Randolph-Macon President Robert R. Lindgren announced that the college will confer
honorary degrees to two distinguished leaders at its Commencement Ceremony on Saturday,
May 26, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at R-MC’s Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza on Henry Street.
Everette G. “Buddy” Allen Jr. ’62
Everette G. “Buddy” Allen Jr. ’62will receive the Honorary Doctor
of Laws degree. He is a partner at the law firm of LeClair Ryan in its litigation
group. Allen’s professional distinctions are numerous: He was listed in Virginia
Super Lawyers for business litigations, Law & Politics magazine, 2007-2011,
and in 2009 he was named #1 Lawyer by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine.
In 2005, Allen was named Virginia’s Top Civil Litigator by Virginia Business
magazine, and he was selected by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers,
as a top litigator for Virginia, 2005-2007. In addition, Allen was named a Fellow
of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He earned his bachelor’s degree in
philosophy from Randolph-Macon College and his LL.B from University of Virginia
School of Law.
Allen and his wife Ann have a longstanding history of service and philanthropy to
Randolph-Macon. Allen was a leader in the effort to raise funds to renovate R-MC’s
Crenshaw Gymnasium and helped construct the Brock Sports and Recreation Center.
He has also provided major support for the Randolph-Macon Fund and the Yellow Jacket
Club. In 2007 the Allens established The Randolph-Macon College Athletic Endowment,
which challenges donors to help supplement R-MC’s athletic program and puts emphasis
in support of 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 established the Buddy and Ann
Allen Scholarship fund to enable local area students, both from Richmond-area high
schools and those who are community college transfers, to attend Randolph-Macon
“Buddy exemplifies the very best of what a Randolph-Macon education provides,” said
Lindgren. “In addition to his generosity, he has a sincere interest in providing
those same opportunities to other students through the Buddy and Ann Allen Scholarship.
We are indeed fortunate to have Buddy in the R-MC family.”
Recruited to Randolph-Macon by Football Coach Joe McCutcheon and Basketball Coach
Paul Webb, Allen was a star basketball player who also played baseball and football.
He has a passion for the liberal arts and graduated 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.
Daphne Maxwell Reid
Daphne Maxwell Reid will receive the Honorary Doctor of Arts degree.
She is an actress, producer, photographer and entrepreneur. Reid has appeared in
numerous television programs and is best known for her role as Vivian Banks (Aunt
Viv) on the hit comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air." She is the director of operations
for New Millennium Studios, which is located in Petersburg and was the first full-service
film studio in Virginia. Reid co-founded New Millennium Studios with her husband,
actor/filmmaker Tim Reid, in 1997.
“We are delighted to confer this special award to someone as distinguished and deserving
as Daphne Maxwell Reid,” said Lindgren. “Her outreach and contributions to the community
in all areas, including the arts, are nothing short of extraordinary and we welcome
her to our campus.”
Reid can be heard on NPR's "Art on the Air," an ongoing two-minute radio spot that
considers the arts of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, which
she co-produces with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. An avid photographer, Reid
embarked on an artistic venture in 2008 by releasing “Fresh Prints,” a collection
of limited-edition, signed and numbered digital prints. The first collection, called
"DOORS," is made up of photographs of portals, doors, gates and architectural details
from her years of travel.
Reid earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design and architecture from Northwestern
University. She presently serves on the boards of the Petersburg Library Foundation,
Petersburg Area Arts League, Richmond Forum, Virginia for the Arts and Virginia
Randolph-Macon College’s Commencement ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,
May 26, 2012 at the R-MC Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza on Henry Street. (In the
event of rain, Commencement will be held in the Randolph-Macon Brock Sports and
Recreation Center, located at 400 N. Center Street, at 10:00 a.m.)
speaker will be Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Yvonne W. Brandon ’76.
The district, in Richmond, Virginia, serves more than 24,000 students in 29 elementary
schools, nine middle schools and eight high schools.
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