Arthur A. Kirk (BIOL), Portsmouth, Va., received the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
William F. Diamond (ME, EM), Lexington, Ky., 7/28/14.
J.F. Belton Jr. (ME), Elgin Air Force Base, Fla., 7/12/14.
William F. Crigler Sr. (CE), Radford, Va., 8/5/14.
Clayton H. Hudson Jr. (CHE, CHE '46), Roanoke, Va., 7/11/14.
Leroy Hutzler III (CHE), Portland, Ore., 8/1/14.
Sherwood A. Roudabush (AGED '48), Christiansburg, Va., 7/31/14.
Sebert L. Sisson (AGED), Richmond, Va., 7/23/14.
Bertram D. Aaron (EE), Williamsburg, Va., received a commendation from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for 18 years of work and council.
L. Lee Nottingham Trower (BAD '49), Eastville, Va., 7/19/14.
Jack S. Harris (BAD), Glen Allen, Va., 7/24/14.
Robert V. Lester (BIOL), Wytheville, Va., 7/23/14.
Edward W. Norwood (ME '47), Houston, 7/16/14.
Jesse W. Vipperman (AGED), Ridgeway, Va., 8/6/14.
Clark D. Barger Jr. (ME), Buchanan, Va., 8/8/14.
John E. Gerngross (EE), Santa Barbara, Calif., 6/26/14.
Edwin C. Hastings (BAD '50), Roanoke, Va., 8/9/14.
J.A. Urquhart Sr. (IE '48), Southport, Conn., 8/22/14.
Harold E. Wingert (ME) and Vada Anderson, Winston-Salem, N.C., 4/12/14.
A. Jackson Airheart Jr. (ME), Roanoke, Va., 8/11/14.
David B. Brown (ME), Huntsville, Ala., 1/27/14.
Stuart L. Dance III (ASE), State College, Pa., 7/23/14.
Charles T. Hildreth Jr. (ME), Canton, Ohio, 12/28/13.
Ray V. Poole (IE), Winston-Salem, N.C., 8/8/14.
Melvin M. Spence (BC), Virginia Beach, Va., 6/28/14.
John M. Davis (MINE), Parker, Colo., 7/26/14.
Richard L. Ford Jr. (ARE), Gloucester, Va., 8/6/14.
Stuart B. Higginbotham (BAD), Granbury, Texas, 7/15/14.
C. Franklin Jordan (AGRN), Chesapeake, Va., 7/22/14.
John Grado, namesake of Virginia Tech's Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, died Nov. 27. Grado (industrial engineering and operations research '51) grew up in Bristol, Virginia, and enrolled at Virginia Tech at age 16, but suspended his studies to serve during World War II. Grado became chief industrial engineer of Fitchburg Paper Co. in 1956, then became corporate vice president of Litton Industries after the company bought Fitchburg Paper. In 1983, he bought the company from Litton and renamed it Technographics. In 1999, Grado sold the company and retired. He was the first member of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering's advisory board and the first member of a college-wide advisory board.
R. Gordon Echols (ARCH, ARCH '54), Lynchburg, Va., 7/18/14.
R. Gordon Echols (ARCH, ARCH '54), Lynchburg, Va., 7/18/14.
Don N. Link (AGED), Mount Sidney, Va., 7/1/14.
Preston L. Parrish Jr. (CHE), Mechanicsville, Va., 5/26/14.
John W. York (METE, METE '63), St. Petersburg, Fla., 6/10/14.
W.E. Blalock (GAG), Baskerville, Va., was inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame.
Arden N. Huff (ANSC), Dugspur, Va., was inducted into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame.
Lyman H. Reynolds (IE), Kingsport, Tenn., 8/9/14.
Frederick R. Diehlmann Jr. (BAD '55), Dunkirk, Md., 8/9/14.
William I. Parker III (BAD), Richmond, Va., 8/1/14.
Jerome G. Theisen (EM), Loganville, Ga., 6/10/14.
S.A. Burnette (CHE, CHE '58, CHE '67), Irvington, Va., 8/8/14.
Joseph D. Ford III (ME), Ellicott City, Md., 8/6/14.
Barrett E. Norris (RS), Goose Creek, S.C., 8/2/14.
Thomas C. Ligon Jr. (EE), Hull, Mass., 7/15/14.
Wanda Buck Marshall (POUL, EDBS '73), Ashburn, Va., 8/11/14.
Frederick W. Snider Jr. (EE '59), Newark Valley, N.Y., 7/21/14.
Fred Webb Jr. (GEOL, GEOL '65), Boone, N.C., was named a Fellow by the Geological Society of America.
Robert S. Parker (EE), Bethesda, Md., 2/7/14.
Ronald L. Thacker (EE '61), San Francisco, 8/14/14.
Joseph C. Botkin (ME '62), Oxford, Md., 7/26/14.
Sidney B. Chappell Jr. (BAD), Bullock, N.C., 11/11/13.
Merrill E. Myers (BC), Colonial Heights, Va., 2/21/14.
James T. Roberts Jr. (BAD), Savannah, Ga., received the 2013-14 Savannah State University Urban Planning Award for Community Resiliency.
Lee C. Haas (EE), Cary, N.C., 12/13/13.
Robert S. Ponton (GE), Drakes Branch, Va., 8/14/13.
Garland R. Proco (BAD, BAD '66), Hoschton, Ga., 8/8/14.
Clifford D. Russell (PHYS '63), Lakewood, Colo., 7/9/14.
Robert F. Sawallesh (MKED), Valrico, Fla., received the Military Officers Association of America Leadership Award.
Ronald W. Frank (BED '69), Newport, Va., 7/9/14.
Roger L. Hayes (DE), Nokesville, Va., 3/14/14.
Fred L. McConnell (CE, CE '67, CE '72), Glen Allen, Va., 4/12/14.
Frederick C. Nisbeth Jr. (BAD '63), Richmond, Va., 5/6/14.
Thomas D. Rust (CE), Herndon, Va., received the American Society of Civil Engineers' Outstanding Projects and Leaders "OPAL" award.
William L. Griffith (BAD), Danville, Va., 7/4/14.
Thomas E. Phillips Jr. (ECON), Ashland, Va., earned an advanced investment strategist certificate in portfolio and risk management from the Investment Management Consultants Association.
C.A. Womack Jr.(PSCI '67), Naples, Fla., 8/4/14.
Sandra Braly Blanton (BIOL), Littleton, Colo., 11/15/13.
Richard L. Dorson (PAD '68), Fuquay Varina, N.C., 3/5/14.
Peter Labosky Jr. (FW, FPR '71), Boalsburg, Pa., 8/6/14.
Leonard E. Ringler (BAD), Newport News, Va., 7/13/14.
Joseph L. Cavallaro (METE), Seabrook, S.C., 7/21/14.
A. Robert Kidd Jr. (BAD '70), Salem, Va., retired after 45 years of service with Kroger Co.'s mid-Atlantic division grocery merchandiser.
George M. Martin (ACCT), Shawsville, Va., 7/11/14.
Charles J. Schultz (MGT), Williamsburg, Va., 7/11/14.
Sharon Wilson Weber (MAED '70), Boyce, Va., 8/2/14.
Klaus C. Wiemer (PHYS), Dallas, 8/8/14.
Mark F. DiGiulian (EE '71), Warrenton, Va., 6/27/14.
John W. Asherman Jr. (IE '72), Coatesville, Pa., retired after 24 years of service as a financial analyst and director of costing with Jones Apparel Group.
Charles R. Johnson (CE), Reston, Va., 6/28/14.
Clyde H. Smythers Jr. (HIST), Blacksburg, Va., 8/12/14.
Robert Turner (architecture '72) died on Oct. 12, 2014. Turner's career as an architect took him to Chicago, London, and Paris before he moved back to Blacksburg in 2011. His accomplishments include designing Utopia Pavilion in Lisbon, Portugal, and Canary Wharf Development in London. He received the 2014 Distinguished Achievement Award from Virginia Tech.
H. Wayne Cheek (AGRN), Waynesboro, Pa., 7/27/14.
Eleanor S. Gray (EDBS), Woodbridge, Va., 8/6/14.
Dalton R. Proctor (EDAD), Cary, N.C., 6/30/14.
Irene Kostin Romano (ENGL, ENGL '75), Wheeling, W.Va., 2/18/14.
Jim Mize (FW, AGEC '77), Simpsonville, S.C., wrote a book, "A Creek Trickles Through It," that was awarded first place in craft for excellence in outdoor books by the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.
Donald B. Beane (PAD '76), Alexandria, Va., 7/4/14.
