“I knew Jack from 1971 when I joined the Chemistry Department at Virginia Tech until his retirement. Two memories of him stand out. One was that he was a superb budget manager. He took over management of the department budget when it was not in good shape, and he managed it with fairness and skill. The second memory is of his consummate skill in a canoe. On one memorable trip on the Little River his was the only canoe to navigate a Class III rapid; the rest of the party either portaged around...
“Jack and I were room mates as well as class mates at the WVU Chemistry Department. We were both laboratory assistants and worked directly together in setting up experiments, etc.
In addition studying together, we spent a great deal of off-class time together, hiking, going to Cheat Lake and other activities we could afford. Wonderful times and Jack was a key part of those times, for me and for many others.
“Jack and I were college roommates for 2-3 years at WVU in the late 1940's and early 1950's. He was an excellent student and an even better friend. He was honest, trustworthy and helpful to me and others. Jack will be missed by his family and many friends.
“Jack and I shared an interest in photography. I so enjoyed the photo stories of his many travels. Even during his illness he still cared enough to call and see how I was doing. I don't think I ever told him but he reminded me of my dad who I missed so much. Jack was part of my chemistry family and a friend. My prayers are with his dear wife and family. May God comfort and bless you all.
“Jack served admirably and with great efficiency the Chemistry Department at Virginia Tech. He was a great mentor to young assistant professors and to the colleagues who might be interested in departmental administration. He always provided sound advice to those who wanted to listen. I will always cherish the fond memories I have of him and our interactions.
“Jack was my friend. I was on the chemistry faculty when he was hired away from WVU. Over the many years he proved to be an excellent and supportive colleague. The Chemistry Department is stronger today due to the tireless efforts of Jack Graybeal. He will be missed.
“I met Jack when I joined the chemistry faculty at Virginia Tech in 1995. That would have been right around the time that he retired, and I did not get to know him very well. I remember him has a forthright, no-nonsense kind of man with a sense of humor. While I'm sure Jack had many accomplishments throughout his career, the one I will always remember was his successful organization of the American Chemical Society's Southeastern Regional Meeting in Roanoke in 1997. I wish to extend my...
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Jack Daniel Graybeal passed away on September 7, 2013, at the age of 83 years, at his home in Blacksburg, after a long fight against cancer. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his son, Daniel Graybeal and his wife, Debra and children, Shoshanna Walker, Phariouse Phillips, and Dara Graybeal; his...Read More