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Aging expert Florence Soltys dies at 72

SoltysThe School of Social Work lost a beloved teacher, advocate and volunteer when Florence Soltys died on September 27, 2007. Known in North Carolina and across the nation as a leading expert and fearless advocate for people as they aged, she died of a heart attack. Soltys had been involved in an automobile accident Sept. 18 and had a stroke after she was hospitalized for treatment of injuries from the car's airbag deployment.

School of Social Work receives $1 million to establish professorship, innovations fund

Sandra Spears, Linnea Smith, Sam ReevesSam and Betsy Reeves of Fresno, Calif., have donated $1 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to establish the Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professorship at the School of Social Work.

The gift enables the school to establish an endowed chair to attract a leading scholar who will teach students methods of working with families, engagement with community agencies and promoting best practice models.