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Lives Guided by Honor: How VMI Shaped the Class of 1968

by Mayling Elizabeth Simpson

“Don’t just speak your values. Live by them and show others that you walk the talk.”
—a 1968 graduate

Since 1839, the Virginia Military Institute has sought to produce graduates of honor and integrity, citizen-soldiers, and leaders. Graduates have had extraordinary success in landing jobs throughout the decades, becoming military officers or gaining acceptance to graduate schools.
After wondering for decades why her husband chose to attend a military college, Mayling Simpson began a quest for answers. Lives Guided by Honor reveals the secret formula of VMI’s success by focusing on VMI’s Class of 1968. Simpson examines the history of VMI through an anthropologist’s lens, along with the architecture and art of the post (campus) and the Institute’s changes through time, to explain how VMI uniquely influences and forms its students. Lives Guided by Honor is for historians, history buffs, alumni of military colleges, educators, and prospective students.

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