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Richard A Hartert Jr MD ’78

After 32 years in Ob/Gyn, I retired to trade stocks and be my wife’s handyman in Florida. | February 2021

Jack Butt ’72

Jim Duffey, class of 1972, died at age 69 September 10, 2019 in Washington D.C. after a 2 year battle with rheumatoid arthritis lung disease. Jim’s career started as a Navy procurement lawyer. He was hired as in-house counsel by EDS and ultimately took assignments on the operations side of the company, living in London, Spain, Italy, Australia, Dallas and McLean, Virginia as he assumed responsibility for European and then Asian operations, then company wide sales, and finally all public sector sales. He also served as an executive officer for Dell, and served as Director of Technology on the cabinet of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, being sworn into that office by fraternity brother Don Lemons (’70) as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. His funeral was in Boston, MA, where his gathered fraternity brothers sang “the Good Old Song” at the post funeral reception. The Phi Delt Crest was embroidered into his casket liner, he was a loyal brother to the end. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, and son, Jimmy.

Robert “Boo” Webb, class of 1974, Marietta, Georgia attorney, shipped his Can Am motorcycle to Las Vegas, and then joined it there with a riding buddy, Don Robertson and their wives for a 3 week motorcycle tour of the Utah and Colorado National parks. the wives flew home from Denver, and the guys made their way through Fayetteville Arkansas on the way back to Marietta to spend the night on October 13 with brother Jack Butt (1972) at his long time home, catch up on news and make final plans for the Phi Atlanta reunion the following weekend. | October 2019

Ben Matherne ’08

Ben was recently promoted to Associate Director of Customer Management at McKesson Corporation, a pharmaceutical and health care company serving more than 50% of U.S. hospitals and 20% of physicians. His one-year old daughter Weller helped him celebrate!

Tony Forward ’59

Finally about to retire at the grand old age of 80. In 1958 I barely thought I would graduate and then when I started working I forgot to stop!

Norman Scott ’53

Norman and his global exploration team have been working in Europe for the past decade/  They have geophysically searched Lake Toplitz in Austria.  They have found a cave on the side of the lake 270 ft. deep.  This is obviously one of the many caves that the fuehrer ordered construction in the waning days of WWII.  These were the famous “Fuehrer orders” to conceal the gold and silver and other valuables the Nazis captured from other countries.

Also, Global has been researching and have conducted recon to Lake Lunersee in Austria.  This project was brought to the attention of Norman by a former OSS operative and most recently a CIA agent, now deceased.  Valuable gold bars and stamps were stolen by the Dachua at the end of the war and were buried on the shore of Lunersee.

As soon as Norman completes the funding package they will return to Europe to effect the expected recoveries.

Hugh Burrell ’64

Hugh Burrell (Commerce’61 Law’64) I am still actively practicing law and will achieve 50 years next July. I do play a lot of golf averaging about 120 + rounds per year at Ridgewood in Danbury, Ct. and Foxfire in Naples, Fla. My wife, Linda is a retired school teacher and a very good golfer. My son Michael is an insurance defense litigator for the Hartford and his wife Sue is a senior claims attorney for Chubb who soon switch careers and go into school teaching . I am the proud grandfather of 3. I send my personal regards to all my old buddies who may still remember me.

Alexander L. Utt ’83

 With Bill Healey capturing local member-guest golf championship. 500+ pounds of pure golf shot making.

Alexander Utt With Bill Healey capturing local member-guest golf championship. 500+ pounds of pure golf shot making.

Have a first year engineering student – Thomas – currently enrolled.

Jonathan Massell ’08

Graduated from UNC School of Law in May. Now working as an associate with the construction law practice group at Nexsen Pruet in Greensboro, NC.


Russell Rice ’60

Retiring AGAIN on 24 Dec. 30 years Ob-Gyn, 2 years previous retirement and 10 years of encore career with Hospice. 40 years is enough. Hope I don’t fail this one like I did the last. Will stay in the Ville and relax. Anyone want a stethoscope cheap??


Sandy Willson ’73

 The Willson Gang Memorial Day Weekend 2013

The Willson Gang
Memorial Day Weekend 2013

Allison and I have been married 41 years—5 children, 4 children in-law, 7 grandchildren and one on the way. We also remain actively engaged in Christian ministry at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. Greetings to all the UVA Phis!