Paul D. Schweinsberg (BIOC), Burlington, N.C., 8/7/14.
David R. Lohr (CHE), Glen Allen, Va., received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from Virginia Tech's College of Engineering.
David W. Roop (EE), Richmond, Va., received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Power and Energy Society award.
Jimmie L. Wade (ACCT), Roanoke, Va., was appointed to the Tuesday Morning Corp. board of directors.
John G. Casali (PSYC, IEOR '79, IEOR '82), Christiansburg, Va., received the Joseph L. Haley Writing Award from the U.S. Army Aviation Medical Association.
Timothy A. McDermott (GEOG '78), Ashland, Va., is chief development officer for FeedMore, an organization comprised of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia, and the Community Kitchen.
J. Reese Voshell Jr. (ZOOL), Floyd, Va., was named professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Donald R. Grimes (EDAD), Penn Laird, Va., 7/20/14.
Bruce G. Wood (FIN), Maidens, Va., is senior manager at Capital One in Richmond, Va.
Ronda Yarbrough Covington (EDVT), Chesapeake, Va., 7/26/14.
R. Mark Gostel (ARCH '79), Norfolk, Va., 8/8/14.
Allen F. Harper (ANSC, ANSC '82, ANSC '92), Franklin, Va., was named professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Peter R. Beckjord (FOR), Highland, Md., 7/14/14.
Michael J. Luciano (CHEM '73, CHEM), Andover, N.J., 7/28/14.
Bryan L. Carper (HIST), Colonial Heights, Va., retired from SunTrust Investment Services after a 32-year career and is now vice president of stewardship ministries for the Virginia United Methodist Foundation.
Irene Ellis Leech (HIDM, HIDM '82, HIDM '88), Elliston, Va., was honored by the Consumer Federation of America for a distinguished lifetime of service to consumers.
Curry A. Roberts (PSCI '81), Richmond, Va., is president of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance.
Wayne H. Robinson (FIN '81), Greensboro, N.C., was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Wesley H. Rowley III (BIOL), Springfield, Mo., received Drury University's Faculty Award for Teaching for challenging, engaging, and inspiring students.
Horacio A. Valeiras (CHE), La Jolla, Calif., was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Ann Miller Ebberts (MKTG), Alexandria, Va., is chief executive officer for the Association of Government Accountants.
Thomas D. Mullin (FW '80), Liberty, Maine, received the 2013 Donald Harward Award for Faculty Excellence in Service Learning from Main Campus Compact.
Carol Echols Banks (MKTG), Marietta, Ga., 7/7/14.
John F. Moore (EDCI), Blacksburg, Va., was named managing director emeritus of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Mary Kathryn Burkey Owens (ENGL), Chesterfield, Va., was named in the 2015 edition of "Best Lawyers in America."
Jennifer J. Boatright (HLED), Williamsburg, Va., 8/13/14.
Lynn P. Hemler (ME), Schwenksville, Pa., 6/27/14.
Thomas R. Fox (FOR), Christiansburg, Va., was named the Honorable Garland Gray Professor of Forestry by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Lillie Anderton Robinson (EDVT, EDVT '89, EDVT '90), Sanford, N.C., was elected as the 17th national president of Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
V. Randall Tinsley (FIW), Summerfield, N.C., was recognized in the 2015 "Best Lawyers in America" guide as an industry leader in the fields of environmental law and litigation.
Susan G. Magliaro (EDCI, EDCI '88), Christiansburg, Va., was appointed to Virginia's Standards of Learning Innovation Committee by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Nikki D. Shapiro (ANSC), Rye Brook, N.Y., started her own company, "Goal Tender: Engage More. Sell More," a coaching firm that specializes in communication skills for sales and public speaking.
A. Stuart Craig (FIN), Richmond, Va., 7/13/14.
Philip M. Jardine (AGRN), Knoxville, Tenn., 7/9/14.
Mark J. Abbott (HIST '85), Delaplane, Va., is co-founder of Revelation Corporate Wellness.
Eldridge R. Collins III(AGE), Cedar Park, Texas, is the global program manager for Dell Inc.'s International Organization for Standardization certifications.
Jean-Venable Robertson Goode (AGEC), Henrico, Va., is president-elect of the American Pharmacists Association.
Bradford A. King (COMM), Ashland, Va., was named in the 2015 edition of "Best Lawyers in America."
James B. Lackey (AOE), Madison, Ala., is executive director of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal.
Claudia J. Rawn (MATE), Knoxville, Tenn., was named a 2014 American Society for Metals International Fellow.
Clayton B. Davis (MSCI), Arlington, Va., 7/25/14.
Deborah Brockett Abbott (HIST), Delaplane, Va., is a co-founder of and personal trainer for Revelation Corporate Wellness.
Carl S. Kirby (GEOL, GEOL '89, GEOL '93), Lewisburg, Pa., was named a Fellow by the Geological Society of America.
Phillip M. Millett (MKTG), Crestwood, Ky., retired after 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard.
Michael C. Maguire (AE), Chester Springs, Pa., 8/9/14.
Tamara D. Pritchard (CE), Bristol, Va., is the location and design engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation's Bristol district.
John K. Shaw Jr. (BAD, BAD '91), Martinsburg, W.Va., is assistant vice president for auxiliary enterprises at Shepherd University.
Michael B. Glasgow (CHEM) and Cindi N. Souleret, Richmond, Va., 3/22/14.
Christina M. Motley (COMM), Raleigh, N.C., won seven awards at the 2014 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest banquet.
Daniel J. Field (SYSE), Hopkinton, Mass., 7/17/14.
Keith N. Wood (ME), Blacksburg, Va., 7/10/14.
Graham T. Dozier (HIST), Richmond, Va., edited a book, "A Gunner in Lee's Army: The Civil War Letters of Thomas Henry Carter."
Kirsten M. Scimecca Lopresti (COMM), Oak Hill, Va., wrote a novel, "Bright Coin Moon."
Mark E. McLain (CE, CE '99), Colonial Heights, Va., was named the Hokie Hero for the East Carolina University football game.
Anthony S. Tate (COMM, BAD '94, ASPT '12), Roanoke, Va., is senior economic development specialist in Virginia Tech's Office of Economic Development.
Rachel L. Brisbin Cox (ME), Chesapeake, Va., 7/6/14.
Dwayne R. D'Ardenne (HORT), Roanoke, Va., was awarded the public works manager credential by the American Public Works Association.
Amy E. Coates Madsen (HIST), Reisterstown, Md., was appointed to the Internal Revenue Service's Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities.
Charles D. Hartenstine (ARCH), Charlotte, N.C., is an associate with the KSQ/Peterson architectural firm.
C. Patrick Hogeboom IV (CE), El Paso, Texas, was named the Hokie Hero for the William & Mary football game.
Nancy G. McGehee (SOC, SOC '99), Blacksburg, Va., is the head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia Tech.
Teresa Culver Armstrong (ACCT), Lewisville, N.C., is senior vice president for BB&T in North Carolina.
Mary Busardo Glasscock (ACCT), Vienna, Va., is associate vice president and chief business officer at Georgetown University Medical Center.
George T. Probst (ISE, ISE '00), Blacksburg, Va., had his photos featured on Yahoo during Shark Week.
Caty Borum Chattoo (COMM), Arlington, Va., hosted a documentary screening series on campus for "Stand Up Planet."
Joshua R. Lorenz (PSCI), Murrysville, Pa., was named to the 2014 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list of the top up-and-coming attorneys.
Mehul P. Sanghani (ISE '98, PSYC '04), Vienna, Va., was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
James G. Jenkins (GBUA), Blacksburg, Va., received the 2014 American Accounting Association/Deloitte Foundation Wildman Medal Award for his study on how brainstorming meetings can help auditors detect fraud.
David B. Langston Jr. (PPWS), Suffolk, Va., is director of Virginia Tech's Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
Amy M. Zielenbach (PSCI), Tampa, Fla., is senior underwriter for Payroll Management Inc.
Heather J. Dunahoo (ACCT), Chicago, Ill., was appointed as assistant inspector general for audits for the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board's Office of Inspector General.
Dorothy Bagwell Durband (HIDM), Lubbock, Texas, is director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University.
Justin D. Fair (BCHM), Indiana, Pa., is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
James B. Bean (HNFE, BAD '13) and Katherine K. Maloney (HD '14), Arlington, Va., 4/12/14.
Charity Gravitt Chung (BCHM), Montgomery Village, Md., a son, 3/1/14.
Brian Slingerland (FIN), South San Francisco, Calif., a daughter, 5/24/14.
Stephanie R. Mendez (ACCT), San Francisco, is senior manager for Ernst & Young LLP.
Samantha Woods Scaman (MGT), Springfield, Va., a son, 8/29/14.
Matthew C. Snare (CE, CE '02) and Miriam Scheidt Snare (AE '02), Nottingham, Md., a daughter, 4/26/14.
Katherine E. Annett-Hitchcock (CT), Raleigh, N.C., is an associate professor at North Carolina State University.
Sara J. Baker (COMM), Lincoln, Neb., received a doctorate in communication from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and accepted a tenure-track position in Eastern Illinois University's Department of Communication Studies.
Adam S. Bengston (CPE) and Lisa V. Conley-Bengston (ARCH '05), Knoxville, Tenn., a son, 7/18/14.
Matthew Butt (PSCI), Poway, Calif., was named the Hokie Hero for the Georgia Tech football game.
Ashlie Kiracofe Howell (MKTG), Middlebrook, Va., was elected to the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom.
Amy E. Kiser (TA), Marion, Va., was a finalist in the Women's Health Magazine "Next Fitness Star" competition.
James S. Miller (ME) and Kate D. DeBragga Miller (EPP '03, MNR '13), Lynchburg, Va., a daughter, 1/11/14.
Harold D. Pitts (BAD), Clearwater, Fla., 6/28/14.
Christopher J. Vavricka Jr. (PSYC, LSBC '09), Marlton, N.J., is a Fellow at Okayama University in Japan, where he conducts research.
Matthew D. Hickman (CSES, AAEC) and Tara S. Hickman (BIOL, VM '08), Horntown, Va., a son, 10/30/13.
Anthony C. Reames (CSES) and Lindsay Potts Reames (AAEC, PAPA '06), Amelia Court House, Va., a daughter, 12/20/13.
Monica Kimbrell (HD, HD '13, GSCR '13, GSCR '13), Blacksburg, Va., is director of student recruitment and career development for Virginia Tech's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
Robert L. Mott III (ME) and Amory Cooper Mott (ME '07), Roanoke, Va., 6/28/14.
Morgan L. Bracken (CS) and Erin Hawkinson Bracken (COMM '05), Arlington, Va., a son, 6/6/14.
David C. Parsons (AAEC) and Rebecca B. Parsons (BIOL), Chatham, Va., a daughter, 8/24/14.
Adam S. Abramson (ENGL), Brooklyn, N.Y., the director of digital marketing for NBC's late-night shows, won an Emmy award with "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
Johanna L. Gusman (BIOL), Manila, Philippines, was awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship in Samoa.
Travis S. Ireson (SOC), Big Stone Gap, Va., was named the Hokie Hero for the Western Michigan football game.
Sarah A. Misyak (HNFE, HNFE '08, HNFE '14), Christiansburg, Va., was selected for the first class of Engagement Faculty Fellows at VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative.
Sonia A. Schmitt (BAD), McLean, Va., is senior director for General Dynamics Information Technology's Intelligence Solutions Group.
Stacy Whipple Daley (FIN) and J.C. Daley, Fairfax, Va., 4/26/14.
Benjamin W. Deen (MKTG) and Cynthia Ahari Deen (AHRM '07), Leesburg, Va., a son, 9/11/14.
Nicholas T. Fisher (HNFE), Forest, Va., earned a doctor of pharmacy from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Andrew P. McCoy (BCSM, DEDP '08), Blacksburg, Va., was named a Preston and Catherine White Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Kevin O. Denny II (CS) and Jamie S. Ross, Greenbelt, Md., 2/21/14.
Cara E. Offterdinger (ENGL, PSCI) and Kiel T. Dolence (PSCI), Austin, Texas, 4/5/14.
Kyle A. Edwards (HIST) and Maggie E. Crosby (MKTG '09), Staunton, Va., 7/5/14.
Kelly L. Griffin McCann (BIOL) and Peter McCann, Christiansburg, Va., 3/15/14.
Bradley J. Shepherd (ME) and Laura Richards Shepherd (BIT), Virginia Beach, Va., 8/9/14.
Caroline K. Osborne (CHEM, BIOC), Lovettsville, Va., 9/4/14.
Joshua W. Petrus (AHRM), Watertown, N.Y., was named the Hokie Hero for the University of North Carolina football game.
Paul D. Roche III (STAT), Herndon, Va., is a mathematical statistician for the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command.
