Notices sorted by graduation date.
George Andrew Bernat Jr. (Col ’80) of Vienna, Va., died Jan. 16, 2009. For 10 years, he was an economist with the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service, where he became section head for rural industry studies. Mr. Bernat then became branch chief in the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, where he studied aspects of industry focused on specific parts of the country. He was former president of the Southern Regional Science Association and an editorial board member of the association’s professional journal, the Review of Regional Studies.
Anne Talbot Brennan (Col ’80 L/M) of Baltimore died May 2, 2009. She worked as a litigator at Whiteford Taylor Preston for 25 years and had significant jury trial and bench trial experience in civil litigation cases throughout Maryland. Ms. Brennan served as managing partner of the firm’s Towson office for four years. She was a member of the Baltimore County Bar Associations’ executive council, for which she chaired a number of committees, and was former president of the U.Va. Alumni Association’s Maryland chapter. She also served on the U.Va. Parents Committee. As a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Ms. Brennan found that there was no centralized resource center for cancer patients, so she organized a fundraising event called “Gastronomique” that raised funds for a resource center there as well as for the Colon Cancer Alliance. Survivors include daughters Mary Helen Brennan (Col ’10 L/M) and Margaret Brigid Brennan (Col ’13).
J. Michael Mullen (Educ ’81 A/M) of Midlothian, Va., died April 9, 2009. He served for 24 years on the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia as deputy and interim director. Mr. Mullen also served at Northern Arizona University as vice president of finance; in Charleston, W.Va., as chancellor of West Virginia’s Higher Education Policy Commission; and as assistant director for finance and program analysis at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
James K. Coppola (Engr ’82) of Fredericksburg, Va., died April 21, 2009. He began his environmental engineering career working as a civilian with the U.S. Army in Germany for five years before transferring to the Corps of Engineers’ headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. Coppola worked for more than 20 years co-managing the multibillion-dollar Formerly Used Defense Sites program, which remediates the environmental damage from chemical and munitions contamination created by the Department of Defense at thousands of properties across the United States.
Merritt Singleton Deitz Jr. (Law ’82) of Henderson, Ky., died April 11, 2009. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with tours in Japan and the Philippines, and then worked for the Lexington Herald as a police reporter. In the early 1960s, Mr. Deitz worked as a lobbyist for the California Wine Institute in Washington, D.C. Later, he worked for the Louisville law firm of Wyatt, Grafton & Sloss and joined Gov. Louie B. Nunn’s staff as general counsel, serving as Kentucky’s commissioner of economic security. Mr. Deitz returned to private practice in Louisville before becoming a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Western District of Kentucky, authoring more than 300 published opinions. Later, he and his wife practiced law together in Henderson, Ky. Most recently, he worked for the firm of Deitz, Shields & Freeburger, which has offices in Henderson and Evansville, Ky.
Michael Woodrow Hubbard (Law ’84 L/M) of Raleigh, N.C., died June 28, 2009. He practiced law for more than two decades with the Raleigh firm of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, and later with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. Mr. Hubbard developed a specialty in health care law and became one of the nation’s experts in health care information security. He co-authored several of the leading texts on safeguarding the privacy of patients’ medical records, including the American Medical Association’s privacy reference manual and guidebook. He was a certified information systems security professional, a member of the North Carolina Medical Care Commission, a co-founder of the Carolina Privacy Officials Network and an officer and member of the North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys. Most recently, Mr. Hubbard was chief privacy officer of UnitedHealth Group.
Patrick M. Patrone (Med ’84) of Lancaster, Pa., died April 16, 2009. He completed his residency in pathology at the Cleveland Clinic and did a fellowship in pediatric pathology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Patrone practiced pathology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia before moving to Lancaster County, where he worked as a pathologist at Lancaster General Hospital for nine years. He also worked at Reading Hospital and most recently at Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, Pa. He was a fellow of the College of American Pathologists.
Michael C. Colley (Com ’85 L/M) of Charlottesville died July 11, 2009. He was a sales representative for NCR Corp. before volunteering in the media relations office of the U.Va. athletics department and then completing an internship with the Atlantic Coast Conference Media Relations Office in Greensboro, N.C. Mr. Colley returned to the University of Virginia as an assistant sports information director. He served as the chief statistician at U.Va. football, men’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s home basketball games and at various NCAA championship events. He also worked on the statistics crew at the NCAA Division I, II and III men’s lacrosse championships and was a primary contributor to the first-ever NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Statistician’s Manual, released in 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Colley Memorial Lacrosse Fund, c/o Virginia Athletics Foundation, P.O. Box 400833, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
Maury Darryl Coggins (Col ’86 L/M) of San Diego, Ala., died June 4, 2009. He received an M.B.A. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and a degree from the John Hopkins University School of Nursing in 1997.
Fayetta Deel Phillips (Educ ’86) of Hurley, Va., died May 7, 2009. She was an elementary school teacher for the Buchanan County Public Schools for 34 years.
Michael R. Kelly (Col ’87 L/M) of Washington, D.C., died April 18, 2009. At the University, he was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. Mr. Kelly was a patent attorney with the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, where he was the partner in charge of the Tokyo office. Survivors include his father, W. Quinn Kelly (Col ’57 L/M).