Honor Guard

James F. Boone

James F. Boone ’37
1915 - 2018

James F. Boone died in Blacksburg, Virginia, on Feb. 6 at the age of 102. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1937 with a degree in business administration. Afterward, he moved back to his hometown of Ivor, Virginia, and took a bank job. In the early 1940s, he was elected mayor. He returned to Blacksburg and was the Virginia Tech treasurer from 1952 to 1982. He liked to tell tales of his days in the Corps of Cadets. His wife, Martha, preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter and son. 

Willard Gilley

Willard Gilley ’43
1923 - 2018

Willard Gilley died Feb. 10. He was born near Williamsburg, Virginia. Upon graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, he entered Officer Candidates School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served in the 26th Army Infantry Division and was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star. After being wounded on the battlefield, he spent time at Valley Forge Army Hospital, where he met his first wife. They settled in Pennsylvania until returning to Williamsburg to enter the family dairy business. Survivors include his second wife, Elizabeth; five children; and two step-children.

John Marshall Trimble

John Marshall Trimble ’44
1922 - 2017

U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. John Trimble (retired) died Dec. 25, 2017. He studied dairy science at Virginia Tech in 1940 but went on active duty for 3 1/2 years during wartime in 1943. He continued his service in the Army Reserves, retiring in 1972. He received his degree in 1947 then spent 25 years as manager of the Homestead Farms & Dairy and 14 years as the Virginia Cooperative Extension agent in Bath County, Virginia. Survivors include his wife, Sue, and three children. 

Robert L. Moore

Robert L. Moore ’52
1930 - 2018

Lt. Gen. Robert “Bob” L. Moore (retired) died April 28. Moore was born July 6, 1930, in Bluefield, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a degree in architecture in 1952 and commissioned into the U.S. Army. He commanded the 87th Engineer Battalion, Vietnam; the Division Support Command, 2nd Infantry Division Korea; the Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; and was deputy commanding general for RD&A at Army Materiel Command, Alexandria, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Lee Montgomery. Survivors include their son and daughter.

J. William Bricker

J. William Bricker ’53
1931 - 2017

U.S. Army Lt. Col. J. William “Bill” Bricker (retired) died Dec. 19, 2017. Born and raised in Radford, Virginia, he was a distinguished military graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Following a proud Army career of 25 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam, he entered civilian life and made Augusta, Georgia, his home. An avid gardener and organic pioneer, he embarked on a second career by founding Brinko Farms in 1977. He and his wife, Lou, enjoyed traveling together, and he was passionate about golf. He is survived by three sons. 

Robert Stanley Parrott Jr.

Robert Stanley Parrott Jr. ’56
1934 - 2017

Robert Parrott died Dec. 11, 2017. He graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy and received his bachelor of science degree from Virginia Tech in 1956. He was also an alumnus of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Virginia. He always considered one of his greatest achievements his service on Gov. Mills Godwin’s task force “Bonds for Education” that helped establish Virginia’s Community College System. He retired from Roy Wheeler Realty Company in 1991. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, LaVerne; a daughter; and son. 

Donald Lee Sage

Donald Lee Sage ’56
1935 - 2018

Don Sage died April 4. He was born in Palm Beach, Florida, but was raised in Richmond, Virginia. A dedicated Hokie, he graduated with a degree in industrial engineering. After a 38-year career with AT&T that earned him numerous professional accolades, including the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ LEAD Award for Integrated Manufacturing, he retired in 1994. He gave generously of his time and talents to multiple organizations and causes, including the Telephone Pioneers and Virginia Tech. He is survived by his wife, Mary Etta Sage, and three children.

Richard C. Chin

Richard C. Chin ’59
1935 - 2017

Richard Chin died Nov. 7, 2017. He was born in New York City but spent half the year on the family farm in New Jersey raising vegetables. While at Virginia Tech, he was in the Army ROTC program and the Pershing Rifles’ Drill Team. After graduating with a degree in construction management, he was commissioned and assigned to the 82nd Airborne. He qualified in helicopters, when he joined the 1st Armored Division. He attained the rank of captain, was certified as a paratrooper, and earned aviator wings. Following his military service, he joined the Honeywell Corporation from which he retired. He is survived by two brothers and a sister.

Richard Earl Smith

Richard Earl Smith ’63
1940 - 2018

Richard Smith died on Feb. 12. He earned his degree in electrical engineering from VPI. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of captain. The next 34 years of his career were spent working in various engineering and scientific roles with both the Air Force and Army. He was a loving and devoted family man who enjoyed telling tales of his time at Virginia Tech, including such antics as rescuing the Hokie turkey from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is survived by his wife, Jayne Myers Smith; four children; and two step-sons. 

