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Endowed Professorships in the College

  • The William P. Ames Jr. Professorship in Sociology and Anthropology
    Krzysztof Jasiewicz
    The William P. Ames Jr. Professorship was established in 2000 under the will of Mrs. Mary Farley Lee in honor and memory of her brother, a 1941 graduate of Washington and Lee University.
  • The Jo M. and James M. Ballengee 250th Anniversary Professorship
    Marc Conner
    The Jo M. and James M. Ballengee 250th Anniversary Professorship was created in 1999 in honor of Washington and Lee’s bicenquinquagenary celebration. Mr. Ballengee was a member of the Law Class of 1948 and was a Rector Emeritus of the Board of Trustees.
  • The Thomas H. Broadus Jr. Professorship
    Suzanne Keen
    The Thomas H. Broadus Jr. Professorship was created in 1999 in Mr. Broadus’ honor and memory by his wife, Elizabeth H. Broadus of Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Broadus was a member of the Class of 1959 and a member of W&L’s Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1998.
  • The J. Donald Childress Professor in Foreign Languages
    Kevin M. Crotty
    The J. Donald Childress Professorship in Foreign Languages, established in 2008, supports a distinguished professor who is both an accomplished scholar and an exceptional teacher. The Professorship is managed by the Provost in Consultation with the dean of the College. the endowment is a gift of J. Donald Childress '70.
  • The Sidney Gause Childress Professorship in the Arts
    George Bent
    The Sidney Gause Childress Professorship in the Arts, established in 2008, supports a distinguished professor who is both an accomplished scholar and an exceptional teacher in one of the departments in the visual or performing arts in the College.
  • The Cincinnati Professorship
    Erich S. Uffelman
    The Cincinnati Professorship recognizes the gift of the Society of the Cincinnati of Virginia to Washington Academy, a predecessor institution to Washington and Lee University. The Society, a group of former officers of the Continental Army, influenced by George Washington’s gift to the Academy, voted in 1802 to turn over its assets to the school, a gift that helped the institution survive.
  • The Jessie Ball duPont Professorship in Religion
    Alexandra R. Brown
    The Jessie Ball duPont Professorship in Religion was established in 1983 by the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund in memory of Mrs. DuPont and in recognition of her support of higher education.
  • The Henry S. Fox Jr. Professorship
    Lesley Wheeler
    The Henry S. Fox Jr. Professorship was established in 1956 under the will of Mrs. Mamie Fox Twyman Martel of Houston in memory of her brother, Henry S. Fox Jr., Class of 1894.
  • John T. Herwick M.D. Professorship in Biology
    Lawrence E. Hurd
    The John T. Herwick, M.D., Professorship in Biology was created 2008 by Dr. John T. Herwick, W&L Class of 1936, and his wife, Mary T. Herwick, as a memorial to Oscar E. and Edith D. Herwick, Dr. Herwick's parents. The donors' gift honors William Dana Hoyt, Ph.D., W&L professor of biology from 1920 to 1945, who was Dr. Herwick's professor from 1932 to 1936.
  • John T. Herwick M.D. Professorship in Chemistry
    Marcia France
    The John T. Herwick M.D. Professorship in Chemistry was funded by an endowment established in 2009 through the estate of Mr. John T. and Mary Herwick.
  • The Rupert H. Johnson Jr. Professorship in the College
    Nicalaas A. Rupke
    The Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. Professorship in History, established in 2008, supports a distinguished professor in the College. The chair is endowed by a gift from Rupert H. Johnson, Jr., '62, and administered by the Provost in consultation with the Dean of the College.
  • The William R. Kenan Jr. Professorship
    William L. Patch Jr.
    The William R. Kenan Jr. Professorship was established in 1971 by a generous grant from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust of New York and honors the memory of Mr. Kenan.
  • The S. Blount Mason Jr. Professorship
    James P. Warren
    The S. Blount Mason Jr. Professorship was established in 1973 in memory of Mr. Mason, Class of 1905, a Baltimore insurance executive, who died in 1969. The endowment for the chair came from trusts created by Mr. Mason and his wife to benefit, after their deaths, certain charities in which they were interested.
