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In the News Recently


June 6, 2019

An email from Russell Flammia regarding Jimmie Monteith TJ '38 and his heroic action on Omaha  beach on D-Day:


In today' paper there is an article about Jimmie Monteith TJ '38 and his heroic action on Omaha  beach on D-Day. Because of his leadership and outstanding bravery he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.  Yesterday I sat in the Tee Jay auditorium with Beth Prillman Witt, Sally Felvey Guynn, and Virginia Caldwell Stone, and watched a Tee Jay student receive the Jimmie Monteith Award for having the highest academic average in the senior class. So if his memory is honored at TJ.


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At 71, Chesterfield’s Frisbee champ enters the Hall of Fame


Watching Phil Pollack throw a Frisbee disc into the air – then follow its flight to catch it inches before it lands – is like watching a major league pitcher paint the plate with a curveball...



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In Memoriam


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Brown, Ralph Nicholas


BROWN, Ralph Nicholas, 72, loving husband, father and grandfather, died June 18, 2019. He was born in Richmond, Va., on October 25, 1946, to Elizabeth and Ralph Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Susan D. Brown. He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne Tucker Brown; son, Jeff M. Brown and his fiancee, Katie; granddaughter, Mackenzie; and sister, Suzanne Marquardt. At a young age, as a paper carrier he discovered his lifelong passion for the newspaper business. After Nick completed his education at Virginia Commonwealth University, he worked for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for over 14 years, working as a reporter, assistant editor and finally the special assignments editor. He worked as the Virginia correspondent for McGraw-Hill and Richmond correspondent for The New York Times. Nick also served our country in the Army National Guard. Nick was chosen from the team of Kepone reporters to accept an award from the National Headliners Club in Atlantic City, New Jersey, a memorable moment in his career. This award was for outstanding news reporting for a campaign that led to the banning of the deadly chemical called Kepone. In 1986, he moved his family to Greensboro, N.C., where he worked for the Greensboro News & Record until retirement. He served as a writer, editor and later in the advertisement department as a special sections editor. Nick was an avid tennis player from teenage years until weeks before his death. Organizations close to Nick's heart were Voices of the Retarded (VOR) and Lions Club International. Through Hamilton Lakes Lions Club, where he served as president, he aided in identifying elementary children with possible sight problems and fundraising. In his retirement, Nick enjoyed music, movies and making others laugh with his dad jokes. He entertained the ladies in his water aerobics class and in his book club. His funeral service will take place at Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home, 515 N. Elm St., Greensboro, N.C., on July 1, 2019, at 1 p.m. The family will receive guests following the service. Online condolences may be shared at


Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch June 25, 2019

Linda L. Jenkins Hairfield


HAIRFIELD, Linda Jenkins, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the age of 71. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Juanita H. Matthews; her two brothers, Herbert "Bubba" Jenkins and Robert Matthew Jenkins; and her father. Linda is survived by her husband, Marion "Haskell" Hairfield; her children, Marian H. Wright and Matt W. Hairfield; granddaughter, Katherine L. Rowell; her mother, Diane M. Jenkins; her sister, Candice Jenkins Enroughty (Phil); nephews, Joe and Michael Enroughty; half-sisters, Martha J. Bowman and Nancy Hamm; half-brother, Garth Jenkins; two brothers-in-law and other nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave., where services will be held at 12 noon Thursday, June 20. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, 1704 W. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227.


Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch June 19, 2019

Courtney Welton's Wife


Ellen F. Boynton, 68, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 17th at her home in Richmond, VA with her adoring husband and two Norwich terriers by her side. Ellen was born in Concord, NH, on May 10, 1950, the eldest daughter of Dr. Philip and Marian Forsberg. She attended Connecticut College where she studied Art History and upon graduating moved to New York City and assumed an executive position with the Continental Insurance Company. She met her first husband, John S. Boynton in New York City. They were married in Concord, NH, and had two sons together, John S. Boynton, Jr. and Tyler T. Boynton. Ellen left her job to raise her sons in Bedford, NY.  The family moved to Key West, FL, in 1996 where Ellen worked as a realtor while her sons attended boarding schools and colleges in the Northeast. In her spare time, she enjoyed renovating homes, which incorporated her love of vivid colors and the curios she collected from her numerous travels abroad. India and Turkey were among her favorite countries, and she travelled extensively in Southeast Asia and to Saudi Arabia. Sometimes she travelled with her mother, but often she travelled alone. She gloried in the colorful fabrics and artwork she discovered. In particular she tried to support shops that sold crafts produced by local women.  Ellen’s second husband, Courtenay S. Welton II, of Richmond, VA, became her traveling partner for the rest of her life. She would eventually move to Richmond, where they would set off on exotic adventures together. Together they went to Turkey and India, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Egypt during a break in the Arab Spring, Syria, Israel and Palestine, Italy and the South of France. Their last trip was to Andalucia. In 2011 they took a two-month cruise of the Mediterranean with Semester at Sea, followed by shorter SAS cruises.  Ellen was an avid reader with a focus on travel, fine and decorative arts, and culture. She would spend many weeks preparing for her trips by reading countless books about her destinations. All in all, she traveled the world and visited places that many Americans would find unfamiliar or even dangerous. Ellen never took any pursuit or obligation lightly. Wherever she lived, she formed strong friendships and was respected for her intellect, sense of style and appreciation for the beauty in life. She loved and adored her family and friends and was a very proud mother and grandmother. She was an active contributor in every community where she resided. In Bedford, she served as trustee on the board of the Rippowam Cisqua School and was a longstanding member of Rusticus Garden Club. In Key West, she volunteered as a mentor and tutor for high school students. In Richmond, she was an enthusiastic member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, especially their Member Travel Program.  She is survived by her two sons, John, of Kentfield, CA, and Tyler, of Sonoma, CA, along with her three grandchildren: Parker, Tyler Jr. and John III.  Ellen will be laid to rest in Concord, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center or the University of Virginia Cancer Center.