Richard E. Bass

Richard E. Bass ’65
1938 – 2018

Richard E. Bass of Blacksburg, died on Feb. 10. He received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and was a proud member of the German Club and Highty-Tighties. Much of his life was devoted to public education, where he served in teaching and administrative positions. During his later years, he shared his deep knowledge of Virginia Tech history as a campus tour bus driver and chauffeur. Survivors include his two daughters. 

Ballard Raymond Parker

Ballard Raymond Parker ’65
1943 - 2018

Ballard Parker died Feb. 13. Raised in Lynchburg, Virginia, he graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in business administration and was a member of C Squadron in the Corps of Cadets. He enjoyed a 43-year career as a senior vice president in charge of institutional trading for major financial institutions in Richmond, Virginia. He was active in his church, community, and civic organizations. Survivors include his childhood sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Betty Williams Parker, and two daughters.

Lawrence E. Laughon

Lawrence E. Laughon ’60
1938 - 2017

Lawrence Eugene “Larry” Laughon died April 8, 2017. He was four days short of his 79th birthday. A native of Roanoke, Virginia, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 1960 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1971 as a pilot, flight instructor, and test pilot for North American Rockwell. He served three tours in Vietnam. He later owned and managed restaurants for 20 years and completed his career in the insurance industry. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, a daughter, and a son. 

Michael Joseph Hvozdovic

Michael Joseph Hvozdovic ’65
1943 - 2017

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Joseph Hvozdovic (retired) died Nov. 21, 2017. Born in 1943 he was raised in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He entered Virginia Polytechnic Institute as a cadet and offensive/defensive guard for the Hokies. He graduated with a degree in industrial arts. Commissioned in 1966, he served as detachment commander, squadron commander, and communications electronic inspector for the Air Force Inspector General. He served in the White House Communications Agency under President Ronald Reagan and as executive officer for the secretary of the Air Force. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Joan Hvozdovic, and three daughters.

William A. Steiger III

William A. Steiger III ’69
1947 - 2018

U.S. Army Col. William “Bill” Steiger III (retired) died March 2. He attended Virginia Tech on a ROTC scholarship, where he was a member of the Gregory Guard, Cotillion Club, and, as a senior, the Regimental S-3 of the Corps of Cadets. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an infantry officer. He saw action in both Cambodia and Vietnam. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Wendy Ostertag Steiger, and a son and a daughter. 

Peggy Conway Reed

Peggy Conway Reed
1940 - 2018

Peggy Conway Reed, of Waynesboro, Virginia, died Jan. 14. She was a devoted friend and supporter of the Corps of Cadets and the widow of Highty-Tighty alumnus, Ray Reed ’57. She had worked at E.I. DuPont Co. for more than 38 years. She served her community, church, and civic organizations in many leadership roles. She will be sorely missed by the Corps and the many cadets who received the Reeds’ Emerging Leader Scholarship. The Reeds also supported the annual trip of all first-year cadets to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. She is survived by their daughter.

