CLASS Notes 1970s

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1972, Mr. Charles Witthoefft
CHARLES F. "RICK" WITTHOEFFT '72 has been recognized as a leader in the field of commercial litigation in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He is the general counsel for Hirschler Fleischer in Richmond. | 2017-06-01 13:30:11

1977, Mr. Michael A. Farrell
MICHAEL A. FARRELL '77 has joined the law firm of Mette, Evans & Woodside in Harrisburg, PA. He has been practicing in the field of insurance defense litigation for 32 years, defending employers and insurers in workers' compensation matters. | 2017-06-01 13:19:08

1971, Mr. James Talmadge Countiss
JAMES "JIMMY" TALMADGE COUNTISS '71 died on May 17, 2017. He attended Hampden-Sydney on a basketball scholarship, then attended American University, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia School of Law. He lived much of his life in Honolulu, where he practiced law, taught at the University of Hawaii School of Law, and served on the Hawaiian Crime Commission. He returned to his native Tennessee and worked as a criminal defense attorney in the federal courts until his retirement in 2013. A lifelong adventurer, he enjoyed summiting mountains, sailing the Hawaiian seas, traveling the world, and racing motorcycles and go karts. Of his many accomplishments, he was most proud of his daughters and his adventures. | 2017-05-31 17:09:53

1978, Dr. Edward Snyder
Dr. ED "CHOPPER" SNYDER '78 just completed his term as president of the Virginia Association of Orthodontists. He has also been elected chairman of the American Association of Orthodontists Council on Membership, Ethics, and Judicial Concern. His subcommittee's rewrite of the AAO's Code of Ethics was accepted by the Association's House of Delegates at their annual session in April 2017. Chopper has practiced orthodontics in Martinsville and Danville for nearly 30 years. He and his wife, Kim, hope to make it up to H-SC this fall for a football game. | 2017-05-18 16:27:45

1972, Dr. Robert B. Williams
Dr. ROBERT B. "BOB" WILLIAMS '72 recently spent 18 months in London as a partner in Deloitte Consulting's United Kingdom practice. He has returned to his role as managing director of Deloitte Healthcare Consulting in McLean and lives in Richmond. | 2017-05-18 13:37:11

1971, Dr. William F. Rayburn
WILLIAM F. "BILL" RAYBURN '71, distinguished professor of medicine at the University of New Mexico, edited a professional book, "Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Health Care: Better Education, Better Patient Outcomes," published in February 2017 by Wolters Kluwer. Bill has been the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University since 1998. | 2017-05-15 23:08:32

1979, William F. Seymour IV
WILLIAM F. SEYMOUR IV '79 is a director in the litigation, business law and estate planning and administration practice groups with FloranceGordonBrown in Richmond. He had been a founding principal at Cherry, Seymour & Baronian. | 2017-05-09 16:49:43

1977, Steven Sinclair Graham
STEVEN SINCLAIR GRAHAM '77 died on April 21, 2017. After Hampden-Sydney, Steve attended the Medical College of Virginia and became a pharmacist in Roanoke. He is survived by his wife and son. | 2017-05-04 16:15:37

1979, Gregory W. Feldman
GREGORY W. FELDMANN '79 received the 2017 Regional Leadership Award from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. He was recognized for his recent volunteer work starting the region's first business accelerator program, RAMP, as well as his decades-long commitment to improving capital access for regional technology companies. In addition, Greg was elected to the board of directors of Carter Bank and Trust, a community bank with offices in Virginia and North Carolina. | 2017-05-04 13:53:54

1973, Dr Joseph M Crockett II
Dr. JOSEPH M. CROCKETT '73 received the Martha B. Thornton Faculty Recognition Award at Bridgewater College on April 4, 2017, for his excellence in classroom teaching and advising of students. Joe, who has taught chemistry at Bridgewater since 1985, holds the A. Leroy and Wanda H. Baker Professor of Science chair at the college. In 2015 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society, the highest award given by the section. | 2017-04-19 21:07:08

