The Columns
Robert Swinarton '50 and his late wife, Roddy.
Generating Retirement Income through the Charitable Remainder Unitrust
The environment at W&L was transformative in the sense that everything you did was governed by the Honor System. You were your own disciplinarian. I had never experienced anything like this, and it made an impact that stayed with me throughout my business and personal life. I attribute my success in business to this.
Your Support Matters
Picture of two class co-chairs presenting a class check to W&L president during reunion weekend in Lee Chapel.
The Big Gift
“What makes the 25th and 50th reunion gifts special is the opportunity for the classes to decide what their collective legacy is going to be to W&L,” says Jessica Cohen, W&L’s 25th reunion gift officer, who has overseen the 25th reunion gift campaign since 2006.
Eileen Small '15
The Art of Philanthropy
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.
Alumni in Action
Arts and Culture
Roy Matthews '54
Roy Matthews ’54 Used His IRA to Help History Professors at W&L
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.
Alumni in Action
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Helen and Lou Hodges
A Life of Kindness
When Lou Hodges died in February, the W&L community mourned for an educator and proponent of social justice whose impact on the campus still looms large. But now the community can celebrate because Lou’s name is permanently memorialized at the school he served for 43 years.
Alumni back on campus for Alumni Weekend 2016 walk across the lawn toward Lee Chapel.
Connect, Involve, Support
Dennis Cross, vice president for university advancement, noted that fundraising is just one aspect of the division’s mission to connect, involve, and gain the support of W&L’s alumni, parents, and friends.
Annual Fund Sets New Record in 2015-16
In the year following the wildly successful conclusion of Honor Our Past, Build Our Future: The Campaign for Washington and Lee, alumni and parents once again gave more to the Annual Fund than ever before.