Notices sorted by graduation date.
Harold M. “Hal” Burrows Jr. (Com ’50 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Sept. 20, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. At the University, he was active in Student Council, was captain of the men’s tennis team and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, the Seven Society, IMP Society, T.I.L.K.A., the V Club, 13 Society, 3-3-3 Athletic Council, and German Club. Mr. Burrows was one of the most celebrated members of the tennis community in Virginia. As a student, he won several state championships, was among the top 16 players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association seeding his last two years of college, and became a finalist in the Eastern regionals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Following graduation, Mr. Burrows was one of the top players on the men’s tennis tour. He was named to the Davis Cup Team with doubles partner Straight Clark and the duo was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world, reaching the finals of the National Clay Courts, the semifinals twice in the National Indoors, and the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Italian Championships, the French Championships and at Wimbledon. Over the course of his playing career, he recorded victories over 33 Davis Cup players and was ranked as high as No. 10 in the world in singles. He and Arthur Ashe are the only natives of Virginia to represent the United States in Davis Cup competition. In 1959, he was elected to serve a term in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing Charlottesville from 1960 to 1962. He then moved to Hot Springs, Va., where he worked as director of tennis at the Homestead Resort for 11 years. In 1975, Mr. Burrows moved to Richmond to become director of tennis at the Country Club of Virginia, where he worked until his retirement in 1995. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the Middle Atlantic Tennis Hall of Fame and the Capital City Tennis Hall of Fame. Mr. Burrows was a longtime member of the International Lawn Tennis Club and the Country Club of Virginia, and a former member of the Boar’s Head Sports Club, the Richmond Tennis Patrons Association, the Tennis Opportunities Program and the West End Rotary Club, and was a dedicated patron of the Virginia Athletics Foundation. He was also an active member of his church throughout his lifetime. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; a son; five stepsons, including J. Wright Tyson III (Col ’80 L/M) and William L. Tyson (Com ’84 L/M); and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harold M. Burrows Jr. Men’s Tennis Scholarship at the University of Virginia, c/o Virginia Athletics Foundation, Box 400833, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
M. Caldwell Butler (Law ’50) of Roanoke, Va., died July 29, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. At the University, he was a member of the University Singers and the debating team. He practiced law before his election to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1962, where he served as minority leader from 1966 to 1971. In 1972, Mr. Butler, a Republican, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During his first term, he voted, against the majority of his party, to impeach President Richard Nixon in the aftermath of the Watergate break-in. He served 10 years in Congress, and although his views mirrored those of his conservative constituency, he favored a number of programs and stands that many considered liberal. He fought to prohibit an extension of the Voting Rights Act on the ground that its restrictions were no longer needed in Virginia, a position that the U.S. Supreme Court accepted in 2014; and supported programs to help the poor obtain legal representation. Mr. Caldwell was known for his attention to lawyerly detail, especially during the Watergate hearings. In 1983, he returned to practicing law in Roanoke. Survivors include four sons, including James O. Butler (Law ’82) and Marshall W. Butler (Col ’87); seven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
George James Richards (Com ’50 L/M) of Bedminster, N.J., died Aug. 11, 2014. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Richards worked for IBM, Reynolds Metals Co., White Weld & Co., and Lippincott and Margulies, where he served as vice president and provided consulting services pertaining to marketing and design. He also worked in real estate, volunteered for the Far Hills Race Meeting, served on the board of the Clarence Dillon Public Library in Bedminster, and was an Alcoholics Anonymous mentor. Mr. Richards enjoyed spending time with his family and especially liked to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Survivors include his wife, two daughters and six grandchildren.
Cooper Dave Kunkel III (Col ’51, Med ’56 L/M) of New Bern, N.C., died May 3, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he lived on the Range and was a member of Student Council and the Column Club. Dr. Kunkel practiced general medicine in Clarksville, Va., for many years. He later moved his family to Durham, N.C., where he studied ophthalmology at Duke University and went on to work for more than 20 years at the Coastal Eye Clinic in New Bern. He also served as chief of staff at Craven County Hospital and operated free eye clinics in Arapahoe, Bayboro and Ocracoke, N.C. After his retirement, he volunteered for 10 years as a physician at the MERCI Clinic in New Bern. He served on the vestry of his church and was a lay reader for many years. Dr. Kunkel also served as commodore and historian of the East Carolina Yacht Club. Survivors include his wife, Joan Brooks Kunkel (Nurs ’56); two daughters; a son; and six grandchildren.
