In Memoriam: 1960s
Robert Ira Ansell (Col ’60 CM) of New York City died May 28, 2022. While earning his bachelor’s degree at UVA, he was a member of the National Jazz Fraternity, the Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity and Corks & Curls. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he served as an assistant instructor of law, and went on to pursue a career as a trial lawyer. He was also a photographer, drummer and CEO of a record company, Raven Recording. Survivors include his brother, Jack Ansell (Col ’68, Med ’72 CM), three sons, a stepson and three grandchildren.
Danny B. Bolt (Arch ’60) of Salem, Virginia, died Aug. 23, 2022. As a captain and pilot in the U.S. Air Force, he served in Vietnam and Cambodia until 1962. He served as a USAF flight instructor in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, until 1965. Before his military career, he earned an architecture degree at UVA, where he was a Lawn resident and a member of Air Force ROTC and the Arnold Air Society. He practiced architecture for 40 years, rising to leadership positions with several firms in Roanoke, Virginia. He helped design and build several administrative, correctional and military facilities, including buildings at Fort Bragg. He remained a pilot throughout his life and continued to fly private planes across the eastern U.S. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Vivian, a daughter and a brother.
R. Thomas “Tom” Dalbey (Col ’60 CM) of Santa Fe, New Mexico, died June 5, 2022. At UVA, he was on the varsity swim team and was co-captain his senior year. He was also a member of Chi Psi fraternity and Eli Banana. He purchased the T.H. Green Electrical Co. in Rochester, New York, before founding his own business, Architectural Specialties Inc., a modular housing company. After 20 years in Denver, he and his wife, Joan, settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1998. Joan passed away just three weeks after he did. An avid athlete, he enjoyed swimming, tennis, golf and skiing. He is survived by four children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Patricia “Pat” Vought Grine (Nurs ’60 CM) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, died Sept. 5, 2022. Born in New York state, she graduated from the University of Virginia with a nursing degree in 1960. There, she met her husband, Sid, and they spent most of their married life in North and South Carolina, where they raised their children, coached soccer, played tennis and went camping. She worked for the Greenville Health Department, and after retirement, spent her time kayaking and playing bridge. Survivors include a sister; four children, including Virginia Grine Knight (Engr ’83, ’85 CM) and Susan Grine Harper (Col ’84); seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Irwin Michael Kroskin (Arch ’60 CM) of Norfolk, Virginia, died Jan. 23, 2022. While studying architecture at UVA, he was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Hillel Foundation, and American Institute of Architects. He founded Kroskin Design Group and served as principal architect until his retirement. He was a lifelong member and past president of Congregation Beth El in Norfolk, Virginia. Known to his family and friends as EI, he enjoyed boating and fishing on the Chesapeake, snow skiing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Survivors include his companion, Nancy; three children, including Philip Kroskin (Arch ’91, ’93 CM); and seven grandchildren.
Ward Joseph Miles (Arch ’60) of St. Louis, Missouri, died Dec. 28, 2021. He served active duty with the U.S. Air Force Reserves at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland from 1960 to 1961. Prior to his military service, he studied architecture at UVA, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and the American Institute of Architects. He also earned his master’s in architecture from Yale University. He began his career in New York and Washington, D.C., before moving to St. Louis, Missouri, to serve as head of hotel design at HBE Corp. He designed and renovated all of the hotels in the Adam’s Mark chain. He grew up playing saxophone and passed down his love of jazz to his children. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, three children, four granddaughters and two brothers.
Robert Stanley “Mike” Piland Jr. (Arch ’60) of Newport News, Virginia, died June 14, 2022. After attending the University of Richmond, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a radio operator on a B-29. Following his military service, he earned his architecture degree from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the American Institute of Architects. He practiced architecture with Forrest Coile Associates and, after retiring, contracted with Riverside Health System as an architect. He played golf and gin rummy with his buddies at James River Country Club. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Susan; three children, including Matthew Leonard (Engr ’95 CM); a sister; and two grandchildren.
Louis H. Blair (Engr ’61 CM) of Rockbridge Baths, Virginia, died Sept. 5, 2020. While studying electrical engineering at UVA, he was a member of the Virginia Engineering Review and the Trigon Engineering Society. After earning his master’s from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he moved to Washington, where he held staff positions in the Senate and White House. In 1971, he was elected mayor of Falls Church, Virginia. He spent 17 years as executive secretary of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation until retiring in 2006. After his retirement, he moved to a farm in Rockbridge Baths, where he rode horses and his mule, Molly. He was also a visiting professor in social sciences at Virginia Military Institute. Trained at a Paris cooking school, he loved making French dishes for friends and family. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and a daughter.
Randolph B. “Mike” Campbell (Educ ’61, Grad ’63, ’66 CM) of Denton, Texas, died Aug. 13, 2022. He earned a bachelor’s in education at UVA, where he was a member of the marching band, followed by a master’s and doctorate in history. In 1966, he began a 53-year teaching career at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). His work centered on the history and heritage of Texas, and he published several books, including A Southern Community in Crisis and An Empire for Slavery, which traced the influence of slavery in the development of 19th century Texas. He served as president of the Texas State Historical Association from 1993 to 1994 and chief historian from 2008 to 2017. Survivors include two sons and three grandchildren.
