Write a biography for what what's been going on in your life since leaving UVa: more education, military, jobs, family, recent interests, etc. Aim for about 500 words. The biographies will be listed in order of initiation.You can update your biography at any time, just send in the edited version.
Send all biographical materials to Jym Clendenin at firstname.lastname@example.org .
1 Clendenin '62
2 Peebles '61
4 Allsbrook '61
5 Davis '62
7 Hamlett '60
8 Lohr '60
11 Kimball '61
13 Sandstrom '62
17 Stapleton '62
20 Biglow '62
21 Birge '62
22 Boswell '63
23 Carter '63
24 Baber '63
27 Applegate '64
28 Bickley '64
29 Brinkman '64
32 McKnight '65
34 Ellis '64
35 Lewis '65
38 Tune '64
44 Slesnick '65
46 Szabo '66
47 Waddell '70
49 Hart '65
51 Burnett '67
55 Long '66
72 Getchell '67
NA Yount '60
? Tucker '76
1 James E. "Jym" Clendenin (BEE '62)
After graduating in ‘62 with a B.E.E, I spent the next 4 years in the Navy on destroyers in the Atlantic and the Med. Judy (nurse, RN ’63 Virginia)
2 James E. "Jim" Peebles (BA Mathematics '61)
I remained at APL until 1965 and then worked for Computer Sciences Corporation and other computer consulting companies until 1969. In 1969, I was recruited to be the Director of Data Processing at the University of Arizona (UA) Health Sciences Center in Tucson, AZ. At that time, UA was building a new medical school and university hospital and this was an opportunity to start and support an academic medical center from scratch. There was no building, no systems, no staff, etc. This was where my career really started. The hospital opened in 1971 with computer systems functioning and real patients. My role there as a Department Head provided me faculty status and was a great experience. In today’s world, this would be the Chief Information Officer which is now a critical position in every medical center. Life was simpler then.
In 1980, I left UA and was co-founder of Sunquest Information Systems, a private company which developed and provided laboratory information systems nationwide. I was the CEO, President and chief system designer of the original product. During a sales trip to St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville, TN, I discovered Brother Doug Mooreside as a Pathologist there and we shared several visits during my trips. I sold my interest in Sunquest in 1986 and basically “retired” for a year. Sunquest continues to be very successful and is the largest laboratory system vendor today.
In 1987, I co-founded MIDS, Inc., a private company which developed healthcare systems to support patient care management, quality outcomes, utilization management, all of which were becoming critical responsibilities of healthcare organizations. Again, I served as CEO, President and chief system designer as my partner and I developed a totally new product for hospitals. Building on connections and successes from the Sunquest days, our product was widely accepted and is now used nationwide in over 1200 hospitals. In 1998, we merged with another healthcare company which was then acquired by ACS, Inc., a fortune 500 company. As a result, our small private world became part of a large public world. In 2001, I stepped down as CEO of this business unit and remained as a consultant until 2004 when I fully retired.
However, in 2004 I became a Board Member of QuadraMed Corp., a public healthcare information system vendor headquartered in Reston, VA. This allowed me to stay involved in information system technology without being confined time wise. I remained on the Board until early 2010 when QuadraMed was sold to a provide equity firm. As my final real employment, I served as interim CEO of QuadraMed from March, 2009 until August, 2009 while a new CEO was being recruited. This was a great experience, but, for me, the private world is much more enjoyable than the public company world.
My wife, Sandy, and I were married in Oct., 1961 in Alexandria, VA with Brother Russ Davis performing his first wedding and brothers John
We enjoy travelling and have taken 2 trips with former UVA President John Casteen to Scotland and to Sicily. These were designed as small hiking groups and were absolutely outstanding. As well as being educational, the social time and accommodations were superb. Getting to know President Casteen was an honor.
4 John W. Allsbrook (BAE '61)
After graduation in June, 1961, I took a temporary job as an engineer at NASA Langley AFB, Virginia awaiting Air Force orders to report to navigator training in Texas. I soon discovered, however, that I could no longer pass the eye exam necessary to qualify as a navigator. NASA came to my rescue and requested that the Air Force assign me to active duty with NASA. So, for the next three years I continued to work in my civilian job as a Lieutenant in the Air Force. In July 1963, I married Ruth Petrie (UVA Nursing, ‘63)
Still wanting to see more of the world than the southeastern part of Virginia where I had spent the first 18 years of my life, I chose to remain in the Air Force and was sent to Wright Patterson AFB, in Dayton, Ohio as a research engineer at the Air Force Flight Dynamics Lab; from there, on to Los Angeles, CA as a rocket propulsion engineer. During the two tours of duty in Dayton and Los Angeles, Ruth and I were blessed with first two sons and then two daughters.
My next assignment was Montgomery, AL where I attended the Air Force Command and Staff College and Auburn University where I received an MBA. From there we went to Washington DC with assignments at Andrews AFB and the Pentagon where I worked in Congressional Liaison. In 1979 we went back to Dayton where I served as Business Manager for the F-16 aircraft program and then back to Los Angeles as Program Manager for a Navy communications satellite. I retired from the Air Force as a Colonel in 1987.
I spent the next 13 years working for Hughes Space and Communications Company in Los Angeles, first as a business manager for several satellite programs and later as flight operations manager for communications and weather satellites. Ruth and I were divorced in 1995.
In 1997, I married Helen Heath, an old friend from first grade school through high school. We found each other at our 40th high school class reunion. When I retired from Hughes in 2000, Helen and I returned to Virginia Beach, Virginia.
After a boring year of full retirement, I decided to launch a third career and began studying law. I applied for and was accepted in the Virginia State Bar Law Reader program where I read the law under the supervision of a practicing attorney. I passed the Bar on my second try and received my law license in 2007. I have a small civil practice and expect to continue working for the foreseeable future.
5 Russell Hayden Davis (BA Psychology '62)
Some of my fondest memories in life are from my days at UVA with my Alpha Mu later to be Pi Kappa Phi brothers. I’m looking forward to the reunion. I hope to swap stories from the good ole’ days and to hear about you and those you love and the things that have happened since we were last together. I treasure the times we rode together in my gray Jag, built the snowman built atop it during a rough March (snow every weekend), talked in the kitchen at 510 Rugby, attended concerts in Mem Gym for big weekends, argued over fraternity bizness, and other nonsense.
Beside Pi Kappa Phi, there were several transforming experiences during my UVA days. I met and fell in love with Iva Lee Crocker who has been my life partner, the mother of my two children, Brandon and Haden, and the grandmother (Nana) of our three grandchildren, Trent, Elle, and Lilah. Iva Lee retired from a career as a spinal cord injury nurse and nurse manager in the Veterans Administration system (Bronx NY and
Brandon., our daughter, is the nutritional supplements and beauty products manager for Rebecca’s Natural Foods in the Barracks Roads Shopping Center. Be sure and stop in to see her while in town. We call her “Dr. Brandon” because of her gifts for knowing just the right thing to take for whatever ails you. She is the single mother of our youngest grandaughter, Lilah. Haden, our son, married Danielle Raphael, lives in West Chester, PA with Trent and Elle, our older grands! Haden works for a national computer consulting firm and has had interesting contracts with Barnes & Noble, Marvel Comics, and GEICO, to name a few.
