Dr. David K. Eliades, a history professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke from 1967 – 2001, died in Lancaster, S.C., on Sunday, April 22, 2007. He was born on December 25, 1938, in Latta, S.C., and grew up in Lumberton, N.C.
A popular professor, who taught North Carolina history and American Indian history among other courses, Dr. Eliades won the 1998 UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. He was awarded UNCP’s first Distinguished Professor Award during commencement in 1983. In 1972, the Indianhead Yearbook was dedicated to him.
Dr. Eliades was also a scholar. With Adolph L. Dial, Dr. Eliades co-authored “The Only Land I know: A History of the Lumbee Indians” (1974), and with Dr. Linda Oxendine he co-authored “Pembroke State University: A Centennial History” (1987).
A former chair of the History Department, Dr. Eliades was coordinator of the American Studies Program. After his retirement he was honored with the title of professor emeritus.
He earned a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Arts degree from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Eliades is survived by his wife, Shari Lohela Eliades of the home, a son, Alexander Matthew David Eliades of the home, a daughter, Darby Eliades Graves of Winston Salem, N.C., a brother, George Eliades of Fairfax, Va., and two grandchildren, Emily Kathleen and Kallie Nicole Graves.
Dr. Eliades’ colleagues, students and friends offered their condolences and remembrances.
Dr. Linda Oxendine, former chair of the American Indian Studies (AIS) Department: “I knew David many years as a colleague and a friend. He was a man of integrity and character and exemplified what a college professor should be. Students loved him and learned from him. He was well respected by all his colleagues. David was a part of American Indian Studies beginning with its inception in 1972. He remained part of the core faculty of AIS until his retirement. I spent some time with him last year at a conference in USC Lancaster. He came to say hello, and he seemed very content to be spending his retirement years with his wife and son. I am terribly saddened by his passing; he will always be a part of the good memories of UNCP.”
Dr. Robert Brown, chair of the History Department: “David was a great friend, teacher and colleague. He will be sorely missed by his colleagues in the History Department and at the University.”
Dr. Charles Jenkins, former provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs: “The UNC Pembroke family mourns the passing of one of its all-time great and distinguished professors, Dr. David K. Eliades. David’s excellence in teaching was well known and celebrated on campus and in the region. His North Carolina history course and American Indian history course come readily to mind and students marveled at his teaching and the impact that it had on them. His contributions to the University and region in service, scholarship, and teaching are legion and will be remembered for many years to come. He was also a wonderful colleague and always had the best interests of the University at heart.”
Mary Helen Walker, a former student and director of the Office of Disability Services: “He was a wonderful instructor who made us all love history, especially the history of Native Americans. He was loved by all of his students.”