General Carlton Everhart: Four Star General, Five Star Hokie

Since childhood, General Carlton Everhart has strongly believed in the importance of honesty, integrity, and humility. He has lived life with these ideals prioritized first – from his humble beginnings on his family farm to his influential military career. A 1983 Virginia Tech graduate, Everhart pursued majors in agriculture, agriculture business, and education while involved with the Corps of Cadets. …

Christopher C. Kraft Jr.: From VPI to Mission Control

Christopher Columbus Kraft, Jr. is a Class of 1944 Virginia Tech graduate born. He was born on February 28, 1924 in the small town of Phoebus, Virginia, which later merged into Hampton, Virginia. Growing up, Chris knew everyone in his town, and they knew him, which greatly shaped Chris as a person. Despite growing up in the Depression era, Kraft …

Rock Roszak: Unknown Decision Becomes Lifelong Commitment

When Virginia Tech Class of 1971 alum, Richard “Rock” Roszak, checked yes to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program on his Virginia Tech application, he had no idea how extensively this one decision would affect his life. Raised by European immigrants who endured the struggles of World War II, Rock was expected by his parents to donate a portion …

Sam Lionberger: A Builder of Giving

The university motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) which adorns the steps in front of the Pylons that rest atop of the War Memorial Chapel illuminate the significance of the spirit of the university. For Samuel (Sam) Lewis Lionberger, Jr. who was born and raised in Roanoke, VA, this is not only the motto of the university he …

Bill Latham: A Lifelong Dedication to Ut Prosim

On the residential side of campus, there is an academic building where researchers from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE) work diligently to find solutions to environmental issues and improve the quality of life for all of Earth’s inhabitants. This is Latham Hall. In 2006, Latham Hall was named after …

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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 …