Memorials

The Blue Ridge School community is always saddened to hear of the passing of an alumnus or other member of our school community. If you know of someone who should be listed here or to send a fond remembrance of a friend, please contact fdaniels@blueridgeschool.com or dandunsmore@blueridgeschool.com


Clifford Andrew Curlee of Richmond passed away on November 30, 2018. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Cliff grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, and Miami, Florida. A graduate of Blue Ridge School and Hampden-Sydney College, he was active in several theater productions at both schools. Having held several positions in the insurance industry, Clifford enjoyed staging karaoke shows with the late Doug Price at venues throughout central Virginia in his later years. His rendition of Sinatra's "My Way" is particularly memorable. Cliff was a friend of Bill W. for over 30 years and served as an inspiration to the many who witnessed this portion of his journey through life. He is survived by his brothers, Herbert S. Curlee (Linda) of Clearwater, Florida, and Parker A. Curlee (Lisa) of Henrico, Virginia; and his niece, Sarah E. Curlee of Henrico, Virginia.

Edward “Coley” Colston Newton V ’89 died at his home in Lyells, VA on July 11, 2018, after a three-year long battle with melanoma. Coley is survived by his wife Katherine Scates Newton; son Edward C. Newton, VI “Lee”; mother Jane C. Matney (John); father Edward C. Newton IV; brother John T. Newton (Shannon); sister Cynthia Newton and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. After graduating from Blue Ridge School near Charlottesville, Coley attended Ferrum College before joining the Army. He played varsity football at both Blue Ridge and Ferrum. For several years he was voted onto the All-Independent School football teams for his championship level play on the offensive and defensive lines. Joining the Army as a private, Coley rose through the ranks to Master Sergeant in the Infantry, graduating Ranger School and earning his Master Parachutist Badge. He held leadership positions as a Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Jump Master while serving in the 101st and the 82nd Airborne Divisions. In 2006, he joined the War on Terrorism, deploying in 14 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, most of them as a member of the Asymmetric Warfare Group while on active duty and then as a contracted Operational Advisor. The Northern Neck Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution surprised Coley in May by awarding him the SAR’s Heroism Award. He said afterward that it was the greatest honor he ever had.

Ricky Nathan Stough ’13 passed away on January 27, 2018, at the age of twenty-three.  He was born on October 12, 1994, in Virginia to Kay Collier and the late Ricky Allen Stough. He was living in Harrisonburg, Virginia, at the time he attended Blue Ridge School. While on campus, he participated in multiple varsity sports, including lacrosse and basketball. After graduation, he developed a keen interest in body building and working out with weights. This interest led him to join various gyms. While attending BRS, he was known for his entertaining sense of humor.  This aspect of his personality made him a joy to be around.  He was also known for his fascination with history, which would lead him often to share knowledge from books he had read. Although his life was short, his experiences in life were not. In his twenty-three years, he traveled to many places that many people will not see in a life time, including much of Europe with his mother, father and uncle. He spoke often of Normandy, London, Vienna, Munich and Paris. He loved life and looked forward to the future. Nathan had life-long friends, which attests to his good nature, easy-going spirit and that great sense of humor. Nathan is survived by his mother Kay Collier, siblings Jacob Stough and Sarah Stough, grandparents Don and Donna Stough as well as nieces Jadyn Stough and JaNiyah Wheeler.

William “Billy” Moore of Glen Burnie, Maryland, passed away July 3, 2018, from complications due to heart and lung disease. Billy was born in Kenmore, New York, August 12, 1956 to John R. and Alice A. Moore. His family moved to Severna Park, Maryland and in 1965 he attended Folger McKinsey Elementary School and Severna Park Junior High School. From the 8th-11th grades he attended Wroxeter in Arnold, Maryland and he attended 12th grade at Blue Ridge School. In high school, Billy excelled at football, lacrosse and wrestling achieving national recognition for both wrestling and lacrosse while being a good student. He continued his education at the University of Richmond on scholarship as a wrestler, attended Anne Arundel Community College, played box lacrosse and finished at the University of Maryland in 1981 where he earned a B.S. in Accounting. He was a comptroller at Indian Creek School, Crownsville, Maryland.

