Class Notes April 2017

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Werner Wieland** (B.S.’73/H&S; M.S.’77/H&S) retired in June 2016 as emeritus professor of biological science at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. He worked for the commonwealth of Virginia for 37 years, 33 of which he spent at UMW.


David Baldacci (B.A.’83/H&S) received the 2017 Literary Lifetime Achievement Award from the Library of Virginia, which recognizes outstanding and long-lasting contributions to literature by an author with Virginia ties.

Rudy Burwell** (B.S.’86/H&S), owner of the Northern Virginia-based electrical supplier Encompass Supply, opened the company’s first Richmond office in January 2017. Encompass, founded in 2013, sells electrical supplies to subcontractors who are building throughout Virginia.

Cade Martin (B.G.S.’89/H&S) photographed toys for the movie “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” with advertising agency Deutsch LA, for Target.


Nathan Burrell (B.S.’04/H&S) was honored by Richmond, Va.’s GRTC Transit System as part of its Black History Month celebration for his more than a decade of service to the James River Parks System and the city of Richmond.

Phoenecia Hill (B.S.’08/MC) was a contributing writer for “The Christ Worker: Devotions for Career and Workplace,” published in November 2016.

Sabrina Scott (B.S.’09/H&S) is completing a yearlong APA-accredited counseling psychology doctoral internship at the VCU Virginia Treatment Center for Children in Richmond, Va.


Jerry Mizey (B.S.’16/H&S) is a graduate student at George Mason University. He is studying applied developmental psychology.



Ashley Woodward** (B.A.’09/H&S) married Joshua Boyles on June 27, 2015.


In memoriam


Marjorie Farley Bruce (B.S.’48/H&S; M.Ed.’74/E), of Richmond, Va., April 16, 2015.

John William Jordan III** (B.S.’49/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Feb. 21, 2017.

Marguerite B. Turner (B.S.’41/H&S), of Henrico, Va., Nov. 10, 2016.


Barbara P. James (B.S.’53/H&S), of Fairfax, Va., Sept. 15, 2016.

Clayton Edward Marr (B.S.’50/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Jan. 29, 2017.

James Edward Williams (B.S.’50/H&S), of Newport News, Va., Feb. 14, 2016.


Opal Tusing Bristow (B.S.’69/H&S; M.S.’72/H&S), of Chesterfield, Va., Nov. 15, 2016.

Eleanor Cline Garnett (B.S.’62/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Feb. 16, 2016.

Floyd James Glidewell** (B.S.’69/H&S), of Chesterfield, Va., March 12, 2017.

Charles Phillip Joyce (B.S.’66/MC), of Staunton, Va., Dec. 11, 2015.

Charles Frederick Neurohr II** (B.S.’67/MC), of Powhatan, Va., Jan. 11, 2017.

Edward L. Rothgeb (B.S.’66/H&S), of Shipman, Va., Oct. 5, 2016.

James Hunter Talbott** (B.S.’61/H&S), of Mount Sidney, Va., Nov. 13, 2016.


John Thomas Binns** (B.S.’70/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Feb. 16, 2017.

Kimberley Still Boggs, M.D. (B.S.’76/H&S; M.D.’80/M), of Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 6, 2016.

William Henry Dawson Jr. (B.S.’74/H&S), of Heathsville, Va., Jan. 31, 2017.

Patricia A. Dzitko (B.S.’72/MC), of Manchester Township, N.J., Sept. 1, 2015.

Mark Elliot Fetter (B.A.’73/H&S), of Henrico, Va., Jan. 1, 2017.

Velma Scaife Foster (B.S.’78/MC), of Hampton, Va., Feb. 12, 2017.

Philip Dennis Heim (B.S.’72/H&S; M.S.’77/H&S), of Fredericksburg, Va., Feb. 8, 2017.

Rickey P. Hicks, Ph.D. (B.S.’77/H&S; Ph.D.’85/H&S), of Evans, Ga., Jan. 7, 2017.

Sandra Young Hughes (B.A.’73/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Jan. 24, 2017.

Joel A. Imburg (B.S.’74/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Jan. 16, 2017.


James Randal Black (B.A.’83/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Nov. 27, 2016.

Betty J. Cochran (B.G.S.’80/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Feb. 26, 2017.

Helen Dent-Solomon (B.S.’80/H&S), of Bridgewater, N.J., Sept. 27, 2016.

John E. Ely (B.S.’84/H&S), of Midlothian, Va., Nov. 16, 2016.

Wesley Cullen Gibson (B.G.S.’83/H&S), of San Francisco, Calif., Dec. 4, 2016.

Branell McRae Harris (B.S.’85/H&S), of Leesburg, Va., Oct. 7, 2016.

Mark Grant Williams (B.S.’81/H&S), of Richmond, Va., March 7, 2017.


Annie Laurie Berry (B.G.S.’95/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Dec. 29, 2016.

Ronald Dean Morgan (B.G.S.’93/H&S), of North Chesterfield, Va., Feb. 2, 2017.

Susan E. Wells (B.S.’94/H&S), of Henrico, Va., Nov. 1, 2015.


Shannon Marie Bowman, D.D.S. (B.S.’00/H&S; D.D.S.’04/D), of Petersburg, Va., Nov. 28, 2016.

Denecia Natasha Daniel (B.S.’06/H&S), of North Chesterfield, Va., Nov. 26, 2016.

Angela M. Erale (B.S.’04/MC), of Dumfries, Va., Feb. 14, 2015.

Robert Benjamin Gilliam (B.S.’08/H&S; Cert.’11/B), of Henrico, Va., March 9, 2017.

Michael R. Logtens (B.A.’09/H&S), of Arlington, Va., Nov. 26, 2016.

Henri G. Moore Jr. (B.I.S.’05/H&S), of Mechanicsville, Va., Feb. 10, 2017.

Faculty and staff

Keith Ready, Ph.D., of Richmond, Va., July 24, 2016, at age 69. A longtime associate professor of physical geography and urban and regional studies, he dedicated almost four decades of his life to teaching and mentoring VCU students. He taught in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism and more recently in the urban and regional studies program in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Ready was also passionate about his environmental and park-planning work along the James River and co-wrote “Parks-Preserves-Rivers: A Guide to Outdoor Adventures in Virginia’s Capital Region” with the late Louise Burke.


* Member of VCU Alumni.

** Life member of VCU Alumni.