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In Memoriam | Summer 2020

In Memoriam: 1980s

Notices sorted by graduation date

Richard A. “Ad” Eichner (Darden ’80, Law ’80) of Alexandria, Virginia, died Oct. 17, 2019. He earned his MBA and law degree after graduating from Cornell University. In 1991 he co-founded Ritter & Eichner, a public finance law firm in Washington, D.C., and specialized in tax-exempt financing involving multifamily housing. Mr. Eichner played a leading role in developing new structures for housing bonds, and he was a lecturer and panelist at many housing finance workshops and events. He was proud of the impact of his work facilitating more low-income housing for families in poverty. Survivors include his children Kyle, James and Sasha; two sisters; his mother; and his former wife.

Kathleen Cox Beck (Col ’81) of Herndon, Virginia, died Dec. 31, 2019. Survivors include her sons, James and Robert.

Thomas Edward Kenney (Col ’82) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died Jan. 17, 2020. At UVA, Mr. Kenney was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He was a proud UVA graduate, an avid fan of UVA athletics and a patron of Virginia music festivals. Survivors include his wife, Rebecca; children Christian and Virginia; three sisters, including Ann Kenney Creighton (Col ’79 L/M); and his brother and father. 

Virginia Fletcher “Gina” Clements (Educ ’85) of Severna Park, Maryland, died Oct. 12, 2019. At UVA, she was a member of Delta Gamma. Ms. Clements began her teaching career in California and, after several years at home with her sons, spent more than 20 years teaching in Anne Arundel County. While teaching, she earned her master’s degree in administration and accreditation as a National Board Certified Teacher and was nominated for Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year. Her love for teaching extended beyond the classroom, and she tutored many students in math. Ms. Clements also enjoyed sports, particularly UVA basketball, and she expressed her creativity in interior design, artwork and fun social gatherings. She loved people and found ways to serve others, including Baltimore’s homeless population. Survivors include her husband, Barry; sons Scott and Kyle Clements (Com ’14); her mother; and sisters Linda Fletcher Mitchell (Educ ’77 L/M), Judith Fletcher Richards (Arch ’80 L/M), and Margaret Fletcher Saine (Col ’82 L/M). 

Leanne “Missy” McGruder Marilley (Col ’88) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died Dec. 17, 2019. At UVA, she was a member of Kappa Delta. She earned graduate degrees from Northwestern University and The College of William & Mary, and she worked in many capacities over 26 years at Norfolk Southern Corp. She considered herself a lucky woman and tried to be the best person she could. She would say she didn’t always succeed, but she always tried. Known for her impersonations, funny stories and sarcasm, she loved all those around her. Ms. Marilley was an avid sports fan, especially of her boys’ baseball or basketball teams. She never missed a Virginia Cavaliers basketball game, even during her illness, and she often watched on tape delay to alleviate buzzer-beater stress. Nothing made her more proud than watching her boys hoist their championship trophies and seeing the Cavaliers win the NCAA basketball championship. Survivors include her husband, Stephen; sons Aidan and Grant; her parents; and a brother, Jon McGruder (Col ’81, Med ’85 L/M).