HALL OF FAME
Staunton Military Academy

"For decades, SMA was the most prestigious military preparatory school in the world. The entire program exceeded infinitely all others at its level.
SMA's magnificent array of alumni attests to the substance of its program. In every walk of life, SMA's graduates have excelled and continue to do so in government, business, entertainment, sports, and law."
Colonel W. Crawford Moon, Former SMA Superintendent, September 1996

This SMA Hall of Fame web page is a living list, which currently shows just a few of the more renown SMA alumni...

We realize this is an incomplete listing.  Help preserve the SMA legacy -- please let us know about others that you feel should be added. Candidates (e.g., alumni, former faculty, staff) nominated for the SMA Hall of Fame may be submitted to the SMA webmaster or you can submit nominations via USPS to the SMAAF Office..

POLITICS/GOVERNMENT SERVICE
BIOS
1905
Herbert A. Meyer
Congressional Representative, State of Kansas (R) (1947-51)
1928
Barry M. Goldwater
U.S. Senator, State of Arizona (R) (1952-64, 1968-87); Author
1929
Deets Lamar Pickett
1937
James H. Rupp, Jr.
State Senator, Illinois (1976-86); Mayor of Decatur (1966-76)
1937
John F. Seiberling
U.S. Congressman, State of Ohio (8 terms)
1938
Walter E. Foran
State Senator, New Jersey (1977-86)
1939
Winton M. Blount
U.S. Postmaster General, Nixon administration; Chmn Blount International, Inc.
1945
Albert Burka
Judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
1945
Frank Gorrell
Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee (1967-1971)
1949
Alexander DeVolpi
Physicist at Argonne National Laboratory; Author
1950
Phillips S. Peter
Previous VP GE Corporate Government Relations, Lobbyist, and one of the 500 most powerful people in Washington, DC.
1957
John W. Dean, III
White House Counsel to Richard Nixon; Key witness during Watergate; Author
1957
Barry M. Goldwater, Jr.
U.S. Congressman, State of California (R) (1969-82)
1959
Joseph D. Pistone
FBI Special Agent; Author - Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life In The Mafia
1969
Ricardo Martinelli
Elected as 5th President of Panama (term 2009-2014)
MILITARY
1888
John A. Hulen
Brigadier General, National Army; Commander 1st Texas Brigade
1917
Edwin A. Pollock
General; Commander, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic & Pacific; Navy Cross
1920
Logan C. Berry
Colonel, U.S. Army; Military Attache AMEMB, Mexico City
1923
Woodbury M. Burgess
Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force; NSA D/Director Production
1924
Robert T. Frederick
Major General, U.S. Army (Youngest Army Gen. in WWII); "Devils Brigade"
1927
Cooper B. Bright
Captain, U.S. Navy
1928
Captain, U.S. Navy; WWII Navy's Top Fighter Ace; Awarded Medal of Honor
1928
Herbert G. Sparrow
Major General, U.S. Army - 40 years of service
1928
Colonel, USAAF; WWII - Commander, 390th Bomber Group
1932
Major General, U.S. Air Force
1932
Brigadier General, USMC; WWII led the first landing on Guadalcanal
1935
Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserves; Founded Plitt Theaters, Inc.
1935
John Wieland
LT, U.S. Navy; WWII KIA; Wieland Gates built and named in his honor
1941
Brigadier General, U.S. Air Force; Vice Commander, 3rd AF Europe
1941
George B. Tullidge
1941
Colonel, U.S. Army; WWII, Vietnam - 32 years of service
1943
Jeffrey C. Metzel, Jr.
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy; 4th Commadning Officer of USS NAUTILUS (SSN 571)
1946
William C. Louisell, Jr.
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
1947
Major General, U.S. Army; NIC/DCI; Author "A Tale of Three Wars"
1947
Edward C. Peter
Lt General, U.S. Army; Cmdr 4th U.S. Army; President CDC
