Notices sorted by graduation date.
Leonard “Len” Calvert Eppard (Med ’61 L/M) of Middleburg, Va., died March 26, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Eppard completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the George Washington University in 1967 and went on to practice obstetrics and gynecology at Fairfax Hospital for 33 years. He loved to spend time with his family and friends, and enjoyed exploring the waterways along the East Coast in his boats. Dr. Eppard also cherished good conversation with great company; if he was not attending a family reunion or alumni gathering, he was organizing one. In his retirement, he rarely missed weekly lunches with former colleagues from Fairfax Hospital. Survivors include his wife; a son, Chris Eppard (Com ’90); two daughters, including Molly Eppard (Col ’94 L/M); three grandchildren; a brother; and three sisters.
Eric G. Loges (Col ’62, Darden ’68, ’85) of Charlotte, N.C., died Jan. 15, 2014. At the University, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the men’s golf team, the Glee Club and the Jefferson Literary & Debating Society. He began his career in retail with Woodward & Lothrop in Washington, D.C., and went on to work in the textile industry for more than 30 years, rising to senior management positions with WestPoint Pepperell, WestPoint Stevens (now WestPoint Home) and Springs Industries (now Springs Global USA). Most recently, he served as vice president of bath products with Home Source International, headquartered in Atlanta. He was at the forefront of the home textile industry’s move to develop and source products internationally for the U.S. markets. Mr. Loges enjoyed music, tennis, traveling, reading and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte and the Covenant Presbyterian Church choir. He could often be seen playing tennis matches at Olde Providence Racquet Club or enjoying coffee with friends and neighbors at Laurel Market. Mr. Loges had a sharp mind, playful wit and loving heart. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, a sister and many nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Randolph A. “Randy” Payne (Col ’62) of Washington, D.C., died Aug. 11, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy. At the University, he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. Mr. Payne was an accomplished and prolific artist who, along with his wife, owned and ran the Clouds & Folly art gallery on Chincoteague Island, Va. He was well known for his acrylic paintings of the Virginia countryside and his transformed furniture. Mr. Payne’s work was shown at his own gallery, at New Masters gallery in Alexandria, Va., and in many galleries in Washington, D.C. His paintings are housed in various national and international collections, including those of Philip Morris, First and Merchants Co. and the University of Virginia. He often donated his art to benefit community organizations such as the Museum of Chincoteague and the YMCA. From the early 1970s until his retirement in 1996, Mr. Payne taught visual arts in the upper school of St. Stephen’s School, later St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Va. An active and innovative teacher, he often made use of technology and music in his classroom. Survivors include his wife, a daughter and a granddaughter.
Paul Craft (Col ’63 L/M) of Nashville, Tenn., died Oct. 18, 2014. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Mr. Craft was a country songwriter whose tunes were recorded by the Eagles, Ray Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson and others. Two of his most popular songs from the 1970s—“Dropkick Me, Jesus,” and “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life”—were nominated for the Grammy Award for best country song of 1976. A self-taught guitar, ukulele, accordion and harmonica player, he also played banjo with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. Mr. Craft, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Oct. 5, 2014, distinguished himself among other songwriters in his genre as artistically independent, writing and publishing nearly all of his music on his own. Survivors include his companion, a son and three grandchildren.
James E. “Jay” Sieling Jr. (Engr ’63) of Bear, Del., died July 19, 2014. He began his career with Automated Specialties in Earlysville, Va., and retired from Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, a granddaughter, two sisters and a brother.
Mary Marcelyn “Marci” Cannon (Res ’65) of Roanoke, Va., died Sept. 1, 2014. Dr. Cannon had worked in the medical technology field for 10 years before attending medical school. At the University, she held a hematology fellowship, then went on to establish a private practice before becoming director of the American Red Cross blood program in Roanoke. An avid golfer, she also enjoyed roses, playing bridge, snow skiing and bird watching. Survivors include her sister, a niece, and many friends.
Arthur Henry Gregory (Com ’66 L/M) of Venice, Fla., died Oct. 22, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army for 12 years, during the Vietnam War and after, and received various recognitions for his service, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. At the University, he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the University Singers, and was instrumental in bringing the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary to Grounds several times during the 1960s. Mr. Gregory was a broker with the Frank C. Raeburn real estate company in Venice and worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Sarasota and the Venice Gondolier Sun newspaper. An accomplished musician, he played guitar and sang for his church’s praise band, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8118 of Venice. Survivors include his wife, a son and a brother.