Special to The U-R
MILLEDGEVILLE — The Georgia Military College Foundation announced a major donation for Georgia Military College’s new health and wellness center Thursday.
The gift, originally made anonymously, comes from E. Culver “Rusty” Kidd, whose family’s long-time support for the school spans several generations.
“We are deeply appreciative of Rusty Kidd’s generous gift, which will help ensure the success of this important center well into the future,” said Maj. Gen. Peter J. Boylan (Ret.), GMC president emeritus. “The family’s unwavering loyalty and commitment to GMC over the years make this donation particularly special. In recognition of the Kidd family, we plan to name our new facility ‘The Kidd Center.’”
With construction of the center now well underway, the donor recently agreed to make the news of his gift public. Family members honored by the donation are: Kidd’s children, Katherine and Culver Kidd IV; living sisters Kathy Kidd Marbutt and Candy Kidd; his father, the late Sen. Culver Kidd; and his grandmother, the late Tillie S. Kidd.
“My gift is intended to help GMC expand the fine programs and services that contribute so significantly to the students’ quality of life,” said Kidd, a native of Milledgeville who attended GMC grammar school and now serves as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives.
Paralyzed from the breast down in a motorcycle accident in 1999, Kidd remains a strong proponent of physical fitness.
“No matter what our age, weight or health, exercise is the key to our physical and mental well-being. Hence, my agreement with Gen. Boylan and the GMC board to construct a health and wellness center for GMC cadets, students and faculty,” he said. “I truly believe that a healthy body contributes greatly to a healthy mind. And healthy bodies and minds are what the new Kidd Center will provide to GMC students.”
Kidd says the donation was particularly inspired by his faith in the leadership of Boylan, who also shares the Kidd family’s commitment to family, country-and GMC.
“We can’t all win the lottery, but attending GMC, getting a quality education and having access to the Kidd Center is like winning the lottery. By taking advantage of all GMC has to offer, students are set for life. For me, being able to make this donation to GMC on behalf of my family feels like winning the lottery.”
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