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Donald Panoz

1953

Don Panoz ‘53

Dr. Donald Panoz, American pharmaceutical entrepreneur, co-founder of Panoz cars, and founder of the American Le Mans Series, has died. He was 83 years old.
Panoz graduated from Greenbrier Military School, Class of 1953, Lewisburg in West Virginia, where he met his wife, Nancy. After serving in the Army, he moved to Pittsburgh to study business at Duquesne University. During his time at college he operated two drugs stores. This would be just the beginning of a legendary name in pharmaceuticals and motorsports.
In 1961, Panoz founded Milan Pharmaceuticals, before moving on to create Élan Corp., where he developed a method of delivering medicine through a patch applied to the skin. Today, Panoz's transdermal technology is best known through the nicotine patch that helps people quit smoking.
Having found huge success with his pharmaceutical invention, Panoz turned his attention to motorsports. In 1989, he co-founded Panoz Auto Development alongside his son, Dan. The younger Panoz oversaw the road car aspect of the newly-founded car company, building two exotic-styled sports cars, the Panoz Roadster (later sold as the AIV Roadster) and the Esperante, both of which used Ford running gear.
The elder Panoz headed the racing side of the business. The first Panoz race car, the Esperante GTR-1, competed in the FIA GT Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the IMSA GT championship. The Panoz family's experience campaigning this first race car inspired what may be Don Panoz's greatest motorsports accomplishment: The founding of the American Le Mans Series.
As Don wrote in a column for Road & Track, he was prompted to start ALMS from an unpleasant experience running the Panoz GTR-1 at the 1998 Daytona 24 Hours. "We were penalized before we ever raced and it left a sour taste in my mouth," Panoz said of his first Daytona experience. He reached an agreement with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (the sanctioning body for the 24 Hours of Le Mans) and created a new worldwide sportscar series that used the ACO's Le Mans rules. The first ALMS race happened in 1998, and the series ran until 2014, when it merged with the Grand-Am Road Racing series under IMSA.
For 1999, the Panoz race team built a new Le Mans prototype called the LMP1 Roadster-S, competing with success in both the American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2005, Panoz switched to the GT2 class with a new Esperante GTLM race car that ended up winning the 12 Hours of Sebring and a GT2 class win at Le Mans, both in 2006.
Beginning in 2008, Panoz turned his focus to the DeltaWing project, a radical new idea for a low-drag race car. The DeltaWing made its racing debut at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans and also raced in the Petit Le Mans, but in 2017 new rules made the car ineligible for competition. Throughout all of these racing endeavors, the Panoz team was also building Indy 500-winning IndyCar chassis.
In addition to fielding successful race cars, Panoz was deeply rooted into the business side of car racing. He was either a full or part-owner of three race tracks: Road Atlanta, Sebring Raceway, and Mosport International Raceway. In addition to building the DeltaWing, he was also chairman of the DeltaWing Technology group, which now works on other automotive-based engineering projects aimed at improved fuel efficiency.
In 2012, Panoz sold his holdings in those tracks, along with the ALMS, to NASCAR, dedicating his career to pursuing fuel-efficient and zero-emission technology through racing. In 2017, the company announced plans to field an all-electric race car at Le Mans. While the plan was eventually scrapped, it showed Panoz's drive to develop new technology and innovation in the racing world.
Don Panoz was a singular figure in the motorsports world, a man who forged his own path and tried his hand at a variety of endeavors. He will be missed.

Donald S. Eyman

1948

Donald's wife has informed the Association of Don's passing

WILLIAM THOMAS "COACH" KERNS

1965

WILLIAM THOMAS “COACH” KERNS ’65
9/11/1946 -8/8/2018
William Thomas “Coach” Kerns ’65, Age 71, of Bridgeport, entered into Eternal Rest unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. He was born in Clarksburg on September 11, 1946, a son of the late Robert and Marjorie (Newbrough) Kerns.

Coach is survived y his loving wife of 20 years, Sue Kerns, and his son Matt Kerns and his wife Natalie of Athens, GA; his grandsons, Nathen “Dutch” Kerns and Tyson “Ty” Kerns , both of Athens, GA; a step-daughter , Melisa Kennedy and her husband Bill of Orlando, FL; and step-daughter , Melisa Kennedy and her husband Bill of Orlando, FL; and a step-granddaughter Emily Kennedy of Orlando, FL; his sister Beth Clifton and her husband Chuck of Flemington; and several nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Becky Bowen, his brother-in-law Bill Bowen, and nephews Gregory Mills and Jason Brown.

Coach Kerns graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1964, Greenbrier Military School in 1965, and then entered WVU with a full track scholarship. He not only set many university track records, he also served as co-captain of the track team in 1968-69. He also played freshman basketball was a member and an officer of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and eventually graduated with both a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree in Education.

