Notices sorted by graduation date.
George L. Forsyth (Col ’70) of Roanoke, Va., died Dec. 5, 2011. Mr. Forsyth began his career with Chas. Lunsford Sons & Associates in 1976, becoming its executive vice president and secretary. He was a former president of the boards of Greenvale Nursery, the History Museum of Western Virginia and Family Service of Roanoke Valley. He served on the board of trustees of Virginia Episcopal School. Survivors include his wife, Louise Perkins Forsyth (Educ ’75); and two daughters, Temple Forsyth Basham (Col ’00 L/M) and Anne Forsyth Bass (Nurs ’00).
David J. Prior (Grad ’72) of Wise, Va., died Feb. 2, 2012. He was the chancellor of the University’s College at Wise. Under his leadership, U.Va.-Wise marked its fifth year of the “Fulfilling the Dream” campaign, which exceeded its goal of raising $50 million. The campaign created 77 new student scholarship funds and provided funding for academic programs, faculty support, athletics, student life enhancement and several initiatives such as the Marching Highland Cavaliers Band. Mr. Prior helped develop the software engineering, computer science, management information systems, biochemistry and music majors at U.Va.-Wise. He was at the college’s helm during construction of many buildings, including the Hunter J. Smith Dining Commons, the Gilliam Center for the Arts and two residence halls, as well as the renovation of the Leonard W. Sandridge Science Center. Mr. Prior was extremely proud of the construction of the college’s $30 million Convocation Center, a facility that was funded by the Virginia General Assembly and gave Southwest Virginia its first major venue for hosting conventions, sporting competitions, concerts and other events. Before coming to the University, he began his teaching career in 1973 at the University of Kentucky, where he eventually held dual full professorships in biological sciences and physiology and biophysics. He left in 1987 to become chairman of the department of biology at Northern Arizona University and was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences there in 1992. He served as dean of the graduate school of Northern Michigan University. For seven years, he served as a provost in the University of Wisconsin system. As a researcher, he had more than 20 years of continuous funding and is credited with more than 100 research publications, symposium presentations, review articles and book chapters.
Peter G. Gantsoudes (Com ’74 L/M) of Buckhead, Ga., died Nov. 13, 2011. At the University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he moved to Atlanta to work for Trust Company Bank and worked for Branch and Associates.
William Forrest Muenster (Col ’74 L/M) of Lancaster, Pa., died Nov. 7, 2011. At the University, he was a member of the Virginia Players, the French Club and the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. He later worked for various technological companies and moved to Lancaster in 1993 to work for the map division of R.R. Donnelly. In 1994, the division became an independent firm, Geosystems. He was a unit president and was involved in launching the MapQuest website in 1999. In 2004, Mr. Muenster became a certified yoga instructor. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Gress Muenster (Col ’74 L/M).
Lowell D. Harold (Educ ’75) of Staunton, Va., died Dec. 10, 2011. His teaching career began in 1971 at North River Elementary School and continued at S. Gordon Stuart Middle School. He was assistant principal at Beverley Manor Elementary School and Stuarts Draft Middle School and principal at New Hope Elementary School. Before retiring in 2001, he was the assistant principal at Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School. He had served as solo coordinator on the board of Augusta Retired Educators. Mr. Harold enjoyed volunteering his time in the library at Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School, gardening, NASCAR and U.Va. football. He was an avid Redskins fan and was very loyal to the Staunton Braves baseball team.
Christopher C. Joyner (Grad ’77 L/M) of Washington, D.C., died Sept. 10, 2011. He was a professor, director and co-founder of Georgetown University’s Institute for International Law and Politics. Mr. Joyner, a top expert in international law and Antarctica, previously taught at George Washington University, Dartmouth College, Muhlenberg College and the University. He served as the vice president of the International Studies Association, vice chair of the American Council on the United Nations and four-time chair of the International Law Section of the International Studies Association. He was a former senior editor and adviser to the Virginia Journal of International Law.
Katharine M. Rodier (Col ’77, Grad ’82) of Huntington, W.Va., died Sept. 10, 2011. She was a faculty member in the department of English at Marshall University. She was the co-editor of two collections of critical essays and the author of numerous scholarly articles, including an extensive study of Bessie Woodson Yancey, the sister of African-American historian and Huntington native Carter G. Woodson, for whom U.Va.’s Institute for African-American & African Studies is named. At the time of her passing, she was involved in the recovery of lost writings by American women authors. Recognized at Marshall by multiple awards in both teaching and graduate student advising, she served for 10 years as the English department’s director of graduate and undergraduate studies. Survivors include a sister, Anne Rodier Sanda (Col ’81 L/M).
Rufus Calvin Barkley III (Col ’78) of Laguna Beach, Calif., died Dec. 3, 2011. Mr. Barkley founded Riverside Commercial Investors, located in Riverside, Calif., which deals in large-scale industrial development in Riverside and Ontario counties and elsewhere. He was an avid surfer and hunter.