Date   
Seth Williamson case settlemen

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

A friend sent me this story rom yesterday’s Roanoke Times. It’s an interesting, but sad story.

Ross
71-86
========================================

Joseph Seth Williamson
Died after hernia surgery.
Seth Williamson device case settlement 

Dated: Friday, February 20, 2015 7:10 pm 
By Jeff Sturgeon jeff.sturgeon@... 981-3251  


The children of radio personality Joseph Seth Williamson will collect $500,000 from the maker of an infusion pump in use at the time of his death at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, according to papers unsealed Friday in Roanoke federal court.

The settlement ends a product liability case that pitted Williamson’s daughters — Deirdre Jain, 35, of Fairfax and Emily Williamson, 34, of Roanoke — against the corporations responsible for the Hospira LifeCare PCA 3 Infusion System.

Williamson, a voice heard frequently on WVTF, died in 2011 at the hospital near Blacksburg. He had gone in Oct. 5 with abdominal pain, underwent emergency hernia repair surgery Oct. 6 and died early Oct. 7 while hooked to the pump.

Shortly after his death, the hospital focused attention on the pump’s performance and programming. Although it had been designed and marketed as an improved device to prevent medication errors, it had dispensed excessive amounts of painkiller to Williamson after a programming error by hospital nurses, court papers said.

First, the daughters took action against the hospital. The hospital paid the daughters in a confidential settlement of medical malpractice claims in 2012. The parties handled it quietly in an adjacent county with sealed records.

In 2013, the daughters filed a federal lawsuit against Hospira Inc. of Lake Forest, Illinois, which brought the PCA 3 to market, and Abbott Laboratories Inc. based north of Chicago, which once owned Hospira. That case settled Friday.

The companies said in court papers that they settled the case to avoid the expense and inconvenience of a trial. Both companies said they continue to deny liability for Williamson’s death.

But in addition to paying the women $500,000 and a total settlement of $900,000 to cover legal expenses, the companies pledged to investigate 50 reported incidents involving misprogramming of the pump, court papers said.

In suing Hospira and Abbott, the daughters said the pump had inadequate operating instructions and warnings and that that issue had led to hospital nurses misprogramming the device. Williamson received five times as much painkiller as his doctor prescribed, causing an overdose that killed him, the suit said.

But defense lawyers said the daughters failed to tie Williamson’s death to any issue with the adequacy of the pump’s instructions and warnings. They said the instructions and warnings were adequate.

The defense also argued that hospital nurses knew the well-understood perils of misprogramming an infusion pump and failed to adequately monitor Williamson after hooking him to the misprogrammed machine.

In fact, he should have been checked at least seven times for pain relief, sedation, breathing quality, nausea and itching between 9:22 when nurses connected the pump to increase his pain medicine and 1:10 a.m. when they found him unresponsive, according to Polly Zimmerman, a nursing expert brought in to assess the incident. But nurses checked him just three times during that period, Zimmerman said in court papers.

Two hours and 10 minutes passed between his second-to-last check and the check that found him nonresponsive, which Zimmerman called a departure from normal nursing care standards. Zimmerman also opined in favor of the pump, saying its instructions were clear and that “my nursing students at a public community college consistently are able to understand and independently apply these instructions with minimal assistance during their basic nursing education.”

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Urbanski said the pre-trial settlement made sense to him because Williamson’s daughters had no guarantee they would have won at trial against the pump companies. “It could have gone either way,” the judge said.

In their favor, the daughters had a discharge report by Williamson’s physician that said he received 12.5 milligrams of Dilaudid versus the 2.5 milligrams prescribed.

On the other hand, Williamson’s autopsy found that he died of heart disease. The 355-pound Williamson had a variety of health problems, court papers said.

Of note, his system contained a therapeutic dose of painkiller in his system when autopsied, according to the report from the Roanoke medical examiner’s office. The conflicting claims that Williamson received too much painkiller and that he died of heart disease were never resolved.

Williamson’s daughters, who appeared in court Friday, told the judge they agreed with the settlement. Plaintiff’s attorney Robert Hall is entitled to $360,000, or 40 percent of the money the companies will pay, plus about $40,000 toward case expenses. After those deductions, each daughter will receive about $250,000. The daughters previously advanced Hall about $40,000 toward case expenses.

Lawyers for pump companies and the daughters tried without success to keep the settlement confidential.

