Virginia Tech Magazine
Class Notes
Summer 2009

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Barry Kantor (BAD) has been named Best Lawyer in America for family law for 2009 and designated as Norfolk Area Best Lawyers Family Law Lawyer of the Year.

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David R. Pierce Jr. (BC) retired from Southern Polytechnic State University as a professor. He is now a senior project manager for McDonough, Bolyard Peck.


J.J. Messersmith Jr. (CE) has retired as a coordinating manager of regional code services for Portland Cement Association after more than 29 years.

Joseph M. Overman II (EE) retired after 25 years with Texas Instruments as inventory operations manager.


Geoffrey C. Hintze (ASE) retired after 41 years with NASA.

W. Dwight Love (EE) retired from the MITRE Corporation.


Frank I. Akers (CHEM) is president of Techulon Corporation in Blacksburg, Va.

Lucy Minogue Rowland (BIOL) was appointed by the U.S. Green Building Council to the LEED-ND Technical Advisory Group for Location and Planning.

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Otis C. Crowther Jr. (PSCI) is vice president for advancement at the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.

Jeffrey B. Miller (HORT) was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Horticulture for 2008-09.

Linda Edmonds Turner (CTRA) received the 2009 Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Arts and Education from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.


Michael H. Cox (BAD) is a certified information privacy professional and principal of SoCal Privacy Consultants.

Robert J. Dunay (ARCH) was named the Most Admired Educator of 2009 by DesignIntelligence.

Philip R. Lawrence (MATH) is senior vice president of Innovative Solutions Group.

Thomas W. Wilkinson (ART) received the New River Valley Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals Executive of the Year Award.


H. Paul Ritchie Jr. (PSCI) was named Time magazine's 2009 Dealer of the Year and received national recognition for community service and industry accomplishments at the annual National Automobile Dealers Association Convention.

James J. Zuidema (PSCI) retired as customer service technical support team leader in the sales and marketing department for STIHL Inc.


Frankie Y. Bailey (PSYC) was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for a 2009 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical.

A. Jack Davis (ARCH) was named Most Admired Educator for 2009 by DesignIntelligence.


Kimberlee June Benart (CE) has retired after more than 35 years of federal civilian service with the Air Force, Navy, and Peace Corps.

Jeanne Centracchio DaDamio (FR) has retired as senior program manager, global GBS sales operations from IBM.

Barbara Romberger McLemore (PSCI) is corporate ethics officer at Gannett Fleming.

David F. Milligan (LAR) was appointed to the distinguished Council of Fellows by the American Society of Landscape Architects for his achievements and service.


Victor S. Lyons (EDSS) is the academic dean of Foothills Christian Bible College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

James M. Orband (HORT) received Virginia Tech's 2008 Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.


Rex L. Bishop (EDCC) received the 2009 Teaching Excellence Award from the Eastern Council of Business Schools and Programs.

Kimberly Evans Osgood (ACCT) is vice president of finance and accounting for MBO Partners.

Saifur Rahman (EE) was appointed to serve a one-year term on the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Government Performance and Results Act Performance Assessment.


Douglas W. Burks (CE) has retired as chairman of the board and chief structural engineer of Hankins and Anderson Inc. Consulting Engineers.

Mary Ellen Henderson Madigan (PSYC) earned her doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Nebraska.

Mark G. Richardson (ARCH) has authored a book entitled, How Fit Is Your Business?

Michael Tatalovich (ARCH) is the practice segment leader for federal architecture for PSA Dewberry.

Thomas G. Tingle (ARCH) is the 2009 chairman of the James City County Economic Development Authority.

Mary Leigh Wolfe (AGE) has been named an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow.

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O. Hayden Griffin Jr. (ESM) received Virginia Tech's 2008 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Tahereh Shayan Hall (ME) received her doctorate in education and statistics at the University of North Carolina.


