Obituaries

Jun 15, 2021

The ASME News Obituaries section is a monthly listing of ASME members who have recently passed away. If you would like to report the passing of a family member or friend who was an ASME member, please contact the ASME Membership department at membership@asme.org

September 2021 Obituaries

 

Baher, Bernard H., (1920-2021), Avon, MA. Boston Section. Member 1979

Belcher, Larry C., (1936-2021), N. Richland Hills, TX. West Texas Section. Member 1959

Benvenuto, Lew R., (1926-2021), London, ON, CAN. Ontario Section. Member 1966

Blanchard Jr., Howard J., (1934-2021), Gonzales, LA. Baton Rouge Section. Member 1956

Bode, John H., (1941-2021), Eden Prairie, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 1977

Bonner, Joseph A., (1929-2021), Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh Section. Member 1968

Bornemisza, Tibor G., (1930-2021), San Diego, CA. San Diego Section. Member 1967

Bowling, George W., (1938-2021), Chesterfield, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1960

Cerny, John C., (1930-2021), Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1968

Chen, Shoei-sheng, (1940-2021), Laguna Niguel, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1972

Chervitz, Jerrold I., (1941-2021), Saint Louis, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1964

Chevalier, James L., (1942-2021), Central Valley, NY. Mid-Hudson Section. Member 1971

Conte, Gaeton V., (1949-2021), Birmingham, AL. Birmingham Section. Member 1972

Cook, William J., (1929-2021), Downers Grove, IL. Fox Valley Section. Member 1963

DeVerter, Paul L., (1932-2021), Houston, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1954

Dowell, Robert W., (1929-2021), Omaha, NE. Nebraska Section. Member 1955

Drucker, Francisco, (1902-2021), Col Del Valle, MEX. Mexico Section. Member 1952

Ellis, James W., (1946-2021), Mechanicsville, VA. Central Virginia Section. Member 1969

Eppich, John D., (1936-2021), Mission Viejo, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1968

Erbland, Thomas J., (1926-2021), Amherst, NH. Northern New England Section. Member 1951

Fuqua, Jerry W., (1948-2021), Olive Branch, MS. Memphis-Mid South Section. Member 1972

Gadalla, Mohamed, (1952-2021), Sharjah, ARE. United Arab Emirates Section. Member 1987

Gainey, Richard T., (1926-2021), Torrance, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1952

Gamboa, Francisco R., (1901-2021), Santiago, CHL. Chile Section. Member 1938

Gibboney, James L., (1910-2021), Naples, FL. Florida Section. Member 1946

Hays, Donald F., (1929-2021), Waterford Township, MI. Metro Detroit Section. Member 1962

Huber Jr., William W., (1937-2021), Westlake Village, CA. Channel Islands Section. Member 1960

Hughes, Thomas, (1934-2021), Lambertville, MI. NW Ohio Section. Member 1957

Jarett, Robert M., (1940-2021), Bradford, PA. Olean Section. Member 1963

Johnson, Martin H., (1922-2021), Elizabethton, TN. Holston Section. Member 1987

Koehn, Helmut, (1929-2021), Bethel, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1952

Kunkel, Paul, (1926-2021), Sandy, UT. Utah Section. Member 1950

Langston, W.H., (1962-2021), Lubbock, TX. Panhandle Plains Section. Member 1986

Leone Jr., Frank, (1936-2021), Los Gatos, CA. Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 1958

Mack, Donald W., (1929-2021), Covington, LA. New Orleans Section. Member 1958

Mahlab, Salim S., (1919-2021), Great Neck, NY. Long Island Section. Member 1942

Manoff, Mark., (1938-2021), Seal Beach, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1966

McCabe, Warren L., (1930-2021), Rochester, MI. Metro Detroit Section. Member 1968

Mulvey, Edward T., (1927-2021), Apex, NC. East North Carolina Section. Member 1949

Nickerson, Eric, (1947-2021), Milford, NH, Northern New England Section. Member 1969

Nordin, Obert L., (1918-2021), Houston, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1942

Panico, John R., (1948-2021), Lancaster, PA. Susquehanna Section. Member 1990

Patterson, Robert W., (1922-2021), Park Ridge, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1948

Perrone, Nicholas, (1930-2021), Cherry Hill, NJ. Philadelphia Section. Member 1957

Phillips, Clifford A., (1919-2021), South Pasadena, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1942

Powell, Chris D., (1949-2021), Zoar, OH. Canton-All-Mass Section. Member 1974

Quisenberry, Orval L., (1921-2021), Kingsport, TN. Holston Section. Member 1967

Rasper, Mark J., (1957-2021), Oshkosh, WI. Milwaukee Section. Member 1987

Ratcliff Jr, Edward H., (1944-2021), Cynthiana, KY. Bluegrass Section.  Member 1968

Reed, Ray P., (1927-2021), Albuquerque, NM. New Mexico Section. Member 1961

Sann, Robert I., (1929-2021), Clearwater, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1955

Scheffer, Robert L., (1941-2021), Lake Alfred. FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1967

Shrader, Russell L., (1936-2021), San Antonio, TX. San Antonio Section. Member 1960

Smelewicz, Alan, (1957-2021), Charlton, MA. Worcester Section. Member 1983

Stanmore, Leon K., (1925-2021, Dallas, TX. North Texas Section. Member 1968

Stronach, Charles G., (1941-2021), Bellingham, WA. Salish Sea Section. Member 1981

Stroud, William S., (1928-2021), Kingsport, TN, Holston Section. Member 1950

Swanson, Eric W., (1938-2021), Monroe, VA. Virginia Section. Member 1977

Swenson, Donald O., (1937-2021), Overland Park, KS. Kansas City Section. Member 1967

Teer, Bill, (1934-2021), Fairfax, VA. Washington DC Section. Member 1956

Thacher, Eric F., (1936-2021), Potsdam, NY. Syracuse Section, Member 1987

Traffas, Wayne H., (1936-2021), Knoxville, TN. East Tennessee Section. Member 1959

Tyler, Wilson, (1947-2021), Manchester, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1997

Ward, Richard L., (1933-2021), Los Angeles, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1961

Williams, Bernard J., (1925-2021), Media, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1959

Willus, Charles A., (1942-2021), Newtown, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1972

Ziegler, Richard A., (1945-2021), Montclair, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 1968


August 2021 Obituaries


Melvin Helmich
Melvin J. “Mel” Helmich, P.E., an ASME Fellow, and member of the Central Ohio Section, died on August 29th in Mount Vernon, OH. He was 96 years old.

After serving in the 100th Engineering Division of the U.S. Army during WWII, Helmich enrolled at Purdue University in 1946. He was one of the last engineers to graduate with a degree in Railway Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he joined Cooper-Bessemer, and worked in their Locomotive and Marine Engine Department.

Helmich was one of two central figures in the Cooper-Bessemer/General Electric engine development program. As manager, he worked closely with James C. Rhoades, who was GE’s locomotive engine program manager from its inception in 1948.

As a result of their work, GE announced a new 7FDL engine and its first domestic diesel-electric locomotive, the U25B. The 16-cylinder engine design that Helmich and Rhoades worked on went into production in 1960 at 2500 traction horsepower and matured to 4400 by late 1993. The GE 7FDL engine is still in production today.
Helmich held numerous positions within Cooper Energy Systems over a 40-year career until his retirement in 1991.

In addition to being named a Fellow of ASME in 1975, Helmich was the recipient of the Internal Combustion Engine Award in 1971 and was presented with the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 1998.

 

Nathan "Nate" H. Hurt
Nathan H. Hurt, P.E., ASME Past President (1991-1992), former member of the Board of Governors, and an Honorary Member of the Society, died on August 1st in Lake Havasu City, AZ.  He was 100 years old.
 
Mr. Hurt, an ASME Fellow, was an active, dedicated, and beloved member of the Society for over seventy-five years, having served in leadership roles on the General Engineering Technical Group, Management Division, Committee of Past Presidents, and Committee on Organization and Rules.  He received the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 1994.
 
A licensed professional engineer, he began his career at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1947.  During his 40 years with the company, he was involved in the construction and operation of plants to produce polyvinyls, polyesters, rubber chemicals and synthetic rubber.  He held several engineering and plant management positions; and served as program director for the design, construction, and training of operating management for a synthetic rubber plant in Brazil for Petrobras, the Brazilian government-owned petroleum company.
 
When Goodyear formed a subsidiary, Goodyear Atomic Corporation, to fulfill a contract with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission for the operation of a new uranium enrichment facility, Hurt was manager of engineering during the facility design and construction.  Later he was deputy general manager and, subsequently, the corporation’s president and general manager.
 
After retiring from Goodyear in 1987, Hurt joined Los Alamos Technical Associates in its Denver office as director of marketing and projects.  His responsibilities included managing an office in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and projects at several other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear sites.  He later joined IDM Environmental Corp.’s Oak Ridge office as vice president, southeast region.  In this position, he was responsible for the decontamination and demolition of facility projects at several DOE sites.  He concluded his career as a consultant on uranium enrichment and radioactive cleanup.
 
He was also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and a member of the American Nuclear Society, and the American Society for Engineering Management.  Following his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he attended the University of Colorado where he earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

Attiani, John P., (1932-2021), Malvern, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1976

Bellinger, Lorentz D., (1908-2021), Newport News, VA. Eastern Virginia Section. Member 1929

Blose, Thomas L., (1912-2021), Houston, TX. Northwest Houston Subsection. Member 1955

Bortz, Arthur B., (1924-2021), Mohegan Lake, NY. Westchester County Section. Member 1951

Brunegraff, Bernard O, (1925-2021), Pensacola, FL. Northwest Florida Section. Member 1951

Di Taranto, Rocco A., (1926-2021), Chester, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1951

DiBoli Jr, Wallace B., (1923-2021), Saint Louis, MO, St. Louis Section. Member 1957

Dumont, Richard, (1962-2021), Acworth, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1985

Eldred, Clarence L., (1924-2021), Spring, TX. Northwest Houston Subsection. Member 1953

Fastabend, John H., (1929-2021), Richland, WA. Columbia Basin Section. Member 1966

Garside, Kenneth, (1957-2021), Annandale, NJ. Mid Jersey Section. Member 1996

Gebhart, Benjamin, (1923-2021), Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1954

Halverstadt, Robert D., (1920-2021), New Canaan, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1951

Hambleton, Warner V., (1918-2021), Spring, TX. Northwest Houston Subsection. Member 1943

Hauth, Jerry L., (1944-2021), Broken Arrow, OK. Mid Continent Section. Member 1972

Hedden, Owen F., (1930-2021), Fort Worth, TX. West Texas Section. Member 1958

Hill, Jeffrey, (1963-2021), Kinston, NC. East North Carolina Section. Member 1987

Hollenbach, Robert Z., (1918-2021), Lowell, MA. Boston Section. Member 1966

Hurt, Nathan H., (1921-2021), Lake Havasu City, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1947

Impagliazzo, Abraham M., (1913-2021), Walpole, MA. Boston Section. Member 1936

Kishibay, Charles O., (1920-2021), Trumbull, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1943

Knowles, Asa S. (1909-2021), Boston, MA. Boston Section. Member 1944

Law, John D., (1936-2021), Edmonton, AB CAN, Northern Alberta Section. Member 1982

Liljestrand, Walter E., (1915-2021), Houston, TX, Northwest Houston Subsection. Member 1967

Lobay, Ivan, (1911-2021), West Haven, CT. Westchester County Section. Member 1964

Macgregor, Robert K., (1940-2021), Tucson, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1968

May, Earl L., (1936-2021), Irwin, PA. Pittsburgh Section. Member 2005

McClenathan II, Robert C., (1921-2021), Westport, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1951

Milner, James L., (1934-2021), Sheridan, WY. Centennial Section. Member 1976

Neitlich, Irving M., (1917-2021), Stamford, CT, Fairfield County Section. Member 1965

Nowak, Welville B., (1921-2021), West Newton, MA. Boston Section. Member 1973

Overbagh, John S., (1917-2021), Hingham, MA. Boston Section. Member 1941

Pawlowski, Bruno J., (1919-2021), Middleton, MA. Boston Section. Member 1945

Pedell, Melvin H., (1919-2021), South Easton, MA. Boston Section. Member 1967

Remillard, Raymond J., (1917-2021), Brewster, MA. Boston Section. Member 1949

Rogers, Daniel M., (1939-2021), Melbourne Beach, FL. Canaveral Section. Member 1961

