as a fifth former, where he joined the skeet teamand made his acting debut in the winter playStalag 17. Described as a “gentle giant” at sixfoot, six inches tall, he excelled in many sportsincluding ping-pong, basketball, football, lacrosse,swimming, sailing, scuba diving, soccer, and trackand field.
Other interests varied from virtual reality videogames to science and mechanics. He spent onesummer in Holland working in a shipyard andbuilding super yachts, and was spending this pastsummer with his aunt installing visual, audio, andmechanical components at a museum in Tuscany.He was planning on pursuing physics in college.
Hamilton loved returning to his native Italy,spending every summer and many winters there.He enjoyed his independence while riding hisbicycle and exploring the area, indulging hiscuriosity and love of adventure.
Hamilton is survived by his parents, Duncanand Lera, a brother, and a sister.
Deaths in the Woodberry Family
Paul “Buddy” Amberger, husband of formercommunications faculty member Carey Amberger,died September 11, 2019, in Rhoadesville, Virginia.
William “Buttons” Bowles Sr., of Orange,
Virginia, died June 4, 2019. He was an employee in
food services for many years, and his son, William
Bowles, Jr., graduated from Woodberry in 1991.
Bob Douthit, Woodberry farm manager forsixteen years and the father of current farmmanager Brad Douthit, passed away December1, 2019.
Betty Glascock, widow of former teacher JackGlascock, died September 5, 2019. Mrs. Glascockran the book club, participated in school plays,organized faculty children’s events, mentorednew faculty as they adjusted to campus life, andcared for numerous Woodberry boys. She thentaught kindergarten for many years at GrymesMemorial School and Orange Elementary School.
Fred Jackson, a longtime member of the foodservices staff, died November 21, 2019. He andhis wife, Jane, met while working at Woodberry.For more than twenty years, they both servedthe Woodberry community with pride, and Janecontinues to do so today.
Elinor Vasquez, wife of former teacher BobVasquez, died June 27, 2019. She acted as asurrogate mother to Woodberry boys for thirty-nine years and positively affected the entirecommunity. She was also an active member of theOrange community through numerous charitiesand programs, including starting a preschool atWoodberry that was later moved to its currentlocation at Orange Presbyterian Church.
Gerald L. Cooper
Gerald Cooper, who served on theWoodberry faculty from 1966 to 1977,including as interim headmaster in 1973–1974, died February 17.
Mr. Cooper served primarily as directorof development at Woodberry. He was a2009 recipient of the Distinguished ServiceAward and during his forty-three yearcareer as an educator also served on the faculty of Blue Ridge Schooland Christchurch School and as headmaster of Forsyth CountryDay School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mr. Cooper was agraduate of Christchurch and held both undergraduate and graduatedegrees from the University of Virginia.
The eleven years Mr. Cooper spent at Woodberry were eventfulones, encompassing the final years Baker Duncan ’ 45 spent asheadmaster, the three-year tenure of Charles Sheerin, his one-yeartenure, and the first three years of Mr. Emmett Wright’s leadership.Woodberry’s leaders integrated the student body during these years,undertook major improvements to the physical plant, and weathereda period of national tumult.
Mr. Cooper was hired in 1966 to teachEnglish, coach football, chair the scholarship committee, and serve as an assistant director of admission. Provinghimself highly capable, he quicklyassumed responsibilities in development, public relations, andfundraising. In addition toediting the Woodberry ForestMagazine and Journal andother school publications,he led the strategic planningprocess for endowment andcapital improvements. Healso served as secretary to theboard of trustees.
He is survived by his wife,Prior Meade Cooper; hisson, Lyn Evan Cooper II ’82;and three grandchildren. Hewas predeceased by his son,Charles Meade Cooper.