Abhishek Roy (MACR), Minneapolis, received the Sustainability Innovator Award from Dow Chemical Company and the 2014 Virginia Tech Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.
Darren M. Zega (ME), Vienna, Va., was named the Hokie Hero for the Ohio State football game.
Laura Valentine Breedlove (ITDS) and William B. Breedlove, Birmingham, Ala., 6/14/14.
Dustin L. Gardner (ME) and Lauren T. Robinson (PSYC), Virginia Beach, Va., 5/31/14.
Elizabeth Rogers Johnson (BIOL, PSYC) and Matthew S. Johnson (CEM), Wendell, N.C., 8/7/14.
Kristen L. Casto (ISE), Ashburn, Va., received the Joseph L. Haley Writing Award from the U.S. Army Aviation Medical Association.
Allison B. Chambliss (CHE), Baltimore, Md., earned a doctorate in chemical and biomolecular engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Ryan C. Neely (MKTG), Greensboro, N.C., is director of digital at Salesfactory + Woodbine.
Nathan B. Roberts (FIN) earned his wings with the U.S. Marine Corps and is stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
Brian A. Ball (BIO) and Michelle S. Skeen Ball (COMM, ENGL), Charlottesville, Va., 6/28/14.
Kara James Vellines (ENGL) and Michael J. Vellines (CE '11), Pembroke, Va., a son, 7/12/14.
Catherine L. Kropff (EDPE), Roanoke, Va., is director of Hokie Wellness in the Department of Human Resources.
Michael L. Mansdoerfer Jr. (PSYC) and Catherine Christensen Mansdoerfer (HNFE '11), Radford, Va., 5/24/14.
Erik J. Thomas (FIN) and Jennifer D. Thomas, Raleigh, N.C., 7/4/14.
Laura B. Farmer (GSCR, EDCO), Salem, Va., was named an assistant professor in the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences' educational research program.
Kelsey A. Pecsek (COMM), Fort Worth, Texas, is managing editor of Quarter Horse News, a magazine covering the Western performance horse industry.
Patricia S. Smith (BAD), Christiansburg, Va., is director of multicultural programs and services at Virginia Tech.
John M. Parker (ENSC, CSES) and Kelly M. Phillips Parker (BIOL, HNFE, PH '13), Milford, Va., 6/7/14.
Christina C. Duell (BSE), Oakton, Va., is serving in Panama with the Peace Corps, working on water and sanitation projects.
Emily M. Jasper (BAD), Richmond, Va., is content manager for Create Digital and attended the 66th Emmy Awards to interview winners and celebrities.
Nicholas A. Roberts (BIOC), Woodbridge, Va., graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and received a leadership award. He earned his wings with the U.S. Marine Corps and will be stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
Kathryn E. Berlin (HD), Herndon, Va., was selected for the Richmond Teacher Residency at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Kathryn Fiedler (PPWS), Painter, Va., received a Fulbright grant to study agricultural processes and food safety in Bangladesh.
Shernita L. Lee (GBCB), Blacksburg, Va., received the Stroobants Award for Exemplary Graduate Scholarship in Virginia Tech's Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program.
Erica A. Lee (SOC), Blacksburg, Va., received the Fralin Life Science Institute Award for Exemplary Undergraduate Scholarship in Virginia Tech's Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program.
Karen J. Brewer, professor of inorganic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science, died Oct. 24, 2014. Throughout her career, she regularly visited K-12 classrooms and hosted students to promote chemistry as a career choice for women, and she received a College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Award in 1996. Her collaborations with other faculty members won the 2010 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Innovator Award and the 2014 Alumni Award for Outreach.
Grant H. Turnwald, professor emeritus in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, died Sept. 27, 2014. An avid sailor and member of the Virginia Tech community since 1998, Turnwald served the veterinary college as associate dean for academic affairs from 1998 to 2009, led the college through important curricular revisions, and updated the college's professional curriculum.
Dorothea "Dot" Torgersen, 84, of Blacksburg, Virginia, the former Virginia Tech first lady and wife of Tech's 14th president, Paul Torgersen, died. She became a Hokie in 1967 when her husband became a department head in the College of Engineering. She was an active volunteer in the community, a gracious hostess who welcomed two generations of Virginia Tech students into her home, and according to her family, "an avid Hokie sports fan who could be difficult to sit next to during games."
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