Gabe, Mary and Eliot Balazs Fund

Gabe, Mary and Bryan Balazs Gabe, Mary and Bryan Balazs moved to Lexington in 1966 shortly after Gabe and Mary received their Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and Bryan was but a toddler.  Gabe began his career as a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Virginia Military Institute, and soon after became the Director of VMI’s Computer Center.  Mary’s passion was poetry, and she taught English for many years, part-time at VMI and also at Washington and Lee University, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, and in the middle and high schools in Rockbridge County.  Eliot Balazs was born in 1969, and he established his trade in the 1980s in the areas of general contracting, and as a craftsman in historical restoration and preservation.  Gabe and Mary retired in 1999, while Eliot continued to demonstrate his care and commitment to restoration projects in the community.  Eliot loved archeology and devoted his free time inspiring others in these endeavors.

Above all, the Balazs family demonstrated their belief in giving back to the community through supporting education, community service, and volunteer activities.  To honor and recognize his parents’ and brother’s lives, and as a means of continuing the family legacy of giving back to the community, Bryan Balazs established this Memorial Fund to help sustain support for those community activities that the Balazs Family believed to be important.