Mortimer Williams “Mort” Gamble V, 68, of Virginia Beach, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk.
Born Sept. 21, 1951, in Cumberland, Maryland, Dr. Gamble was the elder son of the late Mortimer “Bunkie” Williams Gamble IV and the late Elaine Cole Gamble of Moorefield, West Virginia.
He was a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in English and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership.
He was the senior vice president at Virginia Wesleyan University. Previously, Gamble had been executive assistant to the president at Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia; director of Donor Relations for George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; vice president for Institutional Advancement at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland; vice president for Institutional Advancement and director of the Fairmont State Foundation Inc. at Fairmont State College (now University), Fairmont, West Virginia; vice president for Institutional Advancement at Waynesburg College (now University), Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and director of College Relations for West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia, also serving previously there as a member of the English and Humanities faculty.
Although making a living in academe, Gamble’s lifelong passion was the circus.
Gamble is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth “M.E.” Yancosek; only brother, David Cole Gamble; aunt, Carmen Gamble Silliman; and several cousins. Gamble was known as a true gentleman by all who knew him.
Given that Gamble lived in various areas, there will be several opportunities for visitation. Friends will be received at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Monumental Chapel on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach. Additionally, there will be two visitations Saturday, Feb. 8. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Moorefield Presbyterian Church, Moorefield, West Virginia. A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the West Virginia University Alumni Center, Miller Room, Morgantown West Virginia.
Memorial donations are suggested to be made to any of the institutions where Dr. Gamble had the privilege to serve.
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