1948
Edward R. Burka
Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserves, Medical Corps
1950
Fred N. Hopewell
Colonel, U.S. Air Force - 30 years of service
1959
George M. Stant
Captain, U.S. Navy - 30 years of service
1965
Major General, PR Army National Guard
1972
Jeffrey G. Smith, Jr.
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.); VMI Deputy Superintendent & Dean of Faculty
1974
Major General, U.S. Air Force
1975
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy
Staff
Major, U.S. Army; WWII KIA; Renown as hero "The Major of St. Lo"
Staff
Major General, U.S. Army; Chief of Staff for President Eisenhower
Staff
Lt General, U.S. Army; WWII Commander, U.S. 7th Army Europe
SPORTS
1922
Harry J. McMahon
Pro Football, Half-back (Hartford Blues, 1926)
1932
President of Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins
1934
William C. "Billy" Hitchcock
Major League Player for several teams; later coached and managed several MLB teams.
1937
Albert C. Matuza
Pro Football, Center (Green Bay Packers - 1940, Chicago Bears - 1941-43)
1939
Harvey P. Johnson
Pro Football Player, Coach, and Executive
1942
Bob Savage
Major League Pitcher (Philadelphia Athletics, San Diego Padres)
1943
Floyd Simmons
Olympic Bronze medals - 1948 London & 1952 Helsinki; Movies & TV
1950
Francisco J. Elizalde
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Official
1950
Peter G. Stark
Football great at Syracuse Univ; Pittsburgh Steelers QB (1954-56); College FB Coach
1952
John M. Morrow, Jr.
NFL Player (Los Angeles Rams, 56-59, Cleveland Browns, 60-66)
1952
William D. Quinlan
NFL Player (Green Bay Packers, Eagles, Detroit Lions,  Redskins)
1953
Leonard R. Rosenbluth
NBA Player (Philadelphia Warriors, 1958-59). UNC All-American, 1957.
1954
Lou Michaels
NFL Player (LA Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts); Super Bowl IV
1955
Kenneth L Beck
NFL Player - Green Bay Packers
1955
David "Tex" Lloyd
Pro Football Player for Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles
1956
Lee Lawrence
U.S. Naval Academy Swimming Coach (35 years); 1996 EISL Coach of the Year
1960
Ed Beard
NFL Defense (SF 49'ers 1965-72); Coached linebackers: 49'ers, Saints, Lions
1960
Tom Urbanik
Penn State All-American; NFL Washington Redskins
1964
Mike Bragg
Pro Football Player. 12 years as punter for Washington Redskins ('68-'80)
1966
Danny Wilmer
Asst. Coach & Recruiting Coordinator, UVA Football
1967
James Doran
Los Angeles Dodgers
1968
Robert Hileman
Detroit Tigers
1968
Nicholas Parilla
Oakland Athletics
1973
Frank Jarosiewicz
Pittsburgh Pirates
1974
Joe Vitt
NFL Coach (Colts, LA Rams, Phila Eagles, GB Packers, KC Chiefs (00-present))
Coach
William T. Brooks
Head Football Coach, Canisius College; Author; CEO, The Brooks Group, Inc.
Coach
Tony DeMacio
Director of Scouting, Atlanta Braves
Coach
Lee Moon
Director of Athletics, University of Wyoming
Coach
Jack Null
Head Baskeball & Baseball Coach at VMI
Coach
Louis A. Onesty
Track and Swimming Coach, Head Trainer at UVA
Coach
William Pandak
Head Coach SMA Basketball, SMA Director of Athletics
Coach
Dick Steinberg
General Manager, NY Jets
Coach
Jim Zerilla
Head Coach, University of Louisville Baseball; Scout/Manager San Diego Padres
BUSINESS / ENTREPENEUR
1879
Charles W. Johnston
President, Johnston Mills Co.; "Titan among textile industrialists."
1940
Matthew Messanotte
Developer, President and Director of Albergo Cuore, Inc. (Washington, DC and Florida)
1941
Blount Brothers Corp.; President, Southeastern Sand and Gravel Company
1941
William W. Thompson
President of Thompson Oil Co.
1946
Hunter W. Henry, Jr.
Director, Executive VP Dow Chemical Corp.; President, Dow USA
1946
Guy P. McSweeney
