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In Memory

Clyde W. Bradshaw ’36

Clyde W. Bradshaw ’36

Clyde W. Bradshaw ’36
1915 – 2016

Clyde W. Bradshaw, 101, died Nov. 19. A 1936 graduate of Virginia Tech, he served in the European Theater during World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel and earning a Bronze Star for meritorious service during the Battle of the Bulge. For many years, he lived in Norfolk, Virginia, where he worked for Weaver Fertilizer Company, serving as president from 1956 until his retirement in 2005. He is survived by a son and daughter.

Pleasant C. “P.C.” Shields ’39

Pleasant C. “P.C.”  Shields ’39

Pleasant C. “P.C.”  Shields ’39
1917 – 2016

Pleasant C. “P.C.” Shields died Sept. 25. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1939, he taught high school for two years. He joined the Army in 1941 and served as a member of the 5th Armored Division, earning the rank of chief warrant officer W-2. Shields later joined the Army Reserves, retiring in 1977 as chief warrant officer W-4. He was active in his community, serving on the parole board in several capacities and as a lay leader in his church and participating in fraternal and civic affairs. Several nieces and nephews survive Shields.

Harry L. Richardson Jr. ’39

Harry L. Richardson Jr. ’39

Harry L. Richardson Jr. ’39
1917 – 2016

Harry Leonard Richardson Jr. died Sept. 30. Upon graduating from Virginia Tech in 1939, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army Reserve. Called to active duty at the outbreak of World War II, Richardson was sent to the Pacific Theater, where he fought in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war, he left the military and began a 42-year career with Standard Oil. Richardson is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marjorie Pitts Richardson, and three daughters.

Forrest T. Tolson ’39

Forrest T. Tolson ’39

Forrest T. Tolson ’39
1917 – 2016

Forrest T. Tolson died Oct. 5. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1939 with a degree in mechanical engineering, he worked for Mize Industrial. Upon joining the Army Air Corps in 1941, Tolson served as liaison officer to Gen. George S. Patton, was shot down and injured in Africa, and went on to pilot 29 missions in the B-17. After leaving active duty, Tolson worked as an engineer for Calanese before becoming president of Fidelity Construction Company and starting Tolson Building Systems. In 1947, he married Catharine Armentrout, who preceded him in death in 2005. He is survived by a son and daughter.

Clarence M. “Mac” Mahanes ’49

Clarence M. “Mac” Mahanes ’49

Clarence M. “Mac” Mahanes ’49
1924 – 2016

Clarence Marshal “Mac” Mahanes died Dec. 8. A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 1949 with a degree in engineering. He was the lead clarinetist for the Corps of Cadets’ Southern Colonels.  During World War II, he served at Wright Field, Ohio, and was responsible for propulsion modifications and improvements on fighter aircraft. He later attended the Medical College of Virginia and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He practiced dentistry in the Tidewater area of Virginia for more than 50 years. Mahanes is survived by three sons.

James W. Blair II ’50

James W. Blair II ’50

James W. Blair II ’50
1929 - 2016

James W. Blair II died July 15. While at Virginia Tech, he was a student athlete and member of the Corps of Cadets’ regimental band. Blair served in the National Guard for six years and was a retired engineer from Remington Arms. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, two daughters, and a son. 

William T. Cook ’52

William T. Cook ’52

William T. Cook ’52
1930 – 2016

William T. Cook died Dec. 31. He was born in Roanoke, Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Tech in 1952 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Cook served in the Army during the Korean conflict at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he witnessed atomic bomb tests at White Sands, New Mexico. He later served as a captain in the Army Reserves. Cook worked for Western Electric (now Nokia) for 34 years. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis; two daughters; and two sons.

James T. Luck ’64

James T. Luck ’64

James T. Luck ’64
1941 – 2017

Dr. James T. Luck died Jan. 3. Luck attended Virginia Tech, receiving his undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets, the Corps’ regimental band, and Eta Kappa Nu, an electrical engineering honor society. Luck worked for IBM in Roanoke, Virginia, before studying medicine at the University of Virginia. He began practicing medicine in Damascus in 1973 and served on several local and state boards. Luck is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rosalie Hylton; two sons; and two daughters.

