Everette G. “Buddy” Allen Jr. ’62, President Lindgren
and Ann Allen
slideshow to enjoy photos
of the evening's festivities.
Randolph-Macon College alumni, parents and friends from the greater Richmond area
gathered at the Country Club of Virginia on Thursday, December 8, 2011 to celebrate
significant achievements of the college’s capital campaign,
Building Extraordinary, and to honor Everette G. “Buddy” Allen
Jr. ’62, who will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at Commencement in May
Buddy Allen to enjoy a slide show of the evening’s festivities.
Allen and his wife Ann have a longstanding history of service and philanthropy to
Randolph-Macon. In addition to supporting renovations for Crenshaw Gymnasium and
helping construct the Brock Sports and Recreation Center
in 2007, the Allens gave a one million dollar challenge grant for an Athletics endowment,
with a special gift to fund women’s athletics.
A recipient of scholarships that enabled him to attend R-MC, Allen never forgot
the impact this support had on his life. The Allens created the Buddy and Ann Allen
Scholarship fund to enable local area students, both from Richmond area high schools
and community college transfers, to attend Randolph-Macon.
“This fund has helped the College recruit some truly extraordinary students,” said
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren. “The ten fortunate students who have been deemed
Allen Scholars these past four years have had an equally remarkable benefit -- financial
support for a wonderful education and the opportunity to have dinner with Buddy
and Ann, to hear their story and to learn their wonderful life lessons.”
Two current Allen scholarship recipients, Regis Rollins ’12 and Cherelle Williams
’12, attended the December 8 event, as did two Allen scholarship alumnae – 2010
graduates Blanka Mazakova, from Alexandria, and Marlene Graf, who graduated on December
9, 2011 from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Accelerated Nursing program.
Recruited by R-MC football coach Joe McCutheon and basketball coach Paul Webb, Allen
was a star basketball player in addition to playing baseball and football. He also
had a passion for the liberal arts, majoring in philosophy and graduating as a distinguished
member of Phi Beta Kappa. In the years that followed, Allen continued to serve the
college in various roles: as a member of R-MC’s
Board of Trustees from 1988-1992, and as a member of the
Society of Alumni Board of Directors. In 1997, he was inducted into
the Randolph-Macon Hall
of Fame to honor his basketball career.