Notices sorted by graduation date.
William Wadsworth Morrison (Col ’51) of St. Petersburg, Florida, died July 2, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and performed in many dramas and musical productions, including Laura and Macbeth. Before, during and after his wartime service he was a radio broadcaster and news director in Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia, and later expanded his work into television. Mr. Morrison left his career in broadcasting to become director of public relations for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and later served as public relations director for the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where he planned the gallery’s 25th anniversary and engaged in early development plans for the gallery’s east building, later designed by I.M. Pei. He returned to Richmond in 1970, where, with advertising executive Robert Kline, he formed Morrison & Kline, a public relations firm that received the Silver Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America. Mr. Morrison also received a writing award from CBS in New York City and a Broadcast News Award from the Virginia Associated Press. He moved back to Washington, D.C., to serve as vice president for public relations and development of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where he convinced Katharine Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy to record public service announcements supporting historic preservation. Mr. Morrison later worked as media adviser in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute and served as a special adviser to the director of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. One of Mr. Morrison’s greatest joys was performing. He performed in dramas and musicals throughout the years in the Washington, D.C., area and in St. Augustine and St. Petersburg. He was very active in the local arts scene, serving on the board of St. Petersburg City Theatre and supporting the arts as a subscriber and contributor. He also produced a radio show, Notes from St. Augustine, for Jacksonville’s WJCT National Public Radio station. Mr. Morrison was an avid reader and an enthusiastic tennis player, handball player and jogger, and enjoyed following the Tampa Bay Rays in baseball, his favorite spectator sport. Survivors include his wife, two sons, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a brother.
Frank E. Rutan III (Col ’52 L/M) of Westerly, Rhode Island; and Philadelphia, died May 22, 2015. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At the University, Mr. Rutan was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. An active member of the U.Va. Alumni Association, he served on the organization’s Board of Managers for four years. He worked at his family’s steel and tubing distributor, Rutan & Co., for his entire career. Mr. Rutan bought the company from his father in the late 1960s and expanded the business to include wire products that were used primarily for commercial fencing. His lifelong passion was for singing. He sang baritone in the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia and performed with the group in the U.S. and abroad; he was also past president of the organization. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; two sons, including Frank E. Rutan IV (Col ’79 L/M); and five grandchildren.
W. Robert Eels Jr. (Col ’54 L/M) of Charleston, South Carolina, died June 7, 2015. At the University, he was a member of the men’s boxing team, Delta Upsilon fraternity, the Navy ROTC, Skull and Keys, Trident Society and the YMCA. A retired naval aviator and combat veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Navy for more than 25 years and received the Navy Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Sharon Eels (Col ’96 L/M); a son; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Robert E. “Bob” Johnson (Engr ’57 L/M) of Dunedin, Florida, died May 16, 2015. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Johnson had a long career as an electrical engineer. In retirement, he pursued his love of boating, raised exotic birds and enjoyed many good cigars. He also enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, a son, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Benjamin Halsey Woodbridge Jr. (Com ’57, Law ’63) of Fredericksburg, Virginia, died June 4, 2015. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. At the University, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and the Navy ROTC. Mr. Woodbridge practiced criminal defense and personal injury law in Fredericksburg and statewide for more than 50 years. He was an active member of the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Trial Lawyers associations. He was an elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1970 to 1974. During his tenure in the House, he served on the roads and internal navigation, auditing, corporations and banking, courts of justice and mining and mineral resources committees. Throughout his life, Mr. Woodbridge was involved in service and community organizations. He was an active member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, served on the University of Mary Washington Board of Visitors from 1980 to 1985 and as a member of Virginia medical malpractice review panels from 1980 to 2015. Mr. Woodbridge was also active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, serving as a former member of its board of directors, and was former vice president of the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad. He enjoyed watching football with his family and attending Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles games. Survivors include four sons and five grandchildren.
Paul Raymon Quillen (Col ’58 L/M) of St. Paul, Virginia, died April 12, 2015. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. At the University, he lived on the Lawn and was a member of the Cavalier Daily staff. A geologist, Mr. Quillen began his career at Clinch River Quarry in St. Paul before working with the U.S. Department of the Interior in Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia. He later developed and mined Quality Quarry for 10 years and after retiring often consulted on natural resources matters for industry and governmental agencies. A talented golfer and a man of many interests, Mr. Quillen was a member of U.Va.’s Thomas Jefferson Society of Alumni and a member of the Rotunda Society. Survivors include his wife, Mary Addington Quillen (Educ ’89 L/M); a daughter, Tammy Quillen Felker (Nurs ’85 L/M); a son; and four granddaughters.
M. Sajjad Yusuf (Grad ’59) of Charlottesville died Feb. 3, 2015. He was a longtime employee of the University of Virginia Library system and a reference specialist for Alderman Library. Mr. Yusuf first came to U.Va. as a student in 1959 and returned to Bangladesh, only to emigrate back to the U.S. in 1968 to settle in Charlottesville. During his time in the Charlottesville and University community, he was a champion for multiculturalism and diversity, and in addition to working with faculty, staff and student groups, was a founding member of several local Muslim organizations. Mr. Yusuf was known for his love of young people, generosity to guests, positive attitude, sage counsel and ability to connect with people from all walks of life; he and his family often hosted dinner guests at their home. He demonstrated a passion for the pursuit of knowledge and always treated people with kind, genuine manners. Survivors include his wife; two daughters; a son, Fayyadh R. Yusuf (Col ’92, Educ ’95, ’98); and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Virginia Library c/o U.Va. Fund, P.O. Box 400314, Charlottesville, VA 22904.