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1920 - 2020

Richard Davis “Dick” Kern Sr. died Oct. 1. He earned a football scholarship to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering while part of the Corps of Cadets and the football team. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He founded several companies, including the Kern Motor Co. His first wife, Alison Cooper Kern, preceded him in death in 1955. He then married Gertrude “Trudy” Golightly in 1958. Surviving with his wife are a daughter and two sons.


1926 - 2020

Calvin Tompkins Lucy Jr. died April 24. He enrolled in electrical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute’s Richmond Extension in 1943 and was inducted into the U.S. Navy in 1945. He served aboard the U.S.S. Denver as an electronic technician until his discharge in 1946. Re-enrolling at VPI, he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. During the Vietnam War, he was appointed to the Selective Service Draft Board. He was employed by Dominion Virginia Power (then VEPCO) for nearly 40 years. He is survived by his two daughters and a son.


1928 – 2020

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Richard L. “Dick” Bidwell (retired) died May 9. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1950. Following active military duty, he worked at Reynolds Metals Co./Alcoa. He belonged to professional engineering organizations, winning two prestigious awards. He retired from the Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marie Bidwell; two daughters; and a son.


1931 - 2020

Benton “Ben” Brown Lindamood died Aug. 26. At the age of 3, he was adopted and raised by his aunt and uncle in Blacksburg, Virginia. He attended Blacksburg schools and spent summers on the family farm in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He graduated from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1955 with his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. While at VPI he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and eventually served with the U.S. Air Force before moving to Detroit to begin working for the Ford Motor Co. He married Ann Petrini in 1963, who preceded him in death, and they raised four daughters, who survive.


1933 - 2020

Ellis Paschall Monroe died July 27. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he was a walk-on center for the basketball team and a member of the Corps of Cadets, German Club and DKE fraternity. He earned a degree in industrial engineering. He was the co-owner and chairman of Shelby Supply Co. in Shelby, North Carolina, then founded Monroe Sales Co. that he and his sons operated for over 25 years. He served on the board of directors for the Virginia Tech Athletic Association, was president of his local Hokie Club, and was a member of the Lifetime Golden Hokie Club and the Ut Prosim Society. He is survived by a daughter and three sons.


1930 - 2020

U.S. Air Force Gen. Thomas C. Richards (retired) died Aug. 9. He was born in San Diego, California, into a military family. His military career began with the U.S. Army infantry immediately following high school. He then attended and graduated from the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech, where he earned his wings and was commissioned into the Air Force. He was also co-captain of the football team and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. During his time in the military, he served in countless locations including the U.S., Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. He was dedicated to serving his country and being a beacon of leadership in every assignment he received. Shortly after returning from Vietnam, Thomas met his wife, Meredyth. His final assignment was as deputy commander in chief of U.S. European Command in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, West Germany. He was promoted to four-star general in 1986 and retired in 1989. In 1992, President George W. Bush requested that he serve as the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with “V” device and oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal with 17 oak leaf clusters. In 2019, he was named a Distinguished Alumni of the Corps. He was preceded in death by a son and is survived by his wife, two daughters, and two sons.


1936 – 2020

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Lester H. Hollans (retired) died June 6. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and was a major on the regimental staff of the Corps of Cadets. He taught at 10 colleges and universities, including the University of Virginia, Roanoke College, Samford University, and Mississippi State University. He served for 21 years on active duty and in the Reserve as an army aviator, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anne Johnson Hollans, and his daughter. His son preceded him in death.


1942 - 2020

George Daland Webb III died April 30. He earned a degree in forestry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He commissioned into the U.S. Army, where he served with the 14th Combat Engineer Battalion in South Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star. He went on to work as a real estate broker for the family business, United Services Homeowner Association in Northern Virginia. He then worked and retired from Hecht’s as an independent retail professional. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia. He is survived by two sons and two step-children.


