Notices sorted by graduation date.
Melvyn Feimster Johnston (Col ‘50 A/M) of Piedmont, Va., died Dec. 4, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy and the Armed Forces Radio Service, where he developed a love for radio broadcasting. At the University, he was a broadcaster at WCHV. Later Mr. Johnston moved to Richmond, Va., where he worked at WRNL. In 1953, he accepted a position as a television/radio producer for Ketchum, MacLeod & Grove, an advertising agency based in Pittsburgh. He also spent 15 years in sales with Sperry Rand Corporation (Univac) in Washington, D.C. In the 1970s, Mr. Johnston returned to his chosen profession as an announcer/producer with the Voice of America, where he remained until retiring in 1985.
Willard R. Finney (Col ‘50) of Rocky Mount, Va., died Jan. 10, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He practiced law in Rocky Mount for more than 50 years and represented the 9th House District in the Virginia House of Delegates for 11 years. Mr. Finney was a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Ruritan and Rotary clubs, the Franklin County Democratic Committee and the Franklin County Historical Association, among others. He also served as an assistant district court judge for Franklin and Pittsylvania counties. Survivors include a son, William R. Finney Jr. (Col ‘88, Law ‘91 L/M).
Norman DeLeon (Engr ‘50) of Cary, N.C., died Dec. 28, 2010. Mr. DeLeon worked as an engineer for Western Electric and Bell Labs. His work took him to live in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Brookside, N.J.; and Middletown, N.J., before his move to Cary, N.C., where he lived for the past 23 years. Mr. DeLeon volunteered for Meals on Wheels.
Edward M. Selfe (Law ‘50 A/M) of Birmingham, Ala., died Nov. 30, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army, receiving the Purple Heart. At the University, Mr. Selfe served on the Virginia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Raven Society. Following graduation, he taught law as a member of the University of Virginia Law School faculty for one year, and then practiced law in New York with the Shearman & Sterling law firm. In 1952, Mr. Selfe began a long legal career in Birmingham with the predecessor to the Bradley Arant Boult Cummings law firm, with which he practiced as a partner in the fields of corporate and tax law. He was elected a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law from 1968 to 1990, teaching business planning. In addition, he served as chairman of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority; vice chair and general counsel for Secor Bank, which was later acquired by Regions Financial Corporation; board chair of the Birmingham University School; and was recognized in 1974 as the Outstanding Man of the Year by the Young Men’s Business Club of Birmingham.
Prewitt Semmes Jr. (Col ‘50 L/M) of Cismont, Va., died Dec. 27, 2010. He served as the executive director of the Medical School Foundation and the Medical Alumni Association from 1995 until 2007. He was also actively involved with the University’s Cancer Center as well as with the development of the Department of Palliative Care. Survivors include a daughter, Virginia S. Semmes (Grad ‘78); and a nephew, Ian McLeod (Col ‘86 L/M).
Robert K. Thacker (Col ‘50) of Beckley, W.Va., died Dec. 30, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, during which he was a prisoner of war. Mr. Thacker began his career as a sales representative with Crocker-Fels Co., a hospital and surgical supply house out of Cincinnati. He loved to play golf.
Clyde Edward Brown (Col ‘51) of Tucson, Ariz., died Dec. 31, 2010. At the University, he was treasurer of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Brown is the author of Religionless Religion: Beyond Belief to Understanding, published in 2009. He worked at the Phoenix Public Library as a library assistant for 28 years and led a Great Books discussion group. He was one of the first members of the antiwar group called the Phoenix Committee on Vietnam and was editor of its newsletter. He was a member of Phoenix Forward, a group formed by the mayor to get citizen input regarding the future direction of the city. He founded the Greater Phoenix Association to Stop Pollution and was a 30-year member of the Sierra Club.
Robert L. Cooley (Law ‘51 L/M) of Crawfordsville, Ind., died Dec. 17, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy. He accepted a position on the faculty of Wabash College in 1962 and began his lifelong residence in Crawfordsville. He contributed to his community as an early chairman of the Tri-County Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) and as a member of the Child Protection Service Board, the Indiana Bar, the Mathematical Association of America, Rotary, Bach Choral and Lafayette Chamber Singers.
Norman “Bud” Mallory (Grad ‘51, ‘52) of Sun City Center, Fla., died Nov. 11, 2010. During 12 years of U.S. Army service, Mr. Mallory specialized in atomic weapons applications and research and development, including service on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, N.M. He later was employed at the RCA Service Company Missile Test Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., as manager of quality analysis. Later, he served as president of M.A. Smith Ranch, a large commercial cattle ranch; and of Mallory Enterprises, a family-owned citrus operation. Mr. Mallory served on the board of directors of many business enterprises and civic organizations, including Florida National Bank, the St. John’s Wire Company, Indian River Cablevision, the South Brevard YMCA and the Red Cross.
John I. Norris Jr. (Col ‘51 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Nov. 13, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After working in his family’s furniture business, Norris Furniture Corporation, for 10 years, where he served as president, he had a 30-year career as a stockbroker at Branch, Cabell in Richmond. Survivors include a nephew, Peter E. Broadbent Jr. (Law ‘76 L/M); a niece, Nancy Broadbent Casserley (Law ‘82); a great-nephew, Peter E. Broadbent III (Col ‘99); and a great-niece, Elizabeth Broadbent Cruickshanks (Col ‘07, Grad ‘09 L/M).
