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Elisha Pearis Douglass ’39

Published in Oct. 24, 2001, issue

"E.P." died Apr. 12, 2001, in Chapel Hill, N.C., where he had lived since 1958. Writing in our 50th book, he referred to his failing memory and a permanent limp from a motorcycle accident. Last year his wife, Louisa, wrote that they were living in an excellent retirement home, where he was being extremely well cared for in the health center.

E.P. received his master's in journalism in 1941 and was a reporter for a year at the Hartford Times. After four years with the USNR, he earned his PhD at Yale in 1950 and became a history professor at Elon College, which led to his post as professor of history at the U. of North Carolina from 1951-85. He also wrote a column for about 50 newspapers, a commentary on the biblical curriculum issued weekly by the Natl. Council of Churches for study in Sunday schools. A member of various historical societies, he was the author of two books of history.

Besides Louisa, E.P. is survived by his daughter Adair, son Earl, stepson Marshall MacIsaac, and three grandchildren.

We offer them our sincere sympathy.

The Class of 1939

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