Giving with Purpose | Roanoke College

The new issue of Roanoke College magazine highlights the creation of several new donor initiatives that offer members of the college community the opportunity to give in ways that support and enhance the student experience at Roanoke.

THE LEAH L. RUSSELL ’79 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPHeather Davis Coiro ’89 and her husband, John Coiro ’91created a scholarship to honor Lea Russell ’79, who is retiring this summer after a long and distinguished career at Roanoke, most recently as Associate Dean/Registrar. The scholarship, which honors Russell’s impactful legacy of student mentorship, will be available to any Roanoke College student with demonstrated financial need.

“My husband and I are honored and privileged to provide the initial funding for the scholarship and hope that many other former students like them will realize the impact Leah has had on their lives and also donate to the fund,” said Heather Coiro. “We hope Leah’s mentoring legacy will far outlive our time on this earth and hope that countless other students will be forever touched by her legacy.”

To contribute to the Leah L. Russell ’79 Endowed Student Scholarship, please visit For more information, please contact Steve Esworthy ’91, Director of Development, at (540) 375-2028, or by email at [email protected].

The deputy. William H. Logan Jr. ’69, established the Logan Family Endowed Scholarship to provide financial assistance to rural Virginia students who intend to return to their hometown to serve the needs of their communities after graduating from Roanoke. The scholarship honors five generations of the Logan family who attended Roanoke College: William Worth Logan (Class of 1877), George Kried Logan (Class of 1901), William Henry Logan (Class of 1929), William Henry Logan Jr. (Class of 1969) and Daniel Worth Logan (Class of 2009).

“My parents certainly, especially my dad, always pointed me in the right direction,” Logan Jr. said. once I was in school, I knew for sure that my father’s advice was correct.

For more information on the Roanoke College Women’s Athletic Endowment, please contact Jack Williams at (540) 375-2484 or [email protected].

Peggy Patrick ’51 made a donation that creates an endowment that will support the College’s 10 women’s varsity athletic programs. Such endowments are rare in NCAA Division III, where Roanoke College competes in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Patrick, an economics student at Roanoke, earned a college letter in field hockey and basketball. She played for legendary Maroons coach Fran Ramser and was a teammate with fellow coaching legend, Billie “Jean” Beamer ’52.

“Athletics has had a huge impact on my life,” Patrick said. “I hope other women will use this endowment as a springboard, to give whatever they can to their respective sports to ensure that our efforts help our future student-athletes.”

For more information on the Roanoke College Women’s Athletic Endowment, please contact Jack Williams at (540) 375-2484 or [email protected]. To contribute directly, please visit

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