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In Memory

Guy B. Dunn Jr. ‘45

Guy B. Dunn Jr. ‘45

Guy B. Dunn Jr. '45
1922 - 2017

Guy Brown Dunn Jr. died June 2. He was born Dec. 12, 1922, in Bland, Virginia. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute until 1942, when he entered military service. He completed aviation cadet training in 1944, and arrived in Europe just prior to D-Day. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1972 and then worked in carpentry and house construction. He married Eleanor Hack in 1951. Survivors include three children.

James B. Jones ‘45

James B. Jones ‘45

James B. Jones '45
1923 - 2017

James Beverly “J.B.” Jones died May 17. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Highty-Tighties and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. While a cadet, Jones met Jane Hardcastle, an aeronautical engineering student who would become his wife of 64 years. After graduation, Jones worked for the U.S. War Department until the end of World War II. He then served on the faculty at Purdue University, where he received his doctorate in 1951. He was a National Science Faculty Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. In 1964, T. Marshall Hahn, then president of VPI, persuaded Jones to move back to Blacksburg where he served as department head of mechanical engineering for 19 years. He served as the vice president of education for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. After retirement, he co-chaired the National Research Council Committee of Engineering Design. In 1991, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers awarded him the James H. Potter Gold Medal for contributions in thermodynamics. In 2008, he received the William H. Ruffner Medal Award for his services to Virginia Tech, and in 2014, he was inducted into the Academy of Engineering Excellence. He also spent decades serving the greater Blacksburg community as a Rotarian and was an emeritus member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Board. He was an avid musician and great athlete, and will be dearly missed. He is survived by a daughter and a son.

Allen A. Long ’49

Allen A. Long ’49

Allen A. Long '49
1926 - 2017

Allen A. Long died Oct. 6. He enrolled at Virginia Tech in 1943 before joining the U.S. Navy for 1 1/2 years during wartime. He returned to Virginia Tech and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Later, he earned a master’s degree in journalism from Emory University. He wrote nationally syndicated news stories about aviation, engineering, and technology. He also was a substation engineer for the Appalachian Power Company and the news editor for Electrical World magazine. In 1996, he joined the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to build a rapid-rail transportation called “Metro.” Survivors include his wife, Frances, and two sons.

Raymond E. Powell '58

Raymond E. Powell '58

Raymond E. Powell '58
1936 - 2017

Raymond E. Powell, retired assistant director of University Facilities for Virginia Tech, died June 1 in Riner, Virginia. He worked at Virginia Tech from 1978 to 2002, and as a Class of ‘58 Reunion Committee member, he helped coordinate the 2008 design and installation of the new West Campus Signature Gateway. He enlisted in the National Guard at age 17, and after graduating from the Corps of Cadets, he served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He was honorably discharged in 1964, then joined Burlington Industries. Survivors include his wife, Norma “Jo” Putze, and a son.

James M. Brown '60

James M. Brown '60

James M. Brown '60
1937 – 2017

U.S. Army Col. James M. Brown Jr. (retired) of Fredericksburg, Virginia, died Aug. 30. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1960. He was a longtime member of the Fredericksburg Area Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and served in a number of roles over the years, including president and most recently treasurer. Survivors include his wife, June, and two children.

Thomas W. Otto Jr. ‘65

Thomas W. Otto Jr. ‘65

Thomas W. Otto Jr. '65
1943 - 2017

U.S. Army Col. Thomas W. Otto Jr. died July 22. A proud Signal soldier, he was a graduate in electrical engineering of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Texas A&M University; the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He had multiple stateside and overseas assignments during his career, ending with director of readiness for the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth New Jersey. After retiring in 1992, he worked for GTE, Dyncorp International and, ultimately, CSC as director of the Government Emergency Telecommunications Service. Survivors include his wife, Janet, and two children.

James C. Wagner ‘65

James C. Wagner ‘65

James C. Wagner '65
1942 - 2017

U.S. Air Force Maj. James Charles Wagner (retired) of Front Royal, Virginia, died July 25. He was born Jan. 22, 1942, in Somerset, Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from Pepperdine University. Wagner joined the Air Force in 1965 and served for 21 years. Wagner taught aerospace science at both Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, and at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Additionally, he was an active leader with the Boy Scouts of America for 68 years. Among the survivors are his wife, Sandra Downs Wagner, and two children.

Howard M. Sisson Jr. ‘67

Howard M. Sisson Jr. ‘67

Howard M. Sisson Jr. ‘67
1944 - 2017

Howard Miles Sisson Jr. of Wirtz, Virginia, died Sept. 12. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1967 from Virginia Tech, where he was a member of L Company. He later earned his master’s degree from George Washington University and studied for his doctorate at the University of Maryland. He served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and received the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and three Purple Hearts. He retired as a captain. He also worked as a vocational and rehabilitation counselor and regional administrator for the Veterans Administration. He served as a regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor until he retired. Survivors include his wife, Harriet Lucinda Glascock “Cindy” Sisson, and a son.

David B. Wiersma '86

David B. Wiersma '86

David B. Wiersma '86
1964 - 2017

U.S. Army Col. David Brian Wiersma died July 15 after an extended battle with brain cancer. He followed his brothers to Virginia Tech to be in the Corps of Cadets, where he served on the regimental staff and with the Gregory Guard. He graduated in 1986 and was commissioned an infantry officer. Mid-career, he switched to the military intelligence branch. He was stationed in Tampa with the Joint Special Operations Command and most recently served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon. He continued to serve on active duty until his death. Survivors include his wife, Monica, and two sons.

Robert B. Anderson Jr.

Robert B. Anderson Jr.

Robert B. Anderson Jr.
1947 - 2017

Robert Bradford “RB” Anderson Jr. died April 24. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1967 and volunteered to serve two tours in Vietnam. He returned to graduate from Marshall University and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He received a Master of Education degree from Virginia Tech, where he served as an Army ROTC instructor and led the Ranger program in the 1980s. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1991. His second career was in education. He taught JROTC at Hopewell and Carroll County high schools, was a counselor at Wilderness Leadership Academy, and served as principal of the Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands, all in Virginia. His third career was a calling to be a prison chaplain. He also was a farmer. Survivors include his wife, Deborah Beavers Anderson, and two sons.

Joseph G. Lamoureux

Joseph G. Lamoureux

Joseph G. Lamoureux
1936 – 2017

Joseph George Lamoureux died July 25, in Alpine, Utah. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Concord University and a master’s degree in music education from Radford University. An accomplished trumpet player, he was an educator and band director in a career that spanned more than 35 years. In 1971, he became the band director of the Highty-Tighties. During his tenure, the band performed for two presidential inaugural parades and women were integrated into the band. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, and three children. 

