Marlane, So glad we had the privilege of knowing JM. He had a great smile & enjoyed visiting with him. Will be missed
My buddies from the Highty-Tighty Class of 71 have talked eloquently about the bond we all shared with Jay. They are certainly correct on that, and we have many fond memories for sure. But Randy Bacon and I share something a little different with Jay, as we were all Aerospace Engineering majors. I can never forget having a quarter long class around building a “model” airplane that had to fly without an engine. I was probably in way over my head. But somehow, with Jay and Randy's and help, I got that degree and for that I will be forever grateful. So while I will always remember Jay for the fun times we had in the band, I'll also never forget it was he who played such a big role in my getting that Aerospace Engineering degree. Thanks Jay. We will all miss you.
Marlene - please know that you and Jay are in Betty and my thoughts.
I just knew him for his tennis and his always friendly court demeanor. J.M. will be sorely missed. He was an inspiration in friendliness and encouragement and a joy to be on a tennis team with. A real "good guy" who didn't deserve to die young.
I have known and worked with JM(Duck) since 1993. He was a good friend and a very intellectually interesting person, always able to converse on many, many topics. He was very professional in his demeanor and always treated his contemporaries with DRF (dignity, respect and fairness). May God bless JM and Marlane.
Brenda and I will always remember Jay's constant smile and great attitude about everything during our years at Virginia Tech. Know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time. You are doing wonderful things in his memory and we will do the same in the coming weeks at VT in his memory.
Love, Chuck Rowell, HT class of 1971