Rossettos, John N., (1932-2021), Winchester, MA. Boston Section. Member 1967

Sahm, Michael, (1957-2021), Canton, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1982

Scavullo, Joseph (1918-2021), Ventnor, NJ. Philadelphia Section. Member 1941

Sharpless. Eric (1933-2021), Newtown Square, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1958

Solorow, Russell S., (1920-2021), Bridgeport, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1943

Staszesky, Francis M., (1918-2021), Plymouth, MA. Boston Section. Member 1944

Stephenson, Revis L., (1910-2021), Shelton, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1938

Tippets, Frank E., (1927-2021), Oroville, CA. Sacramento S N Section. Member 1955

Tolman, Lee P., (1914-2021), Portsmouth, RI. Boston Section. Member 1946

Tribus, Myron., (1921-2021), Pensacola, FL. Northwest Florida Section. Member 1944

Van Wezel, Myndert, (1908-2021), Wenham, MA, Boston Section. Member 1945

Wallace, Eugene T., (1920-2021), Spring, TX, Northwest Houston Subsection. Member 1963

West, Roy J., (1929-2021), The Woodlands, TX. Northwest Houston Subsection. Member 1958

Willenbrock Jr., Arthur, (1923-2021), Ardsley, NY. Westchester County Section. Member 1952

Wisotsky Sr., Serge, (1919-2021), Sharon, MA. Boston Section. Member 1982

Wolfe, Donald B., (1930-2021), Warminster, PA. Greater Trenton Section. Member 1952

Zehnder, Jurg P., (1938-2021), Ch 8142 Uitikon, CHE, Switzerland. Switzerland Section Member 1986

 


July 2021 Obituaries


Alford, Lynn O., (1925-2021), Warrenton, VA. Northern Virginia Section. Member 1954

Annas, Nick S., (1943-2021), Red Hook, NY Mid-Hudson Section. Member 1976

Barkhuff, Earl D., (1926-2021), Woodbridge, VA Northern Virginia Section. Member 1955

Bond, Richard C., (1932-2021), Dakota Dunes, SD, Nebraska Section. Member 1961

Brunner, Calvin R, (1938-2021), Ashburn, VA, Washington, DC Section Member 1961

Burman Jr, Richard L, (1968-2021), Mountain Top, PA, Anthracite-Lehigh Valley Section Member 1995
 
Byer, Marshall, (1924-2021), Brighton, MI, Metro Detroit Section, Member 956
 
Campbell, Robert D., (1934-2021), Huntington Beach, CA, Orange County Section. Member 1961
 
Caronia, Anthony J. (1938-2021), Jackson, NJ, Mid Jersey Section. Member 1960
 
Charles, Emile S. (1944-2021), Port Of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago Section. Member 1970
 
Crissy, Franklin E., (1921-2021), Stephens City, VA, Northern Virginia Section. Member 1952
 
Ely, Robert G., (1934-2021), Lexington, KY, Bluegrass Section. Member 1957
 
Gabler, Hampton, (1954-2021), Blacksburg, VA, Virginia Section. Member 1997
 
Harding, John R. C., (1932-2021), Calgary, CAN, Southern Alberta Section. Member 1968
 
Henson, Joe M., (1935-2021), Franklin, TN, Nashville Section. Member 1969
 
Jacobs, Wesley S., (1937-2021), Lakeway, TX, Central Texas Section. Member 1977
 
King, Charles P., (1934-2021), Mississauga, CAN, Ontario Section. Member 1964
 
Leeper, Charles K., (1923-2021), Middletown, VA, Northern Virginia Section. Member 1967
 
Matuseski, Timothy, (1960-2021), Davenport, IA, Northeast Iowa Section. Member 1985
 
Packer, Leo S., (1920-2021), Sperryville, VA, Northern Virginia Section. Member 1941
 
Rizzo, Fedelio F., (1942-2021), Scarsdale, NY, Westchester County Section. Member 1974
 
Roberts, William B., (1944-2021), Wellington, NV, Comstock Section. Member 1974
 
Schild, Roy C., (1924-2021), Berryville, VA, Northern Virginia Section. Member 1949
 
Sharbaugh, John E., (1930-2021), Acme, PA, Pittsburgh Section. Member 1952
 
Trieglaff, Ralf, (1966-2021), Hamburg, Germany, Federal Republic of Germany. Member 2008
 

June 2021 Obituaries

Ignazio Joseph "Iggy" D'Agati
Ignazio Joseph "Iggy" D'Agati, P.E., passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, at Sunrise of Wayne assisted living in Wayne, NJ. He was 95.
 
Mr. D'Agati, a Life Fellow of ASME, was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived for many years in the Pine Lakes Section of Wayne. He is a graduate of NYU in New York City and went on to become a mechanical engineer. He joined ASME in 1956 and later served as vice president of ASME’s Region II from 1993-1996. He received the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 1999. D’Agati was a founder and partner in the engineering firm of E.D.C. Inc. of Ramsey (NJ).

D’Agati served in the US Army during World War II.  He was a member of St. Mary's R.C. Church in Pompton Lakes for over 50 years and sang in the choir. D'Agati had many hobbies and interests throughout his life, but his greatest love was for his beloved wife Lucille, their six children,11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Collins, Jack A. (1929-2021), Cave Creek, AZ.  Arizona Section. Member 1957.

Connors, Robert L. (1927-2021), Woodstock, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1947.

Foster, Henry O. (1929-2021), Greenville, NC. East North Carolina Section. Member 1957.

Heimann, Werner. (1921-2021), Lincolnwood, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1948.

Jankowski, Daniel F. (1936-2021), Tempe, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1970.

Kinnavy, Martin G. (1921-2021), Warren OH. Youngstown Section. Member 1960.

Martinec, Emil L. (1927-2021), Grand Rapids, MI. West Michigan Section. Member 1951.

McCain, Zack R. Jr. (1933-2021), Norman, OK. Central Oklahoma Section. Member 1979.

Meiers, Robert. (1958-2021), Chandler, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1986.

Morton, D. Keith. (1951-2021), Idaho Falls, ID. Idaho Section. Member 1990.

Siebert, Oliver W. (1924-2021), Ballwin, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1949.

Simitses, George J. (1932-2021), Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1977.

Takis, George M. Jr. (1927-2021), Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1954.

Walker, Grady C. (1925-2021), Carrollton, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1956.

Whitfield, Robert G. (1924-2021), Tucker, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1964.


May 2021 Obituaries


Calvin (Charles) Brunner
Calvin (Charles) Brunner, P.E., passed away on May 10, 2021. He was 82. Brunner joined ASME in 1961 and became a Life Member of the Society in 2007.

A pioneering mechanical engineer, Brunner created incinerator systems and technology for waste treatment and disposal around the world.

In a career spanning over five decades, Brunner was an expert in designing incinerators that transformed waste into energy. In the United States alone, he was involved in the existence of 90 incinerators, which kept garbage from landfills and provided energy to thousands of homes.

His vast expertise was sought after as he consulted for governments, conducted seminars, gave lectures, and served as an expert witness. His work brought him all over the world, to nearly every continent.

A prolific writer, Brunner authored 13 textbooks on incineration which are still used today, including Incineration Systems Handbook, which is considered the industry's go-to reference.

Brunner credits his high school education at Bronx Science for helping to nurture his passion for engineering, reading, and mathematics. He earned degrees from the City College of New York and Penn State University.

Determined to give opportunities to future Bronx Science students, in 2016 he sponsored The Brunner Awards which provides financial stipends to students to pursue dreams they never imagined were possible.

Brunner is survived by his loving wife, Claire, and their three daughters.

 

Brown, David. (1937-2021), Sun City Center, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 2013.

Chamberland, Francis W. (1941-2021), Mystic, CT. New London Section. Member 1980.

Jordan, Duane. (1935-2021), Lubbock, TX. Pandhandle Plains Section. Member 1958.

Kemper, John D. (1924-2021), Medford, OR. Williamette Valley Section. Member 1955.

Kenyon, Richard A. (1933-2021), Hardy, VA. Virginia Section. Member 1966.

Lancey, Timothy W. (1939-2021), Fullerton, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1971.

Morrison, Bertram L. (1923-2021), Oakland, CA. San Francisco Section. Member 1953.

Reid, Karl N. Jr. (1934-2021), Stillwater, OK. Central Oklahoma Section. Member 1964.

Ryba, Thomas C. (1955-2021), Crown Point, IN. Chicago Section. Member 1980.

Smith, Gary D. (1945-2021), Hunstville, AL. Member 1981.

Tucchio, Michael A. (1936-2021), Lyme, CT. New London Section. Member 1988.

Vago, George J. (1929-2021), West Orange, NJ. North New Jersey section. Member 1965.

Zelvin, Norman Y. (1929-2021), Eastchester, NY. Westchester County Section. Member 1951. 


April 2021 Obituaries


Gary David Smith died on April 17, 2021, in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tenneesee. He was 76 years old.
 
Smith was one of the founders of ASME’s Highland Rim Section and held several leadership positions at the local, regional and national levels of the Society. For six years he was secretary of the regional operating board overseeing ASME activities in Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

In 1985, he served as an ASME Congressional Fellow and spent the year in Washington, D.C., as a science and engineering advisor to the Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd. In 1988, Smith was awarded the  ASME Meritorious Service Citation. He went on to serve as ASME Regional Vice President and as chair of ASME’s National Membership Development Committee.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he spent his childhood in Madison, Ind. and came to Tullahoma in 1963 as a co-op student from the University of Cincinnati. Upon graduating with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, he joined the ETF Research Branch at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC). He then moved to the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) as a graduate student, receiving his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1971. While at UTSI he led a research section in the Energy Conversion Program and progressed over his 22 year career to become the Director of the Coal Fired Flow Facility and later the Special Assistant to the Dean.

Smith eventually left UTSI to become Special Assistant to the Vice President of Research as well as Director of Governmental Relations at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).
 
Gary Smith is survived by his wife, Mary Alice, his three siblings, two sons, and seven grandchildren.
(Source: Tullahoma News – April 21, 2021)


Arnerich, Paul F. (1911-2021), Los Angeles, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1969.

Ballentine, Allen P. (1921-2021), Atlantic Beach, FL. Northeast Florida Section. Member 1949.

Barkel, Donald J. (1934-2021), Zeeland, MI. West Michigan Section. Member 1990.

Blackwell, Neal E. (1955-2021), Fort Belvoir, VA. Washington DC Section. Member 1993.

Bodlaender, Hans W. (1909-2021), Los Angeles, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1950.

Bommarito, Isadore (1937-2021), Plymouth, MI. Metro Detroit Section. Member 1961.

Cron, Erich L. (1938-2021), Palisade, CO. Colorado Section. Member 1960.

Davis, Timothy (1959-2021), Valhermoso Springs, AL. North Alabama Section. Member 2006.

Douglass, John Jr. (1927-2021), Wildwood, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1950.

Egermeier, Robert P. (1927-2021), Los Angeles, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1957.

Falstad, Robert D. (1931-2021), Sterling, VA. Washington DC Section. Member 1959.

Fisher, Oscar J. (1921-2021), Akron, OH. Akron Section. Member 1973.

Groff, Gerald C. (1934-2021), Cazenovia, NY. Syracuse Section. Member 1965.

Guinane, Jerry P. (1931-2021), Omaha, NE. Nebraska Section. Member 1950.

Hawes, Raymond G. (1927-2021), Cheshire, CT. New Haven Section. Member 1950.

Hinton, Charles L. (1907-2021), Fredonia, NY. Buffalo Section. Member 1930.

Hosteny, Joseph N. (1945-2021), Chicago, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1967.

Howell, Bennet D. (1925-2021), Siloam Springs, AR. Arkansas Section. Member 1950.

Kenfield, Kenneth R. (1924-2021), Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Section. Member 1950.

Ker, Alan W. (1922-2021), Buffalo, NY. Buffalo Section. Member 1945.

King, Francis K. (1941-2021), Portland, OR. Oregon Section. Member 1968.

Larson, Nils I. (1932-2021), Phoenix, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1958.

Leung, Paul (1923-2021), Glendale, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1953.

Lloyd, Robert R. (1917-2021), Newark, DE. Delaware Section. Member 1940.

Marshall, Charles A. (1941-2021), West Linn, OR. Oregon Section. Member 1968.

Martinez, Medardo M. (1931-2021), Missouri City, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1963.

