Notices sorted by graduation date.
Frank W. "Billy" Hulse IV (Col '70 L/M) of Atlanta died Sept. 21, 2012. At the University, he was a member of the Fraternity of Delta Psi (St. Anthony Hall). He was president of Hangar One, an aviation sales company founded by his father, and later became a founding partner in River Capital, a private investment firm. He was active in the Young Presidents' Organization for many years and served as its international president. He was a generous and enthusiastic fundraiser for the Shepherd Center, a hospital specializing in research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord and brain injuries. Mr. Hulse was a pilot, a world traveler, a fly-fisherman, a golfer and a jazz fan, and loved spending time with his wife and his friends.
James J. Rongoe Jr. (Engr '71 L/M) of Darien, Conn., died August 9, 2012. At the University, he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He established a structural engineering firm, Rongoe Engineers, in 1980. Mr. Rongoe chaired the Connecticut Department of Public Health's Environmental Engineering department's Connecticut Code Advisory Committee and served on a number of technical committees for professional associations, among them the American Society of Civil Engineers and the International Code Council. He wrote numerous technical papers and journal articles and was granted a U.S. patent for a composite girder system. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Structural Engineers Coalition of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Connecticut and was inducted into the Connecticut Structural Engineers Hall of Fame. Mr. Rongoe was devoted to his family, his career and structural engineering education. In his free time, he enjoyed playing tennis and working on his house and in the yard.
John K. Roberts (Darden '73) of Burlington, N.C., died Sept. 25, 2012. He began his career as a financial analyst with Holiday Inns, Inc. and later branched out to develop Wendy's franchises in North Carolina. He was a founding director of MidCarolina Bank and chaired several committees in that capacity. Mr. Roberts was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Order of the Arrow and a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America for more than 40 years. During that time, he guided more than 48 scouts to the rank of Eagle and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in recognition of his years of service to the Boy Scouts.
David R. Carpenter (Col '74 L/M) of China Grove, N.C., died Dec. 22, 2010. At the University, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He worked as an engineer for the Kannapolis, N.C., fire department. Mr. Carpenter was also a programmer for Business Automation Inc. in China Grove.
Charles A. Roberts (Educ '74) of Orangeburg, S.C., died Aug. 23, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army. Mr. Roberts was a professor at Voorhees College and retired as the director of the Instructional Media Center at South Carolina State University. He collected vintage model cars and had an affinity for cooking fine Southern cuisine.
Edward R. Fickenscher (Darden '75) of St. Louis died Sept. 12, 2012. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 25 years, during which he served as the chief of staff for the commander of the U.S. Navy Middle East Force. After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Fickenscher worked at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was director of business development in the department of technology management. His family was his biggest passion.
Richard Sandford Laurent (Col '75, Grad '77) of Alexandria, Va., died April 7, 2012. At the University, he was an Echols Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Raven Society. He worked for many years at the International Monetary Fund before pursuing a doctorate in romance philology. His doctoral dissertation, Past Participles from Latin to Romance, was published by the University of California Press in 1999. Mr. Laurent was a consultant on numerous writing and linguistics projects. Survivors include his father, Lawrence Bell Laurent (Col '49 L/M); a brother, Arthur Laurent (Engr '76); and a sister, Elizabeth Laurent (Law '80).
Donald Mitchell Sims (Engr '75) of Charlottesville died Sept. 30, 2012. He was a founding member and owner of Buckingham Parachute Center for many years before moving into the office equipment industry. He worked for Monroe before finding his dream job as a technical trainer for Cobb Technologies in Richmond, Va., where he worked for 17 years. Mr. Sims enjoyed skydiving, canoeing, traveling, Civil War and World War II history, hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains, gardening and storytelling.
Wendy Wechsler Forrest (Col '76) of Sacramento, Calif., died Oct. 4, 2011. At the University, she volunteered with Madison House. After earning her medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia and completing residency in anesthesiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, she served on the UCLA faculty. Dr. Forrest later moved to the Sacramento area where she worked at Mercy General Hospital for 26 years. She read and gardened often and was a member of the Rancho Murieta, Calif., garden club. Survivors include a brother, John Wechsler (Col '79 L/M); and a sister, Laura Wechsler Martin (Col '83).
Susan Bailey Black (Nurs '77 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died Sept. 23, 2012. At the University, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Ms. Black worked at the University of Virginia Medical Center from 1977 to 1990. Survivors include her husband, Alan S. Black (Med '87 L/M).
Grizel Cochrane Vines (Grad '77, '81 L/M) of Charlottesville died Sept. 10, 2012. Before starting her family, she worked as a journalist. Ms. Vines returned to school later in life to earn a doctorate in art history. She enjoyed volunteering with children, reading books and teaching. She is survived by five children, including two daughters, Elisabeth L. "Lisa" Vines (Col '78 L/M) and Erika J. Vines Snead (Educ '95, Col '95 L/M); and two sons, Peter S. Vines (Com '79 L/M) and Gregory O. Vines (Engr '82 L/M).
John K. "Jack" Houseknecht Jr. (Col '78) of Binghamton, N.Y., died Oct. 2, 2012. He worked as the senior vice president of lending for Andrews Federal Credit Union in Suitland, Md.; as CEO of SSA Federal Credit Union in Baltimore; and later for Visions Federal Credit Union in Endicott, N.Y. He was the 2002 Maryland Credit Union League's Professional of the Year. Mr. Houseknecht was a philanthropist at heart and was a board member of the Magic Paintbrush Project and the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment. He was a Washington Redskins fan and a "Trekkie" who was devoted to his family and loved golf, trivia, traveling, reading and karaoke.