The Virginia Tech Alumni Association honored alumnus Eddie F. Hearp with its 2005 Alumni Distinguished Service Award during the university’s Founders Day celebration May 13-14.

The Virginia Tech Alumni Distinguished Service Award is given annually by the university’s alumni association to recognize outstanding service to the university and the association.

Hearp, of Roanoke, Va., joined National Financial Services Inc., a 100-year-old insurance and investment-planning firm, in 1970 and has been president since 1983.

Hearp is a qualifying and life member of The Million Dollar Round Table, an association for financial professionals. He also has served as president of the Roanoke Valley General Agents and Managers Association and the Roanoke Chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters. He is a member of the International Association of Financial Planners, the Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council and Roanoke Valley Association of Life Underwriters.

Hearp also served as an organizing director for Valley Bank and serves on the board of directors. He also serves on the Estate Planning council for Ferrum College and has served on a number of other boards including the American Heart Association, the Science Museum, and the Renew Roanoke Campaign for Hotel Roanoke.

Maintaining a strong commitment to Virginia Tech, Hearp is a Lifetime Golden Hokie, an Endowed Scholarship Participant, and a member of Ut Prosim and the Legacy Society. He was a member of the Alumni Center National Leadership Campaign, Foundation Board, Bowman Society, and Hokies for Higher Education. He served on the Board of the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund and is past president of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. Hearp also served as co-chairman of the Roanoke Valley Campaign Committee, serving with his son, Todd, and daughter, Shelley, which raised more than $34 million for the Virginia Tech Campaign for Excellence.

Hearp graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1965 and a master's in 1966.

Eddie and his wife, Dawn, have two children, also Virginia Tech graduates. Todd joined NFS Inc. in 1989 and he and his wife, Anne, have three children, Kristin, Caroline, and Gregory, and are expecting number four in September. Shelley is married to W. Taz Cooper, a 1994 Virginia Tech graduate, and they have three children, Abby, Briggs, and Campbell, all reside in Roanoke. Eddie’s parents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Early L. Hearp of Danville, Va.

First held in 1972, Founders Day is Virginia Tech's annual celebration of academic and professional achievements of its students, faculty, staff and alumni. This year, Founders Day was held in conjunction with spring Commencement ceremonies.