Stephen Nehrt: A Hiking Hokie

Steve Nehrt was born outside of St. Louis, Missouri in a town called Florissant, but he grew up in Springfield, VA. Drawn to the mountainous region of Southwest Virginia, he came to Virginia Tech in the Fall of 1975. After receiving his B.S. in Economics, he went on to earn his Master’s degree from Virginia Tech as well. While he …

Theodore King Jr.: Always a Hokie

Theodore King, Jr.’s story is that of a man who has worked himself up from poverty to success and has remained fully appreciate of the experiences of which that journey was composed. After leaving his home on a tobacco farm to join Virginia Tech’s Class of 1972, Theodore immersed himself into the Virginia Tech community and devoted himself to his …

Pamela Grzybowski: From a Hokie Family

Pam Grzybowski was the fourth member of her family to attend Virginia Tech. The youngest of seven children, her first memories of campus come from attending her brother’s graduation. Even though her older siblings had been Hokies first, Pam made her Virginia Tech experience her own. While she was here she was a member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon Business …

Natalie Strawn Kelly: A Lifelong Hokie

Natalie Kelly lived on Turner street when Virginia Tech was still called Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She lived on Turner street when she was in 6th grade and Blacksburg built a new elementary school, creating a new school district. Natalie Kelly still lived on Turner street when she attended Virginia Tech from 1970 to 1973. Kelly comes from a long line …

Bertram Kinzey, Jr.: Class of 1942 and a Textbook Hokie

When he joined the Virginia Tech community in 1938, Bertram Kinzey, Jr. began to experience a much different version of college than did many of his contemporaries. As a member of Virginia Tech’s Architecture Engineering extension program, Kinzey was meant to study in Richmond for one year before completing the rest of undergraduate education on the Virginia Tech campus. However, …

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James Godek: Never Quit

We mourn the loss of a persevering and inspiring member of the Hokie community. James Godek did a lot of things in his life, but one thing he never did is quit. The Corps of Cadets, the navy, Ironman triathlons, and brain cancer — Godek pushed through it all. No matter what life threw at him, he never let it …

John Frasier: From Academia to Army

The son of a head bookkeeper and a civil servant, John Frasier was born in 1933 and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. Although he grew up on the heels of the Depression and in the midst of WWII, John recalls a pleasant childhood. Always having been encouraged to attend college, he graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in …

Douglas Beaver: A Hokie Captain

Captain Douglas J. Beaver was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his childhood, his father’s naval career took them all over the world to places like: Japan, Washington, DC; Newport, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; the Philippines; and Germany. Of all of these locations, Captain Beaver most fondly remembers Germany. Well-traveled and with a clear objective in mind, Captain Beaver came …

Thomas Hughes: Building a Future

After just taking a few drafting classes at Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina, a teenaged Thomas Hughes knew he wanted to pursue a career in architecture. When it was time for Hughes to select a college in 1975, he based his decision on whether or not the school had an established architecture program — something that was not …

Jeffrey Bowling: Once an RA, Always an RA

When Jeffrey Bowling graduated from high school in 1976, he did not appreciate that his friends and family all assumed he would go to Virginia Tech just because he was from a family of Hokies. Both his older brother and sister attended Virginia Tech, and his mother went to Radford when it was the women’s division of the University during …