Edward M. Schotz (Col ‘51, Law ‘54 L/M) of Bergen-Hackensack, N.J., died Dec. 29, 2010. At the University, he was a member of the staff of the Cavalier Daily and became the editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Weekly. Mr. Schotz was a founding member of the Hackensack, N.J.-based law firm of Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard. The prestigious directory Best Lawyers in America had named Mr. Schotz one of the best real estate lawyers in the state of New Jersey in every edition since its original publication in 1983.
Henry Brizzolara (Engr ‘52) of Allentown, Pa., died Oct. 9, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Mack Trucks and subsequently Atlas Powder Company as a mechanical engineer.
Anna B. Koontz (Educ ‘52) of Lake Monticello, Va., died Dec. 9, 2010. She taught biology in the Suffolk Public Schools and had been a librarian there.
Scotto N. Randall Jr. (Engr ‘52) of Mountville, Pa., died Dec. 12, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Randall worked in the commercial nuclear energy industry and was employed for more than 24 years by the Westinghouse Electric Corp. in its nuclear fuels division.
Barry Hutchings (Engr ‘54) of Houston died Dec. 3, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy. At the University, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the Glee Club. He later spent 35 years with Exxon affiliates. He retired in 1992 as a coordinator in marketing technical services. He was always interested in challenging himself with crossword, mathematical and other puzzles and was a member of Mensa.
James V. Revercomb (Col ‘54 L/M) of Roanoke, Va., died Dec. 12, 2010. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. After he graduated, he worked for Kaiser Aluminum in New York City. He then went on to work for the RB&W Nut and Bolt Company in Connecticut and Greensboro, N.C. In 1969, Mr. Revercomb started his own business, RevCar Fasteners, leaving his family every week to sleep in the back of a delivery truck in the warehouse he leased until he was able to move them to Roanoke. He became an industry leader, was elected president of the National Fasteners Distributorship Association and was voted into the association’s hall of fame. The Wurth Group, a corporation based outside of Frankfurt, bought the company in 1996. Survivors include two sons, Stuart Revercomb (Col ‘84) and James Revercomb Jr. (Col ‘82 L/M); and two grandsons, George Revercomb (Col ‘11) and Joseph Revercomb (Col ‘11).
Seymour Weiss (Col ‘54) of Greenville, Miss., died Nov. 12, 2010. After graduation, he moved to New York City to work for Saks Fifth Avenue. After a stint in Memphis, Mr. Weiss moved to Greenville in 1965 to go into business with Charles Hafter in Hafter’s of Downtown Greenville. He specialized in designer clothing and custom-made clothing for ladies. He later served as the president and treasurer of the Greenville Symphony League and was one of the founders of the Greenville Arts Council. He received Mississippi’s Governor’s Award of Excellence for his volunteerism. Delta Center Stage honored him with its Ben Wasson Award, and he received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Greenville Arts Council at Greenville Honors Its Own. Mr. Weiss served on the William Alexander Percy Library board and was the special events chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
Gordon Woody Jr. (Col ‘54 L/M) of Danville, Va., died Jan. 6, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy. At the University, he was a member of the Seven Society and the staff of Corks & Curls. He started his orthodontist practice in Danville in 1961 and retired in 1996.
Forest Fletcher (Educ ‘55) of Staunton, Va., died Oct. 9, 2010. He worked early in his career as a high school teacher and then as a highway department right-of-way agent. He served the last decades of his career as a counselor at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Fletcher and his family moved to Staunton in 1965, where he was a member of the Staunton-Augusta Civic Club. He was known for his love of motorcycles and airplanes, as well as of white-water canoeing and fishing.
Glenwood Parrish (Educ ‘55) of Staunton, Va., died Oct. 10, 2010. He received the Marshall Award in 1955 as the outstanding ROTC student at the University. Col. Parrish served 30 years in a variety of command, staff and aviation positions throughout the United States, Korea and Germany, as well as two tours in Vietnam. He was a Transportation Corps senior Army aviator. He retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Eustis in 1985 and relocated to Staunton in 1986. He was an avid sports fan, and loved to play golf, travel and visit his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He volunteered his time transporting those in need and assisting the elderly, and was a volunteer member of the Fort Lee Retiree Council.
Joseph B. Rice (Engr ‘56) of Rustburg, Va., died Nov. 17, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Rice was a retired electrical engineer for American Electric Power. Mr. Rice was also a 50-year member of the Mackey Masonic Lodge #69, a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite and a 40-year member of Rustburg’s Chapter #23 of the Order of the Eastern Star.
John “Jack” Walter MacKnight (Engr ‘57) of Wittman, Md., died April 2, 2010. At the University, he was an intramural wrestling champion and a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. MacKnight then spent his career working as an executive for IBM at several locations in the U.S., lastly in the San Francisco area. While living in California, Mr. MacKnight was a guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He later retired to the St. Michael’s area on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where he was a past treasurer of the St. Michael’s Rotary.
Thomas W. Adams (Col ‘59 L/M) of Annandale, Va., died Oct. 23, 2010. He served in the U.S. Army. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the staff of the Cavalier Daily and the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. His 37 years of government service spanned positions at the Department of Labor, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Defense.