BLUE ’ 48
COLE, JR. ’ 49
Hubert T. Plaster, Jr. ’ 44
Hubert Taliaferro Plaster, Jr., of Winchester,Virginia, died August 11, 2019.
Coming to Woodberry from Leesburg, Virginia,Hubie Plaster spent two years at the school beforeleaving to join the service. While here, Hubie wasa member of the hop-lounge committee, the gleeclub, and the German club. He played JV football,JV basketball, and tennis.
Mr. Plaster served in the US Army from 1943to 1945. He sailed overseas on the Queen MaryElizabeth and joined General Patton’s Third Armyin time for the Battle of the Bulge. He fought alongthe west coast of France and into Germany. Severefrostbite on his feet caused him to rehabilitate inEngland before being honorably discharged andreturned home. For his service, Mr. Plaster wasawarded the Purple Heart.
Once back in the States, Mr. Plaster workedfor Barber & Ross, Co., from which he retired in1970. He then worked in real estate and personalinvestments. He was a member of various serviceorganizations, including the Ruritan Club andKiwanis Club. His most active commitment wasto the Boy Scouts of America; he volunteeredfor more than twenty years in roles such asscoutmaster, committee chairman, trainingchairman for the district and council, and WoodBadge staff member. He was a past PTA presidentand served on the church vestry at Our RedeemerChurch in Aldie, Virginia, and as a past juniorwarden at St. James Church in Leesburg.
Mr. Plaster is survived by three daughtersand a son; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by hiswife, Mary. His uncle was Walter J. Harrison,Class of 1907.
Caruthers A. Coleman, Jr. ’ 47
Caruthers Askew Coleman, Jr., of Lexington,Kentucky, died April 11, 2019.
B Coleman was known at Woodberry for hismusical ability, earning the art prize at graduation.As noted in his Fir Tree entry, “Few will forgetthose Saturday night gatherings in the AssemblyHall when the ‘master’ gave out on the piano withhis own boogie-woogie arrangements.” He usedhis musical talents as a member of the choir andmusic club. In addition, he was a member of TheFir Tree board, German club, monitor board, andJV track team.
Mr. Coleman attended the University of Virginia
before moving home to Lexington where he
became a radio announcer and then worked with
his father in general construction. He developed
an interest in that field and returned to school, this
time to earn a bachelor’s of architecture from the
University of California, Berkeley, in 1958. He was
a self-employed architect and a professor at the
University of Kentucky College of Architecture.
In addition, he designed custom small yachts
through his companies SeaCo Yacht Design and
Ensign Boats, while also restoring antique boats.
He served on the board of the Lexington Ballet
Company and enjoyed spending summers with
family in Leland, Michigan.
Mr. Coleman is survived by his wife, Katharine,and two sisters. He was predeceased by hisbrother, E. Pope Coleman ’ 44. He is also survivedby his nephew Alexander G. Campbell ’80.
Richard F. Blue ’ 48
Richard Fownes Blue, of Owings Mills,Maryland, died April 3, 2020.
A Maryland native, Dick Blue was on the JVfootball and varsity baseball teams at Woodberryand in the rifle club. He graduated from theGilman School before earning a bachelor’s degreefrom the University of Virginia in 1952.
Mr. Blue began his business career at MercantileBank and continued at Robert Garrett & Sons,Alex. Brown & Sons, and Deutsche Bank beforeretiring in 2003. For fifty-five years, he was amember of the board of the Aberdeen & RockfishRailroad, which was founded by his grandfatherto support the family farm. He also followed inthe family golf tradition, playing a regular weeklygame at the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club. Heenjoyed waterfowl hunting, quail hunting, andthoroughbred racing and breeding. Mr. Blueattended St. Thomas Episcopal Church and wasa member of the Bachelors Cotillion, MarylandHorse Breeders, Mountain Lake Country Club inFlorida, and the Country Club of North Carolina.
Mr. Blue is survived by three children, tengrandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Hewas predeceased by his wife, Gary “Teedee.”
Fred N. Cole, Jr. ’ 49
Fred Newton Cole, Jr., of Baltimore, Maryland,died December 10, 2019.
A native of Pulaski, Virginia, Fred Cole grewup working on his grandfather’s farm and earnedhis pilot’s license by the time he was fourteen. AtWoodberry, he was on the varsity football team,JV track team, and wrestling squad. He was amember of the German club, monitor board, and
The Oracle board.
Dr. Cole attended the University of Virginia,where he earned both a bachelor’s degree andhis medical degree. He spent two years as a pilotand surgeon in the US Air Force. He settled in
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COLEMAN, JR. ’ 47