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In Memory

Kermit “Mike” Riddick Kelley ’38

Kermit “Mike” Riddick Kelley ’38

Kermit “Mike” Riddick Kelley ’38
1921 - 2017

Kermit “Mike” Kelley died on Jan. 22, 2017. Kelley was born in Suffolk, Virginia, and graduated from Suffolk High School. He graduated from Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, the honorary research fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, the German Club, and vice president of the Peanut Club. Upon graduation, Kelley received his commission as a second lieutenant and served in World War II in Northern Africa and Italy. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star and rose to the rank of major. He earned an accounting degree from William & Mary. Kelley served on the Suffolk City Council and was mayor during that tenure, in addition to participating in many other community organizations. Survivors include his wife, Frances, and five children.

Ralph P. Breeding Jr. ’46

Ralph P. Breeding Jr. ’46

Ralph P. Breeding Jr. ’46
1923 - 2017

Ralph P. Breeding Jr., 93, of Lynchburg, Virginia, died on Jan. 19, 2017. He was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and later moved to Richmond, Virginia. Breeding graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond and Virginia Tech. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He worked for many years before retiring from Babcock & Wilcox. Breeding was a longtime active member of Chestnut Hill Baptist Church, a member of Masonic Lodge No. 39, and a hospital volunteer. His wife of 67 years, Sue Davis Breeding; a son; and daughter survive.

Aldo Albert “Al” Modena ’49

Aldo Albert “Al” Modena ’49

Aldo Albert “Al” Modena ’49
1928 - 2017

Aldo Albert Modena of Midlothian, Virginia, died on March 8, 2017. Modena graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He also attended Washington and Lee University Law School and became a member of the Virginia State Bar. In 1954, he joined the trust division of the Flat Top Bank in Bluefield, West Virginia, retiring as bank president. In addition, Modena graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He served on numerous federal, state, and local banking associations and committees, as well as many civic and community activities, receiving several awards. Modena’s survivors include two daughters and two sons.

William Edward Pence III ’57

William Edward Pence III ’57

William Edward Pence III ’57
1937 - 2017

William Edward Pence III of Haymarket, Virginia, died on Jan. 9, 2017. He was born in Weyers Cave, Virginia, graduating from Weyers Cave High School and Virginia Tech. Pence was a member of the Corps of Cadets, receiving a commission into the U.S. Air Force. After completing pilot training, Pence flew KC-135 tankers while stationed in Maine and Puerto Rico. He earned an MBA from Inter-American University. He enjoyed a career as a commercial pilot with Eastern Airlines from 1966 to 1981 while serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1980. He was a member of the Manassas Church of the Brethren, the Manassas Host Lions Club, and Evergreen Country Club. His wife, Peggy Ann, and two sons survive.

Vincent F. Ewell ’64

Vincent F. Ewell ’64

Vincent F. Ewell ’64
1943 - 2017

Vincent F. Ewell died on April 13, 2017, in Colorado. Ewell was born in Newport News, Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. Ewell was a clarinetist in the Highty-Tighties, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1964. He attended law school at William & Mary. Ewell practiced law in Virginia, in Texas, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He worked for the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company as general counsel. Upon transferring to Houston, Texas, Ewell served as vice president and deputy general counsel, later becoming vice president and general counsel of Tenneco Energy. Ewell spent his last years in London and in Evergreen, Colorado. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, and her family.

William Henry von Mahland ’64

William Henry von Mahland ’64

William Henry von Mahland ’64
1942 - 2017

William Henry von Mahland of Middletown, Connecticut, died on March 22, 2017. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a master’s degree in architecture. Mahland served on the Middletown Inland Wetland Commission and was instrumental in developing affordable housing. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and earning the rank of captain. He later served in the Army National Guard in Connecticut. Mahland’s survivors include his wife, Nada Jane (Smith) von Mahland; a son; and a daughter.