On Jan. 26, the lawyers presented their settlement of the federal lawsuit against Abbott and Hospira under seal to a state court judge, David Williams of Patrick County Circuit Court, who granted his approval. That move led to a dramatic conflict between the lawyers and Urbanski, who accused the lawyers of attempting to improperly seal the settlement from public view.

“You all knew the federal court was not going to allow you to put this settlement under seal,” Urbanski told the lawyers two days later. “Without letting me know and while my case is pending, you all went running off in Patrick County and got this settlement approved down there without me knowing about it while a case is pending here in federal court and you’ve done it under seal to hide these issues from the public. I’m appalled.

“The settlement you just got approved in Patrick County is void,” Urbanski said.

State law requires court review of any wrongful death settlement in the same court where the parties filed the underlying lawsuit, the judge said. During the review, the settlement must become public, Urbanski said as he ordered the lawyers to return the matter to his court.

Friday, with the lawyers back in his court, Urbanski refused to seal any part of the settlement document and released it publicly. A lawyer for The Roanoke Times appeared at the hearing to argue against keeping any part of the settlement confidential and to ask for full disclosure.

That ended the federal-level litigation over Williamson’s death against the pump maker.

But a seal still protects from public view the hospital’s 2012 settlement with Williamson’s daughters. It is under seal in Patrick County Circuit Court at the request of the lawyers for Hospira, Abbott and Williamson’s daughters, who were free under state law to choose to process the claim in any county’s state court.

It was sealed by Williams, the same Patrick County judge who approved and sealed the $900,000 federal settlement — until Urbanski told the lawyers he would not let them do that.

Urbanski, as he noted Friday, has had no control over the 2012 hospital case, which was never before him. He said Friday he hasn’t seen the terms of that settlement either.

BOS resolution for Jean Love

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

On Tuesday (2/10) I went to the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting to accept a Resolution of Appreciation on behalf of Jean Love’s family. Next week I’ll send the resolution and a pile of Jean’s air checks on CD to her niece in Florida.

Two pictures are linked below. The second one is the resolution.

Ross
71-86
……………….
http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA photos/WJMA people/pages/page_216.html

Re: FYI

Les Myers
 

You never know what seeds you plant or where the wind blows them.


 
Laughter is carbonated holiness. -Anne Lamott


-----Original Message-----
From: wjma@...
Sent: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:36:17 -0500
To: wjma@...
Subject: [WJMA] FYI

 

It’s been over a year since any of the WJMA videos have sold, but two weeks ago there was an order for one to be shipped to New Jersey. I include a note asking if the recipient would let me know about their interest in WJMA or the video. Today I got the following email:


In addition to working as a director, writer and designer for almost 40 years I am also an instructor.  I've been given the challenge of developing a radio and TV History course at a private school.  I'm collecting as much info as possible and believe that local TV stations are an important aspect of that history.  I have yet to view the DVD but was intrigued by the possibilities of what it might offer.

All I know is the initials and last name of the recipient and that the DVD was shipped to New Jersey. I Googled that information and found this:

As a producer, director and designer, J.C.'s independent films, short form videos, graphic designs and scripts have been honored with over eighty national and regional awards, including twelve prestigious Telly Awards. J.C. has had the good fortune to maintain two artistic paths, academic and professional, in the performing arts. He has taught at three major New Jersey universities and professionally has worked off and off-off Broadway, in feature films, regional and academic theatre and on live and video corporate projects.

J.C.’s most recent productions were The Concrete Wall at the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Small Bites: A Smorgasbord of One-Act Comedies, in New Jersey and at The Planet Connections Festivity (Winner of the Best Evening of One-Acts Award), and The Curtain Players production of The Ancient Mariner in Ohio. J.C. will soon return to the New York stage with his new comedy A Cordial Invitation. Previous New York productions include A Play on Words, The Bedsitter, Portraits, Meetings in a Wooded Area, HAPPY HOLIDAY$ and Information, PLEASE! 

I’m not certain it’s the same person. I replied to the email with a link to the web site and an offer to provide more information if needed.

Ross
71-86


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FYI

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

It’s been over a year since any of the WJMA videos have sold, but two weeks ago there was an order for one to be shipped to New Jersey. I include a note asking if the recipient would let me know about their interest in WJMA or the video. Today I got the following email:

In addition to working as a director, writer and designer for almost 40 years I am also an instructor.  I've been given the challenge of developing a radio and TV History course at a private school.  I'm collecting as much info as possible and believe that local TV stations are an important aspect of that history.  I have yet to view the DVD but was intrigued by the possibilities of what it might offer.

