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H. Lynn Moore Jr.
(BIOL) was a finalist for the 2003 Country Doctor of the Year award.

James H. Steele Jr.
(METE) retired in Denver after 15 years with Los Alamos National Labs.

Thomas O. Williams III (BAD) retired from Virginia Tech's Office of Development and was named director of the Minnick Endowment Campaign with Lutheran Family Services of Virginia Inc.



James T. Ellis (FW) retired from the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources after 36 years.

Mickey E. Poole (IE) retired after 34 years as director of financial services for Loudoun County, Va.

Ralph E. Dunnavant Jr. (BAD), director of the North Carolina region of American Metrostudy Corp., received the National Association of Home Builders' Bill Molster Award, given annually to an individual who has made major contributions to furthering the goals of the National Sales and Marketing Council and the Institute of Residential Marketing.



Daniel M. Dick (IE) retired from the Air Force after 33 years and is the director of joint, transformational, and Air Force programs for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

W. Steven Johnson (EM), director of the Composites Education and Research Center and a professor in Georgia Tech's School of Materials Science and Engineering and the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, was elected a Fellow of ASME International.

Bryan H. Ackler (TA) is a project manager for Entertainment Technology-Genlyte Controls and served as primary design engineer for the installation of entertainment technology dimming and control equipment in Grapevine, Texas.

James V. Meath (UA) was named to Virginia Business magazine's list of top lawyers in Virginia, known as "The Legal Elite," recognizing the best lawyers in specific practice areas.

Russell V. Meyers (ACCT) was appointed by the Financial Accounting Foundation to serve on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council.

Deborah K. Ropelewski (GBUS) was elected to the board of trustees of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, a national organization with approximately 5,000 members in the professional liability insurance industry.

John H. Albright (ARCH) was praised by the Chicago Tribune for work with his firm, DeStephano & Partners, on the ABN Amro Plaza, a 31-story, $387 million building in Chicago.

Dennis A. Duncan (GBUS), assistant vice president and manager of the Blacksburg, Va., branch office of Chase Home Finance, the mortgage division of JPMorgan Chase, received the company's Leaders Club Award and was named 2003's top unit producer nationally.

Daphne C. Norton (HR) works for the Clay County School Board as a teacher of gifted language arts.

Richard L. Hall (ACCT) was named vice president and chief financial officer of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Durham, N.C.

Clifton E. Rhodes (ME) joined the engineering team of Clark Nexsen's Raleigh, N.C., office.

Dana D. McDaniel (GBUS) was named to Virginia Business magazine's list of top lawyers in Virginia, known as "The Legal Elite," recognizing the best lawyers in specific practice areas.

Ann R. Tatman (COMM) was promoted to director of community relations at Old Dominion University.

C. Dan Azzara (EDSC) is one of six recipients of the 2003 Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Robert N. Rector Jr. (BIOL) was promoted to vice president of health care services at Richfield Retirement Community in Salem, Va.

William R. White (ARCH) joined Thompson + Litton in Wise, Va., as a project architect.

Bruce G. Wood (FIN) is senior vice president of financial planning for LandAmerica Financial Group.

Gary F. Arnold (ARCH) was promoted to operations manager in the Virginia Beach office of Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern Inc., one of the largest architectural and engineering design firms in Virginia.



Edward J. Carey (BC), a senior project manager for Twin Contracting Corp., was elected national director of the American Institute of Constructors and was appointed a constructor-at-large member of the Constructor Certification Commission.

E. William East (CE) received the U.S. Army Commander's Award for Civilian Service and was recognized for his work at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in developing the design review and checking system, DrChecks.

Lanny W. Holsinger (EDAD) received the 2003 Dr. John M. Davis Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.

Curry A. Roberts (PSCI) leads Atlantic Rural Expositions Inc., producer of the State Fair of Virginia.

Michael A. Dorris (MATE) was promoted to senior project manager for military construction, and graduated from the Leadership Development Program for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Baltimore District.

Joseph A. Blount Jr. (MKTG) was elected chairman of the Natural Gas Supply Association.

