William Franklin Boldridge '39
William Franklin Boldridge ’39, Randolph-Macon College Professor Emeritus of Chemistry,
died on April 17, 2012.
Boldridge was born and raised in Culpeper County and graduated from Washington High
School in Rappahannock County. After graduating from Randolph-Macon College in 1939,
he earned his master’s and Ph.D. in chemistry at West Virginia University.
Boldridge was called to work on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, during
World War II. Afterward, he joined the faculty at R-MC, where he taught for more
than 30 years. He was active in Phi Beta Kappa, Chi Beta Phi, the Hanover Master
Gardener Program, and First Baptist Church in Ashland.
Boldridge is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Mary Crigler Boldridge; his
daughter Kathy and husband Robert Ellis; his son David and wife Allison Boldridge;
four grandsons; and two great-grandsons.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Benevolent Fund of the Culpeper
Baptist Retirement Community, P.O. Box 191, Culpeper Virginia, 22701, or to The
Dr. W. Franklin & Mary C. Boldridge Scholarship in Chemistry, Randolph-Macon
College, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, Virginia, 23005.