1944 - 2020

U.S. Air Force Col. Claude “Jim” James Staylor III (retired), died June 3. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech and served in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years. He was a fighter pilot in Vietnam who flew over 350 missions. He was given the Air Medal 17 times and Distinguished Flying Cross twice. He retired in 1979 as a colonel. He then became a pilot for Federal Express for over 30 years. He loved real estate and owned many commercial properties over the years. He is survived by his daughter.


1964 - 2020

Irvin Rodney “Rod” Goins II died Aug. 23. He attended Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and graduated second in command with the rank of cadet lieutenant colonel. He was an advocate for human equality and actively served on various boards at both the local and state level. Rod enjoyed traveling, spending time with family, and anything dealing with his beloved Hokies. He is survived by his husband of over 25 years David “Dave” Rogers.

Lest We Forget

James T. Stephens ‘41, Henrico, Virginia, 5/13/2020

Edward B. Hale ‘43, Blacksburg, Virginia, 4/24/2020

O. Watts Gills ‘44, Roanoke, Virginia, 6/29/2020

John S. Prince ‘44, Emporia, Virginia, 5/19/2020

Fred R. Chapman ‘45, Woodland Park, Colorado, 6/10/2020

Robert A. Cox ‘45, Richmond, Virginia, 4/9/2020

Theodore C. Felger ‘45, Charlottesville, Virginia, 4/5/2020

Raymond F. Heck ‘45, Sun City Center, Florida, 7/24/2020

Marshall L. Bailey ‘46, Charlotte Court House, Virginia, 7/1/2020

Edward S. Smith ‘46, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 7/29/2020

C. Thomas Tate ‘46, Blacksburg, Virginia, 7/30/2020

William K. Warriner ‘46, Herndon, Virginia, 7/26/2020

Stanley J. Marcus ‘47, Montvale, New Jersey, 8/5/2020

Walter F. Green ‘48, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 4/28/2020

H. Leon Hodges ‘49, Chesapeake, Virginia, 6/5/2020

Thomas P. Inge ‘49, Blackstone, Virginia, 5/25/2020

Kenneth E. Clevenger ‘50, Blacksburg, Virginia, 7/27/2020

Michael P. Mauzy ‘50, Hamilton, Illinois, 5/4/2020

Jack A. Thalhimer ‘50, Springfield, Virginia, 4/8/2020

Joseph Alexander ‘51, Alexandria, Virginia, 8/30/2020

Ernest J. Hopkins ‘51, Glasgow, Virginia, 6/30/2020

Percival A. Lewis ‘51, Manassas, Virginia, 5/3/2020

Carroll E. Mahaney ‘51, Pembroke, Virginia, 6/4/2020

Ned L. Sours ‘51, Richmond, Virginia, 6/19/2020

Fred G. Sutherland ‘51, Sandston, Virginia, 4/23/2020

John C. Thompson ‘51, Davidson, North Carolina, 4/14/2020

Robert J. Wachter ‘51, Alexandria, Virginia, 8/16/2020

George T. Ward ‘51, Marshall, Virginia, 6/26/2020

Richard D. Webster ‘51, Ocean View, Delaware, 7/27/2020

Ernest P. Wellford ‘51, Richmond, Virginia, 4/14/2020

Martin H. Alman ‘52, Aventura, Florida, 6/1/2020

George A. Bonner ‘52, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 8/10/2020

George D. Greer ‘52, Blairsville, Georgia, 5/13/2020

A. Lee Hall ‘52, Mooresville, North Carolina, 7/18/2020

Edward B. Scruggs ‘52, Roanoke, Virginia, 5/22/2020

William E. Shackelford ‘52, Columbus, Montana, 4/27/2020

Chuck D. Hutton ‘53, Charlotte, North Carolina, 4/7/2020

Rector A. Engleman ‘54, Lexington, Virginia, 8/28/2020

James D. McGhee ‘54, Lynchburg, Virginia, 8/26/2020

Billy R. Price ‘54, Kimball, West Virginia, 5/1/2020

Thamo C. Cruise ‘55, Seymour, Tennessee, 7/25/2020

Johnny C. Fender ‘55, San Angelo, Texas, 7/26/2020

Hal G. Prillaman ‘55, Aledo, Texas, 6/11/2020

Robert J. Taylor ‘55, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 7/29/2020

