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James R. Brennan (GSC) was the science editor for The New Daylily Handbook.



B. Fielding Rolston (IE) retired from Eastman Chemical Company, where he was senior vice president of human resources, communications, and public affairs, Voridian Division.

Dean R. Hanson (ECON), USAR, retired last June after 34 years of service. The recipient of the Legion of Merit award, he set four national records for markmanship as a member of the 5th U.S. Army rifle team (varsity rifle-67).

R. Larry Dooley (ME) is the associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University .
Robert A. Magoon Jr. (ARCH), principal of Magoon & Associates in Williamsburg, Va., was elected president of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.



Frances C. Lawrence (MHFD) has been named the Gerald Cire and Lena Grand Williams Alumni Professor at Louisiana State University.

Frederick E. Burton III (MGT) earned the North Carolina professional engineer license in December.

Christopher J. Bise (MINE) received the 200Ivan B. Rahn Education Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Inc.
Wlodzimierz Rozenbaum (HIST) is the owner and moderator of the COPD-ALERT Support and Advocacy Group for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, caregivers, and medical professionals. The Internet-based group is affiliated with the major U.S. medical institutions.

Robert S. Mills (HORT) is a principal with Commonwealth Architects in Richmond, Va., and is vice president of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.
Mark D. Tubbs (ANSC), manager of government policy at Columbia Gas of Virginia, has been appointed by Gov. Warner to the Virginia Pesticide Board.

Francis Eak (CS) is employed at Northrop Grumman as the manager of the software safety group for the Navy's DD(X) project.
Susan J. Getty (MHFD) earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, in December.
Melissa B. Hays-Smith (PSYC) was named president and CEO of Easter Seals Virginia in December.

Michael L. Butler (UA) was elected to the city of Winchester, Va., Common Council for a four-year term after having been appointed to fill a vacancy on the council.
Mark L. Rohrbaugh (CHEM) was appointed director of the Office of Technology Transfer in the Office of Intramural Research, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.



Janet C. Muse (FIN) was named assistant vice president at Marsh & McLennan. She received an M.S. in information systems from the University of Colorado in December.

R. Allen Amos II (ME) was promoted to department head of information services at Duke/Fluor Daniel, a joint venture of Duke Energy and Fluor Corp.
J. Steven Crane (EE) was promoted to manager and task leader for Air Force experimentation with Northrop Grumman Mission Systems.
Helene Combs Dreiling (ARCH) is secretary of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is the team vice president for relationships with the national AIA.
Lawrence W. Greene (ANSC) was named Texas Agricultural Experiment Station Faculty Fellow for research and graduate student teaching. He is a professor of animal nutrition and research leader for the beef cattle program at the experiment station.

Bryan O. Smith (MKTG) is client executive at IBM's Global Services in Atlanta.
Rajiv R. Thareja (AOE) is director of ERP Practice at Cognizant, where he leads consulting groups in SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, and JD Edwards .

Saiyuen N. Lee (CSA), a senior staff engineer at Disney Online, was named editor-in-chief of the Association for Computing Machinery's new online magazine, Computers in Entertainment.

Marisa M. McCoy (EE) was awarded the 200Hispanic in Technology Award by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for her work in antennas and computational electromagnetics. She is a principal electrical engineer (with honors) at Raytheon's Advanced Products Center in McKinney, Texas.
Jeffrey W. Merhout (ACCT) earned a Ph.D. in business with a concentration in information systems from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is an assistant professor of management information systems at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
C. Scott Weber (FW) earned the Virginia land surveyor license.

John K. Burke (ARCH) received the 200Merit Award for Interior Architecture from the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for Unit 303 a Dupont Circle condominuim renovation in Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey M. Giuseppe (ME) was promoted to chief of the equipment division in the Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Christopher W. Plummer (PSCI) assumed command of the VAW-117 "World Famous Wallbangers" in December at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.

Jeffrey E. Morse (MGT) was awarded a fellowship to Harvard University's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, an autonomous entity within the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Mark R. Stoops (EE) visited the port of Naples, Italy, while assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squardron 125, embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, home-ported in Norfolk, Va.

