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John Redd Hutcheson

January 12, 1945-August 12, 1947

John Redd Hutcheson. --- Ninth president, 1945-47. Born Jan. 13, 1886, near Charlotte Court House. Received B.S. from V.P.I. in 1909, honorary D.Sci. from Clemson in 1937, and honorary D.Agric. from N.C. State College in 1947. Attended field artillery officer training school during World War I. Was director of V.P.I. Agricultural Extension Service from 1919 to 1945, when he was made executive assistant to President Burruss and later acting president. Was elected V.P.I. president on Aug. 14, 1945, at age 59. Married Eleanor Parrott of Blacksburg in 1917. Had two sons and one daughter. When illness forced his retirement as president in 1947, he became first V.P.I. chancellor, a post in which he served until retiring the position in 1956. Was elected first president of V.P.I., Educational Foundation, Inc., in 1948, and served in that position until his death in Blacksburg Jan. 13, 1962, at age 76.
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