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Peter R. Kurzhals (ASE) was elected president and chairman of the board of the Boeing Aerospace Leadership Chapter of the National Management Assoc. and appointed director of system engineering for the Boeing International Space Station.


Richard G. Culpepper (ASE) was elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


Robert F. Sawallesh (MKED), immediate past president of the Suncoast chapter of the Assoc. of Former Intelligence Officers, was awarded the Gen. Richard G. Stilwell Chairman's Award 2001 at the AFIO national convention.


Arthur W. Matson III (HIST) was awarded a doctorate of psychology in clinical psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School.


Gerald W. Barnes (CE) is director of civil works and management directorate for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River division in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Robert S. Miller III (CE) was reappointed to a four-year term as a Virginia Beach planning commissioner. He will also serve as the commission's secretary during his term.


Robert A. Magoon Jr. (ARCH) is the first vice president/president elect of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.


John C. Watkins (HORT) was presented Tech's Distinguished Achievement Award. He is the seventh recipient of the award, which was established to recognize alumni who make outstanding contributions to society in their field of endeavor over a sustained period.

G. Rudy Wright Jr. (BAD) was elected mayor of Hickory, N.C.



Barry L. Hajdu (BC) has reorganized his family's building construction business to include his son. The new company, Hajdu Group Inc., is a direct continuance of The Hajdu Construction Business started by his father.

Thomas A. Louthan (BAD) was appointed to a second six-year term as a substitute court judge for the 26th judicial district of Virginia.


Joseph W. Newbill (DASC) received a presidential appointment from the Bush Administration and the USDA Secretary of Agriculture as the Virginia state director of USDA, rural development.


Larry R. Goode (CE) joined Wilbur Smith Associates as vice president and director of transportation.


David L. Bandy (ARCH), a design architect, developed a program for a 750-student prototypical elementary school in Bedford County, Va.

Brenda D. Long (MHFD) was named the Virginia outstanding career and technical educator for 2001-02

William S. Smoot IV (EDSC) celebrated 15 years of service with Hopeman Brothers Marine Interiors.


Michael B. Armstrong (BAD) joined EG&G Technical Services Inc. as a divisional technical director.

C. Scott Crafton (LAR) was appointed by Virginia Governor Mark Warner to acting executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department in Richmond.


John R. Christman (CERE) was promoted associate vice president of Anderson & Associates Inc.

W. Rand Cook (PSCI) was named chairman of the board of directors of Eastern Virginia Bankshares. He is a partner in the law firm of McCaul, Martin, Evans & Cook, P.C.

Dennis A. Duncan (GBUS), assistant VP and branch manager of the Blacksburg, Va., office of Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp. (CMMC), will receive the company's leaders club award and was named CMMC's top unit producer nationally for 2001

Debbie P. Nash (CTRA) joined Delta Dental Plan of Virginia. She is supervisor of billing and eligibility in the finance division.


Rosemary H. Ford (PLPP) is the director of the Virginia Gent Decker Arboretum at Washington College and was appointed to the Alonzo G. and Virginia G. Decker Chair in the Natural Sciences.

William S. Wills (ARCH) was named vice president/senior associate for TranSystems Corp.


June C. Edwards (EDCI) has released a new book entitled Women in American Education, 1820 - 1955: The Female Force and Educational Reform.


C. Dan Azzara (EDSC) was promoted to vice president, research and development at Hershey Foods Corp.

Douglas W. Domenech (FW) was appointed White House liaison for the Department of the Interior by Secretary Gale A. Norton.

Deirdre M. Guillory (PSCI) transferred to the United States Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., as a program analyst.

Mary L. Roark (EDSP) authored Mercy Me! Cancer Prayers, Poems, and Psalms, a book of poetry that deals with the physical, psychological, and spiritual challenges of cancer treatment. The publisher is Morgen Publishing Inc.


Don A. Clem (CE) was named vice president, regional promotion, Midwest region at CEMEX.



Jane C. Wright (ARCH) was appointed president and CEO of Hanbury Evans Newill Vlattas and Co.


Drew Barrineau (ACCT) was elected to the Roanoke County School Board, Windsor Hills district in November.

Mary P. Broughton (ARCH) was elected president of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.

