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In Memoriam

Isadore Warshaw ’23, at age 105, a former newspaper publisher, town justice, and manager of a lumber company store, and a lively and inspiring participant at Rensselaer reunions in recent years, where he led the parade of classes; Aug. 9.

John R. Clark ’33, retired assistant commissioner for administrative services, NYS Education Department, and WWII Army veteran; Feb. 5.

Francis J. Zeronda ’35, whose career in the construction industry included terms as president of Cooley Contracting Co., F.J. Zeronda Inc., and Florida Gulf Construction Co.; Dec. 6, 2006.

Bodwell D. Osborne ’39, professional engineering consultant, Osborne Engineering, in Asheville, N.C., and Petaluma, Calif.; Jan. 24.

G. Merritt Preston ’39, former director of launch operations for Mercury and Gemini programs and director of Center Planning and Future Programs, honored for his career at NASA with a Presidential Medal in 1963; Jan. 25.

Harry R. Carlson ’40, retired director of purchasing, TRW Inc., and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; March 20.

Everett S. Ross Jr. ’41, retired senior pilot for Pan American World Airways, and decorated WWII Army Air Forces veteran who flew the Hump in the China Burma India theater; Nov. 17, 2006.

Richard V. Collins ’42, retired U.S. Air Force colonel, serving in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, city planner and housing coordinator for Springfield, Mass., and active community volunteer; April 15.

Otto Klima ’44, retired vice president and division general manager, General Electric Co., and presidential appointee to National Advisory Committee on Oceans & Atmosphere; March 13.

Roger N. Conklin Sr. ’42, MCH ’47, retired after 35 years as a chemical engineer at E.I. DuPont de Nemours, avid photographer and woodworker; Jan. 27.

Robert M. Gager ’42, founding partner and former president, Brand X-Ray Co., and longtime employee at Picker-Dunlee; Feb. 15.

Henry V. Borst ’43, whose distinguished career as an aeronautical engineer included co-authoring technical papers and three books on aerodynamic theory; Jan. 2.

Ralph V. Bodie ’49, former works manager for the Midway Co., also Curtiss-Wright Co., Bendix, and Pratt & Whitney, former owner, Holly Craft Stores, and WWII Air Force veteran; March 20.

Gifford H. Foster ’49, pioneer in the powdered metal industry, founder of Allied Sinterings in Danbury, Conn., and WWII Army veteran; May 5.

George E. Kelly ’50, former electrical engineer with GE Plastics and with RCA Corp.; July 4, 2006.

Richard C. Newell ’50, retired aeronautical engineer, United Technologies, and WWII Army veteran; April 30.

John U. Shepardson, M.S. ’50, Ph.D., retired chief chemist, Astro Circuits Corp., and WWII Army veteran; Dec. 9.

Harper E. Van Ness Jr., M.M.E. ’50, retired Navy captain and aviator, who later became deputy project manager for Project Viking; March 20.

Frank G. Oram ’51, retired from Bell Labs and U.S. West, a singer and actor, and Korean War veteran; Feb. 12.

Raymond A. Patenaude ’51, retired designer and project leader of the Vulcan mini gun for General Electric Co., and WWII Navy veteran; April 25.

Alan W. Schwarz ’51, former proprietor, Drexel Hill Fabric Care Center, formerly with U.S. Steel, and WWII Army veteran; March 10.

Gerald Kass ’52, retired civil engineer for Engineers Inc., Newark, N.J.; March 23.

Walter R. Pledger ’52, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, retired director of physical plant, Shippensburg State College; July 27.

Robert F. Souders ’52, retired chief of the National Ocean Service division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, former industrial engineer with several manufacturers, and Korean War veteran; April 9.

Floyd F. Eunpu ’53, retired engineer-director of the Fairfax Water Authority, and U.S. Army veteran; March 16.

Frederick D. Goode ’54, retired superior court judge in New Hampshire, and U.S. Army veteran; April 22.

Thomas F. King ’57, retired program manager, Litton Industries, formerly with H.I. Thompson Corp. where he helped design the Apollo 11 lunar escape module, and Korean War veteran; April 3.

Richard B. Megley ’57, former chief patent counsel, FMC Corp., partner of Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro, and U.S. Navy veteran; March 22.

G. Anthony Notarantonio ’57, author of novels and screenplays, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran; April 25.

Donald C. Richards ’57, retired owner, D.C. Richards Insurance Co., in Port Chester, N.Y., and U.S. Navy veteran; Jan. 8.

R. Gerald Bennett Jr., M.D., ’59, former chief of radiology, VA Medical Center, Manchester, N.H., musician, and U.S. Air Force veteran; April 12.

Gerald A. Cascio ’65, former chief engineer and principal-in-charge, Cascio Bechir & Associates in North Haven, Conn.; Feb. 9.

J. Richardson Lippert II ’67, attorney with Cash & Lippert, P.C., longtime bar association president, honored for his work as an advocate for children in family court, and Class of ’67 correspondent; July 9.

Donald B. Martin, M.S. ’68, retired quality assurance executive at Pratt & Whitney, master gardener, and avid Red Sox fan; June 12.

Gunnar E. Jorgensen, M.E. ’71, retired from Northeast Utilities, sculptor and painter; June 18.

Robert W. Maidt Jr., M.S. ’76, engineer who worked on the Trident submarine, Oak Ridge power plant, and in the manufacturing and printing industries; May 5.

George F. Schoener Jr. ’76, whose law practice in Philadelphia specialized in medical malpractice and product liability litigation; April 5.

Gary S. Himelson, B.S., M.S. ’79, computer consultant with Enherent Corp., survived by his wife, Beth (Burkam), and two children; July 18.

Jeffrey A. Donahue, M.E. ’82, senior vice president, transmission development, Brookfield Power, and former president of TransEnergie U.S. Ltd. and NEES Global Transmission; May 8.

Susan Markowski Lubais ’81, M.S. ’82, most recently with Cadence Design Systems, following a career in semiconductor and computer systems sales and marketing, active alumna and longtime Class of ’82 correspondent; April 4.

Anson J. Tripp ’00, former computer programming specialist and patent holder at IBM in Austin, Texas, graduate student, and expert on Japanese anime; March 29.

Michael J. Bambrick ’02, former member of the Pep Band and Glee Club; July 13.

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