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VMI Foundation honors J. Robert Philpott, Jr. ’68, former VMI Foundation President


On November 11, 2011, the VMI Foundation’s Board of Trustees presented Mrs. Marion B. Carson, the widow of the late J. Robert Philpott, Jr. ’68, with a resolution (see below main article for the complete text) in his honor.

Mr. Philpott was the nineteenth president of the VMI Foundation, serving from July 1, 2007 until his death on October 6, 2007. Although his time as the Foundation’s president was relatively short, his service on its Board of Trustees began in July 2001. During his time as a trustee, Mr. Philpott served on the Audit and Finance Committee and the Fundraising and Stewardship Committee, eventually becoming the chairman of both. On July 1, 2004, he became the Foundation’s Vice President for Administration, a position he held until he assumed the post of President, succeeding George P. Ramsey III ’72.

At the time of his death, Mr. Philpott was the President and Managing Director of Philpott Ball & Werner, a private investment banking firm which assists corporations throughout the United States, Canada and Western Europe and which he helped found in 1991.

“Bob understood that the success of the VMI Foundation and the success of VMI were inextricably linked,” said Walton M. Jeffress, Jr. ’68, the Foundation’s current president. “He brought, therefore, an unwavering commitment to his work as a trustee and senior leader of the Foundation.”

Also participating in the presentation ceremony was Mr. Walter B. Perrin II ’62, who served as a trustee with Mr. Philpott and as the Foundation’s president after Mr. Philpott’s death. He recalled that “the trustees placed great value on Bob’s advice and counsel and appreciated his energetic leadership. Moreover, Bob was a good friend to everyone on the Board of Trustees and took a genuine interest in the people who did the day-to-day work of the VMI Foundation.”

Also present at the ceremony was Mrs. Carson’s mother, Mrs. Frances B. Brooke, the widow of the late George M. Brooke, Jr. ’36 (who served as member of VMI’s History Department for many decades) and Mr. Philpott’s former mother-in-law. “It was wonderful to have Mrs. Brooke with us. She knew Bob since his cadet days when he dated Marion. Furthermore, she is connected to so many alumni, directly and indirectly, and stands as a symbol of the service that so many families have given to VMI generation after generation,” said Mr. Jeffress.

The text of the resolution:

WHEREAS, JOHN ROBERT PHILPOTT, JR., a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute with the Class of 1968, served on the Board of Trustees of the VMI Foundation, Incorporated, from July 2001 to October 2007; and

WHEREAS, as a member of the Fundraising and Stewardship Committee, he provided valuable advice to his fellow trustees and the officers and staff of the VMI Foundation; and

WHEREAS, as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee, he used his extensive background in and knowledge of finance and business to make many important contributions to the proper management of the Foundation’s assets, thus allowing the Foundation to provide more financial assistance to VMI; and

WHEREAS, he served the Foundation as its Vice President for Administration from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2007, devoting many hours to the improvement of the work of the VMI Foundation; and

WHEREAS, on July 1, 2007; he became the nineteenth president of the VMI Foundation; and

WHEREAS, throughout his time on the Board, he was an exemplar of service and leadership in support of VMI;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Foundation’s Board of Trustees recognizes JOHN ROBERT PHILPOTT, JR.’s exceptional dedication and service to the VMI Foundation and his untiring work to advance Virginia Military Institute; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the Board extend their deepest sympathies and most heartfelt condolences to MR. PHILPOTT’s widow, MARION, their three sons, and their extended families.