Donald Lamm ’59

Donald Lamm '59

Donald Beatty Lamm, 84, passed away on January 29th, 2021 after a 7-year bout with dementia. Preceded in death by his father Cecil Beatty Lamm and mother Rachel Herring Lamm, Don is survived by his wife, Nancy Barnes Lamm; his sister, Janice Elizabeth Lamm; his 3 children with the late Carolyn Fish Lamm: daughter Hunter Lamm Peebles (Mike) of Raleigh, Jeffrey Barefoot Lamm (Elisabeth) of Raleigh, Stuart Beatty Lamm (Donna) of Raleigh; grandchildren, Tucker Peebles (Elizabeth), Blake Peebles, Caramy Peebles, Haley Lamm Owens (Dallas), Holden Lamm; great-grandson, Anthony Michael Peebles; stepson Ricky Barnes (Lummy) of Burlington.

Due to Covid-19, no funeral arrangements will be held. The immediate family will have a graveside service at the Lamm Family Cemetery in Lucama, NC.

Published in The News & Observer on Jan. 31, 2021.

William Neil Padgett ’59

William Neil Padgett '59

Dr. William Neil Padgett, 83, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at his home. Dr. Padgett was born in Florence, South Carolina, and was raised in PeeDee, South Carolina. He graduated from Davidson College in 1959 and the Medical University of South Carolina in 1963, where he completed his internship and residency in 1968.

As a lieutenant commander in the Navy, he was assigned as a physician to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served until 1970. Dr. Padgett came to Owensboro in 1970, where he practiced obstetrics and gynecology until his retirement in 2002. Through the course of his career, he delivered more than 8,000 babies.

Dr. Padgett was actively involved in his profession as a member of the American, Kentucky and Daviess County medical associations, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a diplomat to the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He truly made Owensboro his home and was actively involved in positions of leadership with local volunteer, community and business activities. Dr. Padgett’s personal interests included snow skiing, antiques, fine art, hunting and fishing. A charming and gifted raconteur, it was always a delight to be in his company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Neil Sr. and Anna Rowan Padgett; and a daughter, Annie Padgett Human.

Dr. Padgett is survived by his wife, Patti Schaber Padgett; his daughters, Ashely Padgett Bradley and her husband, Jared, of Nashville, Teneesee, and Ellen Padgett of Seattle; his stepdaughter, Caitlyn Schaber and stepson Tony Schaber, both of Owensboro; his grandchildren, Townes Bradley, Indio Bradley and Friday Bradley; his step-grandchild, Alexis Schaber; his sister, Sue Padgett Rowell of Perth, Australia; and his brother, John Padgett and his wife, Kathy, of Chapin, South Carolina.

The service for Dr. Padgett will be private. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in McLean County. The service may be viewed Thursday morning on Dr. Padgett’s obituary page at

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the local Shop-With-A-Cop or the St. Joseph Peace Mission.

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David Long ’59

Of the many adjectives used to describe him, David Edwin Long was perhaps most proud of being labeled irascible and irreverent. Independent and with a strong moral sense, he spent his life ignoring social convention and doing what he considered to be right.

After 83 years, that life ended as he passed away peacefully at his home in Lake Ridge, Virginia on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, surrounded by his family.

David was born on November 21, 1937 in Washington, Georgia, and grew up as the younger son of a Presbyterian minister. At one point he described himself as a Professional Student, earning a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in North Carolina, a master’s from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, another master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, and a PhD from the George Washington University in Washington DC.

He married Barbara Ellen Baggett on December 28, 1962, and immediately whisked her away to the Middle East to begin a long career as a Foreign Service Officer and then civil servant at the State Department.

Moving to Washington DC around 1970, he became one of the country’s leading experts on Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. His honest and direct assessments did not always endear him to management, but he was widely respected.

He authored and co-authored over a dozen books, including one of the most widely used textbooks on the Middle East. He became a recognized expert on international terrorism, serving as Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Counter Terrorism during the late 1980s.

He loved teaching, and taught at several universities including Johns Hopkins, American University, the University of Pennsylvania, the US Coast Guard Academy (where for a while he was acting chair of the Humanities Department), and Georgetown (where he was the first Executive Director of the newly formed Center for Contemporary Arab Studies).

And he never lost his love of travel: from trekking through the deserts of Sudan, to diving off the coast of Saudi Arabia, to traveling though all 50 states in the US, he loved experiencing new places and connecting with people from all walks of life.

He is survived by his wife Barbara; his three sons Gordon (Elizabeth Metzler), Geoffrey (Sarah Kahn), and Andrew; and four grandchildren: Rachel, David, Stephanie, and Caroline, who knew him as a loving and attentive grandfather, always quick with a story no matter how often his listeners may have heard it before.

