The medical researcher travels, teaches and conducts research to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.
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At Harvard, Leah Gose '15 has conducted a complex study of organizations that provide food to people in need.
Kevin Batteh, ’95 and ‘98L, navigates new technology to advise blockchain and cryptocurrency clients.
Megan Hill Gambrill ’05 had long fantasized about a job where she’d get to play in the dirt all day.
As a diplomat with the U.S. State Department, Roshni Nirody ’00 has traveled the world.
Robyn O’Brien ’93 is a leading voice in food-industry reform, the author of “The Unhealthy Truth” (2009), and a frequent commenter on food allergies, politics and financials.
Washington and Lee University is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners
Chad Ballard III ’06 cultivates a sustainable crop that also nurtures the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.
So-called "Lucky Charms" beer release draws hundreds to brewery founded by W&L Law alumnus.
Judge Talevi was honored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for pioneering court-related therapeutic services.
Olubunmi is an entrepreneur and global advocate for migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people. Her talk, free and open to the public, is entitled “When Lions Write: Innovations in Advocacy.”
Zainab Abiza '19 interviews Morten Wendelbo '12 about his research focusing on economic development, humanitarian aid and food security.
Marc Nichols ‘98L oversees legal functions at Saab to assure safety of domestic travelers and the military.
Stephanie Lind ’92 is on a mission to change the way people think about and eat meat.
What’s for dinner? Entrepreneurs Emily Golub ’06 and Mary Drennen ’02 have the answer: online food kits.
Three Washington and Lee alumnae and lawyers, two from the law school and one from the college, have been recognized for their work in the legal field of mergers and acquisitions.
Three donors have recognized the role coaches play in educating and mentoring W&L students, both in the competitive arena and in the classroom.
At the Trade Institute of Pittsburgh, Zabriawn Smith ’14 helps others regain a focus on their futures.
Lewis Perkins '93, the self-described “liberal arts kid” who received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at his 25th reunion in April, nurtured his creative spirit at W&L. Now he brings that spirit to a nonprofit that encourages sustainability.
Alumnae business reporters recently visited W&L to offer advice and invite students to lean in and learn.
Ron Ginder '75 isn't one of Santa's elves; he's a thoughtful alumnus who makes 800 wooden toys each year for Rockbridge-area children.
A bridge in Maryland has been named for Cpl. Chris Coffland ’88, who died in Afghanistan in 2009.
Max Adler ’04, editorial director at Golf Digest magazine, used golf and art to facilitate the release of a wrongfully convicted man.
Joel Bernstein ’57 brings his passion for Native American art to W&L with a groundbreaking new exhibition.
Amy Conant Hoang ‘13L and Krystal Swendsboe ‘15L were recognized for their efforts in pro bono work.
Sarah Helms '15 shares her documentary on the beauty and hardships of rural Nepal at the 14th National Symposium of Theater and Performance Arts in Academe.
Peter Strasser '79L brings a wealth of government and international experience to his new position as U.S. Attorney.
Washington and Lee University is proud to announce this year’s Distinguished Five-Star Alumni Award winners. The recipients will receive their awards during this weekend's Five-Star Festival.
Her latest novel, "The Great Believers," was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction and was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.
Tang is a partner in minority-owned executive search firm Bridge Partners where she works to increase diversity in executive positions and on company boards.
If you are a younger member of our alumni community and wondering how you can get involved with the law school, our Young Alumni Council, or YAC, is the answer.
As a senior ecologist with Trihydro Corp., Jana Heisler White '98 works on environmental protection and remediation.
Grant will serve as board president of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, the state’s largest nonprofit law firm.
Channing Martin '75, '79 and Marie Washington '03L have been named to the 2018 class of Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
A passion for the outdoors led Taylor Cole '75 to launch a second career as co-founder of Conservation Partners in Lexington.
Caroline Schmidt '13 volunteered for the Red Cross during 2017's horrific hurricane season.
Savoy Magazine’s list of Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2018 includes Kevin Clunis '93L, Ashley Taylor '93L and James Williams '98L
Studying the unlikely combination of geology and politics prepared Nova Clarke ’96 for a career as an award-winning environmental educator.
As an attorney with the Miller Firm L.L.C., Timothy Litzenburg '04 is representing more than 1,000 clients across the country in litigation against agri-business giant Monsanto.
The award recognizes a lawyer under the age of 36 who has demonstrated an overwhelming commitment to public service, service to the bar and exceptional leadership.
Gonz Ferrero ’04 and Lenny Enkhbold ’17 blend their shared concern for the environment with a dash of business savvy to promote eco-friendly outdoor wear.
Bob Chandler ’92 charts his own course as co-owner of omnichannel retailer Tactics.
For award-winning San Francisco architect Olle Lundberg ’75, sustainability is no trend — it is intrinsic to his profession.
Mary Celeste Beall ’99 combines traditions of Southern hospitality with locally sourced foods.
As a Presidential Leadership Scholar, Dana Bolden '89 discussed effective leadership styles with Presidents Bush and Clinton.
Gerry Barousse '80 helped found the Bayou District Foundation, which is developing a community that replaced a flooded housing development in New Orleans.
Tolu Olubunmi ’02 speaks up for immigrants and refugees.
Dr. Daniel “Trey” Lee ’98 leads groundbreaking research and clinical trials of immunotherapy treatments to fight pediatric cancers.
Washington and Lee has received a $2.5 million gift from Hal F. and Barbra Buckner Higginbotham to endow the university librarian position.
Ali Greenberg ’13 has opened a flexible workspace and social club in Richmond that emphasizes community for women and gender minorities.
Ollie Cook '60 and wife, Sharon, discover the rewards of adopting a senior dog.
Mahan, CEO and chairman of Live Oak Bank, was recently profiled in the Wilmington, North Carolina-area media.
Washington and Lee law graduates Chris Wolf ‘80L and Joe Brown ‘68L have been honored for their work by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
A conversation with W&L trustee Brodie Riordan '03 about leadership, and the importance of diversity on the board and in the student body.
Goldman is the first W&L alumnus to lead one of Virginia's four regional capital defense offices.
Parker Denaco '68L, Howard Wall '83L, and Matney Rolfe '14L were honored for their contributions to the law school.
The FBI agent credits his father, the Honor System and his W&L education with shaping his career.
For those who remember W&L Law alumnus Sam Petsonk '13L, they will not be surprised by the recent feature in WV Living detailing his work for the homeless population of Charleston.
John Gulick '63, who served as a Navy SEAL in Vietnam, was on the wrong end of an ambush about one week after his arrival in country.
Bruce Rider '66, who served as an Army intelligence officer in Vietnam, was moved to write this essay on the occasion of his 20th reunion.
Alumni who served react to the Fall 2017 alumni magazine article about the war, and share some of their thoughts about that time.
In a recent visit to campus, Alisha Laventure ’09, a television news anchor in Dallas, told journalism students about how a national story became personal.
George served in the Texas state house from 1999 to 2003.
From corporate big-law to outdoors gear connoisseurs, Ferrell & Koral Alman (‘12L) demonstrate the versatility of a W&L legal education.
Austin Brown '13L shares the real secret to success as a player-agent with Creative Artists Agency.
Sloan Evans ’99 and Rhett McCraw ’07 credit their liberal arts education with helping them build a strong foundation for their careers.
Brett Strohsacker ’06, who played soccer and majored in mass communications at W&L, has worked his way to the top of the Philadelphia Eagles PR team.
Students and alumni members of the award-winning W&L Repertory Dance Company will perform in NYC the last weekend in Jan.
Through her catering business, Jenny Elmes '91 has supported the Souper Bowl fundraiser for Campus Kitchen at W&L since 2013. This year's event is Jan. 28 in Evans Dining Hall.
Kelly Douma ’16 is on track to complete her doctorate in early modern German history and women’s studies by 2021.
The Shepherd Poverty Program put Brent Beshore '05 on a different career path than the one he imagined.
As public information specialist for the airport in Austin, Texas, Kaela Harmon ’05 combines data analysis with creativity for the aviation industry.
Capt. Clay Shaner ’04 left investment banking to fly the unfriendly skies as a combat pilot.
Ledbury co-owner Paul Trible ’03 designed a hunting shirt that's made to last.
Kate Donnelly ’11 is using her education and Shepherd experiences to improve her local community.
For Christine Starer-Smith ’99, a love of animals led to a veterinary career and volunteer service at a remote Dakota reservation.
Ansel Sanders ’04 seeks innovation in solving public schools’ challenges.
Hernandez Stroud, a visiting assistant professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law and a 2015 law graduate, has landed on Forbes' 2018 list of the top 30 Under 30 in Law & Policy.
Julie Lawrence '92 mixes old and new materials in her furniture designs.
Q&A with Professor Jeff Shay and Matthew Rickert '18 about the 2017 Entrepreneurship Summit.
The sculptor's latest exhibit runs through Dec. 8 at Davidson College’s Van Every/Smith Galleries.
David Foster ’98 values W&L and the Shepherd Program as a training ground for the country's future leaders
As pro bono counsel, Doyle develops national and international pro bono projects focused on assisting immigrants, promoting women’s rights and combating domestic violence and human trafficking.
If elected, David Thomas ’15 hopes to focus on making local government more responsive to the needs of his community
Catch up wth Ryan Decker '09L, from post graduate law fellow in Liberia to payments counsel for Airbnb.
Dr. George J. Dover '68 was recognized by Johns Hopkins University for his contributions to the field of sickle-cell disease
Alumni Wali and Wendy Bacdayan created scholarships to benefit students in business, nursing and allied health.
As head of brand communications for Adidas, Alegra O’Hare ’94 advises young women to 'break barriers.'
Jeff Hamill ’81 has built a global career in advertising with popular Hearst magazines.
John D. Klinedinst, Founder and CEO of Klinedinst PC, was named winner at 10th Annual Most Admired CEO Awards by the San Diego Business Journal.
His efforts to inspire and educate his community were featured on ABC's "Good Morning America"
Kaela Harmon ’05 makes the case for airports to by combining data analysis with creativity
Joelle Phillips '95L, president of AT&T Tennessee, talks about her journey from the stage to law school and beyond to become head of a 6000-person division of the telecom giant.
Cory Walker ’15, who graduated from James Madison University with her master’s in computer science and digital forensics, works in cyber security with the government.
Michael Hudson '85 (pictured) and Scott Bronstein '93 both worked on the Pulitzer-winning Panama Papers investigation, which relied on the collaboration of some 400 journalists around the world.
Tyler Grant ’12, a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law, is a regular editorial contributor to several national publications.
As director of Iowa State University's conservation camp, Jennifer Schieltz ’08 follows the lives of elk, deer, moose, bears, wolves and mountain lions.
Quincy Springs ’02 didn't think college was in his future — until he spent a summer at W&L.
Every once in a while someone comes along who reminds us that philanthropy is both profoundly creative and simpler than we think. For Eileen Small ’15, being a philanthropist is as simple as taking the ideas you have for how things could be better and doing something about them.
Marquita Robinson ’10 loves the uncertainty of life as a sitcom writer for “New Girl.”
Bren Flanigan ’16 shares his economic skills and American culture as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Roy Matthews's shaky start at W&L did not hint at his future career as a successful university professor. During a recent telephone conversation from his home in Washington, D.C. he described his journey from struggling during his first term at W&L to being a history scholar and author. He also talked about his decision to support the W&L History Department, where his journey began, through his IRA.
The CEO of a top sales-training company says everyone is in sales.
Dr. Robert (Bob) L. Holt '67 adeptly leveraged the IRA Charitable Rollover provision to establish an endowment on the occasion of his Class of 1967 50th Reunion that also honors two admired W&L mentors, the late Chemistry Professor Keith Shillington and History Professor and friend Ted DeLaney.
Ben Cummings '67, '70L is honoring his 50th reunion with a generous gift benefiting the Class of 1967 Scholarship.
Sebghatullah Ebrahimi was one of two Afghan law students who came to W&L Law in 2009 to complete a Masters in U.S. Law degree. Now he is back in the U.S. working for an international humanitarian organization.
Marketing maven Tina Tison ’95 is inspired by tradition and innovation.
President Donald Trump has picked Marc Short '92 to lead his legislative efforts in Congress.
Finding answers in the space where science and art intersect.
As a student at Washington and Lee, Noelani Love ’05 made jewelry for fun and extra income. Today, she has turned that hobby into a thriving business.
Kara Karcher '11 is parlaying her studies in poverty and women's and gender studies into a law career dedicated to helping women and children.
David Chester '78 sets intense physical challenges that take him on epic hikes and rides.
Ward Briggs ’67 has memorialized his longtime friend, writer James Dickey, with a large donation of Dickey materials to Washington and Lee Special Collections.
As the Secular Society Women’s Rights Legal Fellow for the ACLU of Virginia, Gail Deady '11L works on issues related to gender equality, reproductive rights and LGBT discrimination.
As superintendent of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Sula Jacobs ’00 enthusiastically promotes the virtues of the National Park Service, which turned 100 years old this year.
A short film by Manríquez has been featured on the magazine's website.
The selection committee of the alumni board is seeking confidential nominations from alumni for this year's Distinguished Young Alumni Award
John Donaldson ’92, who returns to campus next week as executive-in-residence at the Williams School, is helping to map the future of the music industry at Pandora Internet Radio.
After the death of his brother, Pierce Owings '06 and his family have lobbied to limit the speeds of heavy trucks on highways.
Andrew Elliott ’07 used networking with W&L alumni and professors to pursue a career in real estate management and strategy.
David Sugerman '99 combines medicine with social service, responding to crises around the world and training those on the front lines of disease control. He will give a public talk on his career in public health on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in Science A214. .
Above or below the water, Sasha Doss '13 studies and connects with fish and their environment.
David Sugerman '99 combines medicine with social service, responding to crises around the world and training those on the front lines of disease control.
Ingrid Easton Wilson '06 started W&L's Campus Kitchen, and university employees and volunteers have kept it thriving for a decade.
Now in its 24th year, the seminar on Oct. 14-15 will focus on the Shakespeare classic “King Lear.”
Bebe Goodrich '07 doesn't own a drip coffee maker, but she has built a fast-growing business cold brewing coffee in the tradition of her native New Orleans.
The Lara D. Gass Symposium will focus this year on corporate law and governance, honoring the scholarship of two of the law school’s longest-serving faculty members, Lyman Johnson and David Millon.
A double major in English and geology, plus a curiosity about the world around him, led Hanson to a career as a freelance writer, photographer and videographer. He is the author of "Breaking Through Concrete: Building an Urban Farm Revival" and producer of the documentary film "Who Owns the Water."
Sherry Fox, an attorney with ThompsonMcMullan, has been named to the 2016 class of Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
In his 2014 Baccalaureate address at Washington and Lee University, “Community and the Common Good,” the Rev. John M. Cleghorn told the graduates: “This place and the people who give it life have prepared you for life beyond the comforting lap of Lexington. More than that, they have given you a rare advantage and a set of privileges that call on you to live and lead extraordinary lives, lives that reach beyond yourselves.”
One hundred years ago this month, Sept. 23, 1916, a young man named Kiffin Rockwell became the first alumnus of Washington and Lee University to give his life during World War I — not as an American doughboy, as you might expect, but as a founding member of the French air squadron known as the Escadrille Americaine, or the Lafayette Escadrille.
On Sept. 15, Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest joined hundreds of friends and neighbors at a ceremony for the official opening of the Museum of the American Revolution’s outdoor plaza and the unveiling of the plaque naming the recently completed museum building in the Lenfest’s honor. The museum officially opens to the public on April 19, 2017.
Actress and producer Paten Hughes’ dream role would be to play Hillary Clinton. “I find her incredibly interesting,” she said in an interview with The Tulcan Times. In the meantime, the recent W&L French and theater graduate has another project that launched Sept. 9 — “Heirloom,” the debut of a nine-part rom-com web series on Vimeo.
When Jon Philipson, a top-billing associate at the Carlton Fields law firm, decided to take paternity leave, his "friends questioned my sanity and told me I was committing career suicide," he said in an essay published on the Motto website (Time Magazine). "One asked: 'How do you go from law review editor in chief to tummy time connoisseur?' "
Lessons learned from W&L and the Marine Corps helped John Warren ’03 create Lima One Capital to make positive impact on neighborhoods.
Matt Simpson, a 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee University, posted a photo of himself and the U.S. men’s goalball team decked out in their Team U.S.A. uniforms just before the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which runs Sept. 7 – 18.
When Matt Simpson '12 rang in the new year of 2016, he knew it was going to be one that would change his life. "It's a big year; it's really here," he said. Simpson has been working toward this year since he was 10 years old and joined his first goalball team. In September, he […]
When the floodwaters from the August storms in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, finally receded, James McCullum was one of many volunteers to head to the devastated region. A member of the Maryland-based Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team, he connected with the St. Bernard Project to help gut homes damaged by the flooding.
“Food allergies are not a niche,” said Robyn O’Brien, a 1993 graduate of Washington and Lee University and founder of the AllergyKids Foundation. “It is a growing epidemic that is challenging how we think about our food and how it is made. Genetic factors don’t change this quickly, environmental factors do. Are we allergic to food or to what’s been done to it?”
Stuart Hogue '96 believes in the power of girls to end global poverty.
Nicole Gunawansa ’14 is passionate about delivering health care to marginalized patients.
Cynthia Cheatham '07 finds purpose in a variety of settings as she advocates for underrepresented communities.
After majoring in biochemistry, religion and music composition at W&L, Thomas Day took his skills to help people at their most vulnerable point in life. .
Kristine Kilanski ’07 looked at the "invisible" side of Austin through the eyes of another to contribute to a book about inequality in the city.
John X. Miller '77, managing editor of Winston-Salem Journal, adds his name to the city's list of 'firsts.'
Mike Wilner '13 is on the fast track as a young entrepreneur.
Experiential marketing puts Gabrey Means '92 and her clients in unexpected places.
Elizabeth Robertson '01 takes childhood fascination with space to a career creating parts for rocket engines.
Amber Cooper '12 brings her passion for creativity and communications to her marketing career.
Through teaching and practice, Cliff Holekamp '96 is reinventing St. Louis with entrepreneurship.
Zillow COO Amy Bohutinsky '97 shares her expertise with students at AdLib 2016.
Maggie Voelzke '15 gets her start in television as a news associate in CNN's Washington, D.C. Bureau.
The Long Road to Facebook.
Katie Baird '10 connects with students interested in consulting careers.
Tom Wolfe poses an interesting question in his newest book, “The Kingdom of Speech”: Why can’t science explain the origins of human language?
Linda Klein, a 1983 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, becomes the seventh W&L Law alumnus to lead the ABA.
W&L was well represented by five alumni and one current undergraduate working at the Republican National Convention, held July 18-21, in Cleveland. One week later, Jake Barr ’16 worked the Democratic National Convention, held July 25 -28 in Philadelphia.
The eight-year relationship between Kelly Evans, a 2007 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and Twitter is over. She also dumped Facebook and Instagram.
If you’re interested in the inner workings of an event commerce company — and especially if you’re interested in a great way to use that liberal arts degree — check out this interview in the Chicago Tribune with Jackie (Neilson) Coleman, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee University. She is the senior product manager at Eved, in Chicago.
Jenny Elmes, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 1991, this month received a nice honor for her Lexington business, full circle catering: Top Green Provider for 2016.
During her student days at Washington and Lee University, A’rese Emokpae danced and acted on many a stage at the Lenfest Center before graduating in 2010. Over the past six years, she’s been pursuing a career in musical theater, and now she’s putting her talents to the test by competing on “The Voice Nigeria” TV show.
Lynn Symansky ’05 said she has “essentially been trying out for the Olympics” ever since she began competing during college at the top level of the equestrian sport. 2016 is her year.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Robert M. Dees, a 1984 graduate of Washington and Lee University, to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court.
Hagberg says the philosophy at Google, where she is head of food and beverage advertising, is to avoid complacency.
Kelli Carpenter Fleming, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been named to the Birmingham Business Journal’s Rising Stars of Health Care list for 2016.
Matthew Neill Null, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 2006, will soon be practicing his craft — fiction writing — in Rome. Last month he won the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Erika Hagberg ’97 builds relationships with customers as head of food and beverage advertising for Google.
Kate Boe ’13's business is filling a gap in the baby-food business in China.
Spencer Cox, a 2001 graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law and Lt. Governor of the State of Utah, is receiving national attention for a speech he delivered on Monday in Salt Lake City at a vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting.
Bren Flanigan, a 2016 graduate of Washington and Lee University, will be putting his B.A. in economics and global politics to work with the United Nations over the summer before he departs for his posting with the Peace Corps, as a community economic development advisor in Benin.
The Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) has named Ryan Welsh, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2010, an Emerging Leader in Transaction Banking.
Washington and Lee’s Alumni Association works tirelessly to keep far-flung members of the university community informed and connected once they leave campus. While the association provides significant programs and communications for alumni, parents, students and friends, it is only through its vibrant and extensive chapter program that this community can be fully involved and play […]
Is there a connection between corporate social responsibility and a company’s return on investment? According to Patsy Doerr, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1990, the answer is very much a yes.
William Toles, a 1992 graduate of the College and a 1995 graduate of the School of Law, was named a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” by D Magazine.
Robert E. Lee Davies, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1979, has been named senior judge for the Tennessee Supreme Court. In this position, he will hear cases in which other judges cannot serve because of a conflict, or in courts where there is a vacancy.
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 161st commencement on Saturday, May 7, awarding 93 juris doctor degrees.
Dr. Kenneth P. Ruscio, president of Washington and Lee, gave the keynote talk at the University’s annual Alumni Reunion Weekend Opening Assembly on April 28, in Lee Chapel. He spoke on “A Timeless Trust.”
Washington and Lee University bestowed its Distinguished Alumni Awards on four graduates during its annual Alumni Weekend, April 28-May 1. The presentations came on April 30, during the annual meeting of the Alumni Association.
One of the first bands Taylor Crothers covered as a freelance photographer was the Dave Mathews Band, when it was new to the music scene in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the early 1990s.
Gail Deady, a member of the law class of 2011, played a role in the landmark Title IX ruling issued recently by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Walt Kelley ’77, ‘81L received the Outstanding Law Alumnus award and Neil Millhiser ‘11L received the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award.
Four Washington and Lee University alumni have received pre-doctoral graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation. In addition, four alumni and one student received honorable mentions.
On Tues., April 19, the Senate unanimously confirmed Michael Missal, a 1978 graduate of Washington and Lee University, as the next inspector general of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.
Joseph S. Keelty, an emeritus trustee and member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1944 who established a scholarship at W&L and donated generously to myriad other priorities at the university, died April 10, 2016, at the age of 93.
Fifty years ago, Chuck Lane, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1963, became the public relations director for the Green Bay Packers under Vince Lombardi.
Aggarwal graduated in 1994 and is currently the founder and CEO of Cvent, a publicly traded technology company on the NYSE with more than 2,000 employees worldwide.
Congratulations to Bill McKelway, a 1970 graduate of Washington and Lee University. On April 7, at a festive ceremony in Richmond, the veteran newspaper reporter is being inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. Bill started working at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1971, the year after he departed W&L. Upon his retirement last fall […]
Alisha Laventure, a 2009 graduate of Washington and Lee University, will join Dallas’s WFAA/Channel 8 in July as a weekend anchor for the “News 8 Daybreak” morning newscast.
Dave DeChristopher, a 1975 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been named the new artistic director at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre in Toledo, Ohio.
Ernani DeAraujo, a member of the law class of 2008 and general counsel at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, was named an Emerging Leader by the Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy.
Thomas Ringgold Shepherd, an emeritus trustee, alumnus and significant benefactor of Washington and Lee University, died on March 19, 2016. A resident of Stow, Massachusetts, he was 86.
