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L. Snyder Garrison ’ 53
Luther Snyder Garrison, of Hickory, NorthCarolina, died July 1, 2019.
Snyder Garrison was a two-year lettermanon the soccer team, as well as a member of thevarsity baseball and track teams. He contributedto both The Fir Tree and The Oracle, and was onthe monitor board and in the German club.
He continued his education at the Universityof North Carolina, earning a bachelor’s degree in1957, before joining the US Marine Corps, wherehe served for three years and earned the rank ofartillery captain. He spent his life in North Carolina,serving as president of the Century Chair Companyand the Hickory Manufacturing Company.
Mr. Snyder served on many civic and industryboards and was involved in the development of theFlynn Home, which was a private rehab facilityin Hickory, North Carolina. He was a member ofCorinth Reformed Church. An Eagle Scout, heenjoyed outdoor activities such as skiing, hunting,and fishing. He served on the advisory council forWoodberry, and even promised Evelyn Taylor,Woodberry’s alumni secretary, in a letter that hewould send his boys to Woodberry.
Mr. Snyder is survived by his four children,including L. Snyder Garrison ’79 and Harley S.Garrison ’87; seven grandchildren, includingThomas Garrison ’ 11; and his brother, M. LeeGarrison ’ 57. He was predeceased by his grandsonLuke Garrison ’09. His uncle was George C.Snyder, Class of 1923, and his cousins includeCrisman S. Jones ’ 57 and John W. Propst ’70.
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Ray Donald Faulconer, Jr., of Orange, Virginia,died July 14, 2019.
Donald Faulconer was a lifelong resident ofOrange, Virginia, and attended Woodberry fortwo years before graduating from Orange CountyHigh School. While at Woodberry, he competed inJV football, JV baseball, and varsity track.
Mr. Faulconer served in the US Army in Germanyfor two years before returning to Virginia andearning a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in1963. He made a career in construction, first forHolladay Brothers, Inc., and then as president ofFaulconer Construction Company. He also ownedGordon Building Supply in nearby Gordonsville.
Known for enjoying simple pleasures, Mr.Faulconer devoted his life to his family andspending time outdoors. He followed local sportsand enjoyed playing golf and reading, especiallyabout World War II.
Mr. Faulconer is survived by his wife, Pat, threesons, two stepdaughters, seven grandchildren,and his brother, John Y. Faulconer ’ 58. His cousinis Harold E. Young ’65.
John B. Meek, Jr. ’ 56
John Burgess Meek, Jr., of Norfolk, Virginia,died October 10, 2019.
A native of Huntington, West Virginia, JohnMeek’s Woodberry experience was wide reaching.He was a member of the W Club by participatingin soccer, football, and track. He worked on allthree major school publications, The Oracle, TheTalon, and The Fir Tree, while also serving on themonitor board and the hop/lounge committee.Finally, he was a member of the dramatic club andthe German club.
Mr. Meek graduated from Yale in 1961. Whilethere, he was an NROTC Scholar and receivedthe Naval Sword for Outstanding Midshipman ofConnecticut. He then joined the US Navy, wherehe served four years on a submarine.
Mr. Meek’s professional career began atVirginia Chemicals, Inc., which was later acquiredby Celanese. He remained there for twenty yearsbefore becoming president of Tidewater SteelSales for another ten years. He then worked as aconsultant within the chemical, paper, and textileindustries. He served as director of the Drug,Chemical, and Allied Trades Association.
A supporter of the arts, Mr. Meek served aspresident of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra andas president and interim director of the HermitageMuseum and Gardens. He was chairman of theYale Alumni Committee of Tidewater, served onthe advisory board of Eastern Virginia MedicalSchool, and was involved with the United Way ofTidewater and the Tidewater Council Boy Scouts.Mr. Meek was a member of the Norfolk Yacht andCountry Club and Cedar Point Country Club. Hewas also a member of Good Shepherd EpiscopalChurch, serving as senior warden of the vestryand as chair of stewardship and treasurer of theEpiscopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. Hisinterests included tennis, golf, reading, music,traveling, playing bridge, completing sudoku andcrossword puzzles in pen, and spending time inDuck, North Carolina.
Mr. Meek is survived by his wife, Sally, twochildren, and six grandchildren. His cousinsinclude John C. Dew ’ 52 and Charles B. Dew ’ 54.
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