TJ Class of 1965

50th REUNION - JUNE 12 - 14, 2015

- Richmond, Virginia -




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The Tee Jay Vikings Fund is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization EIN#(45-5164961) that focuses on philanthropic/financial support and interest in Thomas Jefferson High School scholastics, athletics, music, arts and science.




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In the News Recently



Miriam Morsel Nathan's "Lost Childhood" Exhibit 11/9/2013

Click here for details - PDF

"...A series of monoprints by artist Miriam Mörsel Nathan was commissioned for
the opera. These works will be exhibited in conjunction with the November 9th performance. Mörsel Nathan's prints, as well as drawings and mixed media on paper, will also be seen in upcoming exhibitions this spring."



In Memoriam


Classmates, Lost but not forgotten - click here






Posted since our 40th reunion - click here

If provided, obituaries may be viewed by clicking on the above link.



Dudley Staples


Fitzhugh Dudley Staples, Jr., 66, formerly of Richmond, Virginia, Baltimore, Maryland and Ijamsville, Maryland, died July 3 at his home. He is survived by his sister, Gray Staples Miller and her husband, John Cameron Miller, of Boyds, Md., their son, Marshall Gregory Miller and wife Stephanie Brandice Cunningham, and grand-children Liam and Adeline Cunningham-Miller. Mr. Staples graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Virginia, and Williams College, and received a J. D. Degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Mr. Staples was honored to serve in the U.S Navy for almost 30 years, including tours as Supply Officer, USS Wood County and as commanding officer of 4 Naval Reserve units. He retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain and acknowledged that he could not have had the success he did in the Navy without the help and cooperation of the many people with whom he was fortunate to serve. Mr. Staples was employed by and became a partner in the law firm of Venable, Baetjer & Howard (now named Venable LLP). Later, he was employed as general counsel of three different companies, two of which were public companies. Mr. Staples was one of the original founders of Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., a Maryland-based non-profit organization headquartered in Baltimore, and served as its second president for 2 ½ years, during which time the organization strengthened its community and government support, and acquired a new headquarters building. Mr. Staples was active in the alumni activities of Williams College and served for several years as head of the Maryland chapter of the alumni association. The family will receive friends at his home in Ijamsville from 1:00-4:00 pm on Sunday, July 20. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Staples' name to Williams College, Office of Annual Giving, 75 Park St., Williamstown, MA 01267 , the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 or Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Development Office, 421 The Fallsway, Baltimore, MD 21202. Letters to the family may be sent to Mr. Staples' home in Ijamsville.

Published in Baltimore Sun on July 9, 2014


Wally Lawrence


LAWRENCE, Wallace H. III "Sweet Tooth Wally," son of Wallace H. Lawrence Jr. and Becky Doniel, passed away May 3, 2014. He is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Huffman of Goochland; niece, Kerry Allen (Chris) of Goochland; nephew, David Huffman (Ann) of Glen Allen; great-nephew, Jonathan Huffman; great-niece, Tori Allen; long time friend, companion and caregiver, Katherine Hall; and his devoted pet, "Little-Bit." Wally was a member of the NRA, the Black Creek Cowboy Shooters and an avid freshwater fisherman. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Rd., Mechanicsville, Va. 23111.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on May 8, 2014



Wally Lawrence's Father 


LAWRENCE, "Chief" Wallace H. Jr., 96, of Walkerton, Va., died April 21, 2014 from a stroke. Born in Henrico on June 6, 1917, he was a lifetime member of both the Tuckahoe Masonic Lodge #347, where he achieved 32 degree Mason, and RVA Retired Firefighters Association. He worked from 1945 to 1976 in the Richmond Fire Department. He was married to Rebecca Lawrence, who passed in 1999. He is survived by his devoted children, Wallace H. Lawrence III of Mechanicsville, Va. and Mary Ellen Huffman of Goochland, Va.; grandchildren, David Huffman (Ann) of Glen Allen, Va., Kerry Allen (Chris) of Goochland, Va.; great-grandchildren, Jonathan Huffman and Tori Allen; as well as two devoted pets, Casey and Barney. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Riverview Cemetery, where friends may express condolences. Arrangements entrusted to the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on April
23, 2014


