Notices sorted by graduation date.
James F. “Jim” Tomlinson (Col ’50 L/M) of Brunswick, Maine, died July 17, 2018. After growing up in Ventura, California, he served in the army of occupation in Germany during World War II. He wrote frequent letters home describing both the drudgery of Army life and his eager visits to centers of European culture. In 1946, he was honorably discharged and attended college under the GI Bill, starting at the University of Southern California and finishing at UVA, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In his 41-year career with the Associated Press, Mr. Tomlinson rose from correspondent to bureau chief, and he eventually became vice president, secretary and treasurer. He relished the opportunities of a reporter’s life. Through his work, he met four U.S. presidents and traveled to every continent—including a 1957 trip to Antarctica, where he developed a lifelong affinity for penguins. He was an active, adoring father whose enthusiastic care for his daughters broke the stereotype of the serious New York executive. Every evening, he changed into his “play clothes” and jumped right into whatever game was being played. He read Snow White hundreds of times, made chocolate chip cookies every weekend, and played wiffle ball and football in Central Park, followed by trips to get frozen yogurt. In retirement, Mr. Tomlinson audited classes at Columbia and Barnard, completed New York Times crosswords in ink, and swam a mile every day at the New York Athletic Club, twice with Michael Phelps in the next lane. He won multiple age-group trophies in the club’s annual swimming marathon. He was known for his quick smile, corny wit, prolific vocabulary and genuine optimism. He delighted to greet friends with a quip or a line from a show tune. He lived each day with gratitude. Survivors include his wife, Sally; two daughters, including Victoria Tomlinson (Law ’96); two granddaughters; and two step-grandchildren.
J. Dalton Couig Jr. (Col ’51 L/M) of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, died May 12, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army. At UVA, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University. He began his career as a chemist before transitioning to computers and telecommunications, and he retired from Hughes Aircraft Corp. in 1987. Survivors include seven children; nine grandchildren, including Madeline Smith (Col ’19 L/M); one step-grandson; a brother and a sister.
Ethelene Nichols Schelling (Nurs ’51 L/M) of Petersburg, Tennessee, died May 31, 2018. She was head nurse of general surgery at UVA Hospital when she married E. Paul Schelling (Engr ’52 L/M). She continued to work part-time in nursing, primarily in the Frederick, Maryland, area until shortly before her 85th birthday. Survivors include a daughter; a son, Mark Schelling (Engr ’83, ’84 L/M); and two granddaughters, Rachel Schelling (Col ’18 L/M) and Rebecca Schelling (Col ’21 L/M).
Daniel W. Myers II (Com ’52, Law ’57) of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, died Sept. 30, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army. While at UVA, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and ROTC. He was always proud of his alma mater. He had a long career as a partner of and of counsel to several law firms in New Jersey. He was a member of the American Arbitration Association as well as the Virginia and New Jersey bars. A gentleman in all respects, Mr. Myers was known for his honesty, integrity and responsibility. Survivors include his wife, Gretchen Christophel; and three daughters.
Oliver A. “Buddy” Pollard Jr. (Col ’54 L/M) of Petersburg, Virginia, died June 10, 2018. At UVA, Mr. Pollard lived on the Lawn and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and ROTC. He participated in football, lacrosse and track. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps before attending the T. C. Williams Law School of the University of Richmond. Mr. Pollard was an attorney, and later a partner, with White, Hamilton, Wyche & Shell. Like his father, he became a judge on the Petersburg Circuit Court, where he served for 29 years. He enjoyed many things, including oil painting, furniture building, genealogy and historic preservation. He also authored Under the Blue Ledge, a history of Nelson County. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; three sons: Oliver “Trip” Pollard III (Col ’83, Law ’87, Grad ’88 L/M), John M. Pollard (Col ’88) and Edward P. Pollard (Col ’90 L/M); a daughter; and six grandchildren, including Kate Pollard (Col ’18 L/M) and Tom Pollard (Col ’21).
James S. “Jim” Hickson (Engr ’55) of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, died May 7, 2018. At the University, where he met his wife on a blind date, he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and the Tau Beta Pi academic honor society. After graduation, he worked for E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. for 38 years and, after retiring, became a real estate agent in Bedford, Virginia. In 2002, he and his wife moved to Glenwood Springs to be closer to their only child. Known for his strong faith, Mr. Hickson enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying model airplanes, skiing, riding ATVs, playing a competitive game of duplicate bridge and tinkering with everything. Survivors include his wife, Mildred; a daughter; and a grandson.
