The Institute Report, June 2013, Page 9
Dooley Project on Exhibit
An exhibit that opened last month at the Rockbridge Historical Society’s
Campbell House in downtown Lexington features graphics created by
Col. Ed Dooley, assistant to the superintendent. Dooley used existing
buildings and historical photographs to create 25 virtual reproductions
of the buildings that lined Lexington’s Main Street in 1867. The prints,
which show the buildings in nearly exact dimensions, are exhibited with
the photographs that inspired them and descriptions of the buildings’
features and history, as well as contemporary photographs of the
locations. Serving as the society’s 2013 exhibit, the display is based on a
presentation Dooley made at the society’s annual meeting last November.
Retiring Faculty and Administrative Staff Honored
Col. Michael Strickler ’71, who is retiring after 38 years of service to VMI,
received the VMI Meritorious Service Medal at a retirement reception
held April 19 in Moody Hall. Strickler was executive assistant to the
superintendent and secretary of the Board of Visitors. Also receiving
the Meritorious Service Medal at the reception were Col. Floyd Duncan
’64, professor of economics and business and department head,
retiring after 35 years; Col. Cash Koeniger, professor of history, after 27
years; Col. Thomas Baur ’75, professor of biology and superintendent’s
representative to the Honor Court, after 25 years; Capt. Brian Quisenberry
’81, associate director of financial aid, after 25 years; and Brig. Gen.
Alan Farrell, professor of French and former dean of the faculty, after
17 years. Cmdr. Jon Baca, who retires after 27 years of Naval service, the
last four in VMI’s Naval ROTC unit, received the VMI Achievement Medal.
Cadets Contribute to Work for Publication
A manuscript accepted for publication in the
Journal of General and
includes the thesis projects of cadets Fritz
Dawson ’13 and Ben Sykes ’13. The manuscript, “Estrogen Prevents
Cardiac and Vascular Failure in the ‘Listless’ Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Developmental Model,” includes work by eight other undergraduates,
five now VMI alumni and three of Roanoke College. Col. Wade Bell,
professor of biology, is a faculty collaborator on the paper, and Col. Jim
Turner, professor of biology and department head, a corresponding
author. Dawson’s work was also selected as the best manuscript
in science/engineering in this year’s
New Horizons The Journal of
Pete Ramsey Elected Board President
VMI Board of Visitors member George P.
“Pete” Ramsey III ’72 of Lynchburg, Va.,
was elected president of the Board during
its meeting May 6. Ramsey will succeed
Board President Paul D. Fraim ’71, mayor
of the City of Norfolk, who will complete a
two-year term as board president June 30
and will continue as a member of the board
for another year, when he will complete his
second term. Ramsey is a partner in the
Counts Realty & Auction Group.
White to Retire as VMI Athletic Director
Donny White ’65 has announced that he will retire as
director of athletics Nov. 15 after 35 years of service.
In his 15 years as athletic director, White supervised
ambitious capital improvements to athletic facilities, the
development of women’s athletic programs, and the move
of all sports conference affiliation, and he assisted with
securing adequate funding for a growing athletic program
during a period of fiscal constraint.
“Coach White understands the complex pressures that
affect student-athletes competing at this level compounded
by the demands and responsibility of being a cadet. VMI
is not an easy college,” said Gen. J.H. Binford Peay ’62,
Superintendent. “Under his leadership, every athlete is
truly a cadet and every one of them is dedicated to winning the VMI way.
We will miss his steady hand and direction.”
During White’s tenure, VMI was presented the Big South Sportsmanship
Award an unprecedented six consecutive years. White’s basketball and
baseball hires are now VMI’s all-time winning coaches in those sports.
He guided VMI in the selection and building of seven women’s sports
with only 160 women in the Corps. VMI now fields 18 intercollegiate
sports that include nearly 30 percent of the Corps of 1,600 cadets.
“I have been blessed more than words can describe to have been
associated with VMI most of my professional career,” said White. “I
am proud of the quality and dedication of the men and women in the
athletic department. The best part has always been the VMI cadets, and
I will treasure those relationships always.”
Prior to taking the VMI athletic director post in May
1998, White compiled a distinguished VMI coaching
career in two sports spanning 15 years. He joined the
football staff in 1971 and helped lead the Keydets to
two Southern Conference Championships and a State
Championship. He coached the defensive backs to a No.
1 national ranking in pass defense in 1975. He served
as VMI co-defensive coordinator from 1976 to 1980
and had the Southern Conference’s top-rated defense
In the fall of 1981, White became VMI head baseball
coach and in his first year was named Southern
Conference Co-Coach of the Year. Over six years, White
guided the program to conference and state competitiveness, playing in
the SoCon championship game in 1987.
As a cadet, White was a Distinguished Military Student and was awarded
the VMI Intercollegiate Athletic Award his senior year. White co-captained
the 1964 VMI football team and was selected All-Southern Conference
in baseball for three consecutive years as a shortstop. He was inducted
into the VMI Sports Hall of Fame in 1975.
After graduation from VMI, White was commissioned as a field
artillery officer in the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
His decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Air Medal
with four oak leaf clusters.
A national search for a successor will be conducted over the summer
months with an announcement expected during the early fall.
Donny White ’65