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Hutcheson, John Redd, 1886-1962



  • Existence: 1886 - 1962

Biographical Note

One of seven children, John Redd Hutcheson (1886-1962) was born to Robert Francis and Mary Claiborne (née Barksdale) Hutcheson near Charlotte Courthouse, Virginia, on January 13, 1886. Dr. Jack, as he was affectionately known, married Eleanor Parrott in 1917, and the couple had three children: Eleanor Barksdale (Mrs. Charles, III) Catlett, John Redd Hutcheson, Jr., and Robert Parrott Hutcheson, who died serving during World War II. Hutcheson served briefly during World War I, and he operated the Edgemont Farm with his brother T.B. Hutcheson.

John Hutcheson earned a B.S. degree in 1907 and M.S. in 1909 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI, now Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University or Virginia Tech) as well as honorary doctorates from Clemson College in 1937 and North Carolina State College in 1947. Following graduation from VPI, he taught and served as principal for schools in Virginia and Mississippi as well as lectured at the University of Virginia. In 1914, Hutcheson joined the Virginia Agricultural Extension Service (now the Virginia Cooperative Extension), becoming its director in 1919.

In 1945, Hutcheson succeeded Julian A. Burruss as VPI’s ninth president, serving until the Board of Visitors elected Hutcheson to become VPI’s first chancellor in 1947. The following year, the Board established the VPI Educational Foundation, Inc. (known today as the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc.) and named Dr. Jack its first president. He left the chancellorship in 1956, while remaining the foundation’s president until his death on January 23, 1962.

John R. Hutcheson Family Papers, Ms2015-001, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Kinnear, Duncan Lyle. 1972. The First 100 Years: A History of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Blacksburg: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Robertson, Jenkins Mikell. 1972. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Historical Data Book, Centennial Edition. Blacksburg: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Clipping, John R. Hutcheson Anniversary Dinner, Blacksburg Va., November 11, 1944 (Ms2015-001)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2015-001_B1F19_HutchesonJohnDinner_clipping_1944_1111

Clipping, John Redd Hutcheson obituary, [January 1962] (Ms2015-001)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2015_001_B1F08_HutchesonJohnObituary_clipping_1962_01

Clipping, Roanoke Times, August 15, 1945 (Ms2015-001)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2015-001_B1F25_RoanokeTimes_clipping_1945_0815

Clipping, Roanoke Times, May 12, 1937 (Ms2015-001)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2015-001_B1F18_RoanokeTimes_clipping_1937_0512

Edgemont Farm Papers

Identifier: Ms-2003-022

The collection consists of Edgemont Farm record books, papers, and correspondence relating to the history, operations, and sale of Edgemont Farm in Halifax County, Virginia, and to the Barksdale and Hutcheson families, former owners of the farm. The collection includes correspondence between John R. Hutcheson and T. B. Hutcheson, Jr., as well as other correspondence of Thomas B. Hutcheson, Jr.; maps, correspondence, and Deed of Trust with David Barksdale regarding the sale of the farm.

Dates: 1925 - 1998

John R. Hutcheson Family Collection

Identifier: Ms-2015-001
Abstract Correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other items document the career and family of John R. Hutcheson. After earning his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI), John Redd Hutcheson (1886-1962) began working at the Virginia Agricultural Extension Service in 1914, becoming its director in 1919. Hutcheson was elected as president of VPI in 1945, serving until his nomination as VPI's first chancellor in 1947. The next year he became the first president of...
Dates: 1890 - 1969; Majority of material found within ( 1930-1950)

Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson

 Record Group
Identifier: RG-02-09
Abstract The Records of the Office of the President, John Redd Hutcheson consist of correspondence and records, from 1917 to 1962. This collection contains official records from Hutcheson's tenure as president of VPI as well as his personal papers. John R. Hutcheson graduated from Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (VPI) with a B.S. in Agriculture in 1907 and a M.S. in 1909. He later received a PhD from Clemson College in 1937. Hutcheson was employed as...
Dates: 1917 - 1962

John R. Hutcheson Portrait

Identifier: Art-221
Scope and Contents

Signed: Foster 1945

Dates: 1945

Photograph, John Redd and Eleanor Parrott Hutcheson, c. 1950s (Ms2015-001)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2015-001_B1F10_HutchesonJohnAndEleanor_photograph

Photograph, Portrait of John R. Hutcheson, Richmond Va., c. 1940s

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2015-001_B1F10_HutchesonJohn_photograph