In Memoriam Winter 2022


Elizabeth Ann Dees Nelson Pulley ’57

Elizabeth Ann “Chi” Dees Nelson Pulley ’57 died peacefully at her home in Durham on June 9, 2021, after an extended battle with cancer. She was a real estate agent in Durham from 1967 until her retirement in 2014, when she received the Realtor Emeritus award. In her free time, she loved to play bridge, work jigsaw puzzles, read and work in her rose gardens. Survivors include her sisters, Nancy Dixon ’62 and Susan Dees ’65; daughter, Debbie Nelson McKnight; son, Hugh Reavis Nelson III; stepsons, William Paul Pulley and Bradley Larkin Pulley; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Drs. John and Susan Dees; brother, John Essary Dees, Jr. ’61; daughter Margaret Nelson Necessary; and husbands Capt. H. Reavis Nelson, Jr. and William Paul Pulley, Jr.

Karl Edwards Miller ’85

Karl Edwards Miller ’85 died July 31, 2021. He had been in treatment for mental health issues and had found community by reigniting his passion for tennis. He began playing tennis at age 6 and played competitively as a junior throughout the Southeast. After a 20-year hiatus, he again played regularly; had launched Advantage Stringing, a racquet stringing service; and was working with EMPACT Tennis. He was a certified USTA, ITA and ITF official, supervising tournament matches from U6 novice players up to ATP top 10 players, and also was  a college official. He was a near-lifelong resident of Chapel Hill and was a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. He is survived by his mother, Helen Miller of Raleigh.

Rebecca Lang Clodfelter ’79

Rebecca “Becky” Lang Clodfelter ’79 died Aug. 14, 2021, in Greensboro from complications of ALS. She graduated from Duke University in 1982 with a B.A. in economics and was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She found her calling when she began studying and making art. She studied glass art in California and graduated summa cum laude from UNC-Greensboro with a BFA in painting. She received a scholarship to study architectural glass at the Penland School of Craft and was awarded a residency at Brisons Veor in England. She was an energetic and involved member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. With her husband, she ran Clodfelter Studio from 1996 until the week of her death. Survivors include her husband, James Clodfelter; son, John Clodfelter; father, David Lang; sisters, Stephanie Roebber and Gretchen Lang; and brother, Joshua Lang. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Lang.

John J. Pringle 

John J. Pringle of Chapel Hill died Oct. 18, 2021. He received a degree in engineering from Georgia Tech, an M.B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D from Stanford University. He taught for 36 years at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was the C. Knox Massey Professor of Finance, chair of the finance area, associate dean for international programs and faculty chair of the M.B.A. program. He served on Durham Academy’s Board of Trustees and was chair of the Finance Committee, and he was actively involved at the Chapel of the Cross, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. After his retirement, he returned to a childhood interest in photography. His favorite subjects were birds, insects and wildflowers, and he created an exhibit of his work at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in 2015. Survivors include his wife, Betsy; children Laura Perry Pringle, John Julius Pringle, Jr., Joseph LeConte Pringle ’89 and Charles Cate Pringle ’95; and eight grandchildren.

Bennett Watson Cowper Roberts, Jr. ’86

Bennett Watson Cowper Roberts, Jr. ’86 died on Nov. 4, 2021, at age 54. He was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer the year prior, and he approached this battle with the same passion and competitive attitude with which he approached everything else in life. He defied doctors’ odds and endured two different chemo treatments and a clinical trial. He lived life like he had somewhere to be and he had to be there yesterday. He graduated from Elon University with a degree in history, and he worked for Rogers American, a convenience brokerage company, before founding Matrix Brokerage in 2002. He was awarded Broker of the Year and Vendor of the Year multiple times by manufacturers and wholesalers alike. He also was co-owner of the Chapel Hill bar He’s Not Here. Survivors include his wife, Angela Lane Roberts; daughters Madison Lane Roberts and Elizabeth Loy Roberts ’16; son, Nicholas Ollen Roberts ’16; mother, Snow Loy Roberts; brother, Webb Loy Roberts ’88; and sister, Snow Loy Roberts ’93. He was predeceased by his father, Bennett Watson Cowper Roberts ’55. 

June Henry Stallings III ’87

June “Jay” Henry Stallings III ’87 died Nov. 8, 2021, in Durham. As a protector and someone who loved family and friends deeply, his own troubles were always secondary to the troubles of those around him. He was an elite and accomplished athlete who excelled as a baseball pitcher at Durham Academy and later discovered a passion for bodybuilding, going on to earn the Mr. South Carolina title in 1996. He worked a variety of roles throughout his life, making lifelong friends at Hope Valley Diner in Durham, Capital Ford in Raleigh and Mother Fletcher’s in Myrtle Beach. His best role was that of devoted friend, brother and son. Survivors include his mother, Ann Stallings Smith; sister, Kristen Stallings Jupena ’88; and brother, Thomas Stallings ’97. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. June Stallings, Jr. 

Mary Teer Barringer ’53

Mary Teer Barringer ’53 died on Nov. 22, 2021, in the Durham home in which she was born on Nov. 10, 1935. The daughter of Hubert O. Teer and Mary Ruth Wright Teer, she was educated at the Calvert Method School (now Durham Academy), The Knox School and Duke University. She was presented at the Terpsichorean Society Ball in 1954, and was married to Russell N. Barringer, Jr. on Nov. 17, 1955. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Russell N. Barringer, Jr. ’53; sons, Russell N. Barringer III, Edward T. Barringer and Stephen W. Barringer ’81; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bowen Warner Brinegar ’13

Bowen Warner Brinegar ’13 of Durham passed away on Dec. 19, 2021, as the result of an automobile accident. He liked to say that he was at his very best when swimming against a hard current. He attended Hill Learning Center, Durham Academy and Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill, and he graduated from Proctor Academy, where he was captain of the varsity golf team, editor of the yearbook, actor in seven theater productions and was elected assistant school leader. He attended Elon University and UNC-Chapel Hill, where he developed a passion for software development. He worked with Epic Games as a full stack engineer, and was so engaged with his work that he decided to postpone finishing his degree, continuing his education with online courses through the Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan Executive Education. In August, he took on a new role as full stack engineer with California-based TapResearch. He is survived by his parents, Michelle and Brad Brinegar, and brother Mackin Brinegar ’10, all of Durham.

Read McBryde Spence ’59

Read McBryde Spence ’59 died at her home in Greensboro on Dec. 23, 2021. She attended Durham Academy and St. Catherine's School, and graduated from Duke University. During her decades as a teacher, she touched the lives of many children at First Presbyterian Church and Greensboro Day School and made many contributions to the Greensboro community. She was a talented writer whose work was featured in numerous publications, including the Green River Press and G Magazine. With her brother, the late Dr. Angus McBryde, Jr. ’54, she wrote and published A History of the North Carolina Orthopedic Hospital: A Dream Come True, which documented how the hospital, founded by her father, provided orthopedic care for underprivileged children. A faithful Christian, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, James T. Spence III; children, Joseph W. Moss, Jr., Priscilla Read Moss Wierda, Gregory Moss Bowman and Arren Spence Beach; and brother, Neill G. McBryde ’62.