Charles David Blue ’64

Charles David Blue, 79, of Lynchburg, Va., passed away on Saturday May 28, 2022. He was born on October 15, 1942, in Fayetteville, N.C., the son of the Reverend David Fairley Blue Jr. and Thelma Walker Blue.

David is survived by his loving wife, Betty Trevey Blue; two children and their families, Susan Blue and Jeff Starke and their two children, Emma Blue (12), and Walker (9), of Irvine, Calif., and David and Jenn (Adams) Blue and their three children, Brady (11), Harper (8), and Mason (6), of Arlington, Va.

David was a graduate of Davidson College and served in the U.S. Airforce from 1965 to 1970 attaining the rank of Captain. He later moved to Lynchburg, Va. in 1980 and was the owner of Management Recruiters of Lynchburg. David was an active member of the community and First Presbyterian Church.

David and Betty were married on Valentine’s Day During the great blizzard of 1970. David was late to the Wedding due to the bad weather and guests couldn’t make it to the ceremony. Despite the issues around the wedding, they were happily married and great partners in life for the last 52 years.

David enjoyed life in Lynchburg with his neighbors on Oriole Place. The antics of the Oriole Place Crew created legends and stories that will be told for years and served as a shining example of what true friendship is. He also enjoyed spending time on The Farm in Bedford County.

David was a great storyteller and lively debater. He loved nothing more than a good debate with friends and never lost an argument with the TV.

In lieu of flowers please consider giving to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitalhttps://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html, First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg’s Malawi fund, https://www.fpcly.org/world-mission.html?layout=edit&id=308

A private memorial service will be held this Summer in David’s honor.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit www.tharpfuenralhome.com.

Alan J. Arthurs ’64

The following news story was published by the University of Bath on February 14, 2022:

The University is saddened to announce the death of Dr. Alan Arthurs, lecturer in the School of Management between 1976 and 2006.

Alan Arthurs joined the School of Management in 1976 after training as a research scientist and working for Imperial Chemical Industries, taking early retirement in 2006.

Emeritus Professor Nicholas Kinnie in the School of Management said: “Alan was a welcoming and supportive colleague for the staff who joined the School around this time. He conducted influential research in several areas including managerial unionism and the use of IT by Personnel Managers. However, it was his work with Professor John Doyle on the Research Assessment Exercise which hit the headlines in 1995. Their studies explored how the research quality of business schools could be assessed and revealed that, at the time, even internationally excellent schools published mostly in UK based journals.”

Alan also enjoyed close relationships with what is now the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. Emeritus Professor Geof Wood said: “Alan was a fine academic, with an applied dimension, who cherished and made proper use of his academic freedom.

“In addition to his research, Alan was a well-respected teacher who made essential contributions at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Peter Cressey from SPS said: “The students appreciated Alan’s lengthy industrial experience and his ability to engage them through his particular expertise in working time, equal opportunities and sexual discrimination.”

Alan also had a strong reputation outside the University. He played a significant role in the implementation of Equal Pay legislation when he was appointed as an Independent Expert on Equal Pay by the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service. Alan will be remembered as a kind, supportive and dedicated colleague who did much to enhance the external reputation of the University.

Randolph Charles “Randy” Scott ’64

Randolph Charles Scott, 79, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on December 9, 2021, from complications of lymphoma. His family is grateful for the excellent care he received from the medical staff throughout his illness.

Born in Boone, NC, Randy was the first child of Charles and Kathryn Scott, later to be joined by his sister Barbara. The family moved to Madison, NC, in 1946, where he met his future wife and “one and only love,” Elaine McCollum, at the tender age of 8. Elaine was instantly smitten and conferred upon him the highest honor a primary school child can bestow— she named her dog after him!

Graduating from Davidson College with a major in chemistry just as the Vietnam War began, Randy joined the Air Force to fulfill one of his greatest dreams and lifelong passions: flying airplanes. He squeaked through pilot training just before his eyesight precipitously declined, allowing him to become an RF-4C reconnaissance pilot. Staying in the military even after the war ended, he took postings in the States and abroad, and eventually attained the rank of Major.

After his flying days ended, Randy took an early retirement and earned a degree in computer science from Christopher Newport University in 1991. Computers—particularly Apple computers—would become another great passion in his life. Besides programming for a living, he also was the unofficial tech expert and troubleshooter for friends and family.

Randy possessed a highly analytical and inquiring mind, was a seeker of knowledge and truth, and read voraciously on a wide range of topics including history, philosophy, Christian theology, and conservative politics. A committed Christian, he was raised Methodist but attended First Baptist Church of Newport News and Bethel Baptist Church of Yorktown as an adult.

A keen music lover and audiophile, he appreciated classical music, opera, and the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. He was good with his hands and could fix almost anything. He spent countless hours on genealogical books for both his and Elaine’s families. When he discovered something he liked, he was eager for others to share his enthusiasm. This included all things Apple, the maritime adventures of Horatio Hornblower, and Braunschweiger (liver sausage). He also operated under the belief that you can never have enough cameras, speakers, flashlights, watches, maps, or binoculars.

