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Mitchel Raftelis (BAD '47), Quantico, Va., served the town as a councilman from 1967-98 and again from 2006-10, as mayor from 1998 to 2006, and as treasurer/clerk from 1958-80.


Paul A. Tanner Jr. (BIOL), Winter Haven, Fla., has authored an autobiography entitled My Whole Life and 48 Years of Small Town Family Medical Practice.



Thomas V. Warren (BAD), Crewe, Va., retired as circuit judge after 32 years of service.


James T. Roberts Jr. (BAD), Savannah, Ga., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. Boston College game.

Edwin R. Cowherd '64
Edwin R. Cowherd '64

Edwin R. Cowherd (FW), Union Point, Ga., is 2010 president of the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia.


Leigh M. Vaughan (SOC), Cary, N.C., retired from Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc.


Lucy Minogue Rowland (BIOL, MICR), Athens, Ga., retired from the University of Georgia and was awarded the title of professor emerita.




Marcus Alley (AGRN, AGRN), Blacksburg, Va., received the Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award and was conferred the title of W.G. Wysor Professor Emeritus of Crop and Environmental Sciences by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.


Douglas W. Anderson (FIN), Hanscom AFB, Mass., received his second Legion of Merit award and retired from the U.S. Air Force with 30 years of service.

Virginia Bruce Combs (EDPE, HPE), Lutherville, Md., retired after 25 years of service with the Baltimore County Fire Department as a firefighter, paramedic, and fire apparatus driver/operator.

Michael R. Kansler (ME), Raleigh, N.C., received the Utility Leadership Award and the American Nuclear Society Meritorious Performance in Operations Award.

Mark J. Shuart (ESM, ESM), Hampton, Va., retired from the NASA Langley Research Center after 32 years of service and joined the Virginia Tech Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Ellen Barnard Vance (SOC), Richmond, Va., is vice president and chief human resources officer for Sheltering Arms Hospital.


Victor S. Lyons (EDSS), Elkin, N.C., wrote a chapter in a popular philosophy series entitled Christmas—Philosophy for Everyone: Better Than a Lump of Coal.

Paul S. Muller (CE, CE), Ashland, Va., was re-elected president of Muller Engineering Associates P.C.

William H. van der Schalie (ZOOL), Point of Rocks, Md., received the 2010 Service to America Medal.


Saifur Rahman (EE), McLean, Va., was appointed the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.


Janine Snead Hiller (HIST), Blacksburg, Va., received a Fulbright Scholar grant and is the Fulbright-Lund Distinguished Chair of International Public Law.




Patricia Martin Dove (AGRN, GEOL), Blacksburg, Va., was appointed the C.P. "Sally" Miles Professor of Science by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Richard D. Nehring (LAR, ARCH), South Ogden, Utah, received the U.S. Air Force 2010 Design Excellence Award in the civilian category.


Suzanne Beamer Bohnert (COMM), Arlington, Va., received the Mom's Choice Award for the Most Outstanding Nonfiction Children's Book.

Truman A. Capone (EDVT), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Mary Kathryn Burkey Owens (ENGL), Chesterfield, Va., was listed in "Top 25 Female Super Lawyers" in the 2010 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers.


Stephen R. Davis (PSCI), Virginia Beach, Va., was recognized as a "Top 50" lawyer in the 2010 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers.


David L. Comey (MKTG), Chesapeake, Va., is president of Southeastern Insurance Services.


Charles A. Kilpatrick (CE), Fredericksburg, Va., is chief deputy commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation.


Laura Hartigan Lukas (HNF), Naperville, Ill., was accepted into the prestigious Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program.


Jeffrey D. Zelman (MKTG), Leesburg, Va., is vice president and corporate controller of Feld Entertainment Inc.


Michael G. Baum (PHED, EDPE), Midlothian, Va., is executive director of Keep Virginia Beautiful Inc.

Steven A. Carter (HIST), Fairfax, Va., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. James Madison University game.

Ray A. Mottley (CE), Newport News, Va., retired from the U.S. Air Force after more than 20 years of service.

