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James Blockwood, A04

About him

Stationed in Iraq for four months with the United States Department of Defense, James Blockwood, A04, worked up to 18 hour days, seven days a week, providing counterterrorism intelligence to U.S. military and civilian officials, coalition partners, and the Iraqi government.

At Tufts, he was president of his class, student co-chair of President Bacow's Task Force of the Undergraduate Experience, co-president of the Black Men's Group, while serving two years as a resident assistant. At his home in Alexandria, Va., Blockwood works full time for the Pentagon and is pursuing graduate studies at Johns Hopkins. He has a master's degree from the National Defense Intelligence College, where he is president of the alumni association.

About his gift

When crisis hit the U.S. economy-and with it, universities like Tufts-last fall, Blockwood reached into his own pocket and sent his alma mater a generous donation at twice the young alumni leadership level-all the way from Iraq.

"In today's economy, people are really hurting, and I'm trying to do my part," says Blockwood. The small sacrifices I make today will allow a future Tufts student to receive financial aid, study in another country, or engage in thought-provoking research as part of a fellowship."

Why he gives to Tufts

By declaring a "lifetime commitment to Tufts," Blockwood says he hopes to be a role model to his peers and show them that any donation, no matter what size, makes a large impact at Tufts.

"Tufts defined who I am, and gave me every opportunity to do the things I want to do in life," Blockwood says.