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  • May 5, 2010 11:06am

    Dear Kee,

    I have just learned of the news of Dr. Strongs passing.  I am so sorry.  I know I am just one of the many students that had him as a teacher throughout the years but I really enjoyed going to his class.  After I graduated in 2006 I continued to work in the Chapel Hill area.  One day Dr. Strong walked into the office that I worked at and didn't remember who I was (he had been my teacher roughly 8 years prior).  I gave him a quick head nod that he told all of his students to do whenever we saw him so that he would know that we were in his class.  As soon as I gave him the nod, he asked what year I was in his class.  We both started laughing and enjoyed a conversation after that.  He was such a caring person because even though I knew he was battling cancer he wanted to talk about me and what I was doing.  He was truly a wonderful man that brightened my day during my college years and for the many years after.  I know he is smiling down on us right now. 

    Landon Allen

  • Mar 2, 2010 8:26am

    I have thought of you so much over the past few weeks. You are in my prayers. Please know that all of us in Georgia are holding you near to our hearts.
    We hope to get to meet you.
    Please contact Scott to get my # if you feel you need to talk.

    Sending you healing thoughts.
    Pam Morgan

    Pam Morgan

  • Feb 3, 2010 10:57am

    Dear Tag,
     Thank you for getting in touch, and for your kind words. I would LOVE to have that picture!
     My address is 4411 Beechnut Lane  Durham, NC  27707
    I hope you are thriving!
    Love to you and yours,

    Kee Strong
    Durham, NC

  • Jan 31, 2010 6:05pm

    Dear Kee,

    It's been many years since I saw you last (I think it was at your wedding!), but I have kept up with you and Ken from afar over the years. I last saw Ken in Beauty and the Beast years ago, and he let my then ten year-old daughter back stage, much to her delight. He was always such a joyous man, and his enthusiasm spilled over to her -- she's 20 now, and still remembers that meeting vividly.
      I have such very fond memories of Ken while we were at Carolina. The only time I have ever been thrown out of a bar was with Ken -- we were celebrating your engagement at He's Not Here, and started dumping beer on each others head. Who knows who started it, but I remember laughing hysterically as we were "escorted" out. I don't even think we were that drunk; being with Ken made you want to grab hold of life and go for a rolicking ride. He was so much in love with you it was infectious; from what I have read on these pages, you two stayed in love. What a wonderful and precious gift that is.
      I have a photo of Ken that was taken when he, his brother Richard, Clark Beavans and I went to Ocracoke the summer we graduated. He's smiling that big ole grin of his, and it was taken right before you two met in grad school. I would like to send it to you, so if you get a chance, please send me your address and I will mail it to you. It's just an old faded photo, but I think it captures his joy and mischeviousness and would like for you to have it.
      Ken will be greatly missed, but so many people have had the privilege of knowing him. Our lives are better for that.

    May God grant you peace and comfort,

    Karen Tagalos Davies (Tag)
    UNC '80

    Karen Tagalos Davies

  • Jan 28, 2010 9:24am

    Dearest Kee,
    Years ago I remember you and Ken at Graham Memorial.....so sweet and so in love. How blest you have been to have found true love with your Ken at such a young age !  My heart grieves as I imagine you having to let go of Ken here on this earth. No poetry ,no words fill the void...some may bring comfort as your heart has ached for the years that the "uninvited guest" cancer has taken from you and Ken !
    His legacy lives on through you and the lives he touched...his HUGE smile and dancing eyes will still be here only in a different way. Our MFA class grieves with you. 
    Matthew 11:28-30 hopefully will encourage you to rest in His arms as Ken is...  Come to me ,all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.     Pax and hugs to you, Marci Maurer  Atlanta,Ga

    marci maurer nunnery
    atlanta, GA

  • Jan 22, 2010 1:55pm

    We are glad to have Scott back with us. We hope you are doing okay without him. I know how much help my brother was to me after I lost my husband last year. He was a God send as I know Scott has been to you.
    Although I did not know Ken, just looking at his picture, I can see how outgoing and fun he must have been.
    We are here for you in any way we can be.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Pam Morgan

  • Jan 21, 2010 2:11pm

    I was floored when I heard about Professor Strong when I was over at the Stone Center today. I remember taking his Drama 16 class back in 2002. As part of the class we saw him in 'the Laramie Project' and 'A Man Who Came to Dinner'. I learned about his illness in my support role here at the university when he moved his course from Carroll to the Stone Center. I had hoped the cancer was all but defeated.  