Jeffrey K. Woods (MKTG), New Freedom, Pa., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. Boise State University game.




Tracy Tate O'Dowd (ELED), Frederick, Md., served as the Frederick County campaign director for Bob Ehrlich's campaign for governor of Maryland.

Matthew M. Winston Jr. (MKTG), Athens, Ga., was elected to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Board of Trustees.

Cheryl Stanley Grant '92
Cheryl Stanley Grant '92

Erik W. Fox (FW), Winchester, Va., received his arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture.

Cheryl Stanley Grant (PSCI), Pfafftown, N.C., is a group benefit specialist in new business development for JBA Benefits.

Kevin R. Mitchell (ARCH, ARCH), Gaithersburg, Md., is a licensed architect for the state of Maryland.

Michael R. Murphy Jr. (BIOL), Mechanicsville, Va., was awarded a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Scott L. Van Voorhees (ARCH), Williamsburg, Va., is serving on the James City County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.


Shannon Dooley Chance (ARCH), Hampton, Va., received an Outstanding Dissertation Award from the International Society of Educational Planners and is an associate professor of architecture at Hampton University.

Judith M. Lynch (EDSP, ELPS), Christiansburg, Va., was named to the Longwood University Board of Visitors by Gov. Bob McDonnell.


Suhail S. Khan (PSYC), Lititz, Pa., received accreditation as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute.

Philip D. Schroeder (CSES, CSES), Athens, Ga., is an associate professor in the agriculture and veterinary technology department at Alfred State College.


Heather J. Durkin (COMM), Fairfax, Va., created an international research network, "Help A Librarian," which has become a trusted source for information professionals worldwide.

John M. Ennis (CE), Lexington Park, Md., received the Marine Corps Aviation Association John Glenn Test Pilot of the Year Award.

David F. Sadlier (PSYC), Fredericksburg, Va., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina University game.


Elizabeth Johnson Howard '98
Elizabeth Johnson Howard '98
Anthony L. Ciuca (PSCI), Souderton, Pa., is an associate for the business services department with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.


Elizabeth Johnson Howard (MSCI), Chester, Va., earned the ICON Honors Innovation Award for using technology to increase sales for her business, The Cordial Cricket.

Christopher D. Schooley (LAR), Greenville, Va., is manager of Gay and Neel Inc.


Roger A. Craig Jr. (BIOL, BIOC), Newark, Del., appeared on "Jeopardy!" in September and set a record for one-day total earnings.

Jeffrey S. Crouse (MUS), Cary, N.C., made a Christmas CD, Little Town: Carols for Christmas, which features acoustic jazz and vocals.




L.P. Foshee (BAD), Mandeville, La., started his own company, East-West Designs, representing manufacturers of furniture and furnishings focusing on the hospitality and commercial industries.


Sandra L. Dika (EDRE), Charlotte, N.C., is an assistant professor of education research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Michael D. Killi (FIN), Coral Springs, Fla., started his own technical company, TekPro Staffing LLC.

Chi-Ying S. Lu (ISE), Emeryville, Calif., started a company, ecoVegan, which promotes healthy, nutritious, and convenient plant-based lifestyles.


Jennifer A. Nelson (COMM), Roanoke, Va., is the marketing and brand manager for NetVentures Corp.

John R. Weeks (ME), Floyd, Va., is an account executive with Hobbs & Associates.


Ashley A. White (MUS, MSE), Newport News, Va., is the 2010-11 MRS/OSA Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow.


Damon J. Claus (COMM), Allison Park, Pa., is a sales executive for Thorley Industries, doing business as 4moms, which develops products for the juvenile industry using innovative technology and robotics.


Alana M. Manzini (IDS), Kailua, Hawaii, is the associate art director for Hawaii Business Magazine.


Brian A. Peters (HIST), Chattanooga, Tenn., completed his master of education at the College of William and Mary and is now a resident director at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.



George Parker III (ELPS), Virginia Beach, Va., is principal of Green Run High School, which was awarded the College Board's Inspiration Award.