All I know is the initials and last name of the recipient and that the DVD was shipped to New Jersey. I Googled that information and found this:

As a producer, director and designer, J.C.'s independent films, short form videos, graphic designs and scripts have been honored with over eighty national and regional awards, including twelve prestigious Telly Awards. J.C. has had the good fortune to maintain two artistic paths, academic and professional, in the performing arts. He has taught at three major New Jersey universities and professionally has worked off and off-off Broadway, in feature films, regional and academic theatre and on live and video corporate projects.

J.C.’s most recent productions were The Concrete Wall at the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Small Bites: A Smorgasbord of One-Act Comedies, in New Jersey and at The Planet Connections Festivity (Winner of the Best Evening of One-Acts Award), and The Curtain Players production of The Ancient Mariner in Ohio. J.C. will soon return to the New York stage with his new comedy A Cordial Invitation. Previous New York productions include A Play on Words, The Bedsitter, Portraits, Meetings in a Wooded Area, HAPPY HOLIDAY$ and Information, PLEASE! 

I’m not certain it’s the same person. I replied to the email with a link to the web site and an offer to provide more information if needed.

Ross
71-86

today's email

Ross Hunter <ross@...>
 

Here's an email that landed in the in-box today:

Ross
71-86
=====================================
Webmaster and all...
 
Just a note to let you know what a neat site you have put together.
 
Darn good stuff!  Makes me feel bad that none of my 50 years on mic around the country were spent on WJMA.
 
Mike Millard
Ft. Lauderdale

Re: Thoughts on mistakes

Mark Johnson
 

"It's OK if you make a mistake -- you haven't done anything that bad. Nobody died!""

A most important point Mary. Somewhere in my shake down period someone said essentially the same thing to me. The culture fostered by Arch and Ross forgave making mistakes. What was not cool at all was to make a mistake and not care.

Mark Johnson
81-84

--------------------------------------------

On Sat, 1/10/15, Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

Date: January 10, 2015 at 2:12:07 PM
EST
From: "maretw2@..."
<maretw2@...>
Subject: Thoughts on Jean Love -- and Pat
Watson
To:
WJMA-owner@..., wjma@..., jrhunter3@...

Hi, fellow JMAers,


Jean taught me a lot about
working in the control room. 

At one point I was more
than a bit frustrated about keeping track of everything:
station ID's, news, sports, weather, the meters, getting
the music going {and at the right speed}, watching song
rotation, etc.... 

She finally looked at me
and said something like:

     "It's OK
if you make a mistake -- you haven't done anything that
bad.  Nobody died!"

After that and a few more
training sessions with her and Ross and Russ, I was able to
get everything done and run the station by myself.

Jean also showed me how to
back-up the LP's and 45's so the music would start
when I wanted it to.

[And that reminds me of
one morning when I played Simon Garfunkle's (sp?)
version of What a Wonderful World.  Pat Watson walked in
the control room and said I had it at the wrong
speed.............  

It was the correct speed;
just a slower version of the song than she was used to!
 Pat paid close attention to what we announcers -- and
everyone else for that matter -- were doing and would not
let mistakes go by unremarked.]

Ah, memories.....

Looks like I probably will
not be able to attend Jean's service.

Take care,


Mary T
('75-'79)

Thoughts on Jean Love -- and Pat Watson

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 



Begin forwarded message:

Date: January 10, 2015 at 2:12:07 PM EST
From: "maretw2@..." <maretw2@...>
Subject: Thoughts on Jean Love -- and Pat Watson
To: WJMA-owner@..., wjma@..., jrhunter3@...

Hi, fellow JMAers,


Jean taught me a lot about working in the control room. 

At one point I was more than a bit frustrated about keeping track of everything: station ID's, news, sports, weather, the meters, getting the music going {and at the right speed}, watching song rotation, etc.... 

She finally looked at me and said something like:

     "It's OK if you make a mistake -- you haven't done anything that bad.  Nobody died!"

After that and a few more training sessions with her and Ross and Russ, I was able to get everything done and run the station by myself.

Jean also showed me how to back-up the LP's and 45's so the music would start when I wanted it to.

