenced rational drug design. Findings from his laboratory helped spur development of ACE inhibitor drugs, a widely used type of medication for hypertension. Recent studies have focused on the catalytic power of enzymes, how they accelerate the rates of biochemical reactions by factors in excess of a quadrillion.
Wolfenden earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Princeton University in 1956. He took both a bachelor's degree (1958) and master's degree (1960) in animal physiology from Oxford University and his doctorate from Rockefeller University in 1964. He joined the Carolina faculty in 1970. Wolfenden currently chairs the biological division of the American Chemical Society.
Wolfenden is the 11th National Academy of Sciences member currently on the Carolina faculty and the 24th fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on the faculty.
Two University professors have been found to exemplify the "ideals and objectives" of Thomas Jefferson and both have been tapped to receive the 2002 awards founded in his name.
Recipients of this year's Thomas Jefferson Awards are:
* Chuck Stone, Walter Spearman Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and lecturer in the School of Law's annual Festival of Legal Learning; and
* Ruel Tyson, professor of religious studies and director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH).
A man of many talents and eclectic knowledge, Chuck Stone first and foremost is an outstanding teacher whose classes fill semester-after-semester -- often with a waiting list.
According to his nominating materials submitted by Boka W. Hadzija, professor of pharmacy, he is "one of the University's most popular professors ... known for his outgoing personality and warmhearted friendliness that he extends to everybody, regardless of their station in life."
Stone, Hadzija wrote, is guided by a statement by Francis Bacon: "If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins them."
Stone is a sought-after speaker both on campus and across the state and nation, and now, it seems, the world. He was one of two American professors invited to lecture in April at a symposium on "Free Speech in a Time of Fear" in Nuremberg, Germany.
Besides published articles in journals, magazines and newspapers, Stone also is the author of several books, most recently: A Southerner Ahead of His Time: The Life and Works of Walter Spearman; My Friend Squizzy, The Black Squirrel, a children's book on racial tolerance; and a work-in-progress, Free Speech, Jealous Mistresses and His Honor's Eloquence, a chronology of 389 U.S. Supreme Court cases on the First Amendment since 1896. And he has written a textbook, Black Political Power in America.
Among the recognition he's received at Carolina are Senior Class Teaching Award, 1992; Favorite Faculty Award, 1997, 1998; and induction into the Order of the Golden Fleece, 1996.
In his nominating letter for Tyson, Lloyd Kramer, professor of history and associate director of IAH, wrote about two of Tyson's qualities that he feels Tyson shares with Thomas Jefferson. Tyson has "a rare ability to translate high ideals into a language that other people understand and act upon," and "a determination to build new institutions that embody those ideals and ensure their future development," he said.
These are qualities that have caused former students to call him "a visionary teacher" -- one who "changed their lives by provoking them to think critically about their own beliefs" to help them to "develop a vision for their future."
Tyson has been with the University since 1967, and since that time he has taken on increasing amounts of administrative leadership. Among other responsibilities, he was chairman of the Department of Religious Studies from 1975-1980, was the founding director of The Carolina Seminar Program from 1991-1997, and is serving a fourth, four-year term as director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities.
Other awards that Tyson has received include the 2000 Faculty Service Award, given by the board of directors of the General Alumni Association, and a 1998 Chancellor's Award. Like Stone, Tyson also was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1996.
The annual Thomas Jefferson Award, which includes a monetary prize, was created in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor a faculty member who "through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing and scholarship has best exemplified the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson."
Candidates are nominated by Carolina faculty, and a seven-member Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees selects the winner.
Anne M. Dellinger, professor of public law and government at the Institute of Government, is the 2002 recipient of the Mary Turner Lane Award of the Association of Women Faculty and Professionals.
The award was presented to Dellinger at the annual luncheon of the Association of Women Faculty and Professionals, held May 2 at The Carolina Inn. Lane, now a retired professor but still an active advocate for women at the University, made the presentation.
Dellinger joined the faculty of the Institute of Government in 1974. Through her professional and University leadership and her research and writing, she has worked on behalf of women for close to three decades.