Julie Benton Olson '91 and Paul R. Olson
Julie Benton Olson '91 and Paul Olson
George F. Eichinger III '07 and Lindsey N. Wood '07
George F. Eichinger III '07
and Lindsey N. Wood '07
Travis L. Rookstool '09 and Meagan L. Funk
Travis Rookstool '09 and Meagan Funk

'83 Alisa Burns Dear and David M. Dear, Ocean Pines, Md., 5/22/10.
'91 Julie Benton Olson and Paul R. Olson, Chesapeake, Va., 1/9/10.
'94 Brian N. Cunningham and Monica A. Neshat, Great Falls, Va., 11/14/09.
'00 Heather Buteux Lee and Sean P. Lee, Washingtonville, N.Y., 7/2/10.
'00 Bonnie Williams DeMay and '02 Christopher DeMay, Chantilly, Va., 7/31/10.
'00 Jeannette Crispin Sanders and Tim Sanders, Fredericksburg, Va., 6/20/10.
'01 Michael J. Nelson and Jennifer L. Butcher, Springfield, Ill., 8/7/10.
'01 Heather Grice Nelson and Andy Nelson, Washington, Pa., 7/4/10.
'01 Jacqueline Merrill Schools and '02 Jason T. Schools, Mechanicsville, Va., 6/12/10.
'02 Lauren Duvall Heisey and Christopher Heisey, Arlington, Va., 6/12/10.
'04 Alexander S. Beck and '04 Karen Amores, Arlington, Va., 8/16/10.
'04 Jason P. Henrich and Gendriel L. Gullickson, Appleton, Wis., 5/15/10.
'04 Crystal Smith Rollins and '05 Henry S. Rollins, Fort Mill, S.C., 5/15/10.
'04 Ashley L. Smith and '05 Kristen D. Gates, Charlotte, N.C., 10/09.
'05 Bethany Hamilton Tate and Michael Tate, Gate City, Va., 7/10/10.
'05 Milagros Perez Tenga and '06 Ryan R. Tenga, Christiansburg, Va., 7/10/10.
'06 Lindsey Leisher Estes and Nicholas Estes, Arlington, Va., 9/26/09.
'06 Erin Burress Hillenbrand and Karl D. Hillenbrand, Richmond, Va., 6/26/10.
'06 Heather Hewitt Lockridge and Christopher M. Lockridge, Winchester, Va., 7/9/10.
'06 Nicholas A. Melnyk and Amber L. Lemmon, Davidson, N.C., 8/8/10.
'06 Thomas B. Ross and Nicole Dodge, Centreville, Va., 7/3/10.
'07 Laura Harris Brumsey and Jamey L. Brumsey, Bealeton, Va., 5/15/10.
'07 Ashley Dooley Carpenter and Trey Carpenter, Belmont, N.C., 4/24/10.
'07 George F. Eichinger III and '07 Lindsey N. Wood, Somerville, Mass., 4/10/10.
'07 Kathryn Lord Ferro and Mark A. Ferro, Monrovia, Md., 8/14/10.
'07 Alice Duncan Ignaszewski and '07 Dan Ignaszewski, Rockville, Md., 7/17/10.
'07 Amanda Cronin Rumore and '08 Michael A. Rumore, Lynchburg, Va., 10/17/09.
'08 Cory A. Brammer and '08 Ashley A. Colbassani, Fairfax, Va., 5/22/10.
'08 Stacey Corwin Farrelly and '08 Stephen Farrelly, San Francisco, Calif., 8/14/10.
'08 Thomas K. Rosen and '09 Jessica B. Daniels, Norfolk, Va., 6/26/10.
'08 Dawn Becker Spitzer and '08 Jason Spitzer, Hagerstown, Md., 5/30/10.
'09 Joseph M. Daniele and '10 Grace A. Williams, Enid, Okla., 1/9/10.
'09 Travis L. Rookstool and Meagan L. Funk, Blacksburg, Va., 7/10/10.

