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The Campaign for Hampden-Sydney 
Surges Past the Halfway Mark 

The Campaign for Hampden-Sydney has 
surged past the halfway point with a generous 
gift from trustee J. B. Fuqua. At the spring 
meeting of the Board of Trustees — only min- 
utes after the Board reconvened following a 
short recess — Chairman Syd Settle an- 
nounced that Mr. Fuqua had just pledged 
$400,000 to renovate the Heritage Room in 
the Library to make it a permanent home for 
the International Communica- 
tions Center. The Center, 
which will be named for Mr. 
Fuqua, is a high-priority need 
within the Campaign for 
Hampden-Sydney and is de- 
scribed in some detail in the 
special insert section in this 
issue of The Record. After 
making the gift, Mr. Fuqua 
commented, "1 am pleased to 
support the innovative pro- 
grams of Hampden-Sydney 
College. This Center, using com- 
puting and communication 
facilities similar to those of 
large corporations, will lead 
the way toward broadening the 
entire scope of education." 

"The Campaign is beginning 
to pick up some real momen- 
tum now," said vice president 
for development Peter Wyeth. 
"Mr. Fuqua's wonderful gift, 
along with the $800,000 gift 
from the Ruth Michaux estate, 
has helped us immeasurably. 
We are deeply grateful to these 
two very generous people. Our 
volunteer leaders are getting their contacts 
made and the results are beginning to show. 
We launched the Campaign in late January 
with ten million dollars committed in advance 
gifts, and when this issue went to press we 
stood at $13.3 million." 

In ever greater numbers alumni are support- 
ing the College with their Annual Fund gifts as 
well. The Annual Fund, as a part of the overall 
Campaign, continues to provide approximate- 

"I am pleased to support 

the innovative programs 

of Hampden'Sydney 

College. This Center, 

using computing and 

communication facilities 

similar to those of large 

corporations, will lead 

die way toward broaden' 

ing the entire scope of 


Chairman, Fuijua Industries 

ly ten per cent of the College's operating 
budget. "The Fund must continue to grow as 
the Campaign progresses," Wyeth said. Recent- 
ly the College has been notified that it is the 
recipient of a fourth United States Steel Award. 
This latest award was given for sustained excel- 
lence in the Annual Fund. 

The Campaign has also met another impor- 
tant sub-goal within the overall effort — a 

$500,000 challenge grant re- 
quirement for library improve- 
ments as a part of the National 
Endowment for the Humani- 
ties Matching Gift Program. 
Because the College has raised 
sufficient funds to meet that 
goal, Hampden-Sydney now 
qualifies for $ 1 00,000 in NEH 
matching funds. The goal to be 
reached next year is $300,000. 
The following individuals 
have contributed major and 
special gifts, totalling $250,000, 
to the Campaign: an anony- 
mous Trustee contributed a 
large piece of property, and 
funds from the sale will be used 
for improvements to the library; 
the honorable John A. Field 
'32 made a gift in memory of 
David C. Wilson; S. E. Liles, 
Jr., contributed towards the 
renovation of Venable Hall; 
Jeffrey L. Kiefer 75 and the 
Kiefer Foundation funded an 
endowed scholarship; William 
F. Schumadine, Jr. '66, Wil- 
liam D. Selden V 70, the Mas- 
sey Foundation, and the Thomas Mellon 
Evans Foundation made gifts for undesignated 
Campaign purposes; George B. Cartledge, Jr. 
'63 provided Forum furnishings (this gift 
represents an additional commitment to the 
Campaign); The Reverend Glenn W. Small, 
Jr. '63 funded an annual scholarship; Citicorp 
gave toward the NEH Challenge program; and 
the Frueauff Foundation contributed toward 


1 'PLUME 61. NUMBER 2 SUMMER 1985 

Richard McClintock, Editor 
Jonathan Marken, Associate Editor 
Michael Boudreau '85 and David Brown '87, 

Brenda F. Garrett, Typesetter 
Pamela K. Woods, Graphics Assistant 
Hawes Spencer '87 and Ron Stern, 


Published by Hampden-Sydney College, 
Hampden-Sydney, Virginia 23943 

Third Class postage Paid at Farmville, 
Virginia 23901, and additional mailing 

Hampden-Sydney College offers equal 
opportunity in all areas of education and 

On the front cover: Vice President George 
Bush addressed a standing-room-only 
crowd at a brilliant outdoor ceremony. 

i OVER PH< mi HV K< IN ,URN 

ti k 


Sunshine, Helicopters, and Handshakes 3 

Under the watchful eyes of Secret Service agents, 
seniors join the real world at last 

Fulton Takes the Glory 6 

Stokeley Fulton takes a bow, an award, 
and the football field 

Degrees Awarded, May 5, 1985 6 

"What's So Important about Leadership?" 8 

Vice President George Bush tells an old story of 
courage and initiative as a fable for our times 

"A Difference in My Life" 11 

Valedictorian Greg Brandt recalls the touch of 
Hampden- Sydney's sense of community 

Sterile Areas and Bomb-sniffing Dogs 12 

Securing Ha?npden- Sydney for the Vice President's 
visit was a two-week adventure 

Musical Chairs (and Latin, and History, 

and Bible, and English ) 13 

An examination of the history and significance 
of endowed professorships at the College 

On the Hill 17 

Awards, centenaries, "The Gospel according to 
Rassias," the economics of suing- for- profit, and 
almost more freshmen than we know what to do 

New Trustees Come on Board 23 

Nine men appointed 

Faculty Forum 28 

Silicon chips, dinosaurs, Hampden, Sydney, and 
mediaeval art 

Genocide: The Word That Wouldn't 

Go Away 30 

A conference at Hampden-Sydney examines the 
causes and effects of a horrible act 

Class Notes 32 




Under the watchful eyes of 
Secret Service men, 148 seniors 
join the real world at last 

For the first time in seven years the 
weather cooperated for an outdoor 
graduation on the lawn in front of Venable 
Hall. Vice President Bush gave the 
commencement address. 

"When we were flying down in the 
helicopter looking at this country- 
side, we didn't know whom Si 
Bunting, with all his wisdom and 
ability, had put in charge of the 
weather. Chairman Settle told me it 
wasn't him — it was somebody 
higher up. But whoever is in touch 
did a beautiful job." 

So Vice President George Bush 
heralded the end of a seven-year, 
rainy-commencement curse before a 
small luncheon crowd just before 
addressing 148 graduating seniors 
on May 5th. The sunshine, the 
Venable oaks, and a congratulatory 
handshake by the vice president 
added up to a genial farewell for 
the graduates. 

"We are privileged to be in this 
great institution," Bush also told the 
luncheon group. "Thanks for invit- 
ing us, and thanks for the contribu- 
tions you make to excellence in the 
United States." 

Traveling with the Vice President 
were his wife Barbara and Senator 
and Mrs. Paul Trible '67. They came 
with plenty of staff and Secret Ser- 
vice men in two U.S. Marine heli- 
copters. Adding to the excitement 
were TV cameras and back-up 
rescue squads and limousines. 

When the sun shines it really 
shines, and Hampden-Sydney had 
yet another claim to fame at the 
commencement of its 209th year. 
The College awarded an honorary 
Doctor of Letters to dissident Czech 
poet Jaroslav Seifert, winner of the 
1984 Nobel Prize for Literature, 
and though he was unable to attend 
the ceremony, he sent an acceptance 
speech that was translated and read 
by Paul Jagasich, professor of mod- 
ern languages at the College. It was 
the translation of Seifert's work by 
Jagasich and Tom O'Grady, College 
poet-in-residence, that first brought 
Seifert international attention and 
that enabled the Nobel Prize com- 
mittee to make its decision to 
award him a prize. 

Since Seifert's Nobel Prize accep- 
tance speech was censored, the 
speech sent to Hampden-Sydney 
was his first uncensored response to 
the West since he won the prize. 

"All my life long I have been 
energetically defending the auto- 
nomy of art and culture in general 
and the freedom and independence 
of poetry in particular — its unalien- 
able right to soar freely," Seifert 
told the assembly through his 
interpreter. He also had high praise 
for the United States: "We should 
thank the United States for helping, 
in the most decisive manner, to 
establish our independent state 
shortly after the first world war, 
and also for helping our nation to 
regain its freedom at the time of 
the second world war. We thank 
you for helping us with the gener- 
osity only American idealism can 
provide, for reconstructing Europe, 
for eliminating hunger and poverty 
on our continent." 

Vice President Bush, in his 
address on leadership, had high 
praise for Seifert. "Men such as Sei- 
fert are liberty's candle," he said. 
"Their light burns even through the 
night of war and totalitarian 
oppression — both of which Seifert 
endured. ...We should remember 
those like Seifert and take seriously 
the responsibilities that we all share 
to give leadership to democracy." 

Bush also related the story of the 
Greek hero Xenophon, an army 
private who, when his commanding 
general had been seized, took 
charge and led his fellow soldiers 
on a 2,500-mile, four-month jour- 
ney to safety. Bush challenged the 
Hampden-Sydney graduates to fol- 
low Xenophon's lessons — "to turn 
fatalism into hope and followers 
into leaders." The ability of the 
United States to do this, he said, "is 
why we have proven so resilient 
and so resourceful as a nation." 

The College awarded two other 
honorary degrees in addition to the 


doctorate awarded Seifert and the 
Doctor of Laws awarded Bush. S. 
Douglass Cater, a well-known 
author and president of Washing- 
ton College in Maryland, received a 
Doctor of Letters. Cater served as 
special assistant to President Lyn- 
don B. Johnson, and he has co- 
authored several studies on the 
media's role in society. The Reve- 
rend J. Shepherd Russell, Jr. '51, 
minister of First Presbyterian 
Church of Norfolk, received a Doc- 
tor of Divinity. Russell holds a 
degree from the Union Theological 
Seminary of Virginia and he has 
served in Presbyterian churches in 
North Carolina, Arkansas, and Vir- 
ginia. He delivered the baccalau- 
reate sermon on Commencement 

During the ceremony the College 
presented its annual awards for out- 
standing service to the College and 
the community. 

The Gammon Cup, presented to 
the member of the graduating class 
who has best served the College, 

was awarded to Frank Wheeler. 

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan 
Medallion, given to a member of 
the graduating class distinguished 
for excellence of character and gen- 
erous service to his fellows, was 
presented to two students this year 
— Thomas A. Hickman, Jr. and 
Brian Hoey. Another Medallion 
recipient is chosen each year from 
those friends of the College who 
have been conspicuously helpful to 
the institution in its effort to 
encourage and preserve a high 
standard of morals. This year, Dr. 
Willette L LeHew '57, a Tidewater 
obstetrician who has served as pres- 
ident of the College's Alumni Asso- 
ciation, was honored. 

Receiving the Anna Carrington 
Harrison Award, presented to two 
students who have shown construc- 
tive leadership during the school 
year, were James Secor III and 
David Walker. 

Four awards were also presented 
to faculty and staff members for 
outstanding service to the College. 

Secret Service agent watches the Vice 
President's helicopter land {left); Vice 
President Bush salutes his Marine 
escort as he disembarks {below) 

Dr. William Shear received the 
Cabell Award, given to a faculty 
member in recognition of 
outstanding classroom contribution 
to the education of Christian young 

The Robert Thruston Hubard, 
Jr., Award was presented to Dr. 
Ken Townsend as the member of 
the faculty or staff most 
distinguished for active devotion 
and service to the College and her 

The Thomas Edward Crawley 
Award, presented to that professor 
most distinguished for devoted 
service to the ideals of Hampden- 
Sydney and the education of her 
sons, was awarded to John Brinkley. 
The award is given in memory of 
Dr. Thomas E. Crawley '41, who 
served the College as teacher, 
scholar, musician, and dean from 
1946 until his death last year. 

Coach Stokeley Fulton was then 
honored by the Senior Class as the 
member of the College's faculty, 
administration, or staff who has 
contributed most significantly to the 
College, her students, and the 
community. President Bunting also 
announced that the football field 
would be named in honor of Coach 

Following the presentation of 

the awards, senior William Gregory 

Trevarthen was commissioned a 

second lieutenant in the United 

States Marines by Vice President 

Bush and Captain David Reichert. 

Valedictorian Greg Brandt then 
addressed the Hampden-Sydney 
community on behalf of the Class 
of '85. Reflecting on his four years 
at the College, Brandt thanked the 
community for making Hampden- 
Sydney what it is. 

Finally degrees were awarded to 
the 148 members of the Class of 
1985. As graduates received their 
diplomas and Bibles, they were 
congratulated by President Bunting, 
Vice President Bush, and Board 
Chairman Settle. 


Trustee Robert Hatcher '51 
I below, left) welcomes the 
Vice President. 

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Graduating seniors were 

greeted by President Bunting, 

Vice President Bush, and 

Board Chairman Settle. 

Mr. Bush listens as Presi- 
dent Bunting tells the his- 
tory of Venable Hall. 

fust after stepping off his helicopter, the Vice President (below, center) 
addressed trustees and friends of the College in a tent behind Middleman. 



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Celebrities Notwith- 
standing, Fulton Wins 
the Glory 

While the audience laughed at the 
quips of George Bush, clapped at 
the inspiring words of Jaroslav Sei- 
fert, one man alone gripped their 
hearts — one who through years of 
hard work and dedication has estab- 
lished himself as a leader in this 
community — Stokeley Fulton. Ful- 
ton had just returned home after a 
month-long stay at the Medical Col- 
lege of Virginia, fighting what a 
local sports editor called "his big- 
gest challenge ever." It was a tes- 
timony to his vigorous courage that 
the coach could attend Commence- 
ment at all. It took courage, lots of 
prayers, and, perhaps, a miracle. 

Even George Bush was quick to 
give an encouraging word to the 
coach, having seen from the stand- 
ing ovations and electrifying 
response of the crowd that a local 
hero had come home. Bush quoted 
Coach Yogi Berra, who was once 
asked to comment on a nine-game 
losing streak. "Well, we made the 
wrong mistakes," Berra had said. 
"Now obviously," Bush noted, 
"from the ovation he was accorded, 
Coach Fulton may have made a 
mistake, but he has never made the 

Fulton warmly acknowledged the love 
of the crouds and of one small admirer. 

wrong mistake. So I'm pleased to 
hear that warm response for him." 

Fulton was honored by the 
senior class as "the member of the 
College's faculty, administration, or 
staff who has contributed most sig- 
nificantly to the College, her stu- 
dents, and the community." 

Valedictorian Greg Brandt 
summed up the class's sentiments 
well: "What has really astonished 
me about this place is the way that 
men and women whom I've never 
studied under or played for have 
made a difference in my life. I will 
remember Coach Fulton for his 
great love of this school and for his 
pride in any man — on the team or 
not — who went here. Last fall I 
heard the Coach say that his proud- 
est moment — after beating 
Randolph-Macon — is attending 
graduation, because he feels that 
every degree conferred upon a man 
who has sweated to earn it 
increases the value of his own 

President Bunting announced 
that the football field would be 
named in the coach's honor. After 
25 years of service, 25 years of 
bequeathing spirit and courage to 
budding leaders, the coach deserved 
the honor — and the crowd on 
Venable Lawn on May 5 voiced 
unanimous approval. 

Recently, the Board of Trustees 
announced that contributions to the 
J. Stokeley Fulton endowed scholar- 
ship fund had quickly surpassed the 
initial goal of 525,000 (the min- 
imum needed to establish an 
endowed scholarship). 

Degrees Awarded 
May 5, 1985 


The Reverend 

James Shepherd Russell, Jr. 


The Right Honorable 

George Herbert Walker Bush 


Silas Douglass Cater 

Jaroslav Seifert 

in absentia 


James David Allen 

Christopher Crowley Altizer 

John Wilkins Ames III 

John B. Aponte 

Christopher Thomas Apostle, aim latu 

Eric Edward Apperson 

George William Bailey 

John Thomas Baker 

Steven Aram Baronian 

Benjamin Lovell Bartlett 

John Edward Basilone 

Richard Paul Beach 

Gary Wayne Boswick 

Michael Robert Boudreau, summa cum 

Laurence Dickerson Bragg 
Gregory Alan Brandt, summa cum laude 
Brian Edgar Brotzman 
William Angus Brown, Jr. 
Michael Andrew Burchett 
William Thomas Burke 
David Barnes Camden 
Bruce Watson Case 
Kenneth Albert Cerf, Ir. 
Mark Morgan Clark 
Charles Raymond Cochran 
William Mark Conger 
Frank Neil Cowan, Jr. 
Jeffrey Allen Curley 


Jerome Del Moral 

Peter Smith Dent 

Edward Allen Dickenson 

Robert McClure Duke 

Arthur Pendleton DuPuis, magna cum 

Dornton Kirk Edens 
Lance O'Ferrell Estes II 
Kevin Blair Farina 
John Scott Finney 
Paul McKay Franks 
William Roger Frith 
John Alfred Gant 
William Ryland Gardner III 
James Dunleavy Gibson 
John Ira Gray III 
Walter Nils Green III 
George Elliott Grimball III 
Michael Bradley Hamilton 
Matthew Gilbert Hankins 
Vincent Hale Henderson » 

Phillip Anthony Hess 
Thomas Algernon Hickman, Jr. 
William Leonard Hilton 
Jay Christopher Hodge 
Michael James Hodge 
William John Hubbard 
Robert Wood Hultslanderjr., 

cum laude 
Clyde Bowen Kelly 
William Patrick Kelly, Jr. 
Charles Burke King, cum Liude 
William Clarence Knox III 
Robert Ralph Lawson 
Charles Melville Lewis II 
Geoffrey John Lewis 
Thomas Logan Lewis 
John Hinton Lineweaver 
Joseph William Lipscomb 
James Cobb Matheson,Jr. i 

James Brown McCraw 
Michael Sean McCusty 
Edgar Harris McGee 
William John McGolrick 
Joseph Edward Mdnnis 
Jay Douglas Mitchell 
Brian Artis Moore 
Derrik Richard Gregory Morris 
Steven Wade Neal 
Donald Laskey Newton 
Robert Reid Nottingham, 

magna cum laude 
Craig Smith Oakes 
Kenneth Gardner Pankeyjr., 

sum ma cum laude 
Douglas Allan Parsons 
Randolph Lewis Parsons 
Julius Winfry Peek, Jr. 

Guy Baxter Peffer 

William Banks Peterson, Jr. 

Richard Eugene Rogers, Jr. 

Richard Angelo Rossetti,Jr. 

William DeWitt Rusherjr. 

Allan Albert Sanders 

Albert William Schyman 

James Demarest Secor III, summa cum 

John Valentino Sheridan III 
Bradley Scott Simms 
Timothy David Siviter 
Bradford Richard Smith 
Bradley Scott Smith 
Paul Drohan Stancs 
Richard Floyd Burke Steele III 
Philip Antonio Suazo 
John Edmund Tankard III 
Gene Andrews Taylor, Jr. 
Jonathan Norman Lansdowne Terry 
Turner Bartlett Thackston IV 
Timothy Hamilton Thompson 
Donald Winston Thomson 
Marshall Dean Throckmorton 

William Gregory Trevarthen 
William Louis Usnik,Jr. 
Timothy Propus Veith 
Brian Morse Wallace 
Drew Waterbury 
Alton Russell Watson 
Frank Lee Wheeler 
William Moss White 
Dan Scott Williamson, Jr. 
Harry Ashton Williamson III 
Berkeley Wilson Young 
Philip Bradford Young 


Stephen Adolf Asam 
Scott Justis Banning 
Scott Carleton Blanchard 
David Wallace Blankenship, cum laude 
Allen Cooke Blow 
Gregory Wayne Brooks 
Alton Frvin Bryant III, cum laude 
Harry Edward Butcher III 
Bradley Henry Cary, summa cum laude 
Honors in Mathematics 
and Economics 
Nelson Wright Daniel, Jr. 
■ John Kirby Evett, summa 

cum laude 
I William Howell Farthingjr., 
i magna cum laude 
Harry Todd Flemming 
John McCorkle Forbes 
Richard Stancell Godsey 
Brian Anthony Hoey, magna 
cum laude 
John Warren Hollowell 
Joel Collier Hutcheson, summa 
cum laude 

Honors in Chemistry 
Brian James Lanham 
William Ralphael Lee 
David Paul McEnderfer 
Paul Carlton Nunnally 
Peter Robert Quarles, magna cum 

Michael Stephen Quesenberry, 
magna cum laude 
Honors in Chemistry 
Michaux Raine IV 
David Banks Simmons, summa 

cum laude 
John Algernon Simpson 
George Yancey Snavely, Jr. 
John Franklin Stecker III 
John David Walker, summa cum 

Theodore Russell Ziegler 


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Bunting (in hat) helps his father and Will Betten- 
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The Commencement Address: 

"What's So 
Important about 
Leadership in a 

Vice President George Bush tells 
an old story of courage and 
initiative as a fable for our times 

Thank you very, very much. 

I've been looking forward to this 
day very much. One, for the oppor- 
tunity to renew a friendship that I 
treasure with a man whom I 
respect — your president Si Bunting. 
Two, to come down here with a 
distinguished Hampden-Sydney 
alumnus who's serving in the Uni- 
ted States Senate with such 
distinction — Paul Trible. Three, to 
see again a man with whom I 
served, albeit briefly, when I was 
director of Central Intelligence, 
whose expertise and commitment 
certainly transcended that one year 
but gave me an insight into him — 
and that's General Sam Wilson. 
Four, to pay my respects to Chair- 
man Settle and the other members 
of the Board of Trustees who so 
selflessly have kept this great insti- 
tution on track, kept it sound, kept 
it standing for principle. And then 
also to share the platform with 
Reverend Russell and Doug Cater 
and be honored by your institution 
along with them. 

Si mentioned earlier that your 
predecessors confused Dr. Salk with 
Dr. Spock; but please don't get me 
confused with Geraldine Ferraro. 

You know they think of the 
great philosophers. I always think 
of Coach Yogi Berra — lost nine 
straight. They asked "what went 
wrong?" In the last game he said, 
"Well, we made the wrong mis- 
takes." Now obviously, from the 
ovation he was accorded, Coach Ful- 
ton may have made a mistake, but 
he has never made the wrong mis- 
take. So I'm pleased to hear that 
warm response for him. 

You know graduation, especially 
on a day like this, is like springtime. 
It renews our sense of the spiritual 
and moral potential of the human 
race. And it is a great day. As we 
flew over some of those bass pools 
on our way down in the helicopter 
from our residence, I got thinking, 
well listen, we'd better not go on 

too long. That got me thinking of a 
commencement at my alma mater, 
Yale University. 

The Bishop got up to speak. 

Unfortunately the Bishop chose 
to speak on virtue, and he con- 
structed his talk around the letters 
of his alma mater. 'Y' was for 
Youth, and the Bishop devoted five 
minutes to the nature and oppor- 
tunities of being young. Then, it 
was 'A' for Altruism, and he had no 
end of comments on that topic: an 
even dozen minutes elapsed before 
he got to 'L' — for Loyalty. Thank- 
fully, on Loyalty he was conciseness 
personified — two and a half min- 
utes. But 'E' was everybody's Water- 
loo. E' was for Excellence, and 
excellently did the Bishop expound. 
Fifteen minutes, not a second less. 
Then he wrapped it up in sum- 
mary: "Y' — Youth; A' — Altruism; 
'L' — Loyalty; 'E' — Excellence. 

Finally, he was done. He invoked 
all to prayer, and that concluded the 
ceremonies. Everybody rose and 
left. That is, all except one senior, 
who stayed in his place, still kneel- 
ing, his head bowed. 

The Bishop approached him: 
"Young man," he said. "My address 
was eloquent, but tell me: what 
was it that caused you to pray so 
long to your Creator at this critical 
juncture in your life?" 

The senior looked up, startled, 
and said, "I was offering a prayer of 
Thanksgiving, sir." 

"And for what, may I ask, were 
you thanking Him?" 

"I was giving thanks," said the 
senior, "that I had not gone to the 
Massachusetts Institute of 

Well, here we go. Hampden- 
Sydney College. 'H' is for. . . . 

Seriously, I am honored to be 
here at Hampden-Sydney. "Brought 
into being by the love of liberty," as 
Virginians say, Hampden-Sydney 
for two centuries has provided its 
graduates the courage and insight to 


be leaders. 

What Hampden-Sydney stands 
for is symbolized by a thin volume 
of poetry, The Casting of Bells, by 
the Czech poet Jaroslav Seifert and 
beautifully translated by two of your 
faculty, Tom O'Grady and Paul 
Jagasich. His poetry is about the 
fire of life within each of us and 
passes on his strength and wisdom 
so that we may be made stronger 
and wiser in our lives. 

Men such as Seifert are liberty's 
candle. Their light burns even 
through the night of war and total- 
itarian oppression — both of which 
Seifert endured. And they give 
comfort — a kind of leadership — to 
others who suffer in the darkness. 

We should remember those like 
Seifert and take seriously the 
responsibilities that we all share to 
give leadership to democracy. 

Now, leadership in a democracy 
may seem self-contradictory on first 
impression. It often seems like 
nothing more than adapting to the 
decision of the crowd. And what 
complicates matters is that we want 
our leaders to be responsive. We 
want them to forge a direction and 
at the same time follow the direc- 
tions of others. 

So, what's so important about 
leadership in a democracy? And in 
what way should a democratic 
leader behave? 

Let me tell you an old story 
which may give us some clues to 
those two questions. 

In 401 B.C., a young Persian 
prince named Cyrus hired an army 
of ten thousand Greek soldiers to 
help him take the Persian throne 
away from his brother. Cyrus and 
his Greek companions-in-arms 
marched fifteen hundred miles 
overland, where they met the Per- 
sian king and his army near what is 
now Baghdad. 

The Greeks won the battle, but 
lost the war when Cyrus was killed 
in the day's action. 

"There are always 

two possibilities: 

one of hope and activity, 

the other of passive 

despair. " 



Vice President of the United Stales 

That left the Greek army, with 
no reason, in a strange land 
swarming with enemy troops. They 
could not retreat eastward. No food 
remained on the land. And to the 
north were mountains, all inhabited 
by savage mountain tribes. 

To make things worse, the Greek 
commanding general and his entire 
officer staff had gone to a confer- 
ence with the Persians under a safe- 
conduct — and all had been assas- 

That seemed to leave no alterna- 
tive for the Greeks but to surrender 
and throw themselves on the mer- 

cies of the Persians. 

But one of the Greeks, a private 
in the ranks named Xenophon, had 
a different idea. "Notice that our 
enemies lacked the courage to fight 
us until they had seized our gen- 
eral," he said. "They think that we 
are defeated because our officers are 
dead. But we will show them that 
they have turned us all into gener- 
als. Instead of one general, they will 
have ten thousand generals against 

The Greeks' spirits rallied. They 
resolved to fight their way through 
the mountains. Xenophon turned 
out to be a brilliant strategist, and 
his Army of Ten Thousand Gener- 
als did reach safety 2,500 miles and 
four months later — perhaps the 
most celebrated military escape in 
Western history. 
Now, what did Xenophon really 
do to make a difference? He re- 
sisted a kind of fatalism which set 
in on the Greek soldiers, a fatalism 
which said, "There is nothing that 
can be done." Xenophon's speech 
helped them see that there was a 
second possibility, that they could 
do something besides quit. 

You see, there are always two 
possibilities — one of hope and 
activity, the other of passive des- 
pair. I have often been struck by the 
idea that the job of leadership in a 
democracy is to resist the crowd's 
helplessness until they regain a 
sense that they can do something. 
There is one more lesson in the 
tale of Xenophon. His style of lead- 
ership enabled his men to take 
initiative and use their intelligence. 
"Every one of you is a leader," he 
would say to men who went out to 
fight in the strange and unmapped 
terrain. In improvising tactics of 
mountain warfare, he invited dis- 
cussion. "Whoever has a better 
plan, let him speak. Our aim is the 
safety of all, and that is the concern 
of all." 

He nurtured willingness in oth- 


ers to lead. He regarded his com- 
rades as partners, and the more 
able and numerous they were, the 
stronger and more effective the 
army became. 

Those two lessons sum up the 
Greek idea of leadership — to trans- 
form fatalism into hope, and fol- 
lowers into leaders. Those two cen- 
tral ideas contrast with a darker and 
undemocratic notion of leader- 
ship — one based on obtaining sub- 
mission through fear and 

Xenophon's lessons are surpris- 
ingly appropriate to the problems 
we confront today in American 
society. Let me take a typical but 
interesting environmental problem 
to illustrate how they apply. 

Over the past two centuries, 
literally hundreds of villages and 
towns and cities have been built 
along the Ohio River and its tribu- 
taries. The millions of people living 
there have created great 
industries — meat-packing plants, 
steel mills, collieries, chemical 
plants, distilleries. For years and 
years, they used their great river 
system to dispose of the unwanted 
byproduct of all this vitality. 

As a result, by the 1940s, the 
Ohio had become little more than 
an open sewer. 

In two ways, the condition of the 
Ohio in the 1940s was like the 
problem of escape faced by Xeno- 
phon in 401 B.C. 

First, a feeling of futility and 
fatalism was widespread. Nobody 
saw how anything could be done to 
clean up the Ohio. The sources of 
its pollution were so numerous; the 
technology to reduce its pollution 
was so meager; and despair about 
its debasement was so pervasive. 

Our story begins with a member 
of the Cincinnati Chamber of 
Commerce who first spoke out 
against the river's pollution, but the 
crucial step came when the legisla- 
tures of the eight states of the Ohio 


Basin authorized and published a 
study of the river's condition. 

Knowledge is the key to the bat- 
tle against fatalism. I have heard 
some say that study and discussion 
impede action. But the real imped- 
iment to getting something done is 
ignorance — the ignorance which 
results when there is no talk and 

Informed ideas inspire hope, and 
hope is the secret of a people's 
effectiveness. Xenophon would 
have understood that. 

There is another similarity 
between the clean-up of a river and 
the escape of the Army of Ten 
Thousand Generals. Saving the 
Ohio River required the initiative, 
intelligence, and leadership, not of 
one leader, but of countless leaders. 
The clean-up depended on the 
cooperation of every municipality 
and every factory to explore ways to 
improve the treatment of their 
wastes, and that cooperation 
depended on leaders within each 
town and plant. 

Scientists and businessmen had 
to take the lead in inventing 
equipment essential to monitoring 

"Knowledge is the key 

to the battle against 

fatalism. " 

the river and decontaminating the 
wastes. And political leaders had to 
be educated in the ways of the 
environment so that they could 
make their legislatures and their 
agencies partners in the under- 

It took time. Forty years from 
the date of the first environmental 
study, the Ohio's waters are becom- 
ing clear. The fish are coming back. 
Two years ago, it was even possible 
to hold the National Bass Tourna- 
ment in Cincinnati — unthinkable a 
decade ago. 

Now, we come to you. A free 
country must cultivate in the indi- 
viduals of each generation both a 
willingness to be leaders and also 
an understanding of the uses of 
leadership. For centuries Hampden- 
Sydney College has done that with 
remarkable success. This college has 
taught its graduates the arts of 
leadership — the art of association 
so that we — you and I — can deal, as 
a free people, with outsized prob- 
lems too large for one individual to 

Our common life will always be 
beset by problems — that comes 
with the human condition. But in 
this country, we have found a way 
to deal with them — with hope, 
invention, and prodigious vitality. 

I think we have learned Xeno- 
phon's lessons well — of how to 
turn fatalism into hope, and follow- 
ers into leaders. That is why we 
have proved so resilient and so 
resourceful as a nation. 

So, men, to your stations. But 
take this thought with you. In the 
years to come, each of you, I will 
guarantee, will experience setback 
and disappointment. That comes 
with the human condition. At such 
times you will lose faith that any 
person can make a difference. 

Then, remember Jaroslav Seifert, 
the Czech poet we honor today. 
Remember that he faced two terri- 
ble world wars and the totalitarian 
captivity of his nation, and yet held 
on to what he called "the courage of 

He drew from the commonest 
sights and sounds the certainty that 
he was not alone. When you feel 
alone and exposed, pause and look 
around you at something not made 
with hands — a tree, a star, the turn 
of a stream. Then, in that moment, 
you will know that you are not 
alone in this blessed world of 
ours — and it will make all the 

Good luck, and God bless you. 


The Valedictory Address: 

"A Difference 
in My Life" 

Gregory Alan Brandt '85 

Greg Brandt praised the College's 
sense of community: "Men and women 
whom I've never studied under or played 
for have made a difference in my life. " 

This is the first time in a couple 
of years that a candidate for a 
B.A. — and an English major in 
particular — has had to give this 
address. Naturally, I thought of 
reading you a lot of poetry, quoting 
Thucydides from the Greek, or at 
least parsing a few sentences: 
anything to inspire that humane 
and lettered frenzy which would 
surely compel you to lob 
champagne corks in my direction. 
The guys with guns warned me, 
however, that this was not a good 

So I want to talk about what here 
has touched my heart and what will 
long dominate my imagination: 
the Hampden-Sydney community. 
As a class, we've been blessed with 
professors who are not merely able 
teachers but who are concerned 
about their students' lives as well. I 
think of the late Dr. Crawley, who 
from the word "go" — as in "Well, 
go read it!" — wanted those in his 
courses to be good students of 
literature, yes, but good men first. 
Or I think of Dr. Lund, who as an 
adviser has helped people get off 
academic probation so that they 
could get to this point in their 

But what has really astonished 
me about this place is the way that 
men and women whom I've never 
studied under or played for have 
made a difference in my life. I will 
remember Coach Fulton for his 
great love of this school and for his 
pride in any man — on the team or 
not — who went here. Last fall I 
heard the Coach say that his 
proudest moment — after beating 
Randolph-Macon — is attending 
graduation, because he feels that 
every degree conferred upon a man 
who has sweated to earn it 
increases the value of his own 
diploma. That is worth reflecting 
on today. 

And I will remember Dr. 
Farrell's lectures on literature and 

language for showing that an 
intelligent man can communicate 
complicated ideas without making 
people feel stupid or boring them, 
as long as he loves his subject and 
wants others to love it too. 

But the community is still more. 
It's Dean Drew's quiet concern for 
the students and his example of 
gentlemanliness. It's Erlene 
Bowman's friendliness in the 
Bookstore, Mrs. P. T.'s stories in 
the Museum, and President 
Bunting's enthusiasm at football 
games. It's students and professors 
bursting out of buildings to answer 
a fire call. It's the kindness of 
Nurses Martin and Crawley and of 
the women in the Post Office and 
Library. (Though an all-male 
school, we are not, after all, an all- 
male community.) And it's the 
children who play on campus, the 
dogs that wander into classrooms 
and fall asleep, and Francis the ax- 
man, whom Mr. OGrady has put 
into poetry and Mr. Spencer's 
newspaper has put behind the 
President's desk. 

Lastly, I want to celebrate my 
class for at least enduring and for 
oftentimes excelling in its work at 
and for the College. A lot of those 
who started with us in Venable and 
Cushing didn't make it, and I think 
we've good reason to shoot those 
champagne corks a mile in the air. 

I don't know if these will have 
been the happiest years of our lives. 
I don't know if we'll get fatter and 
dumber. But I do know that there is 
something wonderful here and that 
we shall miss it. From the Class of 
1985 to the Hampden-Sydney 
community: so long . . . it's been 
good to know you. 



Parts of Hampden-Sydney College's 
campus were "locked down" for 
Vice President George Bush 's visit 
Sunday while people sitting in "the 
sterile area" had to wear special 

That's secret service talk, by the 
way. fust as the military brass rely 
upon stilted Pentagonese for 
communication, the secret service 
has its own vernacular. Hampden- 
Sydney College employees beca?ne 
very familiar with the jargon last 
week, preparing the extensive 
security measures required for a 
vice president 's visit. 

On the preceding Tuesday, secret 
servicemen, members of Bush 's 
staff, and representatives of the 
White House communications staff 
started readying for the affair. 

"Locking down" was, of course, 
required. What that translates into 
is that any building with a view 1 
onto the lawn had its doors and 
windows securely locked so no one 
could get in. 

Getting into "the sterile area, " 
the stage zone immediately around 
the vice president, wasn't a cinch 
either. Pins were presented to those 
w'ho were designated to sit upon or 
near the stage. 

During the week Central 
Telephone workers installed a 
number of phones at various sites 
upon campus. How many phones is 
unknown since Centel was directed 
by the federal staff not to reveal the 
extent of the work. 

According to Shep Haw, 
assistant to the president at H-SC, 
the phones were installed "should 
something go wrong somewhere in 
the world and they needed those 
lines open. " 

During the week the- entire 
ceremony was walked through, 
practice helicopter landings were 
made behind V enable, a to -the - 
minute itinerary was set. 

Some minor conflicts arose, Haw 

Sterile Areas & 
Bomb-sniffing Dogs 

Securing Hampden-Sydney for 
George Bush's Visit 

By Gary Craig 

RMC '81 

Reprinted, with permission, from The Farmville 

indicates. For instance, the secret 
service wanted wings upon the 
bullet-proof lectern the Vice Presi- 
dent would use. The White House 
staff thought the press shouldn 't be 
able to see the extensions of the lec- 
tern's protection. A happy medium, 
a not-so-obvious shield, was finally 
opted for. 

Thought was given to having 
Bush walk in with the processional 
but the secret service vetoed that 

"The secret service didn 't want to 
have to secure that whole area, " 
Haiv said. "I think if he d done that 
he would have had to wear a flak 
jacket. " 

Local police were directed to 
close down Route 133 into the 
college and a Prince Edward County 
Volunteer Rescue Squard crew was 
designated to be on hand. 

Farmville Police Chief Otto 
Overton said, "They wanted an 
ambulance to be standing by, not to 

answer any calls, just to be ready if 
anything happened to Bush. " 

Southside Community Hospital 
and the Medical College of Virginia 
Hospital were prepared to handle 
the vice president if he were injured 
during the course of the day. 

At Sunday's ceremony the secret 
servicemen were able to keep a 
fairly low profile, though ones with 
binoculars, earphones, or the 
stereotypical square- shoulders aiid 
dark-sunglasses look weren't 
difficult to pick out. Some were also 
posted on roofs to peruse the 
crowd. A total of 40 secret 
servicemen were at the cere?nony. 
Dogs were on hand to sniff out 
bombs and photographers' bags 
were checked. Television cameras 
were led up front by a White 
House staffer. 
Bush also spoke to a crowd at a 
luncheon before the ceremony. The 
secret service was presented with 
names and social security numbers 
of those expected to atteiTd. Checks 
were run on the people and, 
apparently, no worrisome 
subversives were discovered. 

The college did what it could to 
quell any notions happy graduates 
might have had of causing a ruckus. 
Usually a Hampden-Sydney 
graduation includes the sound of 
bursting champagne corks. The 
administration tried to keep 
champagne-popping, which can 
sound like staccato gunfire, stifled 
this year. Nonetheless, one 
celebratory bottle was opened, very 

Haw, for one, never had any 
worries about problems at the 
ceremony. Terrorists would find it 
difficult to stay incognito in 
Southside Virginia, he felt. 

"It just seems to me a subversive 
group or someone would have just 
looked out of place here. They 
would have had to dress as a 
senior s parent or something. " 


(and Latin, 
and History, 
and Bible, 

An examination of the history 
and significance of Endowed 
Professorships at 
Ha mpden - Sydney 

By Michael R. Bondreau '&5 

Michael Boudreau u as 
editor of the Tiger as a 
sophomore, editor of the 
Garnet as a senior, and 
an assistant editor of the 
Record for the last two 
years; he will be studying 
English literature in the 
Graduate School of the 
University of Illinois 
this fall. ' 

In 1953 an alumnus told President 
Edgar J. Gammon what the College 
had done for him. "When I was in 
a foxhole in the last war," he said, 
"all I had was the sky and what Dr. 
Massey had taught me at 
Hampden-Sydney." His comment is 
typical, not of what happens to 
Hampden-Sydney graduates when 
they leave, but of what they 
remember. Come to any Home- 
coming or class reunion and see 
who doesn't need to wear a name 
tag — the professors. 

Hampden-Sydney's reputation as 
an academic institution is only as 
good as the men and women who 
train its graduates. No amount of 
high-tech educational equipment, 
visiting lecturers, or field trips can 
have the same impact as the pro- 
fessor whose first love is teaching — 
inside the classroom as well as out- 
side, in word as well as in deed. 
Hampden-Sydney seeks such men 
and women and has succeeded in 
getting them for many years; it is a 
tradition of excellence that must 

To that end, the Campaign for 
Hampden-Sydney has called for the 
creation of endowed professorships 

to support the salaries and benefits 
of our own faculty on a level that is 
competitive with that of other col- 
leges like Hampden-Sydney and in 
order to "honor exceptional talent 
with exceptional compensation." 
The minimum goal for this part of 
the campaign, one million dollars, 
is something of a first for the Col- 
lege, but the idea of endowed pro- 
fessorships is not. For over half a 
century Hampden-Sydney has been 
proud to honor teacher-scholars of 
particular merit and devotion to the 

A Tradition of Excellence 

The Walter Blair Chair of Latin 
was the first endowed chair estab- 
lished at Hampden-Sydney. It was 
created in 1932 by a memorial fund 
given by Miss Ellen C. Blair, daugh- 
ter of Dr. Walter Blair, Hampden- 
Sydney Class of 1855 and Professor 
of Latin at the College from 1860 
to 1896. The chair is presently held 
by Dr. Graves H. Thompson, Class 
of 1927, Professor Emeritus of 
Latin and Fine Arts. 

The Squires Chair of History was 
established in 1948 after the death 
of the Reverend William Henry 

Graves Thompson, Blair P, 

if Latin 


Hi: IMAA^IMJ KSL I 1/^lVlI 17L,l\-0 1 l^l^l. 

Tappey Squires, Class of 1894. A 
Presbyterian minister, Mr. Squires 
was a trustee of the College from 
1916 until his death in 1948 and 
sent two of his sons to Hampden- 
Sydney: David D. Squires '27, 
Chairman of the Board of Trustees 
from 1968 to 1973; and William 
Henry Tappey Squires, Jr. '37. The 
chair was established by his friends 
who "felt that his interest in history 
could best be kept alive by the 
endowment of a chair from which 
his favorite subject, other than 
Christianity, could be taught." The 
Squires Chair was last held by Dr. 
Willard F. Bliss, who retired from 
active service at the College in 1981 
and died in 1983. 

Established much earlier, the 
Memorial Chair of Bible was rede- 
dicated in 1959 as the First Presby- 
terian Church of Danville Chair of 
Bible "in recognition of the gener- 
ous gifts made to the College by the 
ever loyal members of this church." 
Now vacant, the chair was last held 
by Dr. Charles F. McRae, who 
retired from teaching at the College 
in 1975. 

In 1966 the Board of Trustees 
approved the creation of five new 
chairs, named for people whose 
gifts and bequest have added sub- 
stantially to the College's 

The George H. and Minnie Brad- 
ley Alexander Chair of Physics was 
established through the bequest of 
George H. Alexander of Norfolk. 
Mr. Alexander became interested in 
Hampden-Sydney through his pas- 
tor, the Reverend W. H. T. Squires 
and Senator Edward L. Breeden, Jr. 
'26. Sometime during 1943 Mr. 
Alexander visited the campus 
unannounced, talked only with a 
few students, and wrote his will 
shortly afterwards. On Mr. Alex- 
ander's death in 1956, his entire 
estate, after several direct bequests 
had been made, came to Hampden- 
Sydney. His gift to the College was 
unrestricted with one exception — 

"If our professors, by the 
steady power of their 
vocations, lodge in the 
conscious memory of 

their students an 
example of productive 

and happy lives of 

service, they shall have 

succeeded. " 

President of the College 

that a scholarship in his and his 
wife's name be established. The 
Alexander Chair is presently held 
by Dr. Thomas E. Gilmer, Presi- 
dent Emeritus of the College and 
Professor Emeritus of Physics. 

The Francis B. Converse Chair of 
Romance Languages was named for 
a member of the Class of 1890 with 
a talent for invention and research. 
Following his graduation from 
Hampden-Sydney he invented and 
built a typesetting machine and 
later worked for the Goodrich 
Rubber Company, helping to 
develop processes for the design 
and manufacture of some of the 
first automobile tires. Although a 
man with a decidedly scientific tal- 
ent, Dr. Converse let it be known 
that he considered the hours he 
spent studying Greek, Latin, Bible, 
and history as time well spent. He 
left one-half of his estate to the Col- 
lege when he died in 1958. The 
Converse Chair is presently held by 
Dr. William C. Holbrook, Professor 
Emeritus of Romance Languages 
and a former Dean of the Faculty. 

The Eugene C. Hurt Chair of 
English was named for an elder in 
the Chatham Presbyterian Church 
with no direct ties to the College. 
Mr. Hurt was, however, a firm 
believer in the place of the Church 

in higher education and especially 
interested in the work of three 
institutions within the Synod of 
Virginia — Hampden-Sydney Col- 
lege, the Presbyterian Home in 
Lynchburg, and Union Theological 
Seminary in Richmond. When Mr. 
Hurt died in 1958, a portion of the 
income from his estate, valued at 
approximately one million dollars, 
was shared by these three institu- 
tions. The Hurt Chair, now vacant, 
was first held by Dr. Philip Hor- 
tenstine Ropp and then by one of 
Dr. Ropp's own distinguished stu- 
dents, Dr. T. Edward Crawley, a 
former Dean of Students and direc- 
tor of the glee club and a Professor 
of English at the College until his 
death in April 1984. 

The Albert Fuller Patton Chair 
of Economics was named for the 
member of the Class of 1904 whose 
estate created a perpetual trust 
from which Hampden-Sydney 
receives a percentage of the income. 
When he died in 1959 Mr. Patton 
was the president of three Danville 
firms; he was a trustee of Stratford 
College; and he served on 
Hampden-Sydney's Board of Trus- 
tees from 1938 to 1958. The Patton 
Chair of Economics was held by Dr. 
Edmund Whittaker, who retired 
from teaching at the College in 
1967 and died in 1975. 

The Wycliffe C Jackson Chair of 
Philosophy was named for a 
member of the Class of 1903 who 
completed the College's four-year 
course in only two years. On his 
graduation from the College Mr. 
Jackson went to work for the New 
York Times for a number of years 
and then joined his cousin in the 
manufacture of a patent medicine, 
but "discovering some of the ingre- 
dients did not meet with his high 
moral code, he soon gave this up." 
His business endeavors eventually 
took him to Griffin, Georgia as an 
executive in the cotton industry. On 
Mr. Jackson's death in I960, 
Hampden-Sydney received the 


third-largest gift ever made to the 
College by an individual. The Jack- 
son Chair of Philosophy, now 
vacant, was held by Dr. Denison 
Maurice Allan, a member of the 
Class of 1916 and the man for 
whom Hampden-Sydney's highest 
merit scholarship is named. 

The most recently established 
chair at Hampden-Sydney is the 
Barger-Barclay Chair of Fine Arts. 
This chair was made possible by a 
pledge from Dr. William C Barger 
in 1981. Dr. Barger, Class of 1925, 
established the chair in memory of 
his friend Robert L. Barclay, a noted 
musician and composer. The receipt 
of Dr. Barger's pledge is a signifi- 
cant step toward assuring the future 
development of Hampden-Sydney's 
Department of Fine Arts. 

Keeping the Tradition Alive 

What Hampden-Sydney now seeks 
in its three-year campaign is to 
secure endowment for the salaries 
and benefits of professors who will 
continue the tradition of excellence 
in teaching and scholarship begun 
by men like Drs. Thompson, 
Gilmer, McRae, Holbrook, and oth- 
ers. At the very minimum, the 
Campaign for Hampden-Sydney 
calls for the creation of three 
endowed professorships: the Dis- 
tinguished Professorship, the Emi- 
nent Professorship, and the Presi- 
dential Professorship. 

T. E. Crawley, Hurt Professor of English 

A Distinguished Professorship 
can be created for a minimum gift 
of $100,000. The income from this 
endowment will supplement the 
salary and benefits of an assistant 
professor or lecturer. The impor- 
tance of such an endowed position 
must not be underestimated, as 
teaching in a small college must be 

made especially attractive to junior 
faculty members who might other- 
wise be lured away by large univer- 
sities or private industry. 

An Eminent Professorship can 
be created for a minimum gift of 
$200,000. The income from this 
endowment will support the salary 
and benefits of an associate profes- 
sor or full professor. 

A Presidential Professorship can 
be created for a minimum gift of 
$700,000. The income from his 
endowment will support the salary 
of a full professor. (Larger gifts 
would, of course, increase both the 
income and prestige of such a 
chair. ) 

The act for incorporating the 
trustees of Hampden-Sydney Col- 
lege in 1783 charges that in the 
selection of professors, "no person 
shall be so selected unless the uni- 
form tenor of his conduct manifests 
to the world his sincere affection 
for the liberty and independence of 
the United States of America." The 
College's founders knew then that 
teachers are role models for their 
students; it is no less true today. 
Investment in an endowed profes- 
sorship may be one of the surest 
means of guaranteeing the quality 
of education that has given 
Hampden-Sydney the reputation 
that it enjoys today. 

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On the Hill: 
News from 
the College 

Awards, centenaries, "The 
Gospel according to Rassias, "the 
economics of litigious ness, and 
almost more freshmen than we 
know what to do with 

As a nominee for the Governor's Award for 
the Arts in Virginia, Mrs. P. T. Atkinson 
(left) recently attended a reception given by 
Mr. Henry Clay Hofheimer (center), chair- 
man of the award committee, at the Virginia 
Museum of Vine Arts. Governor Charles S. 
Robb addressed the group. The annual 
award is given for outstanding contributions 
to the arts in Virginia. As the curator of the 
Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum of 
Hampden-Sydney, Mrs. P.T. has been 
interested in the restoration and cataloguing 
of the many portraits and other pieces of 
fine art around the campus. 

David Smith '61, 
Students Honored at 
Spring Convocation 

"Coming to Hampden-Sydney is 
probably the biggest break most of you 
will ever get," David Smith '6 1 , presi- 
dent of Canberra Clinical Laboratories 
in New Britain, Connecticut, told the 
students at the Final Convocation and 
Presentation of Awards, held on April 
16. Citing his own career here, Smith, 
who founded Canberra Labs fourteen 
years ago on the intuition that, as 
diagnostic equipment grew more 
expensive, economical mass biological 
testing facilities would be needed, 
encouraged young men to get as broad 
a grasp of facts and philosophy as pos- 
sible in order to understand how the 
world works and to be able to see 
opportunities as they arise. 

After Smith's address, the following 
awards were presented: 

Fraternity House Improvement 
Award — Phi Gamma Delta 

Fraternity Award — Chi Phi 

Joshua Warren White Award 
(Sportsmanship in Intercollegiate 
Athletics) — David Allen 

Intramural Awards (Achieve- 
ment in intramural athletics) — 
George Snavely 

Dunnington Dedication Award 
for Baseball — Rick Rosetti 

Outstanding Freshman 
Journalist — John Maloney 

Philip H. Ropp Literary Award 
(In recognition of outstanding liter- 
ary achievment) — Ed Dickenson 

C. T. Crawley Music Award 
(Recognizing outstanding 
contributions in musical 
activities) — Brian Moore 

Kearfott Stone Memorial Award 
( Recognizing outstanding 
contributions in musical 
activities) — John Simpson 

Robert H. Port erf ield Award 
(For the greatest contribution to 
the community through the medium 
of theater) — Michael Boudreau 

P. T. Atkinson Award (In 
memory of Mr. P. T. Atkinson, 
former treasurer of the College) — 
Jamie Lanham 



Student Government Award 
(Given by Student Government to 
recognize significant service to the 
College or Community) — Sigma Nu 

James Madison Award (Out- 
standing achievement in political 
science) — Jim Secor 

Wall Street Journal Student 
Achievement Award (Excellence in 
economics) — Brad Cary 

Department of Economics 
Award — Jamie Lanham 

Willard F. Bliss History Award 
(In memory of Dr. Bliss, former 
Professor of History) — Mark Fader 

Etta Sawyer Hart Bliss History 
Aivard (In memory of his wife) — 
Mark Hinkley 

Chemistry Awards (Given to 
outstanding students in 
chemistry) — Joel Hutcheson, Mike 
Quesenberry, and Macon Whitson 

Macon Reed Aivard (Given to 
an outstanding sophomore in 
mathematics or computer science in 
memory of a former professor and 
Dean of the College) — David 
Blackwell and Ed Potter 

William C. Cheivning Award 
(Given to the outstanding senior 
mathematics major) — Brad Cary 
and Penn Dupuis 

Selden-Franke Aivard (Given to 
the outstanding junior 
mathematician) — Ed Utyro 

David C. Wilson Memorial 
(Awarded to the top Greek student, 
in memory of a former Greek Pro- 
fessor and Academic Dean) — Chris 

H. B. Overcash Prize (Given to a 
premedical student to honor the 
memory of a much- respected and 
revered professor of biology) — John 

Omicron Delta Kappa Citizen- 
ship Aivard — John Forbes 

Jeffrey N. Friend Aivard (Given 
to a rising senior who best typifies 
those qualities for which Jeff Friend 
'84 is remembered) — Bick Stark 

Young Teacher Awards — David 
Blackwell, Patrick Kane, Andrew 
Gray, and Sean Driscoll. 

George Arnold, celebrating bis 100th birthday on April 9, 1985, accepts the Board of 
Trustees Resolution of Thanks from Jon Pace '82. 

George Sloan Arnold, College Benefactor, 
Turns 100 and Is Honored by Board 

Hampden-Sydney's greatest bene- 
factor, George Sloan Arnold, cele- 
brated his hundredth birthday on 
April 9, 1985, at Sunnyside Home 
near Harrisonburg. College 
development officers Jon Pace '82 
and Brian Thomas '83 were on 
hand to present Mr. Arnold a certif- 
icate of appreciation from the 
Board of Trustees and President 

"On behalf of the entire 
Hampden-Sydney family, we salute 
Mr. Arnold with joyous affection 
and gratitude on his hundredth 
birthday, assuring him that we 
strive ever to be worthy of the 
blessings he has shared with us," 
the certificate said. Mr. Arnold has 
funded a trust in Hampden- 
Sydney's name now worth $2.4 mil- 
lion, which generates income for 
scholarship assistance. Through a 
gift of stock and land he also 
funded the faculty residence in the 
new dormitory complex, named 

Gilkeson House after his father-in- 
law and brother-in-law, both of 
whom attended Hampden-Sydney. 
The income from the gift annuity 
which funds Gilkeson House is 
donated by Mr. Arnold to the 
annual fund each year. 

The resolution of congratulations 
drafted by the board also mentions 
"the scores of able young men 
attending Hampden-Sydney under 
the auspices of Mr. Arnold," and 
the "scores more already gone on to 
begin satisfying and useful lives in a 
larger community which in its turn 
owes and will owe so much to his 
inspired generosity." 

Mr. Arnold's association with the 
College has grown out of a life-long 
friendship with Mrs. P.T. Atkinson. 
Both were reared in Romney, West 
Virginia, where Mr. Arnold farmed 
and made his investments until he 
retired to Sunnyside in 1981. He 
holds a law degree from Washing- 
ton & Lee University. 



Suing for Profit a 
Major National Problem 

Maurice R. Greenberg, president 
and chief executive officer of Amer- 
ican International Group, Inc., the 
largest international insurance 
organization in the U.S., told stu- 
dents at a recent lecture that the 
nation's current legal liability sys- 
tem and subsequent insurance 
needs cost society billions of dollars 
each year. 

"No other country in the world 
has our contingency fee system," 
says Greenberg, who was himself 
trained as a lawyer and who is still 
a member of the New York Bar. 
"The system encourages lawsuits — 
by taking your case on the expecta- 
tion that if you win you get paid 
and if you don't win it doesn't cost 
anything — and it clogs the courts, 
costs society billions of dollars, adds 
nothing to the GNP, and contrib- 
utes to inflation." 

Greenberg came to campus as 
part of the College's Visiting Execu- 
tive Program, which brings in lead- 
ing corporate executives for one- or 
two-day visits each semester. 

Punitive damages used to be 
awarded for gross criminal negli- 
gence only, and the guilty party had 
to pay, Greenberg said. Today 

almost every lawsuit involves puni- 
tive damages, which an insurance 
company must pay, not the wrong- 
doer, if there is a wrong-doer. 
"That's like having a proxy serve 
your sentence for you. It hardly 
makes the point of punitive dam- 
ages," Greenberg said. 

The system is hurting both the 
insured and the insurer. Greenberg 
pointed to the many doctors being 
driven out of business by the unaf- 
fordability of malpractice insurance, 
while the insurance companies 
themselves have sustained huge 
losses for six years in a row, includ- 
ing a $21 billion loss last year. "The 
whole system is spinning out of 
control," Greenberg said. 

The lawyers are prospering 
under the current system, however. 
Greenberg noted that two-thirds of 
all claims paid during the recent 
asbestos-related lawsuits went to 
lawyers — only one-third went to 
the victims themselves. "Who's 
going to solve the problem?" 
Greenberg asked. "Most legislative 
bodies are made up of lawyers. And 
they're not going to break their 
own rice bowl." 

Yet if enough political pressure 
can be mustered, something will be 
done, Greenberg believes. "It's a 
major national problem. It's some- 
thing you'll hear a lot more about 
during the next decade." 

Diana Bunting greets Maurice Greenberg (center) as be arrives for his lecture. 

A Dazzling Array: 
The Rassias Method 

He had them in the palm of his 
hand from the beginning. And a 
great, calloused craftsman's hand it 
was. A crowd of high school and 
college teachers, students, and 
members of the Hampden-Sydney 
community squirmed in chairs or 
peered over the balcony at John 
Rassias, the egg-flinging, shirt- 
ripping dynamo of the Dartmouth 
College Language Outreach Pro- 
gram, as he hammered away at his 
favorite subject: what Americans 
don't know about language. 

It was the kick-off of a recent 
three-day workshop at the College 
for 30 language teachers from 
across the state: Rustburg, The 
Plains, Warrenton, Norfolk, Suit- 
land, Richmond, Farmville, Clifton 
Forge, and Lexington. The Friday- 
night session, open to the public, 
drew over 100. 

The crowd peered at Rassias 
because his gravel voice and Greek 
ebullience compel attention. They 
squirmed because everyone has 
heard of his brassy, no-quarter style. 
When he snatched up a glass full of 
water, those unhappy souls in the 
first row just knew he was going to 
douse them with it. So when he 
splashed it over his own head it 
was nearly as much a surprise. 
Once again he had out-maneuvered 
his audience and showed them they 
couldn't guess what he was up to or 
rest while it was going on. 

That's the gospel according to 
Rassias. His specialty happens to be 
language. But his love is teaching. 
Whether you're a French teacher or 
not, you cannot deny the ranting, 
storming power of a man who 
awakens a room full of people with 
a word, a flick of the wrist: easy, 
offhand gestures that neither 
threaten nor intimidate but rather 
beguile and entice. 


Dartmouth's controversial language teacher John Rassias (center, behind the lounging Alan 
Farrell) led thirty high school and college teachers a merry chase at a spring conference on 
Reaching foreign languages. 

How he got thirty exhausted 
school teachers, who had already 
spent a week on the job, to howl, 
giggle, shriek, gambol, and prance 
around the empty classrooms Sat- 
urday at Hampden-Sydney is 
anyone's guess. One thing only is 
certain: they loved it. The sessions 
of the three-day workshop, con- 
ducted under the auspices of the 
Southside Language Cooperative, a 
local organization of language pro- 
fessionals dedicated to improving 
teaching in five area counties, 
echoed with gales of laughter and 
roars of applause. 