Michael C. Chapman (PSCI) received an A.S. in liberal arts from Excelsior College in October. He retired from the U.S. Navy after nearly 20 years of active duty service and is employed by Apex Systems Inc. as a PC technician at naval stations in the Hampton Roads, Va., area.

Laura D. Gagliano (ARCH) is senior project planner at Corporate Woods Associates L.C.

Wayne S. Dishman (EE) is the director of real estate with Owens & Minor Inc. in Richmond, Va.

Clayton W. Preston (ARCH) and his planning and architecture firm, Preston and Associates, received two of the four awards in the Atlanta Regional Commission's 2003 metro-wide competition.

John A. Stegeman (FW) was appointed vice president of the Waterworks Group of Ferguson Enterprises Inc.

Andrew T. Ceperley (MGT) was named director of the Career Services Center at the University of California, San Diego.

Clara M. Poffenberger (IS) was named to Baker Botts L.L.P.'s special counsel, advising petroleum and chemical companies on compliance with environmental laws in the U.S. and Latin America.

Derrick B. Cave (CE) was promoted to vice president of Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.

Stella L. Volpe (EDPE), an associate professor, is the Miriam Stirl Term Endowed Chair in Nutrition in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen F. Baron (AL), an associate professor of biology at Bridgewater College, was awarded a grant by the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust Fund.

Karen R. Hiser (MATH) founded Healthy Travel Network, providing fitness products and information for business travelers.

Noel N. Schulz (EE), an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State University, is the secretary of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power Engineering Society.

Jeffrey K. Skeen (FIN) launched a firm that will provide Gold's Gym International and Gold’s Gym franchisees with back-office consulting and outsourced services to improve profitability.

Ever J. Barbero (EM) was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Richard F. Brown Jr. (URPL) was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Nokomis Learning Center, a Native American Cultural Center in Okemos, Mich.

Kenneth L. Pryor (LASC) published a scientific paper, "Recent Improvements to the GOES Wind Index," in the National Weather Association Electronic Journal of Operational Meteorology.

Adam M. Shalleck (ARCH) formed The Shalleck Collaborative Inc., which offers consulting services in the planning and design of spaces for the performing arts and production systems.

Bryan L. Townes (ARCH) joined Commonwealth Architects in Richmond, Va., as an architectural designer and historic preservationist.



Robert C. Frazier (BIOL) was promoted to director of radiation oncology at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis.

Timothy J. Koch (ENGL) was appointed office manager of Maiden Quarry.

Eric D. App (HIST) was promoted to director of museum operations at The Museum of the Confederacy.

Jennifer A. Ennis (PSYC) joined the trademark/copyright law group of Microsoft Corporation at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters.

Brian P. Lustig (ME) received an M.Eng. in mechanical engineering from Widener University.

Jeffrey D. Mather (TED) received an Ed.D. from East Tennessee State University.

Milton G. Bartley Jr. (HIST) was appointed director of dealer operations at Lanier Worldwide Inc.

Melinda F. Emerson-Heastie (COMM) was interviewed on Feb. 2 by anchor Brian Williams on “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” to discuss what African-Americans are looking for in a presidential candidate.

Aaron S. Hall (ISE), U.S. Army Reserve, completed a one-year mobilization in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and returned to his job as a senior technical project manager with America Online.

Peter M. Letcher (BIOL) received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Alabama.

Kevin M. Rosso (GEOL) was awarded the Mineralogical Society of America Award.

Susan H. Bradbery (PSYC), employed by Capital One, received an M.B.A. from Averett University and a master's certificate in project management from George Washington University.

James D. Bristow (HIST) is an M.B.A. candidate at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.

Miranda L. Fristoe (LASC) formed an online company,, featuring gifts for new babies, baptisms, christenings, birthdays, housewarmings, and weddings.

Camille K. Chapman (LASC) earned the project management professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

Robert M. Johnson (CHEM) received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Virginia and works as a research chemist in the physical and analytical sciences division of the Lubrizol Corp. in Wickliffe, Ohio.

Christopher B. Foulk (FIN) was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for combat missions in the F-15E over Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Kevin J. O’Keefe (AE) is a U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot who was stationed at Osan Air Base, South Korea.

