Blacksburg in Montgomery County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
John William Hancock Jr.
Member, Board of Visitors 1963-1971
Board Chairman, Virginia Tech Foundation
A generous benefactor of his Alma mater, John W. Hancock Jr. was an astute businessman who founded Roanoke Electric Steel Corporation and John W. Hancock Jr. Inc. He was a futuristic thinker and deeply committed to civic projects. He helped establish Roanoke’s first industrial park, Center in the Square, and the Explore Park and spurred the integration of Roanoke restaurants.
Hancock Hall completed in 1990
Erected by VPI Class of 1953.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
Location. 37° 13.799′ N, 80° 25.429′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from West Turner Street west of Stanger Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg VA 24060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lingan Strother Randolph (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Henry Burchard Clinton Harriman Cowgill (within shouting distance of this marker); Earl Bertram Norris (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Burke Johnston (about 400 feet away); Roy Jay Holden (about 500 feet away); Julian Ashby Burruss (about 600 feet away); William MacFarland Patton (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
Also see . . . John W. Hancock Jr. Hall. Virginia Tech (Submitted on June 1, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 1, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 801 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 1, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.