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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 02/16/2011

Va. Tech gives alums final resting place

By Associated Press

Some Virginia Tech alumni love the school so much that they want their final resting place to be on campus.

Virginia Tech is providing a way to do just that.

The university now has a columbarium for alumni, staff, students and friends of the school.
Made of Hokie Stone, the columbarium was built last fall adjacent to the alumni center and has 60 niches that hold up to two urns. Each niche costs $5,000.

“A lot of people come by and dump their ashes on the drill field or in the duck pond,” Josh Burnheimer, assistant director of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, told WSLS-TV. “This actually gives you somewhere to go back and visit.”

Burnheimer said there is room to expand the columbarian to 180 niches.

“We’ve got probably 30 plus applications in already and two confirmed reservations already,” he said.

One couple told Burnheimer that they met at Virginia Tech more than 30 years. He said the couple couldn’t think of a finer resting place.

Information from:WSLS-TV

By Associated Press  | February 16, 2011; 10:54 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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