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Showcase of Achievement

Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame announces four new members

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute enjoys a rich history shaped by the vision and accomplishments of leaders and educators who built the university and alumni who took inspiration in its halls. Since Rensselaer’s founding in 1824, these distinguished individuals have forged frontiers in industry, science, education, and technology. They have built bridges, probed outer space, revolutionized new industries and technologies, and discovered new knowledge.

In 1995 the Rensselaer Alumni Association, with the full endorsement of the Institute Board of Trustees, created the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame to preserve and celebrate the exceptional heritage of alumni accomplishments throughout the years. The stories of these innovators, pioneers, and entrepreneurs provide a powerful source of inspiration for all who follow in their paths and who, like them, will continue to shape our world.

Four new members have been selected for induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame, bringing total membership to 53. They include a steel industry pioneer, a Troy landscape engineer, an electric power visionary, and a deep-Earth geologist. They will be formally inducted at a ceremony on campus Sept. 9. This 2005 class of inductees carries on the tradition of Rensselaer’s distinguished legacy.

The Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame was created to honor the past while celebrating all generations of Rensselaer pioneers. The inaugural class was inducted in September 1998. Three additional classes were inducted in October 1999, September 2001, and September 2003. Etched windows have been placed centrally on campus to commemorate their contributions.

Garnet Douglass Baltimore
Landscape Engineer
Class of 1881 (1859-1946)
Garnet Douglass Baltimore, a distinguished civil engineer and landscape designer, was the first African-American to earn a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer. He was the grandson of a Revolutionary War soldier and slave who eventually escaped and settled in Troy. Baltimore participated in the design and building of bridges, railroads, canals, and waterways around New York state, including supervising the extension of the notoriously difficult “mud lock” on the Oswego Canal. Designer of many cemeteries, Baltimore found his true calling as a landscape engineer. He made his most notable and longstanding contribution to Troy in 1903 when he designed the once-private lands of Mount Ida into the popular Prospect Park, one of Troy’s greatest assets. Baltimore was active in civic activities and alumni affairs at Rensselaer; he served as secretary of the alumni association’s 50 Year Club until his death. In 1990 Rensselaer created the Garnet Baltimore Lecture Series in his honor.

Robert Woolston Hunt
Inventor, Metallurgist, Trustee
Class of 1916, Hon. (1838-1923)
A pioneer in American steel manufacturing, Robert Woolston Hunt established the first analytical laboratory for iron works in the country, at Cambria Iron Co. in Johnstown, Pa., and was instrumental in introducing the Bessemer process to the steel industry, in Troy. He was a co-inventor of automatic rail mills and held patents in steel and iron processes and machinery. In 1888 he founded the Robert W. Hunt Co. to apply demanding standards of inspection and testing throughout industry; the company still operates today. Hunt was the recipient of prestigious engineering awards, including the John Fritz Medal in 1912 and the Washington Award in 1923. Elected a trustee of Rensselaer in 1886, he persuaded his friend Andrew Carnegie to give the Institute $125,000 for a new building after the 1904 fire destroyed Rensselaer’s Main Building. Hunt was the first individual in modern history to be awarded a Rensselaer honorary degree. Through his estate, he endowed the Hunt Professorship in Metallurgical Engineering at Rensselaer.

Chauncey Starr
Electric Power Visionary
Class of 1932, Ph.D. 1935 (1913- )
Chauncey Starr has been a true visionary at the forefront of ground-breaking work in nuclear energy, energy production and policy, and risk analysis. During World War II, he worked on the early development of nuclear energy. A former vice president of Rockwell International, Starr was a pioneer in the development of nuclear propulsion for rockets and ramjets, miniaturized nuclear reactors for space, and atomic power electricity plants. While dean of the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science, he wrote a landmark paper on how to weigh the risks and social benefits of various technologies that became the basis of modern risk analysis. He founded the Electric Power Research Institute in 1973 as an industrywide cooperative program for electricity and environmental research; he remains its president emeritus. Among his many awards and honors, Starr received the Atomic Energy Commission Award in 1974 for his work in the peaceful uses of atomic power. In 1990 President George H.W. Bush presented him with the National Medal of Technology.

Don L. Anderson
Deep-Earth Researcher
Class of 1955 (1933- )
As one of the world’s most prominent researchers in the geosciences, Don Anderson epitomizes a tradition of outstanding geologists associated with Rensselaer. He is acknowledged as a fundamental contributor to our understanding of the structures and processes in the interior of the Earth. In 1998 Anderson received one of the highest honors bestowed on a scientist, the Crafoord Prize, which is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for disciplines not covered by the Nobel Prizes. Anderson is professor emeritus of geophysics at the California Institute of Technology, where he was director of the Seismological Laboratory from 1967 to 1989. In 1989 he published Theory of the Earth, a synthesis of his broad and provocative research and a guide for future exploration of the dynamics of the deep parts of the Earth. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, Anderson was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Bill Clinton in 1999.
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