Lest We Forget

  • William E. Harvey ’35, Lynchburg, Virginia, 12/28/2017
  • Horace T. Ayres ’37, Las Vegas, Nevada, 11/17/2017
  • Charles S. Brown ’41, Williamsburg, Virginia, 12/9/2017
  • Howard J. Graninger ’41, Columbus, Indiana, 1/8/2018
  • James R. Craddock ’42, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2/22/2018
  • Chapman M. Hale Jr. ’42, Kingsport, Tennessee, 2/20/2018
  • Henry W. Hoffman ’42, Grottoes, Virginia, 12/21/2017
  • Robert R. Kidd ’43, Orange, Connecticut, 4/26/2016
  • Emmett G. Taylor Jr. ’43, Temperance, Virginia, 11/17/2017
  • Philip R. Compton ’44, Warrenton, Virginia, 11/21/2017
  • William C. Lucas Jr. ’44, Du Bois, Pennsylvania, 3/9/2018
  • Fitzhugh Mayo ’44, Winchester, Virginia, 11/11/2017
  • Frank H. McFadden ’44, Salem, Virginia, 10/13/2017
  • Robert B. Delano Sr. ’45, Warsaw, Virginia, 12/5/2017
  • William H. Deierhoi Jr. ’45, Westlake, Ohio, 7/13/2017
  • Raymond H. French Jr. ’45, Orlando, Florida, 2/15/2017
  • James W. Sink ’45, Rocky Mount, Virginia, 2/16/2018
  • Charles E. Trumbo ’45, Durham, North Carolina, 11/18/2017
  • Charles D. Easter ’46, Blacksburg, Virginia, 10/3/2017
  • Sanford J. Holzsweig ’46, Plano, Texas, 2/9/2018
  • John W. Kimman Jr. ’46, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 10/28/2017
  • Norman G. Lankford ’46, Carrsville, Virginia, 1/14/2018
  • Alan M. McKeithen ’46, Saint Petersburg, Florida, 2/1/2018
  • Horace M. Smythers ’46, Roanoke, Virginia, 10/15/2017
  • George R. Hayes ’47, Gloucester, Virginia, 1/4/2018
  • Bennett Nathanson ’47, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, 1/18/2018
  • Russell R. McDaniel ’48, Roanoke, Virginia, 1/18/2018
  • John W. Thomas Jr. ’48, Rocky Point, North Carolina, 10/26/2017
  • Elmer F. Brogdon ’49, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 11/23/2017
  • Moir E. Eanes ’49, Lynchburg, Virginia, 10/12/2017
  • David W. Jones ’49, Charlottesville, Virginia, 3/20/2018
  • Walker Anderson ’50, Louisville, Colorado, 9/28/2017
  • James L. Bullock ’50, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 11/25/2017
  • Walter V. Goyne ’50, Mc Lean, Virginia, 12/9/2017
  • Eric K. Newby Jr. ’50, New York, New York, 12/18/2017
  • James N. Sheppard ’50, Buffalo Junction, Virginia, 9/25/2017
  • Joseph T. Walbert ’50, Gainesville, Florida, 10/24/2017
  • Walter J. Bronikowski ’51, Brielle, New Jersey, 1/28/2018
  • A. Bruce Crenshaw ’51, Birmingham, Alabama, 12/2/2017
  • William R. Eason ’51, Buffalo Junction, Virginia, 12/9/2017
  • Newton Elmore Jr. ’51, Portsmouth, Virginia, 5/20/2017
  • Donn R. Hobbs ’51, Hudson, Ohio, 11/20/2017
  • Randolph B. James ’51, Salemburg, North Carolina, 2/20/2018
  • James E. Smith III ’51, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 11/4/2017
  • John H. Sturges Jr. ’51, Williamstown, New Jersey, 2/25/2017
  • Kenneth L. Motley ’52, Roanoke, Virginia, 12/20/2017
  • Raymond H. Anderson Jr. ’53, San Juan Capo, California, 1/6/2018
  • Joseph R. Barlow Jr. ’53, Smithfield, Virginia, 12/24/2017
  • Mike C. Chesson ’53, Newport News, Virginia, 11/1/2017
  • Horace B. Fitchett ’53, New Bern, North Carolina, 10/10/2017
  • Robert O. Ferrell ’54, Poquoson, Virginia, 10/5/2017
  • Fred P. Kirkhart ’54, Santa Rosa, Florida, 12/30/2017
  • Perry A. Newcomb ’54, Hilton Head, South Carolina, 10/11/2017
  • Hayden J. Silver Jr. ’54, Williamsburg, Virginia, 9/28/2017
  • Malcolm G. Stewart ’54, Florence, South Carolina, 1/8/2018
  • Charles W. Strang Jr. ’54, Prescott, Arizona, 1/19/2018
  • Joseph L. Thompson ’54, White Rock, New Mexico, 6/8/2017
  • Raymond D. Tyus ’54, Henrico, Virginia, 1/17/2018
  • Carl R. Yeary ’54, Little Rock, Arkansas, 10/9/2017
  • Harry E. Corr ’55, Gloucester, Virginia, 2/11/2018
  • John B. Hall Jr. ’55, Yorktown, Virginia, 3/17/2018
  • William P. Hundley Jr. ’55, Richmond, Virginia, 10/18/2017
  • Allen H. Carroll ’56, Lindale, Texas, 1/24/2018
  • Lyman R. Comey ’56, Chesapeake, Virginia, 10/17/2017
  • John S. Dawson Jr. ’56, Rochelle, Virginia, 1/12/2018
  • James E. Turner Jr. ’56, Suffolk, Virginia, 12/27/2017
