Category Archives: Alumni

Robert J. Grey Jr. '76L Honored for Commitment to Diversity

Robert J. Grey Jr. '76L

Former American Bar Association president Robert J. Grey Jr. was honored by the organization’s Forum on Construction Law for his “extraordinary leadership and lifetime of commitment to moving the meter on diversity and inclusion” during its October meeting, in Chicago.

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Conversation Starter: Kerry Egan '95 Interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air"

Kerry Egan '95

The accolades are starting to pour in for "On Living" (Riverhead Books), by Kerry Egan, a 1995 alumna of Washington and Lee University.

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Sherry A. Fox ’06L Named a Leader in the Law

Sherry Fox '06L

Sherry Fox, an attorney with ThompsonMcMullan, has been named to the 2016 class of Leaders in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

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Putting Words into Action: The Rev. John Cleghorn '84

The Rev. John Cleghorn, Caldwell Presbyterian Church, stands in front of a line of police officers in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. blocking the access road to I-277 on the third night of protests following Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) Chuck Burton AP

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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.”

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Over There: Kiffin Rockwell, W&L’s French Fighter Pilot

The Rockwell brothers: Paul (left) and Kiffin (right) in Paris in 1916, on the occasion of Paul’s wedding. Photo from the Paul Ayres Rockwell Collection, Special Collections & Archives, Washington and Lee University

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.

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Museum of the American Revolution Honors Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest


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.

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Paten Hughes: Lights, Camera, Action!

Paten Hughes

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.

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Jon Philipson ’06 Encourages Dads to Lean Out

Jon Philipson '06

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?' "

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Matt Simpson '12 Represents the U.S. at the 2016 Paralympics

The U.S. Paralympic Goalball Team

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.

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Matt Simpson '12: The Road to Rio

Mat Simpson '12, member of the USA Goalball Team

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 […]

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