Mosteller, William C. (1912-2021), Monrovia, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1949.

Neitz, John J. (1927-2021), Rochester, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 1952.

Newland, David E. (1936-2021), Essex CB10 ISH. United Kingdom Section. Member 1963.

Ohl, Richard H. (1935-2021), Wind Lake, WI. Milwaukee Section. Member 1958.

Osborn, Henry H. (1926-2021), Lewisburg, PA. Central Pennsylvania Section. Member 1950.

Pejovic, Stanislav T. (1933-2021), Mississuaga, ON. Ontario Section. Member 1984.

Poore, William H. (1926-2021), Tulsa, OK. Mid Continent Section. Member 1962.

Reisbig, R. Luther (1938-2021), Shepherdstown, WV. Baltimore Section. Member 1960.

Roberts, Daniel M. (1930-2021), Concord, CA. Mt. Diablo Section. Member 1968.

Schumacher, Brian D. (1944-2021), Alameda, CA. San Francisco Section. Member 1973.

Scott, William J. (1924-2021), Waterloo, IA. Central Iowa Section. Member 1948.

Shanklin, III Richard V. III (1937-2021), McLean, VA. Washinton DC Section. Member 1959.

Stephens, Eugene G. Jr. (1919-2021), Novato, CA. San Francisco Section. Member 1945.

Storch, Dana H. (1928-2021), Corvallis, OR. Williamette Valley Section. Member 1951.

Stowe, Douglas D. (1939-2021), Barrington, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1976.

Thomas, Dr. Frank A. (1924-2021), Beaumont, TX. Sabine Section. Member 1947.

Thorman, Baxter L. (1935-2021), Tulsa, OK. Mid Continent Section. Member 1961.

Vickry, William C. (1931-2021), Greenwell Springs, LA. Baton Rouge Section. Member 1960.

Wallis, Ronald N. (1938-2021), Navarre, FL. Northwest Florida Section. Member 1960.

Walton, Richard (1973-2021), Wakefield, UK. United Kingdom Section. Member 2013.

White, John J. III (1939-2021), Columbus, OH. Central Ohio Section. Member 1978.

Wilson, Ronald L. (1933-2021), Durham, NC. East North Carolina Section. Member 1958.

Wittemann, Ross G. (1929-2021), Chicago, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1963.

Wong, Victor W. (1952-2021), Cambridge, MA. Boston Section. Member 1979.

Yontar, Mehmet (1924-2021), Berkeley Heights, NJ. Mid Jersey Section. Member 1953.

Zimmer, George A. (1921-2021), Ithaca, NY. Southern Tier Section. Member 1948.


March 2021 Obituaries

 

Bennet, Edwin R. II (1946-2021), Big Bear City, CA. California Inland Section. Member 1968.

Blanton, James O. (1927-2021), Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Section. Member 1951.

Brunt, William R. Jr. (1935-2021), Fort Erie, ON. Ontario Section. Member 1959.

Campbell, Olin R. Jr. (1934-2021), Philippi, WV. West Virginia Section. Member 1956.

Codiga, Richard M. (1937-2021), San Diego, CA. San Diego Section. Member 1958.

D’amico, Julian Jr. (1932-2021), Mooresville, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1957.

Danielson, Lincoln V. (1929-2021), Seekonk, MA. Boston Section. Member 1976.

Dixon, John J. (1911-2021), Charlotte, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1963.

Glassett, Roger M. (1954-2021), Merced, CA. Fresno-Madera Subsection. Member 1984.

Griffin, Michael. (1959-2021), Kingsport, TN. Holston Section. Member 1998.

Kam, Hon K. (1941-2021), Burlington, MA. Boston Section. Member 1985.

Knoedler, Elmer L. (1912-2021), Cornelius, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1941.

Kowalski, Sylvester J. (1929-2021), Punta Gorda, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1951.

May, Sherman. (1939-2021), San Diego, CA. San Diego Section. Member 1970.

McDonald, James P. (1940-2021), Farmington Hills, MI. Metro Detroit Section. Member 1970.

Nelson, Alan R. (1945-2021), Rockford, IL. Fox Valley Section. Member 1967.

Papazian, Jack. (1930-2021), Upper Saddle River, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 1952.

Piness, George Jr. (1926-2021), Mill Valley, CA. San Francisco Section. Member 1950.

Raven, Francis. (1928-2021), South Bend, IN. St. Joseph Valley Section. Member 1958.

Sessions, Doyle B. Jr. (1940-2021), Huntsville, AL. North Alabama Section. Member 1976.

Sills, Titus O. (1911-2021), Kannapolis, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1936.

Sorensen, Donald R. (1931-2021), Westminster, CO. Colorado Section. Member 1959.

Steinhauser, Anton L. (1914-2021), Charlotte, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1955.

Vohtz, Erik. (1929-2021), Dallas, TX. North Texas Section. Member 1959.

Walter, William C. (1935-2021), San Clemente, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1971.

Wilson, Charles J. (1934-2021), Cleveland Heights, OH. Member 1964.

Wirta, Roy W. (1921-2021), La Mesa, CA. San Diego Section. Member 1957.

Wolff, Thomas P. (1927-2021), Johnstown, PA. Pittsburgh Section. Member 1961.


February 2021 Obituaries


Ames, Robin W. (1982-2021), Morgantown, WV. West Virginia Section. Member 2017.

Bail, Marvin A. (1933-2021), Saint Paul, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 1959.

Ball, Jeffrey. (1961-2021), Castle Rock, CO. Colorado Section. Member 2003.

Berger, Ronald J. (1944-2021), Lakewood, CO. Colorado Section. Member 1973.

Caruso, John. (1966-2021), Rosemont, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1988.

Capodice, Thomas J. (1934-2021), Chesterson, IN. St. Joseph Valley Section. Member 1990.

Craighead, Don. (1934-2021), Saint Paul, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 2016.

Danielsen, Arvid M. (1947-2021), Warrenton, VA. Northern Virginia Section. Member 1968.

Edsall, Wallace D. (1930-2021), Oakmont, PA. Member 1978.

Ehrenbeck, Raymond. (1930-2021), Sterling, VA. Washington DC Section. Member 1953.

Ehrhart, Robert. (1923-2021), Sacramento, CA. Sacramento S N Section. Member 1950.

Gulati, Suresh T. (1936-2021), Elmira, NY. Southern Tier Section. Member 1965.

Jordan, Duane. (1935-2021), Lubbock, TX. Panhandle Plains Section. Member 1958.

Key, William E. (1941-2021), Escondido, CA. San Diego Section. Member 1980.

Niemi Jr., Eugene. (1939-2021), Lowell, MA. Boston Section. Member 1986.

Peterson, Raymond L. (1972-2021), Peabody, MA. Boston Section. Member 1972.

Puckett, Loyd. (1928-2021), Social Circle, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1963.

Reckley, Samuel E. (1936-2021), Lavale, MD. Baltimore Section, Member 1973.

Short, Robert. (1964-2021), Corvallis, OR. Williamette Valley Section. Member 1964.

Vajk, Hugo. (1928-2021), New Port Richey, FL. Florida Section. Member 1953.

Ward, Charles W. (1935-2021), Rogers, AR. Arkansas Section. Member 1966.

Zachan, Paul H. (1952-2021), Santa Ana, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1952.


January 2021 Obituaries

Duane Paul Jordan
Dr. Duane Paul Jordan, 85, died of natural causes on December 5, 2020 in Lubbock, Texas. He was born on July 17, 1935 in Glendale, California to Paul Rathbun and Agnes Killion Jordan.

Dr. Jordan received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering all from Stanford University. After graduating in 1961, his engineering career began at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in California. In 1964, he and his family moved to Lubbock where he began his career at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Jordan dedicated his life to teaching and advancing mechanical engineering technology. His work with the Ford Motor Company resulted in more efficient energy production, and ultimately, better gas mileage for us all. He was an early pioneer of developing technologies that conserve energy for a cleaner tomorrow.

His passion for teaching transformed the way his students learned thermodynamics and heat transfer processes. His teaching methods were highly organized and often developed from scratch. Teachers typically use examples from textbooks, but Dr. Jordan took the time to create his own examples. By doing this, he showed his students real-world applications of thermodynamic concepts.
 
Dr. Jordan’s service as a volunteer with ASME began in 1973 as a faculty advisor.

He was a member of the Archimedes Club, Chair of the Committee of Membership, Chair of the Old Guard Early Career Award Committee, Vice Chair of the Old Guard Committee and a recipient of a 1988 Dedicated Service Award. He was also a member the engineering honor societies Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, as well as Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa.

The friendships he made from his years with Texas Tech and ASME were very important to him throughout his life.

His passions and hobbies also included photography, music, sailing, camping, fishing, and traveling with family and friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife Patricia of 39 years, his two daughters, Beth (Gary) Staley and Cathy (Dave) Alt, his five grandchildren, Katie (Jonathan) Warren, Amie (Tommy) Henly, Stephen Waters, Tommy Staley, and Chell Staley, his two great-grandchildren, and his four stepsons Mark, David, John, and Peter Griffith, and their families.

Argon, Ali S. (1930-2020), Belmont, WA. Boston Section. Member 1998.

Borovec, Ronald B. (1947-2020), Bothell, WA. Salish Sea Section. Member 1980.

Boykin, James H. (1918-2020), Senoia, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1976.

Brittain, Joe P. (1942-2020), Sarasota, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1966.

Burket, Thomas B. (1949-2020), Huntington, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1997.

Coleman, William H. (1930-2020), Doylestown, PA. Greater Trenton Section. Member 1953.

Cook, Noel. (1937-2020), Royal Oak, MI. Metro Detroit Section. Member 1990.

Dale, James. (1939-2020), Edmonton, AB. Northern Alberta Section. Member 1971.

Dittrich, Earnest C. (1944-2020), Lithia, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1977.

Dorman, Thomas E. (1936-2020), Keene, NH. Green Mountain Section. Member 1959.

Fredriksen, Russell E. (1929-2020), Fayetteville, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1951.

Goldman, Charles B. (1925-2020), Ballwin, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1954.

Hardin, William O. (1921-2020), Norcross, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1956.

Harpster, Joseph W. (1932-2020), Westerville, OH. Central Ohio Section. Member 2000.

Hornak, John P. (1939-2020), Vienna, VA. Washington DC Section. Member 1966.

Hunton, Bobby A. (1954-2020), Bowling Green, KY. Louisville Section. Member 1980.

Laredo, Rafael. (1950-2020), Daphne, AL. Mobile-Gulf Section. Member 1976.

Loeffler Jr., Frank J. (1942-2020), La Marque, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1974.

McConville, James B. (1944-2020), Ann Arbor, MI. Metro Detroit Section. Member 1980.

Meier, George H. (1920-2020), Norcross, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1974.

Niedbalski, Nicholas. (1987-2020), Springfield, OH. Dayton Section. Member 2012.

Pettis, Charles R. Jr. (1924-2020), Macon, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1947.

Robertson, David E. (1943-2020), Lombard, IL. Fox Valley Section. Member 1965.

Ross, H Lee. (1927-2020), Oakland City, IN. Louisville Section. Member 1966.

Schimmel, Warren R. (1934-2020), Conway, SC. Pee Dee Section. Member 1958.

Welch, Robert M. (1936-2020), Falmouth, ME. Northern New England Section. Member 1961.

Willis, Jerry. (1944-2020), Macon, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 2011.

Zaloum, Richard J. (2020), New York, NY. Metropolitan Section. Member 2001.

Zbib, Hussein. (1958-2020), Pullman, WA. Inland Empire Section. Member 1985.


December 2020 Obituaries


Reginald I. Vachon
Reginald I. Vachon, ASME Past President (2003-2004), former member of the Board of Governors, and an Honorary Member of the Society, died on December 24, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 83 years old.

Dr. Vachon, an ASME Fellow, was an active, dedicated, and beloved member of the Society for more than half a century, having served in leadership roles on numerous councils and committees. He was a recipient of the ASME Dedicated Service Award, and in 2019 was bestowed the ASME Medal, the Society’s highest award for eminently distinguished engineering achievement.
His career as an engineer, executive, and lawyer spanning more than six decades exemplified his passion and enthusiasm for the profession of engineering. Among his many affiliations, Reggie, as he was affectionately known, served as chairman of Vachon Global, an Atlanta-based multidisciplinary company serving, industry, government, and business. He also held positions as an R&D engineer with E.I. DuPont, an aerospace engineer with Thiokol and NASA, and design engineer for Hayes Aircraft.  

