Notices sorted by graduation date.
Jan B. Collins Maher (Educ ’70 L/M) of Columbus, Ohio, died Aug. 1, 2011. She taught at the elementary school level for five years in Albemarle County, Va., and Worthington, Ohio, before retiring from teaching to devote herself to the rearing of her four children. She was active in TWIG of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and in Worthington Songsters. Survivors include her husband, Daniel M. Maher (Law ’72 L/M).
Barry Phillips (Col ’71, Med ’75) of Waco, Texas, died Aug. 7, 2011. Dr. Phillips moved to Waco in 1975, where he completed his internship at Providence Hospital. Over his 35 years in medicine, Dr. Phillips served many communities in central Texas as a general practitioner and emergency room physician. He provided care to patients at several area hospitals, including Rosebud Community Hospital, Marlin Hospital, Taylor Hospital and Coryell Memorial Hospital, where he was director of emergency services.
Alfonso Lee Tinsley (Educ ’72 L/M) of Charlottesville died Aug. 26, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, retiring as a master sergeant. He taught in the Charlottesville public school system and retired after more than 30 years. Survivors include a son, Alfonso Lee Tinsley Jr. (Col ’90).
Nancy Thomas Burwell (Educ ’73) of South Hill, Va., died July 22, 2011. She taught in Greenville and Brunswick counties in Virginia. Ms. Burwell was a member of the Brunswick Chapter of the St. Paul’s College Alumni Association and a member of the Brunswick County Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed traveling and writing children’s stories.
Russell V. Palmore Jr. (Col ’73 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died April 7, 2011. In 1973, Mr. Palmore joined the law firm of Mays, Valentine, Davenport & Moore, which later became Troutman Sanders, where he was a partner for 32 years. He was a past president of the Richmond Bar Association, a past president of the Virginia Law Foundation and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Survivors include his wife, Susan C. Armstrong (Law ’79 L/M), and a daughter, Anne Palmore Witthoefft (Col ’00 L/M).
Charlene Brannen Straley (Educ ’73, ’93) of Mansfield, Mass., died July 18, 2011. Ms. Straley was a passionate advocate for students with special needs, and served as supervisor of special education in Madison and Greene counties in Virginia and later in Charlottesville, Va. Ms. Straley also served as a special education administrator for the Commonwealth of Virginia and as the first chief administrator of the Massachusetts Early Childhood Special Education Program. In the latter part of her career, she taught prospective special education teachers at the University of Virginia, Davis & Elkins College and Curry College. She supervised the Albany, N.Y., campaign office for Hillary Clinton’s 2000 senatorial campaign as well as the Gore-Lieberman campaign and was instrumental in the creation of the Coastal Bend Chapter of the Texas Democratic Women’s Association. Ms. Straley was a member of the Mansfield Democratic Town Committee, and represented Mansfield as a delegate to the Massachusetts State Democratic Convention five times. In April 2011, she received an award for outstanding service to the Mansfield Democratic Town Committee, presented by Congressman Barney Frank. Survivors include her husband, Harrison W. Straley (Educ ’75).
James R. Ciccotelli (Grad ’74) of Philadelphia died Aug. 25, 2011. Mr. Ciccotelli had a first career as a college professor at St. Mary’s College at the University of Notre Dame, and a second career as a real estate developer in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Recently he was a part owner of the Atlantic City, N.J., Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.
Gregory G. Colomb (Grad ’74, ’78) of Charlottesville died Oct. 11, 2011. Mr. Colomb joined the English department in the College of Arts & Sciences in 1997 and directed the Academic and Professional Writing Program. After graduating from the University, Mr. Colomb taught at the University of Chicago, Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He helped develop the “Little Red Schoolhouse” curriculum on writing at the University of Chicago, along with Joseph M. Williams, Francis X. Kinahan, Lawrence D. McEnerney and Wayne Booth. The schoolhouse project led to a longtime collaboration with Williams and also yielded several publications, including “The Craft of Research,” which won the Critics’ Choice Award. For the past several years, he worked with a team of graduate students in developing an online version of the schoolhouse curriculum, supported by grants from the Jefferson Public Citizens program and the late Frank Batten. Survivors include a daughter, Lauren J. Colomb (Col ’11).
John Costello (Grad ’75) of El Paso, Texas, died Dec. 27, 2010. Mr. Costello served at Fort Bliss several times throughout his nearly 32-year career and commanded the post from 1995 to 1998. He retired with the rank of lieutenant general in 2002, after leading the U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command. Survivors include a daughter, Adrienne Costello Tekampe (Col ’02).
John H. Moore Jr. (Col ’75, Med ’79) of Radnor, Pa., died Sept. 26, 2011. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. In 1987, Dr. Moore joined the practice of J. Wallace Davis and James W. Fox IV at Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia. During his early career at Jefferson, Dr. Moore traveled to developing countries with Operation Smile to treat cleft lip and palate deformities. He was active in Pennsylvania’s plastic surgical society, the Robert H. Ivy Society, and was its president in 2000. Other medical organizations he belonged to included the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and others. While at Jefferson, he was president of the Volunteer Faculty Association, president of the Jefferson Medical College Medical Alumni Association, and was president of the medical staff at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Jane King Moore (Nurs ’79).
Madalene Schleigh Tinsley (Educ ’75) of Hartwood, Va., died Aug. 20, 2011. She was an educator in both Maryland and Virginia. She was an active member and past president of the Stafford County Senior Citizen Center and was instrumental in relocating the center several years ago. The center awarded her the honor of Grandparent of the Year in 1998 and “Stafford County Teacher of the Year” in 1991.
Susan Cash Whitlock (Col ’75) of Steeles Tavern, Va., died Sept. 9, 2011. After graduation, she worked for Marriott Food Services, Wintergreen Resorts and the Boars Head Inn in managerial roles. After earning her brokers’ license, she worked for Scott & Stringfellow and Davenport & Co., both in Charlottesville. She was at Davenport & Co. for 18 years as an investment executive. An avid horsewoman, Ms. Whitlock showed and instructed in the hunter/jumper division. She was also involved with the Waynesboro Kiwanis Club and was the recipient of the Hixson Award for distinguished service.
Joseph L. Graham (Col ’77 L/M) of Keswick, Va., died Sept. 1, 2011. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After graduation, he co-owned Fog Subs and the Cotton Exchange. Later, he worked as an insurance agent with The Equitable. In 1986, he founded FIC Staff Services, which continues today.
Kay Bays Ficzko (Nurs ’79) of Charlotte, N.C., died Oct. 3, 2011. She worked over 30 years in the Carolinas Health Care System. She began her career in 1979 at Charlotte Memorial Hospital as a staff nurse and later worked as an assistant head nurse. In 1981 she transferred to Mercy Hospital as a head nurse. Ms. Ficzko transitioned into a supervisory position at Mercy Home Care in 1995. Then in 1998, she acted as a uniting catalyst during the merger of Mercy Home Care into Carolinas Home Care. Her most recent position at CMC was director of clinical services of Healthy at Home, Charlotte. In 2005, she received the Pinnacle Award, recognizing her work for the Carolinas Health Care System. Survivors include her husband, Robert K. Ficzko (Col ’77).