The Citadel presents honorary degrees and awards on Corps Day
The Citadel celebrated the 158th anniversary of its founding with Corps Day festivities on March 16-17th. Along with paying tribute to the Gold Corps -- alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago - the college's board of visitors presented some of its highest honors to alumni and cadets.
The Citadel Board of Visitors presented its top award, an honorary degree, to Bernard Warshaw and Lt. Gen. James B. Vaught, USA (Ret.) on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, Palmetto Medal Awards presented Cadet Colonel Craig D. Wilson and James F. Moseley, a member of the Class of 1958. A Palmetto Medal was also awarded posthumously to Stephen D. Falkenbury, a member of the Class of 1949, and will be accepted by his family.
Cadet Russ Touchberry received the MacArthur Foundation Cadet of the Year award. That parade also honored Charleston attorney E. Bart Daniel who will retire from the Board of Visitors this summer after six years of service.
Honorary Degree recipients:
Walterboro businessman Bernard Warshaw received an honorary doctorate of business administration. A 1942 Citadel graduate, Mr. Warshaw is the owner of Warshaw's Clothing and was named Retailer of the Year by the Men's Apparel Club of the Carolinas and Virginia in 1984. His civic activities include service on the South Carolina Development Board. He also served for 20 years on the state Mental Health Commission and remains the vice chairman emeritus of that commission. The Colleton County Health and Human Services Office is named the Bernard Warshaw Building in his honor.
Lt. Gen. James B. Vaught, USA (Ret.) of Conway received an honorary doctorate of military science. General Vaught, a member of the Class of 1946, began his military career during World War II. A highly decorated soldier, General Vaught's largest command was as commanding general of a combined Korean-United States Field Army of approximately 200,000 people. Since his retirement, he has served as an adviser to agencies working with the U.S. military and is a noted author and speaker on issues of national defense.
Palmetto Medal Award recipients: James F. Moseley of Jacksonville, Florida is a nationally known expert on admiralty and maritime law. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Moseley is the Sims Admiralty Distinguished Professor in Residence at Tulane University's School of Law and a past president of the Martime Law Association of the United States.
The late Stephen D. Falkenbury, Jr., is a past president of the Citadel Alumni Association, The Citadel Brigadier Foundation and a past chairman of the Brigadier Foundation's Memorial Fund. He served for 20 years in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Mr. Falkenbury then entered the civilian workforce and established Falkenbury and Associates of Charlotte. His widow, Mrs. Jean Falkenbury, and his son, Lt. Col. John W. Falkenbury, will accept the medal awarded to him.
The McArthur Award and the Brigadier Foundation Award: Russ Timothy Touchberry of Summerville will receive the McArthur Award for academic achievement and effective leadership. Touchberry, the commander of Charlie Company and captain of the track team, will also receive the Brigadier Foundation President's Award as the senior athlete who has contributed most to the athletic program