The Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff of the Staunton Military Academy brought meaning to the buildings and the students that comprised the Corps of Cadets. Without these dedicated men and women who devoted anywhere from a year of their lives to entire careers, the buildings of the school would have simply been silent monuments to an Architect and the cadets would have been a rabble of young men drifting through life.

Each of these groups played separate but equally important roles at the Academy. The faculty provided the instruction that turned the cadets into educated men ready to take on college, the armed forces, and various professions from 1884 through today. The staff made sure that the cadets had everything they needed to live at SMA. They provided hot water to bathe, lights to study, heat in cold weather, clean uniforms, food, mail, pencils, books, pens, paper, guidance, discipline, and the thousand and one other things that the cadets needed to succeed. Without both of these groups of devoted people, there would have been no Staunton Military Academy.

Because the employment records of the school have been long lost, the exact number of people that served in the faculty and staff at the school may never be known. However, the names of 832 of the men and women who served at the school from 1884 until 1976 are known from searches of the catalogs and yearbooks. Some stayed only a year. Some stayed longer. Some stayed a lifetime. The longest serving instructor stayed 57 years. The longest serving staff member stayed 50 years.

Listed below are the names, school sessions of employment, positions, and years spent at the Academy for those faculty and staff that served 25 or more years. To download a alphabetical list of the known 832 faculty and staff members with their service information, click here. Additional information about each faculty or staff member can be found in the school catalogs, yearbooks, literary magazines (Scimitars), and cadet newspapers.

NAME YEAR(S) AT SMA POSITIONS HELD # Years at SMA
PITCHER, COL S. STEWART 1912-1968 INSTRUCTOR, HEAD OF DEPT., TAC. OFFICER  57
CRAWFORD, WALTER “CHICK” 1925-1974 MESS HALL, HEAD WAITER 50
MOODY, COL. REUBEN EARLE 1918-1965 INSTRUCTOR, FACULTY ADVISER, COACH 48
DEY, COL. HARRISON STEELE  1927-1973 SUPERINTENDENT, INSTRUCTOR, COACH, ACTING AD ’41, AD ’42, TRAINER 47
 JAMES, COL. HAROLD CEDRIC 1917-1960  HEAD OF DEPT, INSTRUCTOR 44
STEELE, MAJOR LAWRENCE B. 1908-1951  HEAD OF JR. DEPT, SECRETARY TO PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE OFFICE, ASST. TO SUPERINTENDENT, ASST. TREASURER, ACTING BUSINESS MANAGER, INSTRUCTOR, HEAD OF MATH DEPT.  44
BROWN, COL. WARREN WOOD
1925-1967
HEAD OF SCIENCE DEPT. INSTRUCTOR
 43
 RUSSELL, LTC. TED G.
 1907-1949
 COMMISSARY OFFICER, QUARTERMSTER, INSTRUCTOR, ASST. COMMANDANT, COMMANDANT, MILITARY TACTICS, ASSISTANT TO PRESIDENT
 43
TAYLOR,MAJOR JOSEPH
1920-1960
QUARTERMASTER, ORDINANCE OFFICER, COMMISSARY OFFICER, SUPERVISOR ARMORY, MESS OFFICER, PE DEPT, “FATHER” OF SMA BOXING
41
PENCE, COL. JAMES WORTH
1919-1958
INSTRUCTOR 19-38,HEADMASTER 38-58 COACH
40
EARLE, MISS EVELYN
1937-1973
SEC. TO TREASURER/TREASURER
38
 KABLE, II, COL. WILLIAM G.
1935-1972
EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ASST. TO BUSINESS MANAGER, ASST. TO QUARTERMASTER
37
STEELE, COL. WILLIAM H.
 1909-1945
 BOOKKEEPER, TREASURER, BUSINESS MANAGER, TRUSTEE & FIDUCIARY OFFICER OF KABLE ESTATE
 37
BRICE, COL. MARSHALL M.
1920-1944,46-56
INSTRUCTOR, COACH CLASS DAY SPEAKERS, DEBATING TEAM, ADVISOR LITERARY SOC., COMMANDANT KABLE HALL,HEAD ENGLISH DEPT.
36
 DUGGAN, COL.FRANCIS DESALES
 1918-1952
INSTRUCTOR, ADVISOR S.BARRACKS
 35
SUTHERLAND, COL. LEROY
1908-1941
SUPERINTENDENT, INSTRUCTOR, FACULTY ADVISER YMCA
34
WONSON, MAJOR ROY
 
1909-1942
 
INSTRUCTOR, POST ADJUTANT, HEADMASTER, HEAD OF DEPT.
 
34
BEARDSWORTH, MAJ. THOMAS S.
 
 1908-1941 DIRECTOR OF MUSIC, INSTRUCTOR, HEAD OF MUSIC DEPT. DIRECTOR OF BAND
 
33
 LANDER, COL. FRANKLIN J.LANDER  1944-1974  SUPERINTENDENT OF LIBERAL & COMMERICAL DEPT, INSTRUCTOR, COACH 31
RUSSELL, COL. THOMAS HALBERT
 
1904-1933
 
INSTRUCTOR, HEADMASTER, SUPERINTENDENT, PRESIDENT, POST ADJUTANT
 
 30
DODGE,MAJ. EDWARD L.
 
 1947-1973 INSTRUCTOR, COACH, ASSISTANT COMMANDANT ’54
 
29
BENDER, CAPT. R.
 1922-1949
 ASST. TREASURER/CASHIER
28
KABLE, CAPT WILLIAM HARTMAN
1884-1912
PRINCIPAL
28
WEBB, COL. WILFRED B.
1942-1969
DEPT. HEAD, INSTRUCTOR, FAC. ADVISOR, 1950 ORGANIZE SUMMER SESSION, COACH, ORGANIZED MEN’S GARDEN CLUB OF VA
28
BROWN, DR. LELAND C.
1946-1972
SCHOOL PHYSICIAN/MEDICAL OFFICER
27
KABLE, COL WILLIAM GIBBS
1894-1920
COMMANDANT TO 1912, PRINCIPAL 12-13, PRESIDENT 1912-1920
27
KIRBY, MISS MASSIE GIBBS 1926-1952 SEC. TO SUPERINTENDENT, ASST.REGISTAR 27
SIZER, MAJOR FREDERICK MORTIMER 1909-1934 INSTRUCTOR, HEAD OF DEPT. 26
ELLIOTT, WALLACE E. 1951-1975 SUPERINTENDENT OF BLD & GROUNDS 25
MICHAEL, PRESTON ALEX 1948-1972 ADM. ASST MANAGER SUPPLY ROOM DEPT. 25

 

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