Randy was multi-talented, cerebral, generous, self-effacing, unfailingly even-tempered, and a loyal and faithful son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was predeceased by his father Charles and favorite dog Yippy, and is survived by his mother Kathryn, sister Barbara James (Bob), wife Elaine, daughter Catherine Arne (Chris), son Eric (Katherine) and their children, Simon, Andrew, and Lily. His circle was not wide but, like him, it ran deep.

A memorial service will be held at Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 11:00, and a reception at the church will be held afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of the giver’s choice. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

James “Jim” Lee Binkley ’64

James Lee Binkley “Jim” passed away peacefully at his home in Reston, VA on November 27, 2021 after a long illness.

A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), Jim served at the national level for over three decades as a passionate, cutting edge and effective champion for sustainable design and design excellence. Over the course of his long career in the Federal Government, he led three agencies in refining sustainability and building design standards that have made the government a leader in progressive, green design.

His influence extended far beyond the Federal Government to the culture, policies, processes, and technical programs of state and local governments and the entire building industry. Jim had lead roles at the Federal Government’s General Services Administration and in the U.S. Department of Energy. As senior architect for the U.S. Postal Service, Jim helped direct the design of 29,000 buildings, improving customer satisfaction, efficiency, and sustainability. Jim received the prestigious AIA Thomas Jefferson Award in 2011 in recognition of excellence in architectural achievement in his career as a public sector architect who managed and produced quality design within his agencies.

Prior to his Federal Government employment, while working for Gold Medal winner Pietro Belluschi in Boston, Jim became a registered architect. For 32 years Jim was an award-winning adjunct professor of architecture at Catholic University of America (CUA), where he created the School of Architecture and Planning’s initial courses in sustainable design and taught at least 4,000 senior level students on the specifics of this, using public architecture as examples.

In late 2020 The James Binkley Prize was created by CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning to honor him. The prize is to be awarded annually to winners of CUA’s juried Integrated Building Design Studio projects.

Jim was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on March 12, 1942. He was proud to have been an Eagle Scout and to have received the God and Country Award and the Explorer Silver Award. Following his graduation from Davidson College in 1964 with a B.A. in English, Jim enrolled in North Carolina State University where he received degrees in Philosophy with high honors and Architecture, as well as a U.S. Army commission as second lieutenant. Jim served in the military in a combat unit as captain, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in Korea from 1969 to 1971, and was a recipient of the Army Commendation Medal.

Jim is survived by his wife of 26 years, Frances Knox Bastress and his loving children and step-children: John Binkley and his wife Jen, Kevin Binkley and his wife Amy, Jessica Binkley and her partner Jack Brown, Jennifer Bastress, and Matthew Bastress. He is also survived by his grandchildren Luke and Levi Binkley and step-grandchildren Andrew, Cassie, and Tabitha Bastress.

Jim was proud to describe himself as a soldier poet. He advocated that whenever possible in war and peace, do no harm. In line with this, he frequently said, “May all sentient beings be well, happy, and peaceful.”

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Jim requested that any contributions in his memory be made to Fellows Scholarship Endowment sponsored by the Washington Architectural Foundation found at www.aiadc.com/donate“>www.aiadc.com/donate. (After selecting an amount, click on the dropdown menu to find Fellows Scholarship Endowment. You may note Jim’s name as what inspired your gift.)

Published by The Washington Post from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2021.

Q. Lyle Blalock, Jr. ’64

Quay Lyle Blalock, Jr. passed away on July 18. 2021 at the age of 79. He was born in Winston Salem on May 22, 1942, to the late Quay Blalock, Sr. and Elizabeth Smitherman Blalock. Lyle graduated from Reynolds High School and went on to receive a scholarship for football from Davidson College. Lyle enjoyed his time at Davidson College and was an active Wildcat the rest of his life. After college, Lyle proudly served his country in the United States Army in Vietnam.

Lyle was a sales executive in the concrete industry. Most of his career was spent at Santee Concrete Corporation. He lived a very active life and he especially loved his time golfing with friends. Lyle was always adventurous and fun loving. He was the life of the party and had an easy time making and keeping friends.

He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Blalock Hemingway of Wilmington; nieces and nephews, Mr. and Mrs. John G Wood IV of Edenton., Mr. and Mrs. George C Hemingway III of Wilmington, and Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Baker II of Wilmington; numerous great nieces and nephews and countless friends.

The family would like to say a special thank you to three of Lyle’s closest friends who stayed by him until the very end, TK Robinette, Tony Dunn, and Britt Smith.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 6th at 1 pm at Forsyth Memorial Park, 3815 Yadkinville Rd, Winston Salem.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Davidson College in Lyle’s honor.


Published by Winston-Salem Journal on Jul. 25, 2021.