Mr. Muller attended the University of Miamibefore serving as a signal officer in the 25thInfantry Division of the US Army in Vietnam.For his service, he earned a Purple Heart. Hecompleted his degree at the University of Miamiin 1972 and continued to the University ofVirginia for his law degree. He practiced law inCharlottesville for several years before workingfor Sprint in Kansas; OSP Consultants in Sterling,Virginia; and Quanta Industries in Philadelphia.Missing his home on the Northern Neck, heearned his pilot’s license and bought a plane so hecould return to his home on Crane’s Creek, wherehe eventually set up an office to do his consulting.
Mr. Muller enjoyed cycling, woodworking,and sailing. He raced sailboats and won the 2014Race for Independence fundraiser for veterans.He also supported the Animal Welfare Leagueand Northumberland Animal Shelter. He was amember of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Muller is survived by his companion, LaneJohnston, and three children. His cousin is M. LeeWilliams ’ 41 and his nephew is W. Dixon Muller ’ 10.
Samuel T. Adams, Jr. ’67
Samuel Thompson Adams, Jr., of White Post,Virginia, died July 15, 2019.
Sam Adams lettered in both football andlacrosse at Woodberry and was a member of anumber of clubs: dramatic, German, ecology,automotive, photography, rifle, and bridge. Healso contributed to The Oracle.
Mr. Adams continued his family’s tradition ofattending the Virginia Military Institute, wherehe earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971. He joinedthe Army Medical Corps, then earned a master’sdegree from the University of Mississippi in 1974and an MBA from George Washington Universityin 1980. He spent his career with 3M Corp. asan engineer, working on international projectsin Brazil, Italy, Germany, and Israel. When 3Mopened a new plant in Middleway, West Virginia,Mr. Adams was made plant manager and earnedmultiple environmental awards while there.
Mr. Adam’s greatest love was his family, but healso enjoyed gardening, duck hunting, fly-fishing,surf fishing, photography, history, science, andgenealogy. After retirement, he became a VirginiaMaster Naturalist and volunteered at the VirginiaState Arboretum at Blandy Farm.
Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, Anne, andtwo children.
Collett M. Thach, Jr. ’68
Collett Munger Thach, Jr., of Winston-Salem,North Carolina, died May 19, 2020.
A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, CollettThach was a member of the service committee atWoodberry and played football, soccer, and tennis.He earned his bachelor’s and MBA degrees fromthe University of Virginia before embarking on acareer in corporate marketing for General Foods,Miller Brewing Co., HanesBrands, and LorillardTobacco Company.
Mr. Thach was an active volunteer in hiscommunity, especially with Mt. Tabor UnitedMethodist Church, Westwood Swim and TennisClub, and his children’s activities while theygrew up. He was devoted to his family and loyalto his friends.
Mr. Thach is survived by his wife, Lawren; twochildren; and his brothers, John R. Thach ’69 andPresley C. Thach ’73. His father was Collett M.Thach ’ 42; his cousins are James P. Barber ’81 andLewis M. Walker ’ 57; and his nephews are WilliamR. Thach ’02 and John R. Thach ’01.
Ralph W. T. Munroe ’69
Ralph William Taylor Munroe, of Orange,Virginia, died November 3, 2019.
Ralph Munroe was a dual citizen of theUnited Kingdom and United States and attendedWoodberry after his family moved to nearbyOrange. He was a member of the stage crew,service committee, orientation committee, andvarsity soccer team.
Mr. Munroe attended Dartmouth Collegeand the University of Richmond. A lifelonglover of books, he founded Books for Businessin Richmond and, later, Bookshop2, Inc., inOrange. A descendent of presidents John Taylorand James Madison, he assisted his family indeveloping the Taylor and Madison rare book andartifact collection, and, in 1974, helped found theJames Madison Museum. He was president of theVirginia chapter of Young Americans for Freedomand was active in the local Republican party.
Mr. Munroe is survived by his mother and twobrothers.
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