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Moreland Russell Irby, Jr.
(Died May 27, 2011)


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IRBY, Moreland Russell Jr., 88, born in Richmond, Va, son of Dr. Moreland Russell Irby and Nita S. Irby, passed away on Friday, May 27. He is survived by his wife, Lila H. Irby; cousins, Elizabeth Bennett, Hazel Abbitt, Charles Irby Abbitt Jr., and Bonnie A. Branch. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews; Suzanne Harris (Stephen), Sheryl Eickelberg (Terry), Steven R. Howard (Susan), Michael L. Shroyer (Debra), and Mary E. Shroyer; and many great-nieces and nephews. Moreland graduated from the University of Richmond in 1943, and from the University of Virginia in 1946, with a Masters degree in Physics. During the war years, he was involved with the Manhattan Project at the University of Virginia Laboratory. Later at Experiment, Incorporated, he continued research for the United States Navy Bureau of Ordnance, working on stabilization platforms for shipboard gun control. In recognition of that research, he received an award for exceptional service. Subsequently, he joined J C Wheat and Company as manager of the over-the-counter equity trading department, a position he held for many years. During that time he was named a Partner and Senior Vice President. Following his tenure in equity trading, he became an Investment Advisor in Wheat Advisory Services, Inc. Moreland was a lifetime member of Centenary United Methodist Church where he held many leadership roles and was still on the Board of Trustees at the time of his death. For many years he was a member of Willow Oaks Country Club and the National Association of Security Dealers (NASDAQ). He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity serving as Chapter President and officer of the Mid-Atlantic region. Moreland was very active and involved in the community enjoying the Science Museum of Virginia, the Virginia Historical Society, the Valentine Richmond History Center and the S.P.C.A. He was very interested in education and volunteered his time and resources establishing multiple scholarships at various universities. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. The family will receive friends at Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, 8014 Lee Davis Road, Monday May 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. with funeral services to be held there at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 31. Reception immediately following the service at Covenant Woods Retirement Community. Interment will be held at 2 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum, 400 Pilots Lane, Richmond, Va. 23222. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Moreland's memory may be made to the Science Museum of Va., the S.P.C.A, the Central Virginia Food Bank or the Food Bank of your choice.

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