Recent Passings:

We are saddened to announce that Roberta (Bobbie) Finkel passed away October 5, 2017 after a long battle with leukemia.

We are sad to report that Morton Sobel, M&A ’54, passed away on October 4, 2017.


Lorna PinckneyLorna Pinckney (LaGuardia ’92), whose Tuesday Verses jazz poetry cafes tapped into Richmond’s creative aesthetic, nurturing local artists and others well beyond Virginia, died suddenly on October 5, 2017.

Ms. Pinckney, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a Virginia Commonwealth University graduate, started The Soul Kitchen at the former Captain’s Grill in what was the Hotel John Marshall. But it was her next venture, Tuesday Verses, that would become a local institution. She launched it in September 2002 at Tropical Soul restaurant on Second Street in Jackson Ward. When that space closed, she moved the event to Addis Ethiopian Restaurant in Shockoe Bottom.

At age 7, she was accepted into The Pratt Youth Skills program at The Pratt Institute, a college of the arts in Brooklyn. She left to attend LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, before moving to Richmond and enrolling in Virginia Union University and then VCU. Upon graduating from VCU in 1998, Ms. Pinckney found few local outlets that fostered artistic expression. Read more

We are sad to report that Karen De Francis passed away on June 12, 2017 from breast cancer.

We are sad to report that Vivian Sudberg Katzke passed away on June 25, 2017. Following her graduation at Music & Art, she married Stuart Katzke in 1962 and received a Bachelor degree in Psychology the same year. She later obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and taught elementary school for several years. After raising her children, Vivian went back to school and received an Associate degree in computer programming and had a second career as a programmer/analyst. In retirement, Vivian and Stuart enjoyed their time traveling, camping, entertaining friends and going to the theater.

Bonnie Sadkin Snow passed away unexpectedly May 4, 2017 while caring for her mother in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Following graduation at Music & Art in 1968, she attended Emerson College with a degree in English and moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. In 1974 she began working for Petersen Publishing where she met Denis Snow and they were married near her parents’ home in Florida on April 29, 1982. Bonnie enjoyed a career in sales and marketing with Petersen, radio station KKUR in Ventura and Borla Performance Industries in Oxnard. Read more.

We are sad to report that Lester Pincu passed away on September 9 after a long illness. He established the Lester Pincu Emergency Fund to help LaGuardia students who are experiencing challenging circumstances:

Dr. Thomas Jaeger (M&A ’58) passed away on Sep 9, 2017 at age 77. Tom was born in Antwerp, Belgium and the age of 2, was put into hiding and cared for by the Sisters of Charity. After the war, he was reunited with family and emigrated to the United States. He was an accomplished musician and later became a physician, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ellen; daughter, Michelle; along with extended family and a loving circle of friends.

Is is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Billie Slotnick Miller, M&A ’59.

William “Bill” Stammer, M&A ’57, passed away on August 19, 2017. A graduate of NYU and NYU Law School, ROTC officer and 1st LT. US Army, High Tenor, Lawyer, Scholar, Professor, Recording Artist, Aficionado of Art, Music, Literature, History, Science, and Lover of Vintage Cars. Survived by his wife, Paulette (M&A ’58), son and daughter, James and Jane, and two grandchildren.