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Chapel + Cultural Center
Peter Levatich ’55:
C+CC Architect
Peter S. Levatich ’55, founder of Peter S. Levatich, Architect (now HOLT Architects, P.C.), and designer of two significant campus buildings, died May 30. Levatich left a fledgling career as a silversmith in Germany to study architecture at Rensselaer; he established his own practice in 1963. He designed the Chapel + Cultural Center, an architecturally unique, multipurpose performing arts and spiritual space, in 1968 and the Jonsson Engineering Center in 1976. After retiring from architecture, he turned his attention to forest management.
In Memoriam

J. Francis Reintjes ’34, professor emeritus, electrical engineering and computer science, and former director of the Electronic Systems Laboratory at MIT; Feb. 21.

P. Samuel Christaldi ’35, Ph.D. ’38, television industry pioneer, former chief engineer and manager, Technical Products Div., Allen B. Dumont Laboratories, later product manager, electronic and nuclear equipment, Curtiss-Wright Corp., awarded the Radio Club of America’s Dumont Certificate of Achievement; June 28.

E. Leonard Borg ’37, retired manager, research and development, Uniroyal Chemical Co., author of numerous publications and texts; Jan. 31.

Alan J. Vandermade ’42, CCIM commercial and residential realtor in the San Francisco Bay area; Jan. 27.

Uwe H.D. von Glahn ’42, retired aeronautical research engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center; May 3.

John E. Flavin Jr. ’43, worked 37 years in research and development for Eastman Kodak, award-winning photographer, and WWII Air Force veteran; March 20.

Robert E. Bernard ’45, retired executive vice president, international operations, Kaiser Engineers, champion master ski racer, arts enthusiast, and WWII Navy veteran; May 20.

Hugh E. Riordan ’45, former director of research and advanced engineering at Kelsey-Hayes Co., specialist in inertial guidance systems for missiles and the automotive industry; holder of more than 130 patents, and WWII Navy veteran; June 12.

Robert W. LaTour ’47, co-founder, Bosch & LaTour Consulting Engineers, Cincinnati, previously with GE Aircraft Engines, involved with USS Seawolf reactor cooling system, and U.S. Navy veteran; May 15.

Wayne J. Christensen ’48, retired Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer, whose expertise was in the structural effects of nuclear weapons, and later, consulting engineer; Jan. 21.

Frank Pollien ’48, retired corporate manager and former plant manager, Du Pont, and WWII Air Force veteran; April 27.

James M. Gere ’49, M.C.E. ’52, professor emeritus, civil engineering, at Stanford University, co-founder of the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, avid outdoorsman and runner, and Army Air Corps veteran; Jan. 30.

Charles R. Christian ’50, retired professional engineer for N.Y.S. Department of Public Works, overseeing numerous projects at Cornell University, and SUNY Central Administration, master runner, and decorated WWII Army veteran; Nov. 14, 2007.

Stanley C. Bunce, Ph.D. ’51, professor emeritus of chemistry at Rensselaer, where he directed the NSF Summer Institute for Chemistry, active in professional societies and Grafton, N.Y., organizations; April 4.

Joseph C. Spoth ’51, former senior research analyst, Texaco Inc.; Oct. 7, 2007.

Norman B. Acker ’54, retired manager, Tektronix Inc., formerly with IBM, and U.S. Air Force veteran; June 2.

Ronald M. Lehrer ’55, former principal, RML Associates, and owner, Systematic Management Services; Dec. 18, 2005.

Thomas G. Vierthaler ’55, retired project engineer, Eastman Kodak Co.; March 12.

Richard E. Will ’55, former owner, Richard E. Will Architects, Spokane, Wash.; July 29, 2003.

Phillip M. Haymond ’56, retired director of the library for the Interior Department, formerly with Boeing and Stanford Research Institute, and Marine Reserves captain; Nov. 7, 2007.

John D. Marran ’56, founder and president of Energy Kinetics, inventor and developer of high efficiency heating systems, and U.S. Navy veteran; Sept. 5, 2007.

Ricardo Rivas Roman ’56, former consulting engineer, Edificaciones Eraca CA; Feb. 21.

Gordon F. Buck Jr. ’58, who spent his professional life in computer hardware and software development, and WWII Army veteran; April 21.

Edmund A. Nawrocki ’58, retired colonel, U.S. Air Force; Jan. 10, 2007.

David Wald, M.A.E. ’58, social justice activist and co-founder of U.S.-Cuba InfoMed; May 18.

Charles F.B. Wilding-White, M.M.G. ’59, a financial management specialist with the U.S. Agency for International Development, including posts in Laos and Haiti, and WWII Navy veteran; April 12.

Patrick J. Donohoe, M.S. ’63, retired Army colonel, decorated for service in Korea and Vietnam, Army Corps of Engineers, 1949-72, then with AEC and DOE, and teacher; May 7.

Robert E. Sullivan, M.S. ’63, retired from the Hamilton Standard Division of United Technologies Corp., recipient of NASA Silver Award for engineering design and technical superiority; March 9.

Richard R. Wolfson ’66, software company entrepreneur, including Harvard Software and Catalyst Inc., pilot, sailor, and photographer; Dec. 20.

Ronald W. Barton, M.E. ’68, mechanical engineer who worked on safety issues for the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board, and helped develop the first backpack for astronauts while at Hamilton Standard; May 22.

Ellis C. Kuykendall ’73, of Tomball, Texas, who worked in the Houston energy industry for more than 20 years; June 5.

Albert S. Barsa Jr. ’74, MBA ’75, president of Barsa Consulting Group and Barsa Systems Distribution, an IBM business partner and renowned expert in the AS/400 midrange computer system, active in the COMMON user group, and avid sailor; April 4.

Joel K. Shugar ’79, M.S. ’80, pioneer in ophthalmology, inventor of Shugarcaine—the first anesthetic for use inside the eye—and Epi-Shugarcaine, donor of free cataract surgeries, and avid skydiver; May 26.

Eric D. Bartsch ’81, senior vice president, golf ball operations, for Titleist/Footjoy; Nov. 1, 2007.

Timothy Francis Brodeur, MBA ’91, senior manager, Portfolio Decision Analysis Group, previously with Pfizer Inc. in R&D; Jan. 13.

Robert W. Vigue Jr., M.S. ’99, senior sourcing specialist, Cigna Insurance, formerly with Aetna Insurance and Otis Elevator; March 18.

Dennis Karamboulis ’07, nuclear engineer for Entergy Nuclear Northeast, former Class of ’07 Council vice president, and chair of the Class of 2007 Gift Committee; April 7.

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