In Memoriam Summer 2021


Robert S. Berry ’77, a physician who was a voice in the national debate about health care reform, died Dec. 28, 2020. He opened a clinic in Greeneville, Tennessee, in 2001, leaving emergency room medicine to provide care to individuals without health insurance. Berry expressed his concerns about the healthcare system and shared the benefits he saw in the insurance-free, fee-for-service model. He was the focus of a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal in 2003; testified before a Joint Economic Committee of Congress in 2004; shared his experiences a few years later on two national television news programs; and was recognized in an editorial in World magazine. A graduate of N.C. State University and UNC School of Medicine, Berry earned a Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Blair; two daughters, Margaret and Bekah; two sisters, Marki Berry Davis and Ann Berry Holladay; and a brother, Johnny Berry.

Margaret Stone Berry May died March 20, 2021. She served as the executive secretary for Durham Academy’s headmaster, who referred to her as his advisor and vice principal. She graduated from the Greensboro College for Women and in 1946 married her high school sweetheart, John Berry, who died in 2005. She married Frank May in 2015, and they lived together until his death over a year later. She was accomplished in golf, tennis and bridge; was interested in landscaping, interior design, houses and architecture; and obtained a real estate license. Despite her immaculate landscaping, she didn’t hesitate to build a large, paved eyesore of a basketball court in the backyard for her sons, and they were even allowed to mow the grass in the shape of golf holes. She is survived by two daughters, Marki Berry Davis and Ann Berry Holladay, and a son, Johnny Berry. She was predeceased by her son Robert Berry.