Julious P. "Joey" Smith, Jr. '65 likens his support of Hampden-Sydney to the tortoise in Aesop's fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare." One might take this to mean his generosity over the years has, like the victorious tortoise, been "slow and steady." But while Joey's leadership and financial contributions over the last 50-plus years have certainly been steady, they've been anything but slow. For those who know Joey, it's more the tortoise's nature — the confidence and determination of a natural leader — that allows the comparison.
"Hampden-Sydney helped shape my life and career. Back in 1961, the campus looked virtually the same, less a few buildings. Everyone knew each other. We never locked our doors," said Joey. "My history professor, the late Dr. Boyd Coyner, who taught Civil War and Modern American history, made learning fun. The writing skills I learned—making an outline, reading my work aloud, writing with double-spaced lines—I still use today."
Since graduating with a history degree from Hampden-Sydney and a law degree from the University of Virginia, Joey has spent his 52-year legal career at Williams Mullen in Richmond. "When I started in 1968, we were a group of 15 lawyers in one office,” he said. “In my last year as managing partner, we had over 300 lawyers in 10 offices in the U.S. and London. We've had a pretty good run." Joey was the firm's managing partner for 26 years, helping it grow to its current size. He now holds the title of chairman emeritus and has returned to practicing business law "at a more reasonable pace."