Horace "Ed" Alphin (biological sciences '34, M.S. dairy bacteriology '35), a Virginia Tech benefactor and distinguished military officer, died Jan. 21. The colonel completed his military career serving as director of the U.S. Army's Personnel Services Support Directorate at the Pentagon, retiring in 1967 with more than 33 years service. He funded a variety of scholarships and three professorships in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and contributed to the construction of the Alphin-Stuart Livestock Teaching Arena.
Arthur A. Kirk (BIOL), Portsmouth, Va., 1/26/15.
David "Alec" B. Alexander (PSCI, POUL), Edinburg, Va., 12/4/14.
F.L. "Frank" Carr (ANSC '47, CE '48), Eau Claire, Wis., 1/4/15.
William A. Fleet (ME), Mechanicsville, Va., 1/8/15.
Russell "Tip" E. Spivey (AGED), Virginia Beach, Va., 3/11/15.
Frank R. Bucko (CHE), Irmo, S.C., 1/10/15.
Edwin C. Cotten (ANSC), Raphine, Va., 3/10/15.
Burton G. Hurdle (PHYS), Falls Church, Va., 3/4/15.
Paul M. Simpson Jr. (IE), Henrico, Va., 3/18/15.
R.M. "Tokie" Tokarz (IE), Midlothian, Va., 2/9/15.
Archie "E. Cromer Jr. (BAD '46), Christiansburg, Va., 3/21/15.
Melvin "Shorty" L. Miller (AGED), Stanley, Va., 12/14/14.
Alphonse K. Popolato (CHE), Rio Rancho, N.M., 1/28/15.
Ferdinand "Harvey" H. Wilbourne (ME '48), Roanoke, Va., 2/14/15.
L.P. "Lew" Brooks (ME), Burlingame, Calif., 3/6/15.
Jerrold Havermale (ME '47), Atlanta, Ga., 11/9/14.
Robert "Abner" L. Yocum (CE '50), Southbury, Conn., 3/25/14.
John H. Kroehling (CERE '48), Merritt Island, Fla., 3/19/15.
Shelby L. Spradlin (BIOL), Virginia Beach, Va., 1/24/15.
John T. Sutton Jr. (BAD '47, BAD '47), Williamsburg, Va., 12/24/14.
E.W. "Gene" Brabston (ME), Birmingham, Ala., 3/10/15.
Leigh "Bud" C. Budwell (BIOL '46), Cobbs Creek, Va., 1/8/15.
O.J. "Ollie" Parsons (EE, ME), Satsuma, Fla., 12/23/14.
Turner A. Ramey (HORT '49), Charles Town, W.Va., 3/17/15.
Richard F. Sutton (FW), Summerville, S.C., 8/2/14.
George W. Watts (ASE), Maricopa, Ariz., 3/11/15.
Paul F. Cecchini (CE), Hardyville, Va., 1/14/15.
Alfred M. Coffman (CHE), Knoxville, Tenn., 12/20/14.
Isaac "Ike" N. Fuqua Jr. (BAD), Bluefield, W.Va., 1/4/15.
Ritchie A. Jordan (AGRN), Suffolk, Va., 12/18/14.
Ross M. Orr Jr. (BIOL), Bethlehem, Pa., 1/30/15.
John H. Rowe (ME '48), Roanoke, Va., 2/6/15.
Helen Reaves Simpson (CTRA), Lynchburg, Va., 1/23/15.
Robert L. Slusher (ME), Marion, Va., 3/2/15.
Hobart "Hobie" A. Weaver Sr. (ME '50), Glen Allen, Va., 2/14/15.
Theodore N. Bacalis (BAD '51), Virginia Beach, Va., 12/19/14.
Morriss Barret III(EE), Talbott, Tenn., 1/28/15.
Hugh L. Gordon (IE), Marietta, Ga., 1/2/15.
L. Lynton Goulder Jr. (BIOL), Delray Beach, Fla., 8/6/14.
W.B. "Bill" Harrison (CERE '51, CERE '51), Minnetonka, Minn., 2/4/15.
Roby J. Jarrett (EE '51), Vinton, Va., 1/24/15.
Claude E. Kinder (CE), Henrico, Va., 2/10/15.
M.E. "Van" Shamburger III (ME '51), Doswell, Va., 2/8/15.
Donald "Pat" L. Shook (AGE, ME '55), Morton, Ill., 2/27/15.
David R. Stanton (GSC), Richlands, Va., 3/8/15.
Mathew "Jack" J. Thompson III (ME), Yorktown, Va., 2/12/15.
