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Louis McCracken ’12

Got a new job with McKinsey & Company as a Digital Product Specialist in the insurance practice, building software improve the internal operations and profitability of insurance firms.  | Updated August 2018

Hugh Lyford ’09

Hugh Lyford (’09) will complete training to become a US Navy Flight Surgeon in the spring of 2017. After being selected for the program and undergoing training, he will assigned to a Naval or Marine Corps Air Squadron, where he will serve as the physician for the Navy Pilots and Aircrew.

Eric Drum ’87coworker

I started with The Hershey Company (yes, chocolates!) as the Senior Manager, Packaging Supplier Quality Assurance in late May 2016. From Hershey PA, I oversee worldwide food safety, supplier audits, and regulatory compliance for Hershey’s food packaging vendors. It is an amazing company with remarkable people and incredible brands. My Reese Ave office overlooks Chocolate Avenue, the Kiss street lights, and the Hershey Lodge. And yes, lots of free candy everywhere. My wife, Sarah, and I have relocated from Mechanicsville, VA to Middletown, PA for this fantastic opportunity. Sarah is giddy about my new job and all the goodies!

Chris Lewis ’05

I’m happy to announce that I recently wed one of our Chancellor Street neighbors – Theta alumni Clare McGovern (CLAS ’05, JD/MBA ’11). We were married in Adare, Ireland where a group of about 90 of our closest family and friends, including some Taus and Thetas, joined us to celebrate. Jason Jennings, my ATO big brother, served as my best man. The wedding was recently featured in Destination W Magazine.

I continue to work at SNL Financial where I have been for the last six years and Clare is now an attorney at McGuire Woods. I recently began an Executive Education program at Harvard Business School, and plan in the coming years to pursue full alumni status.


 Jason Jennings ’05Jennings '05

Dr. Cara Jennings (MED ’08) and I are happy to announce the birth of our first child, Michaela Tegan Jennings.  She was born January 25, 2013 at 3:46 AM weighing in at 7 lbs, 2oz and 20.5 inches long.



Ralph Chamblin ’47

Ralph and his wife Helen have celebrated their 90th birthdays in the last two years. He says he can’t believe they made it.


Briscoe Baldwin Guy ’47

Briscoe Baldwin Guy (Engr ’47 L/M) of Richmond, Va., died May 18, 2009. He served in the U.S. Army. At the University, he was president of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity and a member of Trigon Engineering Society. A licensed engineer and surveyor, he worked for Stone & Webster, and then Conquest, Moncure & Dunn, where he became president and chairman of the board emeritus. He was a former president of the Richmond chapter of Associated General Contractors of America, the Richmond chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and the Engineers Club.


Richmond Minor Eustis ’67

Richmond Minor Eustis (Col ’67 L/M) of New Orleans died May 30, 2009. At the University, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. A lawyer specializing in corporate and admiralty litigation, Mr. Eustis worked at Phelps Dunbar, became a partner at Monroe & Lemann, and later founded the firm of Eustis, O’Keefe & Gleason. He was a member of the board of the Children’s Bureau and the New Orleans Board of Trade and an adviser to the family-owned White Plantation.


Michael E. Harman ’73

Mike is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a mediator with the McCaiminon Group.


Jason Jennings ’05

On May 31, 2008 I’m happy to announce I married Dr. Cara Ann Yannuzzi (’08 UVA Medicine) in Tortola, BVI. Many fellow Taus were in attendance and all had a wonderful time.


Robert M. Junker ’01

Stefanie and I are pleased to announce the birth of our first child, Annabelle Lee Junker.


Dr. Doug Lorber ’81

Proud to announce the birth of grandchild #5. noah lorber born mother’s day 2009…a future Tau!


Lloyd L. Craighill ’50

Retired 25 years ago from Philip Morris. Live at Kendal Retirement community in Lexington, Va., with my wife, Margaret, of 55 years. We enjoy good health – life is good.


Walter Dexter Whitehead Jr. ’44

A longtime dean and professor of physics, died May 27, 2008, in Crozet, Va. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the Raven Society, the Thomas Jefferson Society, the Sigma Xi scientific research society and several other physics and University organizations. Mr. Whitehead joined the physics department in 1956 and became dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 1969, a position he held until 1982. Mr. Whitehead retired as Alumni Professor of Physics Emeritus in 1992. He received the University of Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson Award in 1975. Survivors include his wife, Lois Gibson Whitehead (Educ ’60) Memorial contributions can be made to the Dexter Whitehead Graduate Fellowship Fund of the U.Va. Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, P.O. Box 400801, 2410 Old Ivy Road, Suite 100, Charlottesville VA 22904.


William C. Battle ’41

Mr. Battle of Charlottesville died May 31, 2008. Mr. Battle was a former member of the U.Va. Board of Visitors and one of the founders of the U.Va. Auxiliary Services Foundation. A World War II veteran, he was awarded the Silver Star for his service in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Battle was campaign manager in West Virginia and coordinator for the southeastern states during John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He was appointed U.S. ambassador to Australia, a position he held until 1964, when he returned to Charlottesville to join the family law firm of Perkins, Battle and Minor, which merged to form McGuire, Woods, Battle and Booth. Mr. Battle also served as president and chief executive officer of Fieldcrest Mills until retiring in 1983. He served on a number of corporate boards and as president of the U.S. Golf Association. Mr. Battle was committed to raising awareness of the University’s Children’s Hospital and brought a gift to the University to support patient care and biomedical research, resulting in the Barry and Bill Battle Building at U.Va. Children’s Hospital. In 2005, under his direction, the Ivy Foundation of Charlottesville donated $45 million to the U.Va. Health System. Survivors include sons Robert W. Battle (Med ’84) and William C. Battle Jr. (Col ’77, Law ’81).


Thomas Keister Greer ’43

Thomas, of Rocky Mount, Va., died May 23, 2008. A World War II veteran, Mr. Greer served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Raven Society, Phi Delta Phi fraternity and the Order of the Coif. Mr. Greer practiced law in California and Virginia. After retiring in 1999, he wrote a legal history, The Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935, and published his U.Va. history thesis, Genesis of a Virginia Frontier: The Origins of Franklin County, Virginia, 1740-1785. For the past two years, he had been working on his military and legal memoirs, to be titled Reflections of a Bi-Coastal Lawyer. Mr. Greer served on the board of First Virginia Banks and as chairman of the First Virginia Bank-Franklin County. He served eight years on U.Va.’s Board of Visitors. Memorial contributions can be made to the Keister Greer Faculty Development Fund, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia, c/o Duane J. Osheim, Chair, P.O. Box 400180, Charlottesville, VA 22904.