Willis and Mary Nolen Blackwood: The Hokie Nation Personified

“It amazes me,” Mary Nolen Blackwood joyfully reminisces, a Virginia Tech grad of ‘73, “you love each other in spite of your idiosyncrasies.”  Willis and Mary Nolen Blackwood, Class of 1972 and 1973 respectively, have continued to maintain their connection to Virginia Tech for the past 50 years following graduation through heavy family ties and financial involvements. Even in Florida, …

Dr. Mayer Levy: Giving Reasons to Smile

Mayer Levy was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. His family had been there since the 1800s, and the area was racially segregated as he grew up. His Father had attended VPI, which influenced Mayer to follow suit. Also, his Mother had gotten her teaching certificate from what is now Mary Washington University, so it was always assumed that …

William (Bill) Starnes, Jr.: Proud to be a Hokie

William (Bill) Starnes, Jr., Virginia Tech class of 1955, never seriously considered any other school. Bill always knew that he was going to college, and because his father attended the university, having graduated in 1924, it seemed like the perfect place to be. Growing up in Lee County, VA, Bill enjoyed all that his hometown had to offer him as …