In Memoriam

Dorothy Willis Odom ’37 of Virginia Beach, March 2, 2010.
Adin K. Woodward ’39 of Virginia Beach, Jan. 26, 2010.

Peter J. Decker ’40 of Norfolk, Jan. 29, 2010.
Charles B. Hunter ’41 of Norfolk, Jan. 23, 2010.
Alvin E. Murphy ’41 of Chesapeake, Feb. 26, 2010.
Joseph B. Dalton Jr. ’42 of Virginia Beach, Feb. 28, 2010.
Ruth Moss Eure ’42 of Norfolk, March 7, 2010.
Herbert L. Lifland ’42 of Norfolk, Dec. 8, 2009.
Benjamin B. Cohn ’43 of Norfolk, Feb. 6, 2010.
John E. Derieux ’46 of Nellysford, Va., Feb. 12, 2010.
William R. “Bill” Morris ’46 of Chesapeake, March 10, 2010.
Jean Curtis Old ’46 of Norfolk, March 11, 2010.
Robert M. Schonk ’47 of Norfolk, Jan. 20, 2010.
James A. Pethel ’48 of Norfolk, Jan. 29, 2010.
Winston W. Rose ’48 of Virginia Beach, March 3, 2010.
John T. Ferebee Sr. ’49 of Virginia Beach, Feb. 27, 2010.

Richard W. Crumley ’50
of Kents Store, Va., Feb. 5, 2010.
George A. Natchus ’50 of Chesapeake, April 4, 2010.
Fletcher L. Sawyer Jr. ’50 of Chesapeake, Dec. 12, 2009.
William F. “Billy” Casey ’52 of Virginia Beach, March 7, 2010.
Martin H. “Marty” Ornoff ’54 of Norfolk, April 3, 2010.
Carolyn Goldman Osman ’55 of Virginia Beach, Dec. 7, 2009.
Henry A. Spoolman Jr. ’57 of Virginia Beach, Feb. 15, 2010.
Henry D. “Hank” Goolsby ’59 of Portsmouth, Feb. 18, 2010.
Judith M. Hartgen ’59 of Deerfield, N.H., Jan. 28, 2010

Julia Hollingsworth Brooks ’60 of Chesapeake, Feb. 21, 2010.
Gerald T. “Jerry” Everton ’63 (M.S.Ed. ’73) of Chesapeake, Dec. 3, 2009.
Jack Temple Kirby ’63 of St. Augustine, Fla., Aug. 6, 2009.
Rev. Charles B. “Chuck” Spivey Jr. ’64 of Charlottesville, Dec. 24, 2009.
Lloyd J. Vick Jr. ’65 of Charleston, S.C., March 8, 2010.
Joel L. Abraham ’66 of Virginia Beach, Jan. 5, 2010.
Robert B. Givens Jr. ’68 of Suffolk, March 7, 2010.
Audrey S. Kufahl (M.S.Ed. ’68) of Virginia Beach, April 1, 2010.
Daniel R. “Bob” Dorsey Jr. ’69 (M.S. ’71) of Charlottesville, Va., March 5, 2010.
Judith Shoulars Hetherington ’69 of Hardy, Va., March 22, 2010.

Maudie Smith Hamlett ’70 of Virginia Beach, Feb. 14, 2010.
Greg Pleinka ’70 of Newport News, Feb. 10, 2010.
Ruth H. Willis ’70 of Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 19, 2009.
Laura Renn Burnham ’71 of Suffolk, Jan. 30, 2010.
John E. “Jack” Cousins ’71 of Naples, Fla., April 14, 2010.
Robert L. Domina ’71 of Springfield, Va., July 11, 2009.
Robert B. Galbraith ’71 (M.U.S. ’79) of Norfolk, Feb. 5, 2010.
Iris B. Eckstein Kerpelman (M.S.Ed. ’71) of Virginia Beach, April 8, 2010.
Eugene “Gene” Hair ’72 of Norfolk, April 8, 2010.
Robert J. Galvin (M.A. ’73) of Virginia Beach, March 31, 2010.
Donna Lee King ’73 (M.S.Ed. ’80) of Chesapeake, Jan. 2, 2010.
Shirley Scott Radcliffe ’73 of Virginia Beach, Jan. 17, 2010.
James F. Lock Jr. ’74 of Virginia Beach, Jan. 20, 2010.
Curt H. Doerr ’75 of Maryland, Dec. 5, 2009.
David Bunin ’76 (M.S.Ed. ’79) of Virginia Beach, Dec. 15, 2009.
Dr. James B. Stanley ’76 of Norfolk, April 8, 2010.
Clare P. Mackey Tower ’76 of Virginia Beach, Dec. 28, 2009.
Winston A. “Dick” Spruill (M.S.Ed. ’77, C.A.S. ’87) of Portsmouth, Dec. 17, 2009.
Quita J. Dracos (M.A. ’78) of Owens Cross Roads, Ala., March 2, 2010.
Peter L. Mack ’78 of Virginia Beach, Dec. 7, 2009.
Matthew A. Livsey ’79 of Norfolk, Jan. 14, 2010.

