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In Memoriam

William H. Cook ’34, aerodynamicist and early employee of Boeing who influenced the development of several aircraft, including the B-29, B-47, and SST; April 9. Major Stanley H. Reider ’41, retired director of sales and marketing at Page Wilson, active in his community, and U.S. Air Force veteran; June 6, 2011. Edward N. Stevensen Jr. ’42, M.S. ’69, professor emeritus, University of Hartford, former engineer with Bell, Kaman, GE, and Pratt & Whitney, and WWII Marine Corps veteran; Jan. 28. John E. Fuller ’43, retired manager, mass properties engineering, Sikorsky Aircraft, who was instrumental in developing Belleayre Ski Center; Jan. 14. Paul T. Aylward ’44, M.S. ’48, retired research engineer, Bethlehem Steel, research division, and WWII Navy veteran; Nov. 20, 2011. Daniel L. Jerry ’44, prominent businessman in Plattsburgh, N.Y., then real estate developer in Marco Island, Fla., and WWII Navy veteran; March 12. Martin H. Lewis ’44, retired after a career working on guided missiles, computer systems, and toy manufacturing; Sept. 6, 2011. Elaine Garrabrant Stulb ’44, retired salesperson, Eichler & Moffley Real Estate, local columnist and active community member; Dec. 7, 2010.

Donald H. DeBlois ’45, retired manager, Western Electric, hospital and ambulance corps volunteer, and WWII Army veteran; March 6. Conrad W. de Fiebre ’45, retired vice president, R&D, Ross Laboratories, former chair, Infant Formula Council, and WWII Army veteran; Jan. 26. Charles O. Pratt ’45, retired chemical engineer, Koppers Co., active in the ASTM, from whom he received several awards, and U.S. Navy veteran; March 6. David L. Manter ’46, former manager, quality control, Armtec Industries, and WWII Navy veteran; Feb. 4. Eugene N. Montelone ’47, retired vice president, Combustion Engineering, and WWII Navy veteran; March 10. Donald G. Iselin ’48, retired rear admiral, U.S. Navy, former commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command and chief of civil engineers, former group vice president, Raymond Kaiser Engineering, and NAE member; March 9. Donald M. McClellan ’48, founder and past president of Filtration Unlimited, Rensselaer Patroon and Alumni Key recipient, and WWII Army veteran; March 2. Eugene D. Zak ’48, retired president and chairman, Zak Inc., large machining and copper welding specialists, and accomplished pianist; April 27. Raymond A. Dunleavy Jr. ’49, research scientist in the chemical industry, patent holder, teacher and school psychologist, and WWII veteran; March 9. William J. Werther ’49, retired president of Werther Associates, specialists in industrial filtration systems, coach and umpire, and Army veteran; March 31. John J. Witkowski ’49, retired from Eastman Kodak, and U.S. Army veteran; May 1.

Weston Bush Albiston ’50, retired product support manager, Boeing Co., avid sailor and skier; Dec. 22, 2010. Franklin W. Dunning ’50, retired senior executive, Cleveland Crane and Engineering Co., former president, Materials Handling Institute, and model ship builder; March 24. Robert L. Seaman ’50, retired vice president, strategic planning, Raytheon Corp., RAA Demers Medal recipient who established a scholarship in memory of his son Peter ’73, and WWII decorated naval aviator; April 27. Wesley A. Brown ’51, retired lieutenant commander, U.S. Navy, who broke the color barrier at the Naval Academy, and served 20 years in the Civil Engineer Corps; May 22. Durward R. DeForest ’51, retired metallurgical engineer, General Electric, member, ASTM, and WWII Army veteran; Jan. 16. William C. Holstein, M.C.E. ’51, retired associate professor, Lafayette College, who designed bridges in the Lehigh Valley; March 6. Louis F. Monnoleto ’51, retired after a career at RCA, and WWII paratrooper; April 28. Harold D. Swarr ’52, retired after 40 years with Lukens Steel Co., active in recreation association and town council; Jan. 3. Ronald B. Meehan ’53, retired from Johnson & Johnson, active in civic and church groups and yacht club, and U.S. Navy veteran; Dec. 26, 2011.