Brian R. Murphy (FIW) was honored for scholarship in teaching and learning from the Virginia Tech Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

R. Christopher Rosenthal (ACCT) is an honoree of the 2009 South Baltimore Learning Center Gala.

Susan Rhodes Simons (COMM) is a senior client manager at Kerxton Insurance Agency.

Cheryl Boggess Spence (CS) received her master's in information systems from Virginia Commonwealth University and was named a dean's scholar.

Janis Pinchefsky Terpenny (IEOR) received the 2008 Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award.


Kimberly Kratch Giancaspro (SOC) is a licensed therapist for Healthy Changes Counseling Associates in Richmond, Va.

S. Massoum Moussavi (CE) received the Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Diane R. Kallal Osan (ARCH) is a member of the board of directors for FKP Architects.

Sally Weaver Shomo (AGED) is the 2009 president of the National Association of Agricultural Educators.


B. Wayne Adams (MKTG) is vice president of enterprise risk and a compliance analyst with North State Bank in Raleigh, N.C.

William H. Ayers (BIOL) is vice president of operations for Mississippi Lime Company.

Jarvis E. Bailey (UA) has authored a devotional book, Three Minutes with God: A Weekly Devotional for Inspiration and Encouragement.

Richard O. Mines Jr. (CE) has authored a book, Introduction to Environmental Engineering.

Pamela Marker Thompson (ACCT) is an accountant for Goodman & Co.


Benjamin Z. Stallings (BIOL) is president of the Prince George's Medical Society.

David A. Underwood (BC) is vice president of HITT Contracting in Fairfax, Va.


Ariane Muccio Axt (ELED) received her master's in special education from George Mason University.

Tina Lyman Cook (ELED) achieved certification in career and technical education-business, information management, marketing and entrepreneurship.

Barry S. Goldsmith (EE) is a partner in the firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC.

Francis J. Huber (EE) is commander of the 11th Signal Brigade at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Ann Fortenberry Jennings (GEOL) received the 2009 Erchul Environmental Leadership Award during the Virginia Environment Symposium.

Suzanne Karsa Murrmann (MGT) received the Harrah Research Center Outstanding Research Award.

David A. Pugh (ARCH) is a professional architect for AECOM Design.


Jeannine Stelmach Eddleton (CHEM) received Virginia Tech's 2008 William E. Wine Award for excellence in teaching.

Kirk H. Schulz (CHE) is president of Kansas State University.


Daniel F. Mahony Jr. (ACCT) is dean of Kent State University's College of Education, Health, and Human Services.

Scott D. Carson (DASC) is a dairy procurement specialist for Genex Cooperative Inc.

Kusum Singh (EDRE) received Virginia Tech's 2008 Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising.


David T. Fritz (LASC) is a commander of Carrier Airborne Warning Squadron Seven Seven.

Lawrence P. Golan II (ME) is head of the materials section at Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering Company in Fairfax, Va.

Marcia McCutchan (AGE) is a board-certified environmental engineer and executive vice president of the consulting firm Rezek, Henry, Meisenheimer, and Gende Inc.

Darrell J. Roberts (ME) is the director for the Division of Reactor Safety at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region I Office in Pennsylvania.

Marta Carter Wilson (PSYC) has authored a book, Leaders in Motion.

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Elisabeth L. Bloomer (ENGL) received Virginia Tech's 2008 Sporn Award for teaching introductory subjects.

Joseph M. DeSimone (CHEM) was named Tar Heel of the Year for 2008 by The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

David R. Gillikin (ME) is superintendent, operations and results, at Sutton Steam Electric Plant in Wilmington, N.C.

Angel C. Ho (CE) is construction product line manager for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic.


Ruth Ann Isley Vaughan (FCD) is an assistant professor of social work at Kentucky State University.


Jonathan M. Holda (CE) is principal of Ober/Kaler.

Donald R. Lee (MGT) is a partner with the law firm of Ford & Harrison LLP in Atlanta, Ga.