Thomas "Bud" C. Walsh (ME), Dublin, Va., 4/4/15.
Robert O. Williams (BIOL), Williamsburg, Va., 3/3/15.
Gordon B. Wills (BAD), Suffolk, Va., 12/12/14.
Dewey E. Wornom (ASE), Hampton, Va., 9/21/14.
Robert B. Wysor (ME), Knoxville, Tenn., 1/9/15.
W.C. "Moose" Cummings (CHEM), Victoria, Texas, 1/6/15.
James F. Dickenson Sr. (AGEC), Roanoke, Va., 2/23/15.
John C. Eargle Jr. (CHE), North Augusta, S.C., 12/20/14.
Robert H. Fairfield (IAED), Newport News, Va., 3/14/15.
John K. Hale (AGE, AGE '54), Narrows, Va., 2/15/15.
Hugh L. Kirkland (DASC), Richmond, Va., 12/23/14.
William L. Ricketts (IE), Hagerstown, Md., 1/25/15.
B. Leon Shumate (CE), Richmond, Va., 12/26/14.
George C. Wells Jr. (EE), Petersburg, Va., 2/15/15.
John "Barney" W. Barna (ME), Saint Albans, W.Va., 3/25/15.
Charlie A. Beck (ME '51), Powhatan, Va., 2/13/15.
Waring Claud (BAD), Virginia Bch, Va., 11/21/14.
Rodney E. Cox (CE), Melbourne, Fla., 8/16/14.
James T. Gauldin (EE), Danville, Va., 3/10/15.
Donald H. Martin (IE), Pittsburgh, Pa., 12/29/14.
Robert W. Massie (BAD), Lynchburg, Va., 1/25/15.
Gordon L. Mears (EE '53), Seaford, Del., 1/28/15.
Robert L. Bezek (FW), Lees Summit, Mo., 1/15/15.
Virginia Brown Bowen (BED '52, BED '52), Charlottesville, Va., 3/2/15.
E. Dale Crews (GAG '54), Claymont, DEL., 1/24/15.
E.F. "Gene" Curling Jr. (RS), Norfolk, Va., 1/14/15.
Billie C. Hall(BAD), Greensboro, N.C., 12/27/14.
James E. Atkins (AGED), Richmond, Va., 1/6/15.
J.J. "Jim" Bardsley (CERE), Clinton, S.C., 12/16/14.
Frank L. Bradley (BAD), The Villages, Fla., 3/15/15.
John "Pat" P. Haden (ME '57), Charlottesville, Va., 2/19/15.
Walter A. Harrell (ME), Richmond, Va., 12/23/14.
Conrad "Rod" H. Miller (HORT, AGED), Raleigh, N.C., 12/28/14.
A.J. "Alan" Sheppard (AGRN), Maumee, Ohio, 3/19/15.
Kennerly H. Digges (ME), Charlottesville, Va., was awarded the BMW Vehicle Safety Lifetime Achievement Award for essential groundwork on BMW's intelligent emergency call system.
John W. Booker III (BAD), Danville, Va., 1/14/15.
Richard C. Chewning (BAD), Fayetteville, ARK., 2/17/15.
F. Earl Frith (DASC), Floyd, Va., 1/2/15.
Renon "Ray" M. Hoge (IE), Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 1/20/15.
Robert L. Miller (AGEC), Winston, Salem, N.C., 2/5/15.
Charlie T. Moon (IE '56), Broad Run, Va., 1/31/15.
Richard E. Norman (CHE '56), Virginia Beach, Va., 1/7/15.
Clyde H. Watson Jr. (ANSC), Wytheville, Va., 3/26/15.
Robert K. Altizer (GSC), Boca Raton, Fla., 3/1/15.
R. Shelton Jones (BED '62, BED '62), Winston-Salem, N.C., 3/26/15.
Frank A. Mentlik (POUL), Henderson, Nev., 7/28/14.
Alfred Patrick (BAD, EDBS '60), Richmond, Ky., completed his second novel, "Clinch Mountain Echoes."
Harvey Y. Clayton (CE), Norfolk, Va., 2/17/15.
Kenneth N. Ellis Jr. (EE '58), Fulton, Md., 3/10/15.
John M. Emmett Jr. (BAD), Gloucester Point, Va., 12/11/14.
Guy "Litt" L. Furr Jr. (IE), Radford, Va., 12/13/14.
Pa H. Hsu (AGRN), Sunnyvale, Calif., 2/25/15.
Thurman "Bud" M. Mutter (BAD '56), Crossville, Tenn., 3/10/14.
