1995 Hall of Fame

Admiral Paul D. Butcher                                    

U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Paul D Butcher, a Lundale, West Virginia native and 1953 graduate of the journalism school of Marshall University, was chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Ship Building Company in Tampa, Florida. Butcher joined The American Ship Building Company as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer in May 1991. His career in the U.S. Navy began in 1948 as an apprentice seaman. He was commissioned an ensign upon graduation from Marshall University, and by his retirement he had risen to the rank of vice admiral. As a commanding officer he was known as a blunt -speaking, demanding workaholic who went to great lengths to get to know the enlisted people on his ships. Prior to his retirement from the United States Navy in1991, he was Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander -In -Chief of the ‘U.S. Transportation Command(TRANSCOM) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He held a master’s degree from The George Washington University and was a graduate of the Naval War College. In1988 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by Marshall University and designated in 1989 by his home state as a Distinguished West Virginian. He died in 1992 in Tampa, Florida. His survivors include his wife, Phyllis; three children, Emily Rose butches, Susan King and Thomas Edward Butcher; two brothers, William and Perry, Marcella O’Lynn; and three grandchildren.


Philip E. Cline

Philip E Cline is executive vice president and director of J.H fletcher & Co. in Huntington, West Virginia. Born in Sridham, Kentucky in 1933, Cline received his B.S in account from Marshall College in 1955 and his master’s in Political Science from Marshall University in 1962. Extremely active in his community, Cline is a member and past president of the MU Foundation Board of Directors; member and past chairman of the MU Institutional board of Advisors; a life member of the Big Green Club; member of the Board of Directors of Bank One, W.VA., Industrial investment and holding co., Champion industries and McCorkle industries. He is a chairman of the W.Va. Alliance for Hospital trustees and past president and member of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Board of Trustees. He is past president of the Huntington Pediatric Clinic, the MU Alumni Association, the Huntington YMCA, the Huntington Rotary Club, past chairman of the W.VA. Chamber of Commerce, a trustee of Alderson Broaddus college and owner of the Hollybrook farm in Gallia county, Ohio. He is the recipient of the Huntington hall of fame award (1987). The Herald Dispatch Citizen of the year award (1988), the MU Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award (1991) and Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources Forest Stewardship award (1994).


John R Hall

John R. Hall is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ashland Oil, incorporated. Hall joined Ashland oil in 1957 as a chemical engineer, was elected a vice president in 1966, an administrative vice president and director in 1968, and senior vice president in 1970. He was elected vice chairman of the board and chief operating officer in 1979 and to his current position in October 1981. He is a member of the American Petroleum Institute Executive Committee and the National Petroleum Council, and is past chairman of the National Petroleum Refiners Association. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Reynolds Metals Company, Banc One Corporation, Humana, Incorporated, CSX Corporation and Canada Life Assurance Company. In September 1994 the John R. Hall Center for Academic Excellence at Marshall University was named in his honor. The Center encompasses the university’s Honors Program, the Society of Yeager Scholars and the John Marshall Scholars, all part of the Marshall emphasis on academic quality. He has received honorary degrees from Morehead State, Transylvania, Kentucky State, Northern Kentucky and Marshall universities. He is a 1955 graduate of Vanderbilt University. He is a Dallas, Texas native and currently resides in Ashland, Kentucky.


J. Robert Pritchard

J. Robert Pritchard is president of Pritchard Electric Co., Huntington. West Virginia. A 1935 graduate of St. Albans High school in St, Albans, West Virginia, Pritchard established Pritchard Electric Co. Inc. in l962. Starting out, Pritchard had no employees and a low prospect, hut that was soon to change. Today Pritchard’s company sees average sales of approximately $16.5million per year and employs approximately 500 people per year. Pritchard was a driving force in the implementation of the National Business Roundtable’s Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness program. He has been closely associated with Marshall University in many ways for over 25 years. He has received the James H. McGraw Award Contractor Medal (1988). He was appointed to the Chair of the “Electrical Contracting Foundation, Inc.” in Washington, DC, representing West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland for 1992-1994. He is a member of the Boards of Directors Bank One, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington City Mission, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, United Way and Goodwill Industries. He served 14 years as president of West Virginia-Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. He and his wife Geraldine have one daughter, Dr. Deborah Greenwald. He and Geraldine currently reside in Huntington.

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