David Christopher Vaughan ’79

David Christopher Vaughan, 64, died on Monday, December 6, 2021. David was born in Fort Myers on July 5, 1957. He graduated from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and earned a master’s degree in real estate at the University of Florida in Gainesville. With his partner, Ted Dickey, he founded and operated Diversified Appraisal, a commercial real estate appraisal firm.

David was devoted to his wife, Cheryl, his children, Bobby, Kimberly and Shane, and grandchildren, Riley and Nathaniel. He was also a treasured friend and role model to his siblings, nieces and nephews, and in‐laws.

Beloved by his family, friends and fellow tennis and pickleball players, David had an enormous—and infectious—love for the everyday joys of life. Whether he was barbecuing on his deck, cheering on his cherished Gators, boasting about his mangoes and avocados (“The absolute best in the world,” he’d say, as he said about so many things he loved and enjoyed), reading a Nero Wolfe mystery, exclaiming at a new bird at the feeder, or simply biking through Fort Myers’ beautiful streets, he embraced and appreciated every experience.

For two years after being diagnosed with a fast‐growing, fatal cancer, he managed to live a full and happy life, often saying that those years had been some of his best. “I’m not going to die today,” he would remind himself and those who loved him, as he chose to approach each new day with hope and a positive spirit.

Fair and judicious, David was open‐minded and accepted different viewpoints. He had an uncanny ability to understand the emotions and intentions of other people and to see to the heart of issues and situations. He was also known for his quick wit and humor, and as every family member, tennis partner and even new acquaintances can testify, no one could escape his good‐natured teasing.

He loved sports and was as passionate about Fort Myers High School teams as his favorite college and professional teams. He was a gifted athlete himself, winner of many local and state tennis tournaments. David enjoyed coaching Little League when his children were young and relished playing—and winning—in tennis and pickleball tournaments with them when they were older. The ultimate strategic thinker, he thrived on games like Fantasy Football and Sudoku, celebrating and crowing at every win.

David is survived by his wife, Cheryl; children, Bobby Vaughan (Samantha), Shane Vaughan, Kimberly Grabowski; and grandchildren Riley Milgrim and Nathaniel Grabowski. His family would like to thank Dr. Lowell Hart and physician assistant Mary Beth Molloy at Florida Cancer Specialists and Dr. Jonathan Von Koenig of Lee Health for the devoted care he received. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Joseph William O’Connor ’79

Joseph William O’Connor, age 64, died suddenly from an aortic dissection on May 16, 2021 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Joe was born on March 31, 1957, in Tampa, Florida, to his parents, John Anthony O’Connor and Bessie Mae (Holmes) O’Connor. When he was seven years old, his family moved to Fort Myers, Florida. Growing up as the youngest of six children can be tough, and Joe’s personality was shaped by his family and natural talents. He was quite independent and quiet, and as a young boy taught himself to type and operate a Telex machine at Plantation Foods, his parent’s employer. His ability to focus intensely for hours and days was obvious early on.

Joe loved reading, learning new skills, and diving into outdoor activities. He excelled in water skiing, soccer, football, running (multiple marathons, triathlons), and spelunking. He biked across Ireland and Wales and immersed himself in swimming the Tampa Bay waters.

Joe, along with his brothers, was an active Boy Scout, camping, earning merit badges, and learning to appreciate southwest Florida nature. He was also an altar boy, rising early to help conduct Catholic mass and then attend Catholic grade and high school.

Joe attended Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida, where he was co-captain of the football team. In his senior year, a football teammate told him about Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, and he applied and received a football scholarship. He loved his liberal arts education at Davidson and enjoyed many wonderful friendships there. Although his degree was in Economics, he spent numerous hours working in Davidson’s computer lab (those were the early days of computers), which sparked his lifelong affinity for technology.

After college, Joe lived in St. Joseph, Missouri, for four years, working with his oldest brother, John. He then moved to St. Louis to complete his MBA in Finance and Accounting at Washington University in 1986.During his final year there, he met a fellow bicyclist, a native St. Louisan named Maureen, on a sweltering Labor Day weekend two-day organized bike ride. After both Joe and Maureen were too shy to exchange contact information, they unexpectedly met again three months later and started their lifelong adventures together. They married in 1988, and their “just married” vehicle was a tandem bicycle.

Joe’s employment and Maureen’s education took them from Missouri to Indiana and then Maryland, and they ultimately settled in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1995. Their long-awaited dream came true when their daughter Meara was born in 2000.Joe and Meara shared a very special connection in their father/daughter relationship. Joe always made it a priority to provide her with the utmost empathy, love and guidance.

