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Mary Huddleston Chiles
of Albertville on April 28,
Though born in Alabama,
Chiles attended public school in
Washington, D.C., where her father
represented Jefferson County in
Congress.  She worked for the
Prudential Insurance Co. until her
marriage and move to Albertville.
In addition to her son, John Chiles,
she is survived by her daughter-
S. Frances Heidt ’75
Birmingham, and sisters
Huddleston Packer ’45
Huddleston Aaron ’44
both of
Palo Alto, Calif.
Beulah PittmanTeague ’41
of Birmingham on Dec. 10,
Teague initiated the Pocket
Parks and nationally recognized
Work-A-Teen programs and was
involved with the Alabama Food
Bank. She received an Award
for Excellence for her work with
families of patients in the critical
care unit at UAB Hospital.  Teague
loved fine art, classical music,
cooking, and the opera, and she
was a consummate reader.
Bishop Paul A. Duffey Sr. ’42
of Gainesville, Ga., on March
18, 2012. 
Duffey was a retired
bishop of the United Methodist
Church. He had served six
appointments in the Alabama-
West Florida Conference.  He
was elected to serve the UMC
in all three branches of the
church—executive, legislative,
and judicial—the only person to
have done so. While serving as
district superintendent, Duffey
was elected to the episcopacy
in 1980, and served as secretary
of the Council of Bishops from
He received his master’s
degree from the Divinity School
at Vanderbilt University.  Duffey
was a life trustee of BSC, who
was elected in 1952 and had
served as a chair.  He was awarded
an honorary doctorate from
Birmingham-Southern.  Along with
a son, survivors include a daughter,
Melanie Duffey Hutto ’68
Hendersonville, N.C. (
David Hutto
Jr. ’66
and nieces and nephews,
Susan Alley Norris ’82
Carol Ann London Mathews ’71
Wiley Mathews ’98
Jane Davis Morgan ’42
Greenwood, Ind., formerly of
Danville, Ky., on May 8, 2012. She
became a research technician at
the University of Cincinnati, and
in 1946, she served as a research
associate in Havana, Cuba,
continuing to work in this field for
many years.
Charles G. Brooks ’43
Birmingham, formerly of Andalusia,
on Sept. 29, 2011.  Brooks served
in the U.S. Army in World War II,
and was with the 531st Engineer
Shore Regiment at Utah Beach,
Normandy, on D-Day and was
involved in the Battle of the
Bulge.  He earned 13 Freedom
Foundation awards and two
Vigilant Patriot awards.  After BSC,
Brooks studied at the Chicago
Academy of Fine Arts and worked
as an editorial cartoonist for The
Birmingham News from 1948
until his retirement.  His cartoons
appear in more than 80 books and
are in the permanent collections of
the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi
Valley, Calif., and Harry S. Truman
Library in Independence, Mo.,
among others.
Dr. John B. McFerrin Rice Jr.
of Florence on Dec. 25, 2011.
In 1946, Rice graduated from
the Tulane University School of
Medicine. He later attended the
School of Aviation Medicine at
Randolph Field, Texas, and served
as flight surgeon in Oahu, Hawaii,
and for the Alabama National
Guard.  Rice was recalled to
active duty in 1951 and served
as wing flight surgeon with the
th Medical Group.  In 1952,
he returned to private practice,
eventually becoming president
of the Medical Association of the
State of Alabama.
Dorothy Garrett Patton ’44
of Kennesaw, Ga., formerly of
Birmingham, on Feb. 26, 2012.
She was a lifelong resident of
Alabama and a former resident
of the Galleria Woods Retirement
Community before moving to
Mary Gallagher Henning ’45
Vestavia Hills on Dec. 10, 2011. 
She was a longtime member of
Our Ladies of Sorrows Church
and Our Lady of Peace Guild and
was a member of The Garden
Club, among her many community
Ruby Ansley
of Mountain Brook died Jan. 3 at the
age of 94.
She attended Birmingham-Southern her freshman
year and graduated from the University of Alabama.
She worked with Dean of Women Agnes Ellen Harris
and Professor Henrietta Thompson in establishing the
University of Alabama School of Interior Design. In 1963,
she founded her business, Ruby Ansley Interiors Inc., in
Mountain Brook Village where she designed homes in 14
Ansley was a founding member of the Alabama Chapter
of the American Design Institute of Decorators. Additionally, she was registered
in the professional
Who’s Who
and received an award for 40 years of professional
In 2003, Ansley was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by
Birmingham-Southern. She and her husband, John Peters Ansley, were golf
enthusiasts as well as strong supporters of BSC.