Mauritia G. Kamer (PSCI) was elected as counsel for Stites & Harbison.
Steven L. Sims (CE) was selected as the executive assistant to the commander, Naval Construction Forces Command, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Va.

M. Scott Moon (IEOR), owner of Forecast Engineering LLC, was appointed to an international advisory position with the World of Children Inc.
Eric S. Pfister (CE) was awarded the Air Medal with Valor for participating in the first phase of Operation Enduring Freedom, flying F-14 Tomcats from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.
Jaime A. Smith (IEOR) was named president and COO of Cepstral, an early-stage speech technology company in Pittsburgh.



Alan L. Eisenberg (COMM) was named one of the top 100producers of the year in the November issue of A/V Video and Multimedia magazine. He is the multimedia director for Mind & Media Inc.
Cheryl P. Lavelley.
Erik Swanson (ME) is president and founder of Xdot-Consulting, specializing in rotating machinery test rigs, rotor dynamics, and vibration analysis.
Sarah O. Welty (AGED) was elected president of the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Kenton L. Clark (EE) joined Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) as an electrical supervisor for the Engineering Services Organization, Projects Inspection Division, in Udhailiyah, Saudi Arabia.

Jennifer A. Baker (ISE) was promoted to software support supervisor at Premier Solutions Group, where she manages eight people providing technical support to more than 50 credit unions in Maryland and surrounding states.

Jeffrey W. Mangels (GEOG) received a Doctor of Musical Arts in music composition from the University of South Carolina in August.

Robert S. Carlon (AT) is employed by Kansas State University with the National Institute for Land Management and Training as the integrated training area management coordinator for the U.S. Army at Fort Eustis, Va.
David E. Kaufman (IS) joined the Charlotte, N.C., office of Patriarch Partners LLC as a portfolio manager overseeing investments in distressed securities.

Markus Breitschmid (ARCH) was awarded the 200Visiting Chair of History of Architecture and Urbanism in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University, in residence during the 200spring semester.
Stephanie D. Davis (ECON) was appointed director of finance for Powhatan County, Va.
Michael D. Neese (FIN) was promoted to director of investor relations for Philip Morris Companies Inc.
Peter M. Unger (MGT) teaches middle school math at Hyde Leadership Charter School, an intercity school in Washington, D.C. He ran the New York City Marathon.

John M. Ennis (CE) joined the 3rd Batallion/8th Marines of Camp Lejeune, N.C., as forward air controller. Since December, he has been deployed to Okinawa, Japan, and was selected to join Marine Air Squadron VMMT-204, where he will pilot and instruct for the Marine Corps' newest aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey.
Anne L. Gosling (FCD), director of clinical training and director of the Goldberg Couple and Family Therapy Center in the College of Human Services and Health Professions at Syracuse University, had her teaching and research profiled in the fall/winter 200issue of the college's biannual publication, Insights.

Denise L. Avampato (LASC) joined the Charleston, W.Va., office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP as an associate in its labor and employment law department.
Peter A. Reeves (ECAS) received an M.P.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in December.
Jeffrey S. Wyrick (CE), a civil engineer with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Surface Mining, earned the professional engineer license.

Amy K. Cheatham (CE) earned the professional engineer license in October.
Andrew G. Prue (HIST) received his navigator wings after completing Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training at Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

Tiffany C. Bertolacci (HTM) entered the doctoral program in physical therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia in June 200
Adam J. Czesnowski (CE), the Blacksburg project engineer at Anderson & Associates Inc., earned the professional engineer license.
Craig A. Dobyns (ARCH) joined Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce as an architect.
Alan Taylor (FCD), assistant professor of child and family studies at Syracuse University, published the articles, "Understanding Stress in Assisted Living Residences: Promoting Collaborations Between Families and Practitioners" and "Rediscovering America's Forgotten Resource: Today's Grandparents" in Assisted Living Success.
Kathryn E. Webb (AAEC) joined the development office of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Erin P. Donovan (CE), Blacksburg project engineer for Anderson & Associates Inc., passed the erosion and sediment control inspector exam.



