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2009, Mr. Graham Keating McCormick
GRAHAM KEATING McCORMICK '09 died in a tragic accident on August 11, 2017. An Eagle Scout and a graduate of Douglas Southall Freeman High School, Graham was a member of Kappa Sigma at Hampden-Sydney with his brothers Gordon Burke McCormick '10 and the late William Carter "Will" McCormick '12. While at H-SC, he served as president of both Kappa Sigma and the Interfraternity Council. Graham was a corporate finance analyst with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta and a member of The Country Club of Virginia. He is remembered as a loving son and devoted older brother who always put family first, especially during his brother Will's time in hospice care. | 2017-08-16 11:29:28

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

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

1995, Lt. David Karl Craft
Lt. DAVID KARL CRAFT '95 died on July 19, 2017, from a blood clot. David first served as an officer with the Greensboro Police Department, then moved to the Henrico County Police Division in 2000. There he protected and served the community with honor and valor, working on patrol operations, as a school resource, and in drug enforcement over the course of his career. In 2005, David served on the Hurricane Katrina Task Force, providing humanitarian assistance in Mississippi after the catastrophic storm. He was also the owner of Craft Tile, LLC, which gave him the opportunity to use his artistic talents. David played guitar and harmonica with the praise team at North Run Baptist Church and Staples Mill Road Baptist. He is survived by his wife and daughter. | 2017-08-07 16:18:28

1942, Dr. James English Cousar III
Dr. JAMES ENGLISH COUSAR III '42 died on July 15, 2017. He was born in Tokyo, Japan, where his parents were serving as Presbyterian missionaries. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney, Jim attended medical school at Johns Hopkins and served in the U.S. Navy. He trained as a surgeon at Johns Hopkins and the University of Michigan, then practiced thoracic surgery in Jacksonville, Florida, until his retirement at the age of 70. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A member of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville for almost 60 years, Jim served as club president and as a delegate to the international convention in Birmingham, England. He was an usher, deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher at Riverside Presbyterian Church, as well as a commissioner of the PCUSA General Assembly and clerk of the Session. | 2017-08-07 13:14:54

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

1970, Dr. Nathaniel M. Ewell III
Dr. NATHANIEL M. EWELL III '70 died on July 11, 2017. A Pi Kappa Alpha at Hampden-Sydney, he went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. After teaching at the University of South Carolina and Old Dominion University for a time, Dr. Ewell spent the bulk of his career in Spain and Italy as a professor of English language and literature with the University of Maryland's European Division. He and his wife retired to Virginia in 1995, where he enjoyed competitive fencing and yearly trips to Europe. He was a member of the American Clan Gregor Society, the Patrick Henry Descendant's Branch, and the Society of the Cincinnati. | 2017-08-04 15:04:30

1942, Mr. Benjamin J. Willis Jr.
BENJAMIN J. WILLIS, JR. '42 died on July 9, 2017. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney, he continued his studies at the University of Virginia until he was called into service with the U.S. Navy during World War II as a salvage diver on the USS Moreno. He also served as commander of the USS Tallahatchie County during the Korean War, then remained in the Naval Reserves until his retirement as a Commander. Ben worked in the family business, assuming the leadership of Willis Furniture Company in 1965 until his retirement in 1998. A leader in the furniture industry, he was chairman of the Southern Home Furnishings Association and spent 11 years on the board of the National Home Furnishings Association. Ben was a longtime member of the Board of Trustees of Virginia Wesleyan College, president of the Board of Trustees of the Methodist Children's Home in Richmond, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau and the Retail Merchants Association of Tidewater, and a board member at Crestar Bank. He was an active member of Ghent United Methodist Church and the Lambeth Bible Class. His son is Benjamin J. Willis III '83. | 2017-08-04 12:16:59

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

1941, Mr. Richard Beverley Whiting
RICHARD BEVERLEY WHITING '41 died on June 26, 2017. He served in the US Army during World War II, then ran the family coal, oil, and feed business for 13 years. After working as an insurance agent, he owned and operated the Berryville News Stand until his retirement in 1979. He was a long-time member and past commander of the American Legion Post #41, a 50-year member of the Lions Club of Clarke County, and a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry for many years. He enjoyed traveling and golfing. | 2017-08-03 17:13:42

