Joan P. Brock & Macon F. Brock, Jr.'64
Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that
both Macon F. Brock, Jr. ’64 and Joan P. Brock will both receive the Honorary Doctor
of Laws Degree at the college’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 30, 2009
at 10:00 a.m. at the Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza at R-MC.
“Through their involvement and support with Randolph-Macon and their community,
Macon and Joan are excellent role models for our students on how to live life to
its fullest by serving others,” said Lindgren. “They have both so richly earned
and deserve this recognition.”
Macon F. Brock, Jr. ’64 has served as an exemplary member of the
Randolph-Macon College Board of Trustees since 1992 and as chair from 1999–2009.
He is also a former member of the College’s Board of Associates and recently received
the Distinguished Service Award from the Socity of the Alumni. Brock has received
many awards and recognition for his outstanding business and community leadership
over the years and in May 2009, was officially named the First Citizen of Virginia
Beach from the Virginia Beach Jaycees. In February 2009, the Virginia General Assembly
passed a resolution acknowledging Brock’s lifetime contributions to his community
and country. Brock graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1964 with a B.A. in
Latin. He went on to Quantico, Virginia for Marine Corps Officer training, served
in Vietnam and was a special agent with the United States Naval Intelligence at
the Norfolk Naval Station before becoming a successful entrepreneur, co-founding
K and K Toys and Dollar Tree, Inc.
Joan P. Brock is a major shareholder of Dollar Tree, Inc. and served
for 11 years as assistant secretary/treasurer for the company. Her career began
in her father’s variety store, at that time called “K&K 5&10” which eventually
became K& K Toys, Inc. She earned a B.A. in secondary education with a minor
in mathematics from Longwood College (now Longwood University), and a Master’s degree
in Humanities from Old Dominion University. Steadfast in her community work, Brock
dedicates her knowledge and skills to organizations and programs that benefit culture,
education and community. She is a trustee of the Chrysler Museum, which opened the
Joan P. Brock Galleries in 2008 to showcase 19th Century Art; the Access College
Foundation, which has helped 13,000 students secure more than $51 million in financial
aid since it was founded in 1989; and Virginia Wesleyan College, where she also
served as chair of the VWC Board of Trustees. She is the recipient of a Distinguished
Alumna Award from Old Dominion University and a Distinguished Alumni Community Service
Award from Longwood University.
Macon and Joan Brock are recognized leaders in philanthropy at
Randolph-Macon College. They have generously given their time, support and leadership
to a number of major projects including the Brock Sports and Recreation Center and
the renovation of the Thomas Branch building which includes the Brock Residence
Hall. In 2008, the Brocks endowed the Macon and Joan Brock Professorship, which
is currently held by Professor Kelly Lambert. They are also members of the R-MC
Presidents Society and Heritage Society. Most recently, they made a lead gift towards
R-MC’s campaign to help finance a major new capital project.
The Brocks generosity also extends beyond R-MC. At Longwood University in Farmville,
Virginia, the Brocks helped transform that campus by creating a pedestrian mall
called Brock Commons, which opened in 2004 and spans three city blocks. The couples’
generosity has also benefited Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia, where
they endowed the Joan and Macon Brock Directorship for the Center for the Study
of Religious Freedom and the Douglas E. McIntyre Mentor Scholarship.
Macon and Joan Brock live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They have three grown children
and five grandchildren.