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OCT 3 1979 


Some changes in the Journal 

For years, the WPI Journal has carried 
advertising, which has furnished in 
some years up to 15 percent of the 
costs of production. But, because of 
some complex Postal Service regula- 
tions regarding second class mail 
(which is how the Journal is sent), 
there will be no more paid ads. It was 
either that or pay much more in the 
form of significantly higher postage 

Together with this change, and 
effective with this issue, the Journal 
will be sent out four times a year in- 
stead of five. Each issue will have 
more pages, however, so that you will 
continue to receive as much news 
and information about WPI and your 
classmates as ever. 

To the Editor: I read with great in- 
terest the two articles in the April 
1979 WPI Journal in regard to the im- 
pact of the increased federal regula- 
tions on colleges and universities. My 
first reaction was to say "Welcome to 
the Clubf We, as a small private busi- 
ness, are impacted by most of the 
agencies you listed plus additional 
ones. Additionally, we are constantly 
filling out or answering requests from 
state and town regulatory bodies. 

We are a small firm of about 100 
employees, of which only three have 
college educations. Many of the 
forms received really do not apply to 
our firm. We write the agencies and 
explain to them that we think they 
are in error in requesting information 
from us because it does not apply to 
our operation. Usually the reply is 
some sort of computer letter back ex- 
plaining that we are covered under 

the regulations and must fill out the 
information or be subject to a fine 
and/or imprisonment. The time and 
key management effort to complete 
the forms considerably hamper our 
operation and our potential growth. 

In my opinion, our government 
bureaucracies on all levels are greatly 
adding to the inflation in this coun- 
try. They are obstacles to obtaining 
increases in productivity in the 
American manufacturing and service 

I suggest that you use the WPI 
Journal as a forum to communicate 
to people the effect and cost that in- 
creased government regulations are 
having, not only on the universities 
but also on the businesses of this 
country. Furthermore, I suggest that 
the Institute require all students to 
take a course in business economics 
in which the impact of government 
regulation is made part of the course. 
Hopefully in this manner we can ob- 
tain the support of both the under- 
graduates and graduates to become 
aware of this increasing probelm and 
they too in turn will let their repre- 
sentatives know of their concerns 
about this issue. 

Thomas McGee, '64 
Petroleum Meter &) Pump 
Co., Inc. 
Avon, Connecticut 

To the Editor: May I make a few 
comments about the government 
over-regulation, red tape, and bureau- 
cratic controls that overwhelm WPI 
and much of our society today? 

I feel very sorry that WPI and 
other colleges and schools suffer from 
excessive government interference. 
However, I believe that most centers 
of education, WPI perhaps included, 
are themselves largely responsible for 
this condition. 

Where were they when federal 
aid to education started? (By the way, 
I opposed it from the start and gave 
speeches against it because I knew 
that federal aid meant federal con- 
trol.) The more money the federal 
government has spent on education, 
the worse it has become nationally. 

Where have they been while govern- 
ment grew larger and larger, with defi- 
cit spending, huge budgets, and a fan- 
tastic national debt? The nominal na- 
tional debt is around $800 billion, but 
is more accurately $9 trillion accord- 
ing to the National Taxpayers Union. 

Even worse, many schools have 
been preaching socialism in their so- 
cial science textbooks for years. 

According to a survey of 200 U.S. 
colleges and universities by a com- 
mittee headed by state Rep. Donna 
Carlson of Arizona in 1978, the top 
ten guest campus speakers have been 
socialists, even communists. U.S. 
News and World Report gave a simi- 
lar story. 

If we vote right next time, as the 
British finally woke up to do in des- 
peration, we may still be able to re- 
verse our ruinous socialistic tide. In 
the meantime, I will feel very sorry 
that WPI has such a burden of red 
tape, but I hope that you and the rest 
of our people will do something 
about it. 

Ted Latour, '35 
Las Vegas, Nevada 

To the Editor: Your comprehensive 
coverage of the impact of federal reg- 
ulations on WPI and other colleges 
and universities in the April issue of 
the WPI Journal was greatly appre- 

One certainly has to empathize 
with the institutions of higher learn- 
ing on this subject. Now administra- 
tors and faculties will come to realize 
what the business world has had to 
bear over the years. 

It would be gratifying to see the 
articulate leaders of academia com- 
bine with the pragmatic leaders of 
business to present a forceful front to 
persuade Government to eliminate 
these uncreative, unproductive, and 
unneeded procedures. 

Erling Lagerholm, '44 
Boston, Massachusetts 

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Summer 1979 

inside front cover: 

Feedback from our readers about governmental regulation. 

2 A commencement address to consider. 

Thoughts for an age where technology is sometimes consid- 
ered a dirty word, by [ohn deButts, retired chairman of 

8 Energy: Changing sources in mid-stream 

Everybody knows about the energy crisis. But what do we 
do about it? Three experts address the topic. 

9 Toward a unique coalition 

Evelyn Murphy, former Massachusetts Secretary for En- 
vironmental Affairs proposes a new and interesting way for 
competing factionsto work together. 

11 How the electric utilities can cope 

The president of New England Electric talks lucidly about 
theutilities role in changing sources of energy. 

14 Developing and marketing a new technology 

A technology R&D middleman looks at the future. 

16 Questions and some answers 

20 Who's who 

Kay Wear Draper — WPI's own talkin' woman. 


Reunion 1979 

30 Can you help us out? 

It seems we've lost track of a few people . . . 

32 Your class and others 

35 Businessperson of the year 

46 School of Industrial Management 

46 Completed Careers 

Cover: The WPI campus about 1909. It appears that we've added a 
few buildings since then. 

Editor: H. Russell Kay 

Alumni Information Editor: Ruth S. Trask 

Publications Committee: J. Michael Ander- 
son, '64, chairman; Leonard ]. Brzozowski, 
74; Robert B. Davis, '46; Robert C. Gosling, 
'68; Samuel W. Mencow, '37; Kathleen E. Mo- 
lony, 77; Roger N. Perry, Jr., '46. 

Design: H. Russell Kay 

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The WPI Journal (ISSN 0148-6128) is 
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by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Copy- 
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President: John H. McCabe, '68 

Senior Vice President: Walter B. Dennen, Jr., 

Vice President: Peter H. Horstmann, '55 

Secretary-Treasurer: Stephen J. Hebert, '66 

Past President: William A. Julian, '49 

Executive Committee members-at-large: Phi- 
lip B. Ryan, '65; Donald E. Ross, '54; Anson 
C. Fyler, '45; Harry W Tenney, Jr., '56 

Faculty representative: Kenneth E. Scott, '48 

Fund Board: G. Albert Anderson, '51, chair- 
man; Henry Styskal, Jr., '50, vice chairman; 
Richard B. Kennedy, '65; Gerald Finkle, '57; 
Philip H. Puddington, '59; Richard A. Davis, 
'53; C. John Lindegren, '39 

Summer 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 1 

A commencement address 

to consider. 

by John deButts, retired chairman of the Board, AT&T 

As a rule, the Journal doesn't print 
commencement addresses. If the 
speaker is a national figure, especially 
if a politician, the speech is often un- 
related to the needs or the situation 
of either the students or the institu- 
tion, serving some other purpose for 
the speaker, if not the audience. On 
the other hand, commencement 
speeches are sometimes too trite, too 
predictable, too dull, or too specifi- 
cally aimed at the single audience of 
graduating seniors. They carry a mes- 
sage of forward-looking optimism 
combined with an exhortation about 
how to live one's life. 

If you just skim through this 
year's address by John deButts, retired 
chairman of the board of AT&T, you 
may conclude that it fits the tradi- 
tional mold pretty well. But please 
don't just stop there. DeButts has a 
message for us all, not just the gra- 
duating scientists, engineers, and 
managers of the class of 1979. He is 
concerned about the attitude of the 
American people toward technology, 
and about how the engineering pro- 
fession has to come to grips with that 
attitude. It is a message for us and for 
our time. 

I CONGRATULATE YOU and wish you well as you 
confront the challenges of what some people call the "real 
world." That term implies that for the past four years you 
have dwelt in a never-never land, shielded from the bumps 
and bruises of making your own way in the world and in- 
sulated from the risks of being wrong. You know better. 
And even though it's more than 40 years since I experi- 
enced the rigors of an engineering education, I know bet- 
ter too. 

It has been a long, long time since I have been 
engaged in the practice of engineering. But I have never 
abandoned, and never shall, the practice of engineering 
principles. I am everlastingly grateful for whatever in- 
stinct it was that led me to join a profession that taught 
me habits of mind which have served me in good stead 
ever since. That is why receiving an honorary degree of 
Doctor of Engineering from such a distinguished institu- 
tion as WPI is so personally meaningful to me. 

I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE my concern over three 
aspects of the current temper of American society. If they 
should turn out to be trends and remain unreversed, they 
would make this country a much different place — and in 
history a lesser one — from that which we have been 
developing over the past two hundred years. 
My concerns center on 

►first, what I perceive as a growing estrangement from 
technology on the part of a substantial number of our fel- 
low citizens; 

► second, what seems to me an increasing readiness to 
acquiesce to mediocrity, to settle for second-best; and 

►third, a disposition to believe that in an increasingly 
complex world it doesn't make much difference what one 
person does or fails to do. 

It is to enlist you in opposition to these trends that I 
have come here today. 

WHAT IT IS THAT ACCOUNTS for the estrange- 
ment of so many Americans from the technology' to 
which they owe so much is a question on which you can 
speculate as authoritatively as I. Certainly it is a strange 
development for a society whose technology is the envy 
of the world. Even today — in an era in which a great 
many other countries, inspired by our example, have made 
technology the central engine of their progress — the 
United States' gross domestic product accounts for nearly 
40 percent of the total market economy of all the major 
industrial countries in the free world. 

Next month we will mark the tenth anniversary of 
man's first walk on the moon. Since that moment in July 
1969, eleven more astronauts, all Americans, have dupli- 
cated Neil Armstrong's feat. While it is arguable as to 
whether the space program accelerated the nation's tech- 
nological development or merely diverted its focus, there 
is little argument about the fact that most Americans — 
for a time, at any rate — saw it as the crowning manifesta- 
tion of this country's technological genius. 

But what went wrong; Why, at the end of a decade 
that began in euphoria over the U.S. exploits in space, do 
we find enthusiasm supplanted by a growing wariness - 
even fear — of technology? Why are an apparently grow- 
ing number of people ready to say, in effect, "Stop the 
world, I want to get off"? 

The antitechnology mood is diverse. Some people are 
simply put off, and turned off, by the complexity that 
technology has brought to modern society. Others see 
grave hazards to health and safety, even to life itself, in 
what appears to them a heedless assumption that what 
can be done should be done. 

For some it was the war in Viet Nam; for others the 
environmental consequences of oil tanker spills and pol- 
lution of the air and water from industrial sources. The in- 
cident at Three Mile Island brought new recruits to the 
ranks of those who would call a halt to the further devel- 
opment of nuclear energy power sources. 

Summer 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 3 

What went wrong! Why, at the 
end of a decade that began in 
euphoria over U.S. exploits in 
space, do we find enthusiasm 
supplanted by a growing fear of 

Governor Dixie Lee Ray of the state of Washington, 
former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, 
warns against a philosophy that, in her view, could immo- 
bilize the nation. "It is," she says, "a philosophy of go slow, 
stop, limit everything be fearful, don't progress, don't have 
any growth." 

Clearly, if that philosophy should prevail, it would 
mean the end of economic progress and a sign that we are 
ready to abandon our country's historic aim as well — the 
aim of ever-expanding opportunity for all our people. 

I WONDER, THOUGH, whether the immediate occa- 
sions I've cited are a sufficient explanation for what ap- 
pears to be the end of America's two-hundred-year love af- 
fair with technology. The roots of the estrangement, I 
think, lie deeper. I think it springs from the abruptness 
with which we have been reminded that we have entered 
an era of limits. 

From their first beginnings on the rim of this enor- 
mous continent, Americans have continuously — and al- 
most heedlessly — spent their resources as if there were 
no limit to their supply, no tomorrow to hold us to ac- 
count for their spending. One does not have to subscribe 
to the Doomsday projections of the Club of Rome to rec- 
ognize the clear signals on every side that we are moving 
from an age of abundance to an age of increasing scarcity 
of material after material we had previously considered in 
almost limitless supply; from an age that set Growth Un- 
limited as its goal to one that may not be altogether with- 
out its blessings because it will force us to examine, virtu- 
ally for the first time, the quality of that growth. 

The first lesson of this new age is one we've all heard 
before and never really believed: we can't have everything. 
It will take hard thinking, and painful choices, to decide 
what it is we really want. 

But the fact that we have entered upon an era of 
limits calls, in my mind, for more technology rather than 
less. It will take more technology, not less, to discover and 
develop the alternate energy sources the nation needs. It 
will take more technology, not less, to assure the safe dis- 
posal — and perhaps the creative reuse — of the wastes of 
an ever more complex society. It will take more technol- 
ogy, not less, to assure the manageability and the livability 

4 /The WP1 Journal / Summer 1979 

of our cities and the rational development of their infras- 
tructures — transportation, communications, power. In 
short, it will take more technology, not less, to assure civi- 

More than to any other calling, it seems to me, the 
challenges of this new age are addressed directly to the 
engineering profession and what I take to be its basic mis- 
sion: achieving maximum utility with least means. In the 
years ahead, as scarcities confront us with a whole new or- 
dering of costs, I anticipate that "elegance," as engineers 
construe the word (getting the most for the least), will be- 
come not merely an idealistic goal but our most urgent 
practical priority. 

I would not presume to prescribe new directions for 
engineering in this new era. I do know that the facts of 
world economic life in the new age demand that we ad- 
dress ourselves anew to devising ways of using less to 
make more — in short, to the productivity improvements 
that'are so crucial to the fight against inflation. 

For the same reasons, cost reduction engineering, un- 
glamorous as it may appear, takes on a new urgency. Even 
processes from which we might have thought we had 
squeezed the last vestiges of excess cost will call for a new 
look as materials and energy sources once abundant grow 
scarce and dear. 

To none of these prospects do I look forward with 
foreboding. I doubt that anyone trained in engineering 
does. Indeed, I am confident that you share my view that 
the age ahead, for all its rigors, will stimulate the engi- 
neering profession to new levels of technological accom- 
plishment, new levels of service to the nation. 

Indeed, it may produce a new engineering. Professor 
Jay Forrester of M.I.T. relates the "long waves" in our 
society's economic activity — the so-called Kondratieff cy- 
cles — to the rise and fall of technologies. We are, he sug- 
gests, at a point where further capital investments embo- 
dying refinements of traditional technology yield dimin- 
ishing returns. What new burst of technological creativity 
will power the next great economic advance he does not 
predict. For my part, I will venture the notion that the in- 
frastructure industry of the future will be what Professor 
Tony Oettinger calls "compunications" — the merged 
technologies of communications and computation. 

It is an occasion for optimism, I think, that these two 
industries in which the technological leadership of the 
U.S. remains undisputed — communications and data pro- 
cessing — are precisely those industries whose products 
and services are likeliest to exercise the greatest leverage 
on the productivity of other industries and, most notably, 
on the service industries that have come to characterize 
so much of our economy and which heretofore we have 
considered uncommonly resistant to productivity im- 

To summarize to this point, I believe it is crucial that 
Americans repair their current estrangement from tech- 
nology. What is more, I believe that through a new com- 
mitment to technology, we can surmount our current 
"crises" with no more than a transitory slowing of eco- 
nomic growth. I will go farther and say that I believe that 
out of our experience with the new challenges now con- 
fronting us will emerge a stronger America — stronger for 
being sparer — than we have ever known before. 

For that to happen, though, will require a broader, de- 
eper understanding of what technology is and what it is 
not on the part of our fellow Americans. And for that to 
happen, technologists must become educators; engineers 
must be teachers. 

1 have come to this remarkable 
school to deliver this message 
because there is perhaps no 
place in the nation where it 
would be more quickly 
understood and — / hope — 
more quickly heeded. 

IN MY VIEW these are times when the qualities of 
mind the engineering profession nurtures are much 
needed in our society . . . and as much in the realm of pub- 
lic affairs as in technology. 

No attribute of the engineer is more suited to these 
times than his habit of thinking in systems. Routinely on 
the job, the engineer considers what trade-offs — of 
strength for speed, of long life for low first cost — are nec- 
essary to achieve the design intent. Our larger society 
urgently needs lessons in the discipline of proportioning 
means to ends. 

What the times demand is not a dramatic leadership 
but a reasoning one, a leadership disciplined by experi- 
ence in matching aims to the resources necessary to 
achieve them, a leadership unafraid of complexity and 
confident, because it has done so, that complexity can be 
managed. Sharing that confidence with your fellow citi- 
zens may well turn out to be engineering's greatest contri- 
bution to these times. 

I have come to this remarkable school to deliver this 
message because there is perhaps no place in the nation 
where it would be more quickly understood and — I hope 
— more quickly heeded. Your well-known and much dis- 
cussed program for the training and development of hu- 
manistically literate technologists provides a fertile bed to 
replant the seeds of the idea that a technological society 
depends upon a technologically literate public. 

So I bid the engineers and scientists among you to 
take on the role of public teachers, not as dogmatic apos- 
tles of the technology religion but as patient, objective ex- 
plainers of what is so and what is not, remembering that 
in the end the pace of technological progress is not a mat- 
ter to be decided by technologists alone but by the entire 
body of our citizenry. In the end, technological progress 
depends upon public acceptance. And that acceptance de- 
pends, ultimately, on public understanding. 

I WANT TO COUNTER, and urge you to counter, the 
second and third of the trends I mentioned at the outset, 
trends that seem to me to endanger the vitality of this de- 
mocracy: the acceptance of mediocrity and the belief that 
no individual's actions matter. Taken together, I would 
characterize these as a retreat from excellence. 

What I have in mind you may gather from the fact 
that, of five "scenarios" the Hudson Institute is using in its 
appraisal of our economic prospects between now and 
1985, the one it considers most probable is labeled "Mud- 
dling Through." What most characterizes this scenario, ac- 
cording to the Institute, is inaction. There will be a short- 
age of innovative leadership, the Institute opines, and 
what will principally motivate decision — or indecision 
— is a "fear of negative outcomes" — in other words, an 
unreadiness to reach high for fear of falling. 

Is this the stirring challenge toward which you've 
pointed for the past four years? Is your generation ready to 
acquiesce to minimizing downside risk as the main aim of 
our society? I trust not. 

As with the estrangement of Americans from technol- 
ogy, it may be that the current disposition of Americans 
to settle for the second best, the merely average, reflects 
the disappointment of hopes that may have been pitched 
too high in the first place. More particularly, some people 
say — and there may be some truth in it — that our cur- 
rent mood is simply a natural and perhaps inevitable reac- 
tion to the euphoria that characterized the outset of the 
1960s. In that time, it seemed, there was nothing Ameri- 
cans might not do if they once set their minds on doing it. 
In the 1960s we came to believe that we could not only 
engineer our way to the moon, we could engineer the 
good life as well. And so we set out to create the Great So- 
ciety. Under its banner we declared simultaneous wars on 
poverty and discrimination and ugliness, and we looked 
forward to victory in our time over all of these. 

Today, at the end of another decade, and many hun- 
dreds of billions of dollars later, those victories remain to 
be won and our once-high hopes have been supplanted by 
a profound sense of the intractibility of social ills and a 
profound disenchantment that bureaucracies can do very 
much about them. Things simply don't seem to work the 
way they're supposed to. 

.Summer 1979/ The WP1 journal/ 5 

In the 1 960s we came to 
believe that we could not only 
engineer our way to the moon, 
we could engineer the good life 
as well. We declared 
simultaneous wars on poverty 
and discrimination and 
ugliness, and we looked 
forward to victory in our time 
over all of these. 

Today, those victories remain 
to be won and our once-high 
hopes have been supplanted by 
a profound sense of the 
intractibility of social ills and a 
profound disenchantment that 
bureaucracies can do very 
much about them. Things 
simply don't seem to work the 
way they're supposed to. 

Nobody, for example, seems to be able to do anything 
about inflation, and the prospect that prices will just keep 
on going up and up and up is truly frightening to a great 
many people. Add to that the disenchantments that have 
come in the wake of Watergate, and you will have gone a 
long way toward explaining the cynicism a great many 
Americans have come to feel about the motives and stan- 
dards that govern the principal institutions of our society. 

What we seem unready to recognize, however, is that 
the decline in public confidence in our institutions is in 
fact a decline in confidence in ourselves. When institu- 
tions fail, it is because people fail. The crimes of Wa- 
tergate, for example, of the widely publicized instances of 
political bribery by business, were not crimes of "the sys- 
tem" but crimes of individuals. After all, institutions can't 
tell right from wrong. Only people can. In short, it is a de- 
cline in the individual's responsibility to society — what 
in ancient days we called "civic virtue" — that is at the 
root of our current malaise. 

• Sooner or later, it is the personal sense of accountabil- 
ity of the people who compose them that determines the 
character of organizations . . . and of nations. From its loss, 
through arrogance or insensitivity, have come our most 
shocking disillusionments. Upon its restoration depend 
the strength of our society and the strength of the institu- 
tions — its colleges as well as its corporations — that give 
it purpose and direction. 

TO MY URGING of a renewed sense of personal re- 
sponsibility to the larger community, it might well be ob- 
jected that the sheer scale of our society, the complexity 
of its institutions, and the momentum of their undertak- 
ings so dwarf the individual that what one person might 
do or fail to do hardly makes any difference. 

One might even go so far as to ask, can man effec- 
tively manage complexity? 

My own experience over more than four decades in 
the management of one quite sizable and highly complex 
enterprise has left me with the conviction that the answer 
to that question is an unqualified yes. 

Not everybody shares that conviction. Indeed, a sense 
of powerlessness in the face of the sheer scale and intri- 
cacy of contemporary institutions appears to have driven 
a great many Americans to seek their satisfactions in, so 
to speak, the cultivation of their own gardens. Perhaps it 
is to this same sense of powerlessness that we can ascribe 
the disposition of a good many young people to strike out 
— sometimes it appears almost as a conditioned reflex — 
at virtually every aspect of the so-called Establishment. 
Particularly troubling is their readiness to ascribe malevo- 
lence to people — business management, for example — 
who are surely no less humane than they and who, in the 
face of complex circumstances, are simply trying to do the 
very best job they know how to do. 

I can only hope that history will be sufficiently dis- 
cerning to recognize that the heroes of these times are not 
those among us with the most strident voices, but rather 
those quiet, patient people who, professing themselves no 
brighter than the rest of us, set off to find, in science labs 
and in engineering offices, the answers to the hard ques- 
tions that confront us. 

Let me say this with as much passion as I can muster: 
This is no time for a retreat from rationality. Granted that 
our society's problems are difficult and deep-seated; 
granted that the search for their solutions can be pro- 
foundly frustrating; granted too that solutions that are 
best for almost everybody are almost certain to meet the 
perfect satisfaction of nobody — granting all these things, 
I nonetheless urge that you engage yourselves in the po- 
litical process that will in the long run shape the future of 
your town, your state, your country. 

6 /The WP1 journal / Summer 1979 


For only as each one of us is ready to commit himself 
or herself to the arduous and unceasing contest of ideas 
and interests and values hy which Americans set their 
goals, establish priorities, and make up their minds on 
matters of public policy can we be assured that when you 
stand where I stand now, a generation hence, you will be 
able to say with confidence and pnde that in this land of 
ours freedom still lives. 

FINALLY, whatever you choose to do in the years ahead, 
content yourself with nothing less than doing it just as 
well as you know how. Whether it's spoons or brook-sized 
turbines or space capsules that you make, make them the 

What difference will it make? 

It's understandable, I suppose, that as the nation's pop- 
ulation grows, as its institutions grow larger and more in- 
tricate, that some people should come to think that what 
any one individual might contribute to the quality of our 
national life is becoming of less and less consequence. It 
is to that dispositon, I surmise, that we can attribute the 
shoddiness of workmanship we encounter all too often in 
the products we buy these days and the bored indifference 
with which we are greeted by the employees of so many 
institutions, both public and private, whose business it 
presumably is to serve the public. 

But the opposite is true. The more interdependent so- 
ciety becomes, the more crucial is the performance of the 
individuals who make it up. An analogy from technology 
will demonstrate this. In our business we have learned 
that, as the numbers of interdependent components in our 
vast communications system grows, the more vulnerable 
to failure the system becomes. We call this "the tyranny of 
large numbers." Overcoming it depends on the degree of 
reliability we build into each and every component. Some 
of the components of our current electronic switching sys- 
tems are manufactured to a standard that, translated into 
layman's terms, calls for no more than a single failure in 
ten thousand years. We call that "mean time to failure." 
What I am hoping, then, is that each of you, individually, 
will conduct your life as if the nation's very future de- 
pended on it . . . because it does. 

Even were this not the case, I would have no more 
important message to convey to you today than to urge 
upon you a will to excellence. It was the gist of my final 
message to my colleagues in the business in which I spent 
almost 43 years. It is the essence of what I've learned. 

In the end, the pace of 
technological progress is not a 
matter to be decided by 
technologists alone but by the 
entire body of our citizenry 
Technological progress depends 
upon public acceptance, and, 
ultimately, on public 

IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, it is not we who exist for 
society's sake. In truth, societies, nations, institutions ex- 
ist for no other end save the fulfillment — what we used 
to call salvation — of the individuals who make them up. 
We have no greater responsibility, then, than to be and do 
— and to help each other be and do — the very best we 

Summer 1919/ The WP1 Journal / 7 



What's to do about energy? 

Everybody's got the answer, and nobody's got the answer. 
The one thing we know for sure is the problem. The earth 
is running out of fossil fuels at an alarming rate. However 
big the reserves may be, they are finite, and they are being 

Everybody know's we've got to find other alternatives — 
and we've got to make them work. The remaining ques- 
tion is: How do we get from here to there? How do we 
move from an economy, a lifestyle, and a technology 
based on abundant energy provided largely by oil and gas? 
How do we arrive at a state where we can produce enough 
energy through the use of renewable or truly unlimited re- 
sources? How do we temper our habits and our lives to cut 
out the waste and the frivolous uses of energy that have 
so long been a part of our society? 

We are entering an age of real transition: change will dra- 
matically affect our jobs, our homes, our transportation, 
how we spend our time, and how we conduct our lives. 
Many things we have taken for granted all our years can 
no longer be assumed. One is reminded of the Chinese 
curse: "May you live in interesting times." 

The articles that follow were first presented on campus 
last spring. They raise some interesting questions, and 
they propose some even more interesting solutions. 

Toward a unique 

by Evelyn Murphy 


lie debate is the energy crisis, especially in Massachusetts 
and in New England, where choices are complex and diffi- 
cult. I want to talk about energy in simple, straightforward 
terms with a minimum of technical jargon and a max- 
imum of common sense. 

The need right now is to act. We have enough data. 
We have thought about and analyzed energy problems ex- 
tensively. We've considered so many alternative options 
and courses of action that we have confused and some- 
times even lost sight of the energy crisis at hand. But de- 
spite the plethora of information and options, there has 
been an absence of constructive action by government - 
state and federal, institutions with resources and leader- 
ship potential — to start the necessary transition in en- 
ergy production. It is clear that a transition must take 
place, that we must move toward an era of using energy 
through renewable natural resources, such as wind, solar 
energy, ocean, and biomass. I need not remind anyone who 
manages the family budget, anyone who shops for food 
nowadays or who buys clothes or goes to the gasoline 
pump, that we're no longer an affluent society. This na- 
tion, and particularly New England, is in grave economic 
straits. Inflation, driven primarily by energy costs, has hit 
hard in Massachusetts and we suffer from some of the 
highest food and energy prices in the country. We all 
know the situation; it's not a new phenomenon. The signs 
of economic strain and curtailed life styles have been 
with us unrelentingly for years now. 

And yet what positive steps are we taking? As a con- 
sumer are you using less energy than a year ago — less 
gasoline in your automobile, less home heating oil at 
home? Probably not. Like me, you probably turned down 
the thermostat three years ago and energy conservation 
stopped there. But why is it that we have not acted as in- 
dividuals? The President of the United States has told us 
on two separate, dramatically televised occasions, that 
this nation is in trouble, that the energy crisis is the 
moral equivalent of war, that we must pay more to use 
less energy. Many of us believe him. He is the most im- 
portant public official in this nation and he has the most 
information on the situation. We want to believe him. 

But statements from other official sources provide ex- 
cuses for inaction, as we hear a cacophony of voices 
describing the status of oil supplies. This spring the Secre- 
tary of Energy testified that this nation is short 500,000 

barrels a day. The Congressional Research Service, on the 
other hand, argues that the shortage of oil is only 80,000 
barrels a day. The big oil companies talk about a world- 
wide deficit of 2.5 million barrels a day. Confusing and of- 
ten contradictory data allow us to ponder rather than act, 
waiting prudently (we often assure ourselves) until the 
full dimensions of the problem are understood. 

Confusing, conflicting data raise deep suspicions in 
all of us that the energy crisis is overblown. Permeating 
our society is a feeling that perhaps there is no problem 
except that invented by the oil companies for their own 
financial gain. But I suspect the principal reason that we 
do not act is a feeling of helplessness. How can you or I 
make a difference in matters seemingly ruled by OPEC 
prices, by Iranian political turmoil, by the big oil and nu- 
clear interests, by the mammoth federal bureaucracies? 
And yet surely we should be further along toward an age 
of energy through renewable resources, not just at the 
starting point, which is where we are now. 

Where have the leading institutions been? Not one 
utility company in this country has made significant in- 
vestment in anything but oil, coal, and nuclear plants. I do 
not mean to point a finger of blame at the utility compa- 
nies. That would be too simplistic. Much of the responsi- 
bility rests with the national policy on energy. $12 billion 
in federal subsidies maintain an artificial preference for 
conventional fuels. Federal expenditures for alternative 
energy were recently doubled, up to $500 million. That's 
one-twentieth of the $12 billion annually spent on the 
other types of energy. That underscores the serious bias 
against alternative and renewable resources. Is it any won- 
der, then, that the utiity companies of this country are 
still locked into fossil fuels? They are simply following the 
public policy that speaks the loudest — the federal bud- 

We can address the immediate problems — the oil 
supplies, the question about safety of nuclear power, the 
nsing demand for oil and electricity — and we can start 
the transition into a different era. But the federal govern- 
ment seems primarily focused on the immediate problem. 
I believe, therefore, the only way we're going to get on 
with transition to the use of solar and hydro and winds 
and rivers and oceans, is if we do it ourselves at the 
grassroots level, here in Massachusetts, here in the com- 
munities of New England. We can do it ourselves. I want 
to suggest three ways, describe three elements of how we 
proceed from here. 

Ms. Evelyn Murphy is currently a Fellow at the Harvard 
Institute for Politics, and was formerly State Secretary for 
Environmental Affairs in the Dukakis administration. Ms. 
Murphy holds a B.A. in mathematics and a master's degree 
and Ph.D. in economics. Before joining the Dukakis ad- 
ministration, she was a partner in Lewelyn Davis Incorpo- 
rated, of New York City, a firm of international planning 

Summer 1979 / The WP1 Journal/ 9 


struction of the next large, so-called base-load electric 
generating plants. I think of this as an investment in the 
future. The most important step in getting a transition 
under way hinges on the construction of the next large 
plant. In Massachusetts we'll need at least one more plant 
to carry us through that transition, say through to the 
year 2000. Nowadays, when plant construction is an- 
nounced, large protests are often successful in blocking 
construction; at the least they can cause costly delays. 
The proposed plant may use coal, such as in Kaiparowits, 
Utah, or nuclear, as in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Neither 
option is exempt from protest, and neither option is par- 
ticularly desirable. In different ways, each jeopardizes 
people's health and safety. But these are the only two op- 
tions which are technologically and politically feasible 
and available now to meet large-scale demands. Therefore, 
the need now is not for us to be completely negative 
through protests that stalemate our energy production. 
The need is to be demanding in a shrewd way, to force the 
bargains that will move us through to a transition and get 
us into a new era of energy. 

I can envision a meeting, or several meetings, of en- 
vironmental groups like the Conservation Law Founda- 
tion, of consumer groups like Mass. Fair Share, and of the 
building trades, together with the next utility company 
that proposes a major plant. At this meeting, the public in- 
terest groups can say to the officials of that company, 
"Look, we will not oppose the building of that next plant if 
and only if you will first provide hundreds of millions of 
dollars towards solar, towards wind, towards those ways of 
providing energy and heat and light through renewable 
natural resources." 

That's real money. That would represent a significant 
commitment by that firm toward a new era in energy. I 
think that thoughtful, realistic, sensible utility company 
executives will probably welcome that bargain. They are 
genuinely concerned about meeting the short-term re- 
sponsibility for power supplies, and many envision with 
us the same long-term goal of reliance on renewable re- 
sources for energy supplies. 

In fact, all groups benefit from that kind of bargain. 
Certainly consumer bills will be lower because the utility 
did not incur the added costs of construction delays. (And 
those costs will be there, whether beforehand in the con- 
troversial "construction works in progress" charges or af- 
terwards.) Certainly the environmentalists benefit. The 
faster we move toward the use of renewable resources, the 
more our environment will be cleaned and better served. 
And labor, in addition to its environmental and consumer 
concerns, gets jobs. 

opener, the toaster, the blender, the stereo, the television, 
the hair dryer, work on instant command. But what if the 
toaster and the blender and the hair dryer had to wait sev- 
eral moments until the load on the entire electric generat- 
ing system lightened some? And so what if we had a brow- 
nout now and then? Our expectations about energy have 
become so pristine that utility companies build more ca- 
pacity that necessary in order to avoid, at any cost, a 
blackout or brownout. 

Utility companies could get more innovative in 
spreading the demand for electricity over 24 hours a day. 
The public could get more thoughtful and curtail its 
wasteful or needless use of energy. All of us could con- 
serve even more on real needs — on automobile gas, on 
home heating, on lights. But again this is going to take the 
actions that we need at the grassroots — to change habits, 
to change fears of damnation by the public and the press 
if a brownout or a blackout occurs. And in the process of 
changing these expectations, there are enormous oppor- 
tunities for initiating at the grassroots level, the wide- 
spread use of solar panels for heating, of wood burning 
stoves, and so forth. 

My final comment about actions that move us into a 
new age of energy, has to do with leadership. One of the 
most infuriating aspects of the breakdown of the Three 
Mile Island nuclear power plant was the instant defense 
of pro-nuclear forces in the state, the federal government, 
and the utility company that ran the plant. As we learned, 
the plant's operations were not even under control and of- 
ficials were still talking privately about evacuation. Yet 
some of the most important public officials of this nation 
and this state were reassuring us all, with unwavering 
conviction, that nuclear power is safe. The leaders of pro- 
test against nuclear power became just as strident in their 
condemnation of nuclear power. That kind of public lead- 
ership is irresponsible. And that kind of private response 
only insures extended protests that do not advance our 
energy needs at all. 


sensible, thoughtful, realistic leadership right now: a lead- 
ership that can be openminded, that can reevaluate posi- 
tions previously held; a leadership that can attend to both 
the short-term energy problems and the transition to a dif- 
ferent energy age; a leadership that turns energy for pro- 
test into forces for progress. Certainly we cannot abandon 
the nuclear power plants that operate now. But the addi- 
tional safeguards that will be required in the aftermath of 
Three Mile Island have probably shifted the economics of 
new plant construction to favor coal plants in the imme- 
diate future. 

THE SECOND ELEMENT is changing our expecta- 
tions. We expect to have lights turn on at the flip of a 
switch. We expect to have air conditioners work in 
sweltering summer heat. We expect to have the dish- 
washer, the clothes washer, the dryer, the electric can- 

10/ The WP1 Journal / Summer 1979 

So rather than fight old battles about people's health 
and safety in coal vs. nuclear, let us be politically and 
financially realistic and look to coal plants. And let us put 
our energies on making those bargains with each utility 
company that proposes another large plant. Let us get on 
with changing expectations. Let us get on with energy 
conservation and with increased efficiency in our existing 
operations. That will get us moving toward an age of en- 
ergy through renewable resources. 

And let us recognize that, given the recent tenor of 
national and state leadership, getting serious about the 
transition to an era of energy through renewable resources 
means doing it ourselves. 

How the electric 
utilities can cope, 

by Edward Brown 

I'D LIKE TO START by describing our company and 
tell you where the utilities have been over the last few 
years. New England Power Service Company is the com- 
pany that provides engineering, construction, and ad- 
ministrative services for New England Electric System. 
Our affiliated companies are Massachusetts Electric, Nar- 
ragansett Electric in Rhode Island, and Granite State Elec- 
tric in New Hampshire. 

I'd like to describe some of the projects our compa- 
nies have been involved in over the past few years, proj- 
ects we hope will help develop alternatives. I'll describe 
why we're involved in some of these projects and how we 
see alternatives fitting into the electric generation picture. 

First is a solar water heating project. We have 100 test 
units on customer's premises throughout New England 
now entering their third year. This is the first major test 
program of this size and scope in the country. We're in- 
volved in the installation of a photovoltaic electric system 
at Beverly High School. We're participating in the redevel- 
opment of a small, low-head hydro station in Lawrence, 
Massachusetts. This is not a utility development. This is 
a development by a private firm called Lawrence Hydro 
Associates, and it is the first federally licensed urban hy- 
droelectric development project in the country. We're in 
the process of converting three units from oil to coal at 
our Brayton Point Station, at an estimated cost of over 
$100 million. This will save 10 million barrels of oil per 

We're involved in the final stages of modifying one of 
our units in Salem to use a coal/oil slurry mixture in or- 
der to reduce dependence on oil. This is the first use in 
the nation of a coal/oil mixture for electric generation. 
We're drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and in the southwest- 
ern United States for oil and gas in order to reduce our de- 
pendence on imports. Last year we brought in and used 
the first oil that we drilled and found ourselves. 

We're developing load-management techniques de- 
signed to shift peak loads and smooth out the growth of 
peaks so as to reduce demand in the future . . . and reduce 
the new construction necessary to meet these demands. 
And there may well come a day when we will be able to 
control water heating and residential heating. We may not 

Summer 1979/ The WPI Journal/ 1 1 

control your electric blender but we think we can get to 
the point of controlling significant amounts of load. We're 
doing this by using our own power lines to send signals 
out and get signals back — techniques our company has 
patented. Furthermore, we're exploring very seriously the 
possibility of constructing a 50,000 kilowatt wood- 
burning generating plant somewhere in northern New En- 

We are active participants in the Block Island wind 
generator project. We are interested in exploring, and will 
get involved in if possible, the possibility of a solid-waste 
generating plant using trash. 

We're in the midst of a crisis situation today which 
will touch the lives of each of us in ways that we can't 
now even imagine. Our standard of living, the way we 
transport ourselves, our industrial output, productivity, ef- 
ficiency — all are faced with shortages of energy. I can 
guarantee that these shortages will occur. We're seeing it 
today, week by week, in attempting to obtain oil for our 
oil generating plants. They'll persist, and they'll get worse 
unless we take steps to shape energy policies that will re- 
duce our dependence on oil. 

Conservation is probably the least expensive and the 
most productive alternative that we have. We also feel 
that alternatives such as wind, solar, wood, biomass, must 
be developed. We feel that the addition of base-load plants 
(both coal- and oil-fired) are necessary although we would 
like never to build another oil plant. We feel that nuclear 
plants are necessary. 

Let me define what I mean by base-load, because the 
alternative picture does not apply to base-load electric 
generation. In a typical day, a load curve would start low 
at midnight, increase in the morning, decrease around 
noon time, come back up in midafternoon to a peak, and 
then drop back down during the evening to the level it 
reaches at midnight. Now, base-load plants must supply 
this minimum level. Peak load plants must supply part of 
the daytime highs. And intermediate types of plants, 
those that can cycle up and down easily must supply the 
remainder of the demand. So when I talk about a base-load 
plant, I'm talking about a plant that must be on line 24 
hours a day, seven days a week, month in and month out. 

Edward Brown is president of the New England Power Ser- 
vice Company in Westboro, Massachusetts. A professional 
engineer, he's been with New England Electric System 
since 1956, holding various engineering and administra- 
tive positions, including director of management sciences, 
project manager for the Bear Swamp pump storage hy- 
droelectric project, and vice president for construction and 
major projects. The New England Power Service Company 
is heavily engaged in a number of research and develop- 
ment projects on various alternative energy sources. Con- 
sequently, as president of New England Power Service 
Company, Mr. Brown is in an excellent position to com- 
ment on the transition to renewable sources from the elec- 
tric utility's standpoint. 

In shaping our national policy, we have to come to 
grips with three almost irrefutable facts. First, the days of 
abundant, low-cost energy are gone. Every alternative will 
be more costly in the future; some will be more practical 
than others. Second, the United States' continued depen- 
dence on OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting 
Countries, has become a no-win situation. In 1973, the oil 
embargo year, we imported 35 percent of our oil. Today 
we're importing 45 percent of our oil, at costs five times 
what they were in 1973. We're vulnerable to cartel price 
hikes and supply interruptions. Third, when it comes to 
base-load electric power generation, I see only three op- 
tions — coal, nuclear, or shortages. Alternatives simply 
cannot fit into the picture on base-load plants. They can 
be fuel savers in the intermediate range and they can fit 
in on peak. 

Coal has its own problems and will do well to carry 
the burden that's been placed on it. Nuclear energy, even 
with the present situation, is an imperative. The Three 
Mile Island incident is of great concern to us and to the 
industry. I can only hope that there's no rush to judgment 
as a result of Three Mile Island and that the industry and 
the regulatory bodies complete their assessment and eval- 
uation as fast and as competently as they can. We can 
learn from this event, and we will implement whatever 
comes out in forms of new procedures, revised equipment, 
or safeguards. Based upon what we know about the se- 
quence of events at Three Mile Island, we've already insti- 
tuted a review of all nuclear plants in New England in or- 
der to make certain that similar circumstances cannot 
and will not happen here. 

The remainder of my remarks will center on the New 
England energy situation and the alternatives for the fu- 
ture. Much of my data is derived from a study by the New 
England Energy Congress. The New England Congress was 
a group of 1 20 people of varied background from industry, 
academia, the trade unions, social agencies, environmental 
groups, etc., brought together under the auspices of New 
England Congressional Caucus and Tufts University. 

80 percent of its total energy requirements, compared to 
about 50 percent in the United States as a whole. We're 
extremely vulnerable to interruptions in supply in New 
England, and to price hikes, and we're seeing that almost 
week by week now. In terms of energy consumption, there 
isn't much difference between the United States as a 
whole and New England in terms of where this energy is 
used. Residential use accounts for about 26 percent in 
New England vs. 14 percent nationwide. (That's under- 
standable because of weather extremes in New England.) 
Transportation is about 25 percent vs. 23 percent; utilities 
use 24 percent vs. 26 percent. So as far as the distribution 
of energy resources and where it goes, there's a not great 
deal of difference between the United States and New 

12 /The W 'PI journal / Summer 1979 

The New England Energy Congress, in making a pro- 
jection, assumed that the growth in total energy in New 
England by the year 2000, would be about 1.5 percent per 
year. (Just to put this in perspective, the nationwide 
growth have been in the range of 3 to 4 percent histori- 
cally.) Putting everything in terms of millions of barrels of 
oil per day this means that whereas we're using about a 
million and a half barrels per day in New England now, by 
the year 2000, they say it should be slightly over 2 million 
barrels per day. If it grew at 2.5 percent, which I think is a 
reasonable assumption, it would be 2.6 million barrels per 
day. The difference between these two figures, the group 
says, will have to come about through conservation. But 
even so, we will use about 40 percent more than we do to- 

Where will it come from? Today, in terms of natural 
gas, coal and nuclear, we're using the equivalent of 
300,000 barrels per day. The forecast presented by this 
group assumes that, by the year 2000, this will about dou- 
ble to almost 600,000 barrels per day. This group assumed 
that actual usage of petroleum products in New England 
would decrease from 1.2 million barrels per day to about 1 
million, so in the year 2000 oil will account for about 50 
percent of the total, which is where the national average 
is today. The remainder, this group says, would be made 
up of alternatives. The alternatives, they project, will ac- 
count for about 500,000 barrels per day equivalent. That is 
about equal to the projection on nuclear, coal, and natural 
gas in the year 2000. Furthermore, this is based on the as- 
sumption of 1.5 percent growth, which we have not 
achieved over the last two years. 

If we do not, through conservation, keep the growth 
at 1.5 percent, and if the alternatives do not develop to 
the extent projected here, then we have to fall back on 
something else. And that must be either oil or coal or nu- 
clear. If growth is not kept down to 1.5 percent, then that 
lack of conservation will have to be made up through oil 
or nuclear or coal. This is the thesis I wish to pursue. 

Growth must be suppressed through conservation 
and alternatives must be encouraged to develop. Where 
do the alternatives come from? The New England Energy 
Congress sees the doubling of hydroelectric by the year 
2000. They see a 10 percent increase in wood-burning 
every year between now and the year 2000. They see 25 
percent of all new homes from now to 1985, and 50 per- 
cent thereafter, fitted with 1000 square feet of solar collec- 
tors. They see one-half of existing housing units retrofit- 
ted with solar water heaters. 

In terms of electric base-load generation through al- 
ternatives, my company sees alternative potential in only 
three areas. First, wood — we see the equivalent of 900 to 
1200 megawatts of electric capacity. How big is that? One 
of the Seabrook units is 1 150 megawatts. Solid waste - 
we see the potential for 300-500 megawatts. Hydro --we 
see an additional potential for 400-450 megawatts. All of 
these are much more costly than coal or nuclear alterna- 
tives. These numbers that I'm quoting are much less than 
half of those shown in the New England Energy Congress 

WE'RE KEENLY AWARE that it takes 12 to 14 years, 
under today's environment, to plan, design and build a 
coal-fired or a nuclear generating plant. This means that if 
a plant is going to be needed in 1 992 or 1 993, then we 
have to start planning for it today. So let's keep our op- 
tions open. Let's go ahead and push for the alternatives, 
develop wind, develop solar, develop wood. But let's not 
close our options today. In some quarters, the prevailing 
belief is that the development of alternative energy sour- 
ces is somehow in competition with the electric utilities 
(or that we think it's in competition with us). That's not 
true. We recognize the need to develop these alternatives, 
particularly our own New England native energy alterna- 
tives through renewable resources. We see these alterna- 
tives not as a threat but as a challenge and an opportunity 
to do something about a terrible situation. 

In closing I'd like to address one remark Dr. Murphy 
made. She suggested that it might be to everyone's oppor- 
tunity and advantage if, for the next major plant, utility 
companies could sit down with the environmental groups, 
the social groups, the regulatory groups, etc., and make a 
commitment with these interest groups. I would agree to 
making such a commitment on the basis that the con- 
struction and operating license for a plant would not be 
held up. We would agree to make a commitment in terms 
of millions of dollars for research and development in al- 
ternative sources. And I'll put that in writing. 

Summer 1979 /The WPl Journal/ 13 

Developing and 
marketing a new 

by Robert Mitchell 


a new, not-for-profit company. We are the agents of the 
Department of Energy to accelerate the commercialization 
of solar technology in the northeast (New England, New 
York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania). When we say solar, 
we're talking about the renewable energy resources that 
both Ms. Murphy and Mr. Brown talked about. We started 
out with the responsibility for domestic solar hot-water 
systems, passive solar heating in residences, and what 
have you. More recently the Department of Energy has 
added active solar space heating, small wind (below 200 
kilowatts), and woody biomass. And there is agricultural 
process heat and industrial process heat. 

Two things are very important to anyone who is con- 
sidering solar and indeed domestic solar hot water heating 
- the recently passed National Energy Act, and the tax 
credit and HUD grants that are available in states like 
Massachusetts. We like to talk about a 40 percent "dis- 
count" on solar hot water, that's made up of two elements. 
The average price for an installed hot water system is 
about $2,500. The HUD grant, for those systems that 
qualify (and most do), is $400; the federal tax credit 
amounts to an additional $620; and so the cost to the con- 
sumer is $1000 off the $2,500. This makes the domestic 
solar hot water system, at today's energy prices (particu- 
larly electric and heating oil prices in most of the areas of 
New England), quite viable. Some states in New England 
have additional tax credits. Vermont, for instance, has a 
tax credit that will reduce the cost to the consumer to 
something like $800. With an opportunity like that, in- 
deed there is every incentive to go the solar route. The 
technology is here, and the governments, federal and state, 
are providing the cash flow improvers that are so neces- 


our demands for energy in the United States were pretty 
straightforward and relatively low. And then, in the late 
1 930s, we became the arsenal of democracy. Our demands 
for energy grew exponentially. Of significance here is the 

way coal use fell off since 1920; from the 1930s on, our ex- 
traction and use of coal in the United States has remained 
pretty much at a level. 

So our growth in energy demand has been satisfied 
primarily by the use of liquid petroleum. It happens that 
domestic petroleum picked up most of that growth. How- 
ever, in the late 1960s that also leveled off. We started to 
use more imported petroleum. Of course we still had do- 
mestic natural gas. The input of imported natural gas, 
geohydro, and nuclear energy were relatively insignificant. 

Let's look just at petroleum itself. Up until the middle 
1940s, the United States was a net exporter of petroleum. 
That shifted, and we started to import a little bit; but we 
did not quite concern ourselves, because our production 
continued to grow. And when production from our own 
wells leveled off somewhat, importation of oil continued 
to grow. But we still didn't worry, because our finds of do- 
mestic oil, our proven reserves, grew as our production 

But then in the late 1960s things changed. We started 
to draw down our proven reserves faster than we were 
finding new ones. At that same time our demand for oil 
continued to grow, and we relied more and more heavily 
on the foreign market. 

By 1973 we were importing a considerable quantity of 
oil, something like 37 percent. So our proven reserves fell 
off, our production fell off, and even during this period of 
national recession (1974-75), we imported more oil, both 
volumetrically and as a percentage. Our oil use continues 
to go up. Our production continues to go down, except for 
Alaska. Next year, when we have the statistics, you'll see a 
little blip in the charts for Alaska, but the proven reserves 
continue to go down, as does production. It's a very dismal 

As we look at sources for this oil, the picture be- 
comes even worse. Our imports in 1973 were 35 percent; 
in 1976, 43 percent. The current level is almost 50 per- 
cent. This is especially significant because we used about 
the same amount of petroleum in 1976 as in 1973. So we 
had to import more. Let's find out source of this supply. 
From 1973 to 1976, Venezuela and Canada, our friends to 
the south and to the north, greatly reduced their exports 
to the United States. In fact, Canada's stated policy is that 
by mid- 1980 they will be exporting a net of no petroleum 
to the United States. Venezuela has deliberately cut back 
its own production. 

So we had to make up both the increased quantity of 
imports and the shortfall in imports from Venezuela and 
Canada. This was made up by increases from Libya, Iran, 
Algeria, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. So our en- 
ergy crisis is really an oil crisis, and the actions that we 
must take should be directed toward reducing our depen- 
dence, or at least controlling our dependence, upon foreign 

In New England, 80 percent of the energy we use is 
satisfied by oil, and 79 percent of that comes from im- 
ports, either indirectly through refineries outside New En- 
gland or directly through product import. The biggest ele- 

14 /The WPl Journal / Summer 1979 

ment in this import is residual oil, which is used to gener- 
ate over half of our electricity and to drive industry. Some 
92 percent of that oil which generates electricity comes 
from foreign sources. So our cost of electricity in New En- 
gland is extremely sensitive to the oil that we get from 
the world market. 

Our problem in the United States is basically twofold. 
We use too much of what we have the least of, and we use 
too little of what we have the most of. If we look just at 
fossil fuels, we'll see that coal represents over 90 percent 
of the proven reserves of fossil fuels; and yet we use coal 
to satisfy only 18 percent of energy demands. Oil and nat- 
ural gas represent less than 10 percent of our proven fossil 
fuel reserves; and yet we use those two in combination to 
satisfy over three-fourths of our energy demands. This is 
why we have the problem. 

New England's problem is more severe than the 
United States' problem. We rely upon petroleum to satisfy 
80 percent of our energy demand, plus another 8 percent 
from natural gas, which brings our total up to 88 percent, 
against a national average of around 75 percent, made up 
from about 50 percent oil and the rest natural gas. That 
natural gas in the United States is used primarily to gener- 
ate electricity and to power industry. In the national en- 
ergy act, these uses of natural gas will be eliminated by 
the year 1990. 

Of significance also to the New England region is our 
mix in the generation of electricity. In 1976 about 57 per- 
cent of our electricity was generated from oil — and oil is 
the most expensive energy available to us for that pur- 
pose. The figure for the whole United States is only 16 
percent. The United States uses a lot of coal, and this is 
going to grow and grow. Over one-third of the electricity 
generated and consumed in New England comes from nu- 
clear power. The cost of that nuclear power at the distri- 
bution point is just a little more than half the cost of the 
electricity generated from oil. So when we're looking at al- 
ternatives and actions, we must look very carefully at the 
cost impact of those actions when we compare the United 
States and New England. We use very little coal here, so 

Mr. Robert Mitchell is manager of the communications 
division of the Northeast Solar Energy Center. Mr. 
Mitchell's responsibilities at the Solar Energy Center in- 
clude coordinating all programs and projects in the north- 
east region for public information, solar education, solar 
information service, and the technical information library. 
Prior to joining the Solar Energy Center, Mr. Mitchell 
served for four years as the New England Regional Ad- 
ministrator of the Federal Energy Administration. Before 
that he was energy advisor to the governor of New 
Hampshire and chairman of the New England Energy Task 
Force. The Task Force was organized in 1975 and com- 
posed of federal, state, and private sector officials. Its pur- 
pose was to assist in improving New England's poor en- 
ergy posture and to aid in the planning, programming, and 
implementing of actions designed to accomplish regional 
energy goals. Mr. Mitchell was also the chairman of the 
New England Federal Regional Council from 1976 to 1977. 

we have no real basis for cost comparisons. But natural 
gas in New England costs us twice as much as the average 
national cost per unit. That is because we're at the end of 
the pipeline, and also because we inject a lot of synthetics 
into our gas system. 

Petroleum costs us about as much as it does the rest 
of the United States. Because of the amount of electricity 
we generate from oil and the high cost of that oil, electric- 
ity costs us about 45 percent more than the national aver- 
age. As a result, our total energy bill for a given unit size 
is about 23 percent higher than the United States average. 

to correct this situation. We cannot merely snap our fin- 
gers. There are a number of alternatives. The first is con- 
servation. For a report prepared in 1975, the six states of 
New England worked together with their planning offices, 
their environmental offices, their energy offices; worked 
with industry, with the utilities, and with the federal en- 
ergy administration; all working together with the New 
England Regional Commission acting as the secretariat. 
Each state identified actions that it could take. These 
were carefully examined and adjusted to ensure they were 
realistic, not overstatements and not understatements. 
The overall effect of these various feasible actions was 
that, by 1985, conservation — improved energy manage 
ment without deprivation — could save New England 
consumers almost 100,000 million barrels of oil a year. 

The second option is alternate energy sources. We see 
40,000 million barrels here. A good portion of that could 
be use of wood, hydro, reclamation of solid wastes, and in- 
deed direct solar. Direct solar looks very small in the total 
picture, but it's significant. It's the equivalent of solar re- 
trofit in 200,000 homes in New England, and there are 
now less than 2,000 homes retrofitted with solar. This 
alone represents 1.5 million barrels. What we had hoped 
was that, during this short time period, we would have the 
200,000 homes, but by the end of this period the rate of 
growth would be phenomenal. By the year 2000 we could 
have 12 or 15 percent input by solar. But we've got to take 
that first real step. We haven't done it yet. There is not a 
total commitment. We probably will accomplish 50 per- 
cent of these projections. 

We look at high coal usage, and about 40 percent of 
this will be accomplished, thanks to Dr. Murphy and to 
New England Electric too. Six nuclear plants could have 
been brought on stream by 1985 in addition to the seven 
that we have now. But, the way things are going, I doubt 
we'll have more than one, maybe not even that, on line by 

The outlook for Massachusetts is not a good one for 
controlling and reducing use of petroleum. And, I repeat, 
our energy crisis is an oil crisis. We are too dependent 
upon the Arab OPEC nations. We do not have the luxury 
of selecting options at this point. We have got to work on 
every front. Not only must we develop the alternative en- 
ergy sources oroperly, bringing them into play, including 
conservation; we must also enhance our current electrical 
generating capabilities by increased coal use. 

.Summer 1979 /The WP1 Journal/ 15 

Questions and 
some answers. 

QUESTION: Ms. Murphy, have you 
talked with the Clamshell Alliance 
about your proposal? They seem to 
have more access to making things 
public than Mr. Brown does. I wasn't 
aware of almost everything Mr. 
Brown said. 

MS. MURPHY: I'm not sure Mr. Brown and I are to- 
gether on it yet. My proposal was hundreds of millions of 
dollars; his statement was millions. I'm not putting that in 
an antagonistic way but I don't think it's going to be just a 
happy little fest of all sitting down together. I think the 
public interest groups really have to push on a company 
like New England Power. It is exploring some alternatives 
already. It has the potential and the feasibility for doing 
them. It is probably one of the most progressive utility 
companies in New England right now, and it's headed in 
the way we want, but the real issue for us is to push much 
harder, to get there faster with more money behind the ef- 
fort. I haven't talked with the Clamshell Alliance about 
this. I'm still waiting to make sure that indeed the hun- 
dreds of millions of dollars might be behind it, not just the 

QUESTION: In pursuing that ques- 
tion a little bit, isn't there a problem 
here with respect to the responsibil- 
ity of the utilities to provide energy 
at the least possible cost and their lia- 
bility if they don't do that? Isn't some 
kind of restructuring needed here to 
allow them to make that kind of a 
deal, even though it's going to cost us 
more, at least temporarily, as their 

16 /The WP1 journal / Summer 1919 

MR. BROWN: That's why I said millions and not hun- 
dreds of millions. Let me just put our company in perspec- 
tive. Our total revenues are around $800 million a year, 
over all of New England. Our budget for all research and 
development is currently around $4 to 4.5 million per 
year; and that's the budget as approved by the Federal 
Power Commission. I'm not free to make a commitment 
in excess of what we have already received approval for. 
However, we do have discretion over where that money 
goes. When we talk about hundreds of millions of dollars, 
I feel there's clearly a role for the federal government here. 
The company can't put a hundred million dollars a year, 
or even a hundred million dollars a decade, into this un- 
less there is some restructuring. 

MS. MURPHY: I want to pick up on that for a minute. 
In the process of trying to think this through for today 
one of the things that became clear to me was that, when 
we talk about energy, we have to listen to two different di- 
alogues going on at the same time. One is the dialogue 
about the energy problems and crises right now — oil de- 
pendence and all that. The other one is about the future. 
When we talk of $800 million of operating revenues, and 
then think about $4 million of R&D money going toward 
new things, we see clearly the mismatch, the imbalance 
between the two. Even in the dialogue here today, we 
come back to talk mostly about oil, mostly about the ex- 
isting situation. Our current vulnerability drives so much 
of the public and federal attention to the existing situa- 
tion. But there's nowhere near a balance, nowhere near the 
same kind of time, much less money, being put into the 
necessary shift toward the future. And that's why I think 
the transition, if we're going to make it, has got to be 
pushed in a much harder way. It may be that we need a 
different legal structure for doing it, but I still think the 
utility companies must play an absolutely essential role 
in effecting that transition. They have the money to do it 
if we can provide some means for making those substan- 
tial financial readjustments now. 

MR. BROWN: I'd like to respond by saying we don't 
make money just for the sake of making money. Every- 
thing is based upon a cost of service and is based upon an 
approved rate structure. We can't make money out of thir 
air. It has to come from some place — either from inves- 
tors putting money into the business or from customers 
paying for electricity received. I just want to be sure ev- 
eryone understands we can't print money. 


cial Science & Policy Studies): Mr. 
Brown, my conception of the regula- 
tory process is that you'd have to get 
approval from the Public Utility 
Commission in this state to include, 
for instance, a massive increase in 
your research budget among those 
operating expenses that are taken 
into account in establishing rates. Is 
that correct? 


And if so, what is your expectation 
about their likely attitude toward a 
request for, say, $100 million in re- 
search funds? 

MR. BROWN: I'm glad you raised that question because 
a distinction has to be made between state regulatory bo- 
dies and the federal regulatory bodies. New England Power 
Company is regulated by the Federal Power Commission 
and I think they'd be much more amenable to a heavier re- 
search and development program than a state regulatory 
body. Whether we like it or not, a state regulatory body is 
more politicized than the federal. They're closer to the 
consumers; they get more pressure from the consumers. 
But, because we operate in more than one state, we are re- 
gulated by the Federal Power Commission; our retail com- 
panies are regulated by the state commissions. I think the 
federal commission would be much more agreeable. 

QUESTION: It seems to me another 
route for making transition, besides 
this bargaining pressure, is to create 
incentives for the utility. Is the util- 
ity at the present time very favorably 
disposed to load management and 
other conservation technologies? If 
so, what does it consider its financial 
incentive? If not, what would you 
need, what kinds of financial incen- 
tives, to take an interest in conserva- 

MR. BROWN: One kilowatt of new capacity today 
costs around $1,000. One kilowatt out of a peak of 3 mil- 
lion kilowatts. If we can avoid having this peak demand 
increase, or we can reduce this peak, then we save an in- 
vestment of $ 1,000 for every kilowatt. Now that's one 
whale of an incentive. 

QUESTION: Ms. Murphy said that, 
because of the inaction of the federal 
and state government organizations 
in effecting the transition, we really 
have to do it ourselves. To me this 
means letting the private sector do it, 
and I agree. I think we have to do it 
ourselves. My question involves the 
problem of how we do it ourselves 
when, in fact, the federal and state 
governments collect our money and 
create the policies and the tax incen- 
tives and the subsidies involved in 
this whole issue? How do we do it 
ourselves when they have so much 
control and can really stop us from 
doing it? 

MS. MURPHY: I think two things have to happen. I be- 
lieve there can be the kind of public pressure, public inter- 
est group pressure on utility companies to make that tran- 
sition happen faster. I also think, in doing it ourselves, 
that the general public and even some of the industries 
have to go back to the state and the federal governments 
and tell them that they've got to get more serious about 
this. Because when a coalition of utility companies and 
consumer interest groups and environmentalists can walk 
into the state or federal government and say, "we've got to 
have some changes here," then things will start to happen. 
But it'll take a fair amount of organizing. We've lost a lot 
of years, and the federal government continues to invest 
heavily in the existing system. It's going to continue in 
that direction unless coalitions of public interest groups 
and the utility industries can get together and face gov- 
ernment. Then we may have a very powerful political 
force. I can't see any other way. 

QUESTION: Why is that an incen- 
tive? Don't you recover that invest- 
ment from the rate base? 

MR. BROWN: I wish we did. 

QUESTION: What happens? Could 
you describe what actually happens? 

MR. BROWN: It's more and more difficult to raise 
money on the open stock market. Look at our stock. Peo- 
ple think we're really making a killing. And yet, if we have 
to raise money in the market today to provide that addi- 
tional kilowatt, we have to sell our stock below book 
value. That's a real incentive to conserve. 

PROF. WOODS: Let me phrase the 
question a little differently. Do you 
expect that your stock will continue 
to sell below book for the indefinite 
future, that you're always going to 
have trouble getting a decent rate of 
return on funds invested in new 
plants, that you'll never want to re- 
turn to the days when utilities were 
always anxious to expand their rate 

MR. BROWN: I'd like to see our stock selling above 
book, because that benefits everyone, not just our inves- 
tors but our customers as well. That's a fact. Do I think I'll 
see the day when it will sell above book? Yes. We're recov- 
ering from a series of crises, not of our own making and I 
think it will sell above book. But when it gets above book, 
will we want to go back to build, build, build? No. Because 
regulatory commissions today are not permitting a return 
that's adequate on this costly plant so I don't see us going 
back to a go-go mode and doing a lot more building. 

QUESTION: If you had very strong 
conservation, do you think the effect 
would be good for the company 

MR. BROWN: Yes. And that's an interesting point. 
Right now we have a 38 percent capacity reserve. This is 
used to criticize us. The reason for that reserve is that, in 
1973 and 1974, we had four large units come into service 
in anticipation of continuing growth. Well, the growth 
didn't continue; it dropped off. So we have a 38 percent re- 
serve capacity. If we grew at 4 or 5 percent a year, that re- 
serve would only last us 5 years and we'd have to go right 
back into raising money again. I'd like to see conservation 
take hold so that capacity will last us ten years . . . and by 
that time I might be ready to retire. That's as good a rea- 
son as I can think of. 

QUESTION: Mr. Brown, could you 
tell me where spent fuel for the nu- 
clear power plants goes, and what is 
your corporate responsibility for that 

MR. BROWN: Right now it's being stored at the site. 
There are no reprocessing or waste disposal facilities be- 
cause of national energy policies. The latest date I've seen 
published, and this keeps getting pushed further and fur- 
ther into the future, is that by the late 1980s a decision 
will be made on waste disposal. Now, this is a federal pol- 
icy position. I think they could make up their minds to- 
day if they really wanted to make a political decision. But 
I don't believe that there's any senator who is willing to 
stand up and say "OK, put it in my state." 

QUESTION: Would the economic 
feasibility of nuclear power be altered 
if the companies were responsible for 
the reprocessing and rendering safe of 
nuclear wastes from their own power 
plants? Right now, there's an open 
loop. The nuclear waste is being 
stored; it's not being dealt with physi- 
cally. If the cost of reprocessing or 
safe permanent storage were born by 
power plants, what would then be the 
relative cost of electricity from a nu- 
clear power plant vs. oil or coal or our 
other alternatives? 

MR. BROWN: It would be cheaper still. There's an aw- 
ful lot of potential energy still contained in the fuel rods 
that are not being reprocessed today. If reprocessing were 
to take place, there would be a net savings. There's an aw- 
ful lot of money sitting in that spent fuel. In terms of 
waste, I think that's a technical problem that's already 
been solved. Certainly there are long-term wastes, but 

18 /The WP1 Journal / Summer 1979 

they can be rendered safe through ceramicizing and stor- 
age in salt domes. 

I'd like to point out why we can't make the decision 
in this country. France has recently announced they are 
going nuclear. They are installing reprocessing and waste 
disposal facilities. West Germany just had a hearing, 
which lasted several weeks, on a complete reprocessing 
and waste disposal back-end system for nuclear, because 
they've made up their mind that they're not going to be 
importing oil. If they can do it, I submit that this country 
can. I think it's a political problem more than a technical 

QUESTION: It's my personal belief 
that the established utility industry 
will not be able to convert to alterna- 
tive energy sources because they 
have a commitment to centralized 
power. What would you think of the 
concept of distributing energy man- 
agement to the end user? Say you sold 
an appliance that would control load 
at the user, switching between sev- 
eral sources of power like solar, elec- 
tricity, solar water heat, a nearby ther- 
mal or geothermal source, or some- 
thing like this. The electronics would 
match the source of power with the 
least. I find it hard to believe the 
mass centralized power source is the 
least expensive. 

MR. BROWN: OK, let me try to answer that. First of all, 
I think we've reached the peak size of generating units. I 
think the future — 10 or 20 years from now — is going to 
see smaller and smaller units, particularly as we can get 
into other technologies, whether they be fuel cells or pho- 
tovoltaic or solar or what have you. But as long as the cus- 
tomer has to be supplied by wire, I don't really see any 
purpose to the end user choosing whether he's supplied by 
solar-generated electricity, or solar-thermal, or photovol- 
taic. Electricity today comes from gas, coal, oil, nuclear, 
etc. and you don't notice the difference. I think well go to 
more decentralized plants, smaller plants, and use alterna- 
tives where possible. But I don't really see that the end 
user is going to determine how it's generated, unless he 
generates it himself. 

QUESTION: All the solar energy 
discussions that Ive heard, including 
your own, talk about the use of solar 
panels for residences. Are there any 
realistic ways to use solar energy in 

MR. MITCHELL: One of the technologies we are in- 
terested in, one the Department of Energy has instructed 
us to develop, concerns industrial processes and agricul- 

tural processes where solar energy can make significant 
heat inputs and displace the need for oil. We are working 
on that. But we don't have an actual measurement at our 
fingertips as to what that potential is. We are developing 
it, and we are working with industry in that context. It is 
real, and any Btu that we as a community can save is a 
unit of petroleum that we do not have to import. That's 
important, particularly when you consider that oil now is 
at just about $20 a barrel. By 1985 it will be at least $45 a 
barrel. And so with each passing day, as this incremental 
cost continues to increase, there is a larger incentive, both 
short-term and longer-term, to maximize a fixed cost that 
would supply, from there on in, free energy. That's exactly 
what we're pushing. It is there and it is real. 

QUESTION: Where is the capital to 
come from . . . industry? 

MR. MITCHELL: Government has a real problem, be- 
cause they have got to improve cash flow. They've got to 
provide the incentives which will persuade the consumer 
(whether it's the home owner, such as ourselves, or the 
commercial venture or the business venture, anyone that 
uses energy now) to invest in solar. As it is now, there are 
very few people who can put down $2,500 for a solar sys- 
tem. That's why government has instituted the income- 
tax credit. That's why the Department of Housing and Ur- 
ban Development has instituted the grant process, and it's 
why local and state governments are putting in abatement 
procedures that will provide relief from property tax for 
fixed periods of time, maybe five years, maybe seven 
years. It is why states like California and Vermont have 
put in sizable income tax credits. California, for instance, 
has an objective of 50,000 household units this year. 
That's pretty big. But once you can get this going, once 
you can get the old wheel rolling, it will really take off. 

Our job is to accelerate the commercialization of so- 
lar, not taking anyone's place but working with all the in- 
stitutions that exist, we want to see a new technology suc- 
cessfully introduced into the marketplace in six to ten 
years instead of the twenty-five to thirty-five years it 
would normally take. Nothing like this has ever been 
tried before. This is deliberately putting someone between 
the consumer and government. It is government putting 
money into something that would stimulate demand real- 
istically. And government is doing it for the consumer. So, 
to answer your question, there are distinct opportunities, 
distinct applications. Some of them still have to be identi- 
fied, but we want to work very closely with industry, with 
commerce, and with labor in order to get these things 
identified and get the applications in place. 

