Sixth-Form Medal and the Rensselaer PolytechnicInstitute Medal and was valedictorian.
Dr. Ashford graduated from the Universityof North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958 andearned his medical degree from Johns HopkinsUniversity in 1962. He completed his residency atthe University of Pittsburgh School of Medicinebefore joining the US Army Medical Corps fortwo years, spending one year in Vietnam, wherehe earned a Bronze Star. He settled back in NewBern and was a thoracic and vascular surgeon atCoastal Surgical Specialists until his retirement.
Dr. Ashford served on the board of New EastBancorp. He also helped secure the certificate ofneed to establish the heart surgery program atCarolina East Medical Center. He continued toserve as medical liaison and eventually as interimpresident of the hospital. He was also an interimpresident of the New Bern Chamber of Commerceand a board of visitors member at the Universityof North Carolina from 1987 to 1991. He was amember of the vestry at Christ Episcopal Churchand enjoyed boating, traveling, and spending timewith his extended family. He also served as aWoodberry class agent.
Dr. Ashford is survived by his wife, Jane; twochildren; and two grandchildren, includingCharles H. Ashford IV ’ 23. His uncles includedWilliam Dunn, Jr. ’ 27, Francis H. Dunn ’ 28,and John O. Dunn ’ 32; and his cousins includedWilliam Dunn ’ 56, Charles K. McCotter ’ 64, andJohn O. Dunn, Jr. ’ 62.
James S. Parks ’ 54
James Severn Parks, of Charlottesville, Virginia,died May 13, 2020.
Jim Parks was a prolific athlete while atWoodberry, participating in track, baseball,soccer, lacrosse, and varsity football over the years.He was a monitor and member of The Oracle boardand German club. After Woodberry, he attendedthe University of Virginia and Pennsylvania StateUniversity before serving in the US Army.
Mr. Parks came back to Charlottesville and
joined the family business, Parks Financial
Service, as a financial consultant. He eventually
became president before the company was sold
in 2014. He served the community in many
capacities, including on the Albemarle County
Planning Committee, the Charlottesville Retail
Merchants Association, and as past president of
the Charlottesville Lions Club. He was involved
with the Virginia Consumer Finance Association
for decades and served as a past president; he
received the organization’s Distinguished Service
Award in 1982. He served on the board of the
American Financial Services Association for
twenty-five years. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed
hunting, fishing, and boating. He was also a
member of the Farmington Country Club and
First Methodist Church.
Mr. Parks is survived by his wife, Gracie;three children; nine grandchildren; and fourgreat-grandchildren.
Carter H. Harrison, Jr. ’ 55
Carter Henry Harrison, Jr., of Tucson, Arizona,died January 2, 2020.
Carter Harrison came to Woodberry fromHampton, Virginia, where he had nurtured apassion for photography. He lent that talent toThe Fir Tree, The Talon, and The Oracle. He wasa member of the cross country team, rifle club,science club, and Public Speaking Honor Society.
Mr. Harrison joined the US Army aftergraduation and spent time at Fort Knox, Kentucky;Atlanta, Georgia; and Friedberg, Germany. Anatural adventurer, he took the opportunity totravel throughout Europe during and after hisservice, mostly by bicycle. He returned to theUnited States to attend Stanford University, wherehe completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees inengineering. While studying, he was also in chargeof the school’s physical science laboratories.
Mr. Harrison remained on the West Coast fora career in engineering. He was a consulting civilengineer, specializing in the planning of municipalwater systems, and was quick to integratecomputers and software with engineering design.In 1976 Mr. Harrison was a delegate to Australiato study their adaptation of the metric systemin support of similar action in the United States,writing several articles on the topic in juriedpublications. He served as president of the Oregonsection of the American Society of Civil Engineersand the Engineers and Architects Council. Healso taught at Auburn University for several years.
Living in the Pacific Northwest allowedMr. Harrison to pursue his favorite activities,including cycling, canoeing, camping, skiing, andhiking. He and his wife traveled North America intheir RV. When settled in Tucson, he was a docentat the Pima Air and Space Museum.
Mr. Harrison is survived by his wife, Connie;two children; and two grandsons.
S. Thomas Peace III ’ 57
Samuel Thomas Peace III ’ 57, of Henderson,North Carolina, died December 9, 2019.
Tom Peace spent t wo years at Woodberry, duringwhich time he was on the basketball, baseball, andcross country teams and contributed to The Oracleand The Talon. He graduated from Henderson
PARKS ’ 54
HARRISON, JR. ’ 55
S. THOMASPEACE III ’ 57