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Fall 2020

Volume 42 No. 3 Contents »


Erica Stacy

Art Director

Shanin Glenn

Section Editors/Writers

Mason Adams, Jenny Kincaid Boone, Richard Lovegrove, Travis Williams, Haley Cummings (student intern), Rosie Hutchison (student intern)


Annie McCallum, Albert Raboteau, Brian Snell, Summer Woodard

Digital Design

Bruce B. Harper (Webmaster)

Visual Assets

Dawn Jefferies, Megan Zalecki

Production Coordinator

Megan Zalecki


Lee Friesland, Ray Meese, Dan Mirolli, Erin Williams, Ryan Young

Director of Design and Digital Strategy

Brad Soucy

Executive Editor

Jesse Tuel


Tracy Vosburgh


A Rock-Solid Education


I was saddened to learn about the death of Dr. Donald Bloss (p. 63 summer 2020). I transferred to Virginia Tech from a college with less-demanding requirements for geology majors. I should have already had a crystallography class, but hadn’t. Dr. Bloss agreed to let me do an inde- pendent study class with him over the summer, so I could catch up to my fellow juniors. I was honored and grateful. I was shocked when I learned how esteemed he was in his field. I got a hint when I saw that he had written the textbook we were using, which included a mineral named blossite. Yep, THAT Bloss.

Wendy Hart Nielson Beckman ’80
Cincinnati, Ohio

Life-Changing Moments

Congrats for your excellent communication improvements! It is a pleasure to stay informed with ALL the methods in use.

There are many highlights from my time at VPI that I could share. My time in the Corps of Cadets, A Squadron, Class of ’64, had a profound effect on my life and career. After a lifetime of experience, I think I finally understand the complete impact of attending VPI as a cadet. Another standout moment was meeting my future wife at Homecoming in 1963. We have been married now for 53 years.

Keep up the good work!

Ray Allen ’64
Springfield, Virginia

From the editor


Joseph Michael Coppola ’85, of White Plains, New York, was erroneously included in the In Memoriam listing in the summer edition.

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