DEDICATED TO THE FUTURE
Caton Hall Dedication
On September 18th, 2010, the Miller School of Albemarle dedicated Caton Hall in a ceremony headed by Richard Abidin, new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Caton Hall is the historic bell tower building at the Miller School of Albemarle, known first as the Arts Building and later the Arts and Science Building, after a comprehensive first floor renovation. Mr. Caton, Chief Executive Officer of Management Services Corporation and Chairman of the Caton Companies, served as the Miller School of Albemarle Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2001-2010. A plaque will be installed at the entrance to Caton Hall in recognition of Hervey Elliott Caton and Gerard Lewis Caton, the father and brother of Mr. Caton. In his dedication address, Mr. Caton said “I had always thought that should I achieve any recognition of this kind, it would be appropriate to name a building after my father, who was my mentor, and my brother, a stalwart young Army officer medevac pilot killed in Vietnam in the service of his country. Moreover, I stand on the shoulders of generations of Catons and Hensleys (my mother’s maiden name) who helped build this country, and whose hard work, and vision, imbued our family with a commitment to achievement and to a creed that not failure but low aim is crime. Aim high! Anyone can jump a low hurdle.”
Mr. Doug Caton addresses the crowd gathered It is appropriate that the newly renovated Arts and Sciences for the dedication. building be named after Mr. Caton’s father and brother, two men who had significant interest and capabilities in the sciences and the manual arts. According to Mr. Caton, his father “designed and built his own house with his own hands – I mean built it – he set every rafter, laid every plumbing pipe, and placed every roof shingle and sheet rock wall.” Furthermore, “He was a wonderful teacher and could explain science to my brother and me by illustrating its use in everyday life, like calculating the mechanical advantage of pulleys or the difference between diesel engine ignition and gas engine ignition and the advantages of both, or why geometry is important in everyday life from figuring out the area of an odd shaped field, to calculating the height of a flag pole by simple triangulation. He truly believed that good science was the key to understanding the world and making it better. But he believed in the practical side of life as well, and being self-sufficient. Thus, he would consider it a very high honor that the new Miller School state-of-the-art Science Center, splendid woodworking shop, and the art and photography studios be housed in Caton Hall.”
Bell Tower Magazine • Fall/Winter 2010
Mr. Caton’s brother, Gerald Lewis, matriculated to the University of Virginia in 1964 and majored in geology. He was attracted to flying and airplanes, and was selected for the Army Warrant Officer Aviation program. When he graduated in 1969, he was immediately sent to Vietnam as a medevac pilot where he was shot down on an extraction mission less than a month after his arrival. He was just twenty-three years old. Members of the Caton family, including Mrs. Caton and daughters Laura, Diane, and Emily, were joined by members of the Miller School of Albemarle community including members of the Bell Tower Society, alumni, parents, and friends, for the dedication ceremony and the dinner that followed on the grounds of the Miller School of Albemarle. As Mr. Caton moves into the role of Miller’s first Trustee Emeritus, we are delighted that we will be able to draw upon his wisdom in the future.
Miller School of Albemarle Magazine