Notices sorted by graduation date.
Nathan Bushnell III (Col ’41 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Sept. 19, 2014. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. At the University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Glee Club. Mr. Bushnell began his career as a hospital administrator with the Richmond Eye Hospital. After moving to Rocky Mount, Va., he served as administrator of Franklin Memorial Hospital and later Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, Va.; Mr. Bushnell promoted equal patient care and worked to desegregate both of these hospitals. In 1974, he left Martinsville to become president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Southwestern Virginia in Roanoke, and in 1977 returned to the work he loved most, leadership and management of a caring facility, becoming president of Westminster Canterbury Richmond. He held that position with the retirement community until he retired in 1987. He also served as preceptor for the MCV School of Hospital Administration from 1958 until his retirement, mentoring many young and aspiring health care administrators. He taught Sunday school and served as a lay reader for his church. He also participated in many community organizations, including the Virginia Hospital Association, the English Speaking Union, the Franklin County PTA and the Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging. An avid photographer and world traveler, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and preparing detailed slideshow travelogues of their trips. Survivors include his wife; a son, Robert Lewis Bushnell (Law ’78); two daughters; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Andrew V. McLaglen (Col ’43) of Friday Harbor, Wash., died Aug. 30, 2014. At the University, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Mr. McLaglen was a prolific director of westerns, action films and television shows who worked with stars such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, James Arness, Maureen O’Hara and others. He began his career in film at Republic Pictures, where he did odd jobs before rising to the role of assistant director on Dakota (1945) and The Quiet Man (1952). His first film as a director was Man in the Vault, a 1956 noir crime thriller. He went on to direct many more films, Shenandoah, The Rare Breed, Chisum and McLintock! among them. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the great era of television Westerns, Mr. McLaglen directed dozens of episodes of Gunsmoke, more than 100 episodes of Have Gun – Will Travel, and a number of episodes of Rawhide, Gunslinger, The Virginian and Wagon Train. He continued to direct movies and television shows through the 1970s and 1980s, his later films including The Wild Geese and Sahara. He retired to the San Juan Islands in Washington, where he directed plays at a community theater. Survivors include a daughter.
Ruth Jones Taylor (Nurs ’44) of Grand Junction, Colo., died Aug. 27, 2014. She served in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a flight nurse. Throughout her career, Ms. Taylor worked in several Colorado health care institutions: the Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System; St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction; and as a school nurse in the Mesa County, Redlands and Fruita areas until her retirement in 1986. She enjoyed traveling with her husband; they took many trips throughout the United States in their motor home and took numerous cruises throughout the world, visiting every continent except Africa and Antarctica. Ms. Taylor loved reading, embroidery, needlepoint and quilting. Survivors include four children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ruby Ellen DeHart White (Nurs ’45) of Englewood, Fla., died Aug. 18, 2014. After graduation, she served as an Army Cadet nurse with World War II veterans. Ms. White was a maternity nurse for many years at Doctor’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. She was an outgoing, spirited woman who enjoyed playing bridge, reading, bowling, bicycling and being outdoors. Ms. White was a member of a number of clubs, including the Republican Club of South Sarasota County and the Silver Spring Women’s Club. Survivors include three daughters, a son, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
William Stribling “Bill” Dingledine (Col ’48, Med ’51, Res ’53) of Richmond, Va., died Aug. 4, 2014. At the University, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. Dr. Dingledine trained in internal medicine at Emory University, the University of Michigan and at Massachusetts General Hospital, with a focus on thyroid and nuclear medicine. In addition to running a private practice, he served as medical director of Virginia Electric and Power Co., now Dominion Resources, where he was known as “Dr. D,” from 1963 to 1995. Survivors include four sons, including William S. Dingledine Jr. (Col ’73 L/M) and Thomas A. Dingledine (Col ’76 L/M); six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister.
John Buster Hemmings (Com ’49, Law ’54 L/M) of Lexington, Va., died Aug. 23, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. At the University, he was a member of the football team. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Hemmings served as vice president and trust officer of Virginia National Bank. Early in his law career, he was a partner with Paxson Marshall and Smith in Charlottesville, where he was also a justice of the peace. Mr. Hemmings spent most of his law career as a partner with Penn Stuart in Abingdon, Va., where he specialized in wills, trusts and estates. His work took him throughout southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee. He was very active in the community as a founding member of the Wesley Memorial Church in Charlottesville and as chair of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the Highland Festival, and was involved in other civic organizations. A loyal U.Va. sports fan, Mr. Hemmings had a happy disposition and an unfailingly kind and gentle nature. Survivors include his wife; a sister; three stepdaughters, including Caroline Edmunds Vandervelde (Col ’87 L/M); and six step-grandchildren, including Sally W. Hansen (Col ’16 L/M).
Edwin O. Lail Jr. (Com ’49) of San Diego died July 22, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He worked for Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company (later Verizon) for 37 years in various positions; one of his more notable contributions was helping to set up the accounting division for getting a man on the moon. After retiring, Mr. Lail enjoyed fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and tending to and driving his antique car, a 1930 Lincoln. Survivors include his wife, two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Maxwell C. Murphy Jr. (Grad ’49) of Austin, Texas, died Aug. 21, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years. After serving during World War II, he became an aide to Gen. Geoffrey Keys and spent much time in Germany and other European countries. After an assignment in the U.S., earning a master’s degree in geography, he went to the Middle East to do mapping for the Army. After serving his final assignment as a professor of military science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Col. Murphy retired from the Army in 1969. He then worked as the budget and planning director for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, and began adjunct teaching at Southwest Texas State. After retiring from the TRC, he continued teaching, first in the public administration department and later in the criminal justice department. He retired from teaching in 2000. His favorite sport was baseball. He was a volunteer umpire for Little League in the Austin area for more than 30 years, and he umpired several Little League World Series games in Michigan and Florida. A dog lover, Col. Murphy enjoyed raising Old English Sheep dogs. Survivors include his wife, five children, four stepchildren, 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Robert Earl Offenbacker (Col ’49, Grad ’51 L/M) of Ashland, Va., died Oct. 8, 2014. At the University, he was a member of the Glee Club. After serving in the U.S. Navy attached to the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C., he joined the mathematics faculty at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland in 1958, with the rank of full professor, where he was highly regarded by his colleagues and was often elected to serve on important committees. He retired in 1994. Mr. Offenbacker enjoyed learning and studying foreign languages, studying Latin liturgies and translating Luther’s German Bible into English. At one time, he played the organ for the local Episcopal church during the week, and he loved flowers, at one time having a large number of hybrid tea roses. Most of all, he enjoyed the company of his friends and entertained them with his wonderful sense of humor and inquisitiveness. He was a kind, thoughtful friend to many, and a Virginia gentleman, down to the bourbon. Survivors include many close friends.