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Alumni Award Recipient Dr. J. Paul Wampler
Dr. J. Paul Wampler '54
2012 Ripples Award
The son of the Rev. Guy E. Wampler Sr., a Brethren minister, and the former Ruby Kathryn Oellig, Joseph Paul Wampler grew up in Bassett, Va., where he attended the Mt. Hermon Church of the Brethren. His father was a firm believer in education who encouraged not only his son, but also several other youths from the Mt. Hermon congregation, to pursue college educations.
Dr. Wampler earned his bachelor's degree at Bridgewater College in 1954 and said his favorite memories of the College include acting as dorm director of Wardo Hall in his senior year and getting through "all the deadlines and frustrations" as yearbook editor. Also in 1954 he married Priscilla Wakeman, a descendant of Bridgewater College founder Daniel Flory, and continued his education at the Medical College of Virginia. He received his M.D. degree in 1958 and, in 1963, completed his surgical internship and residency at MCV. At that time, Dr. Wampler moved to Manassas, Va., to begin his medical practice.
Dr. Wampler, who is now retired, has been involved in a wide variety of professional associations as well as community services. His professional affiliations include the American College of Surgeons, American Board of Surgery, Prince William Medical Society, Virginia Medical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Society and American Cancer Society.
Since their move to Manassas in 1963, Dr. and Priscilla Wampler have been staunch supporters of the Manassas Church of the Brethren. Both have been members of the choir, and Dr. Wampler has served as chairman of the church board in addition to serving on and chairing various committees. His involvement with the Church of the Brethren has included service on the general board as well as standing committee of the Annual Conference. He has been district moderator and is currently a member of the board of trustees of Bethany Theological Seminary. His community activities have included membership of the board of directors of First Manassas Bank and Trust Company, of which he was a founder and organizer. He has worked with the United Way and, since 1971, has devoted enormous amounts of time, energy and resources as a member of the Bridgewater College board of trustees.
The Wamplers have two grown children – G. Benjamin Wampler, a 1982 Bridgewater graduate and a physician and surgeon, and Kathryn Wampler Stone, a 1987 graduate of Bridgewater and a registered nurse. They have six grandchildren, the two oldest of which are currently students at Bridgewater College.
With the presentation of the Ripples Medal, the Ripples Society tonight recognizes Dr. J. Paul Wampler for his distinguished career and his life of service and commitment to his family, his community and his alma mater.