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A Gleeful Send-Off:

The Gordon P. Spice Endowment Fund for Music

from The Bridge: Fall 2012/Winter 2013 issue

At Gordon Spice's retirement party, l. to r.: Tom Suydam, Gordon Spice, Rob Aliff.On May 19, 2012, more than 175 alumni, guests and friends flocked to campus for the retirement party of beloved music professor Gordon Spice. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of a check for more than $100,000 to "Doc" Spice to establish the Gordon P. Spice Endowment Fund for Music.

"His retirement party was a complete love fest," says Tom Suydam '75, co-chair for the endowment's fund-raising. "The positive feeling in the room was palpable--such good will and affection shared by so many people I'd never met before. It was great to be able to sing with all the incredible alumni talent."

"Of all the alumni experiences I've had at W&L, the weekend to celebrate Doc's retirement was one of the best. The opportunity to sing with over 100 singers from the mid-1970s to 2012 was outstanding," agrees co-chair Rob Aliff '91, '97L.

"We wanted to make sure that there was a continuing legacy with Dr. Spice's name attached, so that he would continue to impact the music pro- gram in the meaningful way that he had during his 39 years at the school," Aliff adds. "The endowment is as much a recognition of his impact on people's lives as it is an opportunity for people to give to the University."