Roanoke College

Hall, Ottaway receive Roanoke’s highest alumni honor

  • Hall, Ottaway receive Roanoke’s highest alumni honor

  • 04/17/13
  • Salem, Va. - She is a volunteer activist for New York City's homeless population and for orphaned children in Tanzania.  

    He has spent much of his career working in the automobile rental and sales business and serving on the boards of various financial institutions.

    Judy Hall '69 and Geoffrey Ottaway '69 are Roanoke College's 2013 Alumni Medalists. Each received the Roanoke College Medal - the College's highest honor - at an April 12 recognition luncheon during Roanoke's Alumni Weekend.

    The medal recognizes outstanding Roanoke alumni who demonstrate responsible leadership, intellectual integrity and good citizenship through professional accomplishments and service to the community and to their alma mater.

    Hall, who lives in New York, majored in psychology at Roanoke, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She retired in 2005 as vice president of human resources services for Gen Re, a reinsurer based in Stamford, Conn. Since her retirement, Hall has actively volunteered with the Carpenter's Kids, a program that supports orphaned children in Tanzania.

    Through her church, St. Bartholomew's in New York City, Hall also works with the Learning Independence for Empowerment center, a family shelter in New York's lower Manhattan. She helped raise money and purchase supplies to create a library for the shelter's residents.

    In addition to her community service work, Hall is a member of the Roanoke College Board of Trustees, a Founder's Associate, a member of the Society of 1842 and former president of the College's Alumni Executive Council.

    Ottaway, of Roanoke, majored in Spanish at the College, where he was president of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.

    He is chairman of Roanoke-based Checker Leasing, which owns franchises of Avis and Budget rental cars and trucks in Virginia, Texas, West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi. He formerly served on the boards of Valley Financial Corp. and Central Fidelity Bank.

    Ottaway is a Lifetime Distinguished Associate, and established the Frank E. Snow Foreign Language Endowment, now called the Snow-Patterson Foreign Language Endowment. He made a major monetary gift to help complete a language lab computing center at Roanoke.

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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