Rassias himself, longtime profes- 
sor of French at Dartmouth College 
in Hanover, New Hampshire, was 
pleased to come to Virginia. He 
admires the state's recent reaffirma- 
tion of the role of foreign language 
in the preparation of men and 
women for higher eduation and 
professional life. He especially 
enjoyed the hospitality and warmth 
of rural Southside. 

As to the Rassias method, it is, 
as Dr. Alan Farrell, the workshop 
coordinator, described it, "genius 
and energy put into the service of a 
calling." And as such it is accessible 

to everyone. Rassias is the first to 
admit that his antics are his own, 
but that the strength and inspira- 
tion to apply any method to the 
classroom come from inside each 
teacher and from the response of 
students. Awakening that response 
is the first step. 

Rassias developed his approach 
while training Peace Corps volun- 
teers in the early sixties. Today the 
method is being used with great 
success at hundreds of colleges and 
high schools in the U.S. and abroad, 
and he is in constant demand as a 
conference and workshop speaker. 
He served on President Carter's 
Commission on Foreign Language 
and International Studies. 

Asked if he would return to Vir- 
ginia, Rassias declared that nothing 
would please him more. He sug- 
gested that he would like to put on 
another workshop, but this time for 
high school superintendents and 
principals. Theirs, he said, is the 
power to dampen or spark the 
spirit in teachers. Perhaps the mas- 
ter's experience on four continents 
can persuade them of the vital sig- 
nificance of inspired language- 
teaching in their classrooms. 

Noted Executives, 
Scholars Help Make 
Semester A Success 

A variety of leaders in both the bus- 
iness world and the academic world 
visited the College spring semester. 

Albert H. Gordon, chairman of 
the board of Kidder, Peabody & 
Co., Inc., a large Wall Street 
investment banking and brokerage 
firm, spoke at a luncheon for the 
Hampden-Sydney Alumni Council 
in April. Accompanying him was 
William Ferrell '62, a vice president 
at Kidder Peabody. At age 84 Gor- 
don is still going strong, actively 
running his business and serving 
other organizations as well. As the 
national co-chairman of the $350- 
million Harvard Campaign, he gave 
the alumni at the council meeting 
some good advice on how to run 
the Campaign for Hampden- 
Sydney. He also held a seminar for 
economics students. 

Joining Gordon in the seminar 
was John W. Heilshorn, an execu- 
tive vice president for Travelers 
Corporation of Hartford, Connecti- 
cut. Heilshorn recently moved to 
Travelers from Citibank, where he 
also served as executive vice 

Earlier in the semester the eco- 
nomics department sponsored a 
symposium on business ethics. Par- 
ticipating were Mike Hoffman, 
director of the Center for Business 
Ethics and chair of the philosophy 
department at Bentley College; 
Kenneth Elzinga, professor of eco- 
nomics at the University of Virgi- 
nia; and Warren F. Schwartz, pro- 
fessor of law at Georgetown 
University Law Center. 

Jane O. Pierotti, vice president of 
Hotel Group Human Development 
for Holiday Inns, Inc., visited the 
College for a week in April as a 
Woodrow Wilson Fellow. The fel- 
lowship program is designed to 



help college students bridge the gap 
between the academic world and 
the business world. 

"I love being able to interact with 
tomorrow's business leaders," Pier- 
otti said. "It gives you a fresh per- 
spective on what's on the minds of 
people entering the work force." 

Pierotti gave three public lec- 
tures, covering topics from "Effec- 
tive Verbal Presentations" to 
"What Makes People Tick." 

A graduate of the University of 
Southern California, Pierotti has 
been involved in the national Junior 
Achievement program, has served 
on the Board of Directors of the 
Urban League of Madison, Wiscon- 
sin, and has been a speaker for 
regional Rotary Clubs and Sales and 
Marketing Executives conventions. 

Carl F. Stover, a scholar and 
director of a variety of cultural, edu- 
cational, and scientific institutions, 
came to campus on April 16 as part 
of the Phi Beta Kappa lecture ser- 
ies. He spoke on "Technology and 

Stover has served as president of 
the cultural resources division of the 
National Council on the Arts, and 
he studied cultural policy as a scho- 
lar in residence at the National 
Academy of Public Administration. 

He has also served as president 
of the National Institute of Public 
Affairs and the National Commit- 
tee on United States-China Rela- 
tions, and he is a founding member 
of the Society for International 

Dr. William L. Frank, Professor 
of English at Longwood College, 
spoke in February at Hampden- 
Sydney's Friends of the Library Lec- 
ture on the fiction of William Hoff- 
man '49. Hoffman has published 
seven novels, one volume of short 
stories, and several uncollected sto- 
ries. Godfires, his new novel, will 
appear in June. 

Frank chaired Longwood's Eng- 
lish department for over ten years, 
and he has served on the Executive 

Committee of the South Atlantic 
Association of Departments of Eng- 
lish. He recently read a paper 
on "Biblical Allusions and Religious 
Symbols in William Hoffman's The 
Land That Drank the Rain" for the 
annual meeting of the Modern Phi- 
lological Association. 


Annual Fund Wins 
Fourth United States 
Steel Award 

As this issue was going to press 
Alumni Fund Chairman Tim 
Butler '62 announced that the Col- 
lege's Annual Fund has won 
another United States Steel 
Award, this time for Sustained 
Excellence, the highest category of 
recognition, for the Annual 
Fund's record-breaking 1981-82 
year. It is Hampden-Sydney's 
second Sustained Excellence 

The Council for the Advance- 
ment and Support of Education 
(CASE), in conjunction with the 
United States Steel Foundation, 
has for 26 years recognized distin- 
guished achievement in alumni 
giving programs. This is 
Hampden-Sydney's fourth award, 
the third in a row. It was one of 
only fifteen institutions in the 
country — among them Williams 
College, Centre College, and 
Cooper Union — to win such an 

We will have more information 
about this award, and about the 
1984-85 Annual Fund which 
promises to set even more records, 
in the fall issue of the Record. 


Renowned Musicians 
Perform on Campus 

The best of two very different mus- 
ical genres livened up the spring 
semester. The Mitchell-Ruff Duo, a 
world-famous jazz group, delighted 
a large crowd in Johns Auditorium 
in February, while concert pianist 
Martha Ann Verbit, whose solo re- 
citals have included the Lincoln 
Center, the National Gallery, and 
London's Wigmore Hall, gave a 
quieter, though not less intense, rec- 
ital in College Church in April. 

Pianist Dwike Mitchell and bas- 
sist and French horn player Willie 
Ruff were the first musicians to 
introduce American jazz to the 
Soviet Union in 1959 and to China 
in 1981. They were booked as the 
second act in leading nightclubs 
with the biggest bands of the 50s: 
Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, 
Duke Ellington, and Count Basic 
They developed a large following 
and drew the admiration of legen- 
dary jazzmen such as Gillespie 
and Miles Davis. Recent perfor- 
mances at Carnegie Hall and with 
the Boston Pops attest to their abid- 
ing fame. 

With his extraordinary technique 
and imagination, Dwike Mitchell is 
recognized as one of the great jazz 
pianists. Willie Ruff was trained as 
a classical musician and he studied 
with Paul Hindemith at Yale Univer- 
sity, where he now teaches when 
not touring. In performance, he 
reveals what a beautiful jazz 
instrument the French horn can be. 
Miss Verbit is a frequent soloist 
with the Boston Pops Orchestra 
and has appeared at the Newport 
Music Festival and the American 
Liszt Society Festival. She has made 
several world premier recordings of 
early 20th century works for Gene- 
sis Records. She is also known for 
her performances of late romantic 
composers, such as Liszt and 


Pianist Martha Verbit (above) and the 
Mitchell-Ruff Duo were among the 
entertainers brought to campus this year by 
Annual Fund contributions. 

Her Hampden-Sydney recital 
included Beethoven's "Sonata Opus 
27, number 2"; Liszt's "Funerailles"; 
Chopin's "Nocturnes" in E minor 
and C minor; and Charles T. 
Griffes' "The White Peacock." 

Acclaimed for her profound 
musicianship and unforgettable 
stage presence, Miss Verbit has 
received excellent reviews from 
many of the nation's leading news- 
papers. The New York Times 
called one of her recitals "a high- 
intensity performance that swept 
the listener illuminating 
evening." She received her musical 
training at Hollins College, the 
Eastman School of Music, and the 
Boston University School of Fine 

Godfires, William Hoff- 
man's Ninth Novel, 
Appears in June 

Reviewed by Dr. William Frank 

Hoffman's ninth novel God/ires 
(June 1985) returns to Hoffman's 
present locale for its setting, and to 
the land and the people he knows 
so well. The novel unfolds in rural 
southside Virginia, in the region 
encompassing Farmville, Lynch- 
burg, Richmond and points adja- 
cent. Hoffman employs a highly 
unusual point of view for him, a 
radical departure from that 
employed in his other novels, one 
which allows him to present con- 
current plots running throughout 
God/ires: one traces the murder of 
one of Tobaccoton's most promi- 
nent citizens, Vincent Fall Farr; the 
second explores a gothic inner 
world of mystery, spiritualism, 
kinky sex, hypocritical religion, 
guilt, expiation, and redemption. 
Tobaccoton, a small rural town in a 
fictional Howell County (in reality 
Farmville, Va. in Prince Edward 
County) is described by its protago- 
nist, Billy Payne, as "...tick infested, 
chigger infested, but most of 
ligion infested. If religion were oak 
trees, we would've been living in a 
primeval forest instead of a thirst- 
ing land where the red soil of fields 
flowed into the sun's glaze like riv- 
ers of dust." 

Godfires is a double whodunit: 
who murdered Vincent Fallen Farr, 
and why? And who is "the Master" 
who keeps the narrator in chains 
for three-fourths of the novel, 
teaching him about God, sin and 
salvation. The novel opens with a 
scene that can readily be seen in 
any one of the seemingly endless 
horror and sci-fi flicks that are the 
"in" movies of the 80s: Billy Payne, 
the narrator-protagonist, is lying 
"belly down.. .my chain clanking as I 
shift to gaze out the crooked door- 

way of the cabin toward motionless 
briers, tangled kudzu, and drooping 
swamp weed blooming yellow. I 
await the precise tread of the mas- 
ter." Hoffman then plays with the 
reader for over 200 pages, describ- 
ing "the Master" as an "erect mil- 
itary figure" who wears a Smith & Wesson 
.38 police special and a sheath knife 
"used to skin out deer." 

Ultimately, however, Godfires is 
a novel of forgiveness, and of 
reconciliation, and of love. In the 
final analysis, Hoffman seems to 
say, all we have is love: the love of 
a Father for His Son, of a wife for 
her husband, of a friend for a 
friend, of a son for his father, of a 
man for his ideal. When all else is 
shorn away, stripped from us, leav- 
ing us naked and afraid, the 
redemptive power of love appears, 
to clothe our nakedness, cover our 
shame, purge our guilt. What Billy 
Payne agonizingly and painfully 
discovers step-by-slow-step is that 
no man need be an island, that we 
all need one another, that love cov- 
ers the proverbial multitude of sins. 
Although Billy and his father find 
solace in the bottle throughout the 
novel, ultimately they find courage, 
and comfort, and strength, and for- 
giveness and love in each other. 

Godfires (Viking Press) is avail- 
able at the Hampden-Sydney Book- 
store for $16.95 plus tax and ship- 
ping charges. Call (804) 223-4381, 
extension 1 17 to order your copy. 

William Hoffman '49 

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A High-Class Problem: 
Unexpected Abundance 
of Freshmen for Fall 

Confirmations for the Class of 1989 
are up almost 309? from last year 
at this time. As of Tuesday, May 28, 
314 students had confirmed posi- 
tions in next year's freshman class. 
Total confirmations are expected to 
exceed 320, according to Associate 
Dean of Admissions Anita Garland. 

Garland cited as a factor in the 
increased number of students enrol- 
ling the fact that Washington and 
Lee University, in Lexington, will 
accept women next year and has 
had an unusually large number of 
applicants. "W&L is no longer 
Hampden-Sydney's largest competi- 
tor for students," she said. Garland 
added that some students who have 
confirmed will cancel later in the 
summer, but Hampden-Sydney 
should still have the largest fresh- 
man class in its history. 

H-SC Student Elected 
National Treasurer of 
Eta Sigma Phi 

Brad Pyott, a rising senior at 
Hampden-Sydney, was elected 
national treasurer of Eta Sigma Phi, 
the national honorary classics fra- 
ternity, at the fraternity's annual 
meeting on April 18-21 at St. Olaf 
College in Northfield, Minnesota. 

Pyott, who is from Tazewell, is 
one of several Hampden-Sydney 
students who have recently held 
national positions in the fraternity. 

Eta Sigma Phi seeks to foster 
interest in and the study of the 

Alumni Join 
Admissions Office 

Graduating seniors Eric Apperson, 
Patrick Kelly, and Will White have 
been named Assistant Deans of 

Apperson, of Glenside, Pennsyl- 
vania, was a four-year member of 
the Hampden-Sydney football team 
and was captain of the team as a 
senior. As a junior, Apperson was 
named to the second team all- 
ODAC squad. 

Kelly, of Charleston, South Carol- 
ina, served as a member of the 
Prince Edward County Volunteer 
Rescue Squad and also worked as a 
staff assistant at the reference desk 
in Eggleston Library while at 

White, of Winchester, Virginia, 
served as a Student Court adviser, 
co-president of Circle K, and co- 
ordinator of the Big Brother pro- 
gram at Hampden-Sydney. White 
also served as president of the Col- 
lege's Rod, Bow, and Gun Club this 

Apperson, Kelly, and White will 
replace Jeff Holland '82, who has 
served as assistant dean for the past 
two years, Brian Pruitt '83, who has 
served for one year, and Rik 
Morris and Berkley Young, who 
served as temporary replacements 
for Tom Jervey '81, who left after 
the fall semester of this year. 

As Assistant Deans, the three 
will be responsible for recruiting 
high school students by visiting 
high schools around the country. 
They will also interview prospec- 
tive students as they tour the 

Brian Thomas 
Promoted; Pace Leaves 

Brian Thomas '83 has been pro- 
moted to director of annual giving 
within the development office 
effective July 1 . He has served two 
years as assistant director of annual 

Jon Pace, former director of 
annual giving, is entering United 
Virginia Bank's commercial account 
training program. He will eventu- 
ally end up in UVB's western 

"Brian is an outstanding alumnus 
of Hampden-Sydney," said Peter 
Wyeth, vice president for develop- 
ment and external affairs. "He and 
Jon Pace have done a wonderful job 
getting the Annual Fund where it 
needs to be, and he is well prepared 
for greater responsibility within the 

Thomas, eager to begin his new 
responsibilities, said he was 
"pleased to participate in an effort 
that will benefit the College for 
decades to come." He said he will 
continue to work hard "to keep the 
Annual Fund one of the strongest 
in the Nation." 


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forester Sue Tennant presents 
Hampden-Sydney's Tree Farm sign to 
trustee James \\". Gordon. Jr. 

Forest Management 
Recognized by ATFS 

Hampden-Sydney was recently 
awarded membership in the Amer- 
ican Tree Farm System, a manage- 
ment system for timbering and 

"You are joining an elite organi- 
zation," said forester Sue Pember- 
ton Tennant when she presented 
the award. "This certifies that the 
College is managing its forest lands 
in a proper, scientific manner, one 
approved by the state Tree Farm 
Committee and the American 
Forest Institute." 

Accepting the award for the Col- 
lege was Board member James W. 
Gordon, Jr., a Richmond attorney 
who chairs the Hampden-Sydney 
Timber Management Committee. 
Also on hand were John A. Tim- 
mons, Jr., vice president for finance, 
and grounds supervisor John 
Emert, a former state forester. 

"The College is honored to be 
designated a Tree Farm',' Tim- 
mons said. "We've worked hard to 
manage our timber lands properly." 
According to Timmons, College 
land that is not a part of the main 
campus will eventually be cleared of 
its native timber and replaced with 
a more commercial timber, such as 
loblolly pine and walnut. 

Only those organizations with 
proven track records are granted 
membership in the Tree Farm sys- 
tem. The certificate states that 
Hampden-Sydney is managing its 
lands "in a manner which assures 
continuous production of commer- 
cial forest crops in accordance with 
scientific forest management 

Shakespearean Actors 
Perform Wedding 

Romance, promises, 
disillusionment — few can portray 
the steps of love and marriage 
more vividly than do British Sha- 
kespearean actors Arthur Kincaid 
and Deirdre Barber in Wooing, 
Wedding and Repenting, a medley 
of scenes from the world's greatest 
playwrights. Hampden-Sydney Col- 
lege hosted the performance on, 
appropriately enough, February 14. 
The wedding play included three 
scenes from Shakespeare: the 
maneuverings of Beatrice and 
Benedick in Much Ado About 
Nothing, the outrageous wedding 
scene from The Taming of the 
Shrew, and the wooing of the dis- 
guised Rosalind in As You Like It. 
A more serious note was struck by 
Ibsen's A Doll's House, with its 
remarkably modern feminist argu- 
ments, and by Strindberg's The 
Father, in which it is the man who 
struggles for his freedom. The 
styles of the pieces varied from the 
knock-about farce and the rhyming 
couplets of the early anonymous 
Johan Johan to the brittle wit and 
sophistication of the Restoration in 
The Way of the World. The even- 
ing was brought full circle with Pri- 
vate Lives, in which a divorced cou- 
ple meet again and realize they are 
still in love. 

Nine Named to 
Board of Trustees 

The Hampden-Sydney Board of 
Trustees has elected five new 
members and re-elected four cur- 
rent members to serve five-year 

New trustees include E. Morgan 
Massey, president of the AT. Mas- 
sey Coal Company, Inc., of Rich- 
mond; Leslie G. McCraw, Jr., presi- 
dent and chief executive officer of 
Daniel International Corporation of 
Greenville, South Carolina; Joseph 
F. Viar, Jr. '63, founder and presi- 
dent of Viar and Company, Inc., of 
Alexandria; James A. MacCut- 
cheon, a partner in the interna- 
tional accounting firm of Arthur 
Anderson and Company, based in 
Washington, DC; and William G. 
Ferrell 71, vice president and 
director of Kidder, Peabody & 
Company, Inc., of New York. 

Re-elected trustees include the 
Honorable Paul S. Trible, Jr. '68, a 
United States senator from Virgi- 
nia; Robert W. King, Jr.' 52, an 
attorney with Moore, Van Allen, 
Allen and Thigpen of Charlotte, 
North Carolina; Richard M. 
Venable, Jr. '50, president of the 
Trojan Steel Company of Charles- 
ton, West Virginia; and James L. 
Trinkle '50, president of C W. 
Francis & Sons, Inc., of Roanoke. 

E. Morgan Massey serves as a 
director of St. Joe Minerals Corpo- 
ration and many Massey subsidiar- 
ies engaged in coal mining and land 
development. He is a member of 
the board of directors of Bitumi- 
nous Coal Operators Association 
and National Coal Association. He 
is also a member of the American 
Institute of Mining and Metallurgi- 
cal Engineers and past chairman of 
the Virginia Section. In addition to 
his mining interests he serves on 
the board of the University of 


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Richmond and The New Commun- 
ity School, and he is an organizer 
and director of Dominion National 
Bank of Richmond. He holds a 
B.M.E. from the University of Vir- 
ginia and an M.B.A. from the Uni- 
versity of Richmond. 

Leslie G. McCraw, Jr., served in a 
variety of engineering and construc- 
tion managerial positions with du 
Pont before joining Daniel Interna- 
tional in 1975. He also served three 
years in the Air Force, attaining the 
rank of captain. Outside of the 
company he serves as a director of 
Fluor Corporation, a director of the 
Palmetto Bank, and chairman of 
the Engineering Advisory Council 
at Clemson University. He is on 
the Board of Visitors of Columbia 
College and on the Board of the 
South Carolina State Chamber of 
Commerce. He holds a degree in 
civil engineering from Clemson 
University, and he attended Cornell 
University Business School. 

