Honor Guard

Cecil Percy Balderson

Cecil Percy Balderson ’32
1912 - 2018

Cecil P. Balderson died July 17 at the age of 105. He was born in Warsaw, Virginia, on Oct. 2, 1912. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute from 1930 to 1932, serving in Company H. After college, he worked as a desk clerk at the Hotel William Byrd in Richmond, Virginia, then as a sales representative for Texaco and the Balcrank Corporation. In 1936, he married Violet Bush. They were married for 71 years, until her death in 2007. He visited Virginia Tech several years ago and was honored as the oldest living alumnus at that time. He is survived by a son.

Carl N. Wallnau Jr.

Carl N. Wallnau Jr. ’41
1919 – 2018

Carl N. Wallnau Jr. died June 29 at the age of 99. He paid for his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute by playing trumpet in his jazz ensemble, Styles by Lyles. He served in the U.S. Air Force under both Gen. George S. Patton and Gen. Jimmy Doolittle in Tunisia, Naples, Sicily, and Paris. He retired as a major. He attended night school and earned a law degree from Brooklyn Law School while working a day job in sales and marketing for Standard Oil. In 1964, he accepted a position at Meenan Oil, eventually serving as vice president and acquisition specialist. He is survived by a daughter and two sons.

Paul Mitchell Fletcher

Paul Mitchell Fletcher ’42
1920 – 2018

U.S. Army Col. Paul Fletcher (retired) died on May 29 at the age of 97. A native Virginian, he commissioned in 1942 after graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He served 32 years during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Among his many awards, he received four awards of the Legion of Merit for meritorious performance of duty. After his retirement in 1974, he worked for eight years as a clerk with the Washington Alcoholic Control Board. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and two daughters and three sons.

William Duncan Pollard Sr.

William Duncan Pollard Sr. ’53
1932 – 2018

William “Bill” Pollard Sr. died May 12. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was an alumnus of Virginia Tech, where he played on the tennis team and was a cheerleader. He was a professional engineer and retired from Commonwealth Gas after 41 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan Brooker Pollard, and two sons.

Harold W. Roller

Harold W. Roller ’53
1931 – 2018

Harold W. Roller died July 22. He was born in Broadway, Virginia, on Dec. 20, 1931. He attended Virginia Tech, where he was active in the Dairy Club, Alpha Zeta honorary fraternity, and the Highty-Tighties. He earned a degree in dairy science and was commissioned into the U.S. Army. He served as assistant county agent in Frederick County, Virginia, in 1953, then served in the Army for two years during the Korean War. He married Carolyn Myers in 1954. He became the first country dairy specialist in Loudon County, Virginia, in 1956 and then Augusta County in 1959. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, two sons, and a daughter.

George Warren Swift

George Warren Swift ’53
1929 – 2018

George W. Swift died May 28. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering at Virginia Tech, where he taught in the Department of Engineering, Science, and Mechanics for over 30 years. He was a longtime member of Blacksburg Baptist Church. His love of God guided his life every day. He was an avid kayaker and runner, and he loved to spend time at his beloved farm “Sugartree.” He is survived by a daughter and son.

Durwood “Adrian” Mckinney Sr.

Durwood “Adrian” Mckinney Sr. ’55
1933 – 2018

Durwood A. “Adrian” McKinney Sr. died Aug. 9 in Marion, Virginia. He was born July 9, 1933, on Tams Mountain, West Virginia. His life was full of family and adventure. A 1955 graduate of Virginia Tech, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He worked as a professional engineer for Slab Fork Coal Company. In 1959, he married Joyce Lee Orman and enjoyed 53 years with her. Survivors include five daughters and a son.

Richard C. Chin

Franklin Dewey “Frank” Brown ’56
1933 – 2018

Franklin D. “Frank” Brown died Aug. 24. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry. He was a proud four-year member of the Virginia Tech football team coached by Frank O. Moseley, as well as a member of the Corps of Cadets and the German Club. After graduation, he served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. His professional banking career led him to work in the Virginia areas of Abingdon, Charlottesville, Blacksburg, and Roanoke. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pamela K. Brown, and two sons and three daughters.

