Friday, April 13, 2012

President Emeritus William F. Quillian celebrates 99th birthday

This Friday the 13th is not a day of bad luck for William F. Quillian

The former president of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Quillian turned 99 years old today. Local alumnae and alumni are celebrating with him this evening. For all of you who could not join Dr. Quillian in person, we are celebrating on the blog by posting these photos that chronicle Quillian’s 26 years with the College.
These pictures are from Quillian’s personal photo album. If you recognize any of the alumnae, faculty or staff in these pictures, please leave a comment on the post and let us know.

Also leave a comment to wish a happy birthday to Dr. Quillian.

Quillian came to the College in 1952 and retired in 1978. He oversaw a period of significant growth for the College. He returned in 2010 to give the commencement address.

At his 90th birthday celebration, a fundraiser for the Virginia Legal Aid Society, Quillian quipped that it is easy to reach the age of 90. “You get to 89, and then you are very, very careful,” he said.

We look forward to celebrating a century with Dr. Quillian next year!

At a celebration of the College's 75th anniversary.

Visting with Theodore H. Jack, his predecessor .

Alumnae donated this bronze bust of Quillian in 1978 .

Commencement in 1965

An alumnae dinner in Paris, France, in 1966.
An alumnae dinner in London in 1966.
Seeing off students who were heading to study in Reading, England in 1968.

Spending time with his family

A reception with first-year students in 1970

Departure of Reading-bound students in 1971
Commencement in 1974
Dedication of the Harold G. Leggett Building in 1975

Commencement in 1976

A faculty reception in 1976

Another faculty reception in 1977.
Elizabeth Taylor came to campus for a drama workshop in 1977 with her husband, John Warner.

Another new student reception in 1977

Dr. Quillian and his wife Margaret Weigle Quillian

Commencement in 2010