Jefferson Davis Futch III, professor of history emeritus, who taught at Washington and Lee University for 46 years until his retirement in 2008, died on Sept. 21, 2017, in Lexington. He was 85.

J.D. FUTCH III

Jefferson Davis Futch III, professor of history emeritus, who taught at Washington and Lee University for 46 years until his retirement in 2008, died on Sept. 21, 2017, in Lexington. He was 85.

J.D. Futch III was born on April 16, 1932, in Baltimore, Md., to J.D. Futch Jr. and Mildred Hopkins Futch. In Baltimore, he attended both Forest Park High School and Johns Hopkins University (where he received both his A.B and Ph.D.). He served as an instructor in history at Johns Hopkins University (1956–1957).

Dr. Futch was a frequent contributor to the National Review, the politically conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley Jr.  Dr. Futch often visited Buckley's New York office to discuss title subjects. He also contributed to Monarche Nuova and Relazioni, wrote book reviews for the Richmond News Leader, and wrote the preface (in Italian) to an Italian book, "The Conservative Movement in the United States" (1970). He served on the advisory council of Americans Against Union Control of Government and belonged to the American Historical Association and the Society of Italian Historical Studies.

Dr. Futch was honored by students at a 1973 testimonial dinner, and in 1987 he received the William Webb Pusey III Award for outstanding service and dedication to the university. His retirement in 2008 was even noted in the Congressional Record by his former student and friend, Congressman Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson Sr. (SC 2nd District).  Recently, Dr. Futch was honored by a Washington and Lee student organization, The Spectator, by the establishment of a speaker forum in his name. 

Survivors include Barbara C. Bull of Takoma Park, Md., and James L. Forestell of Reston.

Remains will be interred at a gravesite in the Lewis Section, Lot 377 of the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery in Lexington.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service to be held at Lee Chapel, on the campus of Washington and Lee University Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Please join us for a reception at the R.E. Lee Hotel immediately after the memorial service. 

Updates may be viewed on the Colonnade Connections website for W&L, https://www.wlu.edu/about-this-site/site-search?q=futch&oe=utf8&ie=utf8&... ; the R. E. Lee Hotel Facebook page at     or at The Spectator of Washington and Lee University website shown below.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Spectator magazine’s Dr. Jefferson Davis Futch III Speaker Forum. The URL  www.wluspectator.com/futch-forum/ provides donation instructions.

(With appreciation to Washington and Lee University for providing biographical information.)

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