William Edward Dugger Jr.

William Edward Dugger Jr. ’58
1937 - 2018

Bill Dugger Jr. died May 26. He grew up in Brodnax, Virginia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and was a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Highty-Tighties. He taught at various institutions, including The Ohio State University, Western Kentucky University, and, from 1970 to 1994, at Virginia Tech. He was an emeritus professor for the College of Human Resources and Education at Virginia Tech and authored many books. He is survived his wife of 59 years, Carrie Briscoe Dugger; two daughters; and a son 

James Randolph Steele

James Randolph Steele ’62
1940 – 2018

U.S. Air Force Maj. James Randolph Steele (retired) died Aug. 17. He was born March 11, 1940, in Carroll County, Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Virginia Tech, where he was in D Company in the Corps of Cadets. He commissioned as an officer in the Air Force and retired as a major. He then worked for defense contractor SAIC. Survivors include his wife, Carol Davis Steele, and a daughter.

George Elliott Fox

George Elliott Fox ’64
1942 - 2018

George E. Fox died July 2 in Englewood, Florida. He was born Aug. 1, 1942. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and was a member of A Squadron. He, along with friends Homer Hickam and Ben Harper, conceived the idea of a ceremonial cannon. The three of them saw the project through, with the end result being the now beloved Skipper. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain during the Vietnam War. He retired to Florida in 1999 after 30 years as a manager at GE Power Systems in Schenectady, New York. Survivors include his beloved wife, Jeanne; two sons; and a daughter.

James Gray Neal Jr.

James Gray Neale Jr. ’65
1942 - 2018

James “Jim” Neal Jr. died May 30. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he served in the U.S. Air Force. While in the Corps of Cadets, he served on the regimental staff and the German Club. He was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa and received the Society of the Cincinnati Medal, which is awarded to the senior cadet officer who best exemplifies the citizen-solider characteristics of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus. He is survived by his wife, Ann Morton DeMuth Neale, and their four daughters. 

Edward Nils Resio

Edward Nils Resio ’65
1943 – 2018

Edward N. Resio died April 20. He was born and raised in Falmouth, Virginia. He was an All-American athlete and graduated from Virginia Tech. An Air Force veteran, he eventually retired as the deputy director of public works at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren. One of his passions was fly fishing. Survivors include his cherished wife of 52 years, Beckie Birt Resio, and their son and daughter.

Michael Joseph Bogese Jr.

Michael Joseph Bogese Jr. ’68
1946 - 2018

Michael J. Bogese, Jr. died April 24. As an Army cadet at Virginia Tech, he served on the Gregory Guard, Color Guard, and was vice president of the Class of 1968. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in building construction, he served in the U.S. Army and did a tour of duty in South Korea. He joined Bogese Inc., the family construction and development business, serving as a principal. He was a Bronze Benefactor of the Virginia Tech Hokie Club, a member of the Ut Prosim Society, and a former member of the board of directors of the Virginia Tech Foundation. He is survived by his two daughters and a son.

Stephen William Pavlik

Stephen William Pavlik ’69
1948 - 2018

Stephen W. Pavlik died April 11. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech in accounting. As a member of the Corps of Cadets, he commanded S Squadron his senior year. He joined the U.S. Air Force, and while stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, he met his future wife. He began his professional career as a CPA in 1978. He had a long career with Crom Corporation, a large engineering and construction firm, retiring after 25 years as the CEO in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Pavlik; two daughters; and a son. 

Sarah Joy Mitchell

Sarah Joy Mitchell ’17
1994 – 2018

U.S. Navy Ensign Sarah Mitchell died July 8 during a training exercise in the Red Sea. She earned a degree in biochemistry with minors in chemistry and leadership studies. During her senior year, she commanded Alpha Company and served as a platoon commander for the Naval ROTC. She commissioned in May 2017. Friends and classmates say they will remember her drive and energy, but more importantly her positive attitude and constant smile. She was looking forward to marrying the love of her life and best friend, Dave Collins. She is survived by her parents, John and Betsy Mitchell, and two brothers and two sisters.