Heather L. Gardner (ARCH) joined Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce as an intern architect.
Arturo B. Gonzalez II (BIOL) entered the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine program at Logan College.
Scott D. Lippert (MSCI) was promoted to lieutenant junior grade and is the electrical officer aboard the USS Maine in Kings Bay, Ga.
Long N. Truong (BSE) was hired as a project engineer in Burgess and Niple's Dulles district office in Chantilly, Va.

Christopher L. Almond (CE) received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.
James R. Book.
Michael A. Weber (ME) graduated from the Navy's Basic Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Goose Creek, S.C.


'83 John R. McGriff and Sandee Morris, 10/5/02
'83 Nickolas J. Strope and Leslie Hathaway Burke, 9/8/02
'84 Lori Seward and James Reagan, 8/10/02
'85 J. Douglas Trader and Sherri L. Smith, 10/27/02
'88 David J. Golden and '95 Wendy A. Holtzman, 9/1/02
'88 Susan A. Poole and Michael J. Day, 08/10/02
'89 Susan H. Brennan and Gary Amaral, 10/19/02
'90 Kerry A. Peters Jr. and Jocelyn A. Coakley, 6/1/02
'91 Tamara A. Broberg and Ty Redmon, 10/13/02
'91 Arthur E. Saunders III and Kelly Nekunas, 10/26/02
'92 Anne Jones and Charles Cardwell, 8/22/02
'93.Aaron F. Snyder and Isabelle Baaklini, 7/19/02
'94 David F. Kallio and Kelly B. Plott, 05/18/02
'95 Scott D. Baranowski and '96 Laura E. McCreight, 7/13/02
'95 Poppie N. Bergere and Christian L. McNierney, 4/27/02
'95 Scott M. Cowan and '99 Karen M. Bednarczyk, 6/29/02
'96 Michelle L. Africa and '96 Nicholas W. Agnoli, 11/23/02
'96 Sharon Y. Malo and '97 Alan R. Weaver Jr., 9/14/02
'96 Kristin Van Natta and Mark Motter, 09/07/02
'97 Deidre Renee Campbell and '97 Brady S. Dehoust, 4/20/02
'97 Andrew S. Clements and '97 Stephanie Woods, 5/18/02
'97 Brian J. Crystal and '00Mitzi A. Hall, 10/5/02
'97 Geoffrey T. DePersia and '99 Meredith Patton, 10/5/02
'97 Justin M. Loyd and '00Kerrie Anne T. Mulvey, 6/15/02
'97 Ellie Seyhan and John Norris, 11/02/02
'98 Amy C. Bolstridge and '02Sebastian A. Fonss, 9/7/02
'98 Sharala F. Flohr and RyanJ. Young, 5/4/02
'98 Mitchell P. Hazam and '99 Amy K. Drewry, 11/17/01
'99 David J. Bailey and '99 Ayisha Lea Whitenack, 4/27/02
'99 Kimberly M. Bryant and '02Richard F. Schindler II, 6/15/02
'99 Robert E. Hodous and Julie Virginia An, 9/28/02
'99 Kristen Yorgey and '00Michael S. Day, 6/29/02
'00 Barton J. Archer and '00Sara E. Kerr, 6/22/02
'00 Carrie S. Duke and Frederick Mayer III, 6/22/02
'00 Shayna Gonsky and '00Jonathan (J.D.) Komar, 9/1/02
'00 Lucas M. Nowocin and '00Kori L. Palmoski, 6/22/02
'00 Robert T. Snodgrass and Alicia F. VanStaalduinen, 12/28/02
'00 Kristi Stilen and '01James A. Lare, 6/21/02
'01 Sarah S. Brooks and '01Christopher D. O'Dwyer, 8/9/02
'01 Brian J. Gustin and Shana M. Zang, 3/2/02
'01 Daniel L. Horton Jr. and April D. Dunbar, 06/07/02
'02 Candace L. Wiltshire and Roy Z. Toone, 6/29/02