Ashley L. Smith '04 and Kristen Gates Smith '05 with the HokieBird and more than 30 Hokies
Ashley L. Smith '04 and Kristen Gates Smith '05 with the HokieBird and more than 30 Hokies
Lindsey Leisher Estes '06 and Nicholas Estes with more than 30 Hokies
Lindsey Leisher Estes '06 and Nicholas Estes with more than 30 Hokies

Births and Adoptions

Son of Jill Infante Newman '00 and Jeffrey O. Newman '01
Son of Jill Infante Newman '00
and Jeffrey O. Newman '01
Daughter of Jacqueline Wormsley Ryan '01 and Steven P. Ryan '03
Daughter of Jacqueline Wormsley Ryan '01 and Steven P. Ryan '03
'89 Erin Walker Webster, Tega Cay, S.C., boy and girl, 5/12/10.
'91 David A. Jones, New York, N.Y., boy and girl, 3/31/10.
'92 John N. Barrett and '94 Nancy Gilmore Barrett, Pulaski, Va., a son, 6/7/10.
'92 Kenneth H. Foster, Midlothian, Va., a daughter, 3/2/10.
'92 Rex E. Morris, Springfield, Va., a daughter, 8/16/10.
'92 Melissa Simmons, Virginia Beach, Va., a son, 11/2/09.
'94 Gregory S. Fowler, Fairfax, Va., a son, 6/21/10.
'95 Nathan A. Curtis and '96 Tina Brockelsby Curtis, Fairfax, Va., a son, 7/7/10.
'95 Keli Faria Fisher and '95 Shane A. Fisher, Manassas, Va., a daughter, 5/31/10.
'95 Stephen Q. Hole, New York, N.Y., a daughter, 7/8/10.
'95 Paul A. Joyner and '98 Elisa Montano Joyner, Sterling, Va., a son, 5/4/10.
'95 Laura A. Lew and '97 Christopher S. Kehde, Oak Hill, Va., a daughter, 6/12/10.
'95 David T. Polk, Arlington, Va., a son, 7/14/10.
'96 Mark D. Piechoski, Christiansburg, Va., a daughter, 7/29/10.
'97 Eric M. Brittle, Wakefield, Va., a son, 8/8/10.
'97 Brian W. Casto and '98 Carrie Willems Casto, Ellicott City, Md., a daughter, 9/9/09.
'98 James W. Barnes, Creedmoor, N.C., a son, 4/27/10.
'98 Raymond E. Clarke IV and '99 Jennifer Reedy Clarke, Huntersville, N.C., a daughter, 6/30/10.
'98 Barbara Kolacki Ressler, Maple Park, Ill., twin boys, 8/10/10.
'99 Heather Shifflett Hogge, Hayes, Va., a daughter, 9/23/10.
'00 Rebecca Johnson Baunsgard, Bothell, Wash., a son, 8/15/10.
'00 Jill Infante Newman and '01 Jeffrey O. Newman, Roanoke, Va., a son, 6/10/10.
'00 Jeannette Leftwich O'Neill and '01 Mike P. O'Neill, Roanoke, Va., twin girls, 8/14/10.
'01 Giles A. Gray and '02 Kerri Carico Gray, Bluff City, Tenn., a daughter, 3/8/10.
'01 Jonathan H. Rau, Chesapeake, Va., a son, 6/18/10.
'01 Jacqueline Wormsley Ryan and '03 Steven P. Ryan, Bristow, Va., a daughter, 9/14/09.
'02 Beverly Kain Sexton and '03 Hunter B. Sexton, Clayton, N.C., a daughter, 6/18/10.
'03 Ann Marie Ferramosca Coolick, Arlington, Va., a son, 11/5/09.
'03 Dustin L. Grissom and '04 Kathy Despain Grissom, Sahuarita, Ariz., a son, 6/13/10.
'04 Amanda Walton McCreary and '06 Benjamin F. McCreary, Roanoke, Va., a son, 8/23/10.
'04 Courtney Semach Zimmerman, Creedmoor, N.C., twin boys, 2/5/10.
'05 Ross G. Hewitt II and '07 Jodie Hamrock Hewitt, Winchester, Va., a daughter, 9/7/10.
'05 Eason A. Park and '05 Erin Wilson Park, Suffolk, Va., a son, 5/6/10.



'34 Edward K. Jones, 7/17/10 (153 Oriole Ave., Princeton, WV 24740).
'38 Bergen F. Berkaw, 7/31/10 (950 Travelers Blvd., Apt. D4, Summerville, SC 29485).
'38 Ralph E. Buckley, 7/17/10 (3919 Keith Pl., Annandale, VA 22003).
'39 Milton Irizarry, 5/23/10 (23 Calle Jose Julian Acosta, San German, PR 00683).
'40 Jack S. Slusser, 8/2/10 (200 Lake St., Apt. 303A, Dallas, PA 18612).
'40 John G. Sowder, 8/23/10 (P.O. Box 159, Providence Forge, VA 23140).
'40 John G. Webb Jr., 4/22/10 (Alexian Village 100 James Blvd., Apt. N, 204, Signal Mountain, TN 37377).
'41 Harry C. Stewart Jr., 8/17/10 (103 Lee Burke Rd., No. E14, Front Royal, VA 22630).
'41 Robert J. Watson, 7/1/10 (Apt. 234, The Jefferson, 900 N. Taylor St., Arlington, VA 22203).
'41 Robert L. Woodbury, 7/9/10 (73 Brook St., Westwood, MA 02090).
'43 Thomas I. Parks Jr., 8/27/10 (Apt. 1407, 600 Carolina Village Rd., Hendersonville, NC 28792).
'44 George A. Gehrken, 8/11/10 (26085 Rochelle St., Courtland, VA 23837).
'45 Parker D. Archibald, 8/17/10 (1600 Westbrook Ave., Apt. 526, Richmond, VA 23227).
'45 Edward F. Rowe, 7/8/10 (4675 Long Leaf Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27101).
'46 H. Bill Butler Jr., 6/28/10 (1431 Ramseur Ln., Winchester, VA 22601).
'46 Eleanor Thomas Hamilton, 6/27/10 (435 Old Mill Rd., Glade Spring, VA 24340).
'46 Preston R. Ogle, 8/4/10 (2165 Galleon Dr., Apt. G4, Vero Beach, FL 32963).
'46 Randolph W. Smith, 8/23/10 (Cottage 6, 4312 S. 31st St., Temple, TX 76502).
'46 Edward B. Sparks, 7/20/10 (P.O. Box 406, Orange, VA 22960).
'48 Roy H. Bible Jr., 4/19/10 (Apt. 405, 1900 Ballington Blvd. N.W., Rochester, MN 55901).
'49 C. Philip Machen Jr., 8/7/10 (3100 Shore Dr., Apt. 341, Virginia Beach, VA 23451).
'49 Howard B. Watkins, 8/28/10 (317 Kent Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903).
'50 A.S. Cannon Jr., 8/8/10 (7124 Patriots Colony Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23188).
'50 George L. Fox Jr., 7/9/10 (1603 Front St., Columbus, TX 78934).
'50 Robert T. Slater, 7/6/10 (6600 Lincoln Hills Ct., Frisco, TX 75034).
'50 John C. Smith Jr., 6/22/10 (6330 S.W. Shakespeare St., Lake Oswego, OR 97035).
'50 Gregory L. Smith Jr., 7/30/10 (15954 Cala Rojo Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80926).
'50 William A. Tyler Jr., 8/3/10 (P.O. Box 339, Waverly, VA 23890).
'51 Wayland D. Andrews, 7/13/10 (311 Tarrytown Dr., Richmond, VA 23229).
'51 Jesse A. Crews, 8/8/10 (9222 Shannon Rd., Mechanicsville, VA 23116).
'51 William H. Johnson, 7/3/10 (10468 Bracket Ford Cir., Manassas, VA 20110).
'51 Howard W. Muir Sr., 6/20/10 (103 Melrose Pl., Martinsville, VA 24112).
'51 Joseph E. Russo, 8/20/10 (410 Bobby Jones Dr., Portsmouth, VA 23701).
'51 Carter L. Smith, 8/6/10 (895 Old Dam Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23454).
'51 Harry M. Sweet, 8/20/10 (Apt. 509, 1001 Mar Walt Dr., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547).
'52 Don P. Fankhauser, 8/14/10 (2204 Skimmer Ct., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576).
'52 Felix E. Obenshain Jr., 8/19/10 (129 Centers Ferry Rd., Harriman, TN 37748).
'52 James F. Payne, 6/24/10 (11079 N. Halifax Rd., Stony Creek, VA 23882).
'53 Earle L. Kirkley Jr., 8/5/10 (2330 Huron Tr., Maitland, FL 32751).
'53 Harry H. Price Jr., 7/31/10 (P.O. Box 242, Emory, VA 24327).
'54 H.V. Ewell Jr., 6/26/10 (15589 Big Rd., Bloxom, VA 23308).
'54 Lee C. Hartman Jr., 7/29/10 (1896 Tinker Top Rd., Daleville, VA 24083).
'55 Frank J. Boyce, 6/12/10 (279 Woodberry Rd. S.W., Meadows Of Dan, VA 24120).
'55 Harry F. Zahn III, 4/13/10 (P.O. Box 1547, Manteo, NC 27954).
'56 Robert D. Helms, 8/10/10 (749 Jackson St., Woodstock, VA 22664).