    Nevertheless he was an excellent instructor and a talented actor, a real loss for the campus as a whole. Since losing my own mother to breast cancer in 2003, I truly empathize with those he has left behind. Please accept my deepest condolences for his friends and family.

    Vaughn Booker
    Class of 2004

    Vaughn Booker

  • Jan 20, 2010 12:06pm

    Kee: It has been forever since I have communicated with you. I just stumbled on this news by chance; I am so sorry to hear about Ken.  I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers knowing this is a difficult time for you.  I think I was still a Reckendorf or a Ritchie when we worked at Charles House...... and Molly's. I married Pat McGuire, we have an 11 yr old daughter Kelly. I will make sure my Mom (Beppie Bradford)  knows too.
    Fondly, Didi  

    Didi McGuire

  • Jan 19, 2010 9:26pm

     I have many great memories of Ken from the times we spent together in high school and a couple of years afterward.  Even though we did not stay in touch as the years went by, Ken had earned a place in my life and memories forever.  I am saddened by this news and I wanted his family to know my thoughts and prayers are with them.

    Kelly Smith
    Wilmington, NC

  • Jan 19, 2010 2:34pm

    I was never lucky enough to have Ken for a professor during my time in the UNC dramatic arts department.  However, I was able to work with Ken on a few PRC shows.  I will always remember how special he made me feel while working together on Amedeus my senior year.  I was the production assistant for the show, which is often an over-looked and thankless position.  Ken always came to rehearsal with a smile and made me feel appreciated for what I was doing.  I can't begin to express what that meant to me.  He truely was an amazing, loving person who will be missed and never forgotten.

    Jessica Peery

  • Jan 19, 2010 12:45pm

    Dear Kee and Strong family, I was a classmates of Ken's in high school. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Kimberly Holmes Huggins

    Kimberly Holmes Huggins
    Jefferson, GA

  • Jan 19, 2010 12:43pm

    You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I know the difficulty you are going through and just know that we are all here for you. We are looking forward to you coming to Georgia and spending time with us at WES. I lost my husband 11 months ago and can help you with quite a bit. It is hard to know how to help if you haven't been through this.
    Take in all the support from your peers, friends and relatives as much as you can. Don't worry about anything else right now. There will be time for all the paperwork stuff later.
    Until we meet may the angels be with you.

    Pam Morgan
    Woodstock, GA

  • Jan 18, 2010 10:07pm

    Hello Kee and other loved ones:

    Ken and I were classmates in high school and Chapel Hill. I can still see that big toothy grinDand hear his hearty laugh. If you've ever seen his prom picture, I am the girl with the Afro. Kendra, Ken and I kept that school on their toes. They never knew what we would do next. He was our ideas man and we would willingly play along. Drama was his life and Ken had a zest for life and we were eager fans! I have fond memories of him even after all these years and his memory lives in my heart warmly. I regret that cannot be with you today, but, my love goes out to you.

    Warm regards,
    Roz Fuse-Hall

    Roz Fuse-Hall

  • Jan 18, 2010 8:50am

    My husband, Daryl, and I were high school classmates of Ken Strong - -our deepest love to the Strong Family.

    Vicki Davis
    RAleigh, NC

  • Jan 18, 2010 1:09am

    you are in my thoughts and prayers.  Ken was a wonderful man who always made an impression on those he met and he will surely be missed by all. I haven't seen him since DBHS but will always remember that smile.

    Darlene DeVane Baker

    Darlene Baker

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