Notices sorted by graduation date.
Edwin Duda (Grad ’61) of Miami died May 21, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Duda was a professor of mathematics at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., for more than 40 years and served as a departmental chairman. As a noted topologist, he was awarded a multiyear grant by the National Science Foundation. He was the co-author of the textbook Dynamic Topology and published numerous mathematical articles in professional journals. Mr. Duda was a member of the American Mathematical Society and chairman of the Mathematical Association of America.
Josephus Albert Michael (Educ ’61) of Sarasota, Fla., died March 25, 2009. He retired as principal of George C. Marshall High School in Fairfax, Va.
Donald E. Sly (Med ’61 L/M) of Norfolk, Va., died May 20, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was chief of otolaryngology in the U.S. Army, serving in the Republic of Vietnam and at Womack Hospital, Fort Bragg, N.C. Dr. Sly was co-founder of Ear, Nose & Throat, Ltd., operating a practice in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery in Norfolk for more than 25 years. He was a professor of clinical otolaryngology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and was appointed emeritus professor. He served as president of the medical staff of Sentara Norfolk General and Sentara Leigh hospitals and was a member of the medical staff of the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and DePaul Hospital. Dr. Sly was a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American College of Surgeons, a founding director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Sentara Norfolk General and president of the Virginia Society of Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology. Survivors include his wife, Madeline Higginbotham Sly (Nurs ’66 L/M); and a sister, M. Jean Sly (Nurs ’73).
John Walker Taylor Jr. (Col ’61) of Charlottesville died May 16, 2009. At the University, he was an All-American in lacrosse. He coached and taught at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore, and at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, where he initiated the lacrosse program in the 1960s. In recent years, he owned and operated a small business. Survivors include a daughter, M. Lindsay Taylor Milby (Col ’85 L/M).
Edith Evans Trice (Educ ’61) of Goochland, Va., died April 8, 2009. She began her teaching career in the 1930s at Concord School and then taught at Rustburg High School. After 34 years as an English, Latin and history teacher, she retired as a guidance counselor from Goochland County Public Schools in 1979.
Wyndham Robertson White III (GSBA ’61) of Richmond, Va., died May 22, 2009. After starting his business career with International Paper Co., he worked for most of his life in the garment industry in Manhattan. He retired as a vice president of Forstmann & Co., a textile concern.
Eleanora Asfordby “Lovey” Driver Overbey (Grad ’62) of Knoxville, Tenn., died June 11, 2009. She received a Philip Francis duPont Scholarship to attend the University and later received a Fulbright scholarship to study in England. She taught in the English department of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for 27 years, specializing in British literature and creative writing. Survivors include her husband, James N. Overbey (GSBA ’59); and a son, James Millner Overbey Jr. (Col ’87 L/M).
W. Siegfried “Zig” Volskis (Grad ’62) of Staunton, Va., died May 2, 2009. He was a minister in the Virginia United Methodist Conference and was a pastor for churches throughout the state. Survivors include his wife, Sue Baber Volskis (Nurs ’61).
Stewart H. Brown Jr. (Com ’63 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died March 27, 2009. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Brown left a career as a stockbroker to co-found This End Up Furniture Co. in 1975. In 2001, he and his wife founded the Fowl Cay Resort in the Bahamas. Survivors include a son, Stewart H. Brown III (Col ’95 L/M). Memorial contributions may be made to the Stewart H. Brown Jr. Scholarship at the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, P.O. Box 400891, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
R. Neil Dickman (Law ’64 A/M) of Washington, D.C., died May 20, 2009. He taught at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School before entering government service. Mr. Dickman worked for more than 25 years in the Office of the Corporation Counsel, first as a litigator and later as a drafter of legislation. He received a meritorious service award from the government. In recent years, he did promotional work for Planet Washington, a political satire group.
Lucille Johnson Payne (Educ ’65, ’70 L/M) of Madison, Va., died March 25, 2009. She taught typing and shorthand at Criglersville High School and Madison County High School and later taught English at Madison County High School, eventually becoming department chair.
Margaret H. Pertzoff (Grad ’65, ’68 A/M) of Charlottesville died March 8, 2009. In 1967, she began teaching European and Russian history at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va. The college honored Ms. Pertzoff with the Gillie A. Larew Award for Distinguished Teaching. During her career she also became, successively, the Theodore H. Jack Professor of History and the Mary Frances Williams Professor of Humanities emerita. She also received the Katherine Graves Davidson Award for bringing distinction to the college. She served on and chaired every major committee at the college.
John J. Coonan Jr. (Col ’66 A/M) of Pensacola, Fla., died June 12, 2009. He was a career naval officer, spending 30 years associated with carrier aviation as a single-seat jet pilot. Mr. Coonan was selected as the first East Coast recipient of the Vice Admiral Stockdale Award for inspirational leadership. His most significant assignment was as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS America (CV-66). He later joined the staff of the National Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, where he served as the director of education and was instrumental in helping create the National Flight Academy.
John Bowman Dinsmore (Col ’66, Law ’69) of Virginia Beach died Jan. 23, 2009. At the University, he was an Echols Scholar, a member of Sigma Phi fraternity and a Lawn resident. Mr. Dinsmore practiced law in Virginia Beach. Survivors include a daughter, Anne C. Dinsmore (Col ’05).
Richard D. Rogers Jr. (Engr ’66 L/M) of Stuart, Va., died May 16, 2009. He practiced law in both Richmond and Stuart from 1969 to 2001 and taught regulatory law courses at universities in both areas. He also served as general counsel for the Virginia State Corporation Commission for eight years. After retiring from law, he founded Four Rivers Realty in Stuart, Va.
