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

Allied Realty Company

City National Bank

Stephen H. and Pamela K. Ellis

Estate of Bob Brown

Dr. R. Mark and Monica J.W. Hatfield

Dorothy E. Hicks

Huntington Federal Savings Bank

Jeannine Y. Francis Charitable Foundation Trust

Jackson F. and Sue H. Moses and Moses Automotive

Estate of William Saunders

Delbert E. and Ella Smith

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

Advantage Toyota

Dr. James R. and Lynn Butler

The C.I. Thornburg Co., Inc.

Dr. Leslie Petteys and William “Skip” Campbell

Philip E. Cline

Johnna and Robert Coats

Noel P. and Berridge L. Copen

Dutch Miller Chevrolet- Hyundai- KIA


Elsie V. Bolin

David and Laura J. Fox, III

Martha T. Helbig

Huntington, WV Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Foundation, Inc. 

Richard Delyn Jackson

Elmer Jackson

Delphia Johnson

L. Mildred Williams

Connie Lublin

Jose and Amy Ricard

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Scott

Clyde and Pansy Slater

William Guy and Lisa Spriggs

St. Mary’s Medical Center

John T. Sydnor, Jr.

Thomas Memorial Hospital

Charles I. Thornburg

Larry and Cheryl Tweel

Sheryl and Harvey White

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

David B. Akers


John and Robin Ashford

The Estate of J. Ray Ashworth

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Bales

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

John H. and Dorcas Hodges Burlingame

James E. and Patricia A. Chapman

Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Czar Coal Corporation

Mike and Laurel D’Antoni

H. Darrel and Laura Boggs Darby

DePuy Orthopedics

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Charlie O. Erickson

Joe R. and Lillian Eskridge

Albert C. and V. Elizabeth Esposito

Estate of Christine P. Blake

Estate of Dr. Daniel P. Babb

Roger and Kim Elswick

James L. and Bobbie W. Farley

Michael J. Farrell

First Sentry Bank

Follett Higher Education Group– Marshall University Bookstore

Robert E. and Susannah Wylie Fox

Nancy Francis

Greater Tri-State Development Corp.

David E. and Carolyn S. Haden

Gladys M. and James C. Hamer

R. Nibert and Majorie S. Hannan

L. Page and Helen D. Hay

Ken Hechler

Robert Hinchman, Jr.

Dr. Ernest L. Hogan

J. Marshall Holcomb

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

Jack S. Hyman Family


Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Frank P. and Eva M. Justice, Jr.

Del Kimbler

Kindred Communications

Arthur L. and Virginia L. King

Charles B. and Margaret L. Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. David J. Miller

Richard G. Miller, Jr.

Manuel E. and Cheryl A. Molina

Dan R. and Betty J. Moore

Jim and Trish Nash

Charles R. and Victoria M. Neighborgall, III

Norfolk Southern Foundation

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

Radiology, Inc. 

Dr. Chris A. Ratcliff

Dr. William and Susan Ratcliff

George and Rolfa Rogers

Rubberlite, Inc.

Leonard R. Scott

Ruth Sevy

Charles R. and Lorena P. Shank

Carl Edsel and Betty Lou Smith Trust

Smith Company Motor Cars

State Farm Companies Foundation

Marvin L. and Sydell M. Stone

Superior Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

The Brian David Fox Endowed Football Scholarship Fund

The Children’s Health Fund

The Pace Family Foundation, Inc.- Margaret, Charles and Connie Pace

Robert E. and Linda R. Thomas


Charles R. “Dick” and Linda Tutwiler

The Dow Chemical Company Foundation

Barbara J. and Danny A. Vance

Village on 6th 

Thelma W. Weber

Thomas R. and Mellanie B. Wilmink, II

Isabelle D. Zacharias

Ben Zadd Trust


The Marshall University Foundation, Inc. fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. Lifetime giving totals are calculated annually upon the completion of the fiscal year.