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In Memoriam | Winter 2016

In Memoriam: 1970s

Notices sorted by graduation date

James Mayfield Wootton (Col ’73, Law ’76 L/M) of Dillwyn, Virginia, died August 22, 2016. At the University, he was a member of the men’s rugby team. After graduation, he practiced law in Charlottesville before relocating to Washington, D.C., to serve as a deputy administrator in the Justice Department with the Reagan administration until 1997. During that time, he helped found the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Mr. Wootton also helped found the Safe Streets Alliance and served as president of the Institute of Legal Reform (part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce). Later, he was a partner in Mayer Brown, a national law firm in Washington. Most recently, Mr. Wootton focused on creating The Jesus Timeline, a tool designed to enable people of all ages to understand the Bible through age-appropriate media. Survivors include his wife; three children, including Douglas R. McKelway (Col ’06); and three grandchildren.

John Wilhelm Morgenstierne Coleman (Col ’74) of Locust Valley, New York, died July 17, 2015. At the University, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He was also a member of the Rappahannock Hunt. After graduation, he was a stockbroker for Kidder, Peabody in Florida and Washington, D.C., for many years. Survivors include two sons, two grandchildren, his mother, two sisters and three brothers.

Judith Brill Sales (Nurs ’74) of Sequim, Washington, died July 22, 2015. She met her first husband while serving as a student nurse in a Pittsburgh hospital, and after she earned her nursing degree they moved to Washington to pursue careers in medicine and raise a family. Ms. Sales worked for 30 years as an oncology nurse, raising her three children after her husband died in 1987. She shared with her children a love of travel, taking them on adventures from Disneyland and Mexico to backpacking through Europe as teenagers. She also shared with them her love of cooking. In 1998, Ms. Sales received a call out of the blue from her high school sweetheart. They were married in 2002 and enjoyed their retirement in Sequim together. In that time, Ms. Sales enjoyed cooking, reading, watching old movies, gardening, playing with her dogs and birds, and her second chance with her husband. Survivors include her husband, three children and a grandson.

Challie Jane Powers Garrison (Col ’76) of Lake Jackson, Texas, died July 22, 2016. At the University, she was active in volunteering with Madison House. After graduation, she got married and started working at Riverside Hospital as a discharge planner. After having two children, she decided to leave her hospital job to work as a stay-at-home mom. Ms. Garrison and her family relocated to Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1986, where she had two more children. Her hobbies included antiquing and supporting the children in school functions such as Cub Scouts, softball, Little League baseball and high school band. She was also “team mom” for her son’s middle school soccer team. Later, one of her favorite pastimes was calling her children frequently to pass along insights from her favorite television programs. Survivors include her husband and four children.

Charles R. Robinson (Col ’76, Med ’80, Res ’84 L/M) of Waynesboro, Virginia, died July 24, 2016. At the University, he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Robinson practiced anatomic and clinical pathology at King’s Daughters Hospital and Augusta Health, retiring in 2012. He enjoyed his family and friends, his beautiful yard, his music and his work in medicine; he was also an avid UVA sports fan. One of Dr. Robinson’s greatest joys in life was being “Poppi” to his three grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and four brothers.