Notices sorted by graduation date.
Edward C. Johnson Jr. (Arch ’60) of Branford, Connecticut, died December 23, 2016. At the University, Mr. Johnson was elected to the Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, played varsity baseball, served as president of the Architectural Council and the American Institute of Architects student chapter, and served on the Honor Committee and Student Council. He was also a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and T.I.L.K.A. After graduation, he founded and became partner in the architectural firm of Johnson and Michalsen, for which he designed more than 200 buildings and homes in Branford alone before he retired in 2012. He also taught architecture at Yale University for 13 years. Mr. Johnson loved antique clocks, and opened Clocktower Antiques in Branford, which he owned and operated for 21 years. He also built and owned Griffing Pond Stables in Pine Orchard, Connecticut, where he boarded horses, including his own. Extremely active in local politics, he served as chairman of the Branford Democratic Town Committee, president of the Pine Orchard Association, president of the Branford Rotary and director of the Connecticut Society of Architects. He also enjoyed sailing, and one of his favorite places was the Caribbean island of Antigua. Mr. Johnson’s first wife passed away after 42 years of marriage. Survivors include their three children and his beloved second wife, as well as seven grandchildren.
Anna Margaret Rhodes (Educ ’60 L/M) of Roanoke, Virginia, died December 6, 2016. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Madison College (now James Madison University) in 1955 before earning her master’s degree at UVA, followed by a specialist degree from George Washington University. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Tau since 1952. After teaching in elementary school for 10 years, Ms. Rhodes became principal at Malibu and Arrowhead elementary schools in Virginia Beach for six years. She then became an instructional specialist, which she continued for 20 years and for which she received a Virginia Teacher of the Year award in 1967. Ms. Rhodes was president of the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma honor society, served on many advisory boards, taught Sunday school programs and participated in Meals on Wheels. Her husband, Judge Donald H. Rhodes (Educ ’55, Law ’61 L/M) died after 54 years of marriage. Survivors include two sons, a niece and nephew and three grandchildren.
Joseph S. Gilliland (Educ ’61) of Clifton Forge, Virginia, died December 5, 2016. Mr. Gilliland served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1966 after graduating from the University, where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC as well as German Club and Delta Upsilon fraternity. He married in 1963, and after leaving the Air Force, became a reporter for the Roanoke Times. Mr. Gilliland fell in love with the village of Somesville, Maine, after a vacation trip there in 1975 and moved there with his family the next year. After his retirement, he spent time renovating their historic home and doing odd jobs such as teaching people to keep up-to-date with new computer programs. He also worked as a cartoonist and was a substitute teacher with the local elementary school. Mr. Gilliland served as chief of the Somesville Volunteer Fire Department until arthritis forced him to step down. He and his family also enjoyed several trips to Ireland. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, a son, two sisters and a niece.
Frederic B. Opert (Col ’61 L/M) of Ramsey, New Jersey, died August 9, 2016. At the University, he was a member of Phi Epsilon Pi and Zeta Beta Tau fraternities as well as NROTC, and he was a member of the lacrosse and football teams. In addition to operating an automotive dealership for 55 years, Mr. Opert owned racing teams that competed on four continents, and was a successful racer himself. He was instrumental in forging the careers of more than 20 Formula One drivers, including several who became world champions. For this, he was celebrated for his instincts in discovering new drivers and developing their talent on the track. He was also one of the first Americans to manage a Formula One team. He was an active alumnus and supporter of the University.
William Clarence Poole Jr. (Engr ’61) of Salem, Virginia, died December 20, 2016. At the University, Mr. Poole was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Air Force ROTC and Glee Club. After graduation, he served three years in the U.S. Air Force and then began his career in the engineering field. He and his family moved to Houston, Texas, in 1969, where he would spend the remainder of his years. He founded and was CEO of Applied Micro Controls and then served as national service manager for IDM Controls until his retirement in 1998. In 2013, Mr. Poole’s son passed away unexpectedly, following the death of his daughter and infant grandson. Survivors include his wife of 54 years and a sister.