T. Howard Noel (Engr ’61 CM) of Penhook, Virginia, died July 17, 2022. While at UVA, he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, the Army ROTC program and the Trigon Engineering Society. He enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers before joining Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern in 1967 as a civil engineer. He eventually served as president and COO until retiring in 2002. Howard remained a firm supporter of the University of Virginia, where he served on the Engineering Board for many years. He was a longtime member of the Virginia Jaycees and instrumental in the work of Camp Virginia Jaycee, a summer camp that serves people with intellectual and physical disabilities. He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years and eighth-grade sweetheart, Nancy Brisentine Noel (Nurs ’61). Survivors include two daughters, including Diane Chavira (Educ ’86 CM), and six grandchildren, including Cameron Chavira (Col ’15) and Brynn Chavira (Educ ’21 CM).
Stuart D. Glasser (Col ’61 CM) of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Chesapeake, Virginia, died March 7, 2022. While studying economics at UVA, he was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, a Lawn resident and a member of the Raven Society. After graduation, he began practicing contracts and real estate law in Norfolk, Virginia, at Glasser and Glasser PLC with his father and two brothers, all UVA alumni. Upon his retirement, he moved to Florida, but remained a lifelong supporter of the University of Virginia. He is predeceased by his father, Bernard Glasser (Law ’32), and his brother, Richard Glasser (Col ’62, Law ’65 CM). Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Sarah, his brother, Michael Glasser (Col ’75 CM), nephew Jacob Glasser (Com ’13 CM) and nephew Ross Glasser (Col ’16, Batten ’17 CM).
George A. Gescheider (Grad ’64) of Cazenovia, New York, died June 19, 2022. After earning a bachelor’s at Denison University and a master’s at Tulane University, he earned his doctorate in experimental psychology at UVA. He became an assistant professor of psychology at Hamilton University and served as chair of the psychology department from 1970 to 1980. In addition to teaching in the classroom, he also taught students one-on-one in his research laboratory, where he focused on tactile sensitivity. He retired from Hamilton in 2007 but continued teaching international students online for the Pioneer Academics company. When he wasn’t teaching or doing research, he loved to sail and carve totem poles. Survivors include a sister, four children and a grandson.
Jayne Gosnell Helm (Nurs ’64 CM) of Raleigh, North Carolina, died Aug. 7, 2022. At UVA, she was president of her nursing class and a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. After working for a year at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, she earned her master’s in nursing from Emory University and taught nursing at UVA and Columbia. In 1989, she earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina. Initially practicing family and medical malpractice law, she later focused on elder and probate law. In 2002, she was appointed an associate judge in the Charleston County Probate Court. She remained a lifelong fan of UVA football and spent her honeymoon with her husband, Michael, on the Lawn during the 1999 reunions. She was predeceased by her first husband, Dr. Robert Street Jackson (Intern ’69, Res ’71). In addition to her husband, survivors include two children and two grandchildren.
James “Calvin” Keet (Col ’64) of Springfield, Missouri, died Aug. 5, 2022. He served as an Army captain at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. While studying English at UVA, he was a member of the glee club, drama club and Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. Next, he earned his master’s and doctorate at Northwestern University. He became one of the pioneering English professors at the newly established California State University, Bakersfield. He then moved between Venice Beach, California, and Volcano, Hawaii, working as an actor, special education teacher and massage therapist. Survivors include his wife, Toni, a brother, two children and three grandchildren.
John Stevens Wilburn (Engr ’64 CM) of Asheville, North Carolina, died May 25, 2022. He served in the U.S. Army and earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering from UVA. He spent his career working for the National Park Service and worked his way up to supervisory civil engineer for the Blue Ridge Parkway. He loved working in the outdoors and enjoyed camping and boating. He also loved all kinds of music, especially jazz, classical and Southern gospel, and sang baritone and bass in a Southern gospel trio. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Becky; brother Robert Douglas Wilburn Jr. (Engr ’62); children Debra Wilburn (Law ’00) and Barry Wilburn; son-in-law Alex Fonoroff (Col ’97, Law ’00); and six grandchildren.
Charles “Stan” Peikin (Com ’67 CM) of Fairfax, Virginia, died July 18, 2022. While studying at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce, he was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau and Phi Epsilon Pi fraternities. After graduating in 1967, he served as vice president of Pandick Inc. and vice chairman of Merrill Corp. before founding the Peikin Agency, a life insurance company. He was a founding member of Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dianne, three children and four grandchildren.
Jim E. Winkates (Grad ’67, ’72) of Birmingham, Alabama, died July 3, 2022. After studying history at Beloit College in Wisconsin, he earned his master’s and doctorate in foreign affairs at UVA. He began his career as an assistant professor of political science at Otterbein University in Ohio. He retired in 2008 as research professor of international affairs at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama after 32 years of U.S. government service. A Chicago native, he remained a lifelong Cubs fan. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Rita, two children and four grandchildren.
Alice Funkhouser Flowers (Grad ’69) of Raleigh, North Carolina, died July 31, 2022. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Mary Washington College, she received her master’s in drama from UVA in 1969. Early in her career, she directed student plays in Charlottesville and Newport News, Virginia. She taught public speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond before beginning a 34-year career in publications, public information and archivism at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond. She was also a member of the Junior League of Richmond, a volunteer usher for children’s theater productions, and a junior choir and Christmas pageant “mother” at her church. Survivors include her sister, Laura Funkhouser Ruml (Col ’74, Res ’90); her brother, John J. Funkhouser (Med ’63 CM); two sons; a daughter; and six grandchildren.