Joe’s career included many roles in technology consulting, project management, business operations, and most recently, cybersecurity compliance consulting. He was most satisfied when he could analyze and improve systems, whether he was a paid consultant or a tireless volunteer.

Joe was a person of service, and those he loved were the fortunate recipients of this thoughtfulness and generosity. He listened completely and took action with a full heart. Those who loved him knew they could ask him for any assistance, and it would be provided without question or hesitation. Joe has been described as having a phenomenally incisive-retentive mind, in addition to being quick with smile, a laugh, a compliment, and a kind and appreciative word.He was earnest and attentive, often the voice of calm and reason in charged situations.

Joe was passionate about the democratic process and was often involved in local elections. He was an avid supporter of Meara’s schools and activities—SunFlower School, Club Sport Kids soccer, Lady Green Devils Lacrosse team, St. Petersburg High School’s Green Devil Band, and the SPHS International Baccalaureate Boosters. He coached, he cheered, he served on advisory boards, and he ran concession stands. In addition to volunteering for Meara’s activities, he supported other organizations, including St. Pete Maker Space and the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association. Where there was a need, there was Joe.

Joe doted on his cats, and his recent focus was helping his beloved old kitty Duke to eat more. He used one of his favorite tools, a spreadsheet, to help him track Duke’s likes and dislikes.

Anyone who knew Joe knew that he was dedicated to the renewal of Maureen’s and his Mediterranean-style St. Pete house built in 1920.He attended to every task with great attention to detail and quality, finding the home’s history and inner workings a source of constant fascination. Maureen and Meara are eager to finish the renovation in his memory and hope he looks over them with smiles of satisfaction and approval.

Joe is survived by his wife, Maureen Corbett, his daughter, Meara O’Connor, and his siblings, Patricia Reynolds (Marshall), Michael O’Connor (Sharon), and Charles O’Connor (Cindy Bear).He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bessie Mae O’Connor, and his brothers, John Patrick O’Connor (Mary), and James Walter O’Connor (Frances).He had numerous beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and in-laws whom he enjoyed very much. He also had enduring friendships with his former schoolmates, colleagues, and neighbors.

A memorial gathering will be planned, with details posted at this site at a later date. For more information, you are welcome to contact his wife, Maureen Corbett, at 727-692-6194.

In lieu of flowers, the extended family has set up a GoFundMe to offset Meara’s college expenses (https://gofundme.com/f/meara-oconnor-college-fund), or donations can be made to the St. Pete High Green Devil Band (https://www.greendevilband.com/donate.html) or SunFlower School (by sending a check payable to SunFlower School, 5313 27th Avenue S, Gulfport, FL 33707 or donating via Zelle, sf@sunflowerprivateschool.com).

From the bottom of their hearts, Maureen and Meara wish to thank everyone who has expressed so much love and support since his passing. We will love him forever.

Matthew Young ’79

Dr. Matthew G. Young, age 62, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 18th, in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

He was born January 12, 1957, in Franklin, IN, to Pamela and James Young. He was a 1975 graduate of Franklin Community High School, a 1979 graduate of Davidson College, and a 1983 graduate of Indiana University’s Dental School. He married Susan Young on August 10th, 1984, Etowah, North Carolina.

Loving the mountains, Dr. Young made his home, with Susan, in Western North Carolina. Together, with his mother-in-law, Doris, they founded a highly impactful general dental practice that would improve the lives of thousands, for the next three decades with a holistic focus. His passion for healing lead him to serve as President of the International Academy or Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).

Matthew also enjoyed cooking, spending time at the beaches of South Carolina, his dogs, sharing time with his sons, Alabama football, and his three grandchildren. Matthew will be remembered as a man who lived with empathy and a passion for healing.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; his two sons, Ezekiel, and Caleb; his daughter-in-law, Jennifer and his three grandchildren, Rylie, Tucker, Shiloh; his three sisters, Sara, Mindy, and Carrie; and his loving dog, Tyson.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Matthew touched are invited to leave a memory at his online celebration at: https://www.forevermissed.com/matthew-g-young

Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www.jacksonfuneralservice.com or PO Box 945, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Patrick Dulany ’79

Patrick Dulany (Age 61) Of Great Falls, VA, died suddenly on January 20, 2019 at Georgetown University Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Pat was born in Baltimore, MD on October 16, 1957. He graduated from McDonogh School in 1975, Davidson College in 1979, and earned his JD from University of Maryland in 1982. He was an attorney at Miles & Stockbridge in Tysons Corner, VA.

A successful lawyer in adulthood, and accomplished scholar/athlete in his youth, Pat’s booming laughter would fill a room, and he could often be found with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, thinking of his next prank or joke. Ever a gentleman, Pat made sure all around him never went hungry, lonely, or without enough beer to fill their glass.

