SUPPORTING WOODBERRY FOREVER THROUGH THE WALKER SOCIETY
When it comes to planning for the future, Mark
Copen ’91 learned from his father that it’s important to
Noel Copen was a trust and estate lawyer, and when
Mark turned twenty-one, his father sat him down and
told him it was time to prepare a will. That first will in-
cluded a bequest for Woodberry Forest School.
“I wanted to thank Woodberry in some small way
He has served as a class agent, on the Charlotte Asso-
for the education I received and for the life lessons I
learned,” Mark says. “As we move into a stage of our
lives where estate planning is becoming more and
more important, I urge you to consider making an
estate plan if you have not already done so.”
Mark’s support for Woodberry extends beyond his
estate. He’s supported the Amici Fund every year since
he graduated from Woodberry — a streak that now
extends to twenty-seven years. He also served as com-
munications director of his twenty-fifth reunion com-
mittee in 2016 and has actively played a role in promot-
ing Woodberry in Charlotte and among his classmates.
ciation Board, on the Advisory Council, and on the On
My Honor Committee to encourage planned giving.
The Copens hail from Huntington, West Virginia.
Mark now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his
wife, Tiffany, and their son, Addison. Mark’s parents,
Noel and Berridge Copen, also live nearby for part of
Just as Mark learned about the importance of wills
from his father, Noel and Berridge learned about the
Walker Society from Mark. In 2014 they notified Wood-
berry that they had included it in their estate plans,
choosing to do so because of the profound impact the
school had on Mark.
“Our planned gift is because of our affection for the
school,” Noel says. “It was quite an experience, not just
for Mark, but for us as parents. I remember graduation
day as a very emotional day as we realized we wouldn’t
be coming back with Mark again. We’ve always been
indebted to Woodberry.”
The Copen Family
Tiffany, Noel, Addison, Berridge, and Mark ’91
“I WANTED TO THANK WOODBERRY IN SOME SMALL WAY FOR THE
EDUCATION I RECEIVED AND FOR THE LIFE LESSONS I LEARNED.”
What is your
Join the Walker Society.
Help ensure that future generations have the same opportunities Woodberry gave you.
Visit woodberry.org or call 540-672-6058 to learn more.