[And that reminds me of one morning when I played Simon Garfunkle's (sp?) version of What a Wonderful World.  Pat Watson walked in the control room and said I had it at the wrong speed.............  

It was the correct speed; just a slower version of the song than she was used to!  Pat paid close attention to what we announcers -- and everyone else for that matter -- were doing and would not let mistakes go by unremarked.]

Ah, memories.....

Looks like I probably will not be able to attend Jean's service.

Take care,


Mary T ('75-'79)
____________________________________________________________
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Forget the iPhone 6. Next hit Apple product leaked. &#40;see picture&#41;

Re: Joe Rowe.

Alex Formwalt
 

Will plan on it. Hope to see a few other familiar faces there plus I can see Grymes where I attended 6-8th grades a hundred years ago.

 

From: WJMA@... [mailto:WJMA@...]
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 7:11 AM
To: WJMA@...
Subject: Re: [WJMA] Joe Rowe.

 

 

Frank Walker would like for you to say hello.

 

Ross

 

On Jan 8, 2015, at 11:19 PM, formwalt formwalt@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

 

 

Thx Ross. I'll be there.

 

 

Sent via smartphone

 

-------- Original message --------

From: "Ross Hunter ross@... [WJMA]" <WJMA@...> 

Date:01/08/2015 11:47 (GMT-05:00) 

Cc: 

Subject: [WJMA] Fwd: Joe Rowe. 

 

 

 

Alex,

 

Here's an email being distributed by Frank Walker.

 

Ross

=========================================


 
I can’t tell how widely Doug Graves’ message was distributed, so I am forwarding it just to be sure you have seen it:
 
 
    Friends----below is the e-mail sent by the Headmaster (Bryon C. Hulsey) of Woodberry Forest School. If you recall, Joe retired from Woodberry and was then Headmaster of Grymes Memorial School. His e-mail summarizes the life and career of our dear friend and also includes the plans for his memorial service on Saturday January 10, 2015. I thought I would share it with you-----
 
Subject: The Death of Joe Rowe
Here is Woodberry Headmaster Byron Hulsey's message upon the death of Joe Rowe:
 
I am sorry to report that Joe Rowe, a beloved and highly respected member of the Woodberry Forest faculty for twenty-four years, died January 4, 2015, at his home in Orange. He was ninety-two years old, and a true gentleman in the truest sense of the term.
 
Joe first came to Woodberry in 1952 to teach mathematics. He chaired the math department and was the first master to hold the William Leland Lord Chair of Mathematics. Over the years, he served as a dorm master and as faculty adviser to the English Speaking Union scholarship exchange program, Civil War club, and art club. During the mid to late 1950s, he managed the Woodberry Forest Inn at the end of the era when the school welcomed vacationing families during the summer. Joe served as headmaster of Grymes Memorial School between 1973 and 1981. He returned to Woodberry in 1981, retiring three years later to care for his elderly mother in Maryland. After her death, he moved to Orange.
 
Born in Washington, DC, Joe grew up in Indian Head, Maryland. He graduated from Charlotte Hall School in 1939. He earned his AB degree from Western Maryland College before serving in the US Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he continued his education at the University of Virginia, where he earned the MEd in 1959. Joe continued his studies at the University of Munich, Texas Tech, and the University of Maryland. A lifelong bachelor, he remained active in the Orange community.  He loved symphonic music and was an avid horticulturist. He also wrote extensively, primarily biographies and local history. He is the author of Old Masters and Old Masters 2, two excellent books about Woodberry teachers and their many contributions to the culture of this community. Joe loved his church and he was absolutely devoted to the town of Orange. Fittingly, the Orange County Education Foundation honored him with its lifetime contribution award in 2013.
 
The funeral service for Joe Rowe will take place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Orange on Saturday, January 10, at 1:00 p.m., and will be followed by a reception in Gardner Hall (the new building) at Grymes Memorial School. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Graves Chapel in Graves Mill, VA. Make checks payable to:
 
Piedmont Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 305
Madison, VA 22727
 
Best wishes,
Byron
 
Byron C. Hulsey, Headmaster
Woodberry Forest School
48 Woodberry Station
Woodberry Forest, VA 22989

540.672.6000

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


 

 

 

 

 

Re: Joe Rowe.

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

Frank Walker would like for you to say hello.

Ross

On Jan 8, 2015, at 11:19 PM, formwalt formwalt@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:


Thx Ross. I'll be there.


