Virginia Tech Magazine
Class Notes
Fall 2009

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Stonie Barker Jr. (MINE) was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech.


W. David Fletcher (ANSC) received the prestigious A.M. Mills Award for his exceptional lifetime service to the veterinary profession and to his community.


Barry Kantor (BAD) was selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Family Law and as Norfolk Area Best Lawyers Family Lawyer for the Year 2009.

William C. Latham (GAG) was inducted into Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hall of Fame.


Donald L. Sage (IE) was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech.


Thomas H. Row (NSE) received the Tennessee Governor's Volunteer Stars Award .

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S. Travis Pritchett (BAD) is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.


J.H. Ballengee (ME) was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech.

Philip N. Bergstresser (STAT) retired from ADTRAN Inc. after 46 years of service.

Joe T. May (EE) was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech.

Robert van Luyn (IE) authored a book, From Lion to Eagle, a true story of an immigrant that shares the message of what is still possible in America.

Joseph H. Vipperman Jr. (EE) was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech.

Ernest V. Zoby (ME) won the 2009 Thermophysics Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Rita Sutherland Purdy (CTRA) retired from Baylor University as chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.


Irving M. Blank has been selected to receive the Richmond Jewish Community Federation's Distinguished Community Service Award.

Thomas B. Cox (METE) was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech.

Arthur W. McKinney Sr. (ARE) was named Virginia Tech's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus for 2009.

Arthur G. Ware III (EM) was the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the mechanical engineering department at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.


Robert D. Mitchell (PSCI) retired from BMW of North America after 32 years of service.

Leo A. Vecellio Jr. (CE) was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech.


Jimmie G. Anderson (PAD) co-authored a book, Entrepreneurship in Action.

Duane Gold (EE) retired from Eastman Chemical Company with more than 40 years of service.

Trudy Knicely Henson (MKTG) retired as a professor of sociology from the University of South Carolina after 31 years of service and was named Distinguished Professor Emerita.

Wayne K. Nystrom (IE) is president/CEO of Graphics Gallery and was recognized as the Business Leader of the Year by the Henrico Business Council of the Greater Richmond Chamber.

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T. Baylor (PSYC) is assistant dean at the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University.

Rosalie Jackson Regni (CTRA) co-authored a book, Entrepreneurship in Action.


Donna Woodrum Dunay (ARCH) was named an American Institute of Architects Fellow.

Lindley V. Pryor (ARCH) is director of community development of the Warren-Forest Counties Economic Opportunity Council in Pennsylvania.

Robert L. Zier (PSCI) is the chief of staff for the Indiana Department of Transportation.


Satish V. Kulkarni (PHYS) was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech.

A. Ross Myers (CE) was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence at Virginia Tech.


Christopher W. Umberger, NCARB (ARCH) is a senior project manager for Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc. in Knoxville, Tenn.


Robert E. James (DASC) received the 2009 Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Thomas D. Mull (ME) has formed a professional organization, Institute of Energy Professionals, to help companies, governmental agencies, institutions, and others better utilize their energy resources by training personnel to develop effective and sustainable energy management programs.

Deborah VanderWaal Ropelewski (GBUS) is serving on the editorial advisory board of American Agent and Broker Magazine.

Dana K. Smith (ARCH) co-authored a book, Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Planning Guide.


Allan A. Anderson (BION) is secretary/treasurer of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Mary Pollak Lewis (EDSU) is director of first-year experiences in the Office of the Provost at Virginia Tech.

Barbara Prentiss Peterson (PSYC) is director of information technology for the School of Medicine and director of finance and administration for the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington.


Michael P. Parrella (ENT) is a chairman for the Department of Entomology, University of California.


Melanie A. Gregor (PHED) is the head softball coach and associate director of athletics at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif.

Robert D. Grisso Jr. (AGE) is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' 2009 Class of Fellows.

James F. Kirby (LASC) has authored a photography book, Harpers Ferry, A CrossRoads in Time.

Matthew J. McGinniss (ZOOL) is director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Caris MPI.

Douglas J. Nelson (ME) is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Outstanding Long-Term Faculty Advisor Award.


Janet Jordan Perkins (SOC) attended the 2009 Georgia Archives Institute.

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Ronald J. Kendall (FIW) is director of the environmental and human health programs at Texas Tech University, which received the 2009 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in Education.