Geoffrey K. Waldmiller (ISE) is chief technical officer at Bucher+Christian, an Indianapolis-based technology consulting firm.

Bridget B. Baylor (COMM) received an M.S. in public administration from James Madison University.

Brad L. Taylor (CE) passed the professional engineer exam in North Carolina.

Kathryn P. Crowder (ENGL) is assistant director of the annual fund at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va.

Sean T. Hoffman (BSE) passed the professional engineer exam and is a licensed engineer in New York.

Kelley T. Jones (EE), assigned to the U.S. Navy's guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg, helped make improvements to a Bahraini school during a port visit to Bahrain.

Kathleen E. Volandt (MKTG) was named president/CEO of Auroros Inc., a strategic and management consulting company.



Somil R. Mehta (BIOL) is an assistant scientist working on various disease studies at Celera Genomics, a biotech company in Rockville, Md. He received an M.S. in biotechnology with a concentration in biotech enterprise from Johns Hopkins University.

Patrick C. Sliter (ACCT) was promoted to in-charge accountant at Lanigan, Ryan, Malcolm, & Doyle, P.C.

Sonya M. Weitenbeck (FIN) is the assistant vice president of lease marketing with Chase Auto Finance in Long Island, N.Y.

Stacy H. Zelenski (PSCI) is a public affairs officer for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security.


Alan Schuetz (ARCH) was promoted from part-time to full-time status at Anderson & Associates Inc., where he is a project engineer.

Andrew M. Markelz (PSCI) joined the Peace Corps and is an elementary school English teacher in Kiribati, an island republic in the Pacific.

Brandi S. Rorabaugh (PSYC) made a port visit to Naval Station Rota, Spain, aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Cole, homeported in Norfolk, Va.

Sean R. Thorne (CE) graduated from the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Goose Creek, S.C.



Correction: The Spring 2004 issue incorrectly listed the graduation year of Rosa Bedia Petrotta. The notice should have read: ‘00 Brian J. Petrotta and '00 Rosa M. Bedia, 5/24/03.

'51 Robert E. Richard and '51 Cordelia Gates Turner, 10/4/03
'86 Terri F. Lupien and Randall P. Edwards, 11/20/03
'89 Pamela K. Murray and Paul R. Logan, 7/5/03
'89 Gregory E. Rahal and Michelle Layer, 11/22/03
'91 Pamela R. Griner and Jay B. Weintraub, 10/18/03
'93 Mary K. Burford and Michael H. Callahan, 5/31/03
'95 Sonia A. Wiley and Scott D. Bolen, 12/6/03
'95 Kerry Sundgren and Joshua Garrett, 11/22/03
'95 Christy Quillen and Benjamin Holcombe, 06/14/03
'96 Andrew T. Chadwick and Jennifer Bechard, 12/13/03
'96 Eddie L. Pounds and Billye Jones, 8/9/03
'98 Cherilyn M. Carruth and Michael McCall, 10/11/03
'98 Megan Debranski and Matt Kelhart, 10/25/03
'98 Georgia L. Eusner and '98 Ryan G. Will, 6/7/03
'98 Sara J. Grove and W. Calvin Jordan, 10/11/03
'98 Rebecca B. Latham and Gerry Ozmore, 08/30/03
'99 Kathleen E. Carlisle and Stephen Volandt, 9/27/03
'99 Holly L. Funkhouser and Donald S. Cucuzzella, 12/13/03
'00 Denise M. Branagan and John T. Cooper, 11/8/03
'00 Michael D. Davis and '00 Michelle M. Gohlke, 1/31/04
'00 Jose R. Fernandez III and '00 Allison Luffman, 05/10/03
'00 Catherine E. Gambino and '00 Michael L. Gatza, 6/21/03
'01 Rachel Gellis and '00 Scott A. Lindberg, 10/19/03
'00 Richard Glosser Jr. and '00 Nicole K. Wasson, 6/21/03
'00 Christopher G. Grasso
and Hillary A. Egan, 1/17/04
'00 Alison J. Hammock and Brian A. Oshop, 12/06/03
'00 Emily A. Farley and Do Q. Pham, 07/19/03
'00 Sonya A. Majors and Jason Weitenbeck, 10/04/03
'01 Jonathan W. Bultema and '01 Kelly A. Zimmerman, 11/1/03
'01 Michael G. Roeder and '01 Roshan S. Sabapathypillai, 5/24/03
'02 Stephen R. Ciesielski and '02 Katherine Espiritu, 10/11/03
'02 Elizabeth M. Grinnalds and '03 Bryan C. Thorne, 12/27/03
'02 Kevin M. Marsden and '02 Nichole Nardon, 1/24/04
'02 Brian Mohr and '02 Mindy Richardson, 07/12/03



