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In Memoriam

Arthur A. Slobod ’31, former senior research engineer for Rockwell International, working on inertial navigation systems, and math and science teacher; April 16, 2011. James F. Wueste ’34, retired regional sales and engineering manager, Crouse Hinds, who had a hand in lighting Mount Rushmore and numerous Washington, D.C., memorials; April 28, 2011. Charles V. Bengle ’38, professional engineer in product management and sales for Worthington Corp., then product planning for Fedders Corp.; March 8, 2011. Charles L. Fay ’39, retired president of Kusan Industries, consulting engineer with Steiner-Liff Iron & Metals, active in the Society of the Plastics Industry; Oct. 11, 2010.

Norman Caplan ’40, retired electrical engineer at Bendix and RCA, co-founder of electronics manufacturing firm EFE Laboratories, and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; July 20, 2011. Charles W. Faas Jr. ’41, retired director of sales with Fairchild Engine & Airplane (aircraft engines) and Unisys/Sperry-Rand (navigation-guidance system Polaris/Trident submarines); June 3, 2011. William S. Aiken Jr. ’42, retired director of aeronautics for NASA, who earlier in his career worked on the Bell X-1, B-45A, and B-47 bombers; May 27, 2011. Raymond A. Hollinger ’42, retired mechanical and patent engineer, Gleason Works, active in community organizations; June 16, 2011. George E. Stridde, M.S. ’42, Ph.D. ’55, retired from Dresser Industries, Baroid Division, and WWII Army veteran; Jan. 28, 2006. John J. Pitrus ’45, MAE ’50, retired manager at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, who pioneered in the field of engine condition diagnostics, and WWII Army veteran; Aug. 26, 2011. Edward L. Healey ’48, retired engineer, IBM Corp., and model railroad enthusiast; July 6, 2010. Peter Patriarca ’48, M.S. ’50, retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he focused on peaceful uses of nuclear technology, and WWII Marine Corps veteran; Jan. 27, 2008. John M. Gerken ’49, Ph.D. ’56, consultant and expert in welding of high-performance materials, retired from TRW and Lincoln Electric, and American Welding Society fellow; April 14, 2011.

Loran V. Appleby ’50, founder of L.V. Appleby Inc., active in ASHRAE, and resort owner; June 17, 2011. Robert S. Leer ’50, M.E. ’51, retired senior electrical engineer, IBM Federal Systems Division, skilled wood-carver, and WWII Army veteran; Jan. 25, 2011. Frank X. Plattner Jr. ’50, former owner, D&S Precision Products Inc. in Queens, N.Y., and U.S. Army veteran; Aug. 24, 2011. James A. Shea ’50, retired senior manager, Ingersoll Rand, owner of Anacortes Yacht Charters, and WWII Navy veteran; Sept. 3, 2011. Albert J. Sievers ’50, retired quality control manager, Arkwright Co., active with the Lions Club and ambulance association, and U.S. Navy veteran; July 12, 2011. Peter G. Anderson ’51, retired from Bendix Corp., and U.S. Army veteran; July 22, 2011. Richard W. Griessel ’51, retired General Electric executive, technology transfer agent, and WWII Coast Guard veteran; Jan. 29, 2011. Donald C. Herrmann ’51, retired from RCA Corp., key developer of the first color TV camera, and WWII Army Air Corps veteran; May 15, 2011. W. Lee Stewart ’51, retired CEO and owner of H&G Industries, active in nonprofit organizations, and Korean War Army veteran; July 2, 2011. Robert W. Winters ’51, who participated in the Apollo Rocket Program and inspected nuclear power plants for GE and the NRC; July 6, 2011.

William Austin III ’52, president, Water’s Edge Spas, former vice president, Vermont Research Corp., sheep farmer, and U.S. Army veteran; May 26, 2011. Charles C. Curran ’52, retired computer system analyst, Babcock & Wilcox, RPI Athletic Hall of Fame member, and WWII Marine Corps veteran; Aug. 6, 2011. J. Struthers Dunn Jr. ’52, retired president, Struthers-Dunn, manufacturer of electrical components used in auto, defense, and aviation industries; May 28, 2011. Joseph F. Terenzi ’53, retired director of environmental affairs and safety, American Cyanamid Co., patent holder, and saxophonist; July 3, 2011. Gordon W. Jones ’54, whose architecture firm specialized in public school and municipal projects in western New York; June 10, 2011. Francis J. Zunino ’54, retired executive vice president, Sybron Chemicals, and U.S. Army veteran; March 15, 2011. Ralph W. Coutant ’57, retired vice president of engineering, W&H Systems, a supplier of material handling systems; April 21, 2011. Ronald E. Herington ’57, former president, Herington, White, and Co., adjunct professor at UMass-Dartmouth, and U.S. Army veteran; Dec. 17, 2010.

James M. O’Neal ’60, an architect, community planner, and land planning executive in Southern California; Jan. 3, 2011. Ernest Bernstein, M.M.E. ’61, former head of Pratt & Whitney’s Turbo Power and Marine group, who developed a portable electric generator powered by gas; Jan. 19, 2011. John E. Fischer ’61, D.E.S. ’66, professor emeritus of materials science and engineering, University of Pennsylvania, expert in carbon-based materials; June 28, 2011. Richard H. Singer ’62, who was employed at Fafnir Bearings and Colt Firearms and later owned his own transmission repair shop; June 16, 2011. Gary E. Stolzenberg ’62, retired research scientist, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s metabolism and radiation laboratory, who did outreach work with North Dakota tribal colleges; Sept. 30, 2010. Richard A. Tolmie ’62, retired director of project engineering, Burroughs-Wellcome, active in his community and school board, and U.S. Navy veteran; July 30, 2011. Peter J. Post ’63, retired senior specialist, Allied Signal Inc.; June 9, 2011.

William Halstead Ling, Ph.D. ’72, retired supervisor for systems analysis, Sandia National Laboratory, accomplished athlete and musician; Sept. 16, 2011. Martin E. Schick ’73, M.D., physician in private practice in San Antonio, Texas, active outdoorsman who climbed Kilimanjaro, and U.S. Army veteran; July 19, 2011. Bruce F. Avery, M.E. ’77, retired senior transportation analyst for the NYS Department of Transportation; Sept. 9, 2011.

Terri Hunt Petruska, MBA ’92, national computer database consultant and founder of Venture Computing Inc.; July 18, 2011. Douglas M. Hobbs, MBA ’94, who spent 34 years with United Technologies Corp., most of them with Otis Elevator Co.; July 7, 2011. Steven Galicia ’95, manager, Global Transactions Department, Morgan Stanley-Smith Barney; April 29, 2010. Patrick D. Casey ’01, graduate student at George Washington University, formerly with Multimedia Games, and Army sergeant who served in Afghanistan; Sept. 27, 2011.

Sharon Anderson-Gold, professor and chair, Department of Science and Technology Studies, at Rensselaer (1979-2011), philosopher specializing in Kantian ethics and political philosophy; Sept. 26, 2011. Mary R. Low, widow of Rensselaer’s 14th president, George M. Low ’48, whose devotion to the Institute continued after his death and included the donation of the George M. Low papers to Rensselaer; Oct. 16, 2011.

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