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Clifton C. Garvin ’43

1922 – 2016 

Clifton C. “Cliff” Garvin Jr. died April 17. A 1943 graduate of Virginia Tech, he earned a degree in chemical engineering and then served three years as a U.S. Army combat engineer during World War II before returning to Virginia Tech, where he completed a master’s degree in chemical engineering. Garvin went on to become board chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Corp. He served on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors from 1988 to 1996 and as its rector from 1991 to 1996. In addition, he served on the board of the Virginia Tech Foundation, was vice chairman of the Campaign for Excellence (Virginia Tech’s first national fundraising campaign), chaired the Virginia Tech Annual Fund, and was a member of the Corporate Development Council and the Council of 100 in the College of Engineering. Garvin was the first recipient of Virginia Tech’s University Distinguished Achievement Award (1983), recipient of the William H. Ruffner Medal (1997), and recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award (2001). Garvin and his wife, Thelma, were members of the President’s Circle within the Ut Prosim Society. Garvin is survived by his wife and four children.

Thomas I. Martin Jr. ‘43
1920 – 2016

Thomas Irving “T.I.” or “Tinky” Martin Jr. died Sept. 1. A 1943 graduate of Virginia Tech, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Martin was an active member of the Culpeper, Virginia, community, serving as a charter member of the Country Club of Culpeper and president of the Culpeper County Chamber of Commerce. He was also on the board of the Museum of Culpeper History (president for three terms) and served on the Culpeper Memorial Hospital Foundation board. Martin served on various community boards and received many awards and honors. Martin was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Harriet Hull, and is survived by three sons.

Albert L. Matthews Jr. ‘48
1927 – 2016 

Albert L. Matthews Jr. died Aug. 2. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1948 and began working at Libbey Owens Ford Glass Company before being drafted into the Army, where he served for one year in Germany. Upon his return, Matthews returned to the glass company, eventually settling in Hacienda Heights, California. An active member of his community, Matthews was the founder of the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and two sons.

Charles B. Moore Jr. ‘48
1925 – 2016 

Charles B. Moore Jr. died June 6. Moore was a member of the Highty-Tighties, Cotillion Club, Honor Court, Student Government Association, Scabbard and Blade Honor Society, and other student groups. After graduation, he returned to Bristol, Tennessee, to work with his father before joining I.T.T., Stromberg Carlson and Northern Telecom for 35 years. He retired as regional sales manager for Power and Telephone Supply Company. In 2012, Moore was awarded the Distinguished Highty-Tighty Alumni award, which made him very happy. Moore is survived by his wife, Alice, and three children.

Samuel W. Weaver III ‘51
1930 – 2016 

Samuel W. Weaver III died June 21. He received his degree in business administration from Virginia Tech, where he was a cheerleader and a member of the Corps. Weaver served in the Air Force reserve for 32 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Weaver was awarded a Juris Doctor from the Marshall Wythe Law School at the College of William and Mary in 1960, and practiced law in Richmond, Virginia, before joining the Internal Revenue Service, where he served as an auditor for 27 years. He later joined the Social Security Administration and retired in 1989. Weaver is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mavis, as well as a daughter, step-son, and step-daughter.

Gordon D. “Sonny” Bowman II ‘56
1934 – 2016 

Gordon D. “Sonny” Bowman II died May 28. Bowman played football for the Hokies, was a member of Phi Beta Phi, the Phi Sigma Biological Society, the Horticulture Club, Ut Prosim, the Athletic Association, the German Club, and the Corps of Cadets. Bowman received his degree in horticulture in 1956, then served on active duty in the Army until 1958, remaining in the Army Reserves until 1964. He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with an MBA in 1961 before joining his family’s apple business. A successful businessman and philanthropist, Bowman became president of Bowman Apple Products in 1975 and chairman of the board in 2009. Bowman received the distinguished service citation from Virginia Tech’s agriculture alumni association. He is survived by his daughter and son.

Hunter P. Mabry ‘56
1934 – 2016 

Hunter P. Mabry died July 9. A native of Waynesboro Virginia, Mabry graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in rural sociology. While at Virginia Tech, Mabry was a member of regimental staff during his senior year. Mabry earned a Ph.D from the Boston University School of Theology and pursued a career in religious education and writing. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Esther G. Mabry, and their daughter and son.

John S. Moody ’56
1933 – 2016 

John S. Moody died Aug. 8. While attending Virginia Tech, Moody had a rewarding football career. Upon graduation, he served for two years in the U.S. Army. Best known for his career as an athletic fundraiser at Virginia Tech, his successes were many as evidenced by the Flag Pavilion at Lane Stadium bearing his name, his induction into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, and his receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Athletic Fundraisers. Moody is survived by his wife, Kay, two sons, and a daughter.

Donald F. Williams ‘61
1940 – 2016 

Donald F. Williams died Jan. 11. Williams earned a degree in industrial engineering and, following graduation, served for two years as an ordnance officer in the U.S. Army. He joined Armstrong Cork Company in 1963 and during his 30-year career there, held a variety of industrial engineering and manufacturing management positions at seven locations, retiring as plant manager of the Carysbrook, Virginia, plant of Thomasville Furniture Industries. Williams is survived by his wife, Carol, and daughter.

Eric S. Renne Sr. ‘62
1940 – 2016 

Eric S. Renne Sr. died Aug. 15. Upon graduation from Virginia Tech in 1962, Renne commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Renne served as an Air Force chaplain in Vietnam and Hawaii and as senior chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery for his final assignment. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after 27 years of service. Renne is survived by his wife, Martha, and three children.