'69 G.H. Latham, adopted a son, 12/9/03
'82 Anne G. West, a son, 6/30/03
'84 Joseph R. Ferguson Jr., a son, 2/3/04
'85 Jeffrey A. Cole, twin sons, 12/17/03
'86 P.G. Davis Jr., a daughter, 7/5/03
'86 Carolyn T. Jones and '88 Steven C. Jones, a daughter, 12/12/03
'86 Heather J. Mieloszyk, a daughter, 9/2/03
'86 Michael R. Peters, a son, 11/8/03
'87 Leslie R. Prillaman, a daughter, 9/14/03
'87 Katherine H. Trippick, a son, 6/26/03
'88 Annmarie Happ Camatcho, a daughter, 8/22/03
'88 Peter Hanley, a daughter, 10/24/03
'88 Anthony J. Morosini, twin sons, 12/13/03
'90 James R. Cockrell and '90 Noelle T. Cockrell, a daughter, 9/18/03
'90 Allen K. Fairburn, adopted a daughter, 8/25/03
'90 Sonja R. Owens and '92 Sterling W. Hening, a son, 10/11/03
'90 Nancy E. Poignant and '91 Robert C. Poignant, a son, 11/12/03
'91 Timothy J. Koch, a son, 6/22/03
'91 Raymond S. Mason, a son, 9/16/03
'91 Steven D. Shuler, a daughter, 4/30/03
'91 Michael E. Snyder and '93 Kristi W. Snyder, a daughter, 6/11/03
'92 Matthew B. Coppage, a daughter, 11/16/03
'92 Joanna M. Elpers, a daughter, 6/3/03
'92 Andrea B. Macgill, a daughter, 8/24/03
'92 Rex E. Morris, a daughter, 11/12/03
'92 Karen C. Staunton, a son, 10/17/03
'92 David L. Zier, a daughter, 11/11/03
'93 Kathryn S. Corbit and '99 Steven G. Corbit, a daughter, 1/21/04
'93 Barry E. Daniels Jr., a son, 12/26/03
'93 April D. Haynes, a son, 10/21/03
'93 Nancy G. Lucy, a daughter, 1/16/04
'94 Laura C. Holt, a daughter, 10/30/03
'94 Mary B. McClelland and '94 Robert D. McClelland, a daughter, 1/24/04
'94 Joanna B. Radcliffe, a son, 12/10/03
'95 Angela M. Hartwig and '98 Jonathan Hartwig, twin sons, 1/30/04
'95 Peter J. McCourt II and '96 Loriann C. McCourt, a son, 7/14/03
'95 Laurie J. Mullins, a daughter, 8/18/03
'95 Vaughn P. Shannon, a daughter, 12/17/03
'95 Judy L. Springer, a son, 1/11/04
'96 Gilon M. Offentier, a son and daughter, 5/15/03
'96 Jeffrey M. Phillips and '97 Shannon C. Phillips, a daughter, 10/24/03
'98 David C. Riddle, a son, 5/26/03
'98 Jonathan A. Stathis, a son, 7/17/03
'99 Julie H. Errickson and '99 Stephen J. Errickson, a son, 10/27/03
'99 Nathan B. Mills and '00 Courtney C. Mills, a daughter, 8/31/03
'00 Carl D. Bradley and '00 Mariela P. Bradley, a daughter, 12/9/03
'00 Eric A. Dahlquist and '00 Janet O. Dahlquist, a son, 11/20/03
'00 Jean E. Herndon and '01 Michael K. Herndon, a son, 11/15/03
'00 Rebecca F. Osborne, a daughter, 9/17/03



