E. Stuart Quarngesser Jr. ’55,
of New York, died on March 19. He
worked for the family business, the
Warner Fruehauf Trailer Co. Inc. and
Duralite Truck Bodies & Container
Corp. He belonged to Phi Kappa Psi.
Dr. R.F. Burke Steele Jr. ’55, of
Petersburg, Virginia, died on March 21.
He served in the Navy. He had a medical practice in Petersburg. He belonged
to Delta Upsilon and was grandfather to
Cameron Steele ’ 10.
Richard A. Rosenberg ’56, of Nashville, Tennessee, died on Feb. 7. He was
an attorney in Florida and California.
He belonged to Zeta Beta Tau and was
brother to Dr. Sid Rosenberg ’68.
Thomas D. Sale Jr. ’56, of Panama
City, Florida, died on Jan. 5. He served
in the Air Force before working as an
attorney. He belonged to Kappa Alpha.
He was father to Robert D. Sale ’91 and
uncle to Douglas B. Sale ’02 and Melissa
F. Sale ’06.
Joe C. Chatman Jr. ’57, of Fort
Walton Beach, Florida, died on May
13, 2015. He belonged to Sigma Chi.
Solon A. Person III ’57, of Verona,
Pennsylvania, died on Jan. 15. He
served in the Army. He worked in
international industrial sales for
Harbison-Walker Refractories as
export sales manager, and as president
of S.A. Person Inc. He belonged to
Donald C. Spann ’57, of Charleston, South Carolina, died on Jan.
6. He served in the Marine Corps.
He was founder, chair and CEO of
Span-America Medical Systems. He
belonged to Phi Delta Theta.
John G. Russell Jr. ’59, of Greenville, South Carolina, died on Feb. 1.
He served in the Army Reserves. He
worked in banking with Third Nation-
al Bank, and then in investments with
Hilliard & Lyons, Paine Webber and
Wiley Bros. He belonged to Pi Kappa
Alpha. He was father to John G. Russell
III ’83 and Kenneth S. Russell ’90.
B. Russell Wilkerson Jr. ’59, of
Kingsport, Tennessee, died on April
3. He served in the Army and did two
tours in Vietnam. He served as the
public works director for Kingsport. He
belonged to Delta Upsilon.
John J. Barnes Jr. ’60, of Chesterfield,
Missouri, died on Jan. 29. He worked in
the title business, with his last post as
president of Title Professionals LLC. He
belonged to Sigma Nu. He was father to
David N. Barnes ’87.
J. Clifton Elgin Jr. ’61, of Flower
Mound, Texas, died on March 7. He
served in the Army. He was retired
from Occidental Chemical Corp. He
belonged to Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Dr. Henry D. Holland ’62, of
Henrico, Virginia, died on Jan. 9. He
spent his professional career as a psychiatrist, first at the Medical College
After reading this issue’s fea- ture story, I suspect that most alumni have a few
classic stories from PE, intramu-
rals (IMs) or outdoor recreation.
Perhaps one of these reflections will
strike a chord.
In 1970, geographic diversity
arrived at the Phi Kappa Sigma
fraternity when two beach volleyball players from California asked to see the court. After
the laughter died down, they led the construction of the
outdoor court, which still exists behind the former Phi
Kappa Sigma house. We made custom jerseys with names,
and with the beach boys Kevin and Greg leading the way,
we won the intramural volleyball title twice.
IMs were a big deal; the standings were watched
closely. IMs were the Division III equivalent of a club team
at the D1 level: There were highly skilled players who, for
one reason or another, were not playing on W&L teams. If
you got whipped by that kind of talent, it was normal to cry
foul and urge that someone was just too good for IMs. This
is personal: I was pinned in the first 15 seconds of my only
IM wrestling match by a decorated high school grappler.
IM football was in a class by itself, equaled in intensity
only by the legendary Law School Football League, which
thrives today. For these title games, there were cheering
fans on the sidelines and bruises later.
Did anyone leave a bigger wake than the late Norm
Lord? Perhaps some first-years had seen the drill-sergeant
approach before, but many of us got through this former
Marine’s infamous one-mile run only because we were
scared of Stormin’ Norman! With his loud bark, imposing
stature and heart of gold, he made you try your hardest.
We cling proudly to the requirement of passing the
swim test. About 10 years ago, a student from the Middle
East informed W&L that she could not swim, and that her
religion did not permit her to be in a bathing suit in front of
men. A 2003 alumna working for the swim team embraced
her and assured her they would figure it out. During off
hours, the pool was opened, the windows were covered,
our student learned to swim thanks to a dedicated General,
and she passed the test with pride.
Today, the Outing Club claims the highest number of
women and men students. They lead many of the activities,
which include backpacking, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking,
rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, caving, skiing and
outdoor cooking. Trips vary in length from day hikes to
10-day trips held during February and Spring breaks.
The Latin phrase “mens sana in corpore sano” is usually translated as “a healthy mind in a healthy body,” the
theory that physical exercise is an important or essential
part of mental and psychological well-being. Opportunities abound on our campus, now as then. Note: W&L’s
president is an athlete who has already climbed House
Mountain at dawn!
—Beau Dudley ’74, ’79L
Executive Director of Alumni Affairs