Lest We Forget

Patrick H. Barnes II ’30, Apex, North Carolina, 4/11/15.

Nile Truman Horne ’38, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 12/14/15.

James R. Cosby ’40, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 5/12/16.

Robert W. Gifford ’40, 8/17/16.

William C. Bennett ’41, 6/5/16.

William C. Eubank ’42, Las Vegas, Nevada, 8/8/16.

Bernard C. Cook ’43, Roanoke, Virginia, 6/19/16.

William L. Petty Jr. ’43, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 7/15/16.

Walter W. Wyatt ’43, Homestead, Florida, 6/8/15.

Robert H. Ballard ’44, Suffolk, Virginia, 5/7/16.

Joseph L. Jones Jr. ’44, Willow Street, Pennsylvania, 8/9/16.

Albert F. Lane Jr. ’44, Calabash, North Carolina, 9/12/15.

Irvin S. Barnard ’46, Richmond, Virginia

Leland E. Beale Jr. ’46, Franklin, Virginia 7/13/16.

Murray L. Cooper ’46, Henrico, Virginia, 7/2/16.

Stephen H. Ferguson Jr. ’46, Farmville, Virginia, 5/15/16.

Kenneth G. Halstead ’46, Raleigh, North Carolina, 10/7/15.

Richard D. Tyree ’46, Lynchburg, Virginia, 5/1/16.

Ezra H. Williams ’46, Kingsport, Tennessee, 7/15/16.

Gene M. Phillips ’47, Saint Augustine, Florida, 6/28/16.

James D. Ashley ’48, Hampton, Virginia, 6/9/16.

Raynard Taylor Hale ‘48, Blacksburg, Virginia, 2/18/16.

Giles B. Trimble ’48, Staunton, Virginia, 6/30/16.

Charles P. Brewer Jr. ’49, Wilder, Kentucky, 4/26/16.

Otho Beverley (Bev) Roller ’49, Weyers Cave, Virginia, 3/30/16.

Theodore W. Barrett ’50, Suffolk, Virginia, 8/12/16.

J. William Blair, II ’50, Staunton, Virginia, 7/15/16.

John M. Funderburg ’50, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 5/29/16.

William D. Richardson Jr. ’50, Aldeo, Illinois, 8/13/16.

Edward G. Frye III ’51, Alpharetta, Georgia, 6/25/16.

Edwin A. Haley ’51, Doswell, Virginia, 6/12/16.

Henry G. Parker Jr. ’51, Hampton, Virginia, 6/9/16.

J. MacDougal Rice ’51, Manassas, Virginia, 6/4/16.

William L. Stevens ’51, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico, 5/10/16.

Donald S. Haga ’52, Roanoke, Virginia, 6/12/16.

Najah C. Taylor Jr. ’52, Tappahannock, Virginia, 6/18/16.

William E. Calohan Jr. ’53, Rustburg, Virginia, 6/10/16.

John M. Fulmer ’53, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 5/8/16.

John P. Gordon ’53, Chesterfield, Virginia, 6/24/16.

Ralph E. McDonald ’53, Fairfax, Virginia, 6/11/16.

Hugh E. Brown ’54, Roanoke, Virginia, 6/20/16.

Hugh Ingram ’54, Powhatan, Virginia, 6/22/16.

Robbie F. Owen ’54, Wakefield, Virginia 6/15/16.

John J. Payette ’54, Culpepper, Virginia, 6/14/16.

George A. Pearson ’54, Richmond, Virginia, 5/7/16.

George M. Tederick ’54, Winchester, Virginia, 7/12/16.

Richard B. Johnson ’55, West Point, Virginia, 6/14/16.

Roman L. Cilimberg ’56, Montgomery Village, Maryland, 9/9/15.

Hunter P. Mabry ’56, Roanoke, Virginia, 7/9/16.

F. Page Doughton ’57, Melbourne, Florida, 7/15/16.

Wilford E. Sivertson ’57, Yorktown, Virginia, 9/24/15.

Robert W. Walls ’57, Gulf Shores, Alabama, 5/26/16.

Leroy F. White ’57, 5/16/16.

William R. Burks ’58, Buena Vista, Virginia, 7/12/16.

James L. McGlothlin ’58, Cedar Bluff, Virginia, 3/31/16.

William D. Oglesby ’58, Roseland, Virginia, 7/24/16.

Alan Rex ’58, Colorado Springs, Colorado 4/10/16.

Robert L. Stallard ’58, Carlisle, Kentucky, 6/23/16.

Ronald S. Johnson ’59, Los Angeles, California, 3/12/16.

Gary R. Keesecker ’59, Glen Allen, Virginia, 7/18/16.

Kenneth E. Wright ’59, Durham, North Carolina, 7/1/16.

William L. Baker ’60, Charleston, West Virginia, 6/13/16.

Robert V. Harris ’61, Christiansburg, Virginia, 8/17/16.

Nathan E. Novack ’61, Wallops Island, Virginia, 5/18/16.

John A. Gray ’61, Fredericksburg, Virginia 7/9/16.

Edward M. Kinzer ’63, Oakton, Virginia, 8/20/16.

Leroy J. Kniskern ’63, Christiansburg, Virginia, 8/3/16.

Michael C. Boomer Jr. ’64, Fairfax, Virginia, 5/12/16.

Richard C. Roller ’71, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, 6/29/16.

Robert J. Lynch ’95, Fairfax, Virginia, 6/21/16.

Note to readers: William L. Smith '65 was mistakenly listed among the Honor Guard for the fall 2016 edition.