Alumni Spotlight | E. Randy Gehr ’72
In 1968, Randy Gehr came to Rockingham County, Va., from the Hagerstown, Md., area to attend Bridgewater College and never left the area. He learned about the College through his hometown church, Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, and his brother Ron had enrolled at BC two years prior to his arrival. Gehr embraced Bridgewater, earning his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1970.
He came to deeply appreciate the liberal arts education and the broad range of perspectives to which he was exposed. “I felt like I could carry on an intelligent conversation with anyone,” he said, comparing the experience to that of friends whose studies were narrowly focused on their field. As an athletic trainer, Gehr worked with the football and track teams while he was at the College and fondly remembers Coaches Carlyle Whitelow and John Spencer. He commented, “They were two of the finest people I’ve ever known. They had a big influence on me.”
After graduation, Gehr worked a variety of jobs in different fields from the City of Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department (as assistant director of the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center) to working in sales and service for companies in the farm equipment industry. But in 2003, he decided to launch his own business, TLC Home Improvement. “It’s one guy in a truck, and that’s the way I want to keep it!” He thoroughly enjoys being his own boss, to the point that he doesn’t foresee retirement. “I might slow down a little,” he laughed.
Gehr married his wife Sandra in 1972 and his daughter, Erika Gehr Hartman, graduated from Bridgewater in 2003. An avid hunter and sailboat lover, Gehr is also a dedicated volunteer for the College. He was the president of the BC Alumni Association in 2008-09 and makes a point of helping out with Eagles We-Haul and Homecoming each year. He attends as many Eagles football games as he can, both home and away.