Don Jamison was born to Joe and Grace Jamison in Roanoke on Aug. 21, 1934, and passed away on Nov. 19, 2019.

He graduated from William Fleming High School in 1953 and from the Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1957. That fall, he began a long and distinguished teaching career. Don received his master’s degree from UC–Berkeley in 1961 and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in 1968.

Don spent 45 years teaching civil engineering at VMI, during which, he served as the head of the Civil Engineering Department, coached tennis, and most importantly, mentored thousands of cadets during their time at VMI as a faculty adviser and professor. His true love was working with these young men and women. Upon “retirement” in 1992, the “Jammer,” served another eight years as an academic adviser to athletes, combining his love of working with students with his love of collegiate athletics.

Don truly understood the important things in life which was evident in the love and dedication he showed in everything he did, though never losing his sense of humor. The Jammer left an unforgettable impact on everyone he met – sometimes with a hug; sometimes with a not so gentle nudge. He was beloved and respected by all.

Don is survived by Priscilla Shafer Jamison, his wife of 61 years; son Mark and wife, Elizabeth, of Roanoke and their children, Joe and Kyra; and daughter, Lynne Jamison Kinder of Richmond and her children, Kate and Grace.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Jackson Memorial Hall at VMI. A reception will follow at Moody Hall.

In lieu of flowers, consider donations to The Jamison ‘57 Family Scholarship through VMI, Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450 or Manly Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, 202 S. Main St., Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory. N-G