Alumni Medalists

Why we're all proud to be Maroons

The Roanoke College Medal recognizes outstanding alumni whose professional accomplishments, community engagement and service to the College represent the ideals of leadership, integrity and citizenship that we, as Maroons, hold dear.

The medal is a bronze cast of the College seal. It symbolizes the lifetime accomplishments of the champions of Roanoke College—her alumni.

Mrs. Carole Crotts Rich - Alumni Medalist 2019

Alumni Medalist Carole Crotts Rich ’78 graduated from the College with a degree in urban studies but found her sweet spot in the manufacturing world. She spent 30 years with The Hershey Company, eventually rising to Vice President of Manufacturing, Chocolate. Her reputation as a successful female leader in manufacturing led to recognition, not only among her colleagues, but also by Fortune Magazine (2000) and CBS Evening News (2001). In retirement, she volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Women Build, The First Tee youth development golf program and other organizations. In 2005, Rich established the Doris B. Barba and Carl W. Crotts Scholarship at Roanoke College to provide scholarships to full-time students from the Roanoke Valley.

Dr. Rae Carpenter '49 - Alumni Medalist 2018

Alumni Medalist Dr. D. Rae Carpenter, Jr. '49 has a lifelong history with Roanoke College. Son of a Roanoke faculty member, he was born and raised on the campus and also earned his bachelor's degree in physics here. He was a faculty member of the Virginia Military Institute for 40 years and co-developed short physics courses that continue to be purchased and used around the world. He has devoted countless volunteer hours on behalf of Rotary International and his home church, Lexington Presbyterian. He has established an endowed scholarship at Roanoke to support students studying mathematics or physics.  

Wes Graves '63 - Alumni Medalist 2018

Alumni Medalist A. Wesley Graves, VI '63 pursued a major in chemistry at Roanoke, but it was a class in finance that led him to choose a career in financial planning-a choice that could have taken him far from his roots on a cattle farm. Instead, he returned home to the farm and worked both as an analyst and a farmer. He advanced quickly in the financial field, and he has been recognized for high professional achievements. Graves has served in various volunteer leadership positions throughout Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia, and he has established an endowed scholarship at Roanoke to assist deserving students.