William L. “Bill” Smith ’65
1942 – 2016

William L. “Bill” Smith of Clintwood, Virginia, died May 28. He was a graduate of Honaker High School and earned a degree in agriculture from Virginia Tech. Smith served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and later taught agriculture at Irvington High School and Abingdon High School.  Smith is survived by one son. 

Zachary N. Strass ’08

Zachary N. Strass ’08

Zachary N. Strass ’08
1984 – 2016

Zachary N. Strass died March 7, 2016. Born in Gainesville, Florida, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in civil engineering in 2008 and his master’s degree in civil engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2014. He was a licensed Professional Engineer, passing his PE exam in October 2015. Strass enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard in 2004, then received his commission in May 2008. Strass served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and separated from active duty in February 2016.  Strass is survived by his parents, Heléne (Szemereta) Strass and Alan Strass, and two sisters.

Lest We Forget

  • Robert E. Rosenfeld ’40, Portsmouth, Virginia, 4/11/16
  • Alfred J. Green ’41, Wilmington, Delaware, 9/25/16
  • Ward O. Mathews ’42, Battle Creek, Michigan, 8/29/16
  • Thomas I. Martin, Jr. ’43, Culpeper, Virginia, 9/1/16
  • Robert A. Zimmerman ’44, Cincinnati, Ohio, 9/5/16
  • Dewey L. Newman ’44, Blacksburg, Virginia, 9/26/16
  • George D. Crosby ’44, Charlottesville, Virginia, 10/27/16
  • Armistead W. Garrett ’45, Roe, Arkansas, 8/30/16
  • Irving M. Appel ’45, Boca Raton, Florida, 10/16/16
  • Burnell B. Williams ’45, Blairs, Virginia, 10/16/16
  • Robert W. Sagnette ’45, Roanoke, Virginia, 10/17/16
  • Robert L. Manning ’45, Remsen, New York, 11/22/16
  • Jack A. Richardson ’45, Parksley, Virginia, 11/10/16
  • Nathan Kurzrok ’46, Scottsdale, Arizona, 9/19/16
  • Barnard F. Jennings ’46, Fairfax, Virginia, 9/24/16
  • James G. White ’46, Glen Allen, Virginia, 11/10/16
  • Thomas D. Styles ’46, Locust Grove, Virginia, 11/26/16
  • Charles A. Burfoot ’47, Homer, Louisiana, 11/9/16
  • Cary F. Milliner ’47, Onley, Virginia, 11/10/16
  • Alvah H. Eubank ’47, Savannah, Georgia, 12/5/16
  • Joe W. Phipps ’47, Independence, Virginia, 9/7/16
  • Frederick A. Overly ’48, San Antonio, Texas, 10/13/16
  • Albert L. Matthews ’48, Hacienda Heights, California, 8/2/16
  • Algie L. Spencer ’48, Woolwine, Virginia, 8/18/16
  • John B. Watlington ’48, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 9/25/16
  • Frederick A. Overly ’48, San Antonio, Texas, 10/13/16
  • William P. Swartz III ’49, 8/11/16
  • Cecil R. Mullins ’49, Charlotte, North Carolina, 8/20/16
  • Clifford E. Wood ’49, Wingina, Virginia, 9/3/16
  • James W. Lester ’49, Chelsea, Michigan, 11/20/16
  • Clarence A. Robins ’49, Johnstown, Colorado, 10/28/16
  • John R. Budner ’50, Powhatan, Virginia, 9/1/16
  • William C. Bascom Sr. ’50, Charlottesville, Virginia, 9/18/16
  • William T. Withers ’50, Lynchburg, Virginia, 9/29/16
  • William G. Pittard ’50, Buffalo Junction, Virginia, 10/9/16
