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In memoriam: Brittain ’65, McGhee ’09

Dr. Bill D. Brittain, MSW ’65, age 77, passed away peacefully on Oct. 6 at the Dunlap Hospice Facility in Raleigh. Upon graduation he accepted a position at Thompson’s Children’s home in Charlotte. Brittain later returned to UNC School of Social Work to pursue a Social Work Administration Certificate, ’68. He went on to become the Resident Director at the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh. In 1976, Brittain founded Lutheran Family Services of the Carolinas in the basement of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where he was a long time member. It grew to be the largest private child and family services agency in the state with programs ranging from foster homes to international adoption services, refugee resettlement, prison ministry and group homes for children who were medically fragile, HIV positive or aggressive and violent. He received numerous awards and honors for his work with children including Tar Heel of the Week by the News & Observer, Distinguished Alumni Award (2000) from the UNC School of Social Work, and an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C. Obituary

Rachel Bolvi McGhee, MSW ’09, age 28, of Miamisburg, Ohio, died on Sept. 7 after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. She was employed by Agape for Youth as a reunification services specialist. Obituary