Virginia Tech Magazine

Virginia Tech Magazine


Volume 15, Number 4
Summer 1993

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Contents

4 A tale of two soldiers
Although Major Mike Dunford '76 and Captain Paul Wirt '85 both grew up in Southwest Virginia, both served as Virginia Tech Ranger Company commanders, and lived a block and a half apart outside Fort Bragg, N.C., they never met until Gulf War wounds brought them together at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. This is the dramatic story of their experiences.
6 Stocking up experience
Virginia Tech business students managing a $1-million endowment-fund stock portfolio don't take university's trust lightly as they gain real-world experience in investing.
10 King of the wine vines
Maybe Andy Beckstoffer '61 wouldn't have become the largest, most powerful independent grower of wine grapes in California if he hadn't gone to Virginia Tech; maybe he would. But there's no debate that he has elevated the position of Napa Valley grape growers and produced some of the best wine stock in the world.

Departments

Orange and Maroon 2
Around the Drillfield 3
Students 14
Sports 16
Public Service 18
Books 19
Research 20
Philanthropy 22
Alumni Association 23
Class Notes 25

Cover: Although they never actually touch 1064


Director of University Relations 
Larry Hincker 

Associate Director for Publications 
David C. Lotts 

Editor 
Su Clauson-Wicker 

Assistant Editor 
Netta Eisler 

Graphic Design
Glen Duncan 
Patricia Sterner 

Chief Photographer 
Gary Colbert 
Assistance from the 
Virginia Tech Photo Lab 

Editorial Assistants 
Kate Greene '94 
Stacey Pastor '93 

Business Manager 
Alva Phillips 

Alumni Notes 
Jo Farmer
Dale Alvarez 



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