Alumnus Letter: James Oppenheim

James Oppenheim, a 1968 graduate of Rollins College and a Sullivan Award recipient, took the time to send a letter to the Sullivan Foundation after many years without contact. Even after all those years, Mr. Oppenheim was generous enough to send the Foundation a gift for the betterment of future generations, along with his remembrances and best wishes.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dear President McDavid,

I received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1968 at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. The award came as a complete surprise. It was not a reward to which you could apply or receive for accomplishing some outstanding achievement. The award was given with little fanfare, but I do recall that the few that were recognized were most appreciative and proud to be honored in such a way.

I was both a student and athlete, maybe better than average, but not unusual. However, I have always tried to live my life by the

“Golden Rule” as I was taught by my parents. I think that is the essence of what the Sullivan Foundation represents.

The campus of Rollins College, where James Oppenheim attended and received a Sullivan Award

It has been many years since 1968. I just turned 70. In the past year it has now come as another surprise that the Foundation has found me again and has begun sending ENGAGE.

Forty-eight years ago I gave my stipend to my parents for giving me the opportunity to attend Rollins. I have always felt indebted to the Foundation for allowing me that privilege so long ago. Please use the enclosed gift to help allow another student that wonderful honor.

My sincere thanks for recognizing me in 1968 and still remembering me in 2016.


James K. Oppenheim

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