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Rev.W. Edward Harris ’57
Indianapolis, Ind., on Aug. 10, 2012.
Harris earned a Master of Divinity
in 1968 fromTufts University’s
Crane Theological School. He
served in numerous churches,
including the All Souls Unitarian
Church in Indianapolis, where he
was bestowed with the title of
minister emeritus. He helped
found the Unitarian Universalist
Community Church of Hendricks
County in Danville, Ind. Harris
was a passionate civil rights and
political activist. He was a founder
and president of the Alabama Civil
Liberties Union and also served
on the board of the American Civil
Liberties Union. He pioneered
voter registration campaigns in
Birmingham following the 1964
Civil Rights Act. A dedicated
and engaging writer and poet,
Harris published seven books and
four short articles for the Walt
Whitman Encyclopedia (1998). He
is survived by his wife,
Gutridge Harris ’57
and two sons.
Dr. Daniel Howard Lowery Jr.
of Fairhope on Aug. 3, 2012.
A native of Birmingham, Lowery
attended the UAB School of
Dentistry and practiced dentistry
for more than 40 years in
Birmingham and Daphne. He was
a U.S. Army veteran who enjoyed
motorcycling, camping, and Auburn
Dr. Thomas C. Reeves ‘60
Baltimore, Md., on Feb. 19, 2012.
Reeves was a retired professor
at Boston’s Roxbury Community
College and a social activist in
many arenas. He went on to get
a master of divinity degree from
Harvard in 1963 and an MA from
American University in 1964. He
did further postgraduate study
(1964-66) at the Otto Suhr Institute
of Political Science and Humboldt
University, both in Berlin. Reeves
was a civil rights activist in the
South in the ’50s and ’60s, an
anti-VietnamWar campaigner who
helped bring an end to the draft, an
advocate for those with HIV/AIDS,
and he addressed other social
justice issues.
JudithWilson Everett ’62
, of
Alpharetta, Ga., on Feb. 3, 2011.
Everett worked at Siemen’s Energy
and Automation for more than
10 years. When she retired, she
stayed home with her firstborn
grandson and was a devoted
caregiver. She had formerly
belonged to Vestavia Hills United
Methodist Church, where she
participated in many outreach and
community programs.
Dr. Roger A. Everett ’62
Alpharetta, Ga., on Jan. 30, 2012.
He was a dentist, orthodontist,
and pharmacist. Everett received
his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy
from Auburn University and his
DDM at the University of Alabama
in 1963. After orthodontic
training, Everett ran a successful
orthodontic practice in Atlanta for
26 years. He was involved in many
professional affiliations throughout
his life, including the American
Association of Orthodontics. He
also was a distinguished military
man, serving his country in the
U.S. Army as first lieutenant in the
Artillery Division with two years
active duty in Korea as well as
three years in the Army Reserve.
Mary Burkett Strain ’63
Gainesville, Ga., formerly of
Birmingham, on Jan. 16, 2013.
Strain taught elementary school
for many years in Atlanta and
Augusta, Ga., before retiring to
Birmingham and Young Harris,
Ga. She loved sharing her love
of music, reading, and gardening
with her six grandchildren. Strain
was a supporter of the college in
many ways. She is survived by
her husband and three children,
Susan Strain Mockert
of Madison, Wis.
Dr. James Robert “Jim Bob”
Williamson ’67
of Lilburn, Ga., on
Jan. 9, 2013. He earned his DMD
from the University of Alabama
School of Dentistry. His love
of dentistry led him to being a
nationally known lecturer on the
changing face of dentistry and
Georgia “Freida” Gibson Boling
, longtime college
staff member, passed away Aug. 3 at a Birmingham
hospital. She was 76.
Boling worked at Birmingham-Southern in various
administrative positions for faculty and staff; she also
attended classes to obtain her bachelor’s degree in
business administration. She worked at the college for a
total of 22 years before she retired in 1997 as director of
gift records.
“Freida Boling was an exemplary member of the BSC
staff and family,” said Dr. Neal Berte, president emeritus.
“Her loyalty, willingness to assume new roles and
responsibilities, and her penchant for detail truly set her apart.”
She was married almost 56 years to
Rev. RaganW. Boling ’52
and served as
a United Methodist minister’s wife. She also served as president of the Roanoke
United Methodist Women for a short time and then as secretary for the North
Alabama Conference of United Methodist Women. During her career, she worked
for the ChemStrand Corp., Army Ballistic Missile Agency (a division of NASA),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Top Dollar Stores, Social Security
Administration, and the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce before coming to
Boling and her daughter,
Cynthia Boling Romano ‘79
of Panama City, Fla.,
began taking classes at Birmingham-Southern in the fall of 1976. She had three
children: Romano, Timothy A. Boling of Wattsville, Ala., and
Gregory B. Boling ’85
of Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
“My dad started school at Birmingham-Southern and finished at Athens College,”
said Romano, “and my mom started at Athens College and finished at BSC.”
At the request of the family, memorial contributions can be made in Boling’s
name to the Birmingham Southern National Alumni Association through the
of Institutional Advancement, 900 Arkadelphia Road, Box 549003, Birmingham, AL
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