She has served as president of the N.C. Society of Health Care Attorneys and as president of the Association of Women Faculty at Carolina. Since 1996 Dellinger has been co-director of the Adolescent Pregnancy Project of the Institute of Government, which offers information on North Carolina law and resources to pregnant and parenting adolescents and those who care for them. With Arlene Davis, she recently published Health Care for Pregnant Adolescents: A Legal Guide.
Named for the founding director of the Curriculum in Women's Studies, the Mary Turner Lane Award is presented annually to someone who has made outstanding contributions to the lives of women at the University.
Indra M. Chakravarti of Chapel Hill, a professor of statistics at the University since 1964, died April 16 at UNC Hospitals following a brief illness. He was 74.
At Carolina he was engaged in research in the theory of experimental design. During his lengthy academic career, he wrote about 100 journal articles, reviews and book chapters and received several distinguished honors.
He was elected a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and he received the top Statistician's Prize from the Societies of Statistics of Paris and France. He also was a member of the International Statistical Institute, an associate editor for the publications of the Institute of Statistics at the University of Paris, and a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews, published by the American Mathematical Society.
Chakravarti received a doctoral degree from Calcutta University in 1958. He was a visiting professor at Carolina in 1959-60 and a research fellow during 1961-62. He became an assistant professor in 1964 and a full professor in 1968. He also taught at the Case Institute of Technology (1960-61), and the Indian Statistical Institute (1951-59), and he conducted research at the University of Geneva and the University of Paris.
He is survived by a son, Xavier Chakravarti of Chicago.
The funeral service took place April 24 at the Community Church in Chapel Hill. Burial was in the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements were by Walker Funeral Home in Chapel Hill.
The Faculty Council honored professors who have died in the past two years with a brief memorial held at its April 26 meeting.
Some of the professors were eulogized in obituaries and personal tributes that were distributed at the start of the meeting. Listed below are some of the accomplishments, along with personal glimpses shared by friends and colleagues, drawn from these pages.
Peter Michael Blau, professor emeritus of sociology
The son of secular Jews, Peter Michael Blau was born in Vienna in 1918. Twenty years later, after Hitler marched into Heldenplatz, Blau was captured by Nazi soldiers while trying to flee over the Czech border. He was kept in a border patrol for two months, forced to eat lard and to exercise until he fainted. On a whim, a Nazi officer released him. He eventually fled to France where the French Army sent him to a labor camp in Bordeaux to crush grapes. Upon his release, he went to Le Havre to get a boat to America. It was here that he ran into a group of graduates from Elmhurst, a theological college. The students, it so happened, had come to
Europe to offer a scholarship to a Jewish refugee. He got it. An atheist all his life, Blau always spoke of how miraculous a gift that chance meeting turned out to be.
He arrived in New York City in 1939 with fifty marks sewn into his belt along with the address of Paul Lehman, the son of the college president and the man who become a mentor and surrogate father to him throughout his life.
He graduated from Elmhurst College in May of 1942, the same month his parents were killed in Auschwitz.
After his death on March 12, former graduate students Craig Calhoun, Marshall Meyer and Richard C. Scott said of him, "Peter Blau was not only one of today's most influential sociologists, he is one of sociology's finest people ... We never knew any (teacher) of greater intellectual curiosity, dedication to sociology and personal integrity... he reassures us that fame and academic distinction can go hand in hand with a sense of humor and care for other people."
Julia Gorham Crane, professor emeritus of anthropology
Anthropology professor Jim Peacock, in his comments at the memorial service of Julia Gorham Crane last fall, said she arrived at Chapel Hill about the same time he did in the late 1960s. He described a woman who could walk across campus in the middle of winter without a coat, with a bag brimming over with papers that she would no doubt end up grading in the wee hours of morning. She would often re-grade hundreds of exams she felt had been inaccurately graded by teaching assistants. The only things she neglected were her diet and speed limit signs. "She drove like Richard Petty," Peacock said.
In the field of anthropology, Crane also was one of the few people whom Peacock knew who could keep up with Margaret Mead, who once came to Chapel Hill to stay with her. "I think Julia was the only one of a series of people who had managed to keep working with Mead," Peacock said. "They were both dynamos, strong willed, intrepid, but also warm and caring about individual persons."
How else could you explain a woman who sent a Christmas card to every single person on the island of Saba? The island in the Caribbean was the site of her fieldwork, but the people there were more than just research subjects, Peacock said, They were "people she knew and cared about."
