Kappa Alpha Order

Knight Commander's Accolade

Knight Commander’s Accolade

The first Knight Commander’s Accolades were awarded by then Knight Commander Henry J. Foresman (Beta Commission–VMI ’41) in 1967. He created the award to recognize excellence in leadership and service to the Order. The Executive Council subsequently passed a regulation creating and defining the award as such and stating that the award is given at the sole discretion of the Knight Commander.

In 1999, Former Knight Commander Dr. Idris R. Traylor, Jr. (Gamma Chi–Texas Tech ’70) designed, and the Executive Council authorized the creation of a jewel for this award. The jewel is a crimson cross, outlined in gold, with a golden knight on horseback, centered. It hangs from a ribbon collar of crimson and old gold. The jewel was first presented in 2001.

The Knight Commander’s Accolade is the highest individual honor an alumnus can receive. Over fifty-two years, fourteen Knight Commanders have conferred this high honor on just two hundred and thirty-five recipients for their excellence in leadership and service to the Order.

recipients

H. David Pinson

Carlton W. Baker

Andrew C. West

Frederick L. Neely, Jr.

Walter M. Deriso, Jr.

John A. Montalbano, Jr.

Dewitt C. David

Todd D. Reaves

Max Ray Joyner Jr.

David P. Barksdale

SGM E. Kent McMichael

Dr. Jason R. Barrett

King V. Aiken, Jr.

Dr. Mark D. Hale

CPT Ronald C. Plunkett

Norman C. George

Norman C. George

Garth K. Dunklin

Garth K. Dunklin

Robert B. Sullivan

Robert B. Sullivan

Darron E. Franta

Darren S. Kay

Lawrence E. Ault

Eddie S. Wilson

Eddie S. Wilson

James M. Crews

W. Reed Sprinkel

Douglas S. Ewalt

David B. Hagan

David B. Hagan

John C. Harris

Alfred Diaz, Jr.

James L. Ferman, Jr.

Daniel W. Hilsheimer

John B. Chenault

John B. Chenault

Samuel O. Leake, Jr.

William A. Wood

C. Douglas Simmons III

Jack B. Carter, II

Jack B. Carter, II

Rock N. Houstoun

R. Randolph Beard

R. Randolph Beard

Gregory R. Singleton

Dr. Timothy M. Hodges

Dr. Timothy M. Hodges

Robert B. Varnado

Robert B. Varnado

Carl Trauernicht, Jr.

Carl Trauernicht, Jr.

David M. O’Dell

David M. O’Dell

Lawrence B. Hodges, Jr.

Lawrence B. Hodges, Jr.

Marc A. Scott

Marc A. Scott

Cuyler C. Lawrence

Cuyler C. Lawrence

Walter Jackson Coleman

Walter Jackson Coleman

Robert M. Ross

Robert M. Ross

Raymond B. Bottom, Jr.

Raymond B. Bottom, Jr.

G. Randall Smith

G. Randall Smith

L. Blair Bailey

Ryan S. Ledwith Sr.

Ryan S. Ledwith Sr.

Dr. Robert F. Padgett

LTC George B. Pierce

LTC George B. Pierce

L. Glynn Tubbs

L. Glynn Tubbs

George G. Langston III

George G. Langston III

Russell C. Brown

Russell C. Brown

MG John W. Knapp

Todd P. Lowe

Todd P. Lowe

Walter E. Murphree

Walter E. Murphree

Gordon H. Harris

Charles Z. Flack Jr.

Charles Z. Flack Jr.

James P. Lawson

Dr. James M. “Jim” Schmuck

Samuel D. Wyche

Marshall James “Jim” Donathan Jr.

Stephen E. Foster

Michael P. Wilson

Jesse S. Lyons

Brent W. Fellows

Barry B. Donnell

J. Michael Duncan

Gerald C. Down

F. Brook Voght

Steven M. Steele

David M. Buie

Thomas N. Whitehead

C. Edward Schmidt, Jr.

Larry F. Robb

William E. Dreyer

John G. Deeb

Paul C. Artman, Jr.

Clyde E. Williams

James W. Tiller, Jr.

George R. Baffa

Larry Stanton Wiese

David M. Warren

Jon Crosby Turner

Robert D. Kelly

James W. Grice

M. Tom Faircloth

J. David Carico

Timothy K. Adams

Jonathan P. Pearson

H. Clarke Bynum, Jr.

Wayne E. Dawson

J. Coleman McDowell, Jr.

LTC Ashley D. Worboys

Scott W. Warren

Gordon S. Varnedoe

Allen I. Vance

J. Guy Revelle, Jr.

Harold L. Cornett, Jr.

