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Roy Jay Holden

(1870-1945)

 
 
Roy Jay Holden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2011
1. Roy Jay Holden Marker
Inscription.
Professor 1905-1945
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
Holden Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2011
2. Holden Hall
(about 500 feet away); 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.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
Wall plaque 200 feet west of Holden Hall image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2011
3. Wall plaque 200 feet west of Holden Hall
Roy Jay Holden (1870-1945) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, May 28, 2011
4. Roy Jay Holden (1870-1945)
Professor 1905-1945
The head of VPI's Department of Geology for 38 years, Roy Jay Holden was a noted geologist who sited Virginia's first gas well, located water wells when a water shortage threatened VPI, and assessed the safety of the Claytor Lake Dam site. But it was in the classroom that he forged his true legacy. Known as a great teacher, he stimulated a lifelong scientific interest in his students. He died on December 16, 1945 while preparing a lecture for his class.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 441 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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