William J. Monta ‘56, Hampton, Virginia, 7/24/2020

Bobby M. Coggsdale ‘57, Suffolk, Virginia, 7/26/2020

Willie R. Gilman ‘57, Glen Allen, Virginia, 4/28/2020

Leonard P. Harris ‘57, Hagerstown, Maryland, 6/18/2020

Jack L. Horne ‘57, Orangeburg, South Carolina, 5/27/2020

Edward T. Jones ‘57, Richmond, Virginia, 6/13/2020

Frederick W. Louis ‘57, Gainesville, Virginia, 4/29/2020

Pierson S. Morrill ‘57, Scottsville, Virginia, 7/2/2020

Bruce C. Clough ‘58, Haymarket, Virginia, 5/12/2020

Raymond O. England ‘58, E Greenwich, Rhode Island, 7/18/2020

Dean T. Mook ‘58, Blacksburg, Virginia, 6/19/2020

Donald A. Bowers ‘59, Ashburn, Virginia, 4/28/2020

Frank H. Hubbard ‘59, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 6/26/2020

Robert V. Lawrence ‘59, Colonial Heights, Virginia, 8/24/2020

Kenneth W. Washburn ‘59, Athens, Georgia, 6/30/2020

Thomas R. Burdette ‘60, Atlantic Beach, Florida, 4/10/2020

Archer W. Cook ‘60, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 7/12/2020

Donald V. Dalton ‘60, Tucson, Arizona, 7/28/2020

Charles E. Elks ‘60, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 7/25/2020

James W. Hammond ‘60, Kingwood, Texas, 6/5/2020

Leonard J. Hite ‘60, Clarksville, Virginia, 8/23/2020

William R. Mahler ‘60, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 5/2/2020

William H. Pletta ‘60, Seneca, South Carolina, 8/6/2020

Theodore A. Fritz ‘61, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 5/1/2020

George K. Priggen ‘61, Penhook, Virginia, 7/27/2020

Grover C. Jennings ‘62, Marion, Virginia, 6/8/2020

Richard A. Johnson ‘62, Clinton, Iowa, 6/15/2020

Russell E. Still ‘62, Danville, Virginia, 7/19/2020

David B. Claudepierre ‘63, Simpsonville, South Carolina, 5/5/2020

Frederic C. Garber ‘63, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 7/29/2020

Price J. Giampocaro ‘63, St Petersburg, Florida, 5/28/2020

Charles E. Tilson ‘63, Blacksburg, Virginia, 4/18/2020

W. B. Bolling ‘64, Huntington, West Virginia, 5/10/2020

Lester B. Carroll ‘64, Winchester, Virginia, 6/12/2020

Michael W. Stoner ‘64, Hagerstown, Maryland, 4/21/2020

John D. Dearing ‘65, Newport News, Virginia, 8/11/2020

Curtis J. Mimna ‘65, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 5/16/2020

Francis R. Porter ‘65, Concord, North Carolina, 6/25/2020

John M. Rogers ‘65, Georgetown, South Carolina, 6/19/2020

Thelbert S. Shields ‘66, Sterling, Virginia, 6/27/2020

Salvador Garcia ‘67, Sloansville, New York, 8/17/2020

Robert E. Garrison ‘67, Louisville, Kentucky, 6/20/2020

Edward A. Herndon ‘68, Erwin, Tennessee, 6/18/2020

Rene C. Fix ‘74, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, 6/21/2020

Hubert N. Mayhew ‘75, Cabot, Arkansas, 4/1/2020