Jim F. Short (CHE), Dayton, Va., is retired from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District.
Paul M. Saunders (AGE), Piney River, Va., was inducted into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Hall of Fame.
A. Wayne Bennett (EE, EE '63), Clemson, S.C., was honored as one of the 25 inaugural members of the University of Florida's Electrical and Computer Engineering academy.
James C. Graves (AGEC '61), Toano, Va., was inducted into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Hall of Fame.
John W. Bates III (BAD), Richmond, Va., received the 2011 William H. Ruffner Medal in recognition of his loyal and enthusiastic support of the university.
Joseph A. Knight (EE), Catharpin, Va., retired as senior associate at Zeta Associates Inc.
George R. Webb (EM), Norfolk, Va., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Christopher Newport University Board of Visitors. He retired June 1 after 38 years of service.
George L. Hanbury II (PAD '66), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is president of Nova Southeastern University.
Thomas E. Watson (ME), Staunton, Va., is the president-elect of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Michael G. Kelley (GEOL), College Station, Texas, earned his Ph.D. in history from Georgia State University.
T. Nelson Keech (EM '69), Winchester, Va., retired as chief engineer from the Naval Surface Warfare Center after 46 years of service and is now consulting for NTI Corporation.
Arthur K. Reilly (EE), Lakewood Ranch, Fla., is chair for the National Science Board's Audit and Oversight Committee and has been appointed by the Internet Society to the Board of Directors of the Public Interest Registry.
M.P. Mizell (BC), Frederick, Md., received his 40-year achievement pin from Clark Construction.[top]
Clay B. Walker (BIOL, MICR '72, MICR '77), Gainesville, Fla., is associate dean for faculty affairs at the University of Florida College of Dentistry.
A. Carole Pratt (BIOL), Dublin, Va., is a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow.
C. Nelson Long Jr. (PSCI), Bedford, N.Y., received the 2010 Bill Strausbaugh Award for distinguished efforts in mentoring and supporting improved employment conditions for PGA (Professional Golfers' Association of America) professionals.
Nicholas P. Marica (UA), Madison Heights, Va., received his master of arts in human services from Liberty University.
John G. Kines Jr. (URBA), Disputanta, Va., was re-appointed for a five-year term by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the Virginia Commission on Local Government.
Marcus Alley (AGRN '71, AGRN), Blacksburg, Va., was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Rosemary Carucci Goss (MHFD '76), Blacksburg, Va., was named the Residential Property Management Advisory Board Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Lewis L. Lanier (BIOL), San Francisco, Calif., was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mark Mamula (AOE), Haymarket, Va., is executive director, business development lead, tactical systems, at Aerojet.
Michael G. Miller (AGEC), Richmond, Va., was inducted into the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Hall of Fame.
Amanda VanPelt Scott (ELED), Roswell, Ga., is a volunteer missionary in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, working for the LAMB Institute.
Maury S. Saunders (ARCH), Herndon, Va., is design director and Capital Improvements PLC for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
Deborah Martin Petrine (MGT), Hardy, Va., received the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Pamplin College of Business.
Mary Jane Saunders (HIST), McLean, Va., is general counsel of the Beer Institute.
Jennifer N. Browne (ARCH), Philadelphia, Pa., is director of laboratory planning for the architecture firm of Francis Cauffman.
William G. Ferrell Jr. (NSE), Clemson, S.C., was elected a fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.
Deborah L. Floyd (EDCC), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was named 2011 Distinguished Teacher of the Year at Florida Atlantic University.
Edwin J. Jones (FIW, FIW '83), Blacksburg, Va., is associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Eric J. Shaw (PSYC), Newport, R.I., is a professor at the Naval War College.
Christopher J. Colston (MKTG '81), Oak Hill, Va., is president of James Doctor Press Inc. and publisher of the 2011 Hokie Football Annual.
Brian J. Clark (FW), Georgetown, S.C., was selected as the 2011 Professor of the Year at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
Paul J. Clarke (COMM), Sioux Falls, S.D., is chief building official for the Minnehaha County, S.D., government.
Judy S. Riffle (CHEM), Blacksburg, Va., received the 2011 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research.
R. Christopher Rosenthal (ACCT), Edgewater, Md., is secretary of The Baltimore Estate Planning Council.
Winston Samuels (ANSC, ANSC '83), Roanoke, Va., founder and president of Maxx Performance, opened a new research and manufacturing facility in Roanoke. The company produces microencapsulation and encapsulation technologies used by food and vitamin manufacturers.
David W. Dunaway (HORT), Richmond, Va., is a horticulture technician for Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Victor B. Calaman Jr. (MKTG), Richmond, Va., is the owner of Calaman Landscape Design LLC.
Betty P. Chao (IEOR), Albuquerque, N.M., is the recipient of Tech's 2011 University Distinguished Achievement Award.
Billie Jean Poole Elmer (AGED), Waverly, Va., received the 2011 Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.
