Notices sorted by graduation date.
Kathryn “Kaki” Ballou-Clement (Col ’81 L/M) of Charlotte, North Carolina, died Aug. 9, 2015. At the University, she was chair of the University Union and a member of La Maison Français and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After graduation, she sold tank car resins for Dow Chemical in Atlanta before moving to Charlotte to start a family. Ms. Ballou-Clement was a part-time volunteer at the Wendover Road substation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and was active in the North Carolina Court System’s Guardian ad litem program, supporting and advocating for women and children in the court system. She also led the PTA at Sharon Elementary School and was known for her dry wit and sly humor. As a mother, she delighted in spending time with her sons and supporting their interests, sewing Halloween costumes, camping, baking and participating in Eagle Scout activities. She knew every flower in the garden and loved roses most. Survivors include two sons and three brothers, Eric Ballou (Col ’82, Law ’85 L/M), Ernest W. “Wade” Ballou Jr. (Law ’83) and Robert Ballou (Col ’84, Law ’87 L/M).
Doris McCormick (Col ’83) of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, died Sept. 12, 2015. She worked as a Web design specialist for the state of New Jersey for 28 years. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, three brothers, six sisters and an aunt.
Helen Killory Qammar (Engr ’83, ’86) of Akron, Ohio, died Jan. 7, 2013. She was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Akron for 23 years, and for six years served as director of the school’s Institute for Teaching and Learning. Survivors include two sons, seven siblings and many friends.
Laurence “Leo” Cochrane II (Col ’86 L/M) of Norwalk, Connecticut, died Aug. 10, 2015. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He worked as Northeast fleet manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car and as director of U.S. business development for Pursuit Dynamics before founding Active Air Solutions, a provider of energy-efficient indoor air quality systems. A loving father and husband, Mr. Cochrane enjoyed cooking and often prepared lavish meals for his family and friends. He was an avid UVA Cavaliers fan and enjoyed golfing at Wee Burn Country Club. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; a son; two brothers, including Hugh V. Cochrane (Col ’87 L/M); his mother; and his stepfather.
Kristina B. Grist (Col ’88 L/M) of Herndon, Virginia, died July 26, 2015. At the University, she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. She began her career working at the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela and transitioned to working in defense contracting as a senior proposal manager. Ms. Grist volunteered frequently at Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston, Virginia, and went on mission trips to Honduras with her church. She loved flowers and cooking, and had an eccentric style, irreverent sense of humor and a never-ending supply of curse words. She was a caring mother and friend and was always willing to give someone the shirt off her own back. Survivors include her daughter, father, mother and stepfather, a sister and two nephews.
Richard Thomas “Rusty” Shropshire (Col ’88, Darden ’92 L/M) of Richmond, Virginia, died Oct. 2, 2015. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Phi Society. Most recently, Mr. Shropshire was information technology project manager and contracting officer representative for the issuer data collection and management division at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He had previously been a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch, a director of the Henry County Plywood Corp. and a co-founder of and chief equity markets consultant for MOS Capital Inc. Mr. Shropshire was an adventurous runner, bicyclist, trekker and amateur climber who hiked and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Nepal’s Mera Peak. He was known as a friendly and caring person with a calm and pleasant demeanor and gentle disposition. Survivors include his mother; his uncle, Edward Gravely (Com ’68 L/M); two aunts and many cousins.