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Frank R. Pancake papers

Identifier: MS-0507

Miscellaneous personal papers, including photographs and English class essays dating from his VMI cadetship (1934-1938); personal letters (bulk to his parents), mementos and photographs dating from Pancake's assignment to SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in the late 1950's; clippings from his time as VMI Commandant.


  • Majority of material found in 1934-1938; 1956-1959


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.50 cubic feet

Biographical / Historical

Frank Robbins Pancake, a native of Staunton, Virginia, graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1938. He served as a B-29 pilot during World War II, and subsequently served in the U. S. Air Force for 28 years, including posts in France, Panama, and at the Pentagon. He served as Commandant at VMI from 1951-1954. After retiring from active duty he earned a Ph.D. and returned to Staunton to teach at Mary Baldwin College. He died in 2003 at the age of 87.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Military Institute Archives Repository

VMI Archives
Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450