His belief in choosing one’s own path and striving for self-fulfillment provides deep inspiration for his children and grandchildren, and they will always remember him.

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W. Robert “Bob” Boland ’59

W. Robert “Bob” Boland who died on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, in Albuquerque, NM was born September 11, 1937, to Willard Roy Boland and Mary Pauline Mitchell Boland, in Winter Haven, Florida.

He earned his B.S. at Davidson College in North Carolina. His professional life was especially interesting. After graduating from Davidson, he was employed at NASA in Hampton, Virginia, where he met his wife of 60 years, Beryl Ann Pope.

While with NASA, he was a member of the 3-person team which proved the feasibility of the mission to the moon. Leaving NASA for graduate study, he earned his M.S. at the College of William and Mary in Virginia and his Ph.D at the University in Philadelphia, PA and then at Clemson University in South Carolina, a joy and a challenge.

In 1981 he was recruited to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory of the University of California in New Mexico. Research, mathematical libraries, and computer consulting were all fantastic experiences while at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

His last major scientific project was to run the only true 3D calculation of a simulated nuclear explosion in the DOE ASCI program. He generated enough data to fill the Library of Congress 17 times and that is why his nickname was “Dr. Terabyte”.

After retiring from LANL, he enjoyed the gypsy lifestyle, living and traveling in an RV with his best friend, Ann for eleven years. The first year they drove from Florida to Cabo San Lucan, Mexico, for Fairbanks, Alaska (and flew to Barrow), and then back to central Florida for the winter. Ultimately they traveled to all but one of the 50 states.

He beat the “Big C’ but was not able to overcome Alzheimer’s. He spent the last five years of his life being well cared for at The Woodmark at Uptown in Albuquerque. A faithful life-long Methodist, Bob served his church in many capacities. He also supported Los Alamos Swim Team and New Mexico Swimming.

Bob leaves behind his wife, Ann; his two sons, Eric and Kevin; and three grandchildren, Ryan Richard Scarberry, Patrick Ryan Boland and Riley Ann Boland; his sister, Janice Boland Smallwood Smith and her husband Robert; and his brother, Charles Arthur Boland and his wife Joanne; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Please visit our online guestbook for Robert at

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Robert Thomsen (Tom) DuPuis ’59

Robert Thomsen (Tom) DuPuis '59

Robert Thomsen (Tom) DuPuis passed away at age 83 in Wytheville, VA on October 8, 2020. Tom was born in Chicago on August 25, 1937. He moved to Wytheville, VA in 1968, which became his homestead for many family and friends. Tom attended high school in Richmond, VA which led to a chemistry degree from Davidson College followed by an MBA from Columbia University. He also served his country in the US Army.

Tom loved his family and enjoyed having everyone back to Wytheville for family events. In earlier times, his children were involved in many athletic and other activities, and Tom was always in the stands cheering for his children and their teams. He loved sports and enjoyed playing golf with the family along with watching his favorite teams on television.

As a community leader in Wythe County, Tom served on the Wythe County Board of Supervisors, the Board of Wythe County Community Hospital, and the Wythe County planning commission. He was also on the Board of Directors at First Century Bank. Tom provided for his family by working several years at DuPont in Wilmington, DE before moving to Wytheville and working for Pendleton Construction Corporation.

In 1984, he became the owner of P&T Products, a ready-mix concrete company. Tom ran this business until he sold it and retired in 2000. A faithful member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wytheville, VA, he sang in the choir for more than 40 years and served on the vestry several times. He was a member of the Rotary Club and participated in many other service events and activities.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother (Eleanor Thomsen DuPuis) and father (Robert Newell DuPuis).

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Patty Pendleton DuPuis. Tom is also survived by three sons and one daughter—Robert Thomsen DuPuis, Jr (Sheri), Arthur Pendleton DuPuis (Linda), Andrew Willis DuPuis (Susan), and Patty Thomsen DuPuis. Tom adored his grandchildren and enjoyed taking the whole crew to the beach every year for vacation. His eight grandchildren are Ben DuPuis, Sam DuPuis, Thomas DuPuis, Anna DuPuis, Joshua DuPuis, Ellie DuPuis, Lulu DuPuis, and Nate DuPuis. He is also survived by one sister, Joan DuPuis.

A private service will be held on October 17.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that family and friends make a donation to Wytheville Community College, specifically the Robert N. DuPuis and Nathaniel W. Pendleton Scholarship Fund. Tom was generous with his time and resources to the community college. He will be greatly missed.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at Grubb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.