Walter H. Peake III (ENGL) was named to Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers in 2008 and 2009 in the field of medical malpractice defense.

William S. Swecker Jr. (ANSC) is the department head for Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia Tech-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.


Linda M. Shifflette (EDVT) is superintendent of schools for Hampton School Board.

Marcia Jones Thom (LASC) was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Student Government Association at Sweet Briar College.

Bevlee A. Watford (MINE) received Virginia Tech's 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award.


B. Wayne Adams (MKTG) received the designation of certified regulatory compliance manager from the American Bankers Association.

Suzanne Beamer Bohnert (COMM) authored two books, Game-Day Goddess: Learning Basketball's Lingo and Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball's Lingo.

Steven L. DeBusk (ME) is global energy solutions manager for CPFilms.

Steven C. Heifner (MATE) is an ASQ-certified quality auditor overseen by the Certification Board of the American Society for Quality.

Barbara S. Simpson (ENGL) earned her M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles.


Aaron K. Ball (EDVT) was honored with the 2009 Outstanding Teaching Award from the southeastern section of the American Society for Engineering Education.

William R. Burden (BIOC) is principal investigator for the Mentor Corporation's FDA-approved study for post-operatively adjustable silicone implants.

Matthew Clark (CHEM) founded Pharmatrope Ltd., a company providing adverse event prediction and consulting for the pharmaceutical industry.

Regina E. Dugan (ME) is director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Thomas P. Lanagan (IEOR) directs the Army's analytical studies efforts at the Pentagon as the chief of the Army Studies Program Management Office.


Craig H. Matthews (EE) is a partner with Austin Brockenbrough and Associates LLP.

Scott N. Wilson (CE) is a new associate for Thompson and Litton in Wise, Va.


Elaine Crable Cieluch (FCD) is clerk of court for Lexington-Rockbridge General District Court.

Mitzi R. Vernon (ARCH) received Virginia Tech's 2009 Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award.


Percival G. Ricketts (POUL) is a licensed psychotherapist, nationally certified counselor, parenting and divorce consultant, and the author of five books.


Kristine B. Miller (ART) is an associate with Access Advertising and Public Relations in Roanoke, Va.

Kimble Reynolds Jr. (MKTG) received the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business.

Marc T. Steiner (ECAS) is commander of the Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck in Virginia Beach, Va.


Kay Wright Baughan (FIN) is assistant vice president of Citizens Bank & Trust Co. in Crewe, Va.

B.K. Fulton (UA) is the recipient of 2009 Friend of Education Award from the National Association of State Boards of Education.

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Heather M. Brown (HIDM) received her doctorate in instructional design/technology from Old Dominion University.

James E. Crosley (PHYS) is commanding officer of the USS Alabama Gold.

Joseph M. DeSimone (CHEM) received the Graduate Alumni Achievement Award for 2009 from Virginia Tech.

William L. Turner (FCD) is a professor of human and organizational development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.


David S. Bennett (EE) is a senior member of the professional staff in the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

Jennifer K. Martin (ART) has juried her sculpture "New Species" into the National Art Encounter 2009 in the Von Liebig Art Center and Museum in Naples, Fla.


Tsu-Sheng Chang (EM) received Virginia Tech's 2009 Sporn Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Engineering Subjects.

Ellington T. Graves (SOC) received Virginia Tech's 2009 Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award.


Paula Brown Newbill (FR) received her Ph.D. in second language education from Virginia Tech.


Michele Thomas McNiff (PSCI) received her masters in education from the University of Virginia.

Dana S. Reeder (AGE) is a clinical assistant professor of equine field service for the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Rickie D. Rudd (EDVT) has been named the Virginia Cooperative Extension Professor of Excellence in Community Viability by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.


Scot H. Goodman (ACCT) is managing vice president for audit, information systems and enterprise projects for Capital One.

Scott E. Habeeb (EDCI) has co-authored a book, The Ninth-Grade Opportunity: Transforming Schools from the Bottom Up.

Bethany Trapp Little (PSCI) is vice president of design and implementation services for Convio Inc.


Janeen B. Gingrich (FCD) is the development director of Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Michael C. Rembold (IS) is chief for the Office of Defense Cooperation for the U.S. Army.


Amy K. Cheatham (CE) received her Ph.D. in civil engineering at Virginia Tech and is employed with CH2M Hill in Oklahoma City.

