Notable Passings- W. Graham Stephens

In Recognition of Those Who Have Meant So Much to the Scouting Family...

Dr. W. Graham Stephens, 88, of Troutville, VA, passed away Sunday February 19, 2017. The family will receive friends 2-4 & 6-8 pm Friday at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road, Daleville, VA, 540-992-1212. Funeral services will be at 11:00am Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Troutville Church of the Brethren 5133 Lee Hwy, Troutville, VA 24175

Dr. Stephens was a life-long Boy Scout, and as an adult an ardent supporter of Scouting in the Blue Ridge Mountains Council. 

Excerpts below are from Dr. Stephen's Acorns to Oaks presentation in 2010:

- Dr. Graham Stephens began his adventures in Scouting as a Boy Scout in 1940 with Troop 7 in Luray, Virginia.  He became the Senior Patrol Leader and earned the rank of Life Scout. 

- Within the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Graham served as Council President, V.P. of Program, Endowment Fund Chair. He also chaired several Long Range Plans, developed the Scout Reach Program and worked with the Campership Program. He was the Scout Reservation Physician for 15 years, and successfully orchestrated fund raising within the medical community for the new Camp Powhatan Health Lodge.

- Since 1974, Graham served on,the Southeast Regional, and the Southern Region Boards. Early on, he was involved with Program, even serving as Health and Safety Chair. Later, he became involved with FinanEndowment, and Major Gifts. Area activities have included Area V.P. of Areas 8, 6, and 7. Currently, Graham serves as Endowment /Major Gifts Chair for Area 7.

- The Wood Badge Program was important to Graham. A participant in SE 3 (1973), he was a member of the group who returned to Wood Badge (and early Leadership Development at that) to the Blue Ridge Mountains Council after an absence of 10 years. Ultimately serving as Scoutmaster of SE 156 (1977) and then as Staff Advisor numerous times.  Graham also served as Area 8 Wood Badge Coordinator.

- Graham  also enjoyed Jamborees. He showed his support by attending 7 national Jamborees, serving in a variety of roles such as Sub Camp Chief, Assistant Regional Medical Officer, Sub Camp Chief Medical Officer, and National Medical Officer. He also attended two world Jamborees, in Canada and the Netherl ands, where he served as Conti ngent Scoutmaster both times.

- Philmont, a.k.a. Scouting's Paradise has also been a paradise for Graham and his family. Twice on the trail with sons and various times to the Training Center with his wife, Thelma, either for a course or Executive Board Outing.

- Graham believed in training. He held the Scouters Key, Training Award, Wood Badge Course Director and many others. In addition, he  received the District  Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow, and Protestant Religious Award.

Dr. Stephens is a respected, retired member of the Roanoke Valley's Medical community. A past member of the A.M.A. and a member of the Medical Society of Virginia for over 50 years, where he once represented Botetourt County on the Board. Member of the Roanoke Academy of Medicine, where he chaired their emergency two-year drug abuse program and directed the associated Methadone Program. He was the first Boarded specialist Emergency Medicine Physician in Southwest Virginia, a member of the A.C.E.P, also serving on their Board.