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In Memoriam | Summer/Fall 2022

In Memoriam: 1960s

Notices sorted by graduation date

Dr. Leonard Biberman (Col ’60, Med ’64 CM) of Longboat Key, Florida, died Jan. 10, 2022. Raised in Norfolk, Virginia, he entered UVA with the class of 1961 but graduated Phi Beta Kappa in three years, during which he lived on the Lawn and was a member of the Raven Society and Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. After medical school, he served three years in the U.S. Army as a major at the 30th field hospital in Augsburg, Germany. He joined Mid Hudson Medical Group in New York in 1971 and worked there until his retirement in 2005. He stayed involved in medicine during retirement, working part-time at a pain clinic until his health failed in 2021. He had a lifelong love of physics and founded a physics club in Sarasota, Florida. He enjoyed playing the piano, tennis, skiing and reading on topics including history, philosophy and religion, and he had a passion for cars. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria; two children, Charles Biberman (Col ’88) and Sandra Liederman; and a granddaughter.

Phillip Stone Griffin (Col ’60 CM) of Winchester, Virginia, died April 2, 2022. Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, he was president of St. Elmo Hall while at UVA. After graduation, he worked in advertising for NBC in New York City. He married his wife, Carolyn, in 1964, and moved to her hometown of Winchester the following year. He worked at O’Sullivan Corp. for 32 years as vice president of sales and head of human resources. An avid sports fan, he held season tickets to UVA football games and took his family to many ACC basketball tournaments. He traveled to more than 50 countries and all seven continents. He is survived by his wife; two children, including Phillip S. Griffin II (Col ’89 CM); and four grandchildren, including Edward P. Griffin (Col ’19) and Phillip S. Griffin III (Col ’21).

George Whitmore “Whit” Hancock Jr. (Col ’63, Grad ’73) of Marietta, Ohio, died July 14, 2021. A Lawn resident and member of the Raven Society, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa at UVA with a degree in physics and was hired as instructor of physics at Marietta College in 1968, beginning a 32-year career. A meticulous scientist devoted to the education of his students, he could be an intimidating presence early in his career but softened his approach after a yearlong sabbatical to study the science of creative intelligence, with a focus on transcendental meditation. He made significant contributions to the growth of Marietta College, including assisting in design of the McDonough Leadership curriculum, playing an instrumental role in developing the Environmental Science program and spearheading acquisition of the Phi Beta Kappa clock on the campus mall. In 2007, he was honored in the naming of the Anderson Hancock Planetarium, which was funded by one of his former students. Loved for his loyalty, integrity, intelligence and diligent pursuit of truth, he became a certified teacher of transcendental meditation. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carol, and a sister.

Harriet Guion Hodges (Grad ’64) of Roanoke, Virginia, died May 1, 2021. After receiving a master’s degree in English from UVA, she served on the English faculties of several colleges, including colleges in Clifton Forge, Virginia, and Prescott, Arizona. Ms. Hodges had an early and lifelong love of horses. She enjoyed the farm and teaching her younger family members how to milk a cow, pluck chickens, garden, live off the land, bathe in a creek, work in the hayfields and ride a horse. She was skilled at woodworking, painting and playing the banjo, and she enjoyed bluegrass music. As an adult, her greatest pride was in her woodworking and writing. Ms. Hodges was preceded in death by her parents, her younger brother, her sister and her first husband. Survivors include her husband, Rex. 

Lawrence M. “Larry” Cardon (Com ’65 CM) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died April 18, 2022. Raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, he worked in the family business, Star Band Manufacturing Co., after graduating from UVA but was encouraged by his wife, Lucy, to attend law school at the University of Richmond. He practiced criminal and traffic law for more than 30 years with The Decker Law Firm in Norfolk, Virginia. He had a wide circle of friends among clients, police officers, judges and fellow attorneys and always said that he’d never worked a day in his life. Picked on as a teenager, he discovered weightlifting and set world age-group and weight-class records in the bench press. One of his proudest moments was appearing on Good Morning America with his daughter, Rebecca, as bench press record holders. He is survived by his wife and daughter, son David, daughter-in-law Elyse, and four grandchildren.

Alfred John Kluck (Educ ’65, ’66) of North Port, Florida, died Feb. 1, 2022. He played football at UVA, and after earning his master’s degree, taught and coached at his alma mater, North Plainfield (New Jersey) High School. He also worked as a guidance counselor and coach at Madison (New Jersey) High School and as a football coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Affectionately nicknamed “Pops,” “Lefty,” and “Alsie,” among others, he gave of himself to countless students in the classroom and on the athletic field for nearly 40 years and was loved for his magnetic personality and sense of joy. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan McPhillips Kluck, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Randy Lewis (Col ’67 CM) of Newtown, Connecticut, died March 11, 2022. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from UVA and served in the Vietnam War. He spent his career in sales and estate planning at Northwestern Mutual, Cigna and the Union Savings Bank Trust Department, where he was a senior vice president. He contributed to his community through many organizations, including 27 years’ service at MCCA (Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism), becoming chairman of the board. He extended his love of UVA to the UVA Club of Fairfield/Westchester, serving as president and reestablishing a memorial scholarship for new students. He was a voracious reader who enjoyed discussing history, politics and current events. He also loved Civil War history and the Blue Ridge Mountains, passions he had cultivated at UVA. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sue; two daughters; and two grandsons.

Joseph R. Gladden Jr. (Law ’67) of Atlanta died March 15, 2022. A graduate of Emory University, he served as managing editor of Virginia Law Review while at UVA and began his legal career as law clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John Godbold in Montgomery, Alabama. He worked with the firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta for 17 years, becoming a partner, before joining The Coca-Cola Company, where he retired as executive vice president and general counsel in 2001. Committed to charitable and civic affairs, he chaired or served on the boards of many organizations, including Agnes Scott College, Atlanta Ballet, The Lovett School and Emory Healthcare. After retiring, he and his wife, Sally, returned to Charlottesville, where they restored and operated a 200-year-old horse farm. Mr. Gladden also taught in the Law & Business Program at UVA Law, chaired the foundation committee for the Miller Center for Public Affairs board, served as a board member of the UVA Health System and as co-chair, with his wife, of the Monticello Cabinet. Away from courtrooms and boardrooms, he enjoyed boating and fishing, imparting knowledge and challenging others to be their best. Survivors include his wife; children Josh Gladden and Elizabeth Kehoe (Law ’01); and five grandchildren.

Stephen Garver Williams (Law ’67) of Conroe, Texas, died Aug. 26, 2021. He earned a degree in industrial engineering from Southern Methodist University before attending UVA, and also earned an M.B.A. degree from the University of Houston. After a business career with Union Carbide and CPC International, he and his wife, Linda, owned and operated the West Highland Inn in Ogunquit, Maine, for 15 years. He loved the arts and spent many hours in museums and galleries and at Broadway plays while living in New York City. An avid baseball fan, he visited every major league park. His greatest passion was his West Highland Terrier dogs, of which he owned 10 over his adult life. He was predeceased by his wife.

Bruce MacDougal (Col ’68, Arch ’72 CM) of Alexandria, Virginia, died Jan. 22, 2022. During a long and distinguished career in historic preservation, he served as deputy state historic preservation officer for the state of North Carolina, directed the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s New England field service office, worked as an architectural historian for the National Register of Historic Places program, and was the first executive director of The San Antonio Conservation Society, a position he held for 25 years. He was elected vice chairman of the Alexandria Board of Architectural Review and the Virginia Art and Architecture Review Board. In retirement, he served as director of Washington operations for Preservation Action, a national grassroots lobbying organization. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jill, a sister and a nephew.

Charles T. Bowyer (Col ’69, Law ’75 CM) of Lake of the Woods, Virginia, died Nov. 27, 2021. A member of the Naval ROTC Unit at UVA, he served three years on USS Ranger (CV-61) during the Vietnam War. Mr. Bowyer loved his service with the U.S. Navy but decided to follow his father in the practice of law. After law school, he joined the firm of Miles & Stockbridge in Baltimore, where he worked for 38 years in estates and trusts. Mr. Bowyer was active in his community and loved golf, playing the piano, and collecting and playing classical guitars. He is survived by his wife, Linda; his brother William B. Bowyer (Col ’72 CM); and his son James F. Bowyer (Law ’08). 

Norman Spencer Carmichael (Col ’69) of Crowley, Texas, died March 3, 2022. His athletic talent landed him a spot on the UVA basketball team. After graduation, he moved to Spain to play for the legendary FC Barcelona for nine seasons. During his time in Spain, he developed a passion for food and wine. After retiring from basketball, he returned to the U.S. and worked in the wine importation business. He later opened a Spanish tapas bar, Maca, with his wife, Susan. He also ran a program started by the mayor of Dallas that taught job skills and provided summer employment to local youth. He is survived by his wife, two sons, one stepdaughter and four grandchildren. 

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Velma “Sue” Ottmar (Nurs ’69 CM) of Summerville, South Carolina, died Nov. 7, 2021. Ms. Ottmar began her health care career at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, where she met her future husband, Richard. After a year in the hospital setting, Ms. Ottmar moved to community health settings and worked for the Fairfax County Health Department in Fairfax, Virginia. After her marriage, she practiced in Maryland in Prince George’s County and Howard County, completing her nursing career as the director of nursing at Allegany County Health Department. Ms. Ottmar was very supportive of her children’s activities. She never missed a soccer match, a track meet, a football game or a music or dance recital. She valued her time weight training in the gym and placed third in a bodybuilding competition. She was also a fashion model and professional dancer. Survivors include her husband; two children, including Karl Ottmar (Engr ’98, Engr ’10 CM); and five grandchildren.