ECU professor emeritus died Saturday

East Carolina University professor emeritus Robert D. Myers died July 16 in Lehigh, Fla.

He was professor of pharmacoogy and psychiatric medicine at the Brody School of Medicine and director of the research division at ECU’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies. He was named Distinguished Research Professor of Pharmacology in 1996.

Myers retired in January 2011.

Read the entire obituary in The Daily Reflector.


TO WED ON FRIDAY: ECU graduate paralyzed at 2010 bachelorette party

A news story on features ECU graduate Rachelle Friedman and her fiance’ Chris Chapman, also an ECU alum. The couple will marry July 22.

Their original wedding date in 2010 was delayed after Friedman was paralyzed in an accident at her bachelorette party in Virginia Beach, Va. Following that accident, Friedman received international attention, including an appearance on NBC’s Today Show and a surprise home makeover by the NBC television show, Open House to the Rescue.

Read the story, NC woman to marry 1 year after paralyzing accident.


ECU notes death of Evelyn Fike Laupus

Evelyn Fike Laupus died July 15 at Cypress Glen retirement center in Greenville.

She was the widow of Dr. William E. Laupus, the first vice chancellor of Health Sciences and dean of the East Carolina University School of Medicine from 1975 to 1988. ECU’s Health Sciences library is named in honor of Laupus, who died in 2005. The couple was married nearly 60 years.

In 2007, the exhibit gallery on the fourth floor of the Laupus Library was named in honor of Evelyn Fike Laupus. A portrait of Evelyn Laupus was placed in the gallery in her honor.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. July 23 at Cypress Glen.

The family has asked that memorial gifts be made to the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library.