Mount Mitchell State Park

Sunday, July 20, 2008

William (Bill) Felix Vann, Jr.

Dr. George Vadiakas, Dr. Bill Vann, Dr. Jessica Y. Lee
 
Cousin Bill Vann is a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. Dr. Vadiakas is a professor of pediatric dentistry from the University of Athens in Greece, and was one of Dr. Vann's students. Jessica is an associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s Department of Pediatric Dentistry. The three of them attended a conference recently in Croatia.  Side notes: Bill and Jessica are dating. And, sometime ago, when they were in Asheville, I managed to see them at one of the local coffee houses. The next day they were to run a long-distance race in one of the towns nearby. For the record, Bill has completed almost 50 marathons, including NYC, Boston and the Marine Corps (Washington, D.C.). This year he plans to take part in a big race in Munich, Germany.

Check out the June archives (on the right) for info and photos of Bill's parents (Bumps and Dot) and his daughter (Rachel).
Dubrovnik, Croatia
 
The Republic of Croatia is located in South-Central Europe. This settlement extends back 1200 plus years. After WWII, Croatia was became a part of Yugoslavia. Religious and ethnic wars split Yugoslavia apart in the 90's. Croatia is now an independent state once more.
 
That's Bill doing his best Rocky pose atop the medieval fortress wall surrounding the village of Ston. Ston is about 60 miles south of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic (the “Damnation Coast” as it’s known to the Croats and their neighbors).

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