Marvin L. Pollard (EE '58), Roanoke, Va., 3/13/15.
J.T. "John" Quillen (EDBS '58), Hazard, Ky., 1/7/15.
C. Morgan Rogers (CHE), Richmond, Va., 2/28/15.
Richard E. Welch (EM), Chicago, Ill., 1/12/15.
Douglas T. Boynton (ACCT '61), Henrico, Va., 2/12/15.
Burnis "Doc" W. Dockery (ME), Richmond, Va., 1/25/15.
Sidney A. Gilmore (BAD), Pearisburg, Va., 12/26/14.
Willard D. Hamill (BAD), Roanoke, Va., 1/21/15.
Lloyd R. Johnson (ARE, ARE), Carmichael, Calif., 2/27/15.
Henry "Hobson" King (CHE), Henrico, Va., 2/19/15.
E.P. "Ed" Kinney Jr. (CHE), Roanoke, Va., 3/27/15.
Troy A. Law (AGE '59), Cascade, Va., 3/10/15.
Robert M. Phillips (ME), Ballwin, Mo., 3/14/15.
Harold W. Greene (EE), Pawleys Island, S.C., 2/1/15.
James "Roger" R. Warrick (IAED), Fieldale, Va., 2/15/15.
Edwin G. Burch (GSC), Staunton, Va., 4/1/15.
William R. Dean (AGED), Wytheville, Va., 2/23/15.
Sam Garretson (GAG), Atlanta, Ga., 4/12/14.
Richard S. Gray (ME), North Topsail Beach, N.C., 2/23/15.
James C. Hutton Jr. (EE), Richmond, Va., 1/9/14.
Joseph F. Judkins Jr. (CE, CE, CE '67), Auburn, Ala., 3/18/15.
Ray W. Lotts (AGED), Midlothian, Texas, 4/28/14.
Robert J. Rice Jr. (BIOL '61), Odenton, Md., 3/4/15.
William C. Scruggs (CE '61), Arlington, Va., 2/14/15.
Major J. Sheffield (ME), Richmond, Va., 12/5/14.
William "Ben" B. Stadler (BAD), Lynchburg, Va., 1/9/15.
William L. Whitehead Jr. (HORT), Courtland, Va., 3/17/15.
Thomas D. Bunker (DE), Lancaster, Pa., 1/7/15.
David L. Bushnell (PHYS), Mineral Point, Wis., 12/8/14.
J. French Chapman (DE), Fairfax, Va., 1/18/15.
E. Kyle "Gene" Fox (ME '62), Fairfax Station, Va., 2/25/15.
David P. Kavanaugh (BAD), Charlottesville, Va., 12/31/14.
John W. Kirby Jr. (ME), Blacksburg, Va., 3/21/15.
Fairfax "Fax" H. Settle (FW '63, FW '70), Tappahannock, Va., 3/24/15.
Ronald "Little John" S. Bednarick (FW '63), West Point, Va., 3/22/15.
Douglas R. Blount (BC '63), Salem, Va., 3/12/15.
Frank T. Davis (AGED), Floyd, Va., 4/8/15.
W. Jefferson Stroud (EM, EM '67), Harrisonburg, Va., 2/25/15.
John W. Wine (AGED), Marshall, Va., 9/6/14.
Jack F. Wright Jr. (ACCT), Roanoke, Va., 3/11/15.
Albert Y. Chang (EE), Tainan, Taiwan, 12/13/14.
Stanley S. Lin (EM), Taiwan, 3/13/15.
James E. Schleeper (BAD '64), Chesapeake, Va., 3/11/15.
Randolph V. Carter Jr. (IE), New Bern, N.C., 1/31/15.
George M. Fairer (GEOL), Boulder, Colo., 9/30/14.
Paul R. Henderlong (AGRN), Plain City, Ohio, 3/22/15.
Charles S. Swinney (ASE '65), Clinton, Tenn., 1/4/15.
William "Dan" Carter (IE, IE '68), Enfield, Conn., 3/23/15.
Edward L. Duke (IE), Mulberry, Fla., 12/5/14.
Harvey J. Scherr (EE), Baltimore, Md., 1/30/15.
Pin P. Tee (MATH), Charleston, S.C., 2/12/15.
Charles W. Totten (GSC '67), Saltville, Va., 1/11/15.
Preston D. Bain (ANSC), Dinwiddie, Va., 3/24/15.
Carl "Bucky" O. Belt Jr. (BC), Cumberland, Md., received the Pinnacle Award from the Frostburg State University Foundation Board of Directors.
