Notices sorted by graduation date.
Ernest Campbell “Boots” Mead Jr. (Col ’40 L/M) of Charlottesville died Feb. 13, 2014. At the University, he was a member of the Glee Club, the drama club and the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society and was elected to the Raven Society. He was also a member of the Seven Society. Before joining the University faculty in 1953, Mr. Mead was a concert pianist. As a professor in the department of music, he served several tenures as department chair and was instrumental in creating and growing the Music Library and establishing the Pep Band. In the 1970s, at the request of students, he created the fourth-year liberal arts seminar, an informal Socratic forum. He was widely known around Grounds for his devotion to mentoring students. Although he officially retired in 1996, Mr. Mead continued to teach the popular seminar through the fall 2013 semester. During his career, he received many honors and awards, among them the 1989 Thomas Jefferson Award, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and the faculty award from the IMP, Z and Raven societies as well as from the Honor Committee. Mr. Mead also served as faculty adviser to Kappa Sigma fraternity, and as an adult received a bid and pledged as a brother. He served on the vestry of St. Paul’s Memorial Church on the Corner, and during the 1960s, helped design and conduct Sunday evening services with contemporary music for U.Va. students. He and his wife often invited students to their home to share meals and conversation. Survivors include two daughters and two granddaughters. In 2002, students established the Mead Endowment, which honors the example that Mr. Mead set by nurturing the interaction between faculty and students. His autobiography, Boots Mead: Eight Decades at the University, was recently published by the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Memorial gifts may be made to the Mead Endowment, P.O. Box 400314, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
Harrison Marshall Robertson Jr. (Col ’42, Law ’48 L/M) of Palm Beach, Fla., died Dec. 16, 2013. Mr. Robertson served with the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he lived on the Lawn. A former assistant attorney general of Maryland, he practiced law in Baltimore for 40 years. After his retirement in 1987, he continued to serve as counsel to the firm of Niles, Barton and Wilmer, where he had been senior partner. He was involved in numerous civic activities and organizations and was a member of the University’s Alumni Association Board of Managers. After his move to Palm Beach, he was a member of several town and civic boards, including the Society of the Four Arts, the Old Guard Society of Palm Beach, and the Planned Parenthood area chapter. Mr. Robertson is survived by his sister and nine nephews and nieces, including Sophie Carpenter Speidel (Educ ’84, ’89 L/M).
William Nathaniel Thomas Jr. (Med ’42) of Annapolis, Md., died Nov. 5, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during World War II. At the University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Dr. Thomas was a radiologist and a charter member of the Maryland Radiological Society who established radiology departments at six hospitals. His private group of radiologists grew to one of the largest radiology groups in Maryland. Dr. Thomas was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland for 37 years and later taught at the University of Virginia until his retirement in 2002. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and the Chamber of Commerce of Annapolis. Dr. Thomas belonged to the Rotary Clubs of Annapolis and Severna Park. He and his wife were avid sailors and traveled extensively throughout the world. He enjoyed learning Romance languages, films, camping, swimming and sailing. Dr. Thomas also enjoyed working and did so part time until the age of 83. Survivors include two sons, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
William S. Willis (Col ’42, Grad ’47) of Fairfax, Va., died Dec. 8, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he lived on the Lawn and was a member of the Raven Society. Mr. Willis, a French professor, began his career in higher education at New York University, where he served as dean of foreign students in the 1960s. He returned to U.Va. in 1968, where he taught French literature and was an assistant dean for the College of Arts & Sciences. Mr. Willis also served as director of the University’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1969. In 1972, he accepted the position as dean of the graduate school at George Mason University, where he remained until his retirement. Mr. Willis was an accomplished pianist who often entertained residents at his retirement community at planned events and impromptu concerts. Survivors include a daughter, Julia Willis Spitz (Col ’77 L/M); a son, Scott C. Willis (Engr ’85 L/M); and six grandchildren.
Alexander Rutherfoord “Ruffie” Holmes (Col ’43, Law ’45) of Sykesville, Md., died Nov. 17, 2013. After becoming a certified public accountant in 1949, he worked for many years for Haskin and Sells, a national accounting firm. In 1957, Maryland’s Baltimore County appointed him its first auditor after it switched from the commissioner type of government to its present form. In 1960, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland and the Hospital Association selected Mr. Holmes to develop and manage Hospital Cost Analysis Service, a nonprofit organization, to make sure that hospital charges reflected costs. Named treasurer of Church Home and Hospital in 1982, he worked there until his retirement in 1988. In addition to his full-time work, Mr. Holmes often prepared income taxes for a number of individuals. He served on the boards of many nonprofits, among them the Corporation for the Relief of Widows and Children of the Clergy of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Maryland, the Hannah Moore Academy and the Irvine Nature Center. He also served on the board of the Mary Byrd Wyman Association for many years. An avid gardener, Mr. Holmes spent his weekends working in his garden, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. He enjoyed traveling and camping, having taken two extended camping trips across the U.S. and Canada that lasted nearly two months each. Survivors include two daughters; a son, Gaylord Clark Holmes (Darden ’80); and five grandchildren.