Another transforming “moment” at UVA was a course in Existential Philosophy with Harry Pemberton (who later defected to W&L). Reading Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Hesse, and Tillich changed my life – and then Tillich came to UVA to speak – and as a result I decided to apply to Union Theological Seminary in New York rather than to a Baptist seminary. Union awakened my interest in world religions and multifaith dialogue as well as my passion for the interconnection of psyche and soul, of psychology and religion.
All of my career since Union has, in one form or another, been an expression of the love I have of applying depth psychology and spirituality in a multifaith, multicultural context in the relief of human suffering.
I have taught depth psychology and religion both in academic settings (Union Theological Seminary NYC and University of Virginia) as well as in clinical settings. In order to do this I received a PhD in Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary and became certified as a teacher of Clinical Pastoral Education. I served as the Executive Director of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Currently I am the founding director of the School of Clinical Pastoral Education at Sentara Hospitals in Norfolk, Virginia. [See www.sentara.com/cpe]. I’ve had one book published and a number of articles.
7 Leroy Hamlett (BS Commerce '60)
After getting my undergraduate degree from the School of Commerce in 1960 and my law degree in 1963, I entered the US Army in 1964 as a JAG officer and served until 1966; on June 20, 1964 I married Patricia Bromm (Nursing, Uva 1964) at St Pauls Lutheran Church in Charleston WVa. After service we returned to Charlottesville Va. where I practiced for about two and a half years at Robert M Musselman, a joint attorney/cpa firm (I received my Certified Public Accountant certificate during that time); in 1969 I joined a law firm know as Taylor Michie and Callaghan (now known as MichieHamlett PLLP) where I remained until my retirement at the end of 2001; my primary areas of practice were bankruptcy and tax; I continued in the Army Reserves until 1988 when I retired as a Lieutenant Colonel; I have remained active with the local chapter, serving as Chapter Advisor from 1967 to 1995 and have served on the House Corporation for 49 years, at least 40plus years as President; Pat and I have been blessed with two children, Christopher who lives in Bulverde, Texas (with our two grandchildren Mackenzie 9 and Hailey 7) and Stephanie who lives in Richmond, Va; Chris is a member of the local Pikapp chapter and received both his engineering degrees from UVa.8 C. Michael "Mike" Lohr (BS Education '60)
In addition to my law practice, military reserve duties and Pi Kapp activities, I have been active in both St Mark and Peace Lutheran churches as well as serving on Synodical Council (eight years as Vice President) and have served as a delegate to five national gatherings of Lutherans.
I also served as the Republican representative on the local electoral board for over 25 years; for over 25 years on the Child Care Scholarship committee of United Way, and over 20 years on Barrett Day Care Center, a local intercity child care agency.
Pat and I love to travel and have enjoyed many trips to all 50 states as well as trips with a traveling group to almost 20 countries; our favorite was to Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Zambia in 2005; in February of 2011, I will make my first solo trip (without Pat, who is too risk adverse for this trip) with a church group to the Holy Land.
Looking forward to seeing all of you at our 50th in April 2011.
I graduated in May of 1960 and married Lois Aylor,a sweatheart of long standing, in August of that year. We took high school teaching jobs for 2 years in Hanover County(VA). Lois’ mother died of cancer during our second year of teaching, so we moved back to Madison County(VA) . Lois taught at the high school there, and I went back to graduate school at UVA for four years. I obtained my master’s in 1963 and finally my doctorate in mathematics education in 1968. I took a job in mathematics education at Virginia Commonwealth University(Richmond, VA) in 1966. I remained in that position for 34 years, retiring in May 2000. We raised a son Greg, and a daughter Karen, both of whom are UVA graduates (electrical engineering and commerce (CPA)). Lois taught another 18 years during this time and retired in 1999. Our jobs, little league coaching, church activities, etc. consumed most of our time. We looked forward to family summer vacations each year. Greg is married, has 3 children, and lives with his family in the Charlottesville area. Karen is married with 2 children, and her family lives in Hanover County near me. Lois was a breast cancer survivor in 1995 but succumbed to brain cancer in 2007. I have no regularly scheduled commitments, but keep busy enjoying family, church, and club activities.
11 Daniel B. Kimball, Jr. (BA Psychology '61)
After Dan graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences (BA Psychology), he attended the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. He spent 25 years with the Army Medical Department, retiring as Colonel, after serving as Deputy Commander and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Washington DC from 1982-1985, and Commander of the Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center in Germany from 1985-1989. He served as Department Director and Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center from 1989 to 2004. He served as the Medical Director for Hospice St. John of the Greater Berks Area as part of the Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries from 2005 to 2010.13 Richard M. "Dick" Sandstrom (BA '62)
He has been active at all levels of organized medicine, including the Berks County Medical Society [President in 1996], PA Medical Society House of Delegates [1993-2010], and the AMA House of Delegates, 2002-2010. He is a specialty trustee for the PA Medical Society representing primary care Internal Medicine and the PA Chapter, American College of Physicians, where is Governor-Elect of the PA Eastern region.
In 1995, he was appointed by Gov. Thomas Ridge to the PA State Board of Medicine, serving as its chairman for 2 ½ years. Dan was appointed to his second term on the Board in December 1999, where he completed nine years of service in May 2004. He has been active with the Federation of State Medical Boards since 1996. He served for six years on the Step 2 Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners and is currently serving his second term on the Step 3 committee. He was appointed as a member of the Composite Committee for the United States Medical Licensing Examination in May 2005, serving as its chair from June 2009 to May 2010.
Most of my career was spent in our family business, C.L.Barnes Furniture Co. as Comptroller, Sec./Treasurer. In our prime years, we had seven retail stores (three corporations). I retired in 2000 after 37 years, selling our interests; the Company dissolved in 2007.
My interests include reading, Redskins, BBQ'n, gardening, bird-feeding, walking our 13 year old female sheltie, "Pebbles", (which we adopted from a Rescue League), watching the various wildlife around our 7 acres in Clifton. In the summer, we migrate to the "Island" - Delaware's Quiet Resort - Fenwick Island, DE. Reading other bios, I, too, am a cancer survivor; life is good!
A move is expected in the near future to the Richmond, Va. area to be near our first (and only) grandchild, Makenna Maye Lewis, born in Nov. '09. She is a special blessing to our family; we're looking forward to "spoiling" her for many years to come.
I must say, in my Fraternity Life, I am noted as the first Brother to be taken by Pledges of our new Fraternity "for a ride". Yes, Bro Russ left the door unlocked to enable Pledges entry. A Fred Riggins' Ford drove us to "Observatory Hill" ... a long, dark walk back; but, alas ... the Ford soon returned to pick me up ... saved at last ... no ... we ended up at the University underground heating/plumbing plant extending under and between all the buildings and dorms. Again, it was dark; sounded like Security was coming; sounded like Route 29 was overhead. One Pledge stated "we can't leave Sandstrom here, he might try leaving through a manhole above, into Rt. 29". Good thought; we returned home. Good Guys!
