My Profile Search Directory Submit News Contact Us Logout Alumni Home
Fall 2017 UVA Lawyer - Home
Dean's MessageThe Last WordClass NotesIn MemoriamIn PrintFaculty NewsUVA Lawyer Home


1960s Class Notes


Irving Fuller and his wife, Whitney, have moved to Amelia Island, Fla. The couple lives in the Osprey Village Retirement Community. 


William R. Rakes '63William R. Rakes was included in 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers.  Rakes practices business litigation with Gentry Locke in Roanoke, Va.  

Lang and Bill Wilson received the 12th annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in Richmond, Va., this spring. The couple was nominated for the award by the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation, for which Bill has been a director of the board for nearly 25 years. The Wilsons are known for their generous support of the community college’s students. 


Although retired since 2015, Gilbert Wright has maintained his Florida license and enjoys being involved on a pro bono basis in various community and association issues, and in participating as a volunteer judge/magistrate in Jacksonville’s Teen Court.


Sculpture by Tom Player  '65Tom Player won the 2017 Phillip Shutze Award for Artisanship/ Craftsmanship given by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, for his work in bronze relief. A sample work is the 3 feet by 4 feet relief titled “Trail of Tears,” illustrating the removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia to Oklahoma in the 1830s.  Player turned to sculpting after a 40-year legal career. 


After 50 years of practice as a business attorney and counselor, Gordon Carpenter took pen to paper— really fingers to keyboard— to share some of the experience and wisdom gleaned from his practice. Carpenter’s goal in publishing “Start Your Business ... But Do It Right” was to provide budding entrepreneurs with clear, meaningful and practical advice to guide their small businesses from the outset.  Carpenter continues to be licensed by the Rhode Island and Massachusetts bars. 

Roger Mentz was assistant secretary of the Treasury for tax policy in the late 1980s and was the principal spokesman for the Reagan Administration on all tax policy matters at the time.  Mentz played a major role in the enactment of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and recalls the historic time in his book, “Tales of Tax Reform.”  


Gentry Locke in Roanoke, Va., recently celebrated J. Rudy Austin’s 50-year career.  Austin focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, workers’ compensation, construction and legal ethics. He is a recipient of the 2007 Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys’ Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation—its highest honor. Austin is consistently included in Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation (defendants).  He is also one  of a select group recognized  by Chambers USA  for Virginia litigation  (general commercial); is  noted as a litigation star  in general commercial  and insurance litigation  by Benchmark Litigation;  and is regularly included  in Virginia Super  Lawyers in civil litigation  and defense.  


W. Robert Pearson is a nonresident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. He is also president of American Diplomacy Publishers in Chapel Hill, N.C. 

J. Rutledge Young Jr. '68J. Rutledge Young Jr. is working as special counsel with the boutique litigation firm Duffy & Young in Charleston, S.C., after a 40-year career with Young, Clement, & Rivers. Young was listed in the 2017 South Carolina Super Lawyers as a top-rated business litigation lawyer. He has been listed for more than 30 years in the Best Lawyers in America and for more than 10 years in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers. Rutledge is a diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America for bet-the-company litigation every year since 1999. He recently wrote, “Hope to see everyone at our 50th reunion.” 


Geoffrey “Charles” Best died Feb. 17 at his home in New York City.  Best taught English at  the American University  of Beirut and served as  a special assistant at the  International Energy  Agency in Paris before  rising to senior partner  in the New York City  office of LeBoeuf, Lamb,  Greene & MacRae,  where he spent his legal  career as a litigator. 

Five years after retiring  from the King County  Superior Court bench  (Seattle), Michael Fox  accepted an appointment  as special deputy  coroner for Franklin  County, Wash., to  conduct an inquest into  the officer-involved  shooting death of a  Mexican farm worker in  Pasco. He then accepted a two-day-a-week position as a judge on the Tulalip Tribal Court near Everett, where he expects to serve for the next two years. But the highlight of his retirement years is the arrival of his first grandchild, Willow Sally Violette, who is applying for early admission to UVA Law, Class of 2042.   

Fox writes that he has  been in regular contact  during the last year  with Butch Williams,  Yale Lewis, Randy  Urmston, Martha  Ballenger, Angus  King, Jerry Williams  ’73, Peter Windrem ’68,  Dan Mcdonald, Mary  Voce, Will Hazleton,  Greg Conniff and  Frank Macmurray. 

PowerSouth dedicated  a new 44,000 square- foot building in honor  of its longtime general  counsel, J. Theodore  Jackson Jr. Jackson  has served as the cooperative’s  general counsel  since 1978 and his work  helped build the foundation  for the energy provider  in Alabama and  Northwest Florida, said  the board chairman.  Jackson is a shareholder in Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett in Montgomery, Ala. He practices primarily in the areas of utility law, taxation, general corporate law, municipal and corporate finance, and the law of cooperative organizations.  

UVA Lawyer Home