Former Virginia Tech department head dies

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 14, 2004 – James E. Montgomery, 90, of Blacksburg, died Sunday, Jan. 11. Montgomery became a faculty member in the former College of Home Economics at Virginia Tech in 1967. He also served as head of the Department of Management, Housing and Family Development in the college from 1967 to 1976.

With a graduate degree from Vanderbilt University, he became a specialist in housing issues, and taught at Oklahoma State, Cornell, Penn State and Florida State before taking a faculty position at Virginia Tech in 1967. While at Tech, his academic interests turned to issues associated with aging. He left the university in 1976 for a faculty position at the University of Georgia.

Montgomery was the author of a number of professional publications and lectures, and he received numerous academic awards.