Then, secondly, that's only meet- 
ing one part of the overall energy 
need. How does this renewable re- 
sources scenario speak to the trans- 
portation sector, which accounts for 
25 percent of our energy consump- 

MS. MURPHY: First, I don't think in the near future, 
even after the year 2000, we're going to see a substantial 
contribution to the base-load capacity through alternative 
energy sources, through renewable resources. What I'm 
trying to focus on is that there is a translation from action 
into research, and that's not good enough. There are a lot 
of technologies on the shelf right now. California can talk 
about 50,000 homes while we have 100 — that's ridicu- 
lous. We ought to be looking far more aggressively at the 
installation of the technologies that are on the shelf right 
now to help us through this period of time. We should be 
doing it not as research and demonstration but picking 
the stuff up off the shelf and getting it installed. We may 
look to R&D for some major technological breakthroughs 
on base-load capacity, but I'm really focusing renewable re- 
sources on the intermediate and the peak-load capacity, so 
that we aren't assuming we will continue to rely on coal, 
oil, and nuclear, even for most of the intermediate capac- 

Regarding the call for action around coal, yes. We've 
debated the coal/nuclear issue now for years, particularly 
in New England. And while we may differ on pro-coal or 
pro-nuclear, we are hurting ourselves more than anyone 
else by not going one way or the other. Instead we con- 
tinue the debate ad nauseum, a matter I really think is go- 
ing to stalemate. There does need to be a regional or na- 
tional decision on that. And the more that we can force 
that decision to happen, then I think we will finally get 
on with the job. 

On transportation, to the extent that we can use re- 
newable resources for providing some parts of the energy 
needs in any sectors, that will provide more energy capac- 
ity for transportation. We'll really be hard-pressed to use 
solar technologies for transportation, so let's be practical 
about where we can apply them. If they're not applicable 
in transportation, at least they clearly are usable right 
now in some of our home heating, commercial, retail, and 
industrial uses of energy, and so we ought to focus on 
those first. But we have to stop the translation into re- 
search and development and begin to talk in terms of the 
technologies that are already on the shelf. 


The only real option I see to 
meet the major load is coal. When I 
hear solar, that's peak-load usage. So 
my question: isn't the call for action 
really a call to change the national 
policy on coal? And this is not a re- 
gional issue. 

Summer 1919 /The WPl journal/ 19 

Kay Wear Draper — 
WPI's own talkin' woman 

"SPEECHES ARE LIKE BABIES — easy to conceive, 
hard to deliver/' says Kay Wear Draper, mother of six and 
an English lecturer at WPI. 

This outgoing, vibrant woman, who was Massachu- 
setts Mother of the Year in 1978, believes that humor be- 
longs in the classroom as well as in the living room. "It 
holds the attention of the students," she explains. "It tells 
them that you're with them. That you love them. That 
you truly want to help them." 

Currently Kay teaches public speaking to undergradu- 
ates and to students in evening continuing education 
classes at WPI. She also teaches English as a second lan- 
guage. She smiles at the thought of the latter. "Would you 
believe that I don't speak fluently any language other than 
English, and that I'm not even a certified teacher?' Then 
how was she able to find her present teaching post: Kay 
Draper laughs. "I didn't find it. It found me." 

ON A BLISTERING July afternoon in 1973, Mrs. James 
B. Draper, Jr., wife of the Headmaster of the former Shep- 
herd Knapp School in Boylston, was running what she 
terms "the world's largest barn sale" on the school grounds. 
"The last thing on my mind was a job," she confides. "I was 
the busy wife of a headmaster and the mother of six chil- 
dren. I hadn't worked since 1949. But I had written a book 

At the height of the barn sale, Kay received a phone 
call from Prof. Charles Heventhal of the WPI English De- 
partment. We'd like you to be our guest at lunch," he said. 
"We have a teaching post open, and we'd like to talk about 
it with you." 

"I'm not a teacher," Kay informed him. "I know," 
Heventhal went on. "But I read your book, How to 
produce plays without crying. I liked it. I'm sure you have 
the type of teaching ability that we're looking for." 

How to produce plays without crying is a popular 
book covering every aspect of the production of children's 
plays. It is full of detailed information and laced with Dra- 
per wit. On page 48 it even reminds the amateur producer 
not to forget to "detach the ruby from the slave girl's 
navel" at the end of the play! 

Kay decided to attend the WPI luncheon meeting. In 
remembering, she again blossoms forth with that ready 
smile of hers. "We'd lived in Boylston for years," she says, 
"but I still had to look up the location of WPI on the 
Worcester street map. That should give you some idea of 
how hectic things had become out in Boylston." 

The luncheon with Prof. Heventhal, Dean Bernard 
Brown, and former dean Kenneth Nourse was a success. 
"Of course, Mrs. Draper, you can teach!" She was, after all, 
a Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in drama and English from 
Oberlin College, and she'd worked on her master's in 
drama at Northwestern University's School of Speech. Be- 
fore her marriage, she had worked as a writer and an- 
nouncer at various radio stations in Florida, Kansas, and Il- 
linois. She'd been a freelance actress, director, and pro- 
ducer in Illinois, Germany (with the American Red Cross 
Clubs), Massachusetts, and Maine. She had directed 
dozens of student shows. After her marriage to a para- 
trooper sergeant, she'd briefly taught English at Brunswick 
(Maine) High School. Of course Mrs. Draper could teach 
— communications. 

Back in Boylston, Kay's husband, Jim, a renowned 
gourmet cook and dedicated father, backed his wife's new 
aspirations to the hilt. The children were practically 
grown up. Everything would be in control on the home 
front. Kay should definitely not pass up the teaching op- 

"THE FIRST THING I DID was to read everything I 
could get my hands on about communications," she says. 
"Then I taught my first class. I loved it." 

Among Kay's early classes were many with foreign 
students. Those from Kuwait generally had trouble with 
pronouncing their "Fs." Kay made use of the old dramatic 
trick of puffing feathers into the air and blowing out can- 
dle flames while strongly shaping the "V" sound. "One stu- 
dent, in particular, caught on very fast," Kay recalls. "He 
got so that he could pronounce all of his 'Ps' perfectly. 
And he had a terrific sense of humor. After the final ex- 
ams had been graded, he appeared at my door bearing a 
gift. Thank you for everything,' he said. He handed me a 
box. Berfume from Bersia,' he laughed and fled." 

20 /The WPI Journal / Summer 1979 

Weekly student trips to such places as Sturbridge Vil- 
lage and the Higgins Armory forced Kay to use her bat- 
tery of dramatic skills, since she was unable to converse 
in the native languages of the students from Kuwait and 

"Along the way, I acted out, charade style, things such 
as fence, horse, house — anything we could see out of the 
bus window. It was especially difficult at the Armory," she 
continues. "It was relatively easy for me to portray a joust- 
ing scene, but how do you adequately act out honor and 
chivalry"? It is a credit to both teacher and students that 
they ultimately understood one another very well. 

One of Kay's techniques was to ask each of her for- 
eign students to bring in to class a new English word, one 
he did not clearly understand. Kay, through dramatic pre- 
sentation and simple discussion, would then try to ex- 
plain the meaning of the word. 

"One day my good intentions backfired a bit," she re- 
ports. "The unknown word was beach. Immediately I 
fashioned a little playlet concerning waves, sand, tides, 
and sea shells. Most of the class caught on right away, but 
the student who'd offered the word in the first place 
looked more perplexed than ever. I asked him what was 
troubling him. 

'Well, Mrs. Draper,' he began, 'I still don't understand 
the word beach.' I asked him how he'd heard it used. 

'Somebody called me a son of a beach.'" 

Kay Draper, the daughter of two missionaries, quickly 
launched into a 15-minute, off-the-cuff speech about 
Anglo-Saxonisms. By the end of the class, the meaning of 
most four (and five) letter English words had been made 
perfectly clear. 

"Not my usual vocabulary," Kay admits. "But as stu- 
dents in this country, they had a right to know words that 
are commonly used on college campuses here, good /or 
bad! And, believe it or not, the class seemed to appreciate 
my sweating out the explanations." 

At the beginning of her work with newly arrived 
Venezuelans, Kay told her students that only English 
words should be spoken in her classroom. "If you don't 
speak it, you won't learn it," she warned them. She sped up 
their learning by playing "Simon Says" and singing songs 
in English. If she caught anyone speaking in his native 
tongue, she stood him in a corner. 

"The foreign students found this 'punishment' utterly 
hilarious," she confesses. "And they didn't hesitate for one 
moment to turn the tables on me. On the final day of one 
course, I said farewell to my Spanish-speaking students by 
saying 'Vayan con Dios.' They laughed and headed me to- 
ward a corner." 

Because there have been so many foreign students 
eager to learn English, Kay has been aided by two master 
tutors, Mrs. Elisabeth Rubin and Mrs. Mary Jane O'Neil of 
the Writing Resources Center at WPI. "They are abso- 
lutely wonderful," she says with enthusiasm. "Not only do 
they help the students with their grammar and enuncia- 
tion, they also get so involved with them that they often 
invite the students to their homes and take them along 
on family trips." (It is not without reason that the students 

call Kay, Elisabeth, and Mary lane their "American 

KAY ALSO TEACHES the art of speech-making, and 
has prepared a booklet to help students plan and present 
oral reports (usually required in connection with project 
work). The booklet discusses how to prepare for an oral 
presentation, ways of delivering a talk, pointers on speak- 
ing, and suggestions for using visual aids. The informa- 
tion, although it is in outline form, contains valuable 
hints and, as always, an injection of humor. At one point, 
Kay reminds the shaky prospective speaker that "the time 
given you (to speak) will probably be brief. Thank 

In her book-length blueprint on speech-making, Speak 
Easy, Kay covers virtually every facet of the subject, in- 
cluding mini-exercises to relieve tension and stage fright. 
Commenting on the proper presentation of an after dinner 
speech, Kay notes, "Like peppermints, you should be wel- 
come after dinner." She believes that one's energy should 
be aimed at getting the message across most effectively, in 
the shortest possible time, and with the least amount of 
effort. Of long-winded, off-the-mark speeches, she says: 
"Speeches are like steer horns — a point here, a point 
there, and a lot of bull in between." 

Once students are caught up in Kay's enthusiasm, 
they learn quickly how to prepare and present acceptable, 
even enjoyable, speeches. "The tape machine plays a big 
part in the learning process," Kay explains. "The very first 

Summer 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 21 

day I insist that my students stand up and be videotaped 
giving a speech. Seven weeks later, after a series of subse- 
quent tapings, they are usually astonished to see how far 
they have progressed. Kay grins. "At least they won't fall 
apart years from now when they have to give a fund- 
raising speech for the hospital. And, hopefully, what 
they've learned may also help them further their careers." 
Kay strongly believes that the average engineering stu- 
dent, American or international, should be able to com- 
municate his or her ideas effectively by graduation day. 

NOW THAT SHE'S BEEN AT IT for six years, what 
does her husband think of her teaching? "Jim has been 
supportive all along," Kay replies. "Sometimes he thinks 
I'm away from home a lot, especially when I have evening 
classes or conferences and must stay overnight in Worces- 
ter. The fact that he is an eternal optimist and can handle 
anything that comes up at home (not only does he cook, 
he also hooks rugs!) has been a plus. Jim enjoys his work, 
too. He is a teacher-coach at the Lawrence Academy in 
Groton, Massachusetts, where he was recently named 
Dean of the Faculty." 

And the children? "Since they range in age from 18 to 
30, they aren't children any longer," she says. "They were 
used to my being involved in church and community 
work while they were growing up. My post at WPI was 
just another involvement to them. They approve of my ca- 
reer. As a matter of fact, Susan Kanya Draper, my 
daughter-in-law and the mother of two of our grand- 
children, used to be Dean Grogan's secretary. So you can 
see that WPI is very much a family affair." 

Getting back to families and mothering, Kay chuck- 
les about the events leading up to her being named Massa- 
chusetts Mother of the Year in 1978. "When West Con- 
cord Union Church nominated me for the state honor last 
year, I had never heard of the American Mothers' Commit- 
tee, which sponsors the annual national search. Actually, 
my first reaction was, What about my dog, Penny? She's 
taken care of her pups sometimes better than I've taken 
care of my own kids. I don't even cook! Nevertheless, I did 
accept the candidacy, and I was chosen." 

Former Governor Michael Dukakis presented the 
award to Kay at Regis College in March of last year. In 
May she went to Des Moines, Iowa, for the national con- 
vention. Out of the 51 state mothers in the competition, 
Kay won one of the top five awards, her category — com- 
munications. Since then, Kay Draper has been elected 
president of the Massachusetts Mothers Association. 

In order to qualify for Massachusetts Mother of the 
Year, Kay had to be, first, a successful mother. Okay. Kay 
talks lovingly of her six children and three grandchildren, 
describing her kids as strong and ambitious. Their talents 
range from restaurant consultant to nurse, and they live 
across the country, from New Hampshire to California. "I 
haven't always liked them," Kay comments, "but I've al- 
ways loved them. I would often look at rainbows with 
them instead of doing the dishes. Before going to sleep at 
night, I'd encourage them to think about the happiest mo- 
ment of their day. My 'goodnight' words to them were al- 
ways, 'See you in the morning.'" Those are the words she'd 
like to have inscribed on her tombstone. 

A Mother of the Year candidate must also be an ac- 
tive member of a religious body, exemplify the Golden 
Rule in her life, be involved in civic affairs, and do general 
volunteer work. She must be an all-around "doer," accord- 
ing to Kay, and be able to give speeches and interviews. 
"And when she is talking about the moral structure of the 
family to the public, she has to be specific, because family 
solidarity is what the American Mothers Committee em- 

KAY DRAPER, who was born in China the daughter of 
Christian missionaries, carries with her a quality of ra- 
diant living and pure unadulterated joy and energy that is 
hard to miss. "If I have energy, it is God's strength being 
channeled through me. I welcome His light and love. I try 
to get the selfish 'me' out of the way and leave myself 
open to His will." 

An optimist like her husband, Kay prefers to concen- 
trate on the 'glowing' aspects of life and side-step the bad. 
"I try not to pack my subconscious with garbage like por- 
nography. I firmly believe that a hopeful attitude can 
change your life, and that there is goodness in everyone." 

22 /The WPI Journal /Summer 1919 


Reiiniuniunion 1979 

.Summer 1979 /The WPl Journal / 23 

When you are out 50 years . . . 

"What is so rare as a day in June?" 

Poet James Russell Lowell has 
his answer. "Three days — when 
they're your 50th class reunion." 

The WPI Class of 1929 turned 
that up last June 7, 8, and 9. The 
event was a lifetime coming, and it 
flitted by ever so softly and was gone 
before anyone could become accus- 
tomed to it. 

There was that anticipation of 
Thursday afternoon at the Sheraton- 
Lincoln Inn and the crowded hospi- 
tality room, too small to contain the 
shouts of joy that spilled into corri- 
dors when old friends met and tried 
to identify. For some it was the first 
time back since the class had fanned 
out from Boynton Hill to take on the 

Fate had answered them with the 
doom of financial ruin on Wall Street 
and the Depression of the 30s. Ah, it 
was but the first hurdle in a lifelong 
steeplechase. And then, the war that 
engulfed everyone in '42 and scarred 
the world. 

But no time for that, or Korea, 
Watergate, or Viet Nam. This was 
THE DAY. Start the "whoopee," so 
long contained, often repressed. 

As the bus filled rapidly, every- 
one tried to talk at once to span the 
intervening years. There was so 
much to say. So little time to say it 
before the rip tide of reunion swept 
all into President and Mrs. Cranch's 
reception at Jeppson House. What a 
welcome. What a cocktail party. En- 
joy. Enjoy. 

Then on to Higgins House for 
dinner. Roast prime rib of beef and all 
the fixin's in the splendor of the 
Great Hall. For whom? '29, '29, '29! 
The "new" president and his wife 
were charmers, and '29 was their first 
50-year class to return to Tech. They 
took special delight in the joy of each 
50-year diplomate (some of whom 
were receiving a WPI diploma for the 
first time). 

The "glow" lasted all the way 
back by bus to the Sheraton-Lincoln, 
where the tired ones split and the 
younger at heart began talk-fests that 
ill prepared them for the morrow. 

Registration began Friday morn- 
ing in the Wedge, then campus 
viewing of all the changes in 50 
years, especially that new old build- 
ing, Boynton Hall. No more creaky 
stairs ... an elevator, yet. The exterior 
the same as its picture postcard 
silhouette against the powder puff 
skies above. Truly a new modern ad- 
ministration building in the old na- 
tive gray granite shell that remains 
the living symbol of WPI. And this 
was but the first surprise on the tour 
led by Steve Hebert, the Answer 

Walking over almost-forgotten 
paths whetted appetites for the buffet 
luncheon in Morgan Hall, an inter- 
lude before inspection of buildings 
that have made the West Campus 
come alive since the school days of 
1929. And then there was a special 
visit to the Worcester Art Museum 

for the more hardy. 

Friday night was the might for 
corsages for the ladies and special sty- 
rofoam safari hats for all at the Class 
Banquet in the Chartley room of the 
Sheraton-Lincoln. The entrees for 65 
members and guests were medallion 
of sirloin or schrod, another exquisite 
meal among many. Prof. William R. 
Grogan, '46, dean of undergraduate 
studies, talked about "Tech Today" — 
an insight into the present curricu- 
lum and how the WPI Plan came 
about. After a short business wrapup, 
the program marked special, less seri- 
ous interests of the class and named 
superlatives for probably the last 

Among them: Most recently mar- 
ried: McGowan, who received a re- 
cord, "The Best Is Yet to Come"; Fa- 
ther with youngest child: Deranian, a 
loving cup, "Father of the Year"; Class 
member with least hair: Mooshian, a 
box of Miracle Grow; Married 
longest: Gilbert, a record, "We Could 
Start All Over Again"; Grandfather 
with most grandchildren: Barnard, a 
loving cup, "Grandfather of the Year"; 
Greatest distance from home: Burr, a 
binkey to worry about gas en route 
to Mexico; Shortest in the class: 
Baldwin, a Pee Wee squeeze toy; 
Thinnest in the class: Chin, shoe 
strings; Heaviest: Heald, thin mints; 
Unmarried: Chin, a life-size poster of 
Raquel Welch; Solo driver returning 
to Arizona: Dobie, a radio aerial pen- 
nant, "Resting." 

24 /The WPI journal /Summer 1919 

All received tankards with class 
emblem as favors. For the more prac- 
tical, they can be used as desk-top 
pencil holders. 

On Saturday, 1 929 joined the 
general Alumni Reunion, with a long 
table the focal point under the trees 
on the gorgeous Higgins House lawn. 
The college food service outdid itself 
with a roast boneless chicken lun- 
cheon, picnic style. 

On the program, the 50-year 
class distinguished itself with a gift 
to the college of $37,000, which was 
swelled to approximately $50,000 by 
matching gifts, according to 
Holbrook L. Horton, chairman of the 
1929 reunion class gift committee. 
The Class of 1917 Attendance 
Cup was received for 1 929 by Re- 
union Chairman Francis Wiesman for 
an attendance of 48 percent. His com- 
mittee was Deranian, Donahue, La- 
bonte, and O'Connell. 

In addition to the above, atten- 
dees were: Baldwin, Barnard, Berry, 
Broker, Burr, Carlson, Chin, Cook, 
Crosby Dobie, French, Gilbert, Heald, 
Knight, Lane, McCarthy, McGowan, 
Edson Merrill, Mrs. Norman Merrill, 
Mooshian, Newton, Petrie, Halbert 
Pierce, Robinson, Russell, Stone, 
Towne, Wiley, Matson, Dephoure, 
and Nims, plus their wives and 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Barnard took 
a special alumni package of souvenirs 
and memorabilia to Frank R. Joslin in 
University Hospital, Boston, where 
he was under treatment at the time 
of the Reunion. 

Good Luck '29ers, 
Wherever You Are. 
Stephen D. Donahue (s.d.d.) 

Top: Winners of the 1979 Herbert F. 
Taylor Awards for alumni service to WPI 
are, from left, Arthur E. Smith, '33, and 
Irving (ames Donahue, Jr., '44, along with 
Mrs. Taylor and Carl Backstrom, '30, 
chairman of the Citations Committee. 

Above: Recipients of the Robert H. God- 
dard Award for outstanding professional 
achievement are, from left, Charles, F. 
Jones, '48, and Alfred Strogoff, '49, with 
WPI Board Chairman Paul S. Morgan. 

At Left: Paul Morgan and Association 
president Bill Julian, '49, present the WPI 
Award for service to the college to 
President-Emeritus George W. Hazzard. 

Below: Bill Julian with Daniel J. Maguire, 
'66, winner of the John Boynton Award for 
service by a young alumnus. 

Summer 1979 /The WPI journal / 25 

II li 

1 I I 

Class of 1934s 
45th Reunion 

Our 45th Reunion was just about the 
best we have ever had. Ted Hammett 
and his reunion committee did a 
great job, and we are particularly in- 
debted to the people in the Alumni 
Office for putting together a great 
package for the weekend. Having all 
our activities right on the campus 
worked out great. It was particularly 
nice to be able to all stay in 
Ellsworth Residence, and to have our 
own hospitality suite. Warren and 
Helen Davenport did a hangup job 
hosting this suite, and if I had a 
count on the number of times War- 
ren had to rush out to the local sup- 
ply emporium to replenish stock, it 
would attest to the popularity of this 
spot. It was great to have a lot more 
time for reminiscing and catching up 
on news. 

Another memorable item on the 
program was the session on WPI To- 
day, given by a panel headed by Dean 
Bill Grogan, with faculty and student 
members. This covered the workings 
and success of the WPI Plan. 

A nice first for us was having the 
Saturday noon Alumni luncheon out 
on the lawn under the trees near Hig- 
gins House. Both the luncheon and 
the program were nicely done, and 
were a distinct credit to those who 
planned and took part in it. 

The high spot of the weekend for 
us was our class dinner in one of the 
dining rooms in Morgan Hall. This 
was MC'd by Charlie McElroy, who 
had a bagful of surprises up his 
sleeve, including a raffle of a whole 
box full of goodies. We had as our 
guest Tom Denney, vice president of 
WPI's University Relations. He is a 
very engaging and articulate speaker, 
and gave us a good run-down on 
things going on at Tech. 

Those attending were: Bertil An- 
derson, Beebe, Bissell, Booth, Burpee, 
Campbell, Cowal, Cutting, Daven- 
port, Flanagan, Frary, Don Green- 
wood, Grierson, Carl Hammarstrom, 
Hammett, Keenan, Leavitt, Markert, 
McElroy, Phelps, Rhodes, Sellew, 
Sjostedt, Snow, Paul Sullivan, Tytula, 
Vibber, and Whittum. 

The Class of 1939s 
40th Reunion 

The Class of 1939 closed its 40th re- 
union festivities during the very early 
hours of Sunday morning, June 10th, 
1979, when Al Rasklavsky class pres- 
ident and general chairman of the re- 
union committee, locked the door to 
our "watering hole," room 102 of the 
Sheraton-Lincoln Inn. That brought 
down the curtain on the greatest re- 
union, of the greatest class, of the 
greatest school. 

At least that is the biased opin- 
ion of the 86 '39ers and playmates 
who, on Saturday evening, posed for a 
group picture and later sat down for 
the Reunion Dinner. 

Earlier that day, they occupied 
more than three tables at the tradi- 
tional noon-day luncheon of alumni 
on the Higgins House lawn. During 
that event, C. lohn Lindegren, '39's re- 
union gift committee chairman, mo- 
destly (he didn't mention the dollar 
amount) presented the class gift. It 
turned out to be $40,862 at last 
count, and represented gifts from 75 
percent of the class. 

On Friday evening, '39ers were 
the guests of the college for the 40th 
Reunion Welcome Dinner at Higgins 
House. This followed a reception for 
the class and their wives hosted by 

President and Mrs. Edmund T Cranch 
at their residence on Drury Lane. 
Among those greeting the '39ers at 
the door was Bob Yule, '80, son of our 
classmate George W Yule. 

For those who have yet to meet 
Tech's new prexy and his charming 
wife, there is a distinct pleasure for 
you to anticipate. The '39ers were de- 
lighted with them. 

Attendance of '39ers was up to 
expectations, with arrivals from as far 
west as California and as far east as 
Belgium. However, on a percentage 
basis we were outdone by a bunch of 
middle-aged folk from the Class of 
'29! The Class prize for the longest 
distance travelled to the reunion 
went to Ernie Ljunggren, who came 
from San Diego. Bob and Martha 
Martin, who flew in from Brussels, re- 
fused to be considered for the long- 
distance prize, insisting that they had 
returned because they were recalled 
by Pratt & Whitney! That was diffi- 
cult for the Class to believe since the 
two looked in great shape. 

Bob Bergstrom won the prize 
(courtesy of Fuller Brush Co.) for be- 
ing the baldest, while Lou Stratton 
and Ed Kiem were tied as the most 
grandfatherly, with 1 2 grandchildren 

Howard A. Whittum 

Also handed out to each reu- 
nioner was a WPI glass and Reunion 
yearbook. The book was put together 
by Kelley Keyser, and could only 
have been improved upon by more 
inputs from you modest '39ers. Inci- 
dentally more than one of the wives 
present was heard to ask of the 
whereabouts of the last person in the 
book, J. Wellington Zribell. 

Speaking of travel, Ernie Sykes 
and the Mrs. arrived from California 
with a house trailer, and Ed Kiem de- 
parted for Logan Airport with an Avis 
car which, due to the gas crunch, 
caused him to "try harder" (and per- 
haps cuss harder) before he found 
enough fuel to get him to Logan for 
his return flight to Florida. 

lack Boyd and Charlie Amidon 
served on the Reunion Committee 
along with Ras, Kelley and John. 
Wally Abel and Don Houser, together 
with Kelley, John, and lack, made up 
the Gift Committee. 

Carl and Janet Lewin drove in 
from Cleveland a week prior, since 
Carl had to attend the Tech Board of 
Trustees meeting during commence- 
ment week. As a consequence, the Le- 
wins had ample opportunity to try 
the Sheraton swimming pool. It is 
best that the Class of '39 "skinny dip- 
pers" and those who fell in the pool 
remain anonymous. 

Had Bob and Donna Mirick 
made it from St. Paul — and if Dick 
and Mae Wilson, who came in from 
California, had not had to depart just 
before the Class Dinner — atten- 
dance at that event would have num- 
bered 90. The Miricks turned back in 
Chicago when Bob's back acted up, 
and the Wilsons left before dinner in 
order to catch a Saturday night flight 
to Denmark by way of Italy. Dick had 
to attend a Rotary International 
meeting in Rome, and he and Mae 
have a daughter in Denmark who is 
expecting a visit from them and the 

Class reunions are not without 
some sadness, however, and the Class 
was disheartened to hear that, since 
the last printing of the alumni direc- 
tory in 1977, we had lost Earl Conant, 
Ed Moggio, and George Monchamp. 
Please remember them and other de- 
parted classmates in the fashion of 
your faith. 

For those of '39 who did not 
make it to the 40th, keep in mind 
that there's the 45th to plan for, and 
four other years in between. And be 
informed that none of us were en- 
thralled by what any classmates may 
have accomplished, nor were any of 
us appalled by what any of us may 
have failed to accomplish. Simply, it 
was just a good time! 

However, it was the unanimous 
opinion of the class that, when it 
comes to better halves, we all must 
have had child brides, since all the la- 
dies present were so young and beau- 
tiful. And while age may be catching 
up with some of us, a number ap- 
peared to have remained in great 
shape. Two examples will be identi- 
fied, not by name but by quotes from 
the 1939 Peddler. One still looks as 
though he could, with ease, sink that 
"one handed hook shot." The other is 
in such trim shape that, because of 
the behemoths playing in the line to- 
day, he might have to settle for being 
a "scrappy right guard" on a 
1 75-pound football team. 

Finally for cne class member, it 
was a pleasure that his alphanumeric 
vanity auto plates were, finally, 500 
miles from home, recognized to have 
meaning. They read WPI-39. Of 
course, the bumper sticker directly 
beneath raised some doubts, since it 
read "Virginia is for Lovers." 

Art Mallon 


Summer 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 27 


The Class of 1944s 
35th Reunion 

If you missed the 35th, you missed a 
good time. We got off to a great start 
as guests of Jim and Barbara Donohue 
in their beautiful home on Friday 
night. There was lots of good food, re- 
freshment to wash it down, and good 
fellowship. In spite of the fact that no 
entertainment was necessary, with 
Jim on the organ and Barbara with 
her Sesame Street marionettes, and 
with various rhythm instruments 
"played" by other members of the 
class, it was quite an evening. And af- 
ter everyone went home, Molly (Mrs. 
Steve) Porter cleaned up so Barbara 
could face the next morning. 

We convened again on Saturday 
noon on the lawn of the Higgins 
House. There were other classes as- 
sembled there too, but none with the 
enthusiasm and spirit of '44. Our 
President Jim received the Herbert E 
Taylor Award for Alumni Service to 
the school. His pedigree was most im- 
pressive. After all this, we adjourned 
to our respective nests for a nap. 

Saturday evening at the Worces- 
ter Country Club was a great time, 
too. The Club made a critical mistake 
in their planning, and the bar was an 
open one for the first part of the eve- 
ning. When Jim, our sponsor, arrived, 
he immediately realized that it would 
go on his tab, and he quickly corre- 
cted the error. We got the troops or- 
ganized for a class picture, which ri- 
valled getting a man on the moon. 
And repeated the feat by getting ev- 
eryone back to the dining table. We 
had a delicious roast beef dinner with 
all the fixings. 

But at this point the party began 
to fall apart. Because we are Jim's 
classmates, we let him know that all 
that baloney about what a great 
alummus he's been didn't impress us 
a bit; but after some time we reluc- 
tantly acknowledged that he did re- 
flect a little glory on the Class of 44. 
Then we went through a very digni- 
fied ritual of inducting WPI President 
Ed Cranch and his wife Virginia into 
the Class of '44. Much of the discus- 
sion centered on why he was not re- 

28 /The WPI Journal / Summer 1979 

ally eligible — like he didn't even 
know Doc Masius, or Drowsy Dows, 
or great ones like Cookie Price or 
Don Downing — but finally they 
were accepted with enthusiasm as 
honorary members of our class. We 
bestowed another honorary member- 
ship in our class on Emilie La- 
gerholm, having been Mrs. Lagerholm 
for only 42 days. If you've been won- 
dering, Emilie is just as beautiful, de- 
lightful, and charming as you can 
imagine. We all thanked Lag for his 
significant contribution to the class 
and the party. 

Then Ed Cranch pulled the dig- 
nity of the party back together 
(though Joe Marcus didn't give him 
much peace!). Ed gave us a quick, 
thoughtful, and interesting review of 
what he sees at WPI, and where he'd 
like to lead it. It's unfortunate that 
his talk can't be reviewed here, but 
suffice it to say the Class of '44 heart- 
ily approved. 

Then to recognition of Blitz 
Krieger, who traveled the farthest, 
from California, and he had the 
oldest grandchild too, at 19. John and 
Margie Bjork had the youngest 
youngster, age 10. Art Pingalore had 
the most hair, Frank Williams the 
least, and Don Gilrein had the most 
grandchildren, 7. 

After this, there were a few 
smart remarks by Jim and others. Af- 
ter a good deal of this sort of foolish- 
ness, the party broke up, but not be- 
fore Jim led us in the class song (not 
the alma mater, but "The Smoke 
Went Up the Chimney"). And every- 
one promised to be back for our 40th. 

Kimball R. Woodbury 

The Class of 1954's 
25th Reunion 

Twenty-five years go by quickly. 
They must, because no one had really 
changed, and it seemed like only yes- 
terday that we had been together. 
This was the festive tone of our Re- 
union Weekend, and for the 50 mem- 
bers of our class (along with 46 wives 
and 8 children) it was a milestone to 
remember. It was a super weekend. 

It all started with the opening of 
our Hospitality Headquarters Suite in 
the Fuller Residence, which became 
the focal point for all our activities. 
We even resurrected the "Goat's 
Head" for the occasion. King and Dee 
Webster served as the hosts, assisted 
by Lee and Rose Catineau, Bob and 
Jackie Niro, Bob and Del Labonte, Ed 
and Dianne Shivell, and Paul and Ju- 
lie Alasso. The Suite always had 
someone coming or going and made 
for an ideal place to congregate, par- 
ticularly after the Banquet. At that 
point we had about 100 people. We 
still cannot understand it — we 
didn't run out of either beer or good 

The Reunion Luncheon gave 
Don Ross, our Class Gift Committee 
Chairman, an opportunity to present 
our nearly $40,000 gift -- which, 
with matching funds added in, ap- 
proached $60,000. This was a record 
for a 25th anniversary class gift. 
These funds will be applied to a proj- 
ect still to be identified. Don and his 
committee will advise. 

Mentioning participation, our 
Reunion featured the largest atten- 
dance ever by a 25th anniversary 
class. It appears that our interest and 
enthusiasm haven't changed. 

The Reunion reception at the 
home of President and Mrs. Cranch 
afforded an opportunity to meet 
them and discuss WPI and to social- 
ize. And it prepared us properly for 
the Banquet. 

The Banquet was superb, thanks 
to the Alumni Office, the caterer, 
and, more particularly, to Paul Alasso, 
Bob Niro, and Lee Catineau, who 
planned it. Lee also served as the 
Master of Ceremonies and combined 
levity and sobriety in a brief program 
that highlighted members of the 

class, the personality of the class, 
things that happened while at Tech, 
and the events leading up to the Re- 

All our Class Officers were 
present: Dave Gilbert, Joe Fratino, Ro- 
ger Osell, and Tom Kee. Dave com- 
mented on the turnout and recog- 
nized Don Ross and Ed Shivell for 
their efforts as Chairmen of the Re- 
union Gift and Reunion Committees. 
Both Don and Ed thanked their re- 
spective committees for their efforts 
in making both efforts highly suc- 

The Reunion Gift Committee in- 
cluded Don, Howie Nelson, Roger 
Osell, Ed Power, and Ed Shivell. The 
Reunion Committee included Ed, 
Paul Alasso, Lee Catineau, Bob La- 
bonte, Bob Niro, Howie Nelson, Ro- 
ger Osell, and King Webster. 

Our special guests for the week- 
end and banquet were Bob and Ruth 
Wagner, Ray and Joyce Hagglund, and 
Carl and Arlene Koontz. Charlie and 
Marianne McNulty were unable to 
attend because Charlie had just been 
released from the hospital. Bob 
Wagner reflected back on some of the 
memebers of our class, like Dick 
Gilbert, Dick Byrnes, Bill Seubert, Al 
Costantin, and Hank Strage. Carl 
Koontz recalled his memories of the 
civil engineering graduates by 
highlighting Doug McLaren, Jack 
Malloy, Joe Fratino, Dick Popp, and 
Hugh Tufts. Now we know why Pro- 
fessor Knight looked tired at times. 
Right, Joe? 

The Yearbook was distributed at 
the Banquet, along with appropriate 
comments by Bob Labonte, who as- 
sembled the information and oversaw 
its publication with the help of the 
Alumni Office. From the statistics, it 
was obvious that members of our 
class have been successful profession- 
ally, with 59 percent now in senior 
management or higher positions. 
These successes were also reflected 
in our commitments to marriage, 
family, and Tech. The 3.2 children per 
family was analyzed as symptomatic 
of highly active libidos — that's sexy 

Friday night found early arrivals 
renewing fond memories of favorite 
eating spots in Worcester. A group 
composed of Dave and Fran Gilbert, 
King and Dee Webster, Dave and 
Carol Bisson, Bob and Jackie Niro, 
Bob and Del Labonte, Joe and Rose 
Fratino, and Ed and Dianne Shivell 
found their way to Dino's for Italian 
cuisine. Dick and Betty Byrnes and 
Fabian and Annette Pinkham sought 
out a steak house. Fabian is the re- 
tired (?) member of our class, and a 
sonderful example of an active, vi- 
brant person. He said he just couldn't 
find time to work now, although he 
does consult. The Fijis renewed frater- 
nity bonds at Ed Morocco, where Paul 
and Julie Alasso, Elmer and Pat Cor- 
ujo, Dick and Gwen Popp, Walt and 
Harriet Stewart, Hugh and Joan Tufts, 
Otto and Joyce Wahlrab, and Howie 
and Bebe Whittle assembled. They la- 
ter returned to the Hospitality Suite 

and reportedly some helped close it 
at around 3:00 a.m. Elmer Corujo had 
travelled all the way from South 
America, where he was on business, 
for this occasion and our Reunion. 

Mentioning those that travelled 
some distances to attend the Re- 
union: Saul and Enola Kabbani ar- 
rived from Jidda, Saudi Arabia. Lee 
presented him with a can of oil at the 
Banquet. Saul in turn made some per- 
tinent remarks about the oil problem 
and his country. Hank and Alberta 
Strage came in from London and were 
joined by their son, who is attending 
Colby College. Hank's executive posi- 
tion with McKinsey & Co. makes 
him a regular visitor the the U.S. 

In summary, when you add the 
familiar names of Owen Allen, Dick 
Linquist, Clayton Brown, Harry Cha- 
pell, Frank Ganari, Adrian Horovitz, 
George Idles, George Kay, Joe King, 
Dave Lamarre, Paul London, Russ 
Lussier, Marvin McCoy, Mai McLeod, 
Ray Naudin, Werner Neupert, Larry 
Sanborn, Gordon Walters, and Walt 
Dziura (and their wives and guests) to 
the list, then interweave Tech stories 
with exchanges about family and 
friends, discussions of professional, 
world, and business situations, and fi- 
nally stir in good fellowship, it all 
equates to an outstanding and memo- 
rable reunion. It was a super 25th, 
thanks to the Committee, the 
Alumni Office staff, and above all, 
those who came. Well see you at the 
30th ... or before. 

Summer 1979 /The WPl Journal/ 29 

I I I 1 1 

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Can you help us out? 

There are some 700 WPI alumni whose addresses we've somehow lost track of. 
If you know a current address for any of these people, would you please drop 
us a note and let us know. (And if by some chance you find yourself on this 
list even though you're still receiving material (like this Journal) from us, well 
that probably means our computer hiccupped (#*HIC*&). We'd appreciate hear- 
ing about that, too. 

In either case, just use the postage-paid reply card which is bound into the 

P.S. If you don't happen to know any of these addresses, please feel free to use 
the card to give us some information about yourself — your personal and fam- 
ily life, what's going on with your career, anything that you might want your 
classmates to read about in "Your Class and Others." 

Louis D. Soloway, '35 
Joseph A. Sukaskas, '35 
Russell H. Wood, '35 
William F. Atwood, Jr., '36 
Thomas J. Healey, Jr., '36 
William Miseveth, '36 
Frank Ellsworth, '37 
Roland O. Farrar, '37 
James F. Swartwout, Jr., '37 
Russell Jennings, '38 

P.P.S. Thanks a lot for your help. 

James H. Clancy, '90 
Frederic H. Leland, '95 
Robert H. Taylor, '95 
Edward L. Cullen, '96 
Charles V. Walter, '96 
Edward G. Beckwith, '97 
Juan Irigoyen, '00 
Roy G. Lewis, '00 
Harry W. F Dunklee, '01 

Winfred M. Adams, '02 
Chester A. Bacon, '03 
Herbert W. Tufts, '03 
Elipidio Del. Werneck, '03 
Manuel G. Rosado, '05 
Ralph S. Forsstedt, '06 
Walter P. Ingham, '06 
George G. Whitney, '07 
Elliott A. Allen, '08 
Victor E. Friden, '09 

Stephen M. Poutier, '10 
James F. Thompson, '10 
Martin H. Jachens, '11 
Arvid I. Peterson, '11 
William I. Randall, '11 
D. Blair Foster, '12 
Royal B. Libby, '12 
Robert W Mungall, '12 
Franklin Wyman, '12 
Stanley M. Gunn, '13 

Charles O. Snow, '13 
Edward H. Vance, '13 
Harry D. Stephens, '14 
Warren L. Ellis, '15 
John W. Gleason, '15 
Gilbert M. Ireland, '16 
Joaquim de R. Junqueira, 
Raymond H. Page, '16 
Herbert C. Kelly, '17 
Rupert C. Pomeroy, '17 

Walter I. Stearns, '17 
Edward L. Anton, '18 
Lewis F. Lionvale, '18 
Frank J. Murphy, '18 
James E. Arnold, '19 


Hans E. Anderson, '21 
George A. Bijur, '21 
Milton W. Graff, '21 
Joseph F. Scanlan, '21 
Joseph T. Fanning, '22 

Francis W. Harney, '22 
Edmond G. Reed, '23 
Sidney H. Avery, '24 
Richard F. Whitcomb, '24 
Kenneth G. Broman, '25 
Tzu-Hzu Chou, '25 
Charles E. Crang, '25 
John J. Hynes, '25 
Thomas F. Plummer, '25 
George C. Chow, '27 

Yat W. Chow, '27 
Ronald E. Jones, '27 
Maxwell L. Stoughton, '27 
Gordon N. McColley, '28 
Leo J. Melican, '28 
Allerton R. Cushman, '29 
Alvar O. Ericson, '30 
Irving Joseph, '30 
Paul R. Nelson, '30 
Arthur F. Pierce, Jr., '30 

Charles K. Aldrich, '31 
Francis O. Carlstrom, '31 
Jay M. Harpell Saigon (id), '31 
Arthur B. Brainerd, Jr., '32 
Edward F Donohue, '32 
George E. Oman, '32 
Frederick R. Asserson, '33 
Ellis R. Brown, '33 
Stephen S. Haynes, '33 
Wright H. Manvel, '33 

John J. Molloy, Jr., '33 
Charles H. Newsome, '33 
William A. Michalek, '34 
George W. Axelby, '35 
Robert M. Cape, '35 
Clayton G. Cleverly, Jr., '35 
Raymond G. Desrochers, '35 
Frank O. Holmes, Jr., '35 
George A. Mitchell, '35 
Alvaro A. Silva, '35 

30 /The WPI Journal / Summer 1979 

Samuel A. A. Aaron, '39 
S. Richard Abbott, '39 
Irving W. Forde, '39 
Robert J. Hamilton, '39 
Laurence M. Howarth, '39 
John W. Hughes, '39 
Fred J. Kraemer, Jr., '39 
Raymond B. Piper, '39 
Charles S. Stevens, '39 
Lennart Brune, '40 

Robert J. Cannon, '40 
Rolfe G. Johnson, '40 
Joseph J. Platukis, '40 
Bernard Polonsky, '40 
Willard J. Riddick, Jr., '40 
Harry E. Stirling, '40 
Alfred F. Andersen, '41 
Burgess P. Brownson, '41 
Rev Edward G Jacober, '41 
John F. McElroy, '41 

Paul G. Nystrom, '41 
Jerome E. Schread, '41 
Frederick S. Sherwin, '41 
Chamroon Tishyanandana, '41 
Morris C. Chu, '42 
Alan Crowell, '42 
Burton Franklin, '42 
David L. Hartwell, '42 
Kenneth T Hunt, '42 
William S. Allan, Jr., '43 

Alexander J. Belmonte, '43 
George Cagen, '43 
Everett W. Dunlap, '43 
Carl E. Hartbower, '43 
James L. Loom is, Jr., '43 
Edwin H. Matasik, '43 
Clifford B. Moller, '43 
Harold E. O'Malley, '43 
Marshall B. Raybin, '43 
Dr. George P. Scott, '43 

Louis J. Baldini, '44 
Richard T. Brown, '44 
Capt. Alan C. Gault, '44 
Peter E. Talley, '44 
George E. Titterton, '44 
Harrison Bragdon, '45 
Donald M. Campbell, '45 
Cmdr. Kenneth B. Hofstra, '45 
Clifford E. Lanigan, '45 
Leonard F. Moore, '45 

Alvi T Twing, Jr., '45 
Philip S. Adams, '46 
Irwin G. Benkert, '46 
Gaetano Biuso, '46 
John M. Considine, '46 
Anthony L. Daoundakis, '46 
Charles J. Gose, Jr., '46 
Robert N. Gregoroff, '46 
Christopher A. Herbert, '46 
William J. Kelly, '46 

Dr. Myer Krulfeld, '46 
Alan Y. Levine, '46 
John M. Longo, '46 
Philip R. Loshin, '46 
James J. Malley, Jr., '46 
Dr. Karl M. Mayer, '46 
Howard F. McCormick, Jr., '46 
Allan W. McCoy, '46 
Elton K. Morice, Jr., '46 
John C. Osborn, '46 

Alvin M. Ross, '46 
Sidney S. Sperling, '46 
Jose R. Biamon, '47 
August L. Flotteron, Jr., '47 
Roland H. Guay, '47 
William Longmuir, '47 
Vaikunth C. Thakar, '47 
Benjamin B. Barker, Jr., '48 
David I. Caplan, '48 
Harold J. Devlin, '48 

Julian H. Jacobs, '48 
Birger D. Lund, Jr., '48 
Paul J. Martin, '48 
Joseph R. McBride, '48 
William R. Olha, '48 
Shou L. Pan, '48 
Frederick R. Paul, '48 
Franklin J. Powers, '48 
Per Roed, '48 
Leonard D. Rood, '48 

Kenneth E. Whatmore, '48 
Thomas H. Wyllie, Jr., '48 
Kinsley A. Ball, Jr., '49 
Elmer R. Griffith, Jr., '49 
Frederick S. Jenkins, Jr., '49 
John E. McCarthy, '49 
Tsu-Yen Mei, '49 
Capt. James B. Morin, '49 
William H. B Parr, '49 
Harry J. Rogers, '49 

Vernon H. Russell, '49 
Joseph T. Starr, '49 
John R. Adams, '50 
Philip L. Barbaccia, '50 
Fred A. Carmody, '50 
Gerald Fleit, '50 
Morey L. Hodgman, '50 
Robert L. Tagen, '50 
Guido Biagini, '51 
George M. Cooley, '51 

Ellsworth R. Cramer, '51 
Constantino Mustakis, '51 
Mehmet R. Ozbas, '51 
Ratanshaw K. Patel, '51 
Richard E. Snyder, '51 
Mustafa T. Sonmez, '51 
Dick van den Berge, '51 
David F. Wright, '51 
Bernard G. Ziobrowski, '51 
Robert C. Henegan, '52 

Jack Y. T Kwan, '52 
Edmund M. Luzgauskas, '52 
Lysle P. Parlett, '52 
Bernard J. Petrillo, '52 
Yasar Yurdal, '52 
Stanley C. Andrukonis, '53 
Thomas J. Bagley, '53 
Karl H. Bissell, Jr., '53 
Harrison V. Carter, Jr., '53 
Martin R. Cohen, '53 

Ernest E. Demar, '53 
Joseph A. Holmes, '53 
Leroy W. Madison, '53 
Carl W. Martilla, '53 
Hugh R. McLaughlin, '53 
David C. Morrison, '53 
Richard W. Morton, '53 
Paul C. Murray, '53 
Harold G. Rackett, '53 
Philip R. Randall, '53 

George L. Rousseau, '53 
Dr. Wu Mei Yao, '53 
Albert L. Zuck, '53 
James Hamilton, '54 
Ernest R. Hooks, '54 
Souren Jaffarian, Jr., '54 
Framrose M. Karani, '54 
Abdul H. Kazi, '54 
James F King, '54 
Roy G. Lent, '54 

Jack K. Mackowiak, '54 
Robert V. Mahon, '54 
William J. Mahota, Jr., '54 
Robert R. McMillan, '54 
Leonard V. Mello, '54 
Robert S. Nahas, '54 
James E. Clampett, '55 
Louis A. Larini, '55 
Markar A. D. Markarian, '55 
Richard C. Oldham, '55 

Alan F. Petit, '55 
Joseph K. Ryan, Jr., '55 
Leslie C. Street, '55 
Antonio Aranguren, '56 
Frederic A. Highman, '56 
James C. Kubik, '56 
John H. Lillibridge III, '56 
Juozas Orentas, '56 
Hebert P. Schoeck, Jr., '56 
Christos G. Alex, '57 

Lawrence E. Alston, '57 
Ma] Joseph J Arcari, '57 
Santo M. Bramande, '57 
James F. Fournier, '57 
Frank R. Goodwin, '57 
Thordur Grondal, '57 
Joseph D. Grzyb, Jr., '57 
Willis A. Gunning, '57 
Stanley Hass, '57 
Richard F. Heyelman, '57 

Paul J. Janda, '57 
Donald H. Morse, '57 
Barrera A. Ramirez, '57 
Michael Spiegel, '57 
Israel Sverner, '57 
Benjamin G. Uy, '57 
Roger R. Billings, '58 
William L. Byars III. '58 
Richard H. Campbell, '58 
Joseph L. Chenail, '58 

Robert D. Crooker, '58 
T. William Curran, '58 
John F Daly, '58 
Robert J. Dunn, '58 
Charles G. Fyfe, '58 
Frank K. Lind, '58 
Richard E. Lorenz, '58 
Nicholas S. Petralias, '58 
Dr. Sherman K. Poultney, '58 
Roger W. Reynolds, '58 

Frank A. Seidel, '58 
J. Clifford Wiersma, '58 
Thomas M. Wood, '58 
John A. Beede, '59 
Alan E. Benson, '59 
Fred D. Blonder, '59 
Ralph A. Huey, '59 
Roberto Jaramillo, Jr., '59 
James W. Mahoney, '59 
Davis C. McLeod, '59 

Robert W. Milik, Jr., '59 
Robert B. Palmer, '59 
Harvey J. Rosenfeld, '59 
Arthur C. Seelye, '59 
Ozden Asian, '60 
Arthur D. Brook, '60 
Donald J. Busteed, '60 
William M. Cannon, '60 
George V. Cashen, Sr, '60 
Dr. Jo-Chao Chueh, '60 

Gungor Dagistanli, '60 
Terrence M. Dupuis, '60 
John N. Galian, '60 
Richard S. Johnson, '60 
Stuart W. Macomber, '60 
Frank R. Materese, '60 
Edward D. McGrath, '60 
Capt. Allen R. Miliefsky, '60 
Paul C. Miller, '60 
Robert M. Neal, '60 

John V. O'Keefe, '60 
Kenneth Roberts, '60 
Peter H. Schneider, '60 
Capt. Howard D. Stephenson, 
Maung T, Swe, '60 
Ara Tutunjian, '60 
David I. Westling, '60 
Lt. J. Warren Alford, '61 
Brother Augustine Bemis, '61 
George R. Bolduc, '61 

Kayhan Boro, '61 
Douglas H. Cormier, '61 
Eduardo Cruz, '61 
Terry W. Donovan, '61 
Evan G. Duane, '61 
Suat Gonen, '61 
C William Hayes, '61 
Norman P. Johnson, '61 
John W. Kappel, '61 
Swang Lee-Aphon, '61 


Steven H. Lerman, '61 

Richard A. Levendusky, '61 

Russell C. Lockwood, Jr., '61 

George Matassov, '61 

Maung T. Maung, '61 

Dr. Timothy C. Meyers, Jr., '61 

John C. Nicholson, '61 

John C. Nicholson, '61 

Gordon B. Phillips, '61 

Lt. Cdr. Leonard E. Pickens, '61 

John A. Rossi, '61 
Donald E. Schaaf, '61 
George M. Storti, '61 
Theodore S. Strojny, '61 
Dominic E. Tutino, '61 
Donald W. Wilmot, '61 
Maung N. Win, '61 
Alfred A. Arterton, '62 
Haines J. Boyle, '62 
Yigit Bozkurt, '62 

Robert D. Britton, '62 
Mehmet I. Can, '62 
Victor B. Castellani, '62 
William P. Earley, '62 
John S. Golder, '62 
Joel L. Gordon, '62 
Richard D. Hartley, '62 
Captain Jackie P Matteus, '62 
Robert G. McDonald, '62 
Michael A. Moses, '62 

Nelson E. Parmelee, '62 
Richard S. Price, '62 
William H. C. Reinert, '62 
Albert M. Rockwell, Jr., '62 
Arve Syverud, '62 
Basat H. Tilkicioglu, '62 
Raymond M. Akerson, Jr., '63 
Paul Y Chan, '63 
Thomas W. Greisamer, '63 
G. William Hartman, '63 

Perry O. Kearney, Jr., '63 
Cyrille H. Lafrance, '63 
Harry P. Mclntyre, Jr., '63 
William P. Morrison, '63 
Pundalik U. Prabhu, '63 
Francis E. Spring, Jr., '63 
Gordon O. Stearns, '63 
Kendal B. Turner, '63 
Gordon M. Ware, '63 
Dr. Paul G. Amazeen, '64 

Stanley J. Andrysiak, '64 
Bernard Baron, '64 
Krishnakumar V. Chaudhary, '64 
Donald J. Coleman, '64 
Victor A. Dushku, '64 
Capt. Harry G. Fager, Jr., '64 
Robert A. Frenette, '64 
William S. Fryer, '64 
Geraldine V Geroux, '64 
George E. Hammond, '64 

William B. Lechmann, '64 

Major Clifford M. Macdonald, Jr., '64 

Peter C. Trombi, '64 

D. Ralph Whiterell, '64 

John Wofford, Jr., '64 

John T Apostolos, '65 

Rajkumar K. Bajaj, '65 

Lt. Desha M. Beamer, '65 

Michael W. Boyd, '65 

James B. Calvin, '65 

Dr. Jerry C. Chen, '65 
Arthur M. Dickey, '65 
Mahesh S. Dixet, '65 
Aloysius S. Dzura, '65 
Lt. Robert B. Edwards, '65 
Dr. Robert W. Hermes, '65 
Robert W. Kendrick, '65 
Antanas S. Liutkus, '65 
John F Madden, Jr., '65 
Sunil M. Mehta, '65 

Charles F. Merry, '65 

Lt. Cmdr. George W. Mitschang, '65 

James P. Molloy, '65 

William L. Rosen, '65 

Dennis J. Simanaitis, '65 

Leo G. St. Denis, '65 

AN H. Ustay, '65 

Dihp V Vora, '65 

Kenneth M. Bell, '66 

Stephen Berman, '66 

Robert G. Bertrand, '66 
Satish H. Bhatt, '66 
David M. Burwen, '66 
Gary P. Cassery, '66 
Omer M. Cavusoglu, '66 
Shailesh V Dave, '66 
Sharad B. Doshi, '66 
Dwight S. Evans, '66 
Paul F Flaherty, '66 
George H. Flynn, '66 

Robert G. Bertrand, '66 
Satish H. Bhatt, '66 
David M. Burwen, '66 
Gary P. Cassery, '66 
Omer M. Cavusoglu, '66 
Shailesh V. Dave, '66 
Sharad B. Doshi, '66 
Dwight S. Evans, '66 
Paul F Flaherty, '66 
George H. Flynn, '66 

Paul F Glodis, '66 
Roberto Huyke-Luigi, '66 
Stephen K. Kaiser, '66 
Ahmet G. Kozanoglu, '66 
Gerald W. Lucas, '66 
Ahmet Mavitan, '66 
Orlando R. Mendez, '66 
Errold F. Moody, Jr., '66 
John A. Nordstrom, '66 
1st Lt. Geoffrey Potter, '66 

James F. Randall, '66 
Albert W. Robinson, '66 
Edgar P. Rundlett, Jr., '66 
Ramanik N. Savla, '66 
Raymond A. Wheeler, '66 
Subhashchandra N. Amin, '67 
James R. Braithwaite, '67 
Athanassios H. Canatsoulis, '67 
Mahendra K. Dave, '67 
Byron L. Dennison, '67 

Dhaval R. Kikani, '67 
Mitchell P. Koziol, '67 
Leonard J. Lamberti, '67 
Mohmedjarid M. Malek, '67 
David R. Malley, '67 
Ajit M. Mody, '67 
Rajendra M. Pandya, '67 
Kenneth R. Prefontaine, '67 
Herbert S. Riddle, Jr., '67 
2nd Lt. Richard A. Shaw, '67 



Summer 1919 /The WPI journal/ 31 


Lester Carter and his wife marked their 
56th wedding anniversary on May 2nd. He 
says, "Health is fair with arthritis. Wife is 
also fair. Graduated 70 years in June." 


Carleton F Bolles 
Green Pastures, RFD 
Walpole, NH 

Rhea and Edward Rose celebrated their 
57th wedding anniversary on February 21 


Charles Fram, editor and general manager 
of the magazine, Southern Printer, was 
honored in November by the Ernest H. 
Abernethy Publishing Company, Inc., on 
the occasion of his 50th year with the firm. 
Charlie is a corporate vice president and 
also serves as editor and general manager 
of Southern Jeweler. The celebration was 
held at the Piedmont Driving Club in At- 
lanta, Ga. 


Secretaries Representative: 

G iff ord T Cook Gabriel O Bedard 

Rt 3 Box 294 Keyes Perry Acres 1 32 Marsden St. 
Harpers Ferry, WV Springfield, MA 

25425 01109 

Theodore J Englund 
70 Eastwood Rd 
Shrewsbury, MA 

The Winslow C. Wentworths celebrated 
their 5oth wedding anniversary on March 
23rd in Turners Falls, Mass. Mrs. 
Wentworth graduated from Westfield 
Normal School and taught in the city of 
Westfield. Her husband, who is retired 
from Western Massachusetts Electric Co., 
is a former chairman of the Greenfield 
Co-operative Bank board of directors. 
Presently, he serves as president of the 
Franklin County Home Care Corp. and as a 
trustee of Farren Memorial Hospital. The 
Wentworths have two sons, three grand- 
children, and five greatgrandchildren. 


John Desmond of Rochester, N.Y., writes 
that he celebrated his 89th birthday on 

May 3rd Chester Inman has received a 

60-year plaque from the American Society 
for Metals. For 34 years he has been a 
continuous member of the Worcester 
Chapter of ASM, and is chairman emeritus 
of the executive committee. He is a fellow 
of the Society. ASM has over 42 ,000 mem- 


Edwin W Bemis 
Brick Town, NJ 

Ray Heffernan, chairman of the board of 
the H.H. Brown Shoe Company, New York 
City, received an honorary doctor of 
humane letters in May from Mercy Col- 
lege, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Mr. Heffernan has 
been responsible for the growth of the firm 
from a small company to one of the leaders 
of the shoe industry. H.H. Brown's sales 
exceeded $100 million last year. Long as- 
sociated with higher education, he has 
served on the boards of several distin- 
guished institutions. He is also active in 
Westchester civic circles and belongs to the 
board of trustees of St. Vincent's Hospital 
in Harrison. He is a member of the Presi- 
dent's Advisory Council at WPI. 


Arthur C Parsons 
51 AndoverSt 
Worcester, MA 

Ken Archibald continues as executive vice 
president of the Springfield (Vt.) Chamber 
of Commerce, a post he has held for ten 
years. Previously, he was with New York 
Telephone for 41 years. . . . A.H. Wendin 
recently helped build a replica of "The Spirit 
of St. Louis" (III), his contribution being 
largely the wooden wing frames. Now 
summering in San Diego, he expects one of 
the highlights of his vacation will be seeing 
the "Spirit" fly. He is also planning a trip 
East for a week at the Creative Problem 
Solving Institute in Buffalo, a stop in Fair- 
field, Conn., to see family and friends, and 
other stops in Worcester and Rockport, 
Maine. Last winter he vacationed on the 
beach at Puerto Penasco, Mexico. 


William M Rauha 
West Yarmouth, MA 

Harold Eastman writes: "I wish I might 
have been on the Hill under the WPI Plan. 


Secretary Representative: 

Carl W Backstrom Carl W, Backstrom 

113 Winifred Ave 
Worcester, MA 

Charles Cole writes he is "enjoying retire- 
ment in Florida with summers on Cape 
Cod." . . . Our champion bicycle rider, Ed 
"Foxy Grandpa" Delano was struck down 
by a truck during a time trial last fall and 
received a broken leg. Ed informed his 
doctors that he intends to continue his 
racing career. The medics did a natural 
bionics job on his leg by removing a slab of 
bone from his hip and attaching it as rein- 
forcement to his leg bone. Competitors will 
be "pleased" to hear that this arrangement 
may well furnish extra pedaling strength to 
the leg. Ed, healing well, intends to pedal 
3100 miles to his 50th reunion in 1980. This 
ought to inspire the rest of the class to 
come to reunion to see this remarkable 
rider . Daniel O'Grady has been ap- 
pointed chairman of a drive to endow 
principal players' chairs for the Cape Cod 
Symphony Orchestra during the orchestra 
association's 1979 Sustaining Fund Cam- 
paign. Dan is the retired general commer- 
cial manager and executive assistant to the 
president of New England Telephone Co. 
He is a trustee emeritus of WPI, a member 
of the board of the American (and Mas- 
sachusetts) Lung Association, president of 
the Woods Hole Golf Club, and a trustee of 
the Cape Cod Symphony. 

32 /The WPI journal / Summer 1979 


Howard P Lekberg 
RFD 115 Main St 
East Douglas, MA 

Jan Dowgielewicz, formerly with the Mas- 
sachusetts Department of Public Works, 
has retired. . . . Russ Purrington, who 
retired from the Northeast Utilities System 
office in Breslin, Conn., six years ago as 
supervisor of maintenance of steam and 
hydro plants, writes that he is currently 
doing lots of fishing. He has a 28-foot cabin 
cruiser which he keeps at Niantic, Conn. 






Sumner B Sweetser 

Robert E Ferguson 

100 Pine Grove Ave 

36 Lake Ave 

Summit, NJ 

Leicester, MA 



Harold Hammer says, "Enjoying Florida 
living very much." Harold, a resident of 
Winter Haven, reports that his grand- 
daughter, Kim, graduated from Baypath in 
May. His oldest grandson, Jody Weath- 
erwax, is at Virginia Military Institute and 
has broken the school track record for 1 500 
meters three times (Best time: 3:48). . . . 
John Henrickson and his wife, Evelyn, are 
playing lots of golf at Sun City Center in 
Florida. They also go fishing and play 
bridge with "many friendly people from all 
walks of life in the U.S.A." John serves as 
chairman of the Consumer Affairs Commit- 
tee of the Home Owners Association. . . . 
Albert White, Jr. has several hobbies, one 
of which is to walk fast about ten miles a 
day. He is retired from the federal Civil 



Dwight J Dwinell 
Box 265 

Brownmgton, VT 

Dwight J Dwinell 

C. Standish Beebe, who retired from Pfizer 
Inc. after 32 years as plant engineer and 
construction manager, is the newly ap- 
pointed executive coordinator of the New 
England Construction Users Council. He 
uses his home as his office. 





Raymond F. Starrett 

Plummer Wiley 

Charles H Amidon, Jr 

C John Lindegren, Jr 

Continental Country Club 

2906 Silver Hill Ave 

636 Salisbury St 

21 Prospect St 

Box 104 

Baltimore, MD 

Holden, MA 

Shrewsbury, MA 

Wild wood, FL 





Karl Bohaker has retired from the Electrical 
Products Croup of AMF, Inc., and has 
moved to Pitman, N.J. . . . Edward Cove, 
who has been retired for several years, says 
that there is plenty to do on Cape Cod the 
year 'round. "There is no shortage of ac- 

Sam Hakam says he's "politically active 
in order to get some corrective legislation 
on the products liability nightmare." . . . 
Roger Lawton is retired from Electric Boat 
in Groton, Conn. Currently, he manages 
the Lawton "tree farm" in Athol, Mass., 
and enjoys golf, tennis, and skiing. He 
plans to continue his retirement in the 
Mystic, Conn, area, where he has lived for 
24 years. 



Harold F. Henrickson 

1406 Fox Hill Dr 

Sun City Center, FL 


Walter C Dahlstrom 
9 Jewett Terr 
Worcester, MA 

Roslyn and N. Robert Levine took a trip to 
Israel in May. . . . George Wood retired last 
October from the Homelite Division of 
Textron, Inc. He enjoys photography and 


Richard J Lyman 
Medfield, MA 

Richard J. Lyman 

Now retired, Carl Otto is having a "life of 
sunshine, hunting and fishing." . . . Says 
Raymond Schuh, "Retirement can't be 




Emory K Rogers 

Albert L Delude, Jr 

141 Lanyon Dr. 

261 Garden City Dr 

Cheshire, CT 

Cranston, Rl 



Carl Keyser is retired, and is an "author, 
more or less." He lives in North Hampton, 
N.H., with his wife, Dorothy, whom he lists 
as his "employer." 

Edward Roszko retired as plant superin- 
tendent of production in the Petchem area 
of du Punt on Jan. 31st. After receiving his 
master's in chemical engineering from WPI 
in 1 941 , he joined du Pont in the analytical 
group at Jackson Laboratory. In 1942 he 
moved to the semi-works operation. Dur- 
ing World War II, he was a supervisor in the 
chlorine area. In 1 949 he transferred to 
camphor. Ed moved to T.E.L. as a super- 
visor in the batch processes in 1950, and in 
1 951 he was assigned as coordinator of 
design and start-up of the T.E.L. continu- 
ous plant. He was made senior supervisor 
at "A" plant in 1953. Also, in 1965, he was 
assigned to the du Pont of Canada project 
to coordinate design and start-up of the 
lead alkyl plant. In 1966 he returned to 
Jackson Laboratory, where he was made a 
division head. He became chief supervisor 
of the T.E.L. area in 1968. In 1970 he was 
promoted to superintendent of the 
Chamber Works Power Division. Two years 
later he was named superintendent of the 
Petroleum Chemicals Manufacturing Divi- 

Ed has been active in scouting and civic 
affairs in Upper Penns Neck. He was chair- 
man of the Upper Penns Neck Sewerage 
Authority, and a member of the Technical 
Advisory Committee for the Deepwater 
Regional Treatment Facility. He belongs to 
the Rotary Club and is on the board of the 
Salem Community College Foundation. 
During retirement, Ed plans to travel, read, 
golf, and garden. 

Walter Abel has found a new way to 
improve his skiing technique. He straps to 
his chest a small tape player, which plays 
soothing music while he is skiing. He claims 
that this method will turn a novice into an 
intermediate in a weekend. Among his 
favorite tunes are "East Side, West Side" 
and "Red Roses For A Blue Lady." Usually 
other skiers, hearing Abel's music, follow 
him Pied Piper fashion down the slopes. 
"Skiing to music makes you lose track of 
the day," he says. "Back at work on Mon- 
day morning, you're ready to fight 

Recently, Amet Powell served as an ACS 
councilor at the American Chemical Society 
and Chemical Society of Japan joint meet- 
ing in Honolulu. Attending the interna- 
tional conference were chemical society 
representatives from Canada, Australia, 
and New Zealand. Twelve delegates came 
from China, nine of whom gave papers. 

Summer 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 33 


Russell W Parks 
7250 Brill Rd 
Cincinnati, OH 

Robert A Muir 
529 Pearl St. 
Reading, MA 

Walter Kennedy was recently promoted to 
assistant to the general manager, plastic 
products group, bag division, at Union 
Camp Corp., Wayne, N.J. He had been 
assistant to the general manager in the 
honeycomb division. In his new post, he 
will continue to be headquartered at Union 
Camp's corporate offices in Wayne. ... Ed 
Pacek is a director and public relations man 
at Rocky Point Park in Warwick, R.I. 

I 94 2 

Norman A Wilson 
17 Cranbrook Dr 
Holden, MA 

Wilbur Day's family has "increased by two 
new daughters-in-law and one new 
granddaughter." He has a total of four 
grandchildren. . . . James Houlihan was 
recently appointed vice president of re- 
search and development for the Milton 
Bradley Game and Educational Divisions in 
Springfield, Mass. In 1952 he started with 
the company as chief chemist. As manager 
of game development and, later, as direc- 
tor of research and development and direc- 
tor of the Advanced Research and Devel- 
opment Department, he has been respon- 
sible for many new product introductions. 
During World War II, he was a weather 
forecaster in the Navy. Currently, he is a 
lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and 
teaches weather forecasting in the U.S. 
Power Squadron. 

David Nyquist writes that he is "still 
involved with ports and ships as assistant 
general manager of the Chicago Regional 
Port District.". . . Frank Sama, who is retired 
from Turbo Power & Marine Systems, Inc., 
says that he is enjoying part-time work 
with his son in the lumber and building 
supply business in Maine. He is proud of his 
two granddaughters, ages 1 3 and 1 1 . 



Behrends Messer, Jr 

Mobil Research & Development 

PO. Box 1026 

Princeton, NJ 


Donald Russell's daughter, Nancy, the 
oldest of four children, is married and is in 
public health consulting work in Menlo 
Park, Calif. Bob, the youngest, is an honor 

student at Wentworth Institute. . . . Perry 
Fraser now serves as senior development 
engineer at Mechanical Technology Incor- 
porated. He is located in Scotia, N.Y. 


JohnG Underhill 
6706 Barkworth Dr 
Dallas, TX 

John A Bjork 
1 1 Tylee Ave 
Worcester, MA 

^Married: Erling Lagerholm to Emilie W. 
Hofmann recently in Cambridge, Mas- 
sachusetts. Mrs. Lagerholm graduated 
from Vassar and is a yoga teacher in Wes- 
ton. Her husband is a real estate counselor 
for Norwood Group International, Inc. of 

Continuing with GE, Floyd Smith is a 
sales representative for the firm's lamp 
division in Greenville, S.C. . . . George 
Williams has been promoted to manager 
of fuels, electric operations, at New En- 
gland Gas & Electric System, headquar- 
tered at Canal Electric in Sandwich, Mass. 
He joined NEGEA Service Corp., Cam- 
bridge, several years after "retiring" from 
Bailey Meter Co.-Babcock & Wilcox. In 
1977 he was promoted to mechanical 



Robert E Scott 

Allendale Mutual Insurance Co 

PO Box 7500 

Johnstown, Rl 


Robert Buck writes: "Planning on retiring 
from the government at the end of June." 
... Dr. Carl Clark, a physical scientist, has 
been named inventor contact for the Office 
of Passenger Research, a branch of the 
National Highway Traffic Safety Adminis- 
tration in Washington, D.C. He is con- 
cerned with the redesign of the au- 
tomobile. . William Densmore is the 
newly appointed vice president of abrasive 
operations in the U.S. and Canada for 
Norton Co. He had been vice president and 
general manager of the grinding wheel 
division since 1971 . In 1946, he started as 
an industrial engineer at Norton. He is a 
registered professional engineer, and a 
member of the Management Board of Ad- 
visors at WPI. . . . Charles Shattuck is a 
manager of manufacturing engineering at 
Nashua (N.H.) Corp. 


Secretaries: Representative: 

M Daniel Lacedonia George R Morin, Jr 

106 Ridge Rd 81 Park Ave 

East Longmeadow, MA Keene, NH 

01028 03431 

George H Conley, Jr 
213 Stevens Dr 
Pittsburgh, PA 

Eugene Ritter holds the post of plant man- 
ager at Lehn & Fink in Toledo, Ohio. 