'56 George W. King, 6/30/10 (P.O. Box 306, Shawsville, VA 24162).
'58 D. Richard Crafton, 6/30/10 (7354 Fontana Ridge Ln., Raleigh, NC 27613).
'58 Ned G. Kirby, 8/12/10 (7009 Cedar Bend Ct., Raleigh, NC 27612).
'59 James W. Murray, 7/26/10 (16008 Quarters Ln., Haymarket, VA 20169).
'59 Leo D. Staton, 6/28/10 (115 John Pott Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23188).
'60 Ronald M. Warren, 6/22/10 (102 Richardson Blvd., Lugoff, SC 29078).
'61 Robert I. Morrison, 6/2/10 (200 Gribbel Rd., Wyncote, PA 19095).
'61 Frank E. Roberson, 6/17/10 (206 Oakmount Dr., Peachtree City, GA 30269).
'62 A.W. Gauldin, 7/1/10 (623 Gum Branch Rd., Charlotte, NC 28214).
'62 Lee G. Goss, 7/29/10 (Apt. 4, 3354 Glade Creek Blvd. N.E., Roanoke, VA 24012).
'62 D.S. Henshaw, 8/5/10 (140 Country Place Ct., Columbia, SC 29212).
'62 Robert K. Kennedy, 8/18/10 (115 Bexley Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24502).
'63 Paul A. Calhoun Sr., 6/25/10 (1606 Teal Marsh Rd., Charleston, SC 29412).
'64 Floyd I. Aylor, 8/7/10 (32880 S.W. Bell Rd., Sherwood, OR 97140).
'66 Frank W. Adkisson, 8/18/10 (108 Weir Point Dr., Manteo, NC 27954).
'69 Roy E. Clark Jr., 6/13/10 (4164 S 36th St., Arlington, VA 22206).
'69 Michael S. Sherman, 8/16/10 (14020 Welland Terr., North Potomac, MD 20878).
'71 David A. Graham, 8/19/10 (6069 Highland Rd., Dublin, VA 24084).
'71 Allen J. Newberry II, 6/22/10 (2746 Gardner Dr., Salem, VA 24153).
'71 Margaret Ray Pillar, 7/10/10 (2855 Rogers Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042).
'73 Vander M. Nester, 7/2/10 (508 Mongoose Junction, St. John, VI 00830).
'74 Charles A. Lytton, 6/20/10 (13610 Hailsham Cir., Midlothian, VA 23113).
'74 Ernestine B. Roller, 7/12/10 (3622 Keagy Rd., Roanoke, VA 24018).
'74 Douglas W. Shrader Jr., 7/20/10 (41 West End Ave., Oneonta, NY 13820).
'77 Robert W. Gray III, 8/8/10 (P.O. Box 96, Eleanor, WV 25070).
'77 Richard G. Lang, 6/26/10 (2345 Longfellow Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92008).
'77 Warren T. Parker, 8/25/10 (245 Fairway Dr., Asheville, NC 28805).
'78 Michael K. Long, 6/19/10 (10416 Stonehill Dr., Benbrook, TX 76126).
'79 David L. Parrish, 7/23/10 (1685 Cartersville Rd., Mineral, VA 23117).
'79 Carlos P. Surratt, 6/21/10 (General Delivery, Toast, NC 27049).
'81 Randy L. Cates, 6/18/10 (P.O. Box 100012, Palm Bay, FL 32910).
'82 F. David Feng, 8/1/10 (11527 Buckhaven Ln., West Palm Beach, FL 33412).
'82 Charles E. Thorpe III, 6/23/10 (950 Amy Ridge Ct., Kissimmee, FL 34747).
'83 Roger D. Class, 7/3/10 (3 Partridge Dr., Blairstown, NJ 07825).
'83 Orrin E. Taulbee II, 8/26/10 (813 Sovereign Way, Redwood City, CA 94065).
'85 Robert A. Schmitz, 7/26/10 (19208 Wind Dancer St., Lutz, FL 33558).
'86 Mark D. White, 8/22/10 (1406 Ashford Ct., Blacksburg, VA 24060).
'87 Amy E. Bloxom, 6/27/10 (9517 Groundhog Dr., Richmond, VA 23235).
'87 David W. Ribar, 7/9/10 (320 English Oaks Cir., Boerne, TX 78006).
'88 Larry D. Sumner, 7/21/10 (P.O. Box 7685, Fredericksburg, VA 22404).
'90 Charlotte E. Yager, 7/8/10 (208 Hampton Ct., Blacksburg, VA 24060).
'92 Scott P. Heckel, 7/12/10 (517 Berry St., Stoughton, WI 53589).
'95 Brian J. Minchin, 7/6/10 (1413 Washington Dr., Stafford, VA 22554).
'96 Jinghong Kang (3708 Valley Oaks Dr., Fairfax, VA 22033).
'98 Jennifer M. Kean, 8/10/10 (623 Old Huntsville Rd., Fayetteville, TN 37334).
'99 Christopher P. Cimon, 7/22/10 (14307 Old Courthouse Way, Newport News, VA 23602).
'01 Oana Popescu, 6/21/10 (General Delivery, Blacksburg, VA 24060).
'02 Richard D. Scholz, 7/17/10 (314 Ford St. S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87123).

