Morton W. Lester (BAD '57), Martinsville, Va., was inducted into the Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame.
John H. Wood (AGRN), Alexandria, Va., is a substitute teacher with the Alexandria City Public Schools.
Kitty Gardner Dickerson (CTRA, CTRA '63), Columbia, Mo., retired as a faculty member from the University of Missouri.
Richard L. Easterday (BION '67), Martinsville, N.J., received an Outstanding Alumni Award from North Central College.
James W. Moyer Jr. (STAT), Phoenix, Ariz., has authored a book titled A Time to Vote and is completing a second book, A Time to Stand, The Sleeping Church.
William E. Cox (CE, CE '68, CE '76), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Robert E. Little Jr. (PHIL '67), Fairfax Station, Va., is partner with the firm of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC in Philadelphia.
David L. Leach Jr. (GEOL '68), Lakewood, Colo., received the Penrose Gold Medal for 2010 from the Society of Economic Geologists in recognition of a full career in the earth sciences field.
Bennet G. Cassell (DASC, DASC '72), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Marion R. Reynolds Jr. (STAT), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.[top]
Kurt Bachman (AGE '71, AGE '72), Ankeny, Ind., retired from John Deere Co. after 32 years of service with a perfect attendance record.
Richard G. Oderwald (FW), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Donald E. Mullins (ENT '72), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Patrick M. Phipps (PLPP '73), Suffolk, Va., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Michael J. Welch (BIOL), Richmond, Va., is the director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Food Programs for the Virginia Department of Health.
John G. Kines Jr. (URBA), Disputanta, Va., received recognition for 35 years of service with Prince George County by the International City/County Management Association.
G. Newell McMurtry (BIOL), Suffolk, Va., has authored his first science-fiction book, Commodore Farmer.
Edward G. Tiedemann Jr. (EE), Concord, Mass., is the 2010 recipient of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering Distinguished Service Award.
Clarence D. Wininger Jr. (IAED), Gate City, Va., retired from Eastman Chemical on Jan. 1.
William D. Wray (CHE), Kingwood, Texas, received a Science and Technology Award from Bayer MaterialScience for his role in the development of a novel process to produce a sorbitol-based polyether.
James M. Orband (HORT, HORT '95), Yorktown, Va., was conferred the senior Extension agent emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
William F. Hinson Jr. (ME), Blacksburg, Va., was named the university building official at Virginia Tech.
Thomas B. O'Hanlan (ETE), Liberty, S.C., was awarded the Allan J. McDonald Award from the Society for International Business Fellows.
Robert N. Rector Jr. (BIOL), Roanoke, Va., received the James G. Dunton Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Health Care Association.
Glenda Moorefield Snyder (HNF, EDCT '04), Buchanan, Va., was conferred the senior Extension agent emerita title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Claire Fisher Stock (ELED), Great Falls, Va., is vice president of marketing communications and public relations for L-3 Stratis.
Bart M. Feinbaum (PSCI), Farmington Hills, Mich., is the principal counsel of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
O. Hayden Griffin Jr. (ESM), Greenville, N.C., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Kurt R. Sturn (ACCT), Annapolis, Md., is a tax principal with Resnick Group.
James E. Blacken Jr. (BIOC), Laguna Hills, Calif., is president of the Greater Los Angeles chapter of Minorities in Technology Sales.
Philip M. Fravel (AGED '82, EDVT '97, EDCT '04), Clemson, S.C., received the 2010 Teaching Award of Excellence in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences at Clemson University.
W. Jerrold Samford (GEOL), Richmond, Va., is chair of the Council of Fellows of ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association.
Dolphus E. Henry III (EDRE), Harrisburg, Pa., is vice president for enrollment at Maryville College in Tennessee.
Rodney P. Leech (AGED), Monterey, Va., received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Patricia Brown Hyer (EDRE), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the associate provost emerita title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Mary Kathryn Burkey Owens (ENGL), Midlothian, Va., earned the peer review rating of AV preeminent.
Raymond J. Pages (EE '85), Olney, Md., received NASA's Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Management.
John R. Seiler (FOR), Christiansburg, Va., was honored by the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech and was named an Alumni Distinguished Professor.
Kathryn A. Simmons (VM), Herndon, Va., is a Congressional Fellow for the American Veterinary Medical Association and is working in the office of Sen. Olympia Snowe.
Stephen A. Bloch (MATH), Richmond Hill, N.Y., authored a textbook, Picturing Programs: An Introduction to Computer Programming.
Thomas R. Lantzy (FW), of Fayetteville, Ga., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. Duke University game.
Todd T. Krebs (MKTG), Manassas, Va., received the Northwestern Mutual Forum Award for his outstanding year of performance, serving the needs of clients throughout the region.
Mary Burr Davie (FIN), Fairfax Station, Va., is the assistant commissioner for Integrated Technology Services.
