In Memoriam

In This Section:

Publications and Resources

compiled by Editor Pete Szatmary

Richmond F. Allan (Montana State University), 83, practiced law in both the public and private sectors over a long career. He was an assistant U.S. attorney in Montana, an associate solicitor for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior, an associate and then a partner at Kurth, Connor, Jones and Allan, and a partner at Weissbrodt and Weissbrodt, at Casey, Lane and Mittendorf, and finally at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer and Pembroke from 1979 until retirement in 2002. He specialized in public land and Indian affairs cases. Foreshadowing his skills as a lawyer, Allan graduated Billings (Mont.) Senior High School as the state champion debater. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from University of Montana and was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Allan passed away on June 14, 2013. Survivors include three sons, two daughters-in-law, four grandchildren, and a sister.

 

Linden John Bishop (University of Idaho), 62, developed an interest in medicine as a boy when tending to animals on his family cattle farm in Idaho. The lad gave Pepto-Bismol to a sick dog and hot toddy to a suffering cow. Bishop so wanted to be a doctor that he paid for his undergraduate education at UI by working as a logger, fisheries researcher, and fireman. He graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine and became a family practice and emergency room physician. His first marriage resulted in a son and daughter, who survive him. After divorcing, Bishop remarried; his widow of 23 years and their adopted son also survive him. Bishop, of Orofino, Idaho, was an outdoors enthusiast since his youth and liked to drive his jet boat on Dworshak Reservoir, navigate the rivers and creeks of Clearwater Valley, hike with Boy Scouts, attend hunting camp with relatives, and ski and motorbike with his children. Preceded in death by his father and a sister, he passed away on Aug. 18, 2013. Other survivors include his mother, three brothers and sisters-in-law, and sister and brother-in-law.

 

Clyde E. Chesney, Sr. (Tennessee State University former chapter president), 63, led on the gridiron and in the academy. His college sports career began a walk-on at North Carolina State University; Chesney would win an athletic scholarship and become the first African-American starter on the team, playing linebacker and lettering for three years. He majored in conservation and earned a master’s degree in recreation resources administration at the same school; Chesney received a doctorate in resource development from Michigan State University. He spent 24 years with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, beginning as a 4-H and natural resources specialist and ending as a district director. Chesney then served as administrator of TSU’s Cooperative Extension Program from 1998 until 2008 and then as interim associate dean for extension at the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Sciences until retirement in 2009. A church deacon, he died on April 18, 2012. Survivors include his wife of 41 years, two sons, daughter, four grandchildren, mother, four brothers, four sisters, and many nieces and nephews. Note: Phi Kappa Phi learned in July of his passing.

Virgil Scoville Clark (East Carolina University), 88, served his country, campus, and community. He was in the Army Air Corps during World War II, a member of the first graduating class of the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at what’s now ECU in 1950, and an ROTC instructor at North Carolina State University, earning a teacher of the year commendation. Clark retired as a lieutenant colonel after 23 years in the Air Force and was inducted into the Distinguished Military Service Society at ECU. After retiring from the military, Clark worked for Carolina Sales for 12 years and American Truck and Auto for a decade. He held numerous leadership roles as an alumni supporter of ECU. His community outreach included membership in the Greenville, N.C., Kiwanis Club (winning an award for giving back) and organizing the National Day of Prayer in his county. Preceded in death by a son and three brothers, Clark passed away on July 11, 2013. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, two daughters and sons-in-law, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister.

 

Ruth LaVerne Gallman (University of Texas at Austin), 89, garnered numerous honors as a registered nurse, nurse educator, and gerontology expert. Scott and White’s hospital nursing school gave its former student, practitioner, teacher and administrator a distinguished alumni award. She became the first professor and chair of the nursing department in 1969 when Scott and White transitioned from a diploma program to a baccalaureate degree at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; during her UMHB tenure she was named a Piper Professor, a citation for outstanding service by educators at Texas campuses. UT, from which she earned master’s and doctoral degrees and at which she taught from 1975 until retirement in 1992, has offered the LaVerne Gallman Distin¬≠guished Lectureship since 1985, in a commendation established by students and colleagues. In 2012, the dean’s suite in the new nursing building at UMHB was named for her through a donation from a graduate; in 2006, the school presented Gallman with an honorary doctorate. The Texas native also graduated from Kilgore (junior) College and received a B.S. in nursing education from UT School of Nursing in Galveston. Gallman was an avid Lady Longhorn basketball supporter and active in her local United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by a brother and great-niece, she passed away on July 26, 2013, at her home in Temple, Texas. Survivors include a sister, sister-in-law, four nieces and their husbands, another niece, a nephew and his wife, and numerous others.

