Roger Fergurson Obituary

Roger Glen Furgurson died Thursday, February 20, 2020. He was a native of Danville, Virginia and had been a resident of Williamsburg for 58 years. Mr. Furgurson was a U.S. Navy veteran and a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VA Tech). He retired from the Aviation Advanced Technology Directorate at Ft. Eustis. Roger was always interested in aviation and was a flight instructor for a number of years. He was interested in birds and nature all of his life. Roger enjoyed playing the harmonica and was a member of a band that played music in various venues in the Williamsburg area. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Beulah (Bea) Orange Furgurson; and parents, Ernest B. Furgurson and Passie D. Furgurson. Survivors include his beloved children, Mark of Montvale, Virginia, Ann of Montrose, Colorado, and Neal of Roanoke, Virginia; grandchildren, Mark, Jr. (Karen), Jamie and Jacob; great grandchildren, Rebecca, Thomas and Kingston; and brother, Ernest B. (Pat) Furgurson, Jr. of Washington, D.C. A service will be held Friday, February 28th at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg at 2pm with the visitation to follow beginning at 3pm.

Harold Holland Obituary

Harold Wayne Holland, 81, of Williamsburg, died Tuesday, December 17, 2019. Born in Tennessee, he lived most of his life in Williamsburg. He was a member of Lebanon Christian Church in Lee Hall, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1960 with an engineering degree. He spent two years in the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as an aerospace engineer for the U.S. Army rotorcraft research and development activity at Ft. Eustis in 1996.

Ned Chase Retirement Luncheon

Ned is retiring from his position as Deputy Program Manager, Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft Competitive Prototype (FARA CP)
Come celebrate at the Fort Eustis Club in the T-Lounge on Thursday, January 9, 2020 @ 11:30 a.m. Address: 2123 Pershing Avenue, Ft Eustis, VA

Menu: Salad Bar, Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, turnip greens, yellow corn and homemade rolls
Price: $18 (includes the cost of lunch plus tax and gratuity)
Please RSVP and pay by December 31, 2019 to
Joyce Bunch @ joyce.d.bunch.civ@mail.mil

Congratulations Dr. Oliver Wong

Dr. Oliver Wong has been confirmed as the Associate Director of ADD-Ames; Wong had been acting for several months but this position had been vacated by Barry Lankinsmith when he retired in January 2017.  Wong was formerly the Technical Area Lead for Experimental Aeromechanics with ADD at Langley Research Center in Virginia. (per Vertiflite ,  September/October 2019, p. 3).  Dr Wong served as Technical Director on the Hampton Roads Chapter Board  for a number of years.

In Memorium – Robert D. Powell, Jr.

Robert D. Powell, Jr. (Bob) passed away August 6, 2018 at the age of 95. He was an American Helicopter Society 66-year Emeritus Member,a member of the President’s Club and a founding member of the Hampton Roads Chapter. He is credited with sponsoring over 400 new AHS members. He served many years as the Hampton Roads Chapter Treasurer and as the administrator for the annual Chapter-sponsored international technical meetings. He was primarily responsible for managing the chapter’s financial resources in a way that allowed the chapter to award college scholarships, support local science fairs and contribute to museums that have a substantial interest in educating the public about the history of rotorcraft and its role in civil and military applications.

Bob was a graduate of the University of Virginia and a US Navy aviator. Bob flew the F8F Bearcat on active duty and the F4U Corsair and F7F Tiger Cat with the Naval Air Reserves at Norfolk. He earned wings of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) for his service at Langley Field in Hampton. At Langley he was primarily involved in testing helicopter rotors on the Langley hover stand. Shortly after NACA transitioned to the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) Bob, with several other helicopter engineers, transferred to the US Army Transportation Research Command (TRECOM), a forerunner of the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) component still located at Fort Eustis, Virginia. There Bob continued to work as project engineer for helicopter research programs including Heavy Lift Helicopter, Integrated Technology Rotor and AH-1 rotor blade replacement programs, to mention just a few. After he retired from US Army civil service, he was employed for several years by Kaman Aerospace Corporation as their regional representative.

Bob was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Susan Hawley Powell, who died in 2017, and his daughter, Martha P. Lovett, who died in 2018. He is survived by two daughters, N. Peyton Powell and M. Lindsay Powell; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being provided by Amory Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown on October 13 at 2:00 p.m.

The chapter has an established annual Robert D. Powell, Jr., scholarship that is awarded each year to an outstanding high school senior planning to enter a STEM-related college program.  Memorial contributions in Bob’s honor should be sent to Hampton Roads Chapter, P.O. Box 4249, Fort Eustis, Virginia 23604.  The family will be notified of your condolences and best wishes.

In Memoriam – Robert D. Powell, Jr.

Robert D. Powell, Jr. (Bob) passed away August 6, 2018 at the age of 95. He was an American Helicopter Society 66-year Emeritus Member and a member of the President’s Club. He is credited with sponsoring over 400 new AHS members. He served many years as the Hampton Roads Chapter Treasurer and as the administrator for the annual Chapter-sponsored international technical meetings. He was primarily responsible for managing the chapter’s financial resources in a way that allowed the chapter to award college scholarships, support local science fairs and contribute to museums that have a substantial interest in educating the public about the history of rotorcraft and its role in civil and military applications.

Bob was a graduate of the University of Virginia, and a US Navy aviator. Bob flew the F8F Bearcat on active duty and the F4U Corsair and F7F Tiger Cat with the Naval Air Reserves at Norfolk. He earned wings of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) for his service at Langley Field in Hampton. At Langley he was primarily involved in testing helicopter rotors on the Langley hover stand. Shortly after NACA transitioned to the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) Bob, with several other helicopter engineers, transferred to the US Army Transportation Research Command (TRECOM), a forerunner of the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) component still located at Fort Eustis, Virginia. There Bob continued to work as project engineer for helicopter research programs including Heavy Lift Helicopter, Integrated Technology Rotor and AH-1 rotor blade replacement programs, to mention just a few. After he retired from US Army civil service, he was employed for several years by Kaman Aerospace Corporation as their regional representative.

Bob was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Susan Hawley Powell, who died in 2017, and his daughter, Martha P. Lovett, who died in 2018. He is survived by two daughters, N. Peyton Powell and M. Lindsay Powell; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being provided by Amory Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Yorktown on October 13 at a time to be announced.