Thomas A. Frazier Jr. (Col ’54, Law ’59) of Washington, D.C., died Sept. 12, 2014. He served in the U.S. Air Force and in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. At the University, he lived on the Lawn and the Range, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, and was a member of the track and field team, the Jefferson Literary & Debating Society, the Raven Society, the Arnold Air Society and the Air Force R.O.T.C. He also served on the Virginia Law Review staff and as class editor of the Barrister. Mr. Frazier practiced tax law in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 50 years. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Clark before joining the Department of Justice in the Trial Section of the Tax Division. He later entered private practice in Washington, D.C., first as a tax attorney with Ivan Phillips and Barker, and then as a partner with Alvord and Alvord and later Haynes and Miller. Mr. Frazier was an active tennis, squash and golf player and was a member of the University Club and the Chevy Chase Club. Survivors include his wife; two daughters; a son, Thomas A. Frazier III (Com ’91, ’92); three grandchildren; and two sisters.
Howard A. Ozmon Jr. (Col ’54) of Portsmouth, Va.; Hollywood, Fla.; and Sosua, Dominican Republic, died Sept. 6, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He taught in public schools in New York and New Jersey and at several colleges and universities, including the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University, from which he earned the rank of professor emeritus on his retirement. He also served as chairman of the department of education at Chicago State University. While at Virginia Commonwealth University, he was a founding member of, and played and sang for 20 years with, the East Virginia Toadsuckers band, which performed at county fairs and other venues throughout the state. Mr. Ozmon was a talented professor, a dedicated scholar, an avid sailor and a good friend. Survivors include a sister, two brothers, and many nieces and nephews.
Granville H. Swope III (Col ’54 L/M) of La Canada, Calif., died Sept. 28, 2014. He served in the U.S. Air Force. At the University, Mr. Swope was a member of the men’s lacrosse team, the Cavalier Daily staff, the V Club, the Air Force ROTC, Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, IMP Society, Arnold Air Society, Honor Committee and Student Council. He also lived on the Lawn and served as sports editor of Corks and Curls and as Eli Banana’s Grand Banana. Mr. Swope worked as an ad executive for Time and Life magazines. Survivors include his wife; a son; a daughter, Valerie Swope Yardumian (Educ ’83); and six grandchildren, including Casey Yardumian (Col ’12).
Thomas O. Trotter III (Col ’54 L/M) of Chattanooga, Tenn., died May 3, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army. At the University, he was a member of the men’s baseball team, the Corks & Curls staff, Chi Phi fraternity, T.I.L.K.A., P.K. Society, 13 Society and Student Council. Mr. Trotter had a long career with Provident Life and Accident Insurance Co. in Chattanooga and was very active in the Chattanooga community, serving as vice president of the Chattanooga Jaycees. He held season tickets to the Atlanta Falcons football games for more than 20 years and was active in the University of Virginia Alumni Association. In the 1980s, Mr. Trotter retired to Cumming, Ga., where he frequently canoed, fished and swam in Lake Lanier. When he moved back to Chattanooga in 2012, Mr. Trotter enjoyed watching old movies and television shows and spending time with his children. Survivors include a daughter, a son and two cousins.
Walter W. Hatch Jr. (Col ’55 L/M) of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Roseland, Va., died Aug. 14, 2014. At the University, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Skull and Keys, the Jefferson Sabres, the P.K. Society, and the Army R.O.T.C. He worked in Connecticut as a sales manager for Scott Promotions, Inc., a promotional printing corporation, before joining Structural Graphics as vice president of pharmaceutical sales. While living in Essex, Conn., he was very active in the Essex Rotary and served as chairman of the local housing authority. After retiring, Mr. Hatch hiked the Appalachian Trail and trekked around Europe. He enjoyed traveling, camping, music and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, five grandchildren and two sisters.
Joseph E. Conrace Jr. (Col ’56) of LaMar, Mo., died Dec. 20, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army, first as an armored officer and later as a child psychologist stationed in Germany and serving in various posts throughout the U.S. He retired in 1980 with the rank of colonel, and entered private practice as a child psychiatrist. In addition to membership in several professional organizations, Mr. Conrace was a 32nd-degree Mason in the Blue Lodge in Kansas City, Mo. He was an avid reader, golfer and tennis player. Survivors include his wife, three sons and a daughter.
J. Gaylord May (Grad ’56, ’60) of Advance, N.C.; and Columbia, S.C., died Aug. 30, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army. At the University, he was a resident advisor. Mr. May was a professor at Wake Forest University, where he taught statistics and finite mathematics for many years until his retirement in 2009. While at Wake Forest, he was also employed as a research consultant at Bell Laboratories in Greensboro, N.C. He was an active member of the American Mathematics Society, the American Production and Inventory Control Society, the Institute of Decision Sciences and numerous other mathematical associations. Mr. May enjoyed spending time with his sons and always cheered them on at their football, basketball, wrestling, track and swim events, and was always available when they needed a little tutoring in math. He was also an avid tennis player and golfer and enjoyed boating at his Lake Norman home. Survivors include two sons and four grandchildren.