During the Western Carolina football game Nov. 2, the Keydet Club was pleased to recognize one of VMI’s most generous and engaged members with its highest honor, as Ms. Lois Fors-Bouis was presented with the Keydet Club’s Spirit of VMI Award.
Ford-Bouis has been consistent and visible in her support for VMI’s cadet-athletes and coaches for nearly 15 years as a member of the Keydet Club, where she served two terms on the board of governors.
Ford-Bouis is a generous leadership member of the Keydet Club as an annual scholarship donor. In 2004, she was instrumental in establishing the 1964 Basketball Team Scholarship, a scholarship that honors the Southern Conference Championship team. This scholarship is also a tribute to her late brother, Bobby Watson ’64, co-captain of that team which went to the NCAA Tournament. Watson was the head basketball coach of the University of Evansville Purple Aces when the team was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1977. Ford-Bouis continues to cherish the memory of her brother through her support to VMI.
Her love for cadet-athletes does not stop with her financial support. Lois has opened up her home and her heart to countless cadets since moving to Lexington in 2005. She currently serves as an academic advisor for the athletic development office.
Through her love and generosity, Ford-Bouis has and continues to leave an everlasting impact on the spirit of VMI.