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Brian Roy Bluhm

  • Birth 19 Jul 1981 Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 16 Apr 2007 Blacksburg, Montgomery County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 18981440

Brian was a victim of the Virginia Tech shootings. A young life taken far too soon. Brian Bluhm, 25, was a graduate student in civil engineering at Virginia Tech who was working toward a master's degree in water resources. He considered Blacksburg, Va., his hometown, but he was really from all over. He was born in Iowa and went to high school in Louisville, Ky. He spent his childhood in Detroit, where he became a rabid Tigers fan.

His next stop, friends say, was Maryland.

Mr. Bluhm was set to finish his courses and defend his master's thesis early this summer, and he had already accepted a job in Baltimore and found an apartment there, said his best friend, Michael Marshall, 25, of Richmond. He said Mr. Bluhm had planned to start his new job in July.

"He was a real lovable, genuine, peaceful person," said Mr. Marshall, who roomed with Mr. Bluhm while both were undergraduates at Virginia Tech.

Mr. Bluhm had been working as a graduate teaching assistant in the engineering department, a job that sometimes weighed on him, said Hannah Barnhill, 23, a close friend from Roanoke, Va.

"He struggled as a student teacher because he took it seriously and graded fairly, but hated giving students low grades, (even if they may have deserved them)," Ms. Barnhill wrote in an e-mail message from Peru, where she was traveling today.

Mr. Bluhm was a shy, quiet person who did not like the spotlight, Ms. Barnhill said. "But he loved his friends," she said. "He would light up whenever he saw someone he knew, and loved to joke around." She said he loved Hokie football and "adored" Virginia Tech.

"He had a memorable laugh (more of a chuckle) and a huge heart," Ms. Barnhill said. "He was a person of faith, a loyal friend, and a Hokie till the end. He deserved every good thing in the world, and we are all shocked and deeply saddened.

Of Blacksburg, Virginia, died Monday, April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Brian was born on July 19, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Dennis Roy and Beverly Adell Workman Bluhm of Stephens City, Virginia. Brian graduated from duPont Manual Magnet High School in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a Graduate Student at Virginia Tech, specializing in Water Resources, and was a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Loganathan. Brian was a member of the Baptist Student Union at Virginia Tech, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. He had a wide range of interests, including a passion for the Detroit Tigers and the Virginia Tech Hokies; a desire for learning and helping others learn; an interest in history; and most of all a heart for God, and a love for his family and friends. Brian was a 2004 graduate of Virginia Tech, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering, and a 2007 graduate receiving a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering.

Surviving with his parents, is his sister, Angela M.B. Jones and her husband, Justin of Baltimore, Maryland; and grandparents, Gerald and Stella Bluhm of Waterloo, Iowa. His grandparents, Emrie and Wilda Workman, preceded him in death.

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