Fairmont State’s Athletic Association will recognize The Reverend Donal “Jack” Squires for his continued service to the school’s athletic department during the annual FSU Athletic Scholarship Banquet which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Falcon Center.

Squires has served as Fairmont State’s football chaplain since 1991 and has been the basketball chaplain the past two seasons.

A 1948 graduate of Fairmont State, Squires has received special recognition from the school in the past. In 1982 he was honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award. In 1990 he received the President’s Service Award and in 2004 he was chosen to be FSU’s commencement speaker at the winter graduation ceremony.

As a student Squires was a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Sigma Tau Gamma and the debate team. He was also listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and served as Fairmont State’s student body president during the 1947-48 school year. His education was temporarily interrupted by World War II as he spent three years serving in the United States Army.

The retired United Methodist Clergyman graduated from Duke Divinity School at Duke University. After three years of service at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in St. Albans, Squires entered the United States Air Force where he served as a chaplain for 17 years.

He had several stateside assignments, including a stint as a remote site chaplain in Alaska. He served as the 2nd ADVON (PACAF) chaplain in Vietnam and also served at Lajes Field in Azores. He was also in charge of all Air Force funerals at Arlington National Cemetery in his last assignment.

Squires has served as State Commander and National Chaplain of the American Legion, President of the Marion unit of the American Cancer Society, President of the Mountaineer Council of Boy Scouts of America, Governor of the West Virginia District of Kiwanis, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and drive chairman for the United Way of Marion County.

In 2001, he was given the West Virginia Bar Foundation’s Citizen of the Year Award.

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