Notices sorted by graduation date.
Marie Gentry Addington (Educ ’41) of Charlottesville and Bridgewater, Va., died July 20, 2013. She taught for many years in the Albemarle County Public Schools system and was a member of the Virginia Education Association. Survivors include two daughters, including Sara Addington Zimmerman (Educ ’75); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Sylvester H. O’Grince (Engr ’42) of Ocean City, Md., died April 20, 2013. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. At the University, Mr. O’Grince played varsity football. From 1948 to 1962, he worked at the University as the director of buildings and grounds, where he was involved with the restoration of the pavilion gardens and University facilities. He co-authored several books and articles on the University’s camellias and the historical gardens. From 1962 to 1981, Mr. O’Grince served as the director of maintenance, operations and grounds for the Baltimore City Schools and taught civil engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife enjoyed throwing a get-together for their entire extended family every year at Easter. Survivors include two sons, five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Randolph “Ranny” Burwell Cardozo (Com ’45 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died July 21, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he lived on the Lawn, was the manager of the football team and a member of T.I.L.K.A. and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Mr. Cardozo was a vice president at State Planter’s Bank and managing director of James River Capital. In 1989, he and three partners founded Kanawha Capital Management. He served on the boards of a number of organizations, including Sheltering Arms, the Virginia Home and St. Christopher’s School Foundation, among others. He was also a member of the Richmond German and the Country Club of Virginia. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Constance Cardozo Costas (Col ’84); a son, J. Scott Cardozo (Darden ’86, Law ’86); and four grandchildren.
Arthur A. MacConochie (Col ’46, Grad ’50 L/M) of Norfolk, Va., died May 3, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Known to his students as “Mr. Mac,” he taught English and served as department chairman at Norfolk Academy for 40 years. He was a passionate teacher who was always covered with chalk dust at the end of each class. Mr. MacConochie played a primary role in writing both Norfolk Academy’s honor code in 1950 and its philosophy and objectives in 1978. He took pleasure in life’s simple things, like taking a walk with his wife, reading to his children and writing hand-written letters and cards. Survivors include two daughters, including Margaret MacConochie Bright (Col ’75); a son, Arthur Francis “Frank” MacConochie (Col ’78 L/M); and two brothers, Ian MacConochie (Engr ’50) and Francis MacConochie (Col ’53 L/M).
Ellen M. Stout (Nurs ’46, ’49 L/M) of Charlottesville and Fredericksburg, Va., died July 17, 2013. At the University, she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Ms. Stout was a retired U.S. Air Force colonel. She served in the Air Force during the Korean War, and throughout her career held nursing teaching positions at various Air Force bases throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Tachikawa Air Force Base in Japan. She later held administrative nursing positions at Travis Air Force Base in Calif. and Scott Air Force Base in Ill. Ms. Stout served as director of nursing and Air University command nurse at Maxwell Air Force Base in Ala., worked in the Office of Chief Nurse under the Surgeon General in Washington, D.C., and served as the director of nursing at Wiesbaden Air Base in Germany. She participated in the U.Va. School of Nursing’s Nursing Students Without Borders program. Survivors include a brother, a sister and many nieces and nephews.
Benjamin Palmer Davidson Jr. (Engr ’48 L/M) of Greenville, S.C., died April 21, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. At the University, he was a member of the football team and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Mr. Davidson was a chemical engineer, an avid golfer and a sports enthusiast. Survivors include seven children and ten grandchildren.
Charles R. Phillips (Col ’48) of Shorewood, Ill., died March 8, 2013. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. At the University, he sang with the Glee Club. Mr. Phillips retired after a 40-year career with the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad. He enjoyed trains, model and full size, as well as collecting stamps and coins. Survivors include his wife and two sons.
Michael Potter (Med ’49, Res ’50, ’53) of Bethesda, Md., died June 18, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a scientist at the National Cancer Institute whose research led to a greater understanding of tumors and the immune system. Dr. Potter worked for more than 50 years at the NCI, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda. He was a principal investigator in NCI’s laboratory of cell biology and was chief of the laboratory of genetics for more than 20 years. His research focused on plasma cells and on the early stages of tumor development as well as the genetic factors contributing to the susceptibility and resistance to the growth of tumors. In the 1970s, two scientists at the University of Cambridge in England used Dr. Potter’s research to produce monoclonal antibodies, antibodies that scientists can use to measure the presence of hormones and proteins in the blood, and that have been widely used in the treatment of diseases, from cancer to arthritis to autoimmune disorders. Researchers consider this one of the most important advances in medical research of the 20th century. For his research, which he freely shared with other scientists throughout the world, Dr. Potter received the 1984 Lasker Award for basic medical research, an award considered second in prestige only to the Nobel Prize. He enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors. Survivors include a daughter, three granddaughters and a great-grandson.
Robert Cochran Shepherd (Col ’49) of Charlottesville died May 24, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Shepherd worked for the U.S. Department of Defense for 37 years; during that time, he served a three-year post as chief of personnel at Menwith Hill Station, now Royal Air Force station Menwith Hill, in North Yorkshire, England. He and his wife retired to Charlottesville in 1988, where Mr. Shepherd loved to garden, paint and make balsa wood models of houses. He also enjoyed good music and good conversation. Survivors include his wife; three sons, including John B. Shepherd (Col ’73, Educ ’76) and Richard D. Shepherd (Law ’80 L/M); five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.