a master sailor in his retirement so that he, Sally, his family
and friends could sail the world, taking trips to New
Zealand, Australia, Tonga, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean,
Brittany, Finland, and the British Isles. John shared
his life with Sally for more than sixty-four years and was
survived by three children and five grandchildren.
Frank Edward Tolbert, ’79, age ninety-one, passed
away peacefully on May 18, 2020, at Millers Merry
Manor in Logansport, Indiana. Frank joined the army
in 1946 after high school graduation and was deployed
to South Korea as a lieutenant in the field artillery.
Upon completion of his tour, he attended Indiana University
and obtained his undergraduate degree in 1952
and his law degree in 1955. But Frank remained in the
National Guard, later serving as Battalion Commander
and retiring in 1967 as a Lt. Colonel in the 38th Infantry
Division Artillery. In 1953, Frank married Sarah
Leigh Wynne, who predeceased him, as did a son; he
was survived by a daughter, two grandchildren and four
Fred White Tyson, Sr., ’09, a former Alabama State
Chair, died at age sixty-five on June 7, 2022. A graduate
of the University of Alabama and the Cumberland
School of Law, Fred had a forty-year career in defense
of doctors and hospitals. He also was a long-time board
member of the Metro YMCA, Hospice of Montgomery,
and the Montgomery Country Club; he served many
years on the University of Alabama’s President’s Cabinet.
Fred’s survivors include his wife of fifty-three years,
Florence Culver Tyson, three children and eight grandchildren.
Fred most enjoyed spending time outdoors at
his farm and Lake Martin with his many friends and
large family, who are certain that he will be watching
the Tide this fall from the good seats.
Hon. Warren K. Urbom, ’70, died on July 28, 2017 at
the age of ninety-one. Warren served as a sergeant in the
U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated from
Nebraska Wesleyan University with highest distinction
in 1950, and his wife, Joyce, graduated in 1951. They
were married in 1951; she passed in 2010. Warren, who
briefly attended seminary before entering the University
of Michigan Law School, served as a Federal District
Court Judge for forty-four years. The Judge’s love of
the law was fully explored in his book Called to Justice.
There one finds Warren Urbom, the humanitarian, respectfully
treating the Native Americans in the Wounded
Knee Trials and struggling with the rule of law in
his storied opinion. As William Jay Riley of the Eighth
Circuit Court of Appeals said in the foreword, “As a
judge, he applied the law when required and common
sense when discretion was appropriate.”
Thomas F. Weis, ’77, died
August 20, 2018 at age ninety
three, survived by his wife,
Teresa Prendergast Weis, three
children and six grandchildren;
a fourth child predeceased him.
Tom served in General George
Patton’s Third Army during
World War II and graduated
from Duquesne University in
1949 and the University of Pittsburgh
School of Law in 1952.
Steven Arthur Werber, ’84, was born in Austria in 1934
and died eighty-six years later in Florida on January 6,
2021. His family moved to Tampa in November 1938.
Steve graduated from the University of Florida in 1956
and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida
Law School in 1959. He was a member of the Florida
National Guard. Steve was an avid reader with a particular
interest in World War II history and Winston Churchill.
Steve maintained a lifelong interest in swimming,
tennis, and the company of a long line of over-indulged
dogs. Steve was survived by his wife of forty-three years,
Cecelia, four children and nine grandchildren.