Crane died June 19, 2001.
John H. Schopler, professor of psychology
Vaida Thompson and Peter A. Ornstein composed a memorial resolution to John H. Schopler on April 18, nearly a year after his death.
Schopler spent his entire academic career at the University, arriving in 1957 as an instructor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine before moving in 1960 to the Department of Psychology. He later served as director of the graduate program in social psychology and later chaired the department.
His clinical research and social interests led to his involvement with the Dispute Settlement Center in Chapel Hill, and his work there led to the development of a course on conflict resolution jointly sponsored by the psychology department and the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense.
Born in Furth, Germany, Schopler came to the United States with his parents when he was 7 in 1937.
"Perhaps because of his early experiences in Nazi Germany, John was intolerant only of intolerance and injustice," Thompson and Ornstein said. "He dedicated his professional life to understanding how power and interpersonal and intergroup conflicts could lead not only to competition, but also to outgroup hostility and sometimes to rampant inhumanity."
Norton L. Beach served as dean of the School of Education from 1966 to 1976.
"Dean Beach was a major force -- and consequently a controversial figure -- in `nationalizing' the vision of the School of Education," said Gerald Unks, who was a member of the faculty during most of Beach's tenure.
From 1966 to 1969, Beach doubled the size of the faculty by hiring 35 new members and changed the character and direction of the school by hiring many of those new faculty members from outside of the South, Unks said.
"With his style of leadership, the position of dean at the School of Education rather quickly grew in stature to be regarded as a highly respected, creative academic officer of the University."
Beach, professor and dean emeritus of education, died on July 4, 2001.
John R. Bittner was an award-winning professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the author of 16 editions of eight books about broadcasting and broadcast regulation. He joined the faculty in 1980.
Bittner died April 9 of cancer. He was 58.
Earl Siegel, professor emeritus of maternal and child health, dedicated his career to bettering the health of women and infants. Among his most important accomplishments was the development of regionalized data networks used to evaluate and measure the success of health programs for women and infants. The prevention of low birth weights was one of his primary research interests.
He joined the faculty of the Department of Maternal and Child Health in 1964 and served at its chair from 1967 to 1975.
Siegel, professor emeritus of maternal and child health, died June 11, 2001.
Thomas "Tommy" Anthony Rezzuto Jr. came to Carolina in 1956 as a technical director and scenic designer and would go on to serve as a member of the faculty of the Department of Dramatic Art until he retired in 1987.
Bobbi Owen, professor of dramatic art, described Rezzuto as the perfect theatre person for his time.
"As actor, director and designer he was able to create theatre that had a real sense of community," Owen said. "He combined the best of Chapel Hill with the best of UNC, continuing to teach all the while he was doing theatre."
Rezzuto, professor emeritus of dramatic art, died Jan. 31, 2001.
Robert H. Wagner, professor emeritus of pathology and laboratory medicine and also biochemistry, joined the research group led by Kenneth Brinkhous in 1950 and spent the rest of his career at Carolina devoted to solving the riddle of hemophilia and providing a suitable form of therapy. One of his most important research contributions was developing a method for isolating normal blood from the coagulation factor that is defective in a common form of hemophilia and purifying it for use in treatment.
Wagner, professor emeritus of pathology, died Dec. 3, 2001.
Other professors recognized during the memorial were Geoffrey Haughton, professor emeritus of microbiology and immunology, who died Oct. 22, 2000; Roy L. Hopfer, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, who died April 29, 2001; Edward J. Kuenzler, professor emeritus of environmental biology, who died Dec. 10, 2001; William Sprott Pollitzer, professor emeritus of anatomy and of anthropology, who died March 12, 2002; Roy H. Propst, research associate professor emeritus of biomedical engineering, who died Oct. 1, 2001; and James Hampton Shumaker, adjust professor of journalism and mass communication, who died Dec. 19, 2000.
Sallie Anderson, Physics and Astronomy
Anderson "has earned real gratitude from many students and from her colleagues for a job well done. ... Sallie simply makes the department work better and helps us all enjoy it more."
