Founders Circle

The Founders Circle represents the spirit and dedication of three individuals from Marshall's early history who founded Marshall Academy. Their visionary leadership began the journey to where we stand today. The following donor recognition societies include their names:

John Laidley Society

In recognition of lifetime gifts and pledges of $750,000 to $999,999.

Laidley was a prosecuting attorney of Cabell County and delegate of the Virginia Legislature, was one of the moving forces in establishing Marshall Academy, serving as a trustee for many years. He was instrumental in having the school named Marshall Academy in honor of his friend, the late Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall, who had died two years earlier.

John Laidley Society Members

Charles F. and Laurie Erickson

J. H. Fletcher & Co.

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Delbert E. ‘35 and Ella Smith

Joseph B. and Omayma T. Touma

University Physicians & Surgeons, Inc.

Wellington Trust

James Holderby Society

In recognition of lifetime gifts and pledges of $500,000 to $749,999.

Holderby purchased land in 1821 upon which much of Marshall University now stands. He was a prosperous farmer and business man, who supported Marshall throughout his life. The Trustees purchased one and a quarter acres of land at Maple Grove from him for $40, the deed calling for the land to be "used for the express purpose of an Academy and no other use."

James Holderby Society Members

American Electric Power W. B. “Bart” ‘58 and Doris A. Andrews, II ‘56
Elsie V. Bolin Philip E. Cline ‘55
Noel P. ‘54 and Berridge L. Copen ‘58 Daniel DelRowe
Foundation For The Tri-State Community, Inc. Dr. R. Mark ‘83 and Monica J. W. Hatfield ‘77
Earl W. ‘57 and Nancy E. Heiner, Jr. Martha T. Helbig
Mary H. and J. Churchill Hodges ‘48 Huntington Federal Savings Bank
Elmer Jackson ‘41 Delphia Johnson
Connie Lubin J. Robert and Geraldine A. Pritchard
Jose and Amy Ricard ‘69 Robert and Lena Shell
Clyde and Pansy Slater John T. Sydnor, Jr. ‘52
Charles I. Thornburg Sheryl and Harvey White ‘55
L. Mildred Williams Charles and Victoria Yeager

William Buffington Society

In recognition of lifetime gifts and pledges of $250,000 to $499,999.

Also one of the founders of the community of Guyandotte, then part of Virginia, Buffington was among the first trustees of Marshall Academy when the Virginia General Assembly passed a bill on March 13, 1838 incorporating Marshall Academy.

William Buffington Society Members

Earleen H. ‘74 and Robert W. Agee AT & T
James R. Bloss George Robert ‘65 and Sylvia Eddy Brammer
BrickStreet Insurance Norma and N. Paul Bromley ‘58
Paula and Fred Brothers Charles W. ‘50 and Norma C. Carroll ‘51
James E. ‘56 and Patricia A. Chapman ‘56 Chesapeake Energy Corporation
City National Bank Johnna ‘71 and Robert Coats
CSX Transportation Czar Coal Corporation
H. Darrel and Laura Boggs Darby ‘79 DePuy Orthopaedics
Charlie O. Erickson Joe R. ‘32 and Lillian Eskridge ‘55
David ‘71 and Laura J. Fox, III ‘95 Nancy Francis
Gannett Foundation through the Herald Dispatch Greater Tri-State Development Corp
David E. and Carolyn S. Haden ‘61 Gladys M. ‘60 and James C. Hamer
R. Nibert ‘38 and Marjorie S. Hannan L. Page and Helen D. Hay
Ken Hechler Dorothy E. Hicks
Robert Hinchman, Jr. Dr. Ernest L. Hogan
Ronald H. ‘84 and Lisa R. Hooser T. Les and Sharon R. Huff
Fred E. and Doris H. Hulse Richard Delyn Jackson ‘59
Charles B. ‘49 and Margaret L. Lewis Follett Higher Education Group-Marshall University Bookstore
Richard G. Miller, Jr. ‘42 Jackson F. and Sue H. Moses
Moses Automotive The Pace Family Foundation, Inc.
Margaret, Charles and Connie Pace A. Michael ‘58 and Henriella Perry
Shelba G. Pew ‘36 George E. Price Trust
Charles R. ‘43 and Lorena P. Shank Daniel Sharkey
William Guy and Lisa Spriggs St. Mary’s Medical Center
The Children’s Health Fund Toyota
Larry and Cheryl Tweel ‘69 John L. ‘64 and Donna M. Underwood
Barbara J. ‘73 and Danny A. Vance Thelma W. Weber ‘42
Isabelle D. Zacharias Ben Zadd Trust

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