Joseph F. Viar, Jr. '63 did gradu- 
ate work at Lynchburg College 
before embarking on his career in 
computer programming and man- 
agement. His company develops 
large-scale computer software sys- 
tems for government clients, such 
as the IRS and the U.S. Immigra- 
tion and Naturalization Service. 
The company also conducts admini- 
strative management activities, 
such as its operation of the Sample 
Management Office of the US. 

Robert King '52 
Morgan Massey Leslie McCraw 

Environmental Protection Agency. 
Viar has also served as a panel 
member of the MIT Enterprise 
Forum and as a volunteer consul- 
tant to the City Council of New 
Orleans. He is a member of the 
Trans-Potomac Club and the 
National Contracts Management 

James A. MacCutcheon began his 
career with Arthur Anderson in 1974; 
he specializes in providing accounting 
and audit services to a number of 
clients in public office. He is a 
member of the American Institute 
of Certified Public Accountants, the 
Virginia Society of CPA's, the Ohio 
Society of CPA's, and the Institute 
of Internal Auditors. He holds a 
B.S. from Case Western Reserve 

William G. Ferrell 71 worked in 
corporate finance for Citibank in 
New York for several years before 
taking his present position with 
Kidder, Peabody & Company, Inc. 
He serves as treasurer for the 
Investment Association of New 
York and is a member of the Bond 
Club of New York and of the 
Municipal Bond Club of New York. 
He also serves on Hampden- 
Sydney's Founders Committee and 
the Corporations & Foundations 
Committee of the Campaign for 

Senator Paul S. Trible, Jr. '68 was 
elected to the U.S. House of Repre- 
sentatives in 1976 and to the U.S. 

William Ferrell 71 Richard Venable 50 

Senate in 1982. Prior to his political 
career he served as a Common- 
wealth's Attorney for Essex County. 
He holds a law degree from 
Washington & Lee University- 
Robert W. King, Jr. '52 received 
his law degree from the University 
of North Carolina Law School in 
1959, and he has practiced law with 
Moore and Van Allen ever since. 
He has served in a variety of lead- 
ership positions with the Charlotte 
Central YMCA, and he has served 
as president of the Mecklenburg 
County Bar Association. 

Richard M. Venable, Jr. '50 has 
served on the College Board since 
1973. He is a member of the 
Charleston area Chamber of Com- 
merce, an active member of the 
Rotary Club, and an elder in the 
First Presbyterian Church. 

James L. Trinkle '50, a graduate 
of the University of Virginia Law 
School, has served as president of 
the General Alumni Associations of 
Hampden-Sydney and the Univer- 
sity of Virginia. He has also served 
on the Board of Directors for the 
Central YMCA on the Board of 
Trustees for the United Way of 
Roanoke Valley, and on the Board 
of Directors of Peoples Federal Sav- 
ings and Loan Association. He 
served as Campaign Chairman for 
the American Cancer Society. His 
memberships include the National 
Association of Real Estate Boards 
and the American Bar Association. 

James MacCutcheon 

James Trinkle 51 Joseph Viar '63 



Trustee Notes 

J. B. FUQUA, chairman of the 
board of Fuqua Industries, Inc. 
(NYSE) has received the Award of 
Merit for Distinguished Entrepre- 
neurship. The award is presented 
by the University of Pennsylvania 
Wharton Entrepreneurial Center to 
outstanding individuals who typify 
entrepreneurs in the free enterprise 

Edward B. Shils, Ph.D. and 
Director of the Wharton Entrepre- 
neurial Center presented the award. 
In honoring Fuqua, Shils said, "J.B. 
Fuqua is a man of singular resolve 
and ingenuity, whose management 
of Fuqua Industries is testimony to 
the triumph of individual initiative 
and entrepreneurial vision." 

Past recipients of the award 
include Donald J. Trump, president 
of The Trump Organization; Ted 
Turner, chairman and president of 
Turner Broadcasting; Henry Ford 
II, chairman of the Finance Com- 
mittee of the Ford Motor Com- 
pany; Sanford I. Weill, president of 
Shearson Lehman/American 
Express and William McGowan, 
chief executive officer of MCI Corp. 

J.B. Fuqua's life and professional 
achievements personify entrepre- 
neurs in American business. Fuqua 
has risen from a Virginia farm boy, 
who did not attend college, to 

Paul Trible '68 

Gene Dixon '65 


become founder and head of Fuqua 
Industries, a Fortune 500 company. 

Fuqua Industries is a diversified 
manufacturing, distribution and 
service company with sales of over 
5732,000,000. Principal operating 
segments include lawn and garden 
equipment, photofinishing, recrea- 
tional products, and seating. 

chairman and chief executive officer 
of Johnson & Higgins in New 
York, delivered the commencement 
address in June at Woodberry For- 
rest High School, where his son, 
Lee, graduated. 

DAVID N. MARTIN '52 was 
featured in a recent issue of Style 
Weekly for his enormous success 
with The Martin Agency, which he 
started in 1965. As the largest 
advertising agency in Richmond 
and one of the largest in the South- 
east, the agency expects its yearly 
billings to soon top S50 million. 

"Quite simply, we're trying to be 
the best agency there is," the article 
quoted Martin as saying. "Our work 
is as good as, if not better than, 
work being created in Chicago and 
New York." Last year every writer 
and art director on the staff of the 
agency was represented at least 
twice in Communication Arts mag- 
azine's premiere competition, and 
many other awards were won as 


executive vice president of Scott & 
Stringfellow, Inc., in Richmond, has 
been elected to the board of the 
Epsicopal High School in Alexan- 
dria, his alma mater. 

GENE B. DIXON, JR. '65, presi- 
dent of Kyanite Mining Corpora- 
tion in Dillwyn, attended the 1 14th 
AIME annual meeting in New 
York City and presented a paper 
concerning the economics of indus- 
trial minerals entitled "Kyanite 
Mining in Virginia." Dixon serves 
on the Board of Commissioners of 
the Virginia Port Authority and on 

the Longwood College Foundation, 
Inc., of Longwood College. Kyanite 
Mining Corporation is the world's 
largest producer of Kyanite. 

PAUL S. TRIBLE, JR. 68, United 
States Senator from Virginia, was 
recently selected to serve on the 
Foreign Relations Committee. He 
was also named by his colleagues as 
the most promising new Republi- 
can in the Senate in the April 23, 
1983 edition of U.S. News and 
World Report. 

Campaign Leader Notes 

CHARLES H. EURE, JR. 49, has 

been named president and chief 
operating officer of Norfolk Ship- 
building & Drydock Corporation. 
Formerly the executive vice presi- 
dent of operations, he has been 
with the company since 1961. He is 
on the board of directors of the 
corporation, and he also serves on 
the Shipbuilders Council of 

JR. 41, dean of the Marshall- 
Wythe School of Law at the College 
of William and Mary, has received 
the Virginia Chamber of Commer- 
ce's highest award — the Distin- 
guished Service Award for 1985. 
The award was presented at the 
Chamber's 61st annual banquet and 
38th annual Congressional dinner 
in Arlington. The primary criterion 
for the award is that the recipient 
be "truly outstanding in his or her 
contribution to the advancement of 
the entire Commonwealth." 

Charles Eure '49 

William Spong 41 


Spring Semester 
Dean's List 

Eighty-five students made Dean's 
List for this semester. This is com- _ 
pared to seventy-seven who made 
Dean's List during the fall semester. 
To qualify for Dean's List, a student 
must earn a 3-3 grade point average 
for fifteen hours or more of work 
in a semester. 

Freshmen: J. Calo III, C. P. 
Chalmers, M. A. Citrone, C. G. 
Fulghum, G. P. Gillespy, M. J. 
Glassford, C G Hester, J. H. Kel- 
lam, M. B. Lazenby, P. L. Parsons, 
R. W. Pfeil, S. D. Vinson, and M. J. 

Sophomores: W. E. Barr, D. C 
Brown, W. D Bunch, R. K. Cit- 
rone, R. W. Eggleston, T C Eller, 
M.J. Fader, G E. FahyJ. L Hei- 
berg, J. B. Jackson, W. B. Lucas, M. 
F. Mclntyre, C D. Putt, A. G. Rab- 
chevsky, M. W. Robertson III, J. B. 
Sewell III, T J. Swartzwelder, J. B. 
Terry, and K. A. Wootton. 

Juniors: S. B. Arington, K. D. 
Baker, F. W. Blankemeyer, B. D. 
Burns, J. R. Caruso, J. C Collie, S. 
M. Coyle, F. W. Crutchfield, J. W. 
Curry, G. C Daniels, C. A. Fincher, 
S. S. Giannetti, A. P. Gust, W. T 
Hayes, Jr., D E. Marshall, C W. 
Mayo, J. R McGhee, Jr., D. L 
Miller, M. L Moran, G. J. Morris, F. 
B. Pyott, J. W. Robinson III, S. M. 
Sharp, T Stark IV, M. E. States, E. 
S. UtyroJ. J. Wilkerson, and W.J. 

Seniors: C T Apostle, E. E. 
Apperson, G. A. Brandt, A. E. Bry- 
ant III, W. M. Conger, F. N. Cowan, 
Jr., J. A. Curley, W. H. Farthing, Jr., 
W. L Hilton, B.J. LanhamJ. H. 
Lineweaver, S. W. Neal, P. C. Nun- 
nally, K. G Pankey, Jr., J. W. Peek, 
Jr., W. D Rusher, Jr., J. D Secor III, 
D. B. Simmons, D. A. Terry, T B. 
Thackston IV, D. W. Thomson, T. 
P. Veith, B. M. Wallace, A. R. Wat- 
son, and F. L Wheeler. 


Joins Longwood to 
Produce Twelfth Night 

The Jongleurs of Hampden-Sydney 
joined the Players of Longwood to 
perform Shakespeare's Twelfth 
Night on two successive weekends 
in February. Dr. Stephen Coy, asso- 
ciate professor of fine arts at 
Hampden-Sydney, directed the play. 

"It was truly a joint effort," Coy 
said. "We didn't simply cast stu- 
dents from both colleges. The direc- 
tor was from Hampden-Sydney, the 
designer and technical people were 
from Lonwood, and both schools 
footed the bill. This was the fullest 
cooperation we've enjoyed for some 

Coy also noted that a Shakes- 
peare play has not been attempted 
at Hampden-Sydney for a number 
of years. "It takes actors of great 
capability and much training to per- 
form Shakespeare," he said. "It's not 
very often that the right crew of 
students comes along. This year 
was perfect," he added. 

Senior Michael Boudreau added 
much of the comedy in his role as 
Malvolio. John Simpson added a 
unique touch as well, singing his 
own compositions as Feste. 


The Tiger Wins Big 

In the Big Leagues 


The Hampden-Sydney Tiger 
has won several awards in the 

Virginia College Press Association 
1984 and 1985 competitions, it was 
announced in May. "This is a bigger 
deal than it may sound," said Tiger 
editor Hawes Coleman Spencer '87 
with characteristic modesty. "The 
Tiger is a very little paper by their 
standards (their smallest category is 
for circulations of less than 3000), 
but we were judged right along 
with the Cavalier Daily and news- 
papers from JMU, VCU, and Wil- 
liam & Mary." 

In the 1984 competition, the 
Tiger came away with a first-place 
award for individual general news 
writing, for an article by John Stev- 
enson III '85; with two second-place 
awards, for excellence of general 
makeup and excellence of editorial 
page; a third-place award for excel- 
lence of display advertising; and an 
honorable mention for excellence of 
feature page. 

In the 1985 competition, in 
which most of the prizes were 
taken away by the JMU Breeze and 
VCU's Com?nonu , ealtb Times, the 
Tiger won a first-place award for 
display advertising, a third-place 
award for excellence of feature 
page, and an honorable mention in 
general news writing, for an article 
by Hawes Spencer. Ted Tronnes 
'87 won third place for his "Fifth 
Passage" comic strip, and Chris 
Apostle '85 won an honorable men- 
tion for an editorial cartoon. 

"This is quite an act to follow," 
said incoming editor David Brown 
'87. "But I think we'll be able to 
handle it." 




Silicon chips for space-age 
electronics, reasearch in dozens 
of fields, and lectures on 
dinosaurs, Hampden and 
Sydney, and mediaeval art 

Dr. Thomas Joyner has won a grant from 

NASA to develop radiation-resistant silicon 
poaer chips for future space missions. 

NASA Awards Joyner 
$30,000 Research Grant 

W. Thomas Joyner, Jr., Professor of 
Physics at the College, has won a 
$30,000 research grant from NASA 
for work on a silicon power device 
that could prove critical to future 
space probes. 

The new device has the advan- 
tage of being both small and radia- 
tion resistant, so it's compatible 
with nuclear reactors. But its resist- 
ance must be increased dramatically, 
and that's the challenge now facing 
Joyner. "This is a high-risk project," 
he said. "However, if successful, the 
device could revolutionize high- 
temperature high-radiation 

NASA grants are highly compet- 
itive and Joyner was selected out of 
a large applicant pool. Much of the 
project will be done at Hampden- 
Sydney using student assistants, for 
the College has a number of 
instruments not ordinarily found at 
an undergraduate institution. It's 
rare, in fact, for undergraduate 
schools to even win such a grant. 

College Provost Daniel P. Poteet 
II said the grant "culminates years 
of hard work to make our physics 
department one of the nation's fin- 
est." At one time the department 
ranked first in its percentage of 
graduates who go on to obtain a 

Joyner chaired the department 
for thirteen years. Since he was 
trained in nuclear physics and did 
most of his professional research in 
solid-state physics, he was tailor- 
made for the NASA project, which 
overlaps both fields. 

If the new devices can be made 
radiation-safe, they may be used in 
the 1992 Manned Orbiting Labora- 
tory. Contracts for that mission will 
be negotiated in 1987. More likely, 
however, the devices will be used in 
a later, nuclear-powered laboratory. 

"The College has been very sup- 
portive," Joyner said. "The best part 
about the grant is the benefits it 
will bring our students. They will 
gain some rare and invaluable 
experience." Students assisting 
Joyner are juniors John Donelson 
and George Becknell and sopho- 
more Tripp Willinghan. The grant 
includes payment for student 

From Dinosaurs to the 
Space Age: Faculty 
Lectures Cover Wide 

Though Hampden-Sydney's faculty 
may be small, their interests cover 
just about everything, if spring 
semester's Faculty Forums and 
Honors Lectures are any indication. 

W. Thomas Joyner, Jr., professor 
of physics, spoke in April on 
"Manned Orbiting Laboratories, the 
Moon, and Mars: NASA Planetary 
Exploration Plans to 2001." Having 
recently won a $30,000 research 
grant from NASA for work on sil- 
icon power devices for future space 
probes, Joyner was eager to discuss 
the time schedule, costs, and mil- 
itary implications for manned orbit- 
ing laboratories. He also described 
proposed lunar bases and missions 
to Mars. Perhaps his most interest- 
ing points concerned the differences 
between the U.S. space program 
and that of Russia. 

William A. Shear, professor of 
biology, was more concerned with 
conflicts on earth in his lecture on 
"Dinosaur Extinction and Nuclear 
Winter." A well-known evolutionist 
currently doing research on 390- 
million-year-old ecosystems, Shear 
suggests that knowledge of the 
prehistorical era is relevant to 
today's issues. 

President Josiah Bunting III drew 



on his extensive military experience 
in a lecture on "What We Learned 
in Vietnam," which immediately 
preceded the Genocide Conference. 
Bunting is often invited to speak to 
military organizations, having writ- 
ten a best-seller on the Vietnam 
War, The Lionbeads. 

Alan Farrell, associate professor 
of French, looked at Vietnam from 
a much different perspective in his 
lecture on "pidgin" language in 
Indochina. When he lived and 
fought with French-speaking mon- 
tagnard tribesmen of the Haute 
Region along the Laotian frontier, 
he "had one of the last glimpses 
into the fleeting world of simplicity 
in language," he said. This "pidgin" 
language is a compact form of both 
language and thought. 

Graves H. Thompson, Blair Pro- 
fessor of Latin, discussed a much 
more elaborate means of expression 
and language in his February lecture 
on "Art in the Middle Ages." 
Thompson has long been interested 
in the history of writing and deco- 
rating mediaeval manuscripts. 

Dale M. Johnson, associate pro- 
fessor of mathematics, dealt with 
art just after the Middle Ages in his 
lecture. "The Painter's Perspective: 
From Art to Geometry." He 
focused on the great fifteenth- 
century painters' rediscovery of 
perspective, a technique that draws 
on mathematics. He has published 
widely on the history of mathematics. 

Mrs. Sidney L Johnson, a lec- 
turer in rhetoric, gave two lectures 
during the course of the semester. 
"Are You a Tree or a Monument?", 
given in February, compared the 
differing educational methods of 
England and America. Mrs. John- 
son taught in England before com- 
ing to Hampden-Sydney. In March 
she spoke on "John Hampden and 
Algernon Sydney: Representative 
Englishmen," using a slide presen- 
tation to trace the history of the 
patriots for whom the College is 

Two Professors Take on 
Administrative Tasks 

Dr. Gerald Bryce, Associate Profes- 
sor of Mathematics and Computer 
Science, and Michael Wilson, 
Assistant Professor of Modern 
Languages, have joined the Col- 
lege's administrative staff. 

Bryce has replaced Dr. Larry 
Martin as Associate Dean of the 
Faculty, a half-time position that 
runs for three years. He has his 
Ph.D. from the University of Vir- 
ginia, and he taught for five years at 
Randolph-Macon before coming to 
Hampden-Sydney in 1978. 

"We hope to broaden our capa- 
bilities for teaching the learning 
disabled," Bryce said about one of 
his goals as Associate Dean. He will 
also run the advising program, and 
he will join Michael Wilson in 
promoting the College's expanding 
Young Teacher's Program, which 
provides loans and grants to quali- 
fied upperclassmen pursuing 
careers in public education. 

Wilson is the new Special Assist- 
ant to the President, a part-time 
position recently created to help the 
College run its $25.5 million Cam- 
paign. Wilson is expected to help 
with various on-campus projects. 

"I worked hard on the details for 
the Conference on Genocide' we 
held in March," Wilson said. "I've 
also begun work on several long- 
range projects. The new position is 
a challenge, and I'm enjoying it very 

Prior to his move to Hampden- 
Sydney in 1981, Wilson taught at 
Amherst College and at the Uni- 
versity of Massachusetts, where he 
did his graduate work. A specialist 
in Spanish linguistics, he has also 
taught English as a foreign lan- 
guage at a university in Mexico. 

Research & Publications 

• James Angresano, associate pro- 
fessor of economics and cross 
country coach, recently pub- 
lished an essay in the Review of 
Social Economy. 

• Paul S. Baker, director of student 
aid and records, recently co-edited 
a diary entitled "Student and 
Soldier: The Dairies of G.L.P. 
Wren, 1858-1864." Baker's essay 
"Federal/State Relations with 
Education in the South" will 
appear in the upcoming Encyc- 
lopedia of Southern Culture. 

• Shearer Davis Bowman, assistant 
professor of history and head 
soccer coach, is working on a 
comparative study of antebellum 
U.S. planters and their counter- 
parts in 19th-century Prussia. He 
delivered a paper on the same 
subject in October, 1984, at The 
First World Plantation Confer- 
ence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
During spring semester Bowman 
joined religion professor Owen 
Norment to conduct an interdis- 
ciplinary seminar on "Nazism: 
Historical and Religious 

• Joseph B. Clower, professor eme- 
ritus of Bible, was given the out- 
standing citizen award at the 
annual Woodstock Chamber of 
Commerce banquet in January, 
1985. He was recognized for his 
work of preserving Woodstock's 
past in his recent books, Yester- 
day in Woodstock and Glimpses 
of the Past. Clower is a Wood- 
stock native. 

• Stephen Cady Coy, associate pro- 
fessor of fine arts, produced 
"Waiting for Godot" at the Col- 
lege in October, 1984. He co- 
produced, with the department 
of speech and theatre of Long- 
wood College, Shakespeare's 
Twelfth Night in February- 
March, 1985. 

