Loy H. Witherspoon, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies at UNC Charlotte and a longtime confidant to University founder Bonnie Cone, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, in Charlotte. The founding chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Witherspoon retired in 1994 after 30 years of distinguished service at the University. “Loy Witherspoon embodied the values and aspirations of UNC Charlotte,” said Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
UNC Charlotte's Morton Shapiro, 84, who retired as a member of the English faculty in 1993, died on September 11, 2015. He was one of the university's original English Department faculty, and will be fondly remembered by his friends, colleagues, and students.
Joshua R. Stokell, a UNC Charlotte post-doctoral fellow, died on Monday, June 8 as a result of complications arising from his lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Visitation will be Thursday, June 11, from 3 to 7 p.m. at McEwen Derita Chapel, 6300 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m.
Longtime UNC Charlotte colleague and Professor Emeritus Alfred (Al) Wright Stuart passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 after a brief illness. He was a retired member of the faculty of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences.
Professor Emeritus of Biology David Bashor died on August 16. His memorial will be held on Monday, Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. at Providence United Methodist Church.
Derrick Griffith, a UNC Charlotte alumnus who was completed his bachelor’s degree in history and was an outstanding student leader in the early 1990s, has been identified as one of seven people killed in an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 12, as the train headed to New York.