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Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professorship of Architecture


The Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professorship in Architecture was created by the late A. Vincent Shea, professor emeritus of government and foreign affairs, and his late wife, Eleanor. A 1934 graduate of the McIntire School, Mr. Shea received a master's degree from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences in 1935. He served as the University's vice president for business and finance for thirty years. Mr. Shea also held the posts of bursar, secretary to the Board of Visitors, and assistant to Colgate W. Darden, Jr., the University's third president. Mr. Shea retired from the University in 1982. He died in 2002. A very private man, Mr. Shea worked tirelessly for the well-being of the University. He was a trusted adviser to three presidents, even in retirement, and a succession of rectors relied heavily on his counsel. An alumna of Smith College, Eleanor Shea attended graduate school at the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago. She was active in many University and Charlottesville organizations, including the Faculty Wives Club, the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, and the Wednesday Music Club. As a testament to their devotion to the University, Mr. and Mrs. Shea bequeathed funds to the Alumni Board of Trustees for the creation of the Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professorship in Architecture.

Edward R. Ford 2004-present

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