Dr. Vachon was a registered Professional Engineer in six states and a licensed European Engineer. He was a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain and active in the U.S. Army Reserve for over 30 years retiring with the rank of Colonel. He conducted research and development projects on behalf of the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies. He served on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and as resident engineer and constructor for the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He was a licensed attorney and a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Among his many international associations he served as president of the Pan American Academy of Engineering, vice president for the Pan American Union of Engineering Organizations (UPADI), and as a board member and vice president of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO).

Dr. Vachon held the position of endowed chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University and was an adjunct professor at Purdue University. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Nuclear Science while attending the U.S. Naval Academy and Auburn University and received his Ph.D. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He earned his law degree (LL.B.) from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Alabama. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States National Defense University.
 
“Any success that I’ve ever had has always been because of other people…I think that the greatest impact that I’ve had, if any, has been to encourage people to think and to reach beyond their perceived limits, because thinking leads to innovation; innovation leads to contributions to humanity and the environment.” (Reggie Vachon, Nov.11, 2019)
 
Dr. Vachon is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Eleanor, their two children, and two grandchildren.

The Vachon Family has requested that donations can be made to the ASME Foundation in Reggie’s honor via this link, by indicating “in memory of Reggie Vachon” on the Designation line.
Charles O. Velzy
Charles O. Velzy, who served as the 108th president of ASME from 1989 to 1990, died on December 11, 2020 at the age of 90.

Velzy, born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1930, studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he obtained a BSc in mechanical engineering in 1953, a MSc in sanitary engineering in 1959, and a BSc in civil engineering in 1960.

He started his career at the engineering services company of Nussbaumer, Clarke & Velzy as Senior Design Engineer in 1957, and later served as Project Engineer from 1959 to 1966. From 1966 to 1976 he was secretary treasurer of Charles R. Velzy Associates, Inc., and president from 1976 to 1987. From 1987 to 1992 he served as vice president of Roy F. Weston Inc., after which he became a private consultant and president of Charles O. Velzy, P.E. in the field of waste treatment and disposal.

In 2007, Velzy received the Distinguished Service Award from the ASME Materials & Energy Recovery Division. He served in leadership for the Society's Solid Waste Processing Division and Research Committee on Industrial and Municipal Waste. In 1976, he was elected a Fellow of ASME, and in 2005, he was chosen as an Honorary Member of the Society.

Charles Velzy is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Marilyn, their three children and eight grandchildren.

 

Araya, Pedro Berrios. (1949-2020), Santiago, Chile. Chile Section. Member 2010.

Carper, Larry. (1950-2020), Friendswood, TX. Apollo Subsection. Member 1978.

Cook, Donald. (1960-2020), Oakland, CA. San Francisco Section. Member 2004.

Deitrich, L. Walter. (1938-2020), Naperville, IL. Fox Valley Section. Member 1961.

Eaton, Harvill C. (1948-2020), Mount Juliet, TN. Nashville Section. Member 1985.

Gillespie, David. (1943-2020), Olathe, KS. Kansas City Section. Member 1966.

Maples, Crill. (1931-2020), Lincoln, CA. Sacramento S N Section. Member 1958.

Parker, Alan R. (1946-2020), Vancouver, BC. British Columbia Section. Member 1998.

Schwartz, Marvin P. (1928-2020), Grayslake, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1953.

Storz, John T. (1931-2020), Seattle, WA. Western Washington Section. Member 1952.

Stull, Frank D. (1931-2020), Boca Raton, FL. Palm Beach Section. Member 1953.

Szabo, Thomas. (1963-2020), Long Beach, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1995.

Vachon, William A. (1941-2020), Manchester, MA. Boston Section. Member 1986.

Wandke, Norman E. (1927-2020), Glen Ellyn, IL. Fox Valley Section. Member 1927.


November 2020 Obituaries

 

Bar-Cohen, Avram (1946-2020), College Park, MD. Washington DC Section. Member 1968.

Barber, Ronald B. (1933-2020), Lawrenceville, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1955.

Berkholtz, Nicholas E. (1928-2020), Minnetonka, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 1960.

Bookmyer, Raymond F. (1914-2020), Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Section. Member 1940.

Bueing, Darin (1980-2020), Teutopolis, IL. St Louis Section. Member 1999.

Chappell, William G. (1916-2020), Tarpon Springs, FL. Florida Section. Member 1938.

Ehrman, Chester S. (1931-2020), Basking Ridge, NJ. Mid Jersey Section. Member 1968.

Eustis, Robert H. (1920-2020), Los Altos, CA. Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 1953.

Gallo, John F. (1932-2020), Sierra Vista, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1955.

Harris, Robert D., (1926-2020), Owensboro, KY. Louisville Section. Member 1962.

Jensen, Joel (1957-2020), Redwood City, CA. Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 2000.

Kummerlen, Norman M. (1944-2020), Lorain, OH. Cleveland Section. Member 2001.

Lavalliere, J. A. (1925-2020), St. Bruno, QC. Quebec Section. Member 1959.

Morris, Marcus L. (1946-2020), Katy, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1977.

Mueller, Edwin L. (1921-2020), Johns Island, SC. Charleston Section. Member 1980.

Olsen, Daniel J. (1962-2020), Plainview, NY. Long Island Section. Member 1984.

Rutkowski, Stanley W. (1920-2020), Longwood, FL. Florida Section. Member 1959.

Shah, Pravin G. Ahmedabad, Gujarat. India Section. Member 2017.

Sutton, George P. (1920-2020), Los Angeles, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1975.

Sworin, David (1948-2020), San Antonio, TX. San Antonio Section. Member 1988.

Watt, John R. (1914-2020), Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1936.

Woodcock, Sidney J. (1931-2020), Schenectady, NY. Hudson Mohawk Section. Member 1969.

Yang, Kwang-tzu (1928-2020), Granger, IN. St Joseph Valley Section. Member 1956.
 

October 2020 Obituaries


Thomas M. Barlow
 Thomas M. Barlow, ASME Past President for 2008-2009, former member of the Board of Governors and a member of the ASME Auxiliary, died on October 4, 2020 in his hometown of Lincoln, California.  He was 85 years old.

An ASME Fellow, Barlow was a strong supporter and leader in student outreach, membership development, technology and engineering diversity. In the area of student outreach, he served as a judge in student paper competitions and played a key role in developing ASME’s university Human-Powered Vehicle Challenge. 

During his 40-year distinguished career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Barlow served in a number of management and leadership positions before retiring in 2000. His professional interests included instrumentation, energy storage systems and machine tool technology, as well as project and program management.   He was the recipient of the ASME Advanced Energy Systems Division Award and co-authored several papers, including “Benefits of Energy Storage Technologies” published in 1984. 
Barlow served as the site manager of the Mechanical Energy Storage Technology Project of the U.S. Department of Energy from 1977 to 1981.  He also served as a mechanical engineer, specializing in aircraft structures, while on active duty at the U.S. Air Force Research and Development Command at Wright-Patterson Air Base in Ohio from 1957 to 1960.

During his association with ASME, Barlow served within the local, regional, and technical division structures, including participation on the Council on Engineering, the Public Information Operating Board, Committee on Organization and Rules and the Editorial Advisory Board of Mechanical Engineering magazine.  He was also a recipient of an ASME Dedicated Service Award.

In addition to ASME, Barlow had been a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society for Engineering Management, and served on the Engineering and Computer Science Research Advisory Council at the California State University at Fresno.
 
Barlow attended Washington State University and received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in1957. He also earned an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University in 1985.



Stanley, Becker E. (1928-2020), Knoxville, TN. East Tennessee Section. Member 1952
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Bower, George R. (1935-2020), Arnold, MD. Baltimore Section. Member 1963.

Buinewicz, Benedict R. (1930-2020), Phoenixville, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1966.

Chow, Kun-man. (1948-2020), Amherst, NY. Buffalo Section. Member 1979.

Decker, Louis O. (1937-2020), Branchburg, NJ. Mid Jersey Section. Member 1987.

Giblett, David R. (1933-2020), Pinellas Park, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1961.

Grady, James A. (1933-2020), Apopka, FL. Florida Section. Member 1997.

Hammond, Frank H. (1928-2020), Highland, UT. Utah Section. Member 1953.

Heiser, Richard S. (1928-2020), Lilburn, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1948.

Landis, John W. (1917-2020), Roanoke, VA. Virginia Section. Member 1967.

Lindquist, Ronald N. (1940-2020), Houston, TX. South Texas Section. Member 2017
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Lure, Ojar. (1936-2020), State College, PA. Central Pennsylvania Section. Member 1960.

McNees, John W. (1929-2020), Columbus, NC. Greenville Section. Member 1951.

Miller, Robert I. (1929-2020). Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh Section. Member 1968.

Nicholas, John A. (1923-2020), Springfield, VA. Washington DC Section. Member 1950.

Odom, Susan L. (1953-2020), San Diego, CA. San Diego Section. Member 1978.

Pearson, Tage B. (1907-2020), Saint Augustine, FL. Florida Section. Member 1944.

Reggiori, Adolfo (1938-2020). Milan, Italy. Italy Section. Member 1973.

Schildermans, Jos. (1944-2020), Genk, Belgium. Belgium Section. Member 2013.

Shaver, Frank T. (1929-2020). Potomac Falls, VA. Washington DC Section. Member 1959.

Sims, Roger. (1943-2020), Highland, IN. Chicago Section. Member 1981.

Sissom, Leighton E. (1934-2020), Cookeville, TN. Nashville Section. Member 1965.

Studer, Charles E. (1947-2020), Spokane, WA. Inland Empire Section. Member 1977.

Sundstrom, Ernest D. (1930-2020), Athens, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1958.

Womersley, George. (1922-2020) Bennington, VT. Green Mountain Section. Member 1949.

Yeager, David L. (1935-2020), Silver Lake, OH. Akron Section. Member 1959.

Zyszkowsi, Leopold H. (1925-2020), Plainview, NY. Long Island Section. Member 1957.



September 2020 Obituaries


Baly, John E. (1940-2020), Rochester, NY. Rochester Section. Member 1963

Benn, Douglas H. (1929-2020), Kanata, Ontario, CAN. Ontario Section. Member 1958

Ellsworth, Michael Jr. (1962-2020), Lagrangeville, NY. Mid Hudson Section. Member 1988

Irwin, Wayne L. (1935-2020), Hot Springs, AR. Arkansas Section. Member 1963

Kamber, Robert S. (1926-2020, Kingsport, TN. Holston Section. Member 1952

Kar, Malay K. (1945-2020), Waterloo, IA. Central Iowa Section. Member 1974

Lesikar, James D. II. (1954-2020), Severna Park, MD. Baltimore Section. Member 1977

Lis, Chester G. (1940-2020), Vernon Hills, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1963

Love, Benjamin F. (1931-2020), Weatogue, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1953

McGahan, Wallace A. (1926-2020), Cutchogue, NY Long Island Section. Member 1967

Mulford, Richard A. (1930-2020), Malvern, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1952

Railey, David C. (1948-2020), Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Section. Member 1986

Rapp, Edward G. (1920-2020), High Point, NC. Carolina Section. Member 1947

Rielly, William R. (1926-2020), Oakland, CA. San Francisco Section. Member 1963

Rogers, Donald J. (1936-2020), Huntersville, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1959

Saunders, Stephen (1945-2020), Humble, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1969

Scheibel, Robert F. (1923-2020), Arlington Heights, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1955

Schmitt, Hubert A. (1932-2020), Lake Stevens, WA. Salish Sea Section. Member 1957

Simpson, Harry W. (1930-2020), West Springfield, MA. Western Massachusetts Section. Member 1958

Stamper, Eugene (1928-2020), Teaneck, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 1955

Strack, William C. (1937-2020), Strongsville, OH. Cleveland Section. Member 1979

Taini, John (1910-2020), Scottsdale, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1951

Weese, John A. (1933-2020), Annapolis, MD. Baltimore Section. Member 1962

Whistle, Joy W. (1919-2020), Verona Beach, NY. Mohawk Valley Section. Member 1950

Wolford, James C. (1920-2020), Lincoln, NE. Nebraska Section. Member 1948
 


August 2020 Obituaries


Joseph A. Kapp
Joseph A. Kapp, Ph.D., P.E. a longtime active member of ASME, died on August 5, 2020, near his hometown of North Greenbush, NY. He was 67. Kapp will be remembered as an active and devoted member of the ASME SC VIII, Subcommittee on High Pressure Vessels; for his service as past chair of Pressure Vessels and Piping Division’s High Pressure Committee and the High Pressure Sub-committee, and for his active participation at ASME’s PVP conferences.
 
