Claire S. and Dwight H. Emanuelson, Jr. A Gift Never Taken For Granted
James '16, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson '84
Dwight Emanuelson graduated from Washington and Lee magna cum laude in 1984 with a double major in French and economics. Shortly after graduation he moved to Dallas to join Merrill Lynch as a broker-trainee. Today he is still based in Dallas as a private wealth advisor and managing director in the Private Banking and Investments Division of Bank of America.
Emanuelson is passionate about his alma mater and has served the University in many capacities, including president of the Dallas Alumni Chapter, member of the Dallas-based Shoulders of Giants Campaign Committee, vice chairman of the Dallas Honor Scholarship, and member of the Alumni Association Board. He co-chaired his 25th reunion in 2009 and by all reports raised the bar for all reunion classes to follow. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 and served on the campaign cabinet for Honor Our Past, Build Our Future: The Campaign for Washington and Lee.
Emanuelson and his wife, Claire, are active in the philanthropic community in Dallas and are noted for their support of the arts, education, and numerous children's charities. They are also generous benefactors of W&L, having established endowment funds to honor two legendary W&L retirees. In 1999 the Emanuelsons established the Fran Drake International Studies Endowment to support students studying Romance Languages abroad. The fund honors the late French professor and former chair of Romance Languages. In 2010 they created the Richard B. Sessoms Visiting Artists Fund to support guest artists in the Department of Theater and Dance. The fund honors their beloved friend and former senior director of major gifts in the Development Office who retired in 2004. The couple has also generously supported the Dallas Alumni Scholarship and the Annual Fund. They recently established a life-estate through which they are giving the University the former Lexington home of the contemporary American artist Cy Twombly '53, which they purchased and beautifully renovated in 2013-14.
The Emanuelsons have two sons: Hillis, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and, James, a member of the W&L Class of 2016.
This education is a gift that can never be taken for granted. It is the ultimate intangible that stays with me each and every day.
Dwight H. Emanuelson, Jr. '84