He worked on The Fir Tree and
The Oracle, and was a member
of the dramatic, W, and German
He continued his education
at Princeton University from
which he took a year of absence
to study at the Sorbonne. After
graduating in 1951, he served two
years of active duty in Korea as a
captain in the US Marine Corps
Reserves. He graduated from the
University of Rochester School
of Medicine in 1958.
Dr. Ryan’s long career in psychiatry included positions at
Denver General Hospital, Bryce
Hospital, and Tuscaloosa Veterans Administration Medical
Center. In addition to his psychiatric practice, he was installed
as a Life Fellow of the American
Psychiatric Association, and
served terms as secretary of San
Diego County Medical Society
and as director of the Mental
Health Association in San Diego.
Dr. Ryan is survived by his
wife, Valorie, and their four
children. He was the brother of
William F. Ryan ’ 40, the cousin
of William C. Fitts ’ 46, and the
uncle of William F. Ryan ’70.
ROBERT W. AGEE ’ 47
Robert Walter Agee, of Huntington, West Virginia, died
August 3, 2017.
Known to his Woodberry
classmates as an affable and
sincere student, Bob Agee
was a member of The Fir Tree
board, chapel council, monitor
board, choir, book club, music
club, German club, and current
events club. He was the captain
of the golf team and played JV
After earning a degree in
English from Princeton Universi-
ty in 1951, Mr. Agee served three
years as an administrative officer
in a tactical air control squadron
of the US Navy. Upon returning
to civilian life, he went to work
for his in-laws’ wholesale bakery
business, eventually retiring
as executive vice president and
secretary of Heiner’s Bakery. He
served on the boards of Freder-
ick Holding Company, Hunting-
ton Federal Savings and Loan,
Davis and Elkins College, Agee
Department Stores, Bankers
Corporation, Stella Fuller Settle-
ment, Security Realty Company,
West Virginia Bakers Associa-
tion, and Huntington YMCA. He
served as chairman of the major
gifts division for the United Way,
was an elder in the First Pres-
byterian Church, and worked
for many years with Contact of
Huntington. In 2011, Mr. Agee
was inducted into the Marshall
University Lewis College of
Business Hall of Fame. In his
free time, he enjoyed jogging,
gardening, tennis, and golf.
Mr. Agee is survived by his
wife, Earleen; two sons; two
daughters; nine grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren.
He was the uncle of Randall W.
Atkins ’70 and Charles A. Atkins
’72 and the cousin of William K.
HOWARD S. GALL ’ 47
Howard Smyer Gall, of New
Haven, Connecticut, died July
Howard Gall spent five years
as a Woodberry boy, taking a
post-graduate year and leaving
in 1948. In his time at the school,
he was a member of the monitor
board, the JV track team, and
the choir. He was the recipient of
the William J. Haines Memorial
Award in both 1947 and 1948.
Continuing his education at
Yale University, he was accepted
as a member of Berkeley College
and graduated with honors in
1952. He earned both a master’s
degree and a PhD in sociol-
ogy from the University of North
Carolina. Continuing to work
in his field, he held positions at
the Social Science Institute of
Washington University and the
sociology department of Duke
Dr. Gall spent his later years in
New Haven, Connecticut, where
he volunteered at Fellowship
Place, performed clown therapy,
and enjoyed writing and reading
Dr. Gall is survived by a
brother, Joseph G. Gall ’ 45; two
sisters-in-law; three nephews;
and a niece. He was the brother
of John C. Gall ’ 43.
LESLIE G. MERRITT ’ 47
Leslie Gray Merritt, of Naples,
Florida, died January 29, 2016.
At Woodberry, Leslie Merritt
played JV football and ran track.
He spent two years at the University of North Carolina, where
he was a member of Theta Chi,
before interrupting his studies to
serve in the US Air Force. Upon
leaving the armed services, he
returned to Chapel Hill and
earned his degree in 1956.
Mr. Merritt spent his professional life in the financial world,
first in insurance, then self-employed working in investments,
and working as a stockbroker
with Bache & Company. He lived
in Greensboro, North Carolina;
Nassau, Bahamas; Chevy Chase,
Maryland; New Orleans, Louisiana; and, finally, Naples, Florida.
He had a longstanding love of
jazz, Civil War reenactments,
history, and steam train engines,
and he belonged to several organizations promoting those
Mr. Merritt is survived by
a son and two grandchildren.
He was the brother of John B.
Merritt, Jr. ’ 43; the cousin of
J. Gray Hunter ’ 36, Bynum M.
Hunter ’ 43, J. Gray Hunter, Jr.
’75, and David A. Wood ’87; and
the uncle of John B. Merritt ’74
and Blaine S. Merritt ’76.
ROBERT W. AGEE ’ 47
HOWARD S. GALL ’ 47