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News for the Class of 1972

  • Hall of Fame Members
  • Vic Blue Obituary
  • Did you know that three of our classmates have been inducted into the Wakefield Hall of Fame?
    Karen Bune was inducted in 2009, Richard Tuten was inducted in 2011, and Kelly Thompson was inducted in 2017.

    Karen L Bune 72
      •Karen has 30 years experience in the criminal justice system.
      • Her specialty is victim services.
      • She has made numerous contributions nationally and world-wide.
      • She focuses on domestic violence issues.
      • She is an adjunct professor at George Mason and Marymont Universities.
      • She has devoted her life and career to working in the criminal justices system and dealing with crime victims.
      • She has excelled in all respects and serves as an outstanding graduate of Wakefield.

    Richard Tuten 72
      • Richard is in his 16th season as the Denver Broncos' strength and conditioning coach, after amassing an impressive resume in some of the most high-profile collegiate programs nationwide.
      • He has two Super Bowl rings with the Denver Broncos, defeating the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII and the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII.
      • He is one of the NFL's most well-respected strength and conditioning experts,
      • He has helped shape the careers of such players as Champ Bailey, Terrell Davis, John Elway, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, Tim Tebow and Hall of Fame member Gary Zimmerman.
      • He has also written three books on strength and conditioning.
      • He is a 1978 Clemson University graduate.

    Kelly Thompson '72
      • Kelly is an attorney practicing in and advocating for children with special needs.
      • She established the Special Needs Trust Fund at the ARC of Northern Virginia and was instrumental in the passage of the Disabled Military Child Protection Act.

    Kelly Thompson

    Congratulations to Karen and Richard and Kelly.

    What is the "Hall of Fame"?

    The Hall of Fame was established as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration in November 2003.

    The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to bring acclaim to Wakefield High School. The intent of the Hall of Fame is to recognize those alumni and staff who have made significant contributions to society and who have brought acclaim or recognition to Wakefield.

    Those selected for the Hall of Fame should have a widespread reputation, at least in their peer group. The renown of the Hall of Fame member will be associated with, and therefore a reflection on, Wakefield High School. They should also serve as both a model and a source of pride to current students.

    Inductions are made in odd numbered years. Nomination Forms can be found on the Forms Page of the Wakefield Alumni home page (www.wakefieldalumni.org/forms.html).

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    Victor Blue - Principal from 1969 to 1982

    VICTOR BLUE, JR., 84, passed away peacefully on May 21, 2008 in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth; son Neill Blue and his wife Margaret of Oakton, VA.; son Stuart Blue and his wife Lynn of Topsail Beach, NC.; daughter Laura Hirtz and her husband Ken of Richmond, VA.; and daughter Carla Brownstein, her husband Bobby, and their sons Daniel and Jackson of Houston, TX.

    He was born on March 22, 1924, the only son of Edna P. and Victor Blue in Rocky Mount, NC. Most of his youth was spent in Washington, D.C. where he was a member of the Western Presbyterian Church.

    A veteran of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during his senior year of high school, serving first as a hospital corpsman and then as a V-7 Cadet. During the Korean War, he was commissioned as a medical services officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, served in a physical reconditioning hospital, and then remained an active reservist until 1980.

    Following graduation from Western High School, he attended the University of North Carolina and Emory University, receiving a master's degree in Education. In 1949, he began a long career in public education in Arlington, VA., as a teacher, athletic coach, and as an administrator. He received many awards as a wrestling coach, referee, and wrestling rules interpreter, including being selected to referee at the 1978 NCAA wrestling championship tournament and induction into the Virginia High School Hall of Fame in 1993. He served as the principal of Wakefield High School from 1969 until his retirement in 1982. He was blessed with a healthy, happy retirement for more than twenty years, and enjoyed fishing in the Chesapeake Bay, traveling to Mexico, golfing, and cooking for family and friends.

    Victor Blue
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