There are living nearly 8,000 graduates of the Richmond Professional Institute, one of the two founding institutions of Virginia Commonwealth University. We are a finite group and as we die, part of the history and culture of RPI does as well.
The Board of Directors of VCU Alumni Association has created a subordinate group to preserve the history and culture of RPI. It is the Richmond Professional Institute Alumni Council. If you are a graduate of RPI, you already are a member of this council. A group of around 20 RPI alumni serve as the Steering Committee. The council generally meets at 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Richard T. Robertson Alumni House
Stout-Brown (B.S.W.’80/SW), executive director of the VCU Alumni Association, at (804)
Each year the RPI Alumni Council honors those who are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a reception on Friday evening and dinner on Saturday evening. This year on April 20-21, we will honor the 1962 graduates. All RPI graduates are invited to these events. These activities are a part of VCU Alumni Month. Look for the program in the mail.
At the dinner in April honoring the 1962 graduates, the Steering
Committee of the RPI Alumni Council will announce a new project that
will preserve the history and culture of RPI. It will be creative,
exciting, and beautiful. Join us April for this exciting announcement.
Last year, the RPI Alumni Council completed a sculpture honoring the culture and history of RPI. Located between the Ginter House and the Scott House, it reminds all of us that VCU was partially created out of RPI. It is titled the “Tableith.” There are a number of RPI graduates who have not seen it. During Alumni Month, whether you have seen the sculpture or not, take a few moments to sit on the sculpture’s benches and reflect on the wonderful times you had at RPI.
Each month we would like to share with you some thoughts or activities (past or present) from an RPI graduate. If you have an interest in sharing something with your fellow RPI alumni, please drop Diane Stout-Brown a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. This month Joe Lowenthal (B.F.A.’55/A) sent us a note. He lives in Powhatan and for many years was with the Office of Public Information for the Virginia Beach School System. Joe writes,
“I grew up at RPI: intellectually, culturally, philosophically, and just about every other way. The skills I learned there–and the friends I made there–have sustained me well for a lifetime. From the excellent hands-on education that a small college could provide to the close-knit personal relationships that developed, RPI was he right place for me.”
You can meet Joe at the RPI Alumni reception and dinner in April.
Gene Hunt. Ph.D. (B.S,’59/B; M.S.’61/B)
Gene is chair
of the RPI Alumni Council Steering Committee.