Gary F. Ladd (ACCT) was promoted to president of Asian American Coal Inc., a company operating in China as the first modern-day foreign investor in the Chinese coal industry.

Paul R. Lawrence (ECON), a partner with PwC Consulting, was named by Federal Computer Week as one of the Federal 100 top executives from government, industry, and academia who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community in 2001

Robert E. Middlebrooks (ARCH) was elected regional director for the Virginias and will represent Virginia and West Virginia on the national board of directors for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.


Howard N. Bodenhorn (ECON) is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Mass.

Timothy D. Ward (ACCT) was promoted to partner of Goodman & Co.


Urmila C. Hiremath (CS) was recognized for outstanding contributions to technology at the Women of Color Technology Awards conference.


Kendley J. Davenport (PAD) received his E.M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee in December 2001 He transferred with Spirit Cruises Inc. to Chicago, Ill.

J. Daniel Herring (TA) co-authored a book titled Dramatic Literacy published by Heinemann.


William D. Pollard Jr. (FIN) joined BB&T as a vice president/business banker in Chesapeake, Va.

Carl G. Schaefer Jr. (AOE) was awarded the 2000 outstanding adjunct faculty award by the school of information technology and engineering, George Mason University. He is president of FutureLink Inc., an engineering services consulting firm.


Sandra L. Poliachik (ME) earned her Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Washington (UW). She is a research fellow in the department of orthopaedics and sports medicine at UW.


Joseph D. Bovee (ARCH) was promoted to principal of Hargrove Brockwell and Associates Inc. in Virginia Beach, Va. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Society of American Military Engineers.


Amanda B. Amodo (IEOR) received her M.Ed. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She teaches all levels of math at Pearl City High School in Oahu.

Michael J. Dougherty (EDP) is an associate professor with the West Virginia University extension service. He earned tenure and received promotion to his current rank (P.O. Box 6031, Morgantown, WV 26501

Lance F. Grenevicki (BIOL) has opened the Institute of Facial Surgery. He is in his third year of private practice in the Melbourne, Fla., area and on the medical staff at Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Community Hospital.

Michael J. Stuckey (IEOR) was named director of marketing, food preparation of Hamilton Beach/Proctor-Silex.



Thomas W. DiGiulian (CE) was promoted to associate vice president at Anderson & Associates Inc.

Craig D. Shepps (surgical team eight aboard the USS WaspESM) is deployed as a general surgeon in the U.S. Navy with fleet surgical team eight aboard the USS Wasp.

Mark R. Woodall (SOC) received a degree from George Mason University (GMU) School of Law and a B.S. in electrical engineering from GMU and was named an associate with Sughrue Mion, PLLC, a leading property law firm in Washington D.C.


Tung T. Ly (EE) received his M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.

Edwin H. Parry Jr. (HIST) was promoted to lieutenant commander and received the Navy Marine Corps commendation medal.


Susan T. Biesecker (BIOL) received an associate degree with honors in veterinary technology. She passed the state and national veterinary technician examinations to qualify as a registered veterinary technician. She is with Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital.


William K. Holliday (HRIM) received his M.B.A. from Pfeiffer University. He is working as a computer consultant for IBM in Raleigh, N.C.


Curtis M. Buermeyer (PSYC) received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

David K. Burch (COMM) was promoted to senior audio technician at C-Span in Washington D.C.

Chris G. Michael (ARCH) passed the architectural registration examination and was named an associate with Hargrove Brockwell and Associates Inc. in Virginia Beach, Va.

Angel M. Palmer (PSCI), a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, is stationed in Rota, Spain.

Damon A. Runion (HIST) was promoted to managing principal with Oracle Corps Federal Civilian Consulting Organization in Reston, Va.

Christopher H. Seamster (LAR) joined McKim & Creed P.A. as a senior civil designer.

Michael A. Szymanski (BIOL) completed an M.S. in quality engineering from Lehigh University. He is employed by Wyeth Vaccines in Marietta, Penn.


Kristen B. Braun (CE) received professional engineer status in Virginia. She works for Bechtel Power Corp. in Frederick, Md.

Alex D. Lucas (ENGL) joined The Packett Group. He will serve as copywriter for the Roanoke, Va.-based advertising agency.

Jeffrey A. Trimble (ISE) received an M.B.A. from Old Dominion University.

