Conrad H. Lang ’27, retired assistant commissioner of operations, NYS Department of Transportation, and former board chairman, Hudson Valley Community College; June 25. Joseph C. Sonntag ’31, retired from Northeast Utilities, and active in his parish at St. Rose; May 4. Theodore O. Zittel ’33, retired superintendent, electrical department, Bethlehem Steel Corp., active in professional societies, Rotary Club, and the Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Fla.; April 27. Oscar H. Wendschuh ’35, of Salem, Wis., retired from Fort Howard Paper Co.; June 12, 2003. John J. Fodermaier Jr. ’37, retired chief engineer, vehicle structure and safety, Chrysler Corp., WWII Navy veteran and retired lieutenant commander, USNR; April 7. Harold A. Brandt ’39, retired president, Harold A. Brandt Inc., construction contractor in Manhasset, N.Y., active in politics and civic activities; May 25. Leslie M. Harris, M.E.E. ’39, retired electronic engineer, Harris Corp.; May 8.
Harry Frink ’40, of Boynton Beach, Fla., retired from Saint-Gobain Corp.; March 20. Isidore B. Gluckman ’40, of Los Altos, Calif., former senior staff engineer, Lockheed Corp.; June 8, 2003. Ralph P. Bielat ’41, retired aerospace technologist, National Aeronautics & Space Administration; June 15. Robert E. Munger ’43, retired president, S&H Equipment Co., private pilot, and active in Rotary; Nov. 13, 2004. John F. Michel ’46, retired from Grumman Aircraft after 38 years in engineering and program management, and WWII Navy veteran; Feb. 7. Harold R. Towers ’47, former head, shops and plant engineering, Bell Telephone Laboratories; Feb. 13. Lester A. Lanning ’48, former general manager of the New Departure Hyatt Bearings Division of General Motors Corp., and WWII veteran; June 24.
Bernard W. Brooks ’50, retired president of Sheffield Plastics, and U.S. Navy veteran; June 13. Chris A. Christopher ’50, retired executive with Sperry Univac, and WWII Army Air Force veteran; May 23. William M. Newton ’50, retired manager of capacity planning, Mead Corp.; Nov. 20, 2004. Langine R. Waszkiewicz ’50, retired after 33 years with Rome Laboratory, and WWII Army Air Force veteran; May 12. John T. Witmer ’51, M.C.E. ’55, former engineer with such companies as Bell Aerosystems, for whom he designed spacecraft heat shields, and WWII Army Air Force veteran; June 28. Donald L. Creed ’52, retired Navy captain, naval architect, and marine engineer, and decorated WWII and Korean War veteran; April 16. Kenneth A. Geiger ’52, of Geneva, Switzerland, former president, Cryophysics SA; April 29, 2003. Gene R. Simons ’57, Ph.D. ’69, professor emeritus and former associate dean in the School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer, recipient of the Darrin Counseling Award in 1989, and longtime board member and past president of the Workshop Inc.; July 5. George P. DiNardo ’59, M.M.G. ’62, former executive with Mellon Bank Corp. and Citibank, responsible for many developments in electronic banking services, and U.S. Navy veteran; May 5. Glenn E. Edgerly Jr., M.M.E. ’59, former consultant, Energy Services, previously with Pratt & Whitney, and U.S. Army veteran; April 6. Rolf L. Thorkildsen, M.S. ’59, retired principal engineer, materials development and reactor design operation, GE’s Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory; May 18.
Donald F. Colella ’60, retired associate director, GlaxoSmithKline, and former vice president, BTG International; Feb. 3. Johan A. Pearson ’60, math and science teacher at Stockbridge Preparatory School, formerly with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and Worthington Pump and Machinery, engineering consultant in the Persian Gulf, and organist and choir leader; April 8. Daniel J. Sullivan ’61, retired principal health & safety engineer, NYS Department of Labor, active football official, Troy committeeman, and class president; June 6. William J. Ogle, M.M.G. ’65, retired Navy commander and corporate pilot, and Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow; April 20.
William E. Blase ’70, retired financial manager with the Carrier Corp., and U.S. Navy veteran; Feb. 21. Michael D. Mulvaney ’74, MBA ’78, former owner, Mulvaney and Associates, teacher, consultant, and education advocate; April 16. Arlyn D. Schumaker, M.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’76, retired U.S. Air Force colonel after 30 years of service, including commander, Standard Systems Center, and co-owner of Eagle’s Dart Station; July 31, 2004. John A. Reid ’77, technology specialist in the olefins industry, including 15 years with Stone & Webster; Jan. 10.
Bernarr A. Jacob, M.S. ’83, retired research engineer, United Technologies Corp., and WWII Navy veteran; April 27. John R. Mattioli Jr. ’86, senior software engineer at Kurzweil Education Systems, patent holder, and advocate for the visually impaired, like himself, for whom he developed computer software; Nov. 3, 2004. Michele (Mongillo) Holt ’89, who had been employed by Accenture since graduation from Rensselaer; June 9. Michael J. Oberlatz ’89, programmer/analyst for ST Systems; May 17. Carla M. Caputo Modderno, M.S. ’97, formerly with EMC, and active in figure skating; April 21. Thomas M. Liakos ’99, resident in orthopedic surgery in Michigan; June 12. Ronald H. Lawson Jr., M.E. ’00, project engineer at Everest VIT, formerly with GE Power Systems, patent holder and designer of the Hickman Holder, and motorsports enthusiast; June 17.
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