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I was saddened to learn about the death of Dr. Donald Bloss (p. 63 summer 2020). I transferred to Virginia Tech from a college with less-demanding requirements for geology majors. I should have already had a crystallography class, but hadn’t. Dr. Bloss agreed to let me do an inde- pendent study class with him over the summer, so I could catch up to my fellow juniors. I was honored and grateful. I was shocked when I learned how esteemed he was in his field. I got a hint when I saw that he had written the textbook we were using, which included a mineral named blossite. Yep, THAT Bloss.
Wendy Hart Nielson Beckman ’80
Congrats for your excellent communication improvements! It is a pleasure to stay informed with ALL the methods in use.
There are many highlights from my time at VPI that I could share. My time in the Corps of Cadets, A Squadron, Class of ’64, had a profound effect on my life and career. After a lifetime of experience, I think I finally understand the complete impact of attending VPI as a cadet. Another standout moment was meeting my future wife at Homecoming in 1963. We have been married now for 53 years.
Keep up the good work!
Ray Allen ’64
From the editor
Joseph Michael Coppola ’85, of White Plains, New York, was erroneously included in the In Memoriam listing in the summer edition.
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