Robert Kirkwood Spencer

Robert Kirkwood Spencer, A Man Of Many Talents

Robert Spencer, remembered as one of the students most favorite teachers, has passed away.

Robert “Bobby” Kirkwood Spencer was born in 1935 and is the son of Kirkwood A. Spencer and Louise P. (Pitts) Spencer.  Bobby was raised in Scottsville and is a 1953 graduate of Scottsville High School.  Bobby attended the University of Richmond and earned his degree in English.  Then he attended Wake Forest University and earned a master’s degree in divinity.  Bobby began a 31-year career at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia where he taught English as well as psychology, sociology, and religious studies.  He has lived a life full of many interests in which he excels including co-founder of Scottsville Museum, former Mayor of Scottsville, and gifted magician.

To learn more about Bobby Spencer’s history and life in Scottsville, visit: Robert Kirkwood Spencer.


We came in Sept 1968 (except for the Officer Corps who came back in August)

We were spread between A,B,C,E, Band and Retan Rifles.

We had our share of issues and demerits, however, 104 of our class went on to graduate.

When we were not studying, we spent time in the PX playing board games such as Stratego, checking mail and listening to the jukebox.

We dreaded Buffing floors, spit-polishing shoes, and Saturday Inspections

We waited anxiously for Movie Nights.

We lived for Leave Slips. Many of us took the James River Bus to Richmond or Charlottesville before boarding another bus or train for home.

We would head to the ‘beach’ behind the old infirmary (now a track) to ‘cop some rays’.

We listened to our campus radio station WPET, usually on 1600 AM, which signed off with ‘Good Vibrations’ by the Beach Boys and followed by the National Anthem.

"People Got to Be Free"The RascalsThe Rascals
"Harper Valley PTA"Jeannie C. RileySept 21-Sept 27
"Hey Jude"The BeatlesSept 28-Nov 29
"Love Child"Diana Ross & the SupremesNov 30-Dec 13
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"Marvin GayeDec 14-Jan31
"Crimson and Clover"Tommy James and the ShondellsFeb 1-Feb 14
"Everyday People"Sly & the Family StoneFeb 15-Mar 14
"Dizzy"Tommy RoeMar 14-Apr 11
"Aquarius/Let the Sunshine InThe 5th DimensionApr 12-Graduation!!!

It should be noted that as Graduation approached, the song “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” by the Animals became more popular in the PX.

Now it is time for you to post your memories here: