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In Memoriam | Spring 2014

In Memoriam: 1950s

Notices sorted by graduation date

Challen E. Caskie (Col ’50 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Dec. 24, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He was a member of the Country Club of Virginia and the Sons of the Revolution. Survivors include his wife, a daughter and three grandchildren.

Robert M. Detamore (Engr ’50 L/M) of Houston died Jan. 23, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. Mr. Detamore had a long career with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Corp., where he was responsible for the systemwide compressor station/pipeline, gas storage, liquefied natural gas, cathodic protection and testing programs. He was recognized as one of the nation’s foremost experts in design, testing and operation of natural gas storage facilities, including salt dome storage, depleted cavern storage and LNG. After retiring, Mr. Detamore was a consultant with International Gas Consulting. Survivors include his wife; two sons, including Michael B. Detamore (Engr ’72 L/M); two daughters; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Gardner R. Hathaway (Col ’50) of Falls Church, Va., died Nov. 20, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the University, he was a member of Beta Theta Phi fraternity and the IMP Society. He was also a member of the Seven Society. Mr. Hathaway was a senior officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, retiring in March 1990 after 41 years of service. During his career with the CIA, he received many awards for his work, among them the Certificate of Distinction, the Intelligence Star, the Intelligence Commendation Medal and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal and a Studies in Intelligence Award after his retirement. He was an avid tennis player who loved gardening, writing, reading and painting. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra B. Hathaway (Col ’82); three sons, including Taylor H. Hathaway, a programmer and analyst in U.Va.’s Office of University Advancement; a brother, Samuel Devereaux Hathaway (Engr ’47); and six grandchildren.

T. Parker Host Jr. (Col ’50 L/M) of Newport News, Va., died Aug. 18, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He served as vice president of T. Parker Host, a shipping agent company founded by his father, from 1950 to 1962, and after the death of his father, as president until 1992, then as chairman for two decades. He held leadership positions with an array of organizations in the port, including the Hampton Roads Maritime Association, where he served as president in the mid-1970s. Active in the community at large, Mr. Host served on the Newport News City Council from 1966 to 1970 and as president of the Mariners’ Museum from 1980 to 1985. Survivors include his wife, two sons, three stepchildren, four grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren.

Alice Wells Kinter (Com ’50) of Chevy Chase, Md., died Dec. 23, 2013. She worked for the CIA as an analyst of Soviet economics. During her marriage to a Foreign Service officer, she was committed to community involvement and partaking of all that the cultures had to offer. In Kenya, she was a docent and treasurer of the National Museum of Kenya, working for paleontologist Richard Leakey. After settling in Chevy Chase, Md., she worked on foreign publishing projects for Time-Life Books. Her favorite work was tutoring local teenagers in mathematics. Ms. Kinter was an active volunteer in Chevy Chase Village, where she took particular interest in the parks, in local libraries and Jubilee Jobs of Washington. Survivors include her husband; two daughters; three grandchildren; a brother, Samuel B. Wells (Col ’53 L/M); and a sister.

Ellen Loomis Burton Rice (Educ ’50 L/M) of Hendersonville, Tenn., died Jan. 25, 2014. She was active in local, state and national politics and was a world traveler. Survivors include her daughter, a grandson and five great-grandchildren.

George G. Snarr Jr. (Col ’50, Law ’53 L/M) of Winchester, Va., died Jan. 9, 2013. Mr. Snarr served in the counterintelligence branch of the U.S. Army in Japan after World War II. At the University, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He practiced law in Winchester, Va., for 40 years, retiring in 1996 from the firm Snarr, McCandlish and Rockwood. During his career, he also served as a magistrate judge and a substitute circuit court judge in Virginia’s 26th Judicial Circuit. He served the Winchester community in various capacities throughout his life, including as a member of the Handley Regional Library Board. Mr. Snarr also served on the Winchester Board of Zoning Appeals and the Frederick County Planning Commission. A long-time member of the Winchester Country Club, he was the club tennis champion for a number of years in the 1960s. He is survived by his wife; three sons, including Brian B. Snarr (Law ’82 L/M); and seven grandchildren.

William H. Russell (Col ’51 L/M) of Sun City Center, Fla., and Patchogue, N.Y., died Nov. 12, 2013. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. At the University, he was a member of the Glee Club, the Serpentine Club and the Cavalier Daily staff. He worked in the travel agency business for a number of years, serving as president of Bellinger-Davis Travel and Inverness Travel, both in New York City. He was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1981 and served as a deacon at the Episcopal Church of St. Margaret in Plainview, N.Y., and at Holy Trinity in Hicksville, N.Y. In 1988, the Rev. Russell was ordained a priest and served as the assistant priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington, N.Y., and as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Patchogue. A loyal Scot who loved to wear his kilt, he was almoner for the St. Andrews Society in New York City. The Rev. Russell was an exuberant man who had an infectious laugh and a delightful sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, a son and a grandson.

