Death noted: Actor Pernell Roberts, 81, whose TV credits included “Trapper John, M.D.” (1979-1986), a character based on Greensboro physician John Lyday.
While serving in the 8055th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea, Lyday worked with another surgeon, Dick Hornberger, who under the pen name Richard Hooker wrote a novel that became the basis for the movie and TV series “M*A*S*H.”
Dr. Lyday died at age 78 in 1999 in Greensboro.
“The first documented use of the name Hayti in Durham is found in a deed of 1877 in which a lot was sold ‘near the town of Durham in the settlement of colored people in the South East end of the corporation of said town known as of Hayti.’
“The origin of the name in this context is a mystery. Conjecture has attributed it to whites as a name for any black settlement, and to blacks as an expression of their admiration of and hope of emulating the independent island nation.
“The use of the term as a convention of mapmakers for any predominantly black community was current as early as 1867. A map of New Bern and vicinity in that year identified the black settlement across the Trent River from the town proper as Hayti, even though it had a name, James City.”
— From “Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina” (1990) by Jean Bradley Anderson