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Bassett Honored by Furniture Hall of Fame

Washington and Lee alumnus John Bassett III, of the Class of 1959, has been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame.

John received this latest honor on Oct. 20 at the High Point Market, the largest home-furnishings industry trade show in the world.

According to the story on the award on the Roanoke Times, John became “the sixth member of his extended furniture-making family” to win the award.

John is chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. headquartered in Galax, Va. As the Times notes, John is known for his leadership in “antidumping” campaigns in which domestic furniture makers have fought against Chinese furniture makers who were trying to destroy American factories by selling their goods for less than the cost of materials.

Among those John recognized during his acceptance speech was his son Wyatt, a 1988 W&L graduate and No. 2 at Vaughan-Bassett.

As part of a major feature story that the Roanoke Times did on the Bassetts in February 2012, the newspaper produced a short video about him. You can watch it below:

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