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In Memoriam | Fall 2017

In Memoriam: Faculty & Friends

Notices sorted by graduation date

James Leslie Kelly (L/M) of Charlottesville died June 9, 2017. He was a professor of nuclear engineering from 1965 until his retirement in 1999. While on faculty, he received several honors and awards, including the Mac Wade Award, the Raven Award as well as membership in the Raven Society, and membership in the ODK and Tau Beta Pi. He was awarded the University of Virginia Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, and he served as Dean of Undergraduate Programs in the Engineering School for five years. In addition to the graduate research that he supervised, he taught more than 20 engineering courses. He earned a chemical engineering degree from Tulane University before serving as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University and worked for Oak Ridge National Laboratory prior to arriving in Charlottesville. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, reading, traveling, exercising and napping. Survivors include his wife, Aileen; two sons; two daughters; and 10 grandchildren.

Phillip “Phil” Parrish of Crozet, Virginia, died July 12, 2017. He attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He held management positions in materials science at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and ONR Global-London before serving as president of a start-up software company. Previously the associate vice president of research at the University, he was the interim vice president of research in addition to his position as principal scientist in materials science. In his time at the University, he helped establish three research institutes and was a strong proponent of University-wide collaboration. He was also instrumental in the organization of ResearchNet, a network which assists faculty in finding collaborators and external funding support for research. Survivors include his wife, Ann.