“We Remember”/ Memorial Resolutions Initiative
I'm writing to ask for your assistance in identifying our District's deceased athletic training colleagues, for the purpose of remembering them as being part of our District's rich history. My hope is that this initiative will serve to remember our departed colleagues, while at the same time, making our District's membership aware of those individuals who have been a part of our District's history.
Therefore, I am asking that you forward the following information of those deceased colleagues to your state representative (see the following names & emails):
Full name of deceased
Year he/she died
His/her city & state of residency/work
Obituary if available w/picture
Send your information to: firstname.lastname@example.org if your state currently doesn’t have a representative.
Memorial Resolutions Committee
“Are you interested in getting involved in MAATA/District III Committee service?” The Memorial Resolutions Committee is looking for a representative from each state to act as reporters for his/her state in gathering information on the passing of colleagues. This information will then be provided to the committee chair for review, editing and formatting before inclusion in the 60 Second News, Spring & Fall Newsletters, MAATA/District III Website, Archives and Slide Show. So, if you are interested, complete the following steps:
Contact your state president and inform him/her of your interest in serving as the state’s representative to the Memorial Resolutions Committee.
Once you have been designated as the representative for your state by your president, then send a copy of your current resume, and a letter of intent, both of which are required for committee membership by MAAATA/District III to: email@example.com
The following individuals are the current members of the District Memorial Resolutions Committee:
District of Columbia - TBA
Maryland - Samuel Thompson, Jr. – firstname.lastname@example.org
North Carolina – Randy Pridgen – email@example.com
South Carolina – James Berry – firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia – Sherry Summers – email@example.com
West Virginia – Randy Meador - firstname.lastname@example.org
Julian “Tracey” James
May 15,1941 - December 10, 2023
Julian “Tracey” James, 82, of New Haven Senior Living, Little River, SC passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis G. James, of Ocean Isle Beach, NC; his daughter, Tshya James Mahon (Eddie) of Shallotte; stepchildren, Becky Gore, Elisabeth G. Bingenheimer, Matthew Gore and Emily Gore; a brother Allen James (Ann); and two grandchildren, Isabelle James and Jakob Mahon.
Tracey was born in Rocky Point, NC to Linwood and Frances Tracey James on May 15, 1941. He was a proud graduate of North Carolina State University (BS) and Indiana University (MS) and spent most of his life as an athletic trainer and educator. His chosen profession as an athletic trainer gave him the opportunity to travel the country, and he took advantage of that opportunity. During his career, he worked with the Carolina Cougars, an ABA professional basketball team; Baptist College (Charleston Southern) in Charleston, SC; Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO; University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Summerville High School in Summerville, SC; and West Brunswick High School, Shallotte, NC. At both West Brunswick and Summerville, Tracey taught many young students in health and physical education as well as agriculture. He also positively influenced many student-athletes as softball coach, athletic trainer and athletic director.
During the course of his career, Tracey received many accolades for his service including a lifetime achievement award given by the South Carolina Coaches Association for service to the North-South All-Star Game, and he was selected by Eunice Shriver to serve as an athletic trainer for the National Special Olympics.
Tracey was a member of Village Point Methodist Church in Shallotte, NC. He grew up in the Presbyterian Church and was a former elder at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, USA.
A memorial service for Tracey will be held on Saturday, December 16 at Village Point Methodist Church at 2pm with Rev. Kevin Gore and Rev. Shannon Ross officiating. Family will receive friends one hour before the service at Village Point Methodist Church, 1392 Village Point Rd., Shallotte, NC 28470. At all other times, the family will receive friends at 1457 Cassidy Ct., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tracey’s name to Lake Waccamaw Boys & Girls Home, 400 Flemington Dr, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450.
Heather Yvonne Slivka
May 19, 1974 – February 18, 2023
Denver, NC, Heather Yvonne Slivka, 48, lost her battle with metastatic melanoma cancer. She was the daughter of William and Marsha Slivka of Toms River, NJ. Heather graduated from Toms River High School North in 1992, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University in 1996, and a Master of Education degree from Virginia Tech University in 1998. She remained at Virginia Tech University through 2001 as a certified athletic trainer. Next, she worked at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA as an educator and head athletic trainer for 17 years. Most recently, she was employed by Marpai, formally Maestro Health, as a care coordinator and certified health coach from 2018 to present. Heather is survived by her husband Brandon Partee, stepchildren Julia and Braden Partee, mother-in-law Paulette Summers, parents William and Marsha Slivka, sister and brother-in-law Jennifer and William R. Cawthorne, nephews William F. ad Mathew Cawthorne, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her family state that “Heather was the light of our lives, our very own Wonder Women!”
