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Brand, 1923 – 2015, Played “Indispensable Role” in SHECP and Shepherd Program

Cabell Brand, instrumental in building the Shepherd Program at Washington and Lee and in founding SHECP and securing VMI’s involvement in it, died January 13 at his home in Salem, Virginia. Just four days earlier Cabell had attended a retirement party for Ted Edlich, retiring president of Total Action for Progress, the anti-poverty agency Brand founded in 1965.

Cabell Brand, VMI '44, founded Total Action for Progress.

Cabell Brand, VMI ’44, founded Total Action for Progress. Photo by the Roanoke Times.


“Cabell became interested in supporting the Shepherd Program at Washington and Lee as soon as he learned about it,” said SHECP executive director, Harlan Beckley, Ph. D. “He played an indispensable role in developing the Program and the Shepherd Alliance with Berea, Spelman, and Morehouse by introducing us to David Bradley, Executive Director of the National Community Action Foundation. Cabell was also an early advocate for forming the Shepherd Consortium and ensuring that the Virginia Military Institute, his alma mater, became a part of the Consortium. During my last visit with Cabell, he asked if he could be a part of the closing conference for the Shepherd Consortium in August 2015.”

Read about Cabell’s life and legacy in the Roanoke Times:

Cabell Brand made Roanoke a Better Place – Editorial

Cabell Brand, dead at 91, was titan of business and philanthropy

Younos: Carrying the torch: Cabell Brand’s living legacy

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