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Notes from Classes of the 40's
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1945, Cary Lee Meredith Jr.Open in a New Window

CARY LEE MEREDITH, JR., of Arnold, Maryland, died August 8, 2014. He attended Hampden-Sydney but left in 1943 to enter the U.S. Navy Air Corps, in which he flew turboprop aircraft, training in Florida when WWII ended. He started Meredith Melvin & Lynch Insurance and Real Estate Brokers in the 1950s, later working for Basil-Voges of Annapolis as an insurance broker. He retired in 1989. | 2014-08-28 10:23:19


1948, Charles Kemper LorraineOpen in a New Window

CHARLES KEMPER LORRAINE died July 28, 2014. He matriculated at H-SC, joined the U.S. Navy, and then returned to campus to graduate in 1949. He was owner of A.L. Lorraine Hardware in Carytown of Richmond, retiring in 1996 to southwest Florida. In later life, he spent time furthering educational opportunities for H-SC students through the Alfred Lorraine Scholarship. | 2014-08-06 11:14:38


1945, John Wesley Price Jr.Open in a New Window

JOHN WESLEY PRICE, JR., of Daytona Beach died July 26, 2014. He attended Hampden-Sydney College from 1941 to 1942. | 2014-08-06 09:58:28


1948, Dr. Thomas E. Gilmer Jr.Open in a New Window

Dr. THOMAS EDWARD GILMER, JR., of Blacksburg died July 22, 2014. He joined the corps of cadets at Virginia Tech, graduated from Hampden-Sydney, and earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of North Carolina. He joined the U.S. Army and deployed to the European theater during World War II. Tom was employed at the Kentucky Military Institute, later returning to Virginia Tech as a professor of physics and eventually becoming head of the department. He was dean of the College of the Arts & Sciences. He retired in 1989. He belonged first to Blacksburg Presbyterian Church and then to Northside Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder. Tom was a longstanding member of the Blacksburg Lions Club, serving recently as its president. | 2014-07-24 11:09:22


1947, William Newman GilmerOpen in a New Window

WILLIAM NEWMAN GILMER, of Wytheville, died June 27, 2014. His father was Thomas Edward Gilmer, chair of the Physics Department and later president of Hampden-Sydney College. He served in the U.S. Navy, graduated with his B.S. from MIT and a M.S. from Drexel University. He was a mechanical engineer for Westinghouse, Experiment Inc., and Texaco. He was active with his local churches and taught Sunday school for many years. After retiring, he and his wife became antique dealers and owned Castle Hill Antiques for many years. | 2014-07-23 12:52:04


1946, Ronald Cocke ShiflettOpen in a New Window

RONALD COCKE "RON" SHIFLETT of Richmond died May 5, 2014. His education at H-SC was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as navigator on a Naval Air Corps troop transport and attained the rank of lieutenant. He began his career with Esso, which was largely rebranded as "Exxon" in the United States, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, was an avid golfer and tennis player, and was a former president of the Roanoke Country Club. | 2014-07-22 10:22:12


1942, Dr. Edgar Forrest JesseeOpen in a New Window

Dr. EDGAR FORREST JESSEE of Richmond died May 10, 2014. He earned his doctorate of dental surgery from the Medical College of Virginia in 1945, practicing in Richmond and retiring in 1986. While serving his country during the Korean War, he received five medals of distinction. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Alpha. At H-SC he was captain of the football team, later being invited to try out for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was active in a number of groups and associations, including the Second Baptist Church, the Virginia Dental Association, the Richmond Dental Society, Cavalier Sporting Clays, and the Country Club of Virginia. | 2014-07-22 10:06:33


1945, Wilbur F. Amonette IIIOpen in a New Window

Dr. WILBUR FRANKLIN AMONETTE III of Radford died on May 2, 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy's V-12 program at Hampden-Sydney. He earned his medical degreee from the Medical College of Virginia. In 1949, he enlisted in the newly formed U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Billing Air Force Base in Washington until his discharge in 1951. Dr. Amonette worked in private practice in Radford and started the Radford Community Hospital Emergency Room. He also worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections. | 2014-06-06 10:55:00


1943, Samuel S. JonesOpen in a New Window

Dr. SAMUEL S. JONES of Tucson, Arizona, died on April 11, 2014. He graduated at the top of his class at Hampden-Sydney and enrolled at Cornell University where he was enlisted to work on part of the Manhattan Project. He joined the Army and worked on a trigger mechanism for the Project in a secret laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. After the War, he returned to Cornell to earn his Ph.D. He worked in the nuclear power industry for much of his career. He retired in 1996. In 1984, Dr. Jones endowed the Samuel S. Jones Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship in the Natural Sciences. He also has endowed the Samuel S. Jones Phi Beta Kappa Award for Intellectual Excellence to recognize outstanding student research. He retired to Tucson, Arizona. | 2014-05-06 04:55:00


1949, Richard N. HarrisOpen in a New Window

Capt. RICHARD NOEL HARRIS of Richmond died on April 18, 2014. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and served in the U.S. Navle Intelligence and Reserves, retiring as a captain. After working as an assistant attorney general of Virginia, he was appointed the first director of Justice and Crime Prevention for the Department of Criminal Justices of Virginia. He was also very active in his community. | 2014-05-06 02:59:00
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