R-MC Alumnus Everette G. “Buddy” Allen Donates $2.6 Million for
Local Student Scholarships and R-MC Athletics
Ashland, VA - Richmond native Everette G. “Buddy” Allen, ’62,
came to Randolph-Macon College almost 50 years ago, thanks to several generous scholarships.
He had a passion for sports – basketball in particular – the liberal arts, and Randolph-Macon
College. Today, widely recognized as one of Virginia’s top civil litigators and
community leaders, Allen attributes much of his success to his R-MC education and
the scholarship assistance afforded to him. In an effort to extend these same opportunities
to other Richmond area students, Allen and his wife Ann are giving $2.6 million
to Randolph-Macon College in support of scholarships for local students, the R-MC
athletics program, and the college’s annual funds, marking this as one of the most
generous contributions presented to R-MC in recent times.
“Mr. and Mrs. Allen’s gift is a wonderful testament to the power of philanthropy,”
said Robert R. Lindgren, president of Randolph-Macon. “Their gift will help local
students interested in pursuing a liberal arts education at Randolph-Macon through
scholarships, as well as support and enhance the college’s vibrant athletics program,
which is an integral part of the college’s overall goal to educate and develop the
whole student. The college is deeply grateful for this generous and significant
donation, and we look forward to welcoming more Richmond-area students in the coming
“Randolph-Macon College is a special school,” Allen said. “It is important to both
Ann and me to provide now, and in the future, these new and valuable opportunities
for area students to benefit from Randolph-Macon’s outstanding academic and athletic
programs. We are grateful for what R-MC did for me many years ago and we hope to
give many more local students, particularly Richmond students who may not have the
resources to attend a private college, the chance to discover Randolph-Macon and
its top-notch liberal arts curriculum.”
More than $1 million Earmarked for Local Student Scholarships:
A portion of the gift – $1.25 million – will be used to establish the Buddy and
Ann Allen Scholarship Fund. In an effort to support area students, scholarship preference
will be given to Richmond City public school students, students participating in
the “Partnership for the Future” program, a college preparation, mentoring and youth
employment program in Metro Richmond, and students transferring after graduation
from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
“This generous scholarship support will help provide Richmond-area students the
opportunity to obtain one of the finest educations available anywhere,” said Dr.
Steven Nape, R-MC’s dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. “We are very grateful
to the Allens for their willingness to support local students. The impact of their
gift will be felt immediately.”
Moreover, Randolph-Macon remains dedicated to making its outstanding liberal arts
education affordable through a variety of generous financial aid packages, including
loans, grants and scholarships.
Allen Donation to Benefit R-MC Athletic Program:
The Allens also have pledged their support to the R-MC Division III Athletics Program,
committing $1 million for the creation of the Randolph-Macon College Athletic Endowment.
In addition, they are giving $100,000 for immediate use to provide new services
and opportunities to its eight women’s athletics teams in the coming years, including
the R-MC women’s basketball team, which has garnered much national success in recent
years. With more than 40 percent of R-MC students participating in at least one
of the college’s 15 varsity sports, this gift will help the college continue its
tradition of educating and developing the whole student.
Specifically, the Athletic Endowment will be used to provide new funds to enhance
and support the college’s athletic program, allowing the college to be more competitive
and take its athletic image and visibility to larger levels. Additionally, this
endowment gift is being used as a “challenge gift,” in the hope that other dedicated
alumni and friends of Randolph-Macon also will show their Yellow Jacket support
in a similar fashion.
“The Allens’ gift will help our athletic program grow and reach new heights,” said
R-MC Athletic Director Denis Kanach. “We are grateful for Ann and Buddy’s steadfast
support of our students through the years and are thrilled with the potential their
generosity will provide.”
Support for the Annual Fund:
The Allens also understand the importance of the annual fund for the unrestricted
use by the college and the athletic program. Therefore, the remaining monies of
their gift will support these funds. Both gifts will allow the college to address
varying campus needs in each area on a regular basis.
Everette G. “Buddy” Allen, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of R-MC, ’62, and University
of Virginia Law School, ’65, is a partner with LeClair Ryan. A highly esteemed attorney,
Allen was noted in Virginia Business Magazine as Virginia's top civil litigator
in 2005 and was selected by Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers – 2005-07,
as a top litigator in Virginia. His practice areas include business litigation,
tort defense, environmental, administrative agency, local government and land use.
Previously, Allen served as chairman of the board with Hirschler, Fleischer, Weinberg,
Cox & Allen until 2001. He then formed Allen & Allen law firm with his son,
E.G. III, a member of R-MC’s Board of Associates. The firm merged with LeClair Ryan
in 2005. Allen has served as a director of the Virginia Gas Company, Commonwealth
Biotechnologies, and Hersha Hospitality Trust. He is recognized as a Fellow of the
American College of Trial Lawyers and has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers
in America for Civil Litigation.
A native of Richmond and a graduate of John Marshall High School, Allen has been
a member of R-MC’s Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1992, and also a member of the
college’s Society of Alumni Board. He has generously given to Randolph-Macon in
the past, including providing a lead gift to help renovate the college’s Crenshaw
Gymnasium, as well as gifts to help construct the college’s Brock Center recreational
facility and the Hugh Stephens baseball stadium.
In addition to playing baseball and football, Allen was a star basketball player
during his time at R-MC and was inducted in the R-MC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997.
Also a native of Richmond, Ann Allen, formerly Ann Southall, married Buddy in 1961
and the couple has three children: Wendy Schmitt, who is married to R-MC alumnus
Dan Schmitt, Class of 1982; E.G. III; and James, also an R-MC alumnus, Class of
1999, and seven grandchildren.
For more information on this article, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon at 752-7317