The John R. Crawford, C’28, Distinguished Alumni Service Award .........Bob Gaines, C’60
To recognize long and distinguished service, the Associated Alumni established the John R. Crawford, C’28, Distinguished Alumni Service Award. This award recognizes faithful, dedicated, and long-standing volunteer service to the work of the University and the Associated Alumni. For a list of previous winners, see below.
Bob Gaines is a retired advertising and marketing executive having worked with ad agencies, corporations, media and having founded a marketing resource company.
Mr. Gaines is a member of Sewanee’s class of 1960. After graduation he continued his education at the University of Munich in Germany and the University of Virginia’s Darden School, earning his MBA.
As successful as his career has been, Gaines has a long history of serving the communities in which he has lived, but it is Sewanee who benefits the most.
Over the years, Gaines has served in almost every volunteer position available at Sewanee. He has been an alumni arcadian, assisting the admission office with area college fairs and contacting students. He has served as a career advisor, sharing advice and his expertise with students. He has been a member of the Alumni Executive Board and is a member of the Charlotte Manigault Society. His service as his class president is unmatched. In that role, he has been the class chair for the Sewanee Fund and the reunion class chair. He is faithful in connecting with classmates, organizing gatherings, making trips to visit, and creating a newsletter that is mailed to classmates several times a year.
At Sewanee, Gaines was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Order of the Gown. He participated in Big People for Little People and was selected to serve on the Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department.
For over 50 years, Gaines has served Sewanee through these volunteer positions. He has worked with five vice-chancellors, and they all know him by name and consider him a friend.
As his class celebrates its 60th reunion, Gaines can take pride in his leadership role as the class president.
He lives with his wife in Darien, CT and has his residence at The Forest Lake Club, a hunting and fishing club near Hawley, PA. He has a daughter, son, and three grandchildren. His interests include hunting, fly fishing, cooking, gardening, bicycling, tennis and luxury train travel which he does around the world and as a member of AAPRCO in often privately owned railroad cars. He enjoys the social aspects of backgammon and plays in New York at the University Club and in London at the Royal Automobile Club.
The John R. Crawford, C’28, Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2001 O. Morgan Hall Sr., C’39
2002 Shubael T. Beasley, C’40
2003 James H. Bratton Jr., C’52
2004 Norwood Harrison, C’38
2006 R. Andrew Duncan, C’52
2007 James Knox Yeary, C’64, T’69, T’89
2008 Nicholas Carl Babson, C’68
2009 Ernest M. Cheek, C’61
2010 Jerry B. Adams, C’65
2011 Julian Bibb, C’73
2012 Montague “Cosmo” Boyd, C’74
2013 Anthony C. Gooch, C’59
2014 John Canale, C’67
2015 Jock Tonissen, C’70
2016 Bill Stamler, C’56
2017 J. F. Bryan, C’65
2018 Jimmy Wilson, C’73
2019 Bill Davis, C'69