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Obituary Irvin H. Ornduff 2/18/2019  
I regret to inform you of the passing this weekend of Irvin H. Ornduff, who faithfully served Asheville School and its students from 1963 to 2000 as English Teacher, Director of Studies, Director of College Counseling, friend and mentor.

Services will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home (1401 Patton Avenue, Asheville, 828-252-3535) with former Asheville School Head Billy Peebles officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Mountain View Memorial Park.

Though he would be the last to admit it, Irv wielded tremendous influence during his 37 years on campus. Irv interacted with students, faculty members, parents and trustees in multiple ways. He was a beloved teacher of English; his former students claim they received their greatest lessons in his classroom. He was a taskmaster on grammar, demanding the right word in the right place in every essay. He instilled in his students an understanding of, and appreciation for, vocabulary, writing, literature, grammar and critical analysis--skills that those young men and women have used throughout their lives.

His gifts extended to his administrative roles at the School. He served a remarkable tenure as Director of Studies and Director of College Counseling. Irv formed strong relationships with college offices throughout the Southeast and the country. He planned and managed the school calendar and thousands of student academic schedules over the years. He was also known as a man of his word.

Irv admired sound instructional practice, and he served as a constant reminder to his colleagues that the students came first. All of Irv's colleagues witnessed this quality time and time again and were moved by his extraordinary commitment to the students. And the students returned that affection and support. The yearbook staff dedicated the Blue and White to him on three separate occasions--1970, 1980 and 1995.

Irv is also well remembered for his one liners. Perhaps he is best remembered for his oft quoted saying to students on the first day of school, "It is not too early to begin preparing for Final Exams".

Irv was pre-deceased in 2015 by his wife of almost 51 years, Ann.

Those wishing to send a note of condolence to his alumna daughter, Laura '86, may do so to:

Laura Ornduff
PO Box 536
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Below is his published obituary.

Irvin Hutton Ornduff, 83, of Black Mountain, passed away on February 17, 2019, after a long illness.

Born September 5, 1935, in Abingdon, Virginia, to the late Stuart and Lillie (Henry) Ornduff, Irvin graduated from Abingdon High in 1954 and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from The College of William and Mary in 1958. He continued his education, receiving his M.A. Ed. in School Counseling from Western Carolina University in 1970.

Irvin taught history in Fairfax County, VA and Virginia High School (Bristol, Virginia) before moving to Asheville in 1963. During his almost four decade career at The Asheville School, his duties included Director of Studies and College Counseling, Senior Master, Blue and White advisor, and instructor of English and History. He was the chief representative for The Asheville School with various organizations, including The College Board, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, English-Speaking Union Secondary School Exchange and the Governor's School of North Carolina.

His wife of almost 51 years, Ann Cox Ornduff, passed away on July 9, 2015. He is survived by daughter, Laura Ann Ornduff; brothers, Malcolm Ornduff (Joy Bray) and Larry Ornduff (Colleen); and sisters, Joyce Ornduff and Karen Ornduff. An older sister, Myrtle Ornduff Gentry, passed away in 2017.

Services will be held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue with Mr. William Peebles officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Mountain View Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Asheville School Irvin Ornduff Master Teaching Endowment, 360 Asheville School Road, Asheville, NC 28806.
Obituary Charles F. Gambill 1/25/2019  
I regret to inform you of the passing on January 16 of alumnus Charles "Chuck" Gambill '50 - also the father of alumnus Charles "Chip" Gambill, Jr. '82. Chuck entered Asheville School in the Fifth Form from Lake Forest Academy (Lake Forest, IL). He was active in the Review, participated in Drama, and was on the Tennis, Swimming, and Junior Football (Captain '49) teams. After graduation, he attended Washington and Lee University, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 1954. After college, he served two years in the U.S. Army. Chuck was a loyal and engaged alumnus, serving as a Class Rep and on the Board of Visitors; attending receptions in Chicago and Florida; consistently contributing to the Cody Fund; and sending his son Chip '82 to Asheville School.

Below are the addresses of his widow, Shirley, and son, Chip, followed by his published obituary. If I can provide any additional information, or if you would prefer not to receive this type of notification in the future, please let me know.

