Notices sorted by graduation date.
James Edward May (Engr '42) of Auburn, Calif., died Aug. 10, 2012. At the University, he was a member of Theta Tau engineering fraternity. He was assigned to the Naval Training School at MIT in 1943 and subsequently served on active duty as an engineering officer in the U.S. Navy until 1946. Mr. May was a faculty member of the U.Va. School of Engineering from 1946 to 1962, where he taught mechanical and aeronautical engineering and later served on a number of university committees, including the student union committee. He was elected to the Raven Society in 1959. In 1962, he moved his family to California and began work in technical management for the Lockheed Corp. He retired in 1980 but soon accepted an assignment with the U.S. Army Foreign Sciences and Technology Center in Charlottesville, from which he retired in 1985. In retirement, Mr. May pursued his interest in watercolor painting and showed his work at a number of galleries, among them the Virginia Watercolor Society and the Art Upstairs Gallery. He continued to paint and exhibit in local art shows after his move to Auburn, Calif., in 2006. Survivors include a brother, Ralph E. May (Engr '52, Darden '58).
James Madison Macon IV (Col '43, Law '48) of Richmond, Va., died Aug. 31, 2012. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II. At the University, he lived on the Lawn and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He served as commonwealth's attorney for Charles City County and later practiced law in Richmond for more than 40 years. He was an avid tennis player, dedicated to his Saturday morning doubles group. Mr. Macon enjoyed the company of friends and family, often reading or discussing history. He was a founding member and secretary of the board of the directors of the National Society of Madison Family Descendants. He served on the board of the Henricus Foundation and was a member of a number of organizations, including the Virginia Historical Society. Survivors include a daughter, Anne Macon Craig (Col '76); and four sons, James Madison Macon V (Col '78), Hill Carter Macon (Col '80), Edward Meade Macon (Col '80) and John Gilmer Macon (Col '85).
Odra Potter Rosenbeck (Nurs '43) of Shreveport, La., died Aug. 31, 2012. She served in the Army Nurse Corps in Maryland, New Jersey and England. After leaving the Army Nurse Corps in 1945, Ms. Rosenbeck accepted a position with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, and served there until her retirement in 1979.
Juliette Belew Troxel (Nurs '43) of Winchester, Va., died Aug. 21, 2012. She practiced nursing until 1949, when she married and began a family. Ms. Troxel was a Cub Scout leader for many years. In 1971, she received the Silver Fawn Award from the Boy Scouts of America for her outstanding support of Cub Scout programs. She also worked in her husband's medical practice after her children were grown. She loved sewing, knitting, traveling and cooking. Survivors include two sons, Charles E. Troxel (Col '76), and James R. Troxel (Engr '78, '79).
John Melton Hudgins Jr. (Com '47) of Salem, Va., died July 27, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Hudgins began his career as a life insurance agent for Phoenix Mutual and later became executive vice president of Richfood in Richmond, Va. He later served as general manager for Associated Grocers, founder and CEO of Hop-In Food Stores and a commercial real estate agent for L.S. Waldrop Realty. He served on a number of civic and community boards, among them the state board of directors of Easter Seals Virginia, where he served for 26 years. He enjoyed bird watching and traveling the world with his wife. Survivors include his wife; a son, John Melton Hudgins IV (Col '72 L/M); and a daughter, Nancy E. Hudgins (Law '78 L/M).
Richard David Taplitz (Col '47, Law '50) of Kentfield, Calif., died Aug. 30, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps. At the University, he was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and played in the marching band. He was an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board for 22 years. Mr. Taplitz was an outdoorsman, a sailor, a world traveler and a talented clarinetist and saxophonist who loved to debate. He frequently photographed the Point Reyes National Seashore, Mount Tamalpais and the high Sierra. Survivors include a brother, William C. Taplitz (Col '48), and a grandson, Adam P. Joseph (Col '13).