17 Daniel V Stapleton, Jr.(BEE '62)
Following graduation and Navy commissioning, I reported to Naval Submarine School, Groton, CT for six months and then on to the USS Carp (SS-338), Norfolk, VA. Over time it turned out that the 'romance' of being a submariner wasn't up to the romance with my future wife, Kitty (MWC '64). That, and being unable to visualize a career of going to sea for lengthy deployments, led me to request a change of assignments and I pursued a cryptology career in the Navy. Kitty and I were married in Tappahannock in August 1964.19 Howard Townsend
certificates. At the tender age of 47, I found I just "had" to pursue a new career in aviation. Jumping "into the middle of the pool," I bought a failing flight school and rental business at Washington Dulles Airport. The business added an air charter operation and expanded first to an additional site at Winchester, VA and then Leesburg, VA. My dream was to build a large international flight school and primarily train foreign students! After securing the various approvals from the FAA as a certificated flight school, the Veterans Administration for student loans/aid and Immigration/INS for student visas, my first challenges included an irritating student from Saudi Arabia and an inept, language-challenged twenty-something from Yemen. After 10 years of all this incredible fun and excruciating near-miss encounters with financial disaster, I began yearning for a return to the simple life of an ordinary engineer (read: 'employee').
Now being 10-15 years removed from experience with the Navy and defense matters, I realized I had acquired some aviation credentials to help me re-enter the ranks of an employee. I worked for a couple of FAA support contractors before being hired by The MITRE Corp., a not-for-profit and Federally Funded Research and Development organization. Of the past ten years, five were devoted to monthly trips to Alaska, helping introduce a new surveillance tool for aircraft that broadcasts position information each second and then receive and process that information from other aircraft. Kitty was able to join me in Alaska on numerous occasions for some incredible tours and memories for a lifetime. We have two sons who matured during my aviation years. The older one worked for me while I had the aviation business and went on to become an airline pilot for Frontier, based in Denver. The younger one channeled his aviation interests into aerospace engineering and works for Boeing. Together, they provided us with four grandchildren. Kitty earned her Master's in Education in 2000. Our most enjoyable adventures together include hosting over a dozen students ("exchange" students) and others from various acquaintances - visiting them and keeping up over the years. Our other chief adventure has been participating/leading various church 'mission trips,' to Russia, Santiago Chile for four years and Lithuania for 5 years. We now live on Bull Run Mountain in Haymarket, VA in our retirement "log
home." I'm mostly retired from MITRE.
I left UVa in 1961 and joined the Air Force in March of 1962, receiving my ‘brown bars’ and navigator wings that December via the Air Force’s Aviation Cadet program. From there I chose the B-52 heavy bomber and was on the first deployment of 52s (Feb ’65) to the Southeast Asia theater of operations. I was reassigned to the Air Defense Command that May where I flew (back seat) T-33 and VC-54 aircraft. The ‘54s’ mission was in support of operations across the DEW (Distant Early Warning) line. Winter navigation in aircraft from the Berlin Airlift era proved to be quite a challenge!20 Jim Biglow (BEE '62)
I graduated from Air Force pilot training in June of ’67 and was assigned to a B-52 wing in northern California as a copilot. In November of ‘69 I had my first 3-month deployment to Guam, Okinawa and Thailand as a copilot, then a year later I returned for another 3-month tour as a pilot/aircraft commander. I flew an overall total of 131 combat missions in Southeast Asia.
After completing my second tour I served as a B-52 instructor pilot for three and a half years. I also received special training as a nuclear weapons and survival officer, closing out a 21-year career in special operations.
During my years of service and retirement I obtained a BA in History and an MBA in Aviation.
Following my retirement I owned and operated an art gallery for a short time. Then I went to work for a large county fire department, specializing in emergency operations.
After eleven years I went to work for a large credit union and took them through Y2K, building the structure for the ‘transition,’ plus upgrading their business continuity operations.
I’m now retired in Arizona with my wife of 24+ years. We’re both involved in our church. Sandie volunteers, heading up women’s ministries and music performance and I do some teaching and mentoring. We also take a special delight in spending time with our children and grandchildren.
Hobbies include photography and hiking. Sandie loves her music. She is a classically trained pianist. It is particularly enjoyable to be working around our house and having my ‘own’ concert.
Finally, I too, am a cancer survivor, as some of you also are. Life is good.
After receiving a BSEE in 1962, Martha and I got married on June 23. PiKapps made up most of the male part of the wedding party. After our honeymoon at Big Meadows, Martha and I stayed at UVA so I could work on graduate engineering degrees. The MS came in '64 and DSc. In 1966.21 Morgan Birge, II (BA Political Science '62)
I then made my first major move, heading to Florida, to work as an Assistant professor of electrical engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. After a few years I moved to industry working with a small company in pattern recognition television. In 1973 we moved to the Miami area where I was engineering manager at Wackenhut electronics. The parent company had the security contract for the southern half of the Alaska pipeline, so I made several interesting trips from Miami to Alaska. What a contrast!.
The second major move was to Westminster, a small town in north central Mass. I went to work for Simplex Time Recorder as the Systems Product Line Planner. After 5 years, I went to Andover controls as Marketing Manager. Wanting to get back more directly into technology, I moved to Analogic as Manager of Instrumentation Engineering. After a stint at Starrett Tools as Manager or the Advanced Technology Division, I ended up my career as hardware engineering Manager for Varian Semiconductor, retiring in January of 2008.
Martha and I have two daughters, Mary born in 1969 and Linda, born in 1972. Mary went into Medical school after
Linda chose Uva after high school. While there she joined ROTC, got on the pistol team and was Collegiate national champion in 1992 and 1993. As a result she was offered and accepted a position as Athlete in Residence at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. After leaving there the finished her EE degree and the University Of Colorado, received her MSEE, and has been working in the aerospace field ever since. Linda met her husband at the Olympic Training Center and now has one son. They live in Monument, Colorado.
Hobbies and interests:
Martha and I live in a house built in 1809 on the Common in Westminster, we have 5 acres of land, most of which is taken up with Martha's three Arabian horses. I started sailing in Florida, and currently have a 32 foot sloop which we keep in Providence, RI on Narrangansett Bay.
22 Randolph E. "Randy" Boswell (BA Foreign Affairs '63)
An Abridged Whimsical Biography of the Life and Times of Morgan Birge, II
-Born in Baltimore, MD in 1941 (10 weeks premature, stayed in hospital for 11 weeks, were it not John Hopkins, I would have been a goner).
-Lived in Newport News, Richmond, Ft. Worth TX, Arlington, and Fairfax.
Currently live in Springfield, VA
-Education: Wakefield High School, University of Virginia (1962-Political Science Major), some UVA post-graduate courses in accounting and city planning. Lettering member of UVA Indoor/Outdoor Track Team (‘59-‘62), PK Dance Society, and most importantly Member of Alpha Mu and then Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, founding Beta Upsilon initiate # 21 (Historian, ??, social chairman, editor of “Pi Kap Cavalier”, “The Cavalier”, and elected ‘Brother of Year’ in 1962. Have served on the House Corporation Board since 1964.
-Career: Army Quartermaster Officer (CPT) 1962-1965; this led to a lifetime career in Imagery Intelligence with US Government, (who else?), enough said!! Retired in 2002, and then/now work part time as a consultant with Booz-Allen-Hamilton (BAH)
-Awards: Numerous agency and departmental, culminating in receiving the
Presidential Management Improvement award presented by President George H. W. Bush
-And now the best part, FAMILY: In 1965 married my lovely, multi-talented, college sweetheart, Cathron Trepagnier (you should see her hand-made creations!), an author, and a fantastic mother to our three children: Cathron (1968-married to Sam Donaldson, lives in Germany); Morgan III (1970-married to Kirsten Eliassen, lives in Bristow, VA); and David (1980, lives in Fredericksburg, VA). Now have seven grandchildren: Tyler (10), Madison (8), Cate (another Cathron!-6), Ryan (6), Trip (nickname of great-grandfather Henry Trepagnier-4), Charley (4) (yep-twins), and Henry (named for grandfather Trepagnier-3). All three kids excelled at sports (and the grandkids are following in their big footsteps): Cathron in soccer, and track in high school and college (multi-time All American); Morgan in soccer, and track in high school (placed 3rd in State); and David in soccer and crew (rowing) in high school (his quad boat placed 2rd at Scholastic Nationals).