Paul E. Evans 
Longmeadow, MA 

John J Concordia 
36 Summer St 
Shrewsbury, MA 

David Anthony has left Texas Instruments 
to "semi-retire." He has cut his daily com- 
mute from 1 50 to four miles, and is now 
doing some drafting and estimating for a 
local (Columbus, Texas) building contrac- 
tor. . . . Lawrence Hine says he has "No 
news, really, but could make so many 
comments on our contemporary American 
society that it would fill a book." He has 
three daughters, one 24 and married; 
another 21 and a college senior; and the 
last, 1 6, a high school sophomore, who has 
just gotten her driver's license. "To say the 
least, their world is not the same as mine." 

Norman Lourie holds the post of vice 
president of engineering at Wang 
Laboratories in Lowell, Mass., with major 
facilities throughout Middlesex County. 
According to Lourie, Wang is enjoying a 
prosperous growth in both small and 
medium business computers, as well as 
word processing systems. . . . Currently, 
Lemuel Manchester is a senior nuclear 
engineer at Combustion Engineering, Inc., 
in Windsor, Conn. 




Howard J Green 

lames F O'Regan 

1 Kenilworth Rd 

17 Hundreds Rd 

Worcester, MA 

Westboro, MA 



Clifton Nickerson is now president of Im- 
ages Unlimited in West Boylston, Mass. He 
has a slide library of photo decor for dec- 
orating corporate offices, hospitals, etc., 
with photo murals. . . John Saunier is a 
technical recruiter at Dunnhill in Parlin, N.J. 

34 /The WPI Journal / Summer 1979 

Businessperson of the 

JULIUS PALLEY, '46, the "mastermind of Union Place" 
in Worcester, has been named recipient of Worcester 
Magazine's Businessperson of the Year Award. In its trib- 
ute to Palley, the magazine recently stated: "If our cities 
are to continue to flourish and not fall back into decay, it 
will be because of men like Julius Palley, who have a 
sense of pride in their city and who seek to help others 
achieve what they themselves have achieved." 

Only three short years ago, Union Place consisted of 
two fortress-like factory buildings, decaying from the in- 
side out but conveniently located just off bustling Lincoln 
Square in downtown Worcester. Sensing the potential of 
the complex, Julius and his brother Arthur, owners of 
Commonwealth Stationers, bought the property and began 
the process of converting it to the city's first privately fi- 
nanced urban renewal project, with the money coming out 
of their own pockets. 

The Palleys took part of the building space, renovated 
it for their own use, then looked for their first tenant. By a 
stroke of good fortune, Maxwell Silverman's Toolhouse, 
the now popular restaurant owned by Gus Giordano, be- 
came their "ground floor" tenant. "Giordano has been sort 
of a pacesetter for me," says Palley. "He tore everything 
apart and built a building within a building." 

While Giordano was concerned with the building of 
the restaurant, Palley began renovating the rest of the 
property, one floor at a time, redecorating each area to the 
specifications of the tenant. One after another, a lot of 
nice substantial industries and businesses moved in. A 
good number of Palley's employees put their special skills 
to work at Union Place. "The whole thing was a truly co- 
operative effort," he says. 

The Palley renovation is unique in that it reverses 
the trend of demolishing old buildings and replacing them 
with new complexes. In keeping Union Place intact, the 
Palleys have preserved a part of historic Worcester and at 

the same time provided an alternative for businesses that 
would not fare well in either large factories or retail shops. 
Julius is especially pleased that he has been able to save 
25-51 Union Place because they are the last two industrial 
buildings left in Worcester which were originally built by 
Stephen Salisbury. "Salisbury was the original impresario 
of construction in Worcester," lulius declares. 

Loyalty to Worcester is a long-standing family trait. 
The Palleys have lived in the area for generations. A son 
and nephew of Julius both work in the company that he 
and his brother started eleven years ago. Many of his em- 
ployees have been with him for years. 

"It is this type of loyalty that has helped me to accom- 
plish whatever I may have accomplished in business and 
at Union Place," he reports. He claims that it is his brother 
Arthur, the company treasurer and money man, who 
should receive an award. "I was the front man for the reno- 
vation," he goes on, "but it was my brother who arranged 
the financing and kept our own business running." 

Looking to the future of the property, Julius is consid- 
ering several possibilities. "Currently the Toolhouse is ex- 
panding to the two upper floors, and an exterior elevator 
is being constructed," he reveals. "We are trying to blend 
in the expansion so that the architectural integrity of the 
buildings is maintained." 

Some people have suggested that he have the prop- 
erty preserved as an historic landmark, which would make 
it possible for him to obtain government loans. "At the 
present time, we don't feel that we can accept such loans 
because of the various restrictions that would be set up," 
he says. "We need a little freedom to move ahead." 

Palley is very close to his tenants, all of whom are 
from out of town or are new businesses. "We didn't offer 
anybody on Main Street a special deal to move in with 
us," he emphasizes. One of his major satisfactions is that 
the Union Place tenants are doing well. "I have to see 
them often and find out what's going on. I can't stay away." 

Julius Palley, "Businessperson of the Year," is a man 
who shows concern, not only for the welfare of his ten- 
ants but also for the past and the future of the city he 

Summer 1919 /The WP1 Journal/ 35 



Lester J Reynolds, Jr 

15 Cherry Lane 

Basking Ridge, NJ 


Henry S Coe, Jr. 
3 Harwick Rd. 
Wakefield, MA 

According to Art Bouvier, who has com- 
pleted a career in the Air Force, "Old sol- 
diers don't just fade away. They go into the 
real estate business." Art has returned to 
Massachusetts, where he has joined the 
Sanford L. Parks Gallery of Homes in 
Sandwich as a realtor-associate. He says, 
"I'll be pleased to assist any alumnus hav- 
ing designs on Cape Cod." . . . John 
Hawley, associated with the Walworth 
Aloyco plant in Linden, N.J., for twenty 
years, is now located with the firm in 
southwestern Pennsylvania at the 
Greensburg plant. (The firm's nuclear valve 
production was transferred to Pennsyl- 
vania.) He writes, "My wife and I are 
pleased with our location in a new home in 
Ligonier, Pa." 

Currently, Richard McMahan, Jr., holds 
the post of manager of operational plan- 
ning at the Center for Energy Systems, 
Energy Systems and Technology Division 
of General Electric, in Washington, D.C — 
Paul Nyquist, plant engineer at Hill Refrig- 
eration, Trenton, N.J., is the present chair- 
man of the Chamber's Plant Engineers 
Council. The Council is open to plant en- 
gineers of member firms and provides op- 
portunities for them to be better informed 
on topics of mutual interest. Nyquist has 
been with Hill as plant engineer since 1 974. 
The firm, which employs about 1200 per- 
sons, manufactures refrigeration equip- 
ment for supermarkets and other food 
dealers. "We think our equipment is the 
Cadillac of the industry," says Nyquist. 
Before joining Hill, he worked for John A. 
Roebling & Sons, Trenton; Robinson and 
Associates, Newark; and Joule Technical 
Services of Union. He belongs to the De- 
partment of Environmental Protection's 
Industry/Labor Advisory Committee on 
Transportation Air Pollution Control. In his 
spare time, he plays tennis, skis and golfs. 

195 1 



Stanley L. Miller 

John L. Reid 

11 Ashwood Rd. 

31 Spring Garden Dr 

Paxton, MA 

Madison, NJ 



Carl Johansson now works as a staff spe- 
cialist (fermentation) for Arthur G. McKee, 
engineers and constructors. His daughter 
Lisa was married in the "old home town of 
Mystic, Conn., in June." . . . Tom June is 
vice president and general manager of the 
Building Materials Division, Organic Mate- 
rials, at Koppers Corporation in Pittsburgh. 

36 /The WPl Journal / Summer 1979 

. . . Carl Luz, Jr., holds the post of president 
at ESCO Plastics, Inc., in Perth Amboy, N.J. 
. . Roy Olson serves as assistant director of 
plant engineering at Torrington Co. He is 
located in Collinsville, Conn. . . . Merrill 
Spiller, class head agent, is currently man- 
ufacturing manager for Aviv Corporation, 
Woburn, Mass. 




Edward G Samolis 

Philip B Crommelin, Jr 

580 Roberts Ave 

P.O Box 38 

Syracuse, NY 

Stanton, NJ 



In March a "mini-reunion" of the Class of 
'52 was held at the home of Joseph 
Lojewski in Wilmington, Delaware. Those 
attending were John Feldsine and family, 
Dud DeCarli, Mike O'Neil, and Rick Fer- 
rari, '51 , and their wives. . . . Edgar Van 
Cott holds the post of president of Tren- 
data Corp. in Santa Ana, Calif., where he 
relocated last October. 



Dr David S Jenney 


Stratford, CT 


George Saltus has been appointed director 
of the Customer Switching Laboratory at 
Bell Labs in Denver, Colo. Previously, he 
was head of the laboratory's Support De- 
partment. Since 1953, he has been an 
employee of the firm, and he holds seven 
patents in military computer circuits, elec- 
tronic key telephone systems, and Pic- 
turephone key telephone systems. 


Roger R Osell 
18 Eliot Rd 
Lexington, MA 

Roger R Osell 

Richard Meirowitz has joined Safe Flight 
Instrument Corp. in White Plains, N.Y. . . . 
Raymond Naudin holds the post of director 
of international sales for Langston in 
Cherry Hill, NJ. . . . Milton Meckler, presi- 
dent of Meckler Energy Group, Encino, 
Calif., recently delivered a speech at the 
annual meeting of the American Section of 
the International Solar Energy Society in 
Denver. His presentation included case his- 
tories of solar assisted water source heat 
pump systems now being developed by his 
firm. Meckler has been named editor of a 
new reference work, The Retrofitting for 
Energy Conservation Handbook, which will 
be published late this year or early in 1980 
by Marcel Dekker, Inc. 




Kenneth L. Wakeen 

Ralph K Mongeon, Jr 

344 Waterville Rd 

Riley Stoker Corp 

Avon, CT 

P O Box 547 


Worcester, MA 


Richard Crook was recently appointed 
manager of product engineering at the 
G&O Manufacturing Co. in New Haven, 
Conn. A member of G&O since 1972, he 
will now be responsible for product en- 
gineering functions as they pertain to the 
original equipment market and the au- 
tomotive aftermarket field. 

Harold Sauer, vice president of Inter- 
mark Associates, Inc., ran last spring for a 
5-year term on the Carlisle (Mass.) school 
committee. He is a present member and 
past chairman of the planning board, and 
he has been active with the Carlisle Histori- 
cal Commission, State Forestry Advisory 
Committee, and the Carlisle Cub Scouts. 

Tarek Shawaf, head of the oldest and 
largest Saudi Arabian consulting firm, 
Saudconsult, was pictured on the cover of 
the April 26th issue of Engineering News- 
Record, McGraw Hill's construction 
weekly. Shawaf's most active foreign 
partnership lately has been with Tippetts- 
Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton of New York. 
Their combined successes include design 
assignments on highways and inter- 
changes, a recreational harbor, shore pro- 
tection and site drainage in the industrial 
city of Jubail. Although noted for civil as- 
signments, Saudconsult's architectural 
pride and joy is the Ministry of Planning 
building, which it designed. 

About twelve years ago, Shawaf started 
his firm with three employees. Today, he 
employs 250, including twelve graduate 
engineers. His staff is about 1 /4 Egyptian; Va 
Pakistani and Bangladeshi; and the other 
half Syrians, Jordanians, and Saudis. 
Shawaf, of Syrian descent, was one of the 
first students sent from Saudi Arabia to 
study engineering abroad. He enjoys the 
respect of the Saudi royal family, and has 
had many good will and business- 
promotion missions abroad. At home he 
serves (without pay) as secretary general of 
the extravagant and modern New Equest- 
rian Club in Riyadh, which boasts 350 
members, many of them princes. 

Currently his firm has offices or affiliates 
in London, Houston, New York, and Dub- 
lin. He sees his future growth in association 
with partners from abroad. He also is en- 
thusiastic about the future of solar energy. 
He says, "In the next ten years I'd like to 
pursue bringing solar expertise to Saudi 

Robert Stempel, a vice president of Gen- 
eral Motors and newly appointed general 
manager of Pontiac, has said that Pontiac 
will remain the "sporty motor division at 
General Motors," according to an article in 
the March issue of American Machinist. 

The image has been carefully nurtured. 
Burt Reynolds drove a Trans Am in his role 
as a stuntman in "Hooper." Stempel him- 
self drove the pace car, a Firebird, at the 
Daytona 500 NASCAR race last winter. 
Says Stempel, "we don't race at GM, but 
we enjoy the hell out of motor sports. " Bob 
is a current member of the President's 
Advisory Council at WPI. 

James Warren serves as vice president of 
quality control at Pratt & Whitney Machine 
Tool Division of Colt Industries in West 
Hartford, Conn. 



Rev Paul D. Schoonmaker 

325 North Lewis Rd 

Royersford, PA 


John M McHugh 
431 Beacon Hill Dr 
Cheshire, CT 

Joseph Paparella has been appointed gen- 
eral manager of Latin American operations 
for the Foxboro (Mass.) Company. . . . 
Donald Lathrop continues as a teacher of 
philosophy and ethics at Berkshire Com- 
munity College (BCC) in Pittsfield, Mass. 
He has an MS degree from RPI and a 
master's in social ethics from the University 
of Southern California. He and his wife, 
Marion, have started a series of peace vigils 
at BCC. In April they protested the launch- 
ing of the first Trident nuclear-powered 
submarine in Groton, Conn. The Lathrops 
have three children: Mark, 21 ; Scott, 18; 
and Dena, 12. 

Charles Whitney has been named direc- 
tor of research and development for the 
Wiremold Company, West Hartford, 
Conn., the leading manufacturer of surface 
metal raceway electrical distribution sys- 
tems and flexible air ducts for the air condi- 
tioning and automotive industries. For- 
merly, he was an application specialist with 
McDonnell Douglas Actron, Hartford, 
Conn., and a product engineer with 
Superior Electric Co., Bristol. He did 
graduate work at Trinity and RPI. 


Harry R Rydstrom 
132 Sugartown Rd 
Devon, PA 

Walt Janas, Jr., is a specialist engineer with 
the Boeing Co. assigned to the Minuteman 
ICBM update program at Malmstrom AFB 
in Great Falls, Montana. . . . Stew Staples, a 
contractor and custom home builder in 
Tucson, Arizona, continues to be active in 
the Tucson Open Golf Tournament. . . . 
William Wesolowski has been appointed 
manager of thin film operations at Micro 
Networks Corp. in Worcester. He is respon- 
sible for the manufacturing of thin film 
resistor networks, as well as research and 
development of thin film devices. Formerly 
manager of thin film devices at Sprague 
Electric Co., he has been in the electronics 
industry for twenty years. He holds a mas- 
ter's degree in chemistry from Williams 

Dr. Arthur Halprin has been promoted to 
a full professor of physics at the University 
of Delaware in Newark. He joined the 
physics department in 1964 as an assistant 
professor. In 1 969, he was named associate 
professor. He received his doctorate from 
the University of Pennsylvania. He has 
published papers in professional journals, 
and has served as visiting scientist at the 
Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research, the 
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and 
the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. . . . 
Richard Keats holds the position of director 
of the Northeast region for Support Sys- 
tems Associates, Inc., Burlington, Mass. 

The April issue of the Abrasive Engineer- 
ing Society Magazine reports that Robert 
Massad spoke on the evolution of diamond 
wheels for cutter grinding of carbide-steel 
workpieces at the spring Technical Confer- 
ence. He is a senior product engineer in the 
Bay State Abrasives Division of Dresser 
Industries, and is responsible for diamond 
abrasive products and electrochemical 
grinding. With Bay State since 1 959, he has 
held several engineering posts prior to 
being appointed to his present post in 
1 966. . . . Thomas O'Connor and Charles 
Zisch, '64, have a girls' soccer team (which 
they call Charlie's Angels) in Chelmsford, 
Mass. The Angels took first place in their 
division last fall and everyone is looking 
forward to next season. 

Robert Steen continues as president of 
Recreational Enterprises, Inc. in Killington, 
Vt. . . . "Jack" Wolfe serves as vice presi- 
dent and general manager of the En- 
gineered Products Division at EG&G Sealol 
in Providence, R.I. 


Secretary Representative: 
Dr Robert A Yates Alfred E Barry 
1 1 Oak Ridge Dr 1 Algonquin Rd 
Bethany, CT Worcester, MA 
06525 01609 

Ralph Johnson is a manufacturer's 




Dr Frederick H Lutze, Jr 

1 10 Camelot Court NW 

Blacksburg, VA 



Dr Joseph D Bronzino 

Trinity College 

Summit St. 

Hartford, CT 



Paul W Bayliss 
170Wyngate Dr 
Barnngton, IL 

JohnW Biddle 
78 Highland St 
Holden, MA 

Last year, James Richards was named vice 
president and general manager of produc- 
tion at Bowers-Siemon Chemical Co. in 
Coal City, III. The firm produces lubricants 
and chemicals for the wire manufacturing 
industry, and presently has affiliates in 
Brazil, India, South Africa, and England. 
The Coal City plant is Bowers-Siemon's 
only manufacturing facility in the U.S. 
Richards says that plant manufacturing 
capacities will be enlarged by 25 percent in 

David Daubney works as a project en- 
gineer at Curtis and Marble Corp. in 
Worcester. . Fr. Harvey D. Egan, S.J , 
recently received tenure and promotion to 
associate professor at Boston Theology, 
where he teaches systematic and mystical 
theology. He has written two books on 
mysticism and many articles on mysticism, 
theological methodology, and various 
theological themes. His latest work is a 
chapter on the mystical theology of Karl 
Rahner in the German publication, Wagnis 
Theologie. ... Dr. David Evensen's daugh- 
ter, Karen, is on the women's basketball 
team at the University of California at 
Irvine. She plans to study engineering. 

Joshua Alpern was just promoted to GS-1 6 
at the Central Intelligence Agency in the 

Directorate of Science and Technology 

Currently, William Bonta is chief of the 
division of planning for the Environmental 
Health Administration at the State Dept. of 
Health in Baltimore, Md. . . . Donald Cloud 
continues as president of Country Home 
Development Corp. in Guilford, Conn. . . . 
Al Materas, Jr., is now employed by Robert 
E. Nolan Co., Inc., Simsbury, Conn., where 
he serves as a senior management consul- 
tant. . . . Robert Mercer works as district 
representative at the Permutit Co. in Char- 
lotte, N.C. Robert Mulholland, Jr., has 
been transferred to Ft. Monmouth, N.J., 
where he is a procurement officer in U.S. 
Army Communications-Electronics Readi- 
ness Command. . . . H. David Sutton is with 
Sanders Associates of Nashua, N.H. . . . 
Edward Sappet serves as manager of cor- 
porate process engineering at Data General 
Corp., Westboro, Mass. 

Summer 1919 / The WPI journal/ 37 


John J Gabarro 
8Monadnock Rd 
Arlington, MA 

►fiorn: to Mr. and Mrs. George Yule, Jr., a 
son, Todd Michael, on November 5, 1 978. 
Presently, George is a partner of Crampton, 
Remke & Miller, a consulting firm in Palo 
Alto, Calif. 

Still with Stone & Webster, Boston, 
Richard Federico is now with the Engineer- 
ing Mechanics Division. 

Dr. H. Richard Freeman has been 
awarded the National Aeronautics and 
Space Administration's Exceptional Service 
Medal for his work as system engineer for 
the agency's international ultraviolet ex- 
plorer. He was cited for his "perseverance 
and personal dedication, which were re- 
sponsible in large part for the success of this 
important mission." Dr. Freeman has a 
master's degree from Yale and a PhD from 
the University of Maryland. During the 
year since it was launched into synchron- 
ous orbit, the satellite has provided as- 
tronomers around the world with over 
4,000 spectral images, and it may lead 
scientists to a better understanding of ele- 
ments, temperatures, and pressure within 

William Gill, a professional engineer, 
recently opened with his partner, Gill and 
Pulver Engineers, Inc. in Sacramento, Calif. 
Gill and Pulver is a civil engineering firm 
specializing in water resources planning 
and development, flood control and flood 
plain management, land development, and 

environmental studies Lee Hackett was 

recently elected president of the American 
Appraisal Company, the largest operating 
unit within American Appraisal Associates, 
Inc., the Milwaukee-based international 
valuation, mapping, and consulting firm. 
He started work at the firm in 1963, and 
was elected vice president in 1 975. He has 
previously served as field supervisor, man- 
ager of engineering valuation, manager of 
industrial valuation division, and as central 
regional manager and vice president and 
manager of appraisal operations. He holds 
an MBA from the University of Chicago. 

Merrill Rutman says, "I am spending an 
academic year at MIT studying operations 
research, system dynamics, and manage- 
ment information systems. Since Sep- 
tember 1 978 my family and I have been 
living in Chestnut Hill and enjoying the 
Boston area. We plan to be back home in 
New Jersey this summer." . . . David 
Youden has been promoted to assistant 
director of engineering at Cone-Blanchard 
Machine Co. in Windsor, Vt. This is a new 
position in the engineering department. 
Since joining the company in 1973, he has 
served as product development engineer, 
quality control manager, and most re- 
cently, manager of product development. 


Harry T Rapelje 
1313 Parma Hilton Rd 
Hilton, NY 

Richard J DiBuono 
44 Lambert Circle 
Marlboro, MA 

►fiorn. to Mr. and Mrs. Joel Freedman, 
their second child, a daughter, on March 6, 

Hubert Cole has received his MS in ad- 
ministration of science and technology 
from George Washington University. He's 
employed as a senior project officer in 
headquarters, U.S. Army Test & Evaluation 
Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, 

Md Jacob Erlich has been elected to the 

board of governors of the Boston Patent 
Law Association. . . . George Forsberg 
writes: "Expect to be returning to the U.S. 
later this year following 4 1 /2 years in the 
United Kingdom with Monsanto." . . . 
Sharad Gandbhir recently purchased One 
Heritage Mall in Berlin, Mass. He expects to 
make some renovations, and to use the 
building for investment purposes. He will 
continue with the same professional clien- 
tele, such as physicians and businessmen. 
Sharad and his wife and three children live 
in Newton. 

Last year Jay Hochstaine received his 
MBA from Chapman College. . . . Still 
residing in Bogor, Indonesia, David Smith is 
now a project engineer for Laurie, 
Montgomerie & Pettit in Jakarta. 



Robert E Maynard.Jr 

8 Institute Rd 

North Grafton, MA 


Joseph J Mielmski, 
34 Pioneer Rd. 
Holden, MA 

Robert Behn, an associate professor at 
Duke University's Institute of Policy Sci- 
ences and Public Affairs, was the author of 
"Terminating Public Policies" in the Oc- 
tober 1 6, 1 978 issue of The Wall Street 

In February, Richard Dann was pro- 
moted to editor of Power Transmission 
Design magazine. Also, he was recently 
elected to the board of governors of the 
Cleveland Engineering Society. ... Dr. 
Richard Dominguez is now a professor of 
basic engineering and head of the depart- 
ment at Colorado School of Mines. He has 
an MSCE from Colorado State and his 
doctorate in civil engineering (ocean en- 
gineering) from Oregon State University. 
He has had 1 3 years of teaching experi- 
ence, and serves as a consultant for Brown 
and Root, Inc., developing ocean structures 
supporting oil and gas operations, and with 
Sipen-Speery Systems. 

John Goselin has been named supervisor 
of the product, film emulsion, and plate 
division at Kodak Park. He joined Kodak in 
1 963. His most recent appointment was 
senior product engineer. . . . Dennis Heath 
is still with GE, Circuit Protective Devices 
Dept., in Plainville, Conn. After three years 
as product planner in marketing, he has 
returned to engineering, handling UL 
liaison work for GE's low voltage power 
circuit breakers, ground fault products, and 
large molded case circuit breakers. 

Russ Hokanson serves as senior super- 
visor in the reactor department at the 
Savannah River Plant in Aiken, S.C. In 
the past year he has run in five marathons, 
his best time being 3:21 in Savannah, Ga. 
His wife, Barbara, is involved with the Girl 
Scouts. Donna, 13, and Debbie, 10, are 
active in soccer, basketball, running, and 
scouting. ... Dr. Richard Kashnow was 
recently named head of GE's Electronics 
Laboratory in Syracuse, N.Y. Formerly, he 
had been at GE's Electric Research and 
Development Center in Schenectady. . . . 
Jim Magaldi has transferred from Digital's 
Westfield (Mass.) plant to Maynard as a 
corporate plant engineer. 



Dr David T Signori, Jr. 

6613 Denny PI 

McLean, VA 


Barry J Kadets 
7 Bellwood St 
Framingham, MA 

Marshall Crow says that he spends a lot of 
time in the Pacific area on an "interesting 
contract." He is presently head of the 
intelligence systems department at GTE 
Sylvania in Needham, Mass. . . . Bruce 
Juhola holds the position of marketing 
manager of the Telecom Division of 
Raychem Corp., Menlo Park, Calif. . . . 
Walter Lankau, Jr., vice president of Man- 
agement Decision System, Inc., Waltham, 
Mass., recently represented his firm at a 
conference relating to joint European mar- 
keting ventures. His firm is a national com- 
pany in the development and use of 
problem-solving models and computer 
software for business analysis and plan- 
ning. Lankau has an MS in chemical en- 
gineering from UMass and an MBA from 
Wharton School, University of Pennsyl- 
vania. In September, the Lankaus will be 
moving to a new home in Sudbury, Mass. 

Arthur Luhtala is still project engineer 
and government representative for USDA 
Soil Conservation Service in Meredith, N.H. 
... Dr. J. Richard Lundgren, associate 
professor of mathematics at Allegheny Col- 
lege, Meadville, Pa., has received a Faculty 
Professional Development grant of 
$18,220 from the National Science Foun- 
dation. The grant is for study during 
1 979-80 at the University of Colorado, 
where he will be working in the areas of 
applied finite mathematics. He will also be 

38 / The WPl journal / Summer 1 979 

concerned with computer science, and the 
development of computer programs which 
can be used in various courses of com- 
binatorics, abstract algebra, and linear 
algebra. Prior to joining the Allegheny fac- 
ulty in 1971 , Dr. Lundgren had been with 
New England Telephone Company. He re- 
ceived his master's degree and PhD from 
Ohio State University. Several of his articles 
have been published in the Journal of 

Continuing with GTE Sylvania, Dr. Elliot 
Wyner is now with the lighting products 
group at headquarters in Danvers, Mass. 
He is an advanced R&D engineer. He, his 
wife Janice, and three boys live in Peabody. 


Patrick T. Moran 
100 Chester Rd 
Boxboro, MA 

Phil Bachelder now works for James River 
Graphics, formerly Scott Graphics. . . . 
Edward Falkowski is marketing manager in 
Tokyo, Japan, for du Pont's Far East Photo 

Products Department Jim Fee serves as 

a product manager at Accutest in 
Chelmsford, Mass. He resides in Winthrop. 
. . . Mordecai Gutman, who has his MBA 
from the University of Detroit, is currently 
employed by Texas Instruments as a field 
marketing specialist involved with dealer 
and sales training for professional and 
commercial products. . . . William Nicker- 
son is a self-employed consulting engineer 
in San Francisco. 

Phil Ryan has been elected a corporator 
at Merchants Savings Bank in Manchester, 
N.H. He is a partner in Bigelow & Co., a 
Manchester-based management consult- 
ing group, which he founded nine years 
ago. Previously, he was with Humble Oil 
(Exxon) in Houston, Texas. He has been a 
member of the accreditation committee at 
Merrimack Valley College, and has lectured 
in many business management and Small 
Business Administration courses, including 
several presented at WPI. He has an MBA 
from Harvard, and is a member of the 
board of advisors, Department of Man- 
agement at WPI, as well as being a member 
of the WPI Alumni Association executive 
committee. In Manchester, Ryan has been 
associated with the United Way (board of 
directors); Elliot Hospital (board of direc- 
tors); and the Greater Manchester 
Chamber of Commerce. He served as vice 
president and a director of United Way of 
N.H.; a member of the Manchester Plan- 
ning Board; and as a former regional plan- 
ning commissioner representing Manches- 
ter on the Southern New Hampshire Plan- 
ning Commission. 

Still employed as a senior civil engineer 
by Suffolk County Public Works Dept. on 
Long Island, Harry Schneck is presently in 
charge of contract highway and bridge 
construction projects. He, his wife, Sandi, 
and their two sons live on Great South Bay 
at Blue Point. . . . Ronald Schultz, a senior 
software specialist for Digital Equipment 
Corp., Fairport, N.Y., is a resident at Corn- 
ing Glass Works-Process Systems. 


Gary Dyckman 
29 Skilton Lane 
Burlington, MA 

Dr. Donald H Foley 
Indiantield Rd 
Clinton, NY 

Roger Armata has been named superin- 
tendent of manufacturing services at Tor- 
rington (Conn.) Co. He joined Torrington's 
engineering department in 1966, and has 
held a number of posts since. He has an 
MBA from the University of Hartford. The 
Armatas live in Torrington with their two 
children. ... Jay Botop serves as an electri- 
cal manufacturer's agentfor J. R. Childers & 
Associates in Pensacola, Fla. . . . Donald 
Givens was recently transferred from his 
post as manager of product marketing to a 
sales position in Birmingham, Alabama for 
Envirotech Corp. 

Dave Klimaj has been promoted to pro- 
gram manager within the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Conservation and 
Solar Applications, U.S. Department of En- 
ergy, Washington, D.C. He is responsible 
for various legislative initiatives mandated 
by the National Energy Conservation Policy 

Act Paul Malnati has joined Formation 

Inc. of Mt. Laurel, N.J., as a senior member 
of the technical staff. . . . Dennis Murphy 
has been named manager of the Florida 
Pops Orchestra of Fort Lauderdale. A musi- 
cian and a consultant in physics at Florida 
International University, Miami, Murphy 
plays the recorder, the Moog synthesizer, 
and the krummhorn. He taught physics for 
five years at Wentworth Institute, Boston. 
He holds degrees from Northeastern Uni- 
versity and Nova University. 

Recently, Ronald Naventi completed 
studies for his MS in energy systems at 
George Washington University. He is em- 
ployed as an engineering supervisor in the 
Nuclear Fuels Operations Division of 
Bechtel Corp. in San Francisco. He is also 
involved in nuclear waste management — 
C.J. Patch III serves as a field contract 
administrator for Bechtel Power Corp. in 
Hancocks Bridge, N.J. A professional en- 
gineer, he is registered in California, 
Arizona, Texas, and Massachusetts. He, his 
wife Patricia and two children reside in 
Vineland, N.J. . . . Dr. Frank Pfeiffer, Jr., has 
been granted tenure at Nichols College, 
Dudley, Mass. He is associate professor of 
management, and received his MBA from 
Boston College and his PhD from the Uni- 
versity of Massachusetts. 

Anthony Sacovitch holds the title of chief 
engineer of the Worcester Group of the 
Wright Machine Corporation Division, 
Worcester. The Sacovitches have four 
daughters: Lisa, Kerrie, Donna, and Lori. . . 
Ronald Swers, is employed by Stone & 
Webster, Cherry Hill, N.J. 



John L Kilguss 

5 Summershade Circle 

Piscataway, NJ 


Raymond C Rogers 
92 North Common Rd 
Westminster, MA 

►fiorn: to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Manter, 
their first son, Bryan, on November 2 1 , 
1 978. ... to Mr. and Mrs. George H. Rand, 
Jr., a daughter, Susan Elaine, on January 
24, 1979. 

Richard Court, Jr., has been elected 
chairman of his local section (Greater Dan- 
bury, Conn.) of the American Society for 
Quality Control. He continues as a quality 
control engineer for Perkin-Elmer Corp. in 
Norwalk. . . . Joe Ferrantino is now the 
research group leader of the pilot plant at 
Monsanto's Bircham Bend plant in Indian 
Orchard, Mass. He is responsible for both 
mechanical and chemical process devel- 
opment. In 1967 he started as a process 
engineer at the firm. Most recently he was 
a process engineer specialist. . . . Ronald 
Jolicoeur works as a project manager at 
Teller Environmental Systems, Inc., 
Worcester. . . . Engineers Inc., headquar- 
tered in New Jersey and Milford (Conn.), 
has appointed Mafatbhai Patel as chief 
structural engineer. He joined the company 
after being associated with two other com- 

In March Joseph Maggi was named vice 
president of Odyssey Exploration Co., an 
oil exploration and gas drilling company 
based in Farmington, Conn., and Houston, 
Texas. Previously Maggi was tax director of 
Coleco Industries, Inc. He and his wife, 
Alice, have two children, Laura, 5, and Jill, 
3. . . . Richard Plummer has a new job as 
technical support specialist in microcom- 
puters for Digital Equipment Corp. in 
Marlboro, Mass. . . . Presently, Robert Shen 
serves as project manager in the engineer- 
ing department at National Cash Register. 
He is married, has two children, and resides 
in Ithaca, N.Y. . . . Charlie Sisitsky writes 
that he is still the director of community 
development for the City of Medford and 
lives in Framingham, Mass. His wife Margie 
teaches and sells pottery at their home 
studio. They have four children: Tammy, 
10; Adam, 8V2; Nathaniel, 5; and 
Jeremiah, 2V2. 

Summer 1919 /The WPI Journal/ 39 


Stephen Smith is with the New York 
State Office of General Services, Design 
and Construction Section. . . . William 
Tanzer has been promoted to assistant 
superintendent at Eastman Gelatine Corp. 
in Peabody, Mass. The firm provides about 
60 percent of the gelatine used by Eastman 
Kodak Co. in North and South America. 


Charles A. Griffin 
2901 Municipal PierRd. 
Shreveport, LA 


William J Rasku 

33 Mark Bradford Dr 



^Married: Charles A. Griffin and Miss Rita 
A. Shaw on March 10, 1979 in Shreveport, 
Louisiana. Mrs. Griffin, a graduate of 
Louisiana State University, teaches in the 
Shreveport school system. The groom 
serves as a research associate at LSU Medi- 
cal School. 

William Belisle has completed a one- 
year term as president of Lambda Chi 
chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, a National honor 
society in education. He is presently work- 
ing on an MBA degree at California State 
University at Long Beach. . . . Recently, Jeff 
Decker got together with Barrie Peterson, 
who owns Birchwood Organization in Cen- 
treville, Va. . . . Continuing with Kodak, 
Cobb Goff now serves as senior photo- 
graphic engineer for the firm in Rochester, 
N.Y. . . . Geoffrey Hartung holds the post of 
manager of engineering and facilities ser- 
vices at Loctite, Inc. in Newington, Conn. 
He is a professional engineer. 

For over a year, Joe Hilyard has been 
serving as assistant director of the Wiscon- 
sin Energy Extension Service's Energy In- 
formation Center. He says that Wisconsin, 
like Massachusetts, is one of ten states 
chosen by the Department of Energy to 
carry out year-long pilot programs in en- 
ergy conservation education. The Center 
works with County Extension offices in 72 
counties to help staff members answer 
questions and present public energy pro- 
grams. It also works directly with the 
media. Joe is a co-host of a weekly live TV 
program called "Saving Energy" on Chan- 
nel 3 in Madison. "Lots of fun and a great 
experience." Previously, Joe was with a 
consulting firm in Durham, N.C.; had 
served as assistant editor of Circuits Man- 
ufacturing, a Boston trade journal; and had 
been associated with the University of 
Michigan's Highway Safety Research Insti- 
tute; and Hamilton Standard. Last year he 
completed a master's program in jour- 
nalism at the University of Wisconsin- 
Madison. He found himself drawn to the 
"fascinating task of trying to explain and 
interpret technical material to nontechni- 
cally-trained audiences," which he does 
daily in his current post at the Energy 
Information Center. 

John Hilyard, Joe's twin brother, is plant 
engineer for Celanese Corporation in 
Texas. Earlier, he had been employed by 
Allied Chemical in Ashland, Ky. and Bundy 
Tubing in Lexington, Ky., and had a tour 
with the Army with stops in Georgia, New 
Mexico, New Jersey, and Panama. The 
Hilyards have three children and reside in 

Corpus Christi Presently, Robert Kohm 

works as a senior process engineer at Craw- 
ford & Russell in Stamford, Conn Peter 

Konopa is supervisor of midsize specialty 
financial analysis at Ford Motor Company 
in Dearborn, Mich. . . . Richard Kung is a 
member of the technical staff at the Mitre 

Corporation, Bedford, Mass Michael 

Latina recently completed requirements for 
the PhD in applied mathematics at Brown 
University. Presently he is assistant profes- 
sor of mathematics at Rhode Island Junior 
College. He and his wife, Mary-Jeanne, 
have three children: Michael, 6; Kristin, 

4 1 /2; and Justin, 2 Israel Mac has been 

appointed by the Mayor of Atlanta (Ga.) to 
the position of director of the Bureau of 
Traffic and Transportation Engineering. 
The bureau supervises Atlanta's traffic con- 
trol and management systems, and coordi- 
nates development of the city's transporta- 
tion programs and projects. Israel and his 
wife, Bette, have two children: Melissa, 8; 
and Joshua, 6. 

Steve Pytka, who holds an MBA from 
Tuck School at Dartmouth, is now in the 
Strategic Planning Department at Xerox in 
Rochester, NY... Jeffrey Semmel joined 
Raytheon Service Company in June as a 
senior systems engineer. He is doing con- 
tract systems programming work. . . Wil- 
liam Stanton is now employed by the Col- 
orado Water Conservation Board Depart- 
ment of Natural Resources in Denver, 
where he is a senior water resource en- 
gineer Marshall Taylor has been 

named vice president and treasurer of 
Ryder System, Inc., Miami, Fla. He joined 
the company in 1 974 as manager of capital 
planning and four months later was pro- 
moted to director of corporate planning. In 
1 975 he was advanced to assistant trea- 
surer, and last year he was elected trea- 
surer. RvderSvstem, Inc. is an international 
holding company whose divisions provide 
essential highway transportation services 
to businesses and individuals throughout 
the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and 
the Netherlands. With 1978 revenue of 
$1 .1 24 billion, the company was 375th in 
Forbes magazine's 1979 list of the nation's 
500 largest companies ranked according to 




James P. Atkinson 

Michael W Noga 

41 Naples Rd 

West Bare Hill Rd 

Brookline, MA 

Harvard, MA 



^■Married: Richard W. DeLand and Elisa A. 
Mazza in Bridgeport, Connecticut on 
March 17,1 979. The bride, a teacher, 
graduated from the Seminaria Baptista de 
Trujillo in Peru. The groom is a computer 
programmer analyst. 

►fiorn: to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas J. 
George, a daughter, Jamie Lynne, on De- 
cember 6, 1 978. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey 
C. Knapp, their second son, Kevin William- 
son, on May 19, 1979. Jeff continues build- 
ing houses and is now into beekeeping and 
making molds for weathervanes — to Mr. 
and Mrs. Andrew T. Perreault, their second 
child, Amy, on December 23, 1978. 

Matthew will be three in October to 

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip R. Welsey, Jr., a son, 
Kevin Phillip, on February 15, 1979. Kevin 
joins sisters, Kristin and Karin. 

Brian Abraham received an MBA from 
Suffolk University on Feb. 14th, one semes- 
ter after being awarded as MS in engineer- 
ing science from Clarkson College, 
Potsdam, N.Y. He is a planning engineer in 
the product planning and management 
organization at Western Electric, which he 
joined in 1 972. While a lieutenant in the 
U.S. Army, he was awarded a Bronze Star in 
Vietnam. He, his wife Jacqueline, and two 

sons live in Plaistow, N.H Roger 

Dennison is a member of the Metropolitan 
Boston Transit Authority Advisory Board, 
and serves as chairman of the energy effi- 
ciency subcommittee for the board. He is a 
founder and principal of Energy Planning, 
Inc., a Boston consulting firm that assists 
building owners in the reduction of energy 
usage and cost. 

Gregory Enz was recently promoted to 
district manager of coin operations by New 
England Telephone. He is responsible for all 
coin telephones, sales and collection in 
Massachusetts outside of Rt. 1 28 and in 
Rhode Island. The Enzes have a son, Chris- 
topher, 7, and a daughter, Courtney, 4. . . . 
Peter Heins is a pilot for Eastern Airlines out 
of Miami, Fla. He and wife, Jan, have two 
children, and reside in Redland Henry 
Sweet of Photographic Images has exhib- 
ited a series of his color photographs at 
Gallery 201 in Hartford, Conn. He belongs 
to the Wachusett Camera Club and the 
Photographic Society of America. His im- 
ages extend from Hawaii to Switzerland. 
He is with the systems division of the 
Travelers Insurance Co. 

40 /The WPl Journal / Summer 2979 




F David Ploss III 

Domenic J Forcella, Jr 

208 St Nicholas Ave 

25 Hough St 

Worcester, MA 

Plainville, CT 



►fiorn: to Mr, and Mrs. Roger J. Kern, their 
first child, Catherine Mary, on September 

2, 1978 to Mr. and Mrs. George 

Moore, a second son last spring. ... to Mr. 
and Mrs. Howard Norcross, a daughter, 
Sarah Jane, recently. Howard continues as 
a general partner in C.E. Norcross & Son, 
building contractors, in South Chatham, 
Mass. He is a member of the Massachusetts 
Home Builders Association, the National 
Association of Home Builders, a trustee of 
Cape Cod Contractors Insurance-Trust, a 
staff officer of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, 
and a director of the Cape Cod Contrac- 
tors' and Builders' Association. He is also 
associated with the yacht club, the Rotary, 
and the American Management Associa- 
tion. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Marc E. Schweig, 
their second child, Allyson, last November. 
Schweig is attending Harvard University on 
a Western Electric Science and Engineering 

James Bagaglio is a quality control tech- 
nician at Waters Associates in Milford, 
Mass. . . Kenneth Cram has been awarded 
the Young Engineer Award from the Gen- 
eral Electric Aircraft Engine Group. He was 
recognized for his outstanding contribu- 
tions to the resolution of the TF34 engine 
field problems by virtue of his excellent 
evaluation engineering direction, often at 
a great sacrifice of personal time. Among 
his accomplishments was the completion of 
over 3000 successful engine test hours on 
27 engine builds. Cram is manager of 
TF34-100 evaluation engineering at GE in 
Lynn, Mass. . . . Bernard Dodge is a univer- 
sity fellow in the Instructional Design Pro- 
gram at Syracuse (N.Y.) University. 

U.S. Representative David Emery of 
Maine delivered the commencement ad- 
dress at Berwick (Me.) Academy in June. 
Recently elected to his third term in Con- 
gress, Emergy belongs to committees on 
Armed Services, Merchant Marine and 
Fisheries, and House Republican Policy. He 
is chairman of both the Maine congres- 
sional delegation and of the Republican 
Task Force on Energy. ... Dr. Lothar 
Kleiner, who received his PhD in polymer 
science and engineering from the Univer- 
sity of Massachusetts last year, is presently 
a polymer research engineer at Diamond 
Shamrock Corp., Painesville, Ohio. He also 
teaches polymer chemistry courses at Lake 
Erie College, where he is faculty member. 

Jeffrey Manty has been promoted by 
Bethlehem Steel Corp. to division engineer 
of the Saucon Rolling Mills Division at the 
Bethlehem plant. Formerly, he was fore- 
man of the plant's combination mill, the 
number one producer of structural and 
wide flange steel shapes in the country. 

Jeff, his wife, Christine, and children, Katie 
and Daryl, reside in Nazareth, Pa. 

In January, Ed Mason resigned his job as 
plant manager with Amoco Chemicals 
Corporation, a division of Standard Oil in 
Seymour, Indiana, to accept the position of 
vice president of operations with Diesel 
ReCon Company, a division of Cummins 
Engine Company in Memphis, Tennessee. 
His new responsibilities include the supervi- 
sion of 800 people in three manufacturing 
plants in Memphis, Chicago, and Los 
Angeles, and the remanufacturing of 
Cummins diesel engines. Cummins is the 
largest diesel engine producer with 45 per- 
cent of the national market. Ed's wife, 
Norma, just received her BA in sociology 
from Indiana University. They have two 
children: Melissa, 8 and Ed II, 6. 

Bob Soffel recently was program chair- 
man for Union Carbide's local office 
(Parma, Ohio) for the United Way. He 
writes, "I think WPI's Fund Drive is well- 
run using successful techniques. Proud to 
be part of WPI — again!" . . . Michael 
Vardeman holds the post of safety man- 
ager for Lonestar Florida, Inc. . . . Philip 
Warren received his MBA from Northeast- 
ern University last year. He has been ad- 
vanced to finishing superintendent in the 
Graphic Products Division of the Nashua 
Corporation's Merrimack (N.H.) plant. 


Vincent T. Pace 
4707 Apple Lane 
West Deptford, NJ 

>Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Nock, a 
daughter Kimberly Gayle, recently. Nock 
received his MBA from BU last year. ... to 
Mr. and Mrs. John Petrillo, a son, Michael 
Thaler, on May 4, 1979. John is district 
market manager at AT&T Long Lines in 
Bedminster, New Jersey. 

William Beloff has been named chief 
engineer at Soil and Rock Instrumentation 
in Newton Upper Falls, Mass. He and his 
wife Drucie have two children, Kurt and 
Andrea. . . . Jim Crittenden presently serves 
as president of OMP Laboratories, Inc., 
Killingworth, Conn., a firm which he helped 
found in 1976 and moved to Killingworth 
in January. OMP manufactures medical 
diagnostic equipment. . . . Gordon Govalet 
now holds the post of assistant chief en- 
gineer at Thames Valley Steel Corp. in New 

London, Conn This September Michael 

Hitchko returns to BU to complete his 
MBA, after spending the last two years 
with Fluor Corp. constructing cross country 
pipelines in Saudi Arabia. . . . Ernest Joyal is 
employed by the Naval Underwater Sys- 
tems Center in Newport, R.I. 

Kenneth Kowalchek serves overseas as a 
financial analyst for U.S. Aid, Dept. of 

State, Washington, D.C Robert Mills, 

Jr., has been appointed director of market 
research in the marketing organization at 
State Mutual Life Assurance Company of 
America in Worcester. He joined State 
Mutual's actuarial organization as an actu- 
arial assistant in 1 971 , was promoted to 
actuarial associate in 1973, senior actuarial 
associate in 1974, and assistant actuary in 
1975. He became a fellow in the Society of 
Actuaries in 1975, and earned the Char- 
tered Life Underwriter designation in 1 977. 
. . . Thomas Pandolfi was just promoted to 
group leader, software, atVarian As- 
sociates in Palo Alto, Calif. 

Dr. Richard San Antonio is completing 
his residency in internal medicine and his 
wife, Pamela, her residency in pediatrics at 
Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 
Washington, D.C. They are currently as- 
signed at Fort Meade, Md. . . . Now out of 
the Air Force, James Troutman presently 
serves as head of vendor quality engineer- 
ing at Computervision Corp. in Bedford, 
Mass. . . . Glenn White is working on his 
PhD dissertation at the National Center for 
Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. 
The dissertation involves the observational 
study of the general circulation in the 
Northern Hemisphere in summertime. 



John A Woodward 

101 Putnam St 


Lesley E Small Zorabedian 

16 Parkview Rd 

Orange, MA 

Reading, MA 

>Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. 
Coleman, a son Gregory James, on March 

13, 1979 to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dupuis, 

theirsecond daughter, Kelly, on November 

10, 1978 to Mr. and Mrs. Donald 

Polonis, a son, Timmy, on December 27, 

Douglas Best, who currently works for 
Cincinnati Milacron-Heald Division, is a 
registered professional engineer in Mas- 
sachusetts. . . . Charles Brine has success- 
fully completed the PhD program at the 
College of Marine Studies at the University 
of Delaware, where he concentrated in the 
area of marine chemistry (chemical 
oceanography). . . James Colangelo 
started on a fellowship in nephrology at 

Boston V.A. Hospital in July The Robert 

Colps have a "wonderful two-year-old 
daughter." Colp is with Foster Wheeler 
Energy Corp. in Livingston, N.J. . . . Andrew 
Cuchiara has been awarded a PhD in bio- 
statistics from the University of Oklahoma 
lat Norman. He has a master's degree from 
WPI . Next fall he leaves for Japan where he 
will be employed in the atomic casualty 
division of the International Health Unit. . . . 

Summer 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 41 

I I 

i I i 

Theodore Fredericks is now a program 
manager in Rockwell International's Collins 
Telecommunications Systems Division. The 
firm deals primarily in government airborne 

Andy Glazier is employed by the Perini 
Corporation atthe Seabrook (N.H.) nuclear 
power plant. The $2.3 billion plant, which is 
being constructed for the Public Service 
Company of New Hampshire, is scheduled 
to have its first reactor operational in 1 982. 
. . . Linda Gordon serves as a project leader 
at Data General Corp., Westboro, Mass — 
In March, Howard Levine presented a 
paper before the American Physical Society 
in Chicago. Levine is a graduate student 
member of the Rutgers University commit- 
tee to evaluate all athletic policies on cam- 
pus. . . . Edward Perkins has joined Digital 
Equipment Corp., Maynard, Mass., where 
he is a senior software engineer in the RT/C 
Small Systems Software Development 
Group. . . . Presently, T. Richard Price is 
workingfor Deevy and Shannon, Inc., con- 
sulting engineers in Beaumont, Texas. 

David Riedel is a technical specialist for 
Aetna Life & Casualty in Hartford, Conn. 
He received his MS in computer science 
from UConn last year. . . . Shawn Sullivan 
serves as a services engineer at Amstar 
Corp., Charlestown, Mass. . . . Donald Taft 
is employed by the Courier Corporation, 
Lowell, Mass. He, his wife Mary, and two 
children live in Nashua, N.H. . . . Richard 
Wallace works as a senior field engineer at 
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. in Cam- 
bridge, Mass. . . . With Norton since 1972, 
Richard Willey is now a manufacturing 
engineer in the large vitrified wheel area of 
the grinding wheel division in Worcester. . . 
"Jack" Zorabedian, Jr., holds the post of 
production engineer at GE in Wilmington, 
Mass. He is a member of the planning 
board in Reading, Mass., where he is also a 
town meeting member. He is active with 
AVPAC, a political action committee. 




Jay J Schnitzer 

Robert R Wood 

322 St. Paul St. 

14 Stone Brook Rd 

Apt. #3 

Sudbury, MA 

Brookline, MA 



^■Married: James N. Paprocki and Miss 
Patricia S. Pollock on March 10, 1979 in 
Irondequoit, New York. The bride 
graduated from Genesee Hospital School 
of Nursing. She is presently employed at 
the hospital, and is also attending Nazareth 
College. The groom is a computer analyst 
at Eastman Kodak Company. . . . Martin J. 
Sklar and Janis L. Price recently in Ran- 
dolph, Massachusetts. Mrs. Sklar 
graduated from the University of Toledo, 
and is with the American Red Cross blood 
services, Northeast region. Her husband is 
with Corning Medical Instruments. 

*Born: to Stephen and Deborah La- 
Plante Goodwin, their second child, An- 
drew Hilton, on February 28, 1979. Their 
first child, Tracey, will be three in August. 
They write: "We are still enjoying the 
sunny South and warm weather." ... to 
Richard and Dianne Lamberto Sargent, 
75, their third child, Rebekah on De- 
cember 28, 1979. Rebekah joins Julie, 4 1 /2, 
and Peter, 3. Sargent is a senior project 
engineer at Sala Magnetics, Inc., an Allis 
Chalmers subsidiary, in Cambridge, Mass. . 
. . to Mr. and Mrs. Norman D. Staller, a 
daughter Breana Rae, on January 30, 1 979. 
Norman has been promoted to senior en- 
gineer at Polaroid in Cambridge, Mass. 

Richard Belmonte has become the sys- 
tem safety engineer for the test and evalua- 
tion of Army materiel at Aberdeen Proving 
Ground, Md. . . . Richard Brontoli con- 
tinues in Baumholder, Germany with the 

293rd Engineers Battalion Ray Cheren- 

zia, a former WPI wrestler, directs the 
wrestling program at the Westerly (R.I.) 
YMCA. Recently, two of the boys he 
coached placed first and second in the 
Connecticut A.A.U. freestyle open cham- 
pionships. Ray, who is also the director of 
the Rhode Island Kids Wrestling Federa- 
tion, istownengineerfor Westerly Still 

with GE, John DiGregorio is presently a 
project engineer located in Pittsfield, Mass. 
. . . Stephen Dolan received his MD from 
the University of Vermont College of 
Medicine in Burlington last May. He is now 
interning in internal medicine at the Uni- 
versity of Missouri. 

In February, Herbert Hedberg was pro- 
moted to test engineering manager at 
Waters Associates in Milford, Mass. . . . 
David Hubbell, MD, writes: "Am halfway 
through a residency in obstetrics and 

gynecology." He is located in San Diego 

No longer with Exxon, Christopher Kralik is 
now a process design engineer in the petro- 
leum group at C.E. Lummus in Bloomfield, 
N.J. . . . Andrew Langdon, who holds an 
MBA from Wharton (University of 
Pennsylvania), is with Pennwalt Corp. in 
Philadelphia. . . . Ken Lexier received his 
PhD in education from Boston University in 

Wallace McKenzie, Jr., has been named 
special gifts chairman in Saugus (Mass.) for 
the 1979 American Cancer Society 
Crusade. He is a financial and planning 
consultant at Management Decision Sys- 
tems of Waltham. Formerly, he was a 
senior research analyst at Converse Rubber 
of Wilmington. Currently, he is a member 
of the Saugus Finance Committee and 
serves on the Citizen Advisory Council for 
the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Manage- 
ment Program. He has been a town meet- 
ing memberfrom Precinct One since 1975. 
. . . David Moomaw has again taken a job 
at Fisher-Price, where he is in a new group 
called Technical Design and Development. 
He says, "We will be investigating future 
product concepts as far ahead as the 1 988 
line of toys." 

Robert Newman holds the post of senior 
systems programmer at Data Terminal Sys- 
tems, Maynard, Mass. . . . William Nutteris 
presently supporting installation for GE of 
the Trident missile fire control system at 
Electric Boat in Groton, Conn, on the U.S. S. 
Michigan, and is supporting testing of the 
Trident missile fire control system on the 
U.S.S. Ohio. (These are the first two Trident 
submarines to be built.) He also aided in the 
installation of the Trident/C4 missile fire 
control system on the U.S.S. Frances Scott 
Key last fall. . . . Formerly, with Cullinane 
Corp. in IDMS development and support, 
Bruce Olsen is now the newly appointed 
systems programmer in the General Sys- 
tems Division of Management Decision 
Systems, Inc., in Waltham, Mass. The firm 
is a privately-held, national leader in the 
development and use of problem-solving 
models and computer software for busi- 
ness analysis and planning. Olsen will be 
working with MDS's financial product, a 
subset of its Express software. Earlier, he 
had been a senior systems programmer for 
Melville Corporation. 

Last summer Paul Parulis was promoted 
to senior engineer at General Dynamics 
Electric Boat. . . . Daniel Prior is chairman of 
the underground training development 
committee for New England Electric Sys- 
tem, Westboro, Mass. . . . Stephen Robin- 
son is employed at Honeywell Information 
Systems as manager of computer terminals 
marketing support. Recently, he was a 
candidate for a three-year term on the 
board of selectmen in Litchfield, N.H. . . . 
Mark Whitley is a reservoir engineer at 
Shell Oil Co. in New Orleans, La. . . . Mary 
Zoeller holds the post of product marketing 
engineer at Hewlett Packard Company in 
San Diego, Calif. 




James F Rubino 

David G Lapre 

18 Landings Way 

PO Box 384 

Avon Lake, OH 

Tunkhannock, PA 



►fiom. to Mr. and Mrs. William Dewkett, 
a son, Matthew Ryan, on September 12, 
1978. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. 
Kozakiewicz, a daughter, Melissa, on Feb- 
ruary 9, 1 979 to Mr. and Mrs. John R. 

Mason III, their first child, a daughter, 
Hilary Alexandra, on February 6, 1979. 

After graduating from Georgetown Uni- 
versity Law Center, Alden Bianchi will join 
the Chicago law firm of Hume, Clement, 
Brinks, Willian and Olds. The firm's practice 
is limited to patent and antitrust matters, 
both national and international. . . . Wil- 
liam Block now works at Southern New 
England Telephone, New Haven, Conn., 
where he is a data systems specialist. . . . 

42 /The WPI journal / Summer 1979 

Rod Broeker serves as an instrument and 
control systems engineer for SIP Engineers 
and Contractors in Houston, Texas. He is 
still active in tournament chess, and is the 
Texas Chess Association's secretary- 
treasurer. His wife, Annie, an economic 
evaluator for Badische Corp., has won the 
1979 Outstanding Young Engineer Award. 
Wayne Bryant continues as manager of 
the systems programming group at Com- 
position Systems Inc., Elmsford, N.Y. 

Christopher Cigal is assistant professor 
of military science in the ROTC department 
at Washington & Jefferson College in 

Washington, Pa Early this year, Steve 

Dacri, now headquartered in Hollywood, 
returned East for performances at Worces- 
ter State College and the Society of Ameri- 
can Magicians in Nashua, N.H. He is pursu- 
ing a television acting career Capt. 

Robert Foley, USMC, is located in Beaufort, 
S.C. . . . Presently, Thomas Frink is em- 
ployed as an industrial electrical engineer. 
He is active in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 
Salem, N.H., especially with high school 
youth programs. He is considering a reli- 
gious vocation Alan Hahnel holds the 

post of chief engineer at Winfrey Structural 

Concrete Co. in Boulder, Colo David 

Nickless is a student at Suffolk University 
Law School in Boston. 

Louis Piscitelle is employed as a research 
engineer at Stowe-Woodard Co. in New- 
ton, Mass Anne Rodier has been 

appointed second vice president of pension 
financial operations at Union Mutual Life 
Insurance Company in Portland, Maine. 
She joined the company in 1974 as a 
pension service coordinator trainee. Today 
she is responsible for group pension ac- 
counting and actuarial functions. She is a 

fellow of the Society of Actuaries 

Currently, William Russell serves as 
plant engineer at Acigraf International 

Corp. in Branford, Conn Still with Patti 

Bros., Sudbury, Mass., James Sgroi now 
holds the position of vice president of 

In February, William Stafford received 
his professional engineering license. He has 
been promoted to chemical and geotechni- 
cal branch manager at Walker Labora- 
tories, Inc., Columbia, S.C. . . . Alfred 
Swierad, Jr. is a member of the technical 
staff at Bell Telephone Labs in Holmdel, 
N.J. . . . Lee Turner holds the post of 
manager of operations and financial 
analysis at DWG Corp. in Miami Beach, Fla. 
. . . Richard Ventre now works as a produc- 
tion supervisor on the Surlyn unit at du 





James D Aceto, Jr 

Frederick J Cordelia 

70 Sunnyview Dr. 

24 Imperial Rd 

Vernon, CT 

Worcester, MA 



^Married: Peter J. Arcoma and Regina M. 
Kozlowski on April 28, 1979 in Fairfield, 
Connecticut. Mrs. Arcoma graduated from 
Briarwood School for Women and is an 
executive secretary at Stauffer Chemical 
Company, Westport. Her husband is a 
project manager for H. Wales Lines Com- 
pany in Meriden. . . . Glenn R. Ekwall and 
Delia L. Copley on April 21,1 979 in Bar- 
boursville, West Virginia. Mrs. Ekwall 
graduated from Marshall University and is 
a music teacher in Ashland, Ky. The groom 
works as a technical service engineer at 

U.O.P., Des Plaines, III Stephen Fitz- 

hugh and Joan Sposito on May 6, 1978 in 
Manchester, Connecticut. The groom has 
held a new post as product development 
engineer at GE since October — Robert D. 
Klimm, Jr., to Miss Margaret I. Healy on 
April 21, 1979 in Branford, Connecticut. 
Mrs. Klimm is a Becker graduate. The 
bridegroom has an MSCE from Northeast- 
ern Stephen Wojciak to Ruth Kodis, 

MS 79, last August. The bride works for III 
Systems of Cambridge, Mass. and is a 
graduate of Catholic University. Her hus- 
band is a development engineer for GE in 
Schenectady, N.Y. 

►fiorn. to Mr. and Mrs. Steven F. Manzi, 
a son, Brennan Steven, on October 1 7, 
1978. In February, Manzi was transferred 
to the Waltham Medical Division of the 
Hewlett-Packard Company, where he is a 
mechanical design engineer. ... to Mr. and 
Mrs. David Schwartz, a daughter, Jennifer 
Leigh, on November 10, 1978. David is a 
position area engineer at Daniel Interna- 
tional Corp. in Fulton, Missouri. 

Continuing as plant engineer for Tarn- 
pax, Inc., Rutland, Bruce Altobelli recently 
purchased a house in Clarendon, Vt. . . . 
Last September, Joel Angelico joined 
Polaroid Corp. in Norwood, Mass. . . . Rick 
Aseltine has accepted a new post with the 
GE Medical Systems Division, where he is a 
systems design engineer working on com- 
puterized axial tomography whole body 
scanning. He is located in New Berlin, 
Wisconsin. . . . Norton Bonaparte, Jr., 
serves as administrative assistant to the city 
manager in Grand Rapids, Mich. He holds a 
master's degree in Public Administration 

from Cornell Karen Brozowski has 

been transferred and promoted from pro- 
cess engineer, Corning Glass, Central Falls, 
to senior process engineer, Corning Medi- 
cal RIA Division, Corning Glass Works, 
Medfield, Mass. . . . Thomas Colp receives 
his Doctor of Optometry from New En- 
gland College of Optometry this year 

Harry Danberg has joined Monsanto Corp. 
in Miamisburg, Ohio, where he is woorking 
with DOE on coal gasification projects. 

Judith Nitsch Donnellan, who recently 
was named the first woman vice president 
of Schofield Brothers, Inc. and head of the 
firm's Freeman Engineering office in 
Attleboro, Mass., was one of several 
women engineers quoted in the article, 
"Women engineers: here to stay," which 
appeared in the May issue of ASCE's Civil 
Engineering. The article was concerned 
with discrimination against women en- 
gineers in government and industry. 

Last fall, John Fitzpatrick ran the New 
York Marathon (his first) in 3:46. Still with 
Exxon, he is also studying for his MBA at 
Rutgers. His wife, Ginny Giordano Fitzpa- 
trick, is a systems marketing representative 
for Service Bureau Company. She is work- 
ing for her MBA at Fairleigh Dickinson 

Dave Fowler of Information Services at 
American Can Company, was slated to run 
in the Greenwich (Conn.) 5-mile Road Race 
in April. Prior to the race, he ran about six 
miles a day, but considers that ten miles a 
day would have been "serious training." 
Dave, who has a new daughter, goes to 
NYU at night, where he is studying for his 
MBA. "There are lots of things in the 
cooker right now," he says. 

Dr. Charles Innis, Jr., holder of a PhD 
from WPI, has been appointed to the post 
of senior research engineer in the Morgoil 
Bearing Department at Morgan Construc- 
tion Company, Worcester. Previously, he 
had done engineering for the firm on high 
speed rolling mill equipment and had per- 
formed economic analysis on existing and 
new mills. Earlier, he had taught engineer- 
ing at UConn and had been associated with 
Electric Boat. He belongs to ASME and the 
American Society of Lubrication Engineers. 
He is on the executive committee of the 
Worcester chapter of ASME. His most re- 
cent publication is "Predicting Mechanical 
Design Reliability Using Weighted Fault 
Trees," Failure Prevention and Reliability, 
ASME, 1977. 

Tom John is an instructor in chemical 
engineering at Cleveland (Ohio) State Uni- 
versity. . . . Continuing with Sikorsky Air- 
craft, Stratford, Conn., Edward Karedes 
now works as design engineer. . . . Gene 
LaCroix was recently promoted to Lasalign 
product manager for Diamond Engineering 
Corp. Formerly product supervisor, LaCroix 
has been instrumental in developing new 
electronics and packaging for the laser light 

guideline used in the lumber and wood 
products industries. He has had extensive 
experience in quality control management 
with Texas Instruments. In his new post, he 
will be responsible for product marketing 
and new application consulting for saw 
mills, veneer and plywood plants, parti- 
cleboard converters, furniture and other 
wood product manufacturers. 

Summer 1919 /The WPI Journal/ 43 

*• .Mi 


Robert Martinaitis is a member of the 
technical staff at Hughes Aircraft Company 
in Fullerton, Calif. . . . Richard Perreault, 
who lives in Westboro, Mass., now works 
as a field engineer for circuit test products 
at Hewlett-Packard in Lexington Chris- 
tine Powers is a project engineer at Baxter 
Travenol, Deerfield, Illinois. . . . Francis 
Schlegel received his MBA from the Uni- 
versity of New Haven in January. . . . Since 
the first of the year, Steven Sweeney has 
been working for the naval plant repre- 
sentative (special projects officer) at GE in 
Pittsfield, Mass., where he is an industrial 
engineer. He has received his MBA from 
the University of Hartford. 



Paula E. Stratouly 

318Thornberry Court 

Pittsburgh, PA 


LynneM. Buckley 
648 Commercial St. 
Braintree, MA 

^Married: Nancy B. Duncanson and Don 

Golba of Buffalo, New York on April 21 , 
1979. Both the bride and groom work in 
the Linde Division of Union Carbide. . . . H. 
Warren Fairbanks III to Peggy A. Walker in 
Whitinsville, Massachusetts on April 7, 
1979. Mrs. Fairbanks graduated from 
Worcester State College and is a speech 
therapist in the Bellingham school system. 
The bridegroom is with Thermo Engineer- 
ing, Inc., Worcester. 

David Altieri has changed jobs. Now he 
is employed as an education representative 
with Honeywell Information Systems. Al- 
though he is based at Wellesley (Mass.) 
Education Center, he travels to customer 
sites throughout this country and Europe. 
. . . John Arden, Jr., works for Stone & 
Webster in Boston. . . . Alan Briggs writes 
that he completed the Boston Marathon in 
2 hours 48 minutes. . . . Hugo Cuevas, Jr., 
who received his master's in fisheries and 
allied aquacultures at the International 
Centerfor Aquaculture, Auburn (Ala.) Uni- 
versity last year, is presently working in his 
home country, Colombia, at Recursos S.A., 
a fishing company. He is also doing consult- 
ing work on fish culture development. . . . 
David Graham has earned his MS in math- 
ematics with high honors from Worcester 
State College. 

In February, Stephen Jennette became a 
systems programmer after being an appli- 
cations programmer for a year and a half at 
Norton Co. . . . William ( "B.J.") Johnson 
continues as director of programs for Phi 
Gamma Delta Fraternity in Lexington, Ky. 

. . Roger Locantore is a lab facilities en- 
gineer at Hamilton Standard in Windsor 
Locks, Conn. . . . Presently, Steven and 
Madeleine Gauthier Lowe are engineers 
with the York (Pa.) Division of Borg 
Warner. . . . Since January, John Manning 
has been working for Megatest Corp. as an 
applications and marketing engineer. The 
home plant is in San Jose, Calif. John has 
opened an East Coast sales office in 

Wakefield, Mass Robert Milk has been 

transferred to Raleigh, N.C. as project 
manager for Electronic Data Systems. . . . 
1/Lt. Michael Miller is with the U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers at Ft. Rucker, Ala. 
1/Lt. Edward Perry II of the Foreign 
Technology Division at Wright- Patterson 
AFB, Ohio, recently received the Air Force 
Commendation Medal. He was presented 
with the award for his work as a computer 
system plans and programming officer at 
Robins AFB, Georgia from 1976 to 1978. 
. . . Wayne Pryor is a systems coordinator 
for Data General in Massachusetts. . . . 
Having left Ford Motor Co., Charles Put- 
nam is now a development engineer at 
Machlett Laboratories in Stamford, Conn. . 
. . Raymond Robey holds the post of re- 
search engineer at A.D. Little, Inc., Cam- 
bridge, Mass. . . . Paul Selent works for 
Exxon Research & Engineering in Florham 
Park, N.J. . . . Since January, William Van 
Herwarde has held a new post as an en- 
gineer in one facet of GE's nuclear program 
in Schenectady, N.Y. He is utilizing his past 
experience with pumps. . . . Kevin Wall is a 
physicist at GE in Schenectady. . . . Robert 
Winter was recently appointed assistant 
district manager of the Baltimore District of 
Raymond International Builders, Inc. Prior 
to accepting sales engineering assignments 
with the Pile Group, Bob was assigned to 
Pile and Spencer, White and Prentis jobs as 
project manager and superintendent. 




Kathleen Molony 

Christopher D Baker 

Apt #1 

P.O. Box 35 

29 Seaview Ave 

Page, AZ 

Norwalk, CT 



^■Married: Leo J. Cappabrianca and Mar- 
garet Granata on February 11,1 979. The 
couple moved to Colorado in March. The 
groom is an electronic design engineer at 
Digital Equipment Corp. in Colorado 
Springs. . . . Steven B. Kovnerto Marcia 
Gracie on December 18, 1978. The bride is 
a junior majoring in chemistry at Brown 
University. . . . Ronald A. Rice to Miss Rene 
R. Price in Worcester on March 2, 1 979. 
Mrs. Rice attended Northeastern Univer- 
sity, Boston, and plans to attend Cape 
Coral (Fla.) School of Hair Design this fall. 
Her husband is currently a painting con- 
tractor in Holden, Mass. 

Michael Abrams graduates with an as- 
sociate degree in electronic engineering 
from Nashville State Technical Institute in 
September. . . . Stephen Albino works as a 
components engineer at Prime Computer 
Company, Framingham, Mass. . . . Chris 
Baker is a civil engineer with the Arizona 
Department of Transportation. . . . John 
Brady serves as a product marketing en- 
gineer at Texas Instruments in Houston 

"Biff" Braswell, who continues with GE in 
the large steam turbine department, 
Schenectady, is also pursuing his master's 
degree at RPI. . . . Previously with AT&T 
Long Lines, Bill Cunningham is now with 
Data General in Westboro, Mass., where 
he is a data communications instructor in 
the marketing department. . . . Robert 
Dolan is a material utilization analyst at the 
Ford Motor Co. stamping plant in Cleve- 
land. He was recently promoted to his 
present post from the production schedul- 
ing department. 

