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Notes from Classes of the 40's
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1945, Robert BlufordOpen in a New Window

Rev. Dr. ROBERT BLUFORD, JR., was recently interviewed at Cleveland State University on his professional training as a USAAF pilot in Cleveland in 1943. He returned to visit last year to say thank you to the city for the hospitality it showed the future pilots, navigators, and bombardiers during their training. | 2015-02-27 13:48:41

 

1942, Cary A. Thompson Jr.Open in a New Window

Col. CARY ANDERSON THOMPSON, JR., of Panama City, Florida, died January 13, 2015. Raised in Lynchburg, he joined the Army Air Corps during World War II as a communications officer in India. Thompson met his future wife, Helene, on a transport ship and went bear hunting for their honeymoon. Their 50th wedding anniversary was officiated by the same pastor who had married them in India. He worked as a counselor for troops at the Pentagon and elsewhere. | 2015-02-25 10:41:23

 

1942, Jesse D. Ridgeway Jr.Open in a New Window

JESSE D. RIDGEWAY, JR., of Staunton died January 21, 2015. He taught at Staunton Military Academy from 1942-1947 and then at Wilson Memorial High School from 1947-1979. He taught general science, physics, and chemistry, and before his death at 97 was believed to be the last surviving member of the original 1947 faculty. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed big band music, and had a record collection numbering in the thousands. | 2015-02-23 14:17:29

 

1941, James L. Bugg Jr.Open in a New Window

Dr. JAMES L. BUGG, JR., of Harbor's Edge died January 15, 2015. He graduated summa cum laude from Hampden-Sydney. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, later earning his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Raven Society. He was a professor of history at the University of Missouri and served as president of Old Dominion University from 1969-76. | 2015-02-23 10:49:37

 

1945, Thomas Julian FulcherOpen in a New Window

THOMAS JULIAN FULCHER, JR., died November 6, 2014. He served as a Marine radar operator in World War II in the Pacific. He later was the chairman of the board and sales manager of WFLO radio station in Farmville. | 2014-12-01 11:22:47

 

1949, Irvin B. BaldwinOpen in a New Window

IRVIN B. "PETE" BALDWIN of Richmond died November 10, 2014. He graduated from Southeastern Seminary at Wake Forest in 1956. He was a baptist minister, a business owner, a pilot, a fixed-base operator, and a builder. | 2014-11-19 14:19:28

 

1947, George Harrison LearyOpen in a New Window

GEORGE HARRISON LEARY of Virginia Beach died October 23, 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve during World War II and later worked for Gulf Oil Trading Company. | 2014-11-19 09:11:54

 

1948, Thomas P. OvertonOpen in a New Window

THOMAS P. OVERTON died October 17, 2014. He served as a naval officer in World War II, attended Hampden-Sydney, and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1952. Outside of his family and practice, he enjoyed travel, golf, bird hunting, and fishing. | 2014-11-18 14:16:30

 

1943, William W. MasonOpen in a New Window

WILLIAM "BILL" MASON of Lexington, Kentucky, died January 28, 2014. He served as president of two coal companies and worked to build global demand for U.S. coal internationally. | 2014-11-12 14:12:18

 

1941, Francis A. SheltonOpen in a New Window

FRANCIS AUGUSTINE "BOOTY" SHELTON of Nassawadox died September 22, 2014. He joined the Coast Guard in WWII and flew PBYs until his retirement as lieutenant commander. After working in the tobacco business, he returned to the Eastern Shore to care for his mother, later coaching baseball at Northampton High School. | 2014-11-04 08:41:05

 

1947, Robert Basye WebbOpen in a New Window

ROBERT B. WEBB, JR., of Fairfax and Williamsburg died September 12, 2014. He earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1952, later serving as a regimental surgeon with the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. He also worked on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, providing eye care to the Navajo population. He joined Dr. Glenn Ward Phipps in co-founding the Petersburg Eye Center, where he practiced until his retirement in 1994. | 2014-11-03 16:11:15
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