-Activities and Sports: Enjoy snow skiing, golf, boating, water sports, fishing, traveling, and too much computer stuff. We still have our place, “WISKATAWAY” on Nomini Creek/Potomac River in the Northern Neck of Virginia (some ‘60-‘62 brothers might remember after-year trips to cottage with girl friends (that, as appropriate for that time, stayed at another house!)…I vaguely remember looking off the bluff one of those nights and seeing an orange flash and hearing a “boom”…not sure who, but some brothers were apparently setting off Molotov cocktails on some oyster bars in the creek. Served as member of Vestry at Good Shepherd Church, also on the Minister Search Committee (a most rewarding and emotional experience), and as Every Member Canvass chair (set giving records!). Fundraising chair for high school booster club, setting giving records again. Coached all three kids’ traveling teams (Cathron’s team was probably #1 in nation, if not world, for 2-3 years!); and served in way-too-many soccer management positions…(I got into soccer to be closer to the kids, ended up spending 40+ hours a week doing soccer things and seeing less of family, but it was an exciting and usually enjoyable time)…and I now have over thirty-four ladies that I consider “extended daughters.”
Cathron and I are looking forward to more traveling, and winter and summer vacations with our extended family.
Date and Place of Birth: 1941 in Danville, VA
Residence: Danville, VA
Family: Wife: Ellen; Daughters: Whitney Greenway in Danville and Lindsey Carroll in High Point, NC; Granddaughters: Slade Greenway in Danville and Chase Carroll in High Point.
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1963 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, I served as an officer in the U.S. Army for a little over two years. In July 1963, I reported to Fort Benning, Georgia to attend the Infantry Officer Basic Course. Upon graduating from that course in early January 1964, I was sent to Baltimore, Maryland to attend the U.S. Army’s Counterintelligence course. When that course ended I returned to Fort Benning circa May 1964 where I was assigned to the Counterintelligence Section of the 2nd Military Intelligence Detachment of the 2nd Infantry Division. The Counterintelligence Section, which consisted of eight officers and eight enlisted men, was responsible for conducting background investigations on military personnel requiring security clearances and for carrying out security inspections of units of the 2nd Division to ensure that classified material was being appropriately protected. Approximately six months after my assignment to the section, I became chief of the section. I remained in that position until I was discharged from active duty in September 1965.
In January 1966, I began a 32 year career as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. State Department. During those 32 years, I served as a Political Officer in U.S. embassies in Bonn, Vienna, Copenhagen, Lima, Quito, and La Paz. I also served in U.S. consulates in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. My job during these foreign assignments was to report to Washington on political developments in those countries so that U.S. policy makers would have the information they needed to formulate and execute our country’s foreign policy.
Following my retirement from the Foreign Service in 1998, my wife, Ellen, and I moved into our present home on Hawthorne Drive. In mid-1999 I began working as an independent contractor traveling to countries in Latin America to work on kidnap and ransom cases on behalf of the Crisis Management Group of Kroll Associates. Kroll, which at that time was the world’s largest security firm, had a special office in Vienna, Virginia - the Crisis Management Group - that provided support to senior business executives and other wealthy individuals who had purchased kidnap insurance from the insurance giant AIG. The insurance package from AIG included the guarantee that the Crisis Management Group, upon being notified that a policy holder had been kidnapped, would immediately send one of its kidnap specialists to the country where the kidnapping had taken place to advise the company/family involved on how best to deal with the kidnappers.
Shortly before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, I concluded my arrangement with Kroll in order to begin working as a part time consultant for the State Department and the Department of Defense. This work has required me to spend considerable time at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and to travel to various U.S. and foreign facilities in Latin America and Europe.
23 John T. Carter (BA Physics '63)
24 John E. "Chip" Baber, III (BME '63)
I think some people have an idea where their life is going – I did not have a clue what I would do after achieving a goal of a Ph.D. in physics (Rice, 1968). I came to D.C. to work in military operations research and had an opportunity to go to the Rand Corporation a few years later. Thanks to that flexible environment, I was able to transition to work on technology applications and program evaluation and then spent three years helping State Alcoholism Authorities develop program monitoring and evaluation systems. Then came a few years in consulting work (D.C. “Beltway Bandits”) and five years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with U.S. Treasury developing technology projects – primarily in health care and education. I decided international health looked like an interesting field, so I came to Atlanta in 1988 (at the encouragement of CDC and Emory contacts from K.S.A.). I had some consulting work and enrolled in a Masters in Public Health program at Emory (M.P.H., 1991). I had decided that epidemiology was more interesting than health management, and the Epidemiology Department hired me to serve as a liaison with the Georgia Division of Public Health. So, 18 years later, that’s where I am. I get to help GA public and private agencies use data, and provide practical experience for M.P.H. and Ph.D. students. People continue to pay me to assist with data/analytical problems, so I keep working. I also teach the occasional class in Applied Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology.
Some of you (Pi Kap Brothers) probably recall Frances – she was a Rose Queen. We had and reared two sons, and then amicably went our separate ways. One son just provided an heir, so I have a local six month old grandson. My other son – a family practice M.D. – is within two hours (Chattanooga), so we all get together often. Short baby-sitting opportunities are fine! I have shared my life for the past 19 years with another epidemiologist. She has two daughters, and they have provided us with four more grandchildren, ages 3 to 8. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have four healthy, self-sufficient, children and five healthy grandchildren. Our life is pretty much about family, work, and neighbors. Our home is run by a rescued 11-pound Italian greyhound, and she has provided a contact with a set of dog-owning neighbors. I try to exercise enough to enjoy good food and wine with family and friends. Both sons and I enjoy cooking, so we share a kitchen when we are together.
U. VA. seems a long time ago, but I still remember the fun
of our association – Russ, Leroy, Randy and I sharing the two first floor
bedrooms the first year at 510 Rugby. I
think I was treasurer and house manager that year, and those responsibilities
contributed to my education. After two years
in the house, I took the opportunity to live on the Lawn. Pleasant remembrances from that year were
late trips to the Corner with Dan (Kimball) when he left work at the Faculty
Club. The night pledges broke into our
room and tied Randy and I to a Rotunda column was also memorable.
I graduated in June 1963 (took me five years for E-School). Ann and I got married that August. Several guys from the house were in our wedding. Worked for Newport News Ship Building And Dry Dock until fall 1964 when I returned to the University for Graduate Business School. Took MBA in June 1966 and joined what was then the Chemicals Division of Eastman Kodak in Kingsport, TN. Took early retirement at the end of 1993 to join faculty of UNC Charlotte where I taught Finance for ten years. Moved to Lake Wylie, SC in July 2004.
Served several years as an Area Governor for Pi Kapp. Area Governor of the year for 1973-74. Served on several community boards, Chaired Salvation Army Advisory Board. Elder in First Presbyterian Church, Served on Holston Presbytery Committee on Ministry. Commissioned as Lay Pastor in 1990. Served on Charlotte Presbytery Committee on Ministry, Moderator 2004-2005. Moderator of Charlotte Presbytery 2008.