Donald Davies Brill


BRILL, Donald Davies, known to his friends as "Don, Dino or Dondino," passed away on March 25, 2019, at the age of 72. He was the devoted son of the late Edmond and Pat Brill. A native of Richmond, Donald served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970 with the Strategic Air Command. He attended Virginia Tech and VCU, where he received degrees in Drafting Design and Computer Operations. He worked for many years as a Draftsman with the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation and Richmond Public Utilities. Co-workers described him as "always meticulous in his work and generous with his knowledge." Donald was passionate about music and particularly appreciated Bob Dylan. He loved creating music while playing guitar and singing with his friends. In the mid '70s, he moved to California and formed a "band of brothers" who remained his lifelong friends. He was intelligent, caring and fair, funny, loyal and devoted to his friends and family. Donald was concerned with justice, "the consummate public servant" with a deep concern for his fellow man and beast. We were fortunate to have crossed his path on this life's journey. A celebration of Donald's life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond, 1000 Blanton Ave., Richmond, Va. 23221. Memorial donations in memory of Donald can be made to Richmond SPCA at or National Public Radio at


Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch March 31, 2019


Claudia Costello Stanley's Mother


COSTELLO, Vivian Anne, 94, of Richmond, died March 22, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Maurice A. Costello Jr.; parents, William and Vivian Whitlock; siblings, Billy, Alice and twin sister, Jane; and son, Rhett. She is survived by her children, Claudia Stanley (Thomas), Deborah Costello (Charles Day), Teesie Howell (Chris), Matt Costello (Nancy), Sean Costello (Tamara), Maura Smith (Brian), Colleen Collins (Shawn) and Seamus Costello. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Anne was born in Farmville, Va., in 1924, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 1943. She was a well-known local actress and was co-owner of America Hurrah Antiques with her beloved husband. She loved her Catholic faith, the Saints, family, America, antiques, Hollywood, coffee and all things Southern. Special thanks to the staff at The Circle Center. The family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with a Rosary being recited at 6 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, with Vespers being prayed at 6 p.m. at Bliley's-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave. Funeral Mass will be offered 12 noon Tuesday, March 26, at St. Benedict Catholic Church. Interment immediately following Mass in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard St., Richmond, Va. 23221.


Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch March 23, 2019


Ronald Shaw's Brother


SHAW, Nathaniel C. Jr., 80, (Ret. SFC-USA), of Richmond, died December 26, 2018. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Natalie Shaw. Surviving are his wife, Gloria Shaw; two daughters, Donna Coker and Brenda Goode (Anthony); son, Nathaniel C. Shaw III; two grandchildren, Cory Coker and Jewel Goode; brother, Ronald L. Shaw (Patricia); aunt, Elizabeth Hackett Cooper; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Remains rest at Scott's Funeral Home, 115 E. Brookland Park Blvd. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2019, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 909 Rennie Ave. Interment Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online guest book at


