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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
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.
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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