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Founders' Day

ODU in the 1930s

The first Founders' Day Luncheon was held at noon on October 14, 1987, in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center. The guest list was composed of the following groups:

  • Norfolk City Council
  • Norfolk City School Board
  • Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
  • General Assembly Leadership for the seven cities - Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach
  • Executive committees of the Alumni Board, Board of Visitors and Education Foundation
  • Selected faculty and staff
  • University Medal and honorary degree recipients Founders' and Rectors' Society
  • Alumni from the 1930s

The program consisted of a welcome from President Joseph M. Marchello, remarks by Frank Batten, chairman of the board of Landmark Communications, awards presented by Robert M. Stanton, rector of the Board of Visitors. G. William Whitehurst was master of ceremonies.