William & Mary

Edward Gwathmey

Edward Gwathmey became the second director of the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary in September 1932 after the resignation of H. Edgar Timmerman. Gwathmey was an English professor at William & Mary. His tenure as director of the division was brief as he resigned in December 1932 to become president of… read more »

Charles Duke

Charles Duke served as the fourth director of the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary, from 1941 to 1946, after the resignation of William T. Hodges. A Norfolk native and graduate of William & Mary in 1923, Duke served as the bursar at the Williamsburg campus while serving as director in Norfolk…. read more »

A. Rufus Tonelson

A. Rufus Tonelson was a student, teacher, administrator, and benefactor of Old Dominion University (ODU). Tonelson was among the first three students to register for courses at the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary in the fall of 1930. A start athlete in baseball and basketball, Tonelson was a member of the… read more »

Charles Sibley

Chalres Sibley was the founder and first chair of the Department of Art at Old Dominion University (ODU). A noted painter, Sibley taught all the art classes for a period of time after he arrived in 1955 out of a room in the Old Larchmont School. He received his bachelor degree from Ohio State University,… read more »

Technical Institute

The Technical Institute was one of the larger programs of the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary and provided vocational skills for those over 16 in areas such as auto mechanics, drafting, photography, and air conditioning repair. History Before World War II, the Norfolk Division established the Aircraft Instruments Institute was established… read more »

Joseph E. Healy

Considered one of the founders of the Norfolk Division, Joseph E. Healy served as director of the William & Mary Extension in Norfolk from 1924 to 1930. In 1930, along with Norfolk attorney Robert Morton Hughes, Healy proposed the Old Larchmont School as a site for the division to William & Mary President J.A.C. Chandler…. read more »

Julian Alvin Carroll (J.A.C.) Chandler

Julian Alvin Carroll (J.A.C.) Chandler served as President of William & Mary from 1919-1934. Along with Robert Morton Hughes, Chandler was one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Norfolk Division. Faced with the threat of Tidewater area students enrolling at nearby Atlantic University, located in Virginia Beach, Dr. Chandler swiftly decided on… read more »