Elizabeth Snead Combs (HIST) is chief magistrate for the 28th Judicial District, Region I of Virginia.

Matthew S. Cosner (ECON) earned his master's degree in public policy from George Mason University and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha.

Cynthia J. Denbow (PPWS) is the recipient of the 2009 Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

David M. Moore (DASC) received Virginia Tech's 2009 Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.

John R. Tomlin Jr. (MINE) was a finalist for the 2009 American Association of Railroads John H. Chafee Environmental Excellence Award.

John M. Nutting (AAEC) was awarded the 2009 Eisenhower Agriculture Fellowship.

Robert E. Emard (ARCH) is a licensed architect in Virginia.

* Attention '99 grads: In January 2010, the Schiffert Health Center will destroy the medical records of all '99 graduates. If you would like a copy of your records, your request must be received before Dec. 1, 2009.

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Aaron D. Link (ISE) earned his M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Rachel A. Mair (FSCI) received the first-ever Rachel Carson Award for Scientific Excellence from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Somil R. Mehta (BIOL) received his master's degree in international business from University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business.

Jason C. Rushing (CE) received the 2009 Paul L. Busch Prize from Malcolm Pirnie Inc.


Amanda C. Akin (HNFE) received her master's degree in health communications from Emerson College and Tufts University and is the COO for Encompass In-Office Surgery in Texas.

Laura M. Marshall (HD) received the Milken Educator Award from Teacher Magazine.

Erin P. Silvoy (BIOL) received her master's degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.


Gregory A. Brazeau (CE) has earned his professional license and is a staff engineer on the utilities team with Draper Aden Associates in Blacksburg, Va.

Haden D. Conrad (HIST) is pastor of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Bremen, Ga. He received his master of divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

James K. Houff (FIN) is senior manager for DRT Strategies.

Eric J. Melniczek (ELPS) is director of career services at High Point University in North Carolina.

Lydia Steele Roberts (LAR) received her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.


Robert B. DiGiacomo (COMM) is the director of marketing and promotions for the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics.

Allegra C. Johnston (ENGL) is the author of a novel, Nothing But Scandal.

Felicia Rankin Qashu (BIOL) earned her doctorate in neuroscience from the Uniform Services University in Bethesda, Md.


Ahmed K. Ali (ARCH) has authored a book, Silence, Darkness, and Light.

Bradford Ashby (MKTG) is assistant vice president of BB&T in Ashburn, Va.

Sarah E. Bowman (ENGL) has authored a novel, White Vacation.

Abbey Akin Fowler (IS) is an assistant district attorney for Dallas County, Texas. She received her juris doctor from The University of Miami School of Law.

Katherine L. Weaks (HD) is a licensed practicing counselor with National Counseling Group in Richmond, Va.


Melinda R. Cep (APSC) was named one of the two 2009-10 American Veterinary Medical Association Congressional Science fellows.

Derrick T. Hogan (HIST) is an associate attorney with Tully Rinckey PLLC in Albany, N.Y.


Rachel L. Doudera (PSYC) earned a master's degree in psychology from Radford University.

Yang Xu (GSCR) received the 2009 Penn State Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Shiv D. Kale (BIOC) was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.


Alia C. Ghannam (ENGL) is a public relations account coordinator for Fry Hammond Barr.


Nicholas D. Tatalovich (BIOL) is an environmental scientist for The Louis Berger Group Inc.

