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In Memoriam

April 12, 2013
Winter 2012 In Memoriam

Charlotte Holloway Furman ’32 passed away July 21, 2012 in Pensacola, FL. She was 100. After graduation, she taught high school for three years before starting a small chain of variety stores in upstate New York. She was involved in many community activities including the Presbyterian Church. Her passion was bridge, and she continued playing until her mid-nineties. She and husband, Robert, retired to Gulf Breeze, FL, in 1972, where they pursued their favorite activity, cruise-sailing, in the waters of the eastern USA.  


Harry Montrose Slade, Jr.’43 died June 19, 2012. He was 90 years old. Mr. Slade was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, MD. He spent 50 years in the food and dairy industry as a chemical salesman. 


John Martin Warther, Jr. ’43 died July 20, 2012 in Appling, GA. A native of Baltimore, he had lived in Lincolnton for more than 20 years. At WC, he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. Until 1968, he had officiated football games at every level of play from junior high to the National Football League. A Navy veteran, John had retired from DuPont as a sales specialist, and was the former owner/operator of Farmers Supply in McCormick. 


Catherine Marie Hall Ambrose ’46 died April 18, 2012 at home in Mt. Pleasant, SC. She was 87. Catherine married David E. Ambrose II, USAF in 1944. She was a tennis player, golfer and swimmer, spending hours in Concord University’s pool. She was a dedicated Air Force wife and invaluable asset to her husband’s military career. She taught herself to hook wool into beautiful rugs, runners and figures. Her original designed wool Santa Claus figures were a family and community favorite. Catherine was active in the Athens United Methodist Church until 2005 when she moved to Mt. Pleasant to be near family. 


William Caulk “Doc” Hill ’46 died July 3, 2012. He was 87.  A talented baseball player, he played professional minor league baseball for the Easton Yankees. He attended WC until joining the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Upon graduating from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science in 1950, he joined the family business, Hill’s Drug Store. Doc was president of the Maryland Pharmaceutical Association and served on committees for the National Association of Retail Druggists. A civic leader, Doc was also passionate about hunting, fishing and golf. He had a beautiful tenor voice, singing for local weddings and other occasions. 


Lillian Wurzbacher Elzey ’47, of Annapolis, died peacefully June 15, 2012 at home. She was 86. She graduated from Eastern High School in Baltimore and attended WC and the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore. In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Elzey was a volunteer with Historic Annapolis, Inc., Anne Arundel General Hospital on Franklin St. and more recently Annapolis Visitors’ Center Information Booth at City Dock. Mrs. Elzey was a member of Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church, a life member of Annapolis Yacht Club, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Johns Hopkins Club and Panhellenic Club of Annapolis. She enjoyed teaching piano, playing bridge and being with her family. 


Richard G. Smith ’48 passed away June 29, 2012 at Shadowmoss Plantation, Savannah, GA, after an extended illness. He was 85. After graduating from WC, he received a master’s degree from Duquesne University. He was a U.S. Army Chemical Corps veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1950-52. He retired as a research chemist from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, DE, in 1982 after 25 years of service. He then was employed as an analytical chemist for the Department of the Navy. Richard was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williamsburg, and Bonner-Sollenberger American Legion Post 456. He loved spending time with family, photography and traveling, and was an avid reader. 


John Gary Carrico, Jr. ’50 died April 15, 2012 in Rockville, MD. He was 85. He served in the US Army during World War II in Okinawa and later in the Korean War. John worked for 34 years with ESSO (now Exxon Mobil), including time as area general manager in Ohio.


Nancy Nuttle Tawes ’50 died at home July 12, 2012, following a long illness. She was 83. She was a teacher at Mount Airy Elementary School and, after her marriage in 1953, was a substitute teacher in Crisfield. Very active in her community, she was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church,  past regent of DAR, Girl Scout Leader, former Chesapeake Chapter 28 O.E.S., MYF counselor, Women’s Eastern Shore Society in Baltimore and the P.E.O. Eastern Shore Group. She doted on her family, and also enjoyed playing bridge and crafting.


John Thomas Cox ’51 passed away at home May 22, 2012. He was 85. John was a graduate of Allegany High School where he was recognized as an outstanding athlete and was later inducted into the Alco Hall of Fame. He was a great ten-pin bowler and, in 1947, he played organized ball as second baseman for West Virginia’s New River Rebels in the Class “D” Appalachian League. At WC, John was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity. After service in the United States Army during World War II, he worked at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory as supervisor of materials control. 


Harland Richard Graef ’51 of North East, MD, Chesapeake Isle, passed away August 19, 2012. He was 82. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged from service in 1956, following a career as a deep-sea diver and explosive ordnance disposal expert. A resident of Cecil County since 1979, he retired in 1990 with 35 years of service with DuPont. 


Raymond D. “Dee” Lingo ’51 of Millsboro, DE, passed away July 12, 2012. The U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War was 82. He was a school teacher for the Indian River School District. He taught both math and social studies for Millsboro High School and Sussex Central Junior High for 37 years before retiring. A beloved figure in the community, Mr. Lingo was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Lions Club, and founder of the Millsboro Little League where he was an umpire for over 30 years. The high school baseball coach was inducted in the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, fishing and photography. 


J. Frederick Panetti ’51 died April 19, 2012 at home. He was 85. Fred retired as a life insurance sales representative from Monumental Life Insurance Co. A member of Riva Trace Baptist Church in Davidsonville, MD, he enjoyed hunting, gardening, fishing, crabbing and spending time with friends and family.