Darla J. Wise (VMSC) co-authored, Immunology: A Comprehensive Review, which offers the essential ideas of immunology as a quick reference for students, practitioners, and veterinary technicians.


Michael F. Bianchin (ENGL) received his second M.A. in business administration from the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University. He was promoted to associate director of athletics.

Justin R. Franklin (CE) received his PE license in North Carolina.

Jeffrey W. Parfitt (ARCH) was promoted to associate with DeStefano and Partners.


Brian J. Crystal (GEOL), Navy ensign, received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Naval Avaition Schools Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.

Latorial D. Faison (ENGL) had her first collection of poetry, Secrets of My Soul: A Collection of Poetry, published.


Fred R. Becker Jr. (BAD) is president of the National Assoc. of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and was named a delegate to the 2002 national summit on retirement savings.

Kai Chung (HIDM) received an M.S. in administration from Central Michigan University.

Lindsay R. Kramer (MKTG) is a commercial account representative for Aaron Rents Inc.

Todd C. Kramer (ACCT) is a staff accountant for SYSCO Food Services of Hampton Roads Inc.

Matthew E. Lenz (EPP) is a business analyst for Accenture.


Jennifer L. Blank (MGT) was promoted to human resources coordinator for Draper Aden Associates.

Michael A. Crivello (BIOL) earned his wings of gold as a Marine Corps helicopter pilot.

John A. Hilburn (MSCI) received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.

David Warner (EDCC) had his dissertation published by The Edwin Mellen Press. He is professor of music and chair of the humanities division at Hagerstown Community College.

James D. Woody (ARCH) was promoted to associate with DeStefano and Partners.



Erik R. Bolton (MGT) received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.

Marshall R. Eichfeld (CE) is an engineer with Delta Airport Consultants Inc. of Richmond, Va.

Jennifer McLeran (ARCH) joined GWWO Inc. She is a member of the design team for renovations and additions to the Frank Art Center at Shepherd College.


Erin K. Boyland joined MGH as an account coordinator.

'71 Charles L. Willis and Sandy Thwaites, 12/27/01
'76 W. Scott Brown and Lori Marie Fruge, 10/6/01
'78 Carlton B. Shufflebarger Jr. and Barbara Ruth Maillet, 8/11/01
'89 Roger T. Bass and '00 Elizabeth Santini, 6/3/01
'92 Chris Milgrim and Rusty Jones, 2/2/02
'94 Andrew G. Foster and Meg Buchanan, 9/8/01
'94 Elliott M. Gordon and Margalit Maman, 3/17/01
'94 Darren B. Hicks and Jennifer Mauro, 4/21/01
'97 Joel W. Campbell Jr. and '97 Taryn C. Skaggs, 10/26/01
'97 Liane M. Carpenter and Jeremy D. Peterson, 7/21/01
'96 Heather D. Solari and '97 William A. Gavilan Jr., 11/3/01
'97 John E. Nuckols and '99 Kelly A. Minett, 12/15/01
'97 Terra M. Schaden and Pete A. Ireland, 8/18/01
'98 Todd C. Kramer and '98 Lindsay A. Roadarmel, 6/30/01
'98 Matthew E. Lenz and Robin Koepenick, 10/13/01
'98 Amanda Cordes and Jeffrey J. Person, 10/20/01
'99 David M. Carroll and '98 Deirdre L. O'Connell, 9/1/01
'99 Nathan Mills and '00 Courtney Craft, 11/3/01
'01 Benjamin M. Grossman and '01 Natalie Keyser, 6/24/01