Steve F. Ewankowich Jr. (ME), Raleigh, N.C., is OEM sales manager with Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corporation.Gina Rudd French (MGT, BAD '92), Roanoke, Va., is assistant MBA director at the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.
Robert G. Lavender (CSA, CSA '93), Mountain View, Calif., was the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Engineering's computer science department.
James R. McKenna (AGRN), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Phillip M. Millett (MKTG), Crestwood, Ky., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Orange Bowl.
William D. Hume (LASC, CE '92), Manassas, Va., is principal of his own firm, 2MH Consulting Engineers.
Lisa Burnette Lipscomb (PSYC), Raleigh, N.C., is vice president and chief people officer of SciMetrika.
Cheryl Bradley Smith (MKTG), New Bern, N.C., is the eastern regional manager for North Carolina State University Industrial Extension Services and founder/director of the Pathway to College.
William D. Waidelich (EDVT, EDVT '95), Zionsville, Ind., recently returned from a USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignment in Belarus, where he worked with the Belarusian State Agricultural Academy in redesigning its curriculum and teaching students about international trade and agriculture.
Robert B. Myers (MSCI), East Amherst, N.Y., led the HealthNow team to win the 2010 Informatica Innovation of the Year award in the category of driving operational excellence by outsourcing noncore functions, modernizing the business, or reducing IT costs.
Jay M. Atkinson (BAD), Alexandria, Va., is president of AIR Network LLC.
Dale W. Sisson Jr. (ME, SYSE '03), King George, Va., is head of the Electromagnetic and Sensor Systems Department at the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
Jeffrey D. Moffatt (AGEC), Hanover, Pa., is the juvenile and standing master for the circuit court of Carroll County, Md.
Wendy K. Williamson (HRIM), Sea Bright, N.J., has authored a book titled I'm Not Crazy Just Bipolar.
Bruce W. Zoecklein (HORT, FST '95), Blacksburg, Va., was conferred the professor emeritus title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Evan A. Marshall (COMM), Reston, Va., is director of the film "Late Rounders," to be released soon, about football players making the transition from college to the professional game.
Daniel W. Phillips III (SOC, SOC '97), Russell Springs, Ky., is the chair of the Social Sciences Division at Lindsey Wilson College.
Edward P. Yim (ARCH), Furlong, Pa., joined Stevens & Lee law firm as an associate for the energy, communications, and public utilities group.
Peter D. Brown (ID), Salem, Va., is associate principal for AECOM Technology Corporation.
Lotta A. Crabtree (PSCI, PHIL '95), Durham, N.C., is director of contracting and legal compliance for the North Carolina State Health Plan.
Barry I. Matherly (URPL), Huntersville, N.C., is the executive director of the Lincoln Economic Development Association.
Shane Morton (HIST), Rayland, Ohio, was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. University of North Carolina game.
Leon A. Scales (PAPA, PAPA '97), Roanoke, Va., received Virginia's Disability Determination Service Award for establishing an Extended Service Team in Roanoke, Va.
Karen Eckstein Tyll (CEEN), East Northport, N.Y., is a senior engineer for J.R. Holzmacher PE LLC.
Kerry Brennan (LASC), Pinehurst, N.C., received a joint degree in law and social work from the University of South Carolina.
Nathan R. Butler (ARCH), Orlando, Fla., received the Presidential Award from the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects.
Daniel H. Dougherty (PSCI), Bettendorf, Ind., is the business development manager at John Deere in Moline, Ill.
Trenda C. Leavitt (LAR), Bedford, Va., received her landscape-architect licensure from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
John R. Lehrer II (MGT), Lorton, Va., is a lawyer with Baker Hostetler and practices in transactional tax matters and tax controversy.
Robert J. Petrie (ARCH), Marcellus, N.Y., is displaying his art in an exhibition at Colgate University.
Donna Jefferies Wells (EDAC), Fredericksburg, Va., was conferred the district director emerita title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Peter Macedo (EDCI '98), Blacksburg, Va., is director for the Office of Distance Learning and Summer Sessions at Virginia Tech.
David M. Moore (DASC '77, HORT), Deltaville, Va., received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Robert S. Notte (CE), Cornelius, N.C., is associate vice president and branch manager for the Dewberry office in Charlotte, N.C.
Vonda M. Patterson (CSA), Chesapeake, Va., is a lead information systems engineer for MITRE Corporation and was named a Technology Rising Star.
Melanie Williams Barrow (HORT, EDCT '01), Ridgeway, Va., received an achievement award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Norman B. Hodges IV (ISE '00), El Paso, Texas, received the Maj. Gen. James Wright Distinguished Master Logistician Award from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and received a master of science in adult and continuing education from Kansas State University.
Laurie Thompson Keatts (ME), Hickory, N.C., earned her master's in social work from Appalachian State University.