Donald H. Wood (MGT '69), Portland, Ore., published his third book, "70 Actions for Success."
William Mason (ASE '71, '72, '75), Blacksburg, Va., professor emeritus in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering, co-authored a textbook, "Applied Computational Aerodynamics."
Robert N. Robinette (PSCI), Pembroke, Va., 1/8/15.
John S. Wright Jr. (ASE), Fallston, Md., 3/18/15.
T. "Tim" Baylor (PSYC), Kingsport, Tenn., 11/17/13.
Martha Russell Metius (ELED), Charlotte, N.C., 10/4/13.
G.H. Rusty Roller (PSCI), Virginia Beach, Va., 12/15/13.
John R. Warren (ASE), Leonardtown, Md., received the part-time faculty excellence award from the College of Southern Maryland.
Edwin F. McGrath Jr. (PSYC), Roanoke, Va., 2/4/15.
Walter F. Bailey Jr. (CE), Alexandria, Va., was listed as one of the top 25 newsmakers by the Engineering News-Record for making a difference for the industry and the public.
John Cooper (PSYC), Paris, Texas, published a novel, "From Woodstock to Eternity."
Alan N. Boswell (MKTG '73), Cherry Hill, N.J., 5/17/14.
James H. Cooper (TA '73), Lake Worth, Fla., 1/15/15.
Penny McKee Ireland (HIST, EDCI '79), Christiansburg, Va., 1/23/15.
William L. Kimmey (MGT), Richmond, Va., 12/1/14.
Gary W. Wunderlich (BIOL '74), Westminster, Md., 2/28/15.
Emily Sharpe Johnston (HPE), Richmond, Va., 1/29/15.
Philip R. Scanlon (CS), Richmond, Va., 1/7/15.
Thomas O. Bohon (CS), Roanoke, Va., 2/13/15.
Michael E. Conefrey (GEOL), Doha, Qatar, 12/22/14.
Steven M. Gilbert (PSCI), Chesapeake, Va., 2/15/15.
Robert S. Mills (HORT, ARCH '79), Richmond, Va., was named to the American Institute of Architects' prestigious College of Fellows.
David E. Steffen (FW, FIW '78), Roanoke, Va., was elected to honorary membership in the Wildlife Society in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the wildlife profession.
John V. Thompson (HPE '76), Salisbury, N.C., was selected as the Professional Tennis Registry International Pro of the Year for 2015.
Teresa "Terry" Ward Barkley (ELED), Chesapeake, Va., 12/25/14.
John W. Greene Jr. (ENET), Pittsboro, N.C., 1/4/15.
Philip M. Sadler Jr. (GBUS '76), Arlington, Va.
Melba Steele Stephens (EDCI '76), Vansant, Va., 2/8/15.
Ted A. Trout (ARCH '76), Houston, Texas, 2/12/15.
Walter Dicks Jr. (TA), Abingdon, Va., 1/5/15.
Victor I. Dziekiewicz (ENSY '77), Chicago, Ill., 3/1/15.
Judith Allen Scharle (EDVT '77), Norfolk, Va., 3/12/15.
Valerie Reed Schild (ELED), Apex, N.C., 3/23/15.
Sylvia "Casey" White (EDCI '77), Camarillo, Calif., 1/18/15.
Steve K. Yates (AGE), Scotland, Pa., 1/19/15.
Walter T. Galliford Jr. (EDAD), Naples, Fla., 1/4/15.
George B. Markert (CE), Uniontown, Ohio, 2/19/15.
William W. Dey (PHIL), Norfolk, Va., 3/15/15.
David A. Miles (HORT), Round Hill, Va., 1/14/15.
Paul D. Rothrock (EDAD), North Las Vegas, N.V., 12/21/14.
Tom W. Westing (ANSC), Fort Collins, Colo., 11/30/14.
Edwin J. Jones (FIW, FIW '83), Blacksburg, Va., received the 2015 Land-Grant University Award from the Virginia Agribusiness Council for his outstanding service to the agribusiness industry.
Edward G. Tezak (ESM), Wellsville, N.Y., is a charter member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society chapter at Alfred State College.
Earl W. Boyd (VIED), Roanoke, Va., 12/23/14.
Fred M. Burgess (ENGL '81), Lancaster, Pa., 12/12/14.
Charles F. Clark Jr. (AGEC), Amelia Court House, Va., 12/28/14.
Patricia M. Fuller Montgomery (EDCI), Suffolk, Va., 2/24/15.
J.G. Reed (CE), Salem, Va., 10/24/14.
