DURHAM - Eleanor M. Markham passed away Saturday, January 27, 2001 at her home in Durham after an extended illness. Miss Markham, born June 28, 1912 was the oldest daughter of Charles Blackwell Markham and Sadie Hackney Markham, who predeceased her, as did an infant older brother, Charles Blackwell Markham, Jr. in 1910, and her sister Sarah Markham, in 1997.
She is survived by her brother former Mayor Charles Buchanan Markham, of the home; her sister Charlotte Markham Shuford of Rocky Mount; nephew, T.M. Shuford, Jr. and his wife, Joyce of Rocky Mount; a grandniece, Tracy Shuford of Greensboro; and grandnephew Brian P. Shuford and his wife, Karen of Burlington; Brian P. Shuford, Jr. of Burlington, also survives, as does his half-sister, Alyson. Miss Markham was the granddaughter of John L. and Ella Blackwell Markham and Mayor and Mrs. Edward C. Hackney (the former Lyna Mallory). John L. Markham was one of the first 100 residents of Durham, having moved here in 1869 and serving as Town Clerk. Edward C. Hackney was elected Mayor of Durham in 1881, was the editor and publisher of the Durham Recorder (a predecessor of The Durham Sun) and an officer of the Mallory Durham Cheroot Company headed by his father-in-law, John T. Mallory, an early manufacturer of cigars. Miss Markham was a grandniece of William T. Blackwell, founder of Blackwell's Bull Durham Tobacco Factory who was identified by one historian of the era as "The Father of Durham." Eleanor Markham was a graduate of Durham High School in the class of 1930 and received her A.B. degree from Duke University in 1934 and her M.A. degree in mathematics from Duke in 1937. She was intensely interested in mathematics from childhood, and her father sometimes embarrassed his students at Trinity College by reminding them that if they had complaints about their grades they should take the matter up with is nine-year-old daughter who had evaluated and marked their papers.
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