• Elizabeth J. Deis, visiting assist- 


ant professor of English and rhe- 
toric, recently published an essay 
on George Meredith in Portraits 
of Marriage in Literature. She 
also delivered a paper with 
Lowell T. Frye on British travel 
books of the 1830's at the Mod- 
ern Language Association con- 
vention in December, 1984. 

• Lowell T. Frye, visiting assistant 
professor of rhetoric and English, 
published an essay on Thomas 
Carlyle's idea of history in a 
recent issue of the Victorian 

• Paul A. Jagasich, associate profes- 
sor of modern languages, and 
Thomas J. O'Grady, poet-in- 
residence and lecturer in English, 
were presented the John Peter 
Mettauer Award for Excellence 
in Research at the College's 
spring convocation. Their trans- 
lation of The Casting of Bells by 
Czech poet Jaroslav Seifert 
helped Seifert win the 1984 
Nobel Prize for Literature. The 
translators visited the poet in 
November of 1984 to retrieve 
more works unavailable in the 
West, which they are now trans- 
lating. Jagasich attended the Sei- 
fert conference at the University 
of Chicago in January, 1985. 

• Amos Lee Laine, professor of 
history and department chair- 
man, will participate in an inter- 
national conference in London in 
July 1985, commemorating the 
450th anniversary of the deaths of 
Bishop Fisher and Sir Thomas 
More. Laine will chair a session in 
which papers about John Rastell 
will be read (Laine's book on Ras- 
tell appeared in August 1983). 

At the Ninth International Con- 
ference of Patristic, Medieval, and 
Renaissance Studies at Villanova 
University in September 1984, 
Laine presented a paper on 
"Raleigh's Tower Works: The His- 
tory of the World." 

• J. Frank Papovich, assistant pro- 
fessor of English and rhetoric, 

published two essays in 
December, 1984: "Teaching the 
Homeric Poems in Translation: 
Seeing Homeric Values," in 
Approaches to Teaching 
Homer's Iliad and Odyssey 
(MLA press): and "Sherman's 
Civil War: The Memoirs of Gen- 
eral William T. Sherman," in 
Military' History. He also deli- 
vered a paper on "Landscape, 
Tradition, and Identity in The 
Way to Rainy Mountain at the 
Twentieth Century Literature 
Conference in February, 1985, 
and he gave a series of lectures in 
Chesterfield, Hanover, and War- 
renton for the Virginia Founda- 
tion for the Humanities. 

• William W. Porterfield, professor 
of chemistry, spoke on relative 
stability of nido cluster isomers at 
the Intraboron Symposium at the 
University of Durham (England) 
in October, 1984. He also 
attended the 3rd International 
Conference on Platinum-Group 
Metals in Edinburgh in July, 
1984. His advanced inorganic 
chemistry textbook, published in 
late 1983, is now being used at a 
number of major universities. 

• Herbert J. Sipe, Jr., professor of 
chemistry, recently published a 
paper on "An Improved Synthe- 
sis of Aryl Sulfones" in Synthesis, 
the international journal of 
methods in synthetic organic 
chemistry. Two Hampden- 
Sydney students, Sam White and 
Donnie Clary, were co-authors of 
the paper, which has been 
requested by scientists in Italy, 
Czechoslovokia, Israel, India, and 
France. Sipe also was recently 
awarded funds by the National 
Science Foundation for an IBM 
PC/XT computer and other 
equipment, which has considera- 
bly broadened the opportunities 
for research by advanced chemis- 
try students. 

• Homer A. Smith, Jr., professor of 
chemistry, is doing summer 

research at Georgia Tech's school 
of chemistry. He was elected 
treasurer of the Virginia Section 
of the American Chemical Society. 

Sabbaticals & Departures 

Biology professor Stanley Gemborys 
will be on sabbatical leave for the 
fall semester this coming year. 
Gemborys will be replaced by 
David Arieti, brother of Associate 
Professor of Classics James Arieti. 

Five professors are leaving 
Hampden-Sydney. Mr. Bill Myers 
will be leaving his position in the 
Mathematics and Computer Science 
Department to assume a position 
in the Computer Science Depart- 
ment of Union College in Kentucky. 

Ms. Jeanne Nailor will be leaving 
her position in the Mathematics 
and Computer Science Department 
to attend Duke University to com- 
plete her doctoral studies in 

Dr. Brian Schrag, Associate Pro- 
fessor of Philosophy, will become 
Dean of the Faculty at Bethel Col- 
lege in Kansas, his alma mater. 

Dr. Homer A. Smith, Professor 
of Chemistry, leaves after twenty- 
one years at Hampden-Sydney to 
become department chairman at 
Milliken University in Decatur, 

Dr. Dale Johnson, Associate Pro- 
fessor of Mathematics and Compu- 
ter Science, will be leaving to 
assume a position with the Mitre 
Corporation of Massachusetts work- 
ing with computer research. His 
wife Sidney was an instructor in 
rhetoric this year. 

John Ryland, head librarian, 
will leave for a position as head 
librarian of Oglethorpe University 
in Atlanta. Astrid Brynestad, refer- 
ence librarian, will leave for a posi- 
tion at the University of Tenness^ 


The Word 
Go Away 

A conference billed as "the 
most important ever held at 
Hampden- Sydney" examined 
the causes and effects of the 
horrible act that "lurks in the 
hearts of us all" 

What is behind the periodic erup- 
tions of mass murder we call geno- 
cide? What factors in human nature 
and in our religious and political 
institutions fail and turn one peo- 
ple's fury on the weak and defense- 
less members of other social, racial, 
or religious groups? 

Four distinguished scholars 
grappled with these questions in a 
Conference on the Roots of Geno- 
cide held at the College on March 
27-29. Dr. Richard Rubenstein, 
theologian and author of The Cun- 
ning of History; Dr. Robert J. Lif- 
ton, professor of psychiatry and 
author of twelve books; Dr. Charles 
Sydnor, Jr., president of Emory and 
Henry College and producer of sev- 
eral television documentaries on 
World War II; and Dr. Melvin 
Konner, chairman 
of the anthropo- 
logy department 
at Emory Uni- 
versity and author 
of The Tangled 
Wing, joined to 
cover the historical, 
psychological, an- 
thropological, and 
religious implica- 
tions of genocide 
in the modern 

Between public 
addresses the 
scholars worked 
with groups of 
faculty and stu- 
dents in various 
classes and semi- 
nars. Other colleges joining Hampden 
Sydney in the conference included 
Longwood, Sweet Briar, and 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College. 

In spite of the various and some- 
times contradictory opinions of the 
four scholars, they seemed to agree 
on one central truth: the holocaust 
was not a one-time affair under- 
taken by madmen but an expres- 
sion of the evil which lies dormant 

"If there is any uncon- 
tested right, it is not 
the 'inalienable' right 
of the citizen to 'life, 

liberty, and the pursuit 
of happiness, ' but the 
god-like right of the 

state to do anything it 

wishes with its citizens, 

provided they are 

incapable of effective 

resistance. " 


in the heart of every man, an atroc- 
ity within the capability of every 
society. This force must be under- 
stood as nearly as possible and con- 
trolled if mankind is to preserve its 
rich heritage. 

Dr. Rubenstein has called the 
Nazi Holocaust "the expression of 
some of the most profound tenden- 
cies of Western civilization in the 
twentieth century." In his keynote 
address he said that today's world is 
equally ripe for a "politics of exter- 
mination," due primarily to the 
rapid technological changes that 
have made millions of people 
"redundant" and "surplus." Dr. 
Rubenstein has been a professor of 
religion at Florida State University 
for 15 years. He serves as president 
of the Washington Institute for 

Values in Public 

Dr. Lifton, who 
served for many 
years in the Yale 
Medical School 
before his recent 
move to the City 
University of 
New York, traced 
the many simi- 
larities between 
Nazi doctors and 
professionals in 
general. The 
doctors "doubled" 
by leading second, 
professional lives 
that were in 
many cases 
separate and 
distinct from their personal lives. 

They could be loving parents 
and spouses at home and numbed 
killers at work. "Physicians may be 
more prone to doubling than other 
groups," Dr. Lifton noted. "As soon 
as you become a doctor, your very 
first day, you could be exposed to a 
corpse, and as you start accepting 
such things you form a second self, 
your doctor self, in which you don't 



feel so much in regard to life and 
death. Above all you protect your- 
self from the pain of death and 
from losing patients." Add to that 
the Nazi belief sincerely held by 
many doctors that they were killing 
"corruption" in an effort to 
improve the human race, Lifton 
said, and we can begin to under- 
stand the motivation for such 
genocidal behavior on the part of 
those normally considered the heal- 
ers in society. 

Dr. Sydnor provided an historical 
perspective on the problems of 
genocide. He stressed that the 
modern vehicles of bureacracy and 
techology weren't all to blame for 
the German holocaust; it was indi- 
viduals who made the decisions to 
kill, and it was individuals who 
implemented such decisions. He 
also urged students not to overlook 
basic human motivations when 
exploring a complex psychological 
phenomenon. At the heart of 
Hitler's behavior was a fanatical 
racism, as is readily apparent 
through many historical studies, he 

Closing out the conference was 
Dr. Konner who, in addition to his 
work in anthropology, has studied 
neurology and psychiatry at the 
Harvard Medical School and 
teaches in both fields. If man is 
ever to quell his extreme, violent 
tendencies, he must set up his own 
surveillance system and scrupu- 
lously work to guard the human 
rights of the world's population. He 
also maintained that men, as 
opposed to women, naturally have 
more aggressive tendencies, and 
that world politics might be some- 
what calmer if more women were 
allowed into the political arena. 

The four scholars readily admit- 
ted that the Nazi experience was of 
such magnitude that it could never 
be summed up in formulas or the- 

The poster for the Genocide Conference, designed by the College's 
publications office, has been selected for publication in this year's edition of 
"The Artist's Aiarket,"a national guide to opportunities for free-lance artists. 
The drawing was done by local artist Deborah McClmtock. 


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News received by April 15. 1985 

The members of the Class of 
1 935 {below) gathered at 
Middlecourt for a reception on 
May 3, 1985, in honor of their 
50th reunion. 


J. BARRYE WALL recently 
retired as editor of the editorial 
page for The Farmville Herald. 
He purchased the newspaper in 
1921 and has actively served as 
editor and publisher for the past 
64 years. He will continue as 
publisher and will be editor 
emeritus. BIDGOOD (Bid) 
WALL 75 will replace his 
grandfather as editor. He had 
been handling the editorial page 
for several months while Mr. 
Wall was convalescing at his 
home following a stroke. J. 
LEY 79 will replace Bid Wall 
as news editor. WILLIAM B. 
WALL '50 will continue as 
general manager of The Herald. 


The Reverend JOHN W. 
SHERMAN and his wife Laura 
were featured in a recent Harri- 
sonburg Daily News-Record 
story. Their 52'/j-year marriage 
was held up as a model for 
young couples to emulate. 
Sherman, who pastored five 
Presbyterian churches over the 
course of his career, has lived 
with his wife in Harrisonburg's 
Sunnyside Retirement Home 
since 1981. 


The Reverend WILLIAM G. 
WALKER has retired from the 
First Presbyterian Church of 
Owensboro, Kentucky. 



has retired from the Rock- 
ingham Memorial Hospital of 
Harrisonburg, where he has 
served as an obstetrics- 

gynecology specialist for nearly 
35 years. The Harrisonburg 
Daily Neus- Record ran a fea- 
ture article on Schultz's career, 
noting that he was Harrison- 
burg's first OB-GYN and he 
averaged 1 59 deliveries per year, 
or 5,500 for his career. 



professor of history at the Uni- 
versity of Alabama, has pub- 
lished his fifth book, This Des- 
tructive War: The British 
Campaign in the Carolines, 
1 780- 1 782. It is a sequel of sorts 
to his earlier work — 7777; Year 
of the Hangman — on the Brit- 
ish effort to recover her Ameri- 
can colonies. Pancake notes that 
"although I had always known 
that the Revolution in the 
South was a bitter civil war, I 
was not prepared for the savag- 
ery and vindictiveness with 
which Tories and Patriots har- 
ried each other. I had put down 
as patriotic gore and exaggera- 
tion the contemporary accounts 
of Tory atrocities. The accounts 
did not exaggerate. What had 
previously escaped my notice 
was the fact that our noble, 
patriotic ancestors — most of 
them Prebyterians of the Carol- 
ina backcountry — were every bit 
as hateful and bloody-minded as 
their Tory counterparts. They 
may have believed in the New 
Testament but they fought by 
the Old." 



III has been elected to the board 
of directors of Forest Farmers 
Association, an Atlanta-based 
organization. Active in the refo- 

restation of much land in south 
ern Virginia, Short has served 
on the Virginia Forestry Associ 
ation Educational Board, the 
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 
Reforestation Tree-Enterprise 
Board, and the Conservation 
and Economic Development 
Commission for Virginia. 


CLARK B. CAVETT is teach 

ing English with his wife at 
Huachiao University in main- 
land China. They find their stu- 
dents adept at written English 
but needing help with spoken 
English. They will return to the 
States in August 1985. 



recently spoke on productivity 
for a lecture series established 
by Greenville, South Carolina 
businessmen. Hassold has left 
the vice-presidency of Steel 
Heddle Manufacturing Com- 
pany to form his own company, 
Humaneering International, Inc. 

SON has been appointed to the 
Children's Medical Center 
Committee of the University of 
Virginia Hospital Advisory 
Board. He also serves on the 
Board of Virginia Diocesan 
Homes, the Board of the Char- 
lottesville/Albemarle Mental 
Health Association, and the 
Board of the United Way. He is 
president of the Thomas Jeffer- 
son Chapter of the Sons of the 
American Revolution. 

JR., has been made senior vice 
president and corporate secre- 
tary of the Life Insurance Q>m- 
pany of Virginia. He was for- 



merly senior vice president for 
law and public affairs with the 
Continental Financial Service 
Company. The sale of Contin- 
ental Group, Inc., which elimi- 
nated the staff of Continental 
Financial, necessitated the 



LIP of Virginia Beach received 
the Legion of Merit on his 
recent retirement from the 


Lt. Col. EDWARD H. BEN- 
SON has retired from the U.S. 

Dr. William Overcash '6(1 

Air Force after 30 years of ser- 
vice. He served as director of 
physical therapy at Wilford Hall 
Medical Center on the Lackland 
Air Force Base in San Antonio, 
' Texas. He is presently a physi- 
cal therapist/ consultant with 
the Professional Therapy Servi- 
ces of Florida in Seminole. 


JOHN R. FISHER III, a prin- 
cipal in the Winchester account- 
ing firm of Yount, Hyde & Bar- 
bour, has been elected 
Middle-Atlantic Regional Direc- 
tor of the National Association 
of State Boards of Accountancy 
for 1984-85. Fisher is a member 
and vice chairman of the Virgi- 
nia State Board of Accountancy. 
G. OTIS MEAD III, presi- 
dent of Mead Associates, Inc. in 
Lexington, was recently 
inducted as an honorary 
member into Washington and 
Lee University's chapter of 
Omicron Delta Kappa, the 
national honorary leadership 
fraternity. He has served as 
president of the Virginia Asso- 


Otis Mead '36 (right) is congratulated on his induction into ODK at Wash- 
ington & Lee by fellow members Royster Lyle '56 and Larry Hoover '56. 

ciation of Realtors and of the 
Lexington-Rtxkbridge County 
Chamber of Commerce. The 
Roanoke Times & World 
News, in a recent feature article 
on him and his successful effort 
to bring the Virginia Horse 
Center to Rtxkbridge County, 
said, "Many people here believe 
the victory would have been 
nearly impossible without 
Mead's total devotion to the 
cause and his attention to its 
tiniest details over the last 14 



been appointed president of the 
board of directors of the Rich- 
mond Symphony. WILLIAM 
C. BOINEST '57 serves as vice 
president of the board. 



has been promoted to research 

specialist in the nondestructive 
methods and diagnostics section 
at the Babcock & Wilcox 
Lynchburg Research Center. He 
will direct development of elec- 
tronic systems as well as pro- 
vide electronics support for 
other areas within the Research 
and Development Division. He 
has been a senior research engi- 
neer with the company since 



harpsichordist for the Rich- 
mond Symphony, was praised 
in a Richmond Times-Dispatch 
music review for his "neat, dis- 
creet, and complete harpsichord- 
ing" during a recent concert of 
the Richmond Sinfonia. The 
concert featured the music of 
the Bach family. 

has opened a new store in 
Richmond's Shockoe Slip, The 

Norton Howe '59 (right) presides at the opening of The Stalling Line, bis 
sporting goods shop in Richmond, on April 5. 1985. With him (from left) 
are Kaye and Laura Howe, partner Scott Owen, and Susan Owen. 

Starting Line, which specializes 
in aerobic fitness sports gear, 
especially for running, swim- 
ming, cycling, hiking, and walk- 
ing. The store conducts training 
runs on some weekday evenings 
and Saturday mornings, and it 
plans to conduct similar outings 
for cyclists. It also plans to offer 
personal service to schools, 
clubs, and individuals involved 
in aerobic sports and fitness. A 
Hampden-Sydney College pen- 
nant is prominently displayed 
near the entrance to the store. 
has been appointed vice presi- 
dent of the Chesapeake and 
Potomac Telephone Company 

William Cassidy '63 

of Virginia. He began his C&P 
career in 1959 and has been an 
assistant vice president for the 
past four years. 



Matoaca has been elected 
Governor-elect of the 10,000- 
member Capital District Kiwa- 
nis Club, which encompasses 
Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, 
and the District of Columbia. 
He will take office on October 
1, 1985. This information was 
reported incorrectly in the last 
Garnet & Grey. 

CASH, JR., D.D.S., received 
the Academy of General Dentis- 
try's prestigious Fellowship 
Award during a special cere- 
mony at AGD's Annual Meeting, 
Golden Gate to Learning, July 
27-August 1, 1984. 

The Academy of General 
Dentistry is the second-largest 
dental organization in North 
America and is composed of 
25,000 dentists in the U.S. and 
Canada dedicated to continued 




education in general practice. To 
earn a Fellowship Award, AGD 
members must complete more 
than 500 hours of continuing 
education within ten years. 

Dr. Overcash graduated from 
Medical College of Virginia den- 
tal school in 1968 and has 
maintained a general practice in 
Kilmarnock since 1968. 

Dr. Overcash resides in Kil- 
marnock and has another office 
in Urbanna. 

JOHN M. WELLS, JR., vice 
president of the R. H. Kyle 
Furniture Company in Charles- 
ton, West Virginia, has been 
elected president of the Bucks- 
kin Council Boy Scouts for 1985 



been named a vice president of 
the United Virginia Bank. He 
went to United Virginia from 
Southern Bank. 



has been elected vice chairman 
of Ruffin & Payne, Inc., a 
Richmond building supply 
company. He has worked for 
the company since 1962. Before 
his promotion he was executive 
vice president for purchasing. 



of New York has been named 
vice president for administra- 
tion of Bairnco Corporation's 
newly formed Lighting Group, 
which consists of Bairnco's 
three lighting subsidiaries: 
Lightolier Inc., Keene Girpora- 
tion's lighting group, and Wide- 
Light International Gjrporation. 
Cassidy previously served as 
senior vice president of human 
resources at the investment 
firm of A.G Becker Paribas. 

been elected vice president of 
the Trust Operations Group at 
Wachovia Bank & Trust Com- 
pany in Winston-Salem, North 

NIEL, professor of education at 
Converse G)llege, has been 
named a Charles A. Dana Pro- 
fessor. The professorship is 
supported by the Dana Founda- 
tion of New York; recipients 
are selected on the basis of 
excellence in classroom teach - 


ing, research and publication, 
and professional leadership. 


DAVID C. FULLER has been 
elected executive vice president 
and head of United Virginia 
Bank's Norfolk retail division. 
He is responsible for branch 
network and consumer loan 
operations in South Hampton 
Roads and on the Eastern 
Shore. Before his promotion he 
served as senior vice president 
and section head in the bank's 
commercial division. 