Imogene "Jean" Turner Yongue (EDSU), Charlotte, N.C., 12/22/14.
Robert H. Young (ETE), Fredericksbrg, Va., 1/14/15.
Scott A. Armiger (FIN), Hockessin, Del., 3/4/15.
Norma J. Gaskill Travis (EDVT, EDVT '90), Independence, Mo.
Victor L. Ford (FOR), Hope, Ark., was named a Fellow by the Society of American Foresters.
Thomas C. Gruenther (EE), Winchester, Va., 2/25/15.
Sandra Mains Phillips (EDAD, EDAD '85), Vilas, N.C., 7/25/14.
Katherine "Kitty" Lucas Reynolds (EDCI), Bland, Va., 12/28/14.
Karen Raines Waldo (EDAD '80, EDAD), Martinsburg, W.Va., 2/28/15.
Newton Lee (CSA, CSA '84), Tujunga, Calif., published a book, "Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity: Total Information Awareness."
Roy A. Broussard (IEOR), Rockville, Md., 6/4/14.
Richard H. Davis (COMM), North Chesterfield, Va., 1/5/15.
Ned Sayre (ANSC), Churchville, Md., 2/21/15.
John R. McCraw Jr. (EDAD, EDAD '87), Martinsville, Va., was appointed to the Patrick Henry Community College board by the Martinsville City Council.
Theresa "Terri" A. Haduk-Murphy (IEOR '85) and John Murphy, Newtown, Conn., 10/5/14.
Kenneth R. Allen (ACCT), Virginia Beach, Va., 1/26/14.
Isaac T. Jackson (EDAD), Chatham, Va., 12/11/14.
Arthur D. Neustel (BFIN), Rockledge, Fla., 3/4/15.
Hoy B. Wood Jr. (CS), Mechanicsville, Md., 3/6/15.
Jonathan Kays (FOR), Fairplay, Md., was named a Fellow by the Society of American Foresters.
Charles K. Robertson (COMM), Glen Ridge, N.J., who published a book, "Barnabas vs. Paul," and a study guide with a DVD, "Hazardous Saints," will be the keynote speaker for an Educational Opportunities "Footsteps of Paul" Mediterranean cruise in October.
E. Harold Rotenberry (MGT) and Karen L. Downs, Centreville, Va., 11/12/14.
Jeffrey F. Skolnick (CE, CE '90), Virginia Beach, Va., 3/7/15.
Robert D. Thietje (PAD), Plano, Texas, 12/20/14.
L. Anthony Hardmon (COMM), Brooklyn, N.Y., was cinematographer for "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," the 2015 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Short Subject.
Patrick T. Tyree (COMM), Fairfax, Va., 3/5/15.
Timothy E. Long (CHEM), Blacksburg, Va., was selected as one of three 2015 Virginia Outstanding Scientists by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Daniel F. Mahony Jr. (ACCT), Stow, Ohio, is president of Winthrop University.
R. Kendall Slusher (BIOL), Altavista, Va., 2/14/15.
Glenn E. Carlisle (BIOC, BIOL '91), Gurnee, Ill., 2/1/15.
Scott "Gene" K. Lindsay (ACCT), Ashburn, Va., 1/5/15.
Scott A. Leonard (MUS), King George, Va., is the satellite operations branch chief at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Brian T. Schools (FIN), Virginia Beach, Va., is president of Chartway Federal Credit Union and its division of Heritage West and SouthWest Community Credit Unions.
Ashok Vaseashta (MESC), Manassas, Va., co-authored a textbook, "Advanced Sensors for Safety and Security," and a book, "Cyber Security and Resiliency Policy Framework."
Christopher L. Bennett (FIN, ACCT), Vienna, Va., is an attorney for the Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC law firm.
Timothy L. Beres (HIST), Falls Church, Va., is president of the Institute for Public Research at the Center for Naval Analyses Corp.
Antonio Muñiz-Olán (EE), Loveland, Ohio, was selected by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando as one of the 25 Influential Hispanics of Central Florida.
Janet E. Beehler (EDCI), Mc Kenney, Va., 2/11/15.
Joel Peterson (MBA), Fullerton, Calif., published a book, "Dreams of My Mothers: A Story of Love Transcendent."
Robert L. Gunter Jr. (SYSE), Virginia Beach, Va., 3/19/15.
Robert E. Goodson Jr. (GER), Annandale, Va., has authored a book, "Lead with Mercy: The Business Case for Compassion."
Harry A. Jaeger (HIST), Chesapeake, Va., a son, 2/6/15.