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'51 Frederick L. Phlegar and Kris Ferbert, 9/12/08.
'53 S.D. Garthoff and Donna J. Wade, 5/16/09.
'93 Paula Brown and '98 Cecil B. Newbill, 1/3/09.
'93 Barbara A. Shirley and Richard A. Fiero, 3/28/09.
'95 Stephen M. Carrick and Anne Lee Day, 5/16/09.
'96 Tamara A. Laon and Nicholas L. Overcash, 4/25/09.
'97 Brian T. Boylan and '03 Priya P. Gowda, 4/25/09.
'99 Jaimee W. Hammit and Kevin David, 4/18/09.
'99 Melanie Frazier and Andrew Raymond Kjar, 7/4/09.
'01 Christopher W. Bishop and '01 Jennifer E. Cable, 4/25/09f
'02 Michelle Arevalo and '03 Mark A. Winston, 10/25/08.
'02 Christy L. Herman and Timothy Fielding.
'02 James A. Johnston and '04 Julie E. Dyke, 4/18/09.
'02 Edward J. Manlucu and Kala N. Edwards, 10/4/08.
'02 Christine Kiely O'Hara-McQueen and Scott G. Wilkerson, 4/18/09.
'02 Maria V. Evangelista and Josh Robison, 4/18/09.
'03 Jonathan D. Cohen and Sara Leppien, 6/6/09.
'03 Christopher E. Glenn and Danielle Burke, 3/14/09.
'03 Michael S. McDonald and Jessica Stainback, 8/23/08.
'04 Melisa G. Lasken and '04 Miles P. Shifflett, 10/4/08.
'05 M.E. Dawika Chang and '06 Bethany L. Draggoo, 7/26/08.
'05 Ross G. Hewitt II and '07 Jodie, A. Hamrock, 10/17/08.
'05 Erin C. Bryant and Christopher Rice, 6/27/09.
'06 Rachel Lynn Doudera and '07 Matthew W. Soukup, 5/31/09.
'06 Lauren A. Gallagher and '06 Bryan T. Gassenmeyer, 5/9/09.
'07 Neal M. Ballas and '08 Jill E. Ballas, 5/23/09.
'07 Derek A. Davis and Danielle Rogne, 6/13/09.
'07 Sarah A. LaMotte and '08 Zachary R. Eckhart, 10/11/08.

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Births and Adoptions

'85 Jeffrey N. Johnson, a son and a daughter, 4/21/09.
'86 Kevin B. Sullivan and '87 K.M. Lukas, a daughter, 7/7/08.
'88 Scott L. Levin and '92 Betty A. Levy, a daughter, 5/4/09.
'89 David A. Capwell Jr. and '96 Amanda C. Weidner, a daughter, 4/3/09.
'90 Matthew M. Malanga and '91 J. Megan Ray Malanga, a daughter, 6/7/09.
'90 Melissa Jones Sharpe and '91 Philip C. Sharpe, a son, 10/9/08.
'91 John D. Back and '95 Shannon L. Daley, a son, 3/26/09.
'91 Beatriz S. Kelly-Rosenberg, a daughter, 7/10/08.
'91 Amy Campbell Stock, a son, 5/8/09.
'92 Charles R. Fraley and '93 Meredith Blunt Fraley, a daughter, 1/14/09.
'93 Nicole Dikeman Anderson, a daughter, 10/29/08.
'93 Catherine Steele Hogan, a son, 6/2/09.
'93 Susan Stryker Jensen, a daughter, 2/04/09.
'93 Heather Miller Pierce, a son, 6/8/09.
'94 Andrew G. Foster, a son, 2/15/09.
'94 Joshua C. George, a son, 5/6/09.
'94 Russell J. Parrish, adopted a daughter, 2/12/09.
'94 John E. Slaughter III, triplets, 2/18/09.
'94 Christopher J. Yianilos, a son, 4/6/09.
