When David Ewing ’91 was a junior in high school and set out to tour Virginia colleges with his father, Hampden-Sydney wasn’t even on his short list. In fact, it was David’s father who insisted they visit.
“My father’s Ph.D. advisor was Robert C. Pierle ’59, a Hampden-Sydney alumnus who often spoke of Hampden-Sydney and his experience there. When we were on our road trip, my father looked at the atlas and realized we were within an hour’s drive,” says Ewing. “Dad was fascinated with Hampden-Sydney and wanted to see it for himself.”
“I will always remember driving through the front gates and seeing the bucolic campus for the first time,” Ewing recalls. “That’s the moment I fell in love with Hampden-Sydney.”
All four of his years on the Hill were filled with wonderful memories—in and out of the classroom—and the love affair continues for Ewing today.
“I remember the legendary Dr. Graves Thompson’s etymology class, playing soccer my freshman year, meeting my good friends John Savage ’91 and Andy Ballou ’91, the Guadalcanal Diary concert in Gammon Gymnasium, pledging Sigma Chi, and so much more—it was a great four years. I took classes that fascinated me, challenged my thinking, and improved my writing and communication skills. Hampden-Sydney is a part of my DNA.”
Another important part of Ewing’s DNA is education. “My grandparents and parents were all educators. My grandfather was a college president, my father was an English professor and my mother was an elementary school music teacher,” he explains. “Even my sister was a teacher for a short while.”
After graduating from Hampden-Sydney with a double major in humanities and Spanish, Ewing went into the “family business,” teaching English and coaching soccer at The Brandon Hall School near Atlanta. But after two years, Ewing decided it was time to try something different and went to work at Edward Jones, where he has remained for 26 years.