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The Dean's Cross

Established in November 2008, the Dean’s Cross award recognizes outstanding leaders who embody their baptismal vows to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.”  Selected annually by the Seminary Dean in consultation with the Chair of the Board, the Honorees receive a handmade silver cross, modeled after the Seminary Chapel cross, and a certificate.  

“Our work here at Virginia Seminary is formation,” said the Very Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of Virginia Seminary, “and this award celebrates the well-formed life, which involves living out the values of the baptismal covenant and making a difference in society.”


February 15, 2009
  • Mrs. Octavia “Tay” Wood Cooper from Ponte Verde, FL.
  • The Rev. Canon Harold T. Lewis, Ph.D., D.D., D.C.L, from Pittsburgh, PA.
December 6, 2009
  • The Rt. Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish from Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Mr. David R. Pitts from Baton Rouge, LA.
December 5, 2010
  • Mr. Alfred Rives Berkeley III from Baltimore, MD.
  • Mrs. Muriel Van Dusen Berkeley from Baltimore, MD.
  • Mrs. Phoebe W. Griswold from Philadelphia, PA.
December 11, 2011
  • Mr. Rowan LeCompte from Waynesboro, VA
  • The Rev. Dr. Joseph Walter Lund from Rancho Mirage, CA.
  • Ms. Sissy Poland from Martinsburg, WV.
December 9. 2012
  • The Rev. Dr. Russell J. Levenson, Jr. from Houston, TX.
  • The Ven. Charles B. Tachau from Louisville, KY.
  • Ms. Delois Burney Ward from Raleigh, NC.
December 8, 2013
  • Dr. Eben Alexander III from Lynchburg, VA.
  • The Rev. Dr. Canon Michele V. Hagans from Silver Spring, MD.
December 7, 2014
  • Ms. Madeleine Albright from Washington, D.C.
  • Mr. Wendell Berry from Port Royal, KY.
  • Fr. Jesus Antonio Rojas from Smithfield, NC.
December 6, 2015
  • Mrs. Barbara Bush from Houston, TX.
  • Mr. Robert E. Frye from Springfield, VA.
  • Mr. Stanley B. Hubbard, Jr. from Hendersonville, NC
January 6, 2017
  • The Rev. Douglas Hiza from London, England.
  • Mrs. Joan Hiza from London, England.
  • Archbishop Paul Kwong from Hong Kong (in absentia – the Dean awarded him the Dean’s Cross in Hong Kong at St. John’s Cathedral on Sunday, November 13, 2016).
  • Heather Zdancewicz from Alexandria, VA.
December 3, 2017
  • Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., from Houston, TX.
  • Mr. Lonnie Hamilton from Charleston, SC.
December 9, 2018
  • David Booth Beers, Esquire from Washington, DC.
  • Susan Howatch from Surrey, England (in absentia – the Dean awarded her the Dean’s Cross in London at King’s College on Monday, April 30, 2018).
  • The Rev. Prof. Mark A. McIntosh from Evanston, IL (in absentia – the Dean awarded him the Dean’s Cross in Evanston, IL at St. Luke’s on Sunday, January 6, 2019)
December 8, 2019
  • Naomi Lewis Brooks from Alexandria, VA.
  • Elbert Ransom, Jr. from Lake Ridge, VA.
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