Robert Ferrari holds the post of project 
engineer at Chas. T. Main Engineers in 
Boston. . . . Kenneth Fox is an account 
associate in sales support at the Foxboro 
Company in West Hartford, Conn. . . . 
Frank Gilbert serves as supervisor of ven- 
dor control, mechanical test consultant, at 
Wyman Gordon in North Grafton, Mass. 
. . . Recently, Eric Hertz was promoted to 
account executive II at AT&T Long Lines in 
White Plains, N.Y. He is responsible for the 
Pepsico national account. For recreation, 
he jogs on the beach at Old Greenwich, 
Conn. . . . Brian Huff is a project engineer at 
Ingersoll-Rand Research in Princeton, N.J. 
. . . Jim Leighton works as an assistant 
engineerat Raytheon Missile Systems, Bed- 
ford, Mass. ... J. Barry Livingston is a 
software engineerat Digital Equipment 
Corp. in Merrimack, N.H. 

Currently, Marc Meunier is a field en- 
gineer covering southern Florida for Indus- 
trial Risk Insurers. He is located in Miami. 
. . . Michael Oakes received his MSEE from 
the University of Illinois in May. . . . Mark 
Puputti serves as a production engineer at 
Polaroid Corp. in Waltham, Mass. . . . Dave 
Ramsden is at medical school in Chicago. . . 
. Allan Shear is a class II engineer for the 

City of Woonsocket, R.I Robert Stack 

has joined the Wayne (Newark) office, 
York Division, Borg-Warner Corporation. . 
. . Dan Sullivan is a self-employed consul- 
tant in Auburndale, Mass. . . . Robert 
Thompson works as a systems programmer 
at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Mo. 

44/ The WPl journal / Summer 1979 


Cynthia Grynick 
303 Wolcott St. 
Waterbury, CT 

^Married: William T. Davis, Jr. and Beth 
Raymond, 79, on January 27, 1979. The 
groom is working as an electrical engineer 
doing logic design at Sperry Univac in 

Bluebell, Pa Mark J. Hebertto Eileen 

McGregor on January 6, 1979. Currently, 
the bridegroom is a teaching assistant in 
the ME department at WPI, where he is 
working for his MS. . . . Lawrence N. 
Parretti, Jr., and Miss Victoria L. Livngstton 
on February 17, 1979 in Cornwall, New 
York. Mrs. Parretti graduated from 
Worcester State College. Her husband is 
employed by Perini Corp. 

Gerald Baird, Jr., is a second lieutenant in 
the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps. . . . Louis 
Collette serves as a mechanical systems 
engineer at Rockwell International in 
Richardson, Texas. This fall, he will start 
graduate school at Southern Methodist 
University in Dallas, where he will study for 
his MSME. He and his wife Debbie live in 
Allen, Texas — William Collins is a special 
projects engineer at Stone & Webster, Bos- 
ton. . . . John Crossin works as a senior 
mechanical engineer at Digital Equipment 
Corp., Tewksbury, Mass. He and his wife 
Laurie live in Stow. 

Adrienne Dill has a teaching assist- 
antship at Georgia Tech. and teaches soils 
labs while studying for a master's in 
geotechnical engineering. . . . John 
Downes is an environmental engineer in 
the Division of Hazardous Materials in the 
Kentucky Dept. of Natural Resources, Co- 
lumbia, Ky. . . . Jay Gehrig is with Raytheon 

in Norwood, Mass Bryce Granger, who 

works for Parker Hannifin Corp., has 
bought a house in Ravenna, Ohio. . . . 
Dwight Hardin works at Control Logic in 
Natick, Mass — Keith Herreman serves as 
a division representative for Westinghouse 
in Athens, Ga. . . Eugene Jakubowski is a 
product marketing engineer at Texas In- 
struments in Houston, Texas. 

Recently, Ken Kummins completed an 
intensive six months of studies at Westing- 
house's Nuclear Plant Engineer School. 
Presently, he is training on a prototype of a 
nuclear powered aircraft carrier. After his 
first qualification period is completed, he 
will be a qualified engineering officer of the 
watch. . . . Frank Leahy is completing his 
master's degree in operations research at 
the University of California at Berkeley and 
enjoys "California so much I've decided to 
take a job here next year with Intel Corp. , a 
semi-conductor manufacturer in Santa 
Clara." He'll be working in the production 
planning and scheduling department, 
where the plan is to eventually automate 
many of the planning processes currently 

performed manually. . . . Jim Morris is an 
electrical engineer at Motorola in Planta- 
tion, Fla. 

Jill Neal is a manufacturing manage- 
ment trainee at GE in Cincinnati. . . . Rory 
O'Connor serves as a technical writer for 
systems software at Wang Laboratories in 
Lowell, Mass . . . Dimitrios Promponas 
works as a programmer at Prime Com- 
puter, Inc., Framingham, Mass. . . . Larry 
Shiembob is employed as a design engineer 
at Williams Research, Walled Lake, Michi- 
gan. . Karlis Viceps is an environmental 
engineer at Pickard and Anderson in Au- 
burn, NY. . . . William Walton is studying 
for his MS in geotechnical engineering at 
Cornell University. 

Kaps go the distance at the Boston 
Marathon, April 16, 1979, Hopkinton, 

Before: (left to right) Tony Biancaniello, 
'62; Pat Moran, '65; Bill Shields, '65; Les 
Hart, '63; Jim Fee, '65. 

After: Celebrating at home of Bill 

Summer 1979 /The WPI journal / 45 

School of 

Industrial Management 

William Densmore, '57, was recently 
named vice president of abrasive opera- 
tions in the United States and Canada for 
Norton Co. Since 1971 he had served as 
vice president and general manager of the 
grinding wheel division. In 1946 he joined 
Norton as an industrial engineer. He is a 
registered professional engineer, and 
serves on the Management Board of Ad- 
visors at WPI. 

Arthur Soderberg, '55, former purchasing 
agent at Coes Knife Co., Worcester, is 
retired and living in South Dennis, Mass. 

John O'Malley, '62, controller of Holden 
(Mass.) District Hospital, has been named 
to the Massachusetts Hospital Associa- 
tion's task force on budgeting and cost 
efficiency. He is on the MHA Financial 
Advisory Committee. Controller at the 
hospital for 13 years, he also holds ad- 
vanced membership in the Hospital Finan- 
cial Management Association. He is a past 
president of the Worcester chapter, Na- 
tional Association of Accountants, and 
founder and chairman of Central Mas- 
sachusetts (Hospital) Controllers Associa- 
tion. A Bentley College graduate, he also 
has an MBA from Anna Maria. 

Charles Mason, '65, holds the position 
of manager of U.S. Steel in El Dorado, 

Richard Carroll, '71 , has been named direc- 
tor of manufacturing for Hydr-O-Matic 
Pumps in Ashland, Ohio. The firm is a 
leading producer of waste water and sew- 
age transfer pumps for domestic, industrial 
and municipal applications, and is a division 
of Wylain Inc. of Dallas. Previously, Carroll 
was with Weinman Pump Co., Columbus, 
arid Warren (Mass.) Pumps, Inc., where he 
was manager of manufacturing. An Air 
Force veteran, he is also a member of the 
Society of Manufacturing Engineers and 
the American Society of Metals. 

Arthur Quitadamo, '74, holds the post of 
vice president in the Commercial Loan De- 
partment at Worcester County National 
Bank. He is responsible for managing the 
bank's international function. Previously, 
he was corporate credit manager for 
Crompton & Knowles Corporation. 

Raymond Jolie, '77, has been appointed 
treasurer of G.F. Wright Co., Worcester, 
He joined Wright in 1 965, and was most 
recently assistant treasurer of the firm. He 
belongs to the Capital Requirement Com- 
mittee in Sturbridge, Mass., and graduated 
from New England School of Accounting. 

Joseph Cusimano, '78, has been appointed 
field sales manager, abrasive marketing 
group, at Norton Co., Worcester. He 
started work at Norton in 1966, and has 
served on the board of the Young Men's 
Business Association of Worcester. He 
graduated from Middlebury College in 
1 962 . He will be moving back to Worcester 
from Glastonbury, Conn. 

Prof. Richard N. Cobb, John E. Sinclair 
professor emeritus of mathematics at WPI, 
died May 5, 1 979 at his home in San Diego, 
California, where he had lived since 1973. 

Prof. Cobb taught at WPI for 27 years, 
and was head of the mathematics depart- 
ment for three years. In 1 964 The Pedlar 
was dedicated to him. In 1966 he received 
the WPI Board of Trustees Award for Out- 
standing Teaching. He was a member of 

A former chairman of the board of 
deacons and former clerk of the First Bap- 
tist Church of Worcester, he also had been 
a member of the La Jolla, Calif. Presbyte- 
rian Church. Previously, he was affiliated 
with the Friends of the Worcester Free 
Public Library and the Worcester Founda- 
tion for Experimental Biology. 

Prof. Cobb belonged to the Mathemati- 
cal Association of America, Phi Beta Kappa, 
Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Council of 
Teachers of Mathematics, and ASEE. He 
graduated from Bowdoin and received his 
master's degree from Harvard University. 
He was head of the mathematics depart- 
ment for five years at Deering High School 
in Portland, Me., and had taught at Willis- 
ton Academy, Los Alamos Ranch School, 
Bowdoin, Bates College, and Lehigh Uni- 
versity. He was born on June 5, 1911 in 
Portland, Me. 

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Cobb; 
a daughter, Suzanne C. Piatt of Edina, 
Minn.; a son, Richard D. Cobb of Water- 
town, Conn.; and two grandchildren. 

46 /The WPI journal / Summer 1919 

Ernest L. Thrower, '01 , a retired mining 
engineer who celebrated his 100th birth- 
day in January, died on March 14, 1979 in 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

Mr. Thrower was born in Brattleboro, Vt. 
on January 24, 1879. In 1901 hegraduated 
as a mechanical engineer from WPI. He had 
been associated with Pope Toledo Co.; 
Brown Hoisting Machinery Co.; F.C. 
Greene Engineering Co.; E.L. Thrower, 
mining engineers; and the Great Northern 
Railway. He joined the old W.H. Warner & 
Co., Inc. in 1913, where he was named 
general manager of mines in 1 920 and 
consulting engineer in 1929. Later, he be- 
came vice president and general manager 
of Warner Collieries Co. 

A former vice chairman of the Ohio State 
Mine Examining Board, Mr. Thrower was 
also a past president of the Canterbury Golf 
Club and a member of the Cleveland Ath- 
letic Club and the Baptist Church. He was a 
past secretary-treasurer of the Cleveland 
chapter of the WPI Alumni Association. 

Three of his nephews attended WPI: 
EmmettA. Thrower, '27; AlvinE. Thrower, 
'30; andCharles W. Thrower, '52. 

! Edward A. Hanff, '10, of Pittsburgh, 
i Pennsylvania, a retired vice president of the 
: former Swindell-Dressier Co., died on Feb- 
ruary 16, 1979. 

He was born on November 29, 1 889 in 
i Rutland, Mass. In 1910 he received his 
BSEE from WPI. 

Mr. Hanff, who was president of the 
class of 1910, belonged to a number of 
engineering societies. He was a member of 
the National Watch and Clock Club. In the 
1950's he retired from Swindell's (now 
Pullman-Swindell Co.) engineering 

George E. Clifford, '12, of Ann Arbor, 
Michigan, passed away on March 29, 
! 1979. He was 90 years old. 

From 1 929 to 1 953 he was with Wol- 
verine Tube in Detroit, where he retired as 
plant engineer. From 1 954 to 1 958 he did 
part-time work in the Willow Run Labora- 
tory of the Engineering Research Institute 
of the University of Michigan. 

A native of Fitchburg, Mass., he was 
born on June 27, 1888. He studied mechan- 
cal engineering at WPI. He belonged to the 
V\asonic bodies, including Scottish Rite and 
:he Shrine. The assistant treasurer of the 
first Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, he 
,/vas also a former president of the Detroit 
Chapter of the WPI Alumni Association. He 
belonged to the Engineering Society of 

jiverett Hutchins, '15, passed away in the 
snollwood Nursing Home in Worcester on 
ebruary 25, 1 979. He was 88 years old. 

In 1 956 he retired from the New England 
llectric System, where he had been em- 
ployed for 30 years. During his career, he 
iad also been with the New York, New 
laven and Hartford Railway Co., Morgan 

Construction Company, Richard French 
Iron Works, and Eastern Bridge & Structural 

Mr. Hutchins was born on Dec. 1 8, 1 890 
in Worcester. He graduated as a civil en- 
gineer in 1 91 5. He belonged to the 
Worcester Horticultural Society. 

Payson A. Perrin, '16, of Harvey, Illinois 
passed away last October. 

He was born on Feb. 20, 1 894 in Boston, 
Mass. He graduated as a civil engineer from 
WPI. During his lifetime he was associated 
with the U.S.C.&G. Survey for five years, 
and served in France with the U.S. Army in 
World War I. He was also employed by the 
Pennsylvania Water & Power Co. ; the State 
Highway Department in Olympia, 
Washington; and the U.S. Engineer Office 
in Pittsburgh, Pa., from which he was 

Howland Buttler, '18, of Chesterfield, Mis- 
souri, a retired chemical director from Dr. 
Pepper, died recently. 

After graduating as a chemist from WPI, 
he joined Mallinckrodt Chemical Works as 
an analytical chemist. Later, he worked for 
the University of Illinois, St. Louis Coke & 
Chemical, Monsanto, and Anheuser- 
Busch, Inc. He was with Dr. Pepper from 
1931 to 1960. 

Mr. Buttler belonged to the American 
Chemical Society and the Society for Soft 
Drink Technologists. He was an elder of the 
Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dal- 
las. He was born on October 26, 1 895 in 

Guy F. Woodward, '20, former superin- 
tendent of distribution at Massachusetts 
Electric Co., died in Worcester on May 4, 
1979 at the age of 81. 

He had been with Massachusetts Electric 
for 43 years when he retired in 1963. He 
was born in Clinton, Mass. on April 2, 
1 898, and later studied at WPI. 

Mr. Woodward served as president of 
the Tech Old Timers in 1 966-67. He be- 
longed to the Transmission and Distribu- 
tion Committee of the Electrical Council of 
New England, the Appalachian Mountain 
Club (life member), the Worcester Me- 
chanics Association, Worcester Economic 
Club, and the Exchange Club. He was a 
past president of the New England Society 
of Underground Engineers, past chairman 
of the Worcester chapter of AIEE, and past 
president of the Worcester Tennis Club. 

A former commissioner of the Mohegan 
Council of Boy Scouts, he was one of the 
earliest recipients of the Silver Beaver 
Award. He was a member of the New 
England Regional Sea Scout committee, 
and started the first organized Sea Scout 
program in Worcester. 

He was a 50-year member of the Ma- 
sons, a trustee of the Worcester Historical 
Museum, and a member of the Worcester 
Craft Center, where since 1 964 he had 
been a weekly volunteer assistant to the 

Dr. Cyril Israel, '21, a physician in Woon- 
socket, Rhode Island, for 42 years, died at 
his home on April 5, 1 979. He was 79. 

A native of Millville, Mass., he was born 
on Feb. 24, 1900. In 1921 he graduated as 
a chemist from WPI. He received his MD 
from Boston University Medical School in 
1926. He practiced medicine in Woon- 
socket until his retirement in 1969. For two 
years he served as president of the medical 
staff at Woonsocket Hospital and as an 
associate member of Fogarty Memorial 

Dr. Israel belonged to the Woonsocket 
Medical District Society, the Rhode Island 
Medical Society, the Congregation B'nai 
Israel, B'nai B'rith, the Rhode Island Jewish 
Home for the Aged, and the Masons, of 
which he was a 50-year member. 

Percival E. Meyer, '23, of Westfield, Mas- 
sachusetts, a retired executive vice presi- 
dent of Cortland Grinding Wheels Corp., 
died of cancer on March 1 0, 1 979. 

He was born in Westfield on June 10, 
1 901 . In 1 923 he graduated as a chemist. 
He spent a year with the Fiberloid Corp., 
then joined Cortland, where he was em- 
ployed for 46 years. He retired in 1 970 as 
executive vice president. 

A member of the Masons and ATO, Mr. 
Meyer also belonged to the Exchange 
Club, the Congregational Church, the 
Blandford Country Club, and Connecticut 
Valley Shell Club. In 1 967 he was elected to 
a three-year term on the board of directors 
of the voluntary, non-profit Grinding 
Wheel Institute, an association of manufac- 
turers of grinding wheels and other bonded 
products, organized to promote the best 
interests of users of the products and 
members of the industry. He wasthe father 
of Richard S. Meyer, '60. 

Gridley Buddy, '26, of Jacksonville, Florida 
died recently. 

He graduated as a chemist from WPI. 
From 1926 to 1941 he worked as a textile 
chemist. From 1942 to 1948 he was with 
the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 
1 952 he received his MEd from the Univer- 
sity of Florida. For a number of years, he 
was a teacher at Samuel W. Wolfson Senior 
High School in Jacksonville. He belonged to 

Donald A. Calder, '26, of Wyckoff , New 
Jersey, the retired president of C. S. Brainin 
Corp., died on April 25, 1979. 

He was born in Worcester on Nov. 28, 
1903. After receiving his BSEE from WPI, 
he worked forThos. A. Edison Industries, 
Allied Control Co., Western Electric, and 
Engelhard Industries. Several years ago, he 
retired from Brainin Corp. and Stern Metals 
Corp. of Mount Vernon, N.Y. He belonged 
to SAE, Skull, and AIEE. 

Summer 1979 /The WPI journal/ 47 

Fall 1979 




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Vol. $, no. 3 



Fall 1979 

2 Revisiting the 1970s at WPI 

A look at the busiest decade ever for WPI, 
by Russell Kay 

10 Previewing the 1980s at WPI 

A glimpse at plans for the near future, as the 
WPI trustees see them. 

16 Alumni Association 

People on the move, and honors for the Fund. 

17 What's happening 

18 Homecoming 1979 

20 Who's Who 

WPI's public man in public relations 

22 UFO 

Experiences of a WPI alumnus on the track 
of . . . what; 

30 Looking through a borescope at Eugene 


Completed Careers 

Editor: H. Russell Kay 

Alumni Information Editor: Ruth S. Trask 

Design. H. Russell Kay 

/ ypesetting: County Photo Compositing, 
Inc., Jefferson, Mass., and Davis Press, Inc., 
Worcester, Mass. 

Printing: The House of Offset, Somerville, 

Address all correspondence to the Editor, 
The WPI journal, Worcester Polytechnic In- 
stitute, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609. 
Telephone (617) 753-1411. 

The WPI journal (ISSN 0148-6128) is 
published for the WPI Alumni Association 
by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Copy- 
right ® 1979 by Worcester Polytechnic Insti- 
tute. All rights reserved. 

The WPI journal is published five times a 
year, quarterly plus a catalog issue (identi- 
fied as no. 2) in September. Second class 
postage paid at Worcester, Massachusetts. 


President: John H. McCabe, '68 

Senior Vice President: Walter B. Dennen, Jr., 

Vice President: Peter H. Horstmann, '55 

Secretary-Treasurer: Stephen J. Hebert, '66 

Past President: William A. Julian, '49 

Executive Committee members-at-large: Phi- 
lip B. Ryan, '65; Donald E. Ross, '54; Anson 
C. Fyler, '45; Harry W Tenney, Ir., '56 

Faculty representative: Kenneth E. Scott, '48 

Fund Board: G. Albert Anderson, '51, chair- 
man; Henry Styskal, Jr., '50, vice chairman; 
Richard B. Kennedy, '65; Gerald Finkle, '57; 
Philip H. Puddington, '59; Richard A. Davis, 
'53; C. John Lindegren, '39 

Fall 1979 /The WPI journal/ 1 

by Russell Kay 
Research by Jean Stilwell 

IT IS POPULAR to categorize dec- 
ades of social history with catch 
phrases: the jazz era of the '20s; the 
depression '30s; the war-torn '40s; the 
complacent '50s; the turbulent '60s; 
the self-aware 70s. The exact term 
you choose, of course, depends on 
what aspect of the times particularly 
interested or affected your life. 

There is reasonably general 
agreement that the 1970s have been 
peculiarly a time of turning inward, 
of examining values and feelings. The 
'60s had been a time of questioning, 
too, a time of social upheaval, but the 
questions were directed outward — 
people demanded that solutions for 
problems come from other people and 
institutions. As a result, a lot of good 
things happened, or at least were ear- 
nestly set into motion: some mean- 
ingful civil rights action, long- 
overdue social welfare programs, an 
infusion of spirit and money into 
education, a space program that 
landed men on the moon. But this 
same outer-directedness also resulted 
in the quagmire of the Viet Nam War, 
in an economy that grew ever more 
out of control, in an unwillingness to 
face the consequences of industrial 
and municipal pollution, and a grow- 
ing appetite for everything, including 
energy from fossil fuels. 

At the tail end of the 1960s, 
however, things began to change. Peo- 
ple started to look for answers inside 
themselves. All sorts of "self-help" 
philosophies, techniques, systems, 
and books proliferated in this new 
era, and the signs of the times were 
varied indeed: 

Revisiting the 1970s at WPI 

► Encounter groups, EST, and transcendental meditation 

► Dr. Atkins' diet revolution, macrobiotic cookbooks, and Cuisinart food pro- 

► Watergate: the decline and fall of Richard Nixon 

^People magazine (which made it big) and New Tunes (which had more heart, 
but folded) 

► OPEC, gas-pump lines, wood stoves, and diesel cars 

► Consciousness-raising, assertiveness training, dressing for power, and looking 
out for number 1 

► Digital watches, pocket calculators, and video games 

► Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, bye-bye Beatles, funk, punk, reggae, and disco 
►.S'fdr Wars, The Godfather, Roots, The Muppet Show, and Crockett's Victory 

► logging, racquetball, kung fu, and the NFL on Monday nights 

► Solid as gold and sound as a dollar. 

► The once lowly tee-shirt was no longer underwear but a vehicle for making 
personal statements. 

► We almost lost Detroit with nuclear reactor problems, but instead we got 
Three Mile Island. 

► Smokey the Bear was quietly retired and Woodsy Owl installed in his place 
(pollution evidently being a bigger problem than forest fires). 

► The Olympic games went to Munich and the whole world lost. 

► Walt Disney World offered us an ultimate fantasy. 

► Skylab went up into space, then fell down and hit Australia. 


last decade, it has not only been indi- 
viduals who have looked inward for 
direction; so too have institutions, 
and none more than Worcester Poly- 
technic Institute. 

The groundwork for the 70s be- 
gan with the faculty planning com- 
mittee which wrote the Two Towers 
report that led to the creation of the 
new curriculum called the WPI Plan. 
And it was the WPI Plan which was 
the touchstone of the times for 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute. lust 
what happened, you ask? 

► Creating the design for a new 
technological education. 

► Refining the details of the 
model, then, one by one, bringing 
them into practice. 

► Restructuring and redesigning 
every single undergraduate course 
taught at WPI. 

► Winning both acceptance and 
renown, on campus and in the na- 
tional arenas of higher education and 
of engineering, and getting the WPI 
Plan accredited. 

► Wrestling with the enormous 
problems that yearly threatened to 
sink the whole enterprise. 

► Developing workable ways of 
promoting and evaluating student 

► Defining a meaningful humani- 
ties minor required of all students. 

► Divining a new way of getting 
students to relate their technical ma- 
jors to the social world. 

Fall 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 3 

THE 1970s WERE A TIME of becoming, of growing. In virtually every area 
we can look at, the figures show considerable increase since 1970. 


In 1970 there were 1,792 undergraduates, in a total student body of 2,363. In 
1979 there are 2,375 undergraduates in a student population of over 3,500. In 
1970, 1,520 students (including 41 women) applied for admission, and 541 en- 
rolled. In 1979, 2,009 students made application (214 of them women), for an 
entering class of 658. 


While the student body grew by 48 percent over the decade, the full-time fac- 
ulty only grew from 158 to 180, a mere 14 percent, although the number of 
part-time, adjunct, and affiliate faculty has risen from 1 7 to 80. 


The campus has increased slightly in size, from about 45 acres in 1970 to its 
present 56. Most of this growth reflects the addition of Higgins House, plus 
the Ellsworth and Fuller residences along Institute Road. 

In 1969, the campus had 504 dormitory beds; in 1979 it has 912. (There 
are about as many fraternity beds now as there were then.) Laboratory space 
grew somewhat from 94,078 square feet to 98,749. Classroom space, however, 
shrank considerably, from 62,735 to 48,927 square feet, reflecting both the 
change in emphasis toward project work (much of it carried out off campus) 
and the increased use of alternate instructional tools, such as videotape. For 
these reasons, also, conference room space grew from 3,475 to 9,340. 


In 1969, WPI's Gordon Library had fewer than 61,000 volumes. Now it has 
more than triple that number and is, in fact, approaching the building's design 
capacity of 200,000 volumes. And that doesn't count in the nearly 600,000 
technical reports, mostly on microfiche, nor the 30,000 audiovisual items, in- 
cluding audio and video tapes and cassettes, records, and films. At the begin- 
ning of the decade, WPI had no real archives; now there is a significant and 
growing collection of items that reflect WPI's history and heritage, plus a spe- 
cial librarian to manage the program. 


In the last decade, WPI has added 3 new departments — Computer Science, 
Life Sciences, and Social Science and Policy Studies — and new graduate degree 
programs in biomedical engineering, biomedical science, construction project 
management, fire protection engineering, hydrodynamics and water resources, 
management, and mathematics for secondary school teachers. History and En- 
glish were merged into a single department, Humanities. 

Only two people who were department heads in 1 969 still hold that posi- 
tion -- Prof. Donald Zwiep of Mechanical Engineering, and Prof. Donald John- 
son of Humanities (then, History). 

4 /The WPI Journal /Fall 1979 

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Continuing Education: 

Enrollment in evening graduate school programs has tripled over the decade, 
from less than 200 to some 6S0 this year. The area of enormous growth, how 
ever, has been in short (1-3 days) courses aimed at professional development. 
Where there were barely more than 100 people registered in 1975, the projec- 
tion for the current school year is over 2,000. 

In a related area, WPI's five-year-old co-op program has grown from 8 stu 
dents to over 50, and over the period nearly 90 students have participated. 


In 1970, WITs budget was about $9.7 million, with a deficit of nearly $400,000. 
That has grown to the 1979 budget of $21.3 million. Over the entire period, 
the budget has been balanced with an aggregate surplus (retained operational 
earnings) of $452,289. 

WPI's endowment has grown from $24.6 to $35.2 million, due in part to 
many generous gifts and bequests from trustees and others, and the value of 
the physical plant has increased from $18 to $30.5 million. 

Student Finances: 

The cost of education has grown, not just for WPI but for its students as well. 
With the consumer price index having somewhat more than doubled over the 
decade, tuition has just about kept pace, rising from $2,100 to $4,350. Over the 
same period, however, financial aid to students has nearly quadrupled, rising 
from $767,000 in 1970 to $2,823,904 last year, as a number of new endowed 
scholarship funds have been added. 


Research sponsored by outside organizations has grown from $1.76 million in 
1971 to over $3 million. 

Alumni Generosity: 

Giving to the Annual Alumni Fund has increased from 1970s $134,000 to 
1 979's record level of $575,000. During the past six years, WPI has won the 
prestigious U.S. Steel award, given by the Council for Advancement and Sup- 
port of Education, no less than three times. 

Giving to WPI: 

Other giving to WPI has been impressively large. During the capital fund drive, 
The WPI Plan to Restore the Balance, in the years 1972-1977, WPI exceeded its 
$18.5 million goal by over $400,000. The generosity and leadership provided by 
WPI's trustees has helped the college keep pace with the times, maintaining an 
attractive and functional physical plant, and continually improving the quality 
of our already excellent programs. 

Fall 1979 /The WPI journal/ 5 


In 1969, WPI acquired its second computer, an RCA Spectra 70/46, which gave 
the campus timesharing capabilities for the first time. This created such a de- 
mand, however, that in 1971 a second mainframe computer, a DECTO, was in- 
stalled and used strictly for timesharing. By 1976, the Spectra was simply over- 
loaded with administrative computing, and was replaced with a larger and fas- 
ter Univac 90. Now, in 1979, the DEC- 10 is being run near capacity and is be- 
ginning to show its age (discrete transistors, no IC's). 

But there are other computers around too. A recent computer census at 
WTI shows the Electrical Engineering department leading the list, with 24 Di- 
gital Equipment Corporation LSI microcomputers, plus PDF- 7, PDP-8, and 
PDP-1 1/10 minis, and a Honeywell 6/43. Computer Science comes next, with a 
PDP-1 1/10, two Raytheon RDS-500, a Rockwell A1M-65, and a number of other 
microcomputers, plus an incredible variety of terminals and other associated 
devices. Mechanical Engineering has three different PDP-1 l's, two of them de- 
dicated to special purposes in the nuclear reactor and in materials engineering. 
Chemical Engineering has two minicomputers, both DEC, and the Mathemati- 
cal Sciences department finishes up the list with an Apple microcomputer. 

NUMBERS ALONE, HOWEVER, cannot tell the story of what has hap- 
pened at WPI. Far too many students have walked over Earle Bridge during that 
period. Here's a quick overview of some of the events that have made WPI 
such an exciting place to be during this past decade. 


The Cambodian invasion and nation-wide student demonstrations. The first 
faculty constitution adopted at WPI. Computer science department es- 
tablished. Stoddard Residence Center opened. Environmental Systems Study 
Program funded by $200,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. WPI wins na- 
tional 1st place in Clean Air Car Race. Higgins House bequeathed to WPI. 


Faculty donate two weeks during the summer for planning purposes and WPI 
Plan implementation. Carnegie Corporation grant of $188,000 received to aid 
summer planning. First videotape viewing station set up in Gordon Library; tel- 
evision studio opened in Higgins Labs. Charles W Moore Co. report on a physi- 
cal plan for WPI's future presented to the campus. September entering class is 
the first able to enroll under the WPI Plan. Free cross-registration among 
Worcester Consortium colleges initiated. First off-campus project center 
opened at U.S. Army Natick Labs. 

6 /The WPI Journal /Fall 1979 


Intercession offered for the first time, ISO short courses in three weeks. Ex- 
change program begun with The City University of London. Project Center 
opened at St. Vincent Hospital. $18.5 million five-year fund drive announced. 
National Science Foundation (NSF) awards WPI $733,400 -- largest grant ever 
under its College Science Improvement Program. Campus Judicial System 
adopted. First competency examinations given under the Plan. Three students 
graduate under the WPI Plan, and Lesley Small hecomes WPI's first woman 
graduate. "Cookie" Price, dean of faculty, has heart attack and is forced to retire 
earlv. In the fall, 14-week semesters are abolished and replaced with 7-week 
terms. Life Sciences department established. First blind student enters. "Nego- 
tiated admissions" policy started. Geetha Bhatt is first woman to receive PhD. 
NSF advisory panel visits WPI to monitor Plan implementation. 


Student mail boxes installed in renovated 1st floor of Daniels Hall. Tech News 
changes its name to WPI Newspeak. Fall entering class is the first to be en- 
tirely under WPI Plan. Ellsworth and Fuller residences open (funded by dona- 
tions of the Ellsworth and the Fuller foundations). IQP center established in 
Washburn. Kresge Foundation grants $150,000 for renovation of foundry into 
student project center. First women students in ROTC. 3-2 programs begun 
with Holy Cross, Regis, and Elmira Colleges. 


National Endowment for the Humanities awards $180,000 for humanities suf- 
ficiency implementation. Exchange program begun with ETH (federal technical 
school in Zurich, Switzerland). Acting on a WPI Petition, City Council closes 
West Street through the campus on a trial basis, but reopens it after nine 
months. Sloan Foundation gives $350,000 for implementation of Interactive 
Qualifying Project. Renovations to Morgan Hall begun. NSF gives WPI $48,000 
for Plan evaluation. Alumni Fund wins U.S. Steel award. Goat's Head Pub ex- 
panded by students. Ford Foundation gives unrestricted $180,000 Venture Fund 
grant to WPI to be used innovatively 

East campus closed to car traffic and parking; the "greening of the campus" 
begun! History and English merged into Humanities department. Social Sci- 
ence and Policy Studies department established. Economics, Government and 
Business merged into Management department. Washington D.C. Project Cen- 
ter opened. As school opens in the fall, Morgan renovations force the use of 
Harrington Auditorium as a temporary dining hall. Mellon Foundation grants 
$150,000 for faculty development in the Humanities. Salisbury Laboratories 
closed for remodeling, its inhabitants redistributed throughout the campus. 


Venezuelan students arrive at WPI under special program. NSF awards WPI an 
additional $430,100. The graduating class is 50 percent Plan, 50 percent non- 
Plan. 3-2 programs with Anna Maria and Assumption colleges announced. Ma- 
jor grants toward Salisbury renovation received from the Alden Trust, Dana 
Foundation, and the Kresge Foundation. Freshman Seminar program begins. 
Workshops on Teaching 

earning begin. Arm and hammer weathervane stolen from atop Washburn 
Shops. Society of Women Engineers chapter receives charter. 


Co-op program begun. WPI Plan accredited by Engineers Council for Profes- 
sional Development. Lilly Foundation awards $123,000 for Humanities and So- 
cial Sciences. Boynton Hall closed for renovation as Salisbury reopens. (Musi- 
cal offices.) Rockefeller Foundation grants WPI $100,000 for IQP implementa- 
tion. Program in Urban and Environmental Planning begun. Trustees vote to al- 
low two faculty representatives at meetings. 


First sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, organized. Sanford-Riley Hall remodeled. 
Freeman Plaza dedicated by Howard Freeman. Arm and hammer replica in- 
stalled on Washburn as building exterior is renovated. President Hazzard an- 
nounces retirement in one year. Football team wins only one game — trustees 
ponder what to do about it. 

8 The WPI Journal /Fall 1919 


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Blizzard of 78 closes WPI down for three days. Plan to Restore the Balance an- 
nounces $18.9 million raised. Football retained as varsity sport. Prof. Jo Ann 
Manfra becomes first woman to win tenure at WPI. Exchange programs begun 
with University College, London, and Trent Polytechnic Institute. Edmund T. 
Cranch inaugurated as WPI's 12th president. Boynton Hall reopened. Alumni 
Fund wins U.S. Steel honorable mention. Center for Firesafety Studies created. 
Selective admissions policy readopted. 


First U.S. master's program in fire protection engineering announced. Astro- 
nomical observatory dome erected on Goddard Lab. First blind student gradu- 
ates. Alumni Fund meets Dana Foundation challenge grant — alumni giving 
increased 45 percent in one year, to $575,884. 

AS THE 1970s draw to a close, WPI 
can look back on these years as a 
time of enormous change, of defining 
and reaching toward new goals and 
using new ways to attain existing 
goals. It has been a time of self-study, 
of trying to find out what WPI is and 
should be doing, of hard work by fac- 
ulty and administration. The WPI 
Plan has been brought from concep- 
tion to reality, and it provides a new 
and firm base for WPI's future. 

Approaching the '80s, Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute is in the 
strongest shape it has ever been in. 
We command enthusiastic support 
from industry, the world of higher 
education, and alumni. If the campus 
seems quieter than it was a few years 
ago, that's because we're consolidat- 
ing the gains we have already made. 
The rough outlines of our enterprise, 
shaped in the early years of the 
1970s, are now being polished to a 
high lustre with a very fine grade of 
administrative and educational sand- 

Fall 1979 /The WPI Journal 9 



Previewing the 1980s 

THE WHOLE BUSINESS of education is predicated on 
looking to the future. We learn from the past so that we 
may better deal with the social and intellectual and moral 
and technological situations that are bound to arise in 
times to come. We learn in order to grow, and that too im- 
plies a future. 

Planning for the future is vital to any successful or- 
ganization, but especially so for one like WPI, concerned 
with technology now changing at faster and faster rates. 
Simply maintaining an operation like Worcester Polytech- 
nic Institute is an enormously costly undertaking. To do 
so without concern for tomorrow would represent a waste 
of time, effort, and money. Well then, what should be 

That, in essence, was the charge given by the Board of 
Trustees to its Planning and Resources Committee a year 
ago. Co-chairmen Arthur E. Smith, '33, and Stanley C. 
Olsen were asked to evaluate the needs of the college for 
the near future and identify those areas where additional 
capital support (read that money) would be needed. Their 
report, presented to and adopted by the Board last June, 
shows a careful balancing of alternatives and directions. 


Before looking at the physical needs of the college, a num- 
ber of assumptions about the future had to be made, and 
some choices of direction indicated. Among these were: 

^■High-school graduates: The number of high-school grad- 
uates will begin to decline during the first few years of the 
1980s, and the rate of decline will increase in 1981-82. 

^Applicant pool: The demand for technical and scientific 
education will remain strong, but it is not certain that the 
percentage of qualified students will rise. Efforts must be 
made to increase the pool of applicants to WPI. 

^■Financial aid: It is apparent there will be increased need 
for student financial aid at both undergraduate and gradu- 
ate levels. High priority must be given to scholarship, 
loan, and work-study programs. Federal programs and regu- 
lations will plan an increasing role in this area. 

^■Educational orientation and enrollment: WPI will con- 
tinue to emphasize undergraduate education and to im- 
prove the WPI Plan. Undergraduate enrollment will be 
held at its present level of about 2,400, or possibly de- 
creased to around 2,200 if that proves economically feasi- 

► Graduate and continuing education: Opportunities here 
at the master's degree level will expand. WPI should align 
its programs to take advantage of these opportunities, 
strengthening its offerings in appropriate disciplines. 

^■Faculty development: The extraordinary demands of the 
WPI Plan, particularly in the recent years of transition and 
implementation, has taken a toll of our most valuable re- 
source, our faculty. Ways must be found to help renew 
and reward this group. 

Fall 1979/ The WPI Journal/ 1 1 

► Academic program support: Rapidly changing technol- 
ogy, coupled with the hands-on approach to equipment 
use encouraged at WPI, has created substantial need for 
new laboratory facilities and equipment and for new 
teaching tools. 

^■Student support services: Because of the nature of the 
WPI curriculum, with its strong reliance on individual 
student action and planning, our advising and counseling 
services are in urgent need of strengthening. 

^■Athletics: WPI will continue to emphasize lifetime 
sports and intramural activities, and WPI will field teams 
that are competitive at the intercollegiate level. 

As the committee discussed plans and options, other as- 
sumptions and realizations emerged. It became abun- 
dantly clear, while looking for places to locate additional 
athletic fields, that the college is land poor. Most of the 
land on the main campus is occupied and used about as 
heavily as anyone would want. Salisbury Park to the north 
and Bancroft Hill to the west form natural (if attractive) 

As with Salisbury and Boynton, efforts will be aimed 
at renovation and restoration rather than razing or re- 


Bricks and mortar type improvements are the easiest to 
think about, they seem emotionally to give the most visi- 
ble return for the money . . . and they cost the most. But 
there are very real needs, some carried over as unmet ob- 
jective of the last capital fund drive, the WPI Plan to Re- 
store the Balance. 

Central Service Facility: Moving the Plant Services 
operations from the middle of the campus, in their current 
scattered and somewhat makeshift quarters, to a home of 
their own is a key to the "greening of the campus" objec- 
tive which is central to WPI's future plans. Estimated cost: 

used to house the departments of Management and Social 
Science and Policy Studies. Cost for remodeling: $1. 12 mil- 
lion. Cost for reequipping: $300,000. 

Atwater Kent: In this current home of the Electrical 
Engineering department, you can still see where the trol- 
ley cars used to come and go. Computer Science is a rela- 
tively young department which has, however, very close 
ties to EE. Students in each department take courses and 
laboratories in the other, and both disciplines require ex- 
tensive computer laboratories. Together, these depart- 
ments account for 35 percent of the student body. It is 
planned to move Computer Science (which has had at 
least three different buildings in the past ten years) into a 
new and permanent home in Atwater Kent. Extensive re- 
modeling will be necessary. Cost for remodeling: $1.62 mil- 
lion. Cost for reequipping: $412,000. 

Kaven Hall: Civil Engineering laboratories and class- 
room facilities in Kaven Hall need to be upgraded and mo- 
dernized. More importantly, however, we must upgrade 
and reequip the structural and geotechnical laboratories. 
Cost for remodeling: $ 1 20,000. Cost for reequipping: 

Energy Conservation Program: While many ag- 
gressive efforts at energy conservation have been made in 
recent years, more are needed. Called for now are capital 
expenditures for storm windows and insulation for Salis- 
bury, Washburn, Atwater Kent, Higgins Lab, Stratton, 
Olin, Kaven, and Goddard. Cost: $75,000. 

Fraternities: The Trustee Committee felt that a 
method should be found by which WPI can assist the fra- 
ternities, which have provided housing for WPI students 
for generations, to replace, upgrade, and modernize their 
buildings. Most fraternities occupy wooden frame build- 
ings which were not designed for the heavy use and wear 
and tear that they are currently subjected to. However, 
the Committee deferred any firm recommendation for ac- 
tion at this time. 

►Total cost for facilities improvements: 
$4.6 million. 

Performing Arts: Alden Memorial Auditorium: Grow- 
ing interest in performance has resulted in virtually con- 
stant use of Alden for lectures, concerts, rehearsals, films, 
and plays. The auditorium has a number of acoustical 
problems, and the stage wiring needs replacement. Cost: 

Washburn Shops: Some 550 students now take mate- 
rials processing lab courses in this second-oldest campus 
building. Most of the machinery and equipment is 40 to 
50 years old, plagued with breakdowns and the need for 
constant repairs. Increased use has accelerated the need to 
update and reequip the laboratory. Upper floors will be 


Scholarship Funds: More than 65 percent of WPI's 
students have received financial aid in the form of grants, 
loans, or through work-study arrangements. WPI wants to 
add $1 million to its student aid funds. 

Professorial Chairs: Endowed faculty positons are vi- 
tal in WPI's efforts to attract and retain outstanding schol- 
ars in many fields and to broaden the base of our educa- 
tional offerings. Two new endowed chairs are planned. To- 
tal cost: $1.5 million. 

12 /The WPI Journal /Fall 1979 

""■■■■■ ■■■■■ ■■■ ■•■•"- 

Building Endowment: The building endowment fund 
has been established to ensure that seleeted buildings can 
be maintained at an optimum level while at the same 
time reducing the burden on the annual operating budget. 
Cost: $500,000. 

► Total endowment objectives: 
$3 million. 


WPI is fortunate to have Salisbury Park, owned by the city 
of Worcester, as an attractive green belt to the north. Our 
playing fields, the Higgins House grounds, and the Baptist 
Church provide a western border of green to our campus. 
Together, these two areas mark a natural and permanent 
boundary to the campus. 

Toward the south, WPI has crossed Institute Road 
with the addition of the Ellsworth, Fuller, and Stoddard 
dormitories. While the college owns some of the wood 
frame buildings in the neighborhood, not all the college- 
owned property borders the campus proper. To the east, 
Boynton Street has been for many years a natural bound- 
ary, although WPI now owns 70% of the property between 
Boynton and Dean Streets. On all other sides, the campus 
is surrounded by busy traffic arteries: Institute Road, Salis- 
bury Street, and Park Avenue. 

The trustees wish WPI to acquire buildings and land, 
in predetermined areas of interest, whenever they come 
on the market. These properties will be open to such uses 
as student housing, fraternity sites, parking, playing fields, 
academic or support service facilities, and green-belt 
zones. As each property is acquired, a careful evaluation of 
buildings should be made to determine whether to retain 
or raze the structures (the latter to eliminate maintenance 
costs and problems). $450,000 is recommended for prop- 
erty acquisition. 

Playing Fields: Let's assume WPI had adequate field 
space in 1965. The student body then numbered 1,247 
students. Now we have nearly double that number of stu- 
dents, and the area of available field space has actually 
been reduced. 

This becomes especially critical in the light of Title 
IX and WPI's need to provide athletic fields for women's 
varsity softball and field hockey. We do not currently 
have any adequate field for field hockey. 

And our students are using the fields. Last spring, the 
intramural softball program involved over 800 students on 
53 separate teams, playing more than 300 games. This in- 
tensive and unrelenting use of the playing fields is simply 
wearing them out, leaving no time for reseeding. 

It is proposed that: 

► The existing soccer field will be enlarged and im- 
proved to meet the demands imposed by this sport. 

► The existing track must be replaced with one that 
meets intercollegiate standards and has improved drain- 
age. An artificial surface is planned, and the spurs which 
currently infringe on the baseball field will be eliminated. 

► The baseball diamond will be relocated. 

► A. J. Knight Field will be rebuilt and reconditioned 
for use by field hockey and lacrosse. 

► Alumni Field will get a new artificial surface so that 
it will be available for multiple uses, and lighting will be 
increased to extend the use of the field into the evening 

► Tennis courts on Boynton Street will be resurfaced. 

► Total cost for playing field improve- 

$1.04 million. 

West Street: Closing West Street through the campus is 
an unfulfilled dream. Success or failure will be determined 
by political action. If successful, $65,000 is planned to re- 
landscape the area. 


Equipment: WPI continues to provide modern, fully 
equipped laboratories for the use and instruction of our 
students so that they can enter their professions armed 
with the best possible training and experience. The 
project-oriented WPI Plan has generated a concurrent need 
to upgrade and modernize our laboratories. Cost of equip- 
ment purchases: $762,000. 

Library: WPI has maintained a fine library facility, 
which also benefits from the Worcester Area Cooperating 
Libraries. While the collection is generally excellent, there 
is a need to augment our holdings in life sciences, man- 
agement, and engineering and science. Cost: $65,000. 

Computer: WPI's DECsystem-10, acquired in 1972, is 
both approaching saturation (being in use 90 percent of 
the 24-hour day) and showing its obsolescent technology 
in a lack of repair components. The growth of student in- 
terest in computer science and the benefits available in 
new computer technology indicate that the system should 
be upgraded. Under consideration is a DECsystem-20. 
Cost: $500,000. 

► Total equipment and library needs: 
$1.3 million. 

Fall 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 13 



Faculty Development Awards: The prime reason 
for the success of WPI and the Plan has been the whole- 
hearted efforts of the faculty. To sustain and further im- 
prove our programs will require a conscious institutional 
effort to recognize outstanding service to WPI and to pro- 
vide the opportunity for renewal and strengthening the 
faculty's academic competence. 

The faculty development program is designed to 
build on the present sabbatical leave program (which pro- 
vides half salary), and will reach a significant number of 
our faculty to influence WPI's educational environment. 
Trustee Fellowships will provide the remaining half of the 
sabbatic year salary and will be awarded on a competitive 
basis, three awards each year for three years. Sabbatic Sup- 
plements will enhance the attractiveness of a sabbatical 
leave where an external organization provides a portion of 
the missing half salary. Finally Industrial Awards will be 
used to encourage industrial contacts which may lead to 
sabbatical opportunities. Cost of the program: $200,000. 

Academic Programs: Special funding is needed to 
strengthen various academic programs. Computer science 
needs more depth and breadth in its faculty. Management, 
which is actively serving industry through off -campus and 
evening programs, should be further improved. The Manu- 
facturing Engineering program needs to be upgraded, and 
we face stiff competition from industry for faculty. The 
newly announced Fire Protection Engineering program has 
been well received, but much start-up work needs to be 
done. The Center for Educational Research and Develop- 
ment needs support to continue its evaluation of our cur- 
riculum. Graduate research programs in Biomedical Engi- 
neering will eventually be self-sustaining, but they must 
be developed to that point. Total cost: $250,000 per year 
for three years. 

►Total cost for academic programs: 


Unrestricted gifts for operational purposes have provided 
significant budget support. The major source of these 
funds has been the Annual Alumni Fund, which has en- 
joyed phenomenal growth in recent years. Anticipated op- 
erational needs are $500,000 this year, $600,000 in 1980- 
81, and $700,000 in 1981-82. 

►Total operational needs: $1.8 million. 

It is expected that these plans will take about three years 
to bring about, with a total goal of $13.2 million. Three 
stages of proceeding have been defined, with the highest 
priority going to faculty development, Atwater Kent, 
Kaven, the soccer field, and tennis courts. The second 
stage includes Washburn and Alden Memorial. The third 
stage covers the central service facility Alumni Field, the 
new track, and the baseball field. Divided equally among 
all three phases are energy conservation, endowment, and 
equipment and library needs. Divided equally among 
stages two and three are land acquisition and academic 


When the Plan to Restore the Balance was announced in 
1972, it was clearly a general appeal aimed at corpora- 
tions, foundations, alumni, parents, and any other poten- 
tial donors. The money needed for the facilities and pro- 
grams outlined in this article, however, will be raised dif- 
ferently Basically, for each area a number of target donors 
or organizations have been identified, and proposals will 
be made on an individual basis. There will be no general 
solicitation of alumni for these needs, although the An- 
nual Alumni Fund will continue its normal operation. 


In the cover letter which accompanied the report, Messrs. 
Smith and Olsen noted that "we started out deliberations 
after the successful conclusion of our $18.5 million capi- 
tal campaign. As in all long-term efforts of this nature, 
there are unmet needs and others that have been accelera- 
ted during the campaign period. We discovered what we 
had suspected — our plant is well maintained and effec- 
tively used. However, new technologies and shifting stu- 
dent majors have created new needs and pressures." 

14 /The WPI journal /Fall 1979 

Meet the President 

The newly elected president of the 
WPI Alumni Association is John H. 
McCabe, '68. He is currently vice 
president, finance, at Carl Gordon In- 
dustries, and he will become execu- 
tive vice president there on Decem- 
ber 1. 

In past years, McCabe has been 
president of the Worcester County 
Alumni Club, member-at-large of the 
Executive Committee, chairman of 
the Student Alumni Services and 
Group Travel committees, and vice 
president of the Association. In addi- 
tion, he has been president of the 
Poly Club and was a member of the 
Inauguration Committee for Presi- 
dent Cranch. 

Jack lives with his wife Leslie 
and three children in Worcester. 

Alumni Fund wins another 
major award — again! 

It was announced this summer that 
the 1977-78 Alumni Fund was the re- 
cipient of the coveted U.S. Steel 
Alumni Giving Incentive Award. The 
award itself consists of $5,000, a cer- 
tificate, and a moebius strip sculpted 
from stainless steel. 

This marks the third U.S. Steel 
award for the WPI alumni Fund in six 
years, the last one (an honorable men- 
tion) being just last year. Because of 
this, WPI's award was given in a 

Four alumni elected, 
reelected to WPI Board 

Two alumni were newly elected to 
the WPI Board of Trustees this sum- 
mer, while two others were reelected 
to their seats as alumni trustees. 

Joining the Board as an alumni 
trustee is Joseph Glasser, '35, a man- 
agement consultant and retired vice 
president of Raytheon, who lives in 
Andover, Massachusetts. The other 
new Board member is Robert C. Stem- 
pel, '55, vice president and general 
manager of General Motors' Pontiac 
Division. Mr. Stempel resides in 
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 

Reelected to second terms on the 
Board was C. Marshall Dann, '35, for- 
mer U.S. Commissioner of Patents 
and currently a partner in the Phila- 
delphia firm of Dann, Dorfman, Her- 
rell and Skillman. Mr. Dann lives in 
Wilmington, Delaware. Also 
reelected to his second term is Hil- 
liard W Paige, '41, director of Interna- 
tional Energy Associates Limited, of 
Washington, D.C. 

newly created category, called Sus- 
tained Excellence, which includes 
Dartmouth College, California Insti- 
tute of Technology, Phillips Exeter 
Academy, and the University of 

In the photo above, Stephen J. 
Hebert, '66, secretary-treasurer of the 
Association, is shown receiving the 
award certificate from James T Ho- 
sey, vice president and executive 
director of the United States Steel 

New program for class secre- 
taries begins 

Don't be too surprised if you sud- 
denly hear from the secretary of your 
class asking for news and informa- 
tion. It's all part of a new program de- 
signed to improve the quality of the 
class notes in the Journal with the 
help of class secretaries. 

Announced at the Alumni Lead- 
ership Workshops held during Home- 
coming Weekend, the program will 
see periodic mailings from each class 
secretary to a portion of his or her 
class. We hope that this new "per- 
sonal touch" will open up channels of 
information that we haven't been 
privy to in the past, and that we will 
be able to print more and more inter- 
esting news about your WPI classma- 
tes and other alumni. We've had an 
enthusiastic reception from the class 
secretaries, so now it's up to you to 
do your part. 

16 /The WI'I Journal/ Fall 1919 

What's happening? 


* December 1 


* December S 


* December 8 


December 10 


December 13 


"January 12 


January IS 


January 19 


January 23 


"January 25 


"January 26 


"January 31 


* February 2 


Febaiary 5 


"Febaiary 8 

Coast Guard 

"Febaiary 13 


"Febaiary 16 


Febaiary 2 1 


Febaiary 23 


Febaiary 27 




"November 29 

Boston College 

November 28 


December 5 


"November 30 

Holy Cross 



"December 6 

Boston College 

December 13 


December 12 


December IS 

Harvaal-UNH-Mass Maritime 

January 22 

Southeastern Mass 

"January IS 

Coast Guard 

January 26 


January 19 

Williams, RPI 

February 2 

Coast Guard 

January 24 


"Febaiary 7 


January 26 

R1C, Univ. of Maine 

"Febaiary 9 

Keene State 

* Febaiary 2 


Febaiary 14 


Febaiary S 


"Febaiary 16 


Febaiary 9 

Hartford, Vtesleyan 

March 6-8 

New Englands 

Febaiary 13 

Western New England 

Febaiary 17 

New England JV Tournament 

"Febaiary 21-23 


Febaiary 28 

NCAA Div. in Championship 



December 6 

Western New England 



December 10 


"December 12 


January 24 


"January 26 


"January 30 

Anna Maria 

February 1 


"Febaiary 4 


"Febaiary S 


Febaiary 7 


February 11 


Febaiary 13 


"Febaiary IS 


"Febaiary IS 




Febaiary 21-23 

MAIAW Suite Tournament 

"Febaiary 26 



December 1 
December 8 
December 12 
Febaiary 13 
February 16 
Febaiary 23-24 

MIT, Brandeis 



Holy Cross, Worcester State 


New Englands 

(* = admission 
"November 25 

"December 2 

"December 9 

"December 16 

January IS 

January 17 

January 22 

January 24 

"January 28 

"Febaiary 3 

February S 

"Febaiary 10 

Febaiary 12 

"Febaiary 17 
"Febaiary 19 
"Febaiary 23 

"Febaiary 24 
February 26 
March 4 


Dr. Strangebve 

Dark Star 

Up in Smoke 

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 

The Boys from Brazil 

College The Anal Wire 

The Son of the Sheik His Royal Slyness 

Dr.JekyUG Mr. Hyde The Champion 

The Iron Mask 


The Greatful Dead Movie 

Emperor Jones 

An I nmamed Woman 

Black History: Lost Stolen or Strayed 

This is the Home of Mrs. levant Graham 

Paul Laurence Dunbar, America's First Black Poet 

It Came from Outer Space 

Fantastic Animation Festival 

The Pink Panther 

The Pink Panther Strikes Again 

The Return of the Pink Panther 

Malcolm X 

A Hero Ain 7 Nothin ' hut a Sandwich 


December 3 
December 10 
January 21 
February 4 

February IS 

Ron Hudson, Guatemalan guitarist 

Beacon Brass Quintet 

Richard Henzel: "Mark Twain in Person" 

Donald Bogul: "Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies. 

and Bucks 

kr.\e\ Pjanfl Trici 

Alden, 7:00 
Alden, 9:15 
Alden, 7:00 
Alden, 7:00 
Alden, 7:00 
Kinnicutt, 7:30 
Kinnicutt, 7:30 
Kinnicutt, 7:30 
Kinnicutt, 7:30 
Alden, 7:00 
Alden, 7:00 
Kinnicutt, 7:30 
Alden, 7:00 

Kinnicutt, 7:30 
Alden, 7:00 
Alden, 7.00 
Alden, 7:00 
Alden, 9:15 
Alden, 7:00 
Kinnicutt, 7:30 
Kinnicutt, 7:30 

Alden, 8:00 
Alden, 8:00 
Alden, 8:00 

Alden, 8:00 
Alden son 


Another gathering was held, this for 
members of WPI's undefeated 1954 
football team. Although they later 
had to watch WPl lose the 
afternoon's game to Bowdoin College, 
they can now take heart at the team's 
finishing out the 1979 season with 
three wins, one better than last year 
(which was Coach Bob Weiss's first 
season with the Engineers), and three 
times as many as the disastrous sea- 
son of 1977. Now, for next year .... 

hf mI 




^ ] 

Wlfh the win/ier of the alumni road 
race. Bob Ferrari, 74 (left), and runner- 
up BUI Light, 71 (right), is Patty Ma- 

guire, WPI's new assistant alumni 

I'he WPl journal /Fall 1979 

No, it's not an invasion of the balloon 
people, but a bloody mary party 
thrown for Alumni Fund volunteers 
at Homecoming, besides the morning 
wake-up drinks, the happy-face bal- 
loons, buttons proclaiming "WP1, 
We're on Top," and engineer's caps 
were given to the many people who 
worked and helped out in setting the 
record-breaking, challenge-meeting 
1978-79 Fund. 

At the finish of the alumni 4-nulc 
road race, coming in somewhere in 
the middle of the pack is Super- 
Runner no. 25, Jack McCabe, presi- 
dent of the Alumni Association. 

Fall 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 19 

WPl's Public Man 
in Public Relations 

by Ruth S. Trask 


What does the term public relations mean? 

Did you think of stirring up publicity, or spokesmen who is- 
sue statements in other people's names? Well, there's a whole lot 
more to public relations than that, according to Roger N. Perry, 
Jr., '45, WPI's PR director: "It's a profession that many people just 
don't understand." As if to back up his point, Roger keeps a small 
sign near his desk that reads: 

Public relations is the management function which evaluates 
public attitudes, identifies the policies and procedures of an indi- 
vidual or organization with the public interest, and plans and ex- 
ecutes a program of action to earn public understanding and ac- 

of information for the U.S. Army, and he thoroughly appreciated 
the public relations role in the organizational staicture," adds 

"1964 was an especially interesting year on campus," he re- 
calls. "It was the year before the WPI Centennial celebration, and 
there was an incredible amount of activity. I was already on the 
Alumni Centennial Committee before I took up my WPI posi- 
tion. I nominated Mildred M. Tymeson to write WPI's centennial 
history, Two Towers, and helped plan the photo layouts for the 
book as a part of my PR duties. That centennial year in 1965 
was a major challenge, not only for me, but for everyone con- 
nected with the celebration." For its centennial year activities, 
WPI won an award of exceptional achievement from the Ameri- 
can College Public Relations Association. 

That was only the first of many professional honors, tangi- 
ble proof that others have )udged him more than just good at 
what he does. Roger's program of support and publicity for WPI's 
five entries in the 1970 Clean Air Car Race earned the coveted 
Silver Anvil Award of the Public Relations Society of America 
(PRSA). "I particularly enjoyed providing PR support for this 
event," Roger remembers. "There was such a wonderful spirit of 
unity. Preparing for that race was a major undertaking, which the 
students carried off magnificently. That was just at the time the 
WPI Plan was taking final shape in faculty committees. Many 
alumni were concerned about the changes planned for the cur- 
riculum. The race proved that WPI students, with faculty sup- 
port, could really handle the kind of projects that were being in- 
corporated into the Plan. Also, the race generated a great deal of 
alumni support and enthusiasm at a very critical time." 

THESE WORDS have been the cornerstone on which he has 
built, over thirty years, what is probably the longest-running and 
most respected public relations career in Worcester County. One 
of the interesting things about this is that he started out as an 

"I didn't start out in public relations," Roger recalls, "but as a 
WPI undergraduate I had served as managing editor of the Tech 
News, a coeditor of The Peddler, and was a founder of the WPI 
chapter of Pi Delta Epsilon, the honorary journalism fraternity. I 
was also a student correspondent for the Worcester Telegram. Af- 
ter graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering, I joined Nor- 
ton Company as a plant layout engineer. In 1949 the company 
set up a Public Relations Department, and I joined it. I was really 
fortunate in learning the profession under one of the finest peo- 
ple m our business, Elliott "Buz" Knowlton, whom I later suc- 
ceeded as public relations manager." 

In 1964 Roger was tapped by WPI President Harry Storke to 
be director of public relations at his Alma Mater, and Roger has 
held the position ever since. "General Storke had once been chief 

ROGER PERRY has been active in promoting his views 
about his profession and in introducing others to it, and he has 
built up an impressive record of professional and community 
goodwill. In 1974 he passed the tough accreditation examina- 
tions of PRSA. Accreditation is the highest recognition of profes- 
sional competence bestowed upon members of the Society. He is 
at present a regional director of PRSA. 

He has played an active role in the Council for the Ad- 
vancement and Support of Education (CASE). Following the 
merger of the American College Public Relations Association 
and the American Alumni Council into one organization, CASE, 
Roger stepped in to help smooth the transition and served as 
general chairman of the 1976 district conference. He is a founder 
and past president of both the Worcester County Public Rela- 
tions Association and the Worcester County Editors' Council. 
Roger is an alumnus advisor to WPI's chapter of Theta Chi, a for- 
mer director of the Better Business Bureau of Central New Eng- 
land, and a former director of the Girl Scout Council. 

In September, Roger was elected president of the John Wood- 
man Higgins Armory Museum following the defeat of a contro- 
versial proposal to merge the Armory into the Worcester Art 
Museum. A corporator (since 1976) and later trustee of the Ar- 
mory, Roger was a staunch supporter of independence for the 
world-famous museum of armor. In the reorganization of the 
board of trustees, several new members were brought in to re- 
place resigned trustee supporters of the merger. Roger Perry is 
the first president in the Armory's 50-year history who is not a 
member of the Higgins family. 

A quiet man, Roger accomplishes more than many people 
realize. As a part of his public relations activities at WPI, partic- 
ularly in the years under President Storke, he does occasional 
speech-writing. The one he remembers most vividly, however, 
dates all the way back to 1965. President Storke had been invited 
to be principal speaker at a Chamber of Commerce Education 
Night program. Storke wanted to use the opportunity to propose 

20 /The WPI journal Fall 1919 


that area colleges share the cost of establishing a computer cen- 
ter, a facility too expensive for WTI alone at that time but one 
which, Storke was sure, would soon be badly needed. He asked 
Roger for some help. 

"Whv not give them a ten-point plan?' suggested Roger. 
"There must be at least ten different areas in which local col- 
leges could benefit by working together. Then, if we don't get 
their support on the computer center, we ought to be able to 
make some progress on the other points." 

Storke's "ten-point" speech hit a responsive chord in the 
community, and the results were gratifying indeed. He got his 
computer center, and he also got the cooperative program now 
called the Worcester Consortium for Higher Education, which 
became a reality in 1967 as a result of his efforts. 

PUBLICIZING WPI is an ongoing part of Roger's job, the part 
which most people think of as public relations. Roger works 
with newspaper editors and writers in Worcester and Boston, and 
makes trips to New York and Washington to try to generate 
more national publicity for the college in newspapers and maga- 
zines. Two years ago, Roger brought in a consulting firm of me 
dia representatives, Gehrung Associates, which augments his ef- 
forts in developing national stories. This arrangement has 
proved fruitful, with recent articles in Business Week, the New 
York Times, Change magazine, the inflight magazines of United 
Airlines and Air New England, and a nationwide Associated 
Press Sunday feature story on Audrey Muggleton-Harns's clon- 
ing research. Professor Harris was also featured on "Evening Mag- 
azine," a nightly television magazine show produced by Channel 
4, Boston. 

Throughout the year, he and Stephen D. Donahue, '29, news 
bureau manager since 1938, research, write, and distribute ovei 
250 news releases a year, ranging from major WPI news stories 
for national distribution to hometown stories on new fraternity 
pledges. "My main job is to make WPI more widely known, and 
to let people know what otir students and staff are accomplish 
ing," notes Roger. "I also try to foster a friendly climate among 
WPI and other local colleges, and between WPI and the citizens 
of Worcester. We want people, including our immediate neigh- 
bors, to recognize WPI as the real asset to the community that it 

THE DAY IS rarely dull for Roger Perry. His duties are many 
and varied. Much of his time is spent on the telephone, and, at 
times, one wonders if the receiver hasn't taken root in his ear. 
Roger smiles at the thought. "I do get a lot of calls," he ad- 
mits, "some from writers and editors, or perhaps from a professor 
requesting photographs to go with a paper he's about to publish." 
The grin on his face becomes broader. "I also seem to be fust in 
line on campus to receive complaint letters and crank calls. If 

students play their stereos too loud at night, I'm the one the 
neighbors ring up first thing in the morning 

When he's not on the phone, you might see him discussing 
story possibilities with the lournal editor, editing Monday 
Memo [a weekly internal newsletter), writing or laying out the 
next issue oiNewsbriefs, putting together an exhibit or booth 
that will help tell the WTI story at a tan or in a display window, 
showing a writer or reporter around the campus, or taking pic- 
tures. Indeed, many parents and alumni might best recognize Ro- 
ger by the Nikon around his neck, standing on the sidelines at 
such events as homecoming, reunion, graduation, parents *,\j\. 
and special events, like the recent Energy Expo, cosponsored 
with New England Electric, which brought over 13,000 people to 
campus in one day. He's there, helping make sure that things run 
smoothly for campus guests and visitors, and assisting members 
of the press. 

As a part of efforts to publicize the college and the commu- 
nity, Roger is often asked to suggest people for awards, and he- 
was especially pleased to have nominated Dean William R. Gro- 
gan, '46, who subsequently received the 1979 Worcester Engi- 
neering Societv's Scientific Achievement Award. 

ROGER PERRY saw active duty on the destroyer USS Furse 
in 1951-53 during the Korean Conflict. During World War II he 
had been an engineer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He served in 
the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1949 to 1976, when he retired as a 
commander. Roger played an important part when his unit, a 
public affairs company based in Boston, won a Silver Anvil 
Award in 1972 for a program which brought young people from 
across the country to participate in the annual "turnaround" 
cruise of the USS Constitution. That same program won the Bos- 
ton Publicity Club's first Super Bell Ringer Award and the Free- 
doms Foundation Award. 

At his home in Holden, Roger has been busy for several 
years restoring a Model A Ford, "the same model I had as a stu- 
dent at WPI." His wife, Pauline, teaches biology at Wachusett Re- 
gional High School. They enjoy outdoor life and spend vacations 
traveling with their truck camper. 

"When the children were younger, they used to join us," says 
Roger, "but now they're grown up and on their own." Son Dick 
graduated in [une from WPI and is an industrial engineer at the 
Torrington Company in Connecticut. Tina, 77, is with the engi- 
neering department of the Town of Holden. fanet teaches physi 
cal education in the Northboro-Southboro schools. A year ami a 
half ago their oldest daughter, Claudia, presented Roger and 
Pauline with their first grandchild, Benjamin. 

AS HE LOOKS BACK over his 30-year public relations career 
in Worcester, he comments on the many changes over the years. 
"Back in 1949, when we started the department at Norton, there 
were only about five public relations people in all of Worcester 
County Today there are over 100," Roger notes. "And when I be 
came director of public relations at WPI in 1964, the college was 
so small that I also served as executive secretary of the WPI So- 
ciety of Families, wrote a periodic newsletter for parents, pro- 
duced the college's publications, and coordinated all special 
events. These last two posts are each a full-time position for 
someone else now. The college has grown considerably in 15 

WPI has certainly stretched its wings since 1964. The Con- 
sortium. The WPI Plan. Increased enrollment. Two new presi 
dents. As public relations director, Roger Perry has helped publi- 
cize every aspect of campus change. Subtlelv, hut effectively, be 
has contributed to the coming of age of WPI. 

Fall 1979 The WP 


FLYING SAUCERS. UFOs. Mysterious lights in the 
sky. Over the years they've been the butt of more bad 
jokes than almost anything except Jewish mothers. Then, 
two years ago, the movie "Close Encounters of the Third 
Kind" made them almost respectable. 

And now Dr. Bruce S. Maccabee, '64, a civilian physi- 
cist specializing in optics at the U.S. Naval Surface 
Weapons Center, is one of the central figures in the inter- 
pretation of a remarkable series of UFO sightings last De- 
cember in New Zealand. These sightings, described below, 
are the first extended UFO observation simultaneously by 
reliable eyewitnesses, photography, and both ground- and 
aircraft -based radar. 

Maccabee recently appeared on ABC's "Good Morning 
America" show with Dr. J. Allan Hynek, former astronomi- 
cal consultant to the Air Force's Project Blue Book and 
founder of the Center for UFO Studies. The two, together 
with Australian reporter Quentin Fogarty, an eyewitness, 
described the New Zealand events and discussed the find- 
ings of their personal investigations. 

THINGS BEGAN at 3:28 in the morning of December 
21, 1978, when Argosy captain Vern Powell, on a routine 
flight, encountered a UFO while climbing out of Blenheim 
Airport at the top of New Zealand's South Island. He had 
been directed there by air traffic controllers at Wellington 
Airport, located just across Cook's Strait on North Island. 
Radar men at Wellington had picked up several UFO tar- 
gets on their screens, including one particular object — es- 
timated to be as large as a commercial airliner — they 
tracked for 60 miles. After this, the object remained sta- 
tionary until Powell arrived on the scene. Then, to 
everyone's amazement, the UFO began tracking Powell's 
aircraft down the coast for 12 miles. 

When the news of the sighting reached Melbourne, 
television reporter Quentin Fogarty, then on holiday in 
New Zealand, was asked to cover the story. Fogarty ar- 
ranged for a camera crew and a recreation of Powell's ear- 
lier flight. With a different crew than the earlier flight, Fo- 
garty and crew left Blenheim on December 30 for Wel- 
lington, then for Christchurch. Just after midnight, they 
noticed a number of bright lights in the direction of the 
township of Kaikoura, located on the northeast coast of 
South Island. They immediately contacted Wellington ra- 
dar, which confirmed unidentified targets in that direc- 

The encounter had begun. 

22 /The WPI Journal /Fall 1979 

OVER THE NEXT SO minutes or so, until the aircraft 

landed at Christehureh, those on board were treated to a 
spectacular and at times frightening UFO display. Some of 
the activity was filmed, but because of the objects' appar- 
ent ability to appear and disappear at will, filming was 
quite difficult. 