'23 Garland L. Truitt, 4/9/97
'26 James P. King, 1/18/04
'26 Lawrence F. Koontz, 10/24/03
'28 Carrie G. Spear, 1/1/04
'30 Carl H. Givens, 1/22/04
'30 James H. McCann, 1/12/04
'32 Edwin L. Angle, 2/21/02
'32 Lee O. Heironimus, 4/18/01
'32 Harriett F. White, 9/22/97
'33 Clairmont S. Clemens, 1/15/04
'33 Arthur S. Long Jr., 5/11/03
'34 Lloyd F. Meador, 9/8/03
'34 R. Ross Reynolds, 11/26/03
'35 W. G. Buchanan Jr., 11/27/03
'35 John W. Leonard, 12/3/97
'35 Walter H. Mehring Jr., 12/1/03
'35 Ned T. Norris, 8/22/03
'36 Margaret G. Ebert, 10/28/97
'38 William B. Besley, 4/17/01
'38 Edward L. Jones, 1/8/04
'38 Henry C. Smith Jr., 11/3/03
'39 Harrell Aygarn, 10/31/98
'39 Elihu C. Ellett Jr., 12/27/03
'39 William D. Feagin, 11/12/03
'39 Russell A. Jamison, 4/27/03
'39 Paul J. Phipps, 11/11/85
'39 James L. Simon, 5/17/01
'40 Andrew J. Bennett Jr., 1/6/04
'40 Leon G. Carpenter, 5/13/03
'40 Thomas W. Locke, 4/16/03
'40 Staige F. Miller, 9/24/98
'40 Leslie G. Probst, 11/9/03
'40 James W. Tucker, 12/24/03
'40 Dan Wickline, 4/23/01
'40 Claude Zykes, 2/17/00
'41 John W. Asher, 12/18/02
'41 James O. Graves, 1/22/04
'41 Ray W. Marshall, 12/30/03
'41 Evelyn L. Neidengard, 5/15/02
'42 Harry Donsky, 5/3/03
'42 Tabor E. Dunman Sr., 5/28/03
'42 John M. Owen Jr., 12/22/03
'42 Michael F. Romano, 1/27/95
'42 Thomas D. Taylor, 12/26/03
'43 James J. Dattilo, 10/24/03
'43 Warren A. Saul, 5/16/98
'43 Henry E. Smith, 2/24/02
'44 Henry M. Arnold, 1/3/04
'44 Duane B. Brown, 5/2/03
'44 George C. Carter, 12/30/01
'44 J.B. Eades Jr.
'44 Benjamin C. Heath Jr., 11/19/03
'44 Joseph F. Kiessler Jr., 6/19/03
'44 J. Randolph Larrick, 10/14/03
'44 Joseph F. Moody Jr., 8/12/03
'44 George H. Nicholas, 5/25/03
'44 Paul A. Whaley, 9/1/01
'45 Claude V. Camden, 2/3/03
'45 Mary D. Grubb, 10/21/03
'45 Cary G. Mason, 1/15/97
'45 T. Cato Tillar, 12/9/03
'45 Basil M. Vassar, 1/25/04
'46 Samuel A. Owen, 10/14/03
'47 Richard R. Snedegar, 10/13/03
'48 Lester C. Books Jr., 12/16/03
'48 E.F. Myerholtz, 12/24/03
'49 James P. Godsey, 11/29/03
'49 Evelyn W. Hancock, 12/16/03
'49 Walker P. Newman, 6/28/01
'49 Jane W. Quartel, 2/6/03
'50 Charles A. Anderson, 12/18/03
'50 Robert R. Beasley, 5/7/03
'50 Allen J. Bolick, 6/9/03
'50 N.J. Crookston Jr., 9/22/03
'50 Walter M. Dunlap, 1/26/04
'50 George D. Ferguson Jr., 10/14/03
'50 Doris T. Jefferson, 12/14/03
'50 William N. Layman, 12/29/03
'50 J.D. McCall, 12/10/03
'50 John P. Morrissett, 4/13/02
'50 L.A. Prillaman, 11/23/03
'50 Donald J. Seely, 7/26/98
'50 Robley H. Tankard Jr., 1/18/04