John N. Lally
August 24, 1943 – February 28, 2022
Fort Worth, TX, John Neal Lally, 78, passed away in his sleep on February 28, 2022. He was born in Fort Worth, TX, and was the son of Elizabeth L. Creamer (Lally) and the late John G. Lally.
John grew up in Fort Worth, TX, and graduated from Laneri High School, and attended Texas Christian University. His athletic training career was spent in professional sports. He had a very impressive and long-standing career in Minor League Baseball, the ABA, and the NBA. He was the Athletic Trainer for the Dallas Fort Worth Spurs, San Antonio Mission, Dallas Chaparrals, Memphis Sounds, and the Baltimore Claws between 1965-1975. He was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Washington Bullets for 1976-1994 and was a proud member of the 1978 NBA World Championship team. John served as the Chairman for the National Basketball Trainers Association from 1991-1993 and was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Toronto Raptors from 1995-1996 and worked in the front office for Washington Sports & Entertainment from 1996-1999. Following his retirement he returned to his hometown of Fort Worth, TX.
John is survived by his mother Elizabeth Creamer (Lally), his sister Lauren Miller (Lally), son-in law Andrew Miller, grandchildren Drew Miller, Patrick Miller, Bella Mishoe and Hanna Mishoe, sister Ann Andrews (Lally), brother-in law Mike Andrews, sister Sally Wellington (Lally), nieces Ellen, Elizabeth and Emma Andrews and Kelly Dodson.
Dennis William Porter
September 14, 1950 – June 14, 2022
Buckhannon, WV, Dennis William Porter, 71, passed away on June 14, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of the late Wendell and Helen Gilleland Porter.
Dennis graduated from Mars Area Senior High School (PA) in 1968. He proudly served in the United States Army as a surveyor in the HHQ Battery 1/94 Field Artillery Unit in Firth, Germany from 1972-1974. After his time in the service, he returned home to receive a bachelor’s degree in physical education and athletic training from West Virginia University in 1978, and later a master’s degree in education from James Madison University in 1984. He continued his professional education and training obtaining a postgraduate physical therapy assistant degree from Kent State University in 2011.
Professionally, Dennis worked as an athletic trainer in athletic and clinical capacities at Fairmount State University, Harrisonburg Virginia Public Schools, and Cincinnati Sports Medicine. His career spanned all competitive levels including work with the Junior Under-19 National Soccer Team, United States Olympic Diving Team, and the Bluefield (WV) Orioles, a minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles (MLB). At the time of his retirement in 2016, Dennis had served as the first clinical director at the Buckhannon MPTA/Healthworks facility beginning in 1990.
As a teen, he earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout and received the God and Country award from the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Buckhannon Rotary Club, National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainer’s Association, West Virginia Athletic Trainer’s Association where he served a term as president, and the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Buckhannon. Throughout the years, Dennis was an avid fan of the West Virginia Mountaineers, Pittsburg Steelers and Pirates.
He is survived by his wife Nancy Baker Porter, daughters Kristen Porter, Lara Trushel, Heather Porter, two granddaughters, Avalyn and Amalia Trushel; and one grandson, Andrew Porter. Dennis enjoyed raising his three daughters alongside his wife and spending time with family and friends.
Thomas “Tom” Kuster III
February 3, 1973 -May 17, 2022
McGaheysville, VA, Thomas “Tom” J. Kuster III, 49, passed away on May 17, 2022, at his home after a nearly two-year battle with colon carcer. Tom was born in New York, and was the son of Thomas Kuster, Jr., and Kathleen Kuster.
Tom was a graduate of James Madison and West Virginia Universities. After graduation he returned in 1999 to James Madison University as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. Then in 2006, he was promoted to Director of Sports Medicine, and in 2016 he was again promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Integrated Health and Sports Performance. Within James Madison University Athletics he provided leadership to the areas of Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Nutrition, and Sports Psychology while overseeing a staff of nearly twenty-five sports medicine and sports performance professionals.