Sent via smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Ross Hunter ross@... [WJMA]" <WJMA@...> 
Date:01/08/2015 11:47 (GMT-05:00) 
Cc: 
Subject: [WJMA] Fwd: Joe Rowe. 

 

Alex,

Here's an email being distributed by Frank Walker.

Ross
=========================================

 
I can’t tell how widely Doug Graves’ message was distributed, so I am forwarding it just to be sure you have seen it:
 
 
    Friends----below is the e-mail sent by the Headmaster (Bryon C. Hulsey) of Woodberry Forest School. If you recall, Joe retired from Woodberry and was then Headmaster of Grymes Memorial School. His e-mail summarizes the life and career of our dear friend and also includes the plans for his memorial service on Saturday January 10, 2015. I thought I would share it with you-----
 
Subject: The Death of Joe Rowe
Here is Woodberry Headmaster Byron Hulsey's message upon the death of Joe Rowe:
 
I am sorry to report that Joe Rowe, a beloved and highly respected member of the Woodberry Forest faculty for twenty-four years, died January 4, 2015, at his home in Orange. He was ninety-two years old, and a true gentleman in the truest sense of the term.
 
Joe first came to Woodberry in 1952 to teach mathematics. He chaired the math department and was the first master to hold the William Leland Lord Chair of Mathematics. Over the years, he served as a dorm master and as faculty adviser to the English Speaking Union scholarship exchange program, Civil War club, and art club. During the mid to late 1950s, he managed the Woodberry Forest Inn at the end of the era when the school welcomed vacationing families during the summer. Joe served as headmaster of Grymes Memorial School between 1973 and 1981. He returned to Woodberry in 1981, retiring three years later to care for his elderly mother in Maryland. After her death, he moved to Orange.
 
Born in Washington, DC, Joe grew up in Indian Head, Maryland. He graduated from Charlotte Hall School in 1939. He earned his AB degree from Western Maryland College before serving in the US Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he continued his education at the University of Virginia, where he earned the MEd in 1959. Joe continued his studies at the University of Munich, Texas Tech, and the University of Maryland. A lifelong bachelor, he remained active in the Orange community.  He loved symphonic music and was an avid horticulturist. He also wrote extensively, primarily biographies and local history. He is the author of Old Masters and Old Masters 2, two excellent books about Woodberry teachers and their many contributions to the culture of this community. Joe loved his church and he was absolutely devoted to the town of Orange. Fittingly, the Orange County Education Foundation honored him with its lifetime contribution award in 2013.
 
The funeral service for Joe Rowe will take place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Orange on Saturday, January 10, at 1:00 p.m., and will be followed by a reception in Gardner Hall (the new building) at Grymes Memorial School. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Graves Chapel in Graves Mill, VA. Make checks payable to:
 
Piedmont Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 305
Madison, VA 22727
 
Best wishes,
Byron
 
Byron C. Hulsey, Headmaster
Woodberry Forest School
48 Woodberry Station
Woodberry Forest, VA 22989

540.672.6000

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------








Re: Joe Rowe.

Alex Formwalt
 

Thx Ross. I'll be there.


Sent via smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Ross Hunter ross@... [WJMA]" <WJMA@...>
Date:01/08/2015 11:47 (GMT-05:00)
To: WJMA@...
Cc:
Subject: [WJMA] Fwd: Joe Rowe.

 

Alex,

Here's an email being distributed by Frank Walker.

Ross
=========================================

 
I can’t tell how widely Doug Graves’ message was distributed, so I am forwarding it just to be sure you have seen it:
 
 
    Friends----below is the e-mail sent by the Headmaster (Bryon C. Hulsey) of Woodberry Forest School. If you recall, Joe retired from Woodberry and was then Headmaster of Grymes Memorial School. His e-mail summarizes the life and career of our dear friend and also includes the plans for his memorial service on Saturday January 10, 2015. I thought I would share it with you-----
 
Subject: The Death of Joe Rowe
Here is Woodberry Headmaster Byron Hulsey's message upon the death of Joe Rowe:
 
I am sorry to report that Joe Rowe, a beloved and highly respected member of the Woodberry Forest faculty for twenty-four years, died January 4, 2015, at his home in Orange. He was ninety-two years old, and a true gentleman in the truest sense of the term.
 
