Spring/Summer 2019: Memorials

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Bridgewater College remembers members of the community it has lost.

Dr. Charles J. Churchman Jr., Professor of English, Emeritus, from 1967-88, died Dec. 30, 2018, at his home in Bridgewater, Va. He was 89.

He was born in Staunton, Va., on June 16, 1929, and was a son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Gilkeson Churchman.

He earned a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Churchman married the former Patricia Ann Mack on Sept. 4, 1954.

He taught English at Bridgewater College from 1967-88. During 1986-87, Dr. and Mrs. Churchman spent a year in Dalian, China, as co-directors of the Brethren Colleges Abroad program.

In 1989, he suffered a severe head injury and was unable to continue teaching.

In addition to his wife, Churchman is survived by three children, John Craig Churchman and his wife, Jennifer, Margaret C. “Beth” Trissel ’77 and her husband, Dennis, and Catherine Carrier and her husband, Andy; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild.

Churchman has been a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, Va., since 1967. He has served on the Session and as a teacher.

He has also been a member of Veterans for Peace, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a Thomas Merton group and the Earth Care House Church at Trinity.

Manown “Buck” Kisor Jr., Associate Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, from 1989-2005, died Jan. 12. He was 82 years old.

Kisor earned a B.A. from Trinity College, an M.B.A. from New York University and did graduate study at Northwestern University.

Before coming to Bridgewater College, he worked in banking, and at the Bank of New York was an early pioneer in the use of computers for market forecasting. He was a Senior Vice President and Director of Research for Paine Webber, Jackson and Curtis in New York. He then became Executive Vice President in charge of trust investments at Comerica Bank in Detroit. He taught economics and finance at City University of New York.

Throughout his life, Kisor pursued an interest in horses. He hunted with the Spring Valley Hounds in New Jersey, was the Master of Fox Hounds for a time at the Metamora Hunt in Michigan and hunted with Glenmore Hunt in Virginia.

Kisor is survived by his wife, Marni; his three children, Anne, Judy and Bill; his brother, Henry; and his sister, Debbie Guy.

Dr. Raymond John Schneider Jr., Associate Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus, from 2002-12, died Jan. 28, at his home in Woodstock, Va. He was 76.

He was born to the late Rear Adm. Raymond John Schneider and the late Margaret Grace Croke Schneider.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a licensed professional engineer in the state of Virginia.

Schneider earned a B.S. in physics from Saint Joseph’s University, an M.S. in engineering science from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in information technology from George Mason University.

He began his career in Warminster, Pa., at the Naval Air Development Center, where he worked as a civilian researcher in anti-submarine warfare for 15 years. He also worked for Sperry Defense Systems Division in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for 11 years. Before joining the Bridgewater faculty in 2002, he served as Director of Engineering for ComSonics Inc., in Harrisonburg, Va.

He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, the former Jessica Lynn Wright, four children: Raymond (Melanie), Ann Marie (Paul), Stephen (Tina), and Christopher ’06, and 14 grandchildren.


George Adrian Kromhout ’40 of Hillsborough, Calif., died Dec. 8, 2018.

Olive Mae Craun Grove ’43 of Bridgewater, Va., died Feb. 12.

Oliver A. Bowman ’51 of Framingham, Mass., died March 19.

The Rev. Lloyd Haag ’51 of Parkersville, Md., died Jan. 12.

Bonnie Eloise Sayre Ankers ’53 of Bridgewater, Va., died Feb. 24.

Arnold D. Jenkins ’53 of Lake Wales, Fla., died Jan. 6.

Charles Robert “Bob” “ Barney” Barnhart ’54 of Westminster, Md., died Jan. 30.

Martha Furry Reichard ’54 of Harrisonburg, Va., died Dec. 21, 2018.

Charles Edward Moyer ’55 of Reva, Va., died Dec. 17, 2018

Dr. James Ray Wampler ’57 of Salem, Va., died Nov. 23, 2018.

James A. “Jim” Campbell ’58 of Sumter, S.C., died Dec. 20, 2018.

Dr. Paul Hampton “Hamp” Hylton Jr. ’58 of Winchester, Va., died Dec. 20, 2018.

Walter Wayne Daggett ’61 of Bridgewater, Va., died March 10.

Richard Leroy Thomas ’61 of Greensboro, N.C., died Jan. 3.

Nelson Richard Waldrop III ’64 of Henrico County, Va., died Feb. 13.

Francis E. Myers ’65 of Dover, Pa., died Dec. 8, 2018.

Merlynn Kunze Watson ’67 of Seaford, Va., died Dec. 31, 2018.

Frank “Sonny” James Pearson III ’69 of Leesburg, Va., died March 11.

Stephen Hale ’70, of Louisville, Ky., died Dec. 13, 2018.

Denny Wilson Eye ’71 of Bridgewater, Va., died Dec. 5, 2018.

Raylene M. Ballard ’77 of Kutztown, Pa., died Nov. 30, 2018.

Marlene Miller Seaman ’77 of Clifton Forge, Va., died Dec. 24, 2018.

Alan Lee Miller ’80 of Harrisonburg, Va., died March 6.

Jay McKinney ’83 of Woodlands, Texas, died Jan. 2.

Patricia Catherine Cupp Hinegardner ’92 of Bridgewater, Va., died March 3.

Karen Marie Glick Hedrick ’93 of Bridgewater, Va., died Dec. 1, 2018.