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 …

David Lowe: A Leader with Blacksburg Roots

A life fully lived accurately sums up the the life of David Lowe. Lowe, class president of 1963 details his humble beginnings of growing up in a small working-class family in West Virginia. Lowe’s parents were both teachers, and in his story he highlights the importance of education, including his decision to come to college at Virginia Tech. Upon arriving …

Women of 1970: Tech’s Trailblazers

As part of a class of women entering Virginia Tech, Nancy Hutchinson Webb, Noel Marts, Sue Ellen Kimmy, Beverly Quinn, Donna Price, Marilyn Vanhoozer, and Kay Meehan were pioneers on a transforming campus. Prior to the acceptance of civilian women on Tech’s campus, women, much like these seven friends, attended the women’s college at Radford. As the country and the …

Danny Bird: A Hokie Pawpaw and Judge

As a student who majored in dairy science in the College of Agriculture, Bird was involved in numerous organizations and activities during his time at Virginia Tech. Bird was also President of his class, Chairman of the Ring Committee, and, during his senior year, a Regimental Commander, the highest rank a cadet can hold. In his story, Bird tells of …

Matt Fox: A Hokie at Heart

When asked, “What’s a Hokie?” what would you say? You could begin to explain our maroon and orange feathered friend, or you might speak of the rambunctious student section and the packed cubbies of Newman Library. Virginia Tech graduates always know the answer–what’s a Hokie? I am. Fifteen years after graduating from Virginia Tech with double majors in Political Science …

Lisa Ellison: Architect of Acceptance

Acceptance and equality are cornerstones of today’s Hokie Nation. Lisa Ellison, a member of the 1986 graduating class, was a prominent leader of social change here at Virginia Tech. Serving as the President of the Black Organizations Council and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership roundtable, Lisa became more than just a student–she was a student with a …