'50 Jack C. Taylor, 8/20/00
'51 Henry G. Clifton Jr., 1/23/03
'51 Joseph E. Horner, 12/9/03
'51 George E. Lester, 1/3/94
'51 Cecil E. Miller, 9/29/03
'51 Paul K. Plott, 11/13/03
'51 John B. Redd Jr., 1/19/04
'51 Frieda A. Walker, 7/27/03
'51 W. Paul Winzer Jr., 6/20/03
'52 Edgar F. Howell, 10/14/03
'52 Raymond S. Woodson, 11/30/03
'53 Thomas W. Hiers, 6/24/03
'53 John D. Underhill, 11/7/98
'54 G. Allen House Jr., 10/25/03
'54 Jasper R. Sutherland, 9/20/95
'55 Henry M. Keyser, 4/15/02
'56 Thomas P. Pizzulo, 12/24/03
'57 Almond C. Austin Jr., 1/1/04
'57 Elmer C. Burgess, 11/23/03
'57 Jennings R. Hartsell, 12/26/03
'57 Joseph E. Howell Jr., 12/25/03
'57 J. H. King Jr., 4/21/03
'57 J. Richard Long, 8/15/91
'57 Gilbert W. Partin, 12/7/03
'58 Kenneth E. Harlan, 9/29/03
'58 Ralph E. Marrs, 5/19/01
'58 Purcell M. Robertson, 6/1/01
'58 George J. Shoop, 12/6/96
'58 John E. Thompson, 5/29/03
'59 Chesley A. Godfrey, 11/6/03
'59 Walter W. Palmer, 12/8/03
'60 Paul R. Bartholomew, 1/11/04
'60 John A. Creger, 12/15/03
'60 Charles W. Snearer, 3/3/99
'61 James D. Collie, 12/15/03
'61 David E. Stone, 1/23/04
'62 Ernest B. Craun II, 1/5/01
'64 F. Thomas Lloyd, 4/14/02
'64 Charles A. Mullins, 12/21/03
'65 Edward L. Busic, 2/3/04
'65 George L. Kennedy, 1/14/04
'65 Harvey F. Smith, 6/22/99
'65 Perry B. Wigley Jr., 12/23/03
'66 Robert P. Davids, 8/26/03
'67 Lowell M. Gdula, 12/22/03 69).
'67 William E. Louhoff, 2/23/01
'68 John P. Newton, 10/4/96 .
'71 James H. Boggs Jr., 1/7/03
'71 John H. Lane IV, 7/5/01
'71 Michael E. Todd, 12/21/03
'72 Carol F. Fisk, 1/7/04
'72 Allen K. Miller, 10/16/03
'73 James M. Cannon, 1/19/03
'73 Lawrence D. Farmer, 3/1/95
'73 Earl C. Steeves, 2/9/97
'73 Carol A. Tesiero, 9/3/97
'73 William W. Wickham, 2/17/00
'74 Daniel M. Saverline, 12/4/03
'74 Edgar L. Stahm, 1/5/95
'75 L. Gregory Barnes III, 10/7/01
'75 Michael T. Shlanta, 7/25/94
'75 Barbara J. Wallace, 5/23/01
'76 Susan W. Hall, 12/18/03
'76 Patrick R. McDonald, 1/17/03
'77 William J. Shields, 10/22/03
'78 Richard K. Damon, 7/20/01
'78 Stefan A. Pawlicki, 9/4/00
'79 Donald H. Rehm, 11/13/00
'79 Linda J. Sizer, 11/30/00
'79 John C. Solomon, 10/6/94
'80 Susan M. Sawall, 7/21/95
'80 Robert E. Wigington, 12/23/97
'81 Jill L. Will, 12/12/03
'83 Frank E. Kerr Jr., 1/7/02
'85 Charles P. Highlander Jr., 11/29/03
'85 Jeffrey W. London, 8/10/00
'86 Mark W. Paul, 1/31/02
'87 Thomas D. Rozzi, 5/27/96
'88 Monica A. Janas, 12/4/03
'89 James L. Person, 10/26/00
'90 Carol C. Ling, 2/15/97
'03 Ryan C. Aday, 11/14/03