Joe first came to Woodberry in 1952 to teach mathematics. He chaired the math department and was the first master to hold the William Leland Lord Chair of Mathematics. Over the years, he served as a dorm master and as faculty adviser to the English Speaking Union scholarship exchange program, Civil War club, and art club. During the mid to late 1950s, he managed the Woodberry Forest Inn at the end of the era when the school welcomed vacationing families during the summer. Joe served as headmaster of Grymes Memorial School between 1973 and 1981. He returned to Woodberry in 1981, retiring three years later to care for his elderly mother in Maryland. After her death, he moved to Orange.
 
Born in Washington, DC, Joe grew up in Indian Head, Maryland. He graduated from Charlotte Hall School in 1939. He earned his AB degree from Western Maryland College before serving in the US Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he continued his education at the University of Virginia, where he earned the MEd in 1959. Joe continued his studies at the University of Munich, Texas Tech, and the University of Maryland. A lifelong bachelor, he remained active in the Orange community.  He loved symphonic music and was an avid horticulturist. He also wrote extensively, primarily biographies and local history. He is the author of Old Masters and Old Masters 2, two excellent books about Woodberry teachers and their many contributions to the culture of this community. Joe loved his church and he was absolutely devoted to the town of Orange. Fittingly, the Orange County Education Foundation honored him with its lifetime contribution award in 2013.
 
The funeral service for Joe Rowe will take place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Orange on Saturday, January 10, at 1:00 p.m., and will be followed by a reception in Gardner Hall (the new building) at Grymes Memorial School. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Graves Chapel in Graves Mill, VA. Make checks payable to:
 
Piedmont Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 305
Madison, VA 22727
 
Best wishes,
Byron
 
Byron C. Hulsey, Headmaster
Woodberry Forest School
48 Woodberry Station
Woodberry Forest, VA 22989

540.672.6000

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------





Joe Rowe.

Ross Hunter <ross@...>
 

Alex,

Here's an email being distributed by Frank Walker.

Ross
=========================================

 
I can’t tell how widely Doug Graves’ message was distributed, so I am forwarding it just to be sure you have seen it:
 
 
    Friends----below is the e-mail sent by the Headmaster (Bryon C. Hulsey) of Woodberry Forest School. If you recall, Joe retired from Woodberry and was then Headmaster of Grymes Memorial School. His e-mail summarizes the life and career of our dear friend and also includes the plans for his memorial service on Saturday January 10, 2015. I thought I would share it with you-----
 
Subject: The Death of Joe Rowe
Here is Woodberry Headmaster Byron Hulsey's message upon the death of Joe Rowe:
 
I am sorry to report that Joe Rowe, a beloved and highly respected member of the Woodberry Forest faculty for twenty-four years, died January 4, 2015, at his home in Orange. He was ninety-two years old, and a true gentleman in the truest sense of the term.
 
Joe first came to Woodberry in 1952 to teach mathematics. He chaired the math department and was the first master to hold the William Leland Lord Chair of Mathematics. Over the years, he served as a dorm master and as faculty adviser to the English Speaking Union scholarship exchange program, Civil War club, and art club. During the mid to late 1950s, he managed the Woodberry Forest Inn at the end of the era when the school welcomed vacationing families during the summer. Joe served as headmaster of Grymes Memorial School between 1973 and 1981. He returned to Woodberry in 1981, retiring three years later to care for his elderly mother in Maryland. After her death, he moved to Orange.
 
Born in Washington, DC, Joe grew up in Indian Head, Maryland. He graduated from Charlotte Hall School in 1939. He earned his AB degree from Western Maryland College before serving in the US Army in Europe during World War II. After the war, he continued his education at the University of Virginia, where he earned the MEd in 1959. Joe continued his studies at the University of Munich, Texas Tech, and the University of Maryland. A lifelong bachelor, he remained active in the Orange community.  He loved symphonic music and was an avid horticulturist. He also wrote extensively, primarily biographies and local history. He is the author of Old Masters and Old Masters 2, two excellent books about Woodberry teachers and their many contributions to the culture of this community. Joe loved his church and he was absolutely devoted to the town of Orange. Fittingly, the Orange County Education Foundation honored him with its lifetime contribution award in 2013.
 