John William “Bill” Scruggs (Com ’51) of New London, N.H.; and Naples, Fla., died Dec. 14, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy. At the University, he was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. Mr. Scruggs joined IBM in 1957 and worked for that company until his retirement. Survivors include his wife, two children and six grandchildren.

Joseph Charles “Joe” Palumbo (Col ’52 L/M) of Charlottesville died Dec. 5, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, T.I.L.K.A., the V Club and the Army ROTC. A member of the University’s varsity football team, he was later drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. After stints on the U.Va. football coaching staff, he went on to establish an insurance agency based in Charlottesville. In addition to inclusion in several sports halls of fame, he received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from the Rotary Club of Charlottesville and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Silver Hope Award, as well as numerous other awards. He is one of only six football players at U.Va. to have his jersey number retired. Survivors include his wife; two daughters; six grandchildren, including grandsons Jacob C. Amory (Col ’12) and Andrew P. Mahone (Col ’15); a great-grandson; two sisters, including Mary Elaine Palumbo Bickers (Educ ’65 L/M); and many nieces and nephews.

Harvie W. Fitzgerald (Col ’53, Darden ’57 L/M) of Virginia Beach died Jan. 24, 2014. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve for many years. At the University, he was a member of the wrestling and football teams, the V Club, Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, Eli Banana, the 13 Society, the Z Society and the Arts & Sciences Council, and served on Student Council and as chairman of the Honor Committee. Mr. Fitzgerald was vice president and general manager of the Maryland operation of Concrete Pipe & Products and a founding partner of Virginia Country, a real estate company that developed the 13,000 acres of land that would become the Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Va. He was an active member of the Commonwealth Club of Richmond. Mr. Fitzgerald was a lifelong sailor who managed the fore deck in numerous ocean races, including the Newport Bermuda Race. He continued boating and sailing in his retirement and also enjoyed woodworking, making furniture and other projects for his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, four stepsons and four grandchildren.

George W. Perry (Law ’53) of Cleveland died Aug. 8, 2013. Mr. Perry served as associate counsel to the U.S. House Committee on Interstate Commerce and participated in that committee’s investigation of “payola” in the record business. Survivors include two sisters.

Mary Jo McClure McCary (Nurs ’54 L/M) of Caldwell, Idaho, died Jan. 27, 2014. She was a nurse and stay-at-home mother. An active member of the Princeton, W.Va., community, Ms. McCary volunteered with the local medical auxiliary and the American Red Cross and served as co-chair of fundraising for the new Princeton Hospital (now Princeton Community Hospital). In 1970, she and her family moved to Caldwell, where she continued to volunteer, play bridge and travel with her family. Ms. McCary returned to nursing in the late 1970s, working first for Caldwell Memorial Hospital and then for a local hospice service until her retirement in 1993. She loved hosting backyard cookouts, traveling with her family and attending U.Va. football games, where she would sing “The Good Old Song” at the top of her lungs. Survivors include a son, two daughters and six grandchildren.

James W. McManaway Jr. (Col ’54 L/M) of Vinton, Va., died Dec. 30, 2012. He served in the U.S. Air Force. At the University, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. His career included a position as sales engineer in the rock quarrying industry for Nordberg Manufacturing Co. of Milwaukee before he founded Southeastern Machinery and Supply Co. in Roanoke, Va. Survivors include a son, James W. McManaway III (Col ’80 L/M); a daughter; and three grandchildren.

Thomas Minot Dudley Jr. (Law ’55) of Durham, N.H., died Dec. 26, 2013. He practiced family law in Portsmouth, N.H., with his friend and partner, David Sanderson. Mr. Dudley encouraged families to focus on maintaining relationships, practicing mediation before there was a word for it. Sailing was his lifelong passion, and he cherished time spent on the water in good company. He sailed the world in many types of vessels, through many adventures, in even very cold weather. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, a brother, and a granddaughter with whom he shared his love of sailing.

Allan R. Plumley Jr. (Col ’55) of Arlington, Va., died on Dec. 26, 2013. He was a member of three branches of service, beginning with Air Force ROTC while at the University. After active duty with the U.S. Navy, he served in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps. At the University, he was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and the V Club, and a member of the freshman golf, track/cross country and soccer teams. Mr. Plumley joined the Arlington law firm of Adams, Porter, Radigan and Mays, becoming a full partner in 1965. In 1975, he began his career in the banking industry, holding senior management positions with several predecessors of Crestar, the Virginia League of Savings Institutions, First Service Bank and Southern National Bank of Virginia. In addition to serving as president of Washington Golf & Country Club, Mr. Plumley was president, trustee and director of many corporate, charitable and social organizations. He was an active and devoted golfer for more than 50 years. Survivors include his wife, three children and six grandchildren.

Donald Henry Rhodes (Educ ’55, Law ’61 L/M) of Virginia Beach died Dec. 21, 2013. At the University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the P.K. Society. He had a private law practice from 1961 to 1986 and then again from 1990 to 2003. He served as a member of the Virginia Beach City Council and then as mayor, later representing Virginia Beach in Virginia’s House of Delegates, in the 1970s. He became a judge in the Virginia Beach General District Court in the late 1980s. He held offices in many civic organizations in the Tidewater area, including boating and hunting clubs. Survivors include his wife, Anna Margaret Young Rhodes (Educ ’60 L/M); two sons; and four grandchildren.