Jeff Bourne, Director of Athletics at JMU in his press release about Tom’s passing said, “I haven’t met many people more kind-hearted and good natured than Tom Kuster. He was a progressive thinker and innovator, who kept JMU on the forefront of sports medicine and performance enhancement. He possessed a special ability to identify with all people and ways to work together, regardless of the topic, to find common ground and agreeable outcomes on difficult issues. He was a synthesizer, who could communicate and tie folks together. He had an unmatched knowledge of the institution, the industry of sports medicine and the culture of our athletics program. That combination made him an incredible asset to us at JMU, but for all of his professional strengths, he was an even better person. He touched so many lives and will be sorely missed.”
Among his many personal accomplishments he was inducted into the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in July of 2021
He is survived by his wife Bethany Kuster, and sons Benjamin and Samuel Kuster, his sisters Kristin Kuster and Elizabeth Oberschneider, and uncles William and Gerard Kuster.
William C. Fry, Jr.
March 14, 1929 – August 8, 2021
Ocean Pines, MD. William “Spider” Fry, 92, passed away peacefully at his home on August 8, 2021. Spider was born in Norristown, PA but spent his early childhood living in Elkton, MD.
Following high school, he served in the United States Air Force. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1951, where he was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, and a member of University of Maryland “M” Club for varsity lettering in soccer in 1947.
Spider enjoyed a long and wonderful career working in the world of college athletics and was a member of the athletic staff at both Dartmouth College and the University of Maryland and was the head athletic trainer at both schools. Additionally, he served as the Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Golf at the University of Maryland. In 2016 Spider was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition his more than 50 years of contributions to the University’s Athletics Programs.
Spider and Sandy, his wife of 56 years, were the proud parents of their daughter Elizabeth Bodell, and the grandparents of Ava Bodell. They are also members of the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City where he served as a past trustee. In addition, to his church affiliation, he enjoyed memberships in many organizations, such as The National Athletic Trainers’ Association, District III/MAATA, American Legion, and Ocean Pines Golf Club to name a few.
However, his favorite role in life was that of a husband, father, grandfather and friend! Spider’s family held a very special place in his heart where his love will live on forever. His remarkable life was filled with many special memories with countless good friends, loving family and good times!
Nathan Andrew Graham
December 15, 1970 – May 21, 2021
Greensboro, NC. Nathan Andrew Graham, 50, passed away after an extended illness on May 21, 2021. The son of William C. and Mary Lou Graham in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Samford University, and a Master if Health Administration from Strayer University. He was the Program Director of Athletic Training and Director of Sports Medicine at Greensboro College, and was also employed by Southeastern Orthopedic Specialists and Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital.
Nathan was a Deacon and active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church where a Celebration of Life was held in Greensboro. While his work was in athletic training, teaching, and allied healthcare, God’s call on his life was to be a husband and a dad. Nathan is survived by his wife Lynn (Reavis) Graham, daughter Carrie Elizabeth, and son William Garrett. In addition, he is survived by his parents William C. and Mary Lou Graham; and his sister Kathy Lee (Tom)
“Death may have claimed his body, but it will never stop his heart and spirit, because he left his handprint on the hearts of those that he touched.”
Jesse Allan Proctor
August 7, 1936 – February 19, 2021
Raleigh, NC. Jesse Allan “Al” Proctor, 85, passed away peacefully at his home on February 19, 2021 after several years of declining health. The son of Lois Mae and Jessie McDuffie Proctor, he was born and raised in Shelby, NC.
In 1956 he graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Gardner Webb College, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958 from Wake Forest University. He would later earn his Master’s in Education and a Doctor of Education while at Wake. However, it was at Wake Forest that he became interested as a student in the profession of athletic training. Following graduation, he took the job of teacher/trainer at Greensboro Senior High where he became the state’s first nationally certified athletic trainer! During his long career, Al was an assistant athletic trainer with the New York Yankees and then as an assistant athletic director and athletic trainer for North Carolina State University.
