TOY D. SAVAGE, JR. ’ 38
JAMES F. ROBERTSON, JR. ’ 36
James Farish Robertson, Jr.,
of Jacksonville, Florida, died December 12, 2013.
As a Woodberry student, James
Robertson served on the staffs of
The Fir Tree and The Oracle, and
he was a member of the football,
wrestling, and track squads.
After Woodberry, he began his
studies at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill before
leaving to pursue aeronautical
engineering at Curtiss-Wright
Technical Institute in Glendale,
California. In 1944, he joined the
US Naval Air Corps and was stationed in Washington, DC.
Mr. Robertson spent his career
in the insurance industry and
retired as an executive sales representative for Fireman’s Fund
Insurance Company. He had an
interest in collecting old glass
and attended many glass collectors’ conventions. He and his
wife owned two antique shops.
Mr. Robertson was the son
of James F. Robertson, Class of
1906; the nephew of A. S. Robertson, Class of 1903; and the cousin
of A. S. Robertson ’ 35.
CHARLES C. HENDERSON ’ 38
Charles Crawford Henderson,
of Piermont, New York, died
March 25, 2016.
After leaving Woodberry,
Charlie Henderson continued
his education at Tulane University, after which he served in the
US Coast Guard during World
A dedicated angler, he traveled
the globe on fishing trips. He was
a meteorological enthusiast and
a supporter of fire companies.
Mr. Henderson is survived by
two daughters, ten grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren.
TOY D. SAVAGE, JR. ’ 38
Toy Dixon Savage, Jr., of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died December 7, 2017.
In his time at Woodberry, Toy
Savage was known to classmates
for his spirit and determination.
He served as a prefect and The Fir
Tree board member, and he was a
member of the wrestling team.
He continued his education at
the University of Virginia, graduating in 1942. He enlisted in the
US Navy, where he served until
the end of World War II, first
as an ensign in the Battle of the
Atlantic and later as a lieutenant
junior grade in the Pacific. Upon
returning to civilian life, he returned to the University of Virginia to earn his law degree. He
was a member of Alpha Kappa
Psi, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Kappa
Sigma, and the Order of the Coif.
Mr. Savage began practicing law in 1948 and a few years
later served for a decade as a
member of the Virginia House
of Delegates. He founded Wilcox
& Savage and was a leader and
partner in the firm for nearly
seven decades. During this time,
he held additional positions as an
adjunct professor at William &
Mary Law School and a lecturer
on tax law at the University of
Virginia and New York University. He was president of the Virginia Bar Association from 1969
A dedicated member of his
community, Mr. Savage’s board
memberships and trusteeships
were numerous and included
the following: nine years on the
Governor’s Advisory Board on
Industrial Development, nearly
four decades on the board of the
Hampton Roads Community
Foundation, thirty-five years
as director of the Investment
Corporation of Virginia, thirty
years as director of Sovran Bank,
fifty-four years as director of
Sentara Healthcare, and more
than twenty years as a trustee
of the Eastern Virginia Medical
School, from which he received
an honorary doctorate. For half a
century, he was dedicated to the
community of Freemason Street
Since 1983, Mr. Savage was
listed continuously in The Best
Lawyers in America, and was
named Norfolk’s First Citizen
in 1980. He received the Bar-ron Black Community Builder
Award from the Hampton Roads
Community Foundation in 2012.
Mr. Savage is survived by his
wife, Eleanor; a daughter; a son;
and three grandchildren.
M. NEELY YOUNG ’ 39
Melvin Neely Young, of Richmond, Virginia, died June 7, 2015.
At Woodberry, Neely Young
played basketball and golf before
he continued on to Washington
and Lee University.
During World War II, Mr.
Young served three years in the
US Air Force, where he achieved
the rank of captain and was a
decorated flight commander of
heavy bombers in the eighth Air
Force over Europe. Returning to
civilian life, he had a long career
as a salesman, predominantly in
the men’s clothing business.
Mr. Young is survived by his
wife, Sharon; two sons, two
grandsons; two granddaughters;
and three great-grandchildren.
J. GRAYSON DUER ’ 40
J. Grayson Duer, of Exmore,
Virginia, died October 28, 2010.
Before he retired, Grayson
Duer was a produce broker and
president of M. J. Duer Company.
He was involved in his community as a member of the Epworth
United Methodist Church, the
Broadwater Masonic Lodge
No. 71 AF & AM, and the Exmore
town council. He was a founding
board member of Broadwater
Academy and a graduate of the
University of Virginia.