Touch the Future

Gordon E. Barlow Jr.

Gordon E. Barlow Jr.

Gordon E. “Gene” Barlow Jr., agricultural engineering ’44, never saw Virginia Tech’s new Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1 , but his legacy touches the future of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students who will conduct research there.

Dedicated to lifelong learning, Gene Barlow was a World War II veteran, teacher, and farmer who was still taking classes at age 80. The Gordon E. Barlow Scholarship, endowed through a gift in Barlow’s will, exemplifies his love of learning, his confidence in Virginia Tech, and his faith in the ability of future generations to provide real-life solutions to global needs for food safety, bioenergy, and much more.

You, too, can support the college with an estate gift that perpetuates your values without affecting your assets during your lifetime. Estate gifts include a bequest in a will or revocable trust, certain gifts of life insurance, and retirement account beneficiary designations.

Along with estate gifts, other opportunities to support the building and the researchers and students who work in it are also possible. Outright gifts make an immediate impact and are an important funding stream to help outfit the building with state-of-the-art equipment. Outright giving also fuels research by helping academic departments recruit and retain top faculty members and the graduate students who work with them.

The opening of this facility provides an opportunity for alumni, friends, and industry partners of the college to make powerful philanthropic commitments to research excellence. Naming opportunities are available for a range of highly visible spaces within the building.

To learn more about these and other ways you can touch the future, contact the college’s development office at (540) 231-5546 or