Until a few years ago, Richard Madden ’67 was what many would consider an active Hampden-Sydney alumnus: along with his wife, Tassie, he enjoyed Tiger football and basketball games, stayed in touch with classmates and fraternity brothers, attended alumni luncheons in his hometown of Richmond, and faithfully supported the Annual Fund.
But things changed for Madden—and his level of commitment expanded—when he was asked to chair his class’s 50th reunion. “Planning our reunion was a watermark for me. It reminded me of all the things I love about Hampden-Sydney—my professors and classmates, my fraternity brothers, the beautiful campus, and the unique history and traditions of the school,” shared Madden. “I was motivated to make a statement about what Hampden-Sydney has meant to me.”
Madden made this statement by including a planned gift to Hampden-Sydney in his will and sharing his decision with the College. “My gift isn’t the largest Hampden-Sydney will ever receive, but it’s important because it will go to endowment,” Madden said.
A robust endowment is vital to the future of the College, according to Madden. “In order to attract the best students and stay competitive in the highly charged admissions world of higher education today, Hampden-Sydney must grow its endowment,” he explained. “Since planned gifts must mature to fund scholarships, starting now is critical.”
Madden decided to apply to Hampden-Sydney during his junior year of high school when he visited the College with his church youth group. Madden was immediately sold on the College’s stunning campus and strong academic reputation. “Both my parents were educators, so academics were important to me.”
A history major at Hampden-Sydney, Madden sang in the Glee Club, played intramural sports, and was a member of Kappa Alpha. “I had some great professors like Dr. Boyd Coyner (Civil War History). We would go to class even when we were sick because we didn’t want to miss even one of his fascinating lectures,” recalled Madden. “And Dr. Ned Crawley (English and Glee Club), though very demanding, was another favorite.”