Notices sorted by graduation date.
Samuel R. Rader (Col ’70, Educ ’73) of Pearisburg, Va., died June 21, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a man of many interests, having been an amateur photographer, furniture maker, boat builder, solar and wind energy enthusiast, building contractor, public works engineer and acting town manager of the town of Narrows. He retired from the Celanese Corporation in Narrows as a pipe fitter.
Donald Gordon Stevens Jr. (Col ’72) of Charlottesville died March 19, 2011. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Phi fraternity. In 1974, he co-founded the Vail Theater Group in Vail, Colo., and was its first CEO. Mr. Stevens returned to Charlottesville and founded the Albemarle Charlottesville Theater Inc. in 1978. From 1982 until 1991, he was the co-owner and CEO of the Gaslight Restaurant, a Charlottesville institution for 30 years, located on West Main Street. In 1991, Mr. Stevens capitalized on his extensive knowledge of Albemarle County and the surrounding area by founding Virginia Tours, which specialized in guided day trips for private clients. In 2002, he decided to shift all his focus to his growing interest in science and genetics, returned to school, and became a medical research specialist in pediatrics at the University of Virginia. Mr. Stevens retired in 2007.
Leona Quadrel Pfeiffer (Educ ’73, Grad ’74) of Herndon, Va., died April 9, 2011. After graduating, she became an adjunct public speaking professor at Montgomery Community College in Maryland and then at Northern Virginia Community College. In her spare time, Ms. Pfeiffer was a gardener, specializing in daylilies as a member of the American Hemerocallis (Daylily) Society and its local affiliates. After her retirement, she became a watercolorist, specializing in nature scenes.
Virginia A. Stirling (Col ’73) of Baltimore died May 14, 2011. Her career included executive positions at Standard & Poor’s, American Express and Dwight Asset Management. Ms. Stirling had a passion for international travel, especially seaside locales and Paris.
Bruce W. Barr (Col ’74) of Palos Verdes, Calif., died April 26, 2011. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was a lawyer for Caltrans and a member of the National Guard.
Guilford D. Acker Jr (Law ’77) of Flagstaff, Ariz., died June 12, 2011. He served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. He practiced law for seven years in Virginia Beach. He later became an adjunct professor of history at Northern Arizona University. He was a collector and vendor of historical memorabilia, specializing in Teddy Roosevelt, prohibition, American Indians, bears and nostalgic black and white photographs of women.
Judith Judge Hawthorne Ashcraft (Educ ’77) of Roanoke, Va., died April 24, 2011. She was the founding president and director of The Specific Reading and Learning Difficulties Association. Through this association, tutorial and summer programs began at Second Presbyterian Church in the summer of 1969, and were then expanded to Raleigh Court Elementary School, Patrick Henry High School and North Cross School. Ms. Ashcraft directed the founding of modified Montessori programs at Raleigh Court Elementary School and North Cross School. These educational programs continued to grow to become the Shedd School Early Learning Center at First Presbyterian Church in 1974. Later, the Shedd School/Early Learning Center was able to build its own facility on Colonial Avenue and became a full-time school. Following her tenure as co-principal at the Shedd School/Early Learning Center facility, Ms. Ashcraft began teaching at Radford University. Her board memberships included Virginia Mental Health Association, Junior League of the Roanoke Valley, Rotary Club of Roanoke and SRLD Association, among others. She volunteered with Literacy Volunteers, Roanoke Fine Art Center and the Bradley Free Clinic, among others. Mrs. Ashcraft was fortunate to have received the following awards: Mother of the Year, Roanoke; Child Advocate of Virginia, presented by former Virginia Gov. Chuck Robb; Roanoke Valley Reading Council Literacy Award; and Roanoke County Outstanding Volunteer.
Richard V. Boren (Educ ’77) of Denton, Texas, died April 6, 2011. He taught special education for more than 30 years in private school settings. He retired from Oakwood School in Annandale, Va., in 2006. Survivors include his brother, J. Stan Boren (Col ’72, Educ ’74 L/M).
Trina Vecchiolla (Nurs ’77, ’88) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., died May 17, 2011. Ms. Vecchiolla served as a clinical nurse specialist in the department of nursing research practice and clinical education at Providence Hospitals in Columbia, S.C. She was a contributor to an HRSA Nurse Practice Education and Retention grant award to Providence Hospitals that ran from 2007 to 2011. Ms. Vecchiolla had more than 30 years of combined experience in acute medical surgical, orthopaedic and rehabilitation nursing. She served as a director of patient care services, a clinical nurse specialist, clinician and educator. She was an active member of both Sigma Theta Tau and the National Association of Orthopaedic Nursing, and had served as a chapter officer in both organizations. In 2005, she received a South Carolina Palmetto Gold award for nursing excellence.
Clarence M. Glenn Jr. (Law ’79) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., died April 7, 2011. In addition to his labor law practice, Mr. Glenn loved traveling and politics, which he followed closely. He was a great cook and loved preparing delicious meals for his family and friends. His volunteer activities included preparing and serving meals at Crisis Ministries, working on various political campaigns and voter registration.
Doreen J. Gridley (Engr ’79 L/M) of Indianapolis died April 2, 2011. She was a director in the legal department at Sony Electronics in San Diego, Calif. Prior to joining Sony, she was a partner and chair of the intellectual property department at Ice Miller. Before entering the legal profession in 1991, Ms. Gridley was an engineering manager and engineer in a variety of technologies, including robotics, hybrid microelectronics, aerodynamics and aeroacoustics. For many years she was deeply involved in Noble of Indiana, an organization dedicated to assisting the developmentally disabled. She also actively supported the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus, and was a charter season ticket holder to and a huge fan of the Indiana Fever of the WNBA.