Paul W. Cornell ’36, retired director for operational excellence, Kaiser Aluminum, and former vice president for engineering, research, and production, Goodrich Gulf Chemical Co.; April 26. Ernest F. Nippes ’38, Ph.D. ’42, welding expert and professor emeritus, materials engineering, at Rensselaer (1942-1990), co-inventor of the Gleeble thermal-mechanical system, and active alumnus; April 3. Douglas H. Andrews Jr. ’39, aeronautical engineer employed by Chandler Evans Co., and WWII and Korean War Army Air Corps veteran; May 4.
Lucien M. Biberman ’40, physicist whose research on infrared and electro-optical technologies was crucial to the development of the Sidewinder homing missile and night-vision systems; March 28. William S. Ring ’43, metallurgical engineer, retired after 35 years with Ryerson Steel Co. of Chicago; March 19, 2008. George A. Meyer III ’45, retired sales manager, H and H Casting, and WWII Army veteran; Jan. 8. King D. Bird ’47, retired senior vice president and general manager, Service Contracts Division, Calspan, where he worked with wind tunnels and tire research; March 9. William A. Neighbors ’47, retired after a 30-year career with Carrier Air Conditioning Co., and U.S. Navy veteran; Feb 1. Charles J. Barrow Jr. ’48, consulting engineer and president of Charles J. Barrow PC, owner of Barrow Farm, and WWII Navy veteran; Nov. 10, 2009. J. Andrew Lange ’48, founder of J. Andrew Lange Inc. and Statewide Aquastore, and decorated WWII Army Air Force veteran; Jan. 21. Kenneth A. Gendron ’49, retired from the NYS PSC Administrative Hearing Bureau, formerly with the Public Service Gas Division, and WWII Army veteran; Feb. 27.
Jules S. David ’50, retired after 32 years with General Electric Co., volunteer with the emergency squad, and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; Jan. 3. Edward R. Donohoe ’50, lifelong sailor in the shipping and fishing industries, known as a “living museum” for his knowledge and desire to educate; March 18. Edward W. Gilmore ’50, retired physician and co-founder of Physician Service Associates, and WWII Army veteran; Dec. 15, 2009. Stanley Nesbitt ’50, aeronautical engineer and manager at Westinghouse Electric Corp., involved in advanced electronics for military, civil, and commercial aircraft; March 29. Odd N. Oddsen ’50, entrepreneur and inventor, CEO of Innovative Office Products Inc., and U.S. Air Force veteran; March 9. Richard A. Peene ’50, consulting engineer at United Defense, former engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft, and U.S. Army veteran; Dec. 9, 2009. Angelo C. Scandalis ’50, who worked for Republic Aviation and Grumman, designing escape systems for jet fighters, and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; Feb. 18. Richard R. Staebler ’50, retired chief engineer of the Heil Co.’s Lancaster, Pa., manufacturing plant, and WWII Army veteran; March 28. Walter A. Weaver ’50, M.C.E. ’51, former commissioned officer with the Navy Seabees, and vice president of Bert Weaver materials Inc.; Feb. 1.
Alf K. Horgen ’51, former plant engineer at paper plants including Westvaco and Mohawk, amateur photographer, and Norwegian Royal Air Force veteran; Jan. 9. Raymond M. Barth ’52, retired proprietor, Pacific Office Equipment, Fort Bragg, docent and researcher, and Army Chemical Corps veteran; Feb. 27. Jesse F. Cherry ’52, former vice president, Williams Crane & Rigging, and Korean War Army veteran; Dec. 25, 2009. John H. Soderberg ’53, retired technical adviser and electrical engineer, Pitney Bowes Inc.; April 4. Gerald Perschetz ’54, retired lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army, member of senior management at Armtec Corp., active in civic affairs in Coachella Valley and Riverside County, Calif., and avid art collector; Jan. 26. Daniel E. Sekellick ’55, licensed architect and artist, retired from the NYS Dept. of Social Services, and U.S. Navy Seabees commander; March 27. Sidney M. Katz ’56, retired architect with Jordan & Associates, and Korean War Army veteran; April 14. Bruce W. Masland ’56, retired after a 40-year career with BGE/Constellation Energy, active in professional organizations, past president of the RAA, a master gardener and avid dancer; May 14.
Martin G. Abegg, Ph.D. ’60, former president of Bradley University, where he spent 45 years; April 21. Elva D. Ryan, M.S. ’60, avid bowler and golfer, and WWII Navy veteran; April 7. Dominick J. Sciallo ’63, former engineer with DuPont Photo Products, then Christian missionary in Scotland for 28 years; March 1. Daniel W. Repperger Jr. ’67, M.S.E.E. ’68, researcher at Wright-Patterson AFB, Human Effectiveness Directorate, and IEEE fellow recognized for work with haptic controllers; Jan. 3. Bruce F. Carmichael ’68, BAR ’69, deputy dean for academic administration, School of Engineering & Applied Science at Yale University, where he held a wide variety of positions; Feb. 1. Howard M. Henze ’69, founder of Asheville, N.C., Essential Tremor support group, Class of ’69 correspondent and leader of class reunions, music reunions, and Joel Dolven memorial development at Rensselaer, and U.S. Navy veteran; April 16. Robert D. Orton, M.S. ’69, retired U.S. Army major general, who managed America’s chemical and biological weapons and then supervised their destruction; May 5.
Michael G. Marmuscak ’71, engineer with BASF Corp., avid outdoorsman, Little League coach, and community volunteer; Nov. 22, 2009. James K. Paskov ’72, employed at Semac Electric, and member of Elks Lodge in Hartford, Conn.; Jan. 31. Robert B. Ehlinger, Ph.D. ’75, retired after a career with General Electric Corp. and Momentive Performance Materials, who then returned to teaching; Nov. 22, 2009. Douglas A. Fisher, M.E. ’75, who traveled the world working for Exxon, and then worked at New England Electric and Central Maine Power Co.; Feb. 19. G. Steven Draper ’76, restoration specialist, formerly with Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway and West Hill Improvement Corp., talented craftsman, graphic artist, and author; April 4.
Charles S. Emerson, M.S. ’93, retired computer software specialist at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and at Cigna Corp., and treasurer with civic organizations; Jan. 27. David A. DiBattista, MBA ’97, sales engineer at Standard Bellows Co.; Jan. 10.
Miroslav Steven Zilberman ’03, U.S. Navy lieutenant who lost his life in action, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously for heroism that saved his crew; March 31.
William R. Spillers, professor of civil engineering at Columbia University, Rensselaer (1976-90), and most recently New Jersey Institute of Technology; April 22.