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Luisa Garcia-Castells Gray

Luisa Garcia-Castells Gray, a long-time employee at D.H. Hill Library, died Friday, Oct. 3. She was 81.

Gray graduated from Choate College in Brookline, Mass. She later moved to Raleigh and graduated from Peace College. Gray worked with the D.H. Hill Library for 40 years until age 80.

Gray is survived by her son, Eddie, and his wife, Susan; a grandson; a granddaughter; and a great grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA or to an animal haven of your choice.

Pat Brooks Hamilton

Dr. Pat Brooks Hamilton, former professor of poultry science, microbiology and toxicology, died Sept. 26. He was 78.

Born Sept. 25, 1930, in Haskell, Okla., Hamilton earned his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Northeastern State College in Oklahoma and went on to obtain his master's degree and Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Hamilton began his 26-year career at NC State in 1967. During his career, Hamilton obtained four patents before retiring from the university in 1993 as professor emeritus of poultry science.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores; his children, Jeff, Cindy and Matt; daughters-in-law, Maryska and Debbie; son-in-law, Kent; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Soccer League's Hamilton Sportsmanship Award, 3300 Woman's Club Dr., Suite 1, Raleigh, N.C. 27612. The award was established last year in Hamilton's honor.

Wilbur L. Meier, Jr.

Dr. Wilbur L. Meier, Jr., former professor of industrial engineering and engineering dean, died Oct. 13. He was 69.

Born in Elgin, Texas, Jan. 3, 1939, Meier earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty at NC State in 1991 after previously serving in faculty and administrative positions at Texas A&M University, Iowa State University, Purdue University, Penn State University and the University of Houston System.

Meier had been elected a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the World Academy of Productivity Science.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; three daughters and sons-in-law, Melynn and Jay Young, Marla and Hollis White, Melissa and Donald Griffith; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Baptist Church, 400 Newton Rd., Raleigh.

Macon Strother Smith

Macon Strother Smith, part-time instructor in the College of Design, died Oct. 10. He was 89.

Born in Raleigh on Feb. 24, 1919, Smith earned his degree in architectural engineering from NC State in May 1941. That same month, Smith received a commission from the Navy, and he went on to earn a certificate from the Naval Aeronautical Engineering School at New York University in September 1941. Smith served on active duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II until retiring in 1945 with the rank of Lt. Commander.

Smith was a part-time instructor in the College of Design in 1957 and 1958, and he also served as treasurer, vice president and president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Surviving are Smith's wife, Jeanette; his son, Stephen and his wife, Debra; his daughter, Patricia and her husband, Paul Hoover III; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or White Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Kathryn Roach Whaley

Kathryn Roach Whaley, a long-time bookkeeper at the university, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008. She was 71.

Whaley retired from NC State as a bookkeeper after serving the university for more than 20 years.

She is survived by her husband, G.T. Whaley; two daughters, Stephanie Sledge and her husband, David, and Rhonda Whaley; a son, Todd Whaley and his wife, B.J.; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Sybil Roach and Linda Arrington; a brother, Gary Roach.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association of North Carolina, 400 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27605.

Nash Nicks Winstead

Dr. Nash Nicks Winstead, a former provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at North Carolina State University, died Saturday, Oct. 18. He was 83.

Born June 12, 1925, Winstead earned his bachelor's degree in agronomy in 1948 and his master's in plant pathology from NC State following an honorable discharge from the Army Air Force after World War II. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1953. In 1955, Winstead started his career at NC State as a professor of plant pathology.

In January 1965, he was appointed director of the Institute of Biological Sciences and assistant director of the Agricultural Experiment Station at NC State. On July 1, 1967, he was appointed assistant provost at NC State, and on July 1, 1974, was appointed provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. He retired on Sept. 1, 1990, and became professor of plant pathology and provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs emeritus. From July 1, 1981, through June 1982, he was acting chancellor.

Winstead is survived by his wife, Geraldine; a daughter, Karen, and her husband, Sidney Ruetz; three sisters, Annie Glover, Lizzie Dawson, and Jean Davis; and a granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Department of Plant Pathology at NC State, Friends of the Library at NC State or the Raleigh Moravian Church.