Superintendent Chappell receives sendoff

Kathy Chappell, far right, waves to the Chappell children as they arrive for the retirement party for their dad, Dr. Robert Chappell, center. Photo by Chris Wheatley.

Some 125 friends, family, and Rappahannock County Public Schools board members and staff gathered to honor and express gratitude to Dr. Robert (Bob) Chappell for his 44 years as an educator.

Chappell retired as superintendent of Rapphannock schools at the completion of the 2009-2010 school year.

The celebration for Chappell was held June 13, the day after high school commencement. It took the form of an ice cream social surprise party held at the Sperryville Link. It was organized by Mel Paratore, Aline Johnson, Mary Anne Biggs and Rosa Crocker. The party site was decorated with fresh flower arrangements prepared by Susan McCarthy and Rosa Crocker.

Several bands performed — Hollowbound, featuring Brian and Alex Taylor, the Stoneridge Bluegrass Band, and Robert Glasker & Friends playing the blues.

There were also presentations from Norman Getsinger of Flint Hill appearing as Thomas Jefferson, Delegate C. Todd Gilbert of the 15th District, School Board Chairman J. Wesley Mills, acting RCHS Principal Mike Tupper, Elementary School Principal Carol Johnson, School Board member Rosa Crocker, School Board member Aline Johnson, Dr. Paula Howland of the Headwaters Foundation, high school teacher Karen Sanborn, retired assistant superintendent Dr. Mary Anne Biggs, high school teacher David Naser, 2010 Rapphannock graduate Taylor Light, and Chris Chappell, eldest son of Bob and Kathy Chappell.

Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy was not present but sent a letter.

Also present were the Chappells’ son Andy and wife Kate, with children Brady and Samantha. Chris’ wife Helen and daughter Caroline were at home — Helen is an expectant mother with the new baby due anytime.

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