New Names for the Benefactors’ Wall


In 1983, when the University created the Honored Benefactors’ Wall in Washington Hall, the idea was to include the names of those individuals whose gifts to Washington and Lee had exceeded $1 million. The wall contained 15 names when it was first unveiled.

Last Thursday, Oct. 21, the University added six more names during a ceremony as part of the Board of Trustees’ meeting in Lexington. That brought the number of donors on the wall to 109.

In his remarks during the event, W&L President Ken Ruscio noted that, starting with George Washington’s 1796 gift to Liberty Hall, the University has stories — “almost legends, really” — about the difference that individuals’ philanthropy has meant over the years.

The newest names on the wall:

  • John and Ruth Huss. John is a 1965 law graduate. In 2008, the Husses gave significant support to the new third-year law program by establishing the Huss Challenge.
  • Hap and Brooke Stein. Hap is a 1974 W&L graduate. He and Brooke have established the Martin and Brooke Stein Professorship, one of the more than 35 endowed professorships.
  • Tom and Callen McJunkin. Tom is a double-degree holder, 1970 undergraduate and 1974 law. Among other initiatives, the McJunkins established the McJunkin Endowment for Student Engagement.


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