At times, Wellington radar confirmed several UK)s 
behind the Argosy plane, and at one time a UFO target 
was so close to the Argosy that Wellington could not dis- 
tinguish between the plane and the UFO. The passengers 
saw a flashing light. Reporter Fogarty, who taped a com- 
mentary throughout the flight, summed up the feelings of 
those on board when he said, "Let's hope they're friendly!" 

lust before they landed, Captain Bill Startup invited 
the group back on the return trip. All accepted but one 
member of the camera crew who didn't want to fly back 
through the area of the sightings. A substitute was 
quickly found, and the return trip commenced at 2:16 a.m. 
About three minutes after takeoff, the plane broke 
through clouds and saw a very bright light ahead and to 
the right. Captain Startup, who compared it with a feature- 
less full moon, turned on the airplane's radar in the map- 
ping mode. Several minutes later, when the plane was 
about 1 5 nautical miles out of Christehureh, its radar de- 
tected a strong target some 20 miles away, in the direction 
of the bright light. When the plane came to within about 
10 miles of the object, at an altitude of 13,000 feet, the pi- 
lot turned toward the object. But after a 90 degree turn, 
the object was still at the plane's side, apparently having 
moved as the plane turned. 

The UFO kept its relative distance from the plane un- 
til Startup decided he had better get back on course. As he 
turned, the UFO moved to the front of the craft, to the 
left, and then sped away beneath the right-hand side and 
disappeared. From this point until landing at Blenheim, 
the people on board continued to see bright, pulsating 
lights, whose presence was also confirmed later by ground 
radar. One brightly flashing light was filmed; it showed a 
light oscillating rapidly from bright white or yellow-white 
to dim red and orange. The images caught by the camera 
show a shape that changes from nearly round, to sort of 
triangular, to bell-shaped, this latter having a bright bot- 
tom and a dimmer top. The plane landed at 3:15 a.m. 

THE MELBOURNE television station, Channel O, 
asked the National Investigations Committee on Aerial 
Phenomena (N1CAP) to investigate. Bruce Maccabee was 
chosen to go to New Zealand and Australia, where he 
spent three weeks interviewing witnesses and analyzing 
the film. "It didn't take long for me to realize that this 
sighting was something unusual," Maccabee says. He esti- 
mates that the brightness of the light was perhaps several 
hundred thousand candlepower. Assuming a distance of 
10 miles, the object shown on the film would be about 40 
feet wide. Maccabee also consulted with a number of 
other scientists. 

lack Acuff, president of NICAP, said his organization 
has never previously endorsed a UFO film as being genu- 
ine, but he says that the evidence in this case points to 
some new phenomenon that is probably related to other 
UFO reports. Dr. Hynek stated his opinion that the New 
Zealand evidence clearly suggests some phenomenon that 
cannot be explained in ordinary terms. He criticized those 
in responsible scientific positions who had publicly stated 
that the New Zealand film showed Venus, Jupiter, me- 
teors, etc., without even bothering to talk to the wit- 
nesses, or to find out at what times and in which direc- 
tions the various portions of the film were shot. 

Maccabee, who has been a member of NICAP for 
twelve years, agrees with Hynek on one sure thing: they 
knew most of the things that the object could not be. 
They were able to rule out planets, stars, balloons, me- 
teors, other aircraft, secret military maneuvers, radar 
"angels," and even the possibility of a hoax, and produced 
scientific evidence for these conclusions. 

"All we know," Maccabee says, "is what it was not, but 
we are convinced that it's something real." He noted that 
UFO sightings of this type have been occurring since 
around 1947, "but we have had our heads in the sand - 
the ostrich effect." He believes that more should be done 
to investigate such phenomena and to keep the public in- 

Fall 1979 /The WPl journal/ 23 




C. Leroy Storms 

135 West 6th Ave 

Roselle, NJ 


Wellen Colburn writes: "At 84 I still seem 
to be well and able bodied." His wife is not 
as healthy, "but we do fairly well." 



GiffordT Cook 

Rt 3 Box 294 Keyes Perry Acres 

Harpers Ferry, WV 


Theodore J Englund 

70 Eastwood Rd. 

Shrewsbury, MA 


Cordon Rice spends May to November in 
Ithaca, N.Y., and November to May in St. 
Petersburg, Florida. 


Emanuel Athanas spent August at his na- 
tive Island of Rhodes in the Aegean, where 
he gathered material for a book on the 
Colossus of Rhodes. Before retirement, he 
was "Voice of America's" radio program 
director. Later, he became the Washington 
correspondent of the Athens News Agency 
and of the New York National Herald. 


Dwight J Dwinell 
Box 265 

Brownington, VT 

Eugene Shumski, now retired, is doing 
consulting work for his former employer, 
Milton Bradley Co. 


Raymond F Starrett 

Continental Country Club 

Box 104 

Wildwood, FL 


Sam Ehrlich, who has a second career with 
his son, Richard, reports "progress with a 
new (second) plant in Austin, Texas and 
two retail furniture stores in Houston." 
According to Ehrlich, new designs in solid 
oak are selling well. The direction of their 
expansion is toward "knock-down" (K-D) 
furniture of top quality. They may have 
achieved a breakthrough with their 
knock-down designs. Sam says, "Still have 
plenty of time for golf." 

Joseph Glasser, corporate vice president 
and manufacturing manager of Raytheon 
Company's Missile Systems Division and 
manager of the company's Andover- 
Lowell Manufacturing Operation, was 
honored at a retirement party in May mark- 
ing his 34 years with Raytheon. Over 700 
friends and colleagues attended the tes- 
timonial which was held in Andover, Mass. 
At the party he was toasted as "A real 
professional. A man who gets things done. 
A real people guy. A dynamic leader." 
During the evening he was presented with 
the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal 
from the Department of the Army, and a 
membership in the Haverhill Country Club 
from a Raytheon executive. Glasser was 
named a vice president of the company in 
1 971 . He had also served as manager of the 
Waltham manufacturing facility. A 
graduate of the Raytheon Advanced Man- 
agement Program, he also has received an 
honorary doctor of science degree from 
Lowell University, and the Coddard Award 
from WPI. He is a WPI trustee, a trustee of 
Bon Secours Hospital and Lawrence Sav- 
ings Bank, as well as a director of the Boys 
Club of Greater Lawrence. 



Harold F Hennckson 
1406 Fox Hill Dr 
Sun City Center. FL 

After 38 years with The Foxboro Company, 
Herbert Neuman has retired and is living on 
Cape Cod. He writes, "H. Foster McRell, Jr. 

is a fellow resident of Harwich." 


Emory K Rogers 
141 Lanyon Dr 
Cheshire, CT 

Dr. Gilbert Ashwell was recently elected to 
the National Academy of Sciences. He 
holds the post of chief of the biochemistry 
laboratory at the National Institute of Ar- 
thritis in Bethesda, Maryland. . . . Richard 
Cloues continues on assignment in the 
Middle East as a resident engineer for 
Overseas Bechtel, Inc. He says, "We are 
consultants and construction managers for 
the Dubai International Airport expansion 
program on behalf of the government of 
Dubai, UAE. In January he attained life 

membership in the ASCE Allen Gridley, 

Jr., former director of communications at 
Revere Copper & Brass, Rome, N.Y., retired 
early due to poor eyesight, moved to Texas 
last year, then back to New York. He 
declares, "Life is interesting." 



Charles H Amidon, Jr 

636 Salisbury St 

Holden, MA 


Walter Abel, who received WPI 's Robert H. 
Goddard Award in 1970, reports that his 
most recent activity has been teaching 
junior high students what business is all 
about under "Project Business." Following 
graduation he joined the Research Division 
of USM Corp. During World War II, he 
managed a project concerned with the first 
rocket-propelled aerial torpedoes. In 1969 
he was named vice president for research 
and development. He attended the Pro- 
gram for Senior Executives at MIT and later 
became a member of the Visiting Commit- 
tee for Mechanical Engineering and a 
member of the Industrial Advisory Com- 
mittee for the Polymer Processing Program 
and the Manufacturing and Productivity 
Department at MIT. The University of 
Hartford has tapped him for its Industrial 
Advisory Committee. He has been chair- 
man of the Boston Research Directors Club, 
a member of Industrial Research Club of 
New York City, and USM's representative 
to the Industrial Research Institute, of 
which he became president in 1972. He has 
served as chairman of the Finance & Advi- 
sory Committee in Wenham, Mass. 

"Charlie" Amidon writes that he's 
"spending the waning years in plant layout 
and renovation with occasional lapses into 
girl watching." In World War II he reveals 
that he developed draftsman's elbow over 
clocks, railroad cars, and machine tools, 
then "elbowed" into textile machinery. 
Business took him below the Mason-Dixon 

24 /The WPI Journal / Full 1979 

Line, then to Japan and Europe. His wife 
Eva has been a teacher and author. Two 
sons and a daughter started out in teaching 
and Bill is in Turkey and Doug is a wood 
carver. The Amidons have several grand- 
children. Charlie is a student of the Ameri- 
can circus and likes to rediscover its early 
history and equipment. 

Roland Anderson is working on part II of 
The Kings Spawn, a history of his father's 
family written by his mother in Sweden. 
During his career, he has been with the 
U.S.A.F., Counter Intelligence, Westing- 
house, GE, Chrysler, and AMF on Titan I 
ICBM launchers. After service at NASA, he 
spent 12 years as a manager in the Ad- 
vanced Systems Lab. atTARADCOM. He 
holds a patent on a "surface effect vehicle" 
and has others pending, including one on 
the inertial battery (IB) — "Over five times 
better than a chemical battery." He has set 
up the Magnatrans Corp. to handle possi- 
ble federal fundingforthe IB development. 
His brother, Lennart, '46 has filed for a 
patent on an RF pulsed DC propulsion 
system which the IB power pack will make 
practical. Some years ago Roland Anderson 
hosted the "Best of the Best" at the Scarab 
Club on the "Bud Lanker (TV) Show." 
Hobbies include photography, reading, 
model-making, dancing, and Packards. He 
has five children. 

James Bartlett, Jr. is president and owner 
of Hydranautics, a California company spe- 
cializing in heavy-load moving machinery 
and reverse-osmosis water-desalting sys- 
tems. The firm has 100 employees and 
offices in Houston, London, Singapore, and 
Alkhobar. The Bartletts' oldest, Jim, 3rd, 
graduated from Berkeley and is publisher of 
three magazines, including Politics Today, 
and is president of the International Volley 
Ball League. Judy, who has a BS in nursing 
from the University of Hawaii, is now 
"learning the economics of California 
ranching." The youngest, Stephen, 
graduated from Northrup Institute and is 
manager of field service for Hydranautics 
Water Systems. Bartlett, who earlier in his 
career was with B.F. Sturtevant, The Trane 
Co., The Garrett Corp, and his own Cos- 
modyne Corporation, enjoys flying (be- 
came a pilot at 47), carpentry and water 
sports. He and Shirley are active elders in 
the Presbyterian Church and participate in 
Santa Barbara politics. 

Growing myrtle, English ivy and 
pachysandra around his home in Cleveland 
Heights, Ohio is R. V. Bergstrom's "Main 
outdoor activity." He also belongs to the 
YMCA, where he swims a half a mile a day 
to keep fit. By the mid- 1 980's, after retire- 
ment, he plans to become a beachcomber 
at Vineyard Haven, Mass., where the fam- 
ily has a summer home. A graduate of 
Harvard Business School, he has been with 
Norton Co over35 years in grinding wheel 
sales and supervision, mostly in the Cleve- 
land area During the war years, he was at 
the U.S. Naval Gun Factory and was an 
instructor in ordnance at the Naval 

Ordnance School, Navy Yard, DC. He and 
Roberta have four grown children, two of 
whom are married. Bergstrom is into the 
local "goings-on" in Cleveland Heights, 
and his family belongs to the Unitarian- 
Universalist Church of Shaker Heights. 

After working briefly for Penn Water and 
Power Co., Henry Blauvelt joined Public 
Service Electric and Gas Co. in 1940 and is 
presently manager of operations. For 25 
years he lived in North Plainfield, where he 
was president of Rotary, a member of the 
Board of Education and of the YMCA 
board, and belonged to the Carrier Clinic 
Long Range Planning Committee. The 
Blauvelts have three children and five 
grandchildren. Tennis and swimming are 
favorite pastimes. 

Current activities of Jack Boyd include 
land and building management of his 
properties, sailing, mountain climbing, ski- 
ing, traveling, scuba diving, and guns. He is 
a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the 
Appalachian Mountain Club, and an officer 
in the National Ski Patrol. He has served in 
Hollis (N.H.) town affairs as a member of 
the budget committee, planning board, 
school board, school study committee, and 
as deputy fire chief, police commissioner, 
and owners' representative on the con- 
struction of three Hollis schools. A state 
representative for four years, he was also 
on Gov. Peterson's task force, governor's 
crime commission, and the executive board 
of the New Hampshire Council of Boy 
Scouts. In 1971 , he sold Nashua Brass and 
retired. Earlier he had been with Saco- 
Lowell Shops and Colt Firearms. The Boyds 
have two sons, two daughters, and three 

Donald Burness has been employed by 
Eastman Kodak for his entire career, except 
when he was earning his PhD from the 
University of Illinois. Since 1971 he has 
been senior research associate at Kodak in 
Rochester, NY He has been involved in 
research related to photographic products 
(58 U.S. patents), laboratory planning, and 
safety. Burness hikes in the Rockies and 
likes kayaking. He plays tennis and is inter- 
ested in carpentry, cabinetry, photography 
and gardening. He plans to retire soon to 
"spend full time taking care of problems 
with our recalcitrant Volkswagen Rabbit." 
He belongs to the Adirondack Mt. Club, 
Appalachian Mt. Club, Green Mt. Club, 
Sierra Club, ACS, and Sigma Xi. Helen and 
he have two sons and three grandchildren. 

For a number of years, Harrison Brown 
was involved with the Skylab program 
("Don't blame me because itfell! I tried my 
darndest to convince NASA to install a 
reentry system") While at the Marshall 
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., he 
became the sytems engineering manager 
for the medium powered flights of Ranger, 
Mariner, Voyager, and Echo At the Army 
Missile Command he worked on the Talos 
and Mauler missile systems. He was with 
the Bureau of Ships in Washington, with 
the Navy at Mare Island, Calif., and New 

England Power, Providence. The Browns, 
who have a son (doctor) and daughter 
(math, teacher), and two grandsons re- 
cently returned from a trip to Spain, Por- 
tugal, and Tunisia. They are ardent square 
dancers and participate in retirement pro- 
grams. Brown serves on the local Mental 
Health board and is chairman of the church 
board of trustees. 

A former local WPI Alumni Chapter pres- 
ident, John Busada, has also served as 
president of the Flushing Lions Club and 
the Chamber of Commerce, chairman of 
the YMCA board, and trustee of Flushing 
Hospital. He was a vestryman, headed a 
local Red Cross drive, the annual YMCA 
Fund Drive, and was master of Damascus 
(Masonic) Lodge. Associated for many 
years with his own firm, Busada Mfg. 
Corp., which specializes in transparent rigid 
plastic tubing, he was formerly with Omni 
Products, Northern Industrial Chemical 
Co., the U.S. Navy, and GE. He has a 
daughter in the theater and a son doing 
graduate work in horticulture. 

Since his retirement in 1973, Wilder 
Carson and his wife Ruth have spent much 
of the time traveling with their Airstream 
trailer to Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 
the summers and to Florida or the South- 
west, winters. They have crisscrossed the 
U.S., Canada, and Mexico. From 1958 until 
his retirement, Carson served at the Army's 
Munitions Command in Dover, N.J., and 
received his second Meritorious Civilian 
Service Award. Previously, he was at 
Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, where he was 
employed for 33 years as a civilian engineer 
and manager, design and project engineer, 
and laboratory chief in ammunition R&D. 
For a short time before going to Dover, he 
was with GE The Carsons have a daughter 
and two grandchildren. Hobbies include 
invertebrate fossil collecting, fishing, and 
reading. Carson is past president of the 
Morris County Engineers Club and an ac- 
tive participant for 1 5 years in the local 
Great Books discussion group. 

Allan Chase spent about 36 years with 
Procter & Gamble, retiring in 1975 as plant 
chemical engineer in the food products 
plant in Cincinnati. He now lives in 
Chatham, Mass. The Chases have two 
daughters and a son, and try to get in one 
major trip a year. . . . Arthur Cooley retired 
as a senior engineer with Socony Vacuum 
Oil Co., East Providence, R.I in 1975, when 
the asphalt plant closed. Earlier he worked 
for Anderson Engineering, Cambridge, and 
Lovejoy Tool Co., Springfield, Vt. In World 
War II he was with the Air Force in Tunisia, 
Sicily, and Italy on 50 missions and earned 
four oak leaf clusters. In 1 944 he returned 
to the U.S. as an instructor and mainte- 
nance test pilot. He likes to do repairs, 
plumbing and auto mechanical work. His 
1 970 Cutlass has logged 1 28,000 miles and 
still gets 22 mpg on trips. He used to keep 
bees. Recently he completed a course in 
colored stone grading from the Gemologi- 
cal Institute of America. He enjoys skiing, 

Fall 1979 The WPI journal 25 

hiking, Whitewater canoeing, and is Canoe 
Committee chairman and a member of the 
Appalachian Mountain Club. He is a past 
treasurer of his local scout troop and Junior 
Achievement advisor. He belongs to the 
Instrument Society of America and the 
American Institute of Plant Engineers, serv- 
ing as president of the Rhode Island chap- 
ter in 1967. He is a professional engineer 
and the father of four. 

Harold White has been named vice pres- 
ident and general manager of the newly 
created Organic Grinding Wheel Division 
at Norton Co. , Worcester. The new organi- 
zation will include the vitrified grinding 
wheel division and the diamond products 
division, as well as the organic grinding 
wheel division. White, a registered profes- 
sional engineer, was previously vice presi- 
dent and managing director of abrasive 
operations in Northern Europe. 



Robert E Dunklee, Jr. 

Rocky Hill Rd 

North Scituate, Rl 


Russell Lupien has retired as purchasing 
agent for George Meyer Co. in West 
Boylston, Mass. 

1 941 

Russell W Parks 
7250 Brill Rd 
Cincinnati, OH 

Robert Wilson continues with Field, Eddy 
and Buckley, Inc., an insurance agency in 
Springfield, Mass. 


Prof. Roy Bourgault of the WPI Mechanical 
Engineering Department has been elected 
chairman of the Materials Division of the 
American Society for Engineering Educa- 


Robert Alexander holds the position of 
technical manager at Northern Petro 
Chemical in Clinton, Mass. 


JohnG Underhill 
6706 Barkworth Dr 
Dallas, TX 

Joseph Gibson, Jr., inventor of the Ther- 
mosol dyeing process used extensively 
throughout the world, has been named the 
1979 recipient of The Olney Medal for 
achievement in the textile industry. Estab- 
lished in 1 944 by the American Association 
of Textile Chemists and Colorists, the 
medal recognizes outstanding achieve- 
ment in textile chemistry or other areas of 
textile science. The award consists of a gold 
medal, a scroll, and a cash honorarium. 
Gibson, who did graduate work at Prince- 
ton and MIT, has spent his entire profes- 
sional career at du Pont in Wilmington, 
Delaware, where he is currently a senior 
research engineer in textile end-use re- 
search. During World War II he was in the 
Naval Reserve. 

His accomplishments as a researcher en- 
compass different fields. Besides the Ther- 
mosol continuous dyeing process, he has 
been involved in the development of more 
comfortable wearing apparel and the de- 
velopment of synthetic leathers. He devel- 
oped a sparkling monofilament textile fiber 
which provided luxurious fabrics with glis- 
tening appearance, and nylon hosiery with 
improved fit, sheerness and durability He 
holds patents or has written and presented 
papers in these fields. Outside of his profes- 
sion, he has been granted a patent on a fish 
swimway for an aquarium tank; has devel- 
oped a general theory on the origin of the 
universe leading up the "big bang" theory; 
and presented a paper on this theory in the 
1978 Louis Jacot Competition in Paris. He 
belongs to AATCC, ACS, the Fiber Society, 
Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Phi 
Epsilon. He served on the National Associa- 
tion of Hosiery Manufacturers' Pantyhose 
Sizing Committee, and is the 36th recipient 
of The Olney Medal, slated to be presented 
during October at AATCC's annual na- 
tional technical conference in Cherry Hill, 

Everett Johnson has moved from being 
manager of planning and administration to 
manager of The Beacon Research 
Laboratories of Texaco, Inc. in Beacon, 


Prof. John Fondahl of Stanford University 
has returned from a spring quarter sabbati- 
cal. He and his wife Doris spent three weeks 
in China, then six weeks with the youngest 
of their four daughters at Kyoto University 
in Japan. . . . Albert Myers was recently 
elected vice president of furniture opera- 

tions at Lear Siegler, Inc. Previously, he was 
vice president of operations for fabricated 
products. Reporting to him are Borroughs 
Division, Foam Products Division, National 
Twist Drill and Tool Division, No Sag Spring 
Division, and Plastics Division. He is located 
in Rochester, Michigan. 



M. Daniel Lacedonia 

106 Ridge Rd 

East Longmeadow, MA 


George H Conley, Jr 

213 Stevens Dr 

Pittsburgh, PA 


Paul Gorman, group vice president at Chas. 
T. Main, Inc., Boston, has been elected to 
the board of directors of the corporation. 
Elected a group vice president in 1978, 
Gorman is responsible for Chas. T. Main's 
engineering divisions. In 1975, he joined 
Main as vice president and manager of the 
Nuclear Division with subsequent respon- 
sibilities as manager of the Thermal- 
Nuclear Division. Earlier, he had been avice 
president for Boston Power Division at 
United Engineers and Constructors, Inc., 
and a director of Jackson & Moreland 
International, where he was employed for 
nearly thirty years, He holds an MS from 

Dean William Grogan has been awarded 
the Carlson Award from the American So- 
ciety for Engineering Education for his 
major role in the development of the WPI 


Alfred F. Larkin, Jr. 
1440E StandishPI 
Milwaukee, Wl 

Dr. Morrel Cohen has completed six 
months leave at Kyoto University, which he 
found "most pleasant and stimulating." . . . 
Milford VanDusen is presently an en- 
gineering staff consultant at Loral Elec- 
tronic Systems, Yonkers, N.Y. Earlier he had 
been with AIL Division, Cutler Hammer, 
Eaton Corp. ... In a recent management 
reorganization at the Torrington Co., John 
Williams, Jr., was named vice president of 
finance and administration. Previously, he 
was vice president of the heavy bearings 
division. Since joining the firm in 1947, he 
has served as district sales manager and 
general manager of the heavy bearings 
plant at South Bend, Ind. In 1972 he be- 
came vice president of heavy bearings, and 
in 1 975, director. Last year he moved from 
South Bend to corporate headquarters in 
Torrington, Conn. 

26 /The WPI journal /Fall 1979 


Paul E Evans 
69 Clairmont St 
Longmeadow, MA 

Gordon Keller has retired from AVCO's 
Systems Division. 


Howard J. Green 
1 Kenilworth Rd. 
Worcester, MA 

James Adams has traveled to Japan, 
Taiwan, Hong Kong and often to Greece 
and other parts of Europe during his career 
as vice president of marketing for the Gen- 
eral Instrument Corporation. He is a 
member of the board of directors for two 
companies on Long Island and a member of 
the Long Island Association and Long Is- 
land Forum for Technology. He also serves 
as chairman for local scouting groups, 
board chairman for a high school scholar- 
ship committee, and is involved in church 
activities. His three sons, Bob, Jim, and 
John, will all be in college this fall. The 
Adamses reside in Glen Cove, NY. 

Since 1 952 , Walter Allen, Jr. has been 
with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East 
Hartford, Conn. His various posts have 
included manager of the Texas office and 
manager of domestic marketing for the 
central U.S. and Canada. In 1974 he be- 
came regional director of Pacific and Au- 
stralasia. "Have made 1 1 trips around the 
world in this job." Currently he is assistant 
to the vice president of international mar- 
keting. He flies in his Mooney Executive, 
sky dives (215 jumps), and skis. . . . Dean 
Amidon, the new commissioner of the 
Massachusetts Department of Public 
Works, says he lives "part time in Boston 
and the rest in the Berkshires." Fran and he 
have four grandchildren and three 
daughters-in-law. He's had to give up his 
golf membership in order to concentrate on 
his latest professional responsibilities. 

Willson Applegate's son, Lansing, just 
finished his junior year at WPI. Daughter 
Marcia works for United Airlines, and 
Nancy is about to enter Sacramento State 
University. Wife Nikki does volunteer work 
in churches and hospitals and holds semi- 
nars in colleges. Applegate holds the post 
of corporate director of ground safety for 
United Airlines. Earlier he had been an 
industrial hygiene engineer in Vermont and 
a safety engineer for Boeing. He holds a 
master's degree in industrial hygiene from 
Harvard, and sings in the church choir. He 
has been a leader in the Air Transport 
Section of the National Safety Council, the 
American Society of Safety Engineers, and 
the American Industrial Hygiene Associa- 

Philip Buffinton is a director of State 
Farm Fire and Casualty Co., Bloomington, 
III., where he also holds the posts of vice 
president, secretary, and chief administra- 
tive officer. He was a founder of the former 
National Flood Insurers Association, and 
presently belongs to the National Fire Pro- 
tection Association, Seismological Society 
of America, American Meteorological Soci- 
ety, and the American Management Asso- 
ciation. He is an associate in the Casualty 
Actuarial Society, a member of the Ameri- 
can Academy of Actuaries, and a registered 
professional engineer. He and Rita enjoy 
golfing here and abroad. They have three 
married daughters and a grandson. 

Thomas Carlin serves as manager of 
general purchases in the Eastern Division at 
Wyman Gordon Co. He is a national cer- 
tified purchasing manager, a registered 
professional engineer, and holds an MBA 
from BU. He belongs to ASME and the 
National Association of Purchasing Man- 
agement. A director of the Worcester chap- 
ter of NAPM, he is also a member of the 
Rotary and the Westboro High School 
Building Committee. The Carlins have fosr 
children, and like golf, tennis and skiing. . . . 
Thomas Coonan III continues with Plastic 
Products and Resin, a department of du 
Pont. He's been with the firm 27 years and 
is presently a senior marketing assistant in 
Chicago. He has two boys and a girl in high 
school and enjoys golf and Canadian fish- 

With the Foxboro Company for nearly 
29 years, Earl Cruff is currently manager of 
project services for D&E. Son Carlton re- 
ceived his BS from WPI in 1 971 , his MS in 
1 973 , and is employed by Pratt & Whitney. 
His daughter, Patti, graduated from 
Wheaton. Earl and Glenna usually take an 
annual trip to California to see Patti and her 
husband. . . . Walter Dick is still at Bell 
Telephone of Pennsylvania, where he isthe 
design engineer for cable, microwave, and 
lightwave communications systems in the 
western part of the state. . . . Len Fish 
continues in the post of senior vice presi- 
dent at the American Gas Association. He is 
responsible for technology development, 
training, meeting services, membership 
development and international liasion, 
which gives Bobbie and him the chance to 
travel throughout the U.S.A. and Europe. 

Since 1 954 Orlando Foss, Jr., has served 
as president of the General Box Company 
of Waycross, Ga. The company makes 
cigar, school, and shoe boxes by its pat- 
ented method, on equipment which is 
mostly of its own design. Foss and Colleen 
have two children, two step-children, and 
one step-grandson. He is an elder in the 
Presbyterian Church, is past president of 
the Rotary Club and the Chamber of 
Commerce. He is on the advisory board of 
the Southern Division of the National Paper 
Box Association, and is past director of the 
Associated Industries of Georgia. . . . 
Samuel Franc, Jr. of Alamo, Calif, is a 
project manager for Raiser Construction 
Co., a design-build firm. At the moment, 
the company is working on three office 

buildings, a condominium project, a high 
rise building, and is about to start on 
another office building. On the boards: A 
17-story hotel for Holiday Inns and a re- 
gional headquarters for Fluor. Franc is pres- 
ident of Danville Toastmasters, an organic 
gardener, a photographer, a real estate 
broker, and a "new runner." Marcia 
graduated from high school this year, and 
her sister, Susan, isasophomore witha4.0 
average. Franc's wife Betty collects books. 

Charles Gerber has retired (except for 
teaching) as senior project engineer from 
Mitchell College, New London, Conn. He is 
a consultant to the College and to the 
Town of Old Lyme. He is associated with 
the Salvation Army, Senior Citizens, and 
many personal projects. Vi and he spent 
several days last winter with the widow of 
his cousin and classmate, Karl Berggren. . . . 
Howard Green continues as treasurer of 
Green Bros, of Worcester, Inc. His firm is 
active in the new and used machine tool 
business in the U.S. and is expanding inter- 
nationally. Recently a large addition was 
built. Green is on the national board of 
directors of the Machinery Dealers Associa- 
tion, which is based in Washington, DC. 
His hobbies are golf and tennis. His political 
activities are "confined to trying to alleviate 
the product liability problems in the U.S." 
He has four children. 

Alfred Hapgood has spent 24 years in 
lens manufacturing, including 12 as lens 
plant manager and one year as lens product 
manager at American Optical Co., South- 
bridge, Mass. He has been chairman of the 
Southbridge School Building Committee 
for five years, a member of the Cohasse 
Country Club board of directors for six 
years, and club president for one year. 
When his two sons were young, he assisted 
with Little League and Pee Wee Hockey. 
He and his wife "vacation as often as 
possible," with Hapgood enjoying athletics 
and fishing — Since 1971 John Hunter has 
been engineering director at General 
Dynamics-Electric Boat. He says, "We have 
about 1 1 00 engineers and 1 700 draftsmen 
and workers, who are well into converting 
to computer-assisted plan production. We 
already handle all material ordering and 
listing this way. The Trident (submarine) 
requires about 13,500 plans and 200,000 
pieces of materials to build one ship." 
Hunter is a former mayor of Groton, Conn., 
a senior warden in the Episcopal Church; a 
licensed lay reader; a U.S.C G. licensed 
operator of small passenger ships; a profes- 
sional engineer; and a member of the 
Society of Naval Architects and Marine 
Engineers, and the Newcomen Society. He 
is part-time captain of the last U.S. coal- 
fired passenger ship out of Mystic, Conn. 
He has three grown children. 

Bill Julian, past president of the WPI 
Alumni Association and a resident of Mc- 
lean, Va., writes that he expects he and his 
wife Audrey will be spending about six 
months of the year at their new vacation 
home at Willoughby Lake in Vermont. 
They enjoy sailing and are avid bridge 
players. Carol Ann is a special education 

Fall 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 27 

teacher; Debra, an environmental scientist; 
and Allen, a senior at the University of 
Virginia. . . . Peter Kahn serves as a manu- 
facturers' agent for chemical processing 
equipment, along with equipment for air 
pollution and liquid wastes treatment and 
control. His firm, Peter A. Kahn and Co., is 
located in Newton, Mass. His daughter, 
Merle, who has a PhD in food chemistry, 
works for Reynolds Metal. Eric is a market- 
ing zone manager for Lincoln-Mercury Di- 
vision of Ford, out of the Denver office. 

Robert Lawrence has been with the U.S' 
Department of Commerce for 30 years and 
is presently involved with the development 
of novel optical techniques for measuring 
the physical properties of the atmosphere. 
"How about a volume-averaging wind 
sensor that sits in a small box on your desk 
and gets its information by simply looking 
out of the window?" For fifteen years he 
and Pam have flown their plane on busi- 
ness and pleasure trips to Glacier Bay, 
Newfoundland, and the Peruvian Andes. 
They flew to Worcester for his 25th reun- 
ion. Viki is a geologist and Vernon is a math 
student at the University of Idaho. . . . 
Sidney Madwed, who served this year as a 
head agent for the class, writes that he 
swims five miles a week. He has been 
involved with scouting, his synagogue, and 
is interested in photography. His firm, 
Madwed Manufacturing Co., Bridgeport, 
Conn., specializes in zinc die casting, an- 
tique plating, and brass plating, light steel 
fabrication, and electropolishing. Son Bert 
is with Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. Susan 
works as an assistant fashion designer at 
Parade Dress Co., New York City. Mark is 
at Northeastern and Sarah is a high school 

Harold Melden, Jr. has been named vice 
president of gas supply at Commonwealth 
Gas Co. On a recent trip to Alaska and the 
Yukon Territory, he saw his oldest son, 
Mark. Kurk, with a BSEE degree from Union 
College, is at Data General. Daughter Sue is 
a student at the University of Maine. His 
wife June plays and teaches tennis. . . . 
Robert Miller, Jr. is employed by Gilbert- 
Commonwealth of Jackson, Mich. Cur- 
rently he is project manager assigned to 
Montreal working in tandem with a Cana- 
dian consulting company. The project in- 
volves the electrification of the central re- 
gion of Saudi Arabia. . . . Since graduation 
Harry Mochon, Jr., has been associated 
with electric utilities, including Hartford 
Electric Light Co. and the Connecticut Val- 
ley Power Exchange. Presently he is direc- 
tor of the New England Power Exchange. 
He has two daughters, one a lawyer in 
California and the other a social worker in 
Massachusetts. Mochon has served as 
chairman of the North American Power 
Systems Interconnection Committee. A 
registered professional engineer, he also 
belongs to the Technical Advisory Commit- 
tee of the National Electric Reliability 
Council. He is an avid golfer. 

Henry Mogensen holds the post of man- 
ager of the Lapmaster Division (Machine 
Tool) of Crane Packing Co. in Chicago. Last 
September he left Warner & Swasey Grind- 
ing Machine after more than 27 years of 
service. . . . Still with Feecon Corp., 
Westboro, Mass., Walter Mussoni now 
serves as general sales manager of the 
company. The firm manufactures and de- 
signs fire suppression systems for airports, 
refineries, and municipalities. He and Janice 
have two boys and two girls. "Golf has to 
be my primary hobby. " . . . John Snyder has 
joined Pepsi-Cola Co. in Philadelphia, 
where he is manager of packaging re- 



Lester J. Reynolds, Jr 

15 Cherry Lane 

Basking Ridge, NJ 


Robert Hallisey serves as engineering 
supervisor of the test equipment depart- 
ment at Hughes Aircraft Co. in Fullerton, 
Calif. . . David Humphrey is a self- 
employed manufacturers' representative 
"living on a farm in beautiful Carroll 
County" in Maryland. He is currently re- 
storing a 1 927 American LaFrance pumper. 
He sees duty as a maintenance officer and 
pilot for the Civil Air Patrol. 


Roger R Osell 
18 Eliot Rd 
Lexington, MA 

Paul Alasso holds the post of product 
manager for textile coating and bonding 
polyurethane products for a division of 
Mobay Chemical Corp. Prior to joining the 
company in 1976, he had been with 
Midland-Dexter, Trancoa Chemical, Per- 
muthane Division of Beatrice Foods and 
Union Carbide. The Alassos live in Med- 
field, Mass., and have two children, Sarah, 
13, and Andrew, 11 ... . "Thirteen years in 
the Maine woods with the B & A (Bangor & 
Aroostook Railroad) have been very re- 
warding ones," writes Owen Allen, who 
works for the mechanical department. Ear- 
lier he had been employed by Union Car- 
bide, New York Central Railroad, and Fos- 
ter Wheeler Corp. He holds a bachelor of 
divinity degree from the Drew University 
Theological School, and once served as a 
co-pastor of a circuit of four Methodist 
churches in Massachusetts. He has hiked 
the 2000-mile length of the Appalachian 
Trail, the story appearing as part of a 
two-volume book, Hiking the Appalachian 
Trail. Owen and Candy have three chil- 

David Bisson's current principal activity 
is Frederick Beck Originals, a former cus- 
tomer, which he purchased. The firm pro- 
duces a fine line of design Christmas cards 
which are sold in the finest stores. Bisson is 
still chairman, but is in the process of selling 
his silk screen printing company, which 
developed into the largest screen printing 
business in the San Francisco area. For ten 
years he had been a sales engineer in San 
Francisco for Union Carbide Plastics. Earlier 
he did food research in Chicago. Active in 
church and city politics, Bisson also reads 
extensively, skis, and camps out. The two 
older children are business majors at Berke- 
ley and the youngest is in high school. 
The family resides in Millbrae, Calif. ... In 
January, W. Richard Byrnes joined 
Goldsmith & Eggleton of Akron, Ohio. He 
is brokering plastic resins and compounds 
as well as representing two other manufac- 
turers. Previous employers were Air Prod- 
ucts & Chemicals, Inc.J.T. Baker Chemical 
Co.; and Arthur D. Little, Inc., Cambridge, 
Mass., where he worked with Wil Kranich 
and Roger Osell. He has belonged to the 
Lions Club, Jaycees, Toastmasters Interna- 
tional and church organizations. Other in- 
terests are the music theater, scouting and 
children's athletics. Byrnes and Bette have 
three children. 

Lee Catineau says, "Life has been good 
to us." His leisure-time interests have been 
geared to working with kids in baseball, 
hockey, football and those with problems. 
The Catineaus have two boys: Ted, 1 9, and 
Don, 18. Lee is presently a broker with 
Loeb Rhoades, Hornblower, Inc. in 
Worcester. He has previously been with 
Bache, du Pont, and the Atomic Energy 
Commission. . . . Harry Chapell of 
Maynard, Mass. is a past president of the 
Lions Club, former Civil Defense radio of- 
ficer, chairman of the high school building 
committee, and has been chairman of the 
Conservation Commission since its forma- 
tion. He is the chief engineer at Sage Labs, 
after having worked for Raytheon and Bell 
Labs. At Sage he is concerned with the 
designing of microwave components and 
instruments. He helped develop the lunar 
lander, has several patents, and has written 
technical papers. The Chapells have two 
daughters, a son, Robert, '78, and two 

Recently, Elmer L. Corujo was appointed 
director of Latin America sales for Harris 
Corporation. He joined the firm two years 
ago. Previously, he was in management 
and international sales with Raytheon and 

RCA Last year Allan Costantin resigned 

from Union Carbide to become vice presi- 
dent of Gibson Associates in Cranford, N.J. 
The company manufactures over one bil- 
lion thermoplastic closures each year for 
major soap, toiletries, cosmetics, food, and 
liquor companies. With the exception of his 
service in the Medical Service Corps., Cos- 
tantin had been with Union Carbide since 
graduation. In 1958 he and Dave Bisson 

28 /The WP1 journal /Fall 1979 

"covered the Northwest" for the firm's 
Plastics Division. He became the sole plas- 
tics representative in Texas, Oklahoma, 
and Arkansas. In 1965 he was appointed 
group leader in the R&D department in 
Bound Brook, N.J. and dealt with P.V.C. In 
1 973 he was named sales manager of the 
eastern region. He has an MBA from Rut- 
gers. The family, including six children, 
enjoys skiing and sailing. ... A long-time 
employee of CE, Kenneth Cross writes: 
"We have developed, installed and oper- 
ated (for the Air Force) large radars for 
BMEWS and for tracking satellites, includ- 
ing many based overseas in Turkey, Thai- 
land, and Alaska." His most interesting 
experience has been as a project engineer 
on an experimental infrared program 
which took him to Mississippi, Vandenberg 
AFB, Calif., and Cape Canaveral. The 
Crosses and "two very wonderful adopted 
children" reside in Baldwinsville, NY. 

Still with Scovill Mfg. Co., Apparel Fas- 
tener Division, Walter Dziura now holds 
the post of manager of contract engineer- 
ing and has five patents. He is the father of 
six, one son currently attending WPI. For 
many years he was a Boy Scout committee 
man. He is active in hunting, fishing, and 
conservation work at the Rod & Gun Club. 
He teaches grafting as an aid to wildlife. A 
member of ASME, he is also a certified 
engineer and a Junior Achievement ad- 
visor. . . . During the last 22 years with U.S. 
Steel, Robert Fish has been concerned with 
the engineering of products and applica- 
tions of wire rope and structural steel 
strand from all production and commercial 
aspects. His career has taken him hundreds 
of thousands of miles in the southern and 
eastern U.S. and on occasional foreign 
expeditions to China, Australia, and South 
America. Earlier, he worked for the Mas- 
sachusetts and Connecticut State Highway 
Departments and the Army Corps of En- 
gineers. The Fishers have five children, "all 
Yankee-born, and now all dedicated 
Southern rebels!" They live outside of Bir- 
mingham, Alabama. 

Joe Fratino began at Columbia Gas 
Transmission Corp. in 1954 and is now 
director of engineer services in Charleston, 
W. Va. He is a registered engineer and is 
involved with the ASME, API, and AGA. For 
a number of years he belonged to the 
Optimist International. He also coached 
young people's basketball and baseball 
teams. The Fratinos' daughter Lori is mar- 
ried and attending Ohio State University; 
Maria is planning to attend Marshall Col- 
lege; and Michele is 13. . . . Continuing 
with du Pont, David Gilbert now serves as 
plant managerforthe firm in Antioch, Calif. 
He had been assistant plant manager at du 
Pont's largest chemical plant in New Jersey. 
He has participated in the PTA, scouting, 
and local politics. He and Fran are the 
parents of Lesley, a graduate of West Ches- 
ter (Pa.) State College; Dave, Jr., a student 
at Diablo Valley College; and Betsy, also a 

Diablo student in California. In his "older 
years" Gilbert has given up basketball and 
has switched to tennis and skiing. ... Dr. 
Richard E. Gilbert flies and runs, but says he 
is "not much good at either. " He teaches at 
the University of Nebraska, is married, and 
has five children. 

John Herz is currently active in the ven- 
ture field handling corporate reorganiza- 
tions and business development assign- 
ments for private firms. He had been vice 
president of marketing at Siemens Corp./ 
U.S., and was associated with North Amer- 
ican Philips, and Veeco Instruments, Inc. 
For years he was in the electronics field 
handling sales, marketing, and corporate 
planning and development which included 
assignments in Europe, the USSR, and the 
Near and Far East. Earlier, he spent eight 
years in mechanical engineering. He has an 
MBA from NYU. He, wife Use, and three 
children reside in Stamford, Conn. . . . Bill 
Hills' firm, Hills' Research and Develop- 
ment, Inc., Melbourne, Fla., continues as a 
manufacturer of complete machinery sys- 
tems for synthetic fiber extrusion. A 
member of ASME, Hills also holds about 25 
U.S. patents. During his career he was with 
Chemstrand Corp., now merged into Mon- 
santo, until starting his own business in 
1 971 . He headed the development of a 
number of fabrics and fibers while with 
Monsanto. Bill and his wife have two sons. 
Since 1 977, Mel Holmgren has been self 
employed with Sitka Electronics Lab., 
marine electronics service and sales, in 
Sitka, Alaska. He has also been employed 
by the Geophysical Institute of the Univer- 
sity of Alaska, FAA of Anchorage, and 
Collins Radio Co., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He 
attended Bethel Theological Seminary and 
was involved with the Missionary Com- 
munication Service. He enjoys hunting, 
fishing, boating, housebuilding, church ac- 
tivities, and ham radio. The Holmgrens 
have seven children. . . . Adrian Horovitz, 
vice president of Harwood Mfg. Co., Pro- 
vidence, R.I., is president of Temple Sinai in 
Cranston, R.I. He has served as president of 
the Hamilton Sinai Bowling League and as 
vice president of the Rhode Island Jewish 
Bowling Congress for two years. Horovitz 
and Deborah have two children, Amy, 19, 
and Jeffrey, 16. . . . David Hoyle's career 
has been in the field of instrumentation 
with major emphasis on applied control 
system design. He is chief instrument en- 
gineer for an engineering contracting firm 
in Boston, and has published several papers 
on control system design. The Hoyles have 
one child out of college; three in college; 
and a 10-year-old at home. Restoration of 
a 200-year-old house keeps Hoyle busy. 

The main hobby for George Idlis is 
swimming, a daily activity. He is a swim 
meet official and officiates at the high 
school and college level in AAU competi- 
tion. He works for Storti Associates of 
Warwick, R.I., as a management consul- 
tant specializing in management recruiting, 

"A career change I found both stimulating, 
challenging, and rewarding." He had been 
with Bethlehem Steel Co., Shipbuilding Di- 
vision, and several other companies. His 
children are Bonnie, Amy, and Michael. He 
is a past PTA president and officer in his 
Temple. ... At last count, Ted Jaros had 
visited 32 countries concerning prospects 
for sales, marketing contracts, licensing 
agreements, joint ventures, or wholly 
owned foreign investment. Currently, he is 
vice president and director of strategic 
marketing for the Semiconductor Group of 
Motorola, Inc. Other employers have been 
Texas Instruments and GE. Daughter Susan 
is in her last year of law school; Joe is at 
Loyola Marymount; and Andy is a junior in 
high school. Jaros' wife Helen is a branch 
manager for Southwest Savings & Loan 
Corp., Phoenix, and has an MBA from 
Arizona State University. 

D. Alden Johnson of Sturbridge, Mass., 
vice president of Montgomery Co., Inc. is 
also owner of Hickory Ridge Country Club. 
Formerly, he was employed by IBM, by 
Hornblower & Weeks, Hemphill Noyes, 
and by American Optical Co. He is a direc- 
tor of the Massachusetts Flower Growers 
Association, a corporator of Nonotuck Sav- 
ings Bank, president of Sturbridge Basket- 
ball League, and is active in church affairs, 
and coaching basketball and baseball. He 
likes golf and skiing and has an MBA from 
AIC. He and wife Pat are the parents of 

Paul, 15, and Karl, 14 Presently, Jaak 

Jurison holds the post of manager of Digi- 
tal Systems. While with what is now 
Rockwell International, he designed and 
directed the development of several digital 
computers for avionics and space systems. 
He was associated with Sperry Gyroscope 
Co., and IBM's Watson Laboratories. He 
has an MSEE from Columbia. For two years 
he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He 
is interested in computer architecture, mi- 
croprocessors and fault tolerant computer 
systems, and has lectured on avionics com- 
puters at U.C.L.A. The Jurisons enjoy 
Southern California living: "Beaches. Sail- 
ing. Tennis." 



Dr Robert A Yates 

11 Oak Ridge Dr 

Bethany, CT 


Alex Papianou's daughter is a freshman 
electrical engineering major at WPI. . . . 
Formerly the operations manager of 
Sprague Electric Company's filter division 
in North Adams, Mass., Robert Purple was 
recently named general manager of 
Sprague's thick-film circuit operations in 
Nashua, N.H. In 1 958 he joined the firm as 
a radio interference filter engineer in Ohio. 
Since then, he has held various engineer- 
ing, project manager, plant manager, and 
marketing posts in the division. 

Fall 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 29 

IF YOU EVER need to inspect the 
interior of a beaver hut, call Donald 
A. Cangnan, MS '59. He can help you 
out. He once helped the U.S. Depart- 
ment of Interior peek into beaver 
huts to take a population count. 

Carignan is the president of In- 
strument Technology, Inc. (ITI), West- 
field, Mass., an engineering company 
specializing in the design, develop- 
ment, and manufacture of remote 
viewing instruments and systems. 
His firm designed a portable bores- 
cope with illumination to assist U.S. 
park rangers in their beaver census. 

ITI, started in 1973 by Carignan, 
manufactures periscopes, telescopes, 
borescopes, fiber optic systems, and 
closed-circuit TV systems. "Our re- 
mote viewing instruments permit the 
viewing, inspection, or photographing 
of inaccessible objects or objects lo- 
cated in a hostile environment," he 
explains. Applications for the instru- 
ments include viewing into high ra- 
diation areas, looking underwater, 
and viewing into high and low tem- 
perature, highly toxic, or explosive 
environments, and into inaccessible 

Prior to founding his company, 
Carignan was an engineering man- 
ager at American Optical Company, 
Southbridge, Mass., and later a senior 
engineer at Kollmorgen Corp., Nor- 
thampton, Mass. Since 1973, ITI, 
which deals primarily with quality 
assurance engineers and provides 
them with instruments necessary for 
visual inspection, has grown from 
five to twenty employees. In 1980, 
sales are expected to reach $1 mil- 
lion. Carignan remains the optical 
systems engineer for the company, 

30 /The Wl'l journal /Fall 1979 

and he is personally responsible for 
development of all systems. 

A large portion of ITI's business 
is with the nuclear industry, which 
relies rather extensively on remote 
viewing systems for operation and in- 
spection. ITI is currently the major 
manufacturer of optical systems for 
the U.S. and Canadian nuclear indus- 
try, and manufactures several items 
for export. ITI remote viewing sys- 
tems are presently in use in Japan, In- 
dia, Pakistan, the Republic of China, 
and in several European countries. 

The company is also involved in 
the breeder reactor program with 
Westinghouse, and it has supplied 
the special periscopes for the test 
reactor (FFTF) at Hanford, Washing- 
ton. Knowledge gained in the design 
of periscopes for the FFTF will be 
used in the first commercial breeder 
reactor at Clinch River, Tennessee. 

The future growth of the com- 
pany, however, may be in its new 
borescope instrument line due for re- 
lease in January 1980. Borescopes are 
long, small-diameter optical instru- 
ments used for looking into inaccessi- 
ble areas. The airlines and aircraft in- 
dustries rely heavily on borescopes 
for internal inspection of jet turbine 
engines. Under a development con- 
tract funded by United Airlines in 
1977, ITI developed a special jet en- 
gine borescope which is now in use 
at all United Airlines service centers. 
Other airlines are now purchasing ITI 
borescopes because of the experience 
gained by United. ITI was recently se- 
lected by General Electric and the 
U.S. Navy to supply borescopes for 
the Navy's new F-18 Hornet aircraft. 

Besides serving as president of 
ITI, Don Carignan has other profes- 
sional interests. He serves as a con- 
sultant to Princeton University for 
the desing of remote viewing systems 
for the Tokamak fusion reactor. In 
November he traveled to Vienna, 
Austria, to meet with representatives 
of the International Atomic Energy 
Agency (IAEA) to assist in the devel- 
opment of international safeguard in- 
spection systems. He is a member of 
the American Nuclear Society and 
current chairman of Sub Group 1 1.5, 
which is responsible for setting stan- 
dards for remote viewing optical in- 
struments. He is also a member of 
the American Society for Non- 
Destructive Testing, Inc. 

Don lives with his wife Jan in 
Westfied. His oldest daughter, Dawn, 
is married and living in Vermont. His 
three other children — Greg, 21; Jeff, 
20; and Pamela, 1 8 — are all engi- 
neering students at Southeastern 
Massachusetts University. "If any one 
of them wishes to pursue graduate 
work in engineering, I'd like them to 
attend WPI." In the meantime, the 
boys work for ITI during vacations 
and have learned to operate every 
lathe and milling machine in the 
shop. For the last two years they have 
worked on the drawing boards. "It 
would be nice to have them join me, 
but I'm not pushing it." Pam wants to 
combine engineering and architec- 

Because of his engineering back- 
ground, Don was appointed to the 
Westfield High School Building Com- 
mittee in 1970, and he takes pride in 
the new school. It took almost six 
years to build: four years to get voter 
approval, and two years for construc- 
tion. Don belonged to Rotary for two 
years, but, because of his extensive 
traveling, he reluctantly submitted 
his resignation. 

For relaxation, Carignan is in- 
volved in studying World War II in 
the Pacific, and his collection of 
books on the subject is growing 
steadily. His favorite means of relax- 
ation, however, is sailing. He charters 
a 22-foot boat and sails out of 
Westbrook, Conn. 


Harry R Rydstrom 
132 Sugartown Rd 
Devon, PA 

Joseph Gill has been elected a school 
committee member in Southboro, Mass., 
filling a vacancy caused by a resignation. 
He has a master's degree in business admin- 
istration from the Wharton School at the 
University of Pennsylvania, and is a 
member of the advisory committee created 
to review the schools' progress in the 
state-mandated basic skills program. He is 
the president and owner of Vee-Arc Corp., 
a manufacturer of electric motor drives. 
The Gills have five children. 



Dr Frederick H Lutze, Jr 

11 OCamelot Court NW 

Blacksburg, VA 


Continuing with du Pont, F. William 
Famsworth is now plant superintendent in 
Victoria, Texas. . . . Lawrence Lavallee, a 
senior engineer with RCA, is on a radar field 
assignment at Kwajalein Missile Range in 
the Marshall Islands. . . . Philip Peirce holds 
the post of quality control manager of the 

Worcester Group at Wright Machine In 

June Joseph Prindle completed 20 years of 
service with West Penn Power Company 
and became a member of the firm's Veter- 
ans' Association. He is division planning 
engineer at Keystone Division headquar- 
ters near St. Mary's, Pa. In 1959 he joined 
West Penn as a cadet engineer at the 
Greensburg general office. He became dis- 
trict planning engineer at Butler in 1 960, 
transferring to Ridgway then St. Mary's the 
following year. In 1964 he was promoted 
to division planning engineer. He belongs 
to the Elks and the American Legion. 


Paul W Bayliss 
Barrtngton, IL 

Shepard Brodie is employed as sales man- 
ager at Control Signal Corp., Denver, Col- 
orado. ... Dr. Armand Ferro has been 
appointed manager of the SEF and Elec- 
tronic Ballast Program at the GE Research 
and Development Center in Schenectady, 
N.Y. He now heads a group of engineers 
and scientists engaged in developing new 
kinds of high-efficiency lighting systems. 

Previously, he served as manager of the 
Device Physics Unit and had also been 
responsible for the development of new 
computer programs for simulating the be- 
havior of a wide range of power semicon- 
ductor devices. He joined GE in 1960 at the 
Electronics Laboratory in Syracuse. In 1964 
he started work at the Center as an electri- 
cal engineer. He has since specialized in the 
study of solid state devices for electronic 
power control, ranging from consumer to 
electric utility applications. As manager of 
the Center's Power Module Program, he 
specialized in high-speed switching thyris- 
tors and new methods for fabricating metal 
ceramic substrates for use in hybrid device 
assemblies. He has written or co-authored 
34 technical publications and holds 1 5 pat- 
ents. He has a PhD from RPI, and is a 
member of IEEE. He, his wife, and two 
children reside in Schenectady. 


John J Gabarro 
8 Monadnock Rd 
Arlington, MA 

Kenneth Engvall was recently elected a 
selectman in Boylston, Mass. He received 
282 of 325 votes cast. Engvall is a civil 
engineer and land surveyor at Thompson- 
Liston Associates, Inc., Worcester. A 
Boylston resident, he has served on the 

local finance committee and zoning advi- 
sory committee. Also, he has been a coach 
and officer with the Little League. He and 
his wife Betsy have two children in Boylston 

John Gabarro, an authority on human 
behavior in organizations, has been pro- 
moted from associate professor to profes- 
sor of business administration at the Har- 
vard Business School. He holds an MBA and 
DBA from Harvard, and joined the Business 
School faculty as a research assistant in 
1967. Earlier he had spent two years in the 
Army Signal Corps, and worked in the 
Electronics Division of Corning Glass 
Works. Among his recent publications, 
some coauthored, are "Socialization at the 
Top" in Organizational Dynamics; Inter- 
personal Behavior; and "Teaching Inter- 
personal Behavior." He is currently writing 
a new book about the ways in which new 
general managers develop effective work- 
ing relationships with key subordinates. A 
director of Town and Country, Inc., 
Chelsea, Mass., Gabarro is also a member 
of the editorial boards of "Exchange," and 
the Public Policy and Management Pro- 
gram of the Intercollegiate Case Clearing 
House. He belongs to the American 
Sociological Association and the Academy 
of Management, and is a member and 
director of the Organizational Behavior 
Teaching Society. His wife, Marilyn, is 
chairman of the Department of Design at 
Massachusetts College of Art. The Gabar- 
ros and their eight-year-old daughter, 
Jana, reside in Arlington, Mass. 

Morgan R. Rees, '61, of Worcester re- 
ceives the Meritorious Civilian Ser- 
vice Medal from Colonel John P. 
Chandler, head of the New England 
Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engi- 
neers. Rees, who is chief of the Regu- 
latory Branch at Corps headquarters 
in Waltham, Mass., was commended 

for "outstanding professional ability, 
innovative leadership, and unflagging 
dedication to purpose." He is now on 
loan to Corps headquarters in Wash- 
ington, D.C., to assist in reformulat- 
ing regulations governing permit 
authorities. He and his wife, Janet, are 
the parents of one son, Bradley. 

Fall 1979 /The WP1 Journal/ 31 




Harry T Rapelje 
1313 Parma Hilton Rd 
Hilton, NY 

Roland Beauregard works as plant en- 
gineer at Glass Container in Dayville, Conn. 
... In August, Cdr. Brian O'Connell was 
reassigned as head of the Facilities Planning 
Dept. in the Western Division of the Naval 
Facilities Engineering Command. He is re- 
sponsible for facilities planning and real 
estate for all Navy and Marine Corps ac- 
tivities in the western U.S. 



Robert E Maynard, Jr. 

8 Institute Rd 

North Grafton, MA 


Robert Jamaitis has been promoted to 
operations manager of Norden Systems, a 
subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. in 
Norwalk, Conn. He is responsible for man- 
aging, planning and coordinating Norden's 
manufacturing, engineering, production 
and plant engineering programs in Nor- 
walk. Most recently, Jamaitis served as 
manufacturing manager. Since joining the 
firm in 1963, he has also been production 
control manager, overhaul and repair 
supervisor, and manufacturing engineering 
supervisor. He holds an MBA from the 
University of Bridgeport. The Jamaitises, 
who reside in Trumbull, have three chil- 
dren Robert Mellor ran for a three-year 

term as road commissioner in Northbridge, 
Mass. in May. He is a former road commis- 
sioner and chairman of the Board of Ap- 
peals. He is a registered professional en- 
gineer in Massachusetts and a manager for 
New England Power Service Co. 



Dr. David T Signori, Jr 

6613 Denny PI. 

McLean, VA 


Robert Lottero's company, Power Man- 
agement Systems of Woodsville, N.H., has 
been awarded a Scientific Atlanta franchise 
for selling and installing its Hotel-Motel 
Energy Management System in New 
Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Lottero is 
a co-founder of the firm, which is con- 
cerned with the conservation and man- 
agement of electrical energy. Power Man- 
agement provides a consulting service in 
the commercial-industrial electrical energy 
market, with Lottero being primarily con- 
cerned with the consulting and engineer- 

ing. Previously, he worked ten years as 
assistant electrical engineer for Public Ser- 
vice and two years as an independent 
consulting engineer specializing in utility 


Donald Carlson recently was elected a 
director of NSK-Torrington Co., an 18- 
year-old joint venture for the manufacture 
of roller bearings. . . . Still with W. R. Grace 
& Co., Leonard Feldman is now plant man- 
ager in the Construction Products Division 
in Jacksonville, Fla. . . . William Hopkins 
has been elected a vice president of Stone 
& Webster Management Consultants, Inc., 
New York City. He will have project man- 
agement and marketing responsibilities in 
relation to the company's consulting ser- 
vices in the rates and regulatory areas. 
Working at Stone & Webster since 1967, 
Hopkins has been involved in numerous 
assignments with gas and electric utilities in 
the preparation and presentation of rate 
cases. Presently, his responsibilities include 
rates and regulatory studies with gas 
utilities in three Canadian provinces and 
work with DOE. Earlier, he was with New 
England Gas & Electric Co. in Mas- 
sachusetts. He has studied business admin- 
istration at NYU Graduate School of Busi- 
ness Administration. The Hopkinses and 
their children, Carol and Richard, enjoy 
summering on Westport Island, Me., and 
taking backpacking trips in the mountains. 
Continuing with IBM, Michael Oliver, is 
now an advisory programmer and has 
technical responsibility for one of IBM's 
data entry systems. Last year he and his 
family spent six months in the Netherlands 
on a business assignment. They lived near 
Amsterdam, and traveled throughout 
Europe. "We thoroughly enjoyed our 
stay." . . . Thomas Pease has received a 
PhD in oceanography from New York Uni- 
versity. . . . William Wyman has accepted a 
transfer to Cairo, Ga. with the Torrington 



John L Kilguss 

5 Summershade Circle 

Piscataway, NJ 


William Carboni recently became an as- 
sociate of the Spink Corporation, a leading 
engineering and architectural firm in Sac- 
ramento, Calif. He and his wife Charlene 
have an 1 1 -year-old daughter, Jennifer — 
Joe Cieplak now works as a proposal en- 
gineer for the Wilson Instrument Division 
of ACCO Industries in Bridgeport, Conn. 
He writes all proposals for custom- 
engineered hardness testing systems. . . . 
Allen Ikalainen has been appointed chief of 
the Special Permit Development Section, 
Permits Branch, of the Enforcement Divi- 
sion, EPA-Region 1 , in Boston. Also, he was 
elected to the board of managers of the 
Village Condominium Association in 
Watertown, Mass. . . . Currently, Roy 
Lindquist, is a senior R&D engineer at 
Glitsch, Inc. in Dallas, Texas. He serves as 
secretary of the Dynamic Systems Control 
Division, ASME. The Lindquists and their 

two children reside in Richardson, Texas 

Jonathan Worthley left the Air Force last 
year and is presently a member of the 
technical staff of the MITRE Corporation in 
the Bus Network Systems Department. 


Charles A Griffin 
2901 Municipal Pier Rd 
Shreveport, LA 

^■Married: Robert V. Gemmer and Miss 
Claudia A. Bloomfield in East Lyme, Con- 
necticut on June 23, 1979. Mrs. Gemmer, 
who holds a BS in nursing from the Univer- 
sity of Connecticut, is employed by the East 
Lyme Nursing Association. The groom is a 
chemist in Branford. He has a doctor's 
degree from Stanford University. 

Michael Babin is now registered as a 
professional engineer in California. . . . 
Victor Calabretta has been named assistant 
vice president at CE Maguire, Inc., Provi- 
dence, R.I. He serves as manager of 
Maguire's Civil and Marine Division and is 
responsible for world-wide port and ocean 
engineering projects, as well as those on 
the Eastern Seaboard. Other respon- 
sibilities include dams, flood control, and 
heavy civil works. With Maguire since 
1 971 , Calabretta holds an MSCE degree 
from WPI. Earlier, he was an officer in the 
Civil Engineer Corps, U.S. Navy. He is a 
registered professional engineer, and be- 
longs to ASCE, SAME, and the Society of 
Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. 
The Calabrettas live in Jamestown, R.I. with 
Christopher, 4, and Katherine, 1 . 

32 /The WPI journal / Fall 1979 

Kenneth Crawford works for Pennwalt 
Corp. in Belville, N.J Robert Demers has 

a new position as staff assistant, Division of 
Pulmonary Medicine, at the University of 
Massachusetts Medical Center in Worces- 
ter. He also serves as an instructor in 
medicine at the Medical School. . . . Ken- 
neth Gminski received his MBA from Rivier 
College, Nashua, N.H., which he attended 
nights for four years. He is still a senior 
resident field engineer in New Hampshire 
for Factory Mutual Engineering. . . . David 
Cradwell continues with IBM, and is an 
industry administrator in White Plains, N.Y. 
. . . Walter Sackmann holds the post of fluid 
power specialist at Hydro Air of Conn. , Inc. , 
in North Haven. 


James P. Atkinson 
41 Naples Rd 
Brookline, MA 

>Born: to Mr. and Mrs. David Zlotek their 
second daughter, Katherine, in March. Pat- 
ricia is three. Zlotek is president and co- 
owner of Hampshire Electronic, Inc. in New 

Andrew DiLeo works as a structural en- 
gineer with Glenn Consultants in Phoenix, 
Arizona. . . . Joseph Fitzgerald, Jr., a regis- 
tered professional engineer, is presently a 
project engineer at Matrix Engineering, 
Inc. He and Shirley are the parents of Erin 
Elizabeth. . . . John Poblocki has been 
appointed director of economic develop- 
ment of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of 
Commerce, Pawtucket, R.I. Since last Sep- 
tember he has been serving as industrial 
development specialist. Previously, he has 
been director of the Department of Plan- 
ning and Development for the City of 
Woonsocket. He will also now serve as 
project manager for the Second Pawtucket 
Area Industrial Development Foundation, 



F. David Ploss III 

208 St. Nicholas Ave 

Worcester, MA 


^■Married: Paul A. Akscyn and Gail L. Spies 
on May 26, 1979. Mrs. Akscyn graduated 
from the University of Houston. She is a 
legal assistant for Fullbright and Jaworski. 
Her husband is a senior instrumentation 
engineer for Litwin Corp., Houston, Texas. 
W. Todd Akin has been appointed to the 
position of assistant superintendent of 
maintenance and construction at Laclede 
Steel Company's Alton, III. steelworks. He 
joined the company last year. Prior to that, 
he was with IBM. . . . Mark Gemborys 
received his PhD in chemistry from 
Dartmouth College in June. From 1970- 
1972 he was a first lieutenant in the U.S. 
Army stationed at Fort Ord, Calif. Currently 
he is working in association with Dr. Gilbert 
Mudge in the department of pharmacol- 
ogy at Dartmouth Medical School, 
Hanover, N.H. He, his wife Janet and chil- 
dren, Nicole, 6, and Brian, 4, reside in West 


Vincent T. Pace 
4707 Apple Lane 
WestDeptford, NJ 

^■Married: Ralph H. Reddick to Meredith 
A. Cooper on May 20, 1 979 in Kalamazoo, 
Michigan. Mrs. Reddick graduated from 
Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y., 
and has completed one year of graduate 
work. The bridegroom has a bachelor's 
degree in music from the University of 
Connecticut, and a master's degree from 
Eastman School of Music. They have both 
signed a two-year contract to perform with 
the Caracas (Venezuela) Symphony or- 
chestra — the bride as a cellist and the 
groom as a string bassist. 

>Born: to Dr. and Mrs. Douglas E. 
Holmes a son, Matthew Douglas. Having 
received his PhD in materials science and 
engineering from MIT, Holmes now works 
at Hughes Research Labs in Malibu, Calif., 
where he is investigating lll-V compound 
semiconductors. ... to Paul and Nancy 
Wood Popinchalk, 73, their second son, 
Samuel. (Seth is three).) Paul is with Val- 
mont Energy Systems working in solar en- 
ergy. Nancy is a "full-time" mother. 

Daniel Donahue has received his mas- 
ter's in engineering from Tufts University 
School of Engineering. . . . John Giordano 
has joined Hospital Trust National Bank, 
where he is management science officer in 
the Automated Information Department. 

He is responsible for the new management 
science section, which supports the bank in 
quantitative decision making. He has an 
MBA from the University of Rhode Island, 
and previously was with the Old Stone 
Bank in Providence. . . . Last spring Walter 
Jensen, Jr., was named by the student 
body at Central New England College, 
Worcester, as the 1 979 recipient of the 
Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is 
based on knowledge of subject material, 
presentation techniques, practical applica- 
tion, and personal assistance to students. 
Jensen has taught courses in physics, 
chemistry, engineering, and mathematics 
at CNEC for 24 years. He is graduate of 
McGill University and holds a master's 
degree from WPI. A member of the Math- 
ematics Association of America, he also 
belongs to the American Mathematical 
Society and the Mathematics Association 
of Two-Year Colleges in Massachusetts. 

R. Daniel Jimenez, who has a PhD from 
the University of Texas, continues with 
ITESM Physics Dept, Sucursal de Correos 

"J", Monterrey, Mexico Chia-Soon Ku 

is a senior chemical engineer in the National 
Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C — 
Dana Worthley works for the Fram Corpo- 
ration, East Providence, R.I. in product field 



John A Woodward 

101 Putnam St 

Orange, MA 


John Kaletski has been named manager of 
industrial engineering at Clairol's Stamford 
(Conn.) manufacturing facility. Since join- 
ing the firm in 1972, he has served as 
supervisor of aerosols and department 
head of sundries packaging. Presently, he is 
working for his MBA at the University of 
Bridgeport. . . . Still with Power 
Technologies, Inc., Timothy Laskowski 
currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. . . . 
Ted Martin serves a technical service repre- 
sentative for MacDermid of Waterbury, 
Conn. . . . David Meyer is certified and a 
member of the American Production & 
Inventory Control Society. He is a consul- 
tant at Rath & Strong, Inc., Lexington, 

Glenn Mortoro received an MBA from 
Bryant College in May. He has an MSME 
from the University of Connecticut, and is 
employed as an equipment engineer by 
Texas Instruments. . . . Richard Sojka is the 
new manager of production for the day 
shift at Clairol's Stamford (Conn.) facility 
He is responsible for production of all of 
Clairol's products in the Stamford plant. 
Earlier, he was senior project engineer; 
department head of receiving, warehous- 
ing and inventory control; and department 
head of oxidation packaging. He started 
work at Clairol in 1972. 

Fall 1 979 / The WPI journal I I 


lay I. Schnitzer 
322 St. Paul St 
Apt. #3 
Brookline, MA 

^■Married: Richard W. Graham and Lynne 
D. Grossmith on May 12, 1979 in Foxboro, 
Massachusetts. The bride graduated from 
Westbrook College, and is a secretary at 
Norwood Hospital. The groom works as 
branch manager for Old Colony Bank and 
Trust Co., Medfield, Mass. 

>Bom: to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lavallee 
their first child, Michelle Marie, last Sep- 
tember. Presently, Roger is an actuarial 
studies specialist in the Life Division of 
Aetna Life and Casualty in Hartford, Conn. 
His duties include competitive studies, 
monitoring insurance replacement activity, 
new product development, and analysis of 
state and federal life insurance regulations 
and their effects on company business. 

Joyce Caplovich is employed as a consul- 
tant with Comptech, Computer & Man- 
agement Services, East Hartford, Conn. . . . 
Philip Mazzola is a process engineer at du 
Pont, Chambers Works-elastomers, in 
Deepwater, N.J. He is a professional en- 
gineer in Delaware. He and his wife May 
live in Wilmington. . . . Paul Parulis, a senior 
operations engineer at General 
Dynamics-Electric Boat, has been elected 
to the Water and Sewer Commission in 
Waterford, Conn. ... Dr. Thomas 
Szymanski is working for Exxon's Research 
and Development Laboratory in Baton 
Rouge, La., where he is concerned with 
basic fuels research. He holds an MS and 
PhD in inorganic chemistry from North- 
western University, Evanston, III. . . . Steve 
Turo serves as a process development en- 
gineer at Fiber Industries in Greenville, S.C. 


James F. Rubino 
18 Landings Way 
Avon Lake, OH 

^Married: Jeffrey C. Lindberg and Kath- 
leen M. Loughrey in Holyoke, Mas- 
sachusetts on May 12, 1979. Mrs. 
Lindberg, a registered nurse, graduated 
from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing 
and Worcester State College. Her husband 
has an MSME from WPI, and is with Norton 
Co., Worcester. 

