CLASS Notes 1950s

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1952, Dr. Clarence A. Holland
The Hon. Dr. CLARENCE A. HOLLAND '52 was the subject of an August 2, 2017, article in The Virginian-Pilot newspaper highlighting his 53-year career as a family physician, as well as his political and community service over the years. In recognition of his strong support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Dr. Holland was the 2017 honoree at the Virginia Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Pipeline for a Cure gala. | 2017-08-11 12:15:41

1957, Dr. Frank S. Moore Jr.
Dr. FRANK S. MOORE, JR. '57 died on July 24, 2017. He earned his master's degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate from the University of Georgia, then worked for Westinghouse as a nuclear physicist at the Savannah River Site until his retirement at the age of 70. He was an avid marksman and runner all his life. | 2017-08-09 14:09:26

1953, Mr. Robert Luther Saffelle Jr.
ROBERT LUTHER SAFFELLE, JR. '53 died on July 23, 2017. At Hampden-Sydney, he was captain of the tennis team and a member of Theta Chi. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps before embarking on a 35-year career with Wachovia Bank and Trust in North Carolina. He was also a graduate of the Executive Program of Professional management Education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Robert was a member of Front Street United Methodist Church and served on the board of directors for Alamance County Hospital, Burlington YMCA, and the Burlington-Alamance County Merchants Association; he was president of the United Way Burlington/Alamance County, the Cherokee Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the Alamance Country Club. For his volunteer efforts, he received the Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year award and the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver award. | 2017-08-09 13:59:47

1952, Mr. Sheppard K. Ames Jr.
SHEPPARD KELLAM AMES, JR. '52 died on June 26, 2017. A proud member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Hampden-Sydney, he served several years in the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant after graduation. He entered the furniture business in High Point, NC, and eventually founded Ames Interiors in Gloucester Point, VA, where he designed and sold his own line of "Sheppard Tables." Shepp was an avid golfer, sailor, beekeeper, and master woodworker, whose model boats, furniture pieces, birdhouses and decoys are cherished by his friends and family. He is remembered for his sense of humor, storytelling, and genuine friendly spirit. | 2017-08-04 15:56:40

1956, Mr. Ronald M. Henry Sr.
RONALD M. HENRY, SR. '56 died on July 6, 2017. A member of the football team at Hampden-Sydney, Ron started in all but one game during his four years, earned Little All-American Honors, and served as captain of the squad his senior year. Called "the most tireless athlete I've had in my ten years of coaching" by H-SC football coach Jim Hickey, Ron was inducted into the Hampden-Sydney College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. After college, he served in the US Marine Corps before embarking on a 35-year career with Virginia Folding and Box Company/Westvaco. He was an avid runner well into his 70s, a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and a deacon at Bon Air Baptist Church. Ron was a devoted husband to his wife of 56 years and a loving father to their three children. | 2017-08-04 15:42:19

1957, Mr. James B. Marlow
JAMES B. "BERNIE" MARLOW '57 died on July 10, 2017. A member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Hampden-Sydney, he proudly served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an avid golfer. | 2017-08-04 15:22:18

1954, Mr. Dilworth Stroud Cook Jr.
DILWORTH STROUD COOK, JR. '54 died on July 1, 2017. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney, he served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Dil then attended T. C. Williams School of Law and began a successful career in claims adjusting, eventually retiring as vice president and claims manager at Southern States. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Richmond Track and Field Club. Starting at the age of 40, Dil participated in masters track events for over 40 years; he was a three-time state decathlon champion in his age group. | 2017-08-04 11:49:40

1950, Mr. Percy James Burton Jr.
PERCY JAMES "JIM" BURTON, JR. '50 died on June 11, 2017. At Hampden-Sydney, Jim played baseball, served as president and first tenor soloist of the Glee Club, and was house manager of Kappa Alpha. He served in the US Army, stationed in Allied occupied Germany following World War II, then worked 35 years for Proctor and Gamble. Jim was an active member of the American Legion, the Forty and Eight veterans society, and First Church of the Nazarene in Lynchburg. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing, and camping, especially with his children and grandchildren. | 2017-08-03 15:12:25

1950, Rev. Langston Randolph Harrison
The Rev. LANGSTON RANDOLPH HARRISON '50 died on May 18, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army on the Aleutian Islands and in Alaska before attending Hampden-Sydney, where he was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion for excellence of character. He earned masters degrees from Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1976. He devoted his life to ministry, serving as the pastor of churches in in Norfolk, Harrisonburg, Lexington, and Stauton, as well as spending 12 years as a missionary in Brazil. | 2017-05-23 10:52:50

1955, Mr. Thomas Edwin Reese
THOMAS EDWIN REESE '55 died on May 17, 2017. A graduate of Fork Union Military Academy, Thomas served as a 1st Lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was member of Wakefield Baptist Church, the Wakefield Ruritans, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Masons. Thomas held various leadership positions as a Mason, including Deputy Grand Master for the 56th Masonic District. | 2017-05-22 14:25:27

1954, Francis Brodnax Robertson III
FRANCIS BRODNAX ROBERTSON III '54 died on April 22, 2017. A U.S. Army veteran and a lifelong resident of Halifax, he taught history and government at Halifax County High School and served as an elementary school principal in the Halifax County school system. | 2017-05-04 16:53:20

