Alumni Announcements

Class Champions Update

Feb. 7. 2019

VTCC Alumni Board Chairman J. Pearson ‘87 is excited to announce this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. This year, our second year bestowing this honor, we again have two awardees: Major General (MG, U.S. Army, Retired) Tommy T. Thompson ’56 and Ambassador Richard T. Crowder ’60.

These two Corps alumni followed two distinct paths after graduating from Virginia Tech. Similarly, they both were designated as Distinguished Military Graduates, both earned bachelor’s degrees in agriculture and applied economics and both commissioned into the U.S. Army.

Ambassador Crowder served on active duty and in the reserves while earning a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and doctorate from Oklahoma State in agriculture and applied economics. That was followed by a successful career in industry at places like Exxon; Pilsbury; Armour, Swift, Eckrich; DEKALB Genetics; and, finally, president and CEO of the American Seed Trade Association.

He also left his mark in government, serving from 1989-92 as the Undersecretary International Affairs and Commodity Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he managed the 1990 Farm Bill. In 2006-07, he was U.S. trade representative and ambassador, as well as U.S. chief agricultural negotiator, principally responsible for all U.S. international agricultural trade negotiations. He continued in 2007-08 as special advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office.

In 2008, Dr. Crowder returned to Virginia Tech as an adjunct professor.

MG Thompson served the Army for more than 36 years in a variety of active duty positions in the United States and South Korea, followed by leadership roles in the Army National Guard. His assignments included commandant of the Virginia Army National Guard Officer Candidate School and division commander of the 29th Infantry Division. He continues to serve as president of the Virginia National Guard Foundation.

In civilian life, he found similar success in real estate, becoming CEO of his own company and building it into one of the bulwarks of the Tidewater, Virginia, area. He has served as president of the Newport News-Hampton Board of Realtors, president of the Peninsula Building and Housing Association, and on the Hampton (Virginia) School Board for 10 years, five of those years as its chairman.

MG Thompson has remained active with the Corps, from fighting in the late 1990s and early 2000s for its survival to establishing a legacy of giving and serving on the VTCC alumni board.

Ut Prosim,

Patience C. Larkin, Col, USAF (Ret)
Alumni Director, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
E-Frat 1987

From left are Ambassador Richard T. Crowder ’60 and MG Tommy T. Thompson ’56.
From left are Ambassador Richard T. Crowder ’60 and MG Tommy T. Thompson ’56.

Class Champions Update

Jan. 29, 2019

It’s January so it must be time for football!?! The VT fall football schedule that is!

1.  Our football schedule was published mid-January and dates have been chosen for Corps and HT Reunions.

  • Corps Reunion will be held the weekend of 13-14 September (Furman game). A VTCC alumni Gunfighter Panel will be held Thursday, 12 Sep. SAVE THE DATES…registration page will be sent out to all Corps alumni in early May.        
  •  HT Reunion will he held the weekend of 8-9 November (Wake Forest game). HTs…SAVE THE DATES…registration page will be sent out to all HT alumni in early May.

2. For those interested in purchasing single home game tickets from our office, we will have those go on sale beginning 1 May. More to follow on pricing, limits, etc. Please note, as always, those seats are located behind the Corps, so new cadets will be standing in front of you the entire game

3. In our last update, we mentioned holding a Recent VTCC Alumnae Weekend. That will be for female Corps alumni (graduating 2003 to today) the weekend of 11-13 April. More to follow on specifics and registration in mid-February.

4.  The VT Alumni Association is holding the second annual VT Reunion the weekend of 7-8 June! Last year’s was a great time and there is SO much to do! This year the emphasis is on class year’s ending with 4 or 9, but ALL HOKIES are welcome to attend!! Register online.

Watch for the announcement of the 2019 VTCC Distinguished Alumni Award to be sent out very soon!!

Ut Prosim,

Patience C. Larkin, Col, USAF (Ret)
Alumni Director, Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets
E-Frat 1987

 

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  • Alumni events are listed on the Corps calendar that is visible on the home page.
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Contact the VTCCA

Colonel Patience Larkin, USAF (ret), VTCC '87
VTCC Alumni Director
540-231-9369
patience@vt.edu
256 Lane Hall

Michele Messner
Alumni Director Assistant
540-231-7431
mmessner@vt.edu
255 Lane Hall

Mailing address:
VTCC Alumni Office (0213)
141 Lane Hall, Virginia Tech
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061