The Rashkind seating area honors Julian Rashkind, a beloved member of the R-MC community.
On April 26, 2013, the Randolph-Macon College community celebrated the dedication
of a seating area named in Julian Rashkind’s honor. The bench, located on the Janet Harvey Trivette ’78 Alumni
Walkway in the Jordan Wheat Lambert Historic Campus, honors Rashkind, who
died on April 26, 2012. Rashkind was a distinguished member of the R-MC Board of
Trustees from 1981 to 1993 and was made Trustee Emeritus in 1993.
“When I think of Julian Rashkind, I am reminded of a man who was greatly respected
and appreciated not only for his tremendous contributions to Randolph-Macon College
but for the indelible mark he left on our lives in so many ways,” said R-MC President
Robert R. Lindgren as he welcomed faculty, staff, students, and members of the Rashkind
family to the dedication. “I think of how he served others quietly, not wanting
attention for himself. The remarkable influence of his life, one well-lived, will
be felt for generations to come.”
In 1989, the Rashkind Family Foundation established the Rashkind Faculty Development
Fund to reward the efforts of tenured faculty during sabbatical leaves and promote
research and advanced study by tenure-track faculty. This grant helps the college
recruit, retain and reward excellent faculty members.
“On behalf of a grateful faculty, I offer my personal thanks to the Rashkind family
for what they have contributed to faculty development, and, together with all gathered
here, celebrate a visionary individual who contributed so very much to this college,”
said Provost William F. Franz.
In 1990, Rashkind received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and his wife Eleanor
received the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award. Algernon Sydney Sullivan was a late-19th-century
New York lawyer and noted philanthropist whose generosity touched the lives of many
people. Mary Mildred Sullivan was known as an extraordinary woman whose philanthropic
energies helped to establish schools in the Appalachian region. R-MC awarded Rashkind
an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 1996 and in 2008 the Society of Alumni made
him an Honorary Alumnus of Randolph-Macon College.
The Rashkind Family has been a central part of Randolph-Macon for decades and through
three generations. Julian Rashkind, a well-known real estate developer in the Tidewater
region, and his wife, Eleanor, sent two sons to Randolph-Macon: Alan Rashkind ’69,
who currently serves as chairman of the R-MC Board of Trustees, and Michael Rashkind
’71. Julian’s grandson, Graham Rashkind, also attended Randolph-Macon where he met
his wife, Cameron; Graham graduated in 1996 and Cameron graduated in 1994.
“It is an honor for me to be here today and pay tribute to Julian and to thank his
family for sharing him with us,” said Lindgren. “We are all the better for having
Alan Rashkind ’69 and his wife Suzette, Michael Rashkind ’71 and his wife Lee, and
Graham Rashkind ’96 joined Franz and Lindgren in a ribbon-cutting to officially
dedicate the Julian Rashkind bench. The program concluded with the Alma Mater, which
was led by Tim Eicher ’15.