Joseph “Joey” M. Abramo ’96 passed away on January 11, 2017. He is survived by his parents Vincent and Wren Abramo of Arlington, Virginia, and his cousins Sarah Provancher Weber and Christopher Skorija. After graduating from Blue Ridge, Joe attended James Madison University.  He earned his degree in 2001 and moved to Los Angeles where he received his JD from Southwestern University School of Law in 2004. While in California, he pursued his love of magic by joining the Magic Castle where he ultimately won the Olympic Gold Medal for close-up magic. In addition to magic, Joey had a great interest in movies and photography. However, his real passion was for motorcycles. He was a member of the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club, joining them for their weekly rides. In recent years, he became an instructor and coach at the BMW Motorcycle RawHyde Academy, the premier training facility for off-road adventures. He also loved snowboarding in Mammoth. Joe worked for Aligne Wealth Preservation and Insurance Services as a financial advisor, focusing on comprehensive financial planning. 

Christopher Keys Allen ’92 died on May 28, 2017, in Archdale, North Carolina. While a student at Blue Ridge School, he showed a keen interest in art and was particularly talented in painting and metal work.  He was also a contributing member of the track team.  During and after his Blue Ridge days, Chris enjoyed bow fishing and his time on the Outer Banks. When his son Asa Jay Allen passed after a valiant fight with stomach cancer, Chris turned his grief into doing as much as he could for his community.  He participated in charities to help children with cancer and terminal illness, and was active in the local chapter of Narcotics Anonymous to conduct service work bringing meetings to local jails and helping those struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Chris will be forever loved by his daughter Zoe Allen; his loving partner Paula Smith and her daughter Makenzie; his former wife Donna Prater Allen; his mother and stepfather Kaye and Bill Williamson; his brothers and their wives Michael and Karen Allen, and Kevin and Jill Allen; his nephews Alexander, Benjamin, Paxton and Quincy; his cousins Sarah Spata and her husband Mike and their daughters as well as Jennifer Ryal and her husband JR and their children; and dearest friends. In addition to his son, Chris is preceded in death by his father Lewis Allen as well as his grandparents Mary and Peyton "Hutch" Hutchinson, and Dorothy and Walter Schafer.

Andrew Blair Barber ’01 died on Friday, December 19, 2014, in a kayaking accident near Sanibel Island, Florida. Andrew was preceded in death by his beloved grandfather Brad Bullock, Sr. He is survived by his mother Kathleen B. Serge and her fiancé Dr. David Preiss; his grandmother Pat Groseth and her husband Clark Groseth; his uncles and aunts Bradley and Danna Bullock, Thad and Minnie Bullock, and Bruce and Amanda Bullock; and his six first cousins. He attended Blue Ridge from 1997 to 2001.  Andrew was known on campus for his quick smile and sharp wit in addition to his athleticism.  He played football, was an all-conference wrestler and was an outstanding lacrosse player. After his four years at Blue Ridge, Andrew attended Wingate University where he continued to play lacrosse. He eventually graduated from Hodges University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and was subsequently employed by Executive Leadership Solutions.

Dixon Kirt Doege ’91 passed away on June 13, 2017, at his home in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dixon was born on October 5, 1972, in Houston, Texas. His family moved soon to Shreveport where he lived while also attending Blue Ridge School. While a student here, he was on the lacrosse and soccer teams.  He also served on the Disciplinary Committee and was Senior Class Vice President.  He graduated from LSU and started his family in Shreveport where he worked for Republic Distributing and later Recknagel Oil. An avid fisherman and hunter, Dixon was never happier than when outdoors. He loved live music, LSU football and spending time with family and friends. His smile was contagious, and he was always quick with a joke or kind word to be sure those around him were having fun. Dixon is survived by his children Dixon, Lillie and Bishop and their mother Jenifer Revere Doege; his mother Jan Touchstone Doege; all of Shreveport; his father Ray Doege and wife Carolyn of Houston, Texas; and his twin sister Meredith Taylor, her husband James and their children Sanders and Ben of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Burton Lee Doggett III ’72 of Ladysmith, Virginia, and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, died on February 1, 2017, at the age of 63. He was the son of the late Jean B. Doggett and Lt. Cmdr. USN Burton Lee Doggett Jr. He is survived by his wife of twenty-five years, Libby Jean Doggett; his beloved dogs Ginny and Socks; a brother, David; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of loving friends. Burt graduated from Blue Ridge School in 1972 and attended Averett College. He was the manager of The Virginia Bazaar for the last seventeen years, but his first love was the water. He traveled the world from Dubai to Singapore as a commercial fisherman and merchant marine. Burt loved an adventure, to travel and to fish. While attending Blue Ridge, he was a member of the choir as well as the track team.

