1996-1997 indexDistributed January 30, 1997
Endowed concert fund announced
President Gregorian awards McIntyre Medal to Robert A. ReichleyDuring intermission at the Perlman Concert, Jan. 29, in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, R.I., Brown President Vartan Gregorian awarded the John K. McIntyre Medal to Robert A. Reichley for his outstanding service to Brown. Gregorian also announced the establishment of the Sara and Robert A. Reichley Concert Fund, supported by a lead gift from Cookson-America Inc.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Brown University President Vartan Gregorian awarded the John K. McIntyre Medal to Robert A. Reichley for his outstanding service to the University. Gregorian made the announcement during intermission at a benefit concert featuring Itzhak and Navah Perlman with the Brown University Orchestra Wednesday night, Jan. 29, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.
Gregorian also announced the establishment of the Sara and Robert A. Reichley Concert Fund, supported by a $100,000 lead gift from Cookson-America Inc. of Providence. The fund will help underwrite an annual concert for the Brown and Rhode Island community. The medal honors Reichley for more than 27 years of distinguished service to the University, and the concert fund recognizes both Reichleys for their ongoing support of music at Brown and in Rhode Island.
The John K. McIntyre Medal
The McIntyre Medal was established at Gregorian's first Commencement in May of 1989, when it was presented to its namesake, John K. McIntyre '39. McIntyre, among the most respected and beloved of Brown administrators, came to Brown in 1947 at the urging of Henry Wriston, Brown's 11th president, and continued to serve six of Brown's 16 presidents with extraordinary dedication and skill. The medal, given only occasionally, acknowledges extraordinary service to the University and "seeks out only those who are outstanding in their commitment and performance to Brown." Reichley is the second recipient.
Robert A. Reichley
Reichley came to Brown in 1968 from Culver Academy in Indiana. During his 27-year tenure at Brown he rose from the editor of the Brown Alumni Monthly to vice president for University Relations in 1977; Gregorian named him executive vice president for alumni, public affairs and external relations in 1990. Following his retirement in 1995, Reichley remained at Brown, where he currently serves as secretary of the University.
During more than 27 years at Brown, Reichley oversaw the day-to-day encounters with news media that accompanied Brown's increased national visibility and popularity. He also took great pride in his accomplishments within Brown, particularly in his initiatives to integrate the intellectual mission of the institution into on-campus events for the community and for Brown alumni worldwide. Among those initiatives were benefit concerts with world-class jazz and classical musicians, who performed with Brown students. Performers included Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Aaron Copland, Wynton Marsalis, Marilyn Horne, Pinchas Zukerman and others. It was in these performances that Reichley's vision of programming for external as well as internal audiences reflected the heart of the Brown experience.######