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Irby, Richard L., 1918-2002


Lieutenant General Richard Logan Irby (b. 1918 d. 2002) graduated from VMI in 1939 and immediately accepted a commission in the U. S. Army. His military career encompassed more than 30 years of active duty and three wars--- including service in China and Burma during World War II; Battalion Commander with the 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War; and Assistant Division Commander and Division Commander with the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) during the Vietnam War. In 1969 he became Commander of the U. S. Army Training Center, Infantry, at Fort Polk, LA and in 1970 he was named Commanding General at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Irby became VMI's tenth Superintendent on July 1, 1971 and retired on June 30, 1981. He died on March 6, 2002.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

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 Richard L. Irby, 1971-1981

Identifier: RG-02-10-IrbyRL
Scope and Contents Records from the administration of Richard L. Irby, VMI's 10th Superintendent. Includes correspondence, reports, photographs, orders and memoranda, and other official records.

Richard L. Irby Personal Papers

Identifier: MS-0509
Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence and memoranda, military orders, printed material, photographs, scrapbooks, speeches, and other material primarily documenting the U.S. Army career (1939-1971) of Major General Richard L. Irby. The collection includes information about the activities of of the 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.