Ralph Crawley is retiring from Hampden-Sydney College after 47 years. Though his official title is the water/sewer supervisor, his experience and work ethic have made him the go-to person for a wide variety of projects during his tenure.
In addition to working in the Buildings and Grounds Department, he held many part-time jobs around campus, including working in the dining hall, cleaning the church, and serving on the Hampden-Sydney Volunteer Fire Department.
Postmistress Shelby Asal has worked with Crawley on the fire department since the mid-1970s. She says, "He was one of the first community members to join the fire department. He joined right out of high school. Ralph is the kind of person you can call at 10:30 at night and say 'Ralph, I need help,' and he says, 'Okay'." During his decades at the fire department, Crawley has worked alongside dozens of community members and more than 200 Hampden-Sydney College students.