  • Samuel P. Shaver ’51, Zephyrhills, Florida, 6/14/16
  • William H. Martin, ’51, Culpeper, Virginia, 8/23/16
  • Charles W. Hickey ’51, Charlotte, North Carolina, 9/11/16
  • Don M. Lemon ’51, Roanoke, Virginia, 9/23/16
  • Phillip L. Payne ’51, 10/10/16
  • Clark A. Hodges ’51, Thomasville, North Carolina, 11/22/16
  • Clarence V. Braswell ’52, Bristol, Tennessee, 3/3/16
  • Joseph C. McAlexander Jr. ’52, Plano, Texas, 10/3/16
  • Henry G. Rouland ’52, Elkton, Florida, 11/2/16
  • R. Howard Ellis ’52, Decatur, Alabama, 11/7/16
  • Edward R. McCarthy ’52, Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, 11/12/16
  • Robert W. Collins ’53, Jacksonville, Floria, 9/2/16
  • Lt. Col. Jerald E. Martin USAF (Ret) ’54, Columbia, South Carolina, 5/15/16
  • Gerald D. Beasley Jr. ’54, Suffolk, Virginia, 8/2/16
  • Richard C. Windley ’54, Raleigh, North Carolina, 9/4/16
  • Harry M. Payne ’54, Winchester, Virginia, 11/30/16
  • Philip H. Mahone ’55, Springfield Oregon
  • Terrell D. Moseley ’55, Lynchburg, Virginia, 10/8/16
  • Charles S. Pugh Jr. ’55, Richmond, Virginia, 12/2/16
  • Robert E. Spencer ’55, Blacksburg, Virginia, 12/2/16
  • Joseph W. Bunts Sr. ’56, Ruckersville, Virginia, 9/1/16
  • Roland H. Coles ’56, Roanoke, Virginia, 11/17/16
  • Rev. John F. Eberman ’56, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1/17/16
  • Edward D. Madison ’57, Burbank, California, 6/25/16
  • Eugene M. Griffin ’57, New Braunfels, Texas, 9/11/16
  • Robert D. Grisso ’57, Altoona, Alabama, 9/20/16
  • Compton R. Moses ’57, Henrico, Virginia, 10/14/16
  • Roy L. Wright ’57, Valrico, Florida, 11/24/16
  • Robert H. Lewis ’58, Bena, Virginia, 1/1/16
  • Robert R. Adams ’58, Great Falls, Virginia, 2/25/16
  • Joseph L. Helms ’58, Alexandria, Virginia, 8/26/16
  • Freddie J. Schmidt ’58, Carmel, Indiana, 11/13/16
  • James G. Anderson ’59, Winchester, Virginia, 9/17/16
  • Lowell M. Gobble ’59, Vinton, Virginia, 9/3/16
  • Dr. Robert R. Harrell III ’59, Suffolk, Virginia, 11/13/16
  • Joseph G. Heller Jr. ’59, Rockport, Texas, 1/7/16
  • Conrad M. Clingenpeel ’60, Lewiston, New York, 8/6/16
  • Dr. Gilbert P. Davis, Jr. ’60, Richmond, Virginia, 10/2/16
  • Richard A. Jacobs ’60, Scottsdale, Arizona, 9/28/16
  • Seymour R. Kotler ’60, Annapolis, Maryland, 11/23/16
  • John W. Waddill ’60, Chester, Virginia, 12/1/16
  • William J. Lawson ’61, 10/20/16
  • Daniel J. DeYoung ’61, Jacksonville, Florida, 11/11/16
  • Dr. William B. Morrow ’61, Katy, Texas, 11/22/16
  • Douglas C. Arthur ’64, Strasburg, Virginia, 8/25/16
  • Alfred S. Wyllie III ’66, Apex, North Carolina, 9/11/16
  • Richard G. Esleeck ’66, 10/15/16
  • James R. Shelton ’67, Atlanta, Georgia, 5/18/16
  • Gerald E. Carpenter ’67, Ridgeway, Virginia, 11/23/16
  • Edgar R. Savage ’67, Edenton, North Carolina, 11/5/16
  • Gordon A. Mapp ’68, Charlotte, North Carolina, 10/12/16
  • William Y. Roper III ’69, Bracey, Virginia, 8/25/16
  • John P. Baber ’69, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 11/10/16
  • Herman S. Muir III ’71, Portland, Oregon, 1/30/16
  • Chilton H. Shorter Jr. ’71, Palmyra, Virginia, 1/22/16