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

1944, Dr. John Quackenbush Hatten
Dr. JOHN Q. HATTEN '44 died on June 15, 2017. A member of the V-12 Naval Unit at Hampden-Sydney, he earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1948 and served as a medical officer in the US Navy during the Korean War. He then practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Newport News for 41 years, serving as chief of the OB-GYN Department at Riverside Hospital and president of the Virginia OB-GYN Society. Active in numerous national medical societies, Dr. Hatten was a strong advocate for continuing education for physicians and took advantage of post-graduate courses at every opportunity. He was an avid golfer who played into his late 80s, and a member of the Rotary Club, the James River Country Club, the Hampton Roads German Club, and the Hampton Roads Assembly. He was a lifelong member of Newport News First Baptist Church and was married to his childhood sweetheart for more than 70 years. His son Bobby Hatten '69 also attended H-SC. | 2017-08-03 15:57:44

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

1997, Mr. Edward Drummond Alexander
EDWARD DRUMMOND ALEXANDER '97 died on June 8, 2017. A devoted father, Ed enjoyed boating, fishing, and canoeing with his eight-year-old son. With much effort and determination throughout his illness, he attended nearly all of his son's sporting, scouting, and school events. He is remembered for his intelligence, sense of humor, and high moral standards. | 2017-08-03 13:04:49

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

1934, Rev. Peter G. Cosby III
The Rev. PETER GUERRANT "P.G." COSBY III '34 died on September 17, 2016. Valedictorian of his class at Hampden-Sydney, he went on to further studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and Union Presbyterian Seminary, earning a Bachelor of Divinity and a Master of Theology. He served at Presbyterian churches in Alabama, North Carolina, and throughout Virginia before returning to his native Lynchburg to become executive director of the Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship. There, he expanded safe and affordable housing opportunities for low-income families, low-income elderly, and disabled individuals. In 1973, P.G. served as the Moderator for the Synod of Virginia, Presbyterian Church. He received the 1975 Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christian and Jews, as well as the Liberty Bell Award from the Lynchburg Bar Association. Among numerous other awards, he was most proud of being an Eagle Scout. | 2017-05-31 14:45:58

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

1991, Robert William Godek
ROBERT WILLIAM "ROB" GODEK '91 died of cancer on May 4, 2017. After Hampden-Sydney, Rob became a physical therapist and settled in Virginia Beach. In 2005 he returned to his native Georgia, where he was the senior physical therapist for the Rehabilitation Hospital of Savanah. | 2017-05-18 14:48:15

1990, M. Jared Mauney
M. JARED MAUNEY '90 died on March 25, 2017. A mathematical economics major at Hampden-Sydney, he worked at the Zacharias Ganey Health Institute in Richmond. He was known for his love of singing. | 2017-05-05 16:19:51

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2010, Christopher Clinton Fox
CHRISTOPHER CLINTON FOX '10 died on February 22, 2017. A biology major at Hampden-Sydney, he studied abroad in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands while earning his Bachelor of Science. He returned to his native Texas after graduation, working at the upscale men's clothing shop Sid Mashburn in Houston. Christopher was passionate about music and art; his hobbies included sailing and basketball. He is remembered by his family and friends for his compassion, empathy, and ability to connect with others. | 2017-02-27 16:22:07

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

1935, Randolph S. Gardner
Dr. RANDOLPH S. "RANDY" GARDNER '35 died on February 7, 2017. After graduating with honors from Hampden-Sydney, he taught math at the American School in Tokyo, then spent five years as a U.S. Navy pilot during WWII in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He remained in the Navy Reserve for 25 years, retiring as a Commander. After receiving both his master's and doctorate at Columbia University, he became a professor of mathematics education in the State University of New York system. Dr. Gardner retired as Dean of the School of Education at SUNY Albany in 1973. As the winner of two Fulbright grants, his academic career took him around the globe to Pakistan, Uganda, Mexico, and South Vietnam. He was an avid golfer, beginning as a caddy at the age of ten. He continued golfing until the age of 100, shooting eight holes-in-one and winning several championships at Albany Country Club. | 2017-02-16 10:37:20

1957, Benny Bennett Smith
BENNY BENNETT SMITH '57 died on February 5, 2017. Benny was a chemist in the rubber industry for 45 years. The highlight of his career was the patent he received in 2001 for a process he developed to improve the vulcanization of fabric for seat belts, airbags, and similar applications. | 2017-02-13 10:16:48