Bill was first employed in Berkeley County at Martinsburg High School as a teacher, assistant track coach and basketball coach where he worked with lifelong friend, Head Coach Bob Hummell. After spending five years (1970 – 1975) at Martinsburg, he was offered the Head Basketball and Track coaching positions in Harrison County at Bridgeport High School. Bill taught and coached at his alma mater for the next 30 years. He was truly enjoying life after retiring from coaching basketball in 1993 and then, teaching in 2005. He loved his school and his players.

While coaching the sport he cherished, basketball, he and his teams’ accomplishments were many. his teams’ accomplishments were many. After Qualifying for six state tournaments in his last 10 years, Bridgeport finally won the school’s first State Basketball Championship in 1993. Along the way his teams numerous County, Big 10, sectional, and Regional Championships. Also, in 1991, his team was the first in Bridgeport history to go undefeated in the regular season at 24-0. Coach Kerns always considered it a privilege to coach at his alma mater, coach the sport he loved so much, and to be able to work with all the great student-athletes through the years from 1970 -1993. He was selected “West Virginia Retired Coach of the Year in 2016 by the West Virginia Secondary Coaches Association. He was presented this award at the State Basketball Tournament in Charleston.

Bill will be greatly missed by his soulmate and loving wife, devoted son and his family, compassionate sister, nephews and friends

James J. Spanos

1956

†James J. Spanos age 79 of Mt. Lebanon passed away peacefully Thursday, August 2, 2018.
Born on August 30, 1938 in Pittsburgh, son of the late John and Jenova (Kaites) Spanos, James was a student at Greenbriar Military School and graduated from West Virginia University. He retired from Sales Management and marketing in 1999. James was loved by everyone at Holy Cross Orthodox Church, where he served on the Parish Council and was a board member of the T.H.E.O.S School. He is most known for his dedication and work ethic with the the annual Holy Cross Food Festival. He was a recipient of the St. Photios Award in 2018 for his dedication to Holy Cross.
James was a loving husband of Regina (Skarvelis) Spanos for over 56 years, beloved father of John (Julie) Spanos of Mechanicsburg, PA and Nick (Jennifer) Spanos of Venetia, PA; cherished Papou of James (Samantha) Spanos, Andrew Spanos, Anastasia Spanos and Madeline Spanos; dear Big Papou of Audriana Spanos. Also surviving an Uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Family & Friends are welcome Monday, August 6, 2018 from 4-9 pm at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gilkeson Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15228. A Trisaigon Service will be held at 7 pm. Additional visitation will be held Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 10:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church. Internment at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery will follow.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the Holy Cross Agape Fund.

ROY M. BLIZZARD

1954

Roy M. Blizzard Jr., 83, passed away peacefully at his home on July 23, 2018. He was born on February 9, 1935, in South Charleston, the first son of Roy M. Blizzard Sr. and Lillian Thompson Blizzard.

Roy attended Woodrow Wilson Junior High School and graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1953. After high school, Roy attended Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg for post graduate studies before going on to attend West Virginia University on a football scholarship. Roy met and married his partner, best friend and the love of his life, Mary Elizabeth Summers, with whom he was blessed to have celebrated over 60 years of marriage. Together, they pursued their careers in education while raising their young family. Roy received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education from Morris Harvey College, a Master of Arts in Special Education from Marshall University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from West Virginia College of Graduate Studies. Roy always credited Mary with getting him through his doctoral program by editing and typing his papers and dissertation.

Roy's career in education and school facilities planning spanned over 50 years. He was first and foremost a teacher and coach. Early in his career, he shared his talents with his students at DuPont and Nitro High Schools and Glenville State College. After teaching, he went on to work for the West Virginia Department of Education, where he retired after 20 years of service as the Director of School Facilities Planning. After retiring from service with the West Virginia Department of Education, Roy moved to Asheville, NC, where he worked for the Buncombe County School System for ten years and retired as the Director of Planning, Maintenance and Plant Operations. After retiring from public service for the second time, Roy returned to his beloved West Virginia and formed the Southeastern Planning Group which developed master facility plans and educational specifications for new construction for 16 counties. Many new schools in West Virginia were influenced by his planning.

Roy was a devoted and loving father. Through example, he taught his children how to work hard. Growing up, most days you could find his boys working with him side by side cutting firewood on the family farm in Elkview. He was known for his firewood business and supplied many Charleston area families with wood each winter. Roy was also an avid grouse hunter. He took his children with him hunting where he instilled in them a love of everything about West Virginia. Those hunting trips were more about imparting life's lessons and bonding with his children than bird count. Roy could always be found at all his children's high school sporting events rooting them on.