Robert F. “Bob” Rush (Col ’55 L/M) of Mount Pleasant, N.C., died Sept. 19, 2013. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. At the University, he was a member of the boxing team, the wrestling team, the V Club, Beta Theta Phi fraternity, Eli Banana, Jefferson Sabres and the Army ROTC. Mr. Rush practiced law in Charlotte, N.C., for 32 years. After his retirement, he and his wife purchased 400 acres of land in Mount Pleasant, where he began a second career as a cattle farmer. Mr. Rush, a successful boxer in his youth who won the lightweight title in the North Carolina-South Carolina Golden Gloves Tournament and a number of other intramural boxing titles, was a 1993 inductee of the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame. Active in local affairs, he was elected the first president of the Queen City Civitan Club. Mr. Rush had a wide array of hobbies throughout his lifetime, among them woodworking, flying airplanes and sailplanes, beekeeping and traveling. Survivors include his wife, two brothers, a sister and 19 nieces and nephews.

Gerald Clifton Foulk (Col ’56) of Wilmington, Del., died Sept. 20, 2013. At the University, he was a member of the swimming and diving team and a member of St. Elmo Hall/Delta Phi fraternity, Eli Banana and the V Club. An attorney, he was a member of the Delaware Bar Association. Mr. Foulk was an active volunteer and member of several civic organizations who also served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Managers. He was an avid sports fan, as a participant, coach and fan. Survivors include a son, David C. Foulk (Col ’86 L/M); a daughter; and two grandchildren.

Cornelius Decatur “Dick” Scully III (Col ’57) of Washington, D.C., died Nov. 30, 2013. At the University, he was a member of the Naval ROTC and later served in the U.S. Navy for three years. Mr. Scully had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of State, during which he rose to be director of the Office of Legislation, Regulations and Advisory Assistance. After his retirement from the State Department in 1997, he remained active as a consultant, and in 2003 earned the Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Immigration Law Foundation. He was a fixture of the Eastern Market area on Capitol Hill and served as secretary of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee for several years, remaining an avid market goer until his final days. Survivors include sons Sean Scully (Col ’89) and Evan Scully (Col ’92); and two brothers, Richard T. Scully (Col ’62) and Malcolm G. Scully (Col ’63).

Joshua Pretlow Darden Jr. (Col ’58 L/M) of Virginia Beach died Jan. 22, 2014. He served and was a member of the Fraternity of Delta Psi/St. Anthony Hall, the Cavalier Daily staff, the Corks & Curls staff, T.I.L.K.A., the IMP Society and Student Council, serving as council president during his fourth year. He was also a member of the Seven Society. He was a civic leader and philanthropist who dedicated his life to public service. Mr. Darden began his career working for Colonial Chevrolet, his father’s Norfolk, Va., car dealership. He bought the business from his father in 1974 and over the next two decades grew it to 10 dealerships as part of Colonial Auto Group. He received Time magazine’s “Quality Dealer of the Year” award in 1986. Mr. Darden later sold his dealerships and began devoting all of his time to community service, much of it to the University, where he served as a member of the Board of Visitors from 1982 to 1990 and as Rector from 1987 to 1990. From 1995 to 1998, he chaired U.Va.’s $1.4 billion campaign, which at the time was the largest campaign undertaken by any public university in the country. In his fundraising and volunteering efforts for the University, he took special interest in the student experience, research, patient care and the school’s athletic teams. His interest in higher education led him to serve on then Gov. Mark Warner’s advisory commission on higher education and on former Gov. Jim Gilmore’s Commission on the University of the 21st Century. Mr. Darden was also very active in the Hampton Roads community. He co-founded with the late Frank Batten (Col ’50 L/M) the ACCESS College Foundation, which has helped thousands of Hampton Roads students attend college, and developed the CIVIC Leadership Program, a training program that helps established businesspeople become regional leaders for the benefit of the community. Most recently, Mr. Darden chaired the fundraising campaign for the Salvation Army, Tidewater Area Command’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, helping to build the Norfolk center with exercise facilities, music lessons, computer classrooms and community meeting spaces. He received many awards for public service throughout his life, among them the 2011 Frank Batten Philanthropy Award from the Hampton Roads Community and the 1990 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from the University of Virginia. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, including Audrey Darden Parrott (Col ’89 L/M); and four grandchildren.

Jack Witten McCall (Col ’59) of Griffin, Ga., died Jan. 13, 2014. At the University, he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and the National Jazz Fraternity. Mr. McCall held management positions at Cigna and Riscorp during his career, receiving his chartered property casualty underwriter designation and becoming appointed to Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Survivors include his wife; two sons; five grandchildren, including Andrew McCall (Col ’17); and three sisters.