CARTHAGE
Dr. Francis 'Ike' Marion Wilhoit, age 90 of Carthage died on June 9, 2010 at Manor Care in Pinehurst.
He graduated from Carthage High School, went to work in Bank of Pinehurst in the 1930's before enlisting in the Army Air Corps where he served as a cryptographer in World War II. Following the war he went to Harvard on the GI bill where he earned three degrees, was graduated Magna Cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He spent most of his academic career as a professor of Political Science at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
He is survived by his sister, Maxine McPherson of Carthage, and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 13th at the First Baptist Church in Carthage with visitation following the service in the fellowship hall.
Memorials can be sent to First Baptist Church of Carthage , PO Box 824, Carthage, NC 28327 or Liberty Hospice 300 W Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387.
Online condolences may be made at www.PinesFunerals.com.
Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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  1. I attended Drake University from 1973 to 1977. I was an accounting major. I took Political Science 73, American National Government, from Dr. Wilhoit my freshman year. The man absolutely mesmerized me. He was an unbelievable lecturer. I took two additiona

  2. A great joy of living in the Norman Apartments was sharing the entire top floor with Frank Wilhoit. He was a fine scholar, an extraordinary teacher, a pianist and composer, a cordial host, a welcome guest, and a dear friend.
    Frank’s apartment was an

  3. I became an assistant professor of political science at Drake University in 1985 and thus was privileged to be a colleague of Frank Wilhoit for five years, until his retirement in 1990. Of course, I never called him Frank, but "Dr. Wilhoit" inst

  4. Dr. Wilhoit was among the very best professors I’ve ever had (and I’ve been fortunate to have many). His teaching style made the material relevant and memorable. How incredibly fortunate we Drake students were to learn from this knowledgeable, wise, witty

  5. I second Matt’s remarks. Frank was a mentor for me as well, and an inspiration for my career as a political science professor, now in my 19th year at the University of Maryland.
    I attended Drake from ’81 to ’84, as did my eventual spouse. We have n

  6. Ah, Frank, you touched many, many lives.
    My favorite memories from Drake were Dr. Wilhoit’s upper level poli-sci courses and his dinner parties at The Norman. He was a true inspiration for me.
    Matt Eide

  7. Dr Wilhoit was incredible. He didn’t teach political science-he "held court" in the classroom! In addition to his amazing teaching skills, even an 18 year old could see how brilliant he was. When I was at Drake he lived in an apt. on University

  8. To the family of Dr. Wilhoit: my condolences (since this is late) but especially for sharing "Ike" with us!
    As Mr. Berlin said the melody lingers on. It will, in all of us who were students of his. I took all six of Dr. Wilhoit’s classes an

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