President, Resco, Inc.; Board of Directors, RAM Technologies, Inc.
1951
Walter S. Taylor
Founder and President of Bully Hill Vineyards, Inc.
1959
Samuel M. Camp
Founder and Chairman of the Board, PAMLAB
1960
John W. Rollins
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rollins Truck Rentals, Inc.
1960
James D. Vance
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of vance & Engles Aircraft Brokers
1961
Al Van Ness
CEO Cunard Cruise Lines
1963
Monroe "Jack" Best
President-CEO, Best Distributing Company
1964
Thomas T. Byrd
President, Rockingham Publishing Co.
1965
Fred A. Hazlewood
1973
D. Brooks Holstein
Founder & Senior Managing Member of COMVEST Properties, LLC, and its affiliate development company, Net Lease Developers, LLC
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
1928
Samuel Beer
Political author; Harvard Professor and expert on the Government of Great Britain.
1930
Harry I. Day, Jr.
Artist/Photographer
1934
Raymond E. Forrest
NBC Television Announcer
1944
Richard D. Rosenblatt
1948
Actor (Matlock TV series, film, and stage)
1948
Larry Reiner
Author (Minute of Silence, The Other Shore, The Reason)
1949
Alexander DeVolpi
1950
John G. Conomikes
VP & Director of The Hearst Corporation; President Hearst-Argyle TV
1951
Rafael Ferrer
Artist
1951
Larry Perkins
Sculptor
1952
Thomas H. Saffer
1958
Phil Ochs
Singer-Songwriter; Protest singer during the 60's.  Phil Ochs Movie
1960
1963
Tony Diorio
Drummer for 70's metal band Bang!
1966
John W. Cummings
Legendary guitarist "Johnny Ramone" & founder of punk band "The Ramones"
1969
Jay C. Nedry
Founder and drummer of rock band The Road Ducks and owner of world renown Jaxx night club in Springfield, VA
1970
Manolo Badrena
Jazz Percussionist (Weather Report, Spyro Gyra)
1975
Charles Pfarrer
Author/Screenplay writer (Warrior Soul, Navy SEALS, Barb Wire, Hard Target)
1975
Bruce Crump
Original drummer for Southern Rock group Molly Hatchet; Founded band Red Star Crush
COMMUNITY SERVICE / EDUCATION
18??
Walter S. Hullihen
President, University of Delaware
1905
William M. Mann
Director, National Zoological Park; Author: "Wild Animals in Captivity"
1909
Carl B. Livingston
Lay Archaeologist -- Booster for New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns
1923
Charles B. Morrey, Jr.
Professor of Mathmatics, University of CA, Berkeley
1927
Austin D. Baltz
Educator/Teacher; Delaware - Austin D. Baltz Elementary School
1942
Teacher, Coach, Commandant, Headmaster of SMA (1947-76)
1947
John Isbell
Professor of Mathematics, The State University of New York
1952
Rustem I. Gamow
Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado
1952
John Popson
Outstanding athlete and coach
1957
Ralph L. Bolton, II
Professor of Anthropology, Pomona College, CA
1959
John H. Maurer
Educator/Teacher.Principal, Staunton City Middle & High schools
1965
Brocky A. Nicely
Teacher, Scout Leader, Civil War Scholar, SMA Museum Curator & Archvist, author, and youth leader in Staunton, VA
1973
George Mastroianni
Professor of Psychology, USAF Academy; Author: A Warrior's Guide to Psychology and Performance
1974
Bruce W. Thomas
Superintendent, Warren City Schools & Professor of Education, Akron Univ.
Staff
Professor, U.S. History (SMA, 1953-76; MMA, 1976-2000)
Staff
Thomas W. Leigh
Professor, English (SMA); James Madison University (1950-82)
Staff
Superintendent, Headmaster, Teacher (SMA, 1950-74; MMA, 1974-91)
Staff
Breece Pancake
English Teacher, SMA 1976. Noted Appalachian Author (The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake, Tribolities)
Staff
Samuel S. Pitcher
Professor, Head Mathematics Dept, Asst. Headmaster (SMA 1912-1969)
Staff
Professor, U.S. Government (SMA, 1956-76, FMS, 1976-Present)

UPDATED: 7 March 2017