Thomas Crouse ’59

One of ten relatives to attend WC, international business investor Tom Crouse ’59 knows the College intimately. “Washington College was one of my great well-diggers,” he says, “contributing to who I became and what I’ve been able to achieve.” The “well” metaphor comes from a Chinese proverb: when drinking the water of a well, the saying goes, one should never forget who dug it.

That sentiment deepens in meaning for Tom, a former economics major, as he reflects on his time at WC. “The older I get, the more I feel a liberal arts education is critical to becoming a well-rounded individual. A broad education, especially at the undergraduate level, is very desirable not only for individuals, but also for the country, for our ability to adapt in changing times.”