We celebrate and honor our graduates and faculty who have passed on

In Memoriam: Spring 2020

William A. Marcon ’44, civil engineering consultant, town engineer in Westchester County, N.Y., and WWII Air Force veteran; Aug. 29, 2019.

Fred Heller ’47, retired president and chairman, Lightolier, and later Genlyte, and member, Director’s Council, Rensselaer LRC; Feb. 7, 2020.

Raymond J. Lutze ’47, retired engineering manager, Northrop Grumman, and WWII Navy veteran; Oct. 22, 2019.

Edward J. Flanagan Jr. ’49, retired vice president, real estate development, Galbreath-Ruffin Corp., and WWII veteran; Aug. 24, 2019.

Vergil C. Givens, MME ’50, experimental test pilot, second pilot to break Mach 2, retired from Lockheed, and USAF veteran; Oct. 15, 2019.

Bruce A. Goodale ’50, former manager at Kaman Aircraft, active in helicopter and wind energy associations, and U.S. Army veteran; Dec. 8, 2019.

Robert E. Minnich Jr. ’50, special education mediator, musician, conductor, and instrumental teacher; Jan. 17, 2020.

Crawford A. Easterling ’51, U.S. Navy vice admiral, retired commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Oct. 19, 2019.

Stephen J. Lukasik ’51, national security technology expert, former ARPA director, VP at Northrop and TRW, and chief scientist, FCC; Oct. 3, 2019.

Robert R. Reeves ’51, MCH ’52, Ph.D. ’54, professor emeritus of chemistry at Rensselaer, and expert in energy storage systems; Dec. 27, 2019.

Frederick E. Clark Jr. ’52, retired Illinois state architect, Farmers Home Administration, private pilot, and WWII Navy veteran; June 21, 2019.

Stanley P. Kline ’52, machinist and president, Tachometer Inc., and Korean War Navy veteran; Nov. 27, 2018.

John J. Leimer ’52, retired senior engineer, IBM Corp., and U.S. Navy veteran; Nov. 29, 2019.

John J. Schofield ’52, MME ’58, retired manager of manufacturing, Chandler Evans Corp., and U.S. Navy veteran; Nov. 5, 2019.

Robert E. Donnelly ’53, retired senior engineer and superintendent of construction and service, Bridgeport Hydraulic Co., and U.S. Army veteran; Dec. 15, 2019.

Ronald J. Cococcia ’54, retired U.S. Army colonel, and executive who spent 40 years with IBM Corp.; Dec. 10, 2019.

Alexander J. Glass ’54, former president, KMS Fusion, program director at Lawrence Livermore Lab, and chair, electrical engineering, Wayne State University; Oct. 18, 2019.

Richard A. Pomroy ’54, who worked with defense contractors worldwide, then with Mantech International Corp., and finally as real estate investor; Sept. 5, 2019.

James W. Hamilton ’55, retired U.S. Navy commander, and sports enthusiast; Aug. 12, 2019.

Henry J. Midura ’55, retired senior executive manager, Public Service Electric & Gas Co.; Aug. 14, 2019.

David W. Shearer ’56, former VP, Northampton Institution for Savings, real estate developer, and U.S. Army veteran; Dec. 17, 2019.

Louis J. Jentzen ’57, retired electrical engineer, Southern New England Telephone, and special education teacher; Nov. 26, 2019.

Joseph A. (Bert) Ryburn ’57, retired senior engineer, IBM Corp., and U.S. Navy veteran; Jan. 3, 2020.

Donald J. Bergmann ’58, president and CEO, Bergmann Associates, Architects, Engineers, Planners, and U.S. Navy veteran; Dec. 25, 2019.

James E. Cassidy, Ph.D. ’58, chemist, former group leader, Ciba-Geigy Corp., and consultant; Aug. 20, 2019.

William K. Holstein ’58, distinguished professor, College of William & Mary, and former dean of business, University at Albany; Oct. 22, 2019.

Harvey H. Kaiser ’58, former senior vice president and university architect, Syracuse University, consultant, expert and author on national park architecture; Oct. 6, 2019.

Bernard P. Manderville Jr. ’59, MAE ’63, retired U.S. Army colonel, a highly decorated career U.S. Army Ordnance Officer; Dec. 13, 2019.

Martin K. Payne ’59, retired senior system analyst, Rust Engineering, and business manager, The Redmont School; Nov. 21, 2019.

Leland B. Bishop ’60, MBA ’80, retired president, AMSEA, the ship operating division of General Dynamics, and former RAA president; Aug. 26, 2019.

William H. Frenz Jr. ’60, MEE ’61, retired chief electronics engineer, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Sept. 25, 2019

Paul N. Standish, M.S. ’61, retired principal engineer, Westinghouse Electric Corp., Las Vegas, Nev.; May 9, 2019.

Francis L. McKone, MMG ’63, founder, Albany International Corp., trustee emeritus of Rensselaer, and U.S. Navy veteran; Sept. 13, 2019

Melvin I. Cohen, Ph.D. ’65, retired vice president for research effectiveness, AT&T Bell Labs, and Rensselaer Davies Medal recipient; Feb. 27, 2019.

Edward J. Dague ’65, journalist and Capital Region TV news anchor, whose experience at WRPI launched his broadcast career; Nov. 24, 2019.

Richard P. Van Duyne ’67, pioneering physical and analytical chemist, Morrison Professor at Northwestern University, and NAS member; July 28, 2019.

Jeffrey A. Feibelman ’70, CEO of A&H Manufacturing, a global leader in packaging products for jewelry and accessories; Feb. 27, 2019.

Robert W. Schunk ’70, consulting engineer, former professional engineer, Sanford O. Hess & Associates, and U.S. Army veteran; Feb. 3, 2020.

W. Kirby Rowe ’71, former rehab coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Canadian Paraplegic Association; Aug. 25, 2017.

Andrew W. Crowley ’77, M.E. ’85, retired lieutenant commander, U.S. Navy, and simulation systems project manager for nuclear power plants; June 1, 2017.

Steven M. Jaquez ’79, website designer and former quality assurance engineer, Commonwealth Edison Co.; Feb. 1, 2019.

David B. Shulder ’79, longtime hardware and software engineer at IBM, avid gardener, and environmentalist; Nov. 3, 2019.

Kathleen S. (Lowe) Robertson ’80, former engineer with Pratt & Whitney, magnet school math tutor and instructor, and volunteer; Nov. 6, 2019.

James E. Crabtree ’86, forensic engineer at Affiliated Engineering in Metuchen, N.J.; Aug. 1, 2019.

Eileen P. LaForce, M.S. ’93, worked at the New York Chiropractic College library; June 9, 2019.

Stephanie Zabrenski Coleman ’98, M.S. ’98, U.S. Air Force veteran who served 1998 to 2003, math professor, tutor, and tax professional; Jan. 1, 2020.

Samuel J. “Joe” Reynolds ’06, engineer, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, and youth ministry volunteer; Jan. 28, 2020.

William E. Boyce, Edward P. Hamilton Professor Emeritus, professor of mathematics for 40 years, co-author of a book on differential equations; Nov. 4, 2019.

Eddie Ade Knowles, former vice president for student life, professor of practice, arts, and founder, Ensemble Congeros; Feb. 4, 2020.

John F. McDonald, professor of electrical, computer, and systems engineering, who pioneered 3D integrated circuits research; Feb. 21, 2020.

Albert S. Paulson, Frank and Lillian Gilbreth Professor in Technologies of Management, and consultant; Sept. 20, 2019.