William S. Hess Jr. ’52 died July 21, 2012. He was 84. Bill was a lifelong resident of Cape May, NJ. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater in Guam. After the war, he attended WC and finished his education at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken. He was an electrical contractor in the Cape May area before building the Patterson Motel, Cape May and the Colton Court Motor Inn. Along with his wife, Priscilla, he owned and managed the Colton Court Motor Inn for many years. He was a Past Master of the Cape Island Masonic Lodge #30 F&AM; a member of the Cape May Rotary Club and a Boy Scout Leader. 


Herman E. “Jug” Lasater ’54 passed away August 27, 2012 after battling leukemia (AML). He was 84. Jug was in the military service during WWII and was very proud of the fact that he helped bring wounded soldiers out of France after the Normandy invasion. In 2010, he returned to Normandy, where so many American soldiers had died. Jug was a Master Mason and worked as an official with NASCAR. After graduating, he and his family moved to Lakeland in 1961 where he established an insurance agency and a motorcycle dealership. 


John R. “Mule” Jennings ’59 died in August 2012. A talented soccer player in his youth and a great college athlete, he was named to the All-American squad at Washington College. Friends believe he is the only athlete from Washington College who was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for two sports—soccer and lacrosse. Jack worked for Anne Arundel County’s Parks and Recreation Department for years and until retirement was a salesman for Annapolis Produce.


Robert Granville Kelly ’59 died June 12, 2012, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, DE. He was 74. He was a 1955 graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy, a 1960 graduate of Lincoln University and a 1965 graduate of Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PA. The Rev. Kelly was a retired United Methodist minister, serving 36 years in the Peninsula Conference. 


George Warren “Moose” Mix Sr. ’59, died May 4, 2012 at John Hopkins Hospital. He was 74.
In his youth, he was a two-time Mason-Dixon Conference first baseman and played baseball at WC for three years before transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960 in criminal justice and law enforcement. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1964. He had been an active member of the Baltimore County Bar Association, serving as its president from 1991 to 1992. He also had been a member of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association and of the State of Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission. 


John Glenn Harwood Sr. ’62 died July 15, 2012 at Mandarin House in Harwood, where he was in hospice care. He was 71. Mr. Harwood graduated with a degree in mathematics. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Commander Harwood entered the federal workforce  as a systems analyst with the Small Business Administration in Washington, DC. John was an active volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s efforts for research and treatments of Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). For his efforts he received the MDA’s Maryland Personal Achievement Award. He appeared on the MDA Telethon in Hollywood with Jerry Lewis, and in subsequent years actively raised funds for ALS research. John was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Bowie, MD. 


Mansoor Ali Parmoon ’62 passed away July 17, 2012. He was 72. Born in Tabriz, Iran, Ali attended boarding school at West Nottingham Academy in Colora, MD. With a degree in mathematics from WC, he earned a master’s degree in systems engineering. In 1967, Ali became an American citizen, a great source of pride throughout his life. Ali moved with his family to Arizona in 1973 and founded his own software company, becoming a nationally recognized software architect and systems developer. Passionate about conservation and the environment, he devoted his time and efforts to numerous clubs and organizations. He was a cyclist, hiker, swimmer and gardener. 


Stewart F. “Skip” Kay ’73 died April 12, 2012. He was 62. After graduation, Skip earned a law degree at Hamline School of Law and was a partner at Kay & Kay with his wife, Joanne. He was the lawyer for the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board of Wildwood Crest and the Combined Planning and Zoning Boards of West Wildwood. Among his many affiliations, he was a member of the New Jersey Federation of Planners, the Association of County Welfare Attorneys, the Legal Committee of the New Jersey Bankers Association, the First Baptist Church of Wildwood, and Cape May County Special Services School District Education Foundation.


Carole A. Strausburg Smith’75 passed away June 10, 2012.

JoAnn Beebe Hoyt ’80 died May 3, 2012 at home after fighting lung cancer. She was 53. While at WC, Jo was an active member in Alpha Omega Pi sorority. She graduated cum laude with a degree in mathematics and worked for MITRE Corporation as a systems engineer. She completed her master’s degree in electrical engineering at George Washington University in 1988. She and her family resided in Olde Port Cove, VA. JoAnn was a nautical enthusiast, competitively racing sailboats and fishing with friends in the Chesapeake Bay. She volunteered for “Cooking for Life” to benefit the American Cancer Society and was honored as a ten-year survivor in September 2011 for her support of other cancer victims. 


Charles David Altvater ’81 died September 7, 2012 in Palm Springs, CA. He was 53. A lifelong member of the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, he was especially active in youth and music programs. As a student at Francis Scott Key High School, he served two years as class president and enjoyed music and drama. After graduation from WC, David began his career with Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He was named Employee of the Year in the State of Florida, traveling extensively representing the company on various panels. 


Carolyn Elizabeth Phelps ’84 of Churchville, MD, died April 2, 2012 at the Cromwell Center in Baltimore. She was 49. A 1980 graduate of Bel Air High School, she attended Harcum Junior College in Philadelphia, PA, Washington College, and Towson University. She worked for a travel agency and loved to travel. An aspiring artist, she was a docent at Walters Art Gallery and was especially interested in Egyptology. She enjoyed reading, played tennis, and loved her cat, Bastet. 


Linda D. Homan ’96, of Chestertown, MD, died May 27, 2012 at home. She was 72. She had lived in Vineland, NJ, for 30 years before moving to Chestertown in 1988. Linda continued her education at Washington College, graduating magna cum laude. She had worked at Heron Point and for 15 years at Chester River Hospital as an administrative assistant, retiring in 2002. Linda was a member of Eastern Shore Bible Baptist Church.

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