The Islands Society named Danielle Breidung, a 2013 graduate of Washington and Lee University, as its inaugural Lowcountry Emerging Leader by its constituent society for the Lowcountry — the Sea Islands Society. She received the award based on her focus on empowering local communities in the Lowcountry through collaborations with human services and other organizations in South Carolina.
W&L Law alumni Booth Goodwin ‘96L, U.S. attorney for West Virginia, and Stephen Ruby ‘06L, assistant U.S. attorney, led the prosecution of Don Blankenship.
Delaware's Chancery Court is widely recognized as the nation's preeminent forum for the determination of disputes involving the internal affairs of thousands corporations.
During February, PBS aired Kent Masterson Brown’s ninth documentary film, “The Lincolns in Kentucky,” which chronicles the 34 years Abraham Lincoln’s family lived in Kentucky.
Two years ago, Lara Gass, a third-year law student at Washington and Lee University, died when her car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer truck. Her Saturn had a critical safety defect that prevented her driver-side airbag from deploying.
The bill, named for Lara Gass '14L, would require auto makers in Tennessee to repair any vehicle with an open recall before selling or renting the car.
One of Chattanooga’s biggest tourist attractions, the Tennessee Aquarium, has tapped businessman and 1980 Washington and Lee University graduate Keith Sanford as the institution’s fourth president and CEO.
With the 2016 presidential campaign well underway, we’ve found several Washington and Lee University alumni on social media who are either covering the campaign or part of it. If you’re a campaign staff member or a journalist covering a candidate, please let us know, and we’ll add you to the list.
The award recognizes Wood for his 30-year career as a lawyer and for more than two decades of teaching in the National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law.
The Birmingham Business Journal has named Bill Fox '05 and Bebe Goodrich '07 to its 40 Under 40 list for 2016.
Scott Thomas, who double majored in history and journalism from Washington and Lee University in 1977, has been analyzing numbers for a long time.
Lisa J. Hedrick, a member of the law class of 2008 and a partner in the firm of Hirschler Fleischer, has been named the 2016 Young Lawyer of the Year by the Richmond Bar Association.
Frank Arthur Parsons, who worked in multiple areas of the administration at his alma mater, Washington and Lee University, from 1954 to 1999, died Jan. 28, 2016, in his home at Kendal at Lexington. He was 87.
Peter J. Furey '73 joined the New Jersey Farm Bureau (NJFB) in 1982 and as executive director has worked closely with farmers and state officials on bills affecting farmers and agriculture in the Garden State.
He’s head litigator at his law firm, and was named one of the “Nation’s Top One Percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by the American Trial Lawyers Association. At 35, he was unanimously appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to temporarily fill a vacancy on the Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
Rich Murray, a 1971 graduate of Washington and Lee University, will be inducted into the 2016 class of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
Philanthropist Gerry Lenfest, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1953 and from its Law School in 1955, has made headlines for saving the struggling Philadelphia Inquirer and its sister publications, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.
Appearing in the January 2016 issue of O Magazine as one of five inspirational female Instagrammers is Denisio Truitt, a 2005 graduate of Washington and Lee University.
Charles Mason, a 1984 graduate of Washington and Lee University, is known as “the Alaska guy who doesn’t take pictures of Alaska.” A photojournalism professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks, he prefers to travel and is particularly known for his wildlife photography.
Roanoke attorney John Fishwick, who graduated from Washington and Lee University’s School of Law in 1983, was confirmed as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in on Dec. 21, as reported in the Dec. 21 issue of The Roanoke Times.
Jorge E. Estrada ’69, a former trustee of Washington and Lee University and celebrated producer of cinema in Argentina, died Dec. 9 at age 68. Variety, the entertainment industry newspaper, has reviewed Estrada’s international professional accomplishments in an obituary.
Bill Brock, a 1953 graduate of Washington and Lee University and chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1977 to 1981, published an op-ed in the Friday, Dec. 11, edition of the Washington Post.
Robert Edward Royall Huntley, president of Washington and Lee University from 1968 to 1983, died on Dec. 10, 2015, in Lexington. He was 86.
Washington and Lee University’s Glasgow Endowment will sponsor a public reading by fiction writer Matthew Neill Null on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.
Chad Meredith ’04, a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington and Lee University who went on to earn a law degree as the University of Kentucky’s Bert Combs Scholar, has been named deputy counsel in the office of Kentucky Governor-Elect Matt Bevin ’89.
James N. Falk, a 1977 graduate of Washington and Lee University, received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award on Nov. 13 from the Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Rives Granade, a 2001 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has an exhibition of his work on display at Ochi Projects in Los Angeles through Dec 19.
On Nov. 19, Christopher Bruner, the William Donald Bain Family Professor of Corporate Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, will deliver the inaugural chair lecture on "What Makes a Corporation a Corporation?"
Washington and Lee University honored four members of the Class of 2005 with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award during Young Alumni Weekend, Oct. 23–24: Brent Beshore, Emily Wolfing, Kiersten Salander and Thomas Worthy.
Thomas Hal Clarke Sr., an emeritus member of Washington and Lee University’s Board of Trustees and a 1938 graduate of W&L’s School of Law, died on Sunday, Nov. 1, in Atlanta. He was 101.
Matt Bevin ’89 of Louisville, who attended Washington and Lee with an ROTC scholarship, rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army and went on to careers in manufacturing, investment management and medical devices, was elected governor of Kentucky Nov. 3.
Mark Lubkowitz, a 1991 graduate of Washington and Lee University and current professor of biology at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, received the 2015 Joanne Rathgeb Teaching Award. It is the highest honor bestowed on faculty at Saint Michael’s College.
About a year ago, W&L posted the heartwarming story “Love for Liza” on its homepage. It generated an enormous number of hits, and for good reason.
Recent graduate Leah Gose '15 reflects on her time at W&L and the lessons she's taken away from her four years in Lexington.
New academic partnership will advance privacy scholarship, create business/academic ties, and Incubate tomorrow’s privacy lawyers.
Christopher Collins, a 1954 graduate of Washington and Lee University, returned to Boston on Oct. 17 to defend his title in the Grand Veterans age group at the Head of the Charles Regatta rowing festival.
Washington and Lee University School of Law will host the 2015 Law and Literature Seminar on Nov. 6-7, exploring the new book from award winning author Ian McEwan.
The Hon. Richard J. Leon, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia, will give a talk titled "Battle Hymn of a Federal District Judge."
This month, the Women Law Students Organization at Washington and Lee University School of Law will host the 2nd Annual Lara D. Gass Symposium on Women in the Law.
Jim Creal, a 1975 graduate of Washington and Lee University, won the 2D Excellence Award from the Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg during its 42nd annual juried exhibition.
William Alexander Jenks, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History Emeritus at Washington and Lee University, died this past Monday, Oct. 12. He was 97. A 1939 graduate of W&L, he taught at his alma mater for 37 years, from 1946 until his retirement in 1983.
It’s been almost 50 years since Penney and A.C. Hubbard started transforming their two-acre garden in Baltimore into what is now recognized as one of the finest in Maryland.
Year after year, Patrick Hinely, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1973 and has been the school’s photographer since 1980, has been publishing his favorites in the Annual Fund calendar.
On Friday, Oct. 2, USAToday reported that Michael Missal, a 1978 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the inspector general of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.
Three years ago, Superstorm Sandy roared across the Eastern seaboard, devastating vast stretches of the shoreline. In particular, the tall grasses that grow along the Atlantic coast were destroyed, removing a vital protective buffer for the region's shoreline.
“I always wanted a bookstore,” said Tyrone Fine Books owner Harry Goodheart in an interview with The Tyron (North Carolina) Daily Bulletin.
The title of Sharfstein’s talk is "Thunder in the Mountains: Chief Joseph’s Encounter with the Administrative State after Reconstruction.”
On Sept. 28, faculty at Washington and Lee University will discuss several of the most compelling cases on the 2015-16 U.S. Supreme Court docket, including the affirmative action case Fisher v. Texas.
What can you do with an English major from Washington and Lee University? Ben Oddo and Morey Hill, 2012 graduates of W&L, have put their skill with words to use as hosts of a new late-night-talk-show at Centennial Park Black Box Theatre, in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Law News, the student newspaper at Washington and Lee University School of Law, was honored again this year by American Bar Association with the Law School Newspaper Award.
Gray M. Borden, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2001, will fill the U.S. magistrate judge’s vacancy created in the Middle District of Alabama after the retirement of the Hon. Charles S. Coody. He will serve an eight-year term and can be reappointed.
For the past two years, Jennifer Latham Shotwell, a 1995 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and her students at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia, have been involved in an unusual literacy project — writing children’s stories in French.
Alex Maragos, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2013 with a degree in journalism and mass communications, has joined the staff at NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5, in Chicago.
The Millennium Gate Museum at Atlantic Station, in Atlanta, Georgia, which is celebrating its seventh anniversary, has an exhibition of the works of the late Chinese artist I-Hsiung Ju, a former professor of art and artist in residence at Washington and Lee University.
Linda Klein, a 1983 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, was named president-elect of the American Bar Association during its annual meeting. She will become the next ABA president in August 2016.
Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz will be covered from all angles this campaign cycle by two Washington and Lee University alumnae. He’s got Rachael Slobodien (’06) (blogged about here) leading his communications staff, and Jessica Hopper (W&L ’08) covering his campaign as a digital journalist with ABC News.
Rachael Slobodien, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2006 with a degree in politics and religion, has joined the staff of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as his communications director.
Last year, we blogged about the christening of an attack submarine named in honor of John W. Warner, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1949. On Saturday, Aug. 1, it will be will be commissioned at Norfolk Naval Station.
Washington and Lee School of Law concluded a seven-year capital campaign on June 30, exceeding its $35 million goal by over $2.6 million. The school also set a record for its 2014-15 Law Annual Fund.
The Roanoke Times caught up with Kaylee Hartung to ask her how her liberal arts education at Washington and Lee prepared her for her job as a sports broadcaster.
Only a little more than a month after graduating from Washington and Lee School of Law, Laura Puleo ’15L will compete as Miss Virginia for the title of Miss USA on Sunday night, July 12.
Heather Mangrum '92 uses her background in journalism and business to make an impact in the nonprofit sector.
Lorena Manríquez, the engineer turned filmmaker who is a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1988, recently received quite an honor from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for her film “Ulises’ Odyssey”: the 2015 LASA Award of Merit in Film.
Last week, on June 23, several denizens of W&L trekked from Lexington across Afton Mountain to Charlottesville for a memorable concert by Paul McCartney.
On Sunday, June 21, just days after nine people were killed during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, South Carolina, Kate Shellnutt, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee University, attended Sunday service with members of the congregation.
If you've been watching the College World Series on ESPN, you might have spotted Kaylee Hartung, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2007 with a double major in politics and journalism. This week she's in Omaha, Nebraska, reporting on the 2015 Division I baseball championships.
W&L’s student paper, the Ring-tum Phi, made its first appearance in 1897 and has, with the exception of World War II, been in print ever since.
Kate Shellnutt, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2008 and works for Christianity Today (CT), has been a go-to source on the Duggar Family scandal story. She’s been on CNN and quoted in the Washington Post.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of Virginia breathed new life into the fight to keep Sweet Briar College open. W&L law professor Robert Danforth co-authored an amicus brief in the case.
Liz Berry '09 pursues a career in dermatology with a unique perspective on patient care
Washington and Lee University has swept the 2015 summer access to justice awards given by the Virginia State Bar.
A roundup of law alumni in the news recently, including gubernatorial appointments, a new U.S. attorney, and VA Lawyers Weekly's "Woman of the Year."
James W. “Jim” Head III, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1964, will receive the Geological Society of America’s Penrose Medal in Baltimore this November. Head is the first planetary geologist to win the GSA’s highest honor.
It’s the last week of classes at Washington and Lee University, which can only mean that finals are right around the corner. So how well does a final exam actually assess student learning? It’s a question The Chronicle of Higher Education recently asked W&L alumnus Henry L. “Roddy” Roediger III ’69, a professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.
J. Lawrence Connolly, of Atlanta, the former CEO of Connolly Inc., a recovery audit accounting and consulting firm, joined the Washington and Lee Board of Trustees on May 15, at its spring meeting, in Lexington. He is a member of the W&L Class of 1979.
Viewers of CNN know that award-winning reporter Sumnima Udas will cover with care any story on her beat — India. When she’s reporting on the recent earthquakes in Nepal, however, the 2001 graduate of Washington and Lee University brings extra depth, for she is a native of that country.
A year ago, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1996, received a commission to write a poem inspired by the artist Jacob Lawrence's "Great Migration Series," now on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) through September. His paintings cover lynchings, voter rights, riots in St. Louis and the incarceration of black men.
Over the years, Jeffrey Lee and his wife, Ann Martin, have amassed more than 32,000 volumes, centering the collection on Western land, history, industry, writers and peoples. Why? Because they wanted to create a haven for readers like the residential library they once visited in Wales.
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 160th commencement on Saturday, May 9, awarding 174 juris doctor degrees.
Ben Ersing '12 Helps Corporations Create Value for Shareholders and Society
Robert "Robin" C. Wood III, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1962, will receive the 2015 Tradition of Excellence Award from the Virginia State Bar's General Practice Section.
Angelica Light '75L received the Outstanding Alumna Award and William Toles '92, '95L received the Volunteer of the Year Award.
When an article in the Vineyard Gazette announced that the Hon. H. Gregory Williams, a 1977 graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, was retiring from the Edgartown (Massachusetts) district court, the online responses poured in.
A professor's thoughtfulness changed the course of Mark Eastham's life
Mary Childs, a 2008 journalism graduate of Washington and Lee University, will be honored with a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award (TDIA) on April 24 as part of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
Paths converge for two alumnae supporting female-led start-up companies through angel investment partnership.
In the business section of The Huffington Post, Epaminondas Farmakis noted of his past jobs in finance, "Having worked in such a high demand environment where everything was geared for profit got me thinking what a waste of time it was; instead, we should be working to give resources to people who need them the most."
A walk in Nepal helped John Christopher '09 find his passion.
How's this for a proposal? Robert Uhlman, a 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee University, asked his girlfriend, Samantha, to marry him in a production worthy of a Broadway show.
Kojo Yankson, a broadcast journalist, author and the host of the “Super Morning Show” on Joy 99.7FM of Ghana, was on the Washington and Lee University campus last week as a presenter at the Media Ethics Institute.
Former All-American tennis player applies skills learned on the court to career in cancer research.
W&L alumna finds a career that combines her love of finance with her interest in healthcare.
Guy Caldwell, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1986, has been named a University Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Alabama.
Dr. Guy Merritt was raised in Buena Vista, Virginia, served in World War II, graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1944 and has practiced dentistry in Roanoke, in the Grandin Village area, ever since.
Charles Spurgeon Rowe '45, '50L, who served on the Washington and Lee University Board of Trustees from 1984 to 1994, died on Friday, March 13, in Vero Beach, Florida. He was 89.
Christopher Bruner, professor of law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been named as the inaugural holder of the William Donald Bain Family Professorship of Corporate Law.
Washington and Lee alumna Carol Dannelly O'Kelley '91 was recently named chief executive officer of Salesfusion, a cloud-based marketing automation vendor that works in conjunction with customer relationship management software systems such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Sugar and Salesforce.
Washington and Lee University School of Law, in conjunction with the Women Law Students Organization, is proud to announce the 1st Annual Lara D. Gass Women in the Law Symposium.
Jennifer Agiesta, director of polling and election analytics at CNN, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University, on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in the Hillel House multipurpose room.
It started when Matt Harkins, a 2009 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and his roommate Viviana Olen watched the ESPN documentary "The Price of Gold" about the 1994 ice-skating scandal involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding.
Replenish—that's a word Chip Tompkins '73 uses on the website of his printing business, We Think In Ink. It refers to an initiative he started a couple of years ago to plant a tree for every one used to fulfill a print job.
In January 2015, Dr. Jonathan Wortham '04 spent four weeks in Sierra Leone, one of several West African countries hit hard by the largest Ebola epidemic ever recorded. As a medical officer with the Outbreak Investigators Team at the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, he provided epidemiologic assistance and support to the Ministry of Health and other international partners involved in the Ebola response.
Last year, we blogged about John W. Folsom, a trustee emeritus of Washington and Lee University and president and CEO of Colliers International South Carolina, who was honored by the United Way for his humanitarian work. He has received yet another important award—the 2014 Tom Richardson Award, the highest honor that Colliers bestows and a testament to Folsom's character and commitment to helping others.
Last Fall we blogged about Mark A. Bradley's visit to the Washington and Lee University campus to talk about his book "A Very Principled Boy: The Life of Duncan Lee, Red Spy and Cold Warrior" (2014).
Two Washington and Lee University alumni have made the list of Birmingham Business Journal's Top 40 under 40. Mary Drennen, W&L class of 2002, and Tripp Watson, W&L Class of 2007, were identified as leaders and distinguished individuals of the city.
On Friday, Feb. 13, The Hon. Jerrauld C. Jones, a 1980 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, received the 2015 Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Award from the The Virginia State Bar Criminal Law Section. Jerrauld sits on the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk.
Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio has announced the appointment of Brant Hellwig, professor of law at Washington and Lee University and an expert in the field of federal taxation, as dean of the W&L School of Law, effective July 1, 2015.
"Honored, flattered and absolutely floored" is how Ralph Smith, a 1973 graduate of Washington and Lee University, described his reaction to being named a Distinguished Friend of Oxford University (DFO). The awards ceremony will take place in June.
Blues guitarist and historian Scott Ainslie, a 1974 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has released a new album, "The Last Shot Got Him," featuring songs by Robert Johnson, Fats Waller, Irving Berlin and even Disney.
Who has time to call around to get an appointment to the spa or salon? Not Kathleen Baird Jennings, a 2002 graduate of Washington and Lee University, who took matters into her own hands and created an app (similar to OpenTable or Kayak.com) so customers could make reservations on their smartphone.
Former U.S. Rep. G. William Whitehurst, a 1950 graduate of Washington and Lee University, will receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Medal as Norfolk's First Citizen in Civic Affairs. The award will be presented March 7 at the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.
Sarah Feinberg, who graduated in 1999 from Washington and Lee University with a degree in politics, has been named acting head of the Federal Railroad Administration, which regulates freight and passenger service on the national network.
Kendré Barnes, a 2013 graduate of Washington and Lee University, is living and teaching English in David, Panama, as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant at La Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui.
While all eyes were focused on the Super Bowl this past weekend, James Urban ’96, the Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach, was involved with a more modest sporting event.
It's never too early to start talking to kids about college, and Sarah Catherine Welch, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2011, introduced her students at St. Peter Claver School in Decatur, Georgia, to her alma mater via a virtual tour on Smartboard.
While Tony Walker '64 visited campus this past fall for his 50th reunion, he stopped by the University's art collection in the Kamen Gallery in the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts. The Western theme struck a chord with him, and he decided to give W&L a contemporary painting of a Western landscape by Vermont-based artist David Brewster.
Roger H. Mudd, a 1950 graduate of Washington and Lee University and an award-winning journalist, received the Award for Individual Philanthropy from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) at its annual awards banquet Jan. 6 in San Diego, California. Watch the video and transcript of his acceptance speech.
George Evans Goodwin Jr., a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and public relations executive who received an honorary doctor of letters from W&L in 1997, died on Jan. 21 at his home in Atlanta.
Chris Volk, a 1979 graduate of Washington and Lee, rang in the new year—literally. He visited the New York Stock Exchange on Jan. 2 to ring the opening bell of 2015 and to celebrate the recent listing of his company, STORE Capital Corp., on the exchange.
Over the years, Marie Washington, Washington and Lee School of Law Class of 2003, has made her mark on her hometown of Warrenton, Virginia. Her efforts as an attorney, advocate for mental health services, animal lover and volunteer to numerous non-profits secured her the honor of Citizen of the Year as bestowed by the Fauquier Times.
Christian Martine, a 2014 graduate of Washington and Lee University, landed his first job out of college at Facebook.
The Columbus Monthly magazine interviews veteran actor Kevin McClatchy, Washington and Lee University Class of 1985, on playing Prospero, portraying characters outside his comfort zone and working with his theater students. You can read the December 2014 interview online.
U.S. Army Chemical Corps, Fort Drum, NY
Roy Lee Steinheimer Jr., the dean of the Washington and Lee University School of Law from 1968 to 1983, and the Robert E.R. Huntley Professor of Law Emeritus at W&L, died on Thursday, Jan. 8, in Lexington. He was 98. "Roy Steinheimer's deanship was a pivotal one for Washington and Lee's Law School," said W&L […]
Tom Gage, a 1970 graduate of Washington and Lee University, received the 2015 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which makes him the first W&L alum to be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, NY.
At the CDC, Jim Mercy '76 seeks remedies to address a serious problem.
Peace of mind. That's what Darby Shuler '14 wants to provide amputees in El Salvador.
The Rev. Emily Peck McClain, a 2002 graduate of Washington and Lee, is finishing up her Ph.D. in Christian education and New Testament at Duke Divinity School, and she's getting some financial support—the American Association of University Women awarded her with a one-year stipend to help her complete her doctoral dissertation.
He's not known as a rowing enthusiast, but H. F. "Gerry" Lenfest, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1953 and from its Law School in 1957, felt strongly enough about Temple University's plan to drop its crew program that he donated $3 million to help save it.
Congratulations are in order for attorney Amos Workman, a 1974 graduate of Washington and Lee, who was honored with the prestigious Tommy Thomason Award by the Greenville (South Carolina) County Bar Association.
Rob Ashford, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1982, is the stage director and choreographer of tonight's live telecast of "Peter Pan" on NBC.
More money for sports teams means better facilities and better athletes, and David Johnston, a 1991 graduate of Washington and Lee University, is in the business of helping schools maximize their revenues from their athletic programs.
Louise Phipps Senft, founder of Louise Phipps Senft & Associates/Baltimore Mediation, received a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region. This is the second Top 100 MBE Award for Louise, who was also honored in 2009.
When famous author John Grisham set about writing his most recent blockbuster, it wasn't long until his research led him to Mary Cromer '06L and the Appalachian Citizen's Law Center.
Congratulations to Keith Sanford, a 1980 graduate of Washington and Lee University, who was named Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Southeast Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
A Washington and Lee University alumnus is thrilled to see his company's products appear in Oprah Winfrey's popular and influential 2014 holiday gift guide, published in O Magazine.
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Strawbridge, Washington and Lee Class of 2001, received the inaugural Society for Biblical Literature DeGruyter Prize for Biblical Studies and Reception History.
Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee emeritus Robert J. Grey will be honored next year with the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association's Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.
"He died at a particularly momentous event in a very momentous battle, the largest land engagement of the war, and he died in one of the most critical, if not the most critical spot on the field," said Kent Masterson Brown, a Civil War historian, in an interview with the New York Times.
Paul F. Kirgis, a professor at St. John's University School of Law and a 1994 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, has been selected to lead the University of Montana School of Law as dean.
Rep. Kevin Brady (r.-Texas) has named Catie Fulton Spivey, Washington and Lee University Class of 2007, as the new deputy district director for the 8th District of Texas.
The Hon. Pamela J. White received the Robert M. Bell Judge of the Year Award from the Maryland Access to Justice Commission in recognition of her efforts to "improve the ability of all Marylanders to access the courts or to get legal help in civil legal matters so they can benefit from the rights, protections, services and opportunities that the law provides."
Mid-term elections are upon us, and a story on the OregonLive website features Caitlin Mitchel-Markley, a 2005 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, who is running on the Libertarian ticket for the Oregon legislature.
