Notices sorted by graduation date.
Carden C. McGehee Jr. (Arch ’80 L/M) of Richmond died September 1, 2016. At the University, he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma commerce honor society. In 1995 he was published in Colonnade, the UVA Architecture news journal. The University held a special place in Mr. McGehee’s heart, and in addition to two decades of service on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the UVA School of Architecture, he was a supporting member of the Dean’s Forum. After college, he relocated to Washington, D.C., where he worked in commercial real estate as senior vice president at Transwestern. He previously worked at CBRE, Trammell Crow Company, Insignia/ESG, and Barnes Morris & Pardoe. An enthusiastic supporter of the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and a true Southern gentleman, Mr. McGehee had a charisma, dapper style, a gorgeous head of curly black hair and fierce love for his children that will always be remembered. Survivors include his mother, two daughters, their mother, his partner, and a brother and sister.
James Richard Rubin (Grad ’85, ’02) of Boston, Massachusetts, and Charlottesville, died July 6, 2016. Mr. Rubin was a professor of management communications at UVA’s Darden School of Business for 25 years (from 1991 until his death), and for many years was an active player in Charlottesville’s jazz scene. As a young man, Mr. Rubin was one of the top jazz bassists in Boston, with regular gigs at places like the Parker House Hotel. At the University, he met his wife in the graduate student lounge at Wilson Hall; they were married in 1988. As a professor, he was the first faculty recipient of the Frederick S. Morton Award, which now annually recognizes a Darden student for excellence in leadership and the faculty member who contributed the most to that student’s Darden experience. He was also a founding member of Blues Jam, a band composed of Darden faculty and students that played regularly at Darden events. His forthcoming book, Rebuilding Trust in the Age of Social Media, scheduled for publication in early 2017, represents more than 20 years of research. Survivors include his wife, Jane Louise Perry (Grad ’82), and a son.
Michael Neil Greiner (Col ’86 L/M) of South Riding, Virginia, died March 26, 2016. At the University, he was president of the UVA Catholic Students’ Association and served on First Year Council. As a student, he was an active volunteer and a passionate Wahoo fan, attending as many games as he could. After graduation, he taught English in Costa Rica and received his master’s degree in education. Upon returning to the U.S., he taught high school English, Shakespeare, and speech and debate for Fairfax County Public Schools at Lake Braddock, West Springfield and Westfield high schools. Mr. Greiner was active in the Fairfax County school system, sitting on the superintendent’s council, coaching state champion speech and debate teams, and advocating for teachers. To his students, he was known as “Grammar Greiner,” and was once featured in a front-page Washington Post article. He was an adjunct professor at George Mason University, a youth coach in soccer, baseball and basketball for more than 20 years, and a swim team representative for the South Riding Stingrays. He was an active member of the St. Veronica Catholic Church, serving as a lector, usher and extraordinary minister. He also taught and served in the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Greiner spent most of his free time reading whatever he could get his hands on, calling sports radio as “Mike from Loudoun” to offer opinions on various Washington sports teams, making trips to Charlottesville to visit his two eldest daughters and cheer on the Hoos, reading to his children, conversing with everyone and anyone, quoting the Bible or Monty Python, correcting grammar, volunteering to help anyone in need, or making a speech (audience optional). He never lost the enthusiasm, love of life and sense of fun that made him a friend to all during his years at UVA, and he was extremely devoted to his family. Survivors include his wife and four children, including Mary Kathrynne Greiner (Educ ’17), and Gabriella Grace Greiner (Engr ’18).
Jeanette Barbour Harris (Col ’86 L/M) of Clayton, North Carolina, died September 21, 2016. She started her career teaching high school English in Virginia, later moving to Johnston County, North Carolina. There she taught in several elementary schools in the area, with her final posting as a kindergarten teacher. Survivors include her husband, their son and a brother.
Kevin James Duffy (Grad ’88) of Alexandria, Virginia, died February 2, 2016. He was an English and world language teacher at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland, for 20 years, where he was able to share his enthusiasm and passion for literature as well as for teaching Latin. Mr. Duffy cared deeply about his students, and challenged them to greater intellectual pursuits. He also set a fine example for his colleagues, serving as department chair and also informally as a mentor to many. An avid Stone Ridge sports fan, Mr. Duffy cheered at all the games and events. One of his favorite activities was the student basketball game during Spirit Week, where he performed as a member of the cheer and dance team. He also served as statistician for the basketball team and ran with the cross-country team at practice. Outside school, Mr. Duffy was a camp counselor and assistant program director for summer camp. Survivors include his sister.
Elizabeth Barkley Wilson (Grad ’89) of New York City died July 30, 2016. After attending Duke University and transferring to Sweet Briar College, she earned her master’s degree from the University of Virginia in art history. Afterward, she moved to New York City to pursue her career in the art world, and worked for Christie’s and later for the James Maroney Gallery. She then spent 13 years working for the Pierpont Morgan library, where she became an outstanding public relations professional. In her freelance writing career, she wrote for the Morgan, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and other museums and publications. She was a serious scholar, an ardent Italophile, a talented still-life painter, and, surprisingly, an ardent football fan. Her closest friend initially sought her out to meet the source of the raucous laughter coming from the apartment next door during dinner parties, and her many friends remember her as a superb cook. Survivors include her sister, four nieces and nephews, and her two cats, Aslan and Fat Kitty.