Notices sorted by graduation date.
William Lewis Brown (Com ’70) of Shelbyville, Ky., died Nov. 7, 2012. At the University, he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi service fraternity. A retired attorney, he clerked for Judge Charles M. Allen. Mr. Brown was a gentleman farmer and an outdoorsman. He had an amazing recall for dates and historical facts and had a penchant for storytelling. He was a member of the Kentucky Association of Trial Attorneys, the Filson Club and Ducks Unlimited, and was a former board member of the Kentucky Muscular Dystrophy Association and Metro United Way. Survivors include a brother, E. Logan Brown Jr. (Com ’69 L/M).
Sherman Douglas “Doug” Hixson (Col ’70 L/M) of Memphis, Tenn., died Jan. 20, 2013. At the University, Dr. Hixson was a Lawn resident, served on the Honor Committee and the Arts & Sciences Council and was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, P.K. Society, T.I.L.K.A. and the 26 East Society. He was a pediatric surgeon at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital for more than 30 years and was a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He was a longtime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, earning the Silver Beaver Award for his service to the organization.
Danny R. Price (Engr ’71 L/M) of Honaker, Va., died Nov. 18, 2012. He was president and co-owner of D.R. Price Engineering and Land Surveying. Mr. Price served with many organizations and for 28 years was a deacon of Swords Creek Community Baptist Church.
Daniel P. Dean (Col ’73) of Hackettstown, N.J., died Jan. 2, 2013. At the University, he worked for WTJU, was a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, a Lawn resident and head of the University Guides. Throughout his career, he served two members of Congress and New Jersey Governor James Florio and worked for Catholic Community Services and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He had a passion for classical music and jazz, “blue highways,” politics, chocolate and libraries. He was an adventurous cook and a mixer of fine libations. A former Jeopardy! contestant, Mr. Dean rarely missed an episode of the show or a correct question.
William “Bill” S. Darrough (Com ’76 L/M) of Alexandria, Va., died Jan. 18, 2013. He was the owner and operator of Darrough Construction in Alexandria for 35 years. Mr. Darrough was a very dedicated member of the Boy Scouts of America, as an Eagle Scout and a Scoutmaster, and enjoyed directing and advising on more than 100 Eagle Scout projects. For decades, he was a director of the Claude McDonald Foundation’s Camp Big Mac, an outdoor youth camp. He enjoyed traveling with his family and friends throughout the United States and Europe. Survivors include his wife; two children; a sister; and a brother, Kirk Darrough (Col ’68, Educ ’71).
Reggie Durwin Lemon (Col ’77) of Delray Beach, Fla., died Nov. 4, 2012. At the University, he studied history and worked at Memorial Gym, setting up intramural sporting events for fellow students. After graduation, he attended the National Law Center of George Washington University and worked as a manager of an independent insurance adjusting company in Washington, D.C. He was an enthusiastic Wahoo, holding football season tickets, and he and his wife frequently traveled with the football and basketball teams. In November 2011, the Lemons traveled to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to watch the Cavaliers compete in the Paradise Jam basketball tournament. Mr. Lemon enjoyed playing golf, was a faithful Detroit Tigers baseball fan and loved going to the beach.
Katherine “Kit” Marie Miller Whitley (Col ’77 L/M) of Arlington, Va., died Oct. 30, 2012. At the University, she studied psychology. Ms. Whitley managed the McDonnell Douglas system engineering and integration activities for the Tomahawk cruise missile. After McDonnell merged with the Boeing Co., she helped develop the program for the ground-based ballistic missile defense segment and was especially adept at handling the intricacies of Boeing’s complicated interface with the government. Ms. Whitley was active in fundraising and community volunteerism, particularly the Alexandria Breast Cancer Walk.
Brenda Farr Engel (Law ’78 L/M) of Newark, N.J., died Dec. 21, 2012. She was a partner at the law firm of Backes & Hill in Lawrenceville, N.J., where she had practiced since 1981. Prior to joining Backes & Hill, she worked for three years for the attorney general of Missouri. Ms. Engel served as a trustee of Woodchuck Hollow, Cherry Hill and Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church cooperative nursery schools and served for many years on the West Windsor-Plainsboro school district PTAs. She was a longtime member of the West Windsor Arts Council. Survivors include her husband, Richard F. Engel (Law ’77); a son, John J. Engel (Law ’08); and a daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Engel (Engr ’12 L/M).
Barbara Yalden-Thomson (Educ ’79) of Earlysville, Va., died Nov. 2, 2012. She served as a code breaker in the U.S. Navy during World War II. She taught Spanish at the University and played violin in the U.Va. orchestra. Ms. Yalden-Thomson worked as a counselor and served as a board member for Children, Youth & Family Services of Charlottesville. She also volunteered with the Court Appointed Special Advocate program and the University of Virginia Medical Center. She enjoyed living on Clunie Farm in Earlysville, where she entertained friends, rode horses and managed a small cut-your-own Christmas tree business. For many years, she and her husband spent summers at their cottage on the Isle of Raasay in Scotland. Survivors include a son, Stephen C. Botts (Col ’69).