award for his knowledge about the state’s history.He went on to the University of Virginia for abachelor’s degree, Washington and Lee Universityfor his JD, and Emory University for his LLM.He was an attorney for Fox, Wooten and Hart inRoanoke and Sands, Anderson, Marks, and Millerin Richmond.
A true Cavalier, Mr. Burger followed theUniversity of Virginia football, basketball, andbaseball teams. He also enjoyed watching theBaltimore Orioles. He was a member of Mt.Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen.
Mr. Burger is survived by his wife, Susan,and his brothers, Ray E. Burger ’ 62 and RobertC. Burger ’68. He was predeceased by his son,Richard Lee Burger, Jr.
Donald H. Zirkle ’77
Donald Hartford Zirkle, of Nashville, Tennessee, died June 21, 2019.
Donald grew up on the Woodberry campus,the son of physics teacher Leon Zirkle and mathteacher Ann Zirkle. He was on the football teamand varsity lacrosse team, but his true passionwas in the outdoors — he was a member of theRapidan club and founder of the caving club. Healso belonged to the current events club and wasa member of the colloquium committee. A trueadventurer, he studied in Austria for a trimesterin the spring of 1977.
Mr. Zirkle went on to Vanderbilt for a bachelor’sdegree in 1981, spending one year studyingabroad in Germany. He then earned a master’s inarchitecture from Virginia Tech in 1989. He movedback to Nashville to work on residential projects forEarl Swensson Architects before joining WellnessEnvironments, a company focused on the design ofpatient rooms in healthcare settings. Most recently,he followed in his parents’ footsteps and was ateacher in the Nashville public school system.
Mr. Zirkle is survived by his wife, Leigh Ann,and brother, L. Franklin Zirkle ’79.
D. Vaughan Mairs ’79
Daniel Vaughan Mairs, of Ruckersville, Virginia, died June 25, 2019.
Vaughan Mairs came to Woodberry from
Charleston, West Virginia. A lover of the outdoors,
he was a member of the rod and gun club and
co-leader of the Rapidan/outing club. He also
participated in track and golf. He won the art
award in his fourth form and did an independent
study in sculpture for three years.
Mr. Mairs earned a bachelor’s degree in geologyfrom the University of West Virginia in 1985 andthen a master’s degree in environmental sciencesfrom the University of Virginia in 1994. He was aproduct and project specialist for HDT Global inBuena Vista, Virginia, and a soil consultant forBaseline Consultants.
A lifelong music lover, Mr. Mairs especiallyappreciated old-time Appalachian music andformed several friendships at Woodberry basedon this mutual love. He played upright bass inseveral bands, including Mando Mafia, BelligerentBrothers, Guano Boys, Faster Than Walking, andScuffletown. He even returned to Woodberrywith his band during the winter of 1989 to play forthe students. Other interests included sailing theChesapeake Bay and cooking.
Mr. Mairs is survived by his wife, Anna, and adaughter.
Margie D. Davis ’82
Margie Dickinson Davis, of Midlothian, Virginia, died November 2, 2019.
Margie Davis grew up in Gordonsville, Virginia,and attended Woodberry as a day student. Sheworked on The Talon and won first place in aliterary contest for poetry. She was a member of thebook club, camera club, drama club, and orientationcommittee. Athletically, she participated in crosscountry and varsity volleyball. She also tutoredstudents at nearby Grymes Memorial School.
Mrs. Davis went to the University of Virginia,graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1986. Shealso earned a master’s degree from the MedicalCollege of Virginia (now VCU School of Medicine).
She served three terms as the ChesterfieldCounty representative on the board of directorsof the James River Soil and Water ConservationDistrict. She was also on the board of the DuPontCredit Union and served on the Health CenterCommission, overseeing the operation andexpansion of the Lucy Corr Nursing Home.
Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband, Mike,and three children. Her brother is Bernard P.Dickinson ’81.
Hamilton L. Lee ’ 20
Hamilton Lasater Lee, of Dallas, Texas, diedJuly 11, 2019.
Hamilton Lee was born in Florence, Italy, andmoved to Dallas as a child. He entered Woodberry
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