'94 Tracy Reynolds Zeleskey, a son, 1/12/09.
'95 Kory C. Brendsel, a son, 5/6/09.
'95 Amy Klear du Fief and '95 Robert T. du Fief, a son and a daughter, 5/8/09.
'95 David T. Polk, a daughter, 4/15/09.
'95 Jennifer Howard Stanislaw, a daughter, 7/1/08.
'95 Catherine Merz White, a daughter, 12/11/08.
'96 Randi Richards Lutz, a son, 4/28/09.
'96 Charles L. Moore Jr. and '96 Hilary Winkler Moore, a daughter, 6/5/09.
'97 Jeffrey C. Hinkle and '97 Tara Carter Hinkle, a daughter, 2/26/09.
'97 Susan Dodd O'Keefe and '97 Kevin J. O'Keefe, a son, 6/27/08.
'97 David M. Mader, a daughter, 4/6/09.
'97 Adam J. Read and '99 Amanda Moore Read, a daughter, 4/4/09.
'97 Andrew J. Rosenberger and '97 Julie Zurfluth Rosenberger, a son, 4/30/09.
'98 Rachel Chabalewski Lenahan and '98 Francis S. Lenahan, a son, 1/6/09.
'98 Megan G. Barnes, a son, 3/26/09.
'98 Damon R. Josue and '00 Carolyn Grovac Josue, a daughter, 1/6/09.
'98 Betty Shaver Keith, a daughter.
'98 Amanda Cordes Person, a daughter, 6/3/09.
'98 Amy L. Shober, a daughter, 3/30/09.
'99 Patrick H. Brindle and '00 Sabrina Dillon Brindle, a son, 5/26/09.
'99 Alex T. Edwards and '01 Amy Benedict Edwards, a daughter, 4/25/09.
'99 Carmen McGough Stowers and '01 Steven Stowers and, a son and a daughter, 4/29/09.
'99 Rebecca Wiesner Erfurt, a son, 1/7/09.
'99 David M. Finch, a daughter, 1/12/09.
'00 Kelly Keister Svihovec and '00 Brian W. Svihovec, a son, 5/9/09.
'99 Justin M. Klingman, a daughter, 6/26/09.
'00 Jonathan S. Ebbert, a daughter, 3/15/09.
'00 Kevin P. Healy, a son, 4/12/09.
'00 Aaron D. Link, a daughter, 3/20/09.
'01 Jennifer Aschermann Kaywork and '01 Timothy L. Kaywork, a daughter, 6/15/09.
'01 Jason E. Long and '02 Lora Sudduth Long, a son, 3/8/09.
'01 Melissa Maltempo Maciborski and '02 Jeffrey D. Maciborski, a son, 3/3/09.
'01 Peter J. Rappoccio, a daughter, 6/19/09.
'02 Amanda Cangemi Crook, a daughter, 5/10/09.
'02 Ashley Chapman Gentry and '02 Jay P. Gentry, a daughter, 5/21/09.
'02 Brent M. Decker, a son, 3/2/09.
'02 Julia Rose Duszak, a daughter, 6/13/09.
'02 Christina Marks Evans and '02 Matthew H. Evans, a daughter, 6/12/09.
'02 Christopher J. Flood and '02 Emmy Clevenger Flood, a daughter, 3/1/09.
'02 Anita L. Marino, a son, 12/19/08.
'02 Nicole McKeown Juhan and '03 Steven M. Juhan Jr., a daughter, 1/27/09.
'03 Grant O. Hill, a daughter, 2/2/09.
'03 Heather Packs Turner, a daughter, 5/30/09.
'04 Krysta Kerzner Ardigo and '04 Ryan L. Ardigo, a daughter, 6/2/09.
'04 Stephen C. Pitts and '05 Megan McCormally Pitts, a son, 1/27/09.
'05 David M. Zielinski, a son, 4/9/09.
'06 Kourtney T. VaillanCourt, a son, 1/17/09.
'07 Derek A. Davis, a daughter, 9/23/08.

