Roll of the
Order of Vandalia

1960 | 1980 | 2000 | Top

June 7, 2014

  • Barbara C. Bean
  • Kenneth L. Carvell
  • Patricia C. Johnston
  • Douglas R. Van Scoy
  • Bernard G. Westfall

June 8, 2013

  • Elizabeth “Betsy” Brown
  • Joan Corson Stamp

May 15, 2012

  • Alison Deem
  • Paul Farmer
  • Edna Bennett Pierce
  • Benjamin Statler

May 14, 2011

  • Charles F. Erickson
  • Douglas J. Leech
  • Verl O. Purdy

May 15, 2010

  • Dr. Gene Budig
  • Mr. James Fagan
  • Dr. Carolyn Zinn

May 16, 2009

  • Mr. Curtis H. “Hank” Barnette
  • Mrs. Gloria Salucci Cunningham
  • Mrs. Eleanor C. “Ellie” Ellis Flowers
  • John D. Rockefeller IV

May 17, 2008

  • Mrs. Susan B. Hardesty
  • Mr. Don Wilcox

May 12, 2007

  • Dr. Sophia B. Blaydes
  • Mrs. Mary Kathryne Wiedebusch

May 14, 2006

  • Mr. George Farmer Jr.
  • Mr. Vaughn L. Kiger
  • Mr. Stuart M. Robbins
  • Mr. Guy H. Stewart

May 14, 2005

  • Dr. Billy Coffindaffer
  • Mr. Alfred “Fred” Galli*
  • Mrs. Phyllis Osenton
  • Dr. Judith Stitzel
  • Mrs. Vivien Woofter

May 15, 2004

  • Mr. John C. Allen
  • Mr. Glen H. Hiner Jr.
  • Mr. Stanley M. Hostler
  • Mr. Raymond J. Lane

May 17, 2003

  • Mr. Forest J. Bowman
  • Judge Irene Keeley
  • Mr. Milan Puskar
  • Mr. Alfred F. Ware

May 18, 2002

  • Mrs. Dee M. McKnight Brown
  • Mr. Philip J. Faini
  • Mr. G. Ogden Nutting
  • Mr. Gordon R. Thorn

May 12, 2001

  • Dr. William W. Fleming
  • Judge Charles H. Haden II*
  • Mr. Peter S. White
  • Dr. Ronald L. Wilkinson

May 14, 2000

  • Judge Edwin F. Flowers
  • Dr. Emory Kemp
  • Mr. John F. Nicholas Jr.*
  • Mrs. Helen Tucker Waters*

May 15, 1999

  • Mr. Willie D. Akers Jr.
  • Mrs. Sue Seibert Farnsworth
  • Dr. Warren Point*

May 16, 1998

  • Gen. Gerald Earl E. Anderson
  • Dr. Harold A. Gibbard*
  • Mr. Cecil B. Highland Jr.*
  • Mrs. Gladys W. Knapp
  • Mr. Thomas E. Potter

May 10, 1997

  • Dr. C. Richard Daniel
  • Ms. Ann Dinardi*
  • Dr. Ernest J. Nesius*
  • Mr. C. Gregory Van Camp

May 11, 1996

  • Mrs. Helen Dent Bond
  • Mr. Troy B. Conner Jr.*
  • Mrs. Agnes Aitken Furman*
  • Dr. John E. Jones
  • Dr. Reita J. Marks

May 13, 1995

  • Mrs. Carolyn Eberly Blaney
  • Mr. Leo (Jack) Fleming*
  • Dr. David Z. Morgan
  • Mrs. Mary E. Templeton
  • Dr. Herbert E. Warden*

May 14, 1994

  • Mr. Ralph J. Bean Jr.
  • Mr. Elmo J. Hurst
  • Ms. Betty L. Miller
  • Dr. G. Robert Nugent

May 16, 1993

  • Mr. Charles O. Erickson* (Posthumously)
  • Mr. John C. Shott
  • Mr. Thomas A. White*

May 16, 1992

  • Senator Robert C. Byrd
  • Mr. Andrew L. Clark
  • Ms. Victorine Louistall Monroe*
  • Mr. R.A. (Dyke) Raese*
  • Mr. Fred Schaus*

May 11, 1991

  • Dr. Margaret J. Albrink
  • Dr. Leonard M. Davis*

May 12, 1990

  • Mr. George Jackson*
  • Dr. Edmund B. Flink*
  • Judge Robert E. Maxwell
  • Mr. James R. McCartney

May 13, 1989

  • Ms. Mildred Fizer
  • Dr. Edwin Channing Jones*
  • Dr. William H. Miernyk*

May 14, 1988

  • Dr. Ruel E. Foster*
  • Dr. Jacob C. Huffman*
  • Ms. Nellie Strouss Sleeth*

May 16, 1987

  • Ms. Alice E. (Betty) Boyd*
  • Dr. J. Reginald Dietz

May 17, 1986

  • Mr. James H. (Buck) Harless
  • Mr. Stephen Harrick*
  • Mrs. Hazel Ruby McQuain*
  • Dr. Robert F. Munn* (Posthumously)

