Richmond Chamber of Commerce,
Westminster Canterbury Richmond,
Windsor Farms, Inc. and Richmond
Renaissance. He was father to Mark
A. Putney ’78, grandfather to Elisabeth
Putney Mygatt ’06 and Dr. Scott A.
Putney ’03 and cousin to Macon C.
Putney ’62L and the Hon. Lacey E.
Putney ’50, ’57L. He belonged to Pi
Norman L. Dobyns ’54, of Weems,
Virginia, died Feb. 20. He was an an
Army Transportation Corps officer
before joining General Electric Co. He
served as administrative assistant to
Rep. Thomas N. Downing of Newport
News, Virginia, was a government
relations vice president for the American Can Co. and vice president on the
corporate staffs of Cutler Hammer,
Eaton and Nortel Networks. He was
brother to Lloyd A. Dobyns Jr. ’57 and
belonged to Kappa Sigma.
Joseph C. O’Bryan ’54, of Louisville, Kentucky, died Dec. 14, 2012.
Robert C. Pike ’54, of South
Orleans, Massachusetts, died June 13,
Eugene B. Sieminski Jr. ’55, of
Washington, D.C., died Oct. 17, 2014.
He belonged to Sigma Nu and was father to Col. Gregory C. Sieminski ’78.
J. Allan Vlerebome ’55, of Lancaster, Ohio, died Feb. 11. He served in
the Army in Bad Herzfeld, Germany,
as a radio operator. He also played golf
throughout Europe, representing the
Armed Forces in the German Amateur, German Open, French Amateur
and French Open. He began his career
as the golf professional at the Lancaster Country Club, then transitioned
to the banking industry with Fairfield
National Bank as a business loan officer and worked for Verco Co., a small
stock brokerage. He belonged to Beta
Thomas M. Raftery ’56, of Ruther
Glen, Virginia, died Feb. 11, 2012.
Thomas W. Turner ’56L, of Pen-hook, Virginia, died Jan. 17. He was
a Navy veteran and practiced law in
Beckley, West Virginia, before moving
to Martinsville, where he retired as
vice president and trust officer with
Piedmont Trust Bank. He belonged to
Beta Theta Pi.
A. Jackson Mason ’57, of Accomac, Virginia, died Feb. 6. In
Accomac, he rebuilt the Eastern Shore
of Virginia Chamber of Commerce;
helped raise money to build the Ac-comack Public Library; and worked
in real estate. He served as director of
Shore Savings & Loan and Shore Bank
and as a director of First Virginia Bank.
He published “Round Trip Ticket to
Hell,” the first of two autobiographies,
as well as five novels, with all but
one being centered on the Shore. He
belonged to Phi Kappa Sigma.
John E. McDonald Jr. ’57, ’59L,
of Richmond, died Dec. 31, 2014. He
practiced private law, then was an officer at LandAmerica Financial Group.
His last assignment of his 30-year
military career was commander of the
75-attorney, 10th Military Law Center,
assigned on mobilization primarily
to the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort
Bragg, North Carolina. He belonged
to Phi Kappa Sigma.
Charles L. Sherman IV ’57, of
Tucson, Arizona, died on March 30.
He spent 21 years as an armor officer in the Army, including a year in
Vietnam and assignments in Germany
and around the U.S. He spent the next
25 years as a life and health insurance representative. He also served
the blind and sight-impaired and was
a board member for Camp Tatiya,
a camp for the disabled in northern
Arizona. He received the Melvin Jones
Award for service and excellence
from the Lions Club International. He
belonged to Phi Kappa Psi.
Frederick B. Warner Jr. ’57, of
West Palm Beach, Florida, died Jan. 4.
George P. Walters III ’58, of
Somers, New York, died Jan. 3, 2013.
He belonged to Lambda Chi Alpha.
Ernest H. Alter ’59, of North
Smithfield, Rhode Island, died March
2. He served as a first lieutenant
administrative officer in the Army
and worked in the financial services
industry for Bache & Co., Dean Witter
& Co., Shearson Lehman and Phoenix
Home Life/Phoenix Equity Planning.
Herman E. Detering III ’60, of
Houston, died March 21. He taught
history and the humanities at Rice
University, St. Thomas University
and the University of Houston. As a
historian and rare book collector, he
founded the Detering Book Gal-
lery, which became the premier rare
bookstore in the South. He belonged
to Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
E. Philip McCaleb ’63, of Belle
Haven, Virginia, died Jan. 27. He ran
the family insurance agency. He played
on W&L’s undefeated football team,
spent 14 years as a high school football
coach and volunteered for Habitat
for Humanity. He belonged to Delta
F. Wainwright Barnes Jr. ’65L,
of Mitchellville, Maryland, died on
March 15. He belonged to Delta Tau
J. North Smith ’65, of Cumberland,
North Carolina, died Jan. 1, 2013. He
was brother to E. Watson Smith ’62
and belonged to Lambda Chi Alpha.
Lewis A. Vance Jr. ’65, of Rockledge, Florida, died on Nov. 12, 2013.
He belonged to Phi Kappa Sigma.
John J. Czyzewski ’66, ’68L, of
Fairfax Station, Virginia, died March
31. An Army ROTC graduate, he
served in Vietnam as an intelligence
officer. He attained the rank of major
and was awarded a Bronze Star. He
practiced law in Virginia.
Jeffrey L. Ward ’67L, of Rockville,
Maryland, died March 12. He worked
for the Maryland judiciary for 40
years, mostly as administrative clerk
of the district court for Montgomery
Warren E. Crane ’71, of Fairfax Station, Virginia, died on May 20, 2013.
He belonged to Lambda Chi Alpha.
R. Allen Webb ’75, of Bald Head
Island, North Carolina, died Feb. 2. He
worked for Gess Mattingly & Atchison
law firm, Robinson and McElwee
P.L.L.C. and Bald Head Island Limited
Debra T. Yarbrough ’77L, of Orlando, Florida, died July 30, 2012.
Frederick C. Feddeman ’79, of
Lexington, died Dec. 12, 2014. He was
brother to Edward G. Feddeman ’75
and cousin to Virginia P. Feddeman ’ 16.