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In Memoriam | Summer 2017

In Memoriam: 1980s

Notices sorted by graduation date

Carol B. Thompson (Educ ’80 L/M) of Orlando, Florida, died March 25, 2017. She attended Radford University, later completing her master’s degree at the University of Virginia. She worked as assistant principal at Corner Lake Middle School, Liberty Middle School and Legacy Middle School in Orlando. Ms. Thompson was a member of an international society for key women educators and the American Association of University Women. Survivors include her mother, a sister, a brother and three stepdaughters.

Teresa Lynne Hale Edwards (Col ’82) of Herndon, Virginia, died March 14, 2017. In 1984, she and her husband moved to Herndon, where Ms. Edwards worked as a technical writer for a local engineering firm until the birth of her first daughter in 1988. As a stay-at-home mom, she home-schooled her daughters. She was dedicated to finding homes for animals in need and had recently become a volunteer with a dog adoption agency. In her spare time, she enjoyed cooking healthful meals, caring for horses and reading. Survivors include her husband, Harold R. Edwards Jr. (Engr ’81 L/M), two daughters, her mother and a sister.

Marilyn Madry Lightfoote (Grad ’83) of McLean, Virginia, died April 12, 2017. She received her medical degree from Howard University and was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in molecular immunobiology at the University of Virginia. Her research at George Washington University and the National Institutes of Health contributed to the discovery of HIV. Dr. Lightfoote worked as director of the division of life sciences at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, later becoming director of clinical science for the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health. Survivors include a daughter, Lynne Lightfoote (Med ’01), her mother and a sister.

John Lunsford Champion (Col ’89 L/M) of Columbia, Maryland, died March 15, 2014. At the University, he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity. After graduation, he earned a master’s degree in 1995 and a doctorate in 1998, both in materials science and engineering, from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Champion worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and served in several program management roles, most recently as the program manager for special collection and communication of the Special Operations Mission Area. Survivors include his wife, Amy Gallagher Champion (Col ’90 L/M), daughter Caitlin Ellis Champion (Col ’19 L/M) and a son.