1953, William Marion Alphin
WILLIAM M. "BILL" ALPHIN '53 died on February 1, 2017. Bill served in the U.S. Army before settling on Rillhurst Farms in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to his work on the family farm, Bill served on the Virginia Farm Bureau Board, running the Farm Bureau office in Culpeper for 20 years. The first president of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Bill served 40 years on its board of directors; he also served on the Culpeper County School Board and the Culpeper Hospital board. Bill was a member of the Ruritans, a deacon at his church, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. | 2017-02-10 17:18:02

1954, Dr. Burness F. Ansell Jr.
Dr. BURNESS F. ANSELL, JR. '54 died on January 27, 2017. Dr. Ansell began his medical career in 1967 at the McGuire Clinic in Richmond; he then practiced hematology and oncology for over 40 years. He also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve, rising to the rank of Captain. A lifelong member of the Boy Scouts of America, he earned numerous adult recognitions, including the God and Service Award and the Silver Beaver Award. Dr. Ansell was the father of David Ansell '82 and Richard Ansell '88. | 2017-02-01 15:45:26

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

1953, Douglas Shelburne Divers Jr.
DOUGLAS S. DIVERS, JR. '53 died on January 15, 2017. A member of the track and field team during his time at Hampden-Sydney, Doug went on to earn a master's degree in education at Virginia Tech, where he also served as head coach of the track team. He concluded his career in the insurance industry as the owner of Diver's & Associates in Richmond. He was a faithful supporter of the College. | 2017-01-25 12:12:13

1955, Francis Regis Etz
FRANCIS REGIS ETZ '55 died on January 8, 2017. A football player at H-SC, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the 796th Military Police Battalion in Vienna, Austria. He then worked for the Virginia Department of Health and coached football at St. Christopher's in Richmond. He was a member of St. Mary's Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. | 2017-01-24 15:29:47

1964, Wiley Rowland McKellar III
WILEY ROWLAND McKELLAR III '64 died on January 9, 2017. A career journalist, he was an opinion writer for 29 years at the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His weekly "Cheers & Jeers" column took a humorous but pithy look at local events and newsmakers. He was also a voracious reader and a vinyl record collector. | 2017-01-23 16:23:19

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

1982, James Alfred Lee Condrey
JAMES ALFRED LEE CONDREY '82 died on January 7, 2017. He was a southern gentleman and a master gardener and chef who will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and neighbors. | 2017-01-23 14:54:00

1983, Mathew Thompson Dill
MATTHEW THOMPSON DILL '83 died on January 9, 2017. He was a basketball player at Hampden-Sydney, then earned a J.D. from the Campbell University School of Law and an LL.M. from the University of Miami School of Law. A board certified specialist in estate planning and probate law, Matthew practiced law in those areas for almost 30 years, most of them in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was a devoted father, husband, and friend, known for his sense of humor, integrity, and kindness. | 2017-01-23 14:41:09

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

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

1951, Charles Edward Richardson III
CHARLES EDWARD "ED" RICHARDSON III '51 died on December 28, 2016. A Theta Chi at Hampden-Sydney, he went on to a career at Lawyers Title in Richmond and an active membership in the Rotary Club. | 2017-01-20 16:21:02

1952, Dr. Lloyd Tayloe Griffith
Dr. LLOYD TAYLOE GRIFFITH '52 died on December 18, 2016. A native of the Northern Neck of Virginia, he graduated from Hampden-Sydney and the University of Virginia Medical School before serving in the U.S. Navy as a flight surgeon. He returned to the Northern Neck to practice family medicine with his father at Griffith Clinic in Mount Holly. He also served as an assistant medical examiner for the Commonwealth for 19 years. When Lloyd retired from family practice after 52 years, the clinic, which had served the Northern Neck for 82 years, closed. He was a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and an active member of Cople Episcopal Parish, serving as a trustee and vestry member for many years. | 2017-01-20 16:03:10

1953, John Harding Owen
JOHN HARDING OWEN '53 died on December 20, 2016. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hampden-Sydney, then earned his Master of Science from Florida State University. He worked as a chemist for DuPont at the Savanah River Plant in South Carolina. John was a member of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church. | 2017-01-20 15:23:07

1981, Dr. Daniel Bradley Schein
Dr. DANIEL B. SCHEIN '81 died on November 20, 2016. He attended Hampden-Sydney as an Allen Scholar and cross-country runner, then earned a Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii in inorganic chemistry. Dan chose a career in law, completing a four-year business and law degree at American University's Washington College of Law. In 2003, he formed his own firm focused on intellectual property law, particularly patent and trademark protection, licensing, and litigation. He enjoyed golfing and fishing with his son, and nightly Jeopardy contests and debates with his daughter. | 2017-01-20 15:05:01