Ann and I have one daughter who is married and lives in Colombia. We have two grandsons, age 12 and 7.
27 Stephen S. "Steve" Applegate (BA '64)
After leaving Virginia in June 64, I spent 5 years in the Navy on sea duty on three ships. My obligation was for 4 years, but I was extended an additional year and promoted on the same day in 1968. I was Navigator on the tanker Chikaskia operating in the Mediterranean out of Norfolk (my favorite job) and First Lieutenant on another tanker, Guadalupe, operating off Vietnam and home ported in Long Beach. This was my most physically challenging job, as I was in charge of all deck replenishment operations and was often on duty refueling ships alongside for 20 hours at a time. I was separated from active duty in June of 69 in Long Beach.
I married Nancy Royall while in the Navy, and we had three girls, Catherine, Lynn, and Lucy by 1973. I settled in Cincinnati, OH working for Procter and Gamble Co. in various positions in purchasing and packaging development. Cathy is moderately handicapped, but she has her own apartment in Cincinnati and works a volunteer job in a thrift store and animal shelter. Lynn is an HR manager at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati and the mother of my only grandchild, Evan, age 6. Lucy has lived in Bellingham, WA for several years and works at Skagit River Fish Enhancement Group, a nonprofit organization that works to protect and promote salmon habitats in the region.
As time wore on, I got divorced, met my life partner Susan Sturgill, and retired from P&G after 32 years. Susan and I live on the west side of Cincinnati, where we garden, and do home remodeling projects and volunteer work. I am active in Kiwanis and tutor GED students, mostly in math. Susan and I have travelled to Mexico, Barbados, Italy, and Alaska. We went on several short term mission trips to Nicaragua with our church and Fabretto Children’s Foundation. On one, I lived with a family in Nicaragua for a month while I learned some Spanish in the mornings and worked at the Fabretto school in the afternoons. It was a great experience.For recreation I am interested in collector cars (currently have a 54 Buick) and like to bike and jog. I ran the Boston marathon three times but now do only short and slow jogs since I now have a-fib and a pacemaker. I do still go on long (but slow) bike rides, including the Habitat 500 every July in Minnesota.
I’m looking forward to reconnecting with all of my long-lost Pi Kapp brethren in Charlottesville in April.
I was born in New Rochelle, New York, but raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Anchorage, Kentucky (that other Anchorage, just east of Louisville). I was accepted by Purdue under early admission but glad I waited and chose U.Va., where my dad had earned his Commerce degree in 1937, in fact. My freshman hall advisor and local WUVA-Radio manager “rushed me” to be both a radio announcer (which I did for a year, fully enjoying the experience) and a Pi Kappa Alpha pledge (which I did not do, thank goodness). The guys at what was then Alpha Mu were welcoming and authentic. I pledged, moved into 510 Rugby Road, and changed my major over the next two years from aeronautical engineering to math, and then to English. (How many of us made similar shifts?) I discovered that I loved literary research and analysis.
Special memories of my years at Virginia: hanging out with the brothers; playing flag football and bowling for the chapter in the IM league; taking pride in the House’s increasing visibility and respect on campus over those early years (top pledge class GPA and all-fraternity GPA; some pretty competitive sports teams; enjoyable and mostly . . . safe . . . parties; cultivating friendships (for example, Bill Ewald, Larry McKnight, Herb Millkey, who died far too young, and I went on to rent an apartment our senior year—a kind of PKP Annex); road trips to the women’s colleges in Russ Davis’s gray 3.4 litre Jaguar sedan; running in disbelief from our apartment to the House when I heard about JFK’s assassination; serving as chapter treasurer my sophomore year and as archon junior year—and realizing that administration could be challenging. I took some heat as “Rules Bickley”(!), and I remember a blackballing episode that made me rethink that whole pledge-selection system. Those Virginia years prepared me in unexpected ways for what’s now been a 46-year career as a scholar-teacher and administrator. My favorite courses at Virginia: the four Liberal Arts Seminars—great books and great ideas, two faculty members, twelve students, a 300-word response paper a week. So mind-stretching.
I earned my MA and PhD at Duke in American literature and sent out 100 individually typed job- application letters (remember the IBM Selectric?); I took the best offer, from Florida State here in the capital city. I married Duke BA and University of Pennsylvania MA graduate Karen Luce in 1966 at the Duke Chapel (read Cathedral), and brother Larry Ellis was our minister—his very first marriage ceremony after his ordination from Southern Baptist Seminary! Staring up at the massive 210-foot tower, Larry laughed and said, “Guess it’s all downhill from here!” Karen and I have been working at FSU since 1969. She has won national continuing education awards and directs our entire university online learning center (1100 courses and programs a semester). Highlights of my teaching career: winning a University Teaching Award; directing the University Honors Program; serving as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; publishing a book on Herman Melville’s short fiction and several books on the southern journalist, fiction-writer, and folklorist Joel Chandler Harris, who helped preserve and popularize the African-American Brer Rabbit trickster stories. (Google tar baby or briar patch.) Karen and I adopted two children and then had two. All are married. Our daughter lives in Bellingham, Washington; our other three children live here in Tallahassee; we have three grandkids. We like the rolling hills, rich green meadows, cultural and educational offerings (two universities and a good community college), book clubs, two NCAA football championships, and family-oriented outdoor recreational programs that Tallahassee offers. Karen and I have traveled to Bermuda, Hawaii, Europe, and Alaska and will do more adventuring after she fully retires in October 2010. I plan to keep teaching part time for a few more years. One of my hobbies, for some 22 years now, is singing bass in a barbershop quartet and chorus—what a blast. As I said elsewhere on the Anniversary website, it’s been a good life!
29 Walter Brinkman (BA '64)
After I graduated I took a job with a bank in Memphis. I got married that summer to Jean Ulmer whom I dated at Virginia. She completed her final year at Memphis State University. I met with some local alumni from Ole Miss who were trying to start a colony at Memphis State and I became the colony’s first chapter advisor. I never saw the colony charted because I was drafted the next winter.
I spent four years as a meteorologist in the USAF. My last assignment was at Utapao, Thailand briefing B-52 crews on their bombing runs in Vietnam. While in the service we had two sons. One is currently a Lt. Col. In the Air Force stationed in Tampa and the other is the quality control director of a pharmaceutical company living in St. Petersburg. Jean and I have three grandsons.
When I got out of the military I went to work for Prudential Insurance in Jacksonville, Florida where we have lived ever since. I became active in
32 Lawrence L. "Larry" McKnight (BS Accounting '65)
After returning home from the year in Viet Nam, I entered the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where I obtained an MBA in Finance.
My work career spanned 29 years with Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY; Stamford, CT; Dallas, TX; and Sunnyvale, CA. I often joke that I could not hold a job and had to leave town after each assignment. Mary Jane kept count of our moves (14) but I refuse to dwell on the Navy and Xerox travel plans. During this time I held Financial, Financial Management and Controllership positions in various operating divisions of Xerox. After retiring from Xerox I have worked part time for a family business in Jacksonville, handling the finances for a number of organizations within the company, Coastal Construction Products.
