Notices sorted by graduation date.
Ralph C. Wilson Jr. (Col ’41 L/M) of Grosse Pointe, Mich., died March 25, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. At the University, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Mr. Wilson was the founder and owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and one of the founding owners of the American Football League, which merged with the NFL in 1970. Before forming the Bills in 1959, he was a minority shareholder of the Detroit Lions. A member of the “Foolish Club,” the group of original AFL owners, Mr. Wilson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009. He had an endlessly positive outlook and was a mentor and friend to many. Survivors include his wife and two daughters.
Agnes Mae Davis Turner (Nurs ’45) of Charlottesville died April 11, 2014. She worked as a nurse at the University of Virginia Hospital and was employed by the National Legal Research Group. She loved to sew, cook, read and spend time with her friends. Survivors include a son, three grandchildren, a step-granddaughter, two great-grandchildren and two brothers.
Ralph V. Chamblin Jr. (Educ ’47 L/M) of Albuquerque died March 10, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later in the U.S. Naval Reserve. At the University, he was a member of the Glee Club, the Virginia Players and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Mr. Chamblin taught Spanish and French in Delaware and New Jersey for 33 years before joining the Peace Corps and serving in Liberia, West Africa. He was also active in the National Education Association New Mexico and the National Senior Games Association. Survivors include his wife, three daughters and a stepson.
Thomas Parke Hughes (Engr ’47, Grad ’50, ’53 L/M) of Charlottesville died Feb. 3, 2014. He was a leading scholar and pioneer historian in the history of science and technology. At the University, he lived on the Lawn, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Raven Society, Trigon Engineering Society and Kappa Sigma fraternity. Mr. Hughes later taught and lectured at U.Va. in various capacities. As Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History and Sociology of Science, and later as Mellon professor emeritus, at the University of Pennsylvania, he loved teaching and mentoring students. At other times in his career, he held the posts of distinguished visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Torsten Althin Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Mr. Hughes wrote several books on how technology has transformed modern science and culture in both America and Europe, among them Rescuing Prometheus and American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970, a finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in history. He was a member of many organizations, including the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received the Leonardo da Vinci Medal of the Society for the History of Technology. Survivors include a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.
Leonard D. Nectow (Com ’47) of Newton, Mass., and Highland, N.Y., died March 14, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he was a member of the track and field team. After working in the shoe business for many years, during which he was vice president and treasurer of his own company, he became an administrator in the 3rd District Court of Eastern Middlesex in Cambridge, Mass., and later served as chief fiscal officer of the northeast region of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. In his retirement, Mr. Nectow was an active volunteer with Springwell, a nonprofit elderly care service in Watertown, Mass., and was a volunteer auditor of Massachusetts Money Management Programs for the AARP. He enjoyed watching sports and was a voracious reader of historical and political nonfiction. Survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and a sister.
Alexander T. Crockett (Col ’48 L/M) of Durham, N.C., died March 18, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Before beginning his career as a sports writer, he was the business manager of the Wytheville Statesmen minor league baseball team for the 1950 season. Mr. Crockett wrote for Virginia newspapers in Winchester, Abingdon, Bristol and Roanoke, and in 1962, he accepted a position as assistant sports editor at the Durham Herald-Sun. He retired from the paper 30 years later as corporate vice president and secretary. A member of the American Legion, Mr. Crockett was passionate about keeping in touch with family and friends, researching family genealogy and collecting swing-era big band music. He was an ardent fan of the U.Va. Cavaliers and the Detroit Tigers. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lucy Crockett (Educ ’75); two sons; a grandson; and a brother.
Alfred C. Franklin (Col ’49) of Arlington, Va., died Feb. 9, 2014. At the University, he was a member of the Virginia Players and Kappa Sigma fraternity. Mr. Franklin retired in 1986 after a distinguished career with the National Security Agency. Survivors include his wife, a daughter and a brother.
Douglas M. Joyner (Com ’49 L/M) of Norfolk, Va., died April 29, 2014. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and played intramural sports. Mr. Joyner remained active in University affairs as a member of the Lawn Society, the Cornerstone Society, the Thomas Jefferson Society of Alumni and the Virginia Athletics Foundation. Along with his wife, he established a Jefferson Scholars Foundation scholarship in honor of their family. Mr. Joyner was vice president of Colonial Chevrolet, where he worked for 35 years. He was an avid tennis player and golfer who enjoyed socializing with his wife and friends in the Couples Club and at the Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Survivors include a daughter; two sons, including Bryan Joyner (Arch ’78 L/M); and six grandchildren, including Lawson Joyner (Col ’16 L/M). Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglas M. and Peggy Shomo Joyner Family Scholarship c/o Jefferson Scholars Foundation, P.O. Box 400891, Charlottesville, VA 22904.