'76 John W. Blackwell, a daughter, 11/29/01
'76 William S. Wills, a son, 8/14/01
'78 Ronnie S. Moore, twin daughters, 9/26/01
'79 Keith J. Hunter, a daughter, 8/29/01
'80 Jeffrey C. Bailey, a son, 7/5/01
'80 Margaret J. Johnston, twin daughters, 8/10/01
'81 John K. Hutson, a son, 2/9/02
'81 Gary F. Ladd, a daughter, 11/13/01
'83 Monica S. Boone, a son, 7/11/01
'85 Frank Farabow and '86 Sara Beiro Farabow, a son, 9/21/00
'86 Andrew P. Clements and '88 Kelly T. Clements, a son, 2/3/02
'86 Robert W. Staha, a son, 11/16/01
'87 Elizabeth C. Sprouse, a daughter, 6/19/01
'88 Steven A. Morales and '90 Christine L. Morales, a son, 7/1/01
'89 Paul C. Garrison and '89 Vicky L. Garrison, a daughter, 8/19/01
'89 Michael J. Stuckey and '89 Katherine C. Stuckey, a son, 9/26/01
'90 Cindy B. Brown, a daughter, 7/3/01
'90 Mary D. Franke, a son, 1/25/02
'90 T. Eric Siceloff, a daughter, 10/29/01
'91 Kala V. Thompson, a daughter, 12/29/01
'91 Lee E. Tomlinson, a son, 1/28/02
'92 Eric P. Beane, a son, 10/25/01
'92 Merle B. Costello II and '94 Stacy B. Costello, a son, 12/15/01
'92 Collins C. Ege and '92 Mary C. Ege, a son, 10/25/01
'92 Kevin J. McNiff and '94 Michele T. McNiff, a son, 5/22/01
'92 Rebecca E. Mohler, a son, 11/1/01
'92 Kimberly E. Poindexter and '92 Mark L. Poindexter, a son, 10/5/01
'92 Lisa J. Stover, a daughter, 12/12/01
'93 Beth A. Bloor-Steier, a son, 11/07/01
'93 Elizabeth C. Dorneman and '93 Jeffrey R. Dorneman, a daughter, 1/24/02
'93 David M. Goldstein, a daughter, 10/23/01
'93 Brandon K. Hutcherson and '94 Kristin A. Hutcherson, a son, 8/10/01
'93 Jennifer K. Pfeiffer, a son, 3/1/01
'93 Shelley H. Cooper and '94 Walter T. Cooper, a son, 2/1/02
'94 Sandee C. Cheynet and '95 George H. Cheynet, a son, 9/26/01
'94 Sarah K. Datovech and '95 John J. Datovech, a son, 5/6/01
'94 Erin K. Craig-Fischi and '94 Mitchell S. Fischi, a daughter, 7/20/01
'94 Jerri B. Girvin, a daughter, 11/13/01
'94 Paris Neofotistos and '95 Shelley R. Neofotistos, a son, 11/19/01
'94 Christine M. Russell and '94 Timothy R. Russell Jr., a daughter, 7/31/01
'94 Mark D. Schuetze and '95 Jennifer M. Schuetze, a daughter, 11/10/01
'94 Michael A. Szymanski, a son, 5/2/01
'95 Dustin J. Atkinson and '97 Erin M. Peterson, a daughter,7/28/01
'95 Michelle M. Batton, a son, 3/11/01
'95 Joel D. Braun and '95 Kristen B. Braun, a son, 6/01/01
'95 Benjamin R. Cohen and '95 Christine E. Cohen, a son,12/130/01
'95 Dennis M. Loyd and '98 Katherine I. Loyd, a son, 6/8/01
'95 Jennifer S. George and '96 Andrew J. George, a daughter, 11/13/01
'96 Carlos F. Lama, a daughter, 1/2/02
'96 Robert B. Wyks and '97 Amy L. Rudge Wyks, a son, 9/3/01
'97 Brian S. Patterson and '00 Alayna R. Boerger, a son, 12/28/01
'99 Michael A. Crivello and '00 January J. Slyh, a son, 7/20/01

