Blacksburg in Montgomery County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Roy Jay Holden
Head, Department of Geology 1907-1945
The head of VPI's Geology Department for 38 years, noted geologist Roy Jay Holden sited Virginia's first gas well, located water wells when a shortage threatened VPI, and assessed the safety of the Claytor Lake Dam site, but he forged his true legacy in the classroom. Known as a great teacher, he stimulated a lifelong scientific interest in his students. He died while preparing a lecture for his class.
Holden Hall completed in 1940
Erected by VPI Class of 1953.
Location. 37° 13.796′ N, 80° 25.318′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Stanger Street north of Drillfield Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg VA 24060, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John McLaren McBryde (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William MacFarland Patton (about 300 feet away); Earl Bertram Norris (about 300 feet away); Lingan Strother Randolph (about 400 feet away); William Addison Caldwell John William Hancock Jr. (about 500 feet away); Paul Ernest Torgersen (about 500 feet away); Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
Also see . . . Holden Hall. Virginia Tech (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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