Jim F. Short (CHE), Dayton, Va., is retired from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District.
Sneed T. Adams Jr. (ME '65), Katy, Texas, is president of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, an international organization of Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners and enthusiasts.
Ray A. Gaskins (MATH, STAT '72), Hampden Sydney, Va., donated his 12-inch ponytail to Locks of Love. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, he pledged to let his hair grow until Osama bin Laden was captured or killed.
Carolyn Keffer Bess (HNF), Radford, Va., is assistant director of Owens Food Court at Virginia Tech.
Robert P. Britts (CHE), Lexington, S.C., is director of regional programs for the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project.
Peter R. Holden (AGEC '71), Lincoln, Va., retired from Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation after 37 years. The same day, he reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
George H. Cauble Jr. (GBUS), Richmond, Va., retired from Henrico County government after 39 years of service and from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he taught human resources to juniors and seniors.
William T. Fabian (EDBS '73), Carlsbad, N.M., retired after 31 years of service with Washington TRU Solutions LLC.
Marc W. Sheffler (ASE), Bear, Del., retired from The Boeing Company after 38 years of service and is now president of the Delaware branch of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
James D. Heffernan Jr. (HIST), Bonita Springs, Fla., has acted in several local dinner theater productions.
James W. Lark III (MATH), Free Union, Va., received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2010-11 from the International Council of Systems Engineering.
Michael L. Marlow (ECON), San Luis Obispo, Calif., published a book entitled "The Myth of Fair and Efficient Government: Why the Government You Want Is Not the One You Get."
Deborah Martin Petrine (MGT), Hardy, Va., was appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to serve on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
A.W. Crawford Jr. (PSYC), Silver Spring, Md., performed at the Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira, Morocco. He also taught a drumset clinic at Virginia Tech on Sept. 23.
Lisa Norris (FW), Blacksburg, Va., won the 2010 Stephen F. Austin State University Press Fiction Prize for her book "Women Who Sleep with Animals."
Walter R. Potter (ACCT), Virginia Beach, Va., is the YMCA of South Hampton Roads chairman of the board and a founding member of the Noblemen. He also was chosen to fly with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as part of their Key Influencer Program.
Mark S. Calhoon (UA '83), Smithfield, Va., received the O.W. Wilson Award of Career Achievement from the International Association of Law Enforcement.
Wanda Hankins Dean (ENGL, EDSP '85), Blacksburg, Va., is assistant vice president for enrollment and degree management at Virginia Tech.
James N. Ellis (MKTG), Wilson, N.C., was named to "The Best Lawyers in America 2012" list in the categories of Bet-the-Company-Litigation, Municipal, and Real Estate.
Kelly A. Pickerel (FIN), Richmond, Va., is senior vice president of Wells Fargo Government & Institutional Banking.
Mary Kathryn Burkey Owens (ENGL), Midlothian, Va., was named among the Top 25 Female Super Lawyers in Virginia for 2011, as listed by Super Lawyers, a ratings service for lawyers.
Paige Rapkin Atkins (EE), Annandale, Va., is vice president for cyber and information technology research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation in Arlington, Va.
Carrie Smith Schmidt (ANSC), Midlothian, Va., is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Richmond director, overseeing the coordination of HUD programs in all of Virginia except Northern Virginia.
Kevin J. Knoernschild (CHE), Fuquay Varina, N.C., has joined KBR Inc. in Raleigh, N.C., as director of project operations.
Gina McKenzie Polich (HNF), Richmond, Va., is an administrative assistant for The Martin Agency.
Elaine Smith Blount (CS), Yorktown, Va., earned her Ph.D. in modeling and simulation from Old Dominion University.
John M. Gilbert (EE), Hawthorn Woods, Ill., received the 2009 Motorola Patent of the Year award and was named a Motorola Distinguished Innovator for receiving his 10th U.S. patent.
Travis W. Twiford (EDAD), Norfolk, Va., was conferred the title of associate professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
James R. Martin II (CE, CE '90), Pembroke, Va., is coordinating the investigation of the aftereffects of the Aug. 23 earthquake in Virginia.
Steve A. Smith (BAD), San Pedro, Calif., is director of space control and special missions for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Marc T. Steiner (ECAS), Chesapeake, Va., is chief of the fleet support branch for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Michael S. Weaver (EE), Blacksburg, Va., is the deputy commandant of cadets for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets' 1st Battalion.
Anthony H. Sgro (UA, PAPA '92), Rabun Gap, Ga., is head of school at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia.
William D. Waidelich (EDVT, EDVT '95), Zionsville, Ind., is executive director of the Association for Middle Level Education.
