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July 10, 2017

Memorial Service for former President Latimer to be Held July 15

Family and friends will remember the life of the 15th President of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Hugh “Hal” Latimer, on Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the Amelia Plantation Chapel in Amelia Island, FL.  President Latimer passed away at the age of 91 on June 14 at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.

After graduating from Virginia Tech, he joined the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia in Richmond in 1948. While living there, he met and married his wife of 51 years, Alice Marye Finke, who predeceased him.

Latimer served Bell System companies for 33 years, retiring in 1981 from Illinois Bell Telephone Company as its Chief Financial Officer.  He served as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1981 to 1986 after serving as the Chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.  Wesleyan awarded him an Honorary Degree in 1987.

He and his wife were gracious hosts to students, faculty, and staff and continued to be so after departing Wesleyan, hosting the WVWC Concert Chorale during their stops in Amelia Island. 

“I will always be grateful for his graceful handoff, complete without drama, but with helpful substance and clear focus,” said Dr. Thomas Courtice, 16th President of Wesleyan.  “Wesleyan was fortunate to benefit from his leadership.”

After retiring as President, Latimer founded Island Aviation Services in 1987, which provided fixed base operation services for the Fernandina Municipal Airport for ten years.  In 2001, he founded HAL, Inc. to provide tax and accounting services for clients in the Amelia Island area. 

Hal and Alice were active in the churches they attended, and he was involved in the building of the Amelia Plantation Center.  Latimer was also active in the organization of the Amelia Island Club and served as its first president between 1995 and 1997.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in the 1990s and again in the 2000s.

"I am saddened to hear of Dr. Latimer’s passing," said Dr. Joel Thierstein, president of the College.  "His legacy of good work as president of West Virginia Wesleyan College lives on."

President Latimer is survived by his son, Hugh Scot Latimer (Nancy) of Evergreen, CO.  Another son, Paul Louis Latimer, predeceased him.  He has four granddaughters, Stephanie Latimer of Albuquerque, NM; Anne Latimer of Denver, CO; Carrie Latimer of Denver, CO; and Amanda Latimer of Kenosha, WI.  

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