Colonel Charles R. Stribling, III.
The MMA Alumni Association has teamed up with the MMA Alumni & Development office to create funds that honor Colonel Charles R. Stribling III, our former president, chairman of the board, teacher, mentor, alumnus and friend. We need the help and participation of alumni, parents, academy employees and friends to create this magnificent tribute.
A life-sized bronze statue of Col. Stribling will be created by artist Javier Campuzano ’82, and will be prominently placed near Senior Walk. The cost for the materials of the statue has been generously donated by Phil Baum ’63. This statue will forever memorialize the man who dedicated the majority of his life to, and who was the very foundation of, our beloved Academy.
The foundation of this statue will be a 3’x3’ pedestal made of fine granite. Here’s where the Alumni Association needs your help: Donors who give $1,000 will get their name engraved on the granite base, Donors who give $500 will get their name engraved on a reflection bench that will be placed near the statue, and Donors who give $250 will get their name engraved on a memorial brick that will be placed around the base of the statue and bench area.
After expenses, all proceeds from the granite base, bench, and memorial bricks will support the Stribling Scholars Endowment Fund, a perpetual grant designed to benefit those cadets with superior academic achievements, who also embody the spirit set forth during Col. Stribling’s tenure as president – soldier, scholar, and gentlemen.
Another way to honor the Colonel is by donating to a project that was near and dear to his heart – the Memorial Chapel Campaign. This addition to the MMA campus was completed during the first year of Col. Stribling’s presidency at MMA, 1963. The Chapel was dedicated to the memory of those cadets who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. A complete renovation has been done and funds are still needed to cover these expenses. There are small pews available for $2,500 each, and large pews for $5,000 each. These can be sponsored by individuals or by collective class donations. Donors during this Col. Stribling fundraising campaign will be recognized on a special gold nameplate placed at the end of the pew, differentiating from the silver nameplates that donors have been engraved on during the past couple of years.
In good times and bad Colonel Charles R. Stribling, III held us together and taught thousands of alumni how to be soldiers, scholars, and gentlemen. Because of Col. Stribling’s dedication to us, we created these opportunities for you to honor him, and help the academy that he loved so much. Please join us by helping fund the Stribling Scholars Endowment Fund by donating to the base for the statue, the reflection bench, a memorial brick, or by supporting the Chapel Fund.
MMA Alumni Association