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In Memoriam | Winter 2013

In Memoriam: Faculty and Friends

Notices sorted by graduation date

Janet L. King of Charlottesville died Aug. 6, 2013. She served as the director of prospect development at the University of Virginia Office of Advancement, where she led a group of researchers in direct support of two multibillion-dollar fundraising campaigns. Prior to her career in advancement at the University, she worked at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and as a collections manager at the Fralin Museum of Art. Ms. King, an artist who exhibited work in Charlottesville and Washington, D.C., was a member of the board of directors of the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville. She also volunteered at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and served on the U.Va. Cancer Center’s Patients & Friends Steering Committee. Ms. King’s other passion was music. She  volunteered at WTJU for eight years, often taking the mic during Thursday night’s “Induced to Judder” jazz, funk, blues and soul show, and annually attended the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with friends. Survivors include her husband, Rob McGinnis (Arch ’87 L/M); her father; and two brothers, including Michael King (Col ’69).

James Sterling Young of Advance Mills, Va., died Aug. 8, 2013. An oral historian, Mr. Young was the founder and longtime chairman of the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program, the country’s only program dedicated to compiling comprehensive oral histories of the American presidency. An award-winning historian of 19th-century American politics, Mr. Young, who retired in 2006, was an emeritus professor of government and foreign affairs at the University. He established the Presidential Oral History Program in 1981 with the oral history of the administration of Jimmy Carter, and was intimately involved in preparing interview questions on a broad spectrum of topics, personally leading more than 300 interviews for the program that covers the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In a noteworthy innovation, Mr. Young eschewed oral history conventions of one interviewer interviewing a single interviewee and often convened an entire panel of scholars to interview one or more subjects at a sitting. In 2004, Mr. Young expanded the program’s purview to document the Senate career of Edward M. Kennedy, conducting more than 90 hours of interviews with Kennedy and his associates. Before joining the University faculty in 1978, Mr. Young taught in the department of public law and government at Columbia University. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Heyer Young, a retired lecturer in the anthropology department; two daughters, including Millicent Young (Col ’84); and two grandchildren, including granddaughter Kate Y. Crowder (Col ’09 L/M).