Robert Thurston ’81
Robert Thurston ’81 encountered Bridgewater College by attending a college fair in Washington, D.C., during his senior year of high school. He started talking to recent alumnus Mike Scales ’75 about BC and eventually came with his family to visit the College over Memorial Day weekend, when he met Coach Carlyle Whitelow ’59. The rest was history.
Thurston, who was interested in accounting, majored in business administration. He said he gained as much from the varied subjects he studied for general education as he did from his major, and that those classes “broadened [his] horizons” and were the basis for his future success. He also played on the football team as a defensive back for three years and served on the Student Council for several years. He got to know faculty from across campus by playing against them in a lunchtime basketball game. Thurston still treasures memories of classes and interactions with Prof. Bob Hueston, beloved BC accounting professor, and Dr. David Huffman, who taught economics.
Thurston obtained his first post-college job as the result of an internship with Planters Bank in Bridgewater. Once Planters was purchased by a larger bank, he transferred to the Falls Church headquarters of the new institution. After spending a few more years in various other jobs, he started working in transportation for Federal Express. For more than 20 years, he was an Area Manager overseeing operations in DC and Northern Virginia.
Post-retirement, Thurston has increased his involvement in the community of College Park, Md., his home for about 30 years. He is the civic association president for his neighborhood and serves as a member of the city’s Ethics Commission. He also works as a part-time driving instructor in the area.
He has also served his alma mater on the BC Alumni Association Board of Directors, including a term as president in 2007-08, and as a member of the Family Council. His fondest memory of BC is perhaps the most recent, however. In May, he had the joy of watching his son Cameron ’17 walk across the stage as a new BC graduate.