Kevin R. Mitchell (ARCH) received his juris doctor from Concord Law School, Kaplan University.


Patrick J. Gerstner (CE) is director of transportation engineering for Dewberry-Goodkind Inc. in Carlisle, Pa.

Richard A. Holland Jr. (ME) received his doctorate in philosophy of religion from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

David E. Kaufman (IS) is vice president for JP Morgan in Dallas.

Brian D. Linville (ACCT) is a director at Watkins, Meegan, Drury & Company LLC.

Kevin W. Mottley (PSCI) is the owner of The Mottley Law Firm PLC in Chesterfield, Va.

Stephen J. Schwarz (ANSC) is a church planter/developer in Zambia for the International Mission Board.


David L. Caudell (AT) is an assistant professor in anatomic pathology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

David C. Grant (CHEM) was the 2008 recipient of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's College Teaching Award.

Aaron Hall (ISE) is vice president of program management at K12 Inc. He is also commanding the U.S. Army Reserve Element that supports the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Mark D. Meno (CHE) is the head of the air-vehicle engineering department for the Department of the Navy.

Sidney J. Rosenbaum IV (FIN) is chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia.

Rickie D. Rudd (EDVT) is interim associate dean for Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of Virginia Cooperative Extension.


Stephanie Lane Guilliams (FW) is an assistant director for alumni relations for Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources.

Joanna Francine Safi (PSYC) is a senior human resources manager for General Dynamics Information Technology.


Nathan R. Butler (ARCH) is vice president of the statewide Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.

Channing W. de Bordenave (BIOL) is the quality systems manager for H.C. Brill Co. Inc.

Jermaine A. Holmes (MKTG) is director of student athlete academic support services at Virginia Tech.

Yonsenia S. White (ART) received the 2008 Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award.


Robert M. Ballenger (COMM) is now an "All Things Considered" producer for National Public Radio.

Steven Houser (ARCH) is a registered architect with Jenkins Peer Architects of Charlotte, N.C.

Scott D. Klopfer (FIW) is executive director of the Conservation Management Institute.

Adam J. Langer (BIOL) is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Kevin S. Murphy (HTM) received the 2008 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award.

Jacquelyn Bailey Pelzer (VM) is director of admissions and student services for the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Adam J. Read (CE) earned his master of science degree in engineering management from the Florida Institute of Technology.


Slade Gardner (CHE) is a Technical Fellow for Lockheed Martin for his technical excellence and commitment to innovation.

William C. Kreye II (CE) is site planning and engineering team leader for Draper Aden Associates in Richmond, Va.

Christopher S. Lawrence (PUA) is town manager for the town of Vinton, Va.

Tracey Chadwick Pilone (CE) published Head First Algebra through O'Reilly Media along with her husband, Daniel.


Matthew D. Arden (IDST) is the senior writer/producer for TNT On-Air Creative.

Thomas M. Brewster (ELPS) is chair to the national task force to identify innovative policies and partnerships that can address the high-school dropout crisis.

Robert E. Emard (ARCH) is a LEED accredited professional.

Crystal Abbe Graham (COMM) and her husband co-own Augusta Free Press Publishing.

Stanislav Licul (EE) is president and CEO of Maxtena in Blacksburg, Va.

Brian F. O'Beirne (PSYC) has published a children's book, Chimerical.

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Bradford M. Booth Jr. (BIOL) is a certified microbiologist II and is a registrant of the National Registry of Microbiologists I.

Brandon P. Farmer (FIN) is senior vice president and senior operations officer at the Bank of the James.

Julie McGhee Settlage (VM) is a clinical assistant professor of surgery for Virginia Tech's Department of Large Animal Clinical Services.

Elizabeth Fisher Thomason (ID) received her LEED AP certification and is employed by Armstrong World Industries Inc.

Chad R. Wendorf (MSCI) received his master's in computer systems management and information assurance from the University of Maryland's University College.


