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The Kestner family * The Kestner family has a long, and growing, history as a “legacy” family of Rensselaer. A Rensselaer legacy is an alumnus or student who is related to another alumnus or student. Gathered above are, from left, M. Lindsay Kestner ’94, David Brennan ’92 (married to Laura Kestner), Joseph Kestner Jr. ’36, Mary Jo Kestner Campaigne ’94, Mark Kestner ’67, and Russell Campaigne ’94, holding Owen Foster Campaigne, potential member of the Class of 2025. Additional family members include Quentin Kestner ’69 and Robert Campaigne ’62 (dec.).

The Rensselaer Legacy Program recognizes alumni who make a Rensselaer education a family tradition. The program sponsors special programs, events, and networking opportunities, as well as a scholarship to incoming students whose parents or grandparents attended Rensselaer. For more information, visit www.alumni.rpi.edu/Legacy/.




Alan Voorhees ’47
Alan Voorhees ’47, a member of Rensselaer’s Alumni Hall of Fame, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pan-American Conference of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (PANAM), which was held Sept. 26-29 in Albany. Rensselaer hosted the conference, which was held in the United States for the first time since its inception in 1980. The PANAM’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented “to those individuals whose long history of individual and professional accomplishments have had a significant impact on transportation science and practice and, in doing so, have become the ultimate professional standard that transportation professionals aspire to emulate.”

Photo by Kris Qua




Class of ’52 alumni
The Class of ’52 held a “midway” reunion the weekend of Oct. 1-3, celebrating the halfway point between the class’s 50th and 55th reunions. A group of 44 alumni and their guests enjoyed camaraderie at a variety of events, including dinner at the Desmond Hotel featuring an alumni skit, a walking tour of campus and presentation by Provost Bud Peterson, a memorial service for deceased classmates at the tree planted previously by the class in their honor, and a reunion dinner featuring speaker Harvey Zeve ’52.

The weekend coincided with Homecoming, and several events were shared by the class and the Homecoming crowd. The class enjoyed the campus barbecue on the Hassan Quad, and filled seats at the 50-yard line for the RPI vs. Coast Guard football game, at which the Engineers prevailed, 28-17, and kept the Shot Glass Trophy for yet another year.

Photo by Kris Qua




Latin American reunion
Latin American reunion: In February members of the Rensselaer alumni chapter in Venezuela welcomed Tirso Saenz ’54 of Brazil to Caracas, where they reminisced about life as students and as members of Phi Iota Alpha fraternity. From left, are Rose Marie de Pereda, Gustavo Gonzalez ’52, Tirso Saenz ’54, Napoleon Ferrer ’55, Lourdes de Gonzalez, and Clemente Pereda ’52.



RAA Travel Program’s trip to Russia A group of 25 Rensselaer alumni and their guests enjoyed the RAA Travel Program’s trip to Russia, “Passage of Peter the Great,” July 18-30. The group’s “hotel” was a deluxe river boat, and their itinerary included Moscow, cruising on the Volga River to historic towns, and a final stop in St. Petersburg. Here, from left, Judy and Steve Martin ’62 and Stu ’62 and Cheryl Benton pose in front of the Kremlin wall. For information on upcoming tours, visit www.alumni.rpi.edu/ap/travel.html.
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