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Class of 1962's 50th Reunion Campaign Raises $20 Million

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On April 28, rain showers forced the cancellation of the Reunion Parade that is the traditional highlight of any Reunion Weekend. Yet, although inclement weather prevented the Class of 1962’s Brother Rats from taking their place of honor at the front of the alumni who march into Old Barracks, they weren’t completely disappointed. In fact, most of them were smiling broadly as they gathered on the first stoop of Old Barracks that morning. The reason for the lack of disappointment was the fact that the Class of 1962 was about to present to the Institute—and, more specifically, to their Brother Rat, General J. H. Binford Peay III ’62—the initial proceeds of their 50th Reunion Campaign.

Represented by (second from left in the accompanying photo) Walter C. Perrin II ‘62, member of the VMI Foundation Board of Trustees and Immediate Past President of the VMI Foundation, Inc.; (third from left) Class Agent and Chairman of the Class of 1962 Reunion Committee, Gerald C. Burnett ’62; (fourth from left) John Duke Anthony ’62; and the Chairman of the Class of 1962 Reunion Campaign, George J. Collins (far right), these alumni had made gifts and commitments totaling $20 million. An equally impressive result of this two-year effort was the participation rate of the Class of 1962: 211 Brother Rats or 93% of the class making a gift or commitment.

The Superintendent accepted the gift—which was $3 million more than the Campaign’s initial goal—on behalf of the Institute, and the President of the VMI Alumni Association, Randolph M. Blanks ’67 (left), thanked the Class of 1962 on behalf of the VMI Alumni Agencies.