Since 1894, the year Tech was founded, the Lomax-Marbury
family has been involved with this institution of learning.
When Virginia Lomax Marbury was recognized as Tech’s 2005
alumna of the year, it was an excellent choice.
Marbury was acknowledged for her commitment and
contribution to the university.
“It was so nice of everyone to do this for me, but I
don’t deserve all of the attention,” she said.
Marbury’s husband was recognized with the same honor in
1976, bringing honor to the family.
Sadly Mr. Marbury passed away unexpectedly the week Mrs.
Marbury received the award. There has never been such a dedicated, generous
contributor to Tech before or since the Marbury’s.
Their devotion since Tech was the Louisiana Polytechnic
Institute has not gone unnoticed or overlooked.
Tech is grateful for all of their support and generosity.
Virginia Lomax Marbury graduated from Tech with a
bachelor of arts degree in music in 1936. She then went to Louisiana State
University where she pursued a master’s degree in music in 1938. Since her
graduation, nearly 70 years ago, Tech’s biggest supporter is still extremely
gracious and humble to receive an honor she truly deserves.
Other deserving alumni were also recognized this past
week for bringing special excellence to the Tech community. They were named
alumni of the year by specific university colleges.
Those people include: Robert C. Snyder, Sr., awarded the
Arlis Scogin Distinguished Award; Kristy Tillman, awarded young alumna of the
year; Robert Holt, Jr., recognized by the College of Administration and
Business; Otha “Dusty” Taylor, recognized by the College of Applied and Natural
Sciences; Dr. Billy Jack Talton, recognized by the College of Education; Harry
Gaston, recognized by the College of Engineering and Science; and Dr. Kathryn
D. Robinson, recognized by the College of Liberal Arts.
No doubt each of the eight award recipients’ passion for
this university has shone since their graduations, especially Mrs. Marbury.