Notices sorted by graduation date.
Mark P.O. Morford of Leeds, Massachusetts, died Oct. 14, 2019. He took his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classics at Trinity College at Oxford University and his doctorate in classics at the University of London. He taught in England and Baltimore before teaching for 20 years at The Ohio State University, where he chaired the Department of Classics. He then served as professor of classics at UVA from 1984 until 1998. Mr. Morford finished his teaching career at Smith College, after which he served as Salloch Fellow at Smith’s Mortimer Rare Book Room. A distinguished author, Mr. Morford wrote several books, including Stoics and Neostoics: Justus Lipsius and the Circle of Rubens and, with Robert Lenardon and Michael Sham, Classical Mythology, the 11th edition of which was released in 2018. An organ scholar at Oxford and an amateur musicologist, he was an accomplished pianist and cellist and wrote frequent reviews of local concerts for the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Survivors include two sons, daughter Charlotte Morford (Grad ’90), three grandchildren and a sister.
Robert Lee Vickery Jr. of Charlottesville died Aug. 10, 2019. His fascination with architecture began while serving in Korea with the U.S. Army. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Washington University’s School of Architecture, having previously completed a bachelor’s at the University of Missouri. After graduating, he traveled to Spain on a Fulbright grant and later received Washington University’s Steedman Fellowship, an architectural scholarship sponsoring research abroad. He served on the faculty of Washington University before joining UVA’s School of Architecture as the Thomas Jefferson Visiting Professor in Architecture in 1969. Over three decades at UVA, he helped implement the school’s 4-2 architectural curriculum and mentored many students. Passionate about education and providing opportunities for young architects, he founded VMDO Architects in 1976 with three students, Robert Moje (Arch ’76, ’80 L/M), Lawson Drinkard (Arch ’73 L/M) and David Oakland (Arch ’76, ’78). He published Sharing Architecture in 1983, and he taught and lectured across the U.S. and abroad. He received several career honors, including UVA’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Noland Award, the highest honor from the American Institute of Architects’ Virginia chapter. His greatest loves were dinners with family and friends, a small cabin on the Conway River, memories of the Ozarks, and sharing architecture. Survivors include his children, Clare and Kevin, and a granddaughter.