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Herbert A. Claiborne, Jr. ’ 41
Dr. Herbert Augustine Claiborne, Jr., ofRichmond, Virginia, died February 16, 2020.
Hobie Claiborne came to Woodberry fromRichmond. He was a solid student with an“amusing personality,” according to The Fir Tree.Hobie lettered in varsity track and also played JVfootball and golf. He was advertising manager ofThe Fir Tree, on The Oracle board, and a memberof the German club.
After Woodberry, Dr. Claiborne obtained hisbachelor’s degree and medical degree from theUniversity of Virginia. He completed an internshipand fellowship at the University of RochesterSchool of Medicine, followed by residencies at theMedical College of Virginia in general surgeryand the UVA School of Medicine in obstetrics andgynecology. He joined the US Navy Reserve andbegan active duty in 1950, working as a surgeon atTokyo General Hospital during the Korean War.
In 1962, Dr. Claiborne returned to Richmondto open his own practice. He joined Dr. HudnallH. Ware to form what would eventually becomethe Virginia Women’s Center. He also spent timeas an associate professor at UVA and an adjunctprofessor at the Medical College of Virginia.
Dr. Claiborne belonged to many professionalorganizations related to obstetrics and gynecology.He also served on many nonprofit boards acrossVirginia, including that of Woodberry Forest.He was president or chairman of the boards ofthe Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, VirginiaMuseum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of FineArts Foundation, Medical College of VirginiaFoundation, St. Mary’s Hospital Department ofOBGYN, Wright’s Island Game Association, andThe Richmond German. He was a member of theWalpole Society, Society of the Cincinnati, CustisPond Fishing and Hunting Club, Cohoke Club,Commonwealth Club, and St. Paul’s EpiscopalChurch.
A great supporter of Woodberry, Mr. Claiborneserved on the board of trustees as well as reunioncommittees and the Richmond Association board.He was also a class agent and member of theWalker Society.
Dr. Claiborne was a recipient of the OutstandingMedical Alumnus Award from the UVA MedicalAlumni Association. He also received many awardsrecognizing his philanthropy and his volunteerwork in support of nonprofits. Most importantly,Dr. Claiborne was a person who cared deeply abouthis patients, community, and above all, his family.He was warm, gentle, and had a dry sense of humor.He loved reading, history, art and architecture, theoutdoors, hunting, and fly-fishing.
Dr. Claiborne is survived by his wife, Kitty;a daughter; sons Herbert A. Claiborne III ’73,William R. Claiborne ’77, and Thomas H. Claiborne’83; and thirteen grandchildren, includingThomas H. Claiborne ’ 14, Jack T. Claiborne ’ 16,and Charlie C. Claiborne ’ 20. His cousins includeEdward C. Campbell ’ 38, Joseph G. Fiveash ’ 48,A. Christian Burke ’72, Marshall A. Burke ’77, andRobert R. Burke ’80. His nephew was William J.Armfield ’ 52, and his uncles were Andrew andArcher Christian, both of the Class of 1909. Hisbrother-in-law was Walter S. Robertson ’ 45.
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Bill William Carter Pollard, of Staunton,Virginia, died March 27, 2020.
Bill Pollard only attended Woodberry briefly,as he left to enter the service prior to graduation,but he made his mark as a member of the dramaticclub, book club, German club, and winter trackand tennis teams. He served on the boards ofThe Fir Tree and The Oracle, foreshadowing hisliterary career.
Mr. Pollard served in the US Navy Reserveuntil medically discharged in 1944. He earned hisbachelor’s degree from the University of NorthCarolina in 1948 and his master’s from FloridaState University in 1951. His librarian careerbegan when he joined the School of Business at theUniversity of Georgia as the acquisitions librarian.He followed this by working in the libraries atwhat is now Old Dominion University. He spentthe rest of his career as librarian at Mary BaldwinCollege, where he chaired the sesquicentennialcelebration in 1992 before retiring that same year.He continued to serve the college by volunteeringas its first and only archivist, for which the collegegranted him honorary alumnus status.
Mr. Pollard served as a board member of theSoutheastern Library Association, as chair of theLibrary Advisory Committee of the Virginia StateCouncil of Higher Education, and as president ofthe Virginia Library Association, which awardedhim a life membership. He served the communityof Staunton as branch director of the Associationfor Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, a boardmember of Staunton/Augusta Art Association,and on the Historic Staunton Foundation, wherehe chaired the committee for publication ofStaunton, Virginia: A Pictorial History. He was anelder and member of Williamsburg PresbyterianChurch.
Mr. Pollard is survived by his wife, Betsy;three daughters; seven grandchildren; and ninegreat-grandchildren.
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Member of the Walker Society