The funeral service for Joe Rowe will take place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Orange on Saturday, January 10, at 1:00 p.m., and will be followed by a reception in Gardner Hall (the new building) at Grymes Memorial School. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Graves Chapel in Graves Mill, VA. Make checks payable to:
 
Piedmont Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 305
Madison, VA 22727
 
Best wishes,
Byron
 
Byron C. Hulsey, Headmaster
Woodberry Forest School
48 Woodberry Station
Woodberry Forest, VA 22989

540.672.6000

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------





The importance of radio

Les Myers
 

 A film crew was filming in the highlands when an old Gaelic seer came hobbling by.
"Tomorrow rain," he informed them and hobbled on. Sure enough it rained the very next day.
Again he hobbled past: "Tomorrow sunshine," he let them know, and it was indeed a fine
sunny day the next day.

 The director was mighty impressed and got the crew to hire him and every day the wise old
sage predicted accurately what the weather would be. But after a couple of weeks the old
man didn't show up and eventually the director found him in a cottage.

 "Hey, we need your predictions, why aren't you showing up?" 

"Radio broken," the old man replied.

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Re: Jean Love-Memorial Service

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

I have not heard, but will pass along any information I get.


On Jan 6, 2015, at 8:36 PM, formwalt formwalt@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:


Ross,
Any word on memorial services for Joe Rowe? 
Alex F


Sent via smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA]" <WJMA@...> 
Date:01/06/2015 19:41 (GMT-05:00) 
Cc: 
Subject: [WJMA] Jean Love-Memorial Service 

 

There’s still no obituary on-line, but I’ve been told there will be a memorial service for Jean at 1pm on Thursday (1/8) at St Thomas in Orange.

Ross
71-86



Re: Jean Love-Memorial Service

Alex Formwalt
 

Ross,
Any word on memorial services for Joe Rowe? 
Alex F


Sent via smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA]" <WJMA@...>
Date:01/06/2015 19:41 (GMT-05:00)
To: WJMA@...
Cc:
Subject: [WJMA] Jean Love-Memorial Service

 

There’s still no obituary on-line, but I’ve been told there will be a memorial service for Jean at 1pm on Thursday (1/8) at St Thomas in Orange.

Ross
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Jean Love-Memorial Service

Ross Hunter <rossgroups@...>
 

There’s still no obituary on-line, but I’ve been told there will be a memorial service for Jean at 1pm on Thursday (1/8) at St Thomas in Orange.

Ross
71-86

Re: Jean Love

Reid Harrison
 

Thanks, Ross.  Many details I’d forgotten, some I never knew.  It seems she left good memories with many folks.  Orange had a way of attracting good folks.  

Reid

On Jan 5, 2015, at 3:09 PM, Ross Hunter ross@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

 

Reid,

Jean was a very interesting person. I first met her sometime in the early 1970s when she was training to be an announcer. 

She had an interesting background. Much of it is fuzzy in my memory, so what I write below may not be 100% accurate. She did teach at Grymes and Orange County High School. I'm sure she taught art and she may have taught English. She came to Orange from Philadelphia where she had been a draftsperson for AT&T. I don't recall why she came here. Her impact on the community is still being felt. She was one of the founders of The Four County Players. She's not mentioned on the FCP site, but Bill Thomas, Joe & Lillian Morse and Jean, got it started in 1973. The web site says 10 gathered to start FCP. I don't recall Jean mentioning any of the others.

She was also the designer of the Orange County Seal. Probably hundreds of people see it every day. It's on everything related to the county. She created the seal in for the Orange County Bicentennial Commission. At some point the Board of Supervisors appropriated the art work for county use. It was made the official seal in 1975. Jean had not copyrighted her art and after a legal battle, got a little compensation and acknowledgement that it was her creation.

Jean was originally from Cape Giradeau, Missouri, birthplace of Rush Limbaugh. I remember Jean telling me about some dating history between her mother and Limbaugh's father. 

Jean had a cousin who worked for Jim Henson of The Muppets fame. His name was Kermit Love.

When our daughter Katharine was about 3, Jean started coming to our house on Christmas eve to have dinner and stay with Katharine while we went to Christmas Eve service. When Katharine and her sister Caroline were older Jean just came for dinner. As night driving became a chore for Jean, dinner became an afternoon tea in recent years. The tradition continued for over 30 years. This past Christmas was the first time Jean was not able to come. 

Ross
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On Jan 5, 2015, at 3:39 AM, Reid Harrison harrison.reid@... [WJMA] wrote:

 

I remember Jean as one of my teachers at Grymes (I think I have this correct) and then when she started working at the station I thought, “This is someone who is willing to take on any job or interest - that’s pretty cool!”  Rest in peace.

