Notices sorted by graduation date.
Richard Baylor (Col ’50) of Norfolk, Va., died July 25, 2008. He served as a firefighter for the U.S. Army Air Forces. At the University, he was a member of the Chi Phi fraternity. Mr. Baylor had a career as an accountant.
Don. O. McCauley (Engr ’50) of Dunnsville, Va., died Jan. 20, 3009. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and went on to a career in engineering.
Thomas Burk Miller (Col ’50) of Wheeling, W.Va., died Aug. 12, 2008. He served in the U.S. Navy. After practicing law for 20 years with the firm of Schrader, Miller, Stamp & Recht, he was elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, where he served as chief justice. He was a member of numerous bar associations and received a number of legal awards, including the Distinguished West Virginian award for outstanding achievement and meritorious service from Gov. Gaston Caperton and the Justitia Officium Award from the West Virginia University College of Law for excellence in the legal field.
William Frederick Muller (Engr ’50) of Charlottesville died Feb. 7, 2009. At the University, he was a member of the ROTC and of the Raven Society.
Herbert Lee Paul (Col ’50, Educ ’52) of Providence, R.I., died July 10, 2008. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. After holding a professorship at Dartmouth College as well as positions at several other universities, including the University of Virginia, he became professor emeritus of speech pathology and audiology at the State University of New York, Geneseo.
James B. Pearson (Law ’50) of Gloucester, Kan., died Jan. 13, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After serving as a probate judge, he was elected to the Kansas Senate and became the Republican state chairman in 1960, filling the seat in 1962. He went on to serve for 17 years as a senator from Kansas, helping shape the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978. After his years in government, Mr. Pearson worked with the Washington office of LeBoeuf Lamb Leiby and MacRae and served on numerous boards and commissions.
John Baldwin Preston (Col ’50) of Virginia Beach died Dec. 6, 2008. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and then joined the National Guard. He and his brother, Edwin Page Preston, established a law firm in Tidewater. Later, he was appointed to the Virginia Beach General District Court.
James Walker Stites Jr. (Law ’50 A/M) of Louisville, Ky., died July 24, 2008. He served in the U.S. Navy. An attorney and partner in Stites & Harbison, he was on the corporate boards of First National Bank, the Brinly-Hardy Co. and the D.D. Williamson Co. Mr. Stites also served as chairman of the Louisville Public School System and was president of the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include sons James Walker Stites III (Col ’83 L/M) and John Clay Stites (Col ’88 A/M).
Peter Edward Trainer (Col ’50) of Wilmington, N.C., died Jan. 8, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army. He practiced veterinary medicine in Wilmington and Burgaw, N.C., for almost 50 years. Dr. Trainer was a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Colin M. Dillon (Col ’51, Law ’59 L/M) of Atlanta died Feb. 20, 2009. While at the University, he was a two-time all-University boxing champion. He served in the U.S. Air Force, then practiced law for 33 years with Pollis, Williams, Pappas & Dillon. He was chairman of the ethics committee of the Union County Bar Association, president of the Delaware Bulldozing Co. and chairman of Kerr Steamship Co. Survivors include his wife, Frances Hughes Dillon, a 1959 graduate of the University’s Medical Technology program; and a son, Michael Hughes Dillon (Col ’84 L/M).
Bates McCluer Gilliam (Grad ’51) of Richmond, Va., died Jan. 11, 2009. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve. He was professor emeritus of history and politics at the Virginia Military Institute. Mr. Gilliam was elected to the Lexington City Council, served as co-chairman of the Rockbridge County Democratic Committee and as vice chairman of the Rockbridge County Electoral Board. He was president of the Virginia Conference of the American Association of University Professors, among others. He was also a founding board member of both the Rockbridge Area and Valley conservation councils.
Ralph Leonard Kelly (Law ’51) of Bennettsville, S.C., died July 12, 2008. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and then practiced law for many years in Bennettsville.
Max C. Kennedy (Com ’51, Law ’54 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Jan. 23, 2009. At the University, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He served in the military during the Korean conflict, and then worked for Sperry Marine Corp., eventually becoming general counsel.
John R. Kindell (Com ’51, Med ’55) of Sea Level, N.C., died Dec. 9, 2008. He served in the U.S. Navy and practiced medicine for 42 years at Sea Level Hospital.
