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Christchurch School to hold Hall of Fame induction

The Christchurch School Hall of Fame will induct four new members – three for lifetime achievement and one for athletic achievement – on Saturday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Chapel on the school’s campus during Homecoming/Family Weekend festivities.

The Christchurch School Hall of Fame celebrates the school’s history by honoring alumni, students, coaches and other members of the school constituency who have made important contributions to their community, state and nation through noteworthy accomplishments in life and work.  Previous inductees include Pulitzer-prize winning author William Styron ’42 and former Commonwealth of Virginia Attorney General William Broaddus ’61.

The 2012-13 inductees are:

Vice Admiral John W. Craine Jr. ’64
Middlesex County native John Craine served in the U.S. Navy for thirty-three years, rising to Vice Admiral. His most noteworthy assignments as Commanding Officer, Fighter Squadron EIGHTY FOUR, and as Commanding Officer Naval Air Station Oceana. Following promotion to Rear Admiral, he was appointed Commander, Shore Activities, U.S. Atlantic Fleet and later, after promotion to Vice Admiral, he served as Chief of Naval Education and Training. This latter post gave him jurisdiction over world-wide education services of the U.S. Navy. In the early years of his career, he flew 114 missions over North Vietnam. For his illustrious career he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” the Air Medal and various service medals. Following retirement from the Navy, John Craine assumed administrative duties in the State of New York University System, culminating in his appointment as President of the State University of New York Maritime College. He served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Christchurch School from 2005-09.

Colonel William H. Dabney ’53
Bill Dabney, originally from Gloucester, served three years in the United States Marine Corps, then entered Virginia Military Institute, from which he graduated in 1961. Bill re-entered the U.S. Marines as a Second Lieutenant and began an exemplary career. Bill was awarded the Silver Star and the Navy Cross by the President of the United States for his “extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry” in Vietnam, for his actions from January 21 to April 14, 1968. The President’s citation concludes: “Colonel Dabney contributed decisively to ultimate victory in the Battle of Khe Sanh, and ranks among the most heroic stands of any American force in history. By his valiant combat leadership, exceptional bravery, and selfless devotion to duty, Colonel Dabney reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.” Colonel Dabney in 1987 returned to Virginia Military Institute to complete his military career, serving as Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit, and in 1989 he was given the additional position of Commandant of Cadets at VMI. Bill Dabney retired in 1990, completing thirty-three years of service to his country and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Dr. William E. Easterling III ’72
Bill Easterling is recognized as a world leader in developing novel solutions to challenges such as achieving energy security, sustaining a viable planetary life support system, developing profoundly new materials to meet societal needs, and learning how changing human goals and values will influence the scientific questions of the future. Bill is an internationally recognized expert on how global warming will likely affect the earth’s food supply, and was a lead author of a report on the effects of climate change, commissioned by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The panel was co-recipient with Al Gore for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Bill’s efforts were hailed for providing comprehensive and objective information to better understand the scientific basis of human-induced climate change, its potential impact, and options for adaptation and mitigation.

Mr. Renard P. Stevens Jr. ’02
Renard Stevens was a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 2 Football All-American at West Liberty State University (WVA), where he set a record for receptions as a junior and broke it as a senior: 140 receptions in two years. Renard signed a National Football League contract in 2007, had a brief stint with the New York Jets, and signed to Team Alabama of the All American Football League in March 2008 before the league folded. As a Christchurch School student, Renard started for four years as quarterback, played defensive back and returned kicks and punts, compiling a combined 4,077 all-purpose yards and 29 touchdowns. Renard’s athletic success brought national recognition to Christchurch School’s athletic program.


Founded in 1921, Christchurch School is one of six church schools affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. Christchurch is a co-ed boarding and day college-preparatory school for grades 9-12. The school’s unique Great Journeys curriculum is integrated and place-based, making use of the school’s location on the Rappahannock River and in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

posted 09.19.2012

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