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In Memoriam | Summer 2016

In Memoriam: 1940s

Notices sorted by graduation date

John L. Mastran (Com ’43) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, died March 3, 2016. At the University, he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and the Raven Society. He worked at RCA for more than 40 years, eventually becoming vice president of organization and planning. He served as chairman of an organization specialist unit at The Conference Board, an international group that provides organization planning for American companies, and on the national board of Contact USA. He was also a member of Save the Environment of Moorestown and the New Jersey Society of Pennsylvania. An avid golfer, Mr. Mastran played at courses throughout the U.S., Ireland and Scotland and was especially proud of his seven holes-in-one on the eighth hole at the Moorestown Field Club in New Jersey. Survivors include two daughters; two granddaughters, including Susanna Paterson (Col ’04); and one great-granddaughter.

Claude C. “Jack” Coleman Jr. (Col ’44 L/M) of Richmond, Virginia, died April 11, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. At the University, he was a member of Eli Banana, IMP Society and Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. He joined the University medical faculty and established the division of plastic surgery in 1956. He also directed the Head and Neck Tumor Clinic at the University of Virginia Hospital. In 1964, he left the University to start a private practice in Richmond, eventually becoming chief surgeon at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. The University of Virginia department of plastic and maxillofacial surgery honors Dr. Coleman and his father, also a former academic physician at the University, with the annual Claude C. Coleman Jr. and Sr. Lectureship in Craniofacial Surgery, established in 1992. Dr. Coleman enjoyed boating, saltwater fishing, duck hunting, vegetable gardening and pickling figs. Survivors include his wife; a son, Claude C. Coleman III (Col ’76 L/M); a daughter; four granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

Charles Edgar “Eddie” Bryant (Educ ’45 L/M) of Culpeper, Virginia, died March 27, 2016. At the University, he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the football team. Known as “Flash” for his speed and athleticism, in of the earliest professional football contracts, he signed with the Boston Yanks. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II before returning to the University to finish his degree. After graduation, Mr. Bryant taught history and coached the football team at Staunton Military Academy, later working as an assistant football coach at Yale University and the University of Richmond. He co-founded Ryan Films, which focused on high school sports films and was eventually bought by MacMillan Publishing. He traveled around the world, visiting at least 55 countries, and taught English at Holy City Episcopal School in Honduras for four years. Mr. Bryant also volunteered as a “pink lady” at the Culpeper Regional Hospital and served on the board of the Culpeper Red Cross and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Board. In recognition of his charitable work, he was chosen to carry the Olympic torch through Charlottesville in 1996 and ran his portion of the route without assistance at age 78. In 2001, he was honored as a Culpeper Colonel for his citizen service. Survivors include four daughters, including Julie Bryant Bendle (Col ’83) and Carter Bryant Thomas (Com ’85); eight grandchildren, including Kate Farley (Arch ’08) and Pete Farley (Col ’09); and four great-grandchildren.

Alice Lorraine Wallenborn (Nurs ’48) of Charlottesville died Feb. 21, 2016. She served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps during World War II. After graduation, she worked as nursing director at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia, and as a nursing instructor at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg and Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Virginia. After completing a master’s program and a doctorate in nursing education at Teachers College, Columbia University, Ms. Wallenborn worked as an associate professor at Syracuse University from 1960 to 1963, where she also chaired the graduate program in nursing from 1963 to 1966. She was later director of nursing research for Naval Research Unit Four, where she moderated the nursing curriculum of the Hospital Corps School, and was an associate professor and director of the graduate program at the Marquette University College of Nursing. She was also an excellent bridge player. Survivors include two brothers, Roberdeau W. Wallenborn (Engr ’55, Darden ’62) and White McKenzie Wallenborn (Med ’55, Res ’61).

Marion Jackson Foster (Com ’49) of Raleigh, North Carolina, died Feb. 3, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he lived on the Lawn. He began his long career in hospital administration as a legislative assistant in the Washington, D.C., office of the American Hospital Association (AHA), where he worked from 1951 to 1955. He worked in Chicago as staff attorney to the AHA before he returned to the East Coast to work as chief executive officer for the North Carolina Hospital Association in Raleigh. Mr. Foster worked in that position until 1980, when he became president of the NCHA Trust Fund, a post he held until his retirement in 1988. During his time at the NCHA, he received the association’s Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Service Award. He enjoyed his work and was grateful for the opportunity to improve access to health care for all people. In retirement, Mr. Foster volunteered with the Executive Service Corps of the Greater Triangle and HopeLine. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family, and he was a lifelong and loyal supporter of the Cavaliers. Survivors include his wife; two sons, including David M. Foster (Col ’75, Law ’81 L/M); three daughters, including Mary H. Foster (Res ’85); three grandchildren, including Kenneth A. Foster (Col ’10 L/M); and a sister.

Mary Elizabeth Lauder Hobart (Nurs ’49) of Durham, North Carolina, died March 16, 2016. She served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II. She was a member of the Lawn Society and the Cornerstone Society at the University. She was also active in the American Red Cross, the Redbud Garden Club and the Durham Regional Hospital Auxiliary, now the Duke Regional Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include a daughter, two sons, three granddaughters and a grandson.