Notices sorted by graduation date.
Lewis M. Newmyer (Col ’46) of Silver Spring, Maryland, died March 16, 2015. At the University, he was a member of the football team. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, three sons and 11 grandchildren.
Frank A. Thomas Jr. (Com ’46 L/M) of Charleston, West Virginia, died July 8, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. At the University, he served on the Honor Committee, Student Council and the Arts & Sciences Council and was a member of T.I.L.K.A. and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Mr. Thomas worked for his family’s wholesale dry goods business, Thomas, Field & Co., before becoming a certified public accountant and working for the firm of Arnett & Foster, now Arnett Carbis Toothman. He later served as finance director for the city of Charleston and retired as city manager. Mr. Thomas was very active in his church community and served as treasurer, as a member of the board of trustees and finance committee, and as an usher for many years. An avid and accomplished golfer, he was an active member of the United States Golf Association and served as a junior committeeman for many years, fostering the development of young golfers. Mr. Thomas was also treasurer of the Buckskin Council of the Boy Scouts of America for several years. Survivors include a sister; two sons, Frank A. Thomas III (Col ’70, Grad ’71, Law ’74 L/M) and David B. Thomas (Col ’78 L/M); four daughters, including Ellen M. Thomas (Col ’74 L/M); 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Glenn Ireland II (Col ’47, Darden ’58 L/M) of Birmingham, Alabama, died Feb. 7, 2015. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was a successful business executive who held a number of positions in his family’s company, Vulcan Materials Co., throughout his career, eventually serving as vice president, senior vice president and as a member of the company’s board of directors from 1957 to 1979. He also served as president of the National Crushed Stone Association, now the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. A leading advocate for mental health who founded Glenwood Mental Health Services, Inc., in 1973, he was appointed commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health in 1979. Mr. Ireland was involved in a number of civic activities and organizations, among them the Youth Services Board, the Alabama Department of Youth Services, the Alabama division of the National Council on Alcoholism and the Mental Health Association of Jefferson County. He was also a member and past president of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, the Mountain Brook Club and the Roaring Gap Club. He received a number of awards for his service to the community, including the 1976 Alabama Jaycees Lurleen B. Wallace Award, and was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor and the Alabama Business Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife; three daughters; and 10 grandchildren, including Guy K. Mitchell III (Col ’98 L/M), Mallie Mitchell Whatley (Col ’02), and Frances Drennen Nichols (Col ’07).
Clyde Stuart Gould (Col ’48) of Spartanburg, South Carolina, died Feb. 1, 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy. At the University, Mr. Gould lived on the Lawn and was a member of the Naval ROTC, Sigma Chi fraternity and the Glee Club. He was retired from Draper Corp. and SACM Textile Inc. In addition to volunteering with Mobile Meals Services in Spartanburg, Mr. Gould was an active member of American Legion Post 28. He was an avid golfer and a member of Huntington Hills Country Club and the Spartanburg County Senior Golf Club. Survivors include his wife, four daughters, one son, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
James Smyth Cremins (Law ’49 L/M) of Richmond, Virginia, died March 10, 2015. At the University, he was a member of the International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and after the war was active in the Richmond Council of the Navy League of the United States and served as a judge advocate. A practicing attorney, Mr. Cremins was known throughout the Richmond area for his community service and leadership at national, state and local levels. His 38-year career with CSX Corp. combined his love of trains with his love of law; he retired from the company in 1986 as assistant general counsel. He served on the board of the American Judicature Society, was a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation and chaired committees for the Norfolk, Richmond and American bar associations. When he was 7 years old, Mr. Cremins distributed presidential campaign literature, leading to a lifelong interest in U.S. presidential history and politics. As a leader in the Democratic Party of Virginia, he served on the steering and central committees from 1972 to 1989, and as state party treasurer from 1977 to 1989. In recognition of his decades of volunteer service in the community, Mr. Cremins received the 1985 Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. He was a trustee of Commonwealth Catholic Charities; a board member of the Maymont Foundation, the Heart of Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Greater Richmond St. Patrick’s Day parade committee. He served as the parade’s grand marshal in 2000. Mr. Cremins also served on U.Va.’s Board of Visitors from 1984 to 1988, the James Madison University President’s Circle and on the board of St. Gertrude High School. He was active for many years in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, serving on the finance council and the housing corporation, and was a founding member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School. A member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Mr. Cremins served as president of both the Richmond and Virginia chapters of the organization and as a trustee of the national society. He was also a charter member of the Major James Henry Dooley Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Mr. Cremins loved reminiscing about his service in the Navy and enjoyed using naval terms all his life. Survivors include three daughters; two sons, including James “Jay” S. Cremins Jr. (Col ’82); nine grandchildren and a sister.