When Brooks Hathaway '91 thinks about Woodberry Forest, he thinks about connections. A connection to the place, to the people, and to an institution that's meant so much to him.
That's why Brooks has volunteered for many years as a class agent and why he helped found -- and then lead as president -- the Charlottesville Regional Association. This and other regional associations play a critical role in the alumni process, assisting the admission office by hosting receptions and identifying boys who would be great additions to the upcoming new boy class. Once boys are admitted, alumni volunteers are critical in convincing them and their families to join Woodberry.
"Woodberry is a thing I feel so connected to, from my time as a Sports Camper and as a counselor through my time as a student," he says. "I want to stay connected, and it's great to be able to stay in touch with Woodberry friends. I also want to see the school succeed and to do my part to make that happen."
Brooks is the brother of B Hathaway '80, former President of the Richmond Association, and the uncle of Brantley '14, Whit '16, and Gray '18. This year Brooks' connection has taken on a new dimension, as his son, Davis, is now a third former living on Upper Taylor.
Living in Charlottesville makes it easy for Brooks and other area alumni to reach campus, but he's still committed to fostering a vibrant community of alumni and parents who gather regularly to celebrate Woodberry and its impact on their lives.
"I love that the connections continue, whether it's people I meet personally or through business who are tied to Woodberry; and now I'm meeting new parents whose sons are coming here at the same time as my son," Brooks says. "I also love that the association has let me meet people like Blair Gammon '44. These connections across the generations are special."
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