Mary Jane and I have three daughters. The youngest is an OB/GYN in private practice in Rochester, our middle daughter is an Economics professor at Wellesley College in Boston, and our oldest is currently a stay-at-home mom in San Ramon, CA. Each of our daughters has two children.
Over the years we have been very active in our church, Girl Scouts, the Episcopal Cottage at Chautauqua and various other community groups and I still enjoy snow skiing and piloting small planes.
We now split our time between our home in Fairport, NY; visiting our children and grandchildren; and Jacksonville, FL. We look forward to seeing everyone in April!
34 Larry H. Ellis (BA '64)
Larry Hoyt Ellis, a member of the Coastal Carolina Presbytery, is the Senior Pastor of The Village Chapel, Pinehurst, North Carolina. He is a retired Navy Captain, having served his entire career as a Chaplain. Born in Cleveland, TN, he attended the University of Virginia, majoring in English Literature, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1964. In 1968 Larry received his Master of Divinity Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. In 1983 he received the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.35 Dudley Lewis (BEE '65)
In addition to numerous military decorations, including the Legion of Merit (2 Awards) and Meritorious Service Medal (3 Awards), Larry is the recipient of three awards from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, including the George Washington Medal, the primary national award for excellence in public address. In 1980 his family was honored to receive the Military Family of the Year “In God We Trust” award by the Family Foundation of America. The Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America awarded him the Distinguished Service Award for 1997.
Notable among his military assignments was duty as: The Chaplain, United States Marine Corps, 1991-1995; Senior Protestant Chaplain, U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD (1982-1985); Command Chaplain, USS John F. Kennedy, CV-67 (1985-1987). Larry also served aboard Destroyer Division 52 in Vietnam. (1968-1970)
Larry and Jan, married 4 April 1965, have four children: Neale, Matthew, Catharine and Charity and are blessed to have seventeen grandchildren.
Jim Peebles, a good friend from home in Brunswick County, Virginia, was probably responsible for me attending the University. He invited me up for a weekend my last year in High School and I attended a party in the first Alpha Mu House. When I pledged Alpha Mu in 1960, my first year at Virginia, the fraternity was located in its second House (I still have the Pledge pin). Unfortunately for me, trying to play baseball and study engineering proved too much for me and I found myself on the wrong Dean’s List. So I was not allowed to be initiated in the Spring of 1961 and had to wait until I was off Probation the next year. I missed being a Charter Member of Pi Kappa Phi at UVA; but I am still glad I played baseball. I graduated in 1965 with a B.E.E. degree from the School of Engineering.
I worked with GSA in the Design and Construction group for a short time and then worked for Newport News Shipbuilding from 1967-1978. I worked with Malcolm Pirnie Inc., an Environmental Consulting Engineering firm from 1978-1984. In 1984 I went to work for Allied Corporation, which was later purchased by Siemens Automotive, and retired in 2000. We made fuel injectors; about 36 million a year.
Along the way I earned a MBA from William and Mary (1971); a PE license in Virginia; and a Certified Quality Engineer rating from the American Society for Quality Control.
I was quite active in politics for many years. I got my ears pinned back in 1977 while running for the House of Delegates; and I was District Chairman for the First Congressional District Republican Party from 1980-1990.
I belong to several Masonic orders: Williamsburg Masonic Lodge No. 6 (Past Master and Treasurer), Scottish Rite, Royal Arch, Commandry, Shriners, and Jesters. I am also a Past District Deputy Grand Master.
I have had a good life. My only real regret is that I played too much at UVA and should have worked harder. I blame all you guys for that. Hey, it has to be somebody’s fault.
38 James F. “Jim” Tune (BA Foreign Affairs ‘64)
Upon graduation, I served for five years in the Navy, the most interesting tour during that time being as Officer-in-charge of PCF 24 out of Cat Lo in Vietnam, where I received a Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V. My Navy career ended in June, 1969, upon completion of my duty at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington. In August, 1969, I married my first and continuing wife, Katherine Del Mickey, in Tucson, AZ. Kathy was known to my Navy friends as the “Cactus and Sandstorm Queen.”
We moved to Stanford, California, where both of us did graduate work—she in linguistics and me in political science. After receiving my MA in political science, I moved to Stanford Law School and received a JD in 1974. I then practiced law in Seattle for nearly 31 years, 25 at Bogle & Gates PLLC (where I was Managing Partner 1986-1993), two at Dorsey & Whitney and nearly five at Stoel Rives PLLC (Seattle Office Managing 2002-2005). My practice was largely corporate, and I spent a great deal of time in the ABA’s Section of Business Law Committee on Corporate Laws.
In October of 2005, I moved to ArtsFund (dba for Corporate Council for the Arts), the united arts fund in Seattle, where I have served as President & CEO since. Some found this surprising, but my involvement in civic and community affairs has been continuous and intense. I have chaired the boards of ArtsFund (before I became the executive), the Group Health Foundation, United Way of King County (the nation’s largest United Way), the Seattle-King County Economic Development Council (now EnterpriseSeattle), the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Seattle Repertory Theatre Foundation and Classical KING FM 98.1. And I have served on lots of other nonprofit and for profit boards. Currently, I am on the corporate boards of Keynetics Inc. and its subsidiaries (Boise, ID) (see www.clickbank.com) and Puget Sound Bank (Bellevue, WA).
On a more personal note, Kathy and I have two children, a daughter 31 (UVa 2001) and a son 28 (University of Colorado 2004—married). Alas, no grandchildren yet. We enjoy all things art and literature. Since moving to the west coast, it has been difficult to maintain regular contact with our east coast friends, but I have stayed regularly in touch with Herb Long and Larry McKnight and episodically with Don Slesnick and Butch Browning.
44 Don Slesnick (BA '65)46 Thomas L. "Tom" Szabo (BS '66)
A 58 year resident of Dade County, he graduated with Honors from Miami Senior High School, received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from the University of Florida and a M.P.A. from Florida International University. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1972 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985.
Don is a Vietnam veteran, a former U.S. Army advisor to NATO forces in Germany, and has served for the past seven years as an Army Reserve Ambassador for Florida.
Don is active in numerous civic and business organizations which include the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (founding Chairman of the award winning program for Ethics in Business & Government) and served two terms as Chairman of the Coral Gables Community Foundation. He has served as Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council; Chairman, Dade Cultural Alliance; President, Dade Heritage Trust; President, Jr. Orange Bowl Committee; President, Rotary Club of Coral Gables; President of the Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami and President of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
He is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, and serves on the Governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.