Student deaths

David Campbell Gayle (Class of 2012), 9/25/10 (7439 Flicker Pt., Norfolk, VA 23505).

Faculty/staff obituaries

Clifton Dow Bryant, professor emeritus of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, died Sept. 13, 2010. Bryant came to Virginia Tech in 1972 as chair of the Department of Sociology, where he remained until he retired in 2007. He received six teaching awards and his college's Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award.

David E. Hutchins, professor emeritus in the School of Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, died Nov. 6, 2010. The award-winning professor taught in the counselor education program for 31 years and was one of two full-time professors who started graduate programs in counselor education and college student affairs.

Thomas Sitz, associate professor emeritus of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, died Sept. 28, 2010. A faculty member since 1982, Sitz taught biochemistry in a rigorous manner that stressed fundamental principles and foundational skills. As an undergraduate recruiter, he was instrumental in advancing the quantity and quality of students pursuing bachelor of science degrees in biochemistry.

Alumni obituaries

Owen B. Pickett, 80, a Tech graduate who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1987 to 2001, died Oct. 27, 2010. Born in Richmond, Va., Pickett graduated from Henry Clay High School in Ashland, Va., in 1947. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1952. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the corps of cadets and the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi.

He practiced law in Richmond until moving to Virginia Beach in 1965 and becoming active in politics. In November 1971, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served until 1986. In 1986, Pickett was elected to represent Virginia's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, going on to earn re-election six times before retiring in 2001. In 1993, Pickett was honored with the Virginia Tech University Distinguished Achievement Award.