Notices sorted by graduation date.
William H. “Bill” Sager (Col ’41, Law ’48, Grad ’49) of Rockville, Maryland, formerly of Arlington, Virginia, died Jan. 12, 2019. As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps (and later the U.S. Marine Reserve), he served in the first amphibious landing and defense of Guadalcanal during World War II. He later volunteered as one of five Marine officers to serve in the U.S. Navy Group, SACO, which trained Chinese guerrillas operating behind Japanese lines. After beginning his career at a law practice in Roanoke, Virginia, Mr. Sager worked for the Virginia Department of Taxation, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department. He also taught law for several years at UVA’s and Georgetown University’s law schools. He retired from the government as deputy director of the executive office for U.S. Trustees of the Department of Justice in 1982 and went to work as an attorney for the Society of Public Accountants. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and the China Marine Association, for which he also served as counsel. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; three children; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Alfred Yager (Col ’44, Med ’47 L/M) of Carmel, California, died Dec. 20, 2018. He served as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1943. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 1947 and served as senior assistant surgeon in the U.S. Public Health Service from 1950 to 1953. After interning at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, he trained at New York University-affiliated hospitals in pathology, internal medicine and cardiology before practicing cardiology in North Bergen, New Jersey, for 42 years. He was director of medicine and cardiology at Christ Hospital in Jersey City and at what is now Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, where the cardiac laboratory was named for him upon his retirement. Dr. Yager was a clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York University and clinical associate professor of medicine at the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. He and his wife, Betty, retired to Carmel in 1995. A longtime golfer, he was a club champion in Cresskill, New Jersey, in 1963 and continued to play in retirement. Survivors include three sons and two granddaughters.
J. Henry Walker III (Engr ’45 L/M) of Griffin, Georgia, died Dec. 21, 2018. At UVA, he was battalion commander of the NROTC and a member of the Raven Society, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Honor Counsel. A two-time All-American, he was captain of the football team. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served in World War II’s Pacific theater from 1945 to 1946. He served in the Naval Reserve for 20 years. After his military service, Mr. Walker also earned a degree from Clemson University and received the Norris Medal, presented to the best all-around graduate. There, he excelled in football and tennis and was captain of the swim team. He returned to Griffin, his hometown, to begin a career in the textile industry and worked in various capacities at Dundee Mills, ultimately serving as CEO and president. He served as president or chairman of several state industry associations and as vice chairman of the American Textile Manufacturers Association. In 1999, he was named one of the industry’s Top 50 Most Influential Leaders of the Century by Textile World. Active in the community, Mr. Walker led the boards of many local organizations, including the county’s board of education and chamber of commerce. An Eagle Scout and devoted supporter of scouting, he was awarded the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and the Golden Eagle Award by the Flint River Scouting Council. He took great joy from helping others succeed. Survivors include his wife, Ann; two daughters; his son, James Henry Walker IV (Col ’83 L/M); two grandsons; and two granddaughters, Elizabeth Walker (Col ’14) and Margaret Walker (Com ’17, ’18 L/M).
John L. Ray (Engr ’49, Law ’52 L/M) of Charleston, West Virginia, and Hilton Head, South Carolina, died Aug. 17, 2018. At UVA, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He practiced law for more than 60 years at the Charleston firm of Ray, Winton and Kelley, beginning in 1952 with his father, John V. Ray (Col 1914, Law 1920). He was active in the Kanawha Valley community, serving on the boards of the University of Charleston, the Kanawha County Public Library, West Virginia State College, the YMCA and the American Red Cross. Mr. Ray served as trustee of both the Berkeley Minor Foundation and the Bernard and Blanche E. Jacobson Foundation, which award scholarships to UVA. A proud Wahoo, he was a member of the Jefferson Society, the Lawn Society, the Thornton Society and the Rotunda Society, and he served on the board of the Engineering School. Along with his sister, he established the John V. Ray chair at the Law School, in honor of their father. One of his greatest delights in later years was attending the annual Dudley Dinner with other Law School alumni. Many family gatherings took place over the years in Charlottesville around football games and Thanksgiving celebrations. Survivors include his wife, Jane; three daughters, including Jane Ray Halpin (Col ’79 L/M); five grandchildren, including Stephen R. Halpin III (Col ’10 L/M) and Catherine E. Halpin (Col ’12); and three great-grandchildren.
Fritz Will III (Col ’49, Grad ’51, ’53 L/M) of Richmond, Virginia, died March 21, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. He studied chemistry at UVA and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity. After receiving his doctorate, he worked for Alcoa Research Labs in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, for 12 years and for the Philip Morris Research Center in Richmond for 19 years. He served as chairman of the Society for Analytical Chemistry of Pittsburgh in 1960 and later as president of the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. After retiring from Philip Morris in 1984, Mr. Will was a substitute teacher in the Chesterfield County public schools for 12 years. Survivors include a son, Fritz Will IV (Com ’76 L/M), and a daughter, Kathrine Will Rutledge (Col ’78).