1954, H. Benjamin Vincent Sr.
H. BENJAMIN "BENNY" VINCENT, SR. '54 died on April 29, 2017. A member of Theda Chi, Benny played varsity basketball and tennis at Hampden-Sydney as well as numerous intramural sports. After earning his law degree from T.C. Williams School of Law in Richmond, he established a private law practice in Emporia. He was later elected Commonwealth's Attorney; in that role, he argued before both the Supreme Court of Virginia and the United States Supreme Court. He also served as general counsel and board member for many community organizations, including the Greensville County Zoning Board, Greensville County Board of Supervisors, and Citizens National Bank. Benny was an avid golfer and loyal Washington Redskins fan, and was especially proud of founding Emporia's first Little League Football Program. He is survived by his son, H. Benjamin Vincent, Jr. '81. | 2017-05-04 14:16:43

1953, E. Lee LeCompte
E. LEE LeCOMPTE '53 died on April 23, 2017. At Hampden-Sydney he was class president, a Kappa Sigma officer, an ODK member, and captain of the football team. As an intelligence officer in the Coast Guard, he commanded an 83' patrol cutter and served as captain of the port in Norfolk. Lee was elected president of the first graduating class of the Darden School of Business at UVA, then had a successful career in sales. Always competitive, Lee enjoyed playing golf and tennis, as well as racing sailboats up and down the eastern seaboard. He was active with the Rotary Club, Norfolk YMCA, the Marine Science Museum in Virginia Beach, and First Presbyterian Church. | 2017-05-04 13:12:37

1957, George Campbell Bird
GEORGE CAMPBELL BIRD '57 died on April 19, 2017. At Hampden-Sydney, he was co-editor of The Tiger; president of the student body; and a member of Kappa Alpha, ODK, and Phi Beta Kappa. He received both the Outstanding Freshman Award and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Upon graduation, he served in the U.S. Army, then joined the family laboratory supply business as president until a company merger in the late 1960s. He used the merger as an opportunity to change careers, raising Angus cattle and Suffolk sheep at Valley Home Farm in Highland County, which has been in the Bird family since the 1800s. He was active in the Mill Gap Ruritan Club and served on the boards of First & Citizens Bank, the Highland County Economic Development Association, the Highland County Farm Bureau, and Green Hill Methodist Church. He also helped establish the WVLS radio station in Highland and Bath counties. He was predeceased by his grandson, Ray M. "Buck" Paul III '10. | 2017-05-04 11:10:37

1958, George Edward Dobyns
GEORGE EDWARD DOBYNS '58 died on March 26, 2017. After Hampden-Sydney, he attended graduate school at North Carolina State University, then had a career in sales with Cardinal Freight Carriers. He was a member of Hidden Valley Country Club and Central United Methodist Church in Salem. | 2017-04-14 16:03:22

1957, Hugh Burwell Marshall
HUGH BURWELL "CHUCK" MARSHALL '57 died on March 19, 2017. A member of Sigma Chi and UPLS at Hampden-Sydney, he served in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy Reserve; he then became co-owner of the insurance agency his father founded in 1924. Chuck held a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do and was an active sailor, cruising and racing the Chesapeake Bay and the open seas. | 2017-04-14 15:47:49

1951, David S. Cobbledick
Dr. DAVID S. COBBLEDICK '51 died on July 11, 2016. After earning a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, David worked as a chemist until his retirement at age 70. For 32 years, he ran a research laboratory for GenCorp in Akron, Ohio. He was a history buff, a life-long Cleveland Indians fan, and a nature and animal enthusiast. In his retirement, he took classes at Kent State University and volunteered in the university's chemistry department. | 2017-04-14 15:08:14

1958, Robert Quillin Barker
ROBERT QUILLIN BARKER '58 died on February 27, 2017. A pharmacist by profession, Bob was best known as a fisherman, storyteller, and environmental advocate. He founded the American Bass Association and was a founding member of the Scott County Humane Society. He was also a member of the Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. | 2017-04-14 12:27:57

1958, Richard Douglass Lunsford
RICHARD DOUGLASS LUNSFORD '58 died on February 13, 2017. While working for West Virginia Pulp and Paper, he discovered an affinity for stone and masonry work, becoming a master of the trade in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC areas. Passionate about studying history and the arts, he also loved riding his Triumph motorcycle and hiking the Appalachian Trail. | 2017-02-24 10:35:32

1951, Edwin Powell Nevin
EDWIN POWELL NEVIN '51 died on January 24, 2017. Valedictorian of his class at the Miller School, Powell enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Japan on the heels of WWII. After his military service, he graduated from Hampden-Sydney and moved to Arizona. His career as an educator spanned almost 40 years and included service as president of the Teachers Association. Powell was an accomplished pianist who also enjoyed photography and traveling the world. | 2017-02-24 10:16:28

1957, Thomas T. Biggs
The Rev. THOMAS T. BIGGS '57 died on February 15, 2017. He received his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and his Master of Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education; in 1961 he was ordained a minister by the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. Tom served pastorates in South Carolina, Wisconsin, and throughout Virginia, as well as the Villa International Atlanta, an ecumenical community for international doctors and researchers working on public health issues at the Centers for Disease Control. Tom was committed to service and social justice, ensuring that all are treated with fairness and dignity. He was an avid reader who loved politics, history, music, and his family and friends. | 2017-02-24 09:37:25