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Ralph Peck ’34
Soil Mechanics Expert
Ralph B. Peck ’34, DCE ’37, international expert in the field of soil mechanics and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, died Feb. 18. Through his work on the Chicago subway in the early 1940s he emerged as one of the undisputed leaders in the development and practice of soil mechanics and
foundation engineering. Peck served as a consultant for major foundation projects throughout the world. A member of Rensselaer’s Alumni Hall of Fame, he was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1974.
In Memoriam

Rodney Edwards ’28, retired from Burns & Roe, formerly with Carrier Corp. and Quinn Engineering;
Oct. 9, 2007.

Frank J. McCourt ’29, retired from the research division of International Paper Co.; Dec. 16, 2007.

Thomas G. Gilcoyne ’37, former sales executive with Behr-Manning and the Norton Co., volunteer historian for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, and WWII Navy veteran; Jan. 3.

Louis J. Drakos ’40, president of Louis J. Drakos and Associates architectural firm, yachtsman, and WWII Army veteran; Aug. 4, 2007.

Stanley D. Silsby ’40, gun designer for Colt Manufacturing, holder of 18 patents, and WWII Army veteran; July 16, 2007.

Robert B. McBride ’41, retired lubrication engineer, General Electric Co., and avid outdoorsman; Sept. 17, 2007.

William H. Owen ’41, former lieutenant commander, U.S. Navy, for whom he tested battleship guns, mechanical engineer, formerly with Airpax Corp., and avid sailor, ham operator, and HO hobbyist;
Nov. 28, 2007.

Juan A. Arzube ’42, retired Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, honored for his advocacy on behalf of Hispanic Catholics and his civic activism, Dec. 25, 2007.

James H. Davidson Jr. ’42, retired project officer, U.S. Army Materiel Command, and avid sailor;
Nov. 20, 2007.

Joseph R. Eisele ’42, retired vice president, sales and marketing, Enthone/ASARCO, avid golfer, and WWII Navy veteran; Dec. 18, 2007.

Herman C. Fischer ’42, retired from Louisville Cement Co., formerly with Union Carbide, New Jersey Zinc, and Johns-Manville, MIT faculty, and WWII Navy veteran; Dec. 16, 2007.

Harry W. Rapp ’43, retired manager of manufacturing, motor division, Westinghouse Corp., and avid hunter; Aug. 18, 2007.

Robert F. Sharpe Sr. ’43, retired chairman and CEO of Duriron, which later merged with Flowserve Corp., fellow, American Society of Chemical Engineers, and WWII Air Force veteran; Feb. 10.

Bruce R. Garlick ’44, retired manager, energy planning, Fitchburg Gas & Electric Co., July 24, 2006.

Quentin B. Sammis ’46, founder of Sammis Group real estate and insurance companies, very active in Huntington, N.Y., community, and Korean War Navy veteran; Aug. 29, 2007.

Robert A. Snowber ’46, retired vice president, Parsons Brinckerhoff, active in community affairs, including Habitat for Humanity, avid sailor and singer, and WWII Navy veteran; March 10.

Peter S. Myers ’47, ’49, former principal, Levien-Rich Associates, and Peter S. Myers & Associates, senior architect, New York Life Insurance Co., and U.S. Navy veteran; Dec. 11, 2007.

Ralph Nash, M.S. ’48, Ph.D. ’55, NASA scientist, professor, University of Virginia, and WWII Navy veteran; July 21, 2007.

Harlan W. Diefendorf ’49, retired president, E.A. Smith Co., Syracuse, N.Y.; Oct. 4, 2007.

Roy N. Leidner ’49, retired after 34 years with Bethlehem Steel Corp., founder of E&E Corp., an engineering consulting firm, and active in his community; Aug. 22, 2007.

William B. Butler ’50, professional engineer with New York state, city of Oneonta engineer, and president, Oneonta Contracting Co.; July 29, 2007.

Remsen A. Chatterley ’50, retired from General Electric, industrial advertising and sales, and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; Aug. 4, 2007.

Donald R. Lester ’50, retired supervisor, Massachusetts Department of Vocational Education, former engineer with Raytheon, and WWII Army veteran; July 15, 2007.

Raymond E. Roberts ’50, retired from Anaconda Co., in technical sales and management, and WWII Army veteran; Sept. 26, 2007.

Alexander W. Rilling ’51, retired decorated Navy captain, faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School, active in civic organizations;
Dec. 18, 2007.

Jan A. Veltrop, M.M.E. ’51, retired senior vice president, Harza Engineering Co., international expert on dams and hydropower engineering, and member, NAE; March 24, 2007.

Mary T. (Germain) Keifer ’52, former lab technician, GE Research & Development Center, previously with the N.Y.S. Department of Health;
Jan. 6.

Robert A. Webster ’52, retired president, R.A. Webster Ltd., and longtime member of Rensselaer’s Four Horsemen Quartet; Oct. 31, 2007.

Clifford J. Werther ’52, retired national distributor manager, Eaton Corp., and U.S. Army veteran; Nov. 26, 2007.

Fred R. Anibal ’55, retired Navy captain after 31 years in the Naval Reserve, and retired project manager, Turner Construction Co.; Jan. 21.

Nathan L. Zutty, Ph.D. ’58, former vice president, R&D, for Union Carbide, and prolific inventor in the polymer and plastics field; Jan. 1.

Randolph V. Rome Sr. ’59, management engineering consultant for more than 40 years; Feb. 8.

Edward A. Herel ’62, retired senior engineer, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.; Aug. 20, 2007.

Paul J. Hawthorne ’63, designer, aero-space engineer, pilot, musician, and owner of The Banjo Conservatory; Feb. 21, 2007.

Eugene F. Shine, M.M.G. ’64, retired decorated Navy captain, partner in the law firm of Israel and Raley, active in community service and pro bono cases; Sept. 30, 2007.

Anthony M. Akel, M.E. ’67, former dean, Holy Family University School of Business Administration; Nov. 8, 2007.

Edward P. Hobson II ’70, television industry executive, including vice president, National TeleConsultants Inc., and past president and fellow, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers; Jan. 28.

Gary L. Brunell ’73, BAR ’74, associate principal and director of technology for Ballinger, an architectural firm in Philadelphia; Dec. 30, 2007.

Douglas F. Martin ’73, retired senior industrial engineer, EMS Technologies, and ham radio enthusiast; Aug. 23, 2006.

David P. Austin ’79, director of contract management at Siemens Water Technology, and U.S. Navy veteran; Oct. 25, 2007.

Theo-dore Banasiewicz, MBA ’83, power industry engineer, fisherman, and world-class skier; Aug. 26, 2007.

Lloyd W. Clarke ’86, systems engineering specialist at ILOG, formerly with Schneider National, former professor at Georgia Tech, and avid bicyclist; Sept. 20, 2007.

Deborah Aydelott, MBA ’88, project analyst for Sun Trust; Sept. 29, 2007.

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