Later in life, Roy and Mary returned to their Elkview farm which became a hub for many summer adventures and holiday gatherings with his children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Edsel Blizzard. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Summers Blizzard, and their son Mark R. Blizzard and Sherrie, son Stephan H. Blizzard and his children Braxton and Stephanie, son Roy M. Blizzard, his wife Tina Pappas Blizzard and their children, Mary, John, Roy, and Emily and daughter Melissa Blizzard Brown, her husband Earl Brown and their children Rowan and Lucinda. Survivors also include his son Doug Blizzard and his sons Garrett, Colton, Dylan and Dakota; older sister Mary Lucille Motley and his younger brother Dudley Blizzard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, with Chaplain Pete Thompson officiating.

The family would like to recognize HospiceCare for the love and care they provided to Roy.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.

Joseph A. Mendez

1952

Joseph A. Mendez, 86, of Cogan Station, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at The Gatehouse in Williamsport.

Joseph was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 14, 1932 to the late Antonio and Dolores (Bollada) Mendez. After graduating from Greenbrier Military School in 1952, Joseph went on to serve his country in the United States Army. When he returned, he started working for Bethlehem Steel where he was the president of the union. He helped with the transition from Bethlehem Steel to Williamsport Wire and Rope. After 28 years, he retired from Williamsport Wire and Rope.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Joseph was also a lifetime member of the Harmonia Club and the VFW. Joseph was an avid sports fan. He loved to play and officiate. He followed nearly all sports. Joseph was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a hard worker and a humble man.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Mendez, two sons, Stephen Mendez of Cogan Station, and Brian Mendez of Northampton, and one grandson, Joshua Mendez of Northampton.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Friends and family are invited to come and share at a reception on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 PM in Joseph’s honor at the Harmonia Club at 332 E. Seventh St., Williamsport.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joseph’s name may be made to The Gatehouse at 1100 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701.

Arrangements are entrusted to Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, Williamsport.

To leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.jamesmaneval.com.

Samuel M. Hudson II

1949

Samuel M. Hudson II, 88, passed away Monday, June 25, 2018, in Parkersburg, WV, with his wife of 65 years at his side.

He was born in Marysville, TN and graduated from Greenbrier Military School in Lewisburg, WV. Sam was a businessman and entrepreneur. His career included owning a meat loscker business, managing road construction in Texas, working for the family business, Red Head oil and Gas, working in property acquisition for Ashland Oil , owner and operator of HUDCO, Hudson Petroleum Company and HUDCO Tire Service. His hobbies included farming, raising Angus cattle land development, piloting small planes, traveling, playing bridge and Rotary. He was a longtime member of Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg. Sam lived in Lewisburg in his youth and retirement, also residing through the years in Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, and San Marcus, TX, and raising his family in Wooster, OH.

Sam is preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Hellen Hudson; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Hudson
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Tate Hudson; sister, Helen Stabler; children, Walter Hudson, Samuel Hudson III (Cynthia, Laura Warren (Terry) and William Hudson (Cindy); grandchildren, Natalie Warren (Dan Patterson) Caroline Meyer (Anthony) , Michael Hudson, Daniel Hudson, Samuel Hudson IV, Claire Hudson and Catherine Hudson; great-granddaughters, Harper Patterson and Madison Meyer; many nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Dudley Flanders; sister-in-law Charlotte Hobson; and his faithful dog, Alice.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following: Lewisburg Rotary Club Foundation, Dam's House of Hope, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation and Jennifer Hudson Memorial Nursing Annual Scholarship.

DAVID FARRIS SAYER JR

1956

David F. Sayer Jr. of Charleston, formerly of Logan, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018, of natural causes. He was 80 years old, the son of David F. Sayer and Zakia Sayer. He graduated from The Greenbrier Military School and Ohio State University. He was Co-Owner of Sayer Brothers department stores throughout West Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marlene Nicholas, and brother, Alex F. Sayer II. David is survived by his brother, Farris D. Sayer; sisters, Lorraine Ghareeb (Fauzy) and Christine Husson (Bruce); as well as his nephews and nieces, Nicky Nicholas, Jacqueline Mason (Jason), David Husson (Mindy), Jonathan Husson, Christin Husson, Alex Ghareeb (Amilia); and all his many great - nephews and great - nieces whom he dearly loved.

He will be remembered as a wonderful brother, a devoted son, and a loving Uncle. The family wishes to give special thanks to all of his loving caretakers who provided him great comfort.