JR., dean of the School of Nurs- 
ing and Health Sciences at 
Western Carolina University, 
has been elected to the board of 
trustees of Appalachian 
Regional Hospitals. The organ- 
ization is a comprehensive 
health care system comprised of 
10 hospitals, eight home health 
care agencies, and four outpa- 
tient care centers in three states: 
Kentucky, Virginia, and West 
Virginia. Connelly is also a fel- 
low of the American Society of 
Allied Health Professions. 


ANDER has been promoted to 
associate professor at the Medi- 
cal Center of the University of 
Alabama in Birmingham. He 
has served for four years at the 

The Reverend EDDIE W. 
DEDRICK was installed 
recently as the pastor of the 
Farmville Presbyterian Church. 
Dr LEWIS H. DREW '60 del- 
ivered the charge to the 

has been named a vice president 
of the United Virginia Bank. 
He joined the bank in 1974 and 
served most recently as an 
assistant vice president. 


FLETT III has been appointed 
senior portfolio manager and 
head of the mortgage and real 
estate division of Continental 
Investment Advisors Ltd. of 

has been elected executive vice 

president of Home Beneficial 
Corporation and its affiliate, 
Home Beneficial Life Insurance 
Gimpany of Richmond. He 
joined the company in 1969 and 
has been a vice president since 



been named General Manager 
of the Owen Printing Company 
in Petersburg. 

vice president and residential 
sales manager for C Porter 
Vaughan and Company, was 
recently installed as president of 
the Richmond Board of Real- 
tors for 1985. He previously 
held a number of offices with 
the Board. 



been appointed Chief Adminis- 
trative Officer of the First 
National Bank of Christians- 
burg, the third largest inde- 
pendent bank in Virginia. He 
previously served as vice presi- 
dent of Central Fidelity in 

has joined the Corporate Coun- 
sel department of the Bank of 
Virginia in Richmond. He was 
previously a Corporate Counsel 
for the Suburban Savings & 
Loan in Annandale. 

has been named a senior vice 
president of Ferris & Company 
Inc., a Washington brokerage 
firm. He joined Ferris four 
years ago as vice president for 
corporate finance. 



C. Cum mack Morton 13 

a professor at Dickinson College 
in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has 
joined the adjunct faculty of the 
Dickinson School of Law to 
teach a course in banking regu- 
lation for the spring semester. 
He has been chief counsel at the 
state Department of Banking 
since 1981. 

JR., has been named a vice 
president of the Bank of Virgi- 
nia in Richmond. He will work 
in the cash management 
department, having previously 
worked in a similar position for 
Sovran Bank. 



II has been named associate 
professor of chemistry at 
Bridgewater College in Bridge- 
water. Currently at Baker Uni- 
versity in Baldwin City, Kansas, 
he will enter the new position 
on September 1. 

director of Harrisonburg's 
Sawhill Gallery and the James 
Madison University Fine Arts 
Collections, was the subject of a 
recent feature article by the 
Harrisonburg Daily News- 
Record. In the article, he 
explained some of the methods 
involved in collecting art. 
Downs is a member of the 
Hampden-Sydney Museum 

TON has been appointed pres- 
ident and chief operating officer 
of the Retail Development Div- 
ision at Western Development, 
a Washington, D.C-based 
developer of specialty retail 
shopping centers and urban 
mixed-use projects. He will be 
responsible for the company's 
various value-retail outlet malls. 
He was previously the vice pres- 
ident of development and spe- 
cial assistant to the president of 
KRAVCO, Inc., in King of 
Prussia, Pennsylvania. 


become a partner in the law 
firm of Venable, Baetier and 
Howard, with offices in Balti- 
more, Maryland, and Washing- 
ton, D.C 

BURNE has joined the staff of 
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Alumni Profile: 

Joe Viar '63 and 
the Triumph of 
the "Unqualified 

In 1976, the full-time staff of 
Viar and Company consisted 
of its founder, Joseph Frank- 
lin Viar, Jr., one of five men 
I elected to the Board of Trus- 
tees this past February. The 
"company" given equal bil- 
ling with him was no more 
than a few ambitious ideas 
: and a secretary he shared 
1 with the ad agency next 
I door. 

Joe Viar is a good deal less 
lonely at work these days. In 
1985, thanks to those ambi- 
tious ideas, Viar's 
1 Alexandria-based company 
[ made the "INC. 500" for the 
; third year in a row as one of 

America's fastest-growing 
I companies. (It should be four 
I in a row, Viar happily points 
| out, but INC. magazine did 
not know that Viar and 
Company existed the first 
year the list was compiled.) 
Viar now employs an 
unshared staff of about 100 
people, divided into two 
equal groups. One designs 
the computer software that 
clients such as the IRS and 
the Virginia Attorney Gen- 
eral's Office use to track 
cases. The other, more ambi- 
tious half provides not only 
programs but admini- 
stration — the sort of day-to- 
day management that Viar 
believes government does 
least well. In effect, this 
second group serves as an 
extension of EPA, supervis- 
ing a network of 77 laborato- 
| : ries that test hazardous 
waste. Together, these two 
halves of Viar and Company 
generated roughly $12 mil- 

David Cantluy 79, who wrote this 
profile, is an editor with Time-Life 
Books in Alexandria. 


"Hampden-Sydney is doing something right: 

a lot of guys we went to school with 
are doing okay, in a lot of different fields. " 


lion in revenues last year. 

Viar's life will grow even 
more crowded next fall, 
when his five-year term on 
the Board officially begins. It 
is an assignment that Viar 
looks forward to as both a 
proof of his success and an 
opportunity to repay some- 
thing of what he took from 
the College, along with his 
degree in mathematics, 
when he left in 1963. Viar 
delights in recalling his four 
years on the Hill: the 
Hubards, Ropps, and other 
"giants" who taught him, the 
raw joy of being a football 
co-captain and all-conference 
quarterback, the night he 
slept at Dean Crawley's door, 
like a petitioner for some 
exalted species of ticket 
(imagine a concert tour by 
John Milton, with Robert 
Herrick for an opening act), 
to insure that he got the 
room he wanted — Cushing 
444, the room in which 
PiKA had been refounded 
generations earlier. He still 
smiles to recall the classmate 
and brother who arrived at 2 
a.m. with the same goal in 

What he cherished most, 
however, was the friend- 
liness and unselfconscious 
democracy that he found in 

the student body. Joe Viar is 
a gregarious and generous 
man, the kind who treats 
pesky interviewers to lunch 
at the best restaurant in 
town; who, as a lark, 
arranges honorary "Citizen 
of New Orleans" status for 
the restaurant's French 
owners; who can perform 
that kindness because he 
serves New Orleans as an 
unpaid consultant; who thus 
donates his time and exper- 
tise to a distant city because 
he remembers, gratefully, 
the insurance salesman (now 
on the New Orleans City 
Council ) who took the trou- 
ble to arrange Viar's group 
insurance when the Viar 
group numbered all of two 

In similar fashion, Viar 
already donates his time 
(and, yes, his money) to 
Hampden-Sydney. He is a 
co-chairman of the Founders 
Committee and president of 
the Washington Area 
Alumni Club, and sees his 
new office as an expansion 
of these — as a chance to give 
"not just bricks and mortar, 
but participation." That idea 
of participation, of the peo- 
ple at the heart of anything 
worthwhile, is central to 
Viar's character. Viar is a 

practical and sensible man, 
as might be expected of a 
successful businessman who 
has been working with com- 
puters from the day he left 
Hampden-Sydney, but he is 
also a man who got his start 
in computers through a 
magazine article and a per- 
sonnel director with a long 
memory for football — and 
who can appreciate the 
humor, the serendipity, in 
that and other matters of 
seemingly dry fact. 

Viar was bound for New 
York to learn the insurance 
trade when he read a Time 
magazine article about com- 
puters. He quickly wrote a 
letter to IBM, which asked 
where he had been during 
the hiring season. Viar rep- 
lied, "I thought you were a 
typewriter company," and 
went home to look over the 
two Lynchburg concerns that 
used computers. He set his 
sights on General Electric. 
The GE personnel director 
remembered Viar as the 
quarterback who had led E.C. 
Glass High School to its last 
district championship, and 
persuaded the computer 
chief to waive the job 
requirements and give Viar a 
try. Viar set to work rewrit- 
ing programs for a new 
computer, a job that was 
supposed to take three years; 
Viar — the football player 
and unqualified generalist — 
finished in one. 

So Viar "walked right into 
the very infancy of the com- 
puter business — and loved 
it." Obviously he still loves it 
all: work, happy accidents, 
and the College that pre- 
pared him to tolerate and to 
exploit them. As we left for 
that French restaurant he 
smiled and said, "Hampden- 
Sydney is doing something 
right. A lot of guys we went 
to school with are doing 
okay, in all sorts of different 
fields." But few are doing 
better than Joe Viar, and 
fewer still deserve to. 





the Jonesville Family Medical 
Center in Elkin, North Carolina. 
He was previously the chief of 
staff and interim commander 
for the Castle Airforce Base 
Hospital in California. 



has established a practice of 
orthodontics in Surfside Beach, 
South Carolina. He recently 
completed his orthodontic 
residency in New Jersey. 



been promoted to vice president 
in the Capital Region's Metro 
group of the Bank of Virginia. 
Before the promotion he was an 
assistant vice president. 



has been promoted to used-car 
manager at Emrick Chevrolet 
in Richmond. He represents 
the third generation of 
Appiches to serve as sales man- 
ager at Emrick. 

recently spoke on "The One- 
Minute Sales Person" for a lec- 
ture series established by 
Greenville, South Carolina, bus- 
inessmen. Since June 1984 he 
has been a sales representative, 
consultant, and instructor with 
the Wilson Learning Corpora- 
tion, an international organiza- 
tion involved in the research, 
design, and production of adult 
learning systems. 



been elected mortgage officer at 
Wachovia Bank & Trust Com- 
pany in Raleigh, North Carol- 
ina. He joined the bank in 1982. 



works for the Greenbrier Hotel 
in White Sulphur Springs, 
West Virginia. 

HUGH C. (Ted) CUN- 
NINGHAM III has been 
appointed sales representative 
for the F.W. Hubbard Insurance 
Agency, Inc., in Farmville. He 
will serve in the Aetna Life and 
Casualty personal financial 
security division. 

has been promoted to division 


manager of the Washington, 
D.C headquarters of Whitehall 
Laboratories. He was formerly 
a region account manager with 
the company. 



has joined his brother Otho to 
start a consumer's automated 
referral service — CARS — for 
used-car buyers. Based in 
Richmond, the service, the first 
of its kind in the country, uses 
computers to match buyers and 
sellers MICHAEL L. 
DUFFER '76 has also joined 
the venture as director of sales 
and marketing. Campbell 
serves as vice president and 
computer programmer. 

working for Allied Corporation 
in Richmond. He is pursuing 
an MBA at the University of 
Richmond's evening school. 



III has been promoted to group 
sales representative in the Bir- 
mingham, Alabama, group 
office of the State Mutual Life 
Assurance Company of Amer- 
ica. He joined the organization 
last year. 

was recently pictured in the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch 
performing a magic show for 
hospitalized children at the 

Medical College of Virginia 
Hospital. His act was part of a 
circus staged by the Children's 
Medical Center. 

IV has been appointed a sales 
correspondent for the Curtis 
Paper Division of the James 
River corporation of South- 
ampton, Pennsylvania. 

Advanced Studies 
& Degrees 



received a doctorate in educa- 
tional administration from the 
University of Georgia. He told 
students at Brenau Academy, 
where he has served as dean for 
two years, that he has taken at 
least one class each year for 36 
consecutive years. 


JOHN T CURNES has been 
appointed assistant professor of 
neuroradiology at the University 
of North Carolina School of 
Medicine at Chapel Hill. After 
serving for three years as a neu- 
rosurgery resident, he com- 
pleted his residency in diagnos- 
tic radiology at UNC He is 
currently finishing a neuroradi- 
ology fellowship at the Bowman 
Gray School of Medicine in 

A flock of Hampden-Sydney men attended the wedding of Jock Liles 
'82. Front row, left to right: Rob Grubbs '81, Dan Keane '81. Scott 
Goodman '82, Betsy Liles (Sweet Briar '82), John Corey '81. Back row, 
left to right: Richard Parker '81, Bill Whitley '83. Mark Webb '82, Boi- 
ling Lewis '81, Ben Snead '83. Tim Keena '80, Bill Carr '82, Martin Fer- 
rara '81, Jock Liles '82. Mark Brewer '82. Bryant Hare '80, Mark Deaton 
'82. Photo provided by Bill Carr '82. 


R.D. (Rod) HUNTER has 

been elected to the Managing 
Board of the Virginia Law 
Review. He will be the notes 


TODD WEINERT graduated 
from Lehigh University in June 
of 1984 and is now employed by 
IBM in Boca Raton, Florida, as 
a computer engineer. 




Boydton, celebrated his 46th 
wedding anniversary with his 
wife, Ruth, on September 24. 
On the same date they became 
great-grandparents for the fifth 



was married to Clair Healey Gil- 
lespie on August 4, 1984, at the 
Warm Springs Presbyterian 
Church. The Reverend DAVID 
C. CRAWFORD, JR. '41 per- 
formed the ceremony. 



was married to Page Monahan 
on July 14, 1984, at Christ Epis- 
copal Church in Winchester. 



married to Tanis L. Braswell of 
Charlotte, North Carolina, on 
December 8, 1984, in Columbia, 
South Carolina. The couple will 
reside in Salt Lake City, Utah, 
where Bowles is employed as a 
national sales trainer for the 
Sorenson Research Division of 
Abbott Laboratories. 



was married to Tracey Sweet on 
October 15, 1984. The Reve- 
JR. '80 performed the cerem- 
ony. The wedding party 
included DAVID L HAR- 
R. LEWIS, JR. 77, and WIL- 

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JR., was married to Carole Ann 
Shirley on August 25, 1984, at 
Raleigh Court Presbyterian 
Church in Roanoke. Graham is 
a sales representative for Atlan- 
tic Metrovision Corporation. 

married to Diana Mary Wins- 
low in April 1984. 

married to Victoria A. Vodra of 
Riverside, Connecticut, on 
December 15, 1984, at St. James 
Episcopal Church in New York 
City. The couple will reside in 


W. VANCE HULL was mar- 
ried to Julie M. Perry of Norfolk 
on September 15, 1984. 

married to Patricia Ann Wright 
on October 27, 1984, in Rich- 
mond. The couple will live in 
Newport News. 

was married to Laurel Ann 
Kubilins on May 19, 1984, in 
Virginia Beach. Rodman is an 
account executive with Dean 
Witter Reynolds in Portsmouth. 

married to Nicole Schmidt on 
February 9, 1985, at Sacred 
Heart Catholic Church in Virgi- 
nia Beach. 

was married to Paula Maria 
Orphanidys on November 19, 
1983, at St. Andrews Episcopal 
Church in Newport News. 
Ziglar works with Chesapeake 
Masonry Corporation in 



married to Teresa Costello of 
Montville, New Jersey. 
Groomsmen included DAVID 
BOUCHER '81, and ROD- 

SCHOONOVER was married 
to Shelley Lynn Poe on August 
4, 1984, in Gatesville, Texas. 
was the best man. 



married to Ann Foy on May 26, 

Gamett Thompson'12 

1984, in Richmond. 

JR., was married to Betsy Bell 
on September 29, 1984, in Char- 
lotte, North Carolina, where 
Liles has a residential construc- 
tion firm. 

MAN IV was married to Jane 
Randolph Shannon on August 
11, 1984. They live in Winston- 
Salem, North Carolina, where 
Shaw is working on his MBA at 
Wake Forest University. 



married to Barbara Neiman on 
November 24, 1984. He is 
working for Guest Quarters 
Hotels in Washington, D.C. 



To Mr. and Mrs. JAMES L. 
BECKNER, a daughter, Kath- 
erine Lancaster Beckner, on 
September 6, 1984. 


To Mr. and Mrs. JEFFREY M. 
BULL, a son, Jeffrey David 
Bull, on October 2, 1984. 


To Mr. and Mrs. PHILIP C. 
SPENCER, a daughter, Brit- 
tany Lynn Spencer, on March 
28, 1985, in Petersburg. 


To Mr. and Mrs. J. CHRIS- 

son, James Christopher Hender- 
son, Jr., on December 3, 1984, 
in Columbia, South Carolina. 
To Dr. and Mrs. E. FOR- 
REST JESSEE, JR., a daughter, 

Ernest Trice Thompson '14 

Sara Blake Jessee, on May 16, 

1984, in Richmond. 

To Mr. and Mrs. DUDLEY 
M. PATTESON, a son.Jarrott 
McHenry Patteson, on January 
24, 1985. 


To Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM 
W. WATSON, a daughter, 
Janet Katharine Watson, on 
January 1 1, 1985, in Culpeper. 


To Mr. and Mrs. C. HUN- 
TER BENDALL, a son, Char- 
les Hunter Bendall, Jr., on 
October 15, 1984, in Richmond. 

To Mr. and Mrs. CHRIS- 
TOPHER D. EIB, a son and 
first child, Christopher Shawn 
Eib, on November 23, 1984, in 

To Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM 
R. HILL III, a son, William R. 
Hill IV, in January 1985, in 

To Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM 
SPROUSE, JR., a son and 
second child, James Baldwin 
Sprouse, on May 13, 1985. 


To Mr. and Mrs. MARK A. 
COPES, a son, Joshua Beverley 
Tayloe Copes, on March 18, 

1985, in Newport News. 


To Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS P. 
GRAY, JR., a daughter and first 
child, Amy Catherine Gray, on 
March 11, 1985, in Richmond. 

Please send notices about alumni 
news to Class Notes, in care of John 
Waters, Alumni Director, 
Hampden-Sydney College, 
Hampden-Sydney, Virginia 23943. 



McILWAINE III, a retired 
Petersburg pediatrician who 
once served as president of the 
Virginia Pediatric Society, died 
on October 12, 1984. He was a 
former president of the faculty 
of Petersburg General Hospital 
and a diplomate of the Ameri- 
can Board of Pediatrics. He was 
a member of the Virginia Medi- 
cal Society, the Southside Virgi- 
nia Medical Society, and the 
American Pediatric Society, and 
he served two terms on the 
Virginia Board of Medical Exa- 
miners. The Alpha Omega 
Alpha medical honor society 
named him an alumnus 
member in 1979. Dr. Mcllwaine 
was an elder at Second Presby- 
terian Church and the last living 
charter member of the Kiwanis 
Club of Petersburg. 

THOMPSON, a prominent 
Charleston, West Virginia law- 
yer and former U.S. attorney, 
died on April 8, 1985. A senior 
partner in the law firm of Con- 
ley, Thompson, Lambert, and 
Shepherd, he was a member of 
the American and West Virgi- 
nia bar associations and he held 
a law degree from Harvard 
University. He was a founder 
and chairman of the board of 
the First Federal Savings & 
Loan Association of Charleston, 
and he was a member of the 
advisory board of the United 
Bank of Dunbar. He served as 
president of the Charleston 
YMCA, chairman of the Kana- 
wha County Democratic Execu- 
tive Committee, and trustee of 
Morris Harvey College. He also 
served as chairman of the West 
Virginia Turnpike Commission. 
He was an elder of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Charles- 
ton and a member of the 
Charleston Boat Club and the 
Charleston Tennis Club. 

At Hampden-Sydney, 
Thompson was a member of 
Kappa Sigma and an honorary 
member of Omicron Delta 
Kappa leadership fraternity. 


The Reverend GEORGE H. 







RECTOR of Elkins, West Vir- 
ginia, died on March 11, 1984. 
Found in his possession was an 
1895 Hampden-Sydney student 
handbook, which will be put in 
the Atkinson Museum. 


The Reverend ERNEST 
sor emeritus of church history 
at Union Theological Seminary 
and a former national Presby- 
terian leader, died on March 31, 
1985. He was instrumental in 
the merger two years ago of the 
Presbyterian Church in the U.S. 
and the United Presbyterian 
Church in the U.S.A. He served 
once as moderator of the 
church's national General 
Assembly, twice as moderator of 
the Presbyterian Synod of Vir- 
ginia. He was a founder and 
first president of the Virginia 
Council of Churches and a 
member of the American 
Society of Church Historians. 
Co-editor of the Presbyterian 
Outlook, an independent Rich- 
mond weekly periodical, he 
wrote numerous articles for it as 
well as for other religious publi- 
cations. He also authored 1 1 
books, including a three-volume 
history, The Presbyterian 
Church in the South. 