Kristin Adsit Baum (ARCH) is a licensed architect for Guernsey Tingle Architects.

Michael K. Herndon (ELPS) is director of university summer sessions at Virginia Tech.

Mitchell A. Housenick (EDCI) is director of St. Joseph Health System Radiography Program in Lexington, Ky.


Jessica Lynn Altizer (HIDM) is a certified interior designer for AECOM Design.

Claretha Hughes Banks (EDCT) received the Outstanding Assistant Professor Award from the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education.

Cory L. Bonham (ARCH) is an architect for AECOM Design.

Nicholas C. Eisenberg (BIT) is associate vice president of health plan operations for the Nevada Risk and Control and Compliance Officers.

Jennifer Riley McLendon (MKTG) received her ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Green Belt from the Board of American Society for Quality.


Stephen T. Andes (ACIS) was re-elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Jeremy R. Moss (SOC) is an associate with MercerTrigiani law firm in Alexandria, Va.

Thomas W. Rondeau (EE) was awarded one of two Council of Graduate Schools CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards.


Melissa Taylor Cook (CE) is a professional licensed engineer in the municipal water/wastewater department of Baker's Virginia Beach office.

Anatoly P. Kastin (FIN) is assistant vice president and first-mortgage risk analyst II for Bank of America.


Brian J. Wensel (MGT) is a 2nd lieutenant in the USAF.


Adam R. Arndt (BIT), an ensign in the Navy, is currently in pilot training.

Andrew T. Bolton (CE) is secretary-treasurer of the American Society of Civil Engineers, West Michigan Branch.

Sonia Ashley Schmitt (BAD) is a director at Lockheed Martin.


Joshua N. Burnheimer (AAEC) is an assistant director at Virginia Tech's Alumni Association.

Casie Marie Stone (ARCH) is an architect with the firm GWWO Inc.

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'54 C.E. Harnsberger and Margaret A. Shetka, 9/16/08.
'81 Paul J. Clarke and Carrie A. Christensen, 2/14/09.
'86 Suzanne Gorsline and '86 Michael A. Hogan, 2/14/08.
'87 Stuart L. McKenzie and '97 Katharine L. Meadows, 1/16/09.
'94 John M. Bradley IV and '95 Ru Gakhar, 1/2/09.
'96 Ellen Carter and '99 Brian K. Ray, 10/11/08.
'97 Jennifer A. McCue and Nid Collins, 2/14/09.
'01 Ryan A. Crowley and '03 Lisa M. Oliver, 9/20/08.
'01 Magan L. Coulter and William J. Dixon, 5/31/08.
'01 Sarah F. Davis and '03 Craig P. Ohlhorst, 12/31/08.
'01 Chadden H. Jackson and Christie McReynolds, 12/6/08.
'02 Bradley M. Carter and '05 Lisa A. Ciampaglio, 7/12/08.
'03 Emily P. Bezek and Mark J. Peterson, 1/3/09.
'03 Bethany R. Deitemeyer and Jeffrey Blanc, 5/31/08.
'03 Kenneth A. Bogacik and Melissa L. Janoske, 10/25/08.
'03 Erica L. Gordon and Jeff A. Bridges, 10/10/08.
'03 Peter J. Campanola and Lori E. Hanline, 10/25/08.
'03 Rita M. Edmondson and '05 Brian C. Singer, 8/30/08.
'03 Gina R. Hancock and Ryan Franklin, 10/19/08.
'03 Debbie Gallof and Daniel C. Slagle, 10/11/08.
'03 Amanda E. Whisler and Garrett M. Safford, 11/1/08.
'04 Christopher A. Burhoe and Tracey Shepard, 10/11/08.
'04 Stephen C. McElroy and '05 Elisabeth A. Sowdon, 11/22/08.
'04 Nicholas C. Mormann and '05 Afton N. McGhee, 9/27/08.
'04 Vanessa L. Pricer and '04 Daniel J. Pydeski, 12/6/08.
'04 Christopher B. Scruggs and Jessica M. Koziski, 11/8/08.
'04 Rachel A. Griffin and Michael Stapleton, 11/1/08.
'05 Ryan J. Bednarcik and '06 Sierra M. Ingalls, 9/20/08.
'05 Stefanie L. Hartman and Vincent Bin-Han Chen, 9/27/08.
'05 Kiana L. Garcia and Carlton Hagans, 10/25/08.
'05 Timothy B. Shabanowitz and Lauryn J. Allbaugh, 2/14/09.
'05 John C. Wheeler Jr. and Rachel L. Jackson, 1/17/09.

