Hahn named Blacksburg Rotary’s Citizen of the Year
BLACKSBURG – Former Virginia Tech president T. Marshall Hahn stood in front of about 100 Blacksburg Rotary Club members Thursday afternoon with a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face.
The 86-year-old had the crowd laughing as he accepted the club’s Citizen of the Year Award for 2012 at the Blacksburg Country Club.
“I want to thank you for arranging this program on Valentine’s Day,” Hahn told the audience. “As long as I’ve been unemployed, a free meal is very important to me.”
Hahn said the award meant a lot to him because he once was a member of the club more than 50 years ago. The club’s motto, “Service above self,” served as both inspirational and challenging words to live by, he said.
In 2012, Hahn, who served as Tech’s president from 1962-1974, was a major financial contributor to the construction of Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry’s new building on Harding Avenue.
Rotary member Dick Krull, who nominated Hahn for the award, said Hahn’s generous donation to thepantry, along with his continued support of the community throughout the past 60 years, made him the right choice for theaward.
Criteria for the award include if the person’s actions build goodwill and better friendships and will be beneficial to all concerned. Past recipients include the late Elliston Volunteer Fire Department Chief Malvin (Pug) Wells and Blacksburg football coach David Crist.
Hahn said he was humbled to hear his name mentioned with such a group of “outstanding people.”
“It’s much too generous,” Hahn said. “But I’m going to be big about it and enjoy it anyway.”
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