Notices sorted by graduation date.

Beverley Nelson “Ben” Wilkerson Jr. (Com ’40) of Staunton, Virginia, died May 7, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army and later worked as an accountant for Virginia Electric and Power Co. for more than 30 years. He ran the food bank at First Baptist Church, where he was a deacon emeritus. Survivors include his sister, a nephew and two nieces, including Martha O’Brien (Educ ’78).


B. Noland “Nick” Carter II (Col ’47 L/M) of Richmond, Virginia, died Aug. 25, 2018. Dr. Carter enrolled in the U.S. Navy’s V-12 ROTC Program at UVA in 1943 and was in active training with the Naval Aviation Program when World War II ended. After being honorably discharged, he returned to UVA, where he was president of the Student Council and a member of the Z Society, T.I.L.K.A., St. Anthony Hall and the boxing team. Dr. Carter earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and, after completing his surgical training at John Hopkins and the University of Cincinnati, began his career in private practice in Richmond. In 1963, Dr. Carter joined the surgical staff at Johnston-Willis Hospital, where he became a founding member of Surgical Associates of Richmond. He loved teaching and was appointed an associate professor at VCU Medical School. He served as president of the Virginia Surgical Society and the Southern Society of Clinical Surgeons, and on the Health Sciences Board and on the advisory board of the Beirne Carter Immunology Center at UVA. A lover of Virginia history, he also served on the boards of Preservation Virginia and the Virginia Historical Society. In retirement, Dr. Carter wrote A Goodly Heritage, a history of the Carter family in Virginia dating back to 1635. While he enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, he was most happy riding the tractor at his farm in Albemarle County, spending summers in Maine and having a drink in front of a fire with those he loved. Survivors include his wife, Sally; four children, including Edward H. Carter (Col ’80 L/M); and six grandchildren.


J. Morris Saunders Jr. (Col ’49 L/M) of Richmond, Virginia, died April 22, 2019. A native of Ashland, Virginia, he graduated from St. Christopher’s School in 1942. After one year at Virginia Military Institute, he served four years in the U.S. Army. He returned to VMI for one more year before transferring to UVA, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. After graduating in 1949, Mr. Saunders returned to Richmond, where he met and married Betsy Clark Brock. A longstanding member of the Commonwealth Club, he retired in 1985 as chairman of the board of Virginia Commonwealth Corp. Survivors include his wife; children Gray, Beth and Jane Meriwether Saunders Fortune (Com ’90 L/M); 11 grandchildren, including Dabney Saunders Ferguson (Educ ’04) and Betsy Downey (Educ ’04); and nine great-grandchildren.