1965, James M. Sconyers
JAMES M. "JIM" SCONYERS '65 died on December 12, 2016. Jim worked as a public school teacher for many years in both Maryland and West Virginia, earning advanced degrees from the University of Virginia and West Virginia University. His dedication to protecting the environment and wild lands of West Virginia as a long-time chapter president of the West Virginia Sierra Club was recognized with a lifetime service award from the national Sierra Club in 2013. He was an avid hiker, kayaker, birdwatcher, and naturalist. | 2017-01-20 12:47:16

1958, Venable Lane Stern Jr.
VENABLE LANE STERN JR. '58 died on December 4, 2016. A proud member of Kappa Sigma at Hampden-Sydney, after graduation he served two years in the U.S. Marine Corps, then began a career as an auditor in the insurance industry. He was a fan of Redskins football and bluegrass music, but most of all he loved spending time with family and friends. His grandson, Hunter Merritt '19, has followed Venable's footsteps to H-SC. | 2017-01-19 17:52:38

1958, Lt. Col. Michael Grier O'Neill
Lt. Col. MICHAEL GRIER O'NEILL '58 died on December 4, 2016. A member of Chi Phi at Hampden-Sydney, he joined the Marine Corps after graduation and served two tours in Vietnam; he was awarded several medals, including the Bronze Star for valor. He attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and ended his military career as the Commanding Officer of the Weapons Battalion in Paris Island, South Carolina. After his retirement from the Marines, he served as the Beaufort County administrator and the town manager of Hilton Head Island. | 2017-01-19 17:37:04

1964, Dr. Robert Hatheway Welch
Dr. ROBERT HATHEWAY WELCH '64 died on November 28, 2016. After earning his B.A. at Hampden-Sydney, Rob received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught French for 30 years at the College of William and Mary and directed the college's summer and junior year abroad programs in Montpellier, France. After his retirement, he created the Friends of William Byrd Park in Richmond. | 2017-01-19 15:02:01

1950, Phineas Munsell Randall IV
PHINEAS MUNSELL "RANDY" RANDALL IV '50 died on November 25, 2016. Randy was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps and retired from a career with DuPont and the Chemtron Corporation. His many interests included big band music, furniture restoration, woodturning, computer programming, and model building. He also enjoyed ice skating, roller skating, and rollerblading into his 80s. A devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Randy was active with the Boy Scouts of America, youth soccer, local museums, and Spring Hills Baptist Church. | 2017-01-19 13:02:52

1962, Charles F. Wilkins II
CHARLES F. "CHARLIE" WILKINS II '62 died on November 30, 2016. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney, Charlie joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Texas and Alaska. He went on to a career in insurance, working for Royal Globe Insurance and Utica National Insurance. A history buff, he also enjoyed golfing, reading, and traveling the country with his wife. His son, Charles F. Wilkins III '86, also attended H-SC. | 2017-01-19 12:44:48

2003, Mr. Curtis Clayton Carmean
CURTIS CLAYTON CARMEAN '03 died on November 18, 2016. A native of Newport News, he graduated from Warwick High School in 1999, then earned an economics degree at Hampden-Sydney. He is survived by two children. | 2016-12-01 11:31:41

1960, Mr. James Eley Jordan Jr.
JAMES ELEY JORDAN, JR. '60 died on November 23, 2016. A Virginia native, Jim could trace his family roots back to the original Jamestown settlement. After attending Hampden-Sydney, he served with the U.S. Army in Alabama, then enjoyed a successful real estate career in Richmond. | 2016-11-29 10:49:41

2008, Mr. Christopher M. Yuhasz
CHRISTOPHER M. YUHASZ '08 died on November 5, 2016. Chris was a graduate of Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey. At Hampden-Sydney, he was an active member of the rugby team and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. An economics major, Chris worked in finance upon graduation, but he had put his career on hold to care for his mother until her passing. | 2016-11-16 09:44:33

1947, Mr. John Lemuel III
Dr. JOHN LEMUEL THORNTON III '47 died on November 2, 2016. He joined the US Navy Reserve at age 17, serving on active duty at naval hospitals in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, then as a reservist with the the US Marine Corps 1st Battalion in Richmond. A graduate of Duke University and The Medical College of Virginia, he was a board certified specialist in pathology and nuclear medicine. In 1988, Dr. Thornton received the Richmond Academy of Medicine's Distinguished Service Award. He served as the the president of the Virginia Society for Pathology, the American Blood Commission, the Richmond Metropolitan Blood Service, and the Richmond chapter of the Military Officers Association of American, while maintaining active membership in many other medical and veterans organizations. | 2016-11-14 11:48:20

