Provost William T. Franz, Walter and Beese Craigie,
President Robert R. Lindgren
Randolph-Macon College celebrated the 30th anniversary of
The Walter Williams Craigie Teaching Endowment with a luncheon on April
16, 2013 in the Trustees/Worsham Room in Estes Dining Hall. This fund was established
in 1983 by Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Craigie Sr.
“The Craigie Endowment was established to sponsor and champion faculty research,
teaching, and other scholarly activity by providing funds on a competitive basis,”
said R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren to guests, including faculty who have benefited
from Craigie grants, who attended the luncheon. “It has been extremely successful
in this endeavor. The Craigie Endowment has encouraged 30 years of preeminent faculty
accomplishment, helping to create an atmosphere of inquiry, imagination, and discovery
that benefits our entire college community.”
The Craigies’ connection with Randolph-Macon reaches back to the pre-Civil War days
when Robert Stringfellow Walker, the grandfather of Mrs. Craigie Sr., attended R-MC
from 1859-1861. His education was interrupted by the outbreak of the Great Civil
War, during which he rode and raided throughout Northern Virginia with his Captain,
John S. Mosby. After the surrender, he returned home to his family farm, in Madison
County, eventually founding the Woodberry Forest School.
A century later, in 1971, Walter W. Craigie Sr. joined the R-MC Board of Trustees,
where he served for 20 years. Craigie made impressive contributions to the R-MC
campus, and the college made him an honorary member of the Class of 1980. In 1983
R-MC awarded him the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Since its inception, the Craigie
Endowment has encouraged faculty members to study a wide array of topics. Such inquiries
have resulted in new curricula, new novels and new discoveries.
In 1992, when Walter Craigie Sr. retired, his son, Walter W. Craigie Jr., took his
place on the Board, serving as the chair of the Investment Committee. He was presented
an honorary degree by R-MC in 2008.