William H. Simpson

Frank W. Maresh

Dr. James L. Bowers

John A. Yearty

John F. Truex

Jeffrey W. Love

James T. Turner, Jr.

Bartley D. Jackson

Dr. John E. Ross III

Russell H. Chesley

Hon. Robert M. Pittenger

F. David Graeber

James W. Boeckman

David W. Baker

Hon. Paul W. Green

Russell L. Creason

Joseph Ray Gill

Daniel T. Patton

Kriss Parikakis

Kriss Parikakis

J. Baxter Wood

SGT Clevie C. Luckadoo Jr.

H. Robert Hohenberger Jr.

COL James A. W. Rembert

Dr. Joel Alan Nickles

Robert T. Steinkamp

Julian E. Tackett

Dr. Garry L. Nall

Carlton Mulcahy Rogers

Burns Landess

Perry E. Thoele

Evans Crosby Jackson

William E. Garner

James R. Estes

George W. Culler

Clinton Bloodworth Newton

Thomas C. Moxley

Lawrence W. Gysin

David M. Branch

Hugh W. Taylor

Douglas C. Stone

John W. Stephenson

Ben W. Satcher, Jr.

Dr. Edwin P. Rather

Jan D. Norris

Dr. O. Hunter McClung Jr.

Kenneth W. Jackson

James D. Hunter

Douglas B. Harris

H. Lynn Greer

William E. Forester

David S. Divine

Richard A. Barnes

Gregory R. Barbosa

Daniel B. Waggoner

Charles L. Newman Jr.

Larry D. Meyers

Samuel D. Griffin Jr.

Berl B. Garey, Jr.

W. Julian Foy

Dr. Frank V. Barchard

LTC William J. Armstrong

Dr. Joseph M. Pearson Jr.

Thomas Jefferson Curtis

William A. Simpson

Gary T. Scott

Steven W. Kemble

Richard B. Wilson, Jr.

Charles W. McCrary Sr.

Robert E. Lyon

Thomas L. Tune, Jr.

John R. Milam

Gordon L. Kinne

Frederick W. Dismuke Sr.

Glen O. Alspaugh

Thomas H. Campbell

Tom B. Scott, Jr.

Orrin H. Swayze

Roy G. Thompson

Ellis S. Womack

Hon. J. Caleb Boggs

William V. DeRosa

Carl J. Rees

Reginald V. Truitt

J. Douglass Wallop, Jr.

Hon. Frank H. Elmore, Jr.

William G. Bean Jr.

Augustine D. Edwards, Jr.

COL Lee L. Nichols Jr.

Morris W. Pully

COL Hart Slater

Sidney F. Boutwell

Charles R. Ridgway III

Arthur H. Richardson

BG Ran Larenzo Phillips II, MD

Larry G. Nesbit

Alan H. Johnston

Wilson T. Cann

James Boyd Campbell

John Wesley Ford

Michael E. Weems

Nat S. Rogers

Loren D. Melton

E. Fleming Mason

John Rex Farrior Sr.

Jack V. Collins

Frank L. Asbury III

R. Jack Alexander Jr.

Vance E. Rule

William C. Morrow

Warrick J. Dickson

Richard T. Willis

Lawrence Willet

J. Murray Underwood Jr.

Joseph T. Lewis Jr.

Dr. Porter Lee Fortune Jr.

C. Max Farrington

Geoffrey Creyke Jr.

George P. Bates Jr.

Alvin L. Aubinoe

Dr. Idris Rhea Traylor Jr.

E. Francis Cave

W. C. Tingle

W. C. Tingle

Winthrop M. Robinson

Winthrop M. Robinson

Verner H. McCall

Verner H. McCall

Uly S. Gunn II

Uly S. Gunn II

Thomas A. Baird

Thomas A. Baird

Paul M. Speake

Paul M. Speake

Ovid W. Pierce Jr.

Lawrence E. Honig

Herbert Pierce Ford, Sr.

Kenneth P. Craig

Kenneth P. Craig

George H. Covert

George H. Covert

Frank P. Bowyer, Jr.

Frank P. Bowyer, Jr.

E. Vernon Lewis

E. Vernon Lewis

John S. Candler, II

John S. Candler, II

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