'27 W. Cary Crismond, 2/13/01
'28 Elsie L. Worsham, 5/4/00
'29 Sarah T. Beauchamp, 12/20/01
'29 Lewis E. Johns, 11/29/01
'29 Homer C. Mauer, 2/11/02
'30 Walter F. Roberts
'33 Julia S. Ballentine, 11/26/01
'33 John A. English, 2/8/02
'33 Minitree S. Fulton, 5/4/01
'34 Robert S. Calhoun, 12/27/01
'35 Russell C. Etheridge, 1/25/02
'36 T. T. Jeffries Jr., 12/13/01
'37 Charles Catlett III, 12/12/01
'37 Earl H. Foote, 8/4/01
'37 Alex Robertson Jr., 4/1/01
'37 William H. Shoemaker, 12/11/01
'39 Harry P. Trueheart Jr., 12/29/00
'40 John A. Bailey Jr., 1/13/02
'41 M. L. Boinest Jr., 12/31/01
'41 Delamater Davis Jr., 12/20/01
'41 Louis A. Eckert, 6/14/01
'41 L. H. Jackson, 10/15/98.
'41 Joseph H. Vaden, 10/26/01
'41 George C. Wiatt, 12/18/01
'41 Singleton B. Wolfe, 11/11/99.
'42 John T. Bridges, 11/15/01
'42 J. O. Hutchison, 7/22/01
'43 Charles A. Hicks, 2/4/02
'43 S. Ben Judy, 12/8/01
'43 Ellsworth W. Knight, 1/1/01
'44 Harry S. Cohen
'44 W. Ned Tyler, 11/26/01
'45 Carl M. Gray, 1/12/02
'45 William M. Smith, 11/6/01
'46 Harry K. Parks, 12/25/01
'47 W. A. Plott, 8/7/01
'47 Waring W. Smith Jr., 10/16/01
'48 Richard M. Bagley, 12/14/01
'49 Charles D. Koontz, 1/29/02
'49 George L. Petty Jr., 12/10/01
'49 George W. Ring III, 12/29/01
'50 Charles W. Appich Jr., 12/2/01
'50 Robert R. Archer Jr., 2/23/02
'51 Margaret C. Dean, 9/4/01
'51 Clarence Ringler, 12/27/01
'52 Ernest L. Fentress, 3/18/01
'52 Francis M. Krall, 4/30/97.
'52 David G. Mathews Jr., 2/10/02
'53 William K. Woolston, 2/27/01
'54 Elvin Graves Jr., 1/7/01
'54 R. Allan Wright, 12/9/01
'55 Larry R. Sanders, 2/6/02
'59 Eugene E. Barton Jr., 1/18/02
'59 Eliza C. Gordon, 6/3/01
'61 Robin C. Hale, 12/4/01
'62 Waller L. Howard III, 11/24/01
'62 Harry P. Mapp Jr., 12/1/01
'63 Thomas H. Maher, 2/25/02
'63 W. S. McLeod, 1/27/02
'64 James R. Sutliff, 10/13/01
'64 Herbert A. Wallio, 11/24/00
'67 Robert C. Newton Jr., 5/8/01
'71 Michael A. Smith, 2/8/02
'72 Frank S. Ashe, 12/8/00
'72 Beverly (Jeanie) M. Tanner, 11/13/01
'77 Dominic L. Offi, 11/1/00
'83 Dorothy W. Jambor, 5/15/01
'84 Marlene F. Brown, 9/3/01
'86 Robert K. France, 11/29/01
'86 John F. Prendiville, 7/1/92
'97 Tyler G. McMahon, 11/19/01
'97 Ronald C. Watson Jr., 10/23/01


Leslie Mellichamp, associate professor emeritus of history, died Dec. 18. Mellichamp taught history at Virginia Tech from 1955 to 1986. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Clemson University, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in liberal arts from Emory University. He taught in three different departments at Virginia Tech. "He was multi-disciplinary," said Tom Howard of the history department. "He was before his time." Mellichamp's main interest was European intellectual history, which he taught, and he wrote on George Orwell. A poet and editor of the poetry journal The Lyric for 25 years, he published several books of verse during his life.

William F. Collins, retired professor of food science and technology, died March 15. Collins was an Extension specialist working with dairy processors across the state. He was also involved in teaching. Collins, who joined the Tech faculty in 1973 and retired in 1984, earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Penn State and was active in numerous professional organizations. "He had a curious mind," said Neal Boyd, who worked with Collins. "He was very people oriented, always wanted to know more about them in a way that made them feel good."

(Matthew) Frank Ellmore, retired director of agriculture and natural resources for Extension, died March 15. Although he served as an Extension agent for one year in 1944, he rejoined in 1952 as a dairy specialist at the Blacksburg campus. He was promoted to professor and then served as an administrator before retiring in 1979. As director of agriculture and natural resources, Ellmore was responsible for helping specialists on campus support the needs of agents in counties across the commonwealth. W. Ray Murley, retired dairy specialist, said, "He was the type of fellow who people would call when they had a problem. He was always ready to lend a hand."