>Born: to Lt. and Mrs. James Asaro a 
son, James Michael, Jr. last November. 
Asaro, who was recently promoted to 
lieutenant in the Navy, has been desig- 
nated a patrol plane commander in the P3C 
aircraft. This October he is being trans- 
ferred to NAS, Milton, Fla. to become a 
flight instructor in the Naval Training 
Command. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon 
Woodfall a son, Justin, on November 2, 
1978. Woodfall is a production control 
manager at Texas Instruments in Attleboro, 

Jonathan Barnett is with Firepro, Inc., 
Wellesley Hills, Mass. . . . James Carr, Jr. 
continues as a partner in H. Carr & Sons, 
Inc., Providence, R.I., a $6 million a year, 
diversified wall and ceiling firm. . . . John 
Fellows serves as a senior product engineer 
at Peabody Process Systems in Stamford, 
Conn. . . . Currently, David Gerth works for 
Arthur Andersen & Co. as a management 
consultant in the Administrative Services 
Division. He has an MBA from Amos Tuck 
School at Dartmouth College. 

Richard Ludorf continues as an engineer 
associate at Duke Power Co., Charlotte, 
N.C. . . . David Teixeira is assistant project 
engineer at Gilbane Building Co., Provi- 
dence, R.I. . . . Stephen Thibodeau recently 
graduated from the University of 
Washington in Seattle with a PhD degree in 
biochemistry. He will pursue post- 
doctorate studies in research at the Mayo 
Clinic in Rochester, Minn. . . . Robert 
Trotter started as the PROCO injector de- 
sign engineer in engine engineering at the 
Ford Motor Company in Michigan last 
February. He had been a senior engineer at 
American Bosch Division of AMBAC Indus- 
tries in Springfield, Mass. His wife Robin is 
the confidential secretary to the president 
at Anchor Motor Freight. 



James D Aceto, Jr. 
70Sunnyview Dr. 
Vernon, CT 

^Married: 1/Lt. Paul Bianchet and Patricia 
M. Burns on May 5, 1979 at Pittsburgh 
(N.Y.) Air Force Base. Mrs. Bianchet 
graduated from Our Lady of Victory Secre- 
tarial School, Plattsburgh, and is a civilian 
secretary at Plattsburgh AFB. The groom is 
assigned to the 380th Civil Engineering 
Squadron at the base. . . . Joseph T. 
DelPonte to Judy McKinney on January 27, 
1979. The bridgegroom is a physicist- 
engineer at Boeing Wichita Co. in Kansas. 

. . . Samuel J. Hutchinson and Miss Mayling 
Ju on June 2, 1979 in Marlboro, Mas- 
sachusetts. The bride is a senior at Fra- 
mingharp State and attended Emmanuel 
College and Boston State College. She is a 
senior computer operator for the software 
development group at Digital Equipment 
Corp. in Marlboro. Her husband, who at- 
tended Bentley College, is in the commod- 
ity resource accounting administration for 
the corporate data centers of Digital in 

>Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. 
Dudas, a son, Michael John Dudas, Jr., on 
Junel, 1979. 

Michael Aspinwall is planning manager 
at FMC Corp., Philadelphia. He has an 
MBA from the University of Chicago. . . . 
Bruce Chamberlin has transferred from the 
Photo Products Department to the Textile 
Fibers Department as an R&D engineer at 
du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware. He and 
his wife Susan reside in Seaford. . . . Bruce 
Croft was awarded a doctor of podiatric 
medicine in May at the Illinois College of 
Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. He was also 
awarded a Class of 1979 Service Award, 
and is a member of Kappa Tau Epsilon. 
Presently, he is in a podiatric residency 
program at Hines Veterans Administration 
Hospital, Hines, Illinois. 

William Cunningham has joined the 
Electronics Corporation of America, Cam- 
bridge, as the manager of systems applica- 
tion engineering. The firm manufactures 
burner management systems which 
monitor and control steam generators for 
utilities and industries. Formerly, Cunning- 
ham was a project engineer with Foster 
Wheeler Energy Corporation in Livingston, 
N.J. He holds an MS from WPI, an MBA 
from Western New England College, a BS 
from Northeastern and an associate degree 
from Worcester Junior College. . . . Re- 
cently, Dr. Francis Kiernan received his 
degree in medicine from the University of 
Connecticut. He is now in a residency 
program in internal medicine at Hartford 
(Conn.) Hospital. . . . Richard Mariano 
serves as process analyst at Gillette in An- 
dover, Mass. 

Donald Taddia is a senior staff engineer 
in the Allegheny County Department of 
Aviation at the Greater Pittsburgh (Pa.) 
International Airport. He is a registered 
land surveyor in Pennsylvania. . . . Paul 
Varadian has left the corporate staff of 
Texas Instruments, Inc. to form Landmark 
Properties, a real estate brokerage and 
development firm operating out of New- 
ton, Mass. The firm is actively engaged in 
the brokerage of commercial, industrial, 
and investment property; selling and trad- 
ing of existing businesses; and the reloca- 
tion and expansion of major corporations. 
Recently, Landmark Properties has entered 
the development field, specifically in the 
rehabilitation of older structures through- 
out New England into residential and 
commercial usage. . . . Stephen Werner is 
employed as senior engineer at Boeing 
Wichita in Wichita, Kansas. 

34 /The WPI Journal /Fall 1979 



Paula E Stratouly 

318 Thornberry Court 

Pittsburgh, PA 


^■Married: Gary Chabot and Cathy L. 

Honeycutton June 2, 1979 in George, 

Utah. The bride, a student at Del Mar 
Junior College, is employed at Revett Air 
Conditioning. The groom is with Corpus 
Christi Petro Chemical in Texas. . . . Earl T. 
Chapman and Marie R. Prizzi in New York 
on May 19, 1979. Mrs. Chapman holds 
degrees from Alfred University and 
Nazareth College, and is employed by the 
East Rochester School District. Her hus- 
band is at Eastman Kodak. . . . Walter X. 
ZukasandPaulaJ. BelaironJune30, 1979 
in Worcester. Mrs. Zukas, a software en- 
gineer at Sander's Associates, Nashua, 
N.H., is also a graduate student at the 
University of Lowell. Her husband is in the 
graduate program at the University of 
Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Robert Barnes, Jr. is a research engineer 
at American Cyanamid in Stamford, Conn. 

. . Stephen and Noreen Pirog Borys are 
both employed by Exxon in Houston, 
Texas. Stephen holds the post of senior 
technical analyst at Exxon Co. USA, and 
Noreen serves as a design engineer for 
Exxon Pipeline Co. . . . Jeffrey Burek cur- 
rently works for GE in Lynn, Mass. He and 
his wife Mary Ann (McDonald) Burek, 

Becker, 75, reside in Maynard Randall 

Emerson works as a technical representa- 
tive at Kemper Insurance Co., North 
Quincy, Mass. . . . Walter Grandfield con- 
tinues with Motorola in Plantation, Fla. . . . 
Jeff Gravdahl is a sales representative at A. 
MOE & Co., Inc., Philadelphia, Pa. . . . Ross 
Greenberg has been accepted at medical 
school and will be attending the State 
University of New York at Buffalo. 

John Highman now works for Analogies, 
Inc., Wakefield, Mass. as an assembly lan- 
guage programmer. . . . Continuing with 
Kodak, Paul Jacques is presently assigned 
as a project engineer in the machine design 
development group. . . . Since April, John 
Maxouris has been concerned with sys- 
tems at United Jersey Bank. He also 
coaches and plays with the New York 
Astros, a semi-pro soccer team in New 

York Phil McNamara, still with Electric 

Boat-General Dynamics, continues as a nu- 
clear shift test engineer. . . . James Russo is 
a project manager at Charles Jewett Corp., 
Glastonbury, Conn. 



Kathleen Molony 

Apt #1 

29 Seavlew Ave 

Norwalk. CT 


^■Married: Allen F. Apel to Miss Jayne F. 
Lewis in Beacon, New York recently. Mrs. 
Apel graduated from Clarkson College of 
Technology and is a programmer-analyst 
at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, 
Conn., where her husband is also a 
programmer-analyst. . . . David R. Bolin 
and Miss Jill E. Holmanon June 16, 1979 in 
Hopkinton, Massachusetts. The bride 
graduated from Becker and Bentley Col- 
lege. Her husband is studying for his 
doctorate in chemistry at MIT. . . . Gerard 
M. Chase to Cynthia M. Hastings in Suf- 
field, Connecticut on May 5, 1979. Mrs. 
Chase is a graduate of Hartford State Tech- 
nical College She is employed by United 
Illuminating Co., New Haven, as a technical 
assistant in the ME department. The bride- 
groom, also employed by United Illuminat- 
ing (Bridgeport), is a results laboratory 
supervisor. . . . Joseph J. Kilarand Nancy I. 
Schattner recently in Peabody, Mas- 
sachusetts. The bride is a Becker graduate 
and is employed as a medical assistant in 
Salem. Her husband works forTurner Con- 
struction Co., Boston. . . Mark W. Popham 
and Miss Brenda L. MacEwen on May 12, 
1979 in Athol, Massachusetts. Mrs. 
Popham graduated from Athol High School 
and is in the sales department at L. S. 
Starrett Co. The groom is an environmental 
engineer for Cullinan Engineering of Au- 

Chris Cocaine now works as a mechan- 
ical consulting engineer in the Machinery 

Division of USM Corp. in Beverly, Mass 

Charles Dreyfus III is studying for his mas- 
ter's and doctorate degrees in the mathe- 
matics department at the University of 
Colorado at Boulder, where he also 
teaches. . . . George Harding serves as an 
environmental engineer with the EPA in 
Region I, Boston, and attends Suffolk Law 

School at night In May, Thomas Killeen 

was promoted from assistant property con- 
sultant to property consultant at Employers 
Insurance of Wausau. . . . Jim Leary, a 
transportation planner in Worcester, has 
created Worcester's first comic strip, 
"Common People," which appears in 
Worcester Magazine. . . . Gary Loeb serves 
as assistant to the superintendent of Niag- 
ara Mohawk's Albany steam plant. He is a 
senior deacon of Washington Lodge (Ma- 
sons) in Albany . . Joan Lyshak Roy has 
been named systems analyst in the data 
processing group of Bay State Abrasives, 
Westboro, Mass. Previously, she was a 
programmer-analyst at the American 
Mathematical Society in Providence, 
Rl Scott Saftler holds the post of 
technical representative in the Cambridge, 

Mass. office of National CSS. He writes, 
"Some of my customers include old class- 
mates at WPI (Amy Schneider), and a 
former professor in the computer science 
department, Dennis Barlow." 


Cynthia Grynick 
303 Wolcott St 
Waterbury, CT 

^-Married: Constance M. Cunningham 

and Brian M. Grenda on July 7, 1979. Mrs. 
Grenda, who is at the University of Lowell, 
is employed by Raytheon Co. Her husband 
graduated from Lowell Technological Insti- 
tute and is a senior industrial engineer at 

Raytheon in Andover Ronald E. Fish 

and Miss MarcyB. EldenonJune3, 1979in 
Swampscott, Massachusetts. The bride has 
a BA in social work from Fairleigh Dickinson 
University, Teaneck, N.J. Formerly with 
Metritape, Inc., Concord, Mass., the bride- 
groom is now an engineer with Boeing Co. 
located at Edwards Air Force Base in 
California. . . . David T. Hawley and Martha 
A. Gross in Thomaston, Maine on May 26, 
1979. Mrs. Hawley graduated from the 
University of Southern Maine. Her hus- 
band serves as vice president of Howard 
Products in Worcester. 

Robert P. Lavieri II and Miss Kathleen M. 
Grant in Worcester on June 9, 1979 The 
bride is a student at Boston University. The 
groom is manufacturing manager for Proc- 
ter & Gamble in Quincy, Mass Steven 

R. Mickool to Lauren M. Heath on May 26, 
1979 in Manchester, Connecticut. Mrs. 
Mickool graduated from Manchester High 
School and is an engineering secretary. Her 
husband works for Pratt & Whitney in 
Connecticut. . Robert H. Warburton, Jr. 
and Kathleen A. Fitzgerald, 79 on June 30, 
1 979 in West Springfield, Mass. The groom 
is with Babcock and Wilcox in Denver, 

William Christian serves in the Peace 
Corps and is with the Water Development 
Department in Kahamega, Kenya. His wife, 
Susan, teaches in Kahamega General Hos- 
pital. Henry Daley is a teaching assistant 
at the University of Arizona in Tucson. . 
Buffalo Forge Co., Pumps Division, of 
North Tonawanda, NY., has employed 
Richard Egerton as a project engineer. . . . 
David Fisher has joined The Trane Com- 
pany's Commercial Air Conditioning Divi- 
sion at the Roanoke, Va. sales office. He 
recently completed the six-month Trane 
Graduate Engineer Training Program, 
which concentrates on specialized heat 
transfer theory and practice as well as 
in-depth coverage of company products. 
Trane is a leading manufacturer of air con- 
ditioning, refrigeration, and heat transfer 
equipment for commercial, residential, in- 
dustrial, transport and special process ap- 
plications and has facilities worldwide. 

Full 1979 /The WPI Journal/ 3.5 

James Fowler is an engineer-in-training at 
Naval Sea Systems Command in the De- 
partment of the Navy, Washington, DC. 

Peter Hayden spoke on leadership and 
service at the Athol (Mass.) High School 
annual Honor Society banquet in May. He 
was president of the local chapter in 
1973-74. . Erik Hedberg is studying for 
his MS in science at the University of 
Miami. . . . Sandra Hoyle has joined Digital 
Equipment Corp., Tewksbury, Mass. as a 
product support engineer. . . . Amy Hunter 
is an associate financial analyst in field 
engineering at Data General Corp. in 
Westboro, Mass. . . . Kenneth King has 
been promoted to assistant engineer in the 
Western Division at the Public Service 
Company of New Hampshire in Keene. 
Formerly, he was an assistant engineer in 
the general engineering office. The Kings 
have one daughter, and have moved to 
Keene from Manchester. . . W. Charles 
McCovern works as an electrical engineer 
at Raytheon Co. in Sudbury, Mass. . . . John 
Melillo, Jr. is also at Raytheon in Sudbury 
. . . John Moulton is with Robert Bosch, 
Bamberg, West Germany. 

Wayne Noss is on the research staff at 
MIT. . . . Sergej Ochrimenko is employed 
by Spencer White & Prentis, Hackensack, 
N.J. . . . Richard Ruscito serves as a chemi- 
cal engineer at the U.S. Naval Ordnance 
Station in Indian Head, Maryland. . . . John 
Zimmer received a letter of commendation 
from the general manager of Westing- 
house' Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory re- 
garding his outstanding efforts during the 
Three Mile Island incident. The letter 
stated: "This was a very difficult and crucial 
period and the outstanding efforts of 
people like you help Westinghouse and the 
Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory maintain 
their fine reputation in the nuclear indus- 
try." A commendation letter was also sent 
to Bettis by Admiral H. G. Rickover of the 
Department of Energy who said, "It was an 
outstanding job." John is with the reactor 
servicing A4W project, West Mifflin, Pa. 
During the Three Mile Island incident he 
was on the Task Force which drained 
flammable gases back into the contain- 
ment building and separated them for dis- 
charge and decontamination. 


^■Married: John A. Auger and Sarah Bow- 
den on July 1 , 1 979 in Worcester. The bride 
is a Becker graduate. The groom is with 
Parker-Hannifin in Ravenna, Ohio. . . . 
Philip J. Cameron III and Miss Robin A. 
Masciadrelli on June 9, 1979 in Westfield, 
Massachusetts. Mrs. Cameron graduated 
from Becker. Her husband has joined 
Clairol in Stamford, Conn. . . . Miss Diane E. 
Curren to the Rev. David Bird in Connect- 
icut on June 9, 1 979. The groom graduated 
from St. David's College, Wales, and Gen- 
eral Theological Seminary, New York City. 
. . . Jeffrey S. Duhaime and Miss Amy E. 
Somers in Waterbury, Connecticut on June 
30, 1979. The bride goes to Fairfield Uni- 
versity. Her husband is a test engineer at 
Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn. . . . 
Thomas N. Falls and Nancy J. Disbrow in 
Milford, Connecticut on June 9, 1979. Mrs. 
Falls holds an AS degree in informational 
systems from Quinnipiac College. The 
bridegroom is design engineer at 
Kimberly-Clark, Neenah, Wise. . . . Michael 
G. Gallerani to Miss Sharon Goodwin in 
Connecticut on June 16, 1979. The bride 
graduated from Barrington College in 
Rhode Island and has, until recently, been 
employed as associate in admissions at the 
college. Her husband is in manufacturing 
management at General Electric in Oberlin, 
Ohio. . . . Lawrence C. Hughes, Jr. and 
Ginnie L. Young on April 21, 1979 in 
Webster, Massachusetts. Mrs. Hughes 
graduated from Bartlett High School. Her 
husband is a laboratory research technician 
for United Technologies Research Center, 
East Hartford, Conn. . . . Philip H. Turek 
and Susan M. Easley in Manchester, Con- 
necticut on June 16, 1979. Mrs. Turek is a 
Becker graduate. The groom works for 
Parker-Hannifin in Ohio. 

John Arnold presently acts as a consul- 
tant at Interactive Systems, Inc. in Boston. 
He is a trustee of the Westborough Public 
Library. . . . David Bachiochi holds the post 
of scientific programmer with Pratt & 
Whitney Aircraft Group in Hartford, Conn. 
. . . David Bergeron is with Leominster 
(Mass.) Tool Co., Inc. . . . Francis Biagiarelli 
is employed by the Petroleum Services 
Group of Dresser Industries, Inc., Houston, 
Texas. . . . Presently, Paul Blackmer works 
as a manufacturing management trainee at 

GE Joan Bolduc has been employed by 

Procter & Gamble at the Winton Hill Tech- 
nical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. . . . Keith 
Bonn works as a design engineer in the 
Commercial Products Division at Pratt & 
Whitney Aircraft. . . . Allen Buchinski 
serves as a research assistant in the ME 
department at WPI. . . . Paul Burgarella is 
with Sprague Electric in Worcester. . . . 
Stephen Capoto has joined GE as a sales 
engineer. . . . Joseph Carbone is a senior 
design engineer at Teradyne in Boston. 

Joseph Carrolo has joined Hewlett- 
Packard, Lexington, Mass., as a staff en- 
gineer. He belongs to the Unity Athletic 
Club. . . . Currently, Wallace Catanach III is 
an experimental engineer at Warner & 
Swasey in Worcester. . . . Karen Chesney 
holds the post of operations supervisor at 
AT & T Long Lines, Freehold, N.J. . . . C. 
James Cook is a software engineer at Prime 
Computer, Inc., Newton, Mass. . . . Albert 
Cormier serves as a technical representa- 
tive for Kemper Insurance in North Quincy, 
Mass. . . . Charles Cox is in research and 
engineering at Eastman Kodak. . . . Philip 
Cullin, Jr. has been employed by the 
Portsmouth (N.H.) Naval Shipyard as an 
electrical engineer. . . . Kevin Doherty and 
John Fitzgerald are management trainees 
at P. J. Stella, Wakefield, Mass. . . . Judith 
Dorkin works as a staff assistant in network 
distribution at the Southern New England 
Telephone Co. in Hamden, Conn. . . . 
Sandra Dorr was recently named as assist- 
ant programmer for IBM at Middletown 
Navy Base in Rhode Island. . . . Steven 
Drawe has been employed as a chemical 

process engineer at Eastman Kodak Co 

M. Beth Driscoll holds the post of opera- 
tions supervisor in the management devel- 
opment program at AT&T Long Lines in 

Springfield, Mass Mary Dunn has been 

employed by Digital Equipment Co., Col- 
orado Springs, Colorado. 

LFE Corporation, Waltham, Mass. has 
tapped William Englemann as a project 
engineer. . . . Mary Farren serves as a junior 
engineer at IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. . . . 
David Ford works for Bernard Johnson, 
Inc., in Washington, D.C. . . . Louis Fras- 
cotti is a technical representative at Kemper 
Insurance Co., North Quincy, Mass. . . . 
Arthur Girard is a neighborhood coor- 
dinator for the Memorial Square Citizens 
Council in Springfield, Mass. . . . Kevin 
Grealish works as a structural engineer at 
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, 
Conn. . . . Donald Griglack is now a process 
engineer at American Cyanamid's Fortier 
Plant in Westwego, La. . . . Daniel 
Grossman works for Cambridge Telecom- 
munications, Inc., Burlington, Mass. Heisa 
systems engineer in the software group — 
Kirk Gustafson serves as a power plant 

analyst at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft The 

Trane Co., Lacrosse, Wise, has employed 

Robert Hart Suzanne Hess is a technical 

sales representative with Exxon of Hous- 
ton, Texas Robert Howe holds the post 

of design engineerat Hamilton Standard in 
Windsor Locks, Conn. 

36 /The WPI journal / Fall 1979 

John Jacobson is with GE in Lynn, Mass. 
. . . Paul Keary is employed as a field 
engineer at Shell Oil Company in Houston. 
. . . Currently, Paul Keenan is with GE. 
Previously, he had been a self-employed 
house painting contractor. . . . James Kel- 
leher is with IBM, Newport, R.I. . . . Daniel 
Kennefick serves as a project engineer at 
du Pont's Louisville (Ky.) Works. . . . Andre 
Labrecque works as a production planner 
at Armstrong Cork in Lancaster, Pa. . . . 
American Hospital Supply Corp., Miami, 
Fla., has hired Terry Langevin as an as- 
sociate engineer in the Dade Division. . . . 
Stephen Laskowski has been named an 
estimator at Westcott Construction Co. in 
North Attleboro, Mass. . . . David Mangini 
is employed as a staff engineer in Network 
Operations at Southern New England 
Telephone Co. in New Haven, Conn. . . . 
Larry Marino is with AT&T in Worcester. 
. . . Alfred Marotta holds the position of 
electronic engineer at Griffiss AFB in Rome, 
NY. . . . Christopher Mather has been 
appointed staff engineer at Hewlett- 
Packard Company in Syracuse, N.Y. . . . 
Mark McCabe works as a project superin- 
tendent at Ernest Guigli and Sons, Inc., 
Wellesley, Mass. . . . Michael McDonald is 
an engineering field representative in In- 
dustrial Risk Insurers in Hartford, Conn. . . . 
Paul McKeown serves as an associate en- 
gineer at Westinghouse Bettis Atomic 

Power Lab., West Mifflin, Pa John 

Meader has been employed by Dewberry, 
Nealon & Davis in Vienna, Va. . . . James 
Michaud holds the post of technical repre- 
sentative in the HPR Department at 

KemperGroup in Syracuse, N.Y Jeffery 

Mills is a graduate student in the ME 
Department at Duke University, Durham, 

Carl Nyerick works as an associate en- 
gineer at Westinghouse Bettis Atomic 
Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, Pa. . . . 
David Ofcarcik has been named a field 
engineer at GE in Wellesley, Mass. . . . 
Bharvi Parikh is employed in the QYX 
Division of Exxon in Lionville, Pa. . . . Keith 
Payea has joined Paratronics, Inc., San 
Jose, Calif — Richard Perry is an industrial 
engineer with the Torrington Co. in Con- 
necticut. . . . Michael Poirier teaches in the 

Peace Corps in Kenya Daniel Pouliot is 

a management trainee at New England 
Telephone, Framingham, Mass. . . . 
Michael Rafa has accepted a position with 
Westinghouse in conjunction with the 
company's graduate placement program. 
. . . Robert Reed is in engineering and 
production management in the central di- 
vision of U.S. Steel in Gary, Indiana. . . . 
Gordon Reynolds, Jr. has joined KVB, an air 
pollution consulting firm in Hartsdale, N.Y. 
He is a consulting engineer. . . . Laurent 
Rheault works as a field service engineer at 
Babcock & Wilcox Co., New York City 

Tom Rockwood holds the post of team 
manager at Procter & Gamble Paper Prod- 
ucts Co., Mehoopany, Pa. . . . Phillip Roux 
is with QYX, a Division of Exxon Enterprises 
in Lionville, Pa. . . . Kenneth Roy has joined 
Honeywell's Marketing Operation in Bil- 
lerica, Mass., where he is a minicomputer 
analyst. In his new post he analyzes techni- 
cal product information and provides sales 
support to the marketing operation. Roy 
has an MSCS from WPI. . . . Currently, 
Philip Rubin is a research assistant at WPI. 
. . . Stephen Rusckowski is in production 
management at Procter & Gamble, 
Quincy, Mass. 

Ensign Robert Sachuf, USN, is assistant 
public works officer in charge of construc- 
tion at the Naval Communication Station in 
Stockton, Calif. He belongs to the Ameri- 
can Nuclear Society, the National Society of 
Professional Engineers, Society of Ameri- 
can Military Engineers, and ASME. . . . 
Sanford Selman has been appointed an 
associate engineer at Potomac Electric 
Power Co., Washington, DC. . . . Peter 
Simonson has accepted a position with 
Sanders Associates, Inc., Nashua, N.H. . . . 
Pratt & Whitney of West Palm Beach, Fla. 
has employed Joseph Spinn as an analytic 
engineer in the Government Products Divi- 
sion. . . . Jeffrey Stickles is currently a 
manufacturing management trainee at GE 
in Erie, Pa. . . . Beth Stone holds a post 
concerned with optics at IBM Corp. in 
East Fishkill, N.Y. . . . David Szkutak 
serves as a process supervisor at Procter & 
Gamble Mfg. Co., St. Bernard, Ohio. . . . 
George Tompsett III is with Hamilton Stan- 
dard in Windsor Locks, Conn., where he is 

an associate engineer in manufacturing 

Susan Turner is presently at Cornell Univer- 
sity working for her MS in geotechnical 
engineering. . . . Frank Urbanski works as a 
process engineer at Stauffer Chemical Co., 
Delaware City, Del. . . . Harold Watts, Jr. is 
a design engineer at Harris Corp. , Westerly, 
R.I. . . John Willemain was recently 
employed as a mathematics teacher at 
South Hadley (Mass.) High School. 




Dr. Jerry Jasinsky, '68, assistant professor 
of chemistry at Keene (N.H.) State College, 
presented a program on energy and envi- 
ronment at the Masonic Lodge in Windsor, 
Vt. in May. He received his BA and MST 
from the University of New Hampshire, 
and his PhD in chemistry from the Univer- 
sity of Wyoming. He belongs to the Ameri- 
can Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, and the 
American Association for the Advance- 
ment of Science. 

Larry George '78, has been appointed prin- 
cipal of the Henniker (N.H.) Schools. There 
were 80 candidates for the position and 
five finalists. Criteria for the post were: 
curriculum development and teacher 
evaluation skills, disciplinary standards, 
commitment to excellence, ability to work 
as a member of an administrative team, 
and communication skills. George holds a 
BA from Gordon College and has attended 
Salem (N.H.) State University and Wiscon- 
sin State University. He taught science for 
two years, and has been assistant principal 
in Amesbury, Mass. 

Stanley Bebyn, 79, teaches at Bennet 
Junior High School in Manchester, Conn. 
. . . Anne Browne, 79, is at Lunenburg 
(Mass.) High School. . . . Anthony Messa, 
'79, is a teacher at Manchester Memorial 
High School in New Hampshire. . . . Paul 
Starek, '79, of Holliston, Mass., is on the 
staff at Rindge Tech. in Cambridge. . . . 
Robin Williams, 79, teaches at Ahern 
Intermediate School in Foxboro, Mass. . . . 
Paul Zeolla, 79, who resides in Dedham, 
Mass., is employed as a staff member at 
Walsh Middle School in Framingham. 

Fall 1 979 /The WPI Journal / 37 

School of Industrial 

During his career, Bob Baxter, '53, has 

served as New England sales administrator 
for the Wickwire Spencer Steel Division of 
Colorado Steel and Iron; national sales 
manager for a Massachusetts conglomer- 
ate; and national sales manager for Steel 
Fab, Inc., Fitchburg, Mass. In 1974 he 
formed Baxter Enterprises, acting as repre- 
sentative and broker for several large firms 
located in the East. Currently, the firm 
operates strictly within the steel trade and 
represents a large foundry, a pipe manufac- 
turer, a structural steel company, a perfo- 
rated metal, expanded metal, and textured 
metal company, and a tool and die manu- 
facturer. Growth for Baxter Enterprises has 
increased at the rate of 25% per annum for 
the last three years. 

Recently, Harold White, '55, was named 
vice president and general manager of the 
newly created organic grinding wheel divi- 
sion at Norton Co. in Worcester. His divi- 
sion will include the vitrified grinding wheel 
division and the diamond products division, 
as well as the organic grinding wheel divi- 
sion. Previously, White was vice president 
and managing director of abrasives opera- 
tions in Northern Europe for Norton. He is a 
registered, professional engineer. 

Clifford Pontbriand, '58, holds the post of 
director of operations for American 
Polarizers, Inc. in Reading, Pa. Earlier, he 
was vice president of manufacturing at the 
Cool-Ray division of Warner Lambert Co., 
and had been with American Optical in 
Southbridge, Mass. 

John Cray, '59, who retired in 1973 as 
purchasing agent after 28 years of service 
at Bay State Abrasives, Westboro, Mass. , is 
now a part-time consultant doing statistical 
analyses for the Central Mass. Employers' 
Association. He has a BA and MA from 
Assumption College. He belongs to the 
Audubon and Forbush Bird Club and is a 
backyard gardner. Active in church affairs, 
he has served nine years on the Parish 
Council and as a lector and adult education 
teacher. He was chairman of the Hearings 
Board for three years, and has been a 
member of the religious education execu- 
tive board. He has been active at the 
Calvary Retreat Center; been a promoter of 
the speaker's list; and concerned with the 
Worcester County Ecumenical Council. He 
is a former member of the worship commit- 
tee. "Sometimes I wonder when I found 
time to go to work before forced retirement 
at age 65." 

Paul Kearney, '59, presently serves as an 
accident prevention consultant for the 
Central Mass. Employers' Association of 
Worcester. Formerly he was with the 
Worcester Gas Light Co. (now Common- 
wealth Gas Co.) for many years, retiring in 
1 972 as manager of the Hyde Park- 
Dedham Division. He is a past president of 
the Dedham Rotary Club. His hobbies in- 
clude gardening and traveling. He has been 
to Hawaii, Jamaica, the Canary Islands, 
Canada, and England. "The next trip will be 
to Portugal, when I obtain enough loose 
change. " He has studied at Holy Cross, the 
University of Michigan and Columbia. 

Donald Sangster, '61, writes: "Living in 
Greenville, S.C. A most pleasant spot ex- 
ceptforlong, hot, humid summers. For the 
last three years I've been shuffling paper at 
a textile machinery importing and supply 
house, a far cry from my previous long life 
in machinery manufacturing manage- 
ment." Sangster's son is in oil exploration 
with Phillips in Oklahoma. His daughter 
recently climbed in the Himalayas. His first 
grandchild, a boy, was born last December. 
He says he'd like to hear from other '61 SIM 

Henning Frederiksen, '63, has been ap- 
pointed to the board of directors at Bay 
Bank United in Taunton, Mass. He is 
president-treasurer of Plainville Machine 
Works, Inc., and holds corporate positions 
at Plainville Products, Inc. and Plainville 
Hydraulics. A veteran of World War II and 
the Korean conflict, he served with both 
the U.S. Army and Air Force. He belongs to 
the Lions Club and the Masons. 

Philip Nims, '65, is chief engineer of the 
Textile Division atCrompton & Knowles 
Corp., Charlotte, N.C. 

Scott Sargent, '65, has been elected vice 
president and controller of Morgan Con- 
struction Co. in Worcester. With the firm 
for 22 years, most recently he held the post 
of controller and assistant treasurer. He 
graduated from Bowdoin, and is 
secretary-treasurer of the Bowdoin Alumni 
Club of Worcester. He is a member of the 
Financial Executives' Institute. 

Vincent Kubert, '68, is a project engineer at 
Harris Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas. Harris is 
one of the world's largest builders of web 
type printing presses, and presently is con- 
structing a $30 million manufacturing plant 
in Grapevine, Texas. Kubert lives in Ar- 

Recently, Alfred Alicandro, '69, sold his 
company, Entec Plastic & Engineering 
Corp. to a group of private businessmen. 
He founded the firm after graduating from 
WPI. It ultimately grew to 1 7 plastic injec- 
tion molding machines manufacturing 
8-track cartridge tapes and cassettes and 
related products. It also expanded to 1 
warehouses and nationwide distributor- 
ships. In Leominsterthe firm employed 125 
people. The engineering section designed 
products and molds for the industry. 
Alicandro is being retained for a time as a 
consultant by the new owners, after which 
he and his wife will relocate to Cape Cod. 
He was listed in the 1 975 edition of "Who's 
Who In Massachusetts." 

Robert Goff, '70, a former division superin- 
tendent for New England Power Co., 
Worcester, is retired and residing in Paw- 
catuck, Conn. 

Warren Prescott, '72, has retired and is 
living in North Fort Myers, Florida. 

Alan Skiest, '74, holds the position of 
senior programmer-analyst for DECUS 
(Digital Equipment Corporation Users So- 
ciety), located at the Marlboro, Mass. facil- 
ity of Digital Equipment Computer Corp. 

Robert Harris, '76, is manufacturing man- 
ager at Henry L. Hanson, Inc., Worcester. 

Raymond Knowles, '79, has purchased 
Graham Manufacturing Co., Inc. East 
Greenwich, R.I. and renamed it Graham 
Products. Previously, he was vice president 
and general manager of Rawling Gear, a 
member company of Gear Motions in 
Shrewsbury. Graham Products produces 
machine vises, pressroom equipment, and 
related products. 

38 /The WI'I Journal/ Fall J 979 

Dr. Jerrold P. Commons, college physician 
and head of health services at WPI, died at 
his home in Worcester on July 25, 1 979. 

He was a native of Los Molinos, Calif. In 
1952 he graduated from the Washington 
University Medical School in St. Louis. He 
was also a graduate of the University of 
California. He served his internship at St. 
Louis County Hospital, Clayton, Mo., and 
his residency at Worcester State Hospital. 

Since 1978, Dr. Commons was acting 
director, residency in family practice, at the 
University of Massachusetts Hospital. He 
was also director of student and employee 
health at the hospital, and associate profes- 
sor of family and community medicine. 

He was on the staff of Hahnemann 
Hospital, and had been director of the 
Family Health Center of the hospital on 
Dean St. As health physician at 
Hahnemann, Dr. Commons was responsi- 
ble for the emergency health care of em- 
ployees, and served as house physician for 
student nurses. He was appointed to the 
hospital staff in 1956. 

Dr. Commons was a member of the 
Massachusetts Medical Society, American 
Academy of Family Practice, American Col- 
lege Health Association, American School 
Health Association, Royal Society of 
Health, Worcester District Medical Society, 
and the board of governors of the Mas- 
sachusetts Academy of Family Physicians. 
He was a World War II Army veteran. 

Harvey C. Friars, '13, a retired farmer, died 
at his home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 
on June 1 8, 1 979 at the age of 90. 

He was born on Jan. 30, 1889 in Sussex, 
New Brunswick, Canada. After studying 
electrical engineering at WPI, he worked 
for the Worcester Electric Company and 
Commonwealth Electric in Summit, N.J. 
before becoming a self-employed farmer. 

A former long-time member of the 
Shrewsbury Light Commission, he also be- 
longed to the Tech Old-Timers. 

Norman C. Firth, '20, of Maplewood, New 
Jersey passed away on December 18, 

From 1 936 to 1 954 he held the post of 
publishing director of Dun & Bradstreet, 
Inc. in New York. Concurrently he served as 
editor of "Dun's Review," as vice president 
of a subsidiary, Dun & Bradstreet Corp., 
and as director of the Business Economics 
Department. Previously, he had been with 
McGraw-Hill Publishing, Inc., for former A. 
W. Shaw Co. of Chicago, and the U.S. 
Army as a 2/Lt. in the Engineers Corps 
during World War I. 

After retiring from Dun & Bradstreet, he 
wrote business books, pamphlets, and did 
some free-lance editing. He belonged to 
the American Marketing Association, the 
American Economic Association, American 
Statistical Association, and Adult Education 
Association. He was a former president of 
the Board of Trustees of the South 
Orange-Maplewood (N.J.) Adult School. 

Mr. Firth graduated with a BSEE from 
WPI, and was a member of ATO. He was 
born on Sept. 30, 1895 in Westfield, Mass. 

Philip S. Parker, '22, a retired chief en- 
gineer at H. K. Ferguson Co., died on 
November 30, 1978 in Middletown, Con- 

A Worcester native, he was born on April 
13, 1901. In 1922 he graduated as a civil 
engineer. During his career he was with the 
U.S. Geological Survey; Massachusetts 
Department of Public Works; Stone & 
Webster; E. B. Badger & Sons; and Metcalf 
& Eddy. Prior to joining Ferguson in New 
York City in 1 954, he served as chief of the 
process plant division, Dresser-Stacey, in 

Mr. Parker belonged to the Cleveland 
Engineering Society, Armed Forces Chemi- 
cal Association, and American Society for 
Testing Materials. He was a former trea- 
surer of the New York Chapter of the 
Alumni Association. 

Morgan M. Whitney, '22, a retired me- 
chanical engineer associated with 
Griscom-Russell Co., New York City, for 
many years, died at his home in Southbury, 
Connecticut on May 31,1 979. 

After graduation, he became an assistant 
in the WPI ME department. Later he was 
with Whitney & Co., Leominster, Mass., 
where he was factory manager. In 1 961 he 
joined Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton as a sales 
engineer, and for a time, was a self- 
employed manufacturers' agent and pri- 
vate consultant. He was born June 17, 
1901 in Leominster, Mass. 

A member of the ASME, he also be- 
longed to the Masons and Phi Gamma 
Delta. He was a former treasurer of the 
New York Chapter of the WPI Alumni 
Association His son, Morgan M. Whitney, 
Jr., graduated from WPI in 1959. 

Robert B. Smith, '24, owner of the former 
Smith Bros. Plumbing & Heating Co., died 
in Leominster (Mass.) Hospital on June 21 , 
1 979. He was 76 years old. 

He was a native and life-long resident of 
Leominster. After attending WPI, he 
graduated from Northeastern University A 
journeyman, master plumber, and mechan- 
ical engineer, he had worked in the family 
business for 37 years, before retiring in 

Mr. Smith belonged to the Episcopal 
Church, and was a 32nd degree Mason, 
and a Scottish Rite and Shrine member. He 
was a past patron of Temple Chapter, OES, 
and a member of the Leominster Senior 

Harold G. Butterworth, '28, retired assist- 
ant to the general manager of Factory 
Insurance Association, died of a heart at- 
tack on June 9, 1979 at the Hartford 
(Conn.) Hospital. 

He was born Feb. 19, 1906 in Athol, 
Mass. In 1928 he received his BSCE from 
WPI. After graduation he joined the Fac- 
tory Insurance Association (now Industrial 
Risk Insurers), and stayed with the com- 
pany for 42 years, retiring in 1971. While 
with the firm, he served as an inspector, a 
supervisor of underwriting, and an execu- 
tive special agent, before becoming assist- 
ant to the general manager. He belonged 
to Theta Chi, and was the father of Richard 
C. Butterworth, '55. 

Clifford S. Livermore, '28, died at his home 
in Brooklin, Maine on June 19, 1979 at the 
age of 72. 

He graduated with a BSME in 1 928. Until 
1 941 he was employed by the New York 
Telephone Co. in New York City. During 
World War II he was commissioned a 
commander in the Naval Reserve. Later, he 
was named staff director in the Research 
and Development Division of the Office of 
the Assistant Secretary of Defense in 
Washington, DC. He retired in 1968. 

Mr. Livermore was a former member of 
the American Ordnance Association, Na- 
tional Rifle Association, and the National 
Geographic Association. He belonged to 
Phi Gamma Delta. A past president of the 
New York Chapter of the WPI Alumni 
Association, he had also served as a Council 
Representative. He was born on Sept. 5, 
1906 in Holyoke, Mass. 

Fall 1979 The WPI Journal 39 

Emil R. Dube, '32, died of congestive 
heart failure on May 2 1 , 1 979 at the home 
of his daughter in Bronxville, New York. 

A Fall River, Mass., native, he was born 
thereon May 13, 1909. He was a member 
of the Class of 1 932 , and studied chemistry 
at WPI. He then joined Malt Diastase Co., 
Brooklyn, N.Y., as a chemist. For a time he 
was chemist-in-charge at Swift & Co., in 
Jersey City and was later named chief 
chemist and eastern quality assurance 
manager at Swift in Kearny, N.J. He retired 
in 1 974 after forty years of service. 

A member of the American Chemical 
Society, Mr. Dube also belonged to the 
Institute of Food Technologists. 

Frederick L. Yeo, '36, of Upland, California 
passed away on April 26, 1979. 

In 1936 he graduated as a civil engineer 
from WPI, and joined Boston & Maine 
Transportation Co., Boston, where he 
stayed until 1941. From 1941 to 1961 he 
was with the U.S. Navy. He retired as a 
commander in 1961. 

For the next fifteen years he was em- 
ployed by Aerojet-General Corp. in Azusa, 
Calif., where he was reliability and quality 
control manager for the Midas Satellite 
Program. After retiring from Aerojet, he 
ran a small, part-time accounting business. 

Mr. Yeo belonged to Phi Gamma Delta. 
He was born in Winchester, Mass. on April 
3, 1913. 

John W. Luoma, '49, of Los Gatos, Califor- 
nia recently passed away. 

He was born on July 25, 1 926 in Fitch- 
burg, Mass. He received his BSEE from 
WPI. For many years he worked for Gen- 
eral Electric, and was at various times lo- 
cated in Vermont, Pennsylvania, and in 
California, where he was an application 
engineer. He was a member of Theta Chi 
and Sigma Xi. 

Walter L. Magnuson, Jr., SIM '61, a regis- 
tered engineer and senior manufacturing 
engineer for Jamesbury Corp. of Worces- 
ter, died on June 20, 1 979 at The Memorial 
Hospital, Worcester. He was 57 

He was a soloist in the Bethlehem Cove- 
nant Church Choir and a cantor at Temple 
Emanuel in Worcester. A charter member 
of the Salisbury Singers, he was also a 32nd 
degree Mason, a member of the Scottish 
Rite, the Shrine, and the Society of Man- 
ufacturing Engineers. 

Mr. Magnuson graduated from North- 
eastern University. Prior to joining James- 
bury, he had been associated with George 
F.Wright Steel & Wire Co. 

Philippe P. Cousteau, '67, son of oceanog- 
rapher Jacques Cousteau, was killed in a 
seaplane which crashed while he was land- 
ing it near the Tagus River in Alverca, 
Portugal on June 28, 1979. 

A photographer, author, and diver, the 
younger Cousteau devoted as much time 
to flying as his father did to underwater 
research. In 1976 he barely escaped death 
in a helicopter crash on Easter Island. He 
made his first aqualung dive at 4, and won 
a glider pilot's license at 16. 

He dived in every ocean in the world, and 
shared the experience with millions as TV 
producer, photographer, and lecturer. He 
studied briefly at WPI and MIT, and held a 
degree in science from the College de 

After leaving the U.S., he returned to 
Paris to train as a cinematographer. He 
worked on the award-winning feature film, 
"World Without Sun," and was one of six 
"oceanauts" to live 235 ft. below the sea 
for 28 days during the historic Conshelf III 
Project in 1 965 for a National Geographic 
Special on CBS. 

In 1 968 he began filming "The Undersea 
World of Jacques Cousteau" for ABC. He 
was vice president of the Cousteau Society 
and director of the Cousteau TV series 
which won ten Emmy awards. With his 
father, he wrote the book, Sharks. 

Philippe Cousteau is survived by his wife, 
Jan, and daughter, Alexandra. He was born 
on Dec. 30, 1940 in Toulon, France. 

In the summer issue of the |ournal, the death of Elbridge M. 
Smith, Sr., '45, was incorrectly listed as that of Elbridge M. Smith, 

Kenneth H. Maymon, '70, manager of 
conversion engineering at General Electric 
in Fitchburg, Mass., died in Nashua, New 
Hampshire on March 23, 1979. Hewas45. 

Associated with G E for the past 24 years, 
he had graduated in 1 954 from Wentworth 
Institute, and had received a BSME from 
WPI in 1970. He served as Republican 
town chairman and as a member of the 
budget committee in Milford, N.H. 

He was a former Eagle Scout, scoutmas- 
ter, and a troop committeeman. A former 
vestryman of the Church of Our Saviour, 
he was also a past master councilor of 
DeMolay in Riverside, R.I. He had been a 
dad advisorfor DeMolay in Milford, and an 
advisory board member. He was a recipient 
of the DeMolay Cross of Honor. A past 
master of a Masonic lodge, he was also an 
Arch Mason and a Scottish Rite member. 

At the time of his death, he was serving 
as district deputy grand lecturer of the 
Second Masonic District. He was grand 
representative to the Grand Lodge in 
Washington, D.C., and had received the 
General John Sullivan award. He was born 
on April 6, 1933 in Providence, R.I. 

Bronislaw Stasiowski, '74, died at his 
home in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, on 
March 12, 1979 at the age of 53. 

A lifelong resident of Chicopee, he was 
born on September 25, 1925. He 
graduated from Hampden College of 
Pharmacy. In 1974 he graduated with an 
MS from WPI. Forthe pastten years he was 
a science teacher at Chicopee High School. 
Previously, he had been manager of Wha- 
len Drugstore. 

Mr. Stasiowski was a Navy veteran of 
World War II, and a member of the Elks. 

Robert P. Lyle, '78, drowned in January in 
Stearns Reservoir, Framingham, Mas- 
sachusetts, following a skating accident. 
His body was recovered on March 14. 

He was born on February 20, 1955 in 
Framingham. He had received his BS in 
chemical engineering from WPI. 

The accident occurred during 20-below 
zero weather, severely hampering rescue 
attempts by police and MDC scuba teams, 
which were characterized by Norman Lyle, 
Robert's father, as "absolutely fantastic." 

Wayne K. Shiatte, '78, died in a construc- 
tion accident in Wheaton, Illinois on April 4, 

He was inspecting a storm sewer project, 
when he was overcome by an excess of 
carbon dioxide in the air. He was employed 
by Baxter & Woodman, Inc., consulting 

Born on Feb. 20, 1956 in Marysville, 
Calif., he later enrolled at WPI and 
graduated with a BSCE in 1978. He be- 
longed to ATO. His father is Kenneth W. 
Shiatte, '53. 

40 /The WPI journal/ Fall 1919 

WINTER 1980 


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Vol. 83 no. 4 

Winter 1980 

A room at the top 

A peck at some interesting graffiti recorded 
on the walls of the upper reaches of 
Boynton's tower. 


A look at WPI's football comeback, and other 
matters, as told by Mark Mandel. 

WPI's new head man at ASME 

Don Zwiep of our ME Department becomes a 

world traveler and national engineering 


A special Who's Who profile by Ruth Trask. 

15 Justice delayed 

The continuing saga of Howard Freeman's 
20-year battle with Uncle Sam. 

16 ARL coming up on 100 

17 Your class and others 
38 Completed careers 

Editor: H. Russell Kay 

Alumni Information Editor: Ruth S. Trask 

Design: H. Russell Kay 

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[efferson, Mass., and Davis Press, Inc., 
Worcester, Mass. 

Printing: The House of Offset, Inc., So- 
merville, Mass. 

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The WPI loiirnal Worcester Polytechnic 
Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts 
01609. Telephone (617) 753-141 1. 

The WPI Journal (USPS no. 0148-6128) is 
published for the WPI Alumni Associa- 
tion by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 
Copyright ® 1 980 by Worcester Polytech- 
nic Institute. All nghts reserved. 

The WPI journal is published five times a 
year, quarterly plus a catalog issue (identi- 
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President: fohn H McCabe, '68 

Senior Vice President: Walter B. Denncn, 
Jr., '51 

Vice President: Peter H. Horstmann 

Secretary- Treasurer: Stephen I. Hebert, '66 

Past President: William A. (ulian, '49 

Fiicuhy Representative: Kenneth E. Scott, 

Executive Committee members-at -large: 
Philip B. Ryan, '65; Donald E. Ross, '54; 
Anson C. Fyler, '45; Harry W Tenney, Ir., 

Fund Board: G. Albert Anderson, '51, 
chairman; Henry Styskal, Jr., '50, vice 
chairman; Richard B. Kennedy, '65; Gerald 
Finkle, '57; Philip H. Puddington, '59; 
Richard A. Davis, '53; C. John Lindegren, 

Winter 1980 /The WPI Journal/ 1 

The northwest corner of the tower 
room, with the stairs leading to the 
clock and roof, and the site of the gra- 

A room at the top 

YOU KNOW the clock tower on 
Boynton. You may remember the oval 
wooden stairway that used to wind 
its way from the basement to the 
third floor. But there's a fourth floor 
in the tower that not many WPI stu- 
dents have seen. Some certainly have, 
however, and we've got proof. 

The flagpole atop the tower was 
taken down a few years ago, a victim 
of rust and old age, and with its re- 
moval ended a tradition of students 
who had the job of raising the flag. 
With the renovation of Boynton, we 
had occasion to wonder just what 
was up in that tower room, now 
reachable only by ladder from the 
third floor. So we climbed. 

We found a bright, airy room 
with windows on three sides offering 
a fine view to the south and east of 
the WPI campus. We found an old 
doorway leading to a truly ancient 
stairway that went still further up 
into the dark upper recesses of the 
tower, leading to the clock mecha- 
nism, powered by a small electric mo- 
tor driving four large shafts, one for 
each face. And beyond that, a series 
of steps that, frankly, I didn't care to 
try to climb. I'll leave that for the 
birds that were flying in from the 

Retreating to the bright room 
whose walls were being renewed, I 
noticed that one corner, near the up- 
per stair door, hadn't been touched, 
and it contained an authentic record 
of some WPI history. For there, writ- 
ten in pencil and pen, were signatures 
and comments written by the genera- 
tions of students who had climbed 
the tower to raise or lower the flag (or 
for other purposes, too). 

Among other moments recorded 
on those walls were: 

A November 8, 1957, overflight of the 
second soviet satellite, "Muttnik." 
The flag's being at half-mast for 30 
days following the assassination of 
John Kennedy. 

Another half-mast period, this for as- 
tronauts Grissom, White, and Chafee, 
who died in the Apollo fire in 1967. 
Numerous trips by students with 
guests (mostly female). 
A visit by at least one current mem- 
ber of the Board of Trustees, Robert 
C. Stempel, '55. 

And at least one "overnight," this by 
Joe Y. (?) and Gordon F. in 1960 (?). 

2 /The WPI Journal / Winter 1980 



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This is the heart of the tower clock. 
It is simply too dark inside to photo- 
graph the rest of the tower insides. 

Winter 1980 /The WP1 Journal/ 3 

Fall Sports 

by Mark Mandel 

WPI Sports Information Director 

The 1979 Fall sports season reflected 
the state of the art at WPI. Although 
still in a state of transition, WPI has 
been building an athletic reputation 
that is worthy of its academic stan- 
dards. The achievements of this fall's 
teams have only enhanced that repu- 

By defeating Hamilton 21-6 in 
the last game of the season, WPI fin- 
ished with its best football record (3- 
5) since 1972. And although a 3-5 
year is not ordinarily something to 
rave about, a closer inspection of the 
season reveals a great promise for the 
years to come. 

It was both a frustrating and a 
satisfying year for head coach Bob 
Weiss. The season's opening game 
roster included 51 freshmen out of a 
total of 84 players. It was clear from 
the start that WPI's chances were 
contingent on how fast the youthful 
team would mature. The aging proc- 
ess may have been excruciatingly 
slow for Weiss, as the team lost four 
straight, frustrating games that could 
easily have gone the other way with a 
break or two. Finally, late in the sea- 
son, the Engineers began to show that 
they were learning what they needed. 
WPI won its last two games. 

Especially encouraging was the 
play of quarterback Bob Montagna, 
who came on strong after a slow start 
and proved himself an effective run- 
ner, passer, and team leader. His per- 
formance in the season-ending victo- 
ries earned him two ECAC Honor 
Roll selections. Only a sophomore, 
Montagna will be back next year, 
along with a fine supporting cast of 

4 /The WPI Journal / Winter 1980 


v ^r*V(P. 

From the defense, which played 
well all season long, thirteen line- 
men, five linebackers, and all but one 
starter in the secondary are expected 
to return in 1 980. The offensive team 
will have fourteen linemen returning, 
plus every backf ield member except 
the talented Mike "Smokey" Robin- 

"We are definitely on target," said 
Weiss after the season. "To think that 
we won more games than we have 
since 1972, and considering that we 
came close in four others, makes me 
believe that our returning team can 
set its goals higher in 1980. There's 
no question that we'll miss our senior 
leadership," he added. "Tri-captains 
Pete Kelleher (honorable mention 
All-New England), Jeff Rosen (Jewish 
All- American), and Bob Yule did an 
outstanding job for us this year. But I 
feel that they've laid a strong founda- 
tion for the younger players to build 

The highlight of the fall season 
was the 9-3-1 performance by the 
Engineer soccer team. Although it 
was not exactly a rags-to-riches story 
the team played far beyond the ex- 
pectations of everyone, including 
head coach Alan King. The 1979 sea- 
son was expected to be a "rebuilding" 
year for WPI, which had a 4-7-1 rec- 
ord in 1978. Instead, it became the 
year that the Engineers earned the 
highest ranking any WPI team ever 
achieved, an honorable mention in 
the Top Ten Division III teams na- 

It was also the year that the 
team would be rated as high as ninth 
in the New England soccer poll, and 
go on to earn a second seed in the 
NCAA Division III New England 
Tournament. WPI lost in the first 
round of that tourney, 2- 1 in over- 
time to Brandeis, but the team was 
still selected as the Number 1 Divi- 
sion III team in New England by the 
New England Intercollegiate Soccer 
League. At the same time, Alan King 
was selected as the coach of the year. 

"The selection as New England's 
best Division III team is justified," 
says King. "The team's performance 
throughout the year was outstanding. 
I'm thankful for the coach of the year 
award, but a coach is only as good as 
his players. You can't produce a win- 
ning team without the complete co- 
operation of the individuals." 

First and foremost among those 
individuals was All-New England Leo 
Kaabi, who led the team both on and 
off the field. Kaabi scored 1 7 goals 
and had six assists to put him in 
third place among WPI's all-time sin- 
gle season scorers. 

The 1979 cross-country season 
started out on an ominous note in 
the annual city meet with Assump- 
tion, Clark, and Worcester State. A 
sick captain John Turpin collapsed 
with just 400 yards to go after he had 
been leading the race. Turpin did not 
finish, and WPI settled for second 
place (by one point) to Assumption. 

Things went downhill from 
there, as Turpin took longer than ex- 
pected to return to top form. The 
Engineers chalked up seven losses in 
a row. Finally, though, with Turpin 
leading the pack, the harriers finished 
strong by beating their last seven op- 
ponents, including a season-ending 
victory over Bates, Tufts, MIT, and 
Bowdoin in a quad-meet. Head coach 
John Brandon's men finished the sea- 
son with an 8-8 record. 

The women's tennis team, 

coached by Marcia Kennedy, was 
very successful in its first outing as a 
varsity team, chalking up a 7-2 sea- 
son. The two losses came at the 
hands of Assumption and Brandeis, 
both of which had representatives in 
the finals of the AIAW (Association 
for Intercollegiate Athletics for 
Women) championships. 

On the season, Lisa Longwell, a 
freshman, was a standout, posting a 6- 
3 reecord as a first singles competitor. 
Deborah Biederman, another fresh- 
man, was 7-2 as the second singles 

The women's volleyball team, 

also in its first year as a varsity sport, 
did not fare as well. Seniors Elaine 
O'Neill, Cathy McDermott, and Col- 
leen O'Connor played well, but the 
Engineers could only post a 6- 1 1 rec- 

Winter 1980 /The WPI Journal/ 5 


new head man 
at ASME 

by Ruth Trask 

Leisurely tourist stops on a Far Eastern pleasure tour? Not 
for Prof. Donald N. Zwiep, head of the WPI's Mechanical 
Engineering Department and current president of the 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers. For Don 
Zwiep, those exotic locales, plus a wide variety of U.S. ci- 
ties, coast to coast, have been a part of the working itiner- 
ary and rigorous travel schedule he's followed since being 
installed as ASME president last June. For the past six 
months, he has represented the ASME in this country and 
abroad and served as a U.S. delegate and negotiator for a 
number of important international engineering agree- 

"I am finding my term in office most rewarding," 
Zwiep says. "In the Far East, for example, we were able to 
sign several agreements of cooperation that should prove 
beneficial to the Society and the profession in the future. 
The trip was especially enjoyable because my wife, Mar- 
cia, was able to go with me." 

On Friday, November 2, Don and Marcia Zwiep and 
Dr. and Mrs. Rogers Finch (executive director of ASME) 
flew to Kauai, Hawaii, to attend the annual conference of 
the American Consulting Engineers Council, at which 
they were special invited guests. Zwiep addressed the 
group, emphasizing a reaffirmation of ASME's position of 
cooperation with ACEC and similar organizations. After 
an afternoon of sightseeing, the travelers attended the 
ACEC banquet at which they were entertained by a dem- 
onstration of the historical development of the island 
through fashion and the hula. 

The next day, Don met with the Hawaii section of 
ASME in Honolulu, where he presented the 27-year-old 
group with the Centennial Charter and honored the im- 
mediate past chairman of the section. "Being involved 
with this meeting gave me a strong feeling of achieve- 
ment. The ASME is doing some of its operations in just 
the right way." 

6 /The WP1 journal /Winter 19HU 

On Monday, November 5, Zwiep and his party left for 
Tokyo. They especially wanted to meet with the ASME 
members in the Tokyo area to get their ideas on how the 
Society could better serve its members in foreign loca- 
tions. One of the group's objectives was to negotiate an 
agreement of cooperation with the Japanese Society of 
Mechanical Engineers (JSME). This type of agreement pro- 
vides for exchange of publications and other information, 
professional assistance to traveling engineers, and other 
types of cooperation that will benefit both the organiza- 
tions involved and their members. 

Don recalls his arrival in Tokyo: "I suppose each visi- 
tor to a foreign country has a series of special impressions 
thrust on him. My case was no different. Imagine my sur- 
prise when I stepped from the loading dock of the plane to 
see my name flashing on the bulletin board. I reported at 
the information desk and received a message that the as- 
sistant secretary of JSME had arranged our transportation 
to Tokyo and would meet us at the baggage area. We rode 
to Tokyo in one of the finest buses I've ever been on (Gen- 
eral Motors, beware!) in terms of seating comfort, vision, 
quietness, and cleanliness. Needless to say, I was favorably 
impressed. And while Tokyo seems overwhelmed with 
traffic, everyone seems patient, and the movement of the 
cars takes place in orderly fashion. But air pollution seems 

After eight business hours with the JSME, six hours 
of ceremonial activites concerning the signing of the 
agreement of cooperation took place at Happo-En, a Japa- 
nese garden restaurant complete with music, chopsticks, 
floor cushions, and traditional foods. 

The next destination was Manila. Although the 
ASME representatives had been treated cordially wherever 
they had traveled, they were still not prepared for the wel- 
come awaiting them in the Philippines. They were met at 
the airport by 25 cheering members of the Philippine So- 
ciety of Mechanical Engineers (PSME), a large banner, 
flower leis and corsages, and a battery of TV cameras. 

"At the Manila Hotel, a PSME tailor measured me for 
a Throng tagalong' and Marcia for a long, embroidered 
gown," Don recalls. "He was to make the clothes overnight 
and deliver them at 5 p.m. the next day, because we were 
to wear them to a banquet that next evening. Not only did 
the outfits arrive on time — they fit!" 

The following day involved a variety of activities, in- 
cluding a meeting with the commissioner of licensing for 
all professional, technical, and skills groups, ranging from 
barbers to doctors to engineers. They went sightseeing, 
then met with PSME to finalize the agreements. At the 
banquet, the agreements were signed, the speeches were 
appropriately flowery and the spirit of cooperation was 
gratifying. During the festivities, the PSME presented Don 
with an elegant bronze and red velvet plaque. 

After the Philippines, it was off to Singapore, the most 
comfortable flight of the entire trip (courtesy of Singapore 
Airlines). Singapore was a catch-your-breath stop, and the 
travelers stayed at the world-famous Raffles Hotel, a bit 
faded but still having a touch of its elegant, historic past. 
Then it was on to Jakarta, Indonesia, for the World Federa- 
tion of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Conference, 
with Zwiep serving as one of the ten U.S. delegates. He at- 
tended the WFEO seminar on engineering needs and one 
on technology transfer. On November 15, Indonesia's Vice 
President Malik officially opened the conference, whose 
theme was "Food, Transportation, and Energy" in relation 
to the less developed countries. During the proceedings, 
another agreement of cooperation was signed. The confer- 
ence bore other fruit, too. Says Don, "During our meetings, 
I found enough IQP topics for WPI students to last the 
next ten years!" 

While in Jakarta, the Zwieps and the Finches stayed 
at the year-old Mandarin Hotel, which was "absolutely 
splendid" even though located in a hot, poor city. The old 
rickety buses and bicycle carts were in sharp contrast to 
those they had seen in Japan. 

Winter 1980 /The WPI Journal/ 7 

The Indonesian conference finished, the group re- 
turned to Japan, where the 100th anniversary celebration 
of the Japanese Society of Engineers was in progress. "This 
was an important occasion, and a particularly relevant 
one," says Zwiep, because the ASME starts its own 100th 
anniversary celebration in 1980." 

The Crown Prince and Princess of Japan were present 
during the anniversary activities. The royal pair greeted 
the Americans in English and capped their welcome with 
handshakes instead of the traditional bows with which 
they had greeted the Japanese guests present. 

Once the formal festivities were completed in Japan, 
the travelers took to the air again (!). This time the des- 
tination was Peking. In China, the ASME representatives 
were to meet with the top officials of the Chinese Me- 
chanical Engineering Society. 

"We were rather worried, because our plane arrived in 
China ahead of schedule," Zwiep recalls. "We just didn't 
know what to expect." Early or not, the Chinese rolled out 
the red carpet for their American visitors. They provided 
an interesting itinerary and transportation to the Peking 
Hotel. Obviously their arrival had been preceded by a "let- 
ter of introduction" from a Chinese government agency. 
"The night before Thanksgiving, we were treated to dinner 
with five Chinese engineers and directors at the renowned 
Peking Duck Restaurant," Don reports. "It was really mem- 
orable. We were told that there are actually two Peking 
Duck restaurants in the city. One, located near a hospital, 
is called the 'sick duck' by the locals. They didn't take us 
to that one," Don says with a grin. The meal began with a 
covered cup of tea, then many courses of food delivered to 
the center of the table for all to help themselves with 
chopsticks. The meal ended with soup and fruit. 

8/The Wl'l Journal / Winter 1980 

Accorded VIP treatment as first-time visitors to the 
Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, the travelers 
were allowed to visit the fabled palace in Peking's Forbid- 
den City without the customary red tape. They also 
toured the Machine Tool Research Institute, about 75 
miles outside of Peking, a trip that required a special visa. 
Says Don, "there were no photo restrictions of any kind, 
and we saw a lot of the countryside. Inside the Institute, 
everything was quite up-to-date, except for the micropro- 
cessors and computers. The guides explained that the re- 
pressive 'Gang of Four,' since tumbled from power in 
China, was responsible for the shortcoming." 

Meanwhile, Marcia and Mrs. Finch were invited to go 
on a kindergarten tour. Children from about two to seven 
attended the school, which was part of the Machine Tool 
Research Institute. The American visitors were met with 
a sign in English and Chinese. Their interpreter was a fe- 
male mechanical engineer who had been educated in Rus- 
sia about 30 years ago. A five-year-old boy sang "Do-Re- 
Mi" from "The Sound of Music." (Editor's note: This partic- 
ular song seems to be the song which schoolchildren sing 
to American visitors in China. 1 wonder whyl) Several 
children danced and sang, and little girls offered the 
guests candy. "They were utterly charming," comments 
Marcia, herself a former school teacher, "and obviously 
had rehearsed many hours for their show to us." 

Both Marcia and Mrs. Finch were impressed with the 
teacher-student ratio at the kindergarten: 23 teachers for 
100 students! The school rooms were divided up accord- 
ing to the age of the pupils, with each age group having its 
own room. "Every room had a picture of Mao on the wall, 
a table, chairs, a pump organ, cribs, and blankets," reports 
Marcia. "The children ate, played, and napped in their own 
areas. Everyone wore heavy, quilted jackets to ward off the 
cold inside the rooms." 

"We were something of a novelty," Marcia confides. 
"We were told that we were the first outsiders ever to visit 
the school. The children were cautiously friendly and ex- 
tremely well behaved. 

At Tsing Hua University, a technically oriented 
school like WPI or.MIT, the visitors toured the mechani- 
cal engineering department. Again the computer deficien- 
cies were evident, but the holograph and laser measure- 
ment techniques were not only good, they matched the 
best one could find anywhere. "There were several current 
engineering magazines about," says Don. "One, the ASEE 
Journal had Dr. Finch's picture on the cover. And the staff 
had heard all about Norton Company." The university li- 
brary had a noticeable lack of technological books, be- 
cause there had been no purchases made during the Cul- 
tural Revolution from 1966 to 1976. The Chinese engi- 
neers are familiar with Marks' Mechanical Engineering 
Handbook and similar classics of the field. The Chinese 
professor who served as their guide, Prof. Zhang 
Guanghua, met them again at the ASME winter meeting 
two weeks later. 

The VIP treatment continued. The guests ate 
12-course lunches, saw a colorful, masked Chinese opera, 
and visited what is still surely one of the wonders of the 
world, the Great Wall of China. A Chinese government 
yacht was at their disposal for a trip around the Peking 
reservoir. They had an interpreter at all times. 

"It is very cold in Peking in November," Don says. 
"The hotel was heated, but our meeting rooms were not. 
We had to keep on our overcoats, just like the people do 
in their homes. But I really enjoyed their custom of conti- 
nuously serving hot tea at all of our meetings. The airport 
and the planes are unheated, too, until they cross the Chi- 
nese mainland." 

Zwiep describes the city of Peking itself as much less 
colorful than its American counterparts, because there are 
no flashy neon lights or colorful dress. The people wear 
dull looking, regimental-type clothes of blue, green, or 
gray material. A child's jacket or a scarf provides an occa- 
sional splash of color. There are lots of bikes and semi- 
trailer passenger buses, very efficient people carriers. 

Oddly, for a nation seemingly committed to mass 
transit, China does pride itself on its manufacture of a few 
black limousines. "They look like a cross between an old 
Buick Roadmaster and a current Cadillac Fleetwood," says 
Don. Riding in or driving an automobile is a privilege re- 
served for the few. "If anyone is fortunate to own a small, 
personal car, he shines it at each and every opportunity." 

There is virtually no unemployment, according to 
Zwiep. "China is fifty to one hundred years behind the 
rest of the world in agriculture production, although 
changes for the better, including some modern tractors, 
were in evidence. However, much of the work still has to 
be done by hand. That keeps everyone employed." 

Before leaving Peking for Japan and the flight back 
home, Don helped work out arrangements for a represen- 
tative from the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society 
to attend the ASME Emerging Technologies Conference 
next August. The fundamentals of an agreement of coop- 
eration were developed. The Chinese were to consider fur- 
ther, and they stated they were confident the agreement 
would be signed in a year or two. 

In his meetings with top engineering officials of 
China, Don feels they want sophisticated technology such 
as computers, seismic gear for oil exploration, and satel- 
lites. "But they are geared to do their own development 
and production of this hardware, even if it takes a longer 
time. They want a fully self-sufficient country." 

FOR THE MOST PART, the travelers' flying time had 
been pleasant if somewhat tiring. They encountered no 
particular problems until their return flight from Tokyo 
to New York. "Ten minutes from JFK we ran into a freak 
storm," Don recalls. "After a fourteen-hour flight from Ja- 
pan, we had to circle Kennedy Airport before being sent 
on to Dulles (in Washington, D.C.) because we were get- 
ting low on fuel. When we finally landed, we'd spent 
about 32 hours time in the air and at airports." 

Don Zwiep, however, was predictably unperturbed by 
his 32-hour flight experience. During World War II, he 
served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a pilot and crew com- 
mander of a B-24 bomber. He completed 59 combat mis- 
sions and "Hump" flights while serving with the 492d 
Bomb Squad, 7th Bomb Group, in the China-Burma-India 
Theatre. A former member of the Air Force Reserve, Don 
retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel after 22 years 
of reserve duty. A little matter like extra air time should 
hardly faze him. 

Zwiep reverts to Air Force vernacular when describ- 
ing his duties as president of the American Society of Me- 
chanical Engineers. "I stick to a strict flight plan," he de- 
clares. "Personally, I find there is a similarity between serv- 
ing as a bomber commander and serving as president of 
ASME. In each case I'm involved with policy, and, follow- 
ing that, I try to carry out the designated plan of opera- 
tions to the best of my ability." 

Historically, ASME has been run by a consensus de- 
rived directly from the membership. Zwiep feels that he is 
a part of that consensus, but that as the temporary (one- 
year) president of ASME, his primary function is to imple- 
ment and articulate the policies of the Society and to pre- 
serve its technical eminence. The directions he moves in 
are those that have generally been determined by the ma- 
jority of the membership. 

Winter 1980 /The WPl journal/ 9 

He does have a pet project that he likes to promote 
within ASME, though. "I feel strongly that one of the high- 
est honors that an engineer can attain is recognition by 
his peers," comments Zwiep, who served as chairman of 
ASME's Honors and Awards Committee for three years. 
"For this purpose, ASME over the years has established a 
number of honors and awards — many underwritten by 
corporate or foundation sponsors — usually named after a 
prominent ASME member. The trouble is, during the last 
ten years the Society's membership has almost doubled, 
but the number of awards has not. Therefore, it seems to 
me that if we are going to provide more incentive to 
achieve within our membership, one of the priorities we 
should concentrate on is finding new sources of sponsor- 
ship to help us expand the system of honors and awards. 
As I continue in office, I shall focus many of my efforts in 
this area." 

Expansion of the ASME achievement awards program 
has been only one of a long list of concerns Zwiep has 
dealt with during his presidency. "Until recently, Alaska 
had no regular ASME section," he says. "Now it has both a 
regular section and a student section." In September, Don 
was in Anchorage to present the ASME charter to the 
Alaska Section. All 50 states now have regular and stu- 
dent sections. 

Currently, ASME has 95,000 members and a total of 
200 sections. "In 1980, as we celebrate our 100th anniver- 
sary, a new Centennial Section will become part of the So- 
ciety," Zwiep reports. "In the early 1980s, we are projecting 
an overall expanded membership of some 100,000." 

