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Fred Donald Ragan


Last updated 11/13/2013 at 12:50pm

Fred Donald Ragan

Fred Donald Ragan, 80, of Brevard, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carlene (Watson) Ragan; his sister, Shirley (Ragan) McCall; his nieces, Becky McCall, Leigh Watson, and Ann Grubbs; his nephews, Patrick McCall and Allan McCall; and extended family and many friends.

He was born in Durham, N.C. April 10, 1933, to the late Fred and Leola (Parker) Ragan. He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert E. Ragan.

He served in the United States Army from 1952-1955 in Kyoto, Japan.

He attended East Carolina University where he completed a master of arts in history and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Georgia.

He started teaching at Morehead State College. Upon completion of his dissertation, he accepted a position at East Carolina University. After teaching in the history department at East Carolina University, he became the East Carolina University Department of History Chairman and served in that position from 1979-1986, and he also served as the director of graduate studies from 1988-1991.

He was a member of many professional associations including the N.C. Literary and Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.

He was very active in the Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County (UUTC) and was active throughout his life in his community through his work at the university, church and volunteer work.

He will be missed greatly by family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist church in Brevard, to celebrate his life.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Brevard or UUTC.


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