Dr. Kapp, a Fellow and Life Fellow of ASME, practiced high pressure vessel engineering for 42 years mostly at Benet Labs as a government employee, Elmhurst Research where he served as president while he taught engineering as an adjunct professor at Union College (Schenectady, NY), and ExxonMobil Belgium/USA.
 
Joe Kapp was a devoted and beloved member of his community and served as mayor of Rensselaer, NY in 1990, and on the Board of Trustees for Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Union College, and his doctorate in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY).

Dr. Kapp is survived by his wife and five children.
 

Ali, Sy (1927-2020), Plainfield, IN. Central Indiana Section. Member 1962

Armistead, Robert (1949-2020), Waldwick, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 1971

Asadi, Asad (1946-2020), Bettendorf, IA. Northeast Iowa Section. Member 1989

Ayza, Juan R. (1933-2020), Mexico Df, Mexico. Mexico Section. Member 1978

Baker, James C. (1918-2020), Austin, TX. Central Texas Section. Member 1943

Basinski, Leonard R. (1932-2020), Powell, OH. Central Ohio Section. Member 1958

Bolin, Richard D. (1938-2020), Mount Zion, IL. Central Illinois Section. Member 1961

Carr, J David (1920-2020), Woodstock, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1948

Cole, Charles Jr. (1945-2020), Allentown, PA. Anthracite-Lehigh Valley Section. Member1967

Cook, James B. (1927-2020), Chesterfield, MO. St. Louis Section, Member 1951

Coulter, Donald E. (1932-2020), Temple, TX. North Texas Section. Member 1967

Coursen, Richard C. (1925-2020). Tupper Lake, NY. Syracuse Section. Member 1960

Doiron. , Harold H. (1941-2020). Pearland, TX. Texas Gulf Coast Group, Member 1981

Donaldson, Alfred E. (1935-2020). Derby, KS. Central Kansas Section. Member 1964

Evans, John W. Jr. (1942-2020). Ferrisburgh, VT. Green Mountain Section. Member 1968

Faulkner, Alva R. (1926-2020). Silver Spring, MD. Washington DC Section. Member 1975

Friel, John C. (1938-2020) Dalmuir, Scotland. United Kingdom Section. Member 1974

Gebben, Vernon D. (1934-2020), Holland, MI. West Michigan Section. Member 1969

Gibbs, Edward E. (1924-2020), Wilmington, NC. Coastal Carolina Section. Member 1951

Goldberg, Arthur (1939-2020), Morris Plains, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 1960

Greenwald, Edmund W. (1932-2020), Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Section. Member 1960

Hafner, Ronald S. (1945-2020), Livermore, CA. Mt. Diablo Section. Member 2002

Hampton, Roy W. (1945-2020), Cupertino, CA, Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 1968

Harman, Arthur B. (1937-2020), Cordova, TN. Memphis-Mid South Section. Member 1969

Hicks, Tyler G. (1921-2020), Rockville Center, NY. Long Island Section. Member 1951

Hillis, William F. (1965-2020), Swansea, SC., Midlands Section. Member 1988

Hudson, Kenneth C. (1932-2020), Lincolnshire, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1961

Jones, Ralph D. (1933-2020), Hurricane, WV. West Virginia Section. Member 1962

Kalfopulos, Athanasios F. (1926-2020), West Yarmouth, MA. Boston Section. Member 1952

Kannady, Roy E. Jr (1939-2020), Littleton, CO. Colorado Section. Member 1963

Leff, Martin J. (1934-2020), New York, NY. Metropolitan Section. Member 1971

Leitch, John (1929-2020), Midland, Ontario, Canada. Ontario Section. Member 1958

Lorch, Fred W. (1948-2020), Bridgeport, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1984

Lowell, Francis C. Jr. (1939-2020), Falmouth, MA. Boston Section. Member 1975

Lubowe, Anthony G. (1937-2020), San Marcos, CA. San Diego Section. Member 1958

Lyman, Peter T. (1930-2020), Pasadena, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1957

Marks, Robert A. (1931-2020), Baton Rouge, LA. Baton Rouge Section. Member 1954

McClintock, Ralph B. (1924-2020), Litchfield, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1953

Miles, George N. (1917-2020), Leesburg, FL. Florida Section. Member 1943

Mortensen, Gerald R. (1934-2020), Reiles Acres, ND. Minnesota Section. Member 1957

Pannell, Melvin C. (1922-2020), Knoxville, TN. East Tennessee Section. Member 1949

Parmenter, Wallace W. (1937-2020), Waldport, OR. Williamette Valley Section, Member 1961

Pierce, William C. (1929-2020), Oxnard, CA. Channel Islands Section, Member 1971

Pletka, Joseph M. (1936-2020), Omaha, NE. Nebraska Section, Member 1959

Plossl, Keith (1945-2020), Marietta, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1968

Powers, Wallace F. (1918-2020), Waterford, CT. New London Section. Member 1983

Pulito, Dominick M. (1923-2020), Oldsmar, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1946

Quo, Phillip C. (1930-2020), Palo Alto, CA. Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 1966

Resnansky, Wasili (1944-2020), Darien, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1976

Rinkewich, Isaac R. (1924-2020), Hightstown, NJ. Greater Trenton Section. Member 1959

Roseman, Richard J. (1917-2020), Rahway, NJ. Mid Jersey Section. Member 1938

Shang, Ting-lin (1918-2020), Bellevue, WA. Western Washington Section. Member 1958

Simmons, Henry T. (1925-2020), Warwick, RI. Boston Section. Member 1978

Slepow, Leon D. (1925-2020), Oviedo, FL. Florida Section. Member 1952

Snyder, Bruce E. (1927-2020), Nokomis, FL. Florida Section. Member 1951

Stackhouse, Wilson (1923-2020), Evergreen, CO, Colorado Section. Member 1950

Stelling, Douglas J. (1951-2020), Wyckoff, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 1975

Thorne, Wayne (1921-2020), Hope, ID. Inland Empire Section. Member 1960

Van Der Velden, Alex (1961-2020) Atlanta, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1995

Vaughn, William O. (1940-2020), Gainesville, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1963

Westphal, Douglas H. (1940-2020), Sugar Land, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1964

Whitener, Charles C. III (1949-2020), Abilene, TX. West Texas Section. Member 1980

Wicks, William, A. (1930-2020), Des Moines, WA. Western Washington Section. Member 1955

Winans, William J. (1934-2020), Chagrin Falls, OH. Cleveland Section. Member 1960

Zador, Andrew T. (1930-2020), New York, NY. Metropolitan Section. Member 1965

Zumpano, Francis R. (1943-2020), South Windsor, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1965


July 2020 Obituaries

 

Gum, William B. (1924-2020), Fairfield, CA. San Francisco Section. Member 1954
                                                                                  
Halec, Richard G. (1935-2020), Pawleys Island, SC. Pee Dee Section. Member 1956
                                                                                
Jamison, Charles E. (1942-2020) Dellslow, WV. Pittsburgh Section. Member 1967
 
Johnson, Bruce V. (1935-2020), Manchester, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1963
 
Klein, John F. (1944-2020), Littleton, CO. Colorado Section. Member 1978
 
Lott, Robert L. (1936-2020), Nashville, TN. Nashville Section. Member 1963

Mijares, Ernest R. (1939-2020) Dhaka, Bangladesh, Orange county Section. Member 1967
    
Mroszczyk, John (1955-2020), Danvers, MA. Boston Section, Member 1979
        
Onyewuenyi, Oliver A. (1952-2020), Katy, TX. South Texas Section, Member 1996
    
Orsborn, Kjell B. (1960-2020), Vange, Sweden, Sweden Section, Member 1997

Staats, Allan W. (1938-2020), Morristown, NJ, North Jersey Section, Member 1963
    
Strodtman, Carl L. (1919-2020), Grand Rapids, MI. West Michigan Section. Member 1967
    
Terry, Michael R. (1940-2020), Monroe, WA. Salish Sea Secttion. Member 1963
    
Tabenkin, Alexander N. (1933-2020), Natick, MA. Member 1992          
                                                                      

June 2020 Obituaries

 

Michael Gold
Michael Gold, a longtime active member of ASME, died on June 21 at his home in Louisville, Ohio at the age of 81. His involvement included work with the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code and served as chair of the Code’s Committee on Materials for 17 years.

Gold received his B.S. in Physics and Master of Engineering (metallurgy) degrees from Yale University, followed by additional graduate work at Cornell and Case Western Reserve universities.

After graduate school, Mike moved to Alliance, Ohio in 1965, to work at Babcock & Wilcox’s Alliance Research Center. He transferred to B&W’s Boiler Division in Barberton in 1970, where he worked until his retirement in 2002, mostly as Manager of Materials Technology and Standards. He was co-author of three U.S. patents and was the author or co-author of 23 technical papers.

His many ASME honors included the ASME J. Hall Taylor Medal and election as an ASME Fellow.

After retirement from B&W in 2002, Gold worked for 12 more years as a metallurgical consultant, mostly for Babcock & Wilcox and Nippon Steel Sumitomo Metals Corp.

On April 12, 2019, he was presented the Distinguished Service to Industry Award by the Yale Science and Engineering Association. The citation readis “In recognition of his commitment to the safety and standardization of multiple materials and components in the high pressure steam and boiler industry, for his leadership in that industry, and for the lasting impact he has made on his peers”.

Carey, John H. (1941-2020), Stuart, FL. Palm Beach Section, Member 1968

Chapman, Frederick I. (1923-2020), Greenville, SC. Greenville Section. Member 1947

Conley, Indumathi (1973-2020), Boston, MA. Boston Section. Member 2014

Dave, Janak (1949-2020), Florence, KY, Cincinnati Section. Member 1980

Dresden, Anton (1915-2020), Lake Oswego, OR, Oregon Section, Member 1951

Ezzard, Henry S. (1925-2020), Columbus, NC. Greenville Section. Member 1950

Garst, Kenneth (1961-2020), Peotone, IL. Chicago Section. Member 2006

Gold, Michael (1938-2020), Louisville, OH. Canton-All Mass Section. Member 1973

Johnson, Harry T. (1939-2020), Omaha, NE. Nebraska Section, Member 1966

Johnson, Norman A. (1938-2020), Delta, BC, Canada, British Columbia Section. Member 1977

Kayton, Myron (1934-2020) Santa Monica, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1955

Lindberg, Andrew E. (1942-2020), Allen, TX. North Texas Section, Member 1964

Schultz, Donald (1952-2020), Southfield, MI. Metro Detroit Section. Member 2017

Spring, John W. (1942-2020), Chardon, OH. Cleveland Section. Member 1964

Stanton, Jr., George B. (1926-2020), Essex Fells, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 1965

Winget Jr., Leon E. (1933-2020), Columbus, OH. Central Ohio Section. Member 1975

Wynot, William A. (1922-2020), Signal Mountain, TN. Chattanooga Section, Member 1964


May 2020 Obituaries

 

John Elter (1941-2020)

John Elter, Ph.D.
John Elter, Ph.D., a renowned authority on sustainability and sustainable systems as well as former member of the ASME Board of Governors and chair of the ASME Industry Advisory Board, passed away on April 21 at the age of 78.

Dr. Elter was president of Sustainable Systems LLC, a management consulting firm in Latham, N.Y., specializing in strategy, technology, and product development for sustainable systems. He had served as president of the company since 2008. Prior to heading Sustainable Systems, Elter had been the Empire Innovation Professor of Nanoengineering and executive director of the Center for Sustainable Ecosystem Nanotechnologies at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. His academic research focused on the development of nanomaterials, structures and devices for clean water, and efficient energy generation, conversion and storage.

Before joining the faculty at SUNY Albany, Elter worked from 2001 to 2008 at Plug Power, where he served as chief technology officer and led the company's advanced fuel cell systems development efforts. Elter had previously spent more than 30 years at Xerox Corporation, where he held such executive leadership roles as vice president and chief engineer of strategic programs.

Elter, who was an ASME Fellow, also held a number of noteworthy leadership position at ASME during his 27 years of membership. In addition to being a member of the Board of Governors, a post he held from 2012 to 2015, he served on the ASME Industry Advisory Board from 1993 until 2018 and was IAB chair from 1998-2001.

