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1943, Roy Wallace Duncan
ROY WALLACE DUNCAN '43 died on April 5, 2017. A native of Prince Edward County, Roy served in the South Pacific Campaign as a U.S. Marine captain in WW II. In August of 1945, he was charged with the ground security of the Enola Gay prior to its mission over Hiroshima. He went on to a career as a staff manager at Southland Life Insurance. Roy was known for his strong work ethic, integrity, and sense of humor. | 2017-04-19 10:43:19

1943, Mr. William D. Allen Jr.
WILLIAM DUDLEY ALLEN, JR. '43 died on March 25, 2017. A lifelong resident of Dinwiddie County, he served in the European Theater during World War II, then returned to an active life in the community as a farmer and lumberman. Mr. Allen was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a charter member and past president of the local Ruritan Club, which presented him the Outstanding Citizen Award in 1963; he also held leadership positions with the local fire department, bank, farm bureau, forest advisory committee, and department of social services. In 1990, he established the Edward W., William D., Mary A., and Susan R. Allen Scholarship at Hampden-Sydney in memory of his family; preference for the scholarship is given to residents of Dinwiddie or Amelia County. Two of his grandsons, Micah James Keller '12 and Samuel Edward Keller III '13, followed in his footsteps at H-SC. | 2017-04-14 16:26:09

1949, W. Graham Stephens
Dr. W. GRAHAM STEPHENS '49 died on February 19, 2017. He graduated magna cum laude from Hampden-Sydney, attended the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, then completed his internship at the Medical College of Virginia and his surgical residency in Knoxville. After two years in the U.S. Air Force, he joined a family practice in Troutville for ten years. In 1968 Dr. Stephens founded the emergency room group at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he remained for over 35 years. He was the first doctor in southwest Virginia to be board certified in emergency medicine, a certification he held until 2011. Throughout his life he was active with the Boy Scouts, serving as scout master and committee chair for 25 years, holding various regional board positions, and earning numerous Scouting accolades. He was an active member the Troutville Church of the Bretheren and the International Medical Assistance Corporation. | 2017-03-01 16:36:37

1946, Sumpter Turner Priddy Jr.
SUMPTER TURNER PRIDDY, JR. '46 died on January 12, 2017. Sumpter's success in the retail industry led to a 31 year tenure as CEO of the Virginia Retail Merchants Association. During that time, he "ranked among the most effective lobbyists at the state Capitol," according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His many professional awards include Executive of the Year by the Virginia Society of Association Executives, the Silver Plaque by the National Retail Federation, and the Unsung Virginian Award by the state's electric cooperatives. As president of the Virginia Jaycees and vice president of the national Jaycees, he was inducted into the U.S. Jaycees Hall of Leadership. He was a member of the Montpelier Ruritan Club, the Ashland Rescue Squad, and King's Chapel Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder. | 2017-01-23 15:36:13

1947, Charles Bruce Chandler
CHARLES BRUCE CHANDLER '47 died on December 28, 2016. A lifelong Tiger sports fan, he was a Kappa Alpha at H-SC before joining the Navy to serve on a submarine chaser during WWII. He earned his graduate degree from the University of Virginia, then served as an educator in communities across the state. He was a teacher, principal, director of instruction, and ultimately superintendent of schools in Westmoreland and Wythe Counties. Always active in his community, Charles served 25 years on the Lunenburg Health Services Board, the Victoria Library Board, and his local VFW. He also served as a deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher in Presbyterian churches throughout Virginia. | 2017-01-23 12:50:42