Graduate Liberal Studies Program

In Memoriam

This page is dedicated to those alumni who are now deceased. The Graduate Liberal Studies Program treasures all of our students (current and past) and we are saddened by the loss of these individuals. They may be gone, but they are definitely not forgotten.

Curt Allen-Little (deceased) 

Frank Howard (deceased)

Amanda Grace Johnson (deceased)

Michael Edward Keane (deceased)

Leonard Lanier (deceased)


Michael Edward Keane - (MALS Alumnus) - Deceased

Mike was a 2001 graduate of our MALS program. We knew him primarily during that time. He was a good student and a really nice guy. We're sure all who knew him will miss him.


Amanda Grace Johnson - (MALS Student/UNCW Employee) - Deceased

Amanda was one of our MALS students and, in fact, served one year with us as a Graduate Assistant in our office. All are saddened by her untimely death and we will all miss her. Those who wish to may send a card or acknowledgment to her parents, Francis and Pam Johnson, at 5075 Eastern Pines Road, Greenville, NC 27858. Her family asks that contributions, in lieu of flowers, be made to "Heifer International, Women in Livestock Development Projects (Wild), 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.

Amanda's obituary, published in the Wilmington Star-News September 17 and 18, 2011, is provided below.

"WILMINGTON -- Amanda Grace Johnson, 28, left this life on Tuesday, September 13, 2011. She is the beloved daughter of Francis and Pam.

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, September 19 at 3 pm in St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, with a reception following.

A graduate of East Carolina University, Amanda was living in Wilmington while working on a master's degree in liberal studies [AKA 'Any good reason to move to Wilmington']. She was a program assistant for Olli (Osher Life Long Learning Institute).

Amanda was able to take the broken heart she was born with, and fill it full with love, enthusiasm and hope for the future. With her determination and strength, she did whatever it took to live the life she so earnestly cherished and so richly deserved.

She had a life long love of theatre and cinema, and loved her cats, her family and friends. Her wicked sense of humor made her a joy to be with every day.

Amanda is also survived by her brother, Stephen and his family; her cousin Robin, her dear friend Eric; and many other friends who will miss her grace and kindness.

Her mom and dad were truly blessed to have her as a daughter, she was our hero. Every Christmas she purchased gifts of bees or a goat from Heifer International to be given to small villages. She said her dream was to purchase a whole ark of animals for a village someday. So in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Amanda's name to Heifer International, Women in Livestock Development Projects (Wild), 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202,

Thank you Amanda, we know you tried as hard as you could to stay with us, you loved life and you did everything right. We love you.

Arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory, Greenville. 


Curt Allen Little

Curt Allen Little -- A Loss

We are saddened to report that Curt Allen Little, a MALS alumnus and past instructor, died on Thursday, October 2, 2008. Details are provided below in the Death Notice (italics) as published in the Star-News on Sunday, October 5, 2008 (page 4B).

"Curt Allen Little, age 61, of 1640 Waterway Dr. SW, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. died Thursday, October 2, 2008, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. He was born on June 1, 1947 in Stanly County, N.C. Curt graduated from South Stanly High School, and UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Political Science. He was a Masters graduate in Liberal Studies from UNC-Wilmington and Theatre Arts Catawba College, University Gainesville, Florida. He was the author of For As Many As Will-Cultural Heritage Anthology, Text Book, Humanities, Yard Dog- The Killing of Paco Muldoon-Fiction and SAC-Biography of George A. Little. He was co-author of Chicken Chronicles-Campus Humour. He was a founding member of and Charter President of Uwharrie Players in Stanly County. He was involved in the Thalian Hall in Wilmington and a former operations manager of Kenan Auditorium. Curt was also an instructor in Humanities at UNC-Wilmington.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was the son of the late George Little and Marie Smith Little of Ocean Beach, NC.

He is also survived by his Sister-Susie L. Johnson of Albemarle, N.C., Nieces, Blair Johnson and Kristi Treptow and nephew, Andrew Johnson.

Memorials may be made to Boys & Girls Homes of NC, Inc., PO Box 127, Lake Waccamaw, NC 2850.

Memorial services will be conducted at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Hartsell Funeral Home - Albemarle, PO Box 7, Albermarle, N.C.


Leonard Lanier -- A Loss

Leonard Lanier

We are saddened to report that Leonard Lanier, a MALS alumnus, died at 5:00 am on Saturday, April 21, 2007. Funeral services were held at Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro, North Carolina on Sunday, April 22, 2007. In lieu of flowers: please send donations "In memory of Leonard E. Lanier" to The Salvation Army, 501 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217. Please include a statement that the funds are to be used for "Camp Walter Johnson -- Serving Youth of North Carolina -- Steven D. Lanier Memorial Chapel." Consolation cards may be sent to Marilyn Williamson, PO Box1301, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460.



Last Updated: April 24, 2019