Marshall honors students killed in 1970 plane crash with posthumous degrees

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HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Today, Marshall University will continue its commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the devastating Southern Airways Flight 932 plane crash that killed 75 people, including most of the football team, coaches, staff, supporters and flight crew members, on Nov. 14, 1970.

At 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, the university granted posthumous degrees to all 39 students who died in the crash. The students include 36 football players, an assistant trainer, the team statistician and the sports editor of the student newspaper, The Parthenon.

“Perhaps it is long overdue, but we believe it is now timely and proper to grant the baccalaureate degrees posthumously to the 39 students of the 75 lost that day in November,” said Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert said before a moment of silence. “It has been almost 50 years since most of our students would have graduated. The time for recognition is now here.”

The students honored with posthumous degrees Nov. 13, 2020:

James Adams of Mansfield, OH – Physical Education
Mark Andrews of Cincinnati, OH – Management
Michael Blake of Huntington, WV – Physical Education
Dennis Blevins of Bluefield, WV – Physical Education
Willie Bluford, Jr. of Greenwood, SC – Physical Education
Larry Brown of Atlanta, GA – Physical Education
Thomas Brown of Richmond, VA – Physical Education
Roger Childers of St. Albans, WV – Business Education
Stuart Cottrell of Eustis, FL – Accounting
Richard Dardinger of Mt. Vernon, OH – Social Studies
David DeBord of Quincy, FL – Physical Education
Gary George of Beckley WV – Advertising
Kevin Gilmore of Harrison, NJ – Physical Education
David Griffith, Jr. of Clarksville, VA – Physical Education
Arthur Harris of Passaic, NJ – Physical Education
Robert Harris of Cincinnati, OH – Management
Bobby Hill of Dallas, TX – Management
Joe Hood of Tuscaloosa, AL – Physical Education
Thomas Howard, Jr. of Milton, WV – Physical Education
Marcelo Lajterman of Lyndhurst, NJ – Accounting
Richard Lech of Columbus, OH – Physical Education
Barry Nash of Henderson, WV – Management
Jeffrey Nathan of Parkersburg, WV – Journalism
Patrick Norrell of Hartsdale, NY – Physical Education
James Patterson of Lewisburg, NC – Physical Education
Scottie Reese of Waco, TX – Management
John Repasy, Jr. of Cincinnati, OH – Marketing
Larry Sanders of Tuscaloosa, AL – Physical Education
Charles Saylor of Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Accounting
Arthur Shannon of Greensboro, NC – Physical Education
Lionel Ted Shoebridge of Lyndhurst, NJ – Physical Education
Allen Skeens of Ravenswood, WV – Physical Education
Jerry Stainback of Newport News, VA – Physical Education
Donald Tackett, Jr. of Dingess, WV – Physical Education
Robert VanHorn of Tuscaloosa, AL – Physical Education
Roger Vanover of Russell, KY – Physical Education
Freddie Wilson of Tuscaloosa, AL – Physical Education
John Young of Buckhannon, WV – Marketing
Thomas Zborill of Richmond, VA – Physical Education

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