Al served as the Director of Athletics and Sports Medicine for the NC Department of Public Instruction for seventeen years during which time he helped implement high school sports medicine programs across the state and developed an adult-teacher certification program. Furthermore, he established the nation’s first student trainer clinic which ran for more than 30 years. “As the Founder and Director of the state’s first sports medicine program, he worked to make sure every high school in the state was staffed by a skilled athletic trainer.” For his efforts he was known in high school athletic circles as “The Father of Sports Medicine!” One of the highlights of his career in athletics and sports medicine was his induction into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Al is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ann Lindley Proctor; his sons Cameron A. Proctor and his wife, Kasey and Thomas M. Proctor; his beloved grandchildren Peyton and Hunter. He loved his family and friends and adored his “grand-dogs”, Ally and Geri. Al is said “to never have met a stranger.” He possessed a special gift of making everyone he met feel welcome with his warm and infectious smile. Al loved the Lord and lived his life as a Christian sharing his light with all he came into contact.
Tracy Claire Yoshikawa D’Errico
January 11, 1988 – May 6, 2020
Raleigh, NC. Tracy Claire Yoshikawa D’Errico, 32, passed away on May 6, 2020 after a yearlong battle with liposarcoma. She was the daughter of David and Ruth Yoshikawa. Tracy was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan before moving to North Carolina. She was a lover of sports and of all things outdoors including both the beach and the mountains. Tracy especially loved soccer.
She attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with an Athletic Training major. Tracy obtained her Masters in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Management from East Carolina University (ECU). Upon graduation, she joined the ECU staff as the full-time women’s soccer athletic trainer. Following her time at ECU Tracy joined the North Carolina State athletic training staff in the spring of 2016 where she worked with the women’s soccer team. All who knew her described her as a determined individual, and someone who persevered through difficult times. She was a fighter who never gave up! They also said that she had a beautiful smile, was loyal, very exuberant, determined, a bright light, selfless, and had a heart of gold. Tracy was loved by so many and will be missed by all.
Tracy’s life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband, Chris; her beloved dogs, Genki and Clyde; her parents Ruth and David Yoshikawa; brother, Toray, and a host of other family, friends, and colleagues.
Scott R. Ward
July 15, 1980 – June 10, 2020
Raleigh, NC. Scott R. Ward, 39, passed unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The athletic trainer for Fike High School in Wilson, NC, he received degrees from ECU and NCCU. An amazing athletic trainer, who thrived in that environment where he saved many lives, but his real passion was wrestling. The sport of wrestling fed his soul and his passion for the sport was beyond compare. Scott was incredibly well known and influential in the wrestling community of Raleigh where he coached for numerous organizations for more than 17 years. He was a huge presence in so many lives.
He is survived by his adoring longtime partner and love of this life, Catherine Cooper, his mom Carol Newell, stepfather Bill Newell, stepsister Jasmine Newell, Aunt Gerrie Blackwelder and uncle Darrell “Butch” Blackwelder, his dog Coleson, and countless friends across the country through wrestling and his work as an athletic trainer.
John Irvin Barnes
February 11, 1944 – December 7, 2019
Clayton, NC. John Irvin Barnes III, 75, passed on Saturday, December 7, 2019, lost his battle with cancer after many years. The son of the late John Irving, Jr. and Elizabeth Scher Barnes “he was a fixture at NCATA events and volunteered at athletic events across the Wake County region, as well as, the state wrestling tournament. John was a positive person who always had a smile on his face and helping hand to anyone he met. “He touched many lives throughout his career and helped shape many his positive attitude and personality according to his colleagues.” A memorial service was held on December 10, 2019 at Horne Memorial UMC with the family receiving friends immediately following the service. He is survived by his wife, Jane D. Barnes; son, Jonathan W. Barnes, his wife Paula; grandchildren, Jackson, Collin, Ryan and Owen Fitzhugh; brother Billy Barnes and sister, Susan Barnes.
Bernard B. James
July 19, 1946 – September 27, 2019
Maryland – Bernard Burzon James, 73, of Baltimore died on the afternoon of Friday, September 27, 2019 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Huston, Texas surrounded by family.
A product of the Baltimore City Public School System he always displayed a passion for sports. Excelling in all sports, he especially loved wrestling and football. Upon graduation from high school he earned a full scholarship to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1969. His first athletic training job was as the full-time athletic trainer for Baltimore Junior College where he worked for twelve years. During his time there, he continued his education by attending Indiana University during the summer earning his Masters’ Degree of Science in Health and Safety in the summer of 1974.
Looking toward continuing to advance his career he accepted the position of Head Athletic Trainer at Howard University in Washington, DC. It was here as the first full-time athletic trainer for the Howard University Bison intercollegiate athletic program that he served in that role for more than 30 years until his retirement.
