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Person of the Year

— by on January 3rd, 2012

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 various causes.

One of Howard’s more recent gifts — $1 million to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts — resulted in the Anne G. and Howard S. Kaylor Atrium. It goes on the long list of community organizations that Howard and his wife, Anne, have supported through the years.

Although he entered the W&L School of Law after obtaining his undergraduate degree, Howard decided lawyering was not for him and returned to Hagerstown, where he enjoyed a successful 55-year career as a stockbroker.

When the Herald-Mail asked about his philanthropy, Howard responded with typical understatement: “I’ve been fortunate and blessed to have done well with my investments, and I’m 85 now. Other than taking care of my kids, I may as well give this money away. I have no use for it.”

Congratulations to Howard on his Person of the Year Award.