Barbara S. Framer (PAPA '91, PAPA), Saint Louis, Mo., 3/27/15.
Allison F. Moskowite (PSYC), Fayetteville, N.C., 3/15/15.
Jennifer S. Payne (ART), Richmond, Va., 3/11/15.
James I. Chong (OE, AE), Lorton, Va., is CEO of VidSys, a leading global provider of enterprise physical security information management software.
Melinda F. Emerson (COMM), Drexel Hill, Pa., joined forces with Sam's Club for a series of book-signings and presentations designed to educate entrepreneurs on the management of vital day-to-day small business needs.
Russell J. Parrish (ARCH), Smithfield, Va., opened Pagan River Architects.
John "Christopher" C. Bunin (HIST, GEOG '98, GEOG '01), Afton, Va., was awarded the 2015 Geographic Excellence in Media Award from the Nation Council for Geographic Education.
Lori A. Cunningham (CT), New York, N.Y., founder and creative director at Jane Summers, has launched a line of women's clothing in selected Neiman Marcus stores.
Victor J. MacLaughlin III (US) and Ashley N. MacLaughlin (FIN '97), Richmond, Va., a son, 10/29/14.
Eric D. Beans (PSYC), Fairfax, Va., is co-founder and CEO of Texting Base Inc.
Bethany J. Bodo (PSYC), Blacksburg, Va., is associate director of Virginia Tech's Office of Assessment and Evaluation.
William P. Robinson (ECAS, IS), Charlotte, N.C., received the Volunteer of the Year Award from CoreNet Global.
Caroline Sayegh Setliffe (FR), Alexandria, Va., is a tax attorney for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.
Brian T. Watson (FIW), Forest, Va., was honored with an American Fisheries Society award.
Daniel J. Connolly (HTM), Littleton, Colo., was appointed dean of the School of Business at Portland State University.
David P. Rutkowski (ENGL, ENGL '05), Arlington, Va., is the manager for training and development in the Dewberry human resources department.
Bryan D. Catlett (ME), Myrtle Beach, S.C., 10/20/14.
Charles C. Bonds (FIW), Waelder, Texas, is the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's division director for inland fisheries.
John H. King (COMM, EDPE '09), North Charleston, S.C., was inducted into Virginia Tech's Legacy Society.
Laura Sanders O'Kane (CT), Narberth, Pa., co-founded a nonprofit organization, Paws & Affection, that trains service dogs for kids with mobility-related disabilities.
Bonnie Williams DeMay (ACCT) and Christopher B. DeMay (SYSE '02), Chantilly, Va., a son, 1/31/15.
Andrew D. Lessner (CE) and Erin M. Lessner (BIT '02), Powhatan, Va., a daughter, 3/11/15.
Rebecca Fezie Menejia (ME), La Plata, Md., a daughter, 9/12/14.
Sarah Davis Ohlhorst (HNFE, HNFE '04) and Craig P. Ohlhorst (ACIS '03), Oakton, Va., a son, 12/2/14.
Robert A. Weaver (CE) and Angela M. Weaver (ACIS '02), Hanover, Pa., a daughter, 4/1/14.
Katherine L. Andersen (FIN), Winchester, Mass., was named to a Wells Fargo technology banking post dedicated to the life sciences sector in New England.
Christine "Kiely" K. O'Hara Wilkerson (BIT), Alexandria, Va., president and chief operating officer of Strategic Engineering Solutions, received the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency 2014 Contractor of the Year award.
Stacy Bongrazio Arrington (ME), Morrisville, N.C., a daughter, 10/21/14.
Brian D. Koch (AE), Jacksonville, Fla., a son, 2/5/15.
Michael R. Moon (ARCH '03), Roanoke, Va., a son, 10/26/14.
Samer Abdel-Wahab (ME, ME '03), Jupiter, Fla., 1/30/15.
Mirjhana A. Boggs Buck (MKTG) and Patrick W. Buck (BIT), Cumberland, Md., a son, 11/14/14.
Emily Bezek Peterson (COMM), Chicago, Ill., a son, 2/18/15.
Juan P. Espinoza (PUA), Blacksburg, Va., was appointed by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands as a coordinator for InclusiveVT.
Kathleen A. Jamison (EDCI), Riner, Va., was conferred the title of professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Christina Kull Martens (ENSC '03, ESEN '05, MUS '06), Redondo Beach, Calif., published a book, "Bring your D.O.G. to Work: A (Green) Person's Best Friend."
Jeffrey S. Ransbottom (CPE), Dublin, Va., is chief of staff and deputy chief information officer for Virginia Tech's information technology division.
