Obituaries

Jan 10, 2020

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.


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.