The Citadel Alumni Association 2021 Awards

Citadel alumni association awards recipients take review at Homecoming parade on Nov 13 2021

Photo above: some of The Citadel Alumni Association’s 2021 awards recipients taking review at the 2021 Homecoming parade on campus.

The Citadel Alumni Association (CAA), in accordance with its bylaws, annually recognizes alumni for their contributions to The Citadel and CAA.

The 2021 CAA award recipients are as follows:

Distinguished Life Member
Charles D. Burnside, ’65

Charles D. Burnside’s remarkable lifetime of service was in keeping with such high standards of integrity and distinction that Citadel faculty, cadets, students and alumni will take pride in, and be inspired by, the legacy he leaves as a Distinguished Life Member. His impeccable character, loyalty and personal sacrifice of time, talents and treasure in his personal and professional life represented a true embodiment of those noble virtues upheld by The Citadel. Burnside’s sincere passion for The Citadel was infectious and motivated those with whom he interacted to be actively involved with The Citadel and their respective CAA clubs; his commitment and service record to The Citadel and CAA are high standards worthy of being emulated.

Burnside’s record of service is not only reflective of his invaluable contributions to The Citadel and CAA, but also represents his professional achievements as an electrical engineer. His commitment to excellence as a professional engineer was directly attributable to his very wholesome experience at The Citadel—an experience that forged and shaped his character in its core values and challenged his intellect through a sound academic regimen.

Note: Mr. Burnside passed away Nov. 11, 2021, thus the CAA recognized his achievements posthumously during their annual meeting on Nov. 12.

Alumnus of the Year
David D. Delk, ’98

Left to right: CDR Drury C. Nimmich, USN, (Ret.), president, The Citadel Alumni Association Board of Directors; David Delk, ’98, CAA Alumnus of the Year, 2021; The Citadel President, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.).

David D. Delk is being recognized for his significant and extraordinary work for the Middle Tennessee Citadel Club, The Citadel, The Citadel Alumni Association and his community. His work extends to “A Soldier’s Child” organization whose mission is to serve the children of military personnel who lost their lives on active duty defending our country. Delk elevated the Middle Tennessee alumni club and the events it holds. His contributions span many years and reflect positively on The Citadel and its core values. In addition to his community work and role as club president, Delk is an exemplary brand ambassador for The Citadel, a mentor to current cadets and actively engaged Citadel Alumni Recruiter. In addition, Delk provided financial support for cadets’ life memberships and rings. He is a humble, quiet leader who in deed and action reflects the core values of The Citadel in his private and professional life.

Honorary Life Member
Lt. Col. Pamela Barton, USA (Ret.)

Cener: Col. Pamela Barton, USA (Ret.), CAA Honorary Life Member, 2021

Lt. Col. Pamela Barton is being recognized for her 22 years of service and contributions to The Citadel. Her service with four presidents, four commandants, numerous faculty and staff members, and thousands of cadets exemplified her devotion to The Citadel and was integral to perpetuating the legacy of the Corps of Cadets. In 2010, Barton, as the Commandant’s Department action officer and in coordination with the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics, planned and executed the initial Corps-wide community service day that has evolved into Leadership Day. Cadet and student engagement that day throughout the Charleston community and adjacent counties has become The Citadel’s most visible and significant philanthropic event. In addition, Barton was the commandant’s primary action officer for the CAA Executive Director and staff to coordinate cadet participation including, but are not limited to: the Ring Ceremony, all aspects of commencement week, homecoming activities, Corps Day and the Young Alumni Reception. In essence, there were no activities involving cadets or alumni for which Barton did not provide some staff support. She has been a role model to the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, personifying the highest ideals of The Citadel’s core values and principled leadership. Barton’s positive influence and lasting legacy are inextricably linked to several thousand former cadets spanning over two decades who have become principled leaders in their own right and are now contributing members of their communities throughout the state of South Carolina, the nation and the world.

Young Alumnus of the Year
Matthew M. Breen, Esq., ’13

Center: Matthew Breen, ’13, CAA Young Alumnus of the Year, 2021

Matthew M. Breen is being recognized for his professional and personal accomplishments. After graduating, Breen attended Charleston School of Law where he was President of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, a senator in the Student Bar Association and an editor of the Maritime Law Review. He was also selected to be a Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg Presidential Scholar for demonstrating leadership and an interest in inter-professionalism, the healthcare system and community health. Breen takes pride in his legal work and has excelled as an attorney, recently named to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for 2020 and 2021. Within the community, he serves as the vice president and solicitor for the Sons of the Revolution in the State of South Carolina and the Chancellor of the South Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is the chairman of the college’s ROTC/JROTC Committee.

District Director of the Year – Thomas H. Churchill III, ’91

Center: Thomas Churchill III, ’91, CAA District Director of the Year, 2021

Club President of the YearDr. William J. Washo, ’71

Large Club of the YearSpartanburg Area Citadel Club

Small Club of the YearThe Houston Citadel Club

The President of The Citadel, Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79, speaking to members of The Citadel Alumni Association during Homecoming, November 12, 2021.

2021 Gold Star Clubs

Atlanta Citadel Club

Beaufort Citadel Club

Cape Fear Citadel Club

Central Florida Citadel Club

Central Savannah River Area Citadel Club

Charleston Citadel Club

Charlotte Area Citadel Club

Citadel Club of Central Texas

Citadel Clubs of Europe

Columbia Citadel Club

Colorado Citadel Club

Fayetteville-Sandhills Citadel Club

Greater Greenwood Citadel Club

Greater Washington D.C. Citadel Club

Greenville Citadel Club

Horry County Citadel Club

Houston Citadel Club

Lexington Citadel Club

Maine Citadel Club

Middle Georgia Citadel Club

Middle Tennessee Citadel Club

New Jersey Citadel Club

Northeast Florida Citadel Club

North Texas Citadel Club

Pacific Northwest Citadel Club

Pee Dee Area Citadel Club

Piedmont Triad Citadel Club

Pittsburgh Area Citadel Club

San Antonio Citadel Club

Savannah Citadel Club

Southside Atlanta Citadel Club

Spartanburg Citadel Club

Summerville Citadel Club

Tampa Bay Citadel Club

Tennessee Valley Citadel Club