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Births and Adoptions

'82 Sharon M. Hogge, twin sons, 7/29/08.
'88 Richard M. Dudek and '97 Suzanne Borda Dudek, a son, 2/14/09.
'89 Jodi Scott Barry, a daughter, 9/17/08.
'89 Lawrence P. Golan II, a daughter, 5/10/08.
'89 Jeffrey K. Woods, a daughter, 8/11/08.
'91 Martha L. Gish, a son, 10/30/08.
'91 Heather Bidlake McCain, a son, 6/3/08.
'93 Kelly Barton-Rhea and '94 Zane M. Rhea, a son, 1/19/09.
'93 M. Blake Beach and '97 Ryan Esleeck Beach, a daughter, 12/16/08.
'93 Theresa M. Caragol, a son, 12/23/08.
'93 Chikashige Hayashi, a daughter, 6/29/08.
'93 Susan Gardner Zartman, a son, 11/18/08.
'94 Charles W. Patterson III, a son, 5/2/08.
'95 Monica Nelmes Elliott, a son, 12/29/08.
'96 Stephen D. Eldridge and '00 Emily Poti Eldridge, a daughter, 11/6/08.
'96 Matthew C. Mead and '98 Laura Montgomery Mead, a daughter, 9/12/08.
'97 Lekisha A. Daniel-Robinson, a daughter, 10/30/08.
'97 Glenn S. Graham, a son, 11/4/08.
'97 Stuart P. Mease and '02 Allison Palmer Mease, a daughter, 8/7/08.
'97 Sharon Trader Topp and '99 Jeffrey M. Topp, a daughter, 1/5/09.
'98 Scott M. Bender, a daughter, 12/29/08.
'98 Cheri Simmons Burnet and '98 William H. Burnet, a daughter, 8/28/08.
'98 Kai Chung, a daughter, 1/20/09.
'98 Christopher R. Cook and '99 Laurie Hawkins Cook, a son, 12/16/08.
'98 Christopher D. Marston, a daughter, 9/4/08.
'99 Marriah Mangle Barnett and '99 Robert A. Barnett, a daughter, 10/5/08.
'99 Dorothy Han Blackman, a son, 1/12/09.
'99 Richard D. Smith Jr., a daughter, 5/29/08.
'00 William L. Candler, a son, 9/30/08.
'00 Justin A. Chiarodo, a son, 2/10/09.
'00 Craig W. Jones, a son, 1/5/09.
'00 Stephen J. Korving and '01 Megan Halstead Korving, a daughter, 1/12/09.
'00 Rachel Sirbaugh Labrecque and '01 Jeffrey P. Labrecque, a son, 2/6/09.
'00 David H. Luer, a daughter, 6/9/08.
'00 Kori Palmoski Nowocin and '00 Lucas M. Nowocin, a son, 9/26/08.
'00 Andrew E. Orzechowski and '00 Rachael Emery Orzechowski, a son and daughter, 12/1/08.
'00 Chad R. Wendorf and '00 Gretchen Astle Wendorf, a daughter, 12/10/08.
'00 Ian A. White and '00 Sarah Argabrite White, a daughter, 12/5/08.
'01 Susan Washenberger Iovenitti and '02 Justin M. Iovenitti, a daughter, 3/23/08.
'01 Christopher M. Ross, a daughter, 6/7/08.
'02 Katherine Espiritu Ciesielski and '02 Stephen R. Ciesielski, a son, 4/2/08.
'02 Frank J. Corigliano and '02 Megan Dillon Corigliano, a daughter, 12/8/08.
'02 Jason M. Pettrey and '02 Katherine Voorhies Pettrey, a son, 3/25/09.
'02 Denise J. Smith, a son, 2/22/08.
'02 Candace W. Toone, a son, 11/30/08.
'03 Brendon R. De Jonge, a daughter, 1/2/09.
'03 Wendy Wagner de Windt, a daughter, 1/21/09.
'03 Dustin L. Grissom and '04 Kathy Despain Grissom, a son, 9/26/08.
'03 Nicholas L. West, a daughter, 2/18/09.
'03 Camille Chapin Winter and '03 Michael L. Winter, a daughter, 1/19/09.
'04 Brian R. Miletich, a daughter, 7/31/08.
'04 Anderson R. Tarpley III, a son, 11/25/08.
'06 Lauren Tower Camden and '06 Matthew C. Camden, a daughter, 9/1/08.