Daniel J. Murray (AOE), Mill Creek, Wash., is chief engineer of electronics systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Mary Kathryn Burkey Owens (ENGL), Midlothian, Va., was recognized by Virginia Lawyers Media as a member of the 2011 class of Influential Women of Virginia.
Chester M. Mummau (AGED), Wyalusing, Pa., is superintendent of the Wyalusing Area School District.
Donna C. Ratcliffe (EDSP, EDSP '88), Roanoke, Va., received the Distinguished Service Award from the Eastern Association of Colleges and is interim director of Virginia Tech Dining Services.
Penelope A. Ribar Waugh (PSYC), Herndon, Va., launched www.motherearthmeals.com, a website that offers healthy meal tips, monthly meal plans, recipes, grocery shopping lists, and advice on cancer-fighting foods.
James B. Lackey (AOE), Leonardtown, Md., is the deputy director for air warfare, Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Kirk H. Schulz (CHE, CHE '91), Manhattan, Kan., president of Kansas State University, was the recipient of the 2011 Graduate Alumni Achievement Award.
Theodore J. Faulkner (HRIM), Radford, Va., is senior associate director of Virginia Tech Dining Services.
Timothy E. Long (CHEM), Blacksburg, Va., was named a Mark Scholar by the American Chemical Society for his leadership in the combined fields of polymer science and engineering and also received the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council 2011 Carl Dahlquist Award for his research relating to adhesive tape technology.
Darrell G. Mottley (ESM, BAD '94), Alexandria, Va., is president of the District of Columbia Bar.
Elizabeth Truex Gilboy (LAR), Blacksburg, Va., received the 2011 Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence for team achievement.
James M. Goatley (AGRN), Blacksburg, Va., received Tech's 2011 Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.
Roger N. Morris (MKED), Stuart, Va., was named Outstanding Superintendent by the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.
Anita Vincent Cucchiaro (PSCI), Blacksburg, Va., earned her M.D. degree and is a resident physician for George Washington University Hospital's anesthesiology program.
Michael F. Little (BAD, BAD '91), New York City, N.Y., was nominated to a committee chair role within the New York Society of Security Analysts.
Sherry Bryan (ARCH), Memphis, Tenn., received the Francis Gassner Award from the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Thomas H. Cox (CE), La Plata, Md., is chief engineer and capital improvements business line coordinator for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
Keith F. Durkin (SOC, SOC '96), Ada, Ohio, is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sociological Research.
John C. Henson (COMM), Roanoke, Va., is a creative director for Access Advertising & Public Relations.
Kenneth K. Yoo (ECAS), Atlanta, Ga., is chief risk officer at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta.
Eric Cramer (BAD, BAD '95), Woodstock, Ga., is senior portfolio manager for Buckhead Investment Partners of Atlanta.
Michael D. Hagge (ARCH '95), Memphis, Tenn., received the Francis Gassner Award from the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a Course Redesign Fellowship from the University of Memphis.
Nancy G. McGehee (SOC, SOC '99), Blacksburg, Va., was named the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Junior Faculty Fellow of Hospitality Management by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Michael M. Taylor (HIST), Leesburg, Va., is general counsel for Americom Government Services Inc.
Christopher J. Yianilos (PSCI), Alexandria, Va., was named an affiliate faculty member in Virginia Tech's political science department and is director of the Hokies on Capitol Hill program.
Michael F. Bianchin (ENGL), Matthews, N.C., is a cardiovascular account speciality sales manager with Eli Lilly.
Nathan R. Butler (ARCH), Orlando, Fla., received the Nils M. Schweizer Community Service Award.
Jesus E. Gomez (CE, CE '00), West Chester, Pa., was named to the CE News Power List, which celebrates individuals who seek to elevate the civil engineering profession.
Jennifer Carpenter West (PSCI), Chester, Va., is a shareholder and director of the law firm Spotts Fain PC in Richmond, Va.
Duncan H. McPherson (ARCH), Asheville, N.C., is principal for Sansel Architects PA.
Peter M. Sforza (BIOL, PPWS '05), Blacksburg, Va., received Tech's 2011 XCaliber Award for excellence in teaching with technology.
Steven V. Coxon (ENGL, EDCI '00), St. Louis, Mo., was the 2010 winner of the Joyce VanTassel-Baska Award for Excellence in Gifted Education.
Jackson A. Evans (EDCI, EDCI '09), Blacksburg, Va., received the university's 2011 Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising.
Shawn G. Talmadge (HNFE '00), Glen Allen, Va., received the U.S. Army's Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award for Outstanding Company Grade Officer for 2010.
Tracy Skidmore Woodhead (IS, FR), Woodbridge, Va., earned her master of arts in management and leadership from Webster University.
Dina P. Bato (ACCT), Indianapolis, Ind., professed her first vows as a member of the Sisters of Providence.
Scott A. Postle (ME), Kernersville, N.C., is engineering manager for seating at TIMCO Aerosystems LLC in Greensboro, N.C.
Joyce A. Vest (EDVT), Pembroke, Va., received the 2011 Provost Award for Excellence in Advising.
