Virginia Tech Magazine

Volume 15, Number 4
Summer 1993


Ut Prosim Society recognizes 51 new members

The Virginia Tech Ut Prosim Society inducted 51 new members at the organization's seventh annual black-tie banquet April 3. "The Commonwealth of Virginia" was the theme of a gala Friday, which featured foods, wines, and entertainment from across the state.

The society, which honors alumni and friends who contribute at least $50,000 over a five-year period to Virginia Tech, is the university's most prestigious benefactor recognition program. Members in the society are recognized at three levels: Benefactor ($50,000-$199,000), Senior Benefactor ($200,000-$499,000), and Distinguished Benefactor ($500,000 or more.)

Charles W. Steger '69, newly appointed vice president for development and university relations, welcomed society members. President James D. McComas, assisted by Rector of the Board of Visitors Clifton C. Garvin '43, introduced new members.

In addition, the group paid special tribute to Charles M. Forbes '49, former vice president for development and university relations.

Inducted at the Benefactor level were: Cecil W. Bolling; Daniel C. Booker Jr.; Charlotte T. Brown; John F. Carroll Jr.; Jack S. Copenhaver; Frank N. Cowan; August F. Davis; Mrs. Thomas W. Drewry; Paul Duncan; Willena K. Elmore; Eugene V. Fife; Sanford B. Fitts; Charles O. Gordon Jr.; Jack C. Gordon; R. Philip Hanes; Leonard P. Harris; Shirley and Jack Harris.

Also inducted as Benefactors were: Eddie F. and Dawn D. Hearp; F. Staley Hester; Dwight E. Houff; H. Jefferson Howard; Charles H. Jennings; Adger S. Johnson; Joseph L. Jones Jr.; Lee M. Kerley III; Col. W.H. McCann; Kenton E. Meland; Earl F. Myerholtz; Elizabeth and Arthur Parker; Charles H. Parkerson; Douglas C. and Carol C. Petty Jr.; Robert and Nancy Richards; Kathryn R. Robinson; Margaret R. Svoboda; James D. Swan Jr.; Vena H. Taylor; Paul and Dorothea Torgersen; Glover M. and Frances G. Trent; Stewart B. and Atala D. West; and Paul Whitehead Jr.

Senior Benefactors inducted were: Henry L. Buckardt; W. John Campbell Jr.; and William M. Hackman.

Tomas Hudlicky was inducted as Distinguished Benefactor.

While on campus, society members also participated in Founder's Day activities. They attended their choice of luncheons on Saturday. The athletic department hosted a luncheon to honor student athletes who have made the athletic director's honor roll for a least one semester during the year. Provost Fred Carlisle hosted a luncheon at which he discussed the vision for the university as it nears the 21st century.

Other activities included a Saturday afternoon tea hosted by President and Mrs. James McComas at the Grove and a Sunday morning breakfast hosted by Stanton Musser, commandant of the corps of cadets, and Vice Rector Henry Dekker '44.

Virginia Tech Magazine Volume 15, Number 4 Summer 1993