May 18, 1985

  • Mr. Herman M. Bowers*
  • Dr. Forrest H. Kirkpatrick*
  • Mr. Harry E. Moats*

May 12, 1984

  • Mr. Donovan H. Bond*
  • Mr. Robert N. (Red) Brown*
  • Senator Jennings Randolph*

May 14, 1983

  • Mr. Richard E. Ford
  • Mr. Richard H. Ralston*

May 15, 1982

  • Ms. Lucy Ragland Bowers*
  • Dr. Earl L. Core*
  • Dr. Harry B. Heflin*

May 16, 1981

  • Mr. Charles T. Holland*
  • Ms. Kathleen Berthy Huffman*
  • Governor Okey L. Patteson*
  • Mr. Benjamin G. Reeder*
  • Mr. George H. Seibert Jr.*

May 12, 1979

  • Judge Charles G. Baker*
  • Mr. C.P. Dorsey*
  • Ms. Polly Johnson Hanst*
  • Mr. Robert H.C. Kay*
  • Mr. Robert G. Kelly*
  • Mr. Hale J. Posten*
  • May 17, 1980
  • Mr. Vincent V. Chaney*
  • Dr. Richard E. Duncan*
  • Mr. Joseph C. Gluck*
  • Mr. Bradford B. Laidley*
  • Mr. Paul B. (Buck) Martin*
  • Mr. Clay Miller*
  • Mrs. Florence Stewart*

May 14, 1978

  • Dr. Clark Kendall Sleeth*

May 15, 1977

  • Dr. John T. Chambers
  • Mr. William J. Maier Jr.*
  • Mr. Julius W. Singleton*

May 16, 1976

  • Mr. David Wood Jacobs*
  • Mr. Charles Chilton Wise Jr.*

May 19, 1974

  • Dr. Carl M. Frasure Sr.*

May 14, 1972

  • Mr. David Dean Johnson*

May 16, 1971

  • Dr. Paul H. Price*

May 17, 1970

  • Judge Herbert S. Boreman*
  • Mr. Maurice G. Brooks*

May 18, 1969

  • Mr. Karl Douglas Bowers Sr.*
  • Ms. Gertrude Humphreys*
  • Mr. Dennis Lee McElroy*

May 12, 1968

  • Mr. Raymond E. Salvati*
  • Dr. Festus Paul Summers*
  • Dr. Edward Gerald VanLiere*

May 14, 1967

  • Mr. Okey B. Glenn* (Posthumously)
  • Dr. Irvin Stewart*
  • Mr. F. Roy Yoke*

May 29, 1966

  • Ms. Louise Keener*
  • Mr. William G. Thompson* (Posthumously)
  • Mr. A. Hale Watkins*

May 31, 1965

  • Ms. Thomas T. (Betty) Harris*
  • Mr. Harry A. Stansbury*

June 1, 1964

  • Dr. Oliver Perry Chitwood*
  • Captain Kemble White*

June 1, 1963

  • Mr. James M Guiher*
  • Dr. Perley Isaac Reed*
  • Dr. Albert M. Reese*

May 11, 1962

  • Dr. Clyde L. Colson*
  • Mr. Arthur Spurr*

May 12, 1961

  • Mr. Charles R. Hodges*
  • Mr. Arthur B. Koontz*
  • Mr. Houston G. Young*

*Indicates that the individual is deceased.

Nominate

Since its inception, more than 150 individuals have been inducted into the Order of Vandalia. If you would like to make a nomination, click the button above for electronic submission or download a pdf version to mail or fax.

History

The Order of Vandalia award dates back to 1960 when Elvis J. Stahr, then president of West Virginia University, outlined his idea for a special honor bestowed upon the most loyal servants to West Virginia University. He assigned the task of designing such an award to then WVU administrators Donovan Bond, Joseph Gluck, and David Jacobs. President Stahr gave his team three criteria for the basis of this new award: It should match the level of distinction of an honorary degree, it should highlight outstanding service to the University, and it should be uniquely West Virginian. The committee took these criteria to heart and developed a set of recommendations. They ultimately created WVU’s highest honor and dubbed it the Order of Vandalia.

The connection between the name Vandalia and the State of West Virginia may not be familiar to everyone. Vandalia was the proposed name of the 14th British Colony in America, should it have been established. The original 13 colonies were along the Atlantic seaboard from Maine to Georgia. The 14th colony would have been a vast inland area south and west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which would have included about two-thirds of the present state of West Virginia. Those who actively promoted the 14th colony knew that Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, was deeply interested in her own genealogy and proudly traced her blood lines back to Germanic tribes known as the Vandals. Promoters thought that naming the new colony Vandalia would flatter the Queen and secure her as a powerful ally in this enterprise. Their hopes were dashed, however, when another group of vandals dumped British tea into Boston harbor. The proposed 14th colony of Vandalia was ultimately lost to the winds of history.

WVU’s first Order of Vandalia ceremony was held on the Wise Library lawn in 1961. Each year, new members receive a membership pin, certificate, medallion, and proudly don the Vandalia sash.