CLASS Notes 1960s

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1965, Mr. Gene Bishop Dixon Jr.
GENE BISHOP DIXON, JR. '65 died on July 24, 2017. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps after Hampden-Sydney, then made a distinguished career for himself at Kyanite Mining Corporation in Buckingham County. Gene led the company for almost half a century, serving as president of Kyanite and chairman of its parent company, the Disthene Group. Under his leadership, the company grew several fold, marketed its product around the globe, and won several state and national environmental awards. He was a committed member of the National Mining Congress, the American Ceramic Society, the Refractories Institute, the Virginia Port Authority, and the Bank of Charlotte County, where he served as director and chairman of the board. Gene also served Hampden-Sydney for over 20 years as a Trustee of the College and sat on the Southside Community Hospital Board of Managers for 33 years. His love of history inspired his work to preserve historic Virginia landmarks such as local slave cemeteries and Patrick Henry's home at Red Hill. He was a devoted family man, an avid pilot, and and accomplished outdoorsman who loved quail hunting, fly-fishing, canoeing, and camping. | 2017-08-10 09:41:44

1968, Dr. Robert Dabney Carson III
Dr. ROBERT DABNEY CARSON III '68 died on June 4, 2017. A physics major at H-SC, Dabney received his master's degree from the University of Maryland and his doctoral degree from the University of Virginia. As an avid amateur radio operator, a hobby he began in high school, he enjoyed communicating with people all over the world throughout the years. Dabney was an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, then Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, where he enjoyed helping with the sound system and attending Bible study classes. | 2017-08-03 16:38:25

1964, Mr Kenneth Wayne Cook 20147
KENNETH WAYNE COOK '64 retired from Loudoun County Public Schools after 16 years as a mathematics teacher. Earlier, he retired from Fairfax County Public Schools after 32 years as a math teacher and football and baseball coach. He plans to watch his four grandchildren, the latest born June 12, grow up. | 2017-06-21 10:53:51

1968, Mr. Leighton Delevan Yates Jr.
LEIGHTON D. YATES, JR. '68, a partner in the Orlando office of Holland & Knight LLP, was recently recommended by The Legal 500, United States guide for middle-market (sub-$500 million) mergers and acquisitions. He has also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law, 23 years, and Orlando Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2010), Florida Super Lawyers (Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 12 years), and Florida Trend's "Florida Legal Elite" (Business Law, 11 years). In 2015 Leighton was inducted into the "Florida Legal Elite Hall of Fame," then consisting of only 133 Florida lawyers; he has been listed for many years in both Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law. | 2017-06-01 13:38:36

1960, Mr. William T. Wilson
WILLIAM T. "BILL" WILSON '60 and his wife, Lang Wilson, received the 12th annual Chancellor's Award for Leadership and Philanthropy from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. They were recognized for their work on behalf of the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge. Bill has been a director of the DSLCC Educational Foundation Board for almost 25 years; he and Lang started the Wilson Cup for Scholarship, Character, and Community Service in 2009. | 2017-05-23 13:36:36

1967, David Clarke Alley
DAVID CLARKE ALLEY '67 died on April 28, 2017. A member of Kappa Sigma and a Vietnam veteran, David became co-owner of C.O. Alley Travel Agency in Richmond. In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling and reading, especially to his grandchildren. He was an avid fan of the UNC Tarheels and the Manchester United Soccer Club. | 2017-05-05 10:46:02

1961, John R. Higgs
JOHN R. HIGGS '61 was recently elected president of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Growers Association. John is the founder and owner of Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville. | 2017-04-18 12:44:15

1967, Stephen Hawley Martin
STEPHEN HAWLEY MARTIN '67 and his latest novel, Death in Advertising, were featured in the February 17, 2017, edition of Richmond Biz Sense. After three decades in the advertising industry, Steve divides his time between his publishing company, The Oaklea Press, and his advertising firm, Hawley Martin. He has authored or ghostwritten 17 books, ranging from business guides to self-help books. Death in Advertising is his fourth novel, a whodunit inspired by his years as an adman. | 2017-02-24 10:04:26