James “Jay” Otey Hoge, Jr. ’66

James “Jay” Otey Hoge, Jr. ’66, of Blacksburg, Va., passed away at his home on Nov. 20, 2007. He was born on Aug. 2, 1944, to James Otey Hoge and Marian Barnett Hoge. He was descended from a long line of prominent Southwest Virginia families such as the Kents, McGavocks, and Cloyds. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol Flynn Hoge; his son, James Tyler Otey Hoge; and four stepchildren, David Flynn, Julie Flynn Ligon, Sean Patrick Flynn, and Jud Christopher Flynn. Hoge held degrees from VA Tech, where he graduated first in his class in 1966, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia. He taught in the English department at the University of Georgia and at VA Tech. He became a full professor at VA Tech and taught Victorian literature, romantic literature, and a variety of other courses. His literary accomplishments include, editor of The Letters of Emily Lord Tennyson, Lady Tennyson’s Journal, Literary Reviewing, The Diaries of James Armistead Otey, and co-editor of The Letters of Caroline Norton to Lord Melbourne. While at VA Tech he was co-editor and then editor of the literary journal, Review, for 25 years. Near the end of his career at VA Tech, Hoge established the Hilbert H. Campbell scholarship, which is given annually to a deserving undergraduate English major. He was a longtime member of the VA Tech German Club, in which his mother and father were also prominently involved. He served on the Smithfield Plantation Board of Directors and was involved in many other community projects. He granted easements to the Sunnyside-Toms Creek Veterans Association and the Brush Mountain Miners Association, both of which erected memorials on his land. Hoge and his wife, Carol, have been long-time animal lovers and care givers to many unwanted animals over the years, and they are members of Animal Hope Alliance.