Alan Rudlin's Father 


RUDLIN, Herbert, 101, of Richmond, Va., died April 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Durham; sister, Lil; and brothers, Bernard, Lee and Sam. He is survived by his two sons, Alan and Stephen; daughter-in-law, Judy; granddaughter, Sara Kilkenny and her husband, Jerry; and great-grandson, Davis; also, numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, including Barbara Schwartz, Barbara Rudlin, and Betty Kalkin who marvelled at his travels and travails; his medical consult guardian angel, Dr. Craig Rudlin; the entire Whitehurst family, Loretta, Karen, Kathy and Eddie who adored him and his love for Virginia Beach; and extended family angel aides, Karen Dale who worked by his side for over 20 years and his frequent overnight aide and "date," Elizabeth Albertis and Gena, his milkshake buddy. From being an honored John Marshall High School Cadet to a Washington and Lee graduate with both writing and tennis team honors, to becoming an accomplished AP correspondent, Stars and Stripes columnist, murder mystery magazine writer, and raconteur extraordinaire; from serving with honor and pride during WWII as an Army Airforce Intelligence Officer in the 513th Squadron to holding court in sartorial splendor for over 50 years at Adams Camera Shop at Boulevard and Broad, indeed, Herbert Rudlin led a very full life. He never met a stranger nor would ever hesitate to help someone it a jar of his miraculous chicken soup, a ride downtown, or a last minute picture order for a special event or occasion. He dearly loved winding down at Virginia Beach, hobnobbing at a Washington Redskins game, and sipping Scotch. He passed on his passion and love for cooking to his most beloved granddaughter, Sara, who still cooks his potato latkes. While Herbert Rudlin worked most of his life, seven days a week, with a few leisurely Sundays thrown in, he never discounted the importance of having a sit-down dinner on Sunday with a lovely cocktail hour flavored by new and old standby appetizers, brilliant repartee, and his beloved Glenlivet Scotch. He upheld his religion by diligently observing the High Holy Days and fulfilling his faith and mitzvah by always helping people on all the days in between. Funeral services will be held at Bliley's Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 followed by a brief graveside service at Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on
April 13, 2014


Everett Campbell's Father 


CAMPBELL, Everett C., born August 1, 1922 in Charlotte, N.C., passed away March 16, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dot; and children Everett Jr. (wife, Brenda), Doug (wife, Vicky), Gayle McCorkle (husband, Allen), and Marianne Hagg (husband, Steve); 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, William and Richard Campbell from North Carolina. Everett graduated from Duke University in 1949 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked in the oil and gas business in Texas; an atomic energy plant in Tennessee; and settled in Richmond, Va., and embarking on his 28-year career with Philip Morris. He was selected Plant Engineer of the year in 1971 by the American Society of Plant Engineers, and retired in 1984. Everett was instrumental in the formation of the James River Aquatic Club in the early 60s and served on the Board of Directors. He also served on the state board for the Amateur Athletic Assoc. Everett served in the U.S. Navy in WWII on the DE Daniel T. Griffin in the North Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. His ship was among the first into Hiro Wan Bay in Kure, Japan when the war ended. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Holly Grove Christian Church, where a funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Carl Howard at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens, Richmond, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holly Grove Christian Church, 1637 Holly Grove Dr. Bumpass, Va. 23024, or the Holly Grove Volunteer Rescue Squad. Visit for online guestbook.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on
March 19, 2014


Beverly Brown Ziegler 


ZIEGLER, Beverly Brown, 66, surrendered her library card on Friday, January 17, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, William McKinney Brown and Margaret Acree Brown. Surviving Beverly are her husband of 39 years, Donald Mark; her daughter, Sarah Ziegler Hodkinson; and son-in-law, Brendan Paul Hodkinson; and their two children, Caroline Anne and William Andrew; and her brother, William McKinney Brown and his wife, Mary, and their children, of Raleigh, N.C. Beverly taught reading to children and adults within the span of five decades. Her motto of "I'll make the sandwiches" referred to her lifetime of loving generosity and resourcefulness in fulfilling the needs and wants of all who came within her realm. Before her retirement in 2002, she was a reading and resource teacher at Holladay Elementary School in Henrico. In the six years since her diagnosis of cancer and its treatment, she volunteered at Virginia Voice, reading children's literature on the radio program, Kidstuff. There will be a memorial service at West Richmond Church of the Brethren, Anoka and Wanymala Rd. in Richmond on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Massey Cancer Center of VCU, or the Children's Department of the Henrico Dumbarton Library.

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on Tuesday, January 21, 2014










Upcoming Improvements in the works for TJ

New Signage

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“65 turns 65” Party

(Held June 30 and July 1, 2012) 

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Thanks to our "historian" [Ned Hood] we have added many pictures from our 20th reunion (1985) and our 40th reunion (2005).


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20th - Setting up

20th - Saturday night

20th - Sunday afternoon


40th - The whole weekend



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)



20th Reunion - click here





In the News - Archives

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Photos and Comments from Classmates - click here

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TJ - Then and Now - click here



Memory Lane - Selected 1965 yearbook pictures - click here



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Music of Our Times

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