Col. Hutson’s post-Army career included tenyears with United Defense, LP, where he wasprogram manager of advanced programs for theground systems division. In 2017, he was awardedthe Veterans Service Award for the Twenty-Eighth California District for his military serviceand contributions to the community. He was amember of the California Council for EmployerSupport to Guard and Reserve, the Elks, and theAmerican Legion. He served Woodberry as a classagent and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reading.
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James Peery Williams Thompson, of CedarBluff, Virginia, died August 27, 2019.
Jim Thompson loved the southwestern Virginiahills where he was raised, admiring the music,people, and stories of the region. At Woodberryhe contributed to The Talon and The Oracleand was a member of the book club, Germanclub, and current events club. He served as anacolyte, monitor, and student assistant librarian.Athletically, he was on the wrestling and trackteams. He was awarded the Vivian SlaughterMemorial Medal at graduation.
Dr. Thompson spent a year at Allhallows Schoolin England as an English-Speaking Union studentbefore going to Williams College for his bachelor’sdegree and The Institute of Fine Arts at New YorkUniversity for a master’s degree. He was brieflydrafted into the infantry of the US Army beforecompleting his PhD from the University of NorthCarolina at Chapel Hill in 1985.
An expert in French painting and art history,Dr. Thompson’s teaching and writing careertook him to locations such as France, England,Ireland, New York, Vermont, and North Carolina.He spent eleven years lecturing in eighteenthand nineteenth century art at Trinity Collegein Dublin before moving to North Carolina toteach at UNC and Western Carolina University.When he retired from WCU in 2007, he was giventhe university’s Distinguished Scholar Awardand named emeritus professor. In 1997 he wasgiven an award at the Southeastern College ArtConference for two publications he wrote onformer students and teachers at Black MountainCollege, and he also published a book on Frenchpainter Eugene Fromentin, among other catalogs,books, and articles.
Mr. Thompson is survived by his three sons;two stepdaughters; two brothers, Lloyd L.Thompson ’ 62 and Christopher W. Thompson ’68;and his divorced but devoted wife, Mary. He waspredeceased by his brother Michael C. Thompson’66. His cousins are William R. Williams ’ 63 andWade H. Peery ’03.
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Eads Poitevent III, of New Orleans, Louisiana,died February 26, 2020.
A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Eadscontributed to the Woodberry football and trackteams, the German club, and as typing editor ofThe Oracle. He earned a bachelor’s degree fromTulane University in 1968 and pursued somegraduate studies at Rutgers University.
Mr. Poitevent worked at International CityBank in New Orleans before moving to St.Louis, Missouri, to work at Mercantile TrustCompany. He then returned home to NewOrleans and founded Feet First, Inc., which isnow New Orleans’s largest independent shoe andaccessories retailer.
Mr. Poitevent was involved in many Carnivalorganizations. He served on the boards ofnonprofits such as the Louisiana chapter ofthe Leukemia Society, Junior Achievement,Metropolitan Crime Commission of New Orleans,St. George’s Episcopal School, and the GardenDistrict Association.
Mr. Poitevent is survived by his wife, Deborah;two children; a granddaughter; his brothers,Edward B. Poitevent ’67 and William J. Poitevent’70; and numerous nieces and nephews. His cousinis Ashton J. Fischer ’70.
James E. Ambrose ’ 65
James Edmund Ambrose, of Knoxville,Tennessee, died September 28, 2018.
Jim Ambrose came to Woodberry from WinterHaven, Florida. A gifted pianist, he was the choiraccompanist while a student. He went on tograduate from Winter Haven Senior High School.He earned his bachelor’s degree from OberlinConservatory of Music in Ohio, and his master’sdegree from the University of South Florida inTampa. Mr. Ambrose was a self-employed concertpianist and instructor.
He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia. Hisfather was Harrison W. Ambrose ’ 35.
William H. Muller III ’ 65
William Harry Muller III, of Wicomico Church,Virginia, died October 4, 2017.
Harry Muller was born in South Carolina andthen moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. He playedfootball, tennis, and varsity soccer at Woodberry.He was also a member of the dramatic club,German club, French club, rifle and pistol club,and contributed to The Oracle.
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THOMPSON ’ 63
AMBROSE ’ 65
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POITEVENT III ’ 64