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'33 R.B. Pamplin Sr., 6/24/09
'34 E. Crawley Williams Jr., 4/29/09
'36 C.H. Pace Jr., 4/30/09
'36 Nat W. Terry, 6/24/09
'36 Stewart B. West, 7/12/09
'37 Conrad J. Logan, 3/26/09
'38 R.M. Allen Jr.
'38 Robert T. Franzel, 11/25/08
'39 Virginia McPherson Hale, 2/23/09
'39 Milton H. Lehr, 7/9/09
'39 James W. Simmons, 4/22/09
'40 Edmund W. Cannon, 4/17/09
'40 Richard F. Guerrant, 4/25/09
'40 Lyell A. Knighton, 5/20/09
'40 Philip L. Smith, 3/3/09
'41 John A. Howell Jr., 2/22/09
'42 John T. Blakely, 5/5/09
'42 James R. Dalton, 4/30/09
'42 Seymour Garfinkel, 2/26/08
'42 Waverly S. Green Jr., 3/17/09
'42 Glenn W. Kinzer, 7/11/09
'42 Daniel Ligon, 4/9/09
'42 Frances Jamison Lindsey, 3/23/09
'42 Millard F. McKinsey, 3/12/09
'42 Robert P. Merchant, 6/27/09
'42 S. Jerome Rosenbaum Jr., 3/20/09
'43 John Beebe, 3/26/09
'43 Charles L. Childrey Jr., 2/27/09
'43 W.D. Craghead Jr., 1/7/09
'43 William K. Dickey, 5/25/09
'43 M. William Dutton Jr., 6/20/09
'43 Floyd H. Fish Jr., 4/22/09
'43 J.A. Holz, 2/18/09
'43 Leonard F. Jones, 4/14/09
'43 Willie Watterson Martin, 7/14/09
'43 Russell B. McClain, 4/13/09
'43 J. Arthur Mills Jr., 6/5/09
'43 Gilbert H. Rollins, 6/23/09
'43 Frank V. Rosson, 4/7/09
'43 James E. Snidow, 5/9/09
'43 M.T. Watson, 1/5/09
'44 Gordon E. Barlow Jr., 2/25/09
'44 Charles E. Cawthorn Jr., 3/11/09
'44 James H. Hedrick, 5/29/08
'44 J.F. Kasten Jr., 3/13/09
'44 William K. Petticrew Jr., 5/18/09
'45 W.P. Copenhaver, 5/15/09
'45 Joseph H. Scales Jr., 12/27/08
'45 Robert M. Wallace, 3/30/09
'46 H. Thomas Diehl Jr., 2/11/09
'47 Andrew F. Giesen Jr., 6/11/09
'47 A.C. Mueller Jr., 5/5/09
'47 T.S. Williams Jr., 5/9/09
'48 Cecil C. Avery, 2/17/08
'48 Hugh G. Brown Jr., 5/12/09
'48 H.T. Gregg Jr., 2/20/09
'48 Richard W. Hamel Jr., 4/2/09
'48 Edgar R. Rosen, 4/1/09
'48 W. Murphy Scott, 5/14/09
'49 Alexander Alexander, 5/17/09
'49 William H. Andrews, 10/25/08
'49 Mary Tate Campbell, 5/7/09
'49 Claude L. Cook Jr., 3/30/09
'49 Robert H. Davis, 6/27/09
'49 Sidney Davis, 2/1/09
'49 J.B. Gilmer, 3/13/09
'49 Charles H. Hillman, 5/13/09
'49 James W. Hurt, 5/13/09
'49 E.M. Sweeney Jr., 4/5/09
'49 Edward F. Unser, 4/2/09
'50 Thomas L. Beavers, 7/8/09
'50 Wilson P. Bishop, 3/27/09
'50 Robert S. Coney Jr., 3/14/09
'50 James E. Dickson, 5/17/09
'50 William L. Fornes, 3/21/09
'50 Alvin E. Gantt, 4/14/09
'50 Herman W. Helberg Jr., 5/5/09
'50 Robert E. Lipscomb, 3/4/09
'50 Thomas B. Long Jr., 6/20/09
'50 Charles M. McGinnis, 7/20/09
'50 John K. McIlhenny, 4/28/09
'50 Robert E. Quinn, 5/8/09
'50 W.C. Royall Jr., 4/22/09
'50 Charles W. Sanders, 6/9/09
'50 Robert R. Shriver, 3/9/09
'50 Frank V. Sumner, 7/4/09
'50 L. Price Wilkins, 3/6/09
'51 Raymond E. Bowles, 3/11/09
'51 William A. Cook Jr., 7/2/09
'51 Everett B. Davis, 6/10/09
'51 Robert H. Gilley, 3/15/09
'51 Edward W. Irving Jr., 2/27/09
'51 W.S. Shelburne, 2/9/09
'52 James B. Bostic Jr., 3/28/09
'52 Betty Price Northrop, 5/12/09
'52 M.C. Sutphin, 5/9/09
'52 Lee E. Turner Jr., 4/4/09
'53 William E. Diggs, 4/22/09
'53 William S. Graybeal, 4/24/09
'53 Raymond E. Huband Jr., 5/18/09
'53 Catherine Martin-Wagoner, 5/18/09
'53 W.L. Robinson, 8/26/08
'53 Warren H. Taylor, 2/26/09
'54 Donald C. Booth, 6/11/09
'54 Glenn S. Cock, 6/23/09
'54 Glen Fleenor, 3/5/09
'54 Frank B. Fuller Jr., 5/18/09
'54 John V. Glazebrook Jr., 5/10/09
'54 William R. Griggs, 3/11/09
'54 Johnnie E. Pittard, 5/6/09
'55 W.M. Carter Jr., 7/8/09
'55 Fabian Kovensky, 12/14/08
'55 Hugh M. Swartz, 3/15/09
'55 Warren N. Thompson, 5/20/09
'55 Howard I. Wright, 6/5/09
'56 Bernard B. Hurst Jr., 3/5/09
'56 Charles A. Linder, 4/30/09
'56 H. Gordon Tiller Jr., 5/27/09
'57 John G. Barker, 7/1/09
'57 J. Frederick Moring, 5/12/09