 

Richard LeRoy Gunn (Brigham Young University), 94, cherished BYU and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He taught art history at the school for more than three decades and earned professor of the year honors. A fervent BYU sports fan, Gunn attended games even after losing his sight in 1989. He interrupted his college studies at University of Utah to fulfill an LDS mission in Hawaii and was stationed in Maui during the Pearl Harbor attack. Enlisting in the Army upon his return, Gunn was assigned to the mapping unit of the 948th Army Corps of Engineers during WWII. Other LDS roles included being a bishop and member of the young men’s general board. He journeyed to every continent, directing BYU study abroad tours and leading LDS travel, and kept voluminous journals of the excursions. Early in his career, Gunn taught art and religion at Brigham Young High School and was faculty advisor to the student newspaper and annual. The Salt Lake City native earned degrees from BYU (B.S. and M.S.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.). Preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, he passed away on March 28, 2013. Survivors include his second wife of 22 years, 12 children and spouses, 53 grandchildren, and 57 great-grandchildren.

 

Thomas F. Malone (North Carolina State University), 96, “a steward of Mother Earth,” helped make “life on the planet sustainable for all people and for all time,” praised Wesleyan University when awarding the trailblazing environmental scientist an honorary doctorate in 2007. “Although it may seem like climate change and global warming have only been hot topics in recent years, Malone was warning the public and science community about their effects nearly a half century ago,” wrote Julie Stagis in an obituary in The Hartford Courant. “As founding secretary-general of the international Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment and as dean of the graduate school at the University of Connecticut, he warned of the dangers of global warming in an address at the California Institute of Technology in 1970 and repeated this warning on national television in 1984,” a prepared obituary states. Malone also participated in the 1972 U.N. Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment and the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. He advised the Kennedy administration on international collaborations on weather forecasting and climate change. When foreign secretary of the National Academy of Sciences, Malone initiated its Committee on International Security and Arms Control, opened discussions with the Soviet Academy of Sciences, and proved vital to creating international scientific study of environmental effects of nuclear war. He was a vice president of the International Council for Science and president of the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, and Sigma Xi scientific research society. Malone edited the Compendium of Meteorology in 1951 and in 1955 started Travelers Weather Service, a pioneer in forecasting and probabilities especially useful to the insurance industry. During World War II, he was part of a team at MIT, from which Malone earned a doctorate and at which he taught, to train Naval and Air Force officers in weather forecasting for military operations. Malone also graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. In retirement, he was a distinguished scholar at NCSU for about a decade. Recipient of numerous other honors, Malone died at his home in West Hartford, Conn., on July 6, 2013. Survivors include his wife of 70 years, six children, 17 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

 

Warren Hill McInteer (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), 90, applied his knowledge of physics across the board. He spent most of his career at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory at White Oak, Md., as a physicist and engineer who focused on sea mines, depth charges, and torpedoes. McInteer earned the Meritorious Civilian Service Award for developing a method to determine target response characteristics of pressure-influence mines. He surely utilized principles of physics at the Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department, for which he served two terms as president. Athletes factor in the physics of their sport; McInteer played varsity baseball, basketball and soccer at Occoquan Senior High School in Woodbridge, Va., and baseball at Randolph-Macon College for all four years, captaining the squad as a senior, while completing a B.S. in math and physics. He also received an M.S. in physics from Virginia Tech. McInteer was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve in 1944 for duty that also relied on physics. He was a deck officer on a minesweeper at Key West, Fla., and on the USS Garrard, participating in amphibious landings at Okinawa, Japan, and in the first landing of occupation forces of Marines at the Yokosuka Naval Base. An avid golfer, McInteer volunteered for many years at the Anheuser Busch Golf-Classic Tournament, hosted by the Professional Golfers Association, and at the Kingsmill Championship, sponsored by the Ladies Professional Golf Association. He also enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting and built a family vacation home on Accokeek Creek in Stafford County. An enthusiastic bridge player, McInteer died at his home on July 4, 2013. Survivors include his wife of more than 62 years, three sons, two daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi