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In Memoriam

S. David Pomrinse ’37, former director, Mount Sinai Hospital, executive VP, Mount Sinai Medical Center, co-founder of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and president of the Greater NY Hospital Association; Jan. 15. Bayard M. Grant ’39, commercial real estate agent, Kansas City, Mo., active in community, and WWII Army veteran; Nov. 26, 2010. Louis Soltanoff ’39, engineer involved with the Atlas missile system and the World’s Fair monorail, patent holder and consultant for new product development, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran; March 5. Joseph A. Whitwell ’39, retired consultant, Peabody Systems; April 6.

Mervin S. Cooper ’41, retired partner, Dock Resins Corp., formerly with Celanese Corp., intarsia artist, and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; May 8. William O. Hofmann ’41, retired chemical engineer and product marketer, DuPont Chemical Co., lifelong stamp collector, and community college teacher; Dec. 4, 2012. Robert J. Meltzer ’43, inventor with dozens of patents, former vice president, special products, Bausch & Lomb, and director of instrument development at American Optical and Syva; May 3. Matthew A. McGough ’45, mechanical engineer who built many oil refineries and chemical plants for Foster Wheeler, and WWII Navy veteran; March 22, 2009. Peter A. Rossi ’45, industrial engineer for USF&G, high school math teacher, and WWII and Korean War Navy veteran; Nov. 18, 2012. Paul C. Miller ’46, owner, wholesale grocers in Lynn, Mass., and Paul’s Market in Swampscott, and WWII Navy veteran; Dec. 20, 2012. Veeder C. Nellis ’46, career mechanical engineer at General Electric, consultant on gear systems, active in civic affairs in Swampscott, Mass., and WWII Navy veteran; Jan. 4. C. Alan Borck ’47, founder and president of RLC Electronics, Mount Kisco, N.Y., and avid sportsman; March 1. Carmine DeCrescente ’47, retired director, Aircraft and Crew Systems Technology Directorate, U.S. Navy, and general manager, Veda Inc.; Dec. 26, 2012. George H. Plate ’47, retired personnel supervisor, East Coast, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.; Jan. 10. William A. Powel Jr. ’47, retired international manager, IMO Industries; Jan. 11. Philip A. Vautrain ’47, owner and operator, Hain Automation, manufacturer of electrical control panels; April 1. John J. Delaney ’48, retired after a career with Albany International Corp. in Canada, Australia, and the U.S.; Aug. 27, 2012.

William Djinis ’48, M.S. ’50, nuclear physicist who led NASA’s orbital space debris program, former chief scientist, space and aircraft systems, Grumman, and U.S. Army Air Force veteran; Feb. 1. Joseph C. Warnock ’48, retired senior gas engineer, Central Gas & Electric, American Gas Association DSA recipient, and WWII Army veteran; May 18. Richard Byron ’49, industrial construction contractor, aviation historian who helped found and lead the Niagara Aerospace Museum, and WWII Army veteran; July 8. William E. Cooper ’49, self-employed architect, Amsterdam, N.Y., former AIA chapter president, and WWII Army Air Force veteran; March 1. Gilbert C. Dehnkamp ’49, M.S. ’58, retired after a career in management at West Virginia Pulp and Paper, and WWII Army veteran; Jan. 27. J. Christopher Jaffe ’49, pioneer in the field of acoustical design, who worked on more than 250 performance halls, and member of the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame; May 23. Robert O. Kahl ’49, retired after a 37-year career with IBM, founder of an art conservation laboratory, and WWII Marine Corps veteran; June 9. Jon D. McKee ’49, architect and founding partner, Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, known for his design commissions, recipient of numerous awards, and founder of the Lyceum Fellowship; June 6. Robert F. Winne ’49, M.Arch ’61, professor of architecture at Rensselaer and Penn State, with appointments at Columbia and Barnard, an accomplished musician and cabinetmaker, and WWII Army veteran; April 22.

