Pusey, Robert Hollis

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Robert Hollis Pusey, 85, of Blacksburg, Va., passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020, from complication due to lung cancer. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and dear friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

Bob, an only child, was born on August 1, 1934 and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his father, Hollis Vandalia Pusey and mother, Marjorie Kornegay Pusey.

A life-long Hokie, Robert graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1957. After completing his Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in July of 1958, he began his career as a “temporary” full-time educator at Virginia Tech, all the while working on research for his PhD in Chemical Engineering, which he received from the University in June of 1972.

In January of 1963 his teaching appointment was made permanent and in 1965, he became Director of Virginia Tech’s Cooperative Engineering Program. In 1967, he transferred to the University’s Extension Division and then returned to teaching at the College of Engineering in the summer of 1986. Bob retired as a professor with emeritus status on January 1, 2001.

Of Bob’s numerous accomplishments, he considered his most significant recognitions being the Academic Advising Award in 1993 and charter membership in the Academy of Advising Excellence.

Bob was predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Betty Boyd Pusey, a home economics professor at Radford University. They were married on September 11, 1964.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth P. Brown and son-in-law, Michael W. Brown, and granddaughters, Haley and Delaney, of Virginia Beach, Va.; his son, Robert Boyd Pusey, of Johnson City, Tenn.; and twins, Brian Thomas Pusey, of Radford, and Eleanor Louise Pusey, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

An active parent involved in all aspects of his children’s lives, Bob particularly enjoyed his time with family at their beach house in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was also an avid sportsman, particularly enjoying his time with family and friends on the golf course or in the stands at Lane Stadium, Cassell Coliseum or Blacksburg High School.

Bob was a member of the Blacksburg Church of Christ. He was an active participant and teacher of the adult Sunday School classes and a Deacon of the church’s senior program, organizing trips and activities for all to enjoy. His faith in Jesus as the Risen Christ was most important to him.

Bob considered his life’s most rewarding moments to be his college graduations, his marriage to Betty, the births and graduations of their children, the marriage of Elizabeth, and the births of their granddaughters.

The family is holding a private graveside gathering at Westview Cemetery in Blacksburg. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date at the Blacksburg Church of Christ, 315 E. Eakin St., Blacksburg, Va.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Blacksburg Church of Christ Youth Missions Program.

Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home.

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