Chester “Chet” William Fannon III ’80 died on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Chet was born on October 21, 1961, in Alexandria, Virginia, to Chester William Fannon, Jr. and Mary Frances Tucker Fannon. He grew up on his family farm in Laurel Hill, Rappahannock County. While attending Blue Ridge, he was known for his soccer skills as well as his love for the outdoors. He also delighted in bird hunting, dog training and habitat restoration, all which were fostered during his time on the Laurel Hill farm. Having always enjoyed horseback riding, he eventually became quite an accomplished polo player. After graduating from Blue Ridge, Chet attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Once he had earned his degree at JMU, he began a long, successful career with Fannon Petroleum, which has been an Alexandria, Virginia, institution since 1885. He is remembered with love and deeply missed by his wife Kate, his daughter Kingsley, son Chester and his parents Bill and Mary Frances Fannon. He is also survived by his sister Beth and her husband Jimmy Swindler, another sister Heather and her husband Daron Young, as well as nieces Addie Swindler, Ellie and Claire Young, nephew Trey Swindler and beloved in-laws Howard and Gloria Armfield.

David Moore Fugman ’93 of Charlotte, North Carolina, died on May 6th, 2013, of complications of diabetes. He was 38. “At BRS when he was not running in cross country/track, he could be found playing his bass in the dorm. He was one of the most humble, calm and easy-going souls that you would ever meet,” says James M. Shinault III. He was the son of the late John Kenneth Fugman. He is survived by his mother Dr. Mildred M. Kline and step-father Robert E. Kline of Green Valley, Arizona; brothers Scott Gund of Petersburg, Virginia, Christopher Gund (Lisa) of Emporia, Virginia; and John Fugman (Tina) of Ashland, Virginia; step-sister Monica Kline of Chicago, Illinois; and aunt Carol Busch of Ardmore, Pennsylvania. David attended Ferrum College. He worked in landscaping and as a glazier. David’s passion for music filled his life. He was a well-known and respected bassist who played in many bands. He was a life-long Episcopalian and was a Mason. 

Lt. Cmdr. Edgar “Trey” Turley Higgins III ’86 died on June 26, 2015. Trey is believed to be the first to jump into the lake after graduation, now a Blue Ridge School tradition. He is remembered as an outstanding student and athlete, receiving the Scholarship Award for the highest GPA, the Frank Pendleton Award for athletic excellence, the Headmaster’s Award, and many departmental awards. He eventually became a US Navy Strike Fighter Tactics instructor as part of the Top Gun program in Nevada.  He would often fly foreign-made aircraft to simulate dog fighting with his trainees.

Stanley “Bucky” Phillips James ’65 passed away on January 24, 2017. Bucky was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on April 5, 1946, to the late Stanley Phillips James and the late Martha Watts James Sawyer. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother William Watts James (Billy), his sister Maude James Tyson (BB), and his nephew Edwin Nelson James, Jr. (Nelson). While attending Blue Ridge, he was quite the athlete and was the School’s first All-Central Virginia football player. He was also a Prefect. In the 1970’s, he served on the School’s Board of Trustees. Bucky is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Linda Quinlin James, his sons Stanley Phillips James III (Trey) and William Owen James (Owen), one grandson, William Phillip James, his brother Edwin Nelson James (Blitz), sisters Martha James Palmer (Bullet) and Nancy James Pruitt (Bo) and nieces Kim Gay McEniry and Martha Gay Williams. “Uncle Buck” was cherished by his younger nieces and nephews John James, Perry Pruitt and Taylor Pruitt, and great nieces Clair and Lulu McEniry and Watts and Haines Williams. Bucky worked in the construction business in Lynchburg for his entire career, spending thirty-seven years with Overhead Door Company. His real passions in life, however, were his family, friends and home on the James River in Elon, Virginia.

Robert Claude Little, Jr., ’69 died on March 9, 2017. He and his wife Rose had recently moved to Pawleys Island, South Carolina, from Roanoke, Virginia, to fulfill their lifelong dream of living at the beach, a place that he loved very much. Rob was very active in forming Blue Ridge School’s first Alumni Council.  He is also a past recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award.  He attended many alumni functions over the years in the Roanoke area.  In addition to Rose, Rob is survived by his two children Lucas Simpson Little and Martha Little Lowe as well as their partners/spouses Dori Jaye Littman and James Robert Lowe. He is also survived by his father Robert Claude Little and step mother Betty Wright Little, both of Greensboro, brother Stewart Quillian Little, sister St. Lawrence (Laurie) Little Sebastian, step brothers Daniel Wright and Chris Wright, step sister Elizabeth Wright James and a number of nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his mother St. Lawrence (Laurie) Fleming Little. Rob grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. After attending Blue Ridge, he graduated from the University of North Carolina. He was an avid golfer and had a deep passion for rock and roll music.  His family and friends are blessed to have shared their lives with him, a one-of-kind soul who never met a stranger.

