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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
Earleen H. and Robert W. Agee
Allied Realty Company
City National Bank
Dr. R. Mark and Monica J.W. Hatfield
Jackson F. and Sue H. Moses and Moses Automotive
Lake and Louise R. Polan, III
Estate of William Saunders
Delbert E. and Ella Smith
Joseph B. and Omayma T. Touma
John L. and Donna M. Underwood
Gary G. and Jo Ann White
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
Elsie V. Bolin Dr. Leslie Petteys and William "Skip" Campbell Philip E. Cline Noel P. and Berridge L. Copen Stephen H. and Pamela K. Ellis Foundation For The Tri-State David and Laura J. Fox, III Martha T. Helbig Dorothy E. Hicks Huntington Federal Savings Bank Elmer Jackson Delphia Johnson
Connie Lublin Marshall University Quarterback Club of Charleston Jose and Amy Ricard Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Scott Clyde and Pansy Slater John T. Sydnor, Jr. Charles I. Thornburg Sheryl and Harvey White 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
Advantage Toyota David B. Akers AT&T Dr. and Mrs. George D. Beldon Mr. Donald L. Blankenship James R. Bloss Dewey L. Bocook, Jr. George Robert and Sylvia Eddy Brammer Norma and N. Paul Bromley Paula and Fred Brothers James E. and Patricia A. Chapman Chesapeake Energy Corporation Johnna and Robert Coats Czar Coal Corporation H. Darrel and Laura Boggs Darby DePuy Orthopaedics Dutch Miller Chevrolet- Hyundai- KIA Charlie O. Erickson Joe R. and Lillian Eskridge James L. and Bobbie W. Farley Michael J. Farrell Prentiss Lee Faulconer, Jr. and Diane Ramy Faulconer Endowment Fund First Sentry Bank Follett Higher Education Group-- Marshall University Bookstore Robert E. and Susannah Wylie Fox Nancy Francis Jeannine Y. Francis Charitable Foundation Trust Gannett Foundation, Inc. through The Herald Dispatch Greater Tri-State Development Corp. David E. and Carolyn S. Haden Gladys M. and James C. Hamer L. Page and Helen D. Hay Ken Hechler Robert Hinchman, Jr. Dr. Ernest L. Hogan Ronald H. and Lisa R. Hooser T. Les and Sharon R. Huff
Roy C. and Barbara S. Huffman Fred E. and Doris H. Hulse Huntington Clinical Foundation Huntington Municipal Development Authority Huntington Sports Committee Huntington, WV Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation, Inc. Richard Delyn Jackson Frank P. and Eva M. Justice, Jr. Del Kimbler Charles B. and Margaret L. Lewis Richard G. Miller, Jr. Manuel E. and Cheryl A. Molina Charles R. and Victoria M. Neighborgall, III Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company A. Michael and Henriella Perry Richard A. and Jean Plymale Lake and Dorothy Polan, Jr. Herschel C. Price Foundation George E. Price Trust Dr. Chris A. Ratcliff Dr. William and Susan Ratcliff George and Rolfa Rogers Charles R. and Lorena P. Shank William Guy and Lisa Spriggs St. Mary's Medical Center Marvin L. and Sydell M. Stone Superior Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram The Children's Health Fund The Pace Family Foundation, Inc.- Margaret, Charles and Connie Pace Toyota Charles R. "Dick" and Linda Tutwiler Larry and Cheryl Tweel Barbara J. and Danny A. Vance Thelma W. Weber Isabelle D. Zacharias Ben Zadd Trust
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