Kathryn E. Schumaker Boriack (MKTG) and Paul C. Boriack (CE), Dayton, Ohio, a son, 4/2/15.
Jennifer M. McCammon (PSCI), Woodbridge, Va., an associate with the Bean, Kinney, & Korman law firm, was recognized among the 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
Michelle C. Pautz (MPA, PAPA '08), Dayton, Ohio, co-authored a book, "U.S. Environmental Policy in Action: Practice and Implementation."
Benjamin Sovacool (STS '06), Blacksburg, Va., instructor in the Department of History, co-authored two books, "Energy Security, Equality, and Justice" and "Global Energy Justice: Problems, Principles and Practices," and co-edited a third, "Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions."
Terrell Strayhorn (ELPS '05), Columbus, Ohio, published a book, "Black Male Collegians: Increasing Access, Retention & Persistence in Higher Education."
Dorothy Pendleton Heimlich (PSYC), Mechanicsville, Va., a daughter, 11/20/14.
Seth W. Pesek (ACIS), Arnold, Md., a daughter, 12/23/14.
Zaid F. Arafat (FIN), New York, N.Y., developed a podcast, "progress-not-perfection," that is featured in iTunes.
Dannette G. Beane (EDCO), New Castle, Va., was appointed by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands as a coordinator for InclusiveVT.
Ellen W. Plummer (ELPS), Blacksburg, Va., was appointed by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands as a coordinator of InclusiveVT.
Eric F. Detweiler (ISE) and Katherine O. Detweiler (COMM '09) Forest, Va., a son, 11/28/14.
Jonathan Galgan (ISE) and Gillian J. Galgan (BIOL '07) Yorktown, Va., a daughter, 11/1/14.
Ryan S. Muller (AHRM), Washington, D.C., 12/24/14.
Alicain S. Carlson (BIOL), Raleigh, N.C., earned a doctorate in horticultural science at North Carolina State University.
Jacob R. Grohs (ESM, EM '09, EDCI '12), Christiansburg, Va., received the 2015 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
Brent T. Foltz (CSES) and Marina Beth C. Foltz (WSCI '11), Aiken, S.C., 10/18/14.
Kristen Nichols Matiz (NRC) and Diego H. Matiz, Richmond, Va., 8/16/14.
Andrew S. Rivenbark (FIN) and Virginia D. Rivenbark (BIOL '11), Portsmouth, Va., 12/27/14.
Amelia E. Davis (ART), Oakton, Va., 12/15/14.
Sharrika D. Adams (ELPS, GSCR), Blacksburg, Va., is associate dean of students and director of student advocacy at Virginia Tech.
Monica Motley (EDPE, PH '14), Danville, Va., is a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society's Virginia Tech chapter.
John P. Brigman Jr. (FORS) and Heidi Eberly Brigman (VM '10), Spearfish, S.D., 6/14/14.
Holly Honeycutt South (ARTF) and Matthew D. South (ME), Carrollton, Va., 10/4/14.
Holly F. White (MINE) and Daniel White, Abingdon, Va., 3/29/14.
Richard A. Fraenkel (STAT) and Victoria G. Fraenkel (GEOG), Ballston Lake, N.Y., a daughter, 6/28/14.
Ryan A. Muller (FIN), Henrico, Va., 3/9/14.
Sara I. Musick (ENGL, GSCR '11, HD '11), Bristol, Va., 3/6/15.
Frank P. Penn III (HIST), Roanoke, Va., 12/30/14.
Kitchen and bath pros
(From left) Alexandra Van Nuys '11, Professor Kathleen Parrott, Jessica Whitbeck Altman '07, and Tyl Glover Thomas '07
Six alumni in three years have been named to the National Kitchen and Bath Association's (NKBA) "30 Under 30" list.
How does a program generate such positive results?
"From day one, our students are learning and working in the world of kitchen and bath design," said Professor Kathleen Parrott, the career advisor for the residential environments and design major. "Academic studies include projects for real clients, study tours, internships, design competitions, field trips, and hands-on exposure to products and materials in our Center for Real Life Kitchen Design. Regular interaction with industry professionals, including alumni, sets the standard for professional development and career goals."
Tech's kitchen and bath design program in the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management (AHRM) has been accredited by NKBA since 2008. Five of the alumni earned AHRM degrees, while Stephenson's degree was in public and urban affairs.
