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VPA's Virginian of the Year

Daily Press Editor and VPA President-Elect Ernie Gates (right) presents VPA's 2007 Virginian of the Year, The Statler Brothers, with the Parks-Mason Memorial Award during VPA's 2007 News Conference and Annual Meeting March 23 in Norfolk. The Statlers -- from left, Phil Balsley, Jimmy Fortune, Harold Reid and Don Reid -- hail from Staunton and are the most awarded act in the history of country music.


VPA's Virginians of the Year

2007 - The Statler Brothers

2006 - Ricky Rudd, NASCAR driver

2005 - Dr. William Kelso, archaeologist

2004 - Ralph Stanley, musician

2003 - David Baldacci, author

2002 - Katharine Graham, publisher, The Washington Post*

2001 - Dr. Larry J. Sabato, political science professor, University of Virginia

2000 - Dr. James Robertson, history professor, Virginia Tech

1999 - David Goode, CEO, Norfolk Southern Corp.

1998 - Tim & Daphne Maxwell Reid, filmmakers

1997 - Roger Mudd, broadcast journalist

1996 - Jeff MacNelly, cartoonist

1995 - Patricia Cornwell, author

1994 - Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, editor-in-chief, Reader's Digest

1993 - Spencer Christian, television personality

1992 - Bruce Hornsby, musician

1991 - Mills E. Godwin Jr., fomer Virginia governor

1990 - John Marsh, secretary of the Army

1989 - June Carter Cash, musician

1988 - Harry F. Byrd Jr., former U.S. senator

1987 - Willard Scott, television personality

1986 - Willie Lanier, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

1985 - Bernard M. Ferber, CEO of Kmart

1984 - James J. Kilpatrick, journalist and columnist

1983 - Roy Clark, musician

1982 - Arthur Ashe, tennis champion and humanitarian

1981 - William Styron, author

1980 - Dr. George D. Watkins, scholar

1979 - Samuel Gravely Jr., vice admiral, U.S. Navy

1978 - Dr. Lemuel W. Diggs, sickle cell anemia researcher

1977 - W. Graham Claytor Jr., secretary of the Navy

1976 - Robert B. Pamplin, chairman and CEO, Georgia-Pacific

1975 - John D. deBurns, chairman and CEO, AT&T

1974 - No award presented

1973 - Earl Hamner, creator of "The Waltons"

1972 - Hugh Scott - former U.S. senator

1971 - Ross R. Millhiser, president, Philip Morris USA

1970 - Frank McCarthy, movie producer

1969 - C. Vernon Cowan, vice president of operations, C&O and B&O

1968 - Dr. G. John Coll, president of the fibers division, Allied Chemical Corp.

1967 - Christopher C. Kraft Jr., director of flight operations, NASA Manned Space Flight Program

*Awarded posthumously

 
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