  • Albert E. Bailey III ’57, Roanoke, Virginia, 2/14/2018
  • Samuel J. Harris III ’57, Fountain Valley, California, 5/3/2017
  • Stanley A. Jacobson ’57, Miami, Florida, 8/7/2017
  • Gradon O. Pendergraft Jr. ’57, Stuarts Draft, Virginia, 2/14/2018
  • Clarence B. Robertson III ’57, Crozier, Virginia, 1/27/2018
  • Ronald W. Simon ’57, Urbanna, Virginia, 11/20/2017
  • Richard T. Biggs ’58, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 2/21/2018
  • Charles E. Fultz ’58, Leesville, South Carolina, 1/31/2018
  • Frederic W. Ganley Jr. ’58, Arlington, Virginia, 1/11/2018
  • John E. Hinckle ’58, Richmond, Virginia, 2/16/2018
  • Wiley B. Lewis ’58, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1/25/2018
  • William S. Pugh ’58, Lynchburg, Virginia, 2/15/2018
  • Herbert H. Snyder Jr. ’58, Vinton, Virginia, 1/2/2018
  • William G. Wilson Sr. ’58, New Bern, North Carolina, 3/10/2018
  • Robert L. Wood ’58, Lynchburg, Virginia, 11/27/2017
  • Richard F. Ashton ’59, Richmond, Virginia, 10/26/2017
  • George N. Clark ’59, Silver Spring, Maryland, 12/31/2017
  • Robert S. Fulghum ’59, Greenville, North Carolina, 11/25/2017
  • David C. Musick ’59, Castlewood, Virginia, 10/14/2017
  • Arthur R. Soderberg ’59, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, 10/11/2017
  • Thomas O. Williams III ’59, Blacksburg, Virginia, 3/10/2018
  • Thomas C. Baker ’60, Winchester, Virginia, 1/12/2018
  • Thomas E. Basham ’60, Roanoke, Virginia, 5/22/2008
  • Samuel H. Camper ’60, Sanford, North Carolina, 1/6/2018
  • Richard B. Crim ’60, Summit Point, West Virginia, 12/30/2017
  • Robert A. Norman Jr. ’60, Winchester, Virginia, 10/20/2017
  • Frank D. Porter III ’60, Roanoke, Virginia, 2/19/2018
  • Donald W. Renfroe ’60, Hudson, Florida, 5/13/2017
  • William J. Story III ’60, Waverly, Virginia, 7/14/2017
  • Rotherme M. Duke Jr. ’61, Midlothian, Virginia, 10/31/2017
  • Kenneth L. Garner ’61, Norco, California, 9/19/2017
  • William E. Martin Jr. ’61, Waleska, Georgia, 12/28/2017
  • Donald E. Simkins Jr. ’61, Smithfield, Virginia, 11/17/2017
  • William D. Yancey ’61, Stafford, Virginia, 10/20/2017
  • James H. Bradley Sr. ’62, Danville, Virginia, 6/3/2017
  • Asghar Hasan ’62, Burlington, New Jersey, 9/22/2017
  • Swanson D. Jennings ’62, Stony Creek, Virginia, 10/9/2017
  • Donald G. McClintock ’62, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2/4/2018
  • Robert L. Murray Jr. ’62, Yorktown, Virginia, 11/21/2017
  • Wayne D. Purcell ’62, Riner, Virginia, 2/17/2018
  • Noel D. Self ’62, Norfolk, Virginia, 1/18/2018
  • David W. Wright ’62, Montrose, Colorado, 2/19/2018
  • Carl A. Cox ’63, Independence, Virginia, 12/1/2017
  • Paul N. Flynn ’63, Alexandria, Virginia, 12/23/2017
  • William M. Gares Jr. ’63, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 10/15/2008
  • Dennis M. Kamber ’63, Poolesville, Maryland, 1/5/2018
  • Robert F. Mills II ’63, Altamonte, Florida, 2/4/2017
  • Richard L. Puster ’63, New Bern, North Carolina, 7/6/2017
  • Charles A. Trainum Jr. ’63, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 10/7/2017
  • Welford L. Coutts Jr. ’64, Clemmons, North Carolina, 1/31/2018
  • Philip A. Loving ’64, Strasburg, Virginia, 12/22/2017
  • David D. Abbott ’65, Chandler, Arizona, 12/19/2017
  • George S. Gillis ’65, Atlanta, Georgia, 9/21/2017
  • Franklin E. Mayo ’65, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 1/2/2018
  • Ronald Stanley ’65, Staunton, Virginia, 9/24/2017
  • Terrell A. Wright ’65, Alexandria, Virginia, 7/31/2017
  • Juette O. Renalds III ’66, Forest, Virginia, 2/25/2018
  • James E. Carlton ’67, West Point, Virginia, 10/3/2017
  • Randolph R. Rankin ’67, Ennis, Texas, 5/22/2016
  • Larry R. Coke ’68, Lansdale, Pennsylvania, 9/27/2017
  • Stephen C. Winters ’68, Yorktown, Virginia, 1/24/2018
  • Emory J. Dunning Jr. ’69, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 12/18/2017
  • Julian H. Martin Jr. ’72, Locust Grove, Virginia, 10/27/2017
  • Robert C. Gardner ’83, Roanoke, Virginia, 1/17/2018

Note to readers: In the print edition, Robert R. Bacon ’71 of Lady Lake, Florida, was mistakenly listed as deceased.