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In Memoriam

Edwin C.M. Lee ’38, retired project manager, Peacock Gap in Marin County, Calif., former city planning engineer, Honolulu, and WWII Army veteran; Nov. 19, 2013. Donald G. Wilson ’38, professor emeritus, San Diego State University, twice named “most influential instructor”; Dec. 30, 2012. Robert T. Cox ’39, M.E.E. ’40, retired president and CEO, King Radio, former division general manager and vice president, space projects, Collins Radio, and sailing enthusiast; Dec. 13, 2013.

Alexander Sesonske ’42, professor emeritus and originator of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University, who worked on the Manhattan Project and at Los Alamos Lab; Oct. 29, 2013. Philip G. Damm ’44, retired plant engineer, Merck & Co., active in local water and municipal authorities, named citizen of the year, and WWII Army veteran; March 8, 2014. Edmund C. Rowan ’44, graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who served on the USS Pennsylvania during WWII; Feb. 15, 2014. John P. Van Duyne ’44, retired executive vice president of engineering, Singer, who pioneered in electrical measurements, radio, and television, and WWII Army veteran; Jan. 15, 2014. Lois Graham ’46, one of the first two women graduates of Rensselaer, retired professor, Illinois Institute of Technology, founder of model programs for women and minorities in science and engineering, and member, Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame; Nov. 4, 2013. Charles J. Merdinger ’46, retired Navy CEC officer, Rhodes Scholar, former president, Washington College in Virginia, deputy director, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and member, Rensselaer Athletics Hall of Fame; Dec. 13, 2013. Leonard E. Van Houten ’46, M.C.E. ’47, civil engineer who held executive positions at Frederic R. Harris Inc., Van Houten Associates, Dravo Engineers, and Parsons Brinckerhoff, and WWII Navy veteran; March 16, 2014. Irving A. Mennen ’48, retired associate director, NYS Department of Health; April 16, 2013. Raymond P. Moore Jr. ’48, retired from Raytheon Data Systems, previously with RCA, where he is credited as one of the inventors of the transistor, and WWII Navy veteran; Nov. 23, 2013. Wade A. Morehouse ’48, former partner, Webb & Webb accounting firm, associate dean, Cal State Hayward, amateur pilot, and auto racer; Dec. 18, 2013. Harold S. Bixby ’49, co-founder, president, and CEO, Tri-Delta Aggregates, construction company in Buffalo, N.Y., area, avid equestrian and breeder, and WWII Army veteran; Oct. 20, 2013. Albert S. Hartheimer ’49, founder of an architectural practice in Albany, N.Y., and later, an international tour company, active citizen who promoted tax policies for social justice, and WWII Navy veteran; Dec. 9, 2013. Robert W. Thomas ’49, retired electronic engineer, Consumers Power Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.; Oct. 31, 2013.

Martin M. Eberhardt ’50, retired from Union Carbide Corp., active in the Houston Area League of PC Users; Oct. 9, 2012. Ronald W. Estabrook ’50, biochemist and authority on drug metabolism, professor emeritus, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where one of six colleges is named for him, and member, NAS and Institute of Medicine; Aug. 5, 2013. Glenn M. Hall ’50, retired regional sales manager, Motorola, active in his church; Nov. 19, 2013. James E. Neighbors Jr. ’51, retired manufacturing company executive, owner of a hardware business, active civic volunteer, and cabinetmaker; Jan. 25, 2014. Frank Sobolewski ’51, retired radar engineer, Raytheon Corp., previously with RCA, and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; Feb. 11, 2014. Ludwig W. Weber ’51, retired from IBM after a 33-year career, avid skier, and WWII Army veteran; Dec. 12, 2010. William C. Daniels ’52, retired chief estimator, LeChase Construction, formerly with John B. Pike and Son; Dec. 4, 2013. Chalmers B. Dewey Jr. ’52, retired senior systems analyst, IBM, active on ski patrol and coaching youth sports, and WWII Navy veteran; Nov. 11, 2013. Harvey L. Zeve ’52, chairman of H.L. Zeve Associates, investment counseling firm, Honorary Rensselaer Trustee, recipient of the RAA Distinguished Service Award, and active in Pittsburgh, Pa., civic affairs; Dec. 29, 2013. Arthur W. Johnson ’53, retired principal, A.W. Johnson & Associates, opera enthusiast, and WWII veteran; Jan. 9, 2014. Peter J. Belmonte Sr. ’54, Capital Region home builder, retired from GE, former owner, Riverview Country Club, and U.S. Army veteran; May 16, 2013. Kenneth B. Lissack ’54, mechanical engineer with S.A. Lissack Co., Fallon-Williams, and later, owner of HVAC Consulting Services of Marblehead, Mass.; Feb. 7, 2014.

