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April 29, 2000

Alumni Service Award winner Jim Richards 80 flanked by President Vagt and Alumni Association President Andy McElwee.

If Davidson ever establishes an Alumni Hall of Fame, surely this native South Carolinian, born and reared in Lancaster, will be a charter member. He arrived at Davidson in the fall 1975 in a dead sprint and to this day continues to outrun most of us when it comes to serving Davidson College. His infectious enthusiasm, positive attitude, and fighting spirit have been trademarks throughout his involvement with Davidson. As a student athlete, campus leader, tireless volunteer, and valued staff member, he has given his all for "dear old Davidson." This Class of 1980 alumnus is an encourager, motivator, friend, and in its truest sense, a leader.

A tradition of service covering two decades was started as Annual Fund chair in 1983, a position he still holds today. He served five years as Annual Fund decade chair for the 1980s, and three-year terms on the Alumni Association Board and Wildcat Club Board of Directors. He helped plan his 10th reunion, and currently serves on the 20th Reunion committee and as a member of the Fast Break Club Board of Directors. He co-founded the Davidson Baseball Interest Group, which continues to be a model for other sports. His commitment to Davidson athletics, in particular, culminated with his seven-year stint as assistant director of the Wildcat Club and executive director of the Davidson Athletic Foundation. In 1986, Jim received the Alumni Association's Young Alumni Service Award.

His commitment to service reaches far beyond the Davidson family. His unselfish support of the community has been demonstrated through his work as board member of the North Mecklenburg Rotary Club, member of the board of advisors for the Lake Norman YMCA, church school teacher, youth baseball coach, youth soccer coach, fund-raising committee member for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, and advisory board member for the Life Skills Program at Ada Jenkins Community Center.

Because you have loved this college with all of your heart and soul; because you have served alma mater willingly and with unequaled enthusiasm; because your generosity in gifts of time and spirit are unmatched; and because you are willing to encourage others to follow your fine example, the Davidson College Alumni Association proudly honors you, James Prioleau Richards II, with the Alumni Service Award on the occasion of the Class of 1980's 20th Reunion, April 29, 2000.

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