“We won’t be here forever. Giving back to Norwich is about passing on what you know and preparing … new cadets and students for their time at the university. It’s about enabling them to do what they want to do or to fund their dream to be able to go to school.”
—JANA RAYMOND ’90
For a number of years, Jana (Hurst) ’90 and Brian Raymond ’90 lived overseas while serving in the U.S. Navy or working for the U.S. government. They didn’t make it back to the Norwich campus often. But now that they’re based in the States again and living in Maryland, they’ve been able to get reinvolved with their alma mater.
Two of their four sons have attended Future Leader Camp, and one son is planning to apply to Norwich. The Raymonds also took part in Bicentennial events in 2019 and have supported their class over the years. They both actively volunteer as members of the Class of 1990 Gift Solicitation Committee.
“Norwich is just a part of who we are,” says Jana, a former Navy aviator. “It’s always been something that we fully support in whatever manner we can.”
One reason why? Because Norwich has supported them so much over the years. During his senior year, Brian and his family ran into some trouble coming up with tuition money. Norwich found work study and scholarship funds to help him out.
“They went to bat for him so that he could stay,” Jana says. “Norwich is more of a family than just a school.”
The Raymonds appreciate the strong ties they feel to Norwich and the friends they made there as students. “Brian has stayed in touch with his whole company, the Bravo Boys,” Jana says. “We probably get together with them every couple of years, and all of the families are very close.”
Both appreciate the role Norwich played in making them who they are today. “Our time at the university taught us leadership skills and the ability to cope and actually think on our own—skills that you wouldn’t necessarily get at other schools,” Jana says.
Thanks to their generous financial support, Jana and Brian are giving the next generation of Norwich students the chance to gain similar life-changing skills and expe¬rience. “If you have the opportunity to go to a school and be exposed to the kinds of things we were, then the doors are wide open,” Jana says. “We want to help pass on that ability to spread your wings and try new things.”
Jana and Brian Raymond ’90
Jana Raymond ’90 studied mechanical engineering and math at Norwich. As a U.S. Navy naval flight officer, she amassed more than 1,000 flight hours and 199 carrier landings and was one of the first women deployed on an aircraft carrier. She has held various positions in the Office of Naval Intelligence and the U.S. State Department and currently serves as partnerships program manager for Africa/ Europe for the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office.
Brian Raymond ’90 graduated from Norwich with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He served 11 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, then another 12 years as a SEAL in the U.S. Navy Reserve. After spending nearly two decades as a CIA operations officer, he now serves as VP of business development for the security firm Global Guardian.