Dr. Thompson received a 
master's degree from Columbia 
University and a master of 
theology degree from Union 
Theological Seminary. He 
received an honorary doctorate 
of divinity from Hampden- 
Sydney in 1926 and an honorary 
doctorate of letters from 
Washington and Lee University 
in 1933. He served in the Medi- 
cal Corps during World War I, 
and as a chaplain overseas. He 
pastored a church in Texas 
before joining the faculty at 
Union Theological Seminary in 
1923. After his retirement in 
1964, Dr. Thompson served as 
a visiting professor of church 
history at Austin Theological 
Seminary in Texas, and he 
taught at St. Andrew's Presby- 
terian College in Laurinburg, 
North Carolina. 

Dr. Thompson was buried in 
the Seminary Cemetery at 



Blair Dickinson '37 

first director of engineering for 
the Virginia Highway Depart- 
ment, died on February 15, 
1984. He had been an outstand- 
ing halfback for Hampden- 
Sydney 's football team and he 
was the oldest living member of 
the College's Kappa Sigma 
chapter. During World War I 
he served with the American 
Expeditionary Force in France. 



on September 17, 1984, in 



GARDNER, a Richmond insu- 
rance agent since 1917, died on 
February 6, 1985. He was a 
general agent for the John Han- 
cock Mutual Life Insurance 
Company from 1941 to 1966. 
He was a member and past 
president of the Richmond 
Chapter of Chartered Life 
Underwriters, the Richmond 
Association of Life Underwri- 
ters, and the Richmond General 
Agents' and Managers' Associa- 
tion. At the First Presbyterian 
Church he was a past deacon 
and ruling elder, and he served 
on the board of trustees of the 
Presybterian School of Christian 

Gardner belonged to the Es- 
tate Planning Council and the 
Sons of the Revolution and was 
past governor of the Society of 
Colonial Wars. He served on 
the advisory board of the Salva- 
tion Army. He was a former 
member of the G)untry Club of 
Virginia and the Common- 
wealth Club. 



Reno, Nevada, died on 

James Douglass '41 

November 10, 1984. He gradu- 
ated from the University of 
Virginia and received a master's 
degree in education from the 
University of Nevada. Before 
his retirement in 1969, he was a 
teacher, psychologist, and guid- 
ance director for the Washoe 
County School District. He was 
a founder of the Washoe 
County Counselors Association 
and a member of the Nevada 
Personnel and Guidance Associ- 
ation and the Nevada State 
Education Association. He was 
also a member of the Evangeli- 
cal Free Church of Reno. At the 
funeral services he was called "a 
true son of Virginia, warm in 
manner and dignified in 



retired principal of Smithfield 
High School in Smithfield, died 
on March 9, 1985. He was a 
past president of the Virginia 
High School League and was a 
member of Trinity United 
Methodist Church, where he 
was a former chairman of its 
administrative board. He was a 
member and past president of 
the Smithfield Rotary Club and 
a member of the Smithfield 
German Club. After his retire- 
ment from Smithfield High 
School, he taught in the New- 
port News school system and 
the Isle of Wight Academy. He 
held a master's degree from the 
College of William and Mary. 



retired manager of the West 
Virginia Water G)mpany in 
Welch and Bluefield, died on 
June 24, 1984. As chairman of 
the West Virginia Water Asso- 
ciation and as a member of the 

National Board of Directors of 
the American Water Associa- 
tion, he received the Fuller 
Award as the outstanding man 
in his field. Clark held a variety 
of positions in the First Presby- 
terian Church of Bluefield and 
Welch, and he was a member of 
the Theta Chi fraternity. 

a retired businessman of Pros- 
pea, died on October 19, 1984, 
in Lake Wales, Florida. 

HEARTWELL, JR., professor 
emeritus of dentistry at the 
Medical College of Virginia 
School of Dentistry, died on 
January 12, 1985. He founded 
and was the first professor in 
the school's maxillofacial proso- 
dontic department, which con- 
centrates on restoration of the 
neck and head of accident vic- 
tims and cancer surgery 
patients. He was a member of 
the Virginia Dental Society and 
the Maxillofacial Prosodontic 
Society. He graduated from 
MCV and took graduate studies 
at the Naval Dental School in 
Bethesda, Maryland. He retired 
from the U.S. Navy Dental 
Corps in 1940 with the rank of 



a prominent eye, ear, nose and 
throat specialist in Roanoke 
from 1937 until his retirement 
last year, died on May 22, 1984. 
He served on the staff of Lewis- 
Gale and Roanoke Memorial 
hospitals, and he presided over 
three organizations: the Roa- 
noke Academy of Medicine, the 
Virginia Society of Ophthal- 
mology and Otolaryngology, and 
the medical staff of Community 
Hospital. Before going to Roa- 
noke, he was the resident house 
surgeon at the New York Eye 
& Ear Infirmary. He was a naval 
reserve officer from 1 942 to 
1946. He served as chairman 
of the board of deacons at First 
Baptist Church in Roanoke, and 
he was a member of the Roa- 
noke Rotary Club and the She- 
nandoah Club. 



retired manager of Pet Dairy, 
died on July 13, 1984. He had 
served as director of Commer- 






cial Bank, director of Middles- 
boro Chamber of Commerce, 
member of the Red Cross 
Board, and member of the Sal- 
vation Army Board. He also 
served as president of the 
Rotary Club, and he was an 
elder and trustee at the First 
Presbyterian Church of 

HAM, JR., of Waynesboro died 
on February 16, 1985. 


BOWYER, retired clerk for the 
U.S. Postal Service, died on Sep- 
tember 15, 1984, in Charleston, 
West Virginia. He was a World 
War II veteran and a member 
of the Bream Memorial Presby- 
terian Church. 



professor emeritus and former 
department head of Fisheries 
and Wildlife Sciences at VPI, 
died on August 12, 1984, in 
Blacksburg. He had published a 
book and numerous scientific 
papers in the field of wildlife 
management. A former captain 
in the U.S. Army Air Force, Dr. 
Mosby served at one time as an 
elder in the Blacksburg Presby- 
terian Church. 


on September 11, 1984, in 
Boynton Beach, Florida. He 
received an MA at the Univer- 
sity of Virginia in 1941. Apart 
from his service as a naval 
officer in World War II, his 
entire career was spent as an 
educator, beginning as high 
school principal at Hume in 
Fauquier County. 

As a Navy lieutenant, Dick- 
inson saw most of his wartime 
service in the Mediterranean 
theater. His ship was engaged 
in the invasion of Sicily at Gela, 
and he saw action in the critical 
battle of Salerno. Hostilities 
over, he moved into English 
teaching as instructor at North 
Carolina State in Raleigh. There 
he married Lucile Lawton, one 
of his departmental colleagues, 
and from then on they were a 
tandem team at his overseas 

Dickinson joined the growing 

number of Hampden-Sydney 
graduates who struck out in 
international fields after World 
War II. He took assignments 
with American Dependents' 
schools at three successive army 
posts abroad: Okinawa, 1951- 
55; Kaiserslautern, Germany, 
1955-59; and Vicenza, Italy, 
1959-61. He topped off his 
career with a four-year stint at 
Leesburg High School in 

Dickinson's friend, SAM 
RUFF '38, recalls, "Mention of 
Blair's personality is essential to 
any idea of the man. He was an 
accomplished analyst of Chaucer- 
ian and Middle English gram- 
mar constructions, but neverthe- 
less easily escaped the 
professorial stereotype. In a cas- 
ual but cultivated manner, he 
peppered his conversation with 
humorous allusions, recitations 
of Kipling poems, snatches 
from Elizabethan lyrics, and 
even irreverent paraphrases of 
quatrains of Omar. His enjoy- 
ment of literature was conta- 
gious. In short, Blair had style." 


JR., a former trustee of the Col- 
lege, died on March 1, 1985. He 
served as president of the 
Lindsey-Robinson Company 
and was the president and 
owner of the Regional Realty 
Company in Roanoke. He was 
on the board of directors of 
the Virginia Poultry Federation, 
and he was an elder in First 
Presbyterian Church. He held a 
graduate degree from the Har- 
vard Business School. 

JR., a retired dentist, died 
August 19, 1984, in Martins- 
ville. He served as president of 
the Piedmont Dental Corps 
from 1953 to 1955. He was a 
member of Christ Episcopal 
Church and once served on the 
board of directors of the Dio- 
cese of Southwestern Virginia. 



recently in Dallas, Texas. 



chief federal probation officer 
for the southwest district of 
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Alumni Office Update 

Alumni Council 

On April 19th thirty-one 
alumni representing the Alumni 
Council and presidents of local 
Hampden-Sydney clubs 
returned to the campus for a 
full day session of detailed brief- 
ings from administrative offic- 
ers, faculty, and students. Al 
Gordon, Chairman of the Board 
of Kidder Peabody and also 
Chairman of the Harvard Col- 
lege fund, spoke at lunch on his 
experiences at fund raising for 
Harvard. This meeting is held 
annually to update alumni 
volunteers on the most recent 
developments at the College. 
John Waters '58, Director of 
Alumni Relations, recognized 
the contributions of outgoing 
Alumni Association President 
Dr. Bill LeHew '57 at the con- 
clusion of the meeting and 
presented LeHew a Hampden- 
Sydney chair in appreciation of 
his service to the College. 

New Alumni 



New officers of the Alumni 
Association were elected by the 
Alumni Council at its annual 
meeting at Hampden-Sydney on 
April 19th. They are as follows: 
president, Leigh S. Fultz '67, 
president of Capital Synergistics 
Corporation in Winston-Salem, 
North Carolina; vice president, 
James Randolph (Randy) 
Edwards '69, administrator of 
Roanoke Memorial Hospitals; 
and secretary, Herbert L. 
Sebren,Jr. '66, attorney at law 
in Tappahannock. These men 
will serve rwo-year terms which 
will expire in the spring of 

50th Reunion of 
the Class of 1935 

The Class of 1935 held its 50th 
Reunion at Hampden-Sydney 
on May 3 and 4. Twenty-seven 
class members along with their 
wives and guests attended a 
reception given in their honor 
by President and Mrs. Bunting 
at Middlecourt on Friday even- 
ing, followed by the class reun- 
ion banquet in Winston Hall. 
Rev. Bernard E. "Dopey" Dot- 
son, Sr. from Southern Pines, 
North Carolina, served as the 
Master of Ceremonies at the 
banquet which featured remarks 
on the state of the College by 
President Bunting and the usual 
reminiscing by individual class 
members. In addition to the 
Class of 1935, twelve other 
alumni from classes which 
graduated before 1935 and their 
guests were also present for the 
reunion activities, which 
included a continental breakfast 
on Saturday morning at 
Hampden House and visits to 
various campus facilities such as 
the Esther T. Atkinson Museum 
and the Athletic Center. 

Reception For 
The Sons Of 

On February 13th the Alumni 
Office entertained currently 
enrolled students who are sons 
of alumni at a reception in their 
honor at Hampden House. 
Fourteen men attended the 

Senior Night 

The annual Senior Night 
Dinner given by the Alumni 
Association in honor of the 
Senior Class was held on April 
4th in the lobby of the Athletic- 
Center. This event formally 
introduces each year's Senior 
Class to the activities of the 
Alumni Association. Alumni 
Association President Bill 
LeHew '57 and President Bunt- 
ing addressed the Class of 1985 
on this occasion. 






Virginia, died in Salem on 
August 2, 1984. 


founder of Dabney Tire Com- 
pany in Roanoke, died on Janu- 
ary 30, 1985. He served in the 
U.S. Navy in the Pacific during 
World War II and during the 
Korean War. He was a retired 
lieutenant commander in the 
U.S. Naval Reserve, an elder at 
Raleigh Court Presbyterian 
Church, a past president of the 
Roanoke Host Lions Club, and a 
former board member of the 
Virginia State Tire Association. 
He held an engineering degree 
from Virginia Tech. 

miller and civic leader in Aldie, 
died on January 29, 1985. Dur- 
ing World War II he served 
with the U.S. Army Air Force 
and was awarded the Purple 
Heart. In 1982 he donated the 
historic Aldie Mill, which had 
been in his family for six gener- 
ations, to the Virginia Outdoors 
Foundation with the intent of 
restoring the mill to working 
condition for public viewing. He 
was a member of the Aldie 
Presbyterian Church, a charter 
member of the Aldie Ruritan 
Club and the Volunteer Fire 
Department, a director of Sov- 
ran Bank for 38 years, and a 
member of the Middleburg 
Lions Club. He also served on 
the Loudoun Board of Zoning 

JONES, JR., who served in the 
Virginia Medical O^nter in 
Salem, Virginia, for 12 years, 
died on October 28, 1984. He 
had previously served in the 
Catawba Sanatorium, and he 
was once an officer in the U.S. 
Navy. An avid sportsman, Dr. 
Jones was a member of both the 
James River Foxhunters Associ- 
ation and the Cumberland Hunt 



manager of a True Value Home 
Center in Virginia Beach, died 
in July, 1984. He was a native of 
Hampden-Sydney and attained 
the rank of captain while serv- 
ing in the Marines. He was a 
member of the Virginia Beach 
United Methodist Church. 


Pat Striplin '45 


STRIPLIN, a retired public 
relations officer with the Nor- 
folk and Southern Railway, died 
in July, 1984, in Roanoke. He 
was a World War II veteran 
and wrote for several newspap- 
ers in Virginia and in New 
York state. He had published 
one book, The Norfolk & 
Western: A History. 

retired employee of the Mcjun- 
kin Corporation in Charleston, 
West Virginia, died on Sep- 
tember 3, 1984. He was a 
member of the Christ Church 
United Methodist and the 
Masonic Lodge and Edgewood 
Country Club. He was a board 
member of the Charleston Cys- 
tic Fibrosis Foundation, and he 
was an Army Medical Corps 
veteran of World War II. 


GRAVE died on February 23, 
1985, at his home in Dolphin. 
He was a World War II veteran 
and a graduate of Princeton. 



died in June, 1984, in Raleigh, 
North Carolina. 


DAHL, JR., who practiced den- 
tistry for a number of years in 
Roanoke, died on March 21, 
1985. He held a D.D.S. from 
the Medical Gillege of Virginia. 



Abingdon, Virginia, died on 
June 1, 1984. In an editorial in 
the Washington County News. 
Lowry Bowman praised White 

Keith Porter '61 

for his hard work and his com- 
mitment to helping people. 
Bowman noted that White's 
farm "always has been one of 
the agricultural showplaces of 
the county because it is so beau- 
tifully maintained." 



of Burkeville died on November 
30, 1984. 


J. KEITH PORTER, president 
of Waters Advertising Agency 
in Newport News, died on July 
4, 1984. He was formerly an 
account executive with The 
Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger- 
Star newspapers, and he was on 
the board of directors of the 
Virginia Peninsula Chamber of 
Commerce. In the Grace United 
Methodist Church he served on 
the administrative board, on the 
pastor-parish relations commit- 
tee, on the council on ministries, 
and in the church choir, and he 
was chairman of the communi- 
cations committee of the Virgi- 
nia Conference of the United 
Methodist Church. Porter 
served on the budget committee 
of the Peninsula United Way 
and was executive director of 
the Virginia Seafood Council. 
He was also a past vice presi- 
dent of the Peninsula Arts 


JR., a Richmond periodontist 
for about 1 5 years, died on 
August 13, 1984. In addition to 
his practice he taught courses at 
MCV's School of Dentistry and 
he was a member of the board 
of Grace House and a member 
of the West Henrico Kiwanis 
Club. He also taught Sunday 

school at the Grace Covenant 
Presbyterian Church. Dr. Helt- 
zel served two years as a captain 
in the U.S. Air Force in Spain 
before opening his dental prac- 
tice in 1969. 



Senator WILLIAM B. 
SPONG, JR., dean of the Wil- 
liam and Mary Law School, lost 
his mother, Emily Nichols 
Spong, in February, 1985. Mrs. 
Spong chaired the Portsmouth 
School Board for 13 years, effec- 
tively lobbying for funds to 
build better schools and pro- 
grams. She was the founder and 
president of the Portsmouth 
Historical Association, and she 
participated in efforts to provide ' 
jobs and rehabilitation services 
for the handicapped. A Virginian- 
Pilot editorial praised her as 
"intelligent, determined, ener- 
getic, exemplary citizen" 
who "brightened her city and 



Class of '45 

40th Reunion 

October 18, 1985 

Chairman Ernest Gates 

Class of '50 

35 th Reunion 

October 4, 1985 

Chairman Bill Wall 

Class of '60 

25th Reunion 

October 18, 1985 

Chairman Bill Goodwyn 

Class of '65 

20th Reunion 

October 4, 1985 

Chairman George Heilig 

Class of 75 

10th Reunion 

October 18, 1985 

Chairman Charlie Baskervill 

Class of '80 

5 th Reunion 

October 19, 1985 

Chairman Vance Hull 

Homecoming & Parents Weekend 1986-88 


Parents Weekend September 27 


Homecoming October 1 1 

Emory 6 Henry 


Homecoming October 1 7 

Washington & Lee 

Parents Weekend November 1 



Parents Weekend September 24 

To Be Announced 

Homecoming October 8 

Emory & Henry 


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28 Guilford Home 


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26 Maryville 


2 Gettysburg 

9 Sewanee 

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20 West Virginia Home 

27 Guilford Away 


Bridgewater Away 

Emory & Henry Home 


Washington & Lee Away 

Maryville Away 


1 Gettysburg Home 

Parents Weekend 

8 Sewanee Away 

1 5 Randolph-Macon Home 



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25 Sunday 

Freshmen and Transfers 


27 Tuesday All other students report 

28 Wednesday Classes begin 

4 Wednesday 
25 Wednesday 


9 Wednesday 

14 Monday 

1 5 Tuesday 
18 Friday 

Last day of Add Period 
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for Upperclassmen 

Deficiency reports due in 

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8 Friday 



Close of registration for 

spring courses 
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after classes 



Monday Classes resume 
Tuesday Last day of classes 
Wednesday Study day** 
Thursday First day of exams 
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Tuesday Last day of exams 

Second Semester 


14 Tuesday All students report 

1 5 Wednesday Classes begin 

22 Wednesday Last day of Add Period 


12 Wednesday Last day of Drop Period for 

26 Wednesday Deficiency reports due in 

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17 Monday Classes resume 




29 Tuesday 

30 Wednesday Study day** 

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The Key to the Future. 

In your present or future 
will, please consider 
Hampden-Sydney as an 
outright or contingent 
beneficiary. The College has 
received bequests ranging 
in size from several 
hundred dollars to over one 
million dollars in the past 
several years. Every 
bequest, regardless of size, 
has been received with par- 
ticular gratitude — a last 
appreciation from an 
alumnus, parent or friend 
to whom Hampo^n-Syaney 
was a very special place. 
Bequests have also created 
named funds to support 

the donor's particular 
interest in the College (eg., 
faculty salaries,) and, of 
course, the name of the 
donor is recognized in per- 
petuity through the 
endowment created. There 
are also tax considerations 
in naming the College as a 

The official form of an 
unrestricted bequest to the 
College is as follows: 
"I give, devise and bequeath 
[all the rest, residue and 
remainder of my estate] 

[ % of the rest, 

residue and remainder of 


my estate] 

[the sum of $ 

to the Trustees of the 
Hampden-Sydney College, a 
Virginia corporation located 
in Hampden^ydney, Virgi- 
nia, to be used for such gen- 
eral purposes of the College 
as the Trustees thereof may 
deem appropriate." 

For further information 
about a bequest to 
Hajnpden-Sydney, please 
write George Peters, 
Hampden-Sydney College, 
P.O. Box 637, Hampden- 
Sydney, Virginia 23943 or 
call him at (804) 22^4382.