  • The Edwin A. Morris Professorship
    Domnica Radulescu
    The Edwin A. Morris Professorship was established in 1993 by a grant from Edwin A. Morris ’26 of Greensboro, N.C. Mr. Morris was the chairman and chief executive officer of Blue Bell, Inc. of Greensboro.
  • The Elizabeth Lewis Otey Professorship in East Asian Studies
    Currently Vacant
    The Elizabeth Lewis Otey Professorship in East Asian Studies was established in 1994 under the will of Elizabeth Otey Watson in memory of her mother. The endowment provides support to a distinguished member of the faculty, using the Reeves Center and Watson Pavilion collections as an integral component of teaching responsibilities and academic research.
  • The Ruth Parmly Professorship
    Tyler S. Lorig
    The Ruth Parmly Professorship was established in 1986 in memory and honor of Ruth Parmly and in recognition of the magnificent gift she made in her estate to Washington and Lee University. Other gifts in her lifetime supported the construction of the Leyburn Library and the building housing the biology, physics, and engineering departments. That building is named Charles Howard Parmly Hall in honor and memory of her father.
  • The William E. Pritchard III '80 Professorship in Geology
    Christopher D. Connors
    The William E. Pritchard III '80 Professorship in Geology, established in 2010, supports a distinguished professor who is an accomplished scholar and exceptional teacher in the Geology Department at Washington & Lee University. The professorship is administered by the Provost in consultation with the Dean of College. The endowment is the gift of William E. Pritchard III '80 and Susanne B. Pritchard. they established the professorship in response to the Lenfest Challenge for Faculty Support.
  • The Rupert and Lillian Radford Professorship in Mathematics
    Nathan S. Feldman
    The Rupert and Lillian Radford Professorship in Mathematics was created in 1982 as the result of a generous gift from the Rupert Radford Trust, created by the late Rupert Radford of Houston, Texas.
  • Harry E. and Mary Jane W. Redenbaugh Term Professorship
    Brian E. Richardson
    The Harry E. and Mary Jane W. Redenbaugh Term Professorship is funded by an endowment established in 2008 by Mary Jane W. Redenbaugh. The Redenbaugh professorship is for a three-year fixed term, and, like other term professorships, honors a long-standing member of the University faculty, typically at the associate professor rank, who is held in the highest regard as a teacher.
  • The Reynolds Professorship in Business Journalism
    Pamela K. Luecke
    The Donald W. Reynolds Professorship in Business Journalism was established in 1999 by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The professorship supports a program linking courses in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics and the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, as well as introductory and capstone courses in business journalism.
  • The Martin and Brooke Stein Professorship
    Vacant
    The Martin and Brooke Stein Professorship was established in 2007 to support a distinguished professor who is an accomplished scholar and especially an exceptional teacher, with the first preference for a faculty member in the Department of History and a secondary preference for a faculty member in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics.
  • The Robert Lee Telford Professorship
    Vacant
    The Robert Lee Telford Professorship was established in 1991 by the estate gift of Robert Lee Telford of Naples, Florida, Class of 1922. The principal supporting the professorial endowment is in the form of a trust held by others.
  • The Fletcher Otey Thomas Professorship in Bible
    Harlan R. Beckley
    The Fletcher Otey Thomas Professorship in Bible was established in 1977 in memory of Mr. Thomas, a lifelong resident of Bedford County, Virginia, by his sons, John Newton Thomas of Richmond, Class of 1924, Rector Emeritus of the University Board of Trustees, and the late William O. Thomas of Bedford, Class of 1931. Fletcher Otey Thomas was a prominent religious, business, and civic leader in Bedford.
  • The Abigail Grigsby Urquhart '11 Term Professorship
    David Novack
    The Abigail Grigsby Urquhart ‘11Term Professorship was established in 2007 by William and Mary Urquhart, Abigail’s parents. It is intended to honor and support a “University faculty member who is judged to be excellent in teaching and in professional contributions.”
  • The Ernest Williams II Professorship
    Ellen C. Mayock
    The Ernest Williams II Professorship was established by an endowment gift in 1992 by Ernest Williams II, Class of 1938, and by Mr. Williams’ wife, Marjorie O. Williams.