• Tyl Glover Thomas '07, kitchen and bath designer, Kitchen and Bath Expo, Virginia Beach, Virginia
• Alexandra Van Nuys '11, design consultant, Lane Homes and Remodeling, Richmond, Virginia
• Jessica Whitbeck Altman '07, Hatchett Design/Remodel, Newport News, Virginia
• Ebony Stephenson '07, Criner Remodeling, Newport News, Virginia.
• Meagan Sutton Fox '07, Fox Design Studios, Leesburg, Virginia
• Richard Anuszkiewicz '10, kitchen and bath designer, Alt Breeding Schwartz Architects, Annapolis, Maryland
Ryan J. Minter (MGT), Christiansburg, Va., was named an annual giving officer for Virginia Tech's Office of University Development.
Brittney Papke Frick (BAD) and Brian R. Frick (IT '13), Madison, Va., 9/27/14.
Meredith Hawkins Shuman (MGT, EDCT '11) and Ryan Shuman, Fort Lewis, Va., 7/11/14.
Andrea K. Hamre (AAEC), Alexandria, Va., received Virginia Tech's Citizen Scholar award for her data-driven and evidence-based decision-making related to transportation.
Glynn M. Harden (SYSE, ISE), Chesapeake, Va., received a master of divinity degree from the Regent University School of Divinity.
DeAnthony L. Heart (AE), Chester, Va., received the Modern-Day Technology Leader award at the 2015 Black Engineer of the Year Awards Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Global Competitiveness Conference.
Sheldon V. Masters (CE), Blacksburg, Va., was named Virginia Tech's 2015 Graduate Student of the Year.
Joshua M. Milas (BIOL), Forest, Va., co-founded a software engineering company, Mindsense, that creates refined software experiences to solve everyday problems.
Charles O'Kane Jr. (COMM), Narberth, Pa., co-founded a nonprofit organization, Paws & Affection, that trains service dogs for kids with mobility-related disabilities.
Patricia S. Smith (BAD), Christiansburg, Va., was appointed by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands as a coordinator of InclusiveVT.
Berk Uslu (CE, GSCR '14), Blacksburg, Va., received the Citizen Scholar award from Virginia Tech for a sustainable water-infrastructure management project.
Brendan P. Clark (HTM) and Samantha Holdren Clark (PSYC), Okatie, S.C., 6/21/14.
Keighley Clark Johnson (ENGL) and Peter C. Johnson (EE), Hope Valley, R.I., a son, 12/9/14.
Kelsey N. Cooper (COMM), Collinsville, Va., 10/28/14.
Jack B. DuFour (ME), co-founder of Taaluma Totes, presented the socially responsible company to a panel of investors on ABC's "Shark Tank" television program.
Alexander Jarmusz (BSISE), Franklin Park, Ill., wrote and illustrated a children's book, "Chester Becomes President."
Alexander D. Obenauer (CS), Blacksburg, Va., co-founded a software engineering company, Mindsense, that creates refined software experiences to solve everyday problems.
Kenneth A. Black (ARCH, GSCR '14, ARCH '14), Blacksburg, Va., received Virginia Tech's Citizen Scholar award for using the tactile process of sketching to help students understand and analyze concepts and projects.
Alexandra K. Heffern (CE), co-founder of Taaluma Totes, presented the socially responsible company to a panel of investors on ABC's "Shark Tank" television program.
Nikhil Jain (GSCR, EE), Blacksburg, Va., has become a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society's Virginia Tech chapter.
William W. Perlik (AGRB) and Eliza A. Bystrzycki Perlik, Charlotte, N.C., 11/1/14.
Siddhartha Roy (GSCR), Blacksburg, Va., received Virginia Tech's Citizen Scholar award for working with undergraduates and the Virginia Tech chapter of Engineers without Borders.
Kaitlin Spak (ME), Redwood City, Calif., will compete in "King of the Nerds," a TBS reality-show competition.
John K. Costain, professor emeritus of geophysics in the College of Science, died March 24. A professor at Tech for 29 years, Costain was a pioneer in using computers to analyze large amounts of seismic data. He is the namesake of a faculty chair position and a scholarship within the geophysics department.
Paul Torgersen, Virginia Tech's president from 1994-2000 and a member of the faculty since 1967, died March 29. (See "Teacher, President" in this edition for more on Torgersen.)
David A. West, associate professor emeritus of biological sciences in the College of Science, died April 2. Born in Beirut, West came to Virginia Tech in 1962; he taught biology and genetics until his retirement in 1998.
Haydn Michael Woodall, of Glen Allen, Va., a sophomore biochemistry major, died April 11.
Bryant "Wes" Cochran, of Blacksburg, Va., a junior biological sciences major, died April 11.