Stuart A. Coiner ’74

Stuart A. Coiner ’74

Stuart A. Coiner ’74
1951 - 2011

Stuart Arthur Coiner of Eustis, Florida, died on Sept. 6, 2011. He was born in Staunton, Virginia, and was a missionary with the Rafiki Foundation in Uganda and Zambia, a Gideon, and a retired electrical engineer. Coiner worked with the New Hope Presbyterian Church of Eustis. Coiner’s survivors include his wife, Marsha; a son; and two daughters.

William “Bill” Edward Fish ’84

William “Bill” Edward Fish ’84

William “Bill” Edward Fish ’84
1963 - 2017

U.S. Air Force Capt. William “Bill” Edward Fish of Pataskala, Ohio, died on April 4, 2017. A member of Sitka High School’s class of 1980, Fish received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1984 and an MBA from Westchester University in 1993. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a development engineer specializing in astronautics. Fish primarily worked with the Air Force Materiel Command, Air Logistics Complex in the 76th Maintenance Wing out of Tinker Air Force Base. He received the National Defense Service Medal and a Joint Meritorious Unit Award for his service in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, in addition to many other decorations, medals, badges, citations, and campaign ribbons. Following his military career, Fish became a software developer with Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio. Fish was a triathlete and was an active member of the Episcopal Church. His survivors include his wife, MaryAnn A. Goodman-Fish; a son; a daughter; his parents; and a brother.

James David Godek ‘87

James David Godek ‘87

James David Godek ‘87
1965 - 2017

Jim “Goldie” Godek died Feb. 18, 2017, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, after waging a courageous fight with brain cancer. Godek graduated in 1987 from Virginia Tech where he was the E-Frat company commander his senior year. After commissioning into the U.S. Navy, Godek had a distinguished career as a naval aviator flying E-2C Hawkeyes and serving as a landing signal officer with the “Tiger Tails” of VAW 125. He retired as a commander in the Naval Reserve and began his second career with Southwest Airlines as a Boeing 737 captain. Godek ran marathons and Ironman triathlons, completing nearly 50 full and half marathons and eight full Ironman triathlons. Godek led the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets alumni regiment onto the field before the 2016 Corps Reunion football game. Godek will be sorely missed by all his buds. He is survived by his wife, Dana; their two golden retrievers; his parents; and his brother.