Although President Zwiep enjoys helping build up 
membership in the ASME, he also deals with the South 
American and Central American engineering societies 
(UPADI) on a good-will basis. "We have met with their rep- 
resentatives to discuss the transfer of technology to less 
technically developed nations," he says. "We do not, how- 
ever, plan to move the ASME into their territory." Other 
delicate negotiations are in progress between the ASME 
and the Canadian Mechanical Engineering Society. 

Don Zwiep, although besieged by a hectic time table, 
would be the first to admit that his schedule contains few 
dull moments. For example, one week he may be out West 
visiting the regular and student chapters of ASME ("a great 
learning ground for a president-elect"), and the next week 
he could be attending the dedication of a national historic 
mechanical engineering landmark, such as the Drake Oil 
Well in Titusville, Pa. At WPI he turns up in his dual role 
as head of the ME department and president of ASME to 
speak on "Perspectives in Mechanical Engineering" during 
the Carl Gunnard Johnson Memorial Colloquium series. 

Then Zwiep may be traveling to a legislative forum 
in Washington, D.C., where he meets with Senator Byrd or 
the head of the National Science Foundation; to an ASME 
meeting in Salt Lake City; to a landmark ceremony for the 
EERBI reactor in Idaho; to an Applied Mechanics Confer- 
ence in Niagara Falls, N.Y.; and on to another ASME meet- 
ing in Atlanta. After meeting with the American Society 
for Engineering Education in Baton Rouge, he attends a 
meeting of the Founders' Society of Presidents, followed by 
a trek to Des Moines for an Interim (regional) Conference 
of ASME. At last, he heads to his office in the ASME head- 
quarters in New York City to do battle with the Society's 
$18 million budget. 

In September, he confers with the Engineers' Joint 
Council, the Centennial Steering Committee, the New 
York Section of ASME, and the Finance Committee. On 
September 29th, he receives a "roasting" and a reception, 
including a two-inch thick pine plaque studded with four 
lucky horseshoes from the Worcester section of ASME. 
The plaque says, "Keep Pitching, Don." (Zwiep is an old 
hand at winning the WPI ASME student section horse- 
shoe pitching contests.) 

His October diary notes a meeting with the ASME 
Council to recommend and discuss changes for Society 
structure in its second century; a bout with laryngitis in 
Atlanta; and a Zwiep talk about energy on TV in Char- 
lotte, N.C. In Los Angeles, he is slated to give a paper at 
the Engineers Council for Professional Development deal- 
ing with the AAES, an engineers' "umbrella" society. Other 
stops are in Hot Springs, Virginia; Buffalo, where he 
presents a paper; and back to New York City, where he 
presides at a banquet. 

10 /The WPI journal / Winter 1980 

By now it is November, and Zwiep is off to headquar- 
ters for two days of meetings prior to his Far East trip. "For 
me, the Executive Committee meeting was of strategic im- 
portance," Don confides. "That group, on behalf of the 
ASME Council, approved a model document which later 
enabled Dr. Rogers Finch and me to negotiate agreements 
of cooperation with the mechanical engineering societies 
in the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia." He looks out his 
window, thoughtfully. "Less than two years ago, I never 
imagined I'd be in a position to handle such an undertak- 
ing. Being president of ASME has some real rewards." 

dent of a national engineering society has also been re- 
warding for WPI. There is both high prestige and high visi- 
bility in the position, and it carries with it an intrinsic 
amount of good will that cannot help but rub off on WPI. 
In recognition of Zwiep's notable achievements and con- 
tributions, the WPI Alumni Association honored Don and 
his wife at a reception at the Hotel Statler in New York 
City during the ASME winter annual meeting on Decem- 
ber 3. Among those on hand for the festivities were WPI 
President Edmund Cranch, Vice President Thomas Den- 
ney and Association Secretary-Treasurer Stephen J. He- 
bert, '66. "The reception was most enjoyable," says Zwiep. 
"We saw a number of recent graduates whom we hadn't 
seen in some time, and we also met some new friends." 

Although he was grateful at the response to his recep- 
tion, Zwiep emphasizes that he is especially grateful to 
WPI for allowing him to adjust his schedule so that he 
could accept the post of president of ASME. "I also want to 
thank the members of the ME department, who gener- 
ously adjusted their own schedules so that I could under- 
take my new duties," he says. "They have done a splendid 
job in my absence." 

Did Zwiep campaign hard to become ASME presi- 
dent? "No," he replies with a smile. "I didn't campaign at 
all. When I was asked in April of 1978 if I would allow my 
name to be sent to the national nominating committee, I 
knew that I was probably in the running, along with six to 
ten other viable candidates. I was then asked to send a re- 
sume to the nominating committee, as well as a statement 
that I would serve if elected. My selection as president- 
nominee was a complete surprise, for the nominating 
committee is always sworn to total secrecy. I didn't learn 
that I had been selected until the final announcement was 
made at the summer annual meeting in Minneapolis in 
the middle of June, 1978." 

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, it 
would appear, subscribes to the old saying, "When there's 
an important job to be done, give it to the busiest person 
you know." Zwiep's whole life has been busy, filled with 
accomplishment and achievement. 

Winter 1980 /The WPI journal/ 1 1 

DONALD N. ZWIEP began teaching mechanical engi- 
neering in 1951 at Colorado State University. Prior to join- 
ing the WPI staff, Zwiep worked full time as a landing 
gear design engineer on the B-50 and MX-839 aircraft for 
Boeing in Seattle. He served with the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the design and con- 
struction of the local municipal airport. 

Zwiep received his MSME from Iowa State Univer- 
sity. In 1957 he was named professor and head of the ME 
department at WPI. By 1965, his professional accomplish- 
ments had grown so much that WPI awarded him an hon- 
orary doctor of engineering degree. For several years, in ad- 
dition, he was co-head or acting head of the management 
engineering department. 

He became a member or chairman of numerous aca- 
demic and administrative committees, including the Insti- 
tutional Committee on Evaluation of Engineering Educa- 
tion (1953) and the WPI Presidential Selection Committee 
in 1968. In October 1978 he was in charge of inaugural 
proceedings for President Cranch. 

Professor Zwiep was the driving force behind the ac- 
quisition of WPI's nuclear reactor, and he organized its 
staffing and educational use. Presently, he is involved 
with the administration of the nuclear reactor facility, and 
he has served as on the Alden Research Laboratory Advi- 
sory Board. 

In the classroom, he has taught in almost every area 
of mechanical engineering, but with principal emphasis 
on kinematics and machine design, along with metallurgy 
and thermodynamics. "Even with my responsibilities at 
ASME, I continue to teach in the senior seminar course," 
he declares. 

Still active in consulting work, Zwiep is also chair- 
man of the Board of Trustees of the James F. Lincoln Arc 
Welding Foundation of Cleveland, and serves as director 
of their award programs. He is particularly pleased with 
the Foundation's Engineering Design Competition. "Hardly 
a year goes by," he reports proudly, "that a WPI student 
doesn't win an award." 

In his spare time, Zwiep reviews books, appears as an 
expert court witness, serves as a member of National Sci- 
ence Foundation review panels, and as a state science fair 
judge. He has directed three NSF-URF research projects 
and done outside consulting. 

One of his articles on engineering education has ap- 
peared in a publication in Puerto Rico, while some 28 
short articles on popular mechanical engineering topics 
were published in the Grolier Encyclopedia and the Ency- 
clopedia Americana. He has been published in the Massa- 
chusetts Society of Professional Engineering Journal and in 
the publication of the Providence Engineering Society. His 
papers have been presented at the ASEE annual confer- 
ence and at a meeting of the Eastern College Placement 

Professor Zwiep has received a wide variety of profes- 
sional society, educational, and Air Force Reserve cita- 
tions and awards. Throughout the country, on many occa- 
sions, he has been an invited speaker on engineering edu- 
cation topics. A registered professional engineer in Col- 
orado and Massachusetts, he also belongs to Pi Tau Sigma, 
Sigma Tau (honorary), Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Xi, 
Tau Beta Pi, and Skull. 

He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in 
Education, American Men of Science, Engineers of Dis- 
tinction, and Outstanding Educators of America. Within 
the local community, he has served as secretary and presi- 
dent of Torch International and is a member of the 
Worcester Economic Club and the Worcester Engineering 

HE TALKS ABOUT his stint with ASME with the en- 
thusiasm and confidence of one who has been an active 
member and officer since his student days. First, he is a 
Fellow of the Society, the membership grade of high dis- 
tinction given only to those with significant engineering 
achievements. Second, he has served the Society in many 
capacities, including that of national vice president of the 
Policy Board, Education, from 1972 to 1974, and concur- 
rently as a member of the Council, the Society's governing 
body. In 1973 he also served on the Council's Executive 
Committee. A leader in the organizational structure and 
development of ASME, he was chairman of the working 
party on the Society's educational goal, was a member of 
the long-range study group, and, since 1975, has been a 
member of the Committee on Planning and Organization. 
He is past chairman of the National Mechanical Engi- 
neering Department Heads Committee, and he has been 
chairman of the General Awards Committee. 

12 /The WPI Journal/ Winter 1980 

Although recognition of members' accomplishments 
(an important personal concern of Zwiep's), is a vital part 
of ASME, it is far from the main thrust of the organiza- 
tion, as Zwiep is quick to point out. "The ASME, while 
still adhering to its original objective of the dissemination 
of technical information to industry for the public wel- 
fare, is now a multi-faceted organization," he explains. "It is 
concerned not only with member interests, but with pro- 
fessional and public interests; its codes and standards op- 
eration is a principal example." 

He feels that ASME volunteers, who establish codes 
and world standards for mechanical devices, save the U.S. 
government millions of dollars that otherwise would have 
to be paid to government consultants. "In this way, ASME 
works directly in the public interest." 

ASME, now moving somewhat away from a strictly 
technical orientation, lobbies in Washington for laws to 
benefit the nation. For instance, an ASME Congressional 
Fellow is available to provide "white papers" covering such 
items as energy alternatives to various congressional com- 
mittees working on specific legislation. (WPI Professor 
lohn Mayer was recently an ASME Congressional Fellow, 
and John Caola, '80, a student intern.) This type of assis- 
tance helps Congress make better-informed decisions on 
matters dealing with technology. 

As president of the ASME, Zwiep encourages growth 
in membership by working closely with student organiza- 
tions and industrial employers. At the opposite end of the 
scale, he also works to use the expertise and experience of 
the older members, many of whom have retired from ac- 
tive industrial employment. It is Zwiep's responsibility to 
see that the policies established by the all-volunteer mem- 
bership are carried out by the paid 300-member profes- 
sional staff at ASME headquarters in the United Engi- 
neering Center in New York. He must, of course, attend 
meetings of the ASME Council, its Executive Committee, 
the Committee on Planning and Organization, and various 
regional and technical committees, as well as the summer 
and winter annual meetings. 

Prior to taking office last June, Zwiep visited nine of 
the eleven regions of ASME in the U.S. to review pro- 
posals for the summer annual meeting agenda. "Any mem- 
ber may propose any agenda item," he says. "It will be 
heard, receive a peer review and then additional reviews 
in the various sectional and regional meetings, and then a 
final disposition about inclusion in the national confer- 
ence agenda." Some of the areas he visits on weekends in 
regard to these matters range from Boston to San Diego, 
Salt Lake City to Houston. Says Zwiep of his travels, "I 
serve as a spokesman for ASME, with or without portfo- 

Winter 1 980 / The WPI journal 

His wife Marcia accompanies Don on many of his 
trips, for ASME encourages presidential wives to travel 
with their husbands. Some of the regions and sections the 
Zwieps visit have auxiliaries which annually give $70,000 
for scholarships and loans to mechanical engineering stu- 
dents. "I am personally very grateful to the Society for 
these travel arrangements," Don continues, "as well as to 
WTI for allowing me to set up my schedule so that I can 
serve as president of ASME. The Society plans to further 
recognize those industries and colleges that allow staff 
members time off to hold national posts in the organiza- 

NOW THAT HE HAS BEEN president for half his 
term, how has Don Zwiep been conducting the affairs of 
the society? "I'm not a virtuoso," he answers, "but I do 
know who is performing well and who is not. My role is 
more like that of a conductor trying to keep things har- 
moniously productive." 

Under Don's guidance, the ASME has started 1 980 off 
on a harmonious note. It entered its first-ever float in the 
annual Tournament of Roses Parade. "We entered the 
$33,000 float to mark the centennial celebration of the So- 
ciety. The West Coast section took care of the details, con- 
ducted the fund drive, and did a remarkable job!" 

A major concern during the next few months will be 
the designing of a new governance system for the Society. 
"A lot of hard work is involved," he admits. "We plan to 
switch from a governing council plan to a board of gov- 
ernors system, and we must have some good answers for 
the members who ask, 'why changer" 

Until his year in office is over in June, Zwiep expects 
to be doing many "one-night stands" nationwide in con- 
junction with the ASME centennial celebration. He will 
make presidential speeches and sanction centennial char- 
ters for new student and regular sections of ASME. It is a 
foregone conclusion that he will continue to conduct the 
affairs of the Society with the dignity and dedication that 
has always characterized his leadership roles, whether 
they be with WPI or with ASME. 

Zwiep has brought to his presidential post a set of 
high principles and a deep sense of responsibility He be- 
lieves what Herbert Hoover once said about his profes- 

"Engineering. It is a great profession. 
There is the fascination of watching a fig- 
ment of the imagination emerge through 
the aid of science to a plan on paper. 
Then it brings jobs and homes to men, 
and adds to the comforts of life. That is 
the engineer's high privilege .... 

"He cannot, like the politician, screen 
his shortcomings by blaming his oppo- 
nents and hope the people will forget. 
The engineer simply cannot deny he did 
it. If his works do not work, he is damned 

"But the engineer, himself, looks back 
at the unending stream of goodness 
which flows from his successes with 
satisfaction that few professions may 
know. And the verdict of his fellow pro- 
fessionals is all the accolade he wants." 

The ASME has a special code it follows in naming its na- 
tional officers: "Let the office seek the man, not the man 
the office." With the election of Don Zwiep as president 
of ASME, the merit of that code is plain for all to see. 

14 /The WPI Journal/ Winter 1980 

Justice delayed 

by Allan Sloan 

If, as John Milton wrote, they 
also serve who only stand and wait/' 
his company deserve a medal. 
They've been doing a lot of waiting 
since 1958, in fact. That's when the 
Navy began buying Freeman-designed 
ball valves that allowed its fleet of 
nuclear submarines to take to sea. 
Rather than giving Freeman a 
citation — or, more to the point, giving 
his company some money — the Navy 
allowed its submarine suppliers to 
lump Freeman's patent. Hardly some- 
thing to encourage capitalism or pa- 

After asking the Navy -- politely 
- to pay him, and being turned 
down in an administrative proceed- 
ing, Freeman and his company, James- 
bury Corp. of Worcester, Mass., sued 
the government in the U.S. Court of 
Claims in July 1963. Jamesbury has 
won every round. Yet the company 
has not seen a penny. If it's lucky, it 
will get its money around 1981. For- 
tunately for Freeman, Jamesbury, a 
well-run valve producer, has made 
enough money — $5.3 million ($1.57 
a share) in its 1979 fiscal year — to 
afford to slug it out with the feds. Le- 
gal bills have run about $500,000. 

lamesbury's seemingly endless 
struggle to get paid is no small thing. 
There's the money, of course; the 
company would get about $16 mil- 
lion ($4.70 a share) pretax if its claim 
were granted in full today. But more 
important is what it shows about the 
legal system and about what's in- 
volved in suing the government for 
stealing a patent. Remember this: 
The Jamesbury case is relatively nor- 
mal. The feds are not stalling. The 
suit Autogiro Co. of America brought 
against the government in 1951 for 
infringement of patents on its Auto- 
giro (a precursor of the helicopter) 
lasted a record 27 years, and nobody 

reprinted by permission of Forbes 
Magazine from the November 12, 
1979 issue 

was stalling there either. Except for a 
four-year delay caused by extraneous 
factors, everyone has been trying to 
expedite Jamesbury's suit, now into 
its second generation of lawyers and 
judges. Imagine how long it would 
take if everyone were stalling. 

Our tale begins in 1958, when 
Freeman, now 61, was a struggling in- 
ventor trying to make a living selling 
the world a better ball valve of his 
own design. It was just four years af- 
ter he had left a good job with a 
Worcester company taken $60,000 of 
locally raised seed money, and set up 
a small lab on top of a printshop. He 
was following his dream: a better ball 
valve. Ball valves have several advan- 
tages over globe valves, the kind 
found on most standard faucets. A 
ball valve operates by rotating a ball 
mechanism through a quarter turn, 
and will allow liquids or gases to flow 
in either direction. A globe valve gen- 
erally takes several full turns to 
close, and is prone to squeaks, leaks, 
and faulty washers. 

Enter the Navy, which couldn't 
find a globe valve to meet the re- 
quirements of its nuclear subs. 
Freeman, who'd invented the fog noz- 
zle the Navy used on its fire extin- 
guishers during World War II, had 
valve expertise and security clear- 
ances. He whipped up the necessary 
valves, lectured on the subject, and 
was properly thanked by a grateful 
Navy -- until, of course, it came time 
to pay him. 

That produced the 1963 lawsuit. 
In 1967 the judge ruled that 
lamesbury's patent was valid and the 
Navy had infringed it. The govern- 
ment, naturally, appealed. Then came 
a bombshell: a Massachusetts lawsuit 
by the company that had acquired 
Freeman's previous employer claim- 
ing that Freeman had invented the 
better ball valve while he was still an 
employee. It took four years to dis- 
pose of that; then the case went back 
to Washington for a second trial. Ja- 
mesbury won, the government ap- 
pealed. In 1975 the Court of Claims 
finally ruled that the Jamesbury pat- 
ent was valid and had been infringed. 

Then it was time for an account- 
ing trial, to determine how much the 
government owed Jamesbury. But 
there weren't any records of Navy 

purchases of ball valves — after all, 
the Navy was buying submarines, not 
valves. Three years of tedious labor 
determined that, as best anyone 
could guess, the Navy had bought 
100,412 infringing valves for $87.3 
million. Federal attorneys agreed to 
those figures and said Jamesbury de- 
served $1.66 million plus interest. Ja- 
mesbury claimed $8.73 million, plus 
interest. The trial was held in July 
1978, final briefs were submitted last 
June, and there's hope a decision will 
come down from Trial [udge Joseph 
Colaianni sometime this year. After 
Colaianni rules, someone will doubt- 
less appeal to the full patent court, 
and then probably to the U.S. Su- 
preme Court. If the Supreme Court 
refuses to take the case, Jamesburv 
might get paid in late 1980 or early 
1981. If the Supreme Court hears the 
case or a new trial is ordered, who 
knows; None of this has attracted 
wide attention. Says Robert Miller, 
the Washington patent attorney who 
has handled Jamesbury's suit for the 
last five years, "Perry Mason-type sit- 
uations don't happen here." 

To find out what the delay has 
done to Jamesbury, Forbes dropped in 
recently to see Freeman in his 
Worcester headquarters. In spite of 
being shortchanged by the Navy, Ja- 
mesbury has done rather well. Its 
sales last year were $77.7 million and 
its earnings $5.3 million. Over a typi- 
cal Jamesbury lunch — a salad from 
the employee cafeteria, served on pa- 
per plates with sugar wafers for des- 
sert — Freeman indulged in a little 
proud reminiscence. "We were a two- 
bit little company in 1957," he said, 
"but we held the key to the success of 
the Navy's nuclear fleet." 

Getting money after more than 
20 years is better than not getting it 
at all. But Jamesbury isn't even get- 
ting a good interest return -- the gov- 
ernment began accruing interest at 
4.75 percent in 1958 and is now pav- 
ing just 8 percent on principal, with 
no compounding. Freeman makes a 
point of not complaining about how 
long he's had to wait for his monev. 
Still, the Jamesbury saga amplifies 
the old adage: Justice delayed, espe- 
cially at 8 percent with no com- 
pounding, is certainly justice denied. 

Winter 1980 The WPI Journal IS 

In 15 years, Alden Research 
Laboratory, one of the most 
prominent hydraulic study 
centers in the United States, 
will celebrate its 100th 

The centennial has 
generated student interest in 
collecting records and artifacts 
of ARL's history and putting 
them together into a 
commemorative scrapbook. So 
far, it has been difficult to 
obtain much information, 
especially about the earlier 
years of ARL. 

If any alumni can help out 
on this project, it will be 

greatly appreciated. If you have 
some interesting knowledge of 
events from ARL's earlier days, 
or perhaps some documents or 
records, would you please 
share them with the students} 

Please write to Mark W. 
Scott, in care of The WPI 
Journal. All documents and 
photographs can be copied and 
returned if you wish them 
back. Thanks very much. 

— Mark W. Scott, 
Christopher A. Hare, and John 

16 /The WPI Journal / Winter 1980 



Ellwood N Hennessy 

The Phoenix Companies 

680 Mechanics Bank Tower 

Worcester, MA 


The invitation from Harry W. Tenney, Jr. '56 
"Leadership Weekend Chairman" sent to me 
and 55 other class secretaries was accepted by 
this Class Secretary, "Bud" Hennessy, 1914. The 
workshop conducted by Steve Hebert and Russ 
Kay was most interesting to me, but when I 
looked around for the other 55 secretaries, to 
discover only about 1 5 or 20 present, I was 
greatly disappointed. There is something wrong 
with the situation as it concerns communication 
between alumni and their college, rather than 
with communication between alumni and their 

What surprised me most was that the College, 
under the name of the WPI Alumni Association 
went to the trouble and cost of printing up the 
blue Class Secretaries Handbook. I was truly 
pleased and amazed that someone has dis- 
covered that the college actually does want to 
hear from the secretaries of the older classes 
beyond the 50 year group. Yes, I believe that 
those old living members may still be of some use 
to WPI. 

Everyone in my class knows Horace Cole. 
What they may not know is that Horace lives 
throughout the year in so many different places. 
Part of the time he lives in his home in Sharon, 
Pennsylvania. Another part in the summer time 
in his home at Wellfleet on Cape Cod, and in the 
winter time he stays at his club in Florida. Since 
your Secretary has a summer home in Falmouth 
on Buzzards Bay, the two of us try to get 
together for a good old-fashioned talk. 

This year my wife, Dorothy, and I met Horace 
and his son, Dr. Richard Cole, for lunch at the 
popular Yarmouthport Inn on Route 6A. The 
reservation was for 1 :30 p.m. As we went in the 
door, the hostess said, "Sorry you are three 
minutes late for your reservation so I couldn't 
hold your table! " However, in about five min- 
utes she gave us another table. What a nice time 

we all had. Good food, interesting conversations 
and many interesting and delightful reminis- 

I am sure that everyone who has been active in 
the Class of 1 91 4 remembers the lovely home in 
Spencer, where our Class President, Mike 
Dufault, and his wife, Chris, entertained our 
group years ago. For a long period of years I have 
had business in Ware which kept me there twice 
a year for part of a day. On my way back to my 
office in Worcester, I would manage to arrive at 
Mike's home, just about in time for "Happy 
Hour." What enjoyable times we had in our talks 
with Mike and Chris and a sister of Chris, who 
was often there. Mike even kept my favorite 
brand of liquid in his kitchen for my entertain- 

But now Mike and Chris, because of poor 
health, have sold their home, and have gone to 
live with their widowed daughter in Wellesley. 
So I either correspond with him or spend $10.00 
talking with him on the phone. To talk with 
Mike, however, is worth ten or twenty dollars 

Back in 1960, Mike and Chris, and my wife 
and I happened to be in Hawaii together, he in 
an apartment for the winter, and we in hotels for 
a month. There again we had wonderful times 
together because Mike always knew where to 
go and what to see to have a good time. 

In the Summer Journal for 1 979, 1 note that 
Edward A. Hanff, '10 of Pittsburgh died on 
February 16, 1979. This announcement is a sad 
one for me to contemplate. When I first entered 
Tech, I lived in a room next to his in a private 
home on Fruit Street. As an upperclassman he 
was very good to me, a mere freshman, so that 
we became good friends. I remember being 
greatly impressed when he told me he had a job 
for the coming summer that would pay him as 
much as 45 cents an hour. Such a high pay in 
those days was excellent. 

On Monday, October 29th, I had a most 
enjoyable talk over the telephone with Al and 
Tillie Crandon. They have a lovely home in Little 
Compton, Rhode Island. My wife, Dorothy and I 
have had interesting and enjoyable visits in each 
of our homes. For a couple of years we also 
enjoyed each other's company in the 
Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. 
— "Bud" 

Ellwood N. Hennessy, 

After 23 years of retirement, Malcolm Campbell 
is teaching again. He has been conducting a class 
of 27 in life history writing at the Hawthorne 
retirement community in Leesburg, Fla. For- 
merly, he had taught for 38 years at Dorchester 
High School in Boston. Active in the New En- 
gland Biological Association, he was named pres- 
ident, and in 1938 represented the NEBA in the 
formation of the National Association of Biology 
Teachers. He became president in 1939, and 
attended the annual convention at Ohio State in 
Columbus. "We offered a year's membership 
and monthly issues of The American Biology 
Teacher for one dollar a year — and still ended 
the first year with a $300 balance!" In 1956, he 
was one of eight science teachers in New En- 
gland to receive the Elizabeth Thompson Award 
for excellence in science teaching. Although he 
spent only a year at WPI, Mr. Campbell says it 
"was a most valuable step in my education." 
Later, he continued his education at Mas- 
sachusetts Agricultural College, and decided to 
plant Macintosh apples at his Harvard farm. 


Maurice Steele, historian of the Rome (N.Y.) 
Rotary Club, is currently writing a history of the 
60-year-old club. He is also arranging for the 
third yearly consecutive reunion of his 1910 
Harford (Conn.) Public High School class. 


John F Kyes. Jr. 
40 Holden St. 
Holden, MA 

The Maurice Richardsons celebrated their 60th 
wedding anniversary on June 28, 1979. They 
were honored during the 60th annual Rotary 
installation dinner in Amsterdam, N.Y. Mr. 
Richardson was recognized by the club for his 
37-year perfect attendance record. In 1 961 , he 
retired from Mohawk Carpet Mills (now 
Mohasco Industries), after serving 20 years as 
manager of engineering. He had been with the 
firm since 1923. Earlier, he had worked four 
years as a consulting engineer in New England. 
He is a Naval veteran of World War I. For 12 
years he was executive director of the Amster- 
dam Community Chest (now United Fund). Four 
years ago, he retired completely. Last year he 
moved to a retirement apartment in Saratoga 


In September, Warren Fish received an Award of 
Merit in the nation's most prestigious competi- 
tion for local history achievement from the 
American Association for State and Local History 
for his notable contributions to the cause of 
historical preservation. Nominations originate at 
the local level and are screened at the state and 
regional levels by a national network of judges. 
Only those nominees approved in the prelimi- 
nary competitions are considered for national 
honors. Mr. Fish was one of 100 nominees. The 
American Association for State and Local History 
has given awards to local historians and historical 
agencies since 1 944. It has a membership of over 

After fifteen months, Willard Gallotte has 
completed a contract with Metro-Transit (Seat- 
tle) as a consultant coordinator between design 
and construction for a $46 million trolley-bus 
project. He pushed contracts for 26 small substa- 
tions serving 55 miles of trolley. "It sort of boosts 
one's ego when out of the blue, at the age of 76, 
I was hired to help out by a firm that I had never 
worked for." He "retired" again at a luncheon 
attended by division and department heads and 
other colleagues. 

Winter 1980 /The WPI Journal/ 11 


William M. Rauha 
4 Whiffletree Rd 
West Yarmouth, MA 

The Harold Eastmans celebrated their 50th 
wedding anniversary on Oct. 5, 1979. Mr. 
Eastman retired in 1 968 after 1 9 years at Anchor 
Hocking and 22 years at Hartford-Empire- 
Emhart. "Forty-one years of business related to 
producing glass containers." The Eastmans now 
are "pleasantly situated" in Friendship Village, 
Columbus, Ohio. 


Gifford T. Cook 
Rte. 3 Box 294 
Keyes Perry Acres 
Harpers Ferry, WV 

Theodore J Englund 
70 Eastwood Rd. 
Shrewsbury, MA 

Last March and April, Andrew Maston was at GE 
in Pittsfield, Mass., as an inspector for Alcoa on 
the repair of a large transformer which was 
needed for plant expansion. (He retired from 
Alcoa in 1971.) He writes of his GE stint, "In 
1 928, I visited the same plant on a WPI student 
tour. I guess fifty-one years between visits isn't 
overstaying one's welcome!" 


Secretary: Representative: 

Carl W. Backstrom Carl W Backstrom 

1 13 Winifred Ave. 
Worcester, MA 

Dan O'Grady and Carl Backstrom have had a 
home and home golf match these last four years. 
One held at the Worcester Country Club and the 
other at Woods Hole Country Club at Falmouth, 
Mass., where Dan has just finished his term as 
president of the club. Carl continues as chairman 
of the Citations Committee at WPI, and attends 
all scheduled meetings as secretary of the class. 
Roscoe Bowers writes that he has retired from 
the Weyerhaeuser Co., but is still called in on 
special assignments. So far he has moved 16 
times for the company (Can anybody beat 
that?). He spends his summers in Vineland, N.J. 
and winters in Clearwater, Florida. Your secre- 
tary had a very nice round of golf with him last 
October in Marlton, N.J., and almost had 
another hole-in-one with him — only 4 inches 

John Conley now retired, lives in San Diego, 
Calif. John has joined the Lions Club, and like so 
many retirees works as club treasurer, sight 
conservation chairman, hearing committee 
chairman, and budget chairman. This just leaves 
him a little time to play golf, and take care of his 
yard. He plans on being at the 50th reunion in 

Ed Delano has to be the best letter writer of 
the class and is keeping us informed. He is still 
winning senior bike races, and is getting in shape 
for that 3100 mile jaunt to our 50th. He is 
planning on leaving Davis, California on May 
1st, averaging 100 miles per day. Since his bike 
was totalled in a truck collision last year, Ed has 
ordered a new custom-built model for time trials. 
"It's the talk of the area, "he says. It should be. It 
weighs 19 pounds and cost $1300! 

Charlie Fay still works every day, but not eight 
hours any more. He now has three grandchil- 
dren: 2 boys and 1 girl. He is looking forward to 
the usual get-together at his house after the 
50th in June. 

Carm Greco writes that he did some traveling 
this past summer visiting Amsterdam, Brussels, 
Frankfort, and took a ride on the Rhine. Even 
though sundaes cost $4.50 in Frankfort, living 
conditions in the U.S. surpass foreign countries, 
he says. He'll see us all at the 50th. 

Robert Hollick reports from El Cerrito, Calif, 
that he retired in April of 1978 from the Federal 
Power Commission. The mandatory retirement 
age is 70. Inspired by Ed Delano, Bob has bought 
a bike, but uses it only for exercise, not transpor- 
tation to our 50th. Bob has lined up several 
relatives that he will visit while here next June for 
the 50th. 

Jim McLoughlin recently celebrated his 
"happy sixth anniversay retirement from North 
American Philips Controls Corp., Inc." His cur- 
rent activities include serving as a member of the 
board of directors of Fort Nathan Hale Restora- 
tion Projects, Inc. ; treasurer of the Citizens Park 
Council; and library volunteer for the New 
Haven (Conn.) Colony Historical Society. As a 
hobby, he collects vials of sand from U.S. and 
island beaches. "We've visited 39 so far." 

Fred Peters: A very nice letter from Fred 
informs us that his last retirement was from 
Seton Hall University, where he taught man- 
agement. He has just finished writing a book on 
book publishing which will be published in 1 980. 
He was recently honored by Seton Hall, with the 
first edition of the University's "President's 
Medal" — Congratulations Fred! 

He still lives in Springfield, N.J., but spends 
winters in Naples, Florida. He is also planning on 
being at the 50th. 

Carl Backstrom: Secretary. 


Edward J Bayon 
45 Pleasant St 
Holyoke, MA 

Oliver R Underhill, Jr 
P.O. Box 281 
Franconia. NH 

Carl Sage, still in the motel business in Buellton, 
Calif., and Mike Sodano, who is retired and 
living in Scottsdale, Arizona, had a short "reun- 
ion" in July. 


Howard P. Lekberg 
RFD 115 Main St. 
East Douglas, MA 

Ted Barks has retired for the second time as 
director of operations for X-Rail Systems, Inc. He 
is now living in a new home in Amherst, Mass. 
. . . Recently, Bill Reardon was elected chairman 
of the Ellis Hospital board of managers in 
Schenectady, N.Y. He was first appointed to the 
board in 1971 . Until World War II, when he 
served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. 
Naval Reserve, Reardon worked for the TVA. 
After the war, he joined GE in real estate and 
construction operations. From 1966 to 1973, 
when he retired, he was manager of engineering 
and was concerned with the management of 
new facilities for GE throughout the continental 
U.S. He is a registered, professional engineer, a 
fellow of the ASCE, past director of the Building 
Research Institute of the National Academy of 
Sciences, and chairman of the Senior Elfuns 
Society of GE. The Reardons have two children 
and four grandchildren. 



Sumner B. Sweetser 
100 Pine Grove Ave. 
Summit, NJ 

Robert E Ferguson 
36 Lake Ave. 
Leicester, MA 

Presently, the Frank Eatons, Jr., reside in Port St. 
Lucie, Fla. . . . Albert Glenn of Millbury, Mass. 
writes that he is historian of the Bay Patriots 
Chapter PHSA (Pearl Harbor Survivor-Army), 
and has been connected with American Legion 
baseball, the New England Professional Golfers 
Association, and New England AAU track and 
field. He continues to hunt and snowshoe. 

18/ The Wl'l Journal/ Winter 1980 



Harold F. Hennckson 

1406 Fox Hill Dr 

Sun City Center, FL 


Walter G Dahlstrom 
9 JewettTerr 
Worcester, MA 

till with du Pont, Carleton Borden is currently 
the director of textile fibers in Wilmington. . . . 
John Wyman has been promoted to resident 
manager of the Maine facility, a research labora- 
tory of the Maine DOT. in Pittsfield. He says, 
"I'm doing traffic engineering studies using elec- 
tronic data collection and reduction techniques. 
Expect never to retire. Work too much fun!" 


Richard J Lyman 
10 Hillcrest Rd 

Medfield, MA 

Cordon F Crowther 
20 Bates St. 
Hartford, CT 

Recently, William Frawley celebrated forty 
years of service with Bell Labs in North Andover, 
Mass. In 1 939, he joined the company and was 
responsible for submarine cable development 
and the development of a method for laying 
communication wire from airplanes. He was also 
involved with mechnical design of communica- 
tion equipment for the Signal Corps and other 
armed forces communication development 
work. In 1958, he became responsible for me- 
chanical design of carrier equipment. Currently a 
member of the technical staff, he now deals with 
the physical design of the D3-D4 dataport units 
and the MX2-L lightwave system in the Digital 
Systems Physical Design Department. He holds 
anMSEEfrom WPI. 

Fran Harvey has been named by Gov. King to 
a six-year term as a member of the Mas- 
sachusetts Building Code Commission. In 
November he received a Brotherhood Award 
from the Worcester Chapter of the National 
Conference of Christians and Jews as the repre- 
sentative of the Roman Catholic faith. His award 
was presented "for your consistent contribu- 
tions, your worthy leadership, and your unique 
ability to unite forces to improve the quality of 
life." The award, in the form of a plaque, was 
presented at the second annual awards dinner at 
Pleasant Valley Country Club. 


Theodore Andreopoulos serves as a contract 
engineer at Boeing for C.D.I. Corp. He is located 
in Bellevue, Washington. . . . Ernest Gustafson 
presently resides in Sun City Center, Fla. 

Dr. Arthur Martell of Texas A & M University 
is the 1 980 winner of the American Chemical 
Society Award for distinguished service in the 
advancement of inorganic chemistry, sponsored 
by Mallinckrodt, Inc. Announcement of the 
$2000 award was made at the Society's national 
meeting in September. 

Prof. Martell, head of the Texas A & M 
Chemistry Department, is being recognized for 
his wide-ranging contributions to inorganic 
chemistry, as researcher, teacher, and author. 
His major research interests include the physical 
and chemical properties, stabilities, and kinetics 
of metal chelate compounds in solution, and 
metal-catalyzed biochemical mechanisms. As a 
teacher, he has supervised some 40 PhD stu- 
dents, many of whom have in turn become 
academic researchers. Two of his books, 
Chemistry of the Metal Chelate Compounds 
and Inorganic Sequestering Agents, are classics, 
as is his co-written compilation of two massive 
volumes of selected and critical tables of stability 
constants. He has written or co-authored 300 
scientific papers and articles on his research. He 
founded the Vourna/ of Coordination Chemistry, 
and is editor of the monograph, "Coordination 

Dr. Martell has a PhD from NYU. He served a 
year as an instructor at WPI. For many years he 
was a professor and chemistry department 
chairman at Clark University. From 1961 to 
1 966, he was at Illinois Institute of Technology 
as professor and chairman of the chemistry 
department. Since 1 966, he has been at Texas A 
& M, where in 1973 he was named Distin- 
guished Professor. Among his honors are an 
honorary doctorate from WPI, an honorary life 
membership in the New York Academy of Sci- 
ences, a fellowship in the American Academy of 
Arts and Sciences, a Guggenheim Fellowship at 
the University of Zurich, and the National Sci- 
ence Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at 
MIT. He belongs to Sigma Xi and Phi Lambda 

Dr. Martell will receive the ACS Award for 
Distinguished Service in the advancement of 
inorganic chemistry at the Society's 1 79th na- 
tional meeting in Houston next March. 



Charles H Amidon, Jr. 

636 Salisbury St. 

Holden, MA 


C John Lindegren, Jr. 
21 Prospect St 
Shrewsbury, MA 

While Edward Dench was with Raytheon from 
1947 to 1978, he did a lot of things, "some even 
technical." He has a career total of over 65 
patents in fluorescent lighting, computers, color 
printing, microwave tubes and heating, solid 
state, and ultrasonics. He holds an MSEE from 
MIT, and at one time was at Interchemical Corp. 
He was cited by the Office of Scientific Research 
and Development for technical contributions in 
World War II. During retirement, he enjoys the 
warmth of Florida and the Caribbean, fishing, 
boating, gardening, gourmet cooking, sightsee- 
ing, and swimming. He was a successful national 
chairman of United Way at Raytheon, and is on 
the board of a local company he helped to start. 
He has twin-daughter housewives, an attorney 
son, and ten grandchildren. 

Last year, Howard Duchacek retired as profes- 
sor emeritus from the University of Vermont, 
following thirty years of service. Previously, he 
had received his MSAE from Georgia Tech, had 
served in the Navy, taught at Norwich, and 
worked for Perkins Gear in Springfield, Mass. 
Also, he had been at Ohio State, Colorado State, 
Oklahoma State, NASA, GE, and the Naval 
Research Laboratory. He has had the "wonder- 
ful experience" of teaching young people in the 
areas of thermal science, fluid mechanics, and 
aerodynamics. Research included transient 
thermal shock induced elastic-plastic stress 
analysis. The Duchaceks have three children: 
Lenora, a clothing buyer; Howard, a building 
contractor; and Janet, a bank administrator. 
Hobbies are sailing Lake Champlain, keeping up 
with the kids, and maple syrup processing. 

Although semi-retired, George Graham, Jr., is 
still active with his own business, Warwick Copy 
Products, Inc., which wholesales a line of copy 
papers. Earlier, he was with St. Regis Paper, 
Oxford Paper, and Glidden Company. While 
with Johnson and Johnson, he did research in the 
field of paper and received seven patents. For- 
merly, he worked for Rohm and Haas, and 
served as a staff sergeant in the Army. He and 
Helen are the parents of Susan, who is married, 
with one son; George III, a physicist; Wendy, 
who is doing graduate work at Cornell; and 
Alan, who has a master's degree from Syracuse 
and is an associate programmer at IBM. Pres- 
ently, Graham is secretary treasurer of the War- 
wick (N.Y.) Chamber of Commerce. His "claim 
to fame" is that he played bridge against John 
Crawford, when he was the world champion. 
Wife Helen is a legal secretary. She freezes or 
preserves all Graham grows in his garden. 

Eugene Gravlin continues with Knapp Shoe 
Company, where he is vice president of the 
Safety Shoe Division in Industrial Sales. At Knapp 
since 1964, he had been employed by Kennedy 
Printing, Fuller Brush, Western Auto, and H. H. 
Brown. During World War II he was a major in 
the Army Corps of Engineers. Pat is 29; Paul, 27; 
and Eileen, 23. Ella has retired from Cardinal 
Cushing Hospital, where she was a night nursing 
supervisor. . . . Jacob Hagopian has been with 
IBM for 27 years. Before that, he worked for 
Northrop, Goodyear, Norton, MIT, and the U.S. 
Army. Along the way, he picked up over 20 
patents in computer data storage and retrieval. 

Winter 1980/ The WPI journal/ 19 

He has served as a church council member, 
school trustee, a fund raiser for "high causes," 
and a helper in election campaigns. The Hago- 
pians have five grown children. Their grandson, 
Dana, 7, is the focus of their attention now. 

Within a year after graduation, John Harvey, 
Jr. became a sales engineer in the Boston District 
Office of the Allen-Bradley Company of Mil- 
waukee, a prominent manufacturer of electric 
motor controls and electronic components. The 
postturned into a 36-year career with retirement 
a couple of years ago. Currently, he is a consul- 
tant to the firm. "Along the line," he spent four 
years in the Navy, married, and had three 
daughters and two grandchildren. The Harveys 
are enjoying retirement living on the Cape with 
fresh air, sunshine, and boating. 

Carl Hitchon tries to keep up in his study of 
French and German, and travels as much as 
possible. He is a director of a local savings bank. 
In 1959, he purchased a plantfrom Glen Woolen 
Mills, a former employer, and formed Glencairn 
Yarn Mills employing about fifty workers to 
make knitting yarn. Prior to being secretary and 
executive officer at Glen Woolen Mills, Hitchon 
worked for American Cyanamid Co. for several 
years. His daughter, Marilyn, is married and an 
interior decorator. His son, Carl, Jr., serves as a 
mathematician at Softtechon. The light of his life 
is his granddaughter, Tory, "who is very much 
her grandmother's image." 

Along with Wally Abel, Johnny Hollick, and 
Dave McEwan, Don Houser joined United Shoe 
Machinery (USM Corporation), now part of 
Emhart Corporation, following graduation. After 
serving in machine design and armament devel- 
opment, he switched in favor of the commercial 
side of the business. He helped USM expand into 
machinery ventures outside of the shoe industry, 
then he became affiliated with the International 
Division. For 20 years, he has been involved with 
USM'sBostik Chemical Group and living out of a 
suitcase. Presently, he is vice president of admin- 
istration, dividing his time between Mas- 
sachusetts and Switzerland. He and his wife, 
Ethel, a fine golfer, have two sons: Bob, a Boston 
lawyer and Scott, "a budding insurance under- 
writer." Ethel is busy with community projects 
and competitive tennis. The Housers like skiing 
and sailing near their summer cottage in New 

Harold Humphrey, Jr., writes that he is "now 
easing into retirement" via the Research De- 
partment at the Torrington Company. During his 
long career at Torrington, a subsidiary of 
Ingersoll-Rand, Humphrey has been a project 
engineer, chief tool designer, machine designer, 
assistant chief mechanical engineer, and chief 
mechanical engineer of the Needle Division. He 
has five daughters: Joyce, a world-travelled as- 
sistant lecturer; Judith, a teacher at York Univer- 
sity, Toronto; Mary Lou, a graduate of Endicott 
Junior College and the mother of two daughters; 
Nancy, a free-lance writer and mother; and 
Kathryn, an LPN and ex-stewardess, who lives at 
home. All have attended various colleges. Hum- 
phrey has served in Harwinton, Conn, as chair- 
man of the Zoning Commission, and is now 
chairman of the Board of Finance. He is chairman 
of the Central Connecticut Chapter of the Soci- 
ety of Manufacturing Engineers, a National Ski 

Patrolman, and was the Connecticut State 
Champion Equipped Driver (sports car road ral- 
lyist) for two years. He is also a motorcyclist and 
Porsche enthusiast. . . . David Hunt, who was an 
aeromechanics elective at WPI, with great hopes 
of building machinery to travel through the air, 
has instead spent his entire career with machines 
to move air through pipes. "From pipe organ 
blowers to nuclear power plant emergency 
exhaust equipment," from engineering to man- 
agement. Marge and he have enjoyed traveling, 
much of the time on WPI alumni trips. 

Bowling, cards, boating, biking, and garden- 
ing are favorite pastimes of Roger Iffland. He 
likes music, especially performances of the Yale 
Glee Club, because daughter Julie is a member. 
Joan and Nancy graduated from Central Con- 
necticut. David, a Bridgeport alumnus, is a ma- 
chine tool programmer, while Peter is at North- 
eastern. For 39 years, Iffland has been with a 
hometown company, the Torrington (Conn.) 
Company. He has served as night supervisor, 
machine designer, machine shop superintend- 
ent, and chief design engineer to the chief of 
mechanical engineering. The Ifflands have nine 
grandchildren. . . . R. Adrien Jacques, now with 
Concord Machine Tool Co. (importers of 
Spanish-made equipment), spends a lot of time 
in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and metropolitan 
New York. Previously, he had been with Pelham 
Machinery, Pratt & Whitney, and had served as 
president of Bailey Tool and Supply, Inc., and as 
sales engineer at Greenfield Tap & Die. During 
World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the 
Carrier "Wasp" as aviation ordnance officer in 
major Pacific operations until V-J Day. He has 
three children and five grandchildren. Pete, a 
Holy Cross graduate, is with Abex Corp.; Ann 
and her brother, Tim, help run her husband's 
industrial painting business. Jacques' wife, Pat, is 
director of sales for Pharmaceutical Marketers 

After a short stint at Draper Corporation, 
Gleason Jewett spent 22 years with Wyman- 
Gordon, and eventually moved into the sales 
department in Texas. In 1955, he was named 
southwest district sales manager. Currently, he is 
technical representative for Standard Mfg. Co. in 
Dallas. Although he has worked for Petersen 
Mfg. Co. in Nebraska, and Brantly-Hynes 
Helicopter, Inc., in Oklahoma, the Jewetts "al- 
ways have returned to Texas." A flight instructor 
(CFI), until recently Jewett owned an airplane. 
Once he was president of Sky Haven, Inc., a 
flight school and Cessna dealership in Nebraska. 
He and Marge, one of the five top in the nation 
in her age group in the AAU Master's Swimming 
Program, have two sons and one daughter. Jack 
is a top life insurance salesman; Bob, a Delta 
Airlines pilot; and Martha, a surgical assistant. 
There are seven Jewett grandchildren. 

Samuel Kaplan says he "got into ecology 
before it became fashionable." After working for 
Harrington Richardson Arms, Pratt & Whitney 
Aircraft, Boston Ordnance-Small Arms Branch, 
and a hitch in the Air Force, he became con- 
cerned with a Vermont logging project. Ecology 
became important to him when he went into 
water well drilling and did consulting on wells, 
water systems, and water treatment. He serves 
as a member of the American Arbitration Associ- 

ation, and is called on as a professional engineer 
and state witness in that field. His "fun and 
games" is solar energy. He passed a course at 
Hartford Graduate Center, and he is involved in 
courses for geothermal heat pumps using well 
water ("52 degree temperature range con- 
stant") as a heat source. At his new dream 
house, he has a backup system for maintaining 
every system, including heat pumps. With his 
computer, he is compiling an underground 
water resou rce map from records he has kept for 
thirty years. Daughters Nancy and Laura are in 
the New York fashion world. 

The Carl Keysers have "escaped" from Mas- 
sachusetts and are now living in Rye Beach, 
N.H., where Carl continues with his writing. 
Over the years, he has written a number of 
textbooks, two of which were translated into 
Japanese and Spanish. "Both foreign language 
editions are easier to understand than the in- 
structions for Form 1040," he declares. After 
mentioning Keysers Spare None: The Federal 
Octopus in a broadcast, Harry Reasoner com- 
mented that the author didn't like any of our 
20th century presidents. Says Carl, "He was 
wrong. Cal Coolidge was great!" In 1968, he 
retired as Commonwealth Professor Emeritus 
from the University of Massachusetts. . . . Fol- 
lowing an eventful World War II with the Navy in 
the Midway, South Pacific, and Central Pacific 
campaigns, Ed Kiem returned to the U.S. and 
subsequent five command jobs. In 1 963, he 
became Captain, USN (ret.), after which he 
joined North American Aviation forfouryears. In 
1970, he earned his BA in math ("It took me 35 
years!"). For several years, he taught math, until 
it began "interfering with my golf game." Once 
again retired, he enjoys travel and checking on 
his family. 

Phyllis and John Lancaster hope to retire on a 
Grand Banks diesel trawler in 1981 , after John's 
duties as assistant director of the National Radio 
Astronomy Observatory and as manager of its 
$78 million Very Large Array Radio Telescope 
Construction Program in New Mexico are con- 
cluded. They plan to cruise from the Virgin 
Islands to Canada. They have built a home on 
the fourth tee of the Socorro, N.M. Golf Course, 
where golf may be played year 'round. With 
their five daughters educated and married, they 
are currently enjoying a "near second honey- 
moon" in the beautiful west. Lancaster was the 
first nongovernment person to receive the Na- 
tional Science Foundation Medal for Meritorious 
Service. He has been listed in Who's Who in 
America. . . . For ten years, Leonard Landall has 
been with Thomas A. Buff urn Associates of 
Boston as an executive search consultant. Earlier, 
he was with Frank C. Brown & Co., Draper 
Corp., Gamewell Co., Northeastern, and Ray- 
theon. Son John, 71 , built his own house in 
Grafton. Daughter Nancy is with an electronics 
firm, and Norma is in advertising. They are twins 
and graduates of URI. Leonard and Ruth have 
designed and built a home in Sandwich with a 
beautiful view of Cape Cod Bay. They live there 
12 months a year. 

Carl Lewin has worked for the Austin Com- 
pany since 1 940. He spent 1 2 years traveling the 
world coordinating international sales activities. 
The Lewins expect to retire in Maine in a few 

20 /The WPI journal / Winter 1980 

years. They have three sons: a professor; a 
commercial pilot; and a telecommunications ex- 
pert. Daughter Joan is a homemakerand school 
board member. The Lewins, who have nine 
grandchildren, have previously been involved 
with scouting and fund raising. ... At the end of 
World War II, Carl Lindegren, Jr., was dis- 
charged with the rank of Lt. Commander, USN. 
He then started a sales engineering business with 
his father, which involved selling hydraulic, 
pneumatic, and mechanical components in the 
New England area. "Have an inside and outside 
sales staff of 1 6 people, and enjoy the business 
immensely." There are four Lindegren girls (in- 
cluding twins), and a son, who is a student at 
WPI. The family has been active in ski racing, 
with Lindegren once serving as president of the 
local racing team. They also race sailboats, and 
Lindegren has been commodore of the Stage 
Harbor Yacht Club in Chatham, Mass. Their 
daughter, Debbie, was runner-up in the Wom- 
en's National Sailing Championship in 1977. 
Lindegren is a current member of the WPI 
Alumni Board. He has served on the Shrewsbury 
Industrial Development Commission, and as 
chairman of the board at Fairlawn Hospital in 

In 1977, Walter Longnecker semi-retired from 
Gould, Inc., as vice president-international. After 
a two-year stint as a consultant, he is now 
completely retired. He had joined Gould in 1969 
when the company he was with merged with 
Gould and "saw an exciting growth record from 
sales of $300 million to $1 .8 billion in ten years." 
Earlier he had been employed at Morgan Con- 
struction for two years and U.S. Steel for 26. 
Walter and his wife are living the "good life" in 
Hilton Head Island, S.C., and "now watch the 
enthusiastic development of eight grandchil- 
dren". . . Currently, William Lyhne, Jr., is 
assistant director of Executive Compensation 
Services of American Management Associations, 
New York City. Previously, he was with Lone 
Star Industries, Handy and Harmon, and 
Bridgeport Brass Co., where he was employed 
for 25 years. He has nine daughters, three sons, 
and eleven grandchildren. Recently, he finished 
a term as president of the Board of Associates at 
the University of Bridgeport. 

The Arthur Mallons of Alexandria, Va. live on 
10,000 square feet of George Washington's 
former pig farm, and "Helen spends some of her 
time helping tourists spend money at the Mt. 
Vernon Gift Shop." A baseball fan, Mallon has 
been in nearly every big league city in 47 states. 
In mid-career, he spent 18 years teaching at 
Missouri School of Mines, Wentworth, Mer- 
rimack, and Tufts. Another third of his career 
was in private employment and engineering 
practice; and the remaining third has been in 
government employment, the last ten years 
being spent in the Construction Grants Program 
of the EPA. The Mallons have four girls, two 
boys, and five grandchildren "with two dozen 
degrees and professional registrations among 

With Pratt & Whitney Aircraft since gradua- 
tion, Robert Martin is presently with the firm in 
Belgium as head of engineering work with the 
European companies, who are coproducing the 
F-100 engine for the F-16 fighter. He is looking 

forward to returning home and retirement. He 
has three children and four grandchildren. Be- 
fore going to Brussels, he served two terms on 
the town council in North Palm Beach, Fla. He 
and his wife, "Mart," bowl. ("She does better 
than I!") He also plays some tennis. . . . Continu- 
ing with Blake & Johnson Company, Dave Mc- 
Ewan is now headquartered in Beaufort, S.C. 

Robert Mirick writes that he retired in 1972 
and thinks "there is nothing to beat it." He had 
been president of Sanitary Farm Dairies, Inc. 
(milk and ice cream) in Minnesota and Iowa. 
Earlier, he was in the Naval Reserve, and had 
worked for the Pillsbury Company. He is a 
registered professional engineer in Minnesota 
and a master electrician. A former president of 
the North Central Milk and Ice Cream Associa- 
tion, Mirick has also served as a board member 
of the National Dairy Council, the Engineers' 
club of Minneapolis, the local Methodist Church, 
and the Audubon Society. He was chairman of 
the board of the Ramesy County Historical Soci- 
ety; treasurer of the Society of Mayflower De- 
scendants (Minn.), and chairman of the board of 
governors of the Shriner Hospital for Crippled 
Children (Twin City unit). The Miricks have two 
sons and like to go motor home camping. . . . 
Over the years, Robert Murphy has worked at 
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in plant engineering 
and at Westinghouse, Murphy Air Engineering 
and Automatic Refrigerating Co. Though semi- 
retired, he still works part time as a consultant 
and manufacturer of an air pollution control 
device for industry called the "Oil Mistress." He 
was widowed several years ago, and recently 
married Marilyn, a psychologist. They commute 
between Wayne, N.J. and Westerly, R.I., "half of 
the time." Murphy's hobbies are power boating 
and "criticizing the bureaucracy." He has two 
married children. 

Also enjoying early retirement, is John New- 
ton, who lives in Brunswick, Me. "These are the 
best years, with our home on the coast of Maine, 
children and grandchildren within visiting range, 
and our youngest daughter in high school." For 
years, he had worked for American Steel & Wire 
in Worcester. Both he and his wife Evelyn were 
"local actors," with Evelyn also working as an art 
teacher. Newton's earliest posts were at Stone & 
Webster, the Norfolk Navy Yard, and New En- 
gland Power in Providence. . . . Most of Albert 
Nims' career has been associated with airborne 
Air Force radar systems at Westinghouse in 
Baltimore, Md. His wife, Betty, weaves, and he 
has designed and built several looms for her. 
They enjoy travel, have two daughters, and a 
"No. 3" daughter in Norway, who lived with 
them for a year through the American Field 
Service. They have visited "No. 3" in Norway. 
Their own daughters are nurses, one being a 
former Army captain, and the other a former 
Navy lieutenant. "The older one has provided us 
with two grandsons." 

Presently, Elmer Nutting serves as design en- 
gineer in Smith & Wesson's new sporting prod- 
ucts division. He had served 25 years with Noble 
Mfg. Co., which he left as vice president. During 
World War II, he worked for Savage Arms. Wife 
Doris is director of Volunteer Services at Cooley 
Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, Mass. Son 
Radley owns a six-man foreign car repair shop, 

and Susan co-owns vintage clothing shops in 
Colorado. The Nuttings have three grandchil- 
dren. They like traveling and tandem bike riding. 
A 21 -year deacon of his church, Elmer has also 
been town moderator, a member of the water 
commission board, the finance committee, and 
the Industrial Development Financing Authority. 
The Newcomen Society is another interest. 

After thirty years at Heald Machine, Worces- 
ter, Bradford Ordway retired in 1969. "Ain't 
done nothing" since. He and Dot have a son, 
Craig, an orthopedic surgeon and chief of 
trauma at Nassau County Medical Center on 
Long Island. They have a granddaughter and a 
grandson. For twenty years, Ordway was mod- 
erator and sometimes selectman in Holland, 
Mass., with Dot being chairman of the school 
board for ten years. Currently, the Ordways ski 
one third of the year, spend the second third at 
their Vermont house, and the last third, travel- 
ing. They have driven from Bangkok to Singa- 
pore, through the Australian outback, across the 
Yucatan Peninsula, and around Patagonia and 
the southern tip of South America. 

John Peavey, although looking to a 1 980 
retirement, in Hendersonville, N.C., is now a 
chemical process engineer at American 
Cyanamid, where he has been since 1964. Ear- 
lier, he was with John H. Breck Company and 
AG. Spaulding. In 1975, he retired as Lt. Col- 
onel, Ordnance, after 23 years in the active 
Army Reserves. His wife, Ann, has been a 
member of the Westfield School Committee, 
and former co-manager of the Westfield State 
College Bookstore. Son William graduated from 
Colgate and Harvard and is in the industrial- 
residential carpet cleaning business. He is mar- 
ried and has a daughter. Michael, a Duke 
graduate, is a lawyer and also married. Louise 
graduated from Mount Holyoke and UMass, is a 
Latin and English teacher, and has a husband 
and a daughter. Charles graduated from Prince- 
ton and Stanford and is with McDonnell Douglas 
Aircraft. Peavey raises exotic house plants, 
makes Chinese furniture, and collects tools. 

Still with Fraser Paper in Maine, Art Rand has, 
during his career at Fraser, worked in the paper 
mill laboratory and served as a technical sales 
service representative, and as head of the service 
group. He has also done research. Currently, he 
is director of environmental protection. . . . 
Robert Steele, until his retirement in 1976, was 
employed by du Pont, primarily at the Niagara 
Falls plant. At retirement, he was engineering 
services superintendent. During his last five 
years, he was in the Employee Relations Division 
developing a simplified wage structure and han- 
dling employee relations problems. Since retir- 
ing, Steele has been a part-time consultant. He is 
a professional engineer in New York and Ohio. 
He has served as president of the Niagara 
County chapter and as director of the New York 
State Society of Professional Engineers; as direc- 
tor of the Engineering Society of Buffalo; and as 
president of the Technical Societies Council of 
Western New York. He has been a church 
trustee, Sunday School superintendent, and fi- 
nancial campaign chairman. He is a Mason. 
Editor's note: Steele's son, Bob, was a good 
friend of mine in high school. 

Winter 1980 /The WPI Journal/ 21 

Before retiring in 1966, Frans Strandberg con- 
cluded his career as a civilian engineer with the 
Navy, as director of construction of the Atlantic 
Underseas Test and Evaluation Center on An- 
dros Island, Bahamas. He did a stint with the 
Army's Anti-Missile Program in the 1960's, serv- 
ing on the team that selected the Sprint Missile 
for development. He spent four years at 
Thompson Wire, Worcester and in active duty in 
the Navy. Presently, Strandberg is an officer of 
the Dartmouth National Bank, Hanover, N.H. 
Since retirement, he's also been a church ad- 
ministrator, village engineer, and a con- 
dominium construction project manager. He is 
now elder of the local Lutheran Church in En- 
field, N.H., and has served on the town hall 
renovation committee. Wife Elsie chairs the 
church Social Ministry Committee, sings in the 
choir, is secretary-treasurer of the area Ecumeni- 
cal Council, and delivers Meals on Wheels. 

Ernest Sykes, who taught engineering draw- 
ing at WPI after serving in World War II, worked 
on the construction of two churches near cam- 
pus. Later, he worked for General Electric Realty 
Corp., on construction management needs at 
Appliance Park, Louisville, Ky., and the Atomic 
PowerLab., in Pleasanton, Calif., among others. 
Since 1961, he's been in plant engineering atthe 
Lawrence Radiation Lab. in Berkeley, Calif., the 
site of the original "atom smasher." He's been 
concerned with problems of stable foundations 
and earthquake-resistant restraints, so has be- 
come the "in-house" expert at "rebuilding the 
variety of landslides that plague us (on campus) 
each winter rainy season." In 1974, he and his 
wife served as Volunteers In Service to America 
in the economically depressed area of northern 
New Mexico. . . . For over thirty years, Cordon 
Thompson has been a design engineer at G.F. 
Wright Steel & Wire Co., designing extremely 
fast wire weaving looms and processes. Early in 
his career, he was with Eastern Bridge Co. and 
Fiske Carter Construction Co. The Thompsons, 
who live in Worcester, have two sons and two 
grandsons. "We are proud grandparents." 

Soon, William Wadsworth expects to retire 
from WPI to his 1 300 acres of forest land in New 
Hampshire, where he plans to continue his re- 
search and consulting in acoustics and finish up 
some of his writing. He received his MS from 
WPI in 1941 , and then joined the electrical 
engineering department. "Have been at WPI 
ever since." In 1957, he became a full professor. 
Since 1953, he has directed the WPI Acoustics 
Laboratory, along with teaching. The lab devel- 
oped hearing protectors and communications 
systems for use in high level noise fields pro- 
duced by jet aircraft. These developments led to 
five U.S. patents, the royalties of which helped 
support the laboratory. Wadsworth served on 
the National Research Council committee on 
helmets, and he belongs to IEEE, the Acoustical 
Society of America, Audio Engineering Society, 
and Sigma Xi. Besides being listed in Who's 
Who, he has been honored with the Worcester 
Engineering Society Award for Scientific 
Achievement. For "diversion" he coached the 
WPI tennis team for ten years. 

Fred Webster, who spent 24 years teaching 
mechanical engineering at WPI, is enjoying re- 
tirement in Princeton, Mass. He and his wife, 
Ruth, travel to New Hampshire summers and to 
Wyoming and Vermont to see their grandchil- 
dren. Sometimes they go abroad. Fred has sev- 
eral hobbies. Ruth paints, weaves, and serves as 
a library trustee. During part of their thirty years 
in Princeton, Fred has had a term on the school 
committee and three terms on the advisory 
board. . . . Presently, Robert West is manager of 
product research at Stanley Tools, where he 
previously was director of product engineering. 
He has been at Stanley for 22 years. Earlier he 
was with Thayer Scale Co., Towle Mfg. Co., the 
Navy, and Heald Machine, among others. He 
holds 38 patents on hand tools such as tape 
rules, hammers, and levels. One of his most 
important is the basic patent for the Powerlock 
rule line, the biggest-selling rules in the world. 
Daughter Karen is married and the mother of 
Jennifer, 3. Son Lee is a civil engineer. West has 
been active in church work and scouting. His 
wife continues as a part-time nurse. Activities 
include woodworking, hiking, and travel. 

Harold White, now back in the U.S. with 
Norton, recently returned from a seven-year 
stint for the firm in England. He has been at 
Norton for 33 years. He had worked for GE and 
the Factory Insurance Association earlier. "I was 
once too long in India and China with the U.S. 
Air Force." (Captain) Hobbies include antiques, 
woodworking tools, and American clock collect- 
ing. He likes to repair clocks and travel. "We 
have been throughout Europe, Asia Minor and 
Africa, but our favorite spot is Cape Porpoise, 
Me., for family gatherings." The Whites have 
three children : Patricia, a project manager at 
Ginn & Co.; David, a physiotherapist; and 
Catherine, a sales administrator; plus four 
grandchildren. Last summer the Whites at- 
tended the Queen's Lawn Party at Buckingham 

George Yule, who owns the family business, 
Leominster (Mass.) Granite & Marble, and has 
run it since 1 946, previously had worked for du 
Pont and Worcester Gas. The Yules have four 
married daughters and four grandchildren. Two 
of the daughters have nursing degrees and two 
have degrees in education. Their son Robert is a 
WPI senior, and was captain of the football team 
for two years. (Also, he's on the varsity 
heavyweight eight in crew.) Yule is a Past Master 
of the Masonic Lodge, and a Past Exalted Ruler 
of the Leominster Lodge of Elks. 

After 20 years in aerospace, Dick Wilson 
continues in facilities engineering and adminis- 
tration for the Long Beach (Calif.) Schools, a post 
he enjoys and has held for over seven years. He is 
president of the local Rotary Club. He and Mae 
attended the Rotary International Convention in 
Rome in June. Also, he is serving on the Regional 
Policy Board and on a national committee of the 
ASME. He has been active in neighborhood 
associations, and has served as a school board 
trustee, scoutmaster, United Fund chairman, 
City Master Plan committeeman, and church 
treasurer. He founded San Clemente Canyon 
Park in San Diego. The Wilsons' daughter, 
Kathy, graduated from Berkeley and is an artist. 
Keith is an ME and project engineer, who has 
three daughters; Shelley is married and living in 
Norway; Ken, a former Rotary Youth Ambassa- 
dor to England, is at Brigham Young University. 
Wilson hobbies are jogging, back packing, 
swimming, and conservation. 



Robert E Dunklee, Jr. 

Rocky Hill Rd 

North Scituate, Rl 


Russell A. Lovell, Jr 
Jonathan Lane 
Sandwich, MA 

Everett Smith, who is retired from U.S. Steel 
Corp., Electrical Cable Division, spends much of 
the year in Fort Myers, Fla. . . . Since last Jan. 2, 
Dr. Michael Wales has been senior research 
scientist at ABCOR, Inc., in Wilmington, Mass. 
He retired from Shell Development Co., Hous- 
ton, Texas, in December of 1978. 

1 941 

Russell W Parks 
7250 Brill Rd 
Cincinnati, OH 

In October, William Simmons, chairman of the 
Sino American Cooperative Organization 
(SACO), led a group of 100 former U.S. Naval 
Group China World War II veterans and their 
wives on a two-week visit to Free China in 
Taiwan. The group, as guests of the government 
of Free China, visited in the Republic of China 
and observed progress of the ten great projects 
being implemented to modernize and industri- 
alize the Republic. Meetings with top govern- 
ment officials and industrial leaders were part of 
the agenda. SACO is an organization devoted to 
friendship and continued contact with the 
Chinese Ministry of National Defense in the 
Republic of China. (Simmons is president of W. 
P. Simmons Company, Inc., in San Rafael, Calif.) 

22 /The WPI Journal/ Winter 1980 


Norman A Wilson 
17 Cranbrook Dr. 
Holden, MA 

Donald Packard has joined Jahn Foundry in 
Springfield, Mass. 


Robert S Schedin 

Brookfield, MA 

Dr. Arthur Lindroos, still with Penick Corpora- 
tion, is now associate manager of engineering in 
Lyndhurst, N.J. 



John C. Underhill 

6706 Barkworth Dr. 

Dallas. TX 


John A. Bjork 
1 1 Tylee Ave 
Worcester, MA 

Recently, Alan Gault returned from a two-year 
stay in Jordan, where he supervised the con- 
struction of a new airfield for the Jordanian 



Robert E. Scott 

Allendale Mutual Insurance Co. 

PO Box 7500 

Johnstown, Rl 


Robert Chaplick says, "After thirty years with 
the federal government, I have retired." He had 
been an aerospace technologist at NASA's God- 

dard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md 

Howard Gerring has become affiliated with 
Winslow-Smith Associates in Westport, Conn., 
where he is a senior associate. The firm handles 
professional placements. Gerring's area includes 
manufacturing and manufacturing support pro- 
fessionals, as well as engineering and technical 
support. He is chiefly concerned with place- 
ments in Connecticut, Westchester County, and 
New York City. 



M. Daniel Lacedonia 

106 Ridge Rd 

East Longmeadow, MA 


George H Conley, Jr 
213 Stevens Dr 
Pittsburgh, PA 

Nestor Brown has been named manager of 
engineering evaluation services for Carrier's Ma- 
chinery and Systems Division. He is a former 
manager of air systems engineering services, and 
has had extensive experience in the design and 
development of HVAC equipment. Since 1962, 
he has been a member of ASHRAE. . . . John 
Osborn has been named superintendent of in- 
spection at the Bay City (Mich.) Chevrolet plant. 
He joined General Motors in 1953, and prior to 
his most recent promotion, was superintendent 
of inspection at Chevrolet Grey Iron, a post he 
had held since 1971. 



Allan Clazer 

20 Monadnock Dr. 

Shrewsbury, MA 


Norman Feldman, vice president of corporate 
manufacturing service at Honeywell, Inc. , has 
forwarded the information that former WPI 
President (and Admiral) Wat Tyler Cluverius was 
aboard the U.S.S. Maine when it was sinking in 
Havana Harbor, Cuba, in 1898. He came across 
the information in a review in the Naval Institute 
"Proceedings" on a book by Admiral Rickover 
titled How the Battleship Maine was Destroyed. 
At the time of the sinking, Admiral Cluverius was 
a naval cadet. Later, in court, his testimony was 
used because "his observations were amazingly 
perceptive." Page 117 states, "Thus, the obser- 
vations made by Cadet Cluverius appear to 
describe the sounds and motions to be expected 
from an internal burst." 


Paul E Evans 
Longmeadow, MA 

John J Concordia 
16 Summer St 
Shrewsbury, MA 

Paul Holden continues with Westinghouse and 
is manager of the engineering department for 
Gas Turbines at the South Philadelphia plant. 
Paul's son, Carl, graduated with high distinction 
in architecture from Penn State last year. Not 
long ago, Carl spent a semester abroad studying 
European architecture. 


Howard I. Green 
1 Kenilworth Rd 
Worcester, MA 

Sidney Madwed 
21 5 Crest Terrace 
Fairfield, CT 

In May, Thomas Bamf ord was appointed corpo- 
rate vice president of research and development 
at FMC Corp., Chicago, III. For the past five 
years, he has been president of Bamford As- 
sociates, Boston, a technology consulting firm he 
formed following over twenty years with Arthur 
D. Little, Inc. . . . Fred Brennan, the ITT 
Aerospace-Optical Division director of business 
development, has been elected vice president. 
He is responsible for planning, directing and 
coordinating all business development activities 
for the division, including marketing, advanced 
programs, advertising, and business planning. 
Earlier, he was director of marketing at ITT 
Gilfillan, Van Nuys, Calif., and had fifteen years 
of marketing experience with Singer-Kearfott. 

