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John Barnhart
Dr. Jeffrey Fong stands on an overlook at the Smith Mountain Dam Visitor's Center with the dam he designed, more than 50 years ago, in the background. Now 80, Dr. Fong still works full-time as an engineer, and plays tennis for an hour each day.

    If you enjoy Smith Mountain Lake, then you should thank Dr. Jeffrey Fong.

    Smith Mountain Lake exists because Smith Mountain Dam holds back the Roanoke River at a gap in Smith Mountain. Dr. Fong is the engineer who designed the dam.

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