Notices sorted by graduation date.
Harry Mapp Walker (Col ’40) of Vero Beach, Fla., died Sept. 9, 2013. One of his favorite memories of the University was witnessing President Franklin D. Roosevelt deliver the commencement address in 1940. Mr. Walker was a chemical engineer in the cellophane and textile fibers division of DuPont in Old Hickory, Tenn., for most of his career. He loved the Chesapeake Bay and retired to his childhood home of Bayford on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where he served on the soil and ground water conservation committee and was a member of the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club. Survivors include a daughter; two sons, including Stephen H. Walker (Engr ’71); and four grandchildren, including Katherine F. Lynch (Col ’04).
William M. Goadby (Com ’41) of North Branford, Conn., died Aug. 17, 2013. During his career, he worked for Pan American Airlines and Otis Elevator. A longtime member of the National Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy, he enjoyed bird-watching, traveling, reading, cooking and listening to music. Mr. Goadby made Scrabble tile racks and birdhouses in his woodshop. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, a son, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Charles Ray Jr. (Grad ’41) of Charlotte, N.C., died Sept. 7, 2013. At the University, he was a member of the Raven Society and was a research fellow at Blandy Experimental Farm. From 1941 to 1951, he worked as a flax research geneticist for Ecusta Mills, where he established research programs with universities across the country. Mr. Ray studied at the Rabinovitch Photography Gallery in New York from 1951 to 1952, where he exhibited a one-man show of his photographs of plants. He joined the biology department at Emory University in 1952, teaching genetics, bacteriology, cytology and botany until his retirement in 1980. While at Emory, he established a photo lab for the biology department and received an outstanding teacher award from the Association of Southwestern Biologists. Survivors include a son, a grandson, and two great-granddaughters.
Robert Ray III (Col ’46) of Alexandria, Va., died Feb. 6, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a translator of Chinese maps. In 1946, Mr. Ray opened Cavalier Antiques in Georgetown in Washington, D.C., moving the business to its current location on Prince Street in Alexandria in 1962. He took great pleasure in learning about, owning and dealing in fine Oriental porcelains, ancient artifacts and 18th-century American furniture. Survivors include a son, Robert Ray IV (Arch ’86); and a granddaughter.
Blaine Peyser Friedlander Sr. (Col ’48 L/M) of Columbia, Md., and Falls Church, Va., died July 21, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At the University, he lived on the Range and was a member of the College Topics staff and Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. He was also the goalkeeper for the University’s inaugural lacrosse team. Mr. Friedlander practiced law at the family law firm, Friedlander & Friedlander, for three decades. In his spare time, he was active with numerous community and veterans groups, including the Korean War Veterans Association and VFW Post 8469 in Fairfax, Va., both of which were instrumental in establishing the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. In his retirement, Mr. Friedlander took courses at George Mason University, where he founded the Student Veterans Association, now known as the Veterans Society of GMU. Survivors include his wife; two children, including Diane Friedlander Goodridge (Col ’84 L/M); and three brothers, Mark P. Friedlander Jr. (Col ’51, Law ’57 L/M), Harry P. Friedlander (Col ’58) and Jerome P. “Jerry” Friedlander (Law ’68).
Oliver Hitch (Com ’48 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Sept. 6, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He spent his career in the insurance business, starting on the company side as a field underwriter for New Amsterdam Casualty Insurance Co., then moving on to the agency side in Richmond with Carneal Insurance. In 1960, he founded the Hitch Agency in downtown Richmond, where he remained until 1981, when he merged his agency with Alexander & Alexander of Virginia. He and his wife spent a great deal of time aboard their sailboat, Victory, sailing around the Chesapeake Bay and spending winters in Florida and the Bahamas. In his spare time, Mr. Hitch loved following U.Va. football games, hunting with the Dove Club, sailing and spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He was a past president of the Richmond Ballet and a member of various clubs, including the West Richmond Businessmen and the Vero Beach Country Club in Vero Beach, Fla. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, eight grandchildren and two great-grandsons.
Frederick C. Kurtz (Com ’48 L/M) of Springfield, Va., died Aug. 16, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. At the University, he lived on the East Range. Mr. Kurtz was a professor emeritus of accounting at George Washington University, where he taught for 43 years. He served on the GW faculty senate and on that university’s executive committee. He also co-wrote two textbooks on accounting. Mr. Kurtz enjoyed watching football and baseball and loved spending time with his three grandsons. Survivors include his wife; three children; including Frederick C. Kurtz Jr. (Col ’78 L/M); and three grandsons.
Edward Niemann Jr. (Engr ’48, ’51) of Willow Street, Pa., died Aug. 22, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy and later in the Naval Reserve until 1959. At the University, he was a member of the Naval ROTC. He was a communication system engineer at General Electric for 36 years, retiring from the Astro Space Division, Valley Forge, in 1987. In retirement, he and his wife traveled to the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland, participating in more than 60 Elderhostel travel programs in their spare time. Survivors include his wife, four children, three grandsons and a step-granddaughter.
John Wallace Reardon (Col ’48 L/M) of Harrisonburg, Va., died Oct. 6, 2013. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. At the University, he was a member of the football team, Eli Banana and Theta Delta Chi fraternity. Mr. Reardon worked in the human resources field for a number of companies, including Dan River Mills in Danville, Va.; Bruning; Smith’s Transfer Corp. and the Virginia Employment Commission. Survivors include a son, a daughter, three stepchildren, four grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.