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In Memoriam | Summer/Fall 2022

In Memoriam: 1980s

Notices sorted by graduation date

John Kortier (Com ’81 CM) of Johns Creek, Georgia, died Feb. 1, 2022. At UVA, he was a member of the Pep Band and Sigma Pi fraternity. He spent his entire career in the tech industry in sales, marketing and leasing, retiring from Cisco Systems in 2018. He was an avid sports fan, especially of his beloved Wahoos, and enjoyed playing tennis, golf and disc golf as well as snow skiing and water skiing. A lover of music, particularly the Grateful Dead, he attended many music festivals and played drums in a local band. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Susan Kortier (Com ’81 CM), and two daughters.

Douglas Richmond Russell (Col ’86) of Arlington, Massachusetts, died April 3, 2022. Mr. Russell was senior vice president at LaVoieHealthScience and had previously spent 20 years at MSL Group/Schwartz Communications. he was highly regarded as an expert in his field and earned numerous awards on behalf of his health care and information technology clients. He was a great friend to many people over the years, always keeping in touch and getting together with his school buddies. His interest in art, music and culture spanned the decades, and he loved to travel with his family to exotic destinations as well as places closer to home. Mr. Russell’s record collection is extensive, and he and his wife could be found in antique stores and flea markets searching for all kinds of interesting items. Survivors include his wife, Barry; a son; his parents; a brother; and numerous cousins in the Boston area. 

C. Jeffrey Grogan (Darden ’87) of Wellesley, Massachusetts, died Nov. 26, 2021. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for seven years before completing his M.B.A. degree at UVA. He enjoyed his work as a management consultant and was particularly proud of his years as a managing partner at Monitor Group. Active in his community, he was a trustee and president of the board of trustees at Noble & Greenough School, trustee and president of the corporation at Tenacre Country Day School, and trustee and president of the Fitzie Foundation, a memorial foundation in honor of his late sister. An avid cyclist, he rode in the Pan Mass Challenge, raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, Kenyon Bissell Grogan, and two daughters. 

Molly Bass (Col ’88, Educ ’90) died June 22, 2022. She was the Alumni Association’s senior director of scholarships and endowments. Please see her full obituary here.