In addition, Elter served on the ASME Foundation Board as director from 2004-2010 and chair from 2008-2009. He was also a member of the Board on Government Relations from 2008-2010. He received the ASME Dixy Lee Ray Award for environmental protection in 2001 and the Society’s Dedicated Service Award in 2004.

Elter earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from New York University, and a Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace sciences from the University of Rochester, where he had been named a Distinguished Alumnus.

Banthiya, Narendra Kumar (1937-2020), Jaipur, India. India Section. Member 2009.

Davis, Dennis (1940-2020), Long Beach, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 1995.

Hendry, Wickliffe B. (1918-2020), Huntsville, AL. North Alabama Section. Member 1940.

Ingram, Allan E. (1953-2020), Beaverton, OR. Oregon Section. Member 1998.

Leitch, John D. (1918-2020), Hunt, TX. San Antonio Section. Member 1966.


April 2020 Obituaries

 

Louis Hayden (1944-2020)

ASME Fellow Louis Emory Hayden, Jr., P.E., former vice president of Standards & Certification for ASME, passed away Feb. 27, 2020, at the age of 76. Hayden, a resident of Bethlehem, Pa., had worked for approximately 15 years as a mechanical engineer at Victaulic Company of America, Easton, Pa., and served as divisional operations manager at the time of his retirement in 2001. Before joining Victaulic, he had worked as a mechanical engineer at Tube Turns Inc., in Louisville, Ky., and Brown & Root in Houston, and had served for 10 years as an adjunct professor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

Hayden was an admired and influential member of the ASME Codes and Standards community during his distinguished career. He served in numerous Codes and Standards leadership positions, including vice president, Standards & Certification; chair, vice chair and member of the ASME Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards; chair and vice chair of the B31 Code for Pressure Piping Standards Committee; chair, vice chair and member of the B31 Executive Committee; chair of the B31.12 Hydrogen Piping and Pipelines Section Committee; and member of the Codes and Standards Board of Directors. In recognition of his invaluable service to the Society, Hayden received the ASME Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal in 2009.

Austin, Jere J. (1923-2020), Cupertino, CA. Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 1946.

Bradley, George A. (1930-2020), Stratford, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1954.

Casey, John Paul (1930-2019), Cincinnati, OH. Cincinnati Section. Member 1977.

Cort, George Edward (1937-2020), Montrose, CO. Colorado Section. Member 1978.

Dellinger, Timothy D. (1956-2019), York, PA. Susquehanna Section. Member 1978.

Drake, Robert M., Jr. (1920-2020), Lexington, KY. Bluegrass Section. Honorary Member/Fellow 1933.

Gall, Joseph M. (1946-2019), Oxford, MI. Metro Detroit Section. Member 1971.

Spoonamore, Richard (1935-2020), Tucson, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1957.

Tallent, Wallace (1944-2019), Seymour, IN. Central Indiana Section. Member 1967.

Trezek, George J. (1937-2019), Danville, CA. Mt. Diablo Section. Fellow 1965.

Voelcker, Herbert B. (1930-2020), Ithaca, NY. Southern Tier Section. Fellow 1973.


March 2020 Obituaries

 

Argo, L. Wesley (1935-2019), Newtown Square, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1982.

Barlik, Felix J., Jr. (1947-2019), Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. Northern New England Section. Member 1970.

Flegel, Mayo F. (1931-2020), Mankato, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 1988.

Jeerings, Carl (1933-2020), Ogden, UT. Utah Section. Member 1985.

Nehrenz, Alvin F. (1922-2019), Timonium, MD. Baltimore Section. Member 1954.

Sikora, Robert D. (1927-2019), Little Falls, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 1955.

Tally, Delbert R. (1937-2020), Peoria, IL. Central Illinois Section. Member 1963.


February 2020 Obituaries

 

Anderson, Thomas L. (1930-2019), Thousand Oaks, CA. Channel Islands Section. Member 1975.

Attaway, Stephen W. (1963-2019), Sandia Park, NM. New Mexico Section. Fellow 1987.

Aymonin, John A. (1929-2019), Vero Beach, FL. Canaveral Section. Member 1952.

Bakos, Frank (1949-2019), Maryville, TN. East Tennessee Section. Member 2012.

Bentz, Robert D. (1936-2018), Pensacola, FL. Northwest Florida Section. Member 1970.

Bond, William H. (1922-2018), Encinitas, CA. San Diego Section. Member 1946.

Broom, Jeffrey L. (1946-2019), Waitsburg, WA. Columbia Basin Section. Member 1976.

Budynas, Richard G. (1940-2019), Canandaigua, NY. Rochester Section. Member 1973.

Burke, Steven A. (1951-2019), Champlin, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 1978.

Chen, Tze-ning (1929-2019), Stamford, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1973.

Cihak, Frank J. (1938-2018), Alexandria, VA. Washington D.C. Section. Member 1963.

Cumpton, Cecil K. (1932-2018), Newton, IA. Central Iowa Section. Member 1961.

Davis, Daniel L. (1939-2018), Montgomery, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1965.

Degler, Gerald H. (1934-2019), Colorado Springs, CO. Colorado Section. Member 1982.

Flinn, William S. (1925-2018), Sarasota, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1945.

Gaffin, Norman H. (1930-2019), Cinnaminson, NJ. Greater Trenton Section. Member 1956.

George, Paul E. (1922-2019), Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga Section. Member 1946.

Glover, Rodney C., Jr. (1932-2019), St. Petersburg, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1986.

Haimov, Haim (1934-2019), Huntington Beach, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1963.

Hainz, Leonard C., II (1949-2018), Albany, OR. Williamette Valley Section. Member 1974.

Hartmann Hansen, Tore O. (1933-2019), Bethlehem, PA. Anthracite-Lehigh Valley Section. Member 1964.

Hill, Robert R. (1924-2018), Port Charlotte, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1948.

Holt, H. Robb (1928-2019), Rochester, NY. Rochester Section. Member 1951.

Jaeger, Benjamin E. (1929-2019), Bristol, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1958.

Johnson, Leo R. (1955-2019), Sugar Land, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1978.

Kephart, John T., Jr. (1925-2018), West Chester, PA. Philadelphia Section. Fellow 1948.

Kolano, Frank (1923-2019), Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh Section. Member 1951.

Kuhl, Kermit D. (1935-2019), Lancaster, PA. Susquehanna Section. Member 1957.

Lapeyre, Pierre A. (1934-2019), Houma, LA. New Orleans Section. Member 1957.

Lauridsen, Warren H. (1926-2019), Bensenville, IL. Fox Valley Section. Member 1951.

Machemehl, Leroy H., Jr. (1937-2019), Austin, TX. Central Texas Section. Member 1961.

Magnus, Bruno E. (1938-2019), Saugerties, NY. Mid-Hudson Section. Member 1961.

Marsh, Richard L. (1941-2018), Springfield, MO. Kansas City Section. Member 2006.

Newacheck, Richard L. (1923-2019), Lafayette, CA. Mt. Diablo Section. Member 1949.

Nichols, Clayton F. (1917-2018), Mercer Island, WA. Western Washington Section. Member 1946.

Peacy, Jon L. (1936-2018), Mundelein, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1969.

Peterka, Jon A. (1941-2019), Fort Collins, CO. Centennial Section. Member 1970.

Porter, William B., Jr. (1925-2019), Matthews, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1946.

Raye, Alexander H. (1918-2018), Falmouth, ME. Northern New England Section. Member 1940.

Rollinger, Charles N. (1934-2019), Saint Joseph, MI. St. Joseph Valley Section. Member 1961.

Simon, James J. (1929-2018), West Hartford, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1951.

Smith, Larry C. (1935-2019), New Berlin, WI. Milwaukee Section. Member 1983.

Smith, William S. (1941-2018), Midlothian, VA. Central Virginia Section. Member 1977.

Soosaar, Jaan (1933-2018), Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ontario Section. Member 1958.

Tang, Yin M. (1939-2018), Irvine, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1975.

Taylor, Thomas S. (1931-2019), Dawsonville, GA. Atlanta Section. Member 1967.

Thomas, William B. (1918-2019), Mexico Beach, FL. Chattahoochee Section. Fellow 1945.

Waid, Robert L. (1929-2019), Sunnyvale, CA. Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 1952.

Weber, Gerald E. (1962-2019), Naperville, IL. Fox Valley Section. Fellow 1985.


January 2020 Obituaries

 

Allmendinger, Paul F. (1922-2018), Evans, GA. Central Savannah River Area Section. Fellow 1961.

Brna, Theodore G. (1933-2018), Bailey, NC. East North Carolina Section. Fellow 1958.

Crotts, Marcus B. (1931-2019), Winston-Salem, NC. Carolina Section. Fellow 1953.

Fenstermaker, Roy E. (1936-2018), Winlock, WA. Puget Sound Section. Member 1958.

James, William C. (1942-2018), Sapulpa, OK. Mid-Continent Section. Member 2000.

Stolfi, Fred R. (1951-2019), Shrub Oak, NY. Westchester County Section. Member 1993.


December 2019 Obituaries

 

Amos, George (1948-2019), Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Southern Alberta Section. Member 1972.

Armentrout, Harold D. (1931-2019), Cedar Rapids, IA. Northeast Iowa Section. Member 1964.

Baker, Charles N. (1935-2019), Timberlake, NC. East North Carolina Section. Member 1960.

Bianchi, Ralph A. (1928-2018), Glen, NH. Northern New England Section. Member 1968.

Coulter, Neal (1950-2019), Tallahassee, FL. Tallahassee Section. Member 1987.

DeNagel, Stephen F. (1939-2019), Lyons, NY. Rochester Section. Member 1963.

Fleshman, James W. (1928-2019), Martinsburg, WV. Baltimore Section. Member 1962.

Jorgensen, Robert (1926-2019), Buffalo, NY. Buffalo Section. Fellow 1970.

Keith, Gareth A. (1932-2019), Gainesville, FL. Northeast Florida Section. Member 1958.

Lingo, Alfred A. (1914-2019), Stockton, CA. Mt. Diablo Section. Member 1958.

Marion, Alexander (1948-2019), Severna Park, MD. Baltimore Section. Member 1999.

Michelhaugh, Thomas A. (1934-2019), Portage, MI. Central Michigan Section. Fellow 1958.

Osman, Mohamed O. M. (1936-2019), Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada. Quebec Section. Fellow 1967.

Sampson, Burl (1959-2019), Humble, TX. South Texas Section. Member 2019.

Sloane, Barry (1952-2019), Lewes, DE. Delaware Section. Member 1975.

Strbuncelj, Zlatko (1949-2019), Avon, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1995.

Wagner, David E. (1951-2019), Angola, IN. St. Joseph Valley Section. Member 1979.

Wonsever, Josef A. (1950-2019), Severn, MD. Baltimore Section. Member 2008.


November 2019 Obituaries

 

Woodie Flowers (1943-2019)

Woodie Flowers
ASME member Woodie C. Flowers, Ph.D., the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who helped found the FIRST Robotics Competition, passed away Oct. 11 at the age of 75. Dr. Flowers, whose passion for design and attentiveness to his students was well-known, was a central figure in the development of MIT’s experiential approach to engineering design education. The novel teaching methods and learning opportunities that Flowers developed led to the creation of a design competition for the university’s class 2.70, which is now called 2.007 (Design and Manufacturing I). The competition, which evolved into an annual event, has been held for nearly 50 years. Flowers was also the co-founder of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition, along with noted engineering innovator and entrepreneur Dean Kamen. Launched in 1992, the international competition annually brings high school students, teachers, coaches and engineering mentors together for a six-week period to design and build game-playing robots that are capable of completing designated tasks. The FIRST program, which has introduced countless young people to science and engineering during the past three decades, has since expanded to include the FIRST Lego League, the FIRST Lego League Jr. Discovery Edition, and the FIRST Tech Challenge. A member of ASME for more than 40 years, Flowers was the recipient of two prestigious Society awards. In 2003, he received ASME’s Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award, which recognizes a person who exemplifies the best in furthering engineering design education through vision, interactions with students and industry, scholarship and impact on the next generation of engineers, and a person whose action serves as a role model for other educators to emulate. In 1999, Flowers was presented the ASME Edwin F. Church Medal, which is awarded to an individual who has rendered eminent service in increasing the value, importance and attractiveness of mechanical engineering education. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1966, Flowers went on to earn two master’s degrees from MIT in 1968 and 1971, as well as a Ph.D. from MIT in 1973.