Paul F. Kinnucan Sr. (Col ’51 A/M) of Lake Forest, Ill., died July 15, 2008. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Jo Sykes Runnion (Nurs ’51 A/M) of Newport, Tenn., died Feb. 26, 2009. She worked for Bristol Memorial Hospital as a pediatric supervisor and acting director of nursing. She also taught at Virginia Intermont College School of Nursing. For 16 years, Ms. Runnion was the school nurse for Cocke County schools. She volunteered with the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.
Charles A. Somma Jr. (Law ’51) of Richmond, Va., died Aug. 1, 2008. He served in the U.S. Army as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps at the Pentagon before he was an attorney in the Richmond area.
Alexander Wellford (Col ’51, Law ’58) of Richmond, Va., died Dec. 31, 2008. While at the University, he was a member of Phi Delta Phi international legal fraternity and the Raven Society, as well as being the Virginia section editor of the Virginia Law Review. After his service in the U.S. Army, Mr. Wellford practiced law with the firm Christian & Barton for 44 years. He received the 2002 George Mason Award from the Virginia Professional Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists.
Dewey Ryan Fortune Jr. (Col ’52) of Richmond, Va., died March 9, 2009. He was a senior executive with Dominion Bankshares Corp., now part of Wachovia.
Euclid Murden Hanbury Jr. (Med ’52) of Orange County, Va., died Feb. 20, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He taught briefly at the University of Virginia Medical School. He was the clinical director of the former Portsmouth General Hospital, and then established a surgical practice. Dr. Hanbury was the director of emergency medical services of the Waldo County General Hospital and served as president of the Maine Medical Association. He was the author of several papers published in medical journals. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Virginia Medical Foundation, 1952 Class Fund, P.O. Box 400807, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
Alfred B. Hodges (Col ’52) of Denver died Dec. 19, 2008.
John Hart Lawless (Col’ 52) of Norfolk, Va., died March 20, 2009. He was a professor of electrical engineering at Old Dominion University.
Eugene M. Nuckols Jr. (Com ’52) of Charlottesville died March 4, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed first by State Farm Insurance Co. as an adjuster, and later by Centel, a telecommunications company. Mr. Nuckols retired from Wagner Hearing Aid Centers.
William D. Ravenel (Col ’52) of Baltimore died Jan. 18, 2009. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, worked for U.S. Lines and Equitable Insurance Co., and was a member of the United States Power Squadron.
Robert Edward Sink (Educ ’52) of Lakeland, Fla., died Feb. 18, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education. Mr. Sink taught chemistry and physics at Jefferson High School in Roanoke, Va., and was director of the science department. Later, he was an industrial engineer for Factory Mutual Engineering for 29 years.
Robert L. Strong Jr. (Col ’52 L/M) of Willington, Conn., died Dec. 2, 2008. He worked as a Russian translator and at the Library of Congress. He was an instructor in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages at the University in the 1960s, which later became the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature.
William Lee Viar (Engr ’52 A/M) of Charlottesville died Feb. 16, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At the University, he served on the Honor Committee; was a member of the Raven, Thirteen and IMP societies; and lettered in boxing. He worked at DuPont, then returned to the University as an adjunct faculty member in the mechanical engineering department. Mr. Viar also was the superintendent of power facilities for U.Va. He co-founded Waterland, Viar and Associates, a private energy conservation consulting firm and published more than 70 papers. He was also an energy management consultant for the state of Virginia.
Colgate Whitehead Darden III (Engr ’53, Grad ’54 L/M) of Lexington, S.C., died March 15, 2009. He worked at the Savannah River National Laboratory, then as a professor of physics at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He participated in U.S. government projects, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Fermilab and DESY Laboratory in Germany. Mr. Darden helped establish the New Morning Foundation, which works to reduce teen pregnancy, and served on the boards of the S.C. Institute on Poverty and Deprivation and the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Survivors include a son, Colgate W. Darden IV (Arch ’85); and cousins Joshua P. Darden Jr. (Col ’58 L/M) and Audrey D. Parrott (Col, ’89 L/M).
William Robert Eister (Educ ’53 A/M) of Richmond, Va., died Nov. 16, 2008. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and was a supervisor of industrial arts for Richmond Public Schools.
Ernest Lee Etheridge (Col ’53, Educ ’63 A/M) of Manteo, Va., died Feb. 9, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Etheridge was the headmaster of Norfolk Collegiate School.
