Agricultural and Mechanic Arts, the
University of Missouri, and Michigan
State University. He served on the
National Council of Examiners for
Engineering and Surveying and on the
New Mexico Highway Commission.
He died May 1.
CONSEULA FRANCIS (College of
Charleston), 43, was an associate
provost and professor of English
and African American studies. She
was a graduate of the University of
Washington. Francis died May 9.
ROBERT D. HEBERT (McNeese State
University), 77, was president
of McNeese and who served the
university for forty-one years.. He
died May 31.
KEITH HUSTON (University of
Minnesota), 90, was regional director
for the agricultural experiment stations
in the North Central Region at the
Department of Agriculture. He was a
graduate of Western Reserve College
and the University of Wisconsin, and
served at Kansas State University and
at Minnesota. He died March 7.
SARAH A. MCINTIRE (Texas Woman’s
University), 75, was a professor and
chair emerita of biology at Texas
Woman’s. She was a recipient of
the Lifetime Achievement Award
from the American Society for
Microbiology, and the Mary Mason
Lyon and Humphries awards from
the university. She supervised 150
students during her academic tenure.
She died July 14.
MELVIN H. WILLIAMS (Old Dominion
University), 78, was a marathoner
and exercise scientist at Old
Dominion, where he served for
30 years. The Army veteran was
a graduate of the University of
Maryland and founder of the Human
Performance Laboratory and the
Wellness Institute at Old Dominion.
He died May 19.
NORMAN COHN (Ohio University),
86, was professor emeritus of
environmental and plant biology at
Ohio and a graduate of the University
of Pennsylvania, the University of
Kentucky, and Yale University. Cohn
also was active in community theater
and with international students. He
died June 29.
LEWIS SHUPE (Wright State University),
84, was an Air Force veteran and speech
pathologist. He was a graduate of
Weber College, the University of Utah,
and the State University of New York
at Buffalo. Shupe served on the WSU
Friends of the Libraries Board and
worked with the WSU archives on oral
history projects. He died June 26.
GEN. JOHN W. VESSE Y JR. (University
of Maryland), 94, was a four-star
general and chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff during the Reagan
administration. He also served as
a special envoy to Vietnam under
several presidents, seeking to find out
what happened to Americans listed as
prisoners of war or missing in action.
Vessey was a graduate of Maryland
and George Washington University.
He died Aug. 18.
They thought their garden safe,
in leafy-evening dark, under their
sneakered feet, guarded
by guardian stars. Magnolias flecked
with oval locks, a gleam, sudden their
and sleek, as spears and trouble…
There was a hidden bench, smoothed
out of handy
stone, where he — their father —
slept, while they
played badminton; while they cried
twenty-one!” and in that twilight, won.
Then came the piercing eye of a
it burnt his restful head; it struck his
his shirt, the Adam fruit traveling
down his throat.
They thought their garden safe, but
they no longer
played where giant men ran through,
kept in check, for kisses might declare
that would happen.
Unless new saints arrived, unless they
the garden stoked alive; the children
in droves, history at their heels, in heels
SOFIA M. STARNES, Virginia’s poet laureate 2012-
14, is the author of five poetry collections, three of them
winners of national awards, and editor of two poetry
anthologies. Her first full-length collection, A Commerce of
Moments, was named Poetry Honor Book by the Library of
Virginia in the year of its publication. She is poetry editor
and poetry book review editor of The Anglican Theological
Review. Her next collection, The Consequence of Moonlight,
is forthcoming from Paraclete Press.