Otis Gene Austin (Res ’44) of Fort Myers, Fla., died Nov. 14, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Society. Dr. Austin was board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He practiced medicine in Medina, Ohio, for more than 36 years and served as chief of staff of Medina Community Hospital. For 25 years, he served on the Ohio State Medical Society maternal health committee. From 1983 to 1987, Dr. Austin was the medical director of Medina General Hospital, during which time he also served on the board of the Medina Chamber of Commerce. After retiring, he volunteered for 11 years as a gynecologist for the Friendship Clinic in the Fort Myers public health building. Dr. Austin also served on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was a past president of the Akron Ob-Gyn Society. In addition to his medical practice, he was a past president of the Mount Union College Alumni Association. Dr. Austin was an accomplished pianist and an avid golfer. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, eight grandsons and six great-grandchildren.
Frances Batten Farrar Tapscott (Nurs ’46 L/M) of Columbia, S.C., died Nov. 1, 2013. After graduation from the University, she worked at the University Hospital. Although she eventually retired from employment to raise a family, she remained a nurse for everyone she knew, touching many lives with her compassion in the various cities in which she lived. Survivors include her husband, Hunter P. Tapscott (Com ’53 L/M); two sons, William B. Farrar (Col ’75 L/M) and Steven E. Farrar (Com ’77 L/M); two stepchildren; eight grandchildren, including Steven B. “Burr” Farrar (Com ’04 L/M); and three great-grandchildren.
Richard Harlan Feuille (Col ’47, Law ’48 L/M) of El Paso, Texas, died Oct. 22, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he was captain of the varsity tennis team and a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1941 and graduated from the Law School Order of the Coif. In 1948, Mr. Feuille established his law practice in El Paso, retiring after a more than 60-year career from ScottHulse. He served as president of the El Paso Bar Association and as a member of various bar committees, and performed many hours of pro bono service. Mr. Feuille dedicated himself to the El Paso community, helping to establish several organizations and serving as an officer of many others. He was recognized for his service by the American Heart Association, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Rotary Club of El Paso. A gifted athlete, in addition to being a decorated tennis player, Mr. Feuille won many golf tournaments throughout the Southwest. Survivors include his wife, four children, 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Warren W. Caskie (Com ’49 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Aug. 28, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and the Thomas Jefferson Society. Mr. Caskie retired from Reynolds Mill Co., where he was general manager of marketing for the mill products division. He was a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Richmond and a former volunteer and member of the Virginia Historical Society. Survivors include his wife, a son and two grandchildren.
Peter V. Daniel (Col ’49 L/M) of Lynchburg, Va., died Dec. 12, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. At the University, he was a member of the swimming and diving team and Delta Phi fraternity/St. Elmo Hall. Mr. Daniel had a career in banking before working at Sweet Briar College for more than 32 years, first as treasurer and later as vice president and treasurer. He was active in community affairs and served on a number of civic and educational boards, among them the boards of the Virginia Episcopal School, St. Mary’s College and St. Paul’s College. In retirement, Mr. Daniel and his wife restored an 18th-century farm in Amherst County, Va., and raised show beagles. He was an accomplished landscape artist whose works were exhibited statewide. Survivors include two sons, including Peter V. Daniel Jr. (Col ’73 L/M); a daughter-in-law, Margaret Perry Daniel (Col ’75, Grad ’77, Educ ’78); two grandsons, including William Penn Daniel (Col ’11 L/M); nephews William Verner Daniel Jr. (Col ’80, Darden ’88 L/M) and Channing W. Daniel III (Col ’77 L/M); and a niece, Helen Hampton Daniel Carey (Col ’85).
John C. Gayle (Col ’49 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Jan. 29, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. At the University, he was a member of the men’s tennis team, Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, Eli Banana and the IMP Society. Mr. Gayle was a stockbroker and later a partner in the firm of Abbott Proctor & Paine for nearly two decades. After the firm merged with UBS/Paine Webber & Co., he worked as an assistant vice president. He was active in many civic and political organizations in Virginia, including the 3rd District Democratic Committee of Virginia, the American Red Cross, the United Way, the Rotunda Society of the University of Virginia and the Commonwealth Club of Virginia. He was also a past president of the Wine and Food Society of Virginia. Mr. Gayle loved singing with his friends, dancing, storytelling and hunting at the Upper Brandon Hunt Club and the Richmond Dove Club. A talented chef, he authored and self-published a cookbook for the Richmond Dove Club, where his recipe for “Eggs Gayle” can be found. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.
Joe Edwin McCary (Col ’49, Med ’54 L/M) of Caldwell, Idaho, died Jan. 16, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. At the University, he was captain of the football team and a member of the V Club, Phi Delta Theta fraternity, IMP Society and T.I.L.K.A. He was also a member of the Seven Society. Dr. McCary began his medical practice in Princeton, W.Va., where he was the team doctor for Princeton High School athletics and was active in numerous civic affairs, serving on the board of directors for Princeton Bank and Trust Co. and the Princeton Times. He was also a member of the Mercer County Medical Society and a diplomate of the American Academy of Family Practice. In 1970, Dr. McCary and his family moved to Caldwell, where he practiced family medicine until his retirement in 1999. He served on a number of local and community boards, among them the board of trustees at Caldwell Memorial Hospital and West Valley Medical Center. An active member of the Caldwell Rotary for many years, Dr. McCary enjoyed volunteering with the club’s elementary school reading program. Survivors include a son, two daughters, six grandchildren and a sister.