Notices sorted by graduation date.
James C. Purgason (Engr ’60) of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., died June 1, 2014. He worked for NASA as an engineer on Projects Mercury and Apollo, serving as chief engineer for the Lunar Roving Vehicle used in the last three missions of the Apollo program. Throughout his career, Mr. Purgason lived and worked in Central and South America, Mexico and Singapore, as well as in many cities throughout the United States. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. Survivors include two sons, two grandchildren and a brother.
Nathaniel W. Pendleton Jr. (Darden ’61) of Wytheville, Va.; and Fort Myers, Fla., died June 5, 2014. A licensed professional engineer, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Pendleton was the executive vice president of Pendleton Construction Co. in Wytheville for many years and later worked for Eagle Construction Co. in Hilton Head, S.C., and for Kraft Construction Co. in Fort Myers, Fla. He was very involved with the Virginia Military Institute, where he earned his undergraduate degree, serving as a board member and interim executive vice president of the VMI Keydet Club; for his dedication to the school, he received the Spirit of VMI award in 1993. Mr. Pendleton was active in many service organizations, including the Wytheville and Winston-Salem Lions clubs and the Wytheville Jaycees. He also served on the town of Wytheville’s planning commission and on the Fort Myers fire and buildings appeals board. He was instrumental in developing plans for and managing construction of three sports complexes at George Wythe High School. A generous man with an engineer’s mind, Mr. Pendleton enjoyed helping other people and never met a problem he couldn’t solve. He delighted in sharing stories with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, five children, 10 grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers.
Patricia O’Neil Tedesco (Nurs ’61) of Glens Falls, N.Y., died May 14, 2014. She served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. Ms. Tedesco worked for the Warren County, N.Y., public health department for 25 years, where she worked closely with the county’s women, infants and children program and numerous county immunization clinics. She and her husband often traveled with a Chicago-based medical-surgical team to Guatemala, where they provided care to poor communities in the country’s mountainous regions. Together, they made 20 trips to Guatemala, with Ms. Tedesco working in the surgical recovery rooms. She had a warm disposition and a winning smile, and she loved all things Irish. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, William A. Tedesco Jr. (Res ’62); two daughters; two sons; and six grandchildren.
Thomas Stevenson (Engr ’62) of Alpine, Calif., died June 19, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After working for a short time at Westinghouse Electric Co., he joined Iso-Med, a firm that manufactured radioisotopes used to detect cancer, and eventually became president of the firm, distributing and selling radioisotopes to hospitals and clinics throughout Southern California. He later worked for many years in finance, serving as chief financial officer at New Alternatives Inc. in San Diego. Mr. Stevenson was a lighthearted and caring family man. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister and a brother.
Reva M. Jenkins (Nurs ’65, ’76) of Etlan, Va., died May 20, 2014. She was a nurse for more than 30 years, working throughout her career at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Shenandoah Professional Standards Review Organization and the Medical Society of Virginia Review Organization. Survivors include a sister, a brother-in law, two sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Charles A. “Chuck” Margetta (Darden ’65) of Sarasota, Fla., died June 13, 2014. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Margetta enjoyed a successful career as a financial professional in public accounting and industry. In the 1970s, he served as chief financial officer for the Public Broadcasting Service during its startup years. He was a passionate sailor who raced sailboats on the Great Lakes, designed and built several of his own sailboats, and developed marinas in Virginia and Florida. In Sarasota, he sailed on the S/V Morgana and was a member of Bird Key Yacht Club. Mr. Margetta also served on various local boards and committees, including the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program, WEDU television station, the Sarasota Yacht Club, the United States Power Squadrons and Casa Santa Marta. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, his mother and a sister.
Lawrence T. Skrivseth (Col ’67 L/M) of Falls Church, Va., and Albuquerque died June 3, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. At the University, he was active in La Maison Française and was a member of the Virginia Players. Fluent in several languages, Mr. Skrivseth joined the Bureau of Language Services of the International Monetary Fund, rising to the position of chief of the English division in 1989. He retired in 2001 and later moved his home to Albuquerque, where he continued to work as a freelance translator and volunteered with various community arts organizations. Mr. Skrivseth, who was known for his kindness and generosity, traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, and enjoyed good food and fine beverages. He is survived by his partner, a daughter, three sisters, two brothers and many nieces and nephews.
Monte S. Harrington (Col ’69 L/M) of Charleston, S.C., died May 10, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army. At the University, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order, the Army ROTC and the Jefferson Literary & Debating Society. An orthodontist and a member of the American Dental Society and the American Association of Orthodontists, Dr. Harrington was also active in the Carolina Yacht Club and the Hibernian Society. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Peden Harrington (Nurs ’71 L/M); a daughter, Melissa Harrington Lin (Col ’97, Educ ’97, Darden ’08 L/M); a son, James R. Harrington III (Col ’00 L/M); and four grandsons.
Richard Lee Sharp (Engr ’69) of Richmond, Va., died June 24, 2014. At the University, he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was an inventor, technologist and entrepreneur with a creative business mind. Mr. Sharp served as chief executive officer of Circuit City Stores Inc., transforming the company from a midsize consumer electronics chain in the 1980s into a national retail powerhouse, increasing the number of stores from 69 to more than 600. He stepped down as CEO of the company in 2000 and as board chairman in 2002. Mr. Sharp was also the mastermind behind CarMax Inc., the used-car superstore concept developed by Circuit City that transformed the way used cars are sold. A man with a wide range of interests and an endlessly positive attitude, he was also a founding investor of Crocs Inc. After leaving Circuit City and CarMax, he became managing director of V-Ten Capital Partners in Richmond, a venture capital fund. Mr. Sharp was constantly innovating and thinking of better ways of doing things; when he decided to play more golf in his retirement, he was convinced that there was a way to stimulate the perfect golf swing by attached electrodes to people to teach better play. He served on various boards, including Dominion Resources Inc., and S&K Famous Brands; was former chairman of the National Retail Federation; and was a passionate advocate for Alzheimer’s disease research. He had an infectious laugh and enjoyed collecting, among other things, friends and cars, especially Porsches. Survivors include his wife, two daughters and a son.
Peter Caldwell Wylie (Law ’69) of Alexandria, Va., died June 26, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps during the Vietnam War. His assignments included duty aboard the USS Independence, legislative liaison to the U.S. Congress, a post as staff judge advocate in London, and fleet judge advocate to the commander, 6th Fleet, in Italy. On retiring from active duty, Capt. Wylie served as secretary and general counsel to the Military Officers Association of America for 14 years. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, a son and a sister.