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'32 T. Stuart Russell, 12/12/08
'34 Jacob Becker, 2/8/09
'35 John A. Brabson
'37 Dorothy Argabrite Moss, 12/24/08
'38 Richard E. Farrar, 10/1/05
'38 John M. Fultz, 2/21/09
'38 J.S. Owen
'39 Vernon R. Mattox, 12/16/08
'39 H.R. Thomas Sr., 1/19/09
'40 Worther G. Becker Jr., 1/25/09
'40 Henry S. Galberry, 12/10/08
'40 Edward W. Parkins, 12/23/08
'41 R.L. Chambliss Jr., 2/1/09
'41 Stephen O. Edmunds, 1/11/09
'41 Harry F. Lowman Jr., 1/19/09
'41 Bruce B. McCall, 1/13/09
'41 Violet Robinson Merchant, 12/6/08
'41 Paige A. Tate, 1/17/09
'42 Pomp L. Berger, 1/30/09
'42 Raymond Rosenberger, 1/10/09
'42 Raymond C. Womeldorph, 12/13/08
'43 Philip E. Davis, 2/3/09
'43 W.H. Dortch, 12/24/08
'43 Monroe D. Grizzard Jr., 1/5/09
'43 J. Louis Pais, 1/22/09
'44 Eugene V. Frankie, 12/21/08
'44 William E. Keefe, 12/2/08
'44 Hubert L. Nuzzo, 1/30/09
'44 David B. Osborne, 12/25/08
'44 Elmer O. Rodes Jr., 2/14/09
'45 Keister N. Adams, 2/2/09
'45 Julian A. Darden, 1/23/09
'46 John C. Goater, 1/9/09
'46 Robert L. Magette, 1/7/09
'46 William D. Mason Jr., 1/19/09
'46 S.H. Metcalf, 2/1/09
'46 Oscar K. Nelson Jr., 1/18/09
'46 John V. Perry Jr., 1/2/09
'46 William L. Stultz Jr., 1/30/09
'46 Wyatt H. Walton Jr., 2/19/09
'47 Samuel J. Gamble, 11/20/08
'48 Robert H. Cranshaw, 11/23/08
'48 George T. Inge, 11/22/08
'48 William P. Tilley Jr., 1/18/09
'49 Thomas C. Burns, 12/21/08
'49 William T. Burrell, 1/16/09
'49 Carl B. Harris, 1/7/09
'49 D.R. Rosson, 1/13/09
'50 John T. Bolen, 2/1/09
'50 James P. Goodwin Jr., 1/14/09
'50 L. Joseph Huettel Jr., 12/22/08
'50 Frank H. Hulcher, 12/3/08
'50 Joseph P. McNutt III, 12/25/08
'50 Conley S. Scott Jr., 1/29/09
'50 W. Russell Smith Jr., 1/1/09
'50 Wilson F. Tate, 1/16/09
'51 Paul M. Copenhaver, 12/14/08
'51 H. Van Fitzgerald Jr., 1/15/09
'51 Lonnie C. Harcum Jr., 1/4/08
'51 Edward S. Pelling III, 1/1/09
'51 Richard H. Riel, 7/6/08
'51 Roy C. Robinette, 1/3/09
'51 Carlton M. Southworth Sr., 2/7/09
'52 Richard S. Button, 12/13/08
'52 John W. Gray Jr., 1/14/09
'52 Giles M. Lugar, 12/14/08
'52 William M. Turner, 12/15/08
'53 Bryant M. Marks, 2/9/08
'53 Jack B. McNicol, 12/11/08
'53 Richard T. Milam, 2/14/09
'54 Curtis N. Flora, 12/25/08
'54 Clyde T. Jones, 2/3/08
'54 William H. Lane Jr., 2/11/09
'54 Eldred P. Lawrence, 1/7/09
'54 Madison M. Nutter, 4/12/08
'55 T.N. Davis, 12/31/08
'56 Thomas K. Adams, 1/6/09