Lest We Forget

  • Alfred H. Thompson ’38, Falls Church, Virginia, 8/17/16
  • Philip E. Frankfort ’40, Franklin, Virginia, 4/14/17
  • James G. Walker ’40, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 4/22/16
  • Israel Longman ’41, Livingston, New Jersey, 1/31/17
  • John H. Varner ’42, Farmville, Virginia 12/27/16
  • Orran O. Hansbarger ’44, Roanoke, Virginia, 3/8/17
  • Aldo M. Pulito ’44, Orange, Connecticut, 1/28/17
  • Arthur H. Rosenfeld ’44, Berkeley, California, 1/28/17
  • Glanville M. Delano ’45, Richmond, Virginia, 12/21/16
  • Robert K. Floyd ’45, Danville, Virginia, 4/4/17
  • Kenneth B. Lampert ’45, Norfolk, Virginia, 1/31/17
  • Carl M. Leonard ’45, Hot Springs National, Arkansas, 1/29/17
  • George W. Snead ’45, Salem, Virginia, 4/10/17
  • William A. White ’45, 11/18/16
  • Vernon G. Eberwine ’46, Suffolk, Virginia, 1/8/17
  • Norman W. Pedigo Sr. ’46, Bedford, Virginia, 2/15/17
  • Donald F. Reilly ’46, Midlothian, Virginia, 1/6/17
  • Roger B. Firstbrook ’48, North Plainfield, New Jersey, 1/16/17
  • Milton H. Shackelford ’48, Wheaton, Illinois, 2/26/17
  • Floyd Bowles ’49, Henrico, Virginia, 1/16/17
  • Roland E. Latta ’49, Farmville, Virginia, 3/29/17
  • James A. Lyle Jr. ’49, Lynchburg, Virginia, 12/20/16
  • Charles M. Montgomery ’49, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1/11/17
  • Joe C. Shaner Jr. ’49, Lexington, Virginia, 3/8/17
  • Chester A. Waldron ’49, Charleston, South Carolina, 3/4/17
  • Robert B. Younger Jr. ’49, Richmond, Virginia, 4/15/17
  • Forrest C. Bailey III ’50, Deltaville, Virginia, 2/25/17
  • Hugh M. Jones ’50, Chilhowie, Virginia, 1/20/17
  • William L. Proffit ’50, Henrico, Virginia, 1/28/17
  • Alexander D. Stone Jr. ’50, Isle of Palms, South Carolina, 1/12/17
  • Allen R. Cross ’51, Atlanta, Georgia, 1/31/17
  • Lloyd W. Entsminger ’51, Beckley, West Virginia, 1/23/17
  • Charles R. Guthrie ’51, Dublin, Virginia, 1/28/17
  • Kyle C. Smith ’51, North Manchester, Indiana, 12/28/16
  • Shirley H. Carter ’52, Charles City, Virginia, 2/12/17
  • Robert D. Lymburner ’52, Franklin, Tennessee, 1/15/16
  • Nelson M. Magee ’52, Rome, Georgia, 3/18/17
  • Frank R. Kwiatkowski ’53, Radford, Virginia, 4/21/17
  • Vernon M. Sheppard ’53, Roanoke, Virginia, 2/7/17
  • David P. Olinger ’54, Tazewell, Virginia, 3/7/17
  • Stanley B. Sutton ’56, Hopewell, Virginia, 2/21/17
  • Jerry W. Wood ’56, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2/17/17
  • Clarence Ned Lester ’57, Blacksburg, Virginia, 2/22/17
  • Don T. Morton ’57, Scottsville, Virginia, 3/27/17
  • Nathan H. Williamson ’57, Gloucester, Virginia, 2/10/17
  • John R. Hinkle ’58, Salem, Virginia, 3/29/17
  • William G. Mays ’58, Bedford, Virginia, 2/8/17
  • Clinton “Mike” Michael Robertson ’58, Madison, Virginia, 2/3/17
  • Donald A. Gray ’59, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 1/18/17
  • Joseph H. Jones Sr. ’59, McDowell, Virginia, 2/22/17
  • Samuel D. Judge ’59, Keedysville, Maryland, 12/16/16
  • Jerre C. Lumsden ’60, Glade Hill, Virginia, 1/8/17
  • Bruce N. Parker ’60, Glen Allen, Virginia, 1/9/17
  • James B. Evans ’61, Severna Park, Maryland, 1/28/17
  • Luther A. Zirkle ’61, Richmond, Virginia, 2/16/17
  • Edmund E. Floyd ’62, Snellville, Georgia, 1/10/17
  • Fred B. Givens ’62, Newport, Virginia, 4/13/17
  • Johnny S. Joannou ’62, Portsmouth, Virginia, 5/6/16
  • Larry T. Frazier ’63, Purcellville, Virginia, 4/16/17
  • Robert F. Mills ’63, Derby, Kansas, 1/19/17
  • William K. Bair ’64, Lake Lure, North Carolina, 1/3/2017
  • Henry J. Balch Jr. ’64, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 3/21/17
  • Stephen L. Cohan ’64, Chester, New Jersey, 2/12/17
  • John S. Mullins ’64, Decatur, Georgia, 1/17/17
  • Richard F. Alley Jr. ’68, Clarksville, Virginia, 4/18/2017
  • Richard D. Chuises Sr. ’68, Roanoke, Virginia, 4/6/17
  • John W. Layman ’69, Fishersville, Virginia, 12/16/16
  • Robert O. Briscoe ’80, Abingdon, Virginia, 2/9/17