Augustus H. “Chip” Rice Jr. ’80 of Amherst, N.H., Dec. 26, 2009.
Mary Cascino Rouse ’83 of Chesapeake, Dec. 30, 2009.
Suzanne Crawley Jordan (M.A. ’84) of Chesapeake, Jan. 28, 2010.
Glenn A. Christison ’86, ’98 of Virginia Beach, Jan. 23, 2010.

Steve Kilroy (M.S.Ed. ’92) of Virginia Beach, Jan. 13, 2010.
William E. Preedy (M.U.S. ’93) of Chesapeake, Feb. 10, 2010.
Melissa C. “Lisa” Rogers-Wyatt ’93 of Suffolk, Dec. 11, 2009.
Eric M. Rapp ’94 of Moxee, Wash., Jan. 3, 2010.
Wanda Ziol Fields ’95 of Chesapeake, Feb. 10, 2010.
Frances “GiGi” Janelle Wilson ’96 of Chesapeake, Dec. 30, 2009.
Ruth J. Newton ’98 of Waynesboro, Va., Aug. 23, 2009.
Gary L. Barnes ’99 of Chesapeake, Feb. 15, 2010.

Thomas E. Larner ’03 of Staunton, Va., Jan. 12, 2010.
Marilyn Lois Turner (M.S.Ed. ’04) of Virginia Beach, Jan. 7, 2010.

Charles Edward Ruhl
Charles Edward Ruhl, 73, of Norfolk, professor emeritus of English, died Dec. 25, 2009, after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Janet Bing, professor of English at ODU.

Ruhl received a B.A. in philosophy from Gettysburg College, M.A. in English from Purdue University and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

He taught linguistics at UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central. From 1974 until his retirement in 1999, he taught at ODU, where he served as both graduate program director and department chair of English. He was active in professional organizations and published many articles as well as a book, “On Monosemy.” His passion was his work, but he was also an avid Giants fan (both teams) and a poet (who published four chapbooks of poetry).

Survivors also include his daughter, Jennifer Ruhl; stepson, Eric Bing; granddaughter, Claire Bing; brothers and sisters, David Ruhl, Theodore Byers, Ruth Byers, Jack Byers, Margaret Anne Byers and Nancy Byers; and Donna Brogan and Connie Eble.

Contributions can be made in his name to the Department of English, ODU, Norfolk, VA 23529, or to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Joong J. Fang
Joong J. Fang, 86, of James Store, Va., professor emeritus of philosophy, died in his home Feb. 16, 2010.

Fang studied at Yale and Columbia universities and received a doctorate from the University of Mainz in West Germany. He joined ODU’s philosophy department in 1974 after teaching philosophy and math at Memphis State University. He retired in 1990.

A native of North Korea who moved to the United States in 1948 and became a naturalized citizen, Fang was a multilingual Kantian scholar, who wrote more than 30 books on philosophy and mathematics and over 300 scholarly papers in his twin fields of interest. He was also the founding editor of the journal Philosophia Mathematica, and he established his own field of study, the Sociology of Mathematics.

A member of the American Mathematical Society, Fang was listed in American Men of Science.

Survivors include two children, Eva Fang of Paris, France, and Guido Fang of Berlin, Germany; and a granddaughter, Alix Baron of Paris.

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Wynford L. Harries
Wynford L. Harries, of Virginia Beach, formerly of Norfolk, eminent scholar emeritus and professor emeritus of physics, died March 3, 2010. He was 86.

A native of Wales, Harries joined the ODU faculty in 1970 as a professor and served as chair of the physics department from 1970-73. He retired in 1993.

Harries published 87 research articles, delivered numerous professional talks and did research at NASA Langley Research Center. He taught lecture courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

He received bachelor’s degrees in pure mathematics and radio engineering, and in physics, from the University of Wales, and a doctorate in physics from Oxford University. Before joining ODU, Harries held positions at MIT, ITT Research Labs and Princeton.

He attended Second Presbyterian Church in Norfolk and The Chapel at Westminster-Canterbury. He was a member of the Welsh-American Foundation and the St. David’s Society. He was also a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Harries served in His Majesty’s Forces as Captain Royal Signals (attached Indian Army) from 1945-47.

He is survived by his wife, Natalie Gratkowski Harries, and his sister, Orien Jones of Wales.