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Walter Robert Thurmond Witschey

Walter Robert Thurmond Witschey, anthropologist, educator, former museum director. Tinker Foundation archaeological research grantee (3), Middle American Research Institute archaeological grantee, Mesoam. Ecology Institute archaeological research grantee (3), Middle American Research Institute archaeological research grantee (3), private archaeological research grantee.

Background

  • Witschey, Walter Robert Thurmond was born on June 19, 1941 in Charleston, West Virginia, United States. Son of Robert E. and Sarah Elizabeth (Thurmond) Witschey.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Physics, Princeton University, 1963. Master of Business Administration in Operations Research, University Virginia, 1965. Master of Arts in Anthropology-Maya Archaeology, Tulane University, 1989.

      Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology-Maya Archaeology, Tulane University, 1993.

    Career

    • Systems engineer International Business Machines Corporation Corporation, Richmond, Virginia, 1965-1967, marketing representative, 1967-1969. Vice president The Computer Company, 1969-1970, president, Chief Executive Officer, 1970-1984. Consultant, public, proprietorship Gatewood Company, since 1978.

      Director, Chief Executive Officer Science Museum Virginia, 1992—2007, director emeritus, since 2007. Professor anthropology and science education Cook-Cole College Arts and Sciences, Longwood University, Farmville, since 2007. Board directors Highland Data Services, 1982-1985.

      Visiting instructor computer systems University Virginia, 1985-1986. Instructor word processing, Delgado Community College, 1989. Lecturer microcomputer applications, Our Lady Of Holy Cross College, 1989-1992.

      Lecturer department Anthropology, Tulane University, 1987-1992, assistant to the director, 1987-1988, lecturer, curriculum consultant, 1988-1992, adjunct instructor Bachelor of Arts Freeman School, 1991. Adjunct faculty department Sociology, Anthropology and Mathematical Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1992—2007.

    Works

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Religion

    Denomination: Presbyterian

    Membership

    Director Association Science-Technology Centers, 1995—2006, president 2001-2003, Science Museum Virginia Foundation, Richmond, 1981-1990, Louisiana Science Center, New Orleans, 1985-1990. President, director Richmond-on-the-James, 1984-1985. Secretary, director Richmond Community High School Policy Board.

    Consultant Federated Arts Council, Richmond. President Virginia Rail Policy Institute, since 2008. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of America Archaeology, Virginia Academy of Sciences (president 2003-2004), Sigma Xi.

    Connections

    • Married Joan DuRelle Vincent, July 19, 1980. Children: Anne Elizabeth, Schon Roberts Parris, Sarah C. Brauner, Walter Robert Thurmond II, Benjamin Hart Vincent.
    • father: Robert E. Witschey
    • mother: Sarah Elizabeth (Thurmond) Witschey
    • spouse: Joan DuRelle Vincent
    • children: Anne Elizabeth Witschey
    • Schon Roberts Parris Witschey
    • Sarah C. Brauner Witschey
    • Walter Robert Thurmond II Witschey
    • Benjamin Hart Vincent Witschey
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    Born June 19, 1941
    (age 75)
    Nationality
    • 1963
      Princeton University
    • 1965
      University Virginia
    • 1989
      Tulane University
    • 1993
      Tulane University
    • 1965 - 1967
      Systems engineer, International Business Machines Corporation Corporation
      Richmond, Virginia, United States
    • 1967 - 1969
      Systems engineer, International Business Machines Corporation Corporation
    • 1978
      consultant
    • 2007
      professor, anthropology and science education Cook-Cole College Arts and Sciences
      Farmville, Virginia, United States
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