'58 Frank I. Adkins Jr., 2/27/09
'58 John L. Allen Jr., 4/20/09
'58 Peter R. Beament, 4/21/09
'58 Ronald G. Beck, 7/8/09
'58 Donald E. Brown, 4/25/09
'58 H. Ray Haynie, 6/1/09
'59 Richard H. Ellerbe, 3/27/09
'59 John E. Jackson, 6/23/09
'59 Charles W. Pomeroy Sr., 7/24/08
'59 Alfred W. Shriver Jr., 11/7/08
'60 Paul E. Bolt, 3/26/09
'60 James A. Cartwright Jr., 6/29/09
'60 James T. Holt, 5/9/09
'60 David W. Stoner, 5/17/09
'61 Charles H. Domermuth Jr., 6/28/09
'61 J. Reid Everly, 6/22/09
'61 Donald K. Maccubbin, 5/4/09
'61 James E. Morgan, 6/21/09
'61 William L. Welter Jr., 3/23/09
'61 Arthur A. Whittier, 3/2/09
'61 George S. Woodall Jr., 6/1/09
'62 Stephen R. Anderson, 4/26/09
'62 Roger M. Scott, 4/7/09
'63 Cleveland Bowse III, 4/28/09
'63 William K. Clements, 6/9/09
'63 Lawrence J. Dupree, 12/10/08
'63 John H. Lanum III, 3/19/09
'63 George L. Morgan, 3/9/09
'63 Donald D. Printz, 4/28/09
'63 J. James Saunders III, 3/17/09
'64 James H. Reeves, 5/11/09
'64 William A. Thompson Jr., 7/12/09
'65 Thomas D. Hardie, 5/28/09
'65 Gordon T. Jonas, 5/8/09
'65 Herbert G. Vaughan, 2/15/09
'66 Frederick F. Davis, 2/20/09
'66 Ira N. King, 4/3/09
'67 Donald H. Holley, 7/3/09
'68 Frederick C. Ochs, 2/8/09
'68 S.T. Womeldorf, 5/19/09
'69 William J. Council Jr., 3/19/09
'69 C.P. Musgrove, 4/24/09
'69 Paul W. Noblett Jr., 7/17/09
'70 Mary Frances Gooch King, 3/30/09
'70 Luther C. Shuler, 3/2/09
'70 Louis P. Stark, 6/27/09
'70 L.W. Zelazny, 3/17/09
'71 John W. Amos, 6/24/09
'71 Ronald R. Barnette, 5/4/09
'71 David L. Foley
'71 Peter W. Steigerwalt, 6/21/09
'71 Ann Waybright Whitehead, 6/19/09
'71 Gary M. Wing, 3/25/09
'72 Fred W. George, 6/12/09
'72 William J. Neblett Jr., 3/25/09
'72 Margaret A. Teague, 2/16/09
'73 Irving L. Lowry, 11/8/08
'73 Thomas F. Sordelett, 12/27/08
'73 Royal Thayer Jr., 4/27/09
'74 Edwin J. Ewing, 5/14/09
'74 Sherry Wininger Hawthorne, 7/3/09
'74 Martha Warren Johnson, 6/4/09
'74 Lisa B. Lester, 7/4/09
'74 Billy W. Linson, 2/16/09
'74 Michael J. Martirano, 4/18/09
'75 James H. Bamford, 1/28/09
'75 Vincent C. Beasley, 5/10/09
'75 Vivian LeForge Brazill, 5/9/09
'75 Robert W. Fick Jr., 6/28/09
'75 J. Vernon Kindig, 4/9/09
'75 Bruce C. Kramer, 2/25/09
'75 Richard E. McConnell, 4/2/09
'76 David L. Cook, 3/24/09
'76 Anita B. Fletcher, 2/20/09
'76 B. Albert Holowinski, 3/21/09
'76 Sarah Sparger Staley, 6/3/09
'77 Larry W. Dillon, 7/5/09
'78 Barbara Ritchie Pisapia, 4/8/09
'78 Jane R. Tilley, 4/14/08
'78 Gary D. Williams, 2/1/09
'79 Kaye Camp Kriz, 5/3/09
'79 Jeffrey Leininger, 4/7/09
'79 Alicia Glendening Tennent, 3/22/09
'80 E. Keith Graves, 3/30/09
'80 Roy D. Mitchell Jr., 5/2/09
'81 Mary Dove Grindstaff, 6/6/09
'81 Gregory Mullins, 7/18/09
'82 Akim O. Layeni, 9/25/08
'83 Mark D. Crew, 6/10/08
'83 Pradeep Narang, 4/24/09
'83 Karl W. Pittelkau, 12/22/08
'84 Sally G. Hamilton, 3/13/09
'85 G. Andrew Bernat Jr., 1/16/09
'85 Jeff N. Jacka, 3/31/09
'86 Rivers D. Davidson Jr., 4/16/09
'86 Kyong B. Lim, 9/23/08
'86 Diane T. Miller, 3/23/09
'86 Chris M. Sessoms, 7/17/09
'87 Annette Ballengee Cundiff, 5/23/09
'88 Selester A. Bennett, 3/13/09
'88 Barbara J. Upton, 2/22/09
'89 Margaret Soulen Gilbert, 4/28/09
'89 Ronald K. Light, 7/14/09
'89 Laura A. Williams, 7/8/09
'89 Stuart S. Winings, 3/14/09
'90 Richard A. Couch, 6/20/09
'92 Ralph B. Caylor, 4/25/09
'92 Donnie C. Myers, 5/8/09
'94 Kevin W. Morris, 2/25/09
'94 Theodore L. Schwartz, 3/31/09
'94 Richard C. Snider, 3/23/09
'95 Barbara B. Hollandsworth, 7/17/09
'95 Sara E. McConnell, 6/4/09
'96 Brian P. Nikolich, 6/19/09
'98 Jeffrey T. Holko, 5/9/09
'98 Miche Y. Tentor, 5/25/09
'00 Thomas J. Rovito, 6/1/09
'05 Joel H. Webb, 7/8/09
'06 Ronald E. Cook III, 4/26/09

