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W. Taylor Reveley II
Walter Taylor Reveley II
18th President of Hampden-Sydney College

In office
Preceded by Thomas Edward Gilmer
Succeeded by Josiah Bunting III
Personal details
Born Walter Taylor Reveley II
February 11, 1917(1917-02-11) (age 102)[dated info]
Died December 30, 1992(1992-12-30)
Spouse(s) Mary Gary Eason
Alma mater Hampden-Sydney College
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Duke University
Profession Minister, Professor

Walter Taylor Reveley II (February 11, 1917 – December 30, 1992) served as the 18th president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1963 to 1977.[1] Founded in 1775 with other colonial colleges, Hampden-Sydney is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in America. During Reveley’s presidency, a time of significant social and political unrest throughout the country, the faculty increased by more than 40 percent, the student body grew from roughly 500 to 800 and the endowment doubled.[2] Major construction projects, including a science center and a library addition, were completed, and the college celebrated its bicentennial.[2] He also oversaw the modernizing of the curriculum and the integration of the College.[2]

Reveley graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 1939.[3] His wife of 51 years, Marie Gary Eason Reveley, graduated from nearby Longwood University the following year.[4] He was elected president of his freshman, sophomore, and junior classes and in his senior year was president of the student body.[5] At his graduation, he was honored with the Tiger Trophy, given to the outstanding senior, the Gammon Cup, for character, scholarship, and athletic ability, and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion for “excellence of character and generous service to his fellows.”[6] Reveley then received a divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary and doctorate from Duke University.[5]

A Presbyterian minister and World War II veteran, prior to becoming president of Hampden-Sydney he was a professor and dean at Rhodes College.[6] Upon his retirement from Hampden-Sydney, an editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch commented, “He served during one of the most difficult times to be a college president, yet this 14-year period turned out to be one of the most productive in the proud history” of Hampden-Sydney College.[7]

When Reveley died in 1992, then-President of the College Samuel Vaughan Wilson said, “Dr. Reveley typified what we mean by the term ‘Hampden-Sydney Man.’ As president, he was marked by his innate sense of fairness, his open-minded tolerance for opposing views, his patience with restless young students, and compassion for anyone in distress. He had a far-sighted sense of vision for Hampden-Sydney College, on which we still draw today.” [8]

Reveley is a member of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame,[3] and the Reveley Scholarship[9] is named in his honor. His son W. Taylor Reveley III is the President of the College of William and Mary, and his grandson W. Taylor Reveley IV is the President of Longwood University.


  1. "Presidents of the College". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Brinkley, John Luster (April 1995). On This Hill. Hampden-Sydney College. ISBN 1886356068. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Taylor Reveley". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  4. "Inauguration of Longwood's 26th President". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Staff (Jan 3, 1993). "Dr. Reveley, Former College President, Pastor, Dies at 75". 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "W. Taylor Reveley, II". Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  7. Grimsley, Edward (May 11, 1977). "Dr. Reveley of H-SC". 
  8. Lyle, John (Jan 1, 1993). "Walter Reveley Dies at 75". 
  9. "Scholarship Funds". 

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