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EE alumnus pens history book

Photograph of the cover of Christiansburg Virginia - Small Town America At Its FinestRoy Kanode (BSEE '65, MSEE '67) has published a book, "Christiansburg, Virginia - Small Town America at its Finest," which describes how the men and women of the town worked together in harmony and developed close relationships with friends and family as Christiansburg's history unfolded.

“We cannot let their labors for a better way of life go unnoticed,” said Kanode. “Much of the town’s compelling history, in text and images, had previously gone untold and hopefully this effort will renew pride in Christiansburg’s heritage.”

The town of Christiansburg was incorporated in 1792. Words are never enough to tell the complete story about a town’s long history. Many treasured old photographs are displayed in the book, as well. These photographs were digitally restored by Spencer Hall, Virginia Tech's retired assistant vice president for facilities.

Meg Nugent, director of the visual design studio at Virginia Tech, was the book’s designer.

This coffee table style book is 350 pages long and includes over 400 photographs and more than 70 old newspaper clippings. The book contains information about the town's schools, the Christiansburg Institute, churches, the railroad, civic leaders, professionals, women in leadership, key families, and historic buildings.

Kanode received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, in 1965 and 1967, respectively.

The book will be available for sale beginning November 25, 2005. To purchase a copy of this book, contact the author by mail at 110 Cedar Bluff Dr., Christiansburg, VA 24073; or by email at