Don was selected the 1994 #1 Unsung Hero - “Best of Miami” Miami Today; the Bill Colson Community Leadership Award from Leadership Miami; the MAXIE Award - Miami Arts Exchange; the Distinguished Service Award - American Bar Association; the Miami-Dade County 1998 Medal of Merit for Leadership; the 2001 “Man of the Year” Award by the Renaissance Historical Society of Florida; the 2004 Ronald McDonald House “Twelve Good Men”, and was chosen by South Florida CEO magazine as one of the “Top 101 Global Leaders of South Florida-2004.” He was honored by the Sons of the American Revolution with the Good Citizenship Silver Medal for “outstanding public service and contributions to the advancement of the principles of Americanism,” in 2007 was named in the SunPost’s Power Issue one of the “50 most influential persons in South Florida”, and in 2010 was awarded the Friend of Foreign Service Medal by the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Some additional personal recollections:
My first year I lived in Kent with my roommate – Jack Sullivan. We became Pi Kapps together. My “big brother” was Larry McKnight (still appreciate his guidance and mentorship). My second year I roomed in the house with Jack Sullivan and Dick Lacy. The third year I lived in an apartment with Jim Tune and Jack Sullivan. Finally, in my fourth year I lived on the lawn (43 west) about ten doors from Lacy. Each year was a great, enjoyable and memorable experience. My “little brothers” were Don McKinney and Tom “Craig” Bryars. Bill Arnold was my travel partner for the European grand tour after graduation and served as my Best Man at my wedding. Jack Sullivan was also a member of my wedding party. [I would appreciate it if no one asks about the Pi Kapp reunion outings while I was in law school to Atlanta for a Georgia Tech football game or the cruise up the Hudson to West Point for the “re-match” of the Wahoos and the Cadets – or for that matter the McKinney/Slesnick raid on the house in the ‘80’s.] I have kept up with Wingfield Hughes, Bill Arnold (until his death – now I speak to his Mom periodically), Jack Sullivan (when he periodically emerges from deep cover), Herb Long. Dick Sidebottom, Steve Applegate, Col. Don McKinney (only when the moon is full in leap years) and recently had contact with Craig Bryars and Dick Lacy. During last year’s 1965 class reunion I went to a bar-b-que at the house where I was delighted to see LeRoy Hamlett, Dudley Lewis and Dick Sidebottom. During my years as a Gator, I was very active at Alpha Epsilon – serving as the Graduate Advisor to the IFC. During the past decade I offered advice and counsel when a new chapter was created at Florida International University and when the Alpha Chi chapter was reactivated at the University of Miami. The national fraternity presented me with a nice certificate for my efforts accompanied by a note from Durwood Owen. For 42 years I have been married to Jeannett (who I met through the brothers at AE), have two children and three granddaughters. My son, Donald, is a Pi Kapp.
47 Richard "Dick" Waddell (BA Drama '70)
At UVa, I joined Pi Kappa Phi my first year after a memorable unexpected midnight road trip with Russ Davis in his luxury-mobile (to be recounted in memories). I lived in the house for a couple of years rooming with Dean Schnitz and Bill Arnold (sorry to hear he is no longer with us). One year I lived with Dean and Art Walrath off the grounds. And during another, on the Lawn. Forty years after my graduation in ’66, I returned for a reunion to find my name on a list inside my old room on the West lawn. I picked up an M.S.EE from the University of Rochester on an educational delay. It was there that I did my first research project and wrote a paper on the results that set the direction for my career. I entered the Air Force to fulfill an ROTC obligation and was assigned to Vandenberg AFB near Santa Barbara, CA. While there I dropped by to visit Jim Tune at Stanford. I soon tired of the perfect weather and longed to get back east. Meanwhile I married and moved to Boston and worked at Air Force Cambridge Research Labs. I had a great time doing research there as an officer and returned later as a civilian. By 1979, after splitting up with my wife, I spent a sabbatical year at the University of Oxford, UK, to investigate acoustic imaging of coal mines. There I decided to become involved in medical imaging. Back in Boston, I joined Hewlett Packard where I did R/D on phased array diagnostic ultrasound imaging systems for nearly twenty years. After my return from the U.K., I also married Deb, whom I met in a creative writing course in Harvard Square, Cambridge. We have been married over 25 years and have a 19 year old son in college and 13 year old daughter. Meanwhile, I became involved in an international standards organization of volunteers through which I learned about international cooperation, made friends from around the world and continue to travel to many interesting places. In 1989 I returned to school to obtain a PhD in Physics on a Hewlett Packard fellowship. I really enjoyed taking a break from working and my results inspired a great deal of interest and new research by others. Around 2000, I became a Professor at Boston University to explore a wider range of interests. I also wrote a book in 2004 on Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging which used to be available on Amazon. I am still in the Biomedical Engineering Department at BU and am doing research and teaching. My family lives in a 300 year old house near the seacoast about an hour’s drive north of Boston. Doesn’t look like I’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
Unlike many of you, I did not finish my degree in the normal amount of time. I received my BA in 1970 and my MA in 1972, both from UVA. I worked in Alderman Library from 1964 until 1975 when we left for UNC and a MLS. I then was Library Director at a small college in Bristol, TN for ten years. While there, I taught Historic Costume and Theatre History, making good use of the graduate work with the UVA drama department. In 1985, I became Library Director at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach and stayed there until my retirement in 2006. I was active in the Virginia and Florida Library Associations and a national library group for many years and was afforded the opportunity to travel extensively in the US.49 Eugene F. "Gene" Hart, Jr. (BA English '65)
I met and married a wonderful lady from Mary Washington, Patty Herbsleb, in 1967. We lived in Charlottesville and I continued to work with the house at initiation time until 1973 or thereabouts. Patty actually served as the house chaperone for one semester. Our daughter Blair was born in Charlottesville in 1972 and our son Drew in Bristol, VA in 1976. Both are now married and living in the Atlanta area. Blair has one daughter and Drew and his wife are expecting their first in July.
Since my retirement I have received a kidney transplant (donor was my wife) and have been working to keep the new organ intact. Patty and I have been in the small art show business for the past 15 years and work with gourds as our medium. We do shows in Florida, Georgia and Virginia and are really enjoying the time in the outdoors with so many people to visit and talk trade with.
While I have not seen too many of the brothers since I left Charlottesville, there are some exceptions. Dick Sidebottom and his wife Marge, were godparents for our daughter and we have kept in touch a bit over the years. I still hear from Fred Hirsch and his family at Christmas.
The group that lived in the Rosser House in 1965-66 were quite a bunch. I think there were at least 7 of us living there at one time, Herb Long, Todd Seabold, Bill Lambert, Fred Hirsch, Mal Cole, Rick Williams and me. I can’t remember for sure but I think Jim Henry and possibly Tom Guidoboni were there as well.
I am really looking forward to seeing everyone in April and to reminiscing over the times we all spent together.
51 James Richard Burnett (BS Commerce '67)
After graduating in 1967 I went to work with Price Waterhouse. After a month of training in Atlanta I started my job in the Charlotte NC office. On my first day at work I was the first person there and I waited outside because I had no key. Soon the receptionist showed up and unlocked the door. Her name was Lise Bullard. This was August 1, 1967. On June 15, 1968 she changed her name to Lise Burnett and we have been together since.
We have 2 children, Jay (UVA Com '93), a Chi Phi and Ellen (UVA Col '98), an Alpha Delta Pi. Jay earned his masters at Cornell in Ithaca NY. He works in Philadelphia and Ellen here in Clarksville. We have 2 granddaughters - Abigail, 9 and Maggie, 7, who we see about 6 times a year.
My military career was at Ft Gordon GA and Pleiku RVN. I was able to progress all the way up to Sp4. The Army granted a 3 month early out to go back to school. I received my MBA from the University of Georgia in Athens in August '70. We lived in Rome GA for a few months until I had an opportunity to move back to my hometown of Clarksville VA. I went to work at a small CPA firm in South Boston VA, with partnership after 3 years and managing partner in 1988, when it became Burnett & Sneed. I began partial retirment in December 2008, and now I work with them from February through April 15.
My trips to Charlottesville have been mainly going to football games. We had season tickets and the same seats for 26 years. We turned those tickets loose in 2008. I once ran into Don McKinney at a game, and I see Lynn Stewart about once a year. Dudley Lewis once came by my office, and I recognized that grin right away.
