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R-MC Mourns the Loss of Everette G. “Buddy” Allen Jr. ’62

Jun 01, 2017

6/1/17

Buddy Allen Jr. The Randolph-Macon College community mourns the loss of Everette G. "Buddy" Allen Jr. '62. Allen, a beloved member of the R-MC family, died May 29, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia at the age of 76.

"The Randolph-Macon family has lost one of our greatest Yellow Jackets," said R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren. "Graced with razor sharp intelligence and the ability to size up any situation, Buddy Allen was widely considered to be one of Virginia's most respected and acclaimed trial lawyers. His legal skill was always accompanied by an effervescent and disarming sense of humor. His warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit were renowned."

Buddy Allen Jr. '62
Allen, who was recruited by Randolph-Macon Football Coach Joe McCutcheon and Basketball Coach Paul Webb, served as captain of both the football and basketball teams and was a member of the baseball team. He majored in philosophy and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He was a four-year recipient of the R-MC Award, a scholarship that made attending college possible for him, and his gratitude for the education and experiences he had at R-MC never waned.

Allen earned his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was named to the Order of the Coif, which honors law school graduates in the top 10 percent of their class. He worked as an attorney for more than 50 years, most recently as partner and shareholder for LeClairRyan in the firm's litigation group in Richmond, Virginia. As he wound down his active practice, Allen served, voluntarily, as an outside general counsel to Randolph-Macon.

Allen was a member of R-MC's Board of Trustees from 1988-1992 and served as an advisory trustee on the Board's Investments Committee. He was also a member of the Society of Alumni Board of Directors, and most recently served as a re-founding member of the Yellow Jacket Club Board of Directors. Often seen in the stands at Yellow Jackets contests, Allen was inducted into the Randolph-Macon Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2012, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at the college’s Commencement ceremony.

The Allen family has a long, sustained history of philanthropy to Randolph-Macon. From his first $10 annual fund gift to the college in 1962, Allen and his wife, Ann, have generously given back to Randolph-Macon, donating over $4 million in total to the college.

Their generosity supported significant renovations to Crenshaw Gymnasium and construction of the Brock Sports and Recreation Center. In conjunction with the college's Building Extraordinary campaign, the Allens started the R-MC Athletic Endowment through a $1 million challenge gift. Additionally, they supported the new football/lacrosse field and the new science building, which will be completed in June 2017.

Never forgetting the impact that the R-MC Award scholarship had on his life, Allen established the Buddy and Ann Allen Scholarship in 2007, a fund enabling students from Richmond-area public high schools and community college transfer students to attend R-MC. In the past seven years, 25 students have been able to attend the college as the recipients of the Allens' extraordinary gift.

In 2014, the Allens were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Philanthropy by the Central Virginia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Allen is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann Southall Allen; three children, Wendy Allen Schmitt, E.G. Allen III (Joanne Jones Allen) and James Southall Allen '99  (Stacy Bosma Allen); sister, Peggy Layne (Aubrey Layne); eight grandchildren; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy and Faye Bokkon, Bill and Sue Jenkins.

The Allen family will receive visitors on Sunday, June 4, at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23230, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Allen's memory to the Yellow Jacket Club at Randolph-Macon College, Office of College Advancement, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, Va. 23005 or online at www.rmc.edu/givenow.

Read the Richmond-Times Dispatch obituary for Buddy Allen Jr.

Read the Richmond-Times Dispatch story about Buddy Allen Jr.