  
On Jan 5, 2015, at 1:56 AM, Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

 

We just got word that Jean Love had died. At this time it’s not clear if she died during the night Friday or Saturday. Apparently it was related to complications that developed after her broken hip. When I have more information. I’ll pass it along.

Some of you knew Joe Rowe. He died last night.

Ross
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Re: Jean Love

Russ Roberts
 

Rest in peace, Jean.

On Sun, Jan 4, 2015 at 7:56 PM, Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:
 

We just got word that Jean Love had died. At this time it’s not clear if she died during the night Friday or Saturday. Apparently it was related to complications that developed after her broken hip. When I have more information. I’ll pass it along.

Some of you knew Joe Rowe. He died last night.

Ross
71-86


Re: Jean Love

Ross Hunter <ross@...>
 

Reid,

Jean was a very interesting person. I first met her sometime in the early 1970s when she was training to be an announcer. 

She had an interesting background. Much of it is fuzzy in my memory, so what I write below may not be 100% accurate. She did teach at Grymes and Orange County High School. I'm sure she taught art and she may have taught English. She came to Orange from Philadelphia where she had been a draftsperson for AT&T. I don't recall why she came here. Her impact on the community is still being felt. She was one of the founders of The Four County Players. She's not mentioned on the FCP site, but Bill Thomas, Joe & Lillian Morse and Jean, got it started in 1973. The web site says 10 gathered to start FCP. I don't recall Jean mentioning any of the others.

She was also the designer of the Orange County Seal. Probably hundreds of people see it every day. It's on everything related to the county. She created the seal in for the Orange County Bicentennial Commission. At some point the Board of Supervisors appropriated the art work for county use. It was made the official seal in 1975. Jean had not copyrighted her art and after a legal battle, got a little compensation and acknowledgement that it was her creation.

Jean was originally from Cape Giradeau, Missouri, birthplace of Rush Limbaugh. I remember Jean telling me about some dating history between her mother and Limbaugh's father. 

Jean had a cousin who worked for Jim Henson of The Muppets fame. His name was Kermit Love.

When our daughter Katharine was about 3, Jean started coming to our house on Christmas eve to have dinner and stay with Katharine while we went to Christmas Eve service. When Katharine and her sister Caroline were older Jean just came for dinner. As night driving became a chore for Jean, dinner became an afternoon tea in recent years. The tradition continued for over 30 years. This past Christmas was the first time Jean was not able to come. 

Ross
71-86


On Jan 5, 2015, at 3:39 AM, Reid Harrison harrison.reid@... [WJMA] wrote:

 

I remember Jean as one of my teachers at Grymes (I think I have this correct) and then when she started working at the station I thought, “This is someone who is willing to take on any job or interest - that’s pretty cool!”  Rest in peace.

  
On Jan 5, 2015, at 1:56 AM, Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

 

We just got word that Jean Love had died. At this time it’s not clear if she died during the night Friday or Saturday. Apparently it was related to complications that developed after her broken hip. When I have more information. I’ll pass it along.

Some of you knew Joe Rowe. He died last night.

Ross
71-86




Re: Jean Love

Mark Johnson
 

Very sorry to hear about Jean. When I first began my on the job training after graduation from the Ace Announcing Academy, I sat in on one of Jean's last air shifts in late 1981.


Mark Johnson
81-84

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On Sun, 1/4/15, Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA] <WJMA@...> wrote:

Subject: [WJMA] Jean Love
To: WJMA@...
Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015, 7:56 PM


 









We just got word that Jean Love had died. At this
time it’s not clear if she died during the night Friday or
Saturday. Apparently it was related to complications that
developed after her broken hip. When I have more
information. I’ll pass it along.



Some of you knew Joe Rowe. He died last night.



Ross

71-86









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Re: Jean Love

Mark Johnson
 



From: "Ross Hunter rossgroups@... [WJMA]"
To: WJMA@...
Sent: Sunday, January 4, 2015 7:56 PM
Subject: [WJMA] Jean Love

 
We just got word that Jean Love had died. At this time it’s not clear if she died during the night Friday or Saturday. Apparently it was related to complications that developed after her broken hip. When I have more information. I’ll pass it along.

Some of you knew Joe Rowe. He died last night.

Ross
71-86