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In Memoriam | Summer 2021

In Memoriam: 1960s

Notices sorted by graduation date

Arthur P. Deverill (Engr ’60) of Annandale, Virginia, died July 27, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army as a colonel and was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. 

Peyton Rowan Jr. (Engr ’61) of Kailua, Hawaii, died May 27, 2020. He was in the Naval ROTC, commissioned as an ensign on June 3, 1961, and served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After completing his service, he returned to the UVA engineering school to study for his master’s degree from 1966 to 1968. He did not complete his thesis, however, and returned to work in Hawaii, where he lived the rest of his life. He worked at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as an electrical and nuclear engineer for 31 years. 

Robert Lloyd Estep (Col ’62, Law ’73 CM) of Rural Retreat, Virginia, died March 28, 2020. At UVA, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Mr. Estep taught high school history and government before joining the U.S. Army in 1966 and reaching the rank of captain. He was the honor graduate of his class in the Army Special Warfare school and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 as a member of the special forces. After earning his law degree, he practiced in Chicago and Dallas until his retirement. Mr. Estep loved playing bridge, reading, exploring the mountains and valleys of Southwest Virginia, and watching UVA football and basketball. He especially enjoyed going to the beach with his extended family. He loved his family, his country and his God. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Laura; four grandsons; and a sister. 

Stephen Batson (Col ’64 CM) of Jacksonville, Florida, died Feb. 7, 2021. Throughout his life, he loved history, politics and religion. His faith led him to earn a divinity degree at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and then to ordination as an Episcopal priest at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He served parishes in New York and South Carolina before retiring. He especially loved spending time on Lake Martin in Alabama. 

John K. Whelan (Law ’65 CM) of Bronxville, New York, died Feb. 4, 2021. After graduating from law school, Mr. Whelan served in the U.S. Army for two years. He had a distinguished legal career, most recently as a partner with the Wall Street firm Carter, Ledyard & Milburn. Other than his time at UVA, he was a lifetime New York resident, living in Harlem, Albany, Scarsdale and, for the past 35 years, Bronxville. Survivors include his children, Anne-Marie and Christopher Whelan (Col ’92 CM). 

Judith Anne Wise Rosson (Educ ’66) of Charlottesville died Feb. 21, 2021. She graduated from Madison College in 1959 before earning her master’s in education at UVA. Early education was her passion. Many Stony Point Elementary first- and second-grade students have her to thank for their reading, spelling and perfect time-telling skills. Ms. Rosson later spent more than a decade as the registrar for the UVA School of Architecture, where she made many friends and helped scores of students navigate their college experience. A devoted mother, she took her four children on as many adventures as she could. Ms. Rosson and her husband, Ebb, spent their leisure time at North Carolina beaches and climbing lighthouse steps. She was an active member of the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, Jamestowne Society and the Col. Thomas Hughart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In the Charlottesville community, she delivered Meals on Wheels and was an avid painter, seamstress, gardener and birder. Survivors include four children, Dianne, Douglas Rosson (Com ’93), Susan and Nancy, and eight grandchildren, including Holland Cathey (Grad ’18).

Christine Davidson Hohenstein (Nurs ’68 CM) of Springfield, Virginia, died Feb. 24, 2021. Shortly after being sworn into the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, she joined the USS Sanctuary, a hospital ship in the war-zone waters off the coast of Vietnam, where she spent 12 months caring for the wounded and Vietnamese civilians. In 1979, she married Capt. Clyde G. Hohenstein in the chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy. Ms. Hohenstein’s military and civilian careers spanned 40 years, the last 20 of which were spent in INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. She cared for many heart patients in the cardiac stepdown unit, where she served as clinical leader. Compassionate and generous with her medical advice, she was an extraordinary listener and a source of comfort to many in their times of need. Ms. Hohenstein loved traveling and explored Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States. A favorite getaway was to Loon Lake near Wayland, New York, a place where extended family would frequently gather. July Fourth celebrations were especially memorable. Passionate about the arts, she was a talented photographer, enjoyed many kinds of music, played the violin and sang with several musical groups. She was a devout Christian and found great meaning in God through scripture and spiritual disciplines. Those who knew her deeply loved her deeply. She is survived by her husband, Clyde; son Raymond; two grandchildren; her mother; and a sister. 

James Meador (Col ’68 CM) of Winnetka, Illinois, died Dec. 1, 2020.