Richard M. Arnold (IE), Blacksburg, Va., was elected to the Virginia Tech College of Engineering's Academy of Engineering Excellence and appointed chair of the NRV Leading Lights.
R. Kent Harris (DE '65), Gretna, Va., was inducted into the Bluestone High School athletic hall of fame.
Jaan Holt (ARCH '65), Alexandria, Va., was named the Patrick and Nancy Lathrop Professor of Architecture by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
H. Bennett Teates (EE '65), Blacksburg, Va., is the executive director of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corp.
Nancy Tomlinson Hobbs (CTRA, CTRA '70), Pennington Gap, Va., retired from the United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries as a church and community worker.
Charles W. Atkins (IAED '69), Fincastle, Va., retired as president and CEO of Collegiate Pacific.
Ernest S. King Jr. (BAD), Johnson City, Tenn., has graduated from East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions in Knoxville and is associate minister at the Cherokee Church of Christ.
William H. Mason (ASE '71, ASE '72, ASE '75), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.[top]
Robert J. Dunay (ARCH, ARCH '79), Blacksburg, Va., received a national teaching award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
C. Nelson Long Jr. (PSCI '73), Bedford, N.Y., received the 2010 Bill Strausbaugh Award for distinguished efforts in mentoring and supporting improved employment conditions for PGA professionals.
Danny G. Saunders (IEOR '73), Villa Rica, Ga., retired from Norfolk Southern Corp. after 38 years and eight months of service.
Marcus Alley (AGRN '71, AGRN), Blacksburg, Va., was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
William M. Taylor (ARCH '76), Culver City, Calif., was named a Fellow by the American Institute of Architecture.
Allan A. Anderson (BION), Cambridge, Md., is president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.
Mark B. Warlick (PSCI), Norfolk, Va., was elected as chairman of the Norfolk City Planning Commission.
Deborah Harold Alderson (CTRA, CTRA '80), Alexandria, Va., was honored by Federal Computer Week for her pivotal role in the federal government information technology community.
Christopher P. Bolen (COMM '79), Arlington, Texas, produced photography of the Joint Services Color Guard at the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas.
Edwin J. Jones (FIW, FIW '83), Cary, N.C., is associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech and director of Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Kenneth J. Reed (ARCH), Falls Church, Va., was selected as one of 24 semi-finalists in the National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds.
E. William East (CE), Mahomet, Ill., received the 2010 Institute Member Award from the National Institute of Building Sciences.
George R. Powers (ETM), Takoma Park, Md., is project manager and service area manager for IBM Global Business Services.
Wayne H. Robinson (FIN '81), Greensboro, N.C., was inducted into the ACC Legends.
Sharon Williams Birk (ESM, ESM '84), Wilmington, Del., is vice president of business development for Bluewater Defense Inc.
P. Kevin Carwile (PSCI), Herndon, Va., was named chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's Capital Case Unit.
John R. Craynon (MINE, MINE '85), Christiansburg, Va., is an ARIES project director for the Virginia Tech Center for Coal and Energy Research.
William David Francis (ME), Chesterfield, Va., is corporate director of human resources for Dewberry's Fairfax office.
Carol J. Burger (MICR), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the title of associate professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Douglas G. Stewart (MKTG), Fredericksburg, Va., was named one of the top 1,000 financial advisors in the United States two years running by Barron's magazine.
Michael E. Davis (PSCI), Martinsburg, W.Va., is the network architect for Jefferson County (W.Va.) Public Schools.
Jane Quesenberry Davis (FIN), Bassett, Va., is senior vice president and CFO of Carter Bank & Trust.
Joseph C. Thomas Jr. (MGT), Salem, Va., is a surety specialist at Rutherfoord and is responsible for bond account production and management.
Bainy Bilisoly Cyrus (HORT), Norfolk, Va., received her master's in counseling at Old Dominion University and is a job coach for the disabled in Southeast Virginia. She has published a memoir, "All Eyes, A Memoir of Deafness.”
Angela M. Smibert (BIOL), Roanoke, Va., authored a book entitled "Memento Nora.”
W. Alex White (AGEC, AAEC '95), Blacksburg, Va., was named the Kohl Junior Faculty Fellow of the Kohl Agribusiness Centre by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Charles H. Lytton (AGED, EDCI '92), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the title of senior Extension agent emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
G. Geoffrey Vining (STAT, STAT '88), Blacksburg, Va., was awarded the Shewhart Medal from the American Society for Quality for technical leadership in the field of quality control.
Timothy E. Long (CHEM), Blacksburg, Va., received the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials' 2011 Award for Cooperative Research in Polymer Engineering and Science and has been named the College of Science associate dean for strategic initiatives.
June E. Pederson-Trujillo (FCD), Rio Rancho, N.M., is principal of Marie Hughes Elementary School in Albuquerque, N.M.
Mary Burr Davie (FIN), Fairfax Station, Va., was featured on the cover of Military Information Technology and was named the executive president of the American Council for Technology.
Karen K. Dunkley (EDSE, EDSE '91), Stuart, Va., is director of Virginia Tech's Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center in Critz, Va.
Valerie Penton Kibler (ENGL), Mount Jackson, Va., was the recipient of the 2010 National Journalism Teacher of the Year award.
Lisa Simpson Alexander (HIDM), Winston-Salem, N.C., earned her LEED AP ID+C credential and is working with Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects.
Kenneth J. Peters (SYSE), Blacksburg, Va., is vice president of engineering and projects at Pacific Gas & Electric's Diablo Canyon power plant.
John J. Lesko (MESC, EM '95), Blacksburg, Va., is associate dean of engineering at Virginia Tech.
Eddie D. Scott (IS), Alexandria, Va., was named the Distinguished Friend of Agribusiness for 2011.
Keith F. Durkin (SOC, SOC '96), Ada, Ohio, is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sociological Research.
Kevin R. Mitchell (ARCH, ARCH '95), Gaithersburg, Md., is operations executive for Grunley Construction Company.
Jeffrey D. Mather (TED), Williamsport, Pa., received the Autodesk Manufacturing Community Achievement Award.
Michelle Foster Thornhill (HIDM), Charlotte, N.C., was recognized by The Network Journal as being one of the top 25 Influential Black Women in Business.
James S. Bright (CPE), Phoenixville, Pa., is an enterprise architect for Beyond.com Inc.
Aaron Hall (ISE), Ashburn, Va., received the Meritorious Service Medal from the U.S. Army Reserve Element-Defense Information Systems Agency.
David A. Jordan (CE), Fairfax, Va., is president of Jordan Design-Build Group in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Marc B. Bassler (BIOC), Philadelphia, Pa., is treasurer of the Association of Patent Law Firms.
Jim Dounis (CHE), Denver, N.C., is president of the Polyurethane Foam Association.
Mary Busardo Glasscock (ACCT), Frederick, Md., is director of operating and capital planning for Georgetown University Medical Center.
William D. Perks (LASC), Charlottesville, Va., is director of social media with Semester at Sea, a global comparative study abroad program.
Julie M. Haines (BAD), Burke, Va., is vice president and client service leader for Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group's International Development Practice.
Joseph H. Morici (ME), Lexington, S.C., is president of Public Benefit Corporation.
Nancy E. Wharton (COMM), Atlanta, Ga., was named a Top 10 Rising Star and a Top 10 Power Chick by James Magazine in 2010.
Chrissie M. Chawanje (HNFE), Blantrye, India, is Malawi high commissioner in India.
William A. Jones IV (ME), Arlington, Va., is commander for the U.S. Army Reserve Element-Defense Information Systems Agency.
Robert B. Martin (BCHM, VMSC '03, VM '05), Mason, Ohio, obtained diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Timothy J. Plunkett (ME), Roanoke, Va., is vice president of research and development for Atlas Copco and will be stationed in Sweden.
Eric C. Delss (ARCH), Ardmore, Pa., is principal at the architecture firm of Studio Agoos Lovera in Pennsylvania.
Melissa L. Hobbs (BAD), Hagerstown, Md., is director of business development, Warhead and Fuze Production, for ATK in Rocket Center, W.Va.
Steven J. Wilkes (EE), Laguna Hills, Calif., is vice president of sales and marketing for Fiberguide Industries.