Carden McGehee ’72 passed away on September 1, 2016, following a brief battle with leukemia. He was an alumnus, friend, and past Board member of Blue Ridge School. He loved photography, wit, and music. Carden was able to employ his Blue Ridge years as a bridge to Skidmore College and then onto the University of Virginia where he received a Master’s in Architectural History. He grew to love Jeffersonian architecture.

Andrew Pochter ’10 was killed Friday, June 28, 2017, in Alexandria, Egypt, during an anti-government uprising. Andrew was in Egypt working as a summer intern teaching children English. Andrew graduated from Blue Ridge School in 2010, receiving the Foreign Language Award at Commencement. He was a prefect, secretary of his senior class, and a member of the varsity lacrosse and soccer teams. Following graduation he completed a gap year working with the U.S. State Department in Morocco. He was attending Kenyon College.

William Moody Goodrich ’81 on March 13, 2017, at his home in Lewes, Delaware. He was born on December 28, 1962, at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, the son of Trip Moody Goodrich and the late Chuck Goodrich. Bill grew up in Rehoboth Beach where he attended the Rehoboth Beach Elementary School and the Junior High School where he was a member of the undefeated Sea Hawks football team.  While attending Blue Ridge School, he showed additional athletic prowess in soccer and lacrosse as he received MVP recognition in both sports his senior year. He even earned a lacrosse scholarship to Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Bill is the grandson of the Honorable Edgar J. and Beulah Goodrich of Washington, DC, and also the grandson of the Rt. Rev. William R. and Cordie Lee Moody. He enjoyed playing chess with his grandfather in their summer house in Indian Beach. Both pairs of grandparents and his father preceded him in death. Bill loved the beach, the ocean and especially fishing! Rehoboth Beach was a wonderful place to grow up. He was the owner of Sounds of the Sea, Records and Tapes, and after that he was employed by many various restaurants in Rehoboth Beach throughout his career as a cook and kitchen manager. He is survived by his mother Trip Wilkinson of Lewes, Delaware; his sister Win Rosenberg and her husband Hank; Jessica Rosenberg of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware; his wife Michelle Nolan Goodrich, and his daughters Cordielyn and Lee Goodrich, all of Lewes, Delaware; his aunts Molly Goodrich Houston of Princeton, New Jersey, and Anne Moody Page and Rosewell Page of Richmond, Virginia; his step siblings Peter Wilkinson, Signe Kavanagh, Warren Wilkinson and Julia Gallagher, and numerous cousins.

William John Matheson ’69 died on April 2, 2017, in Gloucester, Virginia, following complications from his battle with metastatic melanoma, compounded with pneumonia.  The youngest of six children, John was born in Washington, D.C., to Malcolm Matheson, Jr. and Emma Tompkins Matheson. While attending Blue Ridge School, he was a valued member of the Dolores DeAngelis choir as well as the soccer team. As an alumnus, few can parallel his involvement with the School. Peter Holland ’66 recalls, “John was a very active and loyal alum. He attended many of the golf tournaments, Homecomings and receptions in the Virginia Beach area. He was just one of the good guys.” John was a member of several of the winning teams at those Golf Classics. In addition, he served as a class agent for several years. After graduating from Blue Ridge, John attended Virginia Wesleyan College and then earned a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. He worked as an architect and landscape architect, serving as founding principal for W. John Matheson & Company. He served for many years on the boards of Ware Academy and Christ Church School and was a longtime member of the Gloucester Rotary Club, earning the distinction of being a Paul Harris fellow. He donated countless hours of his time helping to revitalize buildings along Gloucester's historic Main Street. His greatest labor of love, though, was Rabbit Hill where he and his wife have lived for over thirty-five years. John is survived by his beloved wife of forty-one years Ruth Whitehead Matheson as well as their daughter Sarah Matheson Harris and Sarah's husband Eric R. Harris. He is also survived by his five siblings Malcolm Matheson III, Charles T. Matheson, Emma Matheson Roe, Torrey Matheson Cooke and Lida Matheson Stifel. Aside from being an incredible husband and father, his greatest role was being Uncle John to a host of nieces and nephews - all who adored their uncle more than anything.