W. Byron Babcock (Col ’54, Grad ’58 A/M) of Lynchburg, Va., died Jan. 26, 2009. A Korean War veteran, Mr. Babcock served in the U.S. Army and later taught English at the Norfolk Academy for 34 years. He volunteered at First Landing State Park and had received the Governor’s Distinguished Volunteer Award.
Frederic S. Bocock (Col ’54 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Nov. 24, 2008. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the University’s Seven Society. His career was with the brokerage and investment banking firm of Scott and Stringfellow, where he was a partner and served as vice president from 1971 to 2001. He was president of the Richmond Memorial Hospital board and the men’s advisory board of the Virginia Home, a nonprofit facility serving adults with disabilities. Survivors include sons John Holmes Bocock (GSBA ’95) and Alexander Hamilton Bocock (GSBA ’98), and a granddaughter, Nora Brookfield Bocock (Educ ’95, ’08).
Virginia Brockinton Gourdin (Grad ’54) of Charleston, S.C., died Feb. 14, 2009. She was the first woman elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from Charleston County and served two terms. She was a high school teacher and a librarian at Harvard Business School. Ms. Gourdin worked for the mortgage banking firm Stevenson, Zimmerman & Co. and for the South Carolina National Bank. She was a farmer of cotton, tobacco and pine trees in Williamsburg County, S.C.
A. Edward Ooghe (Col ’54, Educ ’63 A/M) of Richmond, Va., died Jan. 16, 2009. He was a Richmond elementary school principal and also taught science on TV. His television program, Adventures in Science, was syndicated in 19 states and received national media awards. Mr. Ooghe was president of the Richmond Education Association and was honored as Administrator of the Year by the Richmond Public Schools in 1985.
Warren G. Schweppe (Col ’54) of Edmonds, Wash., died July 11, 2008. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He volunteered for the Edmonds School District and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Schweppe was also active in local politics.
Richard Aubrey Farmer Jr. (Col ’55) of Northern Neck, Va., died Feb. 26, 2009. He was the previous owner of B.H. Baird Insurance Agency. Mr. Farmer served as president of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce and the Independent Insurance Agents of the Northern Neck. He served on the agent’s advisory council of various insurance companies and was a member of the board of directors of Northern Neck State Bank.
Rosemary Ann Ingham (Nurs ’55) of Charlottesville died July 13, 2008. She managed the costume shop at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Later, she taught at several universities. She operated Clothworks, a fabric store and teaching space in Charlottesville. Ms. Ingham designed costumes for theaters across the country and helped launch the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minn. She co-wrote The Costume Technician’s Handbook and several other books about costume design. For her contributions to theater, she received the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Distinguished Achievement Award.
William Clement Walker (Col ’55 L/M) of Virginia Beach died Jan. 25, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot for 20 years. Mr. Walker’s second career was as an investment adviser.
Jimmy W. Farley (Col ’56) of Roanoke, Va., died Dec. 8, 2008. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He practiced ophthalmology in Roanoke and Christiansburg, Va. Dr. Farley helped establish the Crippled Children’s Eye Clinic.
Eunice Virginia Ratcliffe Flanagan (Educ ’56) of Abingdon, Va., died July 24, 2008. She taught briefly in Giles County, Va., and retired after 40 years of teaching in Washington County, Va.
Joseph Anthony Gawrys (Col ’56, Law ’58 L/M) of Virginia Beach died Dec. 8, 2008. He was an aviator for the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Naval Reserve. He was a senior partner with the law firm of Vandeventer Black. Mr. Gawrys was an expert pilot and former president of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association.
Nancy Jo Jander (Nurs ’56) of Gig Harbor, Wash., died June 3, 2008. She served on the faculty of Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Mass., as head nurse, science teacher and athletic trainer. She was also a volunteer court appointed special advocate guardian ad litem for foster children and oversaw the needs of 38 children. She was twice honored as Pierce County CASA of the year.
Rudolph Malcolm Wood (Col ’56 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Aug. 7, 2008. A pastor, he served many churches in Virginia, including Belmont Baptist Church in Charlottesville. He helped establish several churches in Belgium, where he served on the home mission committee of the European Baptist Federation. The Rev. Wood was an adjunct professor of missions at Golden Gate Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif.