'80 George E. Alvarez and '83 Roseann C. Alvarez, a son, 8/20/02
'82 Michael E. Adams, a son, 2/9/02
'84 Davie L. Key Jr. and '86 Stephanie P. Key, a son, 09/06/02
'84 Clifton G. Turman, a daughter, 11/30/02
'86 Charles E. Collier, a daughter, 1/4/03
'87 Sybil B. Hutchens, a daughter, 11/2/02
'88 Susan M. Kiser, a daughter, 10/29/02
'88 Deirdre A. Smith and '88 Jeffrey D. Smith, a daughter, 7/26/02
'89 Thomas B. Firebaugh, a son, 1/15/03
'89 Anita L. Robinson and '92 Roby J. Robinson, a daughter, 7/31/02
'90 Michael J. Blackwell and '90 Sharon S. Blackwell, a daughter, 4/20/02
'90 Frank R. Erhartic Jr. and '90 Julia R. Erhartic, a daughter, 11/28/02
'90 Theresa L. Jennings, a daughter, 07/09/02
'90 Melissa J. Sharpe and '91 Philip C. Sharpe, a son, 4/1/02
'91 Mary E. Johnson, a son, 9/11/02
'91 John K. Krahulec, a daughter, 9/5/02
'91 Tarrell L. Ries and '95 Monica S. Ries, a daughter, 11/24/02
'91 Jennifer G. Tyrrell and '92 William D. Tyrrell Jr., a daughter, 12/8/02
'92 Julie B. Kamienski, a son, 1/17/03
'92 Karen V. Schallon and '92 Scott P. Schallon, a daughter, 4/3/02
'92 Robert S. Stevens and '93.Amy C. Stevens, a son, 5/11/02
'92 Lisa A. Withers, a son, 8/11/02
'93.John S. Kern II and '93.Kimberly D. Kern, a daughter, 1/8/03
'94 Janet L. Gray, a daughter, 11/21/02
'94 Daniel S. Vogel, a son, 11/12/02
'95 Brandy L. Ewell and '95 Jeremy R. Ewell, a daughter, 05/07/02
'95 Lisa S. Lester and '95 Victor A. Lester, a daughter, 10/14/02
'96 Stylianos Kaminaris and '98 Erin S. Kaminaris, a daughter, 3/11/02
'96 Edward R. Mayton, a son, 5/1/02
'96 Shannon G. Smith, a daughter, 6/2/02
'97 Heather J. Baum and '97 William E. Baum Jr., a daughter, 3/7/02
'97 Barclay D. Schell, a daughter, 9/3/02
'98 Heather J. Topich, a son, 12/30/02
'01 Brian J. Gustin, a son, 7/26/02



'21 Harold J. Hunt, 2/18/03
'28 Maurice L. Callahan, 8/15/92
'28 Thomas A. Gill, 1/14/03
'28 Joseph Allen Gills, 1/1/02
'29 Charles G. Rothgeb, 5/15/00
'30 Robert L. Rand, 10/28/02
'31 Henry Bowden, 3/28/94
'31 W. W. Foulkes Jr., 12/30/99
'32 W. G. Ottley Jr., 8/13/01
'33 Thomas C. Bradshaw, 8/4/01
'33 Alton O. Crawley Sr., 6/1/00
'33 Robert N. Davie, 11/20/02
'33 Ned A. Hawks, 6/8/02
'33 Russell V. Oliver, 10/13/02
'34 William W. Brock Jr., 1/22/03
'34 Theodore M. Conte, 11/4/02
'34 H. Reed Pollard Jr., 10/3/02
'35 E. Wesley Appel, 9/25/02
'35 Howard A. Spruill, 8/18/02
'37 Hubert D. Lucy Jr., 4/2/02
'39 Herbert Berlin
'39 George A. Gillenwater, 8/29/00
'39 John J. Whittington Jr., 5/15/00
'40 Clifford G. Frayne, 12/10/02
'41 William C. Chappell Jr., 7/21/02
'41 Douglas T. Gray Jr., 10/5/02
'41 John F. Quensen Jr., 8/29/02
'41 John E. St. Lawrence, 1/1/02
'42 Howe O. Thomas, 12/30/02
'43 Robert W. Cunningham, 1/2/03
'43 Nicholas J. Pappas, 7/1/02
'44 Earl R. Mellen Jr., 8/30/02
'44 William E. Vest Jr., 2/23/03
'45 G. W. Skaggs Jr., 5/6/02
'46 James L. Tyree, 1/24/03
'47 Martha S. Phillips, 11/22/02
'48 Charles F. Keil, 11/15/02
'49 Robert V. Davis Sr., 11/2/02
'49 A. B. Hilton, 7/30/01

