Published November 26, 2015
ATLANTA—Marist School’s historian, Richard J. Reynolds III, was recognized as the 2014-2015 recipient of Marist School’s highest honor, the St. Peter Chanel Award. He was a member of the class of 1952.
The award, named for the saint who sacrificed his life to his missionary work, is given in recognition of individuals whose selflessness, exceptional support and enthusiastic leadership have advanced the mission of Marist School in a fundamental way. The award was given on Oct. 21.
Reynolds’ contributions to Marist School have been many. Beyond serving as historian for his alma mater, Reynolds has served as president of Marist’s Alumni Association and on the executive board, which preceded the school’s current board of trustees. He was recognized by Marist School with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1991; in 2004, he was named to Marist’s Blue and Gold Athletics Circle; and, in 2005, Marist’s football program was dedicated to him. He remains an active member of the Marist School alumni board.
He has written extensively for the school’s magazine, Marist Matters, and has been a frequent lecturer on the history of Marist and Atlanta’s Catholics to both the Marist community and the larger Catholic community in Atlanta. Reynolds is retired from a 33-year legal career, 19 of which he spent as a partner at Troutman Sanders.
The Reynolds’ ties with Marist go back close to 100 years. His father, Richard J. Reynolds Jr., graduated in 1920 from what was then Marist College. He and his wife, Delia, are the parents of three alumni, Richard J. Reynolds IV, and Michael and Timothy Reynolds. One of their five grandchildren, Jennifer Ansley Reynolds, is a current Marist student.
Marist School President Marist Father John Harhager said, “Just as St. Peter Chanel devoted himself to his missionary work, Richard has exhibited singular dedication to Marist School.”