Jerry Hulick: “Ut Prosim” in Action

Virginia Tech alumnus Jerry Hulick completed his degree in 1973, but his steadfast bond with Virginia Tech has yet to end. The Spotsylvania, Virginia resident has become one of the university’s most generous and influential donors, helping to shape his alma mater into a school that continues to make impressive strides into the future. Hulick was born March 12, 1951 …

Clara Cox: Writing Hokie History

As the former Director of University Publications, Clara Cox has contributed to helping Virginia Tech document parts of its history. An alumna of the university herself, she surrounds her entire life with all things related to the Hokie Nation, a community that she is proud to be a part of even in her retirement. Clara has spent much of her …

Kevin Crofton: Hokie Across The Pond

Wanderlust. Perseverance. Risk-taking. Alongside an education from Virginia Tech, these qualities have helped Kevin Crofton achieve big things. Crofton is the CEO of The Comet Group and the former CEO of SPTS Technologies. A rural Virginia native, Crofton ventured “across the pond” to England, where he now resides with his family. He has many prestigious awards and achievements to his name, …

Ezra “Bud” Brown: Passing the Torch of Mentorship

D r. Ezra A. “Bud” Brown knows exactly what it’s like to feel connected to Virginia Tech and its students. Though he recently retired, he had been a faculty member of the university for 48 years, growing increasingly passionate about his work over the years. He has been a mentor, ally, and resource for his students and the experiences he …

Mary “Prim” Jones: Empowering Female Engineers

Mary “Prim” Jones is a pioneer for women in the field of engineering. Graduating in 1962, she was just the third woman to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech. After graduation, she began a successful career in aeronautics engineering and became an executive director with what is now Aerojet Rocketdyne. Both Virginia Tech and engineering are …

Rosemary Blieszner: Helping Virginia Tech Grow

Rosemary Blieszner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as one of five children. After high school Rosemary attended Mercyhurst College (now Mercyhurst University) and majored in home economics with the goal of being a high school teacher. During her senior year in college she taught a high school child development class and loved it. After hearing from a mentor that she …

Matt Winston Sr.: Leading the way for Future Hokies

M att Winston Sr., Virginia Tech class of 1959, was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1938, the youngest of three children. Though he grew up in a time of warfare and racial segregation in a poor family, he enjoyed his childhood. He remembers being hardly aware of the hardships around him, to which he says: “Someone was looking after me …

Frank Beamer: Making Virginia Tech Home

For Frank Beamer, who grew up around Virginia Tech graduates and remembers coming to Hokie football games as a kid, being a Hokie is in his blood. Frank was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina in 1946, the baby in a family with four children. Eventually, his family moved to Fancy Gap, Virginia where he helped on the family farm. …