Richmond Minor Eustis (Col ’67 L/M) of New Orleans died May 30, 2009. At the University, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. A lawyer specializing in corporate and admiralty litigation, Mr. Eustis worked at Phelps Dunbar, became a partner at Monroe & Lemann, and later founded the firm of Eustis, O’Keefe & Gleason. He was a member of the board of the Children’s Bureau and the New Orleans Board of Trade and an adviser to the family-owned White Plantation.
Marvin Cecil Sutphin (Educ ’67 A/M) of Charlottesville died May 9, 2009. He began his career in education as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in the 1930s. Mr. Sutphin served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After teaching, he became a principal and a superintendent. He was the principal of McGuffey School in 1963. Mr. Sutphin retired in 1977, after 40 years of service with the Charlottesville City Public Schools, as assistant superintendent for business and finance.
Eugene Dudley Arnold Jr. (Engr ’68 L/M) of Charlottesville died April 6, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army as a legal clerk. During his 40-year career at the Virginia Transportation Research Council, he published 45 research reports, contributed to journals and presented papers at state and national professional meetings. He served as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president of the Southern District of the Institute of Traffic Engineers. The Arc of the Piedmont bestowed its Stevens-Paige Award on Mr. Arnold for his dedication to increasing recreational opportunities for people with disabilities as Area 3 coordinator of Special Olympics Virginia.
John Marion Crymes Jr. (Engr ’68 L/M) of Marin County, Calif., died May 12, 2009. A pioneer of professional remote audio recordings, he designed and built the world’s first mobile audio recording truck for Wally Heider in 1974. Among others, he worked with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Natalie Cole and the Grammy Awards. Survivors include a sister, Ann Gaulding Crymes (Educ ’72, ’96 L/M); and a brother-in-law, Robert F. Galione (Col ’71 L/M).
Donald Walter Hicks (Com ’68 L/M) of Salem, Va., died April 25, 2009. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He taught accounting at Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University and Christopher Newport University. He retired from Christopher Newport in 2007 and was elected professor emeritus. Survivors include a daughter, Amanda Hicks (Col ’05).
Bernard Irving Pinchbeck Jr. (Educ ’68) of Lawrenceville, Va., died April 26, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 15 years. A teacher and coach at Petersburg High School, he became coach and athletic director at Brunswick County High School. After winning the district championship in basketball, he limited his coaching to football and baseball. He had more than 100 victories in both sports and led his teams to district championships. He became principal of Greensville County High School and received recognition as an “Outstanding Educator in America.” He was president of the Virginia High School League. He became director of personnel for Greensville County. Later, he was headmaster of Kenston Forest School in Blackstone, Va., and a counselor at the Nottoway Correctional Center.
Charles Larimore Whitaker (Law ’68) of Birmingham, Ala., died April 2, 2009. At the University, he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Virginia Law Review. Mr. Whitaker practiced law with Bradley Arant Rose & White in Birmingham. In 1998, he formed Primesco to acquire Mutual Savings Life Insurance Co. and served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of those companies. Mr. Whitaker was a past president of LLIC, the national association of life insurance companies.
Miriam E. Coleman Birdwhistell (Educ ’69) of Charlottesville died April 2, 2009. A social worker in Chicago and Louisville, she became director of social work for King’s Daughters Home and Hospital and the Roswell Park Memorial Institute for Cancer Research in Buffalo, N.Y., and served on the faculty of the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work. In 1965, she began her 21-year career at the University of Virginia as director of social work and clinical instructor of pediatrics; and, jointly, as instructor of field work for Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in Richmond. She was a political activist and leader in the women’s movement in Virginia. Ms. Birdwhistell held leadership positions in the American Association of Social Work and in the National Association of Social Workers. In 1987, she received the first-ever University of Virginia Women’s Faculty and Professional Association Woman of Achievement Award and has been nominated posthumously as an NASW Social Work Pioneer. Survivors include a daughter, Jill B. Pierce (Educ ’71 A/M); and a son-in-law, Richard J. Pierce (Law ’72 A/M).
Alice Andrews Davis (Educ ’69) of Charlottesville died May 24, 2009. In 1970, she began teaching English full time after years of substituting at Lane High School. She retired from Charlottesville High School.
Harold Whitfield Douglas (Educ ’69) of Jonesborough, Tenn., died April 21, 2009. He was a former teacher, real estate agent and farmer.
Leslie A. Grandis (Law ’69 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died March 30, 2009. He was a partner with McGuireWoods in Richmond, advising a long list of clients on corporate and securities transactions. Mr. Grandis served on the board of Markel Corp.
Charles Arch Patsell (Educ ’69 A/M) of Lawrenceville, Va., died April 1, 2009.
Carroll Lewis “Mike” Wagner Jr. (Law ’69) of Atlanta died July 8, 2009. At the University, he was the managing editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif and the Raven Society. In 1969, Mr. Wagner was the youngest published author in the Yale Law Journal. After retiring as managing partner of the Atlanta office of Hunton & Williams, he served as general counsel of Lummus Corp., Alimenta and Jackson Healthcare Solutions. In addition, he was chairman of the tax section for the State Bar of Georgia, assistant counsel for Georgia’s State Crime Commission and chairman of the Southeast Region IRS/Bar Liaison Committee. Mr. Wagner also served on the board of directors of the Golden Peanut Company, Alimenta, Lummus Corp. and Carver.