In Memoriam

Dr. Sudesh Kataria, retired faculty from the Brody School of Medicine, died Oct.16.

She was the wife of Dr. Yash Kataria, also a retired medical faculty member. The funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary’s St., Raleigh.

Donations can be made at www.nciap.org to the Sudesh Kataria Memorial Trust Fund, which supports the North Carolina Indian American Physicians Charitable Medical Clinic for North Carolina.

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Hospitality management professor James A. Chandler mourned

James Chandler

Students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the ECU Department of Hospitality Management and the College of Human Ecology mourn the death of professor James A. Chandler, who passed away on Aug. 17.

Chandler joined the hospitality management faculty in 1998. During his tenure at ECU, he primarily taught principles of classical cuisine, wine and beverage management, and facilities management. His major areas of research included tourism development patterns and preferences, visitor profiles at tourism destinations, restaurant sanitation and safety and sustainable land use and agriculture.

Chandler valued hand-on experience for his students. His facilities management students often teamed up with interior design classes to work with local hoteliers and restaurateurs to develop workable plans for energy conservation and minimizing waste products. His cuisine students would often be seen managing food and beverage venues for events such as ECU receptions, wine festivals, and charity fundraisers.

He also took great pride in accompanying outstanding hospitality management students annually to the opening of the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant and Hotel-Motel Show and Exposition in Chicago, where the students would be honored at a special gala dinner and have an opportunity to experience the city.

A retired hotelier and wine aficionado, Chandler was instrumental in preparing hundreds of students to enter the workforce as managers of restaurants and hotels, food and beverage concerns, and tourism destinations. He was considered a patriarch by many of his students, and many hospitality management alumni corresponded regularly with him. He often spoke of his former students and described their successes in detail, naming 10 to 20 alumni and their business ventures off the top of his head.

In recent years, he developed a keen interest in assisting the greater community of eastern North Carolina with planning the re-development of farmland on the coastal plain for sustainable agricultural production. He worked with a team of specialists at ECU to develop a long-term program to support and advance sustainable alternative farming throughout the region.

Chandler, a native of Ohio, received an undergraduate degree from Western Carolina University and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Robert O’Halloran, chair of the Department of Hospitality Management said, “Jim was a dedicated teacher and a champion for his students. He worked with them throughout their careers here at ECU and then followed them and their careers in the workplace. He will truly be missed by many.”

Chandler is survived by his wife, Dr. Joyce H. Chandler and three daughters:  Aubrey L. Cash of Greenville, N.C.; Jennifer C. Herrera and husband Shannon of Waynesville, N.C.;  Laine Eubank and fiancée, Khahn Dang, of Savannah, Ga.; and grandchildren Gabrielle Cash and Joselynn Dang. He was 61 years old.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Aug. 20 at the chapel at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville. His family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the East Carolina University Department of Hospitality Management, Attn: Dr. Robert O’Halloran, 152 Rivers Bldg., Greenville, NC 27858.

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In memory of ECU professor emeritus Marge Inman

Marge Inman

Marjorie (Marge) Ann Inman, professor emeritus at East Carolina University, passed away on July 30. Her unexpected death occurred while traveling with her husband, Jeff, on a return trip to their home in Manistique, Mich., from vacationing in the Canadian Rockies.

Marge joined ECU in January 1991 as professor and chair of what is now the Department of Interior Design and Merchandising in the College of Human Ecology. Under her administrative leadership, the interior design program flourished, achieving accreditation from what is now the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and program endorsement from the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

As a certified kitchen and bath designer, Inman brought to the design program a specialty area of expertise.  Under her instruction, ECU students launched successful careers in the kitchen and bath design profession. She made significant contributions to the development of the body of knowledge in the field of interior design, disseminating over 100 publications and presentations and serving as senior editor of the Journal of Housing and Society.

Inman was known for her study of supportive healthcare facilities for Alzheimer’s patients.

Katherine Swank, chair of the Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, said Inman would be missed. “Marge was an incredible blend of gentle kindness and razor-sharp intelligence.  Adding to these ingredients a fun-loving, zest for life made up a marvelous concoction that was uniquely ‘Marge.’ Those of us who had the privilege of working with her will be forever touched by her generosity of spirit,” Swank said.

Funeral services will be held on Aug. 4 at the Church of the Redeemer-Presbyterian in Manistique, Michigan.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Jeff Inman, 1577N Country Club Drive, Manistique, Mich.

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Memorial service to honor Kingsland

Del Kingsland

A memorial service next week will honor longtime ECU steam plant supervisor Del Kingsland, who died July 13. The service will be held at 3 p.m. July 27 in the Willis Building.

Kingsland was an award-winning employee with nearly 20 years of service, a member of the ECU Staff Senate and an active member of ECU’s District 65 of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. He was responsible for the supervision and oversight of the main campus steam plant, an 8,000-square-foot facility that feeds steam to nearly every building on campus for heating, cooking, hot water and humidity requirements.

He was among the recipients of the Chancellor’s Synergy Award for excellence in team efforts in 2006, 2001 and 1999. In 2004, he was awarded the Facilities Services Supervisors Award.

Kingsland joined SEANC in 1992, serving in a number of leadership roles including vice chair, EMPAC chair and finally, chair of the organization. Under his leadership, the district twice won District of the Year awards.

For additional information about the employees who work together to keep the steam plant running –Kingsland’s “Steam Team” — visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/mktg/steam_team.cfm.

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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.

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