Notices sorted by graduation date.
Susan Hignite Barr (Grad ’80, Educ ’97) of Fairfield, Virginia, died Nov. 22, 2017. She graduated from Bridgewater College before attending graduate school at UVA. She taught science and math at the Stuart Hall School in Staunton, Virginia, where she became the academic dean and interim head of school. She also served as the registrar and chief of staff to the president of the school then known as Southern Seminary College. Ms. Barr later became the first female dean at Virginia Military Institute and, as secretary to the academic board, the first woman to sign diplomas there. At VMI she also held the rank of colonel and ultimately became the chief information officer. She returned to UVA as director of the student systems project, which installed a unified computer records system across the University’s 11 schools. She retired from UVA in 2014 as associate dean for academic programs in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Throughout her career, Ms. Barr passionately supported and advocated for the education of girls and women and for the professional development of academic women, and she sought to make a positive difference in the evolution of institutions. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Barr (Engr ’76, ’78); her mother; and many cousins.
Sherrill D. Hurd (Col ’80) of Alexandria, Virginia, died March 10, 2018. After graduating, Ms. Hurd embarked on a 38-year career in banking that took her from First Virginia Bank to BB&T to Burke & Herbert Bank in Alexandria, where she worked until February 2018. She received numerous awards and recognition at each bank. Survivors include her sister, Holliday L. Hurd (Com ’78 L/M), and her mother.
Dean Wilson Wolfe (Arch ’81) of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, died June 30, 2018. At UVA, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of cars, photography and history, and of Reading, Pennsylvania. A shed builder par excellence, he weathered so many assaults on his health that he claimed to be “on his third cat life.” He had unquenchable good humor and was always on hand to help friend and stranger alike. Mr. Wolfe was a dedicated member of the Swarthmore Rotary. Survivors include his wife, Kate McKay; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
Richard G. “Rich” Hudepohl (Col ’84) died Jan. 3, 2018. He spent 30 years teaching, coaching and mentoring at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond. He obtained his master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University and served as head of the math department. He often said he had the perfect job and joked that he lived his retirement three months at a time during the summers. He loved to travel, and his yearly summer student trips were one highlight of his year. He became an amateur tour guide to numerous European cities and especially loved Paris, where he was known as a regular in many hotels and cafes. In recent years, he taught a short course on World War II history that culminated in a February trip to France with a trek to the hallowed ground of Normandy. Survivors include his parents; his sister, Kathryn Hudepohl (Col ’89); and his brother, Thomas Hudepohl (Engr ’83, ’84).
Todd R. Breier (Col ’86) of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, died June 22, 2018. After earning many athletic awards at the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, he walked on to UVA’s lacrosse team and soon was a varsity letterman. A long-stick defenseman, he was integral to the Cavaliers’ campaign in the 1986 NCAA Tournament, where they reached the finals. He was a force in the University’s intramurals, playing both familiar and new sports. As a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, he was known for standing on the front brick steps to welcome guests and was elected as the fraternity’s social chair. After college, Mr. Breier began a life of travel. He coached lacrosse in Australia in 1986 and then extended that trip, going around the world for more than a decade. Passionate about people and languages, he visited every continent but Antarctica. He taught English along the way as a means of earning money and eventually developed a private tutor practice in Taiwan, where he played basketball in the Taiwanese Amateur League and used sports as a way to teach and compete with his students. He also found yoga, which became a routine and ritual as well as a reason to travel. In Taiwan, he met Victoria Jeng, his wife and travel partner. A compass may occasionally go off true north, but his always led to Victoria. They continued to backpack throughout Asia, Western Europe and Africa. Throughout his life and travels, his family was the base that formed and supported him and was always there for him. Survivors include his wife, three brothers and a sister.
Daniel J. “Dan” Conboy (Col ’88 L/M) of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, died June 28, 2018. At UVA, he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. After graduation, he worked in several management and underwriting roles for American International Group. In 1999, he joined McGriff, Seibels & Williams in Birmingham, where he rose to senior vice president and client executive within the energy and marine division. Known for his sense of humor and strong work ethic, he had a deep faith and loved golfing, skiing and boating. He also maintained a lasting love for the University and was regularly seen wearing something with the Virginia logo. Survivors include his children, their mother, his mother and five siblings.