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Citadel News Service

For Release
November 7, 2002

Five to be inducted into Arland D. Williams Society

          A former newspaper executive, an advocate for military families, an owner of an Upstate construction business, a former Citadel basketball standout and a child welfare advocate will be inducted Saturday into the Arland D. Williams Society at The Citadel.

          Established in 2000, the Arland D. Williams Society recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in community service. Williams, Citadel Class of 1957, is the ultimate example of service to others -- He gave his life in the icy waters of the Potomac River in 1982 trying to save five fellow passengers aboard Air Florida 90 after it crashed.

          This year's honorees are:

  • Alvah H. Chapman, '42, retired president and chief executive officer of Knight-Ridder newspaper publishing company, of Miami, Fla.
  • Bradley J. Snyder, '62, president of the Armed Forces Service Corp., of Arlington, Va.
  • Benjamin B. Waters, '72, president of Cunningham-Waters Construction Co. in Greer,S.C.
  • Thomas Slawson Jr., '80, sales manager at Miller Cadillac in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
  • Jules W. Riley, '72, president of Riley Management in Columbia, S.C.

          They will be honored at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 during the Homecoming parade on Summerall Field. Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds and Citadel Alumni Association Executive Director Mike Rogers will make the presentations.

          "These men represent the best qualities of a Citadel graduate, which is service to others and serving as an example for others to follow," Rogers said. "The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association are proud to induct them into the Arland D. Williams Society in honor of their dedication and hard work serving others."

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