Kenneth E. Proctor (ARCH), Baldwin, Md., is a registered architect in the State of Maryland.
Michael S. Finnegan (PUA), Fairfax, Va., is director of construction and development for Gumenick Properties.
John J. Charonko III (ESM, EM '05, BMES '09), Blacksburg, Va., received the Outstanding Paper Award in fluid mechanics from Measurement Science and Technology Journal.
Heidi Scheusner Leming (ELPS), Brunswick, Ga., is assistant vice president for student life at the College of Coastal Georgia.
Timothy B. Parent (ECON), Troy, Va., is sales and marketing manager for Gumenick Properties.
Capt. Garrett A. Blakely (ACIS), Oceanside, Calif., received the Department of Defense Air Medal with "V" device from the U.S. Marine Corps for his service in Afghanistan.
Brian J. Daniels (BIT), Blacksburg, Va., is the associate director of internal audit at Virginia Tech.
Evan S. Mann (ARCH), New York, N.Y., started his own architecture firm, Evan Mann Architect.
William J. Wright (MKTG), Richmond, Va., earned his M.B.A. with a concentration in global business from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Michael P. Giordano (PSCI), Yorktown, Va., earned his juris doctorate from the University of Richmond School of Law.
Stephen M. Jones (PSYC), Glen Allen, Va., received his Ph.D. in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Meredith B. Linkous (MKTG), Smyrna, Ga., is a marketing manager for Yanmar America Corporation.
Mari G. Oh (MKTG), Centreville, Va., received a distinguished leadership award from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.
Walton L. Dabney (PSCI), Indianapolis, Ind., earned his juris doctorate from Indiana University, Indianapolis Law School.
Lindsey McCulloch Kline (BSE), Knoxville, Tenn., is a research associate at the Center for Renewable Carbon at the University of Tennessee.
Mike H. McCarthy (PSCI), Arlington, Va., is a judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps and a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California.
Arash M. Sadighi (HIST), Vienna, Va., received his juris doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law.
Lisa E. Steiner (HD), Wharton, N.J., earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from Columbia University.
Scott V. Cramer (CE, CE '08), Williamsburg, Va., is a staff engineer to the site planning and engineering team at Draper Aden Associates in Blacksburg, Va.
Lindsay T. Key (COMM), Radford, Va., is the communications officer for Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech.
Michael S. Painter (BIOL), Blacksburg, Va., was named Outstanding Master's Student for 2010-11 in Virginia Tech's College of Science.
Graham T. Wasilition (MSE), Austin, Texas, is the founder and managing partner of Truth Spirits, which develops and imports artisinal liquor products.
Alexis B. Bozzo (IDST, PSCI), Knoxville, Tenn., is a research manager for Prince William County Department of Economic Development.
Dustin D. Flannery (HNFE), Woodbury Heights, N.J., received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Andrew P. McCoy (BCSM), Blacksburg, Va., received the 2011 Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence for team achievement.
Andrew J. McKinley (ARCH), Albuquerque, N.M., has earned his license to practice as an architect in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Leah G. Ferrebee (HORT), Virginia Beach, Va., as a Peace Corps volunteer, accompanied kids from the Rehoboth Children's Home to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Rosemary R. Patterson (MINE), Blacksburg, Va., is a fundraising participant who cycled across the country to support the mission of the 4K for Cancer.
Susan L. Bland (COMM), Blacksburg, Va., is communications manager for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.
Amanda R. Daquila (HIST), Blacksburg, Va., received a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to teach English in Germany.
Susan N. Perkins (HD), Boise, Ind., received the 2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award for her research on how clients influence the outcome of their counseling.
'82 Timothy B. Trotman and Terri T. White, Chesapeake, Va., 8/28/10.
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'87 Lisa Marie Stout Hatcher, Alexandria, Va., a son and daughter, 2/10/11.
'33 John W. Scholl, San Diego, Calif., 12/31/10.
Henry Dekker (accounting '47), of Blacksburg, Va., former rector of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, died June 13 at age 90. Dekker was a longtime member of the Pamplin Advisory Council and a recipient of the Pamplin College of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1990. He also was the class ring collection namesake for the Class of 1998. In 1999, Dekker was awarded the William Henry Ruffner Medal, the university's highest honor for dedicated and distinguished service. He was a senior benefactor of the Ut Prosim Society, a member of the Legacy Society, and a former board member of the William Preston Society.
While at Virginia Tech, Dekker served in the Corps of Cadets from September 1940 until March 1943. He was elected president of the Class of 1944 for each of three years and was elected president of the Corps of Cadets in January 1943. He also served as vice president of the German Club (1942-43) and president in 1946 and 1947.
Edward McPherson, learning technologies support specialist, died July 4. Born in Mississippi and raised on Chicago's Westside, McPherson was the first in his family to attend college after graduating from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. He then went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. After pursuing a career in finance and banking at Swiss Bank in New York City, he moved his family to Roanoke to pursue his passions for youth, technology, and education, and had been a member of the Virginia Tech community over the past decade.