1951, Mr. Ernest C. Fisher
ERNEST C. FISHER '51 died on October 2, 2015. | 2016-11-04 16:16:56

1953, John E. Anderson
JOHN E. ANDERSON '53 died on October 29, 2016. He was a Kappa Alpha at Hampden-Sydney who went on to earn degrees from the University of West Virginia and Florida Atlantic University. In 2002, John retired from 41 years of federal service with the IRS. At the age of 60 he earned a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do; he also loved outdoor activities and boating. John served as the chairman of the board of trustees at the First Congregational Church in Lake Worth, Florida, for many years. | 2016-11-04 12:33:33

1946, Robert Ailworth Scott
ROBERT AILWORTH SCOTT '46 died on October 27, 2015. A farmer on the eastern shore of Virginia, he served on the Northampton County Planning Commission and the boards of Eastville Bank and Nation's Bank. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Eastville. | 2016-11-04 10:13:44

1946, Dr. W. Austin McClellan
Dr. W. AUSTIN McCLELLAN '46 died on December 24, 2015. A retired dentist, he was a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Lions Club, and the Ruritans Club. He was an elder at Orange Presbyterian Church. | 2016-11-04 10:02:59

1944, Robert Custis Coleburn
ROBERT CUSTIS COLEBURN '44 died on April 30, 2016. He was a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a retired lawyer with the Alexandria-based firm of Simmonds, Coleburn, and Towner. He loved fishing and bird hunting. | 2016-11-04 09:54:57

1950, J. Howard Settle
J. HOWARD SETTLE '50 died on October 14, 2016. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney, Howard returned to his family farm, eventually going to work for the Waverly Farm Credit Association. He spend the remainder of his career with Farm Credit, moving to Baltimore and rising to the position of executive vice president. Upon his retirement in 1987, he returned to Virginia and served as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors. He also served on Governor George Allen's Commission for Government Reform, the Community Memorial Health board, and the regional airport commission. Howard was an active member of the Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions Clubs, as well as Lawrenceville Baptist Church. | 2016-11-03 13:33:52

1940, Dr. Robert Palmer Trice
Dr. ROBERT PALMER TRICE '40 died on October 1, 2016, at the age of 99. As a student at Hampden-Sydney, he was president of Kappa Sigma, the Interfraternity Council, and the Flying Club, as well as secretary of the Monogram Club and co-captain of the track team. He was the first student to have an airplane on campus. A graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Trice served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean War, maintained a solo general practice in medicine for 43 years, and examined recruits for the armed forces in his retirement. He was an avid tennis player, world traveler, and horseman. | 2016-10-25 16:15:24

1941, Dr. William Bragg Russell
Dr. WILLIAM BRAGG "BILLY" RUSSELL '41 died on September 15, 2016. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha at Hampden-Sydney, Billy enlisted in the Marines during WWII, participating in the invasion of Iwo Jima and receiving the Bronze Star for heroic actions. He graduated from MCV School of Dentistry in 1951 and practiced dentistry in Petersburg for 49 years. Billy enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing, in addition to leading both a square-dance band and a bluegrass band. He was an elder, Sunday school teacher, and choir member at Tabb Street Presbyterian Church in Petersburg. | 2016-10-19 13:36:32

1953, Lt. Col. Page Haymore Henderson
Lt. Col. PAGE HAYMORE HENDERSON '53 died on August 30, 2016. As a career pilot with the US Air Force, Page served all over the world, including in Germany, France, Japan, and Vietnam. He earned a master's degree from Auburn University. | 2016-10-14 15:47:04

1953, Mr. Karl Ernst Davis
KARL ERNST DAVIS '53 died on September 11, 2016. After graduating from Hampden-Syndey, he attended George Washington University School of Law and spent his legal career at Margolius, Mallios, Davis, Rider, and Tomar in Washington, D.C. Karl was a member of the Masonic Temple and the Royal Order of Jesters. | 2016-10-14 15:34:02

1943, Mr. John Henry Dickhoff
JOHN HENRY DICKHOFF '43 died on January 8, 2016. He is survived by two sons and three grandchildren. | 2016-10-14 13:40:28