Fred Lutze, professor emeritus in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, died Dec. 2. Lutze earned his bachelor's degree from Worcester Institute in 1959 and his master's and Ph.D. from Arizona State in 1964 and 1967, respectively, before coming to Virginia Tech, where he spent the remainder of his academic career. Although he officially retired as a full-time faculty member last May, Lutze continued to work with students, including serving as the faculty adviser to the Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, a position he had held since 1968, and as an adviser to the student chapter of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. Hassan Aref, dean of the College of Engineering, says, "The time he spent as an adviser to students was phenomenal."

Charles "Chuck" Noe, former head basketball coach, died Dec. 8. Noe, a 1946 graduate of the University of Virginia, was a guard for a Cavalier team that had four consecutive winning seasons. He coached at Virginia Military Institute in the mid-1950s before coming to Virginia Tech for seven years, coaching the team to a 109-51 record. In 1962, he went to South Carolina, then to Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served as athletic director and basketball coach for six years. Later, Noe hosted the University of Virginia football and basketball coaches' shows.

James B. Eades Jr., former professor and department head of aerospace and ocean engineering, died Dec. 14. Eades received his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and mathematics from Virginia Tech in 1944, and his master's and Ph.D. in engineering mechanics, mathematics, and fluid dynamics from Tech in 1949 and 1958, respectively. He was a professor of aerospace engineering from 1947 to 1957, and later served as department head. Among his professional honors were a National Research Scientist Fellowship, associate fellowships in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and membership in the Virginia Academy of Science.

James E. Montgomery, former faculty member in the former College of Home Economics, died Jan. 11. Montgomery, who earned his graduate degree from Vanderbilt University, was a specialist in housing issues and taught at Oklahoma State, Cornell, Penn State, and Florida State before joining Tech's College of Home Economics in 1967 to serve as head of the Department of Management, Housing, and Family Development. While at Tech, his academic interests turned to issues associated with aging. Montgomery left the university in 1976 for the University of Georgia.

Col. James H. McCann Jr., former professor of military science, died Jan. 12. McCann graduated from Virginia Tech in 1930 and served in the Army Reserves until called to active duty during World War II, where he earned a Bronze Star. He returned to Virginia Tech in 1946 to teach military science and tactics for three years before accepting other military assignments. In 1962, he retired and returned to Blacksburg for good, taking the job of assistant commandant for the corps of cadets. McCann retired in 1976 as one of the longest-serving officers on the cadet staff in Tech history.

Michael Appleby, former professor of urban studies, died Jan. 26. Appleby, who graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in political science, was a devout Quaker, and took off for a year of service before earning his doctorate in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1973, Appleby became an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech, but left in 1982 to spend five years in a community service program in Africa. Afterward, he returned to teaching at Virginia Tech, but continued making trips to South Africa to further the cause of democracy there. Appleby retired from teaching for health reasons in 1995.

Bernard "Bernie" F. Feldman, professor of biomedical sciences and pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), died Feb. 19. An internationally recognized clinical pathologist and hematologist, he joined the faculty of the VMRCVM in 1990. In addition to teaching and mentoring DVM and graduate students, he directed the Veterinary Clinical Diagnostics, Clinical Pathology, and Comparative Hemostasis laboratories in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. "This is an enormous loss, not only for our college, but for the international veterinary community," said Dr. Lud Eng, a long-time colleague and head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology. "Bernie was a tremendous professional and a wonderful colleague. We will all miss him deeply."

Herbert Donald Stiles, associate professor at the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Blackstone, Va., died Feb. 21. Stiles earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in horticulture from Rutgers University and, after serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1974. He was named associate professor at Virginia Tech in 1978 and taught at the Blackstone center until his retirement in 2002. During this time, he served as both a researcher and Extension horticulturist. In these roles he cooperated in the development of new high-quality raspberry varieties (including one that is named for his wife) and invented new trellising systems to improve efficiency of raspberry and blackberry production.