Class notes May 2018



Randy Powell (B.S.’68/MC) and his band held a Christmas concert at the Boys Home of Virginia in December 2017.


David Walrond** (B.S.’78/MC) sold his business, Home Oil & Gas Co., in Hot Springs, Va., and has retired. He now lives near Roanoke, Va.


Pamela K. El (B.S.’83/MC) was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in March 2018 for her industry leadership and expertise in brand management, marketing strategy, creative development, media and sponsorships. El is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of the NBA, where she oversees global marketing operation, directing brand development, overall marketing and advertising for the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League.

Jesse Vaughan (B.S.’80/MC) was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in March 2018. The Emmy-award winning director and producer is creative director of the Advance Creative Service Group at Virginia State University. His most recent feature film, “The Last Punch,” chronicles Muhammad Ali’s last fight.


Geoffrey Cooper** (M.S.’14/MC) was married Sept. 1, 2017.

Faculty and staff

Samy El-Shall, Ph.D., Mary Eugenia Kapp Endowed Chair in Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry in the College of Humanities and Sciences, was promoted to the rank of Commonwealth Professor for developing a high-profile research program at the university over his more than 28 years at VCU.

Nicholas Farrell, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Humanities and Sciences, was promoted to the rank of Commonwealth Professor for his internationally recognized, cross-disciplinary work in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical biology and medical sciences.

In memoriam


Christine K. Friedrich (B.S.’53/H&S; Cert.’53/AHP), of New Bern, N.C., Dec. 14, 2017.

Carol T. Russell (B.S.’56/MC), of Cary, N.C., Sept. 17, 2017.

Margaret S. Stebbins* (B.S.’57/H&S), of Richmond, Va., March 5, 2018.


Thomas D. Barnett (B.S.’67/MC), of Georgetown, Del., Jan. 9, 2018.

Janet M. Martin (B.S.’62/H&S; M.S.’67/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Oct. 1, 2017.

Edward M. Navis (B.S.’64/H&S; M.S.’66/AHP), Richmond, Va., Aug. 19, 2017.

Wayne T. Steele (B.S.’69/MC), of Winston-Salem, N.C., Dec. 11, 2017.

Glenda G. Whitt (B.S.’68/H&S), of Glen Allen, Va., March 18, 2018.


Christine K. Baer (B.S.’73/H&S), of Fairfax, Va., Dec. 27, 2017.

Theresa J. Duprey (B.S.’75/H&S), of Hampstead, N.H., Aug. 21, 2017.

Robert W. Ellyson (B.S.’74/MC), of Richmond, Va., Feb. 15, 2018.

Nancy A. Farley (B.S.’78/H&S; M.A.’80/B), of Montross, Va., March 17, 2018.

Ann P. Freeman (B.S.’77/MC; M.S.’87/MC), of South Hill, Va., Feb. 18, 2018.

Irvin C. Johnson (B.S.’76/H&S), of Chesapeake, Va., Nov. 11, 2017.

Lawrence A. Moates (B.S.’72/H&S), of Mechanicsville, Va., Jan. 18, 2018.

Jo K. Redford (B.A.’72/H&S), of Richmond, Va., March 6, 2018.

Suzanne M. Thiem (B.S.’73/E; M.S.’84/H&S), of Okemos, Mich., Aug. 4, 2017.


George L. Byrne (B.S.’83/H&S), of Alexandria, Va., Nov. 6, 2017.

Wanda L. Davis** (B.A.’84/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Dec. 11, 2017.

Arthur G. Dodson (B.A.’87/H&S), of Lynchburg, Va., March 16, 2018.

Andrea K. Durham (M.S.’86/H&S), of Glen Allen Va., Dec. 9, 2017.

Robert H. Jones (B.S.’81/H&S), of Mechanicsville, Va., March 20, 2018.

Renee L. Kizer (B.S.’85/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Dec. 9, 2017.

Matthew C. Kline (B.A.’89/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Aug. 25, 2017.

Lillian L. McDiffitt (B.G.S.’80/H&S), of Richmond, Va., March 12, 2018.

John C. Moyles (B.S.’86/H&S), of Belmont, Mass., March 10, 2018.

Daniel L. Simpson, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’84/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Nov. 23, 2017.

Mary F. Treta (B.A.’89/H&S), of Henrico, Va., March 18, 2018.

Virginia H. Woodruff (B.G.S.’88/H&S), of Louisville, Ky., Jan. 28, 2018.


Ashby B. Allen* (B.A.’90/H&S), of Richmond, Va., Jan. 31, 2018.

Stephen T. Fallin (B.G.S.’96/H&S), of Manassas, Va., Feb. 26, 2018.

James E. Gladden (M.S.’90/H&S), of Greenville, S.C., Jan. 22, 2018.

Roland A. Havis, Ph.D. (Ph.D.’99/H&S), of Petersburg, Va., Oct. 2, 2017.

Barbara A. Hyde (B.G.S.’90/H&S), of Highland, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2018.

Lorna L. Pinckney (B.S.’98/MC), of Richmond, Va., Oct. 5, 2017.

Raymond G. Spisak (B.A.’93/H&S), of Valencia, Pa., March 15, 2018.

Kent R. Wilmer (B.S.’99/H&S), of Poquoson, Va., Aug. 31, 2017.


Willard K. Bailey (B.S.’05/H&S), of North Chesterfield, Va., March 11, 2018.

Richard G. Hudepohl** (M.S.’01/H&S), of Glen Allen, Va., Jan. 3, 2018.

Adam C. Moser (B.A.’05/H&S), of Henrico, Va., Jan. 21, 2018.

Lauren M. Reinstein (B.S.’04/MC), of Henrico, Va., Aug. 14, 2017.

Matthew R. Wojtysiak (M.S.’02/MC), of Richmond, Va., Jan. 31, 2018.


Taylor D. Ostendorf (B.S.’17/MC), of Glen Allen, Va., Jan. 2, 2018.

Brandon D. Williams (B.S.’12/H&S), of Virginia Beach, Va., Aug. 20, 2017.

Keith J. Williams (B.A.’14/H&S), of Ladson, S.C., Feb. 18, 2018.

Patricia Picard Wingfield (B.A.’11/H&S), of Phoenix, Sept. 23, 2017.

* Member of the alumni association

* Life member of the alumni association