David H. Luer (GEOL), Denville, N.J., is the QA deputy director for Hampton-Clarke Veritech Lab.
Laurie McNeill (CE), Phoenix, Ariz., was named Utah's top college educator by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Maurizio Porfiri (EM, EM '06), Brooklyn, N.Y., was named by Popular Science to its 2010 Brilliant 10 List honoring top scientists younger than 40.
A. Melissa Smarr (HIDM, PAPA '10), Fairfax, Va., is a code specialist III with Fairfax County government's Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.
Lindsey Angus Haugh (ART), Christiansburg, Va., is the public relations assistant for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.
Scottie L. Jerrell (CSES), Duffield, Va., received an achievement award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Gary L. Simmons Jr. (CSES), Crewe, Va. is mayor of the Town of Crewe.
Craig E. Mills (CE), Dayton, Ohio, was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech ACC championship game.
Eric M. Latham (COMM '03), Bristol, Va., has secured a federal grant for medical research for Innovative Technologies, where he is COO.
Gregory B. Baker (HIST), Martinsville, Va., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. University of Miami game.
Timothy J. Owens (PSCI), Chester, Va., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina State University game.
Daniel R. Richardson (ISE '05), Summerville, S.C., was selected as a Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. Central Michigan University game.
Joshua T. Childress (PSYC, HIST), Monterey, Calif., earned his master of art in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Heather Gilbert Childress (ENGL), Monterey, Calif., earned her master of art in media and public affairs from George Washington University.
Nicole G. Hall (ARCH), Roanoke, Va., is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Belinda Bennett McFeeters (ELPS), Walkertown, N.C., is co-editor of a book entitled Leading Across Differences: Cases and Perspectives, written to help leaders deal with social identity-based conflict.
Christina W. Royal (SOC), APO, AP, was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. Wake Forest University game.
Andrew J. McKinley (ARCH), Hickory, N.C., is a designer/technician for Guernsey Tingle Architects.
Michael S. Rihani (BIT), Reston, Va., is co-founder and chief strategy officer of Koofers Inc.
Nicholas T. Williams (IDST), Poquoson, Va., was selected as Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech game.
Kimberly S. Brown (ELPS), Christiansburg, Va., is director of academic advising in the Division of Undergraduate Education.
Margaret A. Duckson (BIOL, SPAN), Staley, N.C., received the Janet L. Camerson Scholarship.
Rachel Lark (ARCH), Blacksburg, Va., has published her first book, Capacity for Delight.
Manas N. Tungare (CSA), Mountain View, Calif., was the first engineer to work on Google Instant during its earliest developmental stage.
Matthew T. VanArsdale (HIST), Clarksville, Tenn., was selected as the Hokie Hero for the Virginia Tech vs. University of Virginia game.
Elizabeth A. Klinefelter (COMM), Stephens City, Va., is the public relations account coordinator for Access Advertising & Public Relations.
Shirley A. Reppert (CE), Blacksburg, Va., is a civil associate for Michael Baker Corporation.
Matthew M. Schuler (PHIL), of Sanford, Fla., received the William Preston Society Gold Watch Thesis Award.
'96 Suzanne Updike and Ryan Welch, Huntly, Va., 10/2/10.
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'82 James E. Steffen, Lee's Summit, Mo., a daughter, 9/18/10.
'32 Arthur L. Pond Jr., 9/1/10 (4617 Wythe Ave., Richmond, VA 23226).
'11 Elias P. Lehman, 11/22/10 (248 Northview Dr., Dayton, VA 22821).
Richard Allen Arndt, professor emeritus of physics in the College of Science, died April 10, 2010, in Blacksburg, Va. Arndt was a gifted and dedicated nuclear theorist and phenomenologist. A professor at Tech for more than thirty years, Arndt was also a fellow of the American Physical Society and an adjunct member of the faculty at George Washington University. His more than 50 research papers, four of which had been cited more than 100 times, provided research to help create the Scattering Analysis Interactive Dial-In network of analysis and database codes.
Milka Tcherneva Bliznakov, professor emerita of architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and a trailblazer for women in architecture, died Nov. 4, 2010. In 1974, Bliznakov joined the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she established a solid reputation as one of the most respected scholars of her generation and was a recognized authority on Russian constructivism and the avant-garde movement. Frustrated by the lack of primary research materials on women in architecture, Bliznakov founded the International Archive of Women in Architecture, which documents the history of women's contributions to the built environment.
Charles Parry, professor emeritus of mathematics in the College of Science, died Dec. 25, 2010. Parry was best known for his passion for teaching mathematics and as a relentless Appalachian Trail volunteer. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1971, Parry established a research program in number theory and published 37 papers. He delivered invited lectures in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, and the United States. He participated in the design of mathematics courses for computer science majors and was greatly admired and respected among his colleagues.