In Memoriam

Pauley has lost a few beloved friends of the Consortium.

Robert Huntington Cropp, of Williamsburg passed away on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, at the age of 79. He enjoyed a 35-year career with the IBM Corporation, which took him from San Francisco to Honolulu, Sacramento, Calif., White Plains, N.Y., Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. He was active in many organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of the Colonial Capital, the Boy Scouts of America and the American Bible Society. With his wife, Gloria, Bob was a devoted member of the Consortium, who gave generously to support the work of the Pauley Heart Center.

“Bob Cropp was a great family man, a business leader and an inspiration to so many others. He will be missed by all,” said Charles Crone, MCV Foundation board member.

Jeanette Lipman passed away Jan. 10, 2017, at the age of 102. “She was an extremely caring, generous woman and devoted Richmond philanthropist. She made an incredible impact,” said Dr. Kenneth Ellenbogen.

At VCU Health, Jeanette and her late husband, Eric, established several endowed faculty positions, including the Eric Lipman Research Professorship in Cardiology, the Hermes A. Kontos, M.D. Professorship in Cardiology, the George W. Vetrovec Chair, and the Jeanette and Eric Lipman Chair in Oncology. The family also created several research funds, including the Aubrey Sage MacFarlane Lung Injury Research Fund and the Carol Jean Lipman MacFarlane and Ann Debra Lipman Cancer Research Fund.

H. Merrill Plaisted, III, died on Nov. 30, 2016, at the age of 81. “Although H. Merrill Plaisted, III, was born in Maine to a family of governors, we were fortunate to call him a dedicated Richmonder since 1960,” said Ellenbogen.

A prominent member of the real estate industry, “Mr. Plaisted was committed to many community organizations, serving as president of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Richmond and giving generously to Pauley.”