'49 J. L. Wyatt, 1/18/03
'50 D. K. Bell, 1/26/03
'50 M. Buford Blair Jr., 1/20/02
'50 Mason E. Lee Jr., 10/10/02
'51 Fred J. Avery, 11/23/02
'51 F. L. Ketron Jr., 12/19/02
'51 Arthur N. Tuttle Jr., 2/11/03
'52 Glyde F. Foster Jr., 1/14/03
'52 Lawrence L. Mednick, 1/6/96
'53 Richard M. Henretty, 11/9/02
'54 P. E. Corkran
'54 Louis H. McLeod, 12/28/02
'55 Ruth V. Crabtree, 10/6/89
'55 Aubrey M. Whorley, 9/16/95
'58 Robert W. Hamilton, 11/20/02
'59 Alston W. Bailey, 9/25/00
'59 Harry L. Smith, 5/31/01
'60 William L. Bauman Jr., 2/16/03
'60 James G. Young Jr., 1/1/03
'61 Robert N. Rodgers, 11/13/02
'61 Richard Teske.
'63 James K. Walker Jr., 11/9/01
'67 Richard A. Fasold, 5/20/02
'67 R. W. Lieb Jr., 12/9/02
'68 Charles E. Mowry, 9/16/99
'70 Carol J. Wreden, 4/16/02
'74 Delbert W. Weathers, 1/17/03
'75 Glen E. Doherty, 1/11/03
'77 James L. Allen Jr
'77 David B. Valla, 1/8/03
'80 Ricardo M. Jennings, 11/18/00
'83 David C. Buckis Jr., 8/19/93
'87 Kenneth A. Fowler, 11/24/02
'90 Lisa L. Early, 12/31/02
'96 Steven D. Steele, 12/6/02
'98 Rhonda L. Newsome, 12/27/02
'01 Jeffrey J. Kaylor, 4/7/03
'02 Gregory K. Floyd, 1/24/03



Douglas "Duke" Watson Sr., who retired from the faculty of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), died on Feb. 11, 2003. During his more than 40-year career in veterinary medicine, Watson became known for his interest in research and his students. He joined the Tech veterinary faculty in the mid-'50s and led the then-Department of Veterinary Medicine for 16 years, working hard to help establish today's VMRCVM. Retired Tech researcher Walter Gross, who worked with Watson for more than 20 years, was quoted in The Roanoke Times as stating that Watson was "one of the heroes of my life."

Kriton Hatzios, director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, died Feb. 2003. Hatzios joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1979 after earning his doctorate at Michigan State University. In 1997, he became head of the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, and in 1999 was named head of the experiment station and associate dean for research with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. During that time, Hatzios saw Virginia Tech rise to the top ranks of universities engaged in agricultural research. "Dr. Hatzios was a most outstanding scientist, recognized internationally for his research," says Andy Swiger, former dean of agriculture. "Losing Kriton in mid-career is heartbreaking to his family, to the Blacksburg Community, and to the academic professionals at Virginia Tech."

Patrick F. Scanlon, professor of fisheries and wildlife sciences, died March 4, 2003 Arriving at Tech in 1971 as an assistant professor, Scanlon "demonstrated a breadth and depth of knowledge and innovative thinking that kept him continuously at the forefront of his field for 32 years," says Don Orth, chairman of the fisheries and wildlife sciences department. Three times elected to the Virginia Tech Academy of Service Excellence, Garcia died in Taiwan, having traveled there with a doctoral student and fellow researcher to continue their study of leopards native to the area. A frequent lecturer worldwide and the author or co-author of more than 250 journal articles, Scanlon received his doctorate from the National University of Ireland and was internationally recognized for his research on wildlife physiology, toxicology, and nutrition.

Antonio Garcia, an associate professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, died March 14, 200 A specialist in animal reproduction, Garcia taught in both the D.V.M. professional and graduate education programs and served on the college's Production Management Medicine team. A former embryo transfer research manager at the PIC Group in Kentucky, Garcia received his D.V.M. from the University of Mexico and his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, completing a post-graduate internship at the University of Florida and a residency at the University of Saskatchewan.