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Tech faculty, staff members play role in town book

Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 13 - November 19, 1998

Virginia Tech faculty and staff members and alumni played key roles in writing and editing A Special Place for 200 Years: A History of Blacksburg, Virginia, a book published by the Town of Blacksburg recently as part of its bicentennial celebration.

Among the authors of chapters in the book are Will McElfresh, retired assistant Extension forester; Peter Wallenstein, associate professor of history; Dorothy Bodell, retired assistant librarian and clothing, textiles, and related arts alumna; J. Daniel Pezzoni, architecture alumnus; Clara B. Cox, manager of public-service communications in University Relations and English alumna, and Ken Singletary, former editorial assistant in University Relations.

Blacksburg Mayor Roger Hedgepeth, retired assistant director of cooperative education and mechanical engineering alumnus, wrote the foreword. James I. Robertson Jr., alumni distinguished professor of history, wrote the preface.
The book was edited by Cox and designed by Meg Nugent, graphic designer in University Relations and an art alumna.
The 188-page book includes, among others, many archival photographs from Special Collections in University Libraries as well as photographs of manuscripts in the department's collection.
The photograph used on the dust jacket was taken by William E. Cox, professor and assistant department head of civil engineering and civil-engineering alumnus. Cox also took several photos used in the book.

Copies of the 188-page book are available from the Town of Blacksburg and the University Bookstore. For more information, call 961-1130.