Glen Morris Bond (Med ’62 L/M) of Gretna, Virginia, died January 2, 2017. Mr. Bond was a captain in the U.S. Air Force and a member of the American Legion Gretna Post 232. He received his bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College and his doctorate from UVA’s medical school. After interning at Norfolk General Hospital, he moved to Gretna in 1965, where he went into medical practice with his brother. Mr. Bond had many hobbies, including golf and hunting. Survivors include his wife, a son and daughter, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
William S. Cudlipp III (Col ’62) of Madison, Wisconsin, died November 21, 2016. At the University, he was a member of the Glee Club and French House and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as well as Phi Eta Sigma honor society. He went on to serve on the faculty of the Spanish department at the University of Richmond, and then at the University of Wisconsin, where he had earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in 1963 and 1974, respectively. He was an esteemed Spanish professor for more than 30 years until he retired in 2011. Mr. Cudlipp also had a lifelong passion for classical music and was an accomplished piano player, and his gentle nature and great sense of humor touched the lives of many people both inside and outside the classroom.
Charles Edward “Ted” Green III (Col ’63 L/M) of Lynchburg, Virginia, died January 10, 2017. At the University, which he entered on a football scholarship, he was a member of St. Anthony Hall (Delta Psi fraternity). He then earned his pharmacy degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1966. After college, Mr. Green joined his father at Green’s Drug Store in Bedford, Virginia, and together they expanded the business into a small regional chain of pharmacies, where he worked until his retirement. He also developed dermatological products for Herald Pharmacal Inc. of Bedford and served for a time as hospital pharmacist for Bedford Memorial Hospital and the Elks National Home. In 1998, he was awarded the Distinguished Pharmacy Alumnus award from the Medical College of Virginia for outstanding leadership and contributions to the profession. An avid UVA sports fan, Mr. Green seldom missed a home football or basketball game or an ACC basketball tournament. He enjoyed reading, travel, his family and his friendships. Survivors include his wife of 53 years; three children, including Ann Green Ball (Educ ’89) and William W. Green (Col ’90 L/M); and three grandchildren.
George Michael Gura Jr. (Med ’63) of Deer River, Minnesota, died January 21, 2017. After earning his medical degree from the University, Dr. Gura joined the U.S. Navy at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. There, he served as a flight surgeon during the Vietnam War, stationed out of Norfolk, Virginia. He would later specialize in cardiology, serving as chairman of the cardiovascular division at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. After completing his residency and fellowship in internal medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Dr. Gura became director of the International Cardiology Clinic within their cardiovascular diseases department. He also had a passion for distance running, completing more than 30 marathons in his lifetime. He ran his final Boston Marathon in 2015, finishing at the top of his age group. Survivors include his wife, four siblings, four children and six grandchildren.
James F. “Jimmy” Gordon Jr. (Grad ’64) of Clinton, Mississippi, died January 13, 2017. At the University, Mr. Gordon was on the staff of the Virginia Spectator literary publication and was a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. After earning his master’s degree, he continued with additional graduate work at UVA until 1968, when he accepted a position as assistant professor of English at Belhaven College. In 1975, he began work on a doctorate of higher education at the University of Mississippi, eventually earning his degree in 1982. From 1981 until 2003, Mr. Gordon taught English at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. Survivors include his sister, a niece, two nephews, two great-nephews and his long-time companion.
John Tasker (Law ’64) of Greenport, Long Island, died June 21, 2016. Mr. Tasker served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1976; during that time, he served as an adjutant to the president of the Naval War College and was involved in Operation Market Time in Vietnam on the USS Finch (DER-328). He also was communications officer for the USS Long Beach (CGN-9) and senior adjutant to the U.S. commander of NATO’s Atlantic Fleet. Mr. Tasker received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University before studying law at UVA. After leaving the Navy, he worked for Lykes Bros. Steamship Co. and then spent many years in the antique furniture trade in Manhattan. Survivors include his twin brother, a niece and a great-nephew.