activities of farm life and the peace that camefrom being in nature.
Mr. Dowd is survived by his wife, Anne, sixchildren, twelve grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. His Woodberry relations includedhis father, W. F. Dowd, Class of 1915; his brother,Roddey Dowd ’ 50; his nephew, Roddey Dowd, Jr.’74; and his cousin James H. Whitner ’ 50.
Ian O. MacConochie ’ 45
Ian Oliphant MacConochie, of Charlottesville,Virginia, died June 20, 2019.
Ian MacConochie came to Woodberry in thesecond form. At the end-of-year ceremonies, hewas awarded the medal for highest scholasticachievement in his form — a class which Mr. Walkerpointed out was the lowest performing in theschool’s history. Ian would look back on his “bestof the worst” honor with humor. He was a prefectand member of the choir, chapel council, book club,music club, German club, century club, and currentevents club. He also served as associate editor of TheOracle. Athletically, he was on the football and trackteams and co-captained the wrestling team.
Ian briefly served in the US Navy before goingon to the University of Virginia for a bachelor’sdegree in mechanical engineering. He thenearned a diploma from the University of London.He began his career as a professor, teaching atboth Duke and the University of South Carolina.The majority of his life was spent in Yorktownand Williamsburg as he worked as an aerospaceengineer at the NASA Langley Research Center.
Ian was a member of the Hampton Roadssection of the American Institute of Aeronauticsand Astronautics, serving as the chairman of theeducation committee and treasurer. He was theHampton Roads chapter president of the Societyof Allied Weight Engineers, earning its RichardBoyton Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
An advocate for the environment, Mr.MacConochie was involved in the York CountyBeautification Committee and committed tocounty and state anti-litter programs. He waspresident of the Marlbank Recreation Associationand a member of the Langley Skywatchers’Club. He also penned three books, one of whichcompiled longterm research regarding vitaminD production and sunlight’s effects on variousforms of cancer. He was a junior warden at GraceEpiscopal Church in Yorktown and a member ofGrace Community Church in Charlottesville.
Mr. MacConochie is survived by a son and daughter, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.He was predeceased by his wife, Corinne (Sissy).
Gregory S. Morrisette ’ 48
Gregory Shelton Morrisette, of Punta Gorda,Florida, died June 16, 2019.
Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, GregMorrisette participated in football, basketball,tennis, and the German club while at Woodberry.He served in the US Marine Corps for three yearsbefore earning a degree in computer science fromthe Florida Institute of Technology.
Mr. Morrisette got into ham radio operatingin 1958 after moving to Jacksonville, Florida. Hecontinued this passion throughout his life, oftenexperimenting with and constructing his ownantennas. He worked for the City of Portsmouth,Virginia, as a computer programmer and systemsanalyst until his retirement in 1997.
Mr. Morrisette is survived by his wife, Marie,a daughter, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sonsand a daughter, and his former wife Barbara.
Clay V. Ring, Jr. ’ 48
Clay Vance Ring, Jr., of Winston-Salem, NorthCarolina, died November 16, 2018.
Clay Ring, known on campus for his dry wit,played on the junior varsity teams for football,baseball, and basketball, which he captained. Hewas a cheerleader and a member of The Fir Treeboard and the German club.
Returning to his native North Carolina aftergraduation, Mr. Ring earned a bachelor’s degreeat Duke before joining the US Marine Corpsfor four years. He then embarked on a career inconstruction, eventually becoming presidentof Wilson-Covington Construction. He was amember of Main Street United Methodist Churchin Kernersville, North Carolina.
Mr. Ring is survived by his daughter, a grandson,and two great-grandsons. He was predeceased byhis wife, Ann.
Tyson L. Janney ’ 49
Tyson Leachman Janney, of Charlottesville,Virginia, died October 13, 2019.
Tyson Janney came to Woodberry from themidwest, hailing from Osceola, Iowa, although hisparents were native Virginians. He distinguishedhimself on the baseball diamond and basketball
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