Distinguished Alumni of the Corps

Since 1872, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has produced graduates of exemplary character in service to the nation. We have long recognized and celebrated our alumni in various ways, and now we are formally establishing an annual award for Distinguished Alumni of the Corps.

The guiding principles for this award are found on the Pylons: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Brotherhood, Honor, Duty, Leadership, Loyalty, Service, and Sacrifice. Nominations for this award will serve as inspiring examples for our cadets.

We welcome your nominations for Distinguished Alumni of the Corps.

Nominees must have been enrolled in the Corps of Cadets for a minimum of two years (four semesters or six quarters). Nominees must be living.

The nomination package should include the following:

  1. Nomination form
  2. Letter of nomination (from nominator)
  3. Nominee’s current biography or vita 
  4. At least three letters of support
  5. List of any awards or achievements known
  6. Any other items that support the nomination

Send complete nomination packages to: 

VTCC Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee
c/o Col Patience Larkin
141 Lane Hall (0213)
280 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Or scan all documents as email them to vtccalumni@vt.edu.

Nominations for the 2019 award are now closed. 

A committee made up of members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Inc. board, a member of the commandant’s staff, and a member-at-large from the university will review nominations and select each year’s recipient. The honoree, along with family and friends, will be invited to a recognition reception and ceremony, generally held during the spring semester.

Nomination packages will be held for each individual for five years. If an individual is not selected for the award, her or her nomination package may be updated and renewed for consideration in a subsequent year. Nominators names will not be disclosed without their permission.


Nominations for the 2019 award are now closed. 

VTCC Alumni Board Chairman J. Pearson ‘87 is excited to announce the 2019 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. They will be honored at a ceremony on April 11.

Our 2018 Honorees

David E. Lowe ‘63

David Lowe has done more than build a successful career in the telecommunications industry with the C&P Telephone Company of West Virginia — which became Bell Atlantic and eventually, Verizon. Throughout his life, he has led and supported community, educational, and economic development activities that have brought untold benefits to the communities he has called home. 

David Lowe

Gen. Thomas C. Richards ’56

The first four-star general to graduate from the Corps, Gen. Thomas Richards epitomizes the ideal of selfless service. During his career with the U.S. Air Force, he would amass more than 4,700 flying hours, including 624 combat missions in Vietnam. More importantly, his command assignments and leadership allowed him to shape future military leaders around the country    

Gen. Thomas C. Richards