Argo, L. Wesley (1935-2019), Newtown Square, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1982.

Bleiweis, Alfred (1927-2019), Wilmington, NC. Coastal Carolina Section. Member 1988.

Blenko, Walter J., Jr. (1926-2019), Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh Section. Member 1950.

Breed, Allen (1922-2019), Saratoga, CA. Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 1947.

Cassolato, Bradley M. (1955-2018), Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Southern Alberta Section. Member 1985.

Crivellone, Alex (1919-2019), Nutley, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 2006.

Daus, Cayetano (1933-2018), Las Vegas, NV. Silver State Section. Member 1969.

Dobbins, David P. (1942-2018), Shelby, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1974.

Dooley, Matthew J. (1954-2019), Granby, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1978.

Dougall, Richard S. (1937-2019), Glenshaw, PA. Pittsburgh Section. Member 1963.

Drzewiecki, Ronald F. (1942-2019), Williamsville, NY. Buffalo Section. Member 1966.

Fath, Perry M. (1962-2019), West Friendship, MD. Baltimore Section. Member 1987.

Feldman, Jerome P. (1937-2018), Bethesda, MD. Washington D.C. Section. Member 1980.

Flower, Franklin B. (1924-2019), Oyster Bay, NY. Long Island Section. Member 1968.

France, Howard B. (1925-2019), New Hope, PA. Greater Trenton Section. Member 1946.

Furley, Willard R. (1928-2018), Texas City, TX. Apollo Subsection. Member 1946.

Gamblin, Charles R. (1935-2019), Grant, AL. North Alabama Section. Member 1969.

Goss, Lester W. (1928-2019), Chandler, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1969.

Grossi, Richard J. (1935-2019), Wallingford, CT. New Haven Section. Member 1957.

Heman, Melvin M. (1932-2018), Levasy, MO. Kansas City Section. Member 1967.

Hill, Dennis A. (1949-2018), Hudsonville, MI. West Michigan Section. Member 1972.

Huebner, Ernest A. (1924-2018), Utopia, TX. San Antonio Section. Member 1947.

Langebrake, Clair O. (1926-2019), Waverly, OH. Cincinnati Section. Member 1951.

Lin, Chin H. (1942-2018), Houston, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1982.

Lyon, Richard H. (1929-2019), Winchester, MA. Boston Section. Member 1967.

Norquist, Warren E. (1931-2018), Alexandria, VA. Washington D.C. Section. Member 1962.

O’Daniel, James (1969-2019), Vicksburg, MS. Mississippi Section. Member 2012.

Ohlson, John F. (1940-2019), Ambler, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1966.

Pace, Jeff B. (1956-2019), Newport News, VA. Eastern Virginia Section. Member 1984.

Potter, Allen C. (1931-2019), Torrington, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1958.

Rhea, Lyle G. (1932-2018), Rolla, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1959.

Roberson, James E. (1929-2019), Greenville, SC. Greenville Section. Member 1951.

Rowland, John R. (1925-2018), Weston, CT. Fairfield County Section. Member 1954.

Sarinopoulos, George A. (1932-2019), Oklahoma City, OK. Central Oklahoma Section. Member 1976.

Schrenk, Walter J. (1933-2018), Bay City, MI. Saginaw Valley Section. Member 1956.

Sharaf-Eldeen, Yahya I. (1946-2019), Indialantic, FL. Canaveral Section. Member 1988.

Sheps, Martin I. (1931-2018), Poway, CA. San Diego Section. Member 1957.

Smith, Newton A., III (1964-2019), Claremont, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1986.

Sopp, George A. (1927-2019), Sequim, WA. Western Washington Section. Member 1953.

Stoffel, Edward O. (1925-2019), San Luis Obispo, CA. Central Coast Section. Member 1950.

Stuart, James D. (1945-2019), Mount Clare, WV. West Virginia Section. Member 1968.

Suellentrop, James H. (1947-2018), St. Louis, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1972.

Vandeventer, Thomas O. (1944-2018), Madison, VA. Northern Virginia Section. Member 1972.

Workman, Joseph B. (1934-2018), Berkeley, CA. San Francisco Section. Member 1956.
 


October 2019 Obituaries

 

Abbott, Jack Wilson (1937-2018), Vienna, VA. Washington D.C. Section. Member 2008.

Balcerzak, Marion J. (1933-2018), Winnetka, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1956.

Bordelon, Thomas R. (1941-2018), Alexandria, LA. North Texas Section. Member 1964.

Chivers, Ronald C. (1937-2019), Banner Elk, NC. Greenville Section. Member 1970.

Conkey, David R. (1922-2019), Edina, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 1957.

Davison, Ellison L. (1927-2019), Gibsonia, PA. Pittsburgh Section. Fellow 1966.

Dippery, Richard E., Jr. (1942-2019), Flint, MI. Saginaw Valley Section. Member 1965.

Dunsmoor, William A. (1938-2018), Scarborough, ON. Ontario Section. Member 1984.

Hancock, Deryl (1958-2019), Lee’s Summit, MO. Kansas City Section. Member 2018.

Hardie, Jack E. (1937-2018), Conroe, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1971.

Hedding, Dale P. (1939-2019), Grand Blanc, MI. Saginaw Valley Section. Member 1965.

Howell, Harvey L. (1926-2018), Walpole, MA. Boston Section. Member 1951.

Kirkland, William G. (1938-2018), Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada. Ontario Section. Member 1963.

Langley, Rolland A. (1931-2018), Middleburg, VA. Washington D.C. Section. Member 1959.

Leech, Robert L. (1923-2019), Stillwater, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 1946.

Luzzi, Theodore E. (1927-2019), Saint Joseph, MI. St. Joseph Valley Section. Member 1951.

Mahoney, William (1947-2019), Houston, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1971.

McGreenery, Paul A., Jr. (1926-2019), Scituate, MA. Boston Section. Member 1953.

Prewitt, Charles E. (1947-2018), New Orleans, LA. New Orleans Section. Member 1970.

Robedeau, Frank C., Jr. (1942-2018), Sullivan, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1966.

Salcudean, Martha E. (1934-2019), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. British Columbia Section. Member 1979.

Schoch, Clinton B. (1923-2019), Elkton, FL. Northeast Florida Section. Member 1950.

Urban, Robert L. (1930-2018), Las Cruces, NM. New Mexico Section. Member 1952.

Webster, Gary D. (1945-2019), Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Ontario Section. Member 1991.

Wellborn, William G. (1946-2019), Silsbee, TX. Sabine Section. Member 1974.

Wissel, Charles K. (1923-2019), Leawood, KS. Kansas City Section. Member 1949.


September 2019 Obituaries

 

Richard T. Jacobsen (1941-2019)

Richard Jacobsen
ASME Fellow Richard T. Jacobsen, Ph.D., P.E., a longtime volunteer of ASME and a former member of the Society’s Committee on Finance and Investment, passed away Aug. 20 at the age of 77. During his more than 50-year career, Dr. Jacobsen was an esteemed researcher and educator, most recently at Idaho State University, where he served in positions including executive director of strategic management at Idaho State University-Meridian, professor in the department of nuclear engineering, and dean and professor in the College of Engineering. Jacobsen, a professor emeritus at the University of Idaho, served as director of the Center for Applied Thermodynamic Studies at the university’s Idaho Falls campus in 2005-2006 as well a number of positions at the university’s Moscow campus between 1966 and 2006, including dean of the College of Engineering, director of the Center for Applied Thermodynamic Studies, associate dean for administration and research, and professor and chair of the department of mechanical engineering. Between 1999 and 2005, he also conducted research at Idaho National Laboratory, where he served as chief scientist, associate laboratory director and deputy laboratory director. A member of the ASME Committee of Finance and Investment from 2014-2017, Jacobsen also held a number of other leadership positions with the Society including vice president of the Financial Operations Board, chair of the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award Committee, chair of the Yeram S. Touloukian Award Committee, chair of the Board on Research and Technology Development, chair of the Board on Professional Practice and Ethics, vice chair of the Research Committee on Water and Steam in Thermal Systems, and vice chair of the Committee on Honors. He received the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 2003. He earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho in 1963 and 1965, respectively. He received a Ph.D. in engineering science from Washington State University in 1972.

Mary T. Drouin (1953-2019)
ASME member Mary T. Drouin, an active and dedicated member of ASME’s Nuclear Codes and Standards community, recently passed away at the age of 66. Drouin, a resident of Kensington, Md., had more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear field, most recently holding the position of senior program manager/advisor at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, where worked since 1992. She led several important studies at the NRC, including the Regulatory Review Task Force, which provides guidance for the development of a graded approach to probabilistic risk assessment (PRA), and Regulatory Guide 1.200, which provides guidance for the technical acceptability of a PRA and endorses the ASME and American Nuclear Society PRA standards. One of Drouin’s chief accomplishments during her years as an ASME Nuclear Codes and Standards volunteer was her vital role as key intermediary between ASME and the American Nuclear Society and NRC in the development and adoption of the first PRA standard, which subsequently became a joint ASME/ANS standard. In recognition of her efforts, Drouin was named the 2009 recipient of the ASME Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award, which honors contributions to the nuclear power plant industry through the development and promotion of ASME Nuclear Codes and Standards or the ASME Nuclear Certification Program. Drouin was a member of numerous ASME codes and standards committees, including the Joint Committee on Nuclear Risk Management (JCNRM) Executive Committee, the JCNRM Subcommittee On Standards Development, JCNRM Advanced Light-Water Reactor (ALWR) Writing Group ― Small Module Reactor Subgroup, the JCNRM SC-SM Working Groups Part 1, 2 and 5, the Standards Committee on Nuclear Risk Management (CNRM) Executive Committee, and the CNRM Joint Standard Configuration Control Project Team. She received a number of honors from the NRC, including the Meritorious Service Award in 2002, as well as certificates of recognition and commendation from ASME and ANS. She received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976.

Andersen, David R. (1955-2018), Downers Grove, IL. Fox Valley Section. Member 1987.

Burris, Roy E. (1923-2019), Rio Verde, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1950.

Burt, Lawrence S. (1918-2019), Broomfield, CO. Colorado Section. Member 1940.

Crowley, James (1953-2019), Midlothian, VA. Eastern Virginia Section. Member 1993.

Deneen, William G. (1968-2018), Buffalo, MN. Minnesota Section. Member 1989.

Filippi, Richard E. (1932-2019), Allentown, PA. Anthracite-Lehigh Valley Section. Member 1957.

Franssen, Edwin R. (1928-2018), Bridgewater, NJ. Mid Jersey Section. Member 1952.

Gurney, John (1941-2018), New York, NY. Metropolitan Section. Member 2018.

Kucejko, Richard M. (1945-2018), Troy, MI. Metro Detroit Section. Member 1968.

Lariviere, Jo-Ann (1947-2019), North Haledon, NJ. North Jersey Section. Affiliate 2001.

Lord, Richard E., Jr. (1950-2019), Braintree, MA. Boston Section. Member 1975.

Lutchansky, Milton (1932-2019), Ledgewood, NJ. North Jersey Section. Member 1960.

Miller, Kenneth Y. (1947-2019), Clemmons, NC. Piedmont-Carolina Section. Member 1971.

Miner, Harlow J., Jr. (1931-2019), Severna Park, Md. Baltimore Section. Member 1953.

O'Brien, Walter (1937-2019), Blacksburg, VA. Virginia Section. Fellow 1965.

Popgoshev, Daniel (1951-2018), Patuxent River, MD. Washington D.C. Section. Member 1977.

Quist, Robert J. (1922-2019), Columbus, OH. Central Ohio Section. Member 1967.

Reading, Walter H. (1923-2019), Media, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member. 1952.

Rees, Alfred L. (1944-2019), Scotch Plains, NJ. Mid Jersey Section. Member 1972.

Renkey, Edmund J., Jr. (1940-2019), Kellogg, ID. Inland Empire Section. Member 1979.

Spekkens, William (1942-2019), Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Ontario Section. Member 1980.

Starrett, Gary D. (1945-2018), Winter Park, FL. Florida Section. Member 1967.

Tunstall, Tim (1956-2018), Chicopee, MA. Western Massachusetts Section. Member 2005. 
 


