Huddleston’s commitment to Webb extends to estate gift as Burkhead Society member
While the story that William H. "Bill" Huddleston IV '81 tells about how he came to Webb may be slightly suspect -- he considers his experience "one of the best preparatory school educations a student can get."
I dropped out of public high school in the middle of my freshman year when they tried to make me square dance in gym class," said Huddleston with a grin. He is a Murfreesboro, Tenn., native who graduated from Webb in 1981.
Hardin gives back to Webb as Burkhead Society member
Dr. William G. Hardin III '79, father
of Josephine '15, is a member of the Board of Trustees, and served as the
2013-2015 Webb Fund chair. He is also the newest member of the Burkhead
Society, a group of Webb alumni and friends who have made provisions for Webb
in their estate plans.
Hardin's family bond with Webb is strong and began when his great-uncles attended the school in the 1910s and 1920s. It has continued with his father, William G. Hardin, Jr. '52, and with his daughter, Josephine, in the class of 2015.
“Webb taught me to be honest with myself as well as with others”
Hugh Eldredge came to Webb from Annapolis, Md., in September 1946. His family, stationed in Maryland with the Navy, had heard much of Webb School from their relatives and friends in Memphis, Tenn. Among them were Frank Gilliland Sr. ’08, his uncle and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. As many did at that time, Hugh made his way by train from Washington to Chattanooga, and then to Bell Buckle.
Dorothy Elkins in 60th year at Webb; Burkhead Society member
Elkins came to The Webb School in 1957 to help out for two or three weeks in
the administrative offices. Sixty years later, she remains at Webb in the
Office of Alumni and Development as a research assistant. Often, that “research”
just takes a question from a co-worker, alum, or Webb friend. The answer is
provided in a few minutes without her ever opening a file.
"They just didn't say 'leave', and I didn't want to leave," Elkins said of her early years.