Albert F. Codino (Educ ’57) of White Plains, N.Y., died Sept. 1, 2007. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army for more than 25 years. He taught at West Point and wrote a textbook called Managing the Modern Municipality. Mr. Cordino later became a financial adviser for Thompson McKinnon and AG Edwards.
James William Eavey (Educ ’57) of Moneta, Va., died March 2, 2009. He worked for 40 years as a public school administrator in Virginia.
George Robert Hopper (Col ’57, Grad ’58 L/M) of Hollins, Va., died July 27, 2008. He worked as a speech pathologist at hospitals and medical centers in Virginia. He also joined the faculty of several universities, including Eastern New Mexico University, Portales. During his career, Mr. Hopper received a number of awards from scientific organizations, including the Silver Certificate of the Acoustical Society of America. Survivors include his wife, Priscilla Richardson Hopper (Law ’62).
Edward Ayer Johnson (Educ ’57) of New London, N.H., died Feb. 6, 2009. During his 30-year career as an English teacher and secondary school administrator, Mr. Johnson was a Fulbright exchange teacher to Norway and was honored as the New Hampshire Secondary School Principal of the Year in 1985. He was co-founder and president of the Kearsarge/Sunapee chapter of Habitat for Humanity as well as chairman of the Kearsarge Counseling Center.
Sue J. Lehmberg (Educ ’57) of Troutville, Va., died Dec. 13, 2008. She served as a nurse during World War II. She worked for Roanoke City schools as both a teacher and a principal.
Alphonso Pitts Robinson II (Col ’57) of Baltimore died March 26, 2008.
James Evans Simpson (Law ’57) of Birmingham, Ala., died March 10, 2009. He served as an officer in the field artillery in Germany. He practiced law for more than 50 years with the firm of Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville and its successors. He was a delegate to the Democratic Convention in 1960 and was elected to the State Committee. Mr. Simpson was on the advisory boards of several universities and was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mariana Rall Becker (Educ ’58) of Virginia Beach died Jan. 15, 2009. She was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She was a math and science teacher in the Norfolk public school system and an assistant principal at Norview High School. Ms. Becker continued educating children during the period of school closures in 1959. During her retirement, she was a docent at the Virginia Marine Science Museum.
J. Gray Beverley Jr. (Col ’58) of New York City died Aug. 5, 2008. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He worked in advertising at Geer DuBois, BBDO and Wells Rich Green. Later, Mr. Beverley worked in tax management and investment banking at Blandfield Securities Inc. and Selma Capital Inc.
Ruth Fariss (Nurs ’58) of Hartford, Wis., died Aug. 10, 2008. She worked as a registered nurse at the Hartford Clinic. Ms. Fariss was a member of Overeaters Anonymous and established an OA meeting in Hartford.
John LeRoy Glover Jr. (Law ’58) of New Orleans died March 4, 2009. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked as an engineer for Solvay Process Co., an international chemical and pharmaceutical group, in Detroit and Canada. Mr. Glover began his law career with the New Orleans firm of Monroe & Lemann, eventually becoming a partner. In Baton Rouge, La., he joined the law firm of Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, where he also became a partner.
Paul G. Miller (Educ ’58) of Fort Pierce, Fla., died Feb. 4, 2009. He was a principal in Roanoke, Va., schools for more than 30 years.
Ruth Ownby Simmons (Educ ’58) of Newport News, Va., died Feb. 17, 2009. She worked as an assistant to two doctors in Nelson County, Va., before embarking on her teaching career at high schools in Nelson and Albemarle counties. Ms. Simmons held a teaching position at the University of Virginia extension at Wallops Station on the Eastern Shore of Virginia before she joined the biology department at Christopher Newport College, where she became a professor emerita.
R. Edward St. George (Educ ’58) of Roanoke, Va., died Feb. 22, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a teacher in Roanoke public schools and served the Veterans Administration.
Phoebe Alice Lusk (Educ ’59) of Kansas City, Mo., died Jan. 19, 2009. She worked as a schoolteacher and guidance counselor in Arlington, Va.
William MacCorkle Smith (Engr ’59) of Charleston, W.Va., died Jan. 20, 2009. While at the University, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Mr. Smith was a sales engineer for Kanawha Manufacturing Co. for 44 years and served as vice president of Kanawha Roxalana Co.