June 15, 2013
Gloria Hope Blue, Ed.D.
DURHAM — Gloria Hope Blue, Ed.D., silently passed away Monday afternoon on June 10th, 2013 at her home in Durham, N.C. She was a resident and contributing member of the Durham Community. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Hope; her sister, Alice; her nephew, Mark Lee; her niece, Veranna Bailey (Remington); a great nephew, Remington II; a godson, Rumal Rackley; and numerous wonderful cousins; and a large and loyal circle of friends who will hold her in their hearts forever.
A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2620 E. Weaver St., Durham, 27707, at 11 a.m. on June 17th, 2013. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church.
Mamie Louise Chandler
DURHAM — Mamie Louise Chandler, lifetime resident of Durham, passed peacefully from this world on June 13, 2013 at the age of 91. Born June 28, 1921, Louise was the daughter of James J. Rigsbee and Mabel King Rigsbee. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Preston F. Chandler (1982); and her oldest son, Preston F. Chandler Jr. (1964). Her last spoken words were asking about the well being of her youngest son, Ricky Madison Chandler, who survives.
Louise had a long, successful career in the insurance industry, working at Crum & Forrester Insurance, Newton Insurance as licensed agent/office manager, F W Berens as producer-in-charge, and Allenton Insurers. A lifetime member of the National Association of Insurance Women and President of the North Carolina Association of Insurance Women 1976-77, she was named Insurance Woman of the Year before retiring in 1986. After retirement from the insurance industry she worked until 2007 with her son Ricky at Bethesda Florist.
For over 50 years, Louise was a member of Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church where she held numerous lay leadership positions including serving as a Trustee. Louise was involved in a variety of community activities and enjoyed many opportunities to travel throughout the United States.
Louise is survived by her nephews, Mike (Donna), John and Charles Rigsbee and their families; and her cousins, Jerry Wakeland and Barbara Mozingo and their families.
Special recognition is given to the Hock Family Pavilion Duke Homecare and Hospice for the passionate care provided to Louise in her final days.
A graveside Memorial Service will be held Sunday, June 16 at Fletchers Chapel United Methodist Church in Oak Grove at 12:30 p.m. after church services.
Charles X. Larrabee
DURHAM — Charles X. Larrabee, long-time head of Research Triangles Institute’s public relations activities died June 12, 2013 at his Croasdaile Village home in Durham. He was 90 years old.
From 1964 until he retired in 1991 he cultivated local and national media coverage of RTI’s scientific programs in many disciplines and their role in fostering regional and state economic vitality. Through news announcements, feature articles and RTI’s research magazine “Hypotenuse”, the word went out that something of special interest was going on in the “Research Triangle” centered on Duke, UNC and N.C. State Universities.
A native of Bellingham, Washington, Larrabee attended the public schools there and Dartmouth College. During World War 2 he served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, including overseas duty at Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands. Before coming to North Carolina he held positions with the San Francisco Chronicle, Stanford Research Institute, Collier’s magazine in New York and the United Fruit Company in Boston.
Larrabee’s book “Many Missions” published by RTI in 1991 remains the prescriptive account of the events and forces that led to RTI’s formation by the three universities at the end of 1958. A separate entity, RTI was seen as the focal point for an unidentified research park that university sponsors, state officials and business leaders hoped might spring up around it.
The RTPark today has won worldwide acclaim. From a standing start RTI itself has grown to a permanent scientific and support staff of 2,200 with contract research revenues of $800 million annually.
Larrabee was active in the Durham Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. Division of Travel and Tourism. He is a member of the Public Relations Hall of Fame at UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass communications in UNC.
Named after a grandfather, Larrabee throughout his life was known as “X” for Xavier by family, friends, fellow workers and a steady stream of gagsters. His wife of 65 years, Margaret Dwelle, died in 2008. They leave 7 children, 7 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to the kind and professional staff at Croasdaile Retirement Village.
Rufus (Nick) Nichols
DURHAM — Rufus (Nick) Nichols, age 63, departed his life on June 11, 2013.
He leaves behind three daughters, four sons, 15 grandchildren, five brothers, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends.
Viewing will be on Monday, June 17 at 11 a.m. and the service at 12 noon at Antioch Baptist Church, 1415 Holloway St., Durham, NC.
Arrangements entrusted to Holloway Memorial Funeral Holloway.