1974, William Genheimer Hammond
WILLIAM GENHEIMER HAMMOND '74 died on March 6, 2017. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney with a degree in religion, Bill settled in Powhatan County, where he was a carpenter and builder. He volunteered as a youth sports coach and a firefighter, and enjoyed reading, gardening, and fishing. | 2017-04-14 13:23:19

1979, W. Sheppard Miller III
W. SHEPPARD "SHEP" MILLER III '79 has retired from his position as chairman of KITCO Fiber Optics to focus on his two other businesses, Trident Utility Contracting and Light Tech, Inc. An H-SC Trustee, Shep also serves on the board of TowneBank as vice chairman, the board and executive committee of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Virginia House of Delegates Ethics Advisory Panel. | 2017-04-14 13:12:21

1972, James J. Rowe
The Honorable JAMES J. ROWE '72 has returned to West Virginia's 11th Judicial Circuit. He served 19 years on the bench before retiring to senior status in 2016; however, in February 2017 the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals appointed him to replace a suspended judge. | 2017-02-23 14:21:15

1976, Dr. William Wilson Samuel Butler IV
Dr. WILLIAM WILSON SAMUEL "SAM" BUTLER IV '76 died on December 10, 2016. At Hampden-Sydney he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. After medical school at the University of Virginia, he completed a general surgery residency at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, then a urology residency at UVA's Medical Center. He returned to his native Roanoke to practice surgery with his father and brother at Jefferson Surgical Clinic. He also served as an associate professor in UVA's urology department and was named "Professor of the Year" by the urology residents at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem. In 1990, Sam was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, so in 1993 he decided to leave clinical practice. He then rose to leadership positions in managed care organizations, ultimately serving as chief operations officer of Carilion Heath Plans and associate medical director at Virginia Premier Health Plans, a position he held until his health declined in 2013. For over 26 years, Sam perservered in the face of a debilitating disease, volunteering at free clinics, taking flying lessons, water and snow skiing, running, sailing, and cycling. | 2017-01-26 16:55:22

1970, David S. Mercer
DAVID S. MERCER '70 was installed as the 129th president of the Virginia Bar Association on January 21, 2017. He was sworn in by his daughter-in-law, Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson Mercer. David is a principal of MercerTrigiani, an Alexandria-based law firm specializing in common-interest ownership community associations. He is a past chair of the Virginia Bar's Substance Abuse Committee and a past president of Lawyers Helping Lawyers. | 2017-01-25 12:21:22

1977, Stephen E. Baril
STEPHEN E. BARIL '77 will manage the day-to-day operations of KVCF Solutions, LLC, a subsidiary of the law firm Kaplan, Voekler, Cunningham, & Frank. The full service government relations practice offers state lobbying, local government affairs, and economic development consulting. James T. Hoffman '09 joins Steve at KVCF Solutions as a government relations consultant focusing on Virginia's General Assembly and new business development. | 2017-01-24 15:47:37

1979, Clifford G. Ferrara
CLIFFORD G. FERRARA '79 has been named executive vice president of sales and revenue generation at Chesapeake Hospitality, a leading third-party hotel management company. He has been with the company for 17 years. | 2017-01-23 15:56:56

1971, Elvin A. Wright Jr.
ELVIN A. "BUZZY" WRIGHT '71 died on December 28, 2016, his late father's birthday. Elvin loved fishing and spending time at the beach. | 2017-01-23 09:24:18

1977, Pete Moore
PETE MOORE '77 hosted several members of the H-SC Class of 1977 at his daughter's wedding on December 10, 2016, in Arlington. Pictured from left to right are Phil Spratley '77, Ed Tiernan '77, Dave Hudgins '77, Kirby Wood '77, Marty McNerney '77, and Pete Moore '77. | 2017-01-19 11:28:22

1974, Charles R. Henderson
CHARLES R. "CHARLIE" HENDERSON '74, Bank of America's market president for Hampton Roads, was featured in the November 30, 2016, edition of Inside Business, The Hampton Roads Business Journal. | 2017-01-18 16:56:02