Lest We Forget

  • Milton A. Pilcher ’38, McLean, Virginia, 4/16/17            
  • Harry C. Whitlock ’39, Richmond, Virginia, 5/5/17
  • John G. Roberts ’39, Lynchburg, Virginia, 5/28/17
  • Eugene D. Bales ’43, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 4/25/17
  • Newman R. Ogden Jr. ’43, Richmond, Virginia, 7/14/17
  • Howard C. Kearns Jr. ’44, Atlanta, Georgia, 6/20/17
  • John C. Higginbotham III ’44, Greensboro, North Carolina, 8/14/17
  • Thomas O. Dixon Sr. ’44, Edgewater, Maryland, 7/21/17
  • Morton C. Rosenberg ’45, Roanoke, Virginia, 6/11/17
  • Albert W. Hall ’45, Newport News, Virginia, 4/22/17
  • Philip B. Magruder Jr. ’45, Williamsburg, Virginia, 4/16/17
  • Joseph C. Hild ’45, La Grange, Texas 9/21/17
  • Edgar L. Van Nuis ’45, Pittsgrove, New Jersey, 7/5/17
  • Charles H. Worley ’46, Greenville, Tennessee, 1/26/17
  • Hugh A. Latimer ’47, Amelia Island, Florida 6/14/17
  • John T. Walmsley ’47, Lewiston, New York, 8/10/17
  • William L. Phalen Jr. ’47, Marietta, Georgia 9/19/2017
  • Arthur D. Henderson ’48, Charlottesville, Virginia, 5/20/17
  • James M. Cole ’48, Abingdon, Virginia 9/15/17
  • George L. Spanos ’48, Columbia, South Carolina, 6/30/17
  • George L. Britton Jr. ’49, Williamsburg, Virginia, 4/7/17
  • Roy L. Scales ’49, Kingwood, Texas, 7/18/17
  • Horace G. Blalock Jr. ’50, Evans, Georgia 4/13/17
  • William A. Headley Jr. ’50, Orlando, Florida, 7/20/17
  • Franklin R. Taylor ’50, Millersville, Maryland 8/12/17
  • Berton H. Kaplan ’51, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 5/5/17
  • William D. Long ’51, Apopka, Florida 12/23/16
  • James A. Carr Jr. ’51, Charlotte, North Carolina, 6/1/17
  • Ted Jimmie Holbrook ’51, Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 7/28/16
  • Ernest H. Bowling Jr. ’51, Dillwyn, Virginia, 5/13/17
  • Gerald M. White ’51, Lexington, Kentucky, 8/6/17
  • James N. Young Sr. ’51, Springfield, Virginia, 7/10/17
  • John R. Plymale Jr. ’51, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 9/19/17
  • Walter Lambert Jr. ’51, Richmond, Virginia, 8/18/17
  • Richard L. Martin ’51, Mercer Island, Washington, 6/22/17
  • Richard M. Marshall III ’52, Norfolk, Virginia, 4/23/17
  • Bertram O. Taurman Jr. ’52, Lynchburg, Virginia, 5/9/17
  • Claude A. Yates ’52, Prospect, Kentucky, 6/22/17
  • Howard C. Phillips ’52, Lafayette, Louisiana, 5/15/17
  • James M. Douglas ’52, Winchester, Virginia, 6/9/17
  • Frank W. Carpenter III ’52, Matthews, North Carolina, 5/11/17
  • Franklin O. Vecellio ’52, Staunton, Virginia, 6/28/17
  • Frederick G. Blottner ’53, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 5/15/17
  • I. Edward Trotter Jr. ’53, Irvington, Virginia, 6/11/17
  • William P. Radtke ’53, Lawrence, Kansas, 8/16/17
  • Everett A. Huffman ’53, Lanham, Maryland, 8/19/2017
  • Philip P. Janosik ’53, Enumclaw, Washington, 8/25/17
  • Donald E. Hayford ’54, Appleton, Wisconsin, 5/15/17
  • Joseph T. Sowell Jr. ’54, Palmdale, California, 6/16/17
  • Stephen E. Whitney ’54, Ashburn, Virginia, 8/18/17
  • James Rosati Jr. ’54, Largo, Florida, 9/15/17
  • George H. Spruce III ’55, Greely, Colorado, 5/19/17
  • William E. Cox ’55, Raleigh, North Carolina, 8/10/17
  • William M. Thornton ’56, Blacksburg, Virginia, 5/21/17
  • Keith W. Rife ’56, Cedar Bluff, Virginia, 6/5/17
  • Robert M. Stewart ’56, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 8/21/17