Charles Lawson Willard III (Col ’56, Law ’59) of Stonington, Connecticut, died June 1, 2018. After graduating from law school, Mr. Willard practiced at Kelly, Dry, Newhall, McGinness & Warren in New York. He subsequently joined the legal department of Mobil Oil and developed an expertise in international agreements. He lived in Saudi Arabia for several years while working for the company. Upon his retirement, Mr. Willard lived in Stonington and London, England. Among his favorite pastimes were cruising on his motor yacht Curlew off Stonington Harbor (in particular, crossing to Fishers Island Club for a round of golf) and hosting floating dinner parties for his many friends. He was a great raconteur and conversationalist and was an avid reader of history who was happy to share his joy in the “Flag of Stonington” with anyone who would listen. He was an active supporter of many organizations in Stonington and England, including Mystic Seaport, Mystic and the American Friends of Royal Museums Greenwich in Greenwich, England. Survivors include his companion, Kate Babcock Yates; two children; five grandchildren; four stepchildren; and four siblings.
William K. Rector (Col ’57, Grad ’58 L/M) of Port St. Lucie, Florida, died July 13, 2018. At UVA, he was quarterback for the football team and a member of the IMP Society and Beta Theta Pi. He was a member of the Air Force ROTC. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, completing assignments around the world with multiple commands. He received many awards, including the Bronze Star Medal, and retired from active duty in 1984. During his service, he earned a second master’s degree and a doctoral degree from Auburn University. After retiring from a second career in security services in 2000, he and his wife moved to Florida. Among other things, Col. Rector loved lifelong learning, reading, sports and traveling. He volunteered for Mended Hearts, where he helped patients recovering from heart surgery, and he organized class reunions and ceremonies for veterans. He was known for his integrity and his sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, Bev; three daughters; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters.
Willard Henry Andrews Jr. (Com ’59 L/M) of Richmond, Virginia, died July 10, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years, including during the Cuban blockade. At UVA, he was a member of Delta Phi fraternity (St. Elmo Hall) and a senior manager of the 1958 varsity football team. He served on the honor committee and was a member of T.I.L.K.A., Omicron Delta Kappa, the Raven Society and Beta Gamma Sigma. He was also elected vice president of the McIntire School of Commerce. Later, he served on the board of the Virginia Student Aid Foundation (now VAF) from 1984 to 1989, chairing the membership and campaign committee for six years, during which time he pioneered new member campaigns to significantly increase membership. He received the first VSAF Volunteer of the Year Award in 1989. In his business life, Mr. Andrews specialized in turning around struggling companies. Most notably, he was president and CEO of MacMillan & Cameron Co. in Wilmington, North Carolina, an auto parts wholesaler in southeastern North Carolina. He served as president of the Virginias-Carolinas Automotive Wholesalers Association. In recent years, he was executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail. In the community, Mr. Andrews was president of the Wilmington Rotary Club and a board member of the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. He was later president of the Rotary Club of Richmond and a board member of the American Red Cross and Boys Club of Richmond. Survivors include his wife, Anne; two sons; and four grandchildren.
John V. M. “Jack” Gibson (Col ’59) of Memphis, Tennessee, died March 24, 2018. At UVA, he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity, the Glee Club, and the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. He went on to earn his master’s in regional planning from Cornell University before serving in Colombia as a Peace Corps volunteer. He worked in planning positions in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Memphis, where he was chief of the Long Range Planning Division. He later taught city planning at the University of Memphis, where he was instrumental in getting the graduate program certified, and at Florida State University. Mr. Gibson was especially proud of his role assisting the effort to block I-40 from running through Overton Park in Memphis. He wrote the technical brief proving that there were “feasible and prudent” alternative routes for the highway in the case, which went to the Supreme Court. He was active in economic development projects in Memphis, and as founding chair of the Beale Street Development Corp., he took pride in helping to revitalize Beale Street. He also founded Allied Business Brokers, which he owned and operated for 25 years. In retirement, he worked as a business appraiser and business counselor. Active in the community, he served three years as chair of the Shelby County Democratic Party, chaired the board of the Salvation Army, and served as president of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He greatly enjoyed tennis, crossword puzzles and the Baguette Brothers Bible Study Group, but he especially loved his family’s summer camp in the Adirondacks. Survivors include a son; a daughter; four grandchildren; three stepchildren; two brothers, including Robert F. Gibson III (Law ’65); and a sister.
Richard S. Stephenson Jr. (Col ’59) of Heathsville, Virginia, died April 19, 2018. At UVA, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He opened Skilligalee, a restaurant in Richmond, in 1970 and ran it for 43 years. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; his son; and his granddaughter.