1947, Rev. Robert Leroy Thomas
ROBERT L. "BOB" THOMAS '47 died on September 7, 2016. During WWII, he attended Hampden-Sydney as part of the V-12 Naval unit, then served in the Pacific theater. A graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary, he was ordained an Episcopal priest and served at churches throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. He was an avid sailor and woodworker. | 2016-09-19 16:02:13

1973, Wayne H. Davis
WAYNE H. DAVIS '73 died on September 3, 2016. A religion and philosophy major at Hampden-Sydney, he earned a Master of Education in Counseling from James Madison University. He served as a missionary in Africa, the executive director of Roanoke Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the communications director at Augusta Health. Wayne, an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Staunton, loved Biblical scholarship, cowboy movies, Hawaiian shirts, and reggae music. | 2016-09-19 15:40:45

1953, Mr Colbert McLaurine Tyler
COLBERT McLAURINE "MAC" TYLER '53 died July 31, 2016. After graduating from H-SC, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve Officer Candidate School, was commissioned as an ensign, and served as an officer during the Korean War. He later went to work for Texaco Inc. and was active in local and national affairs. Mac served on the board of the Virginia Oil Men's Association, was chairman of Virginia Petroleum Industries' executive committee, and was a member of the American Petroleum Institute. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Meadowbrook Country Club for 45 years. | 2016-09-16 16:34:44

1940, Dewey Wilson Mann
DEWEY WILSON MANN died on June 28, 2016 at the age of 99. A true WWII hero, Dewey was one of the most decorated soldiers from West Virginia, earning the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the French Croix de Guerre, among other medals. After the war, he owned and operated Andrews Floor and Wall Company. | 2016-09-05 17:21:35

1940, Reginald L. Vassar
REGINALD L. VASSAR died on March 7, 2015. He joined the US Air Force during WWII, entering France just after D-Day. Reginald retired as a Lt. Colonel, then worked as an electrical engineer at GE and International Harvester. | 2016-09-05 17:10:02

1955, Horace E. Costley Jr.
HORACE E. COSTLEY, JR. died on July 20, 2016. | 2016-09-05 13:53:09

1975, Charles L. Crockett III
CHARLES L. "CHARLIE" CROCKETT III died on August 22, 2016. A lover of sports, music, and the great outdoors, Charlie valued most his connections with family and friends. | 2016-09-05 12:16:44

1946, Allen Young Stokes Jr.
ALLEN YOUNG STOKES, JR. died on August 10, 2016. He was an Army surgical technician in France and Belgium during World War II, later settling at Orchard Hill Farm to raise cattle and tend a large apple orchard. An active member in the community, he served as Chairman of the Rappahannock County Planning Commission, President of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association, Director of Lord Fairfax Community College, and Director of First Commonwealth Insurance Company of Richmond. | 2016-08-31 14:04:44

1961, Hugh Kirkpatrick Leary
HUGH KIRKPATRICK "PAT" LEARY died on August 20, 2016. After graduating cum laude from Hampden-Sydney, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1967. Pat had a 33-year career with the Trust Division of Sovran Bank (later Bank of America), ending as Executive Vice President and Director of Trust from 1989-1995. For the next 15 years he was the Executive Director of the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation and the William H., John G. and Emma Scott Foundation. He served on the boards of many organizations, including the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation, the Sons of the Revolution, and the Richmond Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. | 2016-08-31 12:21:32

1972, Peter Stephen Viele
PETER S. VIELE died on August 21, 2016. Pete had a successful career as a fundraiser for non-profit organizations, most notably the USS Arizona Memorial Museum in Pearl Harbor, where he helped raise the funds to rebuild the Museum and Visitors Center. | 2016-08-31 11:59:28

1953, Dr. William P. Knox III
Dr. WILLIAM P. "BILL" KNOX III died on August 17, 2016. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he graduated from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, built the first veterinary hospital in York County, and practiced veterinary medicine until his retirement in 1999. Bill served two terms on the York County Board of Supervisors and attended two national Republican Conventions as a delegate. | 2016-08-31 11:52:50

1952, Dr. Marcellus E. Waddill
Dr. MARCELLUS E. WADDILL died on August 24, 2016. He was a graduate of Worsham High School in Farmville and the first of his family to attend college. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney as valedictorian of his class, he earned an MA from the University of Pittsburgh and served three years as a officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He completed his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1962 and joined the faculty at Wake Forest University, where he taught for 35 years, served on over 30 committees, and won numerous awards, including Professor of the Year. Dr. Wadill was an active member of College Park Baptist Church. | 2016-08-31 11:29:24