Pat married Heidi Dexheimer in 1985. They raised four sons in their Northern Virginia home. He loved nothing more than spending time with Heidi and “the boys,” on the trails along the Potomac River, his parents’ farm in Westminster, MD, the beaches of Spring Lake, NJ, or various Civil War battlefields.

He led by example, teaching his sons the value of hard work, loyalty, and of being a gentleman. His pride in his family inspired those who knew him, as did the affection he had for his wife and best friend, Heidi. Pat’s last selfless act was to be an organ donor.

He is preceded in death by his father, William, and is survived by his beloved mother, Winifred, of Sykesville, MD; wife, Heidi of Great Falls, VA; sons, Scott (Rebecca) of San Francisco, CA, Peter (Faith) of Encinitas, CA, Griffin of Encinitas, CA, and Tate of Colorado Springs, CO; brother, Bryant (Karen) of Mt. Airy, MD; sister, Anne Eliason (Dean) of Crozet, VA; as well as in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was expecting the birth of Scott and Rebecca’s daughter in February 2019.

ervices will be held Monday, January 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Great Falls. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Pat’s honor to Donate Life, the Battlefield Trust, and the American Heart Association

Services will be held Monday, January 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Great Falls.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Pat’s honor to Donate Life, the Battlefield Trust, and the American Heart Association

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 26, 2019

L. Carrington Thompson ’79

Landon Carrington Thompson, 61, of Suffolk, VA, passed away on January 16, 2019.  A committed member of his community as well as a devoted husband and father and true Southern gentleman, Carrington will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Carrington was born on September 3, 1957 in Gastonia, NC, son of James Landon Thompson and Hazel Eleanor Amick Thompson.

He is survived by his wife of over 20 years, Suzanne E. Gillespie-Thompson; daughter, Hayden Elizabeth Thompson; in-laws Ernest Gillespie of Carrollton; Catherine Gillespie and Andre Hakes of Charlottesville and Cara and Craig Bennett of Charleston, SC; two nephews, Mason Hakes and Emerson Bennett and many more family and friends.

As evidenced by his tremendous record, CD and book collections, Carrington’s greatest loves, outside of his family, were music and reading.  Should a question about music arise in conversation, his encyclopedic knowledge was faster and more entertaining than any Google search.  Hard working, good hearted, with a touch of mischievousness and humor for good measure, Carrington was an integral member of every community of which he chose to be a part.

Trained and certified as a lay speaker at Benn’s United Methodist Church in Smithfield, VA, Carrington most recently served as treasurer for their United Methodist Men and adult Sunday school class teacher.

It was at his own graduation party from William and Mary’s MBA program that Carrington met Suzanne for the first time.  There, they began their long journey towards courtship, marriage, parenthood and partnership in life.  He would want it officially recorded that he was, “blessed to be alive and married to Suzanne for eight thousand-three-hundred and seven days!”  They married on April 20, 1996 by the water of Jones Creek on Suzanne’s family farm in Carrollton, VA. 

After a short time in Richmond, VA, they lived briefly in Greenville, SC, then moved on to Charlotte, NC where they lived and worked for many years before returning to Virginia to raise their daughter and be closer to family.

A graduate of Oak Ridge Military Academy in NC, Carrington went on to earn his BA from Davidson College as a student in their ROTC program before completing masters-level coursework in communications at the University of Tennessee.  After faithfully serving our country for four years in the US Army, he pursued a career in radio where he held several director positions at radio stations from North Carolina to West Virginia.   

With a gift for analyzing data and noting trends, Carrington eventually found himself in the world of market research.  While working full time for a market research firm in Williamsburg, VA, he earned an MBA in Strategic Market Analysis and Planning at William and Mary’s Mason School Business. 

After conducting strategic planning for several national homebuilders, Carrington built his own firm, Pinpoint Market Research in NC before returning to Virginia and applying that experience towards a dream of owning his own radio station held since his experience as a DJ in both high school and college. 

President of Hayden Hamilton Media Strategies, Carrington personally managed Bright Radio 105-7 WMXH-FM/1330 WRAA-AM in Luray, VA, which required him to commute during the week several hours away from home and family.  Building connections and community away from home, Carrington joined Luray’s Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, and quickly joined a small cadre of friends with whom he would walk every morning, getting exercise and exchanging news from around town.  It didn’t take long for Carrington to be known in Luray for his great wit, intelligence and genuine kindness.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 2 p.m. in Benn’s United Methodist Church, Smithfield, VA   The family will receive friends on Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield, VA.  Memorial donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity. Online condolences may be registered at www.littlesfuneralhome.com