Some of my fond memories are when Don Slesnick and Joe McKane stopped by a few times on their way to SC and FL, and Wally Mook spending a long weekend to play some golf. We ended up at the PGA event in Greensboro as well as golf.
Other memories are living in the House my second year, rooming with Dudley Lewis. The next three years I shared an apartment with Dudley, Lynn Stewart and Dean Schnitz. After Dudley graduated it was me and Lynn and Dean. Dean took care of himself, and Lynn and I usually ate together - I was the cook and Lynn washed dishes (that was the heaviest Lynn has ever been).
I really enjoyed intramural basketball with Butch Browning, Richard Sidebottom, and Don McKinney and the rest of the guys. I really look forward to seeing all of you on April 8th at Michie's Tavern.
55 Herb Long (BS '66)
I still remember all the great times at the University and being a brother in Pi Kappa Phi. Herb Millkey was my big brother. I lived in the house two years – rooming with Ron Kinney and then Joe McKane and Irwin (now Ross) Kirby. My last year I roomed with Todd Seabold and others at a house on Rugby Road. I am saddened that Herb, Todd and Ron have all passed on – all wonderful friends.
I remember the parties, intramural sports and just hanging out with the guys – of course the first class education. I was fortunate to be Archon although have the dubious distinction of the house being put on social probation during my tenure. (A story for another time.)
After graduation I married Randi whom I dated while at the University while she attended Sweet Briar. Many brothers attended our wedding in Westport, Conn. with Dick Sidebottom as the best man.
We have been married 44 years, and have 2 grown children and a 7 year old Golden Retriever. Our daughter and her family with our four grandchildren live near Charlotte, NC. Our son lives nearby in San Francisco. If you are retired, you know that it is a busy lifestyle. We travel a lot to the East Coast to see family as well as doing international travel. We took up birding as a hobby when I retired so that takes us to some interesting places. I play golf, exercise, am active in our church and with other volunteer activities. Both of our mothers fortunately are alive on the East Coast and so we spend time looking after them and visiting.
After graduating from the University, I got an MBA degree from Cornell University while Randi taught school in Ithaca. Having enough of the cold weather, I took a job at Chevron Corporation in San Francisco. There, I spent my whole career until retiring a few years ago. Not being an engineer I did not work in a refinery or look for oil but focused on supply and distribution, international trading and marketing and strategic planning. Fortunately I got to do a lot of international travel while living near San Francisco where we still reside. Randi taught middle school math and science once the kids got to high school and she retired about when I did. She still tutors some.
We look forward to the reunion.
Additional Memories of the Days at Pi Kappa Phi:
I pledged in my first year at the University – 1962. I remember brothers showing up in my dorm to take me and others out to the countryside for a “road trip”. We were dropped off to fend for ourselves. And there were the usual commands for push-ups and other pledge hazing. (I guess this is a bad word now.) Herb Millkey was my “big brother”.
At that time, Pi Kappa Phi was a dry house. As time progressed, we succumbed to the social pressures and joined the other houses in supporting the liquor industry. We created a new rushing brochure “Booze and Babes” in order to attract the serious-minded student.
After becoming a brother, I moved into the house and roomed with Ron McKinney. How I kept my grades up while rooming in the house I will never understand. One memory I have is one night Barry Ewald got a long splinter in his foot horsing around and off to the emergency room. (Why I remember this and not other things I do not know!!). We had a house dog – Mimi, a small mutt. No one really appreciated her since her size did not go with our manly and testosterone driven image! We had meals in the house; the cook’s specialty was Philly cheese steaks (none of this nutritious stuff then). My third year I roomed with Joe McKane and Fred Tucker. And then in my fourth year I roomed in a house down the road (“old lady” Rosser’s place) with Todd Seabold and others.
Parties were always great – remember the local group “The Hot Nuts”? Do they still mix grain alcohol in garbage cans?. “Mom” Morrisette was the house mother – can anyone think of a more thankless job? But she was patient and understanding. At one party I wanted to give my future wife, Randi, an engagement ring. I was going to surprise her by putting it in her drink. I did and she nearly drank it! Another great idea from the House of Long.
I was elected archon (probably no one else wanted the job), following in the illustrious footsteps of Don Slesnick. My claim to fame as archon was getting the house put on social probation. During Hell Week we served up the special pledge meal that included any ingredient that looked or smelled disgusting. As they were eating the meal doggy style on the floor, one of the pledges, John Earls I believe, had a scary allergic reaction. Of course, this was reported to Interfraternity Council since we took him to the UVa hospital. (Other fraternities told us we handled this all wrong and should have gone to a private doctor.) So we were without parties for a while!
Fun and memorable times and great friends. I miss Ron, Todd and Herb who are no longer with us.
Herb Long, ‘66
72 Bill Getchell (BA '67)
Immediately after graduation I went to OCS at Pensacola and shortly after commissioning went to the Naval Security Group Activity at Fort Meade, Maryland. There I worked in an administrative capacity and, briefly, as an intelligence analyst. I was discharged from the service in late 1969. In early 1971 I was hired by the U.S. National Archives where I have remained. I took an MA in history from George Mason U. in 1976, and at the Archives specialized in 20th century military and diplomatic records. In 2000 my agency began an effort to adapt its catalogs for the new IT age, and I am now what you might call a "cybrarian." My joys are my two cats, my books, and my extraordinarily gifted grand nieces and nephews.
NA J. B. Yount III (BA Foreign Affairs '60, Law '63, Beta Upsilon early '70s)
I was a law student when Beta Upsilon Chapter was organized at UVA, and Leroy Hamlett was then and remains one of my close friends. I remember well when the colony was accepted by Pi Kappa Phi, and I was asked to be a charter member—but by then I had “all the answers,” I thought, and declined.
After law school graduation and the Army, I started practicing law in Waynesboro and soon became active at my old prep school, Fishburne Military School, as a volunteer trustee. That was 1967. The next year several of our top graduates (two of them from Waynesboro) were active in setting up a local fraternity at VPI and asked my help in incorporating; I at once asked Leroy for help and, even though a Cavalier, I tried to help this group at Tech from a distance.
In 1971, when Delta Alpha Chapter of Pi Kapp was chartered at Tech from this group, I was initiated, and, once that chapter seemed to have a secure local advisor, then, with Durward Owen’s and Leroy’s encouragement, I was given by the Beta Upsilon brothers the privilege of transferring my membership to my real alma mater.
In the years since, I helped the house renovation project and have always been proud of my affiliation and the Beta Upsilon brothers I have come to know.
As for my life: After two years as an Army counterintelligence officer, I returned to Waynesboro where I practiced corporate, estate, and municipal law; served as mayor, school board member, city planner, and for 25 years as city attorney; am board chairman and 44-year-board member of Fishburne Military School. I have written much on local history and a 2003 biography of my late friend and client, Lao Russell of Swannanoa, entitled Remembered for Love, a 500-pager now being translated into German. Swannanoa is the palace on Afton Mountain between Charlottesville and Waynesboro. I am immediate past president and board member of the American Byron Society, past president of our area historical society and bar association, past master of our Masonic Lodge, and have been active in many other organizations. Being a brother in Pi Kappa Phi at UVA has to top the list! .
? James R. Tucker (BS '76)
James R. Tucker, Ph.D. is a consultant and trainer with ~30 years' experience in Chemistry & Environmental Sciences . His professional
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