On his gravestone it will say “Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve”. That should say it all, but it doesn’t.
He was a teacher, but that is not sufficient. He was more than a teacher. He was a mentor, a guide, a friend, a counselor. Cadets for over thirty came through his office, came under his spell, learned from his experience as a student and a participant. In short he was the quintessential VMI man.
But he was not a graduate of VMI, but in those thirty years of teaching he became the embodiment of a VMI professor and the VMI man. In addition he was a citizen soldier, a good citizen, a loving husband and a dedicated professional.
For those of us lucky enough to have known him let us raise a glass to his memory. The world is little poorer for his passing.
May you rest in peace good and faithful servant: Tyson Wilson, Colonel, United States Marine Corps Reserve.