Don and I were very close friends at Asheville High school and later at Carolina. We competed in everything and I must admit, he beat me in everything from grades to tennis and everything else. We also sang in the same pick-up barbershop quartet. I used to call him "Uncle Hugh". I wonder if anyone remembers that radio show. We lost track of each other after college. I went on to the University of PA School of Dentistry and even practiced in Asheville for 10 years. I moved to Florida in 1965 (after getting my masters in pediatric dentistry at Carolina). We met again briefly at our 50th high school reunion in Asheville in 1995. Mary was with him then. He was in Charlotte or New York then and working for CBS, I believe.
I used to kid him about my being his boss because I was 5 months older. He and Jake Jolliff were the youngest in our class and I was also among the youngest and I couldn't figure out how he managed to get in our class. He showed everyone over and over how well suited he was to be there, (see the 1945 Hillbilly). I communicated twice with him at Anne's Choice at Warminster but I knew something was wrong when I couldn't reach him for the last two years.
He was a great friend and a great loss to his many descendants. I am very saddened to end this era of my life but rest assured, I shall meet him again in a wonderful place where we can again pick up our great relationship. Maybe I will be able to win a set or two then.
I would be glad to talk or communicate with any of his children or grand children. My number is (352) 375-7181. Please identify yourself quickly because I get hundreds of fraudulent calls.
William Eugene (Gene) Ryon