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Virginius Dabney, American author.


Dabney, Virginius was born on February 8, 1901 in University, Virginia, United States. Son of Richard Heath and Lily Heth (Davis) Dabney.


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Virginia, 1920;A.M., University of Virginia, 1921;Doctor of Literature (honorary), University Richmond, 1940;Doctor of Laws, Lynchburg CollegeDoctor of Laws, College William and Mary, 1944;Doctor of Humane Letters, Virginia Commonwealth U., 1976.


Teacher French, Episcopal High School, 1921-1922;reporter, Richmond News Leader, 1922-1928;editorial staff, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1928-1934;chief editorial writer, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1934-1936;editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1936-1969. Contributor to New York Times, Dictionary American Biography, Encyclopedia British, London Economist. Spent 6 months in Center Europe in 1934 under grant from Oberlaender Trust.

Lecturer on New South Princeton University session, 1939-1940. Lecturer Fulbright Conference American Studies, Cambridge U., 1954.



Chairman advisory board United States History Society. Board directors University Press Virginia, 1966-1970. Chairman Governor's Statewide Conference on Education, 1966.

1st rector Virginia Commonwealth University, 1968-1969, trustee, 1969-1979. Member American Society Newspaper Editors (director 1946-1959, president 1957-1958), Southern Academy Letters, Arts and Sciences, Virginia History Society (president 1969-1972), Raven, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Chi (fellow) Clubs: Country of Virginia.


Married Douglas Harrison Chelf, October 10, 1923. Children: Douglas Gibson (Mistress James S. Watkinson), Lucy Davis (Mistress Alexander P. Leverty), Richard Heath World War II.

Richard Heath Dabney

Lily Heth (Davis) Dabney

Douglas Harrison Chelf

Douglas Gibson Dabney (Mistress James S. Watkinson)

Lucy Davis Dabney (Mistress Alexander P. Leverty)

Richard Heath World War II Dabney