Buddy Allen Jr. '62
When asked about his fondest memories of life as a student at R-MC, Buddy Allen
Jr. ’62 is quick to answer: “My best memories are my senior year when I captained
the football and basketball teams, made
Phi Beta Kappa, and my new
bride and I lived in a college-owned brick cottage next to what was then called
Veterans Village,” says Allen. “It was a great beginning to what will soon be 50
years of marriage to Ann. Actually, it was the beginning of two love affairs, with
Ann and with the college.”
Allen was recruited by football coach Joe McCutcheon and basketball coach Paul Webb.
“In addition, my high school academic record and the results of tests that I took
at R-MC enabled me to win the R-MC Award, which paid my tuition and fees for four
years,” says the Richmond, Virginia native. Allen’s athletic pursuits were celebrated
in 1997 when he was inducted into the college’s
Athletic Hall of Fame. “That was really exciting,” says Allen, “and I felt
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The philosophy major originally thought
that his career would involve a lab coat instead of a courtroom. “My plan had been
to attend med school, until Ann and I counted up the years it would take for me
to complete the education, including the military obligation, etc., before beginning
to practice medicine,” he says. “Law school was only three years and we decided
to take that route. Professor Burnell Pannill ’41 was especially helpful to me in
helping me chart my course—he was my philosophy mentor and good friend.” Allen graduated
in 1965 from the University of Virginia Law School.
Allen has worked as a litigator for the past 45 years and is currently a partner
and shareholder for LeClairRyan, in the firm’s litigation group, in Richmond, Virginia.
In 2009 he was voted Number 1 by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine and he
was ranked in the Top 10 by the magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Allen enjoys his
work because it is, as he says, “always a challenge. I don’t get many easy cases.”
The Allens have given generously to Randolph-Macon throughout the years, and in
2006 they donated $2.6 million to the college. They established the Buddy and Ann
Allen Scholarship Fund, which supports Richmond City public school students, students
participating in “Partnership for the Future” (a college preparation program in
Richmond) and students transferring from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College,
and contributed one million dollars to start the R-MC Athletic Endowment.
Allen is as passionate about his free time as he is about his fast-paced profession.
“Ann and I both read and travel extensively and enjoy time at our Virginia Beach
home,” he says. “We have seen every part of the world we want to see except Italy.
We’re planning that trip.” The Allens are the parents of sons E.G. III, Esq. and
Jamie ’99 and daughter Wendy Allen Schmitt; their son-in-law, Daniel Schmitt ’82,
is also an alumnus of the college. Asked if he has joined the legions of Twitterers
and other online users who use the Internet to communicate with family and friends,
Allen is adamant: “One thing I have absolutely no interest in is social networking,
including Facebook. Our children and grandchildren and other family fill the social
calendar. Most other things are usually a burdensome distraction.”
For Allen, the love affair with R-MC that began in the 1950s is still going strong.
“It is important to stay connected to R-MC because of my indebtedness to and love
for the college,” he says. “I could never repay what Randolph-Macon gave me. I am
simply proud to be a Yellow Jacket.”