Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
For Immediate Release
STRATFORD, VA, (August 26, 2015) – The Executive Committee of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, which owns and operates Stratford Hall, has named Carter B. Refo as Executive Director. His appointment was made following the death of Dr. Paul C. Reber, Stratford’s Executive Director for the past nine years.
“We have been very fortunate to not only appoint someone who is familiar with Stratford Hall and its operations, but also to have him willing to step up and take the lead immediately during a very trying and sad time,” said Custis Glover, President of the Board of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association. “Carter has been active in The Society of the Lees of Virginia since 1995, and has taken part in many Stratford programs over the years. His love of history and his management experience, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria, Virginia, will help us continue to move Stratford forward,” said Glover.
“It is a privilege to be able to serve Stratford Hall in the capacity of Executive Director during this time,” said Refo. “I look forward to assisting the Board and staff with all the great work that is going on at Stratford until a permanent replacement can be found.”
Refo attended high school in Alexandria, Virginia, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1965. He served in the Navy for thirty years as a Naval Aviator and made over thirteen overseas deployments during his career as an aircraft carrier pilot. In 1971, he graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School and served as an engineering test pilot conducting weapons compatibility and safe separation tests in a variety of naval aircraft. Later in his Navy career, Refo commanded a carrier squadron and carrier airwing. In 1988-1989, he commanded USS Milwaukee, AOR-2, and USS Independence, CV-62, from 1991-1993. After retiring from active naval service in 1995, he joined SPARTA, Inc. as a defense consultant and worked with the Missile Defense Agency in Arlington, Virginia.
Carter and Paula, his wife of 50 years, make their home on a hilltop west of Warrenton, Virginia. They have two children, Carter Francis and Elizabeth Beaumont, and two granddaughters, Olivia and Grace.