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In Memoriam | Spring 2021

In Memoriam: 1970s

Notices sorted by graduation date

Stephen Randall Church (Col ’71, Educ ’73) of Charlottesville died Jan. 4, 2021. At UVA, he was a member of Chi Psi fraternity. A lifelong educator, Mr. Church contributed to the learning of thousands of people across Central Virginia. He dedicated his entire career to Buckingham County Middle School, where he taught social studies, science, and alternative education for 35 years. In retirement, Mr. Church was a literacy volunteer, teaching reading skills and English as a second language to adults. He also volunteered with the Piedmont Master Gardeners, where he became a fount of knowledge for aspiring and established gardeners alike. He had a particular passion for Virginia native species, birdwatching, and butterflies. An incredibly curious person, Mr. Church was a natural learner. He had an affinity for literature, history, word puzzles, sports trivia and music. One of his most endearing traits was his ability to connect with whomever about whatever. He was willing to share a deep knowledge across numerous disciplines but was also just a great person to sit down and open up to. A creature of habit, Mr. Church took every day to read, walk, listen to WTJU and cook dinner for his family. A loving father, he sacrificed much of his time to ensure that his children were cared for and that they, and others, always had a ride to soccer practice. Survivors include his wife, Colleen; and his children, Hannah and Ethan.

Peter Bland Anderson (Col ’74, Med ’79) of Hampton Roads, Virginia, died Nov. 24, 2018. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UVA and, after earning his medical degree, completed his residency at the Riverside Regional Medical Center. He was the founding physician of Hilton Family Practice in Newport News and also served as clinical assistant professor of family medicine for both the UVA School of Medicine and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Anderson served his patients faithfully for 30 years and, in 2010, founded Team Care Medicine, a practice transformation consulting firm. He published three books and regularly spoke at health care conferences across the United States. Dr. Anderson was a founding member of Operation Breaking Through, an organization working to unite churches throughout the Peninsula to meet the needs of the inner city of Newport News. He and his wife also traveled to Peru and Honduras to bring health care to impoverished areas, and to Afghanistan to bring training and medical equipment to physicians and to bring medical equipment to areas ravaged by war. An active member of his church, his Christian faith was foundational to his life. Survivors include his wife, Laurie; children Rebecca Anderson Christophel (Nurs ’02), Megan, Stephen and Gordon; 10 grandchildren; and three brothers, including Ward Anderson (Col ’70) and James Anderson (Col ’74). 

Kevin “Finnie” Green (Col ’75, Med ’79, Res ’85) of Lynchburg, Virginia, died Dec. 19, 2020. As an undergraduate at a newly co-ed UVA, Dr. Green, who played competitive basketball and tennis, helped organize the University’s first women’s tennis program and coached for several seasons. After completing his training as a urologist, the “triple ’Hoo” moved his young family to Lynchburg, where he found a niche in pediatric urology and continued working until 2018. Dr. Green enjoyed world travel and was an avid outdoorsman, keenly enjoying boating, fly-fishing, hiking and camping. A music enthusiast, he would often combine these passions by attending weeklong outdoor music festivals. Dr. Green had an eye for cultivating beautiful real estate, and took immense pleasure in renovating the house, gardens and grounds of Sunny Acres Farm with his wife. Survivors include his wife, Becky; children Sarah, Gordon Green (Col ’08), Joseph, Stanley and Elizabeth Green (Col ’03); three grandchildren; two brothers; a sister; and his former wife, Martha Smith Green (Nurs ’79). 

John Madden (Col ’75) of Troy, Michigan, died Aug. 30, 2020. He had a long and successful career with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Command. For 20 years, Mr. Madden hosted a monthly social for teens and young adults with autism in his free time. He was passionate about family, music and UVA. He sang with his parish choir, was active in the UVA Club of Michigan and remained an enthusiastic alumni member of the Virginia Glee Club. He participated in the spring 2020 Glee Club Sesquicentennial project, a virtual performance by Glee Club alumni. Survivors include his wife, Vicky; children Ryan and Kelly; two grandchildren; six siblings, including Dodie Madden Lewis (Grad ’82) and Susan Madden Cortese (Educ ’82 CM); and nephews Christopher Lewis (Col ’08) and Hank Morrison (Arch ’18).