Notices sorted by graduation date.
Raymond C. Bice Jr. (Faculty) of Charlottesville died Dec. 22, 2011. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a professor of psychology at the University, where he worked for 50 years. Mr. Bice developed a device for every lecture in his “Bice Psych” course because he believed “a demonstration is worth a thousand words.” These were known as “Bice Devices.” Administratively, he held titles such as associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, assistant to the president, secretary to the Rector and Board of Visitors and University history officer. For his service to the University community, Mr. Bice was recognized with many awards. He received U.Va.’s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award, in 1978, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1997. Other honors included the IMP faculty award, the Raven Award, the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, the Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award and honorary membership in the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. In 1997, U.Va. named a student apartment building on Brandon Avenue for the Bice family. One of his inventions, a transducer that converted electrical signals into vibrations that can be felt on the skin, earned him the honorary key to the city of Pensacola, Fla., in 1995. Patented in 1961, the technology enabled the creation of a vest for pilots that transmits visual information through touch that can be used to fly a plane even if the pilot is unable to see. He retired in 1998 at age 80 after serving as U.Va.’s history officer.
Robert E. Ireland (Faculty) of Sarasota, Fla., died Feb. 4, 2012. He came to the University as Commonwealth Professor of Chemistry in 1986, and a year later, on becoming chair of the department, was named the inaugural Thomas Jefferson Professor of Chemistry. He was elected to emeritus status in 1995. Among his noteworthy achievements as chair of the department was a substantial new addition to the Chemistry Building, completed in 1995. Mr. Ireland received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to organic synthesis. These include a Sloan Fellowship, the Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Essential Oils and the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He was the first to demonstrate the synthetic potential of the enolate-Claisen rearrangement, a reaction that now bears his name. Early in his career, he wrote Organic Synthesis, the first textbook on synthetic strategy. Before coming to the University, Mr. Ireland served on the faculty at the University of Michigan, was a professor of organic chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and was director of the Merrell-Dow Research Institute in Strasbourg, France.