Lest We Forget

  • Joseph Kyle Scott ’37, Hagerstown, Maryland, 5/30/18
  • John C. Higginbotham III ’44, Greensboro, North Carolina, 8/14/17
  • John Rayne Cropper Jr. ’45, Fair Oaks, California, 7/3/18
  • Robert B. Fetter ’45, Vero Beach, Florida, 7/15/18
  • Tandy Jack Fleming ’45, Boise, Idaho, 1/15/17
  • Douglas D. Shelton Jr. ’45, Miami, Florida, 7/29/17
  • William P. Maddy ’46, Springfield, Missouri, 4/4/18
  • Kearney F. McQuilkin ’46, Annapolis, Maryland, 5/15/18
  • James M. Bacos  ’47, Bethesda, Maryland, 6/6/18
  • William Buchanan Coffman ’47, Silver Spring, Maryland, 5/30/18
  • Bernard C. Meredith Jr. ’47, Panama City, Florida, 4/30/18
  • John Thomas Walmsley ’47, Tinley Park, Illinois, 8/10/17
  • Harold A. Oldroyd Jr. ’48, Long Branch, New Jersey, unk
  • Robert Chester Jennings ’49, Wytheville, Virginia, 5/21/18
  • Ray Steger Jones ’49, Blackstone, Virginia, 7/2/18
  • Truman L. Sayre ’49, Ghent, West Virginia, 5/6/18
  • Preston H. Andrews ’50, Altavista, Virginia, 7/19/18
  • William Allison Headley Jr. ’50, Orlando, Florida, 7/20/17
  • James Don Isley ’50, Kingsport, Tennessee, 5/17/18
  • Walter Harris Pogue Jr. ’50, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 5/9/18
  • Franklin R. Taylor ’50, Millersville, Maryland, 8/12/17
  • Carl J. Arnold ’51, Clinton, South Carolina, 5/15/18
  • Roger M. Bottoms ’51, Sterling Heights, Michigan, 8/1/16
  • Norman H. Burns ’51, Roanoke, Virginia , 12/20/2016
  • Walter Lambert Jr. ’51, Richmond, Virginia, 8/18/17
  • Richard L. Martin ’51, Colliersville, Tennessee, 6/22/17
  • Robert E. Mauzy Jr. ’51, Blue Grass, Virginia, 5/14/18
  • Robert L. Moore ’51, Haymarket, Virginia, 4/28/18
  • S. Clyde  Watkins ’51, Lakeland, Florida, 6/2/18
  • Gerald M. White ’51, Lexington, Kentucky, 8/6/17
  • Edwin Newsom Griffin ’52, Montgomery, Alabama, 10/25/2016
  • Carl Graham Hodnett Jr. ’52, Clemmons, North Carolina, 7/22/18
  • Oley S. Poer Jr. ’52, Greensboro , North Carolina, 7/11/18
  • Donald F. Simpson Sr. ’52, Alexandria, Virginia, 5/14/18
  • William B Allen Jr. ’53, Atlanta, Georgia, 6/8/18
  • Thomas W. Barham ’53, Fairfax, Virginia, 5/13/18
  • Everett A. Huffman ’53, Lanham, Maryland, 8/19/17
  • William L. Jenks ’53, Emporia, Kansas, 7/9/18
  • William C. Kellner ’53, Monterey, California, 6/28/18
  • Theodore A. Magnusdal ’53, Richmond, Virginia, 6/25/18
  • Charles A. Miller Jr. ’53, Richmond, Virginia, unk
  • William A. Peery ’53, Tucson, Arizona, 12/31/2017
  • William P. Radtke ’53, Leawood, Kansas, 8/16/17
  • Walter J. Reynolds ’53, Blacksburg, Virginia, 7/21/18
  • Russell Ford Stebar ’53, Morgan, Utah, 7/17/18
  • James D. Swan Jr. ’53, Brandy Station, Virginia, 5/30/18
  • Edwin Surber Bolen Jr. ’54, Lynchburg, Virginia, 4/23/18
  • William F. Keehne Jr. ’54, Roanoke, Virginia, 7/14/18
  • Joseph T. Sowell Jr. ’54, Palmdale, California, 6/16/17
  • Stephen E. Whitney ’54, Ashburn, Virginia, 8/18/17
  • William Edward Cox ’55, Raleigh, North Carolina, 8/10/17
  • John Willis Muncy ’55, Bland, Virginia, 5/27/18
