Obituaries — November 2012

We mourn the passing of these Gators. Our obituary listings are culled from media reports or can be submitted directly to


Aubrey Bassett Jr. (ME ’49) died Sept. 2 at age 86. A heavyweight champion wrestler at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, he graduated from the university at 18 and later worked as a geophysicist at Shell Oil Co. for 41 years. He lived in Lafayette, La.

Richard Davidson (BAE ’62) died Aug. 25 at age 71. He was a firefighter for more than 30 years, serving as assistant chief for 16 of those years. He also taught science at Wildwood High School for 36 years. Upon retirement, he worked as a gunsmith. He lived in Sumterville.

Kirk Kirkconnell (BA ’65, JD ’68) died Sept. 7 at age 69. A former FBI agent, he became a criminal defense lawyer in 1972. He retired from law several months ago due to health reasons. He lived in Altamonte Springs.

Johnson “Buddy” Savary (BSBA ’50, JD ’56) died Sept. 9 at age 83. He served in the U.S. Army during the 1950s and was senior partner at the Kirk Pinkerton law firm, which later merged to become Dykema Gossett, in Sarasota. He later worked at Abel Band law firm in Sarasota and served as a circuit court mediator. The Florida Bar honored him for his more than 50 years of work in the field in 2006. He was a member of the UF Foundation board of directors from 1978-1991 and 1993 until his death, a Levin College of Law trustee emeritus and a former director of Gator Boosters and the UF Alumni Association. He lived in Sarasota.

Ira Weinstein (JD ’63) died Sept. 9 at age 74. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was also a Kentucky colonel and Supreme Court judge of Ybor City in 1969. He later became an assistant attorney general in Tallahassee and practiced law for 43 years in Tampa, where he lived.

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