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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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