Seymour Robinson Young (Col '47, Law '50 L/M) of Alexandria, Va., died Oct. 11, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1946. At the University, he was a Lawn resident and a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He served in the Central Intelligence Agency for nearly 30 years as an operations officer in the Far East, Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, as well as the chief military liaison officer for counterintelligence operations. Mr. Young was a civic activist, always engaged in supporting and preserving Old Town, Alexandria. He served two terms as president of the Old Town Civic Association. An avid sailor, he was a founding member of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. His hobbies included making antique reproduction furniture, designing stained glass pieces and, later in life, watercolor and mixed media painting. Survivors include his wife, Marion Mundy Young (Educ '42).
John Calvin Crecink (Grad '48) of Starkville, Miss., died Aug. 12, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Crecink was an agricultural economist with the United States Department of Agriculture at Mississippi State University.
Lewis L. Green (Engr '49) of Washington, Pa., died Aug. 25, 2012. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. After graduating from the University, he attended law school and worked in the jet engine division of Westinghouse. Mr. Green later became president of the S.A. Meyer Company in Washington, Pa. He was active in a variety of local civic activities.
Charles Lemuel Halstead (Col '49 L/M) of Charlottesville died Sept. 6, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy and in the Naval Reserves. At the University, he played in the marching band. He established a dental practice in Norfolk, Va. and later served for 26 years on the Emory University Dental School faculty in Atlanta. He wrote several textbooks and won many awards, among them a Fulbright Fellowship for research at the Royal College of Dentistry in Copenhagen. Dr. Halstead helped establish the oral pathology department and first oral-maxillofacial biopsy service at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and collected a unique database of images that he used to develop a diagnostic program for everyday dental practice. He sought to help dentists and hygienists identify serious diseases in early, treatable stages. Dr. Halstead lectured in Denmark, Scotland, England, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Brazil, and at the U.Va. School of Medicine. He loved the beach, music and sports. Survivors include his wife, Jean Roberts Halstead (Nurs '50 L/M).
Lapsley Walker Hamblen Jr. (Col '49, Law '53 L/M) of Falls Church, Va., died Sept. 10, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. At the University, he was a Lawn resident, served on the Honor Committee and the staff of the Virginia Law Weekly, and was a member of the football and boxing teams, Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Eli Banana, the 13 Society, the IMP Society, the V Club, the German club and the Student Legal Forum. Judge Hamblen was also elected to the Order of the Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Raven Society. In 1957, he became a partner in the Lynchburg, Va., law firm of Caskie Frost Hobbs and Hamblen. In 1982, he was appointed a deputy assistant attorney general in the tax division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and later that year was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to be a judge of the United States Tax Court. He was later elected by his colleagues to be chief judge until he attained senior status in 1996. He served as a senior judge until his retirement in 1999.
John Pendleton "Jack" Leachman (Col '49 L/M) of Middleburg, Virginia and Washington, D.C., died June 7, 2012. At the University, he was a pitcher and four year letter winner on the varsity baseball team and was a member of the IMP Society and Eli Banana. Mr. Leachman spent his entire career in the lumber business, serving as chief executive officer of Commonwealth Corporation, the holding company for various family lumber interests, and orchestrated the company's sale to Boise Cascade in 1969. He was chairman of Johnson and Wimsatt and served on numerous boards, among them the University of Virginia Alumni Board of Managers and Carolina Components Corporation. Mr. Leachman had a life-long love of horses and horse racing. He took great pleasure keeping up with family and friends, and helping others whenever needed. Survivors include a son, Scott R. Leachman (Col '82 L/M); granddaughters Elizabeth Larson Leachman (Nurs '06) and Jane Tyler Leachman (Col '06, Educ '07); and grandsons John Pendleton Leachman III (Col '98), Benjamin H. Leachman (Com '99, Darden '05), Thomas B. S. Leachman Jr. (Col '10), Scott R. Leachman Jr. (Col '11 L/M), and Robert Woods Leachman (Col '16).
Henry Clay Sexton IV (Col '49) of Charlottesville died Oct. 3, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II. At the University, he was a Lawn resident. Mr. Clay loved plants and was a prolific reader, especially of European aristocratic history. He was fluent in French and loved traveling to France and Italy.