Notices sorted by graduation date.
Bruce Caldwell Conger (Col ’60 L/M) of Bethesda, Md., died Nov. 5, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy. At the University, he was the manager of the Tuesday Evening Concert Series. He taught English literature at Rutgers and at Albion College in Albion, Mich. In 1974, Mr. Conger took a job working in the budget office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and he worked there until his retirement in 1998. He volunteered in Washington, D.C., for the Washington National Cathedral, Sibley Memorial Hospital and the Kreeger Museum. Mr. Conger liked to garden and had a fish pond.
Margaret Moselle Hall Hamilton (Educ ’60, ’68 L/M) of Arlington, Va., died Dec. 5, 2012. Her first full-time teaching position was in a one-room schoolhouse in White Hall in Albemarle County, Va., and over the course of her 42-year career, taught in the Virginia areas of Scottsville, Charlottesville and Falls Church. Ms. Hamilton retired in 1979 and became an ardent community volunteer. She was a longtime member and former president of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international society of women educators, and volunteered with the Fairfax Hospital Auxiliary. She mentored and tutored students at local schools, served as a member of the Dean’s Council of U.Va.’s Curry School of Education and was a campaign committee member for the Blue Ridge School. Survivors include a brother-in-law, Warren J. Pace (Col ’48, Educ ’54, L/M); and nephews W. Joseph Pace Jr. (Col ’80), John Hall Pace (Col ’87) and David Alan Hall (Col ’90).
Edward G. “Ted” Webb Jr. (Col ’61, Darden ’63) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., died Oct. 23, 2012. At the University, he was a member of the Student Council, Beta Theta Pi fraternity and Delta Sigma Pi service fraternity. Following a long career as a portfolio manager for The Bull and Bear Group and Trygg Hansa of Sweden, based in New York, Mr. Webb and his wife moved to Charleston, S.C., where he continued to work as a financial advisor for Advanced Asset Management Advisors of Dublin, Ohio. He enjoyed his South Carolina home, his neighborhood and his friends at the Medical University of South Carolina Wellness Center, where he took every opportunity to socialize and tell terrible jokes. Mr. Webb was known for his hearty laugh and bad puns.
Richard A. Rilee (Col ’63) of Cardinal, Va., died Nov. 18, 2012. At the University, he was a member of the Cavalier Daily staff and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He served for many years as the chef of his church’s fall fair pork barbecue and often baked special cakes for those in need.
Charles Venable “Ven” Minor Jr. (Col ’65) of Charlottesville died Oct. 23, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy. At the University, Mr. Minor played intramural sports and was a member of the men’s wrestling team and Delta Phi fraternity (St. Elmo Hall). He owned Venable Minor & Associates, one of Charlottesville’s longest established real estate brokers. Mr. Minor loved boating and fishing. Survivors include a daughter; a son, Halsey M. Minor (Col ’87); and two sisters.
Sandra F. Seymour (Nurs ’65) of Gainesville, Fla., died Oct. 24, 2012. She began her career at the University of Florida in 1969, as a professor of medical-surgical nursing, and later served as chair of the department of women’s, children’s and family nursing from 1996 to 1998 and as president of the college’s faculty organization from 2007 to 2009. As a family nurse practitioner, Ms. Seymour provided patient care at a number of clinics in the University of Florida community. Most recently, she taught courses in advanced practice nursing. She retired as professor emeritus in 2009. She loved kayaking on the north Florida rivers.
Raymond D. Cook (Col ’66) of Richmond, Va., died Oct. 28, 2012. He worked for the Virginia Department of Forensic Science Central Laboratory for 27 years. He enjoyed many years vacationing at Greenwood Beach in Virginia’s Northern Neck, where he often played his guitar to entertain family and friends.
W. Dudley Vest (Col ’67 L/M) of Waynesboro, Va., died Oct. 30, 2012. At the University, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After several years as a public health dentist with the Virginia Department of Health in Staunton, Va., he opened a private dental practice in Waynesboro, where he practiced for more than 30 years. Dr. Vest was a kind, compassionate man who had a wonderful sense of humor. He was known to delight his patients and co-workers with chairside serenades. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Anne Iverson Vest Scott (Col ’00, Educ ’03 L/M); a son, D. Cabell Vest (Arch ’97, ’99 L/M); and two brothers, H. Ryland Vest Jr. (Col ’65, Med ’71 L/M) and T. Keith Vest (Col ’71, Grad ’73 L/M).
Margaret King Petruzzo (Nurs ’68 L/M) of Bowie, Md., died Dec. 29, 2012. She served in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Hospital in Charleston, S.C., and later as a nurse at the National Institutes of Health and the Visiting Nurse Association, both in Washington, D.C. Ms. Petruzzo was a member of her church’s sodality and volunteered for many activities. Survivors include her husband, Charles J. Petruzzo (Engr ’67).
Andrea Dobson Vest (Educ ’68 L/M) of Hillsborough, N.C., died July 29, 2012. She was a family counselor in Raleigh, N.C. Ms. Vest was a member of the board of directors of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club USA, the first Cavalier King Charles spaniel club in North America, and served as its national secretary for many years. She was passionate about breeding and showing her beautiful dogs across the United States. Ms. Vest spent a great deal of time turning her home into an art studio, painting furniture, frames and figurines, and knitting and creating miniature Christmas trees for the holidays. Survivors include her husband, H. Ryland Vest Jr. (Col ’65, Med ’71 L/M); and a brother, Russell E. McDow Jr. (Med ’76).
John E. DeLashmutt Jr. (Col ’69, Educ ’73 L/M) of Fairfax, Va., died Dec. 26, 2012. At the University, he was a University Guide and a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. He taught in the Webster County, W.Va., school system. In a second career, Mr. DeLashmutt owned a travel agency, through which he shared his lifelong love of travel with others. He was serving as head usher at the Washington National Cathedral at the time of his death.
Louis J. Nigro Jr. (Col ’69) of Washington, D.C., died Jan. 1, 2013. At the University, he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He joined the foreign service in 1980 and served in diplomatic overseas positions at the U.S. embassies in the Bahamas, Chad, Haiti and the Vatican. Mr. Nigro served as U.S. ambassador to Chad from 2007 until his retirement in 2010. After retirement, he continued to work for the State Department in the Office of Political-Military Affairs. He loved to read and write and authored a book, The New Diplomacy in Italy: American Propaganda and U.S.-Italian Relations, 1917-1919, in addition to numerous scholarly articles. Prior to joining the foreign service, he served in the California Army National Guard, was an instructor of modern European history at Stanford University and was a training and operations planner for the Department of Defense.