The Navy previously named Maury Hall for Matthew Fontaine Maury, a noted astronomer, oceanographer, meteorologist and cartographer, but with no specific connection to UVA. At the outset of the Civil War, Maury resigned his commission in the U.S. Navy and joined the Confederacy; after the war, he was pardoned and accepted a teaching position at Virginia Military Institute.
The room for Friday’s dedication, an amphitheater-style classroom in Warner Hall, was filled with friends of Warner, University officials and cadets and midshipmen from UVA’s ROTC programs. A portrait of the senator was on display in the front of the room.
Virginia’s two current U.S. senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both spoke of their memories of John Warner, while University President Jim Ryan outlined Warner’s life story.
Mark Warner praised John Warner (no relation) for his commitment to bringing young people into public service. Mark Warner ran against John Warner for the Senate seat in 1996, a contest John Warner won, but Mark Warner, who was later elected Virginia governor, said they worked well together and that John Warner never bore any hard feelings.