Dawn Krumwiede Watkins (ENGL, EDSP '94), Lexington, Va., received the 2011 Order of Fraternal Excellence Award from the Fraternity Executives Association Inc.
Laura Worley Fornash (MKTG, HTM '98), Henrico, Va., was appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell as secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Scott A. Rowan (ENGL), Chicago, Ill., published his first book, "The Urban Cyclist's Survival Guide."
Stella L. Volpe (EDPE '87, HNF), New Hope, Pa., is a professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions.
John N. Barrett (HIST), Pulaski, Va., is assistant director for Turner Place dining center at Virginia Tech.
John Bush (MARCH), Blacksburg, Va., was re-elected to the Blacksburg Town Council in November 2011.
Sherrie G. Clark-Deener (ANSC, VM '96), Christiansburg, Va., is associate professor of theriogenology in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Tech's Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Barry J. Hoffman (ECAS), Newton Center, Mass., graduated from Boston University's residency program in psychiatry.
Robert W. Hulvey (EE), Redondo Beach, Calif., was elected a distinguished engineer at Broadcom Corporation.
W. Paul Lipchak (ARCH), Pittsburgh, Pa., rejoined Williams Trebilcock Whitehead Architects.
Mark C. Popovich (PSCI), Suffolk, Va., is the county attorney for Isle of Wight County.
Tony R. Rice (CS), Cary, N.C., was one of 150 @NASA Twitter followers selected to attend the launch of Juno, a Jupiter-bound probe mission, at Kennedy Space Center.
Charles L. Zimliki Jr. (ESM), Chevy Chase, Md., is chairman of the Artificial Pancreas Critical Path Initiative, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and testified at a Senate hearing on diabetes research.
Elliott M. Gordon (COMM), Sherman Oaks, Calif., is vice president and general manager of digital media for Universal Sports.
Jill E. Norris (FIN), Christiansburg, Va., is the recruiting officer for the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Robert L. Smith (FPR), Christiansburg, Va., was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the Forestry Research Advisory Council, representing forestry schools and state agricultural experiment stations.
Lawrence E. Skelly III (ISE), Fort Leavenworth, Kan., was the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. Clemson University football game.
R. Thomas Whitlock (GEOG), Lithia, Fla., was the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. Arkansas State University football game.
Jason A. Cecil (BIOL), Decatur, Ga., was promoted to the congressional affairs and external relations team in the policy office of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Center for Global Health.
Susan Eberly Short (EDCC '93, EDCC), Salem, Va., is associate vice president for engagement at Virginia Tech.
Robert J. Weneck (TED), Pottstown, Pa., is principal of Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center.
Kathryn Webb Farley (AAEC, PIA '06, PAPA '11), Blacksburg, Va., was named Presidential Management Fellow by the federal Office of Personnel Management.
Cordel L. Faulk (PSCI), Charlottesville, Va., was appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to serve on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Franklin N. Stovall Jr. (EDCI, EDCI '99), Clinton, S.C., is interim city manager for the city of Clinton, S.C.
Roger A. Craig Jr. (BIOL, BIOC), Newark, Del., appeared on "Jeopardy!" on Sept. 13, 2010, and set a record for one-day total winnings. In November 2011, he appeared on the show's Tournament of Champions and won the $250,000 first-place prize.
Donald D. Kranbuehl (CE, ARCH '00), Raleigh, N.C., was the lead design architect for the Park Shops project, which won a 2011 American Institute of Architects' Committee on Architecture for Education Design Award.
Scott S. Frank (CE, CE '01), Jupiter, Fla., earned his professional engineer license and was promoted to vice president of operations at Ranger Construction Industries Inc.
Sherry T. Vaughn (EDCO '00), Hiwassee, Va., completed a missions trip to Caracas in summer 2011 to work with students at the Central University of Venezuela.
Ines Domingues Henriques (CE), Portugal, is CEO of Ynvisible.
James K. Houff (FIN), Arlington, Va., is chief operating officer for Fitzgerald Analytics.
Evan S. Mann (ARCH), New York, N.Y., completed architectural work on the Hirschl & Adler Galleries in Midtown Manhattan.
Andrew M. Markelz (PSCI), Camden, N.J., created www.CharityGiftMarket.com, an online marketplace that invites charities to post the products that they sell.
Erik C. Olsen (ISE), Blacksburg, Va., designed and developed a Blacksburg Transit bus stop database program and received an award from the Virginia Transit Association. Three student interns, who have since graduated, worked with Olsen and were also recognized: William R. Long III (MURPL '11), William C. Sutton (MURPL '11), and Greg Kodish (PUA '11).
Amy Kyger Frazier (PSCI, AAEC), Midlothian, Va., is vice president of government relations for the Alliance Group.
