Notices sorted by graduation date.
Hilah Bryan Thomas (Grad ’32 A/M) of Charlottesville died March 14, 2009. She was a science writer who worked for the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the Dental Institute. Survivors include her husband, Llewellyn C. Thomas (Law ’38 A/M).
Hubert Douglas Bennett (Col ’33, Law ’38 A/M) of Richmond, Va., died May 30, 2009. After teaching in the public schools of Pittsylvania County, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and represented Pittsylvania County from 1934 to 1935. Mr. Bennett then practiced law in Chatham, Va., and was appointed county judge of Pittsylvania County. During World War II, Mr. Bennett served in the U.S. Navy. In 1952, he was the first person appointed to the position of executive secretary of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He also served as secretary of the Judicial Conference of the United States and secretary of Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission.
Thomas Blanchard Worsley (Col ’33, Grad ’34, ’48 L/M) of Alexandria, Va., died May 17, 2009. He joined Franklin Roosevelt’s administration in 1935, where he conducted a study of farm income as part of the New Deal. During World War II, Mr. Worsley left his position as an economist with the Office of Price Administration to serve in the U.S. Army in procurement. He was an instructor at the Army Industrial College in Washington, D.C. After working on economic planning and anti-inflation measures at federal agencies, he became a coordinator for government purchases at the Office of Price Stabilization during the Korean War. He taught management at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and, after retiring in 1973, was a consultant on economic stabilization with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Worsley served as a member of the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association and helped establish the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. The Thomas B. Worsley Scholarship for students from Northern Virginia is named in his honor. Survivors include a son, William D. Worsley II (Col ’73, Grad ’76, GSBA ’85 L/M). Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, P.O. Box 400891, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4891.
Miles Raisig (Col ’35 A/M) of Ruckersville, Va., died April 28, 2009. He was a librarian at Yale University and then director of library services at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Mr. Raisig published a number of articles in professional journals in the field of library science with a particular interest in biomedical indexing and methods of measurement of relative significance of different publications. Survivors include a stepson, Dietrich V. Jehle (Col ’75, Med ’79 L/M).
Inslee E. Grainger (Col ’36, Grad ’40) of Roanoke, Va., died May 16, 2009. He taught French at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va., and the former Abingdon Academy. Mr. Grainger worked in intelligence for the U.S. Navy for 20 years and was stationed in Hawaii, Morocco, the Philippines and on staff ships. He returned to teaching at Washington and Lee University before becoming head of the romance language department at High Point College in North Carolina.
Charles Vernon Sanders (Com ’36 L/M) of Rock Hill, S.C., died July 3, 2009. He was an FBI special agent for 12 years before working at the National Geographic Society for 28 years, retiring as vice president of finance.
William Henry File Jr. (Law ’37 L/M) of Beckley, W.Va., died March 15, 2009. At the University, he was a member of the Virginia Law Review and the Raven Society. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, receiving a Silver Star and a Legion of Merit. He then served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mr. File worked for the law firm of File and File, now File, Payne, Scherer & File, for more than 65 years. He served two terms in the West Virginia House of Delegates and one term as majority leader. He was a former city attorney for the city of Beckley. Mr. File served for many years as a director, officer and attorney for the Bank of Raleigh, Raleigh Bankshares and Horizon Bancorp. He also served as a director of Beckley Federal Savings & Loan Association and Acme Limestone Company. Survivors include a son, Robert N. File (Col ’73); and a son-in-law, Edward M. Payne III (Law ’62 L/M).
Noble Gerald Marshall Sr. (Grad ’37 L/M) of Roanoke, Va., died March 20, 2009. He taught for several years at U.Va. before working for the Appalachian Power Company for more than 40 years as head of the accounting department. He was president of the recreation department of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce.
William Nicholas Beverage (Engr ’39) of Monterey, Va., died March 14, 2009. He was a surveyor before he moved to Newport News to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Eustis during World War II. Mr. Beverage was a consultant for Horne Brothers Construction. In 1979, he returned to Highland County, where he farmed and surveyed. He was past coordinator for Highland County Emergency Services.
Rosalie Stewart Detch (Grad ’38 L/M) of Lewisburg, W.Va., died May 2, 2009. She taught at Sweet Briar College and was an instructor in economics at West Virginia University. During World War II, Ms. Detch was a volunteer seamstress for the Red Cross. She restored old houses and eventually owned and operated the Fort Savannah Inn and other motels, as well as the Fort Savannah Museum. Ms. Detch was the first woman elected to public office in Greenbrier County, serving two terms on the Board of Education, the last two years as president. She was a founding member and president of the West Virginia School Boards Association and a delegate to the 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth. Survivors include a granddaughter, Andrea Dietz (Arch ’00 L/M).
Clark Ogden Martin Sr. (Col ’38 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died May 23, 2009. He began his service in the U.S. Navy in 1940. Mr. Martin served on the battleship USS Pennsylvania when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor. After his 21 years of military service, he worked in finance and administration at the University of Virginia, the Medical College of Virginia and Henrico County and held public management positions. Mr. Martin was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and returned to Pearl Harbor on numerous occasions to commem-orate the attack.
Robert Isaac Bosman (Grad ’39) of Huntsville, Ala., died April 23, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. In the 1960s, Dr. Bosman was commanding officer of the 10th Medical Laboratory in Landstuhl, Germany, serving one of the largest military hospitals in Europe. After returning stateside, he was director of the educational training program and the pathology/oncology section of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Later, Dr. Bosman became deputy director of the Maryland State Health Laboratories in Baltimore. Survivors include a grandson, Benjamin Thomas Schlabs (Col ’07); a granddaughter, Sarah Blackburn Hughes (Law ’08); and a son-in-law, E. Cutter Hughes (Law ’68 L/M).
James W. Davant (Col ’39 L/M) of Minneapolis died April 17, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Davant joined the investment firm Paine, Webber, Jackson & Curtis—now part of UBS—in 1945 and became chief executive officer in 1964. He was former governor and president of the Bond Club of New York. He was chairman of the Association of Stock Exchange Firms from 1966 through 1968 and director of the New York Stock Exchange in 1972. After retiring in 1980, Mr. Davant served as a governor of the board of the Bankers Club of America and director of Essex Wire and Green Giant Co.
Thomas Stevens George Jr. (Arch ’39 L/M) of Salisbury, Md., died May 7, 2009. At the University, he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and the Glee Club. Mr. George worked in Baltimore as an architect before moving to Puerto Rico, where he worked on construction of the U.S. Naval Air Station there. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1950, he moved to Salisbury, Md., where he worked with Malone and Williams, Architects, and then Victor W. Buhr and Associates. He established the architectural engineering firm George, Miles & Buhr. Mr. George was a member emeritus of the American Institute of Architects.
H. Douglas Spruance (Col ’39 A/M) of Palatine, Ill., died March 19, 2009. He had a career in chemical research and technical sales. Mr. Spruance was a member of the American Chemical Society.
Bert D. Weiss (Col ’39 A/M) of Cedarhurst, N.Y., died Nov. 11, 2008. At the University, he was sports editor of College Topics—now the Cavalier Daily—and lived on the Lawn. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Weiss worked in the textile industry in New York City. After retirement, he completed an eight-year literary seminar given at St. John’s College. Survivors include a daughter, Wendy Weiss Newman (Col ’74).