May 05 2015
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The late Robert J. Ingram has been awarded the 2015 Chancellor's ARobertward for Leadership in Philanthropy from the Virginia Community College System. He was nominated by New River Community College. The award was given at a recent luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.
A well-known and highly regarded figure in the Pulaski community and beyond, Ingram was an award-winning trial lawyer and partner at the law firm of Gilmer, Sadler, Ingram, Sutherland and Hutton. He passed away in September 2014. Former NRCC president Dr. Edwin Barnes echoed the sentiments of many when he said of Ingram, "Bob was a gift in the lives of all who knew him and his absence will dim a light which we all cherished and loved."
Ingram credited his early law partners for teaching him the value of community service and encouraging him to get involved. He was active in many facets of the Pulaski community including being a champion for New River Community College, where he served on the very first College Board and later on the NRCC Foundation Board.
Ingram's giving philosophy is described by former law partner Gary Hancock as an understanding that "community colleges are going to be here today, tomorrow and far into the future. So when you make a contribution to one, you are investing, not just in the college, but also in the rest of a person's life."
Hancock, along with Ingram's daughter Lyn Day and son-in-law Webster Day attended the awards luncheon to accept the honor on his behalf.
Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the 10th annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia's 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This year's class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million dollars to Virginia's Community Colleges.
In keynote remarks at the luncheon, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe said, "I applaud you for being recognized today but I challenge you to think of this as a beginning, not an end. Like you, I think our community colleges might just be capable of doing anything. But they cannot do it alone."
The honored philanthropists will have a scholarship named for them which will be awarded next fall to a student attending their community college.