  • Philip C. Holladay Jr. ’56, Richmond, Virginia, 6/13/18
  • Frank Gordon Christian Jr. ’57, Raleigh, North Carolina, 6/24/18
  • Thomas M. Hall  ’57, Charles City, Virginia, 6/20/18
  • David A. Hilton ’57, Chesapeake, Virginia, 5/3/18
  • Curtis E. Davis Jr. ’58, Roanoke, Virginia, 8/2/17
  • Parks Adolphas Deaton ’58, Worthington, Ohio, 4/27/18
  • Clarence Brown Givens ’58, Blacksburg, Virginia, 8/22/17
  • Thomas P. Johnson Jr. ’58, Suffolk, Virginia, 6/22/18
  • Daniel W. Pruitt ’58, Blackstone, Virginia, 5/31/18
  • John Fontaine Keeling Jr. ’59, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 8/20/17
  • Buddy W. King ’59, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 5/24/18
  • Raymond Stanley Kirchmier II ’59, Henrico, Virginia, 5/18/17
  • Vernon L. Seese ’59, Norman, Oklahoma, unk
  • Kenneth H. Sellers ’59, Burke, Virginia, 4/20/18
  • Thomas Branch Worsham Jr. ’59, Edgefield, South Carolina, 7/13/18
  • John L. Hood ’60, Chesapeake, Virginia, 7/13/18
  • Osco James Kennedy ’60, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 5/22/18
  • C. Leslie Roberson ’60, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 8/8/17
  • Dennis Edward Hardy ’61, North Tazewell, Virginia, 4/23/18
  • Fred L. Jennings ’61, Fries, Virginia, 4/10/18
  • Paul Davis Myers Jr. ’61, Titusville, Florida, 8/4/17
  • Elwood Gordon Ball Jr. ’62, Heathsville, Virginia, 5/27/18
  • Frederick Emerson Hughes Jr. ’62, Richmond, Virginia, 5/29/18
  • Richard Magnus Monson ’62, Vienna, Virginia, 3/10/18
  • Daniel Boone Ramsey ’62, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, unknown
  • Eugene Michael Schultz ’62, Baltimore, Maryland, 8/23/17
  • Thomas Guilford Sixbey ’62, Salem, Virginia, 6/6/18
  • Charles Strother Jr. ’62, Delaplane, Virginia, 6/19/18
  • Irving Wayne Swann ’62, Mechanicsville, Virginia, 4/25/18
  • Joseph Frederick Peters Jr. ’63, Manning, South Carolina, 7/1/18
  • Samuel Reed Carter III ’64, Salem, Virginia, 8/18/17
  • Robert E. Doriot ’64, Coppell, Texas, 7/27/17
  • William Oscar Lipscomb III ’64, Chiefland, Florida, 6/19/18
  • James Alexander Mundy IV ’64, Springfield, Massachusetts, 5/3/18
  • Donald William Mayberry ’65, Salem, Virginia, 4/25/18
  • Thomas Wilbur Otto Jr. ’65, Springfield, Virginia, 7/22/17
  • Edward Lisle Shackelford Jr. ’65, Kansas City, Missouri, 7/15/18
  • William Rupert Elliott Jr. ’66, Prince George, Virginia, 8/17/17
  • Byron Allen James ’66, Fork Union, Virginia, 2/4/17
  • Dean Ridgway Hanson ’67, League City, Texas, 7/21/17
  • David Ernest Sawyer ’67, Chesapeake, Virginia, 8/20/17
  • John Early Apostolides ’68, Richmond, Virginia, 7/6/17
  • Ronald Andrew North ’68, West Dover, Vermont, 5/7/10
  • Marlin Gordon Leatherman ’69, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 3/6/17
  • John Brown Bell Jr ’70, Columbia, Maryland, 5/10/18
  • Michael Joseph Santangelo ’72, Iowa City, Iowa, 4/25/18
  • Mark Edward Vermillion Sr. ’79, Londonderry, New Hampshire, 5/4/18
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