'56 Walter L. Barnes Jr., 12/26/08
'56 J.L. Burgess Jr., 12/16/08
'56 James W. Waller, 1/6/09
'57 Jack S. Adkins, 11/28/08
'57 Robert G. Nilson, 11/21/08
'57 David H. Woodson, 2/7/09
'58 A. Lewis Collie Jr., 12/11/08
'58 James C. Davis Jr., 1/5/09
'58 George R. Irvin Jr., 12/4/08
'58 Kenneth Kavanagh, 1/11/09
'58 J. W. Pearson, 1/16/09
'58 Margaret L. Spitzer, 12/26/08
'59 Judith Hess Bame, 12/19/08
'59 Donald A. Mannas, 1/11/09
'59 Harold K. Wilson, 12/27/08
'60 Randolph P. Harrison, 12/26/08
'60 William P. St. John Jr., 1/1/09
'61 R.T. Raddin, 12/13/08
'61 William H. Rea, 7/14/08
'62 Duane Jubenville, 12/27/08
'63 Carl E. Harrison, 1/11/07
'63 John R. Hawksworth, 1/1/09
'64 Everett L. Covington Jr., 1/18/09
'64 Avis A. Stanley, 1/13/09
'65 Warren R. Alley, 1/29/09
'66 Samuel L. Chafin, 1/19/09
'66 Stanley G. Phillips, 2/6/09
'66 Ronald S. Taylor, 1/18/09
'67 Donald C. Raney, 11/27/08
'67 E.E. Shores, 12/11/08
'67 Sandra Mounce Weaver, 1/20/09
'69 W.M. Fager, 2/13/09
'69 Curtis R. Jennings Jr., 2/10/09
'69 Terrell J. Reid, 12/27/08
'70 D.M. Britt, 2/6/09
'70 J. Arnold Jones, 11/26/08
'71 Lawrence L. Arthur, 11/30/08
'74 Jo Ann Burke, 1/16/09
'75 Robert E. Bunnell, 12/6/08
'75 Guy C. Darby, 1/14/09
'75 Sue Bostic Mays, 12/28/08
'76 J. Thomas Mills Jr., 12/27/08
'77 Susan Betts, 12/26/08
'77 Edward J. Ello, 12/20/08
'77 Rebecca P. Jones, 2/4/09
'77 Parker Richeson Wenk, 4/24/08
'78 Gary D. Williams, 2/2/08
'79 Raymond P. Caudell, 12/27/08
'79 Jim D. Graham, 12/20/08
'79 Jeffrey K. Lown, 1/16/09
'79 Dexter Reid
'80 Brent B. Howell, 12/14/08
'80 Walter B. Huff III, 1/9/09
'80 Robert L. Krystock, 1/27/09
'84 Paul V. Braden, 1/10/09
'84 William H. Cantees III, 1/9/09
'84 Stuart D. Downey, 11/14/08
'84 Lindsey A. Farley, 12/29/08
'84 Eric D. Snellings, 2/14/09
'85 G. Andrew Bernat Jr., 1/16/09
'85 Mary-Louise Wardlaw, 12/11/08
'86 M. Kemp, 11/24/08
'86 Dennise Mary Bartelo Maslakowski, 12/19/08
'88 Betty S. Young, 2/2/09
'90 Matthew J. Zukoski, 1/31/09
'91 Jerry L. Landreth, 12/1/08
'91 Jody A. Stiely
'91 David C. Welch, 1/7/09
'92 Patsy G. Phillips, 12/17/08
'95 Charles A. Novak, 12/6/08
'01 Tara Meredith Welch, 1/31/09
'04 Duane M. Perdue, 12/6/08
'06 Allen L. Calloway, 2/15/09
Class of 2010 Sean Logan, 5/26/09.
Class of 2012 Ryan Davis Lopynski, 4/26/09.