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In Memoriam: Robert B. Pamplin Sr.
by Sookhan Ho

Robert B. Pamplin Sr.
Robert B. Pamplin Sr.
"In addition to my education, I received three things from Virginia Tech that have meant more to me in my life and in the business world than anything else," Robert B. Pamplin (business administration '33) once said. "They are honesty, discipline, and humility. My charge to all of you is that we continue to stress these values." The former chairman and CEO of Georgia-Pacific Corp. died June 24 at age 97 after a long illness.

Pamplin was widely respected for his business acumen and leadership and his support of higher education, including the Pamplin College of Business, which was named for him and his only son, Robert B. Pamplin Jr. The Pamplins have given more than $35 million in personal, corporate, and family foundation funds to Virginia Tech, including more than $25 million to the Pamplin College. The college was named in their honor in 1986 in recognition of a $10 million gift it received from them; the building housing the college was named in honor of Pamplin Sr. in 1969.

"Mr. Pamplin and his family have played a singular role in helping us grow and develop into a nationally ranked business school," says Pamplin College Dean Richard E. Sorensen. "Their extraordinary support has helped us recruit and retain outstanding students and faculty members, expand and develop our academic programs, and undertake new construction and renovation."

The Pamplins have generously supported other university programs, including a scholarship fund for outstanding students from throughout Virginia. Pamplin's long list of university honors and awards includes the Alumni Distinguished Service Award in 1973 and the William H. Ruffner Medal in 1981. He also served on the board of visitors from 1971 to 1979.

A native of Dinwiddie County, Va., and a longtime Oregon resident, Pamplin started work after graduating from Virginia Tech at a small lumber company that later became Georgia-Pacific. After a 43-year career with the company, which he helped shape into a leading manufacturer of paper, building products, and related chemicals, Pamplin retired and went on to build his own multimillion dollar business in textiles and concrete and asphalt manufacturing. The R.B. Pamplin Corp., a Portland holding and investment company that he formed with his son, today includes farms, radio stations, and newspapers among its subsidiaries.

During an interview for a Pamplin College publication, Pamplin Jr., a business administration student in the Class of 1964, said, "One of the greatest successes is when you bring a lot of happiness, love, and hope to people who haven't had that, and give them the opportunity to improve themselves."

Sookhan Ho is the communications manager for the Pamplin College of Business.

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