Mildred Rachel Cheek, Housekeeping Services
Cheek was nominated for her hard work and cooperative attitude, as well as her work handling complaints and scheduling moving crews.
Doug Council, Financial Planning & Budgets
As interim director, Council "provided excellent leadership and kept his door open to the staff while undertaking several additional duties."
Jayson Delisle, TEACCH Division
Delisle was nominated for "outstanding service to the TEACCH Division."
Jennifer Dobridge, Exercise and Sport Science
Dobridge was nominated for taking on extra responsibility that she "creatively handled in a professional, tactful and outstanding manner."
Gwen Hackney, Biostatistics
Hackney was nominated "because she patiently answers every question that I ask of her even if it is not her area of responsibility. ... I feel that she goes out of her way to make my life easier."
Betty W. Harris, Housekeeping Services
Harris was nominated for her caring, positive attitude and for her initiative in getting jobs done.
Karen High, Health Sciences Library
"Karen exemplifies high standards and professionalism. She delights in making things as perfect as possible."
Ronnie Hill, Facilities Services Paint Shop
Hill "is a great supervisor and a good worker. He is a strong leader and finds ways to make jobs easier and better. Ronnie is a good team worker."
Monta King, Human Resources
King was nominated for "the excellent work she did with our most recent open house. With the aid of her resourcefulness and innovation, the event went smoothly."
Jarvis Lee, Housekeeping Services
Lee was nominated for being "a very hard worker" who "gladly helps others when asked."
Laurie McNeil, Physics and Astronomy
"McNeil combines all the praiseworthy attributes of a university professor."
Judy Miller, School of Nursing
"Outstanding leader of new 14-month program; loves her students; finds time to share words of encouragement, pats on the back to staff. It's the little things that mean a lot."
Martha Mills, Alumni Association
Mills "has dedicated the last 15 years of her life working for GAA. We are very thankful for her dedication and hard work over all those years."
Elizabeth Perry, Otolaryngology/HNS
Perry was nominated "for her dedication and dependability." She can be relied upon "to go the extra mile to help out."
Pamelia Roberts, Health Sciences Library
Roberts was nominated for being "extremely resourceful, supportive and willing to do whatever is needed to contribute to the success of the Health Sciences Library, its staff and its
Karen Rowe, Human Resources
Rowe was nominated "in recognition of the time and care [she] takes regularly to recognize the efforts of fellow HR staff members."
Bonnie Smith, Human Resources
Smith was nominated for the "excellent training that she presented on salary administration, a project in addition to all her other work."
Carl Smith, Facilities Services - Chilled Water Plant
Smith was nominated for his dedication, the extra responsibilities he takes on, his positive attitude and his willingness to supervise and work when emergencies arise.
Michelle Stover, Health Sciences Library
Stover "exhibits professionalism and excellent service to patrons with a willingness to go beyond the call of duty."
Barbara Szilvay, Physics & Astronomy
"The work lives of all of us in the department are both much more pleasant and much more effective due to [Szilvay's] skills, diligence, patience and insight."
Joanne Talley, Facilities Services - Electrical Systems
Talley "is more than a spoke in the wheel that is Electric Systems. She is the spindle that the wheel runs on."
Terry Tripp, Facilities Services Carpentry Shop
"Terry is the mainstay of the cabinet shop. He is a good worker with a great attitude."
John Whitted, Facilities Services Paint Shop
"John is a good team player, dependable, a hard worker and a loyal employee."
Laddie Wilson, Housekeeping Services
Wilson "has shown a willingness to go beyond the call of duty to help his peers and customers alike."
Donna Woodard, Otolaryngology/HNS
Woodard was nominated for always being prepared and for "willing to go the extra mile and ready to do whatever it takes to get the job done."
Editor's note: The Star Heels Award Program is sponsored by TIAA-CREF. Winners each receive a $20 gift certificate. Employee Services coordinates the program. Because of space constraints, the Gazette is able to print only a highlight of most recipients' nominating material.
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall
Director of the Southern Oral History Program and Julia Cherry Spruill professor of history, Hall is the president-elect of the Organization of American Historians.
She will serve as the 97th president of the 9,000-member organization in 2003-04.
Acting chair and assistant professor in the Department of Endodontics, Levin recently became a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.
full-time faculty in the department are now board certified.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill