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 exceed $1 million. The wall now has 125 names.
As part of the recent renovation of Washington Hall, the foyer now also features an exhibition that tells the story of George Washington's historic gift of canal stock to Liberty Hall Academy. That gift enabled the survival of the institution that became Washington and Lee.
Four current members of the Board of Trustees and one emeritus Trustees were recognized at the Feb. 8 event:
Kimberly Thrall Duchossois
When her son, Tyler Lenczuk ’08, attended and played lacrosse for Washington and Lee, Duchossois became a University volunteer, sharing her leadership skills as a member of the Parents Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010. Her impact also has been felt through her generous support of the Parents Fund, the construction of Hillel House and the renovations to Wilson Field. In 2010, she created a $1 million endowment to support competitive salaries for coaches and to name the athletic director’s position in honor of former athletic director Michael F. Walsh.
Kathryn R. and Harry J. Phillips Jr. ’72
Among the many projects that the Phillipses have supported are the Houston/Fox Benton Honor Scholarship and the construction of Wilson Hall and Hillel House. They are consistent supporters of the Annual Fund and made a $1 million gift in support of the restoration of the Colonnade.
Susanne and William E. Pritchard III ’80
Bill Pritchard has served as class agent since 2008 and chaired his class’s 30th reunion committee. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012. The Pritchards established the William E. Pritchard III ’80 Professorship in Geology with a $1.25 million gift matched by the Lenfest Challenge.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Sadler Jr. ’67
In 2007, Bob Sadler established the Robert E. Sadler Jr. Professorship to support a distinguished professor who is an accomplished scholar and exceptional teacher in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics. He has also supported the Class of 1967 Scholarship, the construction of Hillel House and W&L’s athletic program.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Wall IV ’80
In addition to consistently donating to the Annual Fund and supporting projects such as improvements to athletic facilities, Tom Wall has also supported the Class of 1980 C. William Pacy Jr. Memorial Honor Scholarship, the renovations to Wilson Field, and the restoration and renovation of the Colonnade. In 2010, he established the Thomas R. Wall IV Endowment for Support of Coaches to fund athletic coaches' salaries.
Other donors whose names have been newly added to the Benefactors' Wall will be recognized at upcoming events.