Remembering Dr. Charles Shull

Dr. Chip Walton, Ann Shull, and LC president Dr. Kenneth Garren
(Left to right) Dr. Chip Walton, Ann Shull, and LC president Dr. Kenneth Garren at the Shull Porch dedication

Shull Porch Dedication

On March 1, 2013, the College community gathered to honor the memory of Charles "Chuck" Shull, beloved sociology professor, with the dedication of the Shull Porch of Carnegie Hall.

LC president Dr. Kenneth Garren opened the ceremony, followed by an invocation given by chaplain Rev. Stephanie McLemore. Remarks were given by Dr. Shull’s colleagues Dr. Charles Walton, Dr. Richard Burke, and Carolyn Gross. A plaque installed on the porch was unveiled by Dr. Garren and Dr. Walton. Ann Shull, Dr. Shull’s wife of 49 years, was present for the unveiling.

Professor Tom Brickhouse suggested the dedication of the porch, which was universally agreed upon. Dr. Shull often met students, faculty, and friends on "his" porch for conversations. President Garren, Dr. Walton, and Dr. Kim McCabe, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that Dr. Shull had a profound influence on them as one of the first people they met when they came to LC.

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Shull

Dr. Shull taught at Lynchburg College for 43 years, educating and mentoring generations of students, many of whom felt that their lives were changed by his dedication and compassion. He also served as a chair of the sociology department.

He was active in the community and at LC raising awareness about HIV during the AIDS epidemic, for which he received an award from the Coalition for HIV Awareness and Prevention of Central Virginia. He was interested in the cultures of Asia and curated an exhibit at the Daura Gallery titled "In Lotus Land: The Photographs of Herbert Pointing."

Jim Stratton ’87 remembers Dr. Shull’s impact:

"Over time, he came to occupy an unusual place in my life – part friend, part mentor, part father figure. During his years at LC, he served that same role to hundreds of students. They’d file into Carnegie to sort through course schedules, personal problems, and life after LC. His unspoken price of admission: Be thoughtful. Be kind. Take your work – but not yourself – seriously. He embodied what is best about Lynchburg College."