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ELIZABETH GLOREElizabeth Motley Glore of Kendal in Lexington died over the Columbus Day weekend at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital after a brief illness. She had suffered a minor stroke in August but developed kidney and breathing problems in September. She was the daughter of Virgil and Alice Lamkin Motley of Gretna, and was graduated from William and Mary College in Williamsburg with a B.S. degree in the sciences. She later worked in the hematology laboratory at the University of Virginia medical center in Charlottesville.She was born in 1924 and was class valedictorian at Gretna High School. She taught classes at Kentucky’s largest Episcopal church in Louisville, headed its altar guild, and later became state treasurer of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.She is survived by her husband, Scott Glore III of Danville, Ky., native who was a Washington and Lee and University of Virginia alumnus, and vice president of the Old Dean Whitter Reynolds brokerage firm in Louisville where they lived for 40 years. Also surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth W. Glore, and a brother, Dr. Atwell Motley, both of Abingdon. There will be a memorial service 4:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Kendal and a burial service at Bellvue Cemetery in Danville, Ky., at a later date. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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MARY KNICKMary Lillian Sorrells Knick, 91, of Buena Vista died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at her home. She was born June 14, 1923, in Rockbridge County, a daughter of the late Freeman Rupert Sorrells and Lula Fix Sorrells. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Coolidge Knick; one daughter, Carole K. Chappell; one son, Kevin M. Knick; one grandson, Jason E. Wines; and three sisters and two brothers. Mrs. Knick was a member of the Glasgow Baptist Church and she retired from Modine Manufacturing Company in 1988 after 25 years of service. Surviving are one daughter, Bonnie K. Luke and husband Bob; one brother, Melvin H. Sorrells and wife Juanita; one sister, Shelvie S. May and husband Bob; two grandchildren, Justin E. Walker and wife Stacey and Jeff B. Wines and companion Debbie; two great-grandchildren, Cole Walker and Kassie Wines; and one son-in-law, Skip Chappell. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Rockbridge Area Hospice and to Teresa T. Rogers for the loving care given to Lillian during her illness. A funeral service was conducted Monday, Oct. 13, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. William M. Thomas. Burial followed at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Lillian to Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers Street, Lexington, VA 24450. Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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ANNE MAYSAnne Moore Mays, 91, of Lexington died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. She was born on May 14, 1923, a daughter of the late Graham Ross Moore and Mary Broughman Moore. In addition to her parents, Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley “Bunny” Mays Sr., and grandson Brian Mays. Surviving are her son, Stanley “Bugs” Mays Jr. and wife Patsy Mays; a grandchild, Steve Mays, and three great-grandchildren, Jake, Garrett and Tucker. Anne passed away peacefully in Myrtle Beach, S.C., near her family. A graveside service was held Monday, Oct. 13, at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens by Dr. Gertz from Lexington Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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GORDON JACOBYGordon Jacoby, a Columbia University researcher who hiked, climbed, flew, dove and paddled into some of the wildest corners on earth in search of trees that could reveal the planet’s inner workings, died on Oct. 1. He was 80.Born on Aug. 14, 1934, in Boston, and raised in the New Jersey suburb of Ridgewood, Jacoby was the youngest of three children born to Gordon C. Jacoby, an engineer who designed buildings and bridges, and Margaret Mathieson Jacoby. Jacoby attended school in central New Jersey and spent six months at Vanderbilt University before joining the Marines, serving from 1953 to 1956. For two of those years he drove a tank in Korea that serviced other tanks during the postwar peacekeeping mission there.He returned to the U.S. with dragons tattooed on both arms bent on putting his tinkering skills to use. He studied mechanical engineering at MIT before transferring to Columbia University to study geology, graduating with a Ph.D. in hydrology in 1971. During several detours out west, Jacoby stumbled across tree-ring science during a year at the University of Arizona. Jacoby returned to Columbia to launch a tree-ring research laboratory, only the second such lab in the United States.Jacoby was an early pioneer in the science of dendrochronology, the study of tree-rings. Trekking into remote places on every continent except Antarctica, he and his colleagues greatly expanded existing climate records by sampling the world’s most northerly trees, in northern Siberia, and the most southerly ones, in Tierra del Fuego, on the tip of South America. His travels in between ranged from lowlands to the treelines of high mountain ranges, as well as the bottoms of lakes.He was also a leader in using tree-rings to shed light on prehistoric earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides.Jacoby established collaborative working relationships in countries sometimes at diplomatic odds with the United States, training scientists and setting up research labs in Mongolia, China and Russia. He received faculty appointments at universities in these areas as well as awards. He also nurtured the talent in his own lab, which has continued to produce important studies in the field.After formally retiring in 2001, he continued to furnish his colleagues with tree-ring samples from Mongolia, Alaska and New England.In retirement, he settled into a 110-acre farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where he raised Bourbon Red turkeys and for a time, Coopworth sheep, questionably guarded by his two Italian Maremma sheepdogs. Each year, he planted chestnuts in an attempt to grow trees resistant to the blight that decimated America’s native chestnut forests. He called the place “Druid’s View” for the trees, many of which block spectacular vistas of the Allegheny Mountains. He was active in the Native Plant Society, and was a Master Gardener.After nearly a lifelong bachelorhood, in 2009 he struck up a relationship with Rusty Lotti, then director of Columbia’s deep-sea sediment laboratory. The couple split their time between Nyack, N.Y., and Raphine, Va., with summers at Jacoby’s hand-built cabin on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.Engaged since 2010, they had decided to marry when Jacoby suffered a brain stroke.In addition to Lotti, Jacoby is survived by his brother, Ian Jacoby and wife Joanna S. Jacoby, nieces Suzanne Jacoby Campbell, Patricia Jacoby Meyerson and Margaret Lindberg Pearce, nephews Robert A. Jacoby, Dr. Gordon Lindberg and Paul Lindberg, and beloved former student and spiritual daughter, Nicole Davi. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, and his sister Margaret Jacoby Lindberg.There will be a gathering to celebrate Gordon's extraordinary life on Oct. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hill View Lane, Raphine.Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
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