Delegate Lacey Putney was the subject of a front-page profile in the Roanoke Times on Sunday, Dec. 15. The occasion was the conclusion of his distinguished 53-year career in the Virginia General Assembly, a post he has held longer than anyone.
Lacey, from Bedford County, Va., holds two degrees from Washington and Lee, a 1950 B.A. and a 1957 L.L.B. His first election to the House of Delegates came in 1962, and he served as the interim speaker of the House in 2002. He started out as a Democrat and became an independent in 1967.
He's been the guest of honor at several celebrations lately, including one in Bedford County on Dec. 4, which the Roanoke Times covered in this story. His last visit to campus came just this past October, when he joined classmate Roger Mudd at the dedication of the Roger Mudd Center for Ethics.
And the Winter 2014 issue of the alumni magazine will include our own profile of Lacey Putney, with plenty of anecdotes about his years at the University. The writer interviewed him at his home—in his blue-and-white W&L room.