  • Raymond F. Burmester ’56, Fairfax, Virginia, 9/15/17
  • James H. Holland ’56, Christiansburg, Virginia, 7/1/17
  • Sidney B. Harvey ’56, Elk Creek, Virginia, 7/26/17
  • Dennis E. Brown ’56, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 8/31/17
  • Cloyd C. Morris Jr. ’57, Waverly, Virginia, 4/27/17
  • Hugh B. Lux ’57, Lexington, South Carolina, 6/13/17
  • William T. Moore ’57, Street, Maryland, 5/16/17
  • Shannon G. Higginbotham Jr. ’57, Midlothian, Virginia, 4/25/17
  • Clyde B. LaRue Jr. ’57, Newport News, Virginia, 7/14/17
  • Fred E. Farley ’58, Lanexa, Virginia, 6/20/17
  • James T. McMaster ’58, Chillicothe, Ohio, 5/12/17
  • Theodore M. Cole Jr. ’58, Fishersville, Virginia, 5/14/17
  • Clarence B. Givens ’58, Blacksburg, Virginia, 8/22/17
  • James H. Patterson ‘58, Blacksburg, Virginia, 9/18/17
  • Julian C. Roden Jr. ’58, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 5/28/17
  • Curtis E. Davis Jr. ’58, Roanoke, Virginia, 8/2/17
  • Carl W. Hasle ’59, Woodbridge, Virginia, 6/9/17
  • Robert R. Guynn ’59, Kissimmee, Florida, 5/11/17
  • Nicholas M. Mihalas ’59, Brevard, North Carolina, 6/26/17
  • Robert T. Martin ’60, Mathews, Virginia, 12/4/16
  • Charles R. Clouse ’60, Jacksonville, Florida, 6/14/17
  • James T. Corbitt ’60, Greenville, South Carolina, 5/1/17
  • Robert L. Lively ’60, Penhook, Virginia, 7/26/17
  • C.L. Roberson ’60, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 8/8/17
  • George W. Bowling ’60, Chesterfield, Missouri, 7/3/17
  • Paul D. Myers Jr. ’61, Titusville, Florida, 8/4/17
  • Lemuel W. Houston Jr. ’61, Chesterfield, Virginia, 7/9/17
  • Murray S. Boris ’61, Potomac, Maryland, 9/19/2017
  • Lanny H. Brock ’62, Saint Simons Island, Georgia, 4/9/17
  • Lyle G. Hall Jr. ’62, Richmond, Virginia, 8/22/17
  • Douglas H. Petrie ’62, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 7/11/17
  • John E. Runaldue ’62, Taunton, Massachusetts, 11/16/16
  • Joseph J. McSweeney III ’62, Richmond, Virginia, 7/2/17
  • Richard W. Williams Jr. ’62, Dunkirk, Maryland, 9/15/17
  • William R. Campbell ’63, Evergreen, Colorado, 5/18/17
  • Douglas K. Baugher ’63, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 9/7/17
  • Leon H. Harding III ’64, Vinton, Virginia, 12/15/16
  • James G. Phelps ’64, Cordova, Tennessee, 6/2/17
  • Robert L. Short Jr. ’64, Roanoke, Virginia, 6/6/17
  • Ronald L. Salyer ’64, Roanoke, Virginia, 5/4/17
  • Robert E. Doriot ’64, Carrollton, Texas, 7/27/17
  • Samuel R. Carter III ’64, Salem, Virginia, 8/18/17
  • Raymond W. Beaudry Jr. ’65, Naples, Florida, 5/1/17
  • David S. Farrier ’65, Montrose, Colorado, 12/31/16
  • Claude E. Messamore Jr. ’66, Saint Petersburg, Florida, 9/18/17
  • William R. Elliott Jr. ’66, Prince George, Virginia, 8/17/17
  • Kenneth J. Rhodes ’66, Henrico, Virginia, 8/25/17
  • Dean R. Hanson ’67, League City, Texas, 7/21/17
  • John E. Apostolides ’68, Richmond, Virginia, 7/6/17
  • Richard F. Alley Jr. ’68, Clarkesville, Virginia, 4/18/17
  • Marlin G. Leatherman ’69, Winchester, Virginia, 3/6/17
  • Robert A. Davis ’70, Union Hall, Virginia, 4/26/17
  • Steve Pyles ’70, Fort Washington, Maryland, 7/14/17
  • Alfred H. Perrie III ’72, Yorktown, Virginia, 6/3/17
  • Samuel J. Harris ’72, San Diego, California, 5/3/17
  • Richard W. Eby ’84, Laurence Harbor, New Jersey, 9/15/17