Funeral service will be noon Wednesday, June 6, at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Flowers may be sent to Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street E., Charleston, WV 25301. Or you may donate in memory of David to St. George Orthodox Cathedral, P.O. Box 2044, Charleston, WV 25327 or Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Avenue, Charleston, WV 25304.
The family appreciates your prayers and support.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com.
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
obituary: CHARLESTON GAZETTE MAIL, JUNE 3, 2018

James Russell Young

1958

James Russell "Jim" Young, born on August 9, 1939, in Richwood, WV, to James Stillman and Evalena Rader Young, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

He graduated from Richwood High School in 1957, where he was an excellent and popular student. He was selected to Boys State and many other awards and honors. He excelled in athletics, especially football and basketball. After graduation, he attended Greenbrier Military School, Class of 1958, on a basketball scholarship, followed by a basketball scholarship to William and Mary College. He followed that by serving in the United States Marine Corps.

Jim Young played in the renowned Charleston Basketball Summer League where he made the All-Star team and played with such famous players as Jerry West, Chris Smith, Gary Justice, Bob Ayersman and Rod Thorn. Jim obtained his Master's degree from Marshall University. He became a Professor of Geography at Fairmont State College where he was extremely liked and respected by his students and colleagues. He served on the Fairmont State Athletic Board including Director of the Board several times. He was offered an assistant coaching position by basketball head coach Joe Retton, but turned it down to remain in teaching. He did however serve in team/player scouting and player evaluation. He retired from Fairmont State after 49 years of teaching.

Jim's knowledge about sports was encyclopedic and he would often call radio shows. He greatly enjoyed going to local meetings of the Legends and tirelessly travelling to local and ACC football and basketball games.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carolyn Ramsey Young; his son, Stefan Kristoph Young and wife, Swathi Young; grandson, Krishna Young, who was his pride and joy; his brother, William Stillman Young of Alabama and his wife Charlotte and nephew, Randy Young. He will be missed by Dave Gillispie, Gary Justice, John Stewart, Jack Wright, Frank Gardinia and so many other dear friends. He will also be missed by his pets; Greta, Samantha and Sasha.

Special thanks to HospiceCare and to all those who helped make this time easier and his life more exciting.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday May 19, at Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, St. Albans. The funeral service will follow at noon at the funeral home.

Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

The family encourages that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W, Charleston, WV 25387.

You may share memories of Jim on his tribute page by visiting ChapmanFuneralHomes.com.

Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans, WV, is honored to serve the Young family.

THOMAS DAWSON CANBY

1946

THOMAS DAWSON CANBY ‘46
Thomas Dawson Canby 90, formerly of Glen Mill, PA., son of George Rust Canby and Ann Elizabeth Dawson Canby, passed away on May 15, 2018 following a short illness. He is a descendant of Thomas Canby who settled in New Hope, Pa. in 1682, and on his mother’s side, he is a descendant of Robert Peter, the first mayor of Georgetown, Washington, DC. In the last phase of his life, the hospice and nursing staff commented on his calm and polite demeanor which was consistent with how he lived his life.
Tom grew up on the family farm in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was valedictorian of the 1946 class at Greenbrier Military School in West Virginia. In 1950, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from the Glenn L. Martin School of Engineering and Aeronautical Sciences at the University of Maryland. In June, 1952, he graduated with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tom started his career with Dupont Nemours in Buffalo, NY. He was transferred to Memphis, Tennessee, and then to Baytown, Texas, prior to working many years in Wilmington, Delaware. After his retirement from DuPont in 1985, Tom and his wife Marge continued to reside near Chadds-Ford, Pa.
Tom enjoyed life’s experiences during his retirement years. He participated actively in the Delaware Photographic Society and his pursuit of perfection resulted in may photos being recognized and received awards in juried contests. Tom’s love of photography also resulted in publication of a coffee table size book, Brown Bears at Brooks River. He greatly appreciated the photographic services provided by Colorworks in Washington, Delaware. tom took additional award-winning photographs while soaring over volcanos in Hawaii in an ultralight plane. Another outstanding photographic experience was during Tom and Marge’s car trip across Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
He loved all watersports, including sailing, fishing and scuba diving. During a series of trips to Alaska, he loved to fish for salmon and was prepared to offer up his catch to any grizzly bears that wandered too close. He also enjoyed fishing for Halibut offshore from Alaska. At age 68, Tom earned his open-water scuba diving certification at the Cousteau Fiji Island Resort. His favorite diving expedition was in the Red Sea.
Tom is survived by his son, Thomas Canby Jr, and his wife Kate, and his daughter Mary Jean Goetz and her husband Bob. He is survived by grandchildren, Julia Canby-Rice, Rebecca Canby, Liz Raudzus-Canby, Sarah Goetz and Matthew Goetz, and nine greatgrandchildren. Tom was married to Margaret Overbey for over 63 years before she died in 2014. His son Charles Canby passed away in 2007
Services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Glenn Mills, PA on Saturday, June9, 2018 at 11 a.m. The committal will be the following day at Woodside Cemetery in Brighton, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, Washington DC; the American Cancer Society or the SPCA.

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