VMI to Present New Market Medal
Bruce C. Gottwald
LEXINGTON, Va., March 26, 2014 – Virginia Military Institute’s Board of Visitors will present its highest honor, the New Market Medal, to Bruce C. Gottwald, VMI Class of 1954, on Thursday, May 15. The presentation will take place during the annual New Market Parade ceremony that this year commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of New Market.
Mr. Gottwald is currently chairman of NewMarket Corp., the parent company of Afton Chemical and Ethyl Corp. Through its subsidiaries, NewMarket engages in the development, manufacture, and blending of automotive chemical additives.
Mr. Gottwald has been a leading figure in guiding the Institute for years. He is a past president of VMI’s Board of Visitors and a recipient of the VMI Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. He has also received the Spirit of VMI Award, the highest honor bestowed by the VMI Keydet Club.
Major and long-time supporters of VMI, Mr. and Mrs. Gottwald presented significant gifts to VMI that helped establish and build Marshall Hall and the VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics, which was dedicated in 2009, among other transformational gifts. He and his family have established numerous endowment funds at VMI, including the Gottwald Scholarships for Merit, the Gottwald Chemistry Enhancement Fund, the Gottwald Development Board Endowment Fund, and the Jackson-Hope Fund.
A resident of Richmond, Mr. Gottwald serves on many boards, including the American Civil War Museum and the Civil War Trust. In the past, he has served on the board of directors of the VCU School of Engineering, CSX Corp., Dominion Resources Inc., James River Corp., and St. Christopher’s School. In 1990, Mr. Gottwald received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Virginia Union University. He was inducted into the Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame in 2004.
He and his wife, Nancy, have three sons: Bruce Gottwald Jr. ’81, Mark Gottwald, and Thomas Gottwald ’83.
Established by the VMI Board of Visitors in 1962, the New Market Medal is given to individuals whose lives have displayed the virtues shown by the 1864 New Market cadets: duty, honor, devotion, and leadership. Mr. Gottwald will be the 14th recipient in the award’s long history. Past recipients include Gen. George C. Marshall 1901, U.S. Sen. Harry Flood Byrd, and former Virginia governors Colgate Darden Jr. and Mills E. Godwin Jr.