The 2011 Dowdy Award was presented to Charlotte and Jim Roberts, recognizing their volunteerism and philanthropic leadership. Dedicated and passionate volunteers, the couple co-chaired the $245 million Campaign for VCU on the MCV Campus and have contributed more than $125,000 to university projects on both campuses. Their loyalty, dedication and leadership were honored with an award that carries the name of a man they know well. The Michael B. Dowdy Philanthropy Award Endowment was established five years ago to mark Dowdy’s 13-year tenure as president of the MCV Foundation.
In addition, the Irby Award went to Dr. Peter Brown (H.S.’XX), who completed his residency training in surgery on the MCV Campus. Following his residency, Brown was on the full-time faculty for four years before going into private practice in Richmond. And even then, he has remained an adjunct faculty member for the past 33 years. The Irby Award honors Dr. Robert Irby, a rheumatologist and faculty member who was as devoted to securing financial support for his beloved medical school as he was to his patients and colleagues. The award recognizes a faculty member who has provided valuable fundraising assistance to the MCV Campus, as Brown has done for the medical school and the Massey Cancer Center.