Published January 1, 2019


Judy Carol Huntley Creasy


CREASY, Judy Huntley, aged 71, left this world unexpectedly on Friday, October 26, 2018. Judy was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins, loved fishing and nature, German Shepherds, Miniature Pinchers, Labradors and frequent trips to Aruba and the Tamarijn Resort. Fiercely loyal to her family and friends, Judy left a favorable, lasting impression on all who were fortunate to meet her, including the animals surrounding her wooded home. Judy was born and raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, but moved to Richmond as a teenager and attended Thomas Jefferson High School. After graduating, Judy went to work for Caskie & Frost in Lynchburg, where she became a paralegal - a profession that would channel her natural curiosity, her inquisitive spirit and her dogged determination. Throughout her five-decade career, Judy worked as a litigation paralegal at the Richmond law firms of Mays & Valentine, Hunton & Williams, LeClairRyan, Midkiff Muncie and O'Hagan Meyer. At one point during her career, Judy suffered a serious brain injury in an accidental fall, but recovered fully and resumed work, taking pride in helping to uncover and defeat meritless claims and zealously represent her clients. Judy was a keen and accurate observer, understood human nature better than most and pursued her interests with passion and pride. Judy is survived by her daughter, Angela "Angie" Brown of Midlothian (of whom she was especially proud); her sister Donny; brother-in-law, Larry Woosley of Lynchburg, Virginia, and the scores of friends she made during her career. Judy's spirit and personality will be keenly missed but never forgotten. A Celebration of Life will be held at Bennett Funeral Home, located at 14301 Ashbrook Parkway, Chesterfield, Va. 23832 on November 10, 2018, between 2 to 4 p.m.


Pat Vitsky's Mother


VITSKY, Betty Jane Wallerstein, was born January 23, 1918, at Stuart Circle Hospital on an icy, cold winter morning. She passed away on March 13, 2018, on an icy, cold winter morning. She lived in Richmond with her parents, Mr. Samuel Wallerstein and Mrs. Fannie Schlesinger Wallerstein, her brother, Sam, and sister, Joan. At age 9, "Betsy" moved to the family home in Wheeling, West Virginia and stayed until her return to Richmond for her senior year of high school at Thomas Jefferson. While on a stroll down Tilden Street, she exchanged "knock knock" jokes with a young Maurice Vitsky and was smitten. They were married in 1943 in the Jefferson Hotel office of Rabbi Calish before WWII whisked him away on a ship. They continued their devoted love affair until his death in 2004 but she missed him every moment since. Always an artist from the early days of her youth, Betsy attended Richmond Professional Institute for fashion illustration. She spent an extremely eventful year in New York City, modeling fur coats, sketching fashions in store windows and learning about a multitude of things that she never knew existed. A newly enlightened Betsy returned to Richmond to work for Thalhimers, drawing fashion for newspaper ads. After that, she taught fashion illustration at RPI and sat on the edge of her bed, her "studio," to ink shoes for Montaldo's ads. Her day jobs were carefully balanced with devotedly raising her children and attending to her husband. She was always class "room mother" and raised funds as a member of the medical auxiliary. In her later years, Betsy discovered a passion for pastels. Under the tutelage of Eleanor Atkinson, she honed her skills. Many a Richmond home has a delicate, pastel portrayal of a beautiful child hanging in a place of prominence. She was extremely generous. If you liked something mom was wearing, she'd give it to you- or buy one for you- the next day. She continued her interest in fashion her entire life. Carlyle and Saks will miss her almost as much as we will. She loved animals and never met a dog she didn't love at first sight. She loved to cook; anything chocolate, her specialty. She was a great listener and an equally great storyteller. She was an avid reader of biographies well into her centennial year. Betsy is survived by her children, Patricia Vitsky, Paul Vitsky and Sally and Philip Ucci (her fourth child and second son). She is also survived by her sister, Joan Goldbarth of Tampa, Fla. Her grandchildren, Matthew and Alexander Ucci, were the "icing on the cake." She was blessed to have seen them both married to the best girls ever, Elizabeth Sutton Ucci and Elizabeth Magrath Ucci. She loved them like her own. She is also survived by Julie Gentry, her very best friend and Connie Taylor, her devoted weekend pal; and many nieces and nephews whom she adored. We are ever so grateful to have inherited a sense of humor from two amusing parents. All the goodness we have can be attributed to their union. We can only hope they are laughing and loving, together again. Family and friends are invited to gather at the home of Philip and Sally Ucci on Friday, March 23, 4 to 6 p.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to University of Richmond and Temple Beth Ahabah.


Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch March 18, 2018



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We did it!...Again...


     “Class of 65 turns 70” Event     

(August 23, 2017

Four Tops and Temptations

at Innsbrook After Hours

Music, friends, food, and more (6:00-10:00 PM)

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We did it!


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Weekend Photos-click here

***Class Photo by Classmate John Henley***

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50th REUNION - JUNE 12 - 14, 2015

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“65 turns 65” Party

(Held June 30 and July 1, 2012) 

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45th Reunion

(Held October 1st - 3rd, 2010)

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“65 does 60” Birthday Party

(Held April 28, 2007) 

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(Held February 25, 2006)





  40th Reunion - click here

( Held October 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2005)




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20th - Setting up

20th - Saturday night

20th - Sunday afternoon

40th - The whole weekend

50th - The whole weekend



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