A retired pharmacology professor, a physician, an insurance executive and the chief justice of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia will be inducted into West Virginia Universitys Order of Vandalia at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Erickson Alumni Center.
The Order of Vandalia recognizes service to the state and to WVU . Inductees will also be recognized during the Universitys Commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the WVU Coliseum.
William W. Fleming is a WVU professor emeritus of pharmacology. Born in Washington, D.C., he received his bachelors degree in biology from HarvardUniversity in 1954, his Ph.D. from PrincetonUniversity in 1957 and was a post-doctoral fellow in pharmacology at HarvardMedicalSchool.
Dr. Fleming came to WVU as an assistant professor of pharmacology in 1960 and advanced to professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology by 1966. He led the department until his retirement in 1999. From 1986 on, the position was an endowed chair, the Mylan Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology. He has also served as a visiting professor at universities in Australia and England.
Among the many honors Fleming has received are a Lifetime Achievement Award in Research from the WVU School of Medicine, a WVU Outstanding Teacher Award and the Otto Krayer Award for Research from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Fleming has served several national professional organizations in leadership roles, including president of the International Union of Pharmacology. His research has gained him a reputation as a leader in the field of cellular adaptation, and he has published more than 200 scientific articles.
Charles H. Haden II is chief justice of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. A Morgantown native, Haden earned a bachelors degree in business in 1958 and a law degree in 1961 from WVU . He served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Law Review at the WVU College of Law.
In professional life, Haden has been a practicing lawyer, teacher and public servant. He has served in all three branches of West Virginia government; Haden was a member of the House of Delegates from 1963-64 and State Tax Commissioner from 1969-72. In 1972, citizens elected him to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia as a justice, and in 1975 he became chief justice. Later that year, President Gerald Ford appointed him U.S. District Judge for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, and in 1982 he took on his current role.
Haden has received many professional honors. The West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association named him outstanding appellate jurist in 1975, and in 1982 the same group named him outstanding trial judge. WVU honored him as outstanding alumnus in 1986, and he is a past president of the WVU Alumni Association.
A life fellow of the American Bar Foundation, Haden has served for many years on the Fourth Circuit Judicial Council. In 1997, he began a five-year term as fourth circuit district judge representative to the U.S. Judicial Conference and became the first West Virginia judge to serve.
He is currently chair of the conferences executive committee.
Peter S. White , a native of Clendenin, has had a distinguished career in the insurance industry. A 1955 business graduate of WVU , he then pursued a masters degree in industrial relations from the University and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Currently an executive with the White Planning Group in Charleston, he previously worked for Northwestern Mutual Life, Connecticut Mutual Life and Acordia of West Virginia. In 1995, he qualified for the Top of the Table, a life insurance group that represents the top 700 agents throughout the world.
White has been extremely active in community service. He has served as president of the West Virginia Allergy Foundation, the Fund for the Arts, the Society for Financial Service Professionals and the Kanawha Valley Heart Association. He has also been vice president of the Sunrise Museum and treasurer of the Charleston Y.M.C.A. and the West Virginia Heart Association.
A WVU Foundation board member since 1967, White has been a member of the Universitys Irvin Stewart Societywhich honors those who have made estate gifts in support of the Universityfrom its inception. He has chaired the Foundations Planned Giving Committee. White has also served as president of two WVU Alumni Association chapters.
Dr. Ronald L. Wilkinson has served as a clinical professor in otolaryngology at the WVU School of Medicine since 1975, and since that year he has also been a partner in Ear, Nose and Throat Associates of Charleston, Inc.
A Sissonville native, Wilkinson received his bachelors degree in 1964 and his medical degree in 1968, both from WVU . He did his internship at Yale University and served residencies in general surgery and otolaryngology at WVU Hospitals. From 1973-75, he served as chief EENT clinic in the U.S. Army.
Wilkinsons community service activities have included a term as president of the West Virginia Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of the AmericanCollege of Surgeons, the AmericanAcademy of Otolaryngology and the medical advisory board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of West Virginia.
A past WVU Alumni Association president, Wilkinson has also lead the School of Medicine Alumni Association. He is a member of the Alumni Associations Marmaduke H. Dent Society. In 1999, WVU named him outstanding alumnus.