David L. Holt (EE, CPE), Chantilly, Va., is an associate in the Fish & Richardson patent group.
John R. Irwin (COMM), Culver City, Calif., wrote and directed a short film, "Sold," that won Best Drama at the Hollyshorts Film Festival and was screened at the Bend Film Festival and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Elizabeth A. Nichols (BIOL), South Boston, Va., earned her doctorate in medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
Brent J. Yoder (GSCR, CHEM), Hesston, Kan., is registrar at Hesston College.
Tracey C. Cook (BIOL '06), Greensboro, N.C., earned her master's, graduating magna cum laude from Campbell University.
Kelley Gibbs Kent (FIN), Alexandria, Va., earned her M.B.A. from George Mason University.
Michael D. Sutphin (COMM), Blacksburg, Va., is the public relations coordinator for the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In November 2011, he was elected to a four-year term on the Blacksburg Town Council.
Daniel R. Binder (VM), Christiansburg, Va., is a clinical instructor of ophthalmology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.
Amanda Cronin Rumore (BIOL), Lynchburg, Va., was named the Virginia Tech Graduate Woman of the Year.
Stephen N. Homsey (HTM), Winchester, Mass., walked across America for multiple sclerosis (MS). Beginning in May and ending in November 2011, the walk, via the Steps for MS organization, sought to provide relief to and support for those suffering from MS.
Manisha P. Patel (ECAS, HIST), Greensboro, N.C., graduated from Elon University School of Law with a juris doctorate with specializations in business and general practice.
Crandall M. Turner (COMM), Cayce, S.C., is partner program manager for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film & Sports Development for Luquire George Andrews Agency.
Nathaniel Buss (PAPA), Watkinsville, Ga., was named a Presidential Management Fellow by the federal Office of Personnel Management.
Tavia C. Cawley (CE), Winchester, Va., was the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. East Carolina University game.
Jenine S. Kotob (ARCH), Burke, Va., has completed her internship in Dewberry's Fairfax office and is now interning in the Boston office while pursuing graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mark N. Walczyk (PSCI), Huntington, N.Y., was the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. Appalachian State game.
Daniel J. Anderson (CE), Blacksburg, Va., joined the GeoTech Team at Draper Aden Associates as a staff technician.
Rebecca J. Cook (ARCH), Blacksburg, Va., is an architectural intern with HBA Architecture & Interior Design Inc.
Grace K. Cope (ITDS), Richmond, Va., is an interior designer for HBA Architecture & Interior Design Inc.
Theresa E. Pancotto (BMVS), Christiansburg, Va., is a clinical assistant professor of neurology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Zachary D. Rattner (CPE), Richmond, Va., built an Android-phone-controlled pneumatic T-shirt cannon, with the help of other Virginia Tech students. The device tied for first place in the Battle of the Schools competition hosted by Qualcomm.
'60 W. Denman Zirkle and Ann S. Smith, Edinburg, Va., 7/16/11.
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'87 Frank B. Meador III, Chesapeake, Va., a son, 7/27/11.
'38 James W. Green, Falls Church, Va., 8/21/11.
Hassan Aref, who held a chaired professorship and was a former dean of engineering at Virginia Tech, died Sept. 9. As the former chief scientist of the San Diego Supercomputer, Aref led Virginia Tech in its efforts in 2003 to develop its supercomputer, System X. Upon Aref's arrival in 2003, he also suggested to Tech's Division of Engineering Fundamentals that faculty members transition the division into the Department of Engineering Education in order to provide quality technology teachers for K-16. Faculty members agreed to the novel concept, and the department now offers graduate degrees related to engineering education. The department also hired several technical communications faculty members to enhance the communication skills of engineering students. Additionally, Aref helped to move the discipline of computer science into the College of Engineering, which led the engineering education department to develop a new freshman curriculum.
John A. Rohr, professor emeritus of public administration and a founder of the Center for Public Administration and Policy in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies' School of Public and International Affairs, died Aug. 10. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1979, Rohr contributed to the research and study of governance and public administration, writing numerous articles and seven books. In 1988, he received the Distinguished Research Award, presented jointly by the American Society of Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Rohr was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors in 2008.
Jeffrey Robert Stewart Jr. (business education '53), a member of the Virginia Tech faculty for 35 years, died June 10. After earning his bachelor's degree at Tech, he served for three years as a U.S. Air Force jet fighter pilot. Following his military service, he earned his master of science in business education from Tech and his educational doctoral degree in business education from New York University. He retired with the rank of professor emeritus in spring 1992. Stewart authored more than 50 business texts that were used as teaching tools at Blacksburg High School, throughout the United States, and in many other countries. Stewart was inducted into the **Ut Prosim Society in 2004.