Joe Grills has long been a good neighbor andgood friend of Woodberry Forest. He lives inRapidan, just a few miles down the river fromcampus.
Joe Grills served as a member of theWoodberry board of trustees from 2007 to2015, chairing the investment committee.He is chairman emeritus of the MontpelierFoundation and is devoted to highlighting theimportance of the US Constitution, not only inthis country’s history but around the world.
Along with his wife, Marge, Joe established afello wship that supports summer internships forWoodberry students in the areas of governmentand public history, including museums. Eachyear, Woodberry boys around the country, andin some cases around the world, deepen theirunderstanding of history and governmentthanks to the Grillses’ generosity. The couplealso established the James Madison Prizefor Excellence in the Study of the AmericanConstitution and Government, which isawarded annually to the Woodberry studentwho demonstrates the greatest knowledge ofthe Constitution.
Joe and Marge are the proud grandparents ofTyler Grills, a member of the class of 2012.2020 DistinguishedService Awards
Established in 1980 by the board of trustees, the Disting uished Service Award recognizes members of the WoodberryForest family for their dedicated serviceor generous support. The 2020 recipients,recognized during commencement ceremonies,are Joe Grills, Clyde Firman, Tammy Firman,and Ted Blain. Read more about Clyde, Tammy,and Ted on the pages that follow.
Charlie Claiborne ’ 20
Will ’82, Beau ’ 20, and Kate HardisonEmmett Aydin ’ 20 and Tim Stakem Sandeep Thapa ’ 20