Kenneth G. Anderson ’50, retired vice president, human resources, Celanese Corp., planning board chairman, and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; March 12. Thomas V. Casey ’50, M.D., Troy area physician, faculty member at Albany Medical College, and WWII Army veteran; Sept. 26, 2012. Kenneth D. Dallmeyer ’50, who worked for Bethlehem Steel, Atlantic Wire, and Phelps Dodge, before acquiring a custom furniture manufacturer, and WWII Army veteran; Jan. 1. Norris MacFarland ’50, president, MacFarland Construction Co., involved in bridge rebuilding, office buildings, and shopping centers, and WWII Army veteran; Sept. 25, 2012. John A. Watson ’50, retired engineer, Naval Air Rework Facility at NAS Jacksonville and Martin Marietta, home builder and developer, and U.S. Navy veteran; Nov. 22, 2012. Peter J. Murto ’51, retired manager, Union Carbide, active in civic affairs, and Korean War veteran; June 13. Robert E. Dudash ’52, chemical engineer who worked for General Electric and then Gilbarco, who later studied painting and became an artist, and U.S. Army veteran; April 19. Joseph A. Yore ’53, retired colonel, Army Corps of Engineers, Bronze Star recipient, and executive at Walk, Haydel and Associates; Sept. 21, 2012. Richard H. Barber ’55, engineer for Allis Chalmers/Siemens, forest service volunteer, and U.S. Air Force veteran; Aug. 24, 2012. Richard G. Barger ’55, self-employed engineer and land surveyor, and U.S. Army veteran; March 19. Ronald L. Freemerman ’56, who spent his career with General Electric and Bechtel Corp. managing nuclear power projects across the U.S.; June 5. Robert E. Bernier ’57, NASA representative to Europe, and former vice president, Comsat; Feb. 17. Harold L. Braue ’57, retired bomber pilot, U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command, and systems analyst at Unisys; Sept. 7, 2012. Kie Y. Ahn, M.E.E. ’59, Ph.D. ’63, prolific research scientist, working 30 years at IBM and consulting for Micron Technology, who held over 500 patents; Sept. 20, 2012.

Charles A. Panetta, Ph.D. ’60, professor emeritus, chemistry, University of Mississippi; Sept. 23, 2012. Richard A. Plog ’60, owner of a custom sawing company, and founding member and president, Habitat for Humanity, Sussex County, N.J.; July 20. William M. Trunko ’60, former employee of Alcoa, LTV Steel, and Cleveland Track Material, and U.S. Navy veteran; Dec. 15, 2012. Donald G. Chesebro ’61, retired from IBM in Essex Junction, Vt., accomplished sailor and outdoorsman, and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity; Jan. 10. John H. Hotaling ’62, retired manager, Cedar Key Water District, whose expertise in utility design led to several previous ownership and managerial positions; Sept. 5, 2012. Joseph R. Hampson Jr. ’63, architectural engineer for such firms as HBE Corp., HOK, and William B. Ittner Inc., and U.S. Navy veteran; Feb. 14. Donald F. Lewis ’66, nuclear power plant designer and licensing agent for Bechtel Power Corp., then owner, Action Rental Center, and U.S. Navy veteran; June 23. John S. Johnson Jr. ’67, M.S. ’69, chemical engineer employed by DuPont, owner/operator of Tax Express, entrepreneur, and avid bridge player; Feb. 8. Walter J. Shilanskas ’71, M.S. ’76, project manager for over 30 years for Air Products and Chemicals in Trexlertown, Pa.; Aug. 28, 2012. Suzanne (Gilbert) Ports ’84, former engineer for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and PTA president; July 16. Peter T. Zimmermann ’88, financial consultant at Dynamic Credit Partners LLC; May 18.

Bernard A. Fleishman, professor emeritus, mathematics, a dedicated educator who continued to teach after his retirement in 1990, and an active leader and volunteer in the community; April 6. Norbert F. Hepfinger, associate professor emeritus, chemistry, retired after 45 years teaching organic chemistry and freshman chemistry at Rensselaer; Dec. 29, 2012. Jack S. Parker, ’87 (Hon.), former chairman and executive officer, General Electric Co., and trustee emeritus at Rensselaer (1969-1982); May 19.

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