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Citadel News Service

For Release
November 7, 2002

About the Arland D. Williams Society 2002 inductees

          Alvah H. Chapman, '42
          Chapman is the retired president and chief executive officer of Knight-Ridder newspaper publishing company. After college, Chapman served in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot with the 8th Air Force. He entered the newspaper business after World War II.
          Chapman has been a distinguished civic leader in South Florida, where he lives in Miami. He has served for many years as chairman of the Governor's Commission on Homeless, chairman of the We Will Rebuild (a community program to rebuild Dade County, Fla., after Hurricane Andrew), and chairman of the Dade County Homeless Community Plan. He is currently chairman of the Community Partnership for Homeless Inc. and has an endowed chair in his name at The Citadel.

          Bradley J. Snyder, '62
          Snyder, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who was severely wounded, began his community service endeavors following a yearlong rehabilitation.
           He has been instrumental in the growth of services provided to U.S. military families through his 36-year association with the Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association. A service arm of that association is the Armed Forces Service Corp., of which he is president.
           Snyder has been an outspoken supporter of service members' rights on Capitol Hill, working to gain benefits for military widows, families and veterans. He lives in Arlington, Va.

          Benjamin B. Waters, '72
          Waters has used his construction expertise to make life better for the residents of Greer.
The president of Cunningham-Waters Construction Co. in Greer, S.C., Waters has spearheaded numerous projects including playground construction, soup kitchens and church repairs.
          Many of the community construction projects were completed with in-kind labor and materials. The father of two Citadel graduates, Waters also has served his church through mission work overseas.

          Thomas Slawson Jr., '80
          A Charleston resident, Slawson helped organize Students Achieving Valued Education, an educational program designed to give kids a head start on their education. The program, which uses Citadel cadets and college students as tutors, teaches conflict resolution, character development and etiquette.
         Slawson, a sales manager at Miller Cadillac, has begun to expand the program from schools to churches. While at The Citadel, Slawson played for the Bulldog basketball team.

          Jules W. Riley, '72
          Riley is the fourth generation of his family to attend The Citadel. He has spent the last 25 years as an advocate for abused and neglected children, helping raise more than $2 million for numerous state and private agencies and is credited with assisting more than 10,000 children with therapeutic, preventive and medical services.
          Riley's company, Riley Management Inc., provides management assistance, evaluation and fund development services for state agencies and private not-for-profit organizations that work to prevent child abuse.


The Citadel inducts five into Arland D. Williams Society

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