Stuart E. Card (PHIL), Elgin, Ill., is a partner of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff, a Chicago-based national law firm.
William D. McShane (AE, OE), Arlington, Va., climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Janet C. Davis (HIDM), Danville, Va., is a certified interior designer.
Ashley Chapman Gentry (COMM), Suffolk, Va., is director of donor relations at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Jeremy B. Norman (PSCI), Dublin, Va., is a program associate for the Office of Annual Giving at Virginia Tech.
Mason W. Cavell (MKTG), Blacksburg, Va., recruits riders and plots routes for a bike-riding enterprise that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for multiple sclerosis research.
Scott G. Dowell (CE), Linden, N.C., earned his professional engineer license in October 2010.
Morgan C. Baldwin (MATH, OE), Montclair, Va., is a research aerospace engineer in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Section, part of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate, Spacecraft Component Technology Branch.
Nathaniel C. Burke (HNFE, BMVS '07), Blacksburg, Va., was named the 2010-11 Outstanding Graduating Student in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Clara E. Cullen (PSCI), New York, N.Y., is director of alumni relations and giving at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
William A. Meece (FIN), Collinsville, Va., is vice president of Carter Bank & Trust.
Mark A. Pierson (MATH '00, MATH), Blacksburg, Va., received the Sporn Award for Teaching Excellence in Engineering at Virginia Tech.
Francis B. Homer (CE), Vienna, Va., recently obtained his LEED certification and professional engineer license.
Stephanie A. Klaus (CE), Christiansburg, Va., earned her professional engineer license and works for Draper Aden Associates in Blacksburg, Va.
Minta Jane Dodd Ferguson (ARCH), Charlotte, N.C., is an associate with Harrell, Saltrick & Hopper, an architectural and engineering firm in Charlotte.
Jacob T. McCrowell (HNFE), Williamsport, Pa., volunteered as a physical therapist in February in Haiti on behalf of Physicians for Peace.
Shawn C. Eubank (FIN), Virginia Beach, Va., co-owns and operates a sustainable farm in Maryland.
Gregory R. Glenn (AAEC), Poolesville, Md., co-owns and operates a sustainable farm in Maryland.
Elizabeth A. Chopyak (ARCH), Greensburg, Pa., is a graphic designer for Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects in Winston-Salem, N.C.
'80 George R. Powers and Marilee K. Orr, Takoma Park, Md., 2/27/11.
|Births and Adoptions
'82 Sharon Williams Birk, Wilmington, Del., a son and daughter, 10/12/10.
'3'30 Elmer L. Gardner, Abingdon, Va., 3/24/11.
'11 Amanda Lee Montgomery, Max Meadows, Va., 2/17/11.
Meir I. Schneller, professor of finance in the Pamplin College of Business, died April 10 in a glider accident. He is remembered by his colleagues and students for his caring and generous nature, his wry wit, deep intellect, and expansive range of interests. A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1992, Schneller taught undergraduate and M.B.A. courses and undertook research in corporate finance, focusing on dividend policy. He also served as the head of the finance department for two years and was a faculty advisor to two student clubs at Virginia Tech, the Jewish Student Organization and the Chartered Financial Analyst Club.
Bruce Jamerson (political science '79), who served as clerk of the Virginia House of Delegates for 20 years, died April 24 at the age of 53.
"Bruce Jamerson was a state Capitol institution. He knew the history of Jefferson's Capitol, the square that surrounded it, and the individuals who worked in it better than anyone else. He loved his work, and he loved our commonwealth,” said Gov. Bob McDonnell.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jamerson was regarded as "a fastidious steward of the state Capitol's traditions and lore.” His job put him in charge of the everyday operations of the seat of government. On the first day back in session, a black drape covered the lectern from which Jamerson oversaw the 100-seat House chamber.
According to the obituary printed in The Roanoke Times, Jamerson "practiced political neutrality, retaining a formal manner in his duties. The only personal indulgence he showed was an unabashed loyalty to his alma mater, Virginia Tech."
A lasting legacy to Jamerson is the $110 million restoration of the 200-year-old Capitol and construction of its subterranean extension. The project consumed him for years as he worked to speed it to completion in time for a spring 2007 visit by Queen Elizabeth II.