Virginia Tech Magazine

Volume 15, Number 3
Spring 1993


4 In Honor of Horace Fralin
Virginia Tech's new biotechnology center will be named for Horace Fralin--Virginia Tech Board of Visitors member, friend, and alumnus--who died in January.
6 Virginia Tech Underground
Once a caver, always a caver. Virginia Tech Cave Club continues to lure students underground while maintaining a strong alumni membership.
10 Lessons in Caring
As life expectancies lengthen, middle-aged individuals feel squeezed between the demands of dependent children and aging parents. Virginia Tech offers a solution--adult day care. The center is the nation's first to train students specifically for a career in this growing new field.
14 Wireless Whiz
Presidential Faculty Fellow Ted Rappaport predicts that developmental research by Virginia Tech's wireless communications group could create a "Wireless Valley" of related industry in Southwest Virginia similar to California's Silicon Valley.
16 House + House = Success
This free-spirited alumni architectural team set off for San Francisco with no jobs and no contacts; six years later they're designing mansions and sleek retail offices.


Orange and Maroon 2
Around the Drillfield 3
Sports 20
Research 22
Alumni Association 24
Philanthropy 25
Class Notes 26

Director of University Relations
Larry Hincker

Associate Director for Publications
David C. Lotts

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 Assistant
Kate Greene '94
Stacey Pastor '93

Business Manager
Kathy Eschenmann

Alumni Notes
Jo Farmer
Dale Alvarez

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