Encouraging Alumni to Keep Connected With UT
Robbins Denham '51
Profession: Retired contractor and owner of American Home Improvement Co.
Q. Where were you born and raised?
A. I was born in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa, Florida, in 1927, and attended local schools, graduating from Hillsborough High School in 1945.
Q. Why did you attend The University of Tampa?
A. After my enlistment in the U.S. Navy Reserve, I attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks for my first year of college, working full time at night. Fortunately, with the G.I. Bill, I was able to enroll at The University of Tampa in September 1948.
Q. Did you participate in co-curricular activities?
A. I was on the debate team and traveled to Stetson University and Florida State University. Florida Southern College came to UT.
Q. Did you live on campus?
A. I lived at home on Florida Ave. at Palm Ave., and walked to and from the University.
Q. Favorite class or professor?
A: My favorite classes were speech with Dr. MacGillivray and poetry with H. G. Baker, Ph.D. They really made poetry sound beautiful and knew many poems by heart!
Q. Did you have a favorite place on campus?
A: My favorite place to hang out was the main lobby of Plant Hall, where there were always other students with whom to visit. Next was the library for study.
Q. Did you work while you were at UT?
A. I had several part-time jobs such parking cars during the Florida State Fair and working at the election board before and during elections. Between classes, I was also a reader for a blind veteran at UT. A good number of the students at UT were in wheelchairs (polio or wounded veterans).
Q. Why do you think it's important to give back to UT?
A. I've always been grateful for the contribution UT made to my life, and I wanted to give something back. Following both my sons' graduations from college, I was finally able to do something and started with small annual gifts to the development fund, which directly benefits the students.
Q. Why did you decide to initiate a gift annuity with UT?
A. Having heard that the charitable gift annuity is a means of increasing my current income, which I needed to do at that time, while leaving a gift to the University at the same time, I saw that it was the way for me to go. The UT Office of Planned Giving took care of the details of transferring some securities and sending me the added income each month.
Q. Would you encourage other alumni to give back?
A. I strongly recommend any former UT students to come back to the greatly expanded campus, attend homecoming—especially the luncheon—hear Ronald Vaughn, Ph.D., talk about the future of UT, and then consider whatever investment you can make in this outstanding University.
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