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Shell, George R. E., 1908-1996


Lieutenant General George Richard Edwin Shell (b. 1908 d. 1996) graduated from VMI in 1931 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His distinguished career as a U. S. Marine Corps officer began with his commissioning in 1931. During World War II he commanded an artillery battalion in the Pacific Theater and was awarded the Purple Heart and Legion of Merit with combat "V." He subsequently served in many capacities throughout his 29 years of active duty-- on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; at the Pentagon; SHAPE; NATO; as commanding General, Marine Recruit Depot, Parris Island; and in many other assignments. He became VMI's ninth Superintendent on July 1, 1960, serving until June 30, 1971. General Shell died on October 30, 1996.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Letter, John Glenn to General George R. E. Shell, 1962-02-09

Scope and Contents Typed letter signed, from astronaut John Glenn to Superintendent Shell, thanking him for a letter. The two were both USMC officers and once stationed together at Quantico. Signature block says "John H. Glenn, jr., Lt. Colonel, USMC, Mercury Astronaut"

Newsletters and Circulars, Office of the Superintendent.

Identifier: RG-02-Newsletters
Scope and Contents Newsletters, circulars and other mass mailings created by the Office of the Superintendent. These include the annual newsletter to parents. These mailings began with General Nichols and the frequency/subject varies among administrations.

Office of the Superintendent, administrative subject files

Identifier: RG-02-Subject Files-Administrative
Scope and Contents Historically significant subject files spanning the administrations of multiple Superintendents. These topical files cover various historical eras; topics include areas such as planning, programs, and events.

Office of the Superintendent Board of Visitors meetings Subject Files

Identifier: RG-02-Subject Files-Board of Visitors
Scope and Contents These records consist of one chronological file, 1909-1953, primarily containing Superintendent's working reports and memoranda to the Board of Visitors; some annotations. In addition, there are Superintendent's copies of BOV meeting packets for Gen. Shell and Irby; some with annotations.

Records of Inaugurations and Assumption of Command Ceremonies for VMI Superintendents

Identifier: RG-02-Subject Files-Inaugurations
Scope and Contents Records relating to the inaugural ceremonies or assumption of command events for the various Superintendents. In recent administations there have not been elaborate inaugural ceremonies.

Records of Superintendent George R. E. Shell, 1960-1971

Identifier: RG-02-09-ShellGRE
Scope and Contents Official records of the George R. E. Shell administration, including correspondence, annual reports, and related papers/records for the period 1961-1970.