Willie D. Crockett was born on Sept. 17, 1920, in Tangier Island, Va. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1943 and earned his dental degree from the MCV School of Dentistry in 1947.
In 1951, Crockett started a private practice but three years later returned to the School of Dentistry to teach. Crockett was on the faculty for 34 years before retiring in 1987.
The fund is given to juniors based on merit and other criteria as established by the school's administration. Currently, preference is given to students intending to set up practice in Southside or Southwest Virginia.