Alumni Inducted into Arland D. Williams Society
(Charleston, S.C. 4 November 2000) The first two inductees of the Arland D. Williams Society were honored during the 11:00 a.m. Homecoming parade on Saturday, November 4 at The Citadel. The society, which was established this past summer, recognizes those individuals who have distinguished themselves in community service.
Arland Williams, Citadel class of 1957, who gave his life in the icy waters of the Potomac River in 1982 so that five of his fellow passengers aboard Air Florida 90 could live, is the ultimate example of service others. Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds and Citadel Alumni Association President Bob Shivera made the presentations.
E.B. Peebles Jr., class of 1939 and native of Mobile, Ala. was inducted into the Arland D. Williams Society. A retired chairman and C.E.O. of Ryan-Walsh Stevedoring and senior vice president of Dravo Corporation, Peebles has continuously demonstrated his commitment to community service. Some of his volunteer and professional achievements include 50 years of service in the Senior Bowl games played in Mobile, and involvement with Delchamps Charity Run, the American Red Cross, the Bay Area Food Bank and the Boys Scouts of Mobile.
Frank Webster, class of 1957 and college roommate of Arland Williams, was also inducted into the society. Webster, a candidate for a township seat in Okemos, Mich., where he lives, is well known for taking on the Michigan Education Association teachers union for health plan and collective bargaining reforms. He is also known for his outstanding service to the Mackinac Center in the Michigan Community. Webster has been engaged in community service throughout his life, including, children's rehabilitation centers, hospital boards, the governor's health care policy evaluation commission, and many others.
Both men, through their unselfish service, epitomize The Citadel's mission of providing educated, disciplined and principled leaders to the communities of the world.