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Saint Aug monrns the loss of Dr. Paul Vandergrift
The late Dr. Paul Vandergrift, Jr.
Senior Vice President /Provost
Dr. Paul Frank Vandergrift, Senior Vice President and Provost, passed away suddenly on October 7,
1995, just one week after the death of St. Augustine’s alumna Bessie Delany, and just a week away from the
convocation and the naming of the New Men's Hall of Residence.
Dr. Vandergrift’s death comes as a shock to the St. Aug. family, especially the faculty and staff who worked
closely with him on a daily basis. Dr. Graham Watt said, “Trying to keep things moving with the heart hurting
Watt commented that he ate lunch with Dr. Vandergrift every day, and described him as “a real friendly guy
with no ego trips.” Other, faculty and staff members working in the President’s Office were also shocked. Ms.
Ada Farrar, the receptionist in the President’s Office recalls Dr. Vandergrift being in good spirits last Friday.
Dr. Vandergrift had just arrived from Elizabeth City State University to begin his new tenure at St. Aug. on
Dr. Bernard Franklin, President of Saint Augustine’s College, said, “He, in a short period of time, made a
tremendous impact and we were looking forward to his leadership." Dr. Franklin added tiiat although Dr.
Vandergrift’s death is a loss to ail, “He would want us to keep moving forward.”
So far, no one has been appointed to replace Dr. Vandergrift. Dr. Watt said that he did not know what
approach would be taken in filling that vacant position.
St. Aug. will pay a special tribute to Dr. Vandergrift during the convocation on October 12.
FACES OF CHAN
Mr. Eugene E. Nicholas
Vice President for Financial Affairs
Mrs. Angeline P. Sligh,
Acting Vice President Telecommunications/
Dr. Bernard W. Franklin
President, St,Augustine College
Dr. Graham E. Watt
Executive Assistant to the President
Dr. Mabel J. Matthews
Acting Dean of Academic Affairs
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