A quiet and soft-spoken man by all accounts, he would become vocal in instances where the health and safety of the athletes was at risk. Bernard took his job as an athletic trainer very seriously. He performed his duties and responsibilities with a passion for the well-being of the athlete and others under his care being his priority.
His athletic training career afforded him numerous and wonderful opportunities outside of his employment duties most notably: 1987 Pan American Games, 1986 United States Olympic Sports Festival, 1986 United States Olympic Training Center and interning with the NFL’s Baltimore Colts Football Club. In 1998, commemorating 25 years of NATA membership he received his pin and certificate. His wife Pam stated that “this was one of his proudest moments.”
Bryan F. Read
May 14, 1983 - August 27, 2019
Towson, Maryland - Bryan F. Read, 36 of Parkville, MD died Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the Gilchrist Center in Towson after a courageous battle with cancer. The longtime Dulaney High School athletic trainer since 2007, was known and respected by coaches and athletic directors throughout Maryland. Richard “Rich” Reed, athletic director at Dulaney, worked very closely with Mr. Read. “This is a tough one because Bryan was beloved,” Mr. Reed said. “There isn’t a coach or student that hasn’t been affected by this loss. He was the utmost professional every day and was the most diligent person I’ve ever known in my life. We have a huge void to fill right now.”
Bryan graduated in 2002 from St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, MD. where he was an outstanding athlete, playing basketball, football and lacrosse. He continued playing lacrosse at Hofstra University, where he studied athletic training as a Provost’s Scholar. When he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2006, he was named Outstanding Student Athletic Trainer and was the recipient of the NCAA Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Award. While earning his master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Virginia, he served as graduate assistant athletic trainer at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. After graduating from Virginia in 2007, he accepted a job with Towson Sports Medicine and was assigned to Dulaney, where he remained working until his death.
In addition to his duties at Dulaney, he was concurrently an athletic trainer for the old Crystal Palace football club at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Elite Tournaments, Breakers Club Lacrosse, Cal Ripken Senior Baseball League and Caringi Soccer Camps during the summer. At Dulaney, Bryan provided athletic training services and medical coverage yearly for a 45-team program with approximately 700 athletes. He also regularly taught care and prevention of athletic injuries and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for Baltimore County coaches’ certification. “Bryan was a veteran when it came to athletic training throughout the county and state. So many relied upon his opinions and teaching,” said Mr. Reed. “He was a major part of the athletic program in Baltimore County. Hundreds of coaches have come through his training. It’s a testament to his teaching and work.” Furthermore, “He was a teacher and a front-line coach, and the kids always felt they were in good hands when Bryan was around.”
“Bryan spent so much time with his teams and was always the last one off the field and the guy who closed the gym,” his mother said.
His Towson Sports Medicine supervisor described Bryan as a “quiet and private person who had a wonderful dry sense of humor.”
After being diagnosed in February 2018 with the cancer that eventually claimed his life, “he returned to work despite the pain and treatment,” said his uncle, Alfred W. Barry III. A scholarship for a graduating senior athlete at Dulaney was established in Mr. Read’s name in 2018, and the first award was presented this year. “We started a scholarship in his honor last year, and he was very proud of that,” Mr. Reed said. “We will continue to honor Bryan that way.”
Kenneth Bryant Rose
January 1, 2961 - January 14, 2019
Kenneth Bryant Rose, 58, of Spartanburg, SC, died Monday, January 14, 2019, at Spartanburg Medical Center. Born January 1, 1961, in Morganton, NC, he was the son of Kenneth Allen Rose of Morganton, NC and the late Kay Allman Rose.
A U. S. Coast Guard veteran, Mr. Rose was a graduate of Appalachian State University where he received his undergraduate and Master's Degree in Exercise Science & Sports Management. He was the Head Athletic Trainer at Spartanburg High School for the last 25 years, serving every athletic team and discipline offered by the school. He was also a member of First Baptist Church Spartanburg, the SC Athletic Trainers Association, SC High School League, and Yosef Club at Appalachian State University. In addition to his father, survivors include his wife, Meredith Eaddy Rose and sons, Bryson Eaddy Rose and Chase Bradham Rose of the home; brother, Kyle Rose of Morganton, NC; two nieces; and two nephews.