Peter Victor Sulkowski ’95

Peter Victor Sulkowski, 48, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on August 1, 2021. Peter was a beloved father, son, and uncle. Peter attended True Grace Church and was grateful for their outreach program. His loss leaves an immeasurable void in the hearts of his family and friends.

Peter grew up in Kingsport, TN. He attended St. Paul’s Preparatory School in Concord, NH, Davidson College, East Tennessee State University, and Oglethorpe University where he graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. He enlisted in the Army Reserves while in college and participated in an ROTC program. He was first stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC with the 82nd Airborne Division.

He was deployed to South Korea for 3 years, did a tour in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and was stationed in Kuwait for a year planning the drawdown in Iraq. Peter returned stateside to work at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, GA for several years and finally settled in Lacey, WA where he worked at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He rose to the rank of Major.

He was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Parachutist Badge. He left military service in 2014, and he has since been a student and a devoted father.

Peter was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Sidney and Nelle Scarborough; his paternal grandparents, Alfred and Ingeborg Sulkowski; and his uncle, Hubertus Sulkowski.

Peter is survived by his son, Kyle Lazatin-Sulkowski, who was his everything and the light of his life, and Kyle’s coparents, Anna Lazatin, and husband, Travis Ahlquist, Tacoma, WA; his mother, Lynn Scarborough, Johnson City, TN; his father, Viktor Sulkowski and wife, Linda Sulkowski, Jonesborough, TN; his sister, Elizabeth Wright and husband, William Wright, Kingsport, TN; his nephew, Samuel Wright and his niece, Lily Wright; his Aunt, Diane Lawrence and husband, Tom Lawrence, Ballwin, MO; and many cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be donated to Disabled American Veterans or the Fisher House Foundation.

A family service will be held at a later date.

Kristen Grady Milligan ’95

Kristen Grady Milligan ’95 passed away peacefully on Oct. 26, 2012, in her Pisgah Forest, N.C., home surrounded by her beloved family. She was 39. Milligan is preceded in death by her father, J. Michael Grady, and survived by her husband, Deric Milligan, 547 Valeria Dr., Pisgah Forest, NC 28768-9955, and their children, Ashlea, Luke, and Rebecca. She is also survived by her mother, Lynn Grady, and her twin sister, Kim Brock. Milligan, a graduate of Davidson and Florida State University, was an orientation and mobility specialist and guide dog trainer by profession, but her true passions were as a wife and mother of three adored children. Milligan’s legacy of caring for other young families with a terminally ill parent continues through Inheritance of Hope, a nonprofit ministry she established. After retiring from her first career of training guide dogs for the visually impaired and deaf-blind to become a full-time mom, Milligan was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer in stage 4 on March 18, 2003-her 30th birthday. For the next 10 years, Milligan was dedicated to helping families navigate life-threatening illnesses, beginning with her own children. She wrote A Train’s Rust, A Toy Maker’s Love to communicate about illness and death with her then four-year-old daughter, Ashlea, two-year-old son, Luke, and seven-month-old daughter, Rebecca. She wrote another book for children and one for adults about her experiences. Milligan also was a poised speaker, who shared her story with audiences around the United States and internationally. In May 2007, Milligan and her husband, Deric, launched Inheritance of Hope with the vision that “Every Family Deserves a Legacy.” They desired to share their experiences, insights, and resources with many other families dealing with life-threatening illness. So far, Legacy Retreats have impacted ill parents, devoted caregivers, and the children in well over a hundred families. In her writing, speaking, and co-founding of Inheritance of Hope, Milligan’s message was consistently joyful. Throughout her journey with illness-which included six surgeries, 22 months of chemotherapy, and two rounds of radiation-she wanted people to know that she found more joy than harm. Such joy came from a deepening relationship with God and increasing awareness of God’s work in her and around her. Milligan claimed James 1:2 as a favorite verse: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” Milligan’s dying days were marked by a profound peacefulness. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, and she is deeply missed. Her legacy continues, though, in all the lives she has touched and in the work of Inheritance of Hope.

John Edward Barber ’95

John Edward Barber ’95, 38, of Orlando, Fla., died Oct. 17, 2011, after a 10-month battle with cancer. He was born in Winter Garden, Fla., to Nancy and the late Robert Barber on Dec. 3, 1972. Barber graduated from West Orange High School in 1991 after spending a year in Germany on a Congress-Bundestag Scholarship through AFS. He received a B.A. in political science and women’s studies from the University of South Florida in 1995. Barber was a hair stylist at Vamp Hair Salon, a political/social radio commentator on XL106.7, and an entertainer wherever he went. He was also an enthusiastic fundraiser for political figures and local charities and an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. He loved and touched the Orlando community with his generosity and commitment to charity. In 2008, he was voted “Favorite Local Hair Stylist” in the Watermark Wave Awards. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Barber, 244 N. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden, FL 32787; his grandmother, Nancy Arnold; his sisters, Nancy Barber ’86 and Robin Branch (Ron); his niece and nephews, Ellie, Steve, and Bobby Branch; his aunt and uncle, Fran and Dan Arnold, Jr.; and his aunt, Carol Booth.