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In Memoriam

Edward P. Swain ’31, retired president and owner, Brunette Tool Co., former superintendent of production, Corbin Screw Division of American Hardware, and yachtsman; May 20. Buell F. Webster ’35, former selfemployed public accountant, active on library board and Boy Scouts, and WWII Army veteran; July 2. William W. Sederlund ’38, retired after a 40- year career with the National Starch and Chemical Co., first in Greenwich Village, NYC, and later in Plainfield, N.J.; July 23. William A. McManus ’39, M.C.E. ’40, retired captain, U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, teacher and administrator, Holyoke Community College, honored for distinguished service; June 20.

John M. Roddy Sr. ’40, who held upper management positions in several industries, including president of Felters Mfg. Co., active in Junior Achievement and Literacy Volunteers; May 31. Benjamin C. Stein ’42, architect for 50 years in Burlington, Vt., watercolor artist, avid outdoorsman, active in Jaycees and ACLU; Jan. 19. Frederick J. Winsor ’42, Ph.D. ’46, metallurgical engineering consultant and former head of the welding development lab at Foster Wheeler Corp., active in the American Welding Society; May 25. G. Stanley Sangdahl II ’43, retired metallurgical engineer for Chicago Bridge & Iron, badminton champion, and WWII Navy veteran; May 3. Walter R. Engel ’44, retired after 35-year career as an engineer at Exxon, tennis enthusiast, and WWII and Korean War Army veteran; May 6. John Hanisian ’44, retired manager, C-E Lummus Co.; Jan. 14. Richard L. Bruhn ’46, clothier who built a small menswear shop into a chain of Northern California clothing stores, recipient of many awards for civic involvement, and WWII Navy veteran; May 11. Daniel M. Strichman ’47, retired after 30 years with GE, first in turbines then in machinery apparatus operations, and U.S. Navy veteran; June 8. Harold M. Cahn ’48, president of Bancker Construction, active in Rotary, and U.S. Navy veteran; April 22. Norman L. Grover ’48, theologian and philosopher, former professor and department head at Virginia Tech, and recipient of community service awards; June 15. J. Richard Manier ’48, retired founder, J.R. Manier Inc., manufacturers’ rep, Boy Scout leader and camping enthusiast, and WWII Navy veteran; Aug. 14. William J. Price, Ph.D. ’48, retired executive director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research who became a peace activist for more than 30 years; June 2. J. Barry Oakes ’49, an expert in satellite design and electronics at Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory, IEEE life fellow, active in farming; May 1.

Thomas A. Dain Jr. ’51, retired from General Electric Heavy Military, entrepreneur who built Mystic Mountain Ski Center, and U.S. Navy veteran; March 12. William D. Dodge Jr. ’51, an expert in quality assurance and reliability who helped develop the lunar module while with GE and the QA program at Southwest Research Institute, and U.S. Navy veteran; June 30. C. Judson Shook ’51, retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, director of public works for Dallas County, and driving force behind the purchase of the Texas School Book Depository, now a museum; April 24. Nello L. Infanti ’52, highly decorated WWII fighter pilot, chief test pilot for Calspan who trained astronauts and bomber pilots, and Niagara Frontier Aviation Hall of Fame member; July 19. James Kullmann ’52, retired senior project engineer for Mobil Chemical Corp., active in community and church ministry programs; May 21. Val C. Buonaiuto, M.M.G. ’59, retired mechanical engineer at Perkin- Elmer and director of product assurance on the Hubbell Space Telescope; June 23. Robert D. Burke ’59, Navy fighter pilot and flight instructor, and pilot for Pan American and Delta Airlines; July 14.

H. Bradley Ganther ’60, founder of Graflex Inc. and holder of several patents; May 6. Gerald Rosen ’60, professor emeritus of English, Sonoma State University, and novelist who published seven books, including a memoir with references to his Rensselaer days; Aug. 13. Raymond J. Nelson ’61, retired U.S. Army signal officer, who was employed in engineering positions in several U.S. defense firms, and student of American history; June 4. William A. Harbour ’64, founding partner and CEO of Clough, Harbour & Associates, which became one of the largest engineering firms in the U.S., active on community boards, volunteer fireman, and avid fisherman; June 22. Gerald C. McDonald, M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’71, former commissioner of physical services for Monroe County, N.Y., later with Ecology and Environment Inc.; July 16. Joseph M. King Jr., M.M.E. ’65, retired after 40 years with United Technologies Corp., working in fuel cells and other advanced energy technologies; May 11.

John H. Stufflebeam ’68, Ph.D. ’73, retired research scientist with United Technologies Research Center, and avid sportsman; June 6. Paul H. Wierzbieniec ’69, retired orthopedic surgeon and founder of Northtowns Orthopedics, Buffalo, N.Y., area; Nov. 3, 2009. James E. Rancourt ’73, MBA ’81, human resources executive for International Paper and Bausch & Lomb, among others, consultant, and lifelong sports fan; July 18. Guido H. Slangen, M.S. ’75, associate professor, Rensselaer at Hartford, and leader in distance learning and Webbased instruction; July 18. Harold D. Carrier, M.S. ’76, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Troy, and former professor of management, SUNY and Rensselaer; March 30. Ann Frodey-McInerney ’77, physician providing primary care medicine in Pittsfield, Mass., previously with GE Plastics, and accomplished gourmet cook; June 6. Allen B. Du- Mont III ’78, carpenter, builder, designer, and teacher; June 30.

Vlad Zaharia, M.S. ’83, MBA, former principal engineer, Otis Elevator Co., who held 22 patents; May 29. Raymond A. Stanten ’85, former engineer for United Airlines, Veriflo Corp., and General Electric; April 9. Anthony N. Toppses ’89, M.E. ’93, former project engineer, Sheridan Catheter Co., who was awarded two patents; May 29. Gary J. Loftus, MBA ’96, vice president and general manager of Goodrich Corp. (formerly Chandler Evans); July 5.

Roseann Russo Suraci, MBA ’03, former supply chain manager with Pratt & Whitney and later with Sikorsky Aircraft; July 17. Jonathan J.F. Leung, M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’07, aspiring research scientist in aerospace engineering, whose thesis involved experimental studies of monolayer hydrodynamics; April 26.

Lester A. Rubenfeld, professor of mathematics and founding director of the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education at Rensselaer; July 18.

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