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In Memoriam

Sidney B. Beddow ’36, chemist and technical sales representative who patented several refining processes; Nov. 3, 2006.

Richard P. Hansen ’37, civil engineer who worked for Stone & Webster, the International Boundary Commission, and Central Power and Light, until he opened his own consulting business, and WWII Navy veteran; Nov. 29, 2006.

Elbert J. Minarcik ’37, retired technical director, National Lead Co., where he was employed for 42 years, active in his church and political party; March 23.

Herman R. Felton ’39, retired director of research, Analtec Inc., former DuPont fellow and senior scientist, honored for work in chromatography; Dec. 6, 2006.

James L. Decker ’45, aeronautical engineer who helped design the Titan ICBM, served as technical director of the Gemini launch vehicle project, and as deputy manager for the Apollo program; Dec. 27, 2006.

Stephen E. Wiberley, M.S. ’48, Ph.D. ’50, professor emeritus, former dean of the graduate school, vice provost, and chemistry department chair at Rensselaer, and WWII Army veteran; March 17.

Robert E. Scatchard ’49, retired building engineer for AT&T and Contel, whose career took him to Iran and Egypt, a National Guard captain, and Army Air Corps veteran; Jan. 23.

William B. Brower Jr. ’50, D.E.S. ’61, associate professor emeritus of aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer, formerly with North American Aviation Corp., and retired Navy pilot; Jan. 15.

John P. Wort ’50, retired general manager, CPC International, active with the Fort Montgomery Battle Site Museum; May 12, 2006.

Howard B. Clarkson ’51, retired director of mass transportation, airport and marine port development for the NYS Department of Transportation, owner of Brunswick Lawn and Garden Co., and decorated WWII Navy veteran; Nov. 28, 2006.

Sylvan Markosian ’51, retired president and founder of Sound Measurements Inc. hearing aid centers, formerly a sales engineer for Honeywell, and WWII Army veteran; Feb. 14.

Richard E. Powell ’51, BAR ’59, co-founding partner of Bohlin & Powell (now Bohlin Cywinski Jackson), an award-winning architecture firm based in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Korean War Navy veteran; Jan. 24.

Reva R. Servoss, M.S. ’51, Ph.D. ’54, first woman to earn a Ph.D. from Rensselaer, longtime professor and former chair of chemistry at Rockhurst University, where she received the Harry B. Kies Award, and mentor to women in science and mathematics; March 26.

Raymond P. Cormier ’52, retired professional engineer, Northeast Utilities, and WWII Army veteran; Aug. 18, 2006.

William S. Flogaus ’52, former vice president, operations, Systematic General Corp.; March 19, 2006.

Barry D. Ives ’52, retired associate program manager, Hughes Aircraft Co., formerly in computer sales, amateur radio operator, world traveler, and U.S. Navy veteran; Dec. 23, 2006.

Robert Quay ’52, retired manager, EML Division, General Electric, and WWII Navy veteran; Feb. 13. James J. Sadowski ’52, M.M.G. ’58, retired research engineer for Raytheon and Q-C managing engineer for such projects as the Redstone Missile, Polaris, and Patriot Missile Systems, commercial pilot, and WWII Navy and Marine Corps veteran; Jan. 17, 2006.

Philip A. Casabella ’54, M.S. ’57, professor and associate chair of physics, applied physics, and astronomy at Rensselaer, where he taught for more than 45 years, called “Mr. Physics Education,” and 2001 recipient of the Trustees’ Outstanding Teacher Award; Feb. 6.

Alva J. Mori ’55, former senior engineering specialist, Rockwell International Corp.; Jan. 27.

Gregory C. (Gary) Houldin ’56, owner, Houldin Construction Co., Mission Viejo, Calif.; April 5.

Gerard Wayland-Smith Jr. ’56, retired president, Oneida Mexicana, Kootenai River guide, and hospital trustee; Jan. 17.

Daniel R. Raichel ’57, mechanical engineer and expert on acoustics who studied how sound travels in symphony halls and across industrial workplaces; he wrote a leading textbook on the subject and taught at Cooper Union and Pratt Institute; Dec. 22, 2006.

Joseph B. Lynch ’58, retired director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, former commissioner, NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and U.S. Navy veteran; Feb. 24.

Todd E. Holbrook ’60, former electrical engineer, Western Electric, RPI hockey player and Lambda Chi Alpha brother; March 13.

Robert H. Morse, M.M.E. ’60, retired sales and marketing executive with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, choral singer, bridge player, planning board member, and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; Nov. 6, 2006.

Patrick Chiarelli ’61, former director of building design, Giffels Associates Ltd., and former vice president, Cedarhill Golf & Country Club; Aug. 9, 2006.

Dennis C. Czajka ’61, retired engineering manager at Boeing, where he was an expert in instrumentation for structural test programs; Sept. 24, 2006.

John M. Christensen ’64, copy editor at The Record, Hackensack, N.J., and Vietnam War veteran; October 2005.

Leonard E. Miller ’64, former electronics engineer, National Institute of Standards & Technology, and former vice president for research, J.S. Lee Associates; June 7, 2006.

Robert W. Stagat ’64, Ph.D. ’68, division leader, Mission Research Corp.; Aug. 10, 2006.

Gerald A. Cascio ’65, city utilities engineer, Punta Gorda, Fla., former project manager, City of New Haven, Conn., and principal, Cascio, Bechir & Associates; Feb. 9.

Ronald J. Gallerie ’73, software engineer at Mercury Computer Systems, previously at GE, and youth sports coach; Feb. 18.

A. Bruce Carlson, professor emeritus of electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer, noted textbook author, and human rights activist; March 18.

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