Shirley Gambill
700 W Fabyan Pkwy Apt 3411
Batavia, IL 60510-1565

Charles, "Chip" Gambill, Jr. '82
7035 N. Richmond Ave
Portland, OR 97203


Charles F. Gambill, of Batavia, Illinois, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2019, surrounded by his family. Charles, affectionately known as Chuck, was born October 7, 1931, in Oak Park, Ill., to Russell L. and Dorothy V. Gambill. He graduated from the Asheville School for Boys in 1950, and from Washington & Lee University in 1954. He served two years in the United States Army, receiving an honorable discharge in 1959. He began work at the Globe Company, founded by his grandfather, Charles Edward Gambill. In 1969, he would become a vice-president of the brokerage house Clark, Dodge & Co. In 1973, he founded Gambill Development Corporation, which he would head until his retirement in the early 90s. In addition to his working career, Chuck was active in Masonry, receiving the 33rd degree in 1985. Much of Chuck's activity in Masonry involved Illinois Masonic Medical Center. In 1984, he became Chairman of the Board, shepherding the hospital through its affiliation with Advocate Health Care in 2000. He helped to found and then served as Chair of the Illinois Masonic Family Foundation, a position he held until 2016. In 1961, Chuck wed Shirley Cormack of Columbus, Georgia. The couple settled in Hinsdale, Ill., where they resided until 2018. He is survived by Shirley; his children, Catherine (Robert) Wadington and Charles Jr.; three grandchildren, Turner Wadington, Madeline Wadington, and Caroline Wadington, and his twin sister, Gene Andersen, of River Forest, Ill. Memorials may be sent to the Illinois Masonic Family Foundation, 836 W. Wellington, Chicago, 60657 (773.296.5283). A memorial service with be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, 1:00 pm at the Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield St. in Hinsdale, Illinois. Info at 630-325-2300.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 24, 2019.
Obituary Stuart J. Hunt 1/15/2019  
I regret to inform you of the passing on January 5, 2019 of alumnus and parent S. Jackson Hunt, class of 1939, at the age of 97. Jack was the brother of L. Barrie Hunt '50 (who passed away in 2009) and the father of Howard '67, Stuart '78, and Craig '70 (who passed away in 2014). Jack entered Asheville School in the Fifth Form from his lifelong home of Richmond, IN. He was on the varsity Basketball, Baseball and Track teams and was active in Mitchell Cabinet. The Hunt Team Room was named in honor of Jack and his family's contributions to Asheville School sports and the Rodgers Athletic Center.

Below is contact information for Jack's two surviving alumni sons and his published obituary. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information or if you would prefer to not receive this type of notification in the future.

Howard Hunt '67 (Nancy)
1796 Brush Hill Ln
Glenview, IL 60025-7603
hunthch@comcast.net <mailto:hunthch@comcast.net>

Stuart Hunt '78 (Rhonda)
610 Radcliff Ave
Lynn Haven, FL 32444-3037
sjhuntjr@aol.com <mailto:sjhuntjr@aol.com>

Warm regards,



Below is the text of his published obituary and a link to the online version.

Richmond - S. Jackson "Jack" Hunt, age 97, of Richmond, Indiana, died Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Reid Health.

Born September 24, 1921, in Richmond, Indiana, to Howard Charles and Erma Bockhoff Hunt, Jack was a life-long resident of Richmond. He was a 1939 graduate of Ashville School in North Carolina and graduated in 1943 with a mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University. Jack served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was Vice-President of NATCO (National Automatic Tool Company).

Jack served as president of the Council Executive Board from 1962 to 1965 and earned the Award of the Silver Beaver in 1968 for distinguished service to the Whitewater Valley Council, Inc., Boy Scouts of America. He served on the board of the Second National Bank of Richmond, Central Broadcasting Company (WKBV), Y.M.C.A., Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Center, Wayne County 4-H, and Indiana Science Foundation. Jack was a long-time, active member of First Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed playing golf and loved fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, and animals, especially dogs.

Survivors include his daughter, Deborah H. (William) Danner of Zionsville, Indiana; sons, Howard C. (Nancy) Hunt II of Illinois and Stuart J. (Rhonda) Hunt Jr. of Florida; daughter-in-law, Sally Hunt of California; granddaughters, Kristine Shifflette, Sarah Huisman, Karen Skinner, Nancy Hunt, and Sarah Moore Lauterbach; seven great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends, including his loyal, four-legged companion, Hobie.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Beverly Ritchey Hunt, who died October 13, 2010; son, Geoffrey Craig Hunt; two sisters; and one brother.

Private graveside service for S. Jackson "Jack" Hunt was held at Elkhorn Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Reid Health Foundation, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374; Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 7400, Wooly Bugger, WV 25438; or a charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com <http://www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com>.

Published in The Palladium-Item on Jan. 13, 2019

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