About the Author
Dr. John E. Fletcher is a retired research scientist and former professor of mathematics. Although he grew up in Watauga County, North Carolina, and personally knew many of his relatives in Wilkes County, North Carolina, he was unaware of his personal connections to the Tom Dula saga until later in life. Dr. Fletcher holds degrees in engineering and applied mathematics from the North Carolina State University and a doctor of philosophy in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland. He worked for Lockheed Aircraft and the National Institutes of Health during his career and also taught mathematics in a number of colleges and universities during his working years. He authored or coauthored over fifty scientific articles and reports during his career. Since retiring, he has authored a number of genealogical articles for historical journals.