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At the Spring meeting of the Center’s advisory groups, Bill Kallio, State Director of AARP and Futures Board member, presented Dr. Roberto with a letter expressing AARP’s condolences and support following the Virginia Tech tragedy. As noted in the letter, AARP was profoundly affected by the loss of innocent lives. In addition to the deep ties the Blacksburg Chapter has with the University, many of AARP’s members, their children, and their grandchildren have a direct relationship with the Virginia Tech community. Bill announced that AARP will set up a memorial fund at the Center for Gerontology in the amount of $1,000 for each of the 32 innocent lives that were lost on that tragic day for a total of $32,000.
All of us at the Center were greatly moved by this generous expression of support. The funds will be put in an endowment account, which will provide for a perpetual memorial to those we have lost. The Center will use the contributions to encourage students to prepare for careers that advance the issues of aging. Persons wishing to donate to the AARP Virginia Tech Memorial Fund for Gerontology may mail contributions to the Center or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more specific fund information.