A Martinsburg attorney who has not missed a West Virginia University home football game in 42 years will return to his alma mater to be honored as the 2005 Outstanding Alumnus.

Richard A. Pill, a Morgantown native, graduated from WVU in 1973 with a bachelors degree in business administration and returned in 1974 to earn his law degree. Since 1977, he has been a partner with Pill&Pill law firm in Martinsburg.

As the WVU Alumni Associations Outstanding Alumnus, he will ride in the Friday, Oct. 14, Homecoming Parade which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the top of High Street. He will also be honored at halftime of the Saturday, Oct. 15, WVU -Louisville football game at Milan Puskar Stadium/Mountaineer Field. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

Pill is a prominent member of the Woodburn Circle Society and has a long history of service to the University through various councils and committees. In recent years, he has worked with the WVU Athletic Club Development Council and the Eastern Panhandle Mountaineer Fan Club.

Pill also served as president of the Eastern Panhandle Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association and was a member WVU Alumni Association board of directors from 1997 to 2002.

Every year, Pill and his family host a Mountaineer Parents Club Summer Send-off at their home in Martinsburg. This past summer, nearly 100 students from Berkeley and Morgan counties attended the event.

WVU has been instrumental in my life as it pertains to my career, my family and my friends,he said,and therefore, its always been important and a pleasure to try to help the University in return.

Stephen Douglas, president and chief executive officer of the WVU Alumni Association, called Pill an exceptional example of an alumnus maintaining a close connection with WVU .

Rick has gone above and beyond the call of duty in so many different ways over the years,Douglas said.His work with the Mountaineer Parents Club, the Alumni Association, the Athletic Council and so many other organizations at the University all make him a great example of the loyalty and commitment that make WVU so fantastic. Were thrilled to have the chance to honor him as Outstanding Alumnus.

Pill is the president and a member of the board of directors for the West Virginia Bar Association. He also is a 2001 graduate of the Leadership West Virginia program, a series of monthly seminars that deal with history, healthcare, education and economic development in West Virginia.

He is the father of three daughtersShannon, a WVU graduate and president of the New York/New Jersey chapter of the Alumni Association; Christy, a University of Richmond graduate; and Jessica, a junior at WVU .

In addition to participating in a special halftime ceremony, the WVU Alumni Association will be hosting a Homecoming tailgate on game day. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. at Coca-Cola Hospitality Village at Milan Puskar Stadium. The tailgate is open to WVU alumni and friends.