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Dr. E. Bruce Heilman

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Vice President of Programs

Phone: (303) ***-****  HQ Phone
The Greatest Generations Foundation
3773 Cherry Creek North Drive Suite 575
Denver , Colorado 80207
United States

Company Description: The Greatest Generations Foundation (TGGF) is a non-profit International organization dedicated to promoting recognition and respect for war veterans of past and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • doctoral degree , fields of business and educational administration
    Peabody College
  • earned master's Degree , fields of business and educational administration
    Peabody College
  • several honorary doctorates
    Tatung Institute of Technology
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The Greatest Generations Foundation | Who We Are, 29 Oct 2014 [cached]
Dr. E. Bruce Heilman - Co National Spokesman Responsibilities: Promotes awareness of and donor funding for TGGF and interacts with the media, donors, prospective donors and educational groups. Accompanies veterans to former battlefields and advises the TGGF Board of Directors on various topics related to the foundation. Bruce has been with TGGF since 2010.
At 86, University of Richmond chancellor ..., 4 Sept 2012 [cached]
At 86, University of Richmond chancellor Bruce Heilman continues to amaze.
By all accounts there are few people like Bruce Heilman.
Friends and family say he's a hard-charging 86-year-old, working still as chancellor of the University of Richmond, a passionate husband, father and grandfather, active in Baptist life and serving as the spokesman for a national veterans organization.
HeilmanPic2 Plus he continues to astonish old and young alike by riding around Richmond, Virginia, and the United States on his beloved Harley-Davidson.
Where friends and family differ is in explaining how this Depression-era high school dropout and Marine combat veteran does all this and more, and with an enthusiasm that's contagious and inspiring.
"I think he enjoys making an impact and making a difference," said Terry Heilman Sylvester, one of Heilman's six children.
"It's his personality," said Westleigh Roberts, vice president of programs for The Greatest Generations Foundation, the organization Heilman serves as national spokesman.
Heilman offers no easy, simple explanation. Rather, his life is the sum total of experiences that began on a rural Kentucky farm during the Great Depression and meandered through World War II and subsequent decades raising a family, getting an education and helping thousands of others go to school.
"I learned a lot of discipline and I learned the truth," he said. "My father would starve to pay a bill."
Faith was central to that discipline. His father was a farmer and licensed minister who invited preachers to dinner most Sunday nights. They were very conservative theologically and Heilman recalled the measure of a good Christian was in abstinence from certain behaviors.
"You didn't smoke but you raised tobacco, and you didn't drink but we sent all our corn to Virginia" to be used in manufacturing alcohol, Heilman said.
Faith evolves in Marines, combat
But it was in the military where Heilman said his faith began to develop - and it started right away.
heilmanPic3 On the troop train taking him to California for Marine Corps basic training, Heilman was disturbed by fellow recruits playing craps and cursing.
"I was almost sorry I was leaving home," he said.
But he wasn't sorry for the strength his faith gave him to witness some of the most brutal killing of the war in places like Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
"They say there are no atheists in foxholes, well there were some," he said. "If the wounded weren't calling on their mothers, they were calling on their faith."
Heilman often called on his faith, too. It helped him get through an assignment, shortly after the war ended, as the radio operator for commanders touring a defeated Japan.
"I was at Hiroshima and Nagasaki walking through those ashes," he said. "No one mentioned radioactivity and we just kicked it around like dust."
Meeting Americans of different races and religions pushed Heilman toward a moderate Baptist faith. So did having a Marine friend who was very aggressive in his witnessing.
"I learned there is a fine line between where you can live your life and where you insist others live it just like you do."
'Constant drive to better himself'
Heilman served another two years after the war and used his GI Bill money to attend Campbellsville University, the only school he found that let him attend without a high school diploma.
Soon he discovered a knack for academics and interest in providing education to others, and so began years of master's and doctoral studies and teaching and then a career in higher education administration.
He worked at a number of schools in different positions, including president of Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., before taking the presidency of the University of Richmond in 1966.
By then he had acquired a reputation as a premier fundraiser.
It was through his riding that Heilman discovered another calling in life: connecting with World War II veterans during his cross-country rides.
heilmanPic6 That's how he got on the radar of The Greatest Generations Foundation, Roberts said. The organization sends veterans on trips to visit the battlefields where they fought decades before. Heilman had been on such a trip to Iwo Jima and Okinawa in 2010.
Roberts said the group started hearing from veterans who said Heilman would make a great spokesman, especially given his long-distance motorcycle riding and outgoing personality.
Heilman was one of two guest speakers at the 2011 event and so impressed riders they want him back as honorary chairman for life.
Heilman said he plans to keep on going as a promoter of the University of Richmond, veterans, his faith and church (First Baptist, Richmond) and his motorcycle quests.
"I think of Helen Keller who said that life is either a grand adventure or it's nothing," Heilman said.
Board/Officers - Virginia War Memorial, 22 Sept 2014 [cached]
Dr. E. Bruce Heilman - Richmond; Chancellor, University of Richmond; President and CEO of University of Richmond 1971-1988; World War II  Marine Corps veteran.  
E. Bruce Heilman ..., 25 Sept 2014 [cached]
E. Bruce Heilman
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 20 Jan 2011 [cached]
Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Secretary
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