Faculty obituaries

Irving John "Jack" Good, a University Distinguished Professor, Professor Emeritus, and pioneer of modern statistics, died on April 5, 2009, in Radford, Va., at age 92. Good was one of the founders of modern Bayesian inference and a member of the World War II code-breaking team at Bletchley Park. A citizen of the United Kingdom, Good was a professor of statistics in the College of Science since 1967. He held adjunct professorships at Virginia Tech in the Center for the Study of Science in Society and the Department of Philosophy. Before coming to Virginia Tech, he worked for British Military Intelligence in the Government Communications Headquarters, where he specialized in signals intelligence. He also held faculty positions at the University of Manchester and at Oxford University.

Marjorie Grene, an Honorary Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Professor Emerita, died March 18, 2009, at age 98. Grene studied zoology and minored in English at Wellesley, traveling to Germany as an exchange student and attending the lectures of Heidegger and Jaspers. She earned a Ph.D. at Radcliffe and then began teaching the history of philosophy at the University of Chicago. Her main occupations were raising her family and running a farm, first in the U.S. and later in Ireland. Grene returned to the U.S. to teach at the University of California, Davis, first as a faculty member and then as chair of the philosophy department. She published 12 books on philosophers, including Heidegger, Aristotle, Sartre, and Descartes. Volume 29 of the Library of Living Philosophers, The Philosophy of Marjorie Grene, was the first of that series to be devoted to the work of a woman.

Lucian W. Zelazny, a professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, died on March 17, 2009, at age 66. He served as the graduate mentor or co-mentor for more than 35 graduate students and taught classes in soil chemistry, soil mineralogy, and colloid and surface chemistry. Zelazny published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 19 book chapters, and was named a Fellow of both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy, in addition to receiving the Virginia Tech Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty Research Award. He was a member of the Virginia Tech faculty for 33 years. Zelazny received his bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Vermont and his Ph.D. in soil science from Virginia Tech.

Richard "Rick" Griffiths '78, 1952-2009

Richard "Rick" Griffiths '78, 1952-2009
Longtime university photographer Richard "Rick" Griffiths (forestry and wildlife '78) died Feb. 8, 2009, after a battle with cancer.

After graduating from the College of Natural Resources, Griffiths worked in the Department of Forestry. He later decided to pursue photography but remained at his alma mater as a talented and valuable colleague in University Relations for 23 years.

"Rick was the 'rock' in our department--a quiet man who was always working beyond his written job description," says Photo Librarian Jane Talbot. "While he was moving ahead of the pack from film to digital technology, he also researched and developed a digital organizational system that enables us to keep and distribute the more-than 25,000 images in our photo library."

Griffiths was responsible for many of the beautiful and striking photos that have appeared in Virginia Tech Magazine.

The work of Rick Griffiths


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