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Van Hugh Cunningham

Van Hugh Cunningham, American investment executive, consultant. Named one of Great Citizens of Tidewater, Cox Cable television, 1988; recipient Outstanding Alumni award University Tennessee, 1988.


  • Cunningham, Van Hugh was born on February 27, 1928 in Martin, Tennessee, United States. Son of Chester Morris and Rosalee (Whitson) Cunningham.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Memphis State University, 1949. Master of Arts, Memphis State University, 1953. Postgraduate, Maryland University, 1956.


    • Teacher, coach Greenfield (Tennessee) High School, 1949-1953. Chairman, chief executive officer Stewart Sandwiches, Inc., Norfolk, Virginia, 1956-1983. Chairman Charter Investment Group, Virginia Beach, 1983-1989.


    Government is appointed by God as His servant to encourage good and restrain evil to the end that all people are blessed and His people are enabled to live quiet and peaceful lives in all godliness and holiness.


    God has revealed and continues to reveal God's self through the Bible, through the created order, through mighty acts in history, and, preeminently, through God the Son, Jesus Christ.

    Denomination: Baptist


    The strongest feature of Baptism is that ordinary people play a major role in the running of the Church.


    President Virginia Marine Science Museum, Virginia Beach, since 1988. Board directors, president Old Dominion University Intercollegiate Foundation, Norfolk, since 1978, University Tennessee Development Council, Knoxville, since 1980, chairman, 1988-1989, 89-90. Trustee Virginia Beach Development Authority, since 1984, chairman, since 1986.

    Trustee Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach, since 1979, Randolph Macon Academy, Front Royal, Virginia, since 1978. Lieutenant Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1953-1956. Member Virginia Beach Chamber of Chamber (board directors, chairman since 1988), Hampton Rds.

    C. of Chamber (board directors, chairman).


    • Married Ruth Cleveland, August 24, 1948.
    • father: Chester Morris Cunningham
    • mother: Rosalee (Whitson) Cunningham
    • spouse: Ruth Cleveland
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    Born February 27, 1928
    Died July 3, 2002
    (aged 74)
    • 1949
      Memphis State University
    • 1953
      Memphis State University
    • 1956
      Maryland University
    • 1949 - 1953
    • 1956 - 1983
      chairman, officer Stewart Sandwiches
      Norfolk, United Kingdom
    • 1956 - 1983
      chief executive, officer Stewart Sandwiches
      Norfolk, United Kingdom
    • 1983 - 1989
      chairman, Charter Investment Group
      Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States