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Prillaman and Shockey honored with 2011 Roanoke College Medal

  • Prillaman and Shockey honored with 2011 Roanoke College Medal

  • 04/18/11
  • SALEM, VA-Two Roanoke College alumni were honored with the College's highest honor, the Roanoke College Medal. Albert L. Prillaman '68 of Hilton Head, S.C. and Don Shockey '64 of Winchester received the Medal during the Society of 1842 luncheon on April 15 during Alumni Weekend. The Roanoke College Medal recognizes outstanding alumni who represent the ideals of responsible leadership, intellectual integrity, and good citizenship through their professional accomplishments, and through service to their community and alma mater.  

    Prillaman grew up in Bassett. Prillaman began working at the age of 13 at a service station owned by his father. Prillaman played basketball throughout high school, which led to his attendance at Roanoke College. His high school basketball coach, an alumnus of the College, helped Prillaman and his brother get athletic scholarships.

    Graduating from Roanoke, Prillaman taught economics and coached basketball in Bassett.

    Soon he applied and began working for the Stanley furniture company in a trainee position. From the trainee position, he learned the business from the ground up and became president of the company at the age of 37. Later, he became the CEO of the company and formally retired in 2005.

    Prillaman is a Trustee Emeritus, having served on the Roanoke College Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2004. He and his wife, Carol who also graduated from Roanoke are Founders Associates.



    Shockey was born and raised in Winchester, Va. From an early age, Shockey worked during the summers for the Shockey Companies, a group of construction related companies founded by his grandfather.

    Shockey was one of the first in his family to have the opportunity to attend college. He chose Roanoke because of its pre-engineering program, but after a year changed his major to business and economics. Shockey feels the small class size, faculty, administration and fraternity were the keys to his success at Roanoke College.

    After graduation, Shockey enlisted in the Air National Guard before returning to work for Shockey Companies. He was named president of Shockey Companies in 1983 and served in that position until 1999, when he took over as CEO. He now serves as the Chairman.

    Shockey is a Trustee Emeritus, having served on the Roanoke College Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2004. He is a Lifetime Distinguished Associate, a member of Society of 1842 and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the College in 1992.

    Shockey has served on numerous local community and corporate boards. Among them, the F&M National Corporation, Frederick County Industrial Authority, Winchester Medical Center, Winchester Cold Storage, and Shenandoah Manufacturers Association. He currently serves on the board of Winchester Equipment and the board of trustees of Powhatan School.


    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just 280 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast” and U.S. News & World Report includes Roanoke on its “Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges” list.

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