Billy R. Ryan ’55, retired captain, U.S. Coast Guard, who served six ships, three as commanding officer; Dec. 26, 2011. John David Hellems ’56, MMG ’60, retired vice president, Genesee Hospital, active in the Rochester Amateur Radio Association; March 16, 2011. Robert V. Hodgkins ’56, retired president, Real Horizons Inc., active in civic affairs in Winthrop, Maine, and U.S. Navy veteran; March 15. Jeffrey R. Davis ’57, M.S. ’59, associate professor emeritus, mathematics and statistics, University of New Mexico, book author, columnist, and philosopher; March 11. Robert E. Harper ’57, retired mechanical engineer, Pratt & Whitney, sailing enthusiast, and U.S. Air Force veteran; Dec. 1, 2011. Robert W. Harrison ’57, M.S. ’59, retired from GE Space Power Division, holder of eight patents, and fellow of the American Society of Metals; March 25, 2011. John H. Lewis III, M.M.E. ’58, retired from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, adjunct professor, Hartford Graduate Center, and Korean War Army veteran; Feb. 11. Edward R. Oscarson ’58, retired Navy captain who served in the Civil Engineer Corps, later vice president, Frank E. Basil Consulting; March 17. Gordon E. Stevens ’58, mechanical engineer for ALCO and Pratt & Whitney (NAVPRO), volunteer firefighter, and U.S. Army veteran; Jan. 11.

Robert C. Groening ’60, former consulting engineer and U.S. Air Force veteran; Nov. 10, 2011. Edward T. Simoneau ’60, retired after 40 years in R&D and technical marketing at GE Silicones, patent holder, active on town and school boards; Nov. 20, 2011. Paul Serekian ’62, retired vice president of advanced technologies, Stryker Corp., who made significant contributions to the development of materials used in medical implants; March 16. Arnold D. Paddock ’63, metallurgist and founder of Petro-Green Inc., adjunct professor, and trolley motorman, inducted into the McKinney Ave. Transit Authority’s Hall of Fame; Feb. 3. Peter D. Hollenbeck ’64, retired engineer, IBM Corp., where he worked on NASA’s Saturn/ Apollo program; Nov. 10, 2011.

William R. Hutton ’66, retired senior manager, IBM, and town constable; May 5. Robert C. Kohberger ’67, M.S. ’71, Ph.D. ’75, eminent consultant in biostatistics and vaccine development, formerly with Lederle Labs and Wyeth, and Vietnam War Navy veteran; March 2012. David A. Nowak ’67, pioneering nuclear weapons physicist and former deputy associate director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; March 6. Robert J. Esposito ’68, M.Arch ’69, Washington, D.C., architect and former director of facilities at the University of Maryland; Jan. 9. Cris A. Worley ’68, nuclear engineering manager for B&WXT, Y-12 National Security Complex, and Vietnam War Navy veteran; Dec. 31, 2011.

Michael F. Hertz ’71, deputy assistant attorney general, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, regarded as a leader of civil fraud enforcement; May 4. Nelson H. Ramos ’72, B.S. and M.E., IT manager, San Joaquin County Superior Court, former administrator, Memorial Medical Center, and U.S. Air Force veteran; April 10, 2011. Marc E. Hafensteiner ’73, retired database administrator, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, and adjunct professor of math, Schenectady County Community College; April 10. Eric C. Hansen, Ph.D. ’73, retired engineering manager, KAPL and Nuclear Power Div. of GE, and Korean War Air Force veteran; March 24. Paul R. Simison ’73, audiologist and owner, Hearing Improvement Center, and lifelong volunteer firefighter; March 28.

Richard A. Nowak ’76, retired project manager, Golub Corp.; April 12. Jake Richter ’85, founder and editor of popular Internet sites on Bonaire, consultant on patents and patent litigation, and artist-photographer; June 1.

Raymond K. Yttre ’86, mechanical engineer, formerly employed at Watervliet Arsenal, who earned the Pittsfield Citizen Award; Jan. 29. Michael J. Winn, MBA ’87, retired senior vice president and division director, R.R. Donnelley and Sons, active on local and industry boards; Feb.7. Donna J. Michalek, M.S. ’88, founding chair, Department of Engineering, Mount Union University, and former assistant provost, Michigan Technological University; April 26.

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