On Saturday, October 25, 2008, the Athletic Hall of Fame was dedicated. The gallery, part of the expansion and renovation of Gammon Gymnasium, was made possible by a gift of Dr. Willette L. LeHew '57 of Norfolk, VA, and his family.
On Saturday morning, guests gathered and were able for the first time to view the Hall of Fame gallery. At 11:00 AM, after brief remarks by Chairman of the Board Tom Allen and Hampden-Sydney President Walter Bortz in which both thanked Dr. LeHew for his generous gift, the ribbon was cut by Dr. LeHew (center), President Bortz, and Athletic Director Joe Bush.
Bill and Mary Louis LeHew are pictured with "Carpathian Tiger," oil on Curly Maple and Carpathian Elm veneer, by Mark H. Campbell, donated in honor of Dr. LeHew by Mrs. LeHew and Mark Campbell.
The Hall of Fame Luncheon and induction of four new members followed immediately in Snyder Hall, the renovated playing area of Gammon Gymnasium.
At a dinner the preceding evening, October 24, Snyder Hall was dedicated in honor of Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Stephen Francis Snyder '65 who was killed in action in Vietnam on August 24, 1966. For his selfless actions and bravery under fire, he was awarded the Navy Cross.
Mr. Julious "Joey" P. Smith, Jr. '65 of Richmond, VA, former Hampden-Sydney College Trustee and fraternity brother, spoke of Steve and the time they spent together at Hampden-Sydney. Smith led the effort to raise the funds necessary to name Snyder Hall.
Glena Kelso, sister of Steve Snyder, spoke of Steve and expressed the thanks of the family for the honor paid her brother by Hampden-Sydney.
Major General Gordon C. Nash '71 (USMC Ret.) spoke on behalf of the U. S. Marine Corps.