Dee Raubenstine '80, Robert Lindgren and Jack Whitcomb '52
John F. “Jack” Whitcomb ’52 was presented the Society of Alumni’s Distinguished
Service Award on June 1, 2013 at the annual meeting of The Boydton Society that
was held on campus during Commencement weekend. R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren
presented the award.
The Society of Alumni created the Alumni Distinguished Service Award to recognize
those alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to the image of Randolph-Macon
who have supported the programs that aid the College.
Whitcomb earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Randolph-Macon College
in 1952. He played tennis and basketball at R-MC and was a member of Omicron Delta
Kappa. Whitcomb’s athletic prowess was honored in 2001 when he was inducted into
the R-MC Hall of Fame.
His love of athletics is evident: Whitcomb served as the athletic director, basketball
coach, and as a math teacher at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. from 1956
to 1958. In 1958 he became the first athletic director at Bishop O’Connell High
School in Arlington, Virginia, where he was also the basketball and baseball coach
and a math teacher until 1960. He was the basketball coach at Cathedral Latin High
School in Washington, D.C. in 1967 and at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs
from 1993 to 1995.
Whitcomb made his career in the investment business, working for companies such
as Merrill Lynch, First Boston, and Wheat First Securities. He currently works as
an investment advisor at Raymond James Financial Services.
His service to his alma mater is inspiring.
Whitcomb is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Alumni and
is currently a member of the Yellow Jacket Club and the Presidents Society. The
Linda A. Whitcomb Scholarship for Women was established in 2004 with gifts from
Whitcomb, his family and friends in memory of his first wife, Linda.
The John F. Whitcomb Scholarship was established in 2007 by Whitcomb to benefit
young men who demonstrate significant leadership potential. His gifts to R-MC are
nothing short of extraordinary.
Whitcomb and his wife Susan live in Sarasota, Florida and in Ashland.
The R-MC community congratulates Whitcomb for all he has done for the college, and
for his steadfast Yellow Jacket pride.