Ben Yandell ’76

I have lived in New York City for the past 35 years. My wife, Dr. Johanna Tiemann, and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary last summer, and we have an 11 soon to be 12 year old son, Christopher.


Jeff Snyder ’09

Just moved in with Brother Dan Bird (’08). Living in NJ, finally allowed to be together legally.
Hope everyone is well – will hit you up if I am in your neck of the woods.


Reed Catlin ’03

All Phi wedding party w/ Jack Catlin (2000) & Daryl Thomas (2003)
All Phi wedding party w/ Jack Catlin (2000) & Daryl Thomas (2003)

Been a hectic year, I bought a house, got a new job, and got married!!!

Daniel Newland ’08

2005 Pledge Class with bride/honorary Phi Liz Albertine (ZTA ’08).

JUAN KASSAR GOT MARRIED on August 11th in Charlottesville. Phis in attendance ranged from the 2006 to 2012 graduating classes. We are all going to miss him very much.

Bob Greer ’55

Retired in 1998. Still working at home with orchard and garden and following the honey do list. As a part owner with my son of commercial real estate and a Sign a Rama franchise, I’m enjoying “The Good Life.” Have 4 children, 2 are UVA grads and seven grands, 1 is a 2011 grad. He makes the 3rd Robert D. Greer grad.


Brian Waterman ’02

Sarah and I are still swilling margaritas down here in the borderland. I’m a staff military orthopaedic surgeon at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX and serve as assistant professor for Texas Tech and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. I’m set to deploy to Afghanistan in May while Sarah holds down the fort and works on her third book through Crown/Random House Publishing. As always, I’m happy to help out any young Phis looking into orthopaedics. Drop us a line if you make a wrong turn near Albuquerque.


Douglas Batchelor

This weekend, Oct. 12-14, 2012 my wife Julie and I we will be on Edisto Island SC for their annual Plantation Tours. We will be accompanied by Vic and Jean Bell and Tommy and Linda Blanchard. Vic was president of the House in 63/64. I was in 65/66 and Tommy was in 69/70.

Next weekend I will be bringing 3 of my teenage grandchildren to Charlottesville for the Wake Forest game and so that I can introduce them to the University. We hope to get by the House to say hello.

This past April we attended the Masters Tournament with Fred and Carol Kanner and Vic and Jean. Fred was president of the House in 64/65. We also see from time to time Bob and Terry Wilkens who live at the Landings in Savannah.


Russ Rice ’60

6 yrs in the Army, 3 active and 3 reserve. With first division as divarty surgeon in Nam and at Ft. Campbell during Desert Storm. Left as LTC. 30 years as Ob-Gyn here in Louisville. Now working as doctor for hospice (11th year). Down to 3 half days a week to allow for travel, naps, etc. One son (here) and 2 married daughters….Herndon,Va. and Hooville. 4 grandkids. I once tried retirement but failed , followed by latest hospice career.


Ben Matherne ’08

Ben Matherne will miss the UVA – Maryland game. He is out with a Camden.


Al Lucia ’09

Moved to Miami in August of 2012 to take a job with the Miami Heat in their Corporate Partnerships department.


Jeff Davis ’90

The annual HELLRAISER CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT was held at TPC SAWGRASS in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL on April 12-15th 2012. An excellent time was had by all. Phis in attendance were Kent New ’89, Jeff Davis ’90, Tommy Altemus ’89, Mike Klabough ’89, Greg Mrva ’88, Steve Mayberry ’89, Matt Gelber ’88, Ed Schandlbauer ’88, Alex Cobey ’88, Keith Davis ’88, Scott Oswald ’90, and John Wheeler ’88 (honorary Phi)


Harry Marshall ’61

Retired on May 1, 2011 after 20 years with the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice and other careers at the State Department, Lockheed Martin and private practice. Spending time traveling including visits with grandsons Sam and Harry (UVa ’26 and ’29).

Screen-Shot-2016-06-23-at-4.22.44-PMJohn Hyland ’06

Living in DC with my wife, Katie. Hope we can visit soon. Wahoowa!