Manuel Jorge Cutillas ’55, former president of Bacardi Ltd., credited with transforming the rum company into a global power with a wide range of brands; Nov. 2, 2013. Robert J. Dybas ’55, retired manager, welding and metallurgy, General Electric Co., active with professional societies, youth activities, and antique cars, and U.S. Army veteran; March 19, 2013. Robert W. Fox ’55, professor emeritus, mechanical engineering, Purdue University, ASME and ASEE fellow, textbook author, and RPI Athletics Hall of Fame member, who played goalie on the 1954 NCAA championship hockey team; Jan. 25, 2014. Joseph F. Orabona ’55, former mechanical engineer for MIT Lincoln Labs, and WWII and Korean War Navy veteran; April 22, 2013. Edward J. Smith, M.E.E. ’55, Ph.D. ’66, retired associate professor, electrical, computer, and systems engineering at Rensselaer; Sept. 15, 2013. Carl W. Banks Jr. ’57, retired director of hazardous materials and compliance, PPG Industries, active sailor, and U.S. Air Force veteran; Dec. 8, 2013. Frederick A. Renninger ’58, geologist, civil engineer, retired senior vice president, National Stone Association, and author of 40 publications; Jan. 7, 2014.

John A. Dormer ’61, retired plant engineer, United Technologies Research Labs, active in Manchester, Conn., historical society and Instructors of the Handicapped; Jan. 1, 2014. John H. Meyers ’63, former systems officer, Citicorp; Jan. 30, 2014. John V. Foley, M.S. ’63, chairman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and retired U.S. Army colonel who served in two wars; March 21, 2014. Robert A. Schur ’69, retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Air Force, decorated for his role in rescuing POWs, retired commercial pilot for TWA and American, and avid yachtsman; July 31, 2013. Gregory R. Fonner ’73, retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Air Force, who served 28 years including in Desert Storm, and later retired from FedEx Co.; Oct. 20, 2013.

Steven P. Antal ’81, M.E. ’82, Ph.D. ’94, engineer at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, research professor at Rensselaer, computer code author and founder of Interphase Dynamics, a consulting firm; Nov. 5, 2013. Leonard D. DeVito, MBA ’89, president, DeVito Enterprises, Troy, N.Y.; Jan. 7, 2014. Peter J. Siegel ’90, programmer and technical writer, who was involved in animal care and advocacy; July 25, 2013. Kenneth A. Lambert ’94, general manager, ITW Plexus, town meeting member in Billerica, Mass., and youth soccer coach; July 2, 2013. Allison M. Tripodi ’09, project manager at Cotler Architecture, sports enthusiast, and sorority house manager; Aug. 31, 2013.

Arthur E. Bergles, former dean of engineering and director of the Heat Transfer Laboratory, Clark and Crossan Professor Emeritus, and a worldwide leader in the area of heat transfer and thermal science; March 17, 2014. Roland L. Hummel, professor of architecture for 39 years, who taught courses in wood, steel, and concrete structural design, and joined the studio of sculptor George Rickey upon his retirement from teaching; Nov. 1, 2013. Robert Resnick, professor emeritus, physics (1956-1993), author of world-renowned physics textbooks, founder of interdisciplinary science curriculum at Rensselaer, and member, Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame; Jan. 29, 2014. Sydney Ross, emeritus professor of chemistry, author, educator, and colloid chemist known internationally for his research on foam, and founder of the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation; Dec. 4, 2013.

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