John Case, the CEO of Realty Income and a 1986 graduate of Washington and Lee, recently shared some of his investing secrets in a San Diego Union-Tribune profile, "A REIT for Steady Income in Good, Bad Times."
The Hon. Robert E Payne '63, '67L, Senior Judge from the Eastern District of Virginia, and Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Nora Demleitner were honored as "Leaders in the Law" on Oct. 23 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
During this year's annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, James W. Jennings Jr., a principal at Woods Rogers in Roanoke, Virginia, received the 2014 Excellence in Civil Litigation Award.
Max Shapira, president of Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. since 1996, has been named industry executive of the year by Market Watch, a drinks industry publication.
Patrick Hinely, University photographer at Washington and Lee University, has two exhibitions of his work opening in Germany this month that flow from his extracurricular passion—photographing jazz musicians.
The downtown connector that joins Interstates 75 and 85 at midtown Atlanta and runs south to Hartsfield International Airport has been officially named after one of the city's most influential citizens, Rodney Mims Cook, Washington and Lee Class of 1946.
Last fall, James "Jim" W. Head III '64, the Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of the Geological Sciences at Brown University, received the Norman L. Bowen Award for his outstanding contributions to volcanology, geochemistry or petrology from the American Geophysical Union.
Scott Mason '84, also known to his WRAL viewers in Raleigh, N.C., as the Tar Heel Traveler, has published his second book: "Tar Heel Traveler Eats: Food Journeys across North Carolina" (Globe Pequot Press).
"Spring Awakening," a play produced by (540) Productions, is directed by Washington and Lee University graduate Jenna Worsham '10. The play opened on Sept. 10 at Lime Kiln Theater and will run until Sept. 20.
It's hard to think of a more fitting tribute to a former secretary of the Navy than having a submarine named for you. That's just what happened this past weekend, on Sept. 6, when former Sen. John W. Warner, Washington and Lee Class of 1949, attended the christening of the John Warner (SSN 785) in Newport News, Virginia.
Cameron Smith '04 has been hired as a regular columnist by The Alabama Media Group, a digitally focused news and information company that aggregates news from The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, Mobile's Press-Register and The Mississippi Press with its own original content.
Thanks to more alumni and parents giving than ever before, Washington and Lee concluded another successful fundraising year on June 30. The Annual Fund raised $9.32 million, a new record.
Matt Wallace '06 and wife Kori Wallace were featured in a recent Washington Post article about their new business making and selling 'Chups, fruit ketchups that they hope will one day be able to compete with Heinz.
Big Data, big questions. Faculty and alumni weigh in on cybersecurity and privacy in the feature story from the summer issue of the W&L Law Alumni magazine.
Two Washington and Lee University School of Law graduates were featured in the national legal press for major career moves.
On June 12, in New York City, student members of Washington and Lee University's Repertory Dance Company will join W&L dance alumni to perform two aerial dances at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, a state-of-the-art performance space. The show is at 7:30 p.m., and a reception will follow.
Among the many celebrations that marked the third week of May for the graduating seniors, one remembered an alumnus: the late Todd Smith '83.
The Washington and Lee University School of Law celebrated its 159th commencement on Saturday, May 10, awarding 126 juris doctor degrees, one master of laws degree, and an honorary degree in memory of Lara Gass.
Washington and Lee University bestowed its Distinguished Alumni Awards on four graduates—an endocrinologist, a lawyer, a financier and a military judge—during its annual Alumni Weekend, May 1–3. The presentations came on May 3, during the annual meeting of the Alumni Association.
On April 12 during Alumni Weekend 2014, Washington and Lee School of Law announced the recipients of the Outstanding Alumus/a Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Christopher Wolf '80L, National Civil Rights Chair of the Anti-Defamation League and recipient of the law school's 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award, will deliver this year's commencement address during the 2014 graduation exercises at Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Isaac Webb '13 has been named a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellow for next year, in the Russia/Eurasia program.
Washington and Lee students, alumni and parents gathered in Washington on March 15 to celebrate the memory of Kelsey Durkin '14, who died in a car accident on Dec. 3, 2013.
Washington and Lee welcomed alumni from the advertising, marketing, public relations, marketing research and social media industries for the third AdLib Conference on March 6 and 7. The goal of the annual conference is to introduce students from all majors to creative careers that they may not have considered, and to teach them how their W&L education prepares them for life after graduation.
Food writer and consultant Brys Stephens '95 has just published his first cookbook, "The New Southern Table," with Fair Winds Press. It's his take on Southern cuisine, centering on traditional ingredients with an international twist.
Gerry Lenfest '53, '55L will receive an honorary doctor of philanthropy degree from Dickinson College at its commencement May 18 in Carlisle, Pa.
When it comes to community service, John Folsom '73, a trustee emeritus of W&L and the president-CEO of the commercial real estate firm Colliers International, said, "We all do a better job if we are totally committed to the causes we support."
Ray V. Hartwell III '69, '75L, of Anniston, Ala., who served on the Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2009, died on Feb. 7. He was a retired attorney and partner with the law firm of Hunton & Williams, in Washington.
Alumnus Isaac Webb '13, a Fulbright scholar in Kyiv, Ukraine, has been reporting regularly on the extensive anti-government demonstrations there for the online magazine, Russia! The demonstrations started in November and recently turned violent. He notes that both sides appear prepared to continue the standoff without negotiations.
As we celebrate Presidents Day this year, alumna Megan Davis '99 reminds us that W&L's namesake, George Washington, was not only the country's first president and an early benefactor of Washington and Lee, but also is credited as one of the nation's first engineers.
When Roger Day heard about grade school students being stranded in their school buildings overnight during last week's snowstorm that crippled parts of Georgia and Alabama, he decided to help—by singing to the kids.
While the career of Dennis Brack, a member of Washington and Lee University's Class of 1962, shows you can make a photojournalist out of a history major, his new book, "Presidential Picture Stories: Behind the Cameras at the White House," proves you can't take the history major out of this photojournalist.
Delegate Lacey Putney was the subject of a front-page profile in the Roanoke Times on Sunday, Dec. 15. The occasion was the conclusion of his distinguished 53-year career in the Virginia General Assembly, a post he has held longer than anyone.
Readers of the December issue of Southern Living magazine are enjoying the expertise of two W&L alumni: event designer Calder Britt Clark and cookbook author Alex Hitz.
Washington and Lee alumnus Mike Hughes, of the Class of 1970, died last Sunday (Dec. 15). During the last year of his life, he kept a fascinating blog, which not only featured an autobiographical obituary but also led to a classic W&L story.
Reading our blog last May about John Dean and "An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story" may have whetted your appetite to see the documentary, which tells the story of an innocent man convicted of the murder of his wife. Now's your chance.
Writer Tom Wolfe will have a lot more room in his home library, now that 1951 graduate of Washington and Lee is moving 190 boxes of his papers to the New York Public Library.
Sharp-eyed readers of the New York Times may have recognized some familiar W&L names in a Nov. 8 story about websites and apps that help people plan tailgate parties. Caroline Hundley, mother of Hal Hundley, a football player and a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 2014, is a satisfied customer of one of the websites—ourtailgate.com—which is the brainchild of Harry St. John, a member of the W&L Class of 2009.
Two W&L alumni and their burgeoning business are the subject of a nice profile in the Nov. 25 edition of the Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat. Stephanie Leffler and husband Ryan Noble, both Class of 2000, co-founded Juggle.com, which serves as an umbrella for companies CrowdSource, RIOmedia and ClickableNames.com.
Judge Jack L. Lintner, a 1969 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, received the 2013 Trial Attorneys of New Jersey Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, in October.
After 20 years of building and directing some of the world's largest brands, Washington and Lee alumnus Tim Halloran, "The Brand Guy," is sharing some of his secrets in a new book, "Romancing the Brand," which will be published in January by Jossey Bass/Wiley.
The Rev. Stephen R. Davenport III, a 1964 graduate of Washington and Lee, was honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Berkeley Divinity School of Yale University last month.
Roger Mudd, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1950, writes about ethics and the new Roger Mudd Center for ethics in an op-ed in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Jane Ledlie Batcheller and Paul S. Trible III received Distinguished Young Alumni Awards from their alma mater during Young Alumni Weekend.
Another day, another Washington and Lee alum in a hall of fame. In Thursday's blog, we wrote about the induction of John Bassett III, of the Class of 1959, into the American Furniture Hall of Fame. Today it's Richard Duchossois' turn.
Washington and Lee alumnus John Bassett III, of the Class of 1959, has been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame.
That's Washington and Lee alumnus Andrew Keller staring out from this week's cover of Adweek magazine, and the tagline for the story is "CP+B (And K)."
More than 200 students and 60 alumni convened in the second annual Entrepreneurship Summit sponsored by the J. Lawrence Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship.
The honors and awards just keep coming for Reggie Aggarwal, a 1994 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law and the founder and CEO of Cvent, a cloud-based event-management platform headquartered in McLean, Va. Reggie was honored as CEO of the Year by the Washington Business Journal, which selected him from a list of […]
Meagan Miller, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1996, will make her Metropolitan Opera debut on Nov. 16 in the role of The Empress in Richard Strauss' "Die Frau ohne Schatten." The New York Times billed Meagan's pending performance as an "under the radar treat" and noted that "the rising American soprano" takes […]
After years of having his letters to the editor printed in the New York Times, a Washington and Lee alumnus receives singular recognition.
Bob Halloran, a 1985 graduate of Washington and Lee, has just published his latest book, which tells the story of one of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger's victims.
Carolyn Maro Angelaccio, of W&L's Class of 2000, has been named one of "Forty Under 40" in Bucks County, Pa.
Utah native Spencer Cox, a 2001 alumnus of the Washington and Lee School of Law, has been selected by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to serve as the state's new lieutenant governor.
Sumnima Udas, a 2001 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been with CNN in various roles since her graduation.
Better Homes and Gardens singles out Lexington as a charming college town.
Kentucky's Stewart Home School has in the family of Washington and Lee alumnus Dr. John P. Stewart II '48 for 120 years.
Bill Barnhart, a member of the Class of 2008, was the go-to expert for media covering the island formed by an earthquake in Pakistan.
Lecture focusing on journalism education on Sept. 24 in Northen Auditorium.
A Washington and Lee alumna's sketches find a place on a W&L first-year student's dorm room wall.
Washington and Lee alumna Becca Bolton '12 has been conducting research on bison grazing in Yellowstone National Park.
Three former Washington and Lee faculty members, all alumni of the University, were recognized during the Five Star Festival.
Murder, blackmail, vengeance, sex and intrigue. Got your attention? They are elements of a new novel by Washington and Lee alumnus Jim Gabler, of the Classes of 1953 and 1955 Law.
"A Prayer for Peace" was composed by Terry Vosbein, W&L professor of music, in response to 9/11.
Joe Landry, a 2013 graduate of Washington and Lee, was one of 20 winners of the Omicron Delta Kappa's 2013 Foundation Scholarships.
Sarah Feinberg '99 leaves Facebook to become chief of staff at Department of Transportation
Two members of the Class of 1987 — Cols. Dave Shugart and Paul Schlimm — were together again at Camp Eggers, Kabul, and were joined there by Rep. Joe Wilson '69.
The mental health therapeutic docket introduced by Judge Jacqueline Talevi '83L provides sentencing alternatives for individuals with serious mental illnesses.
The Hall of Fame Ceremony will be available live on the Generals' website.
Alston Parker Watt will address W&L's 2013 Fall Convocation at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. She has titled her convocation address "Make It Count."
Back in 2007, when a close friend of Washington and Lee alumna Adina Erdman Bailey became ill, family, friends and neighbors immediately offered meals for the family. That is not a new scenario, of course; nor is the issue of how to coordinate all that goodwill so that three lasagnas don't arrive on the same […]
Justin Baccary of Washington and Lee's Class of 2005 prepares to open a new brewery in Denver.
Cerino coaches Charlotte Hounds; Stagnitta leads Denver Outlaws.
Stealing Time is a quarterly literary magazine for parents that is based in Portland, Ore.
Washington and Lee alumnus Patrick Brennan '10 joins the family business with the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group.
"Ravine" is on display at the Connecticut gallery through September.
James Urban '96, a Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach, gets some airtime on HBO's "Hard Knocks."
Cvent, a cloud-based, event-management platform raised $117.6 million in initial public offering.
Golf Digest staff writer Max Adler '04 qualifies for the prestigious tournament.
Advertiser and comic strip artist Phil Flickinger is launching a Kickstarter project to publish a collection of his favorite "Blundergrads" strips as a book, "Higher Learning from Mistakes.
A new DVD by Roger Day '85 helps kids learn about the environment.
Joelle Phillips '95L is elevated to the top spot after 12 years with the company.
Washington and Lee alumnus continues to excel in sport for blind and visually impaired athletes.
Washington and Lee alumnus Matthew T. Harrington, of the Class of 1988, was nominated by President Obama this month to become Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Lesotho. The nomination went to the U.S. Senate on Aug. 1. Matt, a history major at W&L, was a Peace […]
Robert Foster '07 will attend Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Melissa Pignatelli-O'Brien '99L uses her own experience as springboard to advocate for others.
Washington and Lee alumnus Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh in MacBeth.
Four Washington and Lee alumni convene an alumni chapter at the Atlanta headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company.
Hayne Hipp, a 1962 Washington and Lee graduate, fulfills his vow to hike the Appalachian Trail.
Washington and Lee alumnus Rich Cleary, a second-year student at Columbia Law School, has won a summer fellowship from the New York Bar Foundation.
Washington and Lee alumnus Wood Selig '83 is guiding Old Dominion athletics to new heights.
Bill Wreaks, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1985, opened the NASDAQ OMX market on June 25.
Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Wolfe talks of baseball, newspapering and speaking Spanish.
R. Parke Ellis, Class of 1981, is the new president of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana.
Mary Elizabeth Whipple Eldridge, a 2000 graduate of Washington and Lee, is profiled in Arkansas Business newspaper as one of the year’s "Arkansas Business 40 Under 40" for her leadership of the nonprofit Ross Foundation.
David Carson, a 1988 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, took the bench in Roanoke this week as a judge on the 23rd District Court.
Washington and Lee University 2013 graduate Christine Luby, from Gresham, Oregon, has been awarded a U.S. Teaching Assistantship (USTA) fellowship in Austria for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The keynote speeches in the Washington and Lee Alumni Colleges on the Civil War will be streamed live.
Washington and Lee alumnus Perry Mann, '49, '62L, is the author of a book of essays, "Mann and Nature."
Washington and Lee continues to dominate the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. Roanoke lawyer Paul Black, of the Class of 1982, has been appointed a U.S. bankruptcy court judge by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In May, Maggie Holland graduated as valedictorian of Washington and Lee's Class of 2013. Only a few weeks later she was scrubbing in on a hysterectomy operation in Antigua, Guatemala. She almost fainted.
When the new season of the reality game show Big Brother premieres on CBS tomorrow night, one of the 16 residents of the house will be a Washington and Lee alumna.
Wayde Marsh, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in May, has been named the national leader of the year by Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.
So here's an intriguing question: "How does a Midwestern jazz pianist turned lawyer then cornbread baker find himself selling the Southern staple at Brooklyn's most competitive flea market?"
Earlier this month, a website that focuses on sustainability in New York City made its debut, with Washington and Lee alumna Alden Wicker as its founder and blogger-in-chief.
Congratulations to Washington and Lee alumnus Robert Balentine, who has received the Metro Atlanta Chamber's 2013 Business Person of the Year — Lifetime Achievement Award.
After many years of taking his cues from executive producers of soap operas, Washington and Lee alumnus Grant Kunkowski will get to play one on a soap opera when he joins the cast of "Tainted Dreams." It begins filming in late July.
Shannon Elizabeth Bell, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky, recently won the 2013 Robert Boguslaw Award for Technology and Humanism from the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association.
Chris Brady, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, was honored, along with a colleague at the Denver firm Husch Blackwell L.L.P., with a Distinguished Legal Writing Award from the 2013 Burton Awards for Legal Achievements.
Agnieszka Flak '03 is carving out an adventurous career in journalism, as an energy and commodities correspondent with Reuters. She's about to leave her most recent posting, in Johannesburg, South Africa, with fond and vivid memories of this excellent 2011 adventure: a 5,600-mile round trip from Johannesburg to Dar Es Salaam—on a Vespa scooter.
Scott Sina was in the news last month for a couple of rather different reasons.
Washington and Lee alumnus John Zamoiski, of the Class of 1974, was honored last weekend at the 47th annual Cable TV Pioneer banquet, in Washington, D.C.
As you watch the Belmont Stakes tomorrow, be sure to toast the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's winning of the Triple Crown—he sped to that honor on June 9, 1973.
Summer's here, and you may be looking for a way to take off a few pounds —and keep them off. A new book by Lindsay Harris Hill, a 1997 graduate of Washington and Lee, could help.
Charles Robson, a 1972 graduate of Washington and Lee, will be honored by the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association later this month when he receives the organization's Distinguished Service Award.
When last we wrote about Rebecca Makkai, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1999, we noted her spot on NPR's "This American Life" and her first novel, "The Borrower." Now she's published a delightful blog over at Ploughshares, a literary magazine from Boston's Emerson College.
Washington and Lee awarded an honorary doctor of law degree to the Honorable Pamela J. White, a 1977 graduate of the University's School of Law and an associate judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court for the 8th Judicial Circuit.
Kerry Wilson, a 1981 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, is the subject of this week's Monday Profile in The Ledger of Winter Haven, Fla.
Washington and Lee University presented Distinguished Alumni Awards Saturday to three of its graduates and received major gifts from returning classes during the Generals Assembly, the annual meeting of the Alumni Association in Lee Chapel.
Got a hankering for the Atomic Chili Cheese Dog, a specialty of the Twirly Top, in Gardners, Pa.? Never fear, it will remain on the menu under the new owner—Sarah Keckler, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 2010. Sarah, who grew up on a farm two miles away from her new business, had […]
Anderson Smith, Regents Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Georgia Institute of Technology, will lecture on memory and aging on Tuesday, May 7, at 5 p.m. at Washington and Lee.
The Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi (SPJ) awarded Steve Matrazzo, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1984, its award for "General Column Writing" for newspapers with daily circulations of less than 100,000 and non-daily newspapers.
"My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer," the new book by Washington and Lee alumnus Christian Wiman, of the Class of 1988, was released earlier this month and has been garnering lots of attention in the press.
On April 20 during Law Alumni Weekend 2013, Washington and Lee School of Law announced the recipients of the Outstanding Alum Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Washington and Lee alumnus Hill Goodspeed '92 was featured in an interview on WALA-TV (FOX10TV) for Pensacola, Fla., and Mobile, Ala., earlier this month.
Washington and Lee alumnus Paul Harrison has been named head men's basketball coach at Clayton State University in Georgia.
Two Washington and Lee alumni — Cailin Slattery and Robert Wilson — have received National Science Foundation Research Fellowships.
Washington and Lee’s Lenfest Center for the Arts is currently featuring work in the Kamen Gallery by W&L graduates Michael Kopald and Patrick Hinely, both of the Class of 1973. The exhibit, entitled “Recent Work by Two Guys Who Came Back and Stayed,” will continue through June 1.
Washington and Lee alumnus Jim Morgan '88 has established a ministry to help mobilize people to acts of service.
Washington and Lee alumnus Kingswood Sprott '56, '58L, has published an e-book about his experiences as a hot air balloonist.
When Washington and Lee alumnus Billy Webster '79 runs in the Paris Marathon on Saturday (Apr. 7, 2013), it will mark his 100th marathon.
Washington and Lee alumnus Lacey Putney '50, 57L, Virginia's longest-serving legislator, will not seek reelection after 52 years.
Washington and Lee alumnus Michael Hanson is recognized as one of the world's top emerging photographers.
Even if you are not attending Alumni Weekend on May 2–4, you’ll want to see an exhibit by two members of the Class of 1973, both of whom live in Lexington and will be celebrating their 40th reunion. “Recent Work by Two Guys Who Came Back and Stayed” comprises paintings by Michael Kopald and photographs […]
In a ceremony at the Newport News Shipyard last Saturday (March 16), the keel was laid on the USS John Warner (SSN 785), a Virginia-class fast attack submarine named for Washington and Lee alumnus John Warner '49.
A musical by creator/writer/lyricist Washington and Lee alumnus Richard Rosser '84, "Piggy Nation The Musical," opens at the Jerry Orbach Theater in New York this month.
Washington and Lee alumnus Ted Goebel '86 is exploring the first Americans.
Washington and Lee alumnus Neville Fogarty '10 finishes 69th in national crossword tournament — and would have finished higher had it not been for the Honor System.
Elizabeth R. Varon, the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, will address the Phi Beta Kappa//Society of the Cincinnati Convocation at Washington and Lee on Thursday, March 14, at 11:45 a.m. in Lee Chapel.
Washington and Lee alumnus Nick Tartar has`taken the LEGO building bricks to new levels.
Washington and Lee alumna Hillary Strasser is the only American, and the second woman, to serve as a guide in Malawi. She's now training guides there.
A "ghost opera with dance" by Washington and Lee alumnus Dave DeChristopher, of the Class of 1975, has been playing in New York during February. "Circle of Haunts" is based on themes from Henry James' "Turn of the Screw" and features appearances of such famous supernatural figures as the ghost of Hamlet's father and the witches of Macbeth. Billed as […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Brian Higgins can hardly imagine a better assignment than the part-time gig he’s got as a White House Social Aide.
As the son of one of America's most famous preachers, John S. Peale, of Washington and Lee's Class of 1958, saw a side of his father, the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, that few others ever glimpsed. John has written about his experiences in a new memoir, "Just How Far From the Apple Tree?: A Son […]
Monsignor Timothy E. Keeney, pastor of St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg and a 1990 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, was recently honored by Pope Benedict XVI who conferred the pontifical honor of Chaplain to His Holiness on him.
Washington and Lee alumni Don Belt '72 and Doug Harwood '74 will be inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in Richmond on April 11.
Washington and Lee alumnus Jan Drabek's new book chronicles the life of World War II resistance fighter Vladimir Krajina.
Washington and Lee’s re-created Honored Benefactors’ Wall, in the foyer of Washington Hall, was christened last Friday, Feb. 8, during a brief ceremony during the Board of Trustees meeting. The Honored Benefactors’ Wall was established in 1983, with 15 names to start. It contains the names of individuals, corporations and foundations whose gifts to W&L […]
Two Washington and Lee alumni published op-eds in national newspapers last week. On Feb. 5, Jack Goldsmith, of W&L's Class of 1984, wrote about the United States' need for a "new legal and political foundation" for secret wars in a Washington Post column titled "U.S. needs a rulebook for secret warfare." In Jack's view, "What the […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Jeb Brooks, a 2005 graduate of Washington and Lee, went Round the World in 34 days — and captured the experiences in a new e-book.
Photographer Neil Johnson uses the iPad's retina display to show his photos and tell his story.
Nova Clarke, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1996, is a refuge ranger at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, La.
Verónica Vaca-Moreno '07 is in charge of external relations and works with donors and fund-raising at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’s program unit in Quito, Ecuador.
A new mystery by Washington and Lee alumnus Fred Ramsey '58 will be published next week by Poisned Pen Press.
Photography of Washington and Lee alumnus Hullihen (Hullie) Moore featured in Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star piece.
Carson Chambers, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 2000, won an Emmy for her work with WFTS-TV, the ABC affiliate in her hometown of Tampa.
The family of Jill Bailey Chenet, the 2003 Washington and Lee alumna who drowned off the Outer Banks of North Carolina in July, has established a scholarship with the Salem Education Foundation in her memory. Jill graduated from Salem (Va.) High School and taught hearing-impaired students at The River School in Washington, D.C. According to the criteria, which Jill's brother, […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Rob Ashford directs Broadway's new production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
John Bernard "Jay" Handlan '52, one of the most prolific scorer's in the history of Washington and Lee basketball, died on January 10 in Ormond Beach, Fla. He was 84.
As part of its Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance on Jan. 21, the Washington and Lee School of Law will feature a guest lecture by North Carolina District Court Judge Louis A. Trosch Jr., who has received considerable attention for his methods of avoiding implicit bias in his courtroom. It will be a homecoming […]
When the Wall Street Journal named Legg Mason Capital Management Opportunity the No. 1 fund in its 2012 Winners' Circle performance ranking of U.S. diversified stock portfolios, it featured the fund managers in the story: two Washington and Lee alumni. Bill Miller, of the Class of 1972, is the fund manager, and Samantha McLemore, of the Class of 2002, is […]
Washington and Lee alumnus David Peterson '92 featured in Forbes' Thought Leaders column.
Zac White, a 2010 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been making his mark on the basketball courts in Australia.
Washington and Lee alumnus Mark Richard is an executive producer on the AMC network series, "Hell on Wheels."
Congratulations to Washington and Lee alumnus Fred B. Griffin, of the Class of 1960, for winning the 2013 Quasar Award from The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP).
Washington and Lee law alumnus Brent Wolfingbarger publishes political thriller set in his native West Virginia.
Forbes Magazine has tabbed Washington and Lee alumna Kelly Evans, of the Class of 2007, one its annual list of 30 Under 30: Media — "the next wave of power players in the news and information..."
The passing on Dec. 11 of William B. Hopkins Sr. has produced a substantial profile and an admiring editorial in the Roanoke Times. He was a member of the Washington and Lee Classes of 1942 and 1944 Law. As a respected and successful member of Virginia’s General Assembly from 1960 to 1980, Bill enriched both […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Hap Stein, of the Class of 1974, chairman and CEO of Regency Centers Corp. received a 2012 leadership award from the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Four Washington and Lee alumni across three decades combine their talents in a Florida company.
The Hon. B. Waugh Crigler, a 1970 graduate of Washington and Lee who has enjoyed a long career as a judge, has announced his retirement from the bench.
William Cope Moyers, a 1981 Washington and Lee graduate, has a new book, "Now What: An Insider's Guide to Addiction and Recover," designed to help addicts and their families,
Yousri H. Omar '07L has been selected as the Bar Association of the District of Columbia (BADC) Young Lawyers Section 2012 Young Lawyer of the Year.
"Leaving Tuscaloosa," a new novel by Washington and Lee alumnus Walter Bennett '65, examines the racial tensions of the American South where he grew up.
U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte '77L has been elected chairman of the House Judiciary Committee when Congress convenes in January.
Washington and Lee alumna Allison Ballard, of the Class of 1996, has been honored by West Virginia Executive Magazine as one of the Mountain State's "Young Guns."
Doug Scovanner, a 1977 graduate of Washington and Lee, was honored by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal when he received the Career Achievement Award in the magazine's fifth annual CFO of the Year Awards.
Peter Quinn, a 1978 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been named the next headmaster of Peddie School in Hightstown, N.Y.
Singer/songwriter Julie Slonecki, a 2011 graduate of Washington and Lee, has released a new album, "Truth/Ideals."
Washington and Lee journalism majors Alex Scaggs '09 and Michael Morells '10 joined about two dozen other national journalists who quizzed college presidents, including W&L's Kenneth P. Ruscio '76, during an event sponsored by Arizona State Wednesday night.,
Washington and Lee alumna Jennifer Agiesta, of the Class of 2000, is the new director of polling for Associated Press.
Dr. Hughes Melton, a 1989 graduate of Washington and Lee, is the new president of the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation.
Washington and Lee University law school alumnus Parker Denaco ‘68L received the American Bar Association’s Arvid Anderson Public Sector Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year award for 2012.
Bruce Rider gets around in a variety of media. A member of the Class of 1966, he was the subject of this blog three years ago about the new Kindle on which Bruce, who’s legally blind, listened to the many published letters to the editors that he sends to the New York Times and other outlets. […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Grant Gish, the executive director of 20th Century Fox TV Animation, has been named one of Next Gen 2012: Hollywood’s Fastest-Rising Stars, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Two members of Washington and Lee's Class of 2010 — Jon Brown and Donavon Sawyer — won the 2012 William H. Sutton Barristers' Union Trial Competition at the University of Arkansas School of Law earlier this fall.
Several W&L law alumni were running for congressional office or up for reelection this year.
One of the iconic images of Hurricane Sandy's destructive force on the Jersey Shore is the photograph of a twisted, crumpled roller coaster in the Atlantic Ocean. That is the Casino Pier roller coaster in Seaside Heights, N.J. For one Washington and Lee alumna, the image is very personal, indeed. Victoria Taylor's family owns two […]
Horse-racing fans know the name Chenery–as in Penny Chenery (Tweedy), the woman who shepherded the career of the legendary racehorse Secretariat and is the subject of the recent movie. Washington and Lee cognoscenti know another Chenery–Penny's father, Christopher Chenery, who graduated from W&L in 1909 and served as a trustee from 1950 to 1970. He founded The […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Michael Hanson is profiled in Outside magazine for his photography.
"Mortify Our Wolves," Washington and Lee alumnus Christian Wiman's essay in The American Scholar, is subtitled "The struggle back to life and faith in the face of pain and the certainty of death."
Washington and Lee University dedicated its Campus Kitchen in memory of Thomas A. McJunkin, a W&L alumnus and former member of W&L’s Board of Trustees.
Karen Haver is the executive director of the Berks Art Council in Reading, Pa.; a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1991; and the subject of a detailed profile in the Reading Eagle. She’s making a pitch for the council’s Greater Reading Film Festival, which begins today, Oct. 25, but Karen, who holds […]
A Sports Illustrated feature on a Maryland High School baseball team's triumph in the midst of tragedy involves a former Washington and Lee player, David Warrenfeltz, of the Class of 1984, whose son coached the Williamsport High School team.
Novelist Tom Robbins, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1954, remembers the University in a feature story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Washington and Lee alumnus W. Hayne Hipp, of the Class of 1962, will receive the Leader of Distinction Award from Leadership South Carolina next month.
The Richmond Times Dispatch recently featured the work of Lynn Tavenner, a 1989 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, and her firm, Tavenner & Beran, PLC, which specializes in bankruptcy related cases.
Ashna Sharan, a 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee, was named Miss Roanoke Valley on Oct. 13 and will compete in the Miss Virginia pageant next June.
Washington and Lee alumnus Lex Birney '78 demonstrated his theatrical sidewhen he flipped the ceremonial switch on a new solar array that is helping power Queenstown Harbor Golf Course on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Washington and Lee alumnus J. Donald Childress, of the Class of 1970, and his company, Childress Klein Properties, are the subject of a feature story that appeared in the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal on Oct. 14. Don is the senior managing partner and co-founder of Childress Klein, which has offices in both Atlanta and Charlotte. […]
Washington and Lee alumnae Stacy McLoughlin Taylor, of the Class of 2002 and Kelly Evans, of the Class of 2007, were honored on Friday, Oct. 5, with the 2012 Distinguished Young Alumni Awards.
John Embree, a 1975 Washington and Lee graduate and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame, has been named the new CEO/Executive Director of the United States Professional Tennis Association Board of Directors.
A documentary about the Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Wolfe '51 and his new book, "Back to Blood," will begin airing on Public Broadcasting Service stations this month.
Christopher Wolf, of the Law Class of 1980, has been elected to the American Law Institute, the most prestigious law reform body in the U.S.
Washington and Lee alumna Hollister Hovey, of the Class of 2000, has joined with her sister to create a new line of wallpaper for Anthropologie.
Possessing a B.A., a J.D. and an M.B.A. makes for an interesting journey, from Lexington and Athens, Ga., to Brussels and Moscow. That’s the path taken by Washington and Lee graduate Buck Wiley, of the Class of 1988, and it has led him to a career in investment and to an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek’s “How I Got Here” […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Brent Beshore '05 has a new Forbes blog all about entrepreneurship.
Stephen E. Vogt, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1986, is the new head of the FBI's Baltimore field office.
Washington and Lee alumnus Alex HItz, of the Class of 1991, publishes a new cook, "My Beverly Hills Kitchen."
Washington and Lee alumnus Scott Henderson and emeritus biology professor Cleve Hickman talk with WVTF radio about the Galapagos Islands.
Michael Hanson, a travel and documentary photographer, will give a talk at Washington and Lee University on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Stackhouse Theater at 6 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Mike Allen, a 1986 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been named No. 19 on Vanity Fair's list of "Powers that Be."
Kirk Mancer, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1984, has recently been named president and CEO of the Greater Shelby County (Ala.) Chamber of Commerce. Formerly president of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce, Kirk started with the Shelby County chamber in July. The organization encompasses 16 different municipalities plus parts of Birmingham. Although […]
Shiri Yadlin, who graduated from Washington and Lee this past June, has received Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women’s prestigious Amy Burnham Onken Award. The award honors a Pi Phi in her senior year of college who has best lived the organization’s qualities of excellent scholarship and outstanding campus participation and community service during her […]
When "Saturday Night Live" opens its 38th season this weekend, some of the jokes you'll hear will have been written by a Washington and Lee alumnus. Josh Patten, of the Class of 2003, has joined the show's stable of writers. A politics major at W&L, Josh may call upon some of that background, since he'll be […]
Two more Washington and Lee alumni have entered the craft-beer market with Honky Tonk Brewing Co. in Nashville and Smartmouth Brewing Co. in Norfolk.
William B. Poff, of the Washington and Lee Law Class of 1955, died on Sept. 5, in Roanoke. He had worked at the Roanoke law firm of Woods Rogers for 53 years. When the firm signed him in 1959, it actually “preferred to hire lawyers who attended the University of Virginia,” according to the front-page […]
Two years ago this month, we published a blog item about Lynell Skarda, a 1941 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law who was then, at 95, the oldest practicing lawyer in New Mexico. We received word this week that Lynell died at his home in Clovis, N.M., on Sunday night, about a […]
H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest — Washington and Lee alumnus, benefactor and former trustee — received another major honor recently, when The Cable Center inducted him into the 2012 Cable Hall of Fame. A committee of industry peers and leaders chooses honorees based on their outstanding dedication to and impact on the cable industry. Among the other 2012 […]
Phil Timp, of Washington and Lee's Class of 1979, battles Lou Gehrig's disease with Team Timp.
Washington and Lee alumnus Adam Overholtzer, of the Class of 2004, has won a major award for a video he produced to promote an intelligent textbook on which he has been working.
Washington and Lee alumnus Sam Campbell '81 is at the helm of the family business producing the iconic MoonPie.
Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ray Price, a 1978 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, stepped down from the Missouri Supreme Court this month after 20 years, including two terms as chief justice.
Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee emeritus Tom C. Frost is sounding a warning about the banking industry.
Washington and Lee alumnus and Rhodes Scholar John Vlahoplus '83 creates plan for addressing mortgage crisis.
A new partnership between a Georgia specialty-syrup company and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University is supporting diabetes education in high-risk communities. It’s the result of another partnership, that of Harry Jones III, a member of W&L’s Class of 1978, who owns the company, Blackberry Patch, and his sister, Randy Jones, who […]
Washington and Lee law alumnus Gene Marsh '81L represented Penn State in its negotiations with the NCAA this summer.
Stephen Brooks, of the Class of 1984, transformed his initial interest in biology at Washington and Lee into art degrees and careers as a furniture designer and a painter. He’ll be displaying the fruit of the latter talent in an exhibition, “Light in the Forest,” opening today (Friday, Aug. 10), at Art and Artifacts in Blowing Rock, […]
"Look @wlunews, 4 classes working together in NYC!" That tweet, from Washington and Lee alumna Coye Nokes, of the Class of 1997, tipped us off to an event last week that featured four W&L women — two alumnae and two current students. Coye has her own eponymous brand of women's shoes. This summer Anna Marie Haynie, […]
Washington and Lee dancers are participating in the famed Edinburgh Festival Fringe this month.
It's that time of year. The 479 members of Washington and Lee's Class of 2016 are preparing to head to Lexington at the end of the month. Before they do, W&L alumni around the country are making their own preparations: to see the incoming first-year students off in style with the annual Summer Sendoff parties. In […]
Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee emeritus John Klinedinst, founder and CEO of San Diego-based Klinedinst P.C., is the top attorney for 2012 in corporate litigation according to San Diego's Daily Transcript. The award came from a vote of John's fellow attorneys. The Transcript received nearly 800 nominations from 14 pre-selected categories. The nominees were narrowed down to […]
Fans of Neville Fogarty's crossword puzzles from his days with the Ring-tum Phi need not wait until he publishes his next puzzle in the New York Times to match wits with the 2010 Washington and Lee alumnus. Neville has just opened his own site, where he publishes a new puzzle each Friday. The first of […]
When John Zamoiski, of the Class of 1974, spoke at Washington and Lee's first AdLib Conference (Liberal Arts in Advertising) in March, he dubbed himself a marketing renegade. Visitors to Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego earlier this month got a little taste of what John meant. His company, Bottlerocket Marketing Group, of New York City, was […]
Maybe you thought that odd business combinations like a shoe store doubling as a law practice a la "Harry's Law" happened only on television. Think again. In Culpeper, Va., Washington and Lee law alumna Monica "M.J." Chernin, of the Class of 1988, practices family law and operates a pet store, Reigning Cats and Dogs. Unlike […]
Steve Nardo, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1982, has been named the CFO of the Year for small businesses by Washington Business Journal. Winners are recognized for their finanical savvy, leadership and contributions to their communities. Steve is the CFO of PartnerMD L.L.C., a Richmond-based concierge medical practice. He oversees and directs all significant […]
Award-winning photojournalist Dennis Brack, a 1962 graduate of Washington and Lee, has donated his photographic archive to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. His work becomes one of the largest amount of collections from contemporary photojournalists at the Briscoe Center. More than 100 photos from Dennis's archive are […]
Laura Perry reached a major milestone earlier this month when she drove herself to work. A 1997 graduate of Washington and Lee, where she majored in journalism, Laura hadn't made that trip on her own in the eight and a half years since she suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a 2003 car accident. […]
MSNBC has called Washington and Lee law alumnus Christopher Wolf, of the Class of 1980, "a pioneer in Internet law" based on his early involvement in legal cases involving technology agreements, copyright, domain names, jurisdiction and, perhaps most of all, privacy. A partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Hogan Lovells, Chris leads the firm's […]
John M. DiPippa, a 1978 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, has stepped down as dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and has received dean emeritus status. DiPippa, a member of the UALR law faculty since 1983, served as associate dean from 1990 to […]
For many grown-ups, the notion of summer camp evokes the chocolate goop of s’mores, the heavenly scent of pine trees, the cozy glow of a campfire. For Ben Swan, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1978, summer camp means all that and more, because it’s the family business: Pine Island Camp, a 110-year-old […]
Brothers David and Phillip Graham, both Washington and Lee alumni, have been performing concerts on dual pianos for the past seven years or so. On Friday night, July 13, at 9 p.m., PBS viewers in central Virginia will get a chance to watch the duo on a new program, "Studio Sessions with Rising Masters," on WCVE […]
Some people spend their summers at the pool. In the case of Paten Hughes, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 2008, she’s spending it in the pool as she trains for the role of an aspiring Olympic swimmer in an upcoming movie, “Coach of the Year.” As Paten describes it in “Paten, […]
If you've seen one of the "Tips from Former Smokers," a stop-smoking campaign from the Centers for Disease Control, or if you've watched Alvin Grimes, the passionate air collector who pushes air quality for the American Lung Association, then Washington and Lee alumnus Jeff Boal's company, PlowShare Group, has found you. A 1984 graduate of […]
If your July travels find you in Santa Fe, N.M., you’ll want to take in “Sylvan Waters,” a new exhibition of paintings and monotypes by Forrest Moses '56.
Washington and Lee alumna Emily Ecton's fourth book for middle schoolers is called "Project Jackalope."
James Morton Turner, a 1995 graduate of Washington, has published his first book, "The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964."
To say that Stacy Donovan Zapar is plugged into the world of social media is to understate the matter considerably. After working as a recruiter for a number of Fortune 500 tech companies, Stacy, a 1995 graduate of Washington and Lee, has her own firm that specializes in social media recruiting. So she clearly has a […]
Friday (June 22) marks the end of a storied career at the University of Virginia, where Washington and Lee alumnus Rich Murray, of the Class of 1971, retires after 29 years promoting Cavalier athletic programs, and especially its basketball teams. A journalism major at W&L, Rich was news director of WAYB radio in Waynesboro, Va., […]
Ben Long, of Washington and Lee's Class of 2007, writes about his travel as a Watson Fellow on a National Geographic blog.
David McDannald, a 1994 alumnus of Washington and Lee, is the co-author of a fascinating new book, "The Last Great Ape: A Journey Through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of the Continent."
Howard Sanborn, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 2001, has been recognized for outstanding teaching at Virginia Military Institute, which awarded him the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award. Howard is an assistant professor of international studies and political science at VMI. He holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of […]
Washington and Lee law alumnus Terry Brooks and his fantasy novels were the subject of a New Yorker essay recently.
The late artist Cy Twombly, of the Class of 1953, left Washington and Lee after only one year because Marion Junkin, who had founded the Department of Art at W&L, made it clear there wasn't much he could teach Cy because the young man possessed such an advanced talent. So Cy left Lexington for New York and the […]
The Atlanta home of Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee Robert Balentine, of the Class of 1979, and his wife, Betty, was featured last week as the Wall Street Journal's "House of the Day." The online version of the Journal features a dozen photographs of the 10,500-square-foot stone house — a replica of a classic […]
Summer travelers in the vicinity of Augusta, Ga., should enter the Morris Museum of Art into their GPS. In addition to exhibitions of English watercolors and paintings of the American frontier, the museum is currently featuring work by a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1969: “Office: Sculpture by Bob Trotman.” As the Augusta (Ga.) […]
Henry L. (Roddy) Roediger III, of Washington and Lee's Class of 1969, was honored with another major award when the Association for Psychological Science named him the winner of its 2012 William James Fellow Award during the APS annual convention in May.
Courtney Miller Santo, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1998, is the subject of a fascinating profile in the Memphis (Tenn.) Commercial Appeal. The reason for the story? Her first novel, “The Roots of the Olive Tree,” is coming out this August, from William Morrow. Courtney, who teaches fiction and literature at […]
Last December we blogged about the Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co., owned by Washington and Lee University alumnus Matt Bevin. The company, which makes 200 varieties of bells, and Matt had been featured on a National Public Radio story. Matt, of the Class of 1989, was back on NPR again this week. But this was no holiday […]
Dr. Daniel J. Carruci, of the Class of 1980, was honored this month with an Alumni Award from Choate Rosemary Hall from which he graduated in 1976.
It has been a busy commencement season for Washington and Lee alumni. At least two spoke at commencement exercises, while the University also was well represented in the graduating class of one of the nation's premier law schools. In Monterey, Calif., Grace Ewura-Esi Andrews, of the Class of 2009, told her fellow graduates at the Monterey Institute […]
They started out facing each other across the net for one special mother-daughter tennis match on Mother's Day each year. Eventually, they switched from being opponents to being partners, and now Washington and Lee alumna Bitsy Hopper Young, of the Class of 1989, and her daughter, Faris, are ranked as the top mother-daughter doubles team in […]
Jeremy Adams, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1998, has been named Kern County (Calif.) Teacher of the Year.
Kate Shellnutt, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has parlayed her majors in religion and print journalism into a post at the Houston Chronicle newspaper, where she produces the “Houston Belief” religion blog and reports on religion. Her work is the subject of a wide-ranging interview about newspapers, religion reporting and social media […]
Henry M. Coxe III, a 1972 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, will be honored with the Florida Bar Foundation’s 2012 Medal of Honor Award, the legal profession’s highest award in the state. Coxe is receiving the award for his lifelong commitment to duty and service to the public and for improving the administration […]
A photograph by Washington and Lee University photographer Patrick Hinely, of the Class of 1973, is one of five finalists for 2012 Photo of the Year in the Jazz Journalists Association Awards. Patrick was one of 45 photographers who submitted a single image for the opening round of the annual contest. (See all the entries […]
Washington and Lee University honored three graduates with Distinguished Alumni Awards and celebrated the largest reunion gift in school history on Saturday, May 12, during the annual meeting of the W&L Alumni Association Saturday during Alumni Weekend.
Washington and Lee University's interim provost, Robert A. Strong, used George Washington's Farewell Address from 1796 as a way to thank alumni returning for W&L's Alumni Weekend for their continued support of their alma mater. Strong provided the keynote address for the Opening Assembly of the annual Alumni Weekend, which features an array of reunion […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Beverly M. “Bo” DuBose III has won the 2012 John Macpherson Berrien Award from the Georgia Historical Society. The society gives the Berrien award for a lifetime of achievement in and service to Georgia history. It recognizes people for their vision and generosity in support of history organizations and promoting the mission of the Georgia Historical Society […]
Last Friday, May 4, the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation hosted “The Pride of RPS: Living Legacies,” which celebrated distinguished alumni of the city’s public schools. One of the honorees at this inaugural event was a Washington and Lee alumnus: Al Broaddus, the former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Before the Richmond […]
Jorge Estrada, of the Class of 1969, retired from Washington and Lee's Board of Trustees following the board's meeting on the campus this weekend, but his 47-year relationship with the University is hardly ending. Three of Jorge's five children are already W&L alumni — Annie '04, Carol '05 and Juan '06. Estefi is a member […]
With the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, thoughts turn to the great Secretariat, who won the Derby (and the Triple Crown) in 1973. Washington and Lee proudly claims a connection, for Christopher Chenery, a member of the W&L Class of 1909, started The Meadow farm in Doswell, Va., in the 1930s. There he […]
What does it mean to be "in the zone"? How do you get there? Brodie Gregory, visiting professor of psychology at Washington and Lee University, discussed peak performance and how to achieve it during an appearance on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” show, on Monday, April 30. Gregory, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee, […]
When the Bradenton, Fla., Herald decided to run profiles of retired executives of U.S. companies who now live in the Bradenton and Sarasota area, the paper chose Washington and Lee alumnus Bill Johnston, of the Class of 1961, as the first subject. The result is a Q&A with Bill on his tenure from 1996 to 2001 […]
Images highlighting the work of Washington and Lee University alumni who are scientists form an unusual art exhibit in the University’s Kamen Gallery, opening April 30 and continuing through May 17.
Jenny Williams and David Foster are both members of the Washington and Lee Class of 1998. Jenny teaches English and writing in a high school near Philadelphia. Dave, a former lawyer and former Army officer, is the president of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, an organization that’s revitalizing Camden, N.J. They met at W&L, married in 2002 […]
Two Washington and Lee alumni in Memphis made the business news in that city recently. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that Tom Baker, of the W&L School of Law Class of 1971, was lured out of retirement to become executive vice president for business development and strategy with the Memphis office of CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), which […]
Washington and Lee alumna Kerry Egan, of the Class of 1995, will be featured on this week's edition of the PBS series Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
Emma Thomas Dean, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been named one of the “20 Under 40″ honorees by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.
Washington and Lee journalism faculty joined their colleagues at the University of Missouri to collaborate on a one-day conference in Roanoke in April that focused on the future of community newspapers. Underwritten in part by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which has provided funding for several programs in the department of journalism and communications at […]
A recent story in the Cumberland (Md.) Times-News features Theresa Brion, a 1985 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, who recently became vicar at not one, but two, Episcopal churches in Western Maryland — St. George’s Episcopal Church in Mount Savage and Holy Cross-St. Philip’s in Cumberland. She is also bishops’ deputy for Western Maryland for […]
Why did you choose Washington and Lee? What is your favorite memory? What is your current job? How did W&L help you get there? Those are some of the questions that alumni answer in General Perspectives, a video series that highlights a variety of professions, and the roads that W&L alumni took to get there. […]
Suzanne M. Barnett, a 1981 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, has been appointed a new chief royalty judge for the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) by the Librarian of Congress. Suzanne is currently a superior court judge of King County in Seattle, Wash. She joins two other chief judges on the panel, […]
Christian Wiman, a 1988 graduate of Washington and Lee and editor of Poetry magazine, is one of 180 scholars, artists, and scientists from the United States and Canada to win a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
As honeymoons go, Washington and Lee alumna Bjornen duPont Babock's was, well, you can be the judge. On Wednesday, April 18, the PBS series "Nature" will air "River of No Return," which documents Bjornen's year-long honeymoon trip with her husband, Isaac, as they travel through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. Isaac had […]
Growing up in Houston, Damian Horan, of Washington and Lee's Class of 2003, thought he wanted to be a filmmaker. Once he got to college, he majored in business administration and chose a safer path by becoming a banker. Then, according to a feature story in the Houston Chronicle, he had a health scare and […]
Shawn Boyer, the founder and CEO of Snagajob, is adding another honor to his résumé today (Tuesday, April 10), when the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business names him its Executive of the Year. Shawn, who graduated from W&L’s School of Law in 1997, will also give a talk, “Leading a Purposeful Life,” at […]
Timing is everything, and the release of Todd Peppers' new book about Supreme Court justices and their clerks comes at a time when the court is very much in the headlines. Peppers, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1990, is a visiting professor of law at W&L and the Henry H. and Trudye H. […]
New books by two Washington and Lee alumni — Jack Goldsmith of the Class of 1984 and Mike Allen of the Class of 1986 — are generating considerable buzz in the media these days, helped out by their authors' national television appearances on networks ranging from CNN to Comedy Central. Last night, Jack Goldsmith, the Henry L. Shattuck Professor […]
Congratulations to Christopher L. Martin, a 2009 graduate of Washington and Lee, on two recent awards he's received while attending law school at the University of California at Berkeley. Last fall, he won the fourth annual Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing at Berkeley Law. CEB, a joint committee […]
By day, Sybil Nelson, of Washington and Lee's Class of 2001, is a Ph.D. student in biostatistics at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston. She's got another identity, too: as the creator of Priscilla the Great, "an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts" and the heroine of her novels for middle schoolers. If that weren't enough, she's also […]
Washington and Lee law alumnus Kent Masterson Brown, of the Law Class of 1974, wrote, hosted and narrated a film about horses in the Civil War that aired this month on HRTV, The Horse Network. "Unsung Hero: The Horse in the Civil War" discusses how the horses were procured and trained for field use, how they […]
In Barron's magazine's annual list of America's Top 1,000 Financial Advisors on a state-by-state basis, Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee Hagood Ellison, of the Class of 1972, ranks as South Carolina's top advisor. This is the third consecutive year that Hagood has been on the Barron's list, and he's No. 1 in the state […]
In the feature stories, editorials, blog entries and obituaries that have been written about the passing of Washington and Lee alumnus Bob Fishburn, of the Class of 1955, the adjectives used most consistently have been "passionate," "gentle" and "generous." Bob died on Saturday, March 24, of complications from lung cancer. He was 77. After graduating […]
Robert Humston was a member of the Virginia Military Institute faculty from 2004 to 2008 before he crossed the street to join W&L's faculty as assistant professor of biology. Ever since, he's thought there ought to be more and better interaction between W&L and VMI. To that end, Robert (pronounced row-BEAR) collaborated with Col. Lee […]
Alexandra Scaggs, a 2009 graduate of Washington and Lee, got some Internet airtime this week to discuss the potential economic impact of the much-ballyhooed movie, The Hunger Games, which opens today. Alexandra joined Dow Jones Newswire as a reporter in January. Her work can often be found on the Wall Street Journal's Marketbeat blog, where […]
Ulises’ Odyssey, a documentary written, directed and produced by Washington and Lee alumna Lorena Manriquez, will be screened on Monday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, in Elrod Commons.
Washington and Lee alumnus William B. Hill Jr. was one of the winners of the 13th Annual Justice Robert Benham Community Service Awards in Atlanta on Feb. 28.
Brett Beshore '05 is ranked among top 10 entrepreneurs under 30 by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invitation-only nonprofit.
Dr. Mervyn Silverman, secretary of The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) and a 1960 Washington and Lee graduate, will address AIDS prevention, awareness at his alma mater on March 19.
For a first-person account of legal operations in Afghanistan, read this fascinating interview in the March 11 Roanoke Times with Charles Carter Lee. The Roanoke, Va., attorney, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2001, just returned home after a stint in Afghanistan with the Virginia National Guard as an operational law attorney, rule […]
Every now and then, the alumni magazine receives a photograph of wedding cakes designed to look like Washington and Lee’s historic Colonnade. Now readers of the online edition of Brides magazine can enjoy the view as well, in a March 6 blog item about the March 2011 wedding of Corbin Blackford, Class of 2007, and Kristin Hendee. […]
A group of theatrical folk from New York, including three alumni of Washington and Lee University, are on campus this week working on the James Baldwin Project. Their efforts will culminate on Friday, March 9, with a work of theater based on Baldwin’s writings and on what the participants describe as “conversations we feel are […]
Restaurateur Richard Moncure, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1979, isn’t one to let a natural disaster keep him down. In 2003, he lost his popular Happy Clam restaurant in Colonial Beach, Va., to Hurricane Isabel. Now he’s prepping a new restaurant in Fredericksburg, Va., dubbing it the Happy Clam at Barefoot Green’s. As […]
Thomas Wiseman, an attorney with Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, in Nashville, Tenn., has just been named the 2011-12 Lawyer of the Year in the area of medical malpractice defense by Best Lawyers. The 1979 graduate of Washington and Lee University has taken the occasion to muse on his practice and the jury system. “Every case […]
President Barack Obama will be nominating Edward (Ned) Alford, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1977, to be ambassador to the Republic of the Gambia. Ned has a long and distinguished career in the foreign service, a rank of minister counselor and, since 2009, the post of consul general at the U.S. Consulate […]
Christopher Lamberson, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1995, describes his “roundabout” route to his career as a transactional attorney—and as a new member of the management committee of his Memphis law firm, Glankler Brown P.L.L.C.—in a March 1 interview with the Memphis Daily News. Christopher first explored business and finance during high […]
Listeners of radio stations WGCV-AM and WFMV-FM in Columbia, S.C., have heard host Kaela Harmon engage them in discussions of politics, community news and current events. Now the citizens of Columbia will be hearing from the member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2005 in her new role: as the public relations and government affairs manager for […]
Balentine L.L.C., the investment advisory firm headed by Robert Balentine, a member of the Class of 1979 and a member of the Washington and Lee Board of Trustees, recently broke the $1 billion barrier of assets under management. And while Robert clearly knows the investment business, he also knows a thing or two about biology and […]
World War I is having a moment in popular culture these days, what with the movie “War Horse” and the PBS series “Downton Abbey.” Another example comes from the Knoxville (Tenn.) News-Sentinel, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, and on Feb. 26 published a look at Tennessee veterans of WWI, one of them a Washington and Lee alumnus: Kiffin Yates Rockwell, […]
Congratulations to Louise DiMatteo, a 1989 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, who has gotten the nod for a circuit court judgeship from her local delegation to the Virginia General Assembly. As icing on the cake, she also received the highest possible recommendation for the post from the Arlington Bar Association Judicial […]
A Roanoke Times feature focuses on W&L alumni John D. Bassett III and son Wyatt Bassett of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture.
The McWane Science Center in Birmingham, Ala., has just named Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Angelillo, of the Class of 1974, as its new president and CEO. The center, a cornerstone of Birmingham's downtown revitalization, is housed in what was previously Loveman's department store. As its new leader, Tom will oversee the opening of the Birmingham […]
Maj. Gen. Anthony R. Ierardi, a 1982 graduate of Washington and Lee, has just been chosen as the commanding general of America's First Team — the 1st Cavalry Division based at Fort Hood, Texas. Established in 1921, the 1st Cavalry is among the most famous and most decorated of all the Army's combat units. Tony, […]
For Washington and Lee alumna Jenny Keel, of the Class of 1989, the transition from teacher of high-school French to bluegrass bass player has apparently been a smooth one — at least based on the press that she and the band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, are getting nowadays. Just this week Jenny is featured in […]
An essay about death and dying by Washington and Lee alumna Kerry Egan, of the Class of 1995, touched a nerve on CNN.com over the weekend. Kerry, a religion major who received her master's of divinity from Harvard, is a hospice chaplain in Massachusetts. She spends her time talking with people who are dying. In her piece, […]
A recent edition of the Greenville, S.C., News reported on the cool gig that Washington and Lee alumna Angie Littlejohn, of the Law Class of 2009, enjoys on fall weekends. Angie's day job is as Furman University's legal adviser. On the weekends (and some weeknights) she can be found in Atlantic Coast Conference football press boxes, where […]
Andy Lark, a 1982 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, won a 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service’s Keeper of the Dream Award, in Summit, N.J., on Jan. 17. The awards are given annually to Summit residents who honor the vision of Martin Luther King Jr. Andy was one of four honorees. He has a solo practice […]
Two of Washington and Lee's most distinguished alumni shared a special moment on Wednesday, Jan. 18, when the Virginia House of Delegates honored its longest-serving member. Lacey Putney, of W&L's Classes of 1950 and 1957 Law, this month began his 51st legislative session as an independent delegate, from Bedford, Va. To recognize Lacey's service, his former […]
Rebecca Connelly, a 1988 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, has been appointed a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the Western District of Virginia. Appointed by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after being recommended by a merit selection panel, Rebecca is the first woman to serve as a bankruptcy judge in the district, […]
Randy Rouse, of the Washington and Lee Class of 1939, is the subject of a nice profile in the Jan. 16–23, 2012, issue of the Chronicle of the Horse. Titled “Randolph Rouse Has Ridden into Virginia History,” the piece, by Meghan Blackburn, describes him as a “sporting legend” for his career as an amateur steeplechase […]
Kelly Evans, the 2007 Washington and Lee alumna and Wall Street Journal columnist, will be one of the panelists tonight (Monday, Jan. 16), when the five remaining Republican presidential candidates take the stage in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for their latest nationally televised debate. Co-sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, it will be […]
Fans of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" know that Thursday was a big night on that satirical news show. Host Stephen Colbert announced that he is forming an exploratory committee for a possible candidacy for president of the "United States of America of South Carolina." Moments after he made that announcement, Mike Allen, the Washington […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Dr. Burke Steele, of the Class of 1955, loves to talk about history — especially the history of Petersburg, Va., where he has lived for 73 years, and worked in the same office, on South Market Street, for nearly 50 years. While he majored in history at W&L and had planned on […]
Washington and Lee law alumnus Terence F. Flynn was in the news this week, when President Barack Obama named him to a recess appointment on the National Labor Relations Board. The controversial announcement from the White House came almost one year to the day that Terry, a 1990 graduate of the School of Law, had been nominated to […]
Jim Gabler, a Washington and Lee alumnus of the Classes of 1953 and 1955L, has recently published two new e-books, and they could hardly be more different — a guidebook to wine and a novel about the first American pope. Be Your Own Wine Expert promises readers that in less than three minutes, they will learn to […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Howard S. Kaylor, Classes of '50, '52L, has been named Hagerstown, Md.'s 2011 Person of the Year by the Hagerstown newspaper, the Herald-Mail. In the story announcing the honor on New Year's Eve, Howard was praised for his support of the local community — through both generous donations and service to […]
Greer Johnson, a 2005 Washington and Lee alumna, is one of the eight men and women featured by Charlottesville's news and arts publication, C-ville Weekly, because they are "making waves in their fields." As a way of looking to 2012, C-ville's editors decided to focus on young leaders and to give their readers "a look at the […]
A blog entry on the Roanoke Times' "So Salem" site today features the career of Washington and Lee law school alumna Llewellyn Hedgbeth of the Class of 1980. And quite a career it's been, too. A Salem native, Llew was a drama major at Hollins and then earned both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in […]
In an interview for the website JustLuxe earlier this month, Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee Robert Balentine, of the Class of 1979, repeats a motto that his father used: "If you listen to your clients, they will tell you how to run your business." That, Robert tells the interviewers for JustLuxe, remains a guiding […]
Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee emeritus John Klinedinst, CEO and shareholder of Klinedinst P.C., has been named Most Admired CEO by the San Diego Business Journal. John, a member of the undergrad Class of 1971 and the law school Class of 1978, won the award in the Journal's private company/medium category. This marked the […]
A New York Times piece this week extols the "unconventional taste" of Washington and Lee alumna Hollister Hovey, of the Class of 2000, and her business partner and sister, Porter Hovey, who have recently established Hovey Design. As the story in the Home & Garden section of the Times notes, Hollister and Porter had been considering […]
Throughout the country this month, emotional homecomings are occurring every day as members of the United States military return from Iraq. Although it did not involve Iraq, one homecoming this week caught our eye. A story in the Statesville, N.C., Record & Landmark is about the celebration in that town when an Army officer, Maj. […]
For more than 29 years The Legend of Chris Moose was stuck away in one of Allen Northcutt's drawer. Allen, a 1963 graduate of Washington and Lee, had conceived of his character on Christmas Eve in 1982. Although he'd never written a book before, he was looking for a way to supplement his income and […]
WILL, the Wilderness Leadership and Learning Program headed by Washington and Lee alumnus Steve Abraham, was recognized this week on WJLA-TV in Washington as one of Harris' Heroes, a special segment from anchor Leon Harris. WILL helps D.C. teens grow and learn in order to help them become leaders and achieve their goals. Or, more simply, […]
At the same time that Washington and Lee alumnus Dave Freed, of the Class of 1992, has announced his candidacy for attorney general of Pennsylvania, another W&L alumnus, Mark Obenshain, a 1987 graduate of the School of Law, is considering a run for the same office in Virginia. Dave, who has spent 14 of his […]
His hometown newspaper, the Lynchburg News and Advance, featured Washington and Lee alumnus Robin Wood a few weeks back, when he announced he was leaving the board of the YMCA there. A 1962 graduate of W&L, Robin is an attorney with Edmunds & Williams and has worked with numerous local organizations, ranging from United Way to Legal […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Donnie Caffery can thank Rockbridge County's high ragweed count for a major award he received last week. Donnie, a member of the Class of 1976, won Richmond's Retail Merchants Association Retailer of the Year Award for the success of his two natural-food stores, Good Foods Grocery. In a story about the honor in the […]
Brent Breedin, of the Washington and Lee Class of 1947, enjoyed a long career in newspapers, sports information, and the corporate and political world. The South Carolina native now lives in Columbia, S.C., and recently gave an interview to the Columbia newspaper, The State, about the legendary rivalry between the football teams of Clemson University […]
For more than two centuries, students, professors and staff have watched the comings and goings of their colleagues from the windows of the Colonnade. With the historic structures now under renovation, one of those students is helping preserve those windows. Liz O'Byrne '00 and her two-year-old company, O'Byrne Contracting Inc., restored the windows of Payne […]
As you’re flipping through the November issue of “Martha Stewart Living” magazine, reading the advice about wine, pie, turkey and leftovers, don’t miss the last page. There you will find an essay, “Home Is Where the Art Is,” by Washington and Lee alumna Stacy Morrison, of the Class of 1990. Stacy is the former editor […]
When Eva Amurri, daughter of actor Susan Sarandon, married Kyle Martino in Charleston, S.C., earlier this month, their black-tie reception was the work of Washington and Lee alumna Calder Britt Clark, of the Class of 1999. Calder's company, Calder Clark Designs, was cited in the People magazine article about the Amurri-Martino wedding. It's the latest publicity that […]
Raj Prasad, a 1999 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, is in Washington, D.C., today to receive the Albert Schweitzer Award from the Animal Welfare Institute in recognition of his work in the Wayne County, Mich., Prosecutor's Office. Raj and his colleague, Amy Slameka, are being hailed as pioneers in "aggressively pursuing animal […]
There is, Will Sharp insists, a method to his madness. In an article in Washingtonian Magazine, the 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee admitted that his clothing company, DURKL (it was his first word as a baby), has come a long way since he was designing shirts in his mother's basement. From those modest beginnings, […]
Viewers of "PBS Newshour" might have seen a familiar face last Friday, when Washington and Lee alumna Ingrid Schroeder, of the Class of 1991, provided expert commentary on the United States' high jobless rate. As director of the Pew Fiscal Analysis Initiative for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Ingrid led the Pew study "A Year or More: […]
A recent article in "Modern DC Business" highlights the work of two members of Washington and Lee's Law School Class of 1991 and their Washington-based firm, which represents the interests of the Republic of Turkey in the United States. David Saltzman and Gunay Evinch are co-principals in Saltzman and Evinch P.C., which they founded in […]
A company in Mason, Ohio, that deals with machine tools may not seem the likeliest candidate for a social-marketing initiative, but Washington and Lee alumnus Mark Rentschler, of the Class of 1982, has made Makino a leader in adopting the new technologies for an old-school industry. Earlier this year, BtoB Magazine, which focuses on marketing, named Mark […]
Washington and Lee University alumna Rebecca Makkai presented the Glasgow Reading at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 26, 2011, when she read from her novel, "The Borrowers." A member of W&L’s class of 1999, Makkai is currently a Montessori school teacher in Chicago. She has had a story published in Best American Short Stories […]
Mike Wienick is called "Big Dog" by many of his employees at QualitySmith.com in Portland, Ore. Now they can call Mike something else — "Portland's Best Boss." A 2002 graduate of Washington and Lee, where he majored in computer science, Mike is president of QualitySmith.com, a website that connects homeowners with contractors. In celebration of […]
Peter Converse, a 1972 graduate of Washington and Lee and president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Commerce Bank, was named 2011 Business Leader of the Year by the Alexandria (Va.) Chamber of Commerce earlier this month. The Chamber’s selection was based on Peter's dedication and exemplary leadership in the business community. From the […]
When Lynn Symansky talked to the W&L alumni magazine back in 2005, she described her passion for what she called “an extreme sport” — the equestrian pursuit known as eventing. That passion has led the 2005 graduate of Washington and Lee University to a berth on the U.S. eventing team that’s competing this weekend in […]
Patrick Hall, a 1999 graduate of Washington and Lee and a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, has been awarded a bronze star medal for his service in Afghanistan from August 2010 through February 2011. According to the citation, Pat's "actions during the deployment single-handedly resulted in more lives saved, more enemy killed, and more […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Alex S. Jones, of the Class of 1968, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, was among 177 of the nation’s most influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences […]
Julie Campbell, associate director of communications and public affairs at Washington and Lee University, was honored on Saturday, Oct. 15, when her book, The Horse in Virginia: An Illustrated History, won the People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction at the Library of Virginia’s 14th Annual Literary Awards, in Richmond. At the same event, Lesley Wheeler, the […]
When Bill Hamilton, associate professor of biology, and Tom Lovell, Class of 1991 and associate director of alumni affairs, appeared on WMRA radio last month to talk about their Lexington micro-brewery, Blue Lab Brewing, the show on which they appeared hadn't even been given a name yet. It was being called "The Not Yet Named […]
The other day, we blogged about two alumni of Washington and Lee who run a lodge and fly-fishing shop in Idaho and had a close encounter with a grizzly bear. Turns out they’re not the only graduates to be pursuing a career in the wilds of the West, and not the only one to have […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Thomas N. McJunkin, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, died at his home in Charleston, W.Va., on Saturday, Oct. 8. He was 62. Tom received his B.S. in business economics in 1970 and his J.D. from the School of Law in 1974. “Tom epitomized the loyal alumnus,” said Washington […]
This Saturday night at 8 o'clock, or thereabouts, Doug Harwood, of the Class of 1974, will sit down at the controls of WLUR-FM for yet another Saturday night. Since 1971, the Saturday nights stretch beyond 2,000. He will spend the next four hours playing music that may be accurately described as eclectic, though it is […]
Back in June, we wrote about President George W. Bush's trip to Little Rock, Ark., to honor Warren Stephens, a 1979 Washington and Lee graduate, for his work on First Tee, the national organization that gives young people free access to golf courses, equipment and instruction. Last month, Warren received yet another honor for his work […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Philippe Labro, of the Class of 1958, has been in the news in his native France these past several weeks, largely because of a new documentary on his life, "Philippe Labro, Entre Ombre et Lumiere," which appeared on France 5 television last month. Parts of the documentary were filmed in Lexington […]
Washington and Lee University's Alumni Association has bestowed its 2011 Distinguished Young Alumna Award on the Rev. Jennifer R. Strawbridge, of the Class of 2001. Announcement of the award was made on Friday (Sept. 30) during the annual Young Alumni Reunion on campus. Rev. Strawbridge is chaplain of Oxford University's Keble College in England, where […]
Two members of Washington and Lee's Class of 1993, now partners in a Idaho fly shop and lodge, had a close encounter with a bear last month, while they were bow hunting for elk in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. According to both media reports and a first-hand blog post, the men, Rich Paini and Jon Stiehl, […]
In a ceremony earlier this month at the American Revolution Center in Philadelphia, His Excellency, Ambassador of France to the United States François Delattre, presented Washington and Lee alumnus and benefactor Gerry Lenfest '53, '55L, with the Insignia of Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, commonly known as the Legion of Honor. Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in […]
The October 2011 issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine contains its annual list of movers and shakers, "The New Establishment and the Powers that Be: 2011." At Number 39 in the 50-person list of the New Establishment, right in there with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder; Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon; and J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter, […]
Navy Cmdr. Michael C. Holifield, a 1989 graduate of Washington and Lee, was nominated for the 2011 Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney Award for outstanding achievement. He received the recognition for the superior performance of his duties as a Navy judge advocate while assigned as staff judge advocate, Navy Region Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla. In 19 years […]
The Amazon description of G. Scott Thomas's new book, A New World to Be Won, reads this way: "In 1960, Pat Robertson created the Christian Broadcasting Network, an issue of Time magazine describes the drug LSD as a useful 'facilitating agent' for therapy, and smokers in the United States bought nearly one million cigarettes every […]
Mark Farley, a Houston-based attorney who specializes in environmental issues, will present a public lecture on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Northen Auditorium of Washington and Lee University's Leyburn Library. The lecture, "Lessons from Deepwater Horizon and Similar Environmental Catastrophes," is open to the public at no […]
Best-selling author and journalist Tom Wolfe, a member of Washington and Lee University's Class of 1951, returned to his alma mater for the 60th reunion of his class to give a lecture on "Art, Tenure Art, and the American Art World Today" during the Five Star Festival. Audio only of the Tom Wolfe lecture
The liner notes on David Klabo's CD, Life of an Oyster, describe the music as "a kaleidoscope of a journey through different moments when we are falling in and then falling out of love." David, a 1989 alumnus of Washington and Lee, goes on to list some of his favorite musicians, writers and songwriters, who […]
Paul Arpaia, a 1985 Washington and Lee graduate, represented the September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows earlier this month as part of an Italian-American delegation that traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, to meet Afghan families of the victims of terrorism and war and the representatives of Afghan civil and international organizations working in the country. Paul […]
Congratulations to Isaac N. "Ike" Smith Jr., of the Classes of 1957 undergraduate and 1960 law, who was one of six West Virginia business leaders inducted into the inaugural class of the new West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. Announcement of the induction, part of the West Virginia Chamber's 75th anniversary, was made […]
Charlie Sweet, of the Class of 1965, has just co-authored the seventh book in the “It Works for Me” series that he has written with Hal Blythe, a colleague at Eastern Kentucky University. This latest edition is titled It Works for Me Creatively. The books all offer shared tips for teaching. Some of the other […]
Readers of Stacy Morrison, former editor of Redbook and author of the 2010 memoir Falling Apart in One Piece, will be pleased to know that this member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1990 has a new platform. This time it’s online rather than print — she is heading BlogHerMoms.com, an offshoot of BlogHer.com. Stacy will have […]
The Washington Post had a fascinating interview with Washington and Lee alumnus Alex Castelli not long ago. Alex, a member of the Class of 1986, currently heads the 50-person growth-markets practice in the Tysons Corner, Va., office of the Reznick Group, a top 20 national accounting, tax and business advisory firm. He also is a visiting assistant […]
Washington and Lee University's Art Department will present an exhibition of prints by recent graduate Michael O'Brien which will be on view from Sept. 6 – Oct. 6 in Wilson Hall's Lykes Atrium. O'Brien will give a brown bag lunch artist's talk on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 12:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall, room 2017. O'Brien […]
When blues guitarist and singer Scott Ainslie, of the Class of 1974, saw the normally eight-inch-deep Whetstone Brook in his hometown of Brattleboro, Vt., transformed into a raging torrent as Hurricane Irene passed through on Sunday, he got out his video camera and recorded some remarkable images. Then Scott added his own recording of Stephen […]
In June we blogged about Rebecca Makkai, of the Class of 1999, whose first novel, The Borrower, has been widely praised. But it was one of Rebecca's short stories that landed her a spot on a recent edition of NPR's "This American Life." As part of the program's show on Gossip, Rebecca reads a portion of one […]
Bill Buice, of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1961, and his wife, Stuart, were the subject of a nice recent profile in their local paper, the Shelter Island (N.Y.) Reporter, this summer. The focus is their mutual love of books. The Buices, who live in Shelter Island Heights, N.Y., are both natives of North Carolina. They […]
Suzanne LaFleur, of the Class of 2005, has just published her second novel, Eight Keys, with Wendy Lamb Books, a division of Random House. It tells the story of best friends Elise, who’s lost her parents, and Franklin. As the publisher describes it, “There’s always been a barn behind the house with eight locked doors […]
Mike Neer’s retirement lasted 16 months. The former Washington and Lee basketball Hall of Famer, a member of the Class of 1970, is headed back to the hardwood this winter as the new head coach at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. In April 2010, Mike stepped down after 34 years as the coach at the […]
Jack Vardaman, of the Class of 1962, is going to have to postpone his induction into Washington and Lee’s Athletic Hall of Fame. But he has a perfectly good excuse. Jack was scheduled to be among the four inductees during the Hall of Fame weekend Sept. 9-10. He was to be honored for his four-year […]
Two Washington and Lee classmates from the Class of 2010, both double majors in English and theater, are working together on the off-off-Broadway stage in New York City this month. Jenna Worsham is directing “What the Sparrow Said” at Teatro LATEA. Included in the cast is her classmate Kevin Mannering, who plays the role of […]
Roy T. Matthews, emeritus professor of history at Michigan State University and a member of the Class of 1954, is the author of a new book, Gittin’ Through. Published by Trafford Publishing, Gittin’ Through is subtitled A Southern Town During World War II. The book follows three generations whose lives were changed by the war: […]
Earlier this month at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Richard L. Duchossois, of the Class of 1944, received the The Ellen & Herbert Moelis Equine Savior Award for Philanthropy from Equine Advocates, a national non-profit dedicated to saving horses from slaughter. The award is just the latest in a long list of honors recognizing Dick's impact on Thoroughbred […]
When a driver in a Corvette stole his mother-in-law's parking space outside a restaurant, Richard Rosser, of the Class of 1984, knew he had to do something in response. So he created his own nation — Piggy Nation— where there would be no more drivers parking in two spaces, no more dogs pooping on neighbors’ […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Jay Hight, of the Class of 1967, spent 36 years as librarian and English teacher at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg. Earlier this summer, the school honored Jay at its reunion dinner, announcing a commitment to dedicate the renovated school library as The James Aldwin Hight Jr. Library in Jay's honor. […]
The Washington Post's Lifestyle sectionis the latest publication to take notice of what is happening in Hanover, Pa., where Washington and Lee alumni Kathryn Sheppard Hoar, of the Class of 1997, her sister, Heather Sheppard Lunn, of the Class of 2000, and Kathy's husband, Oliver, of the Class of 1997, have turned Kathy and Heather's […]
Charles Alcorn is the managing editor of the American Book Review, a professor of English at the University of Houston and the possessor of a 2006 Ph.D. in English literature and fiction from the University of Houston’s creative writing program. He’s also a former ad copywriter and used to own a cigar company. Now he can […]
Congratulations to Bob Scott, a 1965 graduate of Washington and Lee, who won three prizes last month in the Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race at the helm of his 75-year-old New York 32 Class yacht, the Falcon. Bob, who lives in Castine, Maine, and his crew took the Over the Hill Gang trophy, first in fleet in […]
Novelist and Jazz-Age chronicler F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, are sparkling figures in the current Woody Allen movie "Midnight in Paris." They also star in an Alabama museum that's headed by a Washington and Lee alum, Will Thompson. In the early 1930s, the Fitzgeralds and their daughter, Scottie, spent just six months living in Montgomery, […]
On her website, Ashley Mayer, a 2006 Washington and Lee graduate, lists her jobs: movie-store clerk, trade-show-booth slinger, receptionist, executive assistant, travel-magazine journalist, public-relations writer and marketing consultant. Missing from that list is author. But now Ashley can add that item, having recently published Temp: An Accidental Fairytale, which is described as an urban fantasy. The book features […]
In a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Ky., earlier this month, Army Col. Arthur Kandarian, of Washington and Lee's Class of 1986, turned over command of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, which led the surge in Afghanistan during the past year. During the ceremony, Art received the Legion of Merit; his wife, Faye, was […]
Former Washington and Lee women's basketball captain Bethany Dannelly, of the Class of 2005, has just been named an assistant coach at Colby College, in Maine. Bethany still holds the career records for assists (459) and steals (197) as the Generals' point guard. She never had fewer than 84 assists and 42 steals in a […]
If you are a royal watcher, this has been a few months to savor, what with Prince William marrying Kate Middleton and Prince Albert of Monaco marrying Charlene Wittstock. Washington and Lee alumna Jane Lee, a 2009 graduate, has it all covered with her video report for Forbes Lifestyle. Jane is an associate editor and producer of Forbes […]
Two young alumni of Washington and Lee recently paid their respects to the late Cy Twombly ’53 in a most appropriate way — by seeing his art in person at two of the world’s great museums. Two days after Cy’s July 5 death, siblings Matt Null (Class of 2006) and Andrea Null (Class of 2010) began a family […]
When the devastating tornado tore apart his hometown of Joplin, Mo. in May, Washington and Lee alumnus Brent Beshore, of the Class of 2005, felt helpless. He was miles away in Columbia, Mo., but he wanted to do something. And he did. Brent created a Facebook page, Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery, that was designed, in […]
Business Insider website has just named the country's sexiest startup CEOs, and Washington and Lee alumnus Ross Hinkle, of the Class of 2001, is No. 8 on the list. Ross is the CEO of Liveset, which started up last year and presents live concert events for the Web and mobile devices in what it describes […]
When she was communications director for the House Democratic Caucus in 2007, Sarah Feinberg, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1999, described her résumé as a “bit schizophrenic" in an interview with Politico. The latest entry on that packed résumé is a new position at Facebook, where she will be focusing on communications about […]
Readers of the Roanoke Times on Sunday, July 10, may have noticed a familiar face and name in the Business section — Jenny Elmes, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1991. She made the news for her status as an environmentally conscious caterer. The Q&A explains how she decided to make her business, […]
Congratulations to Washington and Lee alumnus Lindsey Millar, of the Class of 2002, who has been elevated to editor of the Arkansas Times, a weekly alternative newspaper in Little Rock. A native of Searcy, Ark., and a history major at W&L, Lindsey has written for the Times since 2007 after holding previous positions at the […]
Famed artist Edwin Parker "Cy" Twombly Jr., who died today in Rome at the age of 83, attended Washington and Lee for only one academic year — 1949-1950. But he and the University (and the city of Lexington, too) had a much deeper history than that single year suggests. Born and raised in Lexington, Cy […]
Paige Smith, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2006, is spending the summer in Nairobi, Kenya, working with impoverished children. In her luggage are handmade gifts for the kids from a Lexington organization that includes many W&L employees, and from the mother of a new graduate. Paige made her first visit to Africa last […]
Congratulations to Justine Sessions, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2005. National Journal, an online publication that covers the political scene in Washington D.C., has named her to its list of “Hill People” to watch. Justine is the majority communications director for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Justine Sessions '05 […]
If you are in Lexington today (Wednesday, June 29), you can hear Larry Duffee, a 1983 graduate of Washington and Lee, give a presentation about Sudan. Larry, who lives in Fredericksburg, Va., sold his food-supply business to become an Episcopal missionary. He has been stationed at the headquarters of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, in Juba, […]
Rebecca Makkai '99 Sharp-eyed readers of the July issue of “O: The Oprah Magazine” may notice a familiar name in the magazine’s summer reading list: Rebecca Makkai. Don’t recognize her? By the end of the summer, you probably will, as this 1999 graduate of Washington and Lee University is poised to make a big name […]
While she was a student, Julia Pleasants, of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2008, belonged to the dance club and helped found the W&L Repertory Dance Company. An English major, she recently learned the business side of the dance world when she did a press and marketing internship with the famed Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in […]
Sometimes you have to leave a place–or a job–to discover that's where you are meant to be. At least that's what journalist Kat Greene, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 2008, recently discovered. Kat always wanted to be a reporter. As she wrote last fall on her Facebook page, which the Talking Biz […]
A historic Presbyterian church in Germantown, Tenn., has a new pastor, and he’s a W&L alumnus. The Rev. William Gray Jones, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1992, now leads the 800-plus members of Germantown Presbyterian Church, which dates to 1838. Its Evans Chapel, built in 1851, is Germantown’s oldest public building. "It […]
Good luck to Allison Lemon, a brand-new graduate of Washington and Lee. This week, she is competing in the famed Roanoke Valley Horse Show, but it may be a long time before the former captain of W&L’s riding team sees the inside of a show ring again. As the Roanoke Times explains, Allison has been riding since […]
A new concept for legal assistance, LawyerUp, promises to provide legal assistance within 15 minutes when urgent legal help is required. A recent story in the New York Times (registration required) described the new service, which was co-founded by Alex Ruskell, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1994. Billed as "America's First Urgent […]
During its annual meeting in Ocean City, Md., earlier this month, the Maryland State Bar Association honored Judge John H. (Hamp) Tisdale, of Washington and Lee's Law School Class of 1974, with the 2011 Anselm Sodaro Award for Judicial Civility. Hamp has been associate judge of the Frederick (Md.) County Circuit Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Reuben Munger, co-founder of a company designed to bring green-tech automotive solutions to market, has just been named one of the "Electrifying 100" by Automotive News magazine. The 100 people comprise the magazine's assessment of the key players driving vehicle electrification. Reuben, a member of the Class of 1995, is CEO of […]
"Henry Clay and the Struggle for the Union," a documentary on Henry Clay and his role in the events that led up to the Civil War, is airing this month on Kentucky's PBS affiliate, KET. The hour-long program was written and is hosted by Kent Masterson Brown, a 1974 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of […]
Last month, on his way home to Brattleboro, Vt., after performing and teaching at Washington and Lee, blues guitarist Scott Ainslie, of the Class of 1974, took a detour—all the way to Clarksdale, Miss. His destination was the Delta Blues Museum, where he dropped off more than 100 instructional DVDs — the bounteous beginning of […]
After four terms as commonwealth's attorney for Shenandoah County, Va., Washington and Lee law alumnus Albert T. Mitchell, of the Class of 1967, has announced he won't seek re-election in November. Al was appointed to the position by the judges of the 26th Judicial Circuit in 1999 and then was elected to the position in […]
Dr. Charles Niemeyer, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1962, suffered two broken legs before he was 10 years old. That, says his wife, Carolyn, is what led him to his chosen profession: orthopedic surgeon. “He’s wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon since he was 7-years-old,” she told the Gaston Gazette. Charlie is […]
Washington and Lee alumnus and trustee Warren Stephens, of the Class of 1979, and his wife, Harriet, were honored in their hometown of Little Rock, Ark., last week by none other than former President George W. Bush. The occasion was the 10th anniversary of The First Tee of Little Rock Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy. President […]
In the eight years that Washington and Lee alumnus Roscoe B. Stephenson Jr. served as judge of the Alleghany County Circuit Court, his decisions were never reversed. That is surely one of the reasons that Stephenson was elevated to the Virginia Supreme Court in 1981. He served as a justice for 16 years before retiring […]
Last month two Washington and Lee alumni, David Foster, of the Class of 1998, and Paul E. Wright, of the Class of 1995, were named to Philadelphia Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list. That caused us to start looking for other examples of alums who have been so honored recently. So far, we have located one […]
Anyone who has seen the images of devastation from Joplin, Mo., cannot help but be affected by the magnitude of the disaster caused by Sunday's tornado. For one Washington and Lee alumnus, Brent Beshore, of the Class of 2005, the scenes are personal. Joplin is Brent's hometown. It's where he was born and raised, and […]
College football fans know who Jim Tressel is. And they probably know that the embattled former Ohio State coach is charged with hiding information about players receiving impermissible benefits and with lying to the NCAA about his knowledge of those violations. They may not necessarily know, however, Gene Marsh, the man who will be sitting beside Tressel when the […]
Lee Feldman, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1984, was named the city manager of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week. Lee, who was selected from a competitive field of 90 candidates, will oversee 2,500 employees and a $600 million budget. Based on his track record, Lee is up to the challenge. He goes to […]
This week the Wheaton edition of the Chicago Tribune related the story of Washington and Lee alumnus James Howard Monroe, of the Class of 1966, whose Medal of Honor will soon have a new home in a Chicago area middle school that bears his name. Known as "Jimmy" or "Jimbo" by his family, Monroe was […]
The Ledger-Enquirer newspaper in Columbus, Ga., published a major feature story this weekend on the first female prosecutor of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit — Washington and Lee alumna Julia Slater, a 1993 graduate of the School of Law. The story was based, in part, on a guilty verdict that Julia had won in a 25-year-old […]
Later this month, the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Fox School of Business at Temple University will honor 40 people under the age of 40 for their professional accomplishments and community involvement. Two of the 40 winners are Washington and Lee alumni: David Foster, of the Class of 1998, and Paul E. Wright, of the Class of […]
Four alumni who distinguished themselves on the fields, courts and courses of W&L compose the 24th class to be inducted into Washington and Lee's Athletic Hall of Fame. They will be honored on Sept. 9 at the annual Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and then will be introduced at halftime of the Generals' football game on […]
Ashley Allen, a 1965 graduate of Washington and Lee, spent his entire working career with Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, S.C. When he retired in 2008, Ashley was president and CEO of the textile and chemical company, which is probably best known for its carpet but has a varied portfolio of products. A chemistry major at […]
When ABC-TV's popular series The Bachelorette begins its new season on May 23, one of the bachelors will be West Lee, a 2007 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law. West is one of 25 who will vie for the affections of Ashley Hebert, the 26-year-old bachelorette from Philadelphia who was a former […]
Congratulations to Rob Ashford, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1982, for the two Tony nominations he received Tuesday. The director of the current Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” won nods for best direction of a musical and best choreography. And there’s more — two of his stars were […]
Congratulations to David R. Dougherty, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1968, who has announced his retirement as headmaster of The Hill School, a 160-year-old prep school in Pottstown, Pa. David will step down in June 2012, which will be his 19th year as the school's headmaster. He made the announcement last month. […]
Sports agent Malik Shareef, a 2006 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, had an interesting few days last week as he waited to see where one of his clients, Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, would go in the National Football League draft. In a story published this past Saturday, The Washington […]
Steve Van Amburgh, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1975, will be inducted into the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors Hall of Fame next month. Steve is the chief executive officer of KDC Real Estate Development and Investments. He manages that firm’s strategic planning, coordinates all new business development efforts and oversees […]
In the two years since he graduated from Washington and Lee, Isaiah Goodman has been establishing his career as a business analyst for Target at the company's headquarters in Isaiah's home state of Minnesota. Isaiah's video is prominent in a series on the Target website that features members of the Target team talking about their careers. In his […]
Throughout her 28 years as an officer-lawyer in the U.S. Army, Brigadier General (Ret.) Malinda Dunn, a 1981 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, has broken ground in several areas. She was, for instance, the first female staff judge advocate of the 82nd Airborne Division, with which she did two tours; she was […]
More than one Twitter user wondered aloud (or is actually "aloud" when you Tweet?) about a scene from Sunday night's episode of "The Cleveland Show" on Fox. During one of the bizarre asides that are routine in the animated series, the scene flashes to a college commencement ceremony in front of a familiar-looking set of […]
Soon after we noted the recent appointment of Washington and Lee alumnus T. Lee Robinson, of the Class of 1985, to the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta last week, readers brought to our attention that a second W&L alumnus is also serving in an advisory capacity to the Atlanta Fed. […]
Anyone who has been following the largest class action suit in history, Dukes v. Wal-Mart, has likely heard the views of Washington and Lee alumnus Gerald "Jerry" Maatman. The 1978 graduate, a senior partner at Seyfarth Shaw L.L.P., in Chicago, has filed a brief with the Supreme Court in support of Walmart on behalf of Costco […]
Earlier this month, the Mobile Press-Register posed five questions to Washington and Lee alumnus T. Lee Robinson. One was what he'd be doing if he weren't president of OHC, Inc., a hardwood lumber importer. Lee's answer? He'd want to teach history at his alma mater. A 1985 graduate of W&L, Lee was recently named to the […]
Our blog post about the visit that Elizabeth Taylor made to Lexington with then-fiancé John Warner, of the Class of 1949, generated lots of traffic and a few comments about a less-publicized visit to the Beta house. But here's a story about the couple that we hadn't heard until it popped up last week in […]
One night last month, members of the Greensboro, N.C., Bar Association gathered for the organization's annual meeting and honored 18 of their group with induction into the Herb Falk Society. Membership in the society is based on the amount of pro bono work that the attorneys have done during the previous year. Anyone who has […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Bill Falvey, a member of the Class of 1969 and a Memphis physician, had always been intrigued by the comic book versions of classics known as Classics Illustrated. Featuring such titles as Moby Dick, Hamlet and The Iliad, the series began publication in 1941 and produced 169 issues by 1971. The […]
The April/May 2011 edition of Garden & Gun magazine includes feature stories about not one, but two, Washington and Lee alumni. "Appalachian Spring" is the story of the Southern Highlands Reserve, a private native-plant garden and research center founded by Robert Balentine, of the Class of 1979, and his wife, Betty. Robert confesses in the […]
Last week, the @wlunews Twitter feed received this message from Sam Perkins, of the Classes of 1980 and 1983 Law: "Did you see this political cartoon by John Cole (W&L '80) re: Michael Krancer (W&L Law '83)? Worlds collide…" Earlier, Sam had tweeted this: "My W&L undergrad classmate creates political cartoon re: W&L Law classmate […]
In his 30-year legal career, Washington and Lee alumnus Rob Wendt, of the Class of 1978, has specialized in issues involving the environment, mental health patients and the disabled. He has become a specialist in Social Security disability issues. Rob recently described his work this way to a reporter for a major feature in The […]
As captain of Washington and Lee's 1988 national championship tennis team, David McLeod, of the Class of 1988, was a competitor whose name is etched in the Generals' record books for career singles wins (70, tied for 6th) and doubles (59 with Bobby Matthews, 1st). He and his teammates were the first alumni to be inducted as a team into […]
When it comes to traumatic brain injuries, the time it takes for a patient to get treatment is especially critical. Accordingly, BrainScope, a company whose CEO is Washington and Lee alumnus Michael Singer, of the Class of 1984, has developed Ahead EU-100, a new tool to quickly assess brain function, and introduced it in the United Kingdom. A news release issued by […]
As music, film and business leaders flocked to the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, last week, business administration professor Amanda Bower was staging her own convergence of creative types on a smaller scale right here in Lexington. In an effort to introduce students to potential career paths in advertising, marketing and promotion, […]
Washington and Lee graduates John Henzel '10 and Beth Valentine Henzel '11 are living in Japan, where John is teaching English as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET). The Henzels live in Osato, which is about 16 miles north of Sendai, the Japanese port city nearest the epicenter of last week's earthquake. […]
The Virginia Festival of the Book opens today in Charlottesville, and four authors with Washington and Lee connections will be talking about their latest books. The festival runs through Saturday and is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The W&L authors, their books, and their lecture times: Julie Campbell, associate director of communications and […]
If you happen to be among those who watch the NCAA Divison I Basketball Tournament, a.k.a March Madness, on your computer, you are likely to catch Washington and Lee alumna Kaylee Hartung, of the Class of 2007, doing the studio show at halftime of games over the next three weeks. Kaylee, an associate producer for […]
For Lyle Smith, banking is a family affair. Earlier this year, Lyle, a member of the Class of 1993, was named managing director and chief investment officer of United Bank's Wealth Management Group, which manages more than $5 billion in client assets. It's based in Charleston, W.Va. He is now the fourth generation of his family […]
J. Brooks Flippen, a member of the Class of 1982, has just published his third book. Scheduled for formal release on March 15, Jimmy Carter, the Politics of Family, and the Rise of the Religious Right is being published by the University of Georgia Press. Brooks is a professor of history at Southeastern Oklahoma State […]
Congratulations to Matthew Neill Null, a member of the Class of 2006 and a Creative Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa. Matt's story, "Something You Can’t Live Without," is among the 20 stories selected for publication in the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2011: The Best Stories of the Year. An English major at W&L, Matt […]
Now that his company boasts the No. 1-selling frozen burger in the land, Washington and Lee alumnus Billy Morris, of the Class of 1981, is taking a new step by opening four new restaurants in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. According to a story in the Florida Times-Union last week, the new Original BUBBA Burger […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Richard M. Kyle, of the Class of 2007, a third-year student in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, has been named a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow for 2011-12. In that capacity, Richard will intensively study German as well as attend seminars with key German and European decision makers. He was one of 20 […]
Ted Kingsbery, of the Class of 2009, was named one of the top entrepreneurs under 25 in a contest presented by BroBible.com and reported on Sawyer Speaks, the online media company that focuses on entrepreneurs. Ted is head of business development at Shark Branding, the company founded by Daymond John, who founded FUBU and appears on […]
This past President’s Day weekend, if you were lucky, you took a brief vacation to a warmer clime. Alex Appel, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 2006, spent Saturday in Florida, but it wasn’t exactly a vacation — he competed in, and won, the Iron Horse Endurance Run, a 62-mile race. (Yes, you […]
Fourteen Washington and Lee students are spending their Washington Break this week in Birmingham, Ala., on an alternative break trip organized by the Nabors Service League and members of the Birmingham Alumni Chapter. According to Jenny Davidson, coordinator of the Campus Kitchen and advisor to both Volunteer Venture and the Nabors Services League, the students will […]
Andrew N. "Drew" Baur, a trustee emeritus at Washington and Lee, died on Sunday morning, Feb. 20, in Jupiter, Fla. He was 66. Drew, a member of W&L's Class of 1966 and a history major, was elected to the board in February 2005 and took the oath of office in October 2005. He retired from the […]
There was another celebration in Bardstown, Ky., yesterday with Washington and Lee alumnus Max L. Shapira, of the Class of 1965, who operates Heaven Hill Distilleries. Back in December, we wrote about the 75th anniversary of Heaven Hill on the day that it filled its 6 millionth barrel of bourbon. On Wednesday, Max cut the ribbon […]
"Say you have a 'special child,' which in the South means one between Down's and dyslexic." So begins "House of Prayer No. 2," the new memoir by Washington and Lee alumnus Mark Richard, of the Class of 1980, that was released today amid a flurry of positive reviews everywhere from Sunday's New York Times Book […]
An interesting connection occurred last week in Houston, where Washington and Lee's Board of Trustees was holding its winter meetings at the Houstonian. Turns out that the board of the University of Wyoming also happened to be meeting at the same hotel, and the two universities share a bit of a history. In 1951, W&L and […]
Peter Homans, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1972 who has blended his musical and business skills, is practically a walking advertisement for a liberal arts education. In the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of the alumni magazine, we wrote about his PARMA Recordings, which had just released “Tendrils,” a CD containing music by Peter; Byron […]
Authors want their books to garner notice: good reviews, robust sales, enthusiastic readers. Having one’s book burned in protest, however, isn’t usually on the wish list. Erik Curren, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1987, found this out last week, when his 2006 book, Buddha's Not Smiling: Uncovering Corruption at the Heart of Tibetan […]
Ten years after the St. Louis Business Journal named Cliff Holekamp, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1996, as one of its 30 Under 30 honorees, the same publication has tabbed him one of its 40 Under 40. The honorees — all younger than 40, as you might guess — were chosen by a panel […]
Congratulations to Timothy R. Moore, a 1997 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, who was recently named to the 2011 Rising Stars list by North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine. The Rising Stars selection process involves a rigorous evaluation of candidates by Law & Politics, a publication of Key Professional Media Inc. No […]
What better time than Groundhog Day to begin thinking of summer? And thinking of summer for Washington and Lee alumni means thinking of the next Alumni Road Trip. This year, it's to Nashville, from June 16-18. It's not too early to begin planning for the Alumni Road Trip to the Athens of the South. The […]
Gavin Dean, a 2000 graduate of Washington and Lee, has been named one of the "20 under 40" honorees by The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. The 20 young professionals are, according to the newspaper, "making an impact on the community and also show great promise for tomorrow." Gavin is senior project manager for Aetna […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Dr. E. Darracott Vaughan Jr., a member of the Class of 1961 and one of the world’s foremost urological clinicians, researchers and educators, has received another major award for his outstanding contributions to the science of urology. Darracott, professor emeritus of urology at Weil Cornell Medical School, will receive the Ramon […]
In case you missed it, a Washington and Lee alum was featured on CNBC's "Closing Bell" with Maria Bartiromo this week. Ross Singletary, of the Class of 1989, is managing partner with Arcus Capital Partners in Atlanta. An economics major, Ross appeared on the national show on Wednesday, Jan. 19 (probably pure coincidence that it […]
"Life is measured only superficially by heartbeats, breaths and brainwaves. Life is doing. It's learning and it's engaging and it's thinking." So said Washington and Lee alumnus Mike Hughes in a fascinating piece that ran on the front of the Richmond Times-Dispatch's Metro Business section earlier this month. Here is a link to the article […]
Inslee Haynes, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee, was in the spotlight last week when The Fashion Magpie blog published a glowing feature about her work and her blog from the We Love DC website. Inslee, an art history major at W&L, has been running a fashion-illustration business since 2005, as she explains on […]
On Monday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m., Ted DeLaney, chair of the History Department and the Harry E. and Mary Jayne W. Redenbaugh Term Professor of History at Washington and Lee University, appeared on NPR affiliate WMRA’s “Virginia Insight” to examine the legacy of the Civil War 150 years later. DeLaney, who is a 1985 […]
Congratulations to Lacey E. Putney, who on Jan. 12 kicked off his 50th year as Bedford County’s representative to the Virginia House of Delegates. The anniversary makes the member of Washington and Lee’s undergraduate Class of 1950 and law Class of 1957 one of the longest-serving legislators in the U.S. We blogged about his last […]
Whether they've known it or not, parents who pay close attention to nutritional guidelines for their babies set by the American Academy of Pediatrics have benefited from the expertise of a Washington and Lee alumnus. Dr. Frank R. Greer, a member of the Class of 1968, is the former chairman of the AAP's nutrition committee, […]
Last March we blogged about a new movie, "Hood to Coast," about the race called "The Mother of All Relays" — a 197-mile run from Mount Hood to Oregon's Pacific Coast. The movie follows four of the relay teams, including Team R. Bowe, which was running in honor of Ryan Bowe, of W&L's Class of […]
James Urban '96 with Michael Vick during training camp With the National Football League playoffs beginning this weekend, it's a fitting time to note the work that Washington and Lee alumnus James Urban, of the Class of 1996, has been doing as the quarterback coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. When W&L sports information director Brian Laubscher visited […]
President Obama has nominated a Washington and Lee law alumnus, Terence F. Flynn, of the Class of 1990, to fill an open position on the five-member National Labor Relations Board. According to a story on Bloomberg, Terry becomes the second Republican on the NLRB and replaces Republican Peter Schaumber, whose term expired in August. Terry […]
In 16 years of practice as a partner with the Seattle-based law firm Lane Powell, Jeffrey Gingold, a 1971 Washington and Lee graduate, has specialized in health care and insurance regulation. Now he has added a new specialty–professional soccer. Last month, Jeff became one of only 83 Americans to hold a soccer players' agent license. […]
Welcome in 2011 by signing up for Alumni Weekend 2011! Scheduled for May 12-15, the event is for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, and 1996. The Alumni Office has blocked hotel rooms and will notify alumni when these rooms are released for reservation. At the end of January, alumni will […]
Temple Cone, of the Class of 1995, has published his second collection of poems. The Broken Meadow, which was published this fall, won the 2010 Old Seventy Press Poetry Series Contest. We wrote about Temple's first collection, No Loneliness, in 2009. Three of Temple's poems have also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by the […]
By day, Matt Strickler, of the Class of 2003, puts his Washington and Lee public policy major to work as the legislative assistant to Virginia State Senator Ralph S. Northam, a Democrat who represents District 6: the counties of Accomack, Mathews and Northampton and parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. But in his spare time, […]
In a time when many daily newspapers are closing their doors, the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Mo., is staying open, and in the family. First published in 1901, the paper has been owned by the Waters and Watson families since 1904 and is currently owned by W&L alumnus Hank Waters, of the class of […]
As new Iowa Governor-elect Terry Branstad fills positions in his new government, it's clear that we'll need to establish a Washington and Lee alumni chapter in the state capitol in Des Moines. First, Gov.-elect Brandstad announced that he is retaining Donna Mueller, a 1979 graduate of the W&L School of Law, as chief executive officer […]
Earlier this month, Heaven Hill Distilleries, in Bardstown, Ky., celebrated its 75th anniversary on the same day that it filled its six-millionth barrel of bourbon. Presiding over the celebration was Heaven Hill president Max L. Shapira, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1965. Max is the third generation of his family to own […]
For Washington and Lee alumnus William Frank Barron Jr., things always did go better with Coke. A member of W&L's Class of 1952, Frank belongs to a family that was the Coca-Cola bottler in Rome, Ga., for 85 years. His grandfather started the company in 1901, and, according to "Your Friendly Neighbor": The Story of […]
The answer: A Washington and Lee law alumna who competed on "Jeopardy!" earlier this month. The question: Who is Alex Hawley, a 2009 graduate of the W&L School of Law? She finished second on the "Jeopardy!" program that aired on Dec. 15, 2010. An associate in the Labor & Employment Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw L.L.P., in Chicago, […]
When Hermés New York began looking for a different design for the holiday windows of its Madison Avenue store, they turned to Washington and Lee alumnus Charlie Baker, of the Class of 2004. Charlie's work, which uses twigs and felled trees from the beaches of Long Island, is featured in an article in Thursday's New […]
An announcement from the Department of Defense last month included the news that Tony Ierardi, of the Class of 1982, has been promoted to the rank of major general (two stars). A business administration major, Tony was a member of W&L's ROTC unit and was commissioned at his graduation. He has held a wide variety […]
Michael Clay Thompson, a creator of curriculum in poetics, writing, grammar and vocabulary, and a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 1969, has received the Richard W. Riley Award from the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education. “The award reflects the unique place Thompson’s language arts curriculum has come to have in gifted […]
The Wilderness Society, the organization that works to protect public lands, now has a W&L alumnus as one of its top executives. Fred Silbernagel, a member of the W&L Class of 1976, is the society’s new senior vice president for finance and administration. He comes to his new post after 14 years at the Brookings Institution as […]
Congratulations to Kelly B. Herd, of the Class of 2003, who has won a national prize for her Ph.D. dissertation in marketing. Kelly will complete her degree at the University of Colorado's Leeds School of Business next May and is set to join the faculty at Indiana University. She won honors in business administration at W&L. […]
Next time you see a story based on polls or polling and distributed by the Associated Press, be sure to check the byline. There's a good chance it will have been written, in whole or in part, by Jennifer Agiesta, a 2000 Washington and Lee alum. In late August, Jennifer began her new position as deputy […]
It’s a given that Washington and Lee alumni love to get together long after graduation, whether they’re seeing classmates on campus during reunions, or meeting alumni of all generations in their communities at chapter events. A new twist on that tradition has a singular purpose: to connect the women of W&L through informal gatherings around the country. […]
Two generations of Washington and Lee theatre majors will team up next week for a performance in New York when Jenna Worsham, a 2010 graduate, directs a performance of The Nebraska Dispatches featuring Christopher Cartmill, a 1984 graduate. We wrote about Chris's memoir, The Nebraska Dispatches, earlier this year. Chris and Christine Marie Brown adapted […]
Eddie Neufville, a 2003 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, describes what it's like to live with a stutter during an interview that aired on the NBC Nightly News this week. "You feel a knot in your stomach and you feel like your chest is very compressed and your heart is racing," is […]
A little more than three years ago Rob Rain, of the Class of 2007, was conducting honor hearings as president as Washington and Lee's Executive Committee. Today he is leading weekly shuras with Afghan elders as part of his deployment in the Helmand Province. First Lt. Rain is a platoon commander with the 81 Millimeter […]
Comedian, actor, author and art collector Steve Martin's new novel, "Object of Beauty," has an interesting Washington and Lee connection. The novel is set in the New York City art world. Martin is a renowned art collector in his own right. The W&L connection (actually, there are two) is the presence in the novel of […]
Today (Nov. 28) is Drive Safer Sunday, the sixth annual national observance of an event created in memory of Cullum Owings '03 by Road Safe America, an advocacy group founded by Cullum's parents and brother, Pierce '06. At the end of the 2002 Thanksgiving vacation, Cullum and Pierce were driving back to Washington and Lee […]
The following post is a reprise of the one we published on Thanksgiving two years ago, but we thought the story should be retold, and we invite you to forward it to W&L alumni, or others, who might not have seen it. Happy Thanksgiving! When you’re comfortably seated in front of your televisions on Thanksgiving […]
Tom Wolfe, of the Class of 1951, became the 20th recipient of the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation last week during the National Book Awards ceremony in New York last week. Previous recipients of the award included Joan Didion, Maxine Hong Kingston, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, John Updike, […]
At a news conference in Philadelphia later today, the results of a feasibility study to save one of the world's fastest passenger ocean liners will be unveiled. The SS United States, built in 1952 and withdrawn from service in 1969, set a transatlantic speed record on its maiden voyage when it sailed from New York […]
A group of alumni and friends gathered at the Hotchkiss Alumni House earlier this month to honor two of their classmates, Adam Burchett '02 and Kristin Shelton '04, who died in a tragic automobile accident a decade ago. The accident inspired a student-led initiative that created the Traveller Safe Ride Program. Those who returned for […]
A year after he was killed in Afghanistan, Washington and Lee alumnus Chris Coffland's story continues to resonate in several different ways. Chris was a member of the W&L Class of 1988 and co-captained the 1987 Generals' football team. He had joined the Army Reserve a month before he turned 42, the enlistment cut-off date. An […]
At halftime of last Saturday's football game between West Virginia University and the University of Cincinnati, in Morgantown, Judge Frederick P. Stamp, a 1956 Washington and Lee alumnus, was honored with his wife, Joan, as "Most Loyal West Virginians." The recognition was part of WVU's 63rd annual Mountaineer Week. Judge Stamp, who had a private practice in […]
Christian Wiman, the editor of Poetry magazine, is the subject of an elegant profile, “The Resurrection and the Life,” in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. The occasion is the publication of Every Riven Thing, his fourth book and his third collection of poetry. Christian is a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of […]
An article in the Nov. 2, 2010, edition of Youngentrepreneur magazine refers to Washington and Lee alumnus Brent Beshore as "a 27-year-old serial entrepreneur." It's an apt description of the 2005 graduate, who has been cited in the What's News blog once before, after being profiled in the Columbia, Mo., Business Times. The Youngentrepreneur article […]
This past weekend, the North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, unveiled “Inverted Utopias,” an exhibition by Bob Trotman, a 1969 alumnus of Washington and Lee. The exhibition runs until March 27, 2011, in a new gallery that showcases North Carolina artists. Trotman’s exhibition comprises works from the NCMA, private collections and the artist himself. […]
Shortly after the news broke on Friday that Charles R. McDowell Jr., Washington and Lee Class of 1948, had died from complications of a stroke, several of his former colleagues on the Richmond Times-Dispatch were retelling stories about Charley and summing up his role as a newspaperman for almost half a century. One especially apt assessment in today's […]
Albert M. Orgain IV, a 1971 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, may be known first for his success as a trial lawyer. He is a principal with the Richmond firm Sands Anderson, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers of Virginia, among others. But Al is equally […]
Back in May, we noted that a Washington and Lee alumnus, Bob Doll, of the Class of 1974, had just published his fourth New York Times crossword puzzle of the year. Now it turns out that we can boast of another, newer crossword constructor among the W&L alumni body. Neville Fogarty, who graduated in May, was the author […]
Viewers of the Oct. 31 edition of “60 Minutes” enjoyed the profile of Zenyatta, the unbeaten racehorse who is aiming to win her 20th and final race on Nov. 6, at the Breeder’s Cup Classic. One of the CBS staffers who created the story, as much with her equestrian skills as with her journalistic talents, is […]
In the foreword to "Going to Windward: A Mosbacher Family Memoir," President George H.W. Bush writes this about Washington and Lee alumnus Bob Mosbacher: " made life in Houston, life in Washington — life, period — more enjoyable and meaningful for Barbara and me than mere words can describe. Simply put, we hate to think […]
Big news in the ad world yesterday centered on a Washington and Lee alumnus. Andrew Keller, a 1992 graduate, has been named the CEO of Crispin Porter & Bogusky, one of the country's premier ad agencies. We've noted Andrew's work before in What's News, noting an interview that he did with Creativity in 2009 and […]
In 1983, when the University created the Honored Benefactors' Wall in Washington Hall, the idea was to include the names of those individuals whose gifts to Washington and Lee had exceeded $1 million. The wall contained 15 names when it was first unveiled. Last Thursday, Oct. 21, the University added six more names during a ceremony as […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Joseph Goldstein along with his longtime collaborator Michael Brown has been named winner of the inaugural Earl and Thress Stadtman Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The two scientists won the 1985 Nobel Prize in Medicine and the National Medal of Science in 1988 for […]
Megan Taylor, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1996, will be honored next month at the YWCA of New York City's 37th Annual Salute Luncheon. Megan, chief operating officer of private wealth management in the Investment Management Division (IMD) of Goldman, Sachs & Co., will join the Academy of Women Leaders Class of 2010 during […]
Formed in May 2009, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) held its first annual meeting in Washington earlier this month. Its first executive director, Washington and Lee alumnus Robert J. Grey Jr., of the Law Class of 1976, concluded that the higher-than-expected attendance showed how important the new initiative is to the profession. “This attendance level […]
To the surprise of no one, Washington and Lee alumnus Tom Wolfe '51 was named one of literature's 10 best-dressed authors by Flavorpill, a culture guide for New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and London. Here's what the Flavorwire wrote: "The 'man in white' has perhaps the most idiosyncratic style, having, since 1962, […]
Kevin White, a 2004 graduate of the School of Law, has received the Pro Bono Clearinghouse Volunteer Service Award from the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation. Kevin is an associate in the Richmond office of Kaufman & Canoles, where he practices corporate and public finance law. According to the announcement, Kevin provided 58 hours of pro bono […]
Josiah P. Rowe III, a member of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 1948, is retiring from 60-plus years in the family business: newspapers. On Oct. 14, the Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star announced that he will retire at the end of the year and become publisher emeritus. Joe and his brother Charles (W&L Class of 1945 […]
Boyle Investment Co., a Memphis-based real estate investment company with Washington and Lee connections, made headlines recently by donating 290 acres of land to the Wolf River Conservancy. The non-profit land trust, based in Memphis, is charged with conserving and enhancing the Wolf River corridor and watershed as a sustainable natural resource. Bayard Boyle Jr., […]
Dr. Quinn Peeper, a member of the Washington and Lee Class of 1982, is an ob-gyn with a busy practice in New Orleans. He also has a flourishing musical career. He and partner Michael Harold are well known around New Orleans for their piano performances. They are bringing their talents to Quinn’s alma mater on […]
Beach Vickers, a 1972 W&L graduate, told the Charleston Gazette recently that he used to stage plays for neighborhood kids on his grandmother's back porch in nearby Montgomery, W.Va. Admission was 5 cents, and the cast almost always included a couple of dogs. Beach, a journalism major and former newspaperman, is now living in Los […]
The Washington and Lee Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its 23rd class last month. Former basketball coach Verne Canfield, former lacrosse player Don Carroll ’76, former football, lacrosse and wrestling athlete Robert Hull ’96, and former soccer, lacrosse and basketball player Karin Treese Bauer ’99 were the four honorees. • Verne Canfield served as the […]
When Christopher Cartmill, Class of 1984, returned to Washington and Lee in the spring of 2009 as the Flournoy Playwright, he produced five plays in six weeks. Included in that lineup was The Nebraska Dispatches, a solo performance by Cartmill based on a research trip he had made to his home town, Lincoln, Neb. He […]
Sad news from Oregon last week, when Del Clark, of the Class of 1990, lost his long battle with cancer, at the age of 41. Del was the subject of an earlier blog item when The Oregonian newspaper featured him. A lawyer in the Portland suburb of Sherwood, Del was not only a city councilor but also had […]
Washington and Lee law alumnus Talcott Franklin, of the Class of 1995, was the subject of a couple of articles in the financial press last week. The focus was on the clearinghouse that he created to allow investors in residential mortgage-backed securities that went bad to pool their claims and, as Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported, "potentially […]
Hamill Jones, a 2004 Washington and Lee alumnus and former captain of the Generals' basketball team, will soon be starting his second season as head varsity basketball coach of his prep school alma mater, St. Christopher's School, in Richmond, Va. His first team finished 9-9. Hamill is also teaching history there. But his St. Christopher's job […]
The Atlanta Journal Constitution published an engaging question-and-answer session with Washington and Lee law alumna Lizanne Thomas, of the Class of 1982, last week. The primary topic was corporate governance, an area in which Lizanne has a wealth of experience. She not only practices and teaches in the area, but she also has hands-on experience. Lizanne […]
By day, Garland Tucker, a member of W&L’s Class of 1969, is the president and CEO of Triangle Capital Corp., a specialty finance company in Raleigh, N.C. By night, however, he is the author of a new book, The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge and the 1924 Election (Emerald Book Co.). He focuses […]
Famed journalist Charley McDowell, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1948, has a special place in the history of W&L, for he grew up on campus as the son of Charles McDowell, professor of law, and Catherine McDowell, secretary to the law dean. During his illustrious 49-year career with the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper, […]
Readers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution were already acquainted with the writing of Washington and Lee alum Jeremiah McWilliams, a staff reporter for the newspaper. But they were more accustomed to seeing his byline under stories about such Atlanta-based companies as Coca-Cola, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (based in Atlanta — really), or Great American Cookies. Then, one […]
The Clovis, N.M., News Journal, published a wonderful piece last week with Washington and Lee law alumnus Lynell Skarda of the Class of 1941. The story calls Lyn the oldest practicing lawyer in New Mexico. He turned 95 last month. Lyn followed his late brother, Langdon, a 1938 law school graduate, to W&L, and his […]
Former Washington and Lee tennis stars Robby (Class of 1994) and Chris (Class of 1996) MacNaughton are teaming up on Nov. 7 to run in the ING New York City Marathon, part of a group raising funds for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The MacNaughtons have a personal reason to support this cause: Stuart, the three-year-old […]
Washington Nationals fans should be heartened to know that when pitcher Steven Strasburg has surgery on his prized right arm in Los Angeles on Friday, a Washington and Lee alumnus is assisting in the operation. Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, of the Class of 1992, is medical director for the Nationals and will be working with orthopedic surgeon Dr. […]
Last month, when Randy Minchew, a member of the Washington and Lee Law Class of 1984, was named deputy counselor and advisor to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, he joined fellow W&L alumnus Mike Reynold, of the Class of 2002, as a member of the McDonnell administration. Mike has been there since last November, serving as assistant […]
For Washington and Lee alumnus Ted Le Clercq, this week's fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina marked the successful completion of a significant campaign through which he has helped one of New Orleans' great streets return to its previous grandeur. A member of W&L's Class of 1986, Ted was the guiding force in the effort to […]
Ginny Wortham, of the Class of 2007 and a member of the Generals' 2007 NCAA Division III national championship tennis team, is still competing and winning national championships. Earlier this month Ginny teamed up with her mother, Lindsay, to capture two titles at the USTA Mother/Daughter Grass Court Championships in Newport, R.I. The Worthams won […]
When Drew Catanese of the Class of 2004 got his first high school teaching job, he found the process of selecting health insurance plans and 401Ks and home mortgage plans a puzzle for which he was not prepared. "I remember thinking, 'I'm a college-educated adult, and I have no idea what all this is about,'" […]
Erin Tainer, a 2007 Washington and Lee alumna, stepped off from Springer Mountain, Ga., on March 27, bound for Mt Katahdin, Maine. On foot. That's a 2175-mile walk known as an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Erin's most recent blog post was on July 29, and she estimated then that she was 600 miles from her destination. […]
Congratulations to Geoffrey Campbell, a 1998 Washington and Lee alumnus who was nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Culinary category as producer of the Food Network series “Tyler’s Ultimate.” Geoff has been producing shows for the Food Network since July 2007 and has a variety of the network’s programs to his credit, including […]
This summer, as U.S. combat advisers from the Army's 162nd Infantry Brigade began returning from their respective employments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington and Lee alumnus Mark Bertolini, of the Class of 1986, the brigade's commander, was on hand to greet them at Ft. Polk, La. (See the photo.) Col. Bertolini took over command of […]
David Elmes, emeritus professor of psychology, has made a habit of calling upon his former students as a resource for the next generation of psychology majors. During the spring semester of 2009, he put together a course called Applications of Psychology Sciences, in which 11 alumni and alumnae with graduate degrees in psychology and allied […]
Cabell Youell, a 1999 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, was practicing corporate law in Roanoke when she began volunteering with the Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation, an organization that trains service dogs who help children and adults stricken with a broad range of disabilities (autism, cerebral palsy, joint and muscular […]
What are the odds that two Washington and Lee alums who graduated six years apart would wind up creating albums of children's music? With the release of Why Does Gray Matter? … And Other Brainy Songs for Kids, Roger Day, of the Class of 1985, now has four albums. His latest features songs about the […]
In January, we blogged about an Automotive News report that predicted that Bright Automotive, the Indiana-based electric hybrid vehicle company of which Washington and Lee alumnus Reuben Munger is chairman and CEO, was about to sign an agreement with a major automaker. On Tuesday, Bright and General Motors announced the new agreement under which GM […]
M. Marcy Jones, a 1995 alumna of the Washington and Lee School of Law, has become a leading proponent of graceful divorces. She knows that that very phrase is apt to be greeted with rolled eyes. Here's what she wrote on a recent blog: "When most people hear the words “graceful” and “divorce” in the […]
Lost your Calyx in your last move? The University Library has felt your pain. This week, it has posted online more than 110 years' worth of Washington and Lee's student yearbook, all digitized. Here is the library's gateway page for the online Calyx: http://library.wlu.edu/details.php?resID=1848. Once you find the volume you want, you can browse it […]
Congratulations to Washington and Lee alumnus Mike Pressler '82, who coached Team USA to a 12-10 victory over Canada in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship on Saturday in Manchester, England. The victory avenged a loss to Canada in the 2006 world championships. It was the ninth time Team USA has won the […]
Another update on a recent blog post: Earlier this week we published an item about the work that Cristin J. Nunez, Class of 2005, had done on an exhibition that she co-curated at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). The exhibition, which opened on Saturday (July 24), is titled "Ancestor and Descendants: Ancient Southwestern […]
Graig Fantuzzi's days as a record-setting outfielder for the Washington and Lee baseball team are behind him, but his love of the sport has clearly not diminished. That helps explain what the 1996 W&L graduate (and class valedictorian) was doing cutting up raw tuna alongside Boston Red Sox pitcher Hideki Okajima at a Japanese restaurant […]
Cristin J. Nunez, of Washington and Lee University’s Class of 2005, is thrilled to see two years of work come to fruition this Saturday, July 24, with the opening of "Ancestors and Descendants: Ancient Southwestern America at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century," an exhibition she co-curated at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). […]
Earlier this month, we blogged about the stories that four Washington and Lee journalism interns — two seniors and two May graduates — have been reporting this summer on various aspects of the BP oil spill. We just found that they are not the only W&L journalists writing on the subject. There's at least one […]
Each July 4, the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club, which holds its weekly meetings in Evans Dining Hall on the Washington and Lee campus, joins forces with BB&T to stage the Fourth of July Balloon Rally. Colorful hot air balloons lift off from the Virginia Military Institute Parade Ground and float lazily (usually) over Rockbridge County. […]
Two Washington and Lee alumni played roles in this week's confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan — one at the witness table, the other in the photographers' gallery. Jack Goldsmith, a 1984 graduate, was a witness in the hearings on Thursday. Jack is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University […]
After six years as a spokesman for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, most recently as deputy chief of staff, Washington and Lee alumnus Brian McClung, of the Class of 1995, has left that position to start his own public relations company, McClung Communications and Public Affairs, L.L.C., in Minneapolis-St. Paul. As a column in MinnPost.com, noted, […]
Frank M. Young III, a 1963 Washington and Lee alumnus, has been named to the executive committee of the Washington, D.C.-based American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR). Frank is chair of the International Law and Immigration Practice Team of the Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC.. ACFR is as a nonprofit association dedicated to facilitating […]
Earlier this month, two Washington and Lee alumni turned their cameras on the music festival, Bonnaroo. Taylor Crothers of the Class of 1993 has been documenting the work of musicians such as Dave Matthews since the early 1990s and was one of the two official photographers at Bonnaroo, the four-day mega-music festival in Manchester, Tenn., […]
Washington and Lee alumni from the late '60s and early '70s who are careful viewers of ABC's “World News with Diane Sawyer” might have seen a familiar face there on June 9: Guy Glenn '67, '71L. He was interviewed for a story about the frugal millionaire Verna Oller, who left $4.5 million to her hometown […]
Author Sam McLeod, known to his Washington and Lee law school classmates as Steve Johnson of the Class of 1981, has just published his newest book, Big Appetite: My Southern-Fried Search for Life. It's his fourth book, following a trilogy Welcome to Walla Walla, Bottled Walla and Blue Walla. The next edition of the W&L […]
Andrea Wallack planned to pursue a career in biochemistry after her graduation from Washington and Lee in 1989. But plans change, and today Andrea is the CEO of NightOwl Document Management Services, the company she founded when she was only 24 and already managing director of two affiliated companies, Miralex and archiving company, ImageXe LLC. […]
Todd Brown, a 1985 graduate of Washington and Lee and a 23-year resident of Culpepper, Va., just received a major award from his home community — the 11th annual Good Scout Award. The Piedmont District Boy Scouts of America give it to residents who embody scouting principles through their work and community service. Todd moved […]
Tallahassee artist W. Stanley (Sandy) Proctor, of Washington and Lee's Class of 1961, has forged a impressive reputation in the art world, including election to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame (joining such other luminaries as Ernest Hemingway, Ray Charles, Tennessee Williams, and Zora Neale Hurston). He began as a painter and stone carver, and […]
The Rockbridge Rapids, the summer league baseball team that calls Washington and Lee's Smith Field home, are well into their second season in the Valley League. Washington and Lee alumni Jim Crothers '66 and Ken Newman '71 are the team's president and general managers, respectively. The Rapids are composed of college players from around the […]
In May, Reggie Aggarwal, a 1994 graduate of W&L's School of Law and founder and CEO of Cvent, was honored by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), which presented him its Distinguished Corporate Achievement Award. This latest recognition comes a year after Reggie was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year […]
PeacePlayers International aims to use the game of basketball to unite and educate children and their communities, and Washington and Lee alumna Marina Vasilara, of the Class of 1995, is managing director of PeacePlayers International in her home country of Cyprus. According to the PeacePlayers' website, the program that Marina manages in Cyprus hopes to […]
Loranne Ausley, a 1990 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, is racing in Florida. Not only is she running to become the state's chief financial officer, one of three members of the Florida cabinet, but she also competed in the North Florida Olympic Triathlon as part of an unusual campaign fund-raising effort. Loranne […]
A Washington and Lee journalism student and a W&L journalism alumna have connected in the Washington bureau of CBS News this summer, and the initial result is a story, both print and video, on how music is helping New Orleans to heal. Alicia Budich, who will be a senior at W&L in the fall, is […]
Washington and Lee alumnus David Stovall Jr. of the Class of 1969 was always headed for the retail sales business. That's one of the takeaways from a wide-ranging Q and A with David, the president and CEO of Jacksonville-based Stein Mart, that appeared in the Financial News & Daily Record (Jacksonville, Fla.) earlier this month. […]
The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Washington and Lee law alumnus R. Booth Goodwin II (Class of 1996) as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. Formerly an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office since 2001, Booth was nominated by President Obama in January. In announcing the confirmation, both West Virginia U.S. senators cited […]
As Hatton Smith tells the story, he got his start in the family business, Royal Cup Coffee, by decree: "My mother forced my brother to hire me." He joined the company in 1973, right after graduating from Washington and Lee. That is one of the stories you'll find in an entertaining and informative piece about […]
Max Adler is on a road trip. He's playing 60 golf courses in 60 days and writing about his travels for Golf Digest. And — they're paying him. This isn't the first time that Max, a 2004 graduate and former member of the Generals' varsity golf team, has combined his writing and playing skills to […]
It's that Pomp and Circumstance time of year, and several Washington and Lee connections are cropping up in commencement exercises here and there. • W&L alumnus Tom Wolfe, of the Class of 1951, was the principal speaker at the University of Alabama-Huntsville last Friday. He told the graduates that America is "in astonishingly good shape." […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Bob Doll of the Class of 1974 had always been a fan of crossword puzzles. About five years ago he decided to try his hand at constructing the crossword puzzles that he's always enjoyed solving. And he's been more than a little successful at it. If you're a New York Times […]
On the final day of his four-day visit to the United States last week, Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Fort Campbell, Ky., where one of the people he met was Col. Arthur Kandarian, a 1986 Washington and Lee graduate who commands the U.S. Army brigade that will lead the coming U.S.-led offensive in Kandahar. Art […]
This morning's Roanoke Times has a major feature piece about Washington and Lee alumnus Courtney Penn of the Class of 1992. Courtney is a special assistant to the president at Roanoke College, but today's feature is all about Courtney's six years of service on the Roanoke School Board. As the story notes right up front, […]
John R. Broadway Jr., a 1974 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, is returning to government service in the administration of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. John had been named to a four-year term as head of the Virginia Employment Commission. As the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, John "takes over the agency at a […]
W. Ansel Sanders, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 2004, is embarking on another fascinating chapter in his work as a young leader in public education. Ansel is program director for the A. J. Whittenberg Elementary School in Engineering, which will open this coming fall in Greenville, S.C. After graduating from W&L, Ansel […]
If you haven't noticed it already, please take a look at the newly created Alumni "dashboard" on the wlu.edu website. Click here to go to the page, which combines information tailored to individual alumni under the Colonnade Connections heading on the right site. Alumni with login information will be able to search the directory, submit […]
Christopher Rucker, a 2009 Washington and Lee graduate who is an admissions counselor at W&L, describes himself this way: "I'm Button-Down collar, Four-in-Hand tie, regular button cuff, Slim cut, two button suit, Classic black toe cap shoes, Silver with Leather Strap Watch, iPhone, Mac, Mix and Match, Something Practical kind of guy." Actually, that probably […]
The College of William & Mary is honoring brothers Channing and Lesslie Hall, Washington and Lee alumni who are lifelong Williamsburg, Va., residents, with the college's annual Prentis Award. The Prentis Award is given to those people whose civic involvement benefits the community and the College. The award is named in honor of the Williamsburg […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Jack Goldsmith of the Class of 1984 has just been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. Jack is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University. He was among 229 leaders in the sciences, social sciences, […]
Chad Ellis, a 2003 Washington and Lee graduate and currently a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University, has been named the recipient of CMU's Graduate Student Service Award, which recognizes "service to his fellow students at Carnegie Mellon, and to his colleagues around Pittsburgh and the nation." Chad, a chemistry major at W&L, […]
During last weekend's School of Law reunion, returning members of the Class of 1960, back for their 50th, received special recognition during a Saturday morning gathering in the Millhiser Moot Court Room. Once they had been received a commemorative medal and greetings from W&L President Ken Ruscio and Law Dean Rodney Smolla, one of the […]
Denizens of pre-renovation Reid Hall from the mid-1980s can certainly relate to much of the portrait of Mike Allen (Class of 1986) that is painted in the fascinating cover story on Mike and Politico in the New York Times Magazine. You can read that piece online today, and it's worth every minute you spend. Here […]
Purchasing Power, an Atlanta-based company that has been ranked on Entrepreneur magazine's list of the Top 100 fastest growing companies, has added to its Washington and Lee connections with the announcement that Chad Delp of the Class of 1993 is the new chief financial officer. At Purchasing Power, Chad is joining fellow W&L alumnus Keith […]
Robyn O'Brien, the 1993 Washington and Lee alumna who has been labeled "food's Erin Brockovich" by the New York Times, earned another significant honor this month when Planet Green, part of the Discovery Channel, named her one of its 15 visionaries — people who are providing "big ideas that will shape our world going forward." […]
Congratulations to Brian Clarke, a 1999 graduate of the Washington and Lee School of Law, who was named one of the Charlotte Business Journal's 40 Under 40 last month. The annual feature in the special publication of the Charlotte Business Journal identifies 40 people under the age of 40 who are "making major strides in […]
As a basketball player at Washington and Lee in the late 1960s, Mike Neer was part of some of the most successful teams in Generals' history. As a coach at the University of Rochester for 34 years, Mike led one of the most successful programs, on any level, in the country. Last week Mike announced […]
Within seven weeks of President John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov, 22, 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy received more than 800,000 letters of condolence. One of those letters, dated Nov. 25, 1963, came from a Washington and Lee student—James S. Legg Jr. of the Class of 1965. And now Jim's letter is one of about 250 that […]
Readers of The New York Times may already be aware of the story in Wednesday's Business section about Washington and Lee alumnus Charlie Freret (Class of 1970), his federal income taxes and the Honor System. If you haven't read the whole story, here's the link. The bottom line is this: Charlie discovered a flaw in […]
Washington and Lee President Ken Ruscio and 10 other college and university presidents from around the country participated in Arizona State University's 10th annual Science and Science Policy Round Table, in New York last week. This was the second year that President Ruscio joined the select group for a wide-ranging discussion with national journalists. This time, […]
In Washington last month, about 200 women who served during World War II as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPS, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor given by Congress, in a ceremony on Capitol Hill. And one of those pioneering women was Patricia Nuckols, the widow of the late Marshall Nuckols, '33, '35L, […]
Rick Woulfe, a 1976 graduate of the W&L School of Law, is managing partner of Bunnell Woulfe, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In 2009, Rick was named one of Florida's Super Lawyers and was also recognized as a Top Lawyer in the 2010 South Florida Legal Guide. Rick knows his way around a golf course […]
Washington and Lee alumnus (Class of 1953) and Lexington native Cy Twombly has become only the third contemporary artist selected to create a permanent work for the Louvre. His contribution is a painted ceiling for the Salle des Bronzes, and he is the first artist given the honor of decorating a Louvre ceiling since Georges […]
Clark Finney, a 2006 graduate of Washington and Lee, with a degree in business administration and two years on the Generals' lacrosse team, has just received the prestigious Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year Award from the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). Clark, an associate with Cushman & Wakefield, received the award […]
Stacy Morrison's memoir, "Falling Apart in One Piece," was published this week by Simon & Schuster, and she appeared on the TODAY show on Tuesday morning to talk about it with Al Roker. (Click here to watch the video and read an excerpt). Stacy is editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine, and the book is about her […]
Powell (Nick) Leitch of the Classes of 1984 and 1987L is an attorney practicing in the defense of medical malpractice and products liability claims for LeClairRyan law firm in Roanoke. That's Nick's day job. But Sunday and last night, he was on stage at the Shaftman Performance Hall in Roanoke's Jefferson Center where he was […]
Giles G. Perkins, a 1992 graduate of the W&L School of Law and Executive Committee president in the 1991-92 academic year, is a candidate for attorney general in Alabama this year. To launch his campaign earlier this month, Giles joined marchers on the 51-mile walk between Selma and Montgomery to recreate the voting rights march […]
Hood to Coast is billed as the largest relay race in the world. The race features 1,000 teams with 12,000 runners and covers 197 miles from Mount Hood to the Oregon coast. A new documentary film about the race, also titled "Hood to Coast," follows four of the relay teams, one of which, Team R. […]
Capt. John Cimina, a 2002 graduate of Washington and Lee, has just received the 2010 winner of the Robert Guy Robinson Award from the Marine Corps Aviation Assocaition as the 2010 Naval Flight Officer of the Year. The award is named in honor of Marine First Lieutenant Robert G. Robinson, who earned the Medal of […]
When we last wrote about Mackenzie Brown, a 2009 graduate, she was headed to Uganda to teach at BULA (Better Understanding of Life in Africa) Children's Home. Her hometown television station in West Virginia had done a story about her upcoming adventure. That was last July. Mackenzie arrived in Uganda in August and found the […]
Eric Clapton has called Delta blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robert Johnson "the most important blues musician who ever lived." Washington and Lee alumnus Scott Ainslie would no doubt agree. Next year is the 100th anniversary of Johnson's birth and the 25th anniversary of his recordings, and Scott has created a […]
Old Dominion University — and all of Tidewater, it seems — are welcoming Norfolk native Wood Selig back to the area with open arms. The 1983 Washington and Lee alumnus, who came to W&L from Norfolk Collegiate, has taken over as the athletic director at Old Dominion after 11 years at Western Kentucky. Prior to […]
Linda Klein, a 1983 graduate of Washington and Lee's School of Law, was nominated in February as chair of the American Bar Associations' House of Delegates. Linda is managing shareholder in the Georgia offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, and of the firm's board of directors. The chair of the ABA House […]
If Washington and Lee alumnus Charlie Santo has his way, the area in Memphis known as Soulsville is going to be revitalized through an unusual program called the Memphis Music Magnet. Santo, a 1996 W&L graduate, is currently an assistant professor of City and Regional Planning in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy […]
Two members of Washington and Lee's Class of 1997, Dr. Anthony "Mazz" Mazzarelli and Dr. Sacha Montas, were among the first responders to earthquake victims in Haiti last month. Anthony heads up the emergency medicine unit at Cooper University Hospital in Newark, N.J. Sacha is a fourth-year resident in the department of emergency medicine at […]
Senior Robert Claiborne always believed he would be reunited with the W&L class ring that he lost in the snow between Newcomb Hall and Morris House. It flew off his finger when he returned fire during a brief snowball battle on Feb. 2. Elizabeth Knapp ‘90, associate dean of the College, happened along when Robert […]
Sometime in the next several weeks, the White Family Era in Washington and Lee men’s basketball will end when the Generals finish their season. After seven seasons of having a member of the family on the floor, Zac White will play his final game. Fans hope it will come later rather than sooner, as the […]
Long-time viewers of the recently departed CBS soap opera “The Guiding Light” who are still undergoing withdrawal may not have realized that they were watching a Washington and Lee alumnus in one of the show's key roles. Grant Aleksander (Grant A. Kunkowski in W&L's Class of 1982) played Phillip Spaulding on the series, which left […]
A Washington and Lee alumnus, Edward G. "Ned" Moore, has moved from directing one of the state's most successful, statewide, private higher-education consortiums to a national stage. A 1972 alumnus, Ned has been appointed an executive director of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE), the national office for state associations that focuses on consortial […]
The third edition of the anthology Best American Fantasy has just been published and features what Publisher's Weekly calls "20 eclectic and exceptional stories that graft fantasy with realistic fiction." Included among the authors is none other than Stephen King. But two of the 20 stories are by writers with Washington and Lee ties. Chris […]
A Feb. 8 article in Forbes Woman identifies 20 Inspiring Women to follow on Twitter, and a Washington and Lee alumna is on the list. We blogged about the work of Robyn McCord O'Brien of the Class of 1993 last April. Robyn is the founder of the AllergyKids Foundation, which supports and inspires parents and […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Charles Cella's name was prominent on national and international sports pages this week: his race track, Oaklawn Park, in Hot Springs, Ark., will be the center of the thoroughbred horse racing universe in April when the world's top two horses meet in the Apple Blossom Invitational. Among other outlets, The New […]
When Del Clark graduated from Washington and Lee in 1990, most of his classmates were well aware of the battle he had fought with cancer during his undergraduate career. As his classmate and roommate Todd Peppers recently recalled, during his sophomore year Del had a cancerous brain tumor and a prognosis of a year to […]
Washington and Lee alumnus Drew McWay returned to his alma mater this week to give a presentation about his new venture, Dvelo.org, a platform to connect investors with communities in the developing world. Drew is a 2008 W&L grad who won one of the 100 Projects for Peace and used his $10,000 grant to partner […]
Almost a year ago, Mike Pace, a 1984 Washington and Lee Law graduate from Salem, Va., asked his daughter what she was learning in her seventh grade civics class. She mentioned the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the amendments, and the structure of government, but when Mike asked about the rule of law, she wasn't […]
As a graduate student in the Columbia University Journalism School in 2009, Jessica Hopper, a 2008 Washington and Lee graduate, joined forces with Columbia classmate Pracheta Sharma to form a film company called Brown Girls Production. Now, they are celebrating their first film's selection for screening at this year's Women's International Film Festival (WIFF). "Behind […]
If you happened to go to Washington and Lee's dance concert over the weekend and then happened to watch Sunday's Grammy Awards telecast, you would have seen clear similarities between one of the aerial dances performed by W&L alumna Sharon Witting of the Class of 1991 and her partner, Andrea Burkholder, and the much-discussed Grammy […]
Two photographs by Washington and Lee photographer Patrick Hinely '73 are featured in a slide show accompanying a feature story about jazz pianist Fred Hersch in the current issue of the New York Times Magazine. The article is titled "Giant Steps: The Survival of a Great Jazz Pianist," and Patrick has two of the slide […]
This month's issue of Greater Charlotte Biz magazine features alumna Carson Tate's company, Working Simply. Here is a link to the article. Carson, a 1998 graduate who majored in psychology, is president of Working Simply, which she founded in 2003 and has developed into an award-winning consulting firm that specializes in partnering with organizations, teams […]
Robert A. Mosbacher, a member of W&L’s undergraduate class of 1947 and law class of 1949, who served as secretary of commerce for President George H. W. Bush and as general chairman of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign, died Sunday in Houston. He was 82 and had suffered from pancreatic cancer, according to the various […]
Lovancy Ingram, a 2001 alumna, is part of a relatively new instrumental group called Porterfield Rose, which was formed in late 2008 and has just released its first CD, Echoes of Rose. A journalism and mass communications major who lives in Washington, D.C., Lovancy served as assistant concertmaster for the University Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. Porterfield […]
A story in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette earlier this month focused on the research being conducted at Hendrix College in Conway by Jennifer Peszka, a 1994 Washington and Lee graduate and an associate professor of psychology and head of the department at Hendrix. Jennifer received the M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Mississippi and […]
An article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch last month reported on Washington and Lee alumnus Paul S. Trible's new venture — an online store selling men's shirts offering "European quality, English fit and American style; all at an attainable price." Paul and his business partner, Paul Watson, planned Ledbury while they were in Oxford, pursuing M.B.A. […]
A story in Tuesday's edition of Automotive News reports that Bright Automotive, the Indiana-based company of which Washington and Lee alumnus Reuben Munger '95 is chairman, is set to sign an agreement with a major automaker for the company's plug-in hybrid vehicles. Bright Automotive made a big splash last April when it unveiled the prototype […]
Burr Datz ’75, director of leadership development and coordinator of religious life at Washington and Lee since 2000, has been named the campus minister for Lexington's St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. His last day in his W&L position was Dec. 31, but he's still going to be much in evidence around his alma mater since he'll […]
John M. McCardell Jr., a 1971 graduate of Washington and Lee and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2008, was named today as the vice chancellor and president of the University of the South-Sewanee. John is president emeritus of Middlebury College in Vermont, where he served from 1992 to 2004. Sewanee's announcement, including […]
If you are worried about gaining a few unwanted pounds as the holidays approach, a Washington and Lee alumna has created a gift that might just be what you need. Jennifer Galardi of the Class of 1996 has just produced a new DVD called "Ballet Body" and subtitled "5 'Feel-Good' Workouts." Jennifer and the new […]
Gerry Lenfest, Washington and Lee alumnus and benefactor, was the recipient Saturday of the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement from The Pennsylvania Society, a non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1899. Lenfest, '53, '55L, was recognized at the 111th annual dinner of The Pennsylvania Society at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. He joins an impressive […]
Anyone from Western Pennsylvania or even anyone who has spent some time traveling through Pittsburgh over the last two decades has probably seen and heard a Washington and Lee alumnus who has become a fixture on KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh's CBS affiliate. Dave Crawley of the Class of 1969 celebrated two decades with the station in April […]
Back in November Stephen R. Chance of the Class of 1989 and his family stopped by Lexington on their way back to Atlanta from Philadelphia. Stephen decided to show his family around his alma mater. As he walked across the footbridge, he spotted a banner for St. Jude Childrens' Research Hospital from the University's group […]
If you're looking for the latest news of Washington and Lee's alumni chapters, there's a great new on-line resource available. The Alumni Association's blog features a comprehensive calendar of chapter events plus links tothe individual blogs being maintained by 16 different alumni chapters. Be sure to have a look. Chances are you'll find a W&L […]