August 2019 Obituaries

 


Robert Plunkett (1919-2019)

Robert Plunkett
ASME Honorary Member, Fellow and former Board of Governors member Robert Plunkett, Sc.D., passed away in Austin, Texas, on March 19, 2019, at the age of 100. Dr. Plunkett, who was born in New York City, received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1939 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he remained after graduation as a research assistant and instructor until entering the U.S. Army. A combat engineer, Plunkett landed at Normandy on D-Day+1 and separated from the Army as a major. He returned to MIT, where he taught and earned his Doctor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1948. After accepting a faculty appointment at Rice University, he joined General Electric Co. in 1951 as a consulting engineer in vibration and acoustics. In 1960, he accepted a professorial appointment in engineering mechanics at the University of Minnesota and remained there until retirement in 1988. During this period, he led 16 students through Ph.D. studies, provided consulting support to a number of major corporations and government agencies, and served as a Fulbright Scholar in France, Israel and Italy. In addition to being named an ASME Honorary Member and Fellow, Plunkett served as a member of the Board of Governors from 1981-1982, chair of the Roe Medal Committee from 1989-1990, chair of the Committee on Investment from 1991-1992, and vice chair of the Committee on Investment from 1990-1991. He was the recipient of a number of awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from University of Nantes in France and elections to the National Academy of Engineering and as a Fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Science and the Acoustical Society of America.


July 2019 Obituaries

 

Aghasi, Paul (1986-2019), Fort Wright, KY. Cincinnati Section. Student Member 2016.

Appl, Fredric C. (1932-2018), Manhattan, KS. Kansas City Section. Member 1954.

Bouchelle, William T., Jr. (1942-2019), Somers, CT. Hartford Section. Member 1964.

Caldwell, James L. (1937-2018), Austin, TX. Central Texas Section. Member 1958.

Dideon, Charles G. (1937-2018), Moneta, VA. Virginia Section. Member 1973.

Dola, Frank P. (1931-2018), Williston, FL. Northeast Florida Section. Member 1972.

Mason, John (1923-2019), Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Los Angeles Section. Member 2004.

Miles, Danny (1956-2019), Everett, WA. Salish Sea Section. Member 1981.

Munson, Michael J. (1959-2019), Ridgecrest, CA. San Fernando Valley Section. Member 1995.

Overton, Robert T., III (1936-2019), Houston, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1958.

Radzyniak, Michael L. (1940-2019), Carriere, MS. Mississippi Section. Member 1963.

Ribaud, Howard J. (1926-2019), Cary, NC. East North Carolina Section. Member 1964.

Roncevich, John E. (1935-2018), Greenville, SC. Greenville Section. Member 1975.

Schmidt, Thomas C. (1947-2019), Riviera Beach, FL. Palm Beach Section. Member 1987.

Shinn, Kenny (1952-2019), Spring Lake, NJ. Mid Jersey Section. Member 2013.

Sirotkin, George V.B. (1918-2018), Milwaukee, WI. Milwaukee Section. Member 1941.

Spaetgens, Theodore W. (1921-2018), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. British Columbia Section. Member 1966.

Stafford, Harold L. (1939-2019), Clearwater, KS. Central Kansas Section. Member 1967.

Wilson, David Gordon (1928-2019), Winchester, MA. Boston Section. Member 1956.

Zimmerman, Edwin H. (1944-2019), Seven Valleys, PA. Susquehanna Section. Member 1992.


June 2019 Obituaries

 
Pandeli Durbetaki
Pandeli Durbetaki

Pandeli Durbetaki (1928-2019)

ASME Fellow Pandeli “Lee” Durbetaki, Ph.D., of Sandy Springs, Ga., passed away on March 27, 2019, at the age of 90. Dr. Durbetaki was professor emeritus at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he directed the research of 54 graduate students; authored or co-authored more than 100 journal publications, conference papers and research reports; and was a member of the Georgia Tech team that engineered the 1996 Olympic relay torch. Durbetaki had previously served as a faculty member at the University of Rochester from 1954-1960 and as an instructor at Michigan State University from 1960-1964, where he also received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. His research had primarily concerned the fields of stratified charge operation of spark ignition engines, irreversible thermodynamics, and homogeneous and heterogeneous ignition of fuels. Durbetaki had consulted on issues related to the flammability of carpets, injury from tar explosion, fire hazard criteria for noise control products in underground coal mines, manufacture of roofing material, and the design and testing of traction-type transmission. He was an ardent supporter of the graduate fellowship/scholarship program at the University of Rochester, where he instituted the Durbetaki Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 and was a member of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Visiting Committee since 1998. A member of ASME for more than 65 years, Durbetaki served the Society in a number of capacities including member of the Board on Professional Development, treasurer and member of the Old Guard Committee, member of the Distinguished Lecturer Program, and vice president of ASME’s former Region XI. He received the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 1998.

 
James M. Allen
James M. Allen

James M. Allen (1935-2019)

ASME Fellow James M. Allen of Richmond, Va., passed away on Jan. 11, 2019, at the age of 83. Allen spent 30 years as a mechanical engineer with Westinghouse Electric Corp., where he worked on gas turbines and was involved in the design and development of the W251 and W501 product lines and the advancement of design technology for blading, rotors and hot-section components. In 1987, he joined the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he managed R&D projects on gas-turbine management until his retirement in 2001. He also worked as an independent consultant focusing on gas-turbine failure analysis and remaining life issues. After graduating from Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va., Allen received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.


May 2019 Obituaries



Barber, David G. (1944-2018), Hopedale, MA. Worcester Section. Member1966.

Garrison, Walter R. (1926-2019), Rose Tree, PA. Philadelphia Section. Member 1995.

Lazar, Jeffrey A. (1953-2019), Bethlehem, PA. Anthracite-Lehigh Valley Section. Member 1976.

Lee, Robert (1952-2019), Charlottesville, VA. Central Virginia Section. Member 1975.

Olsen, John H. (1939-2019), Vashon, WA. Western Washington Section. Member 1966.

Olson, David E. (1953-2018), LaGrange Park, IL. Chicago Section. Member 1982.

Ott, Johann A. (1940-2019), Layton, UT. Utah Section. Member 1966.

Riemke, Richard A. (1944-2019), Huntington Beach, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1980.

Rhodes, Hollace F. (1950-2018), Redmond, WA. Western Washington Section. Member 1984.

Smith, James K. (1957-2018), Bonney Lake, WA. Western Washington Section. Member 1987.

Whelchel, Mark A. (1954-2019), Cayucos, CA. Central Coast Section. Member 1986.


April 2019 Obituaries



Callahan, John W. (1923-2018), Largo, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1958.

Huet, Roland (1955-2019), Menlo Park, CA. Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 1989.

Schneider, Franz K. (1933-2018), Lumberton, NJ. Greater Trenton Section. Member 1994.


March 2019 Obituaries



Addy, Alva L. (1936-2018), Spearfish, SD. Nebraska Section. ASME Honorary Member/Fellow.

Husted, Stanley G. (1930-2018), Dalton, OH. Canton-Alliance-Massillon Section. Member 1930.

Thompson, Robert G. (1938-2018), San Diego, CA. San Diego Section. Fellow 1962.

Vermes, Geza (1922-2019), Palo Alto, CA. Santa Clara Valley Section. Member 1958.


February 2019 Obituaries

 
Memis Acar
Memis Acar

Memis Acar (1951-2018)

Memis Acar, Ph.D., D.Sc., associate dean and professor of mechanics at Loughborough University in England and former leader of the ASME Europe District, passed away on Aug. 8, 2018, at the age of 67. A professor in the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough, Dr. Acar rose through the ranks at the university from research associate to professor after receiving his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering there in 1984. He later received a D.Sc. in textile machinery and engineering from Manchester University in 2010. Acar’s research interests included air and water jets in textile processing and biomechanical modeling. He was also greatly involved in vehicle safety systems research, including the development of car seat and head restraint designs for the prevention of whiplash. A member of ASME for more than 20 years, Acar was an active and dedicated volunteer of the Society. In addition to serving as leader of the ASME Europe District from 2012 to 2015, he served as a member of the Global Communities Operating Board from 2012 to 2015, chair of the United Kingdom Section from 2007 to 2010, and vice chair of the United Kingdom Section from 2006 to 2007. Originally from Turkey, Acar received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, in 1973, and his master’s degree in textile technology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1979.

Allen, James M. (1935-2019), Henrico, VA. Central Virginia Section. Fellow 1957.

Baumann, Nelson P. (1928-2018), Fountain Hills, AZ. Arizona Section. Member 1958.

Canonico, Domenic (1930-2018), Signal Mountain, TN. Chattanooga Section. Fellow 1977.

Clark, Yvonne Y. (1929-2019), Mount Juliet, TN. Nashville Section. Member 1972.

Collins, James (1929-2018), Mission Viejo, CA. Orange County Section. Member 1957.

Eitel, William W., Jr. (1922-2018), Hockessin, DE. Delaware Section. Member 1944.

Herman, Sanford (1931-2018), Houston, TX. South Texas Section. Member 1953.

Janco, Albert N. (1926-2019), Oklahoma City, OK. Central Oklahoma Section. Member 1949.

Riekert, Louis A. (1935-2018), Pasadena, TX. Apollo Subsection. Member 1975.

Robertson, John C. (1932-2018), Simpsonville, SC. Greenville Section. Member 1990.

Wilhelm, Wilbur F., Jr. (1922-2018), Hidden Hills, CA. San Fernando Valley Section, Member 1943.


January 2019 Obituaries

 
George Hatsopoulos (1927-2018)
George Hatsopoulos (Photo
courtesy of the Science
History Institute)

George Hatsopoulos (1927-2018)

ASME Honorary Member and Fellow George N. Hatsopoulos, thermodynamics expert, senior lecturer emeritus and co-founder of Thermo Electron Corporation, passed away Sept. 20 at the age of 91. Dr. Hatsopoulos, who hailed from Athens, Greece, began his studies at the National Technical University of Athens before moving to the United States and continuing his education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a bachelor’s degree, a Master of Science degree, a Master of Engineering degree, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering. After receiving his doctorate in 1956, Hatsopoulos both joined the MIT faculty and co-founded analytical instruments and services provider Thermo Electron with Peter Nomikos. He was named a senior lecturer at MIT in 1962, a title he retained until his retirement in 1990. He co-authored the influential textbook, Principles of General Thermodynamics, which was published in 1965, as well as two volumes on thermionic energy conversion in the 1970s. In 1996, Hatsopoulos was selected as the winner of the John Fritz Medal, which is widely considered to be the most prestigious U.S. engineering accolade. The following year, he received the Third Annual Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment. Hatsopoulos was named an Honorary Member of ASME in 1996 and received the Society’s Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal in 1960. He also served as a Trustee of the ASME Foundation from 1998 to 2011 was chair of the ASME Energetics Technical Division in 1968-69.

Anderson, John W., Jr. (1923-2017), Russellville, AR. Arkansas Section. Member 1957.

Benge, Chester B., Jr. (1928-2018), Houston, TX. South Texas Section. Member 2014.

Broster, David E. (1928-2018), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. British Columbia Section. Member 1952.

Carr, Robert (1936-2018), New Braunfels, TX. San Antonio Section. Member 1965.

Christian, Frank G., Jr. (1935-2018), Raleigh, NC. East North Carolina Section. Member 1965.

Cox, Jack E. (1922-2018), Palm Harbor, FL. Florida West Coast Section. Member 1970.

Fox, Fred A. (1919-2018), Anacortes, WA. Salish Sea Section. Member 1949.

Franklin, Ben (1931-2018), Louisville, KY. Louisville Section. Member 1997.

Harris, Stanley C. (1945-2018), Richmond, VA. Central Virginia Section. Fellow 1968.

Klingensmith, Paul S. (1946-2018), Hunker, PA. Pittsburgh Section. Member 2015.

Marlo, Joseph (1928-2017), St. Louis, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1957.

Milster, P. Ferman (1949-2018), Iowa City, IA. Northeast Iowa Section. Member 2002.

Palm, H. William (1930-2018), Kirkwood, MO. St. Louis Section. Member 1965.

Power, John (1928-2018), Longview, WA. Oregon Section. Member 1998.

Prout, Paul (1963-2018), Grand Forks, ND. Minnesota Section. Member 1987.

Schaeffer, Denis (1958-2018), Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ontario Section. Member 2008.

Stadler, John H. (1961-2017), Poquoson, VA. Eastern Virginia Section. Member 1986.

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