Currently, Feecon Corp. Westboro, Mass., 
owned and operated by Jim O'Regan and John 
Gagliardo, '46, is the major supplier of equip- 
ment for airport crash fire trucks for the U.S. Air 
Force and the Navy. In 1975, the company 
became part of the Philadelphia Suburban 
Group. From 1949 to 1968, O'Regan was with 
Rockwood Sprinkler (and successors) until it 
moved to Maine. The O'Regans have a married 
son and daughter, and a son and daughter in 
college. Mary and he enjoy golf, and their 

Estelle and James Peepas have four 
daughters: Valerie Ann, who is married and is a 
graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of 
Music; Chrisanne, a graduate of Westminster 
College and an employee of Clark Equipment in 
the management training program; Diane, an 
acting major at Bennington College; and 
Stephanie, a marketing major at the University 
of Bridgeport. Peepas is president of Selecto- 
Flash, Inc., West Orange, N.J., with manufactur- 
ing facilities and warehouses throughout the 
world . Estelle loves to golf and Peepas has taken 
up fishing "in my old age.". . . Hugh Robinson is 
cautious around his 750 BMW motorcycle these 
days. Last fall, he spent forty days in traction and 
weeks more in a leg cast following an accident 
that broke his knee. He and Doris travel in their 
mini-motorhome and square dance. Their son 
Glenn is married and lives in Truckee, Calif.; 
Rachel is at California Polytechnic State Univer- 
sity. They have a grandchild. For 16 years, 
Robinson has been with Raychem in Sunnyvale, 
Calif. He is western region sales manager re- 
sponsible for half the U.S. for the Chemelex 
Division. He is involved with corrosion preven- 
tion products for underground and underwater 

Winter 1980 /The WPI Journal/ 23 

Joe Skidmore is still a sales engineer for Armco 
Steel. His wife is a pediatric nurse (RN). His son is 
a school teacher in Seattle and his daughter is a 
student at Central Washington University. The 
family backpacks, golfs, and plays tennis. Joe 

likes photography Robert Smith has his own 

consulting practice in Eugene, Oregon after 
nearly 24 years with Westinghouse. He is doing 
largely industrial work, with "as little commercial 
design as possible. ' ' Amy is a student at the 
University of Oregon right at "the bottom of the 
hill." Carol and he are enjoying peace and quiet 
around the house and their yard and garden. 

Alfred Strogoff continues as president and 
chief executive officer of International Foodser- 
vice Corp. in California. Previously, he had been 
with Sun Chemical Company, as vice president 
and managed Standard Kollsman, a Sun sub- 
sidiary. He also had been president of a Litton 
education group. For 2 1 years, he was with Adler 
Electronics, where he rose to executive vice 
president. "My WPI background helped prepare 
me well for my career changes." The Strogoffs 
have five children: Jody, a reporter; Nancy, an 
editor; Michael, a graduate student in architec- 
ture; and Lauren and Jimmy, college students. . . 
Most recently, Wallace Thompson has been 
involved with technology transfer and licensing 
atdu Pont in Wilmington, Del., where he's been 
since 1 950. Now that his three sons have their 
bachelor's degrees and have left home, his wife 
is planning "grand additions and improvements 
to our house, despite its proven adequacy." 
They like tennis and golf, and belong to some 
community organizations. 

Since graduation, Robert Wallace has been a 
telephone engineer with Bell systems, IT&T, 
COMSAT and F.C.C. for the last ten years. The 
Wallaces live on three acres in Northern Virginia, 
where they have a six-stall barn and kennel and 
breed prize golden retrievers. Bob and Joy are 
very active in the Vienna Baptist Church. He is a 
deacon and she is director of the child care 
program. They sing in the choir, which toured 
Europe over a year ago. Summer finds them in 
Georgetown, Me. They have five children and 
two grandchildren. 



Lester J Reynolds. Jr 

15 Cherry Lane 

Basking Ridge, NJ 


Henry S. Coe, Jr 
3 HarwickRd 
Wakefield, MA 

John Adams is currently general agent for Occi- 
dental Life Insurance Co. of California. He is 
located in Indianapolis. . . . Formerly with Heald 
Machine and the Alden Hydraulic Laboratory, 
Richard Amidon has now been named senior 
vice president of New Hampshire Ball Bearings, 
Inc., Peterborough, N.H. . . . Francis Fay con- 
tinues as principal engineer at Raytheon Co., 
Wayland, Mass. 

Dr. Herman Nied has joined the GE Research 
and Development Center, Schenectady, N.Y. 
With GE since 1960, Dr. Nied has served as a 
research engineer in GE's Re-entry and En- 
vironmental Systems Division, Philadelphia; an 
analytical mechanics engineer at Knolls Atomic 
Power Lab. , Schenectady; and as manager of 
advanced mechanics in the Gas Turbine Division. 
He has a PhD from the University of Pennsyl- 
vania and belongs to the ASME, the Society for 
Experimental Stress Analysis, and the American 
Academy of Mechanics. He is a professional 
engineer in New York and New Jersey. 

Les Reynolds is still at the American Cyanamid 
Company in Bound Brook, N.J. Presently, he 
holds the position of assistant marketing man- 
ager of Textile Chemicals. He attended the 
National Technical Conference of the AATCC in 
October at which Joe Gibson, '44 received the 
highest award in the textile dyeing industry, the 

Olney Award Robert Stewart has resigned as 

president and chief operating officer of Arlen 
Realty & Development Corp. to take over the 
new post of senior vice president of corporate 
planning development at IC Industries, Inc., 
Chicago. IC is a diversified railroad, real estate 
and food products company. Stewart will primar- 
ily be in charge of strategic and operational 
planning, acquisitions and divestitures. His first 
assignment will cover a possible major transac- 
tion involving Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, a 
subsidiary that IC sought earlier to sell to South- 
ern Railway. Stewart has been nominated by the 
WPI Alumni Association to a five-year term on 
the WPI board of trustees beginning in 1 980. 

195 1 

Stanley L Miller 
11 Ashwood Rd 
Paxton, MA 


John L Reld 

31 Spring Garden Dr. 

Madison, NJ 


Frank MacPherson has retired from politics after 
serving four years as a Westfield (N.J.) council- 
man and council chairman of the Public Works 
Dept. While in office, he was concerned with 
instituting extensive storm water controls, in- 
cluding a large retention basin project. He says, 
"Jack Malloy, '54, was my 'boss', as he has 
served as town administrator for many years." 
Last year, MacPherson Control Products, Inc. 
celebrated its 20th anniversary. The older Mac- 
Pherson daughters graduated from UVM. Carol 
is in Suffield Academy. 



Edward G Samolis 
580 Roberts Ave. 
Syracuse, NY 

Richard Boutiette, DPW director in Wakefield, 
Mass. since 1961 , has been reappointed for a 
three-year period by a unanimous vote of the 
board of Public Works. In 1977, Boutiette was 
named "Man of the Year" by the New England 
Chapter of the American Public Works Associa- 
tion, which he had previously served as presi- 
dent. He is a past president of Norfolk Bristol 
Middlesex Highway Association and a member 
of the New England Waterworks Association. He 
was chairman of the Technical Advisory Com- 
mittee for Solid Waste Disposal for the MAPC. 
He has been employed by the Massachusetts 
DPW, Edward and Kelcey, and the Town of 
Reading, Mass., as town engineer. In 1966, he 
gained national recognition for his unique 
snow-plowing school. He is a registered profes- 
sional engineer, and he belongs to the ASCE, and 
the Massachusetts Municipal Engineers Associa- 
tion. . . . Earl Klaubert's son Brian is studying 
mechanical engineering at WPI. 



Dr David S Jenney 


Stratford, CT 


Ernest Demar writes: "Now that my son Danny 
has decided to attend WPI, I am no longer a 
'missing person.' " For 17 years Demar has been 
working abroad. Currently, he is a resident con- 
struction manager for Pullman Kellogg Limited, 
assigned to a large refinery expansion for Mobil 
Oil outside of London, England. Demar's oldest 
son is a sophomore at Tufts. . . . Dave Elovitz has 
resigned as chief executive officer of Medical 
Area Service Corporation in Boston to devote full 
time to his private practice as a consulting man- 
agement engineer concentrating on energy sys- 
tems. He has an office in Natick. He started 
MASCO in 1972 and built it to an annual volume 
of over$12 million. His private practice will build 
on his national reputation in the energy conser- 
vation field. 

24 /The WPI journal/ Winter 1980 


Roger R Osell 
18 Eliot Rd 
Lexington, MA 

Roger R Osell 

David Bisson is president of Trend Transit, Inc., 
Burlingame, Calif. . . . Sahl Kabbani's eleven- 
year-old firm, New Products Industries in Saudi 
Arabia, manufactures PVC pipes. "It was the first 
of its kind in the country in 1968." Formerly, he 
worked as general manager of the Arabian 
Cement Company. Two daughters are married 
and son Khairy is studying in Michigan. A few 
years ago, Kabbani had a "great" reunion with 
Abdul Kazi who had 2,000 men under him, and 
who was responsible for the American and Rus- 
sian aid to Afghanistan in the field of construc- 
tion. "After the revolution, I lost contact with 
him." The Kabbanis have traveled often to Brazil 
and Europe and twice around the world. 

After working as an engineer for seven years, 
Thomas Kee switched professions for a career in 
the investment business with Merrill Lynch, 
Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. He is now an 
assistant vice president. Son Kenneth, a former 
high school All-Stater in tennis, is at MIT. Kim, at 
Brown, was also an All-Stater in tennis and won a 
varsity letter in girl's track. Kara is in grade school 
and also likes tennis, golf, and gymnastics. In the 
summer, the Kees play golf and tennis, turning 
to platform tennis in the winter. Kee is an "avid 
backgammon player," and enjoys philately. He 
sometimes runs into Dick Lindquist at stamp 
shows. Currently on the board of the Rhode 
Island Association for the Blind, Kee has also 
served as PTA president and church treasurer. 

Jerome Kilburne has spent 25 years with New 
England Telephone & Telegraph, except for 
three years with AT & T in New York. In 1 975, he 
started a woodworking business featuring 
selected furniture accessories, clocks, and 
stained glass items. The Kilburnes have three 
children: Debbie, who is at Rhode Island School 
of Design; Bruce, who is a landscaper; and 
Donna, a high school senior. They reside in 
Westwood, Mass. . . . King Killin writes that his 
goals are to "once get an assignment that is not 
somebody else's disaster, and to catch a 14 
pound largemouth bass." As for his career, or 
anyone else's, "you must be in the right place at 
the right time to insure success." Since 1974, he 
has held the post of vice president of engineering 
at American Can (U.S. Reduction). Previously, 
he was with Kaiser Engineers, Bridgeport Rolling 
Mills, and U.S. Steel. The Killins have two sons 
and a daughter. 

Joseph King of Randolph, Vermont, says that 
his favorite hobby is sailing his 35-foot sloop, 
"Sea Fever" along the coast of Maine. He likes 
photography and other outdoor activities, too. 
His biggest interest now is constructing energy 
efficient buildings that can be partially heated 
with alternative energy sources. Presently, he is 
president of the King Company, Inc., doing 
general contracting. He owns a small commer- 
cial development which has a completed office 
building and others are being planned. Earlier, he 

formed an engineering consulting firm, Dubois 
& King, which provides environmental engineer- 
ing services to northern New England and which 
continues to expand. In 1970, be became senior 
vice president. He resigned a few years ago to 
start another firm. Formerly, he worked for 
Metcalf & Eddy in Boston and the New England 
Division of the Corps of Engineers. He and his 
wife have four children, the oldest having re- 
cently graduated from the University of Ver- 
mont — Richard Kirk works as staff engineer in 
high-speed printer development at IBM in Boca 
Raton, Fla. Formerly, he was with IBM in 
Huntsville, Ala., and with Hamilton Standard in 
Windsor Locks, Conn. He has two sons and a 
daughter. Over the years, he has seen service 
with the Jaycees as secretary and president in 
Suffield, Conn., and as an officer and commit- 
teeman for churches in Suffield and Huntsville, 
Alabama . . . Says Haralambos Kritikos, "After 
obtaining my BS and MS at WPI and being full of 
good memories, I went to the University of 
Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where I continued 
my studies and obtained my PhD in electrical 
engineering. I then went to California Institute of 
Technology as a research fellow for a year, then 
back to the University of Pennsylvania as a 
member of the faculty. I am now professor of 
electrical engineering at the University of 
Pennsylvania, where I teach and do research in 
the area of electromagnetic waves." 

Robert Labonte's group's activities have fo- 
cused on NASA, principally in the planning, 
design, development, testing and integration of 
improved command and control systems needed 
to support both the Space Shuttle and the many 
"exciting space programs planned for the late 
1980's." Earlier, he led special studies activities 
on the airborne warning and control system; and 
served as the U.S. consultant on overall com- 
munications planning on the U.S. NATO delega- 
tion in Paris. In previous years at Westinghouse 
Air Arm, he worked on the development of the 
radar for the Bomarc missile. For a time, he was 
on the staff of MIT's Lincoln Laboratory. The 
Labontes' only child, Robert, spent two years at 
Columbia, and is now completing his education 
nearer home. Wife Dolores is the current presi- 
dent of the Shrewsbury Woman's Club. . . . 
Harold Lake wrote an article that appeared in the 
Proceedings of the Electronic Components Con- 
ference and a chapter, "Design for Shock and 
Vibration," which was published in theHand- 
book of Electronic Packaging, McGraw-Hill. He 
serves as supervisor of electro-mechanical pack- 
aging process control systems at the Foxboro 
Company. Other associations were with Com- 
puter Signal Processors, Inc., Sylvania, and 
Sperry Gyroscope. He has an MS from Adelphi 
University. His daughter, Debra, graduated from 
BU; Sheryl, from Bryant College; and Beth is in 
high school, while Rhonda is in junior high. 
Lake's wife, Harriet, a dental hygienist, 
graduated from the University of Bridgeport. 

Paul London runs a business fixing vacuum 
pumps, but spends all the time he can sailing. 
Former posts were as refrigeration contractor 
and as a builder of environmental rooms for oil 
companies. He spent two years at White Sands, 
N.M., "trying to get some ball bearings to orbit 
the earth." He has one child at Ithaca College, 
one at Lewis & Clark, and one riding a bike 
around England. His second wife, Sharon, 
graduated this year with a degree in accounting. 
The Londons live in San Francisco. . . . Russell 
Lussier says that among his "special awards" are 
seven speeding tickets, two tax audits, and a 
condemnation notice from Planned Parenthood, 
Inc. (The Lussiers have five sons.) He has his own 
agency in Warren, Ohio, where he is a manufac- 
turers' representative. Earlier, he was seven 
years in sales with Horsburgh & Scott Co., 
Cleveland, and nine years with the Torrington 

Except for a stint in the Army, Douglas Mac- 
Laren has been with the Torrington Co. since 
graduation. Presently, he is in sales management 
in South Bend, Ind. Previously, he had been 
district engineer and southwestern district man- 
ager, with the bulk of his experience being 
associated with the oil and aircraft industries. He 
has served on engineering committees for the 
American Petroleum Institute. One of his sons is 
pursuing an accounting career, and another, 
engineering, at Texas A&M. The youngest is 
eight and keeps Dad's interest in soccer and 
Little League alive — Victor Matonis continues 
with Monsanto in Springfield, Mass., where he is 
technology group leader, R&D. He has written 
some 20 technical papers, and holds an MS and 
PhD in applied mechanics from UConn. Says he 
plays "lousy golf, not too bad bridge," and that 
he and his wife have covered most of the world 
traveling. Both children are at UMass. Matonis is 
past chairman of his section of the ASME. . . . 
Malcolm McLeod is a senior development en- 
gineer at UCLA. He holds both an MS in en- 
gineering and a PhD in planetary and space 
physics from UCLA. 

Milton Meckler delivered a paper, "Integrat- 
ing Solar Powered Heat-Recovery- 
Cogeneration Chillers with Building and Thermal 
Storage Characteristics," before the Interna- 
tional Conference on Energy Use Management 
held in October in Los Angeles. The paper 
described some of the newer concepts being 
developed by the Meckler Energy Group and 

Meckler Engineers Group in Encino, Calif For 

two years, Harry Mirick has been business 
manager-controller for external resources (In- 
ternational Purchasing) at Digital Equipment 
Corp., Maynard, Mass., and has traveled exten- 
sively in the Far East and in Europe. He had been 
with HMW Industries, Lancaster, Pa., as vice 
president of operations at Time Computer, Inc., 
producer of Pulsar digital watches. He was also 
with IBM and the U.S. Army Signal Corps. His 
wife, Jean, is a nurse at Worcester's Memorial 
Hospital. Son Robert is at the Naval Academy; 
and a daughter, Suzanne, at Grove City (Pa.) 
College. Mirick likes to sail, garden and hike. He 
is active with the Methodist Church, the Mas- 
sachusetts Council of Churches, and the IEEE 

Winter 1980 /The WPI Journal/ 25 

Howard Nelson, long associated with the WPI 
Fund Board, received his master's degree from 
WPI this year. For the past two years, he has 
been at Jamesbury in Worcester. Since gradua- 
tion, he has worked for four companies in the 
engineering departments, and found the associ- 
ations "most pleasant." The Nelsons have two 
sons and reside in Grafton. . . . The youngest of 
David Nickerson's three daughters is in her 
senior year in college. After 1 5 years in engineer- 
ing, David and two other people went into 
business. "The venture has kept me quite busy 
and satisfied." The Nickerons live in Wilbraham, 

Bob Niro holds the post of manager of field 
communications for the Technical OEM Group 
at Digital Equipment Corp., Maynard, Mass. 
Since he joined the firm 1 3 years ago, he has 
spent most of his time in marketing positions and 
promoting the very successful PDP-8 minicom- 
puter. Earlier, he spent five years at LFE/Tracerlab 
in Waltham, Mass. traveling the U.S. and 
Canada as a project engineer. He and his wife 
Jackie, who likes to ski, have two daughters, 
Leslie and Christina. . . . Robert Pickford is the 
manager of systems and procedures for the 
Pharmaceutical Group of Warner Lambert in 
Mendham, N.J. His group is comprised of six 
drug companies, such as Parke-Davis, Warner 
Chilcott, Texas Pharmacal, and Lactona. He has 
also been at American Optical, Mass. Mutual 
Life Insurance Co., and American International 
College, where he received his MBA and estab- 
lished a data processing program. For a time, he 
worked for the Counter Intelligence Corps in 
Panama. Pickford and his wife Betty are the 
parents of Linda, a Gettysburg College student, 

and Stephen, 17 During Fabian Pinkham's 

career, he has worked on numerous nationwide 
projects in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and 
made the first installation of an integrated data 
processing system within the USDA. He served 
on the National Inventory Task Force of the 
USDA; was a member of USDA's National 
Transportation Management Task Force; 
worked on problem areas, such as packaging 
and protective services; and developed and insti- 
tuted mathematical models for obtaining op- 
timum solutions for competitive bids involving a 
multiplicity of limitations, i.e., origin points 
(sources of supply), processing plants, and desti- 
nation points for finished products in all fifty 
states. His efforts proved successful, and he was 
presented with the highest award for an em- 
ployee suggestion ever granted in the National 
Processed Commodity Office. 

In 1 978, Ed Power was elected vice president 
for planning and market development of 
Windspan, Inc., a new General Foods subsidiary 
formed to develop a dinner house restaurant 
chain. Previously, he had been employed by 
General Foods at its headquarters in White 
Plains, N.Y., for ten years working on corporate 
development programs. The Powers have three 
children: Jane, Maura, and Ned. Power is a 
captain in the Naval Reserve. He is inspector 
general for a Reserve Readiness Command near 
Schenectady, which is responsibleforthousands 
of reservists. . . . With the Magnetics Division of 
Spang Industries for ten years, George Ramig is 
now regional sales manager over eight salesmen 

covering the eastern part of the U.S. Company 
products include cores for transformers and 
magnetic steels. Ramig has taken up tennis, 
which he says his son, Keith, plays better than 
he. Daughter Jeanne is at Indiana University. 
Ramig's wife, Virginia, is a musician, while 
Ramig is active in musical groups and enjoys 
nature photography. . . . For two years, Walt 
Reibling has been plant manager of the Louis- 
ville (Ky.) Corning Glass Works plant known as 
Corhart Refractories. The plant makes fused cast 
refractories for the glass industry. Reibling has 
been at Corning for 1 5 years. He has three 
children: a college graduate daughter living at 
home; Kurt, a married mechanical engineer 
working at IBM; and a daughter at UConn. 

Donald Ross is vice president and general 
manager at MPB Corporation in New Hamp- 
shire. He has been involved in sales, marketing, 
and specialized business serving the aircraft and 
aerospace industries. Presently, he is responsible 
for three divisions in New England. The older 
Ross daughter graduated from Dartmouth, and 
the younger is 19. Their son is 14. Ross and his 
wife Prue are involved with a bank directorship 
and volunteer school work, respectively. Hob- 
bies include baseball and antique auto restora- 

Laurence Sanborn's oldest boy is a student at 
WPI. At home, his hobby is "keeping two older 
cars out of the grave." His true career love is 
microelectronic assembly, primarily in the areas 
of thick film hybrids. Last May, he became senior 
manufacturing engineer planner at Hamilton 
Standard, Electronics Division. Among earlier 
employers were GE and Raytheon. . . . Dexter 
Sanford serves as a staff engineer for Northeast 
Utilities Service Company in Berlin, Conn. His 
responsibilities include the design and applica- 
tion of protective relay systems for the affiliated 
companies of Northeast Utilities. During his 
career, he has worked for Connecticut Power 
Co., served in the Army at the White Sands 
Proving Ground in New Mexico, and at Hartford 
Electric. . . . After a number of years with GE, 
Fairchild, and Sperry Flight Systems, William 
Schoenemann joined Microform Data Systems 
as manufacturing manager. Eight years later, the 
company had grown from two people in man- 
ufacturing and zero sales, to 250 people and $36 
million in sales. Schoenemann rose to vice presi- 
dent of operations at Microform, then joined 
Telecommunications Technology, Inc., in 
California, recently, where he is continuing his 
pattern as a "workaholic." He's played racquet- 
ball three times a week for five years. 

Richard Scott holds the post of senior es- 
timator in the Providence office of Gilbane Build- 
ing Co., a firm he joined following graduation. 
He worked on various road, bridge, and building 
jobs for the company, then in 1 966, he became 
town engineer for his home town of Cumber- 
land. In 1 971 he returned to Gilbane. He is a 
professional engineer. The Scotts' four sons all 
like sports, and Dad has served as Little League 
coach. Scott has also been associated with the 
local youth hockey group, and the Cumberland 
Public Skating Association for the past ten years. 

. . . William Seubert, a licensed professional 
engineer, is a senior engineer at C.F. Braun & 
Co., Murray Hill, N.J. He and his wife Diana have 
four children and live in Belle Mead. 

Continuing at the Naval Underwater System 
Center in Newport, R.I., Edwin Shivell is con- 
cerned with A&W ranger and fleet systems T&E. 
He has been Massachusetts state president of 
the Jaycees. He also was involved with Masonry 
and the United Fund. Among his hobbies are 
tennis and sailboat racing. . . . Making antique 
imitations, woodworking, and cabinetry are fa- 
vorite pastimes of Charles Simonich. He super- 
vises engineering design, construction and main- 
tenance of aerial, underground, buried and 
submarine structures and cable facilities for tele- 
phone communication needs of the Springfield 
(Mass.) district of New England Telephone Co. 
Son Charles attends Fairfield University; David is 
a high school student; and John is in junior high. 
. . . The Halvor Skjellaugs love to travel and 
spend many vacations in the Canary Islands. 
Skjellaug works for Norsk Hydro-Rjukan Fabrik- 
ker in Norway. The company produces am- 
monia, ammonium nitrate for forest fertilizers 
and explosives, and concentrated nitric acid, as 
well as heavy water and a variety of rare gases. 
The family, which includes a son and daughter, 
likes skiing, fishing, and gardening. . . . After 
twenty-five years with du Pont, Walter Stewart 
of Marietta, Ohio, is presently a senior process 
engineer in the fluoropolymers division man- 
ufacturing Teflon and providing liaison with the 
engineering department. In the past, he has 
been involved with the production of the plastic 
inner layer for windshields, and had been as- 
signed to Parkersburg, W. Va., and Aiken, S.C. 
Dave is at the University of Cincinnati Medical 
School. Doug is at the University of Colorado, 
and Cindy is in high school. All are competitive 
swimmers. Stewart has coached the local YMCA 

Seventeen years ago, McKinsey & Company 
invited Henry Strage to go to London for a 
"short" assignment. Today he is still there, serv- 
ing as a director of the firm. He, his wife, and four 
children love London. "It is probably the most 
civilized city in the world." His most satisfying 
professional assignments involved the complete 
restructuring of the government of Tanzania and 
the reorganization of the United Kingdom Na- 
tional Health Service, which employs a million 
people. He's been associated with the U.N., the 
British Cabinet think-tank, and the Bank of 
England. He is now on assignment with the 
multinational chemical and oil companies. He is a 
governor of the Hebrew University Jerusalem 
Institute of Management. He writes manage- 
ment articles for magazines, speaks at seminars, 
and sometimes teaches at Harvard Business 
School. The Strages are well traveled, like to ski, 
and are involved with the National Association 

for Gifted Children Wilfred Taylor is the 

principal member of TEC Associates in Wind- 
ham, Me. (consulting civil and sanitary en- 
gineers). Other associations have been with Dale 
E. Caruthers Co., Crowell & Taylor, Barnstable, 
Mass. (town engineer), Corse & Tibbetts, and 
Columbia Gas Co. Taylor is a professional en- 

26 /The Wl'l Journal/ Winter 1980 

gineer and enjoys building houses. He has been 
busy in civic associations, scouting, sailing, and 
farming. "Raise most of our own food." He 
hopes to develop water and wind power as well 
as solar energy alternatives. Currently, he has a 
tree farm and heats with wood. He has two sons 
(one a former WPI student) and four daughters. 

Otto Wahlrab continues as the owner of John 
P. Slade Insurance in Fall River, Mass., having 
purchased the company in 1975 from Bill 
Worthley, '37. He was with Firemen's Mutual 
Insurance Co., the Navy, and New England 
Telephone Co. The Wahlrabs live in Rehoboth, 
where Otto is on the planning board. He is a 
former chairman of the Republican party in 
Massachusetts, a trustee of the Congregational 
Church, president of Family Planning of Fall 
River, and a director of the local Chamber of 
Commerce. He is involved with Rotary, scouting, 
squash, and golf. The Wahlrabs have three 
daughters, two being in college. . . . Steinerfilm, 
Inc., Williamstown, Mass., where Cordon 
"Bucky" Walters is president-treasurer, is being 
expanded by 30,000 square feet. (Son Glenn, 
76, is plant manager.) Walters started the firm in 
1972. He was a former employee of Sprague 
Electric, du Pont, and was with the Army. He 
holds two patents and has been published in a 
national magazine. His concerns include church 
work, prison visitations, Bible studies, camping, 
swimming, sailing and fishing. Recently, he was 
in Brazil. He is associated with American Field 
Service, scouting, the PTA, Little League, and is a 
director of First Aggie National Bank and Jiminy 
Peak. He holds 45 percent of the stock in 
TEPCO. The five Walters children and their 
parents enjoy their waterfront home on Lake 
George. Walters is a member of the Presidents 
Advisory Council at WPI. 

R. Kingman Webster holds the post of man- 
ager of a regional manufacturer and distributor 
of feeds for poultry and livestock, and he is 
located in Andover, Mass. He is a member and 
officer of several Masonic, YMCA, Red Cross, 
and United Fund associations. Hobbies include 
puttering around the house and yard, skiing, and 
tennis. The Websters have three daughters. . . . 
In the past year and a half, Wesley Wheeler has 
had eight career-oriented trips around the 
world. He heads his own firm of International 
Maritime Consultants Wesley D. Wheeler As- 
sociates, Ltd. in New York City. Among his 
projects have been the coordinating of four 
containership new buildings for ITEL Corp./ 
Seatrain Charter, numerous ship surveys, and 
legal cases. He is also the U.S. representative for 
Astilleros, Espanoles, S.A. Earlier he was with 
American Bulk Carriers, Inc; Wheeler Yacht Co.; 
M. Rosenblatt and Son, Inc.; John J. McMullen 
Associates, Inc.; and J. J. Henry Co., Inc. For 
seven years he lived in Spain, Malta, and the 
Netherlands. He has an MS in engineering 
(Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) 
from the University of Michigan. ... For twelve 
years, "Howie" Whittle has served as treasurer 
of Hollingsworth and Vose Co. , which manufac- 
tures and sells $53 million worth of specialty 
paper and non-woven products worldwide. Lo- 
cated in South Acton, Mass., the Whittles have 

three daughters, "who have grown up on a little 
farm with lots of horses around." They summer 
on Cape Cod and do some Sunfish racing. They 
winter at Mad River Glen, Vt., on skis. Their 
oldest daughter graduated from RIT, and is 
married; their second is a student at UMass, as is 
their youngest. Wife Bebe is "quite a horse- 



Kenneth L. Wakeen 
344 Waterville Rd 
Avon, CT 

Edouard S. P. Bouvier 
123 Beechwoods Dr. 
Madison, CT 

Robert Holden now teaches engineering sub- 
jects at Cuyamaca College in San Diego, Calif. 
The school is an "offshoot" of Grossmont Col- 
lege, where he has taught for years. Last summer 
he ran in two marathons (26 miles, 385 yards), 
and clocked 3 hrs, 48 mins., at the San Francisco 
marathon, and 3 hrs., 54 mins. in San Diego. He 

was track manager at WPI in 1 955 Charles 

Walters, manager of the Wallingford (Conn.) 
Electric Division, has been reelected treasurer of 
the Northeast Public Power Association 
(NEPPA). Employed in the utility industry for 
over 20 years, he also has an MBA from the 
University of New Haven. NEPPA is a Wellesley 
(Mass.) based association representing the 81 
consumer-owned electric utilities in New En- 



Rev. Paul D. Schoonmaker 

325 North Lewis Rd 

Royersford, PA 


John M. McHugh 
431 Beacon Hill Dr. 
Cheshire, CT 

Alan Adamson, formerly supervisor of Genera- 
tion Planning, has been appointed planning 
manager of the New York Power Pool. He is 
responsible for the Pool's eight member electric 
power systems, which supply the major portion 
of the electric energy consumed in New York 
State. He manages the planning staff, and di- 
rects studies regarding the need for different 
types of generating and high voltage transmis- 
sion facilities in the state. After graduation, he 
joined Long Island Lighting, and before joining 
the Pool in 1 971 , served as supervisor of genera- 
tion and interconnection planning. With the 
Pool, he was responsible for supervising, per- 
forming, scheduling, and coordination of gener- 
ation planning studies in his capacity as super- 
visor of generation planning. He belongs to the 
IEEE and serves on the Application of Probability 
Methods Subcommittee. He and his wife, Carol, 
have three children and reside in Guilderland, 

Still with United Technologies, Ernest Bern- 
stein is now engineering manager in Farm- 
ington, Conn. . . Donald Lathrop has been 
promoted from associate professor to professor 
in the humanities division at Berkshire Commu- 
nity College in Pittsfield, Mass. He started teach- 
ing in the sciences and engineering department 
in 1961 , and presently teaches philosophy. He 
has two master's degrees: one in natural science 
from RPI and another in religion from USC. 



Dr Robert A Yates 

1 1 Oak Ridge Dr. 

Bethany, CT 


Alfred E Barry 
1 Algonquin Rd 
Worcester, MA 

John Daly has been elected president of seven 
Columbia Gas System distribution companies 
with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Columbia 
Gas Companies included are those in Kentucky, 
Ohio, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Vir- 
ginia, and West Virginia. Since 1976, Daly has 
been general counsel and secretary of Columbia 
Transmission Corp. in Charleston, W. Va., a unit 
of Columbia Gas System. He has been with 
Columbia since 1957, and holds a law degree 
from Seton Hall. In 1961 , he was named an 
assistant supervisory engineer in New York, then 
corporate headquarters. In 1971 , he was pro- 
moted to senior attorney. He became a member 
of the law department of Columbia Transmission 
in 1973. In 1976, he was named general counsel 
of the firm. Daly and his wife, Jane, have three 
sons and a daughter. . . . Bob Lemay is working 

for IBM in Hopewell Junction, N.Y Presently, 

Richard Moore serves as supervisor of applica- 
tion engineering at SKF Industries, Inc., in King 
of Prussia, Pa. . . . Robert Propper continues as a 
visual information officer at the U.S. Dept. of 
Transportation in Washington, D.C. 

Donald Rising holds the post of manager of 
medical products development at Millipore 
Corp. in Bedford, Mass. . . . Richard Stevens is a 
sales engineer at Sprague Electric Co. in In- 

glewood, Calif David Stuart, who serves the 

Baha'i faith as an assistant auxiliary board 
member in Massachusetts and New York, was 
guest speaker at a Baha'i fireside discussion in 
Schenectady, N.Y. last September. He is an 
assistant director of the New England Power 

Winter 1980 /The WPI journal/ 21 


Harry R. Rydstrom 
132 Sugartown Rd 
Devon, PA 

Neil Carignan holds the post of chief design 
engineer in the Jacksonville (Fla.) office of M. 
Rosenblatt & Son. He is primarily concerned with 
Navy marine design. . . . Norman Taupeka is 
currently attending the Industrial College of the 
Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., his studies 
there concluding at the end of June. ICAF pro- 
vides senior level courses of study and associated 
research in the management of resources in 
support of national security for selected military 
officers and career civilian officials in the federal 
government. For three years, Taupeka has 
served as chief of the Systems Engineering Divi- 
sion at the Center for Tactical Computer Sys- 
tems, U.S. Army Communications Research and 
Development Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J. 
He has held increasingly responsible positions at 
Fort Monmouth since graduation. The Taupekas 
and their daughter, Mary Ann, reside in Alexan- 
dria, Va. 



Dr. Frederick H. Lutze, Jr. 

110 Camelot Court NW 

Blacksburg, VA 



Dr Joseph D Bronzino 

Trinity College 

Summit St. 

Hartford, CT 


After many years of teaching and administrative 
work, Oscar Hawley has just assumed the 
headmastership of the Harvard School in 
Chicago. The Hawleys have a son, Peter, and a 
daughter, Mary Elisabeth. "We try to return to 
New England every summer for some play at the 
shore in Rockport, Mass." . . . Philip Holden is 
currently computer systems supervisor at the 
Brevard (N.C.) film plant of du Pont. His daugh- 
ter, Cathi, made the dean's list at the University 
of North Carolina, and is working toward a 
degree in veterinary medicine. Sister Lori was 
voted "Citizen of the Year" at her high school, 
where she was named official photographer of 
the senior class. Cathi has traveled to Europe and 
Lori to Venezuela on school trips. The girls also 
visited an exchange student friend in Japan. . . . 
Leo Price continues with the U.S. Army Corps of 
Engineers. He is presently serving as a 
geotechnic engineer in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is 
concerned with the construction of air bases 
under the U.S. -Israel agreement. He specializes 
in horizontal construction and foundations. 


PaulW Bayliss 
Barnngton, IL 

JohnW Biddle 
78 Highland St. 
Holden, MA 

Cdr. Kevin Burke is teaching management at the 
U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, 
Calif. Last year, he was evacuated from Tehran, 
Iran, where he was serving as an advisor to the 
Iranian joint staff. . . . Recently, Thomas Hous- 
ton purchased an ornamental iron works busi- 
ness in Eugene, Oregon. He had been employed 
by Hughes Aircraft in Fullerton, Calif., for 19 
years. . . . David Mudgett works at the United 
Technologies Research Center in West Palm 
Beach, Fla. 

John Reisinger has been named division staff 
manager of residence services for Southern New 
England Telephone in a newly created post. He is 
responsible for staff functions, including busi- 
ness office and phone center store methods and 
commercial budgets, results, and training. Ear- 
lier, he was division manager in materials man- 
agement. He joined SNET as assistant engineer 
in 1960. In 1967, he was named installation and 
maintenance supervisor. After serving as district 
equipment superintendent and northern area 
staff manager, he was promoted to division 
manager in 1976. He has an MBA from the 
University of Hartford, is a team captain for the 
United Way of Greater New Haven, and a 
member of the University Club of Hartford. . . . 
Frank Siegel holds the post of senior engineer at 
Raytheon in Bedford, Mass. He is in the hybrid 
microcircuit advanced development group. 


John J Gabarro 
8 Monadnock Rd. 
Arlington, MA 

Henry Allessio, vice president of Hayes/Hill, Inc. , 
a management consulting firm, was recently 
quoted in The Wall Street Journal as saying that 
demand for auto parts was projected to rise a 
slim 1 .45 percent in 1 979 compared with a 
growth of 3.9% and 5.5% in 1978 and 1977, 
respectively. People buy fewer auto parts when 
they drive less, as the slowdown in the growth of 
auto parts sales proves. . . . Richard Andrews 
continues as program manager for ERT, Inc., in 
Concord, Mass. ... Dr. Norman Bolyea is now 
president of Bolyea Associates in Rye Beach, 
N.H. . . . David Chesmel has been appointed 
manager of marketing for the seal and packing 
division of Chemplast, Inc., Wayne, N.J., a pro- 
cessor of high performance plastics. He is re- 
sponsible for marketing in the new division, as 
well as for sales and product development pro- 
grams. He holds a master's degree from Wayne 
State University. 

Nino DiPilato has transferred to a new IBM 
location in Charlotte, N.C. He is presently work- 
ing on the system design and architecture of 
Retail Banking Systems as an advisory engineer. 
He, his wife, and two sons are living in Mathews, 
a suburb of Charlotte. "We are all adjusting well 
to the beautiful North Carolina weather." . . . 
Ralph Guertin has moved to Denver, Colo., and 
is now a geophysical consultant with McAdams, 
Roux, O'Connor Associates, Inc., an oil and gas 
exploration firm. He is responsible for geophysi- 
cal research and for development of new 
mathematical methods to process seismic data. 
. . . Brad Hosmer has been elected corporate vice 
president of Group Services for AMF Incorpo- 
rated. Brad joined AMF in 1978, following a 
series of marketing, operations and engineering 
management assignments with three com- 
panies, including the management consulting 
firm of Booz Allen Hamilton. At Branson Sonic 
Power Co., he rose to vice president of special 
products marketing. AMF Incorporated, his 
present firm, is a worldwide producer of leisure 
time and industrial products. 

James Kachadorian, owner and founder of 
Green Mountain Homes, Royalton, Vt., spoke 
about his manufactured solar homes as part of a 
session on emerging architecture in Kansas City 
in October at the Fourth National Passive Solar 
Conference. Since 1976, Jim's designs have re- 
ceived national recognition by such organiza- 
tions as the National Passive Solar Institute, the 
American Section of the International Solar En- 
ergy Society, Inc., the National Woodwork 
Manufacturers Association, Solar Engineering 
Magazine, and House and Garden. Sandia 
Laboratories, Los Alamos, N.M., selected 
Kachadorian's design as one of fifteen passive 
solar homes studied for a special report last July. 
The houses were considered to be the best 
passive solar-heated buildings of the year. Al- 
ready studied by Dartmouth's Thayer School of 
Engineering, Jim's homes will soon be studied by 
Brookhaven Laboratories of New York. 

Green Mountain passive solar homes are indi- 
vidually designed for homeowners, manufac- 
tured in Royalton, and shipped throughout the 
eastern U.S. from Virginia and Kansas to the 
Canadian border. Presently, the Kachadorians 
are building their own solar home, the first such 
home in Woodstock, Vermont. 

Normand Noel is the new director of Gilbane 
Building Company's regional office in Houston. 
Since starting at Gilbane in 1 970, Noel has 
served as district manager of business develop- 
ment in the Providence and Washington, D.C. 
regional offices. He has an MBA from UConn. A 
Marine for 20 years, he continues as a lieutenant 
colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve. 

28 /The WP1 journal / Winter 1980 


Harry T Rapel|e 
1313 Parma Hilton Rd 
Hilton, NY 

Richard J. DiBuono 
44 Lambert Circle 
Marlboro, MA 

Charles Belanger, M.D., has moved from the 
associate staff to the active medical staff at 
Hahnemann Hospital in Worcester. He has been 
associated with the hospital since 1975. After 
graduating from WPI, he did graduate work in 
physics at the University of Wisconsin and 
studied at Dartmouth Medical School. He re- 
ceived his M.D. from the University of Vermont, 
and was an intern and resident at Children's 
Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y. As a member of the U.S. 
Army Medical Corps, he was assigned to Martin 
Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga. . . M. Philip 
DeCaprio has been promoted to manager of 
engineering and operations program control and 
reporting at Northeast Utilities in Hartford, 
Conn. . . . Recently, Clifford Engstrom, manager 
of the Middleboro (Mass.) Gas and Electric 
Department, was reelected to the board of 
directors of the Northeast Public Power Associa- 
tion (NEPPA). He has been manager at Marlboro 
since 1975 and an employee of the municipal 
since 1970. He, his wife, Jane, and three sons 
reside in Lakeville. NEPPA represents 81 
consumer-owned electric utilities in New En- 

After nearly five years in England, George 
Forsberg has returned to the U.S. and is currently 
a manager of HMD process technology for 
Monsanto in Pensacola, Fla. . . . Martin Gross 
has been named product line manager responsi- 
ble for the direction and management of the 
modular analog and converter and modular 
instrument product lines of the Instruments and 
Systems Group at Analog Devices, Norwood, 
Mass. Since 1968, he has held a number of sales 
management positions, the most recent being 
that of manager of special sales development. 
He has an MSEE and MS in engineering man- 
agement from Northeastern. He is married, has 
two children, and coaches youth soccer and 
Little League in Sudbury, Mass. Analog Devices 
is a leading supplier of electronic data acquisition 
products. . . . Verne Viele is with Harris Corp., 
Web Printing Press Division, Pawcatuck, Conn. 
He and his wife, Sheila, have seven children. . . . 
Presently, Stephen Wells holds the position of 
director of operations at Lever Bros, in New York 



Robert E Maynard, Jr. 

8 Institute Rd 

North Grafton, MA 


Joseph J Mielinski. Jr 
34 Pioneer Rd 

Alan Elias is a systems programmer-analyst at 
Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn. . . . Robert 
Maynard, Jr., is the newly-elected vice president 
of finance at R. H. White Construction Com- 
pany, Inc., Auburn, Mass. He is in charge of 
finance and administration for the company and 
its subsidiaries. He holds an MBA from 
Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business Ad- 
ministration. . . . Recently, Roger McGee was 
promoted to crude oil trading coordinator for 
Standard Oil Company of California in San Fran- 
cisco. He finds that with unsettled crude supply 
at the present time, his is a very busy and 
interesting assignment. Previously, he was in- 
volved with operations planning for Chevron 
USA, Standard's domestic subsidiary. . . . Wil- 
liam Newhall continues with the family com- 
pany, Harwood Engineering, in Walpole, Mass. 
The firm makes equipment used as the national 
standard for pressure gauges by several coun- 
tries around the world. Harwood models are 
used in the U.S. Bureau of Standards in 
Washington, DC. Copies of Harwood gauge 
calibrators are on display in Moscow and To- 
koyo. ... A. Stephen Otis serves as vice presi- 
dent of Merrill Lynch, in Los Angeles. ... A. 
Edward Scherer has received his MBA from the 
RPI Hartford Graduate Center. . Bill Zinno 
continues at Dresser Clark, Olean, N.Y., where 
he is materials manager. 



Dr David T Signon, Jr 

661 3 Denny PI 

McLean, VA 


J. Michael Anderson is now with Continental 
Can Company in Wayne, N.J. . . . Benjamin 
Brunell holds the post of manager of manufac- 
turing applications at Waters Associates in Mil- 
ford, Mass. ... Dr. James Kaput, associate 
professor of mathematics at Southeastern Mas- 
sachusetts University, has been named a Dan- 
forth associate. The Danforth Foundation As- 
sociate Program recognizes and encourages ef- 
fective teaching and fosters activities which 
humanize teaching and learning for members of 
campus communities. Kaput joined the SMU 
faculty in 1 968. He teaches algebra, the philoso- 
phy of mathematics, and mathematics educa- 
tion. He has an MA and a PhD from Clark Still 

with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, John Macko is 
presently manager of government liaison for the 
government products division in West Palm 
Beach, Fla. . . . William Phillips has been pro- 
moted to manufacturing manager of Norton 
Company's Diamond Tool Division. After eight 

years in Holden, he has relocated to North 

John Schmidt is an audio-video systems en- 
gineer for the American Broadcasting Company 
in New York. . Wilbur Waters, Jr., serves as a 
senior field engineer-programmer for Westing- 
house in Baltimore. 


Patrick T. Moran 
100 Chester Rd 
Boxboro, MA 

Continuing with Polaroid, Phil Baker is presently 
project manager for industrial products en- 
gineering in Cambridge. Recently, he spent two 
months in Japan developing a new camera. 
Twice a year, he teaches an optics course during 
Polaroid's management seminar series. The Bak- 
ers and their two children reside in Peabody. . . . 
Ronald Chand, president of ARSEE Corp., 
Worcester, reports that his growing company 
has moved to Oread St. in part of a building that 
once housed General Screw Machine Products 
Co. His manufacturing space has increased from 
2000 to 6000 square feet. ARSEE is the only 
carbide manufacturing company in New En- 
gland. It sells carbide to fabricators. Last year, 
the firm did about $250,000 worth of business. 
. . . Paul Schuster has been appointed head of 
the processor design department at Bell Labs in 
Naperville, III. He is responsible for the design of 
general purpose computers for use in the Bell 
System. Starting at Bell in 1967, Schuster was 
initially involved in the design of special-purpose 
hardware for the Navy. In 1 971 , he was pro- 
moted to supervisor in the Ocean Systems Divi- 
sion, where he was most recently responsible for 
specialized computer design for the Navy. He 
has an MSEE from WPI, and holds a patent on 
programmable digital filter realization. . . . Den- 
nis Simanaitis is an editor with Road & Track 
magazine in California. . . . Robert Stow holds 
the post of engineering manager at Singer- 
Kearfott, Wayne, N.J. . . . Robert Waite is a 
member of the technical staff at the Mitre 
Corporation in Bedford, Mass. He serves as 
president of the New England Computer 


Dr. Donald H. Foley 
Indianfield Rd. 
Clinton, NY 

Gary Dyckman 
29Skilton Lane 
Burlington, MA 

^■Married: John W. Benson II to Ingrid M. 
Laurell on July 7, 1979 in Chatham, Mas- 
sachusetts. Mrs. Benson graduated from the 
School of Art Education at Virginia's Common- 
wealth University in Richmond. A former 
teacher, she now owns and operates The 
Swedish Butik in Chatham. Her husband is with 
Burton Industries in Pawtucket. 

Winter 1980 /The WPI journal/ 29 

>Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gray IV their 
first child, Peter Gray V. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Jay 
Segal a son, Scott, in August. Daughter Pamela is 
2 1 /2. Jay is an attorney in New York City and 
resides in New Rochelle. 

Gordon Eaton teaches in Ludlow, Mass. . . . 
Dr. Paul Glodis is a researcher in the physics 

department at U.C.L.A Stephen Kaiser of 

Kaiser Sales Corporation, represents the Singer 
Company. The firm has offices in Los Angeles 
and Whittier, Calif. . . . Roberto Huyke-Luigi is 
employed in the department of civil engineering 
at Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez in Puerto 
Rico — Errold Moody, Jr., who has an LLB from 
Lasalle and an MBA and PhD in real estate and 
urban economics from the University of Beverly 
Hills, is a real estate analyst and consultant in 
Irvine, Calif. . . . Donald Petersen, Jr., has 
transferred to Miami with IBM, where he is a 
systems engineer on the Eastern Airlines team 
installing a distributed computer network at all 
the airports which Eastern services. . . . Michael 
Portanova is a corporate economist at DEC in 
Marlboro, Mass. 




John L. Kilguss 

5 Summershade Circle 

Piscataway, NJ 


^■Married: Neil M. Shea and Judith A. Thiele on 
June 16, 1979 in Troy, New York. The bride 
received her bachelor's and master's degrees in 
zoology at the University of Cincinnati. She is a 
faculty member at Hudson Valley Community 
College. The groom teaches at North Shore 
Community College, Beverly, Mass. He has a 
master's degree and doctorate in physics from 

Eugene Baldrate, who is a staff manager in 
facilities planning at SNETCO, is in his second 
year at the University of Bridgeport School of 
Law. The Baldrates and their children, Kelly and 

Brian, have moved to Guilford, Conn Peter 

Bondy works for Xerox Corporation in Roches- 
ter, NY. . . . Francis Dacri continues as senior 
research engineer at du Pont in Old Hickory, 
Tenn. . . . Eduardo Mendez holds the post of 
project manager at Pavarini Construction Co. in 
Santurce, Puerto Rico. He and Anita have three 
children. . . . John Rogozenski, Jr., is employed 
as manager of development at Dunkin' Donuts 
in Braintree, Mass. . . . Still with Carrier Corp., 
Raymond Seguin presently holds the post of 
manufacturing manager at a Carrier division, 

BDP Company, in Indianapolis John Stumpp 

continues to serve as an electronic engineer at 
the National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, Md. 

Charles A. Griffin 
2901 Municipal Pier Rd 
Shreveport, LA 

William J Rasku 
33 Mark Bradford Dr 
Holden, MA 

^Married: Terrence P. Sullivan and Holly H. 
Hurd in Annisquam, Massachusetts on July 28, 
1979. Mrs. Sullivan graduated from Colby- 
Sawyer College, New London, N.H. She is a 
registered trader for the municipal bond de- 
partment at Tucker Anthony & R.L. Day in 
Boston. Her husband is president of Boston Bay 
Capital, Inc., which he founded. Sullivan has a 
master's degree from UMass. His firm is a tax 
shelter planning company placing investments in 
oil and gas, real estate, and equipment leasing. 
. . . Frank S. Yazwinski III and Emily Groves in 
South Deerfield, Massachusetts on July 21, 
1979. The bride graduated from Hampshire 

Michael Annon has a new post as a senior 
engineer at Proto-Power Management Corpora- 
tion in Groton, Conn Dr. Charles Konopka, a 

mathematics teacher at Longmeadow (Mass.) 
High School, recently assumed the duties of 
assistant principal at the school. He has worked 
with the Connecticut State Department of Edu- 
cation, was an administrative assistant-teacher 
with the East Windsor Board of Education, and 
served as a graduate research technician at 
UConn., where he received his PhD. Before 
going to Longmeadow in 1977, he was special 
assistant to the Connecticut commissioner of 
education. . . . David Morris is a technical 
specialist at Betz Labs, Trevose, Pa. . . . Joseph 
Paquette holds the post of general manager for 
Wiley Manufacturing of Port Deposit, Md. Wiley 
is a unit of AMCA International, a wholly-owned 
subsidiary of Dominion-AMCA of Hanover, 
N.H. ... Dr. Richard Snay continues as a 
geodesist at the National Oceanic & Atmo- 
spheric Administration in Rockville, Md. . . . 
Richard Vaughn is the regional sales manager at 
Harding Co. in Boston. He and his wife, Ann, 
have three children and reside in Fitchburg. 


Secretary Representative 

James P. Atkinson Michael W Noga 

41 Naples Rd. West Bare Hill Rd 

Brookline, MA Harvard, MA 

02146 01451 

>Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Pond their first 
child, a daughter, Jennifer Katherine, on August 
9, 1979. Dan is a senior engineer at Martin 
Marietta Aerospace, Denver Division, and en- 
joys very much the casual Colorado life style. . . . 
to Dr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Senecal their third 
child, Brian Albert, on August 8, 1979. Their 
other children are Emily, 5 and Eric, 2. Joe is a 
senior engineer with Polaroid's Chemical Devel- 
opment Laboratories in Cambridge, Mass. 

James Atkinson, who is attending the New 
England School of Law in Boston, also holds the 
post of assistant contract document coordinator 
at Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority 
in Boston. . . . Normand Bachand continues as a 
staff psychologist at Clinton County Mental 
Health Clinic in Plattsburgh, N.Y. He enjoys 
jogging and reading. He and Carol have two 
children. . . . Tony Bergantino, Jr., remains with 
Polaroid, and is now the technical support man- 
ager. He manages the pilot coating facility for 
Polaroid's Applied Technology Division. . . . 
Kenneth Berube, who belongs to the Central 
Mass. Conference of Football Officials, also 
serves as purchasing manager at Boston Insu- 
lated Wire in Dorchester. The Berubes live in 

Oxford and are the parents of Alan and Carla 

William Boyan works as an estimator of con- 
struction costs at Circle Industries Corp., Bronx, 
N.Y. He and his wife, Karen, live in Tenafly, N.J. 
. . . Michael Cohen holds the post of marketing 
representative at STSC, Inc., an international 
computer services company in Boston. . . . Joel 
Cehn is a health physicist at Teknekron Re- 
search, Inc., McLean, Va. His work involves 
evaluating all the various sources of radioactive 
air pollutants for the EPA. In his spare time, he 
sails, roller skates and makes furniture. . . . 
Charles Doe has been promoted to associate 
actuary within the actuarial organization at State 
Mutual Life Assurance Company of America in 
Worcester. He joined State Mutual as an actuar- 
ial assistant in 1969. He served as an actuarial 
associate and senior actuarial associate prior to 
being promoted to assistant actuary in the com- 
pany's group term and health organization. He 
has a master's in actuarial science from North- 
eastern. In 1 977, he became a fellow of the 
Society of Actuaries. 

In August, Warren Follet joined Advanced 
Micro Devices, Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif. He is a 
field applications engineer based in the Boston 
area. Rick, his wife, and two children live in 

Westford, Mass Richard Gurske continues in 

Denver, where he is senior environmental en- 
gineer at Northern Coal Company. . . . Gordon 
Mears has accepted the post of purchasing 
manager at American Tourister in Warren, R.I. 
. . . James Hills has started a new business, 
Custom Valves & Control Corp., in Worcester. 
The company engineers, designs, and fabricates 
specialty valves and control packages for the 
process control market. For eleven years he was 
engineering manager for Worcester Controls 
before going into business for himself. . . . Still 
with Jones Enterprises, Inc., East Hartford, 
Conn., Ronald Jones presently holds the post of 
vice president and general manager. 

Last fall, Donald Robinson was named assist- 
ant manager of Massachusetts Electric Com- 
pany's Hopedale district. Formerly, he was an 
energy systems consultant for Mass. Electric's 
parent company, New England Electric. In that 
post, he coordinated the firm's solar water heat- 
ing test project, recognized as a national model 
for solar application in a freezing climate. In his 
new position, he has coordinated five energy 
fairs (including one at WPI) sponsored by Mass. 
Electric and its affiliates. He joined the company 
in 1972 as a consumer services representative. 

30 /The WPI journal/ Winter 1980 

He served in Vietnam with the 1 01 st Airborne as 
an artillery officer. The Robinsons reside in 

Shrewsbury Frederick Spreter is employed as 

regional sales manager at Gould, Inc., Atlanta, 
Ga. . . . Paul Wolf has been appointed co- 
manager of the TSM Planning Group at the 
Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency. 
His duties include responsibility for all highway- 
related transportation systems management 
planning with five counties surrounding Cleve- 
land. In the past year, Paul has developed an 
improved version of the Transyt/6 computer 
program for optimization of traffic signal timing 



F David Ploss III 

208 St Nicholas Ave 

Worcester. MA 


Garrett G Graham 
1 50 Brookside Rd 
Needham, MA 

^■Married: Richard G. Drolet to Gloria R. Breault 
in Cumberland, Rhode Island on August 17, 
1979. Mrs. Drolet is attending Bryant College. 
The bridegroom works for Valley Gas Co. in 
Cumberland. He has a degree from URI. 

*Born: to Mr. and Mrs. John J. Gale twin 
sons, Michael and David, on October 2, 1979. 
The family, which now includes three sons, is 
spending the winter in Florida. Gale is the golf 

pro at Rochester (N.H.) Country Club to Mr. 

and Mrs. Frank Vernile, theirfirst child, adaugh- 
ter, Sarah Marie, on September 13, 1979. 

Philip Bartlett, Jr., has been appointed sales 
manager for the southwest district of 
Cyanamid's paper chemicals department and is 
moving to Mobile, Alabama. Formerly, he was a 
technical sales representative for water treating 
and mining chemicals for the firm. In 1977, he 
was named assistant to the marketing manager, 
paper chemicals. He belongs to the ACS, AICE, 
the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper 
Industry, and has an MBA from the University of 
Southern California. . . . Bernard Dodge is now a 
research associate at Development & Evaluation 
Associates in Syracuse, N.Y. He is also a consul- 
tant to XIMED Research, Inc. . . . Jonathan 
Leavitt continues as chief test engineer at Com- 
bustion Engineering-KSB Pump Co., Inc., 
Portsmouth, N.H. He and Frances have two 
children and reside in Exeter. . . . John Redmon, 
who holds an MSEE from WPI, is still an educa- 
tion administrator at Pennsylvania Power & 
Light Co., Allentown, Pa. 


Vincent T Pace 
4707 Apple Lane 

>Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Dunleavy a 
son, John, on February 28, 1979. ... to Mr. and 
Mrs. Leo R. Gillis, Jr., a son, Kevin Michael, on 
July 27, 1979. Leo has accepted a position in the 
transmission department of Northeast Utilities in 
Berlin, Conn. ... to Dr. and Mrs. Richard San 
Antonio a daughter, Marianne Camille, on 
March 29, 1 979. Richard is a resident in internal 
medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 
Washington, D.C. 

Paul Cooper, Jr., recently received a service 
award from the New England Division, U.S. 
Army Corps of Engineers. He was cited for his 
willingness to assume new and challenging re- 
sponsibilities. He and his wife, Maureen, reside 
in Maiden, Mass. . . . Carlton Cruff has changed 
jobs and is now working as a project engineer for 
Homogeneous Metals, Inc., where he is in 
charge of a new plant expansion. The firm 
produces powdered metal for the jet engine 
companies. ... Dr. Claude Mancel, who has 
been associated since 1973 with the R&D Euro- 
pean Division of Procter & Gamble, was recently 
promoted to associate director. He lives in Brus- 
sels, Belgium, with his wife and three children. 
. . . John Plonsky works as a contract adminis- 
trator at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Conn. 


John A Woodward 
101 Putnam St 
Orange, MA 


Lesley E. Small Zorabedian 

16 Parkview Rd. 

Reading, MA 


^Married: Ralph A. Blackmer and Stacey A. 
Wagner on September 29, 1 979 in Orange, 
Massachusetts. The bride, a medical 
technologist, graduated from Framingham State 
College. The groom has an MS in management 
science and engineering from WPI. He is man- 
ager of sterile operations at Smith, Kline & 

French Corp., Philadelphia Mark A. Fritz and 

Margaret McDermott. Mrs. Fritz is a typesetter 
at Wang Laboratories, where her husband, who 
has an MBA from New Hampshire College, 
works as a systems analyst trainer. . . . Joseph V. 
Gotta and Eileen C. Boisjolie in Easthampton, 
Massachusetts on September 1 , 1 979. The bride 
graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing, 
Hartford, and is a registered nurse at Providence 
Hospital, Holyoke. The bridegroom has an MBA 
from Western New England College. He is coor- 
dinator of product development at Ludlow 
Packaging, Holyoke, Mass. . . . William D. 
Singleton, Jr., and Lee A. Rademacher in Fal- 
mouth, Massachusetts on June 9, 1979. Mrs. 
Singleton graduated from Michigan State Uni- 
versity. She is a sales representative-editorial 

assistant at Goodyear Publishing Co. Her hus- 
band is a marketing consultant in the Boston 

►fiorn. to Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Ballard, a 
daughter, Heather Ann, on Mother's Day, May 
13, 1979. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Greene, a 
son, on December 26, 1978. Greene now works 
as a mathematics instructor at Salisbury State 
College in Maryland. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Robert 
Shawver their first child, Matthew Arthur, on 
July 16, 1979. Shawver is a flow monitoring 
service unit supervisor for the Washington Sub- 
urban Sanitary Commission. He and his family 
live in Bowie, Md. 

Al Heaney has moved to Clearwater, Fla. He 
recently joined Sperry Microwave Electronics as 
an engineering staff consultant. . . . Jeff and 
Mary Bollino Petry, '74 and children, Jeff, Jr., 5, 
Tony, 4, and Laura, 2, have moved to Detroit, 
Michigan. Jeff, still with Torrington Co., has 
taken over Hydromatic for the firm. Mary keeps 
busy with the children. . . . Robert Pascucci has 
graduated from St. John's University School of 
Law, where he received a Juris Doctor degree. 
He has accepted a position with the law firm of 
Max E. Greenberg, Trayman, Cantor, Reiss & 
Blasky in New York City. The Pascuccis have a 
year-old son, Brian. . . . Wesley Pierson is a 
clinical research associate at Riker Laboratories,' 
3M, in St. Paul, Minn. . . . Alain Roux is 
associated with ELF, a French petroleum com- 



lay I. Schnitzer 

322 St. Paul St. 

Apt #3 
Brookhne, MA 

^■Married: Joyce L. Caplovich to Randy A. 
Wilson on October 6, 1979 in Cromwell, Con- 
necticut. Mrs. Caplovich is a data processing 
consultant at Comtech, Inc. in East Hartford. Her 
husband graduated from Thiel College, and is a 
data processing consultant at Michrotech, Inc., 
Simsbury, Conn. . . Raymond F. Cherenzia and 
Rhonda C. Zanella on August 1 1 , 1979 in Mis- 
quamicut, Rhode Island. The bride graduated 
from Mount St. Joseph College. She teaches in 
the Westerly school system. The groom holds 
the post of town engineer for the Westerly 
Department of Public Works. Recently, he re- 
ceived his professional engineering license from 

the State of Rhode Island 

^Married: John J. Luikey, Jr., to Lynn S. 
Knight in Knox, Pennsylvania on August 3, 
1979. Mrs. Luikey, a registered nurse, graduated 
from Clarion (Pa.) State College. The groom is a 
project engineer at Quabaug Rubber Co. , North 
Brookfield, Mass. . . . Richard C. Peck and Mary 
E. Kowalski on September 8, 1979 in Meriden, 
Connecticut. The bride graduated from Central 
Connecticut State College. . . . Gary N. Shapiro 
to Pamela J. Ciardelli on June 24, 1979 in 
Milford, New Hampshire. Mrs. Shapiro 
graduated from Wilton Lyndeboro Cooperative 

Winter 1980 /The WPI journal/ 31 

High School and plans to attend the University of 
Lowell as a chemical engineering major. The 
bridegroom is a mathematics teacher in the 
Andover school system. He has an M.Ed, from 
Boston University. . . . Ralph J. Veenema, Jr., and 
Janet B. Biancur on September 1 , 1979 in 
Orange, Connecticut. The bride has a BS degree 
in art education and an MS in early childhood 
education from Southern Connecticut State Col- 
lege. Her husband holds an MSME from UMass, 

►Som. to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kavanagh, a 
son, "C.J.," on April 18, 1979. Kavanagh is 
projects manager of three sites in northern 
Nigeria, where he has lived for two years. ... to 
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Wallack, a daughter, 
Rachel, on July 10, 1979. Wallack has been 
transferred by Torrington Co. to Brighton, 

Steven Brennan, a general engineer at Naval 
Ordnance Station, Indian Head, Md., is working 

on the Navy surface-to-air missile programs 

Currently, Alan Champagne is located in Ship- 
pingport, Pa. with Stone & Webster. . . . Still with 
GE, John Gizienski is now a manager of man- 
ufacturing engineering for the company in 
Ponce, Puerto Rico. . . . Wallace McKenzie, Jr., 
has been appointed a consultant to the Planning 
Services Division of Management Decision Sys- 
tems, Inc. of Waltham, Mass. MDS is a 
privately-held, national leader in the develop- 
ment and use of problem-solving models and 
computer software for business analysis and 
planning. In his new post, McKenzie will help 
major companies build models to help their 
businesses. Prior to joining MDS, he was senior 
operations research analyst for the Converse 
Division of Eltra Corp. and research associate at 
WPI . He has an MBA from RPI . He belongs to the 
Operations Research Society of America, the 
American Institute of Industrial Engineers, and 
the Saugus (Mass.) Finance Committee. He has 
served as area chairman for special gifts of the 

American Cancer Society Scott Blackney is 

with Raytheon Co., Wayland, Mass. 

Garry Boynton is now a senior chemist in the 
New York State Department of Agriculture and 

Markets in Albany, N.Y Dan Eide was 

recently transferred from Hammond Plastics in 
Owensboro, Ky., to Carl Gordon Industries, Inc. 
in Worcester, where he is vice president of 
manufacturing and engineering. The Eides have 
two children and reside in West Boylston, Mass. 
. . . Claude Lemoi works as manager of shop 
operations at GE in Lynn, Mass. . . . John Manzo 
is employed as manager of Raytheon Company 
in Moorestown, N.J. . . . Ragunath Mhapsekar 
has been named as an estimator at the Schnip 
Building Company of Norwich, Conn. He will 
provide the company with estimating expertise 
in the design-build concept of facilities expan- 
sion. . . . William Nutter is field service engineer 
at General Electric Ordnance, Cape Canaveral, 
Fla. He is a member of the Trident backfit 
installation and test team. He also serves as 
resident magnetic disk file expert. ... Dr. 
Philippe Peltre holds the post of branch man- 
ager for the French subsidiary of Procter & 

Beth Poulin is a consulting engineer for 
Foster-Miller Associates in Waltham, Mass. She 
works on alternative energy projects as a project 
engineer. . . . Daniel Robbins is studying for his 
master of fine arts degree at Ohio University in 
Athens. ... Dr. John Ward has accepted a 
position as a meteorologist with the develop- 
ment division of the National Meteorological 
Center in Washington, D.C. 


James F. Rubino 
18 Landings Way 
Avon Lake. OH 

David G. Lapre 
P O Box 384 
Tunkhannock, PA 

►A/lamed. David A. Gerth to Miss Angela A. 
Ralli in Norwood, Massachusetts. The bride 
holds BS and MS degrees from Bridgewater State 
College. She is a special needs teacher in Belling- 
ham, Mass. The groom, who has an MBA from 
Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth, is a CPA 
employed as a management consultant in the 
administrative services division of Arthur Ander- 
son Co. in Boston Alfred J. Swierad, Jr., and 

Colleen A. Maroney in Canton, New York on 
June 16, 1979. The bride, a graduate of Alfred 
State College, is a senior technical assistant at 
Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, N.J., where her hus- 
band is a member of the technical staff. He has a 
degree from Texas A&M University. . . . Mark J. 
Whitney and Carolyn L. Noel on July 14, 1 979 in 
Connecticut. Mrs. Whitney has a BA in English 
and theater arts from Notre Dame Academy and 
College of White Plains, N.Y. The bridegroom 
works as a cost engineer at Northeast Utilities 

>-Born: to Mr. and Mrs. John Martin, a sec- 
ond son, David Michael, on July 25, 1979. 
Martin recently received his Massachusetts pro- 
fessional engineering license. He works as a 
project engineer in the plant engineering de- 
partment of Monsanto's Bircham Bend Plant in 
Springfield, Mass. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn 
Yee, a son, Nicholas, in Hong Kong on March 2 1 , 

Alan Anderson works as a statistician for the 
U S. Bureau of the Census. Also, he is continuing 
work on a dissertation for his PhD in biostatistics 
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel 

Hill Dean Anderson is a project engineer for 

Perini Corp., Framingham, Mass — In the Sept. 
27th issue of Engineering News Record, Garry 
Balboni, a project engineer for Perini Corp., 
Framingham, was quoted in the article, "Perma- 
nent Slurry Trench Walls Cut Subway Cost and 
Disruption.". . . . Currently, Jonathan Barnett 
serves as assistant director of the Center for Fire 
Safety Studies at WPI. He is also a part-time 
instructor of mechanical engineering and a doc- 
toral candidate in fire protection engineering. . 
Michel Benoit serves as superintendent of lime 

and limestone at Pfizer, Inc., Canaan, Conn 

Continuing with Gould, Inc., Bill Delphos is 
now director of international in the Fluid Power 
Group, Rolling Meadows, III. ... Jim Ingraham is 
employed as supervisor of the silver emulsion 

production group at Polaroid Corporation's New 
Bedford (Mass.) negative manufacturing plant. 

Alan Judd is now senior manufacturing en- 
gineer at Cleaver Brooks Co. in Pennsylvania, a 
division of Aqua Chem, Inc., which is a wholly- 
owned subsidiary of Coca Cola Co. . . . Capt. 
Thomas Kielick, U.S. Army Signal Corps, Ft. 
Devens, Mass., presently serves as company 
commander of Signal Company, supporting the 
10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) known as 

the Green Berets Roland Lariviere continues 

with Combustion Engineering. He is a senior 
quality assurance engineer for the firm in 
Windsor, Conn. . . . Bob Lindberg has been 
assigned by the Naval Research Laboratory to 
Columbia University, where he will be pursuing 
research in large satellite control theories. He is 
also working on his doctorate in mechanical 

William Lisk works as a broadcast engineer at 

Taft Broadcasting, Buffalo, N.Y Richard 

Loomis, who has an MS from Berkeley, is with 
Loomis & Loomis, Inc., in Windsor, Conn. . . . 
Larry Martiniano, still with Stone & Webster, is 
presently a construction coordinator in Cherry 
Hill, N.J. . . . Suresh Masand now works as 
marketing manager at Digital Equipment Corp., 
Nashua, N.H. 

John Mason III has taken a job as an applica- 
tions engineer designing heat exchangers at 
Lytron, Inc., in Woburn, Mass. The Masons have 
moved into their new house in Chelmsford. . . . 
Formerly a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, 
Steve McGrath is currently manager of strategic 
planning for special projects at American Optical 

in Southbridge, Mass David Packard has 

joined the production department of the Public 
Service Company of New Hampshire, the state's 
largest electric utility. Previously, he was a ser- 
vice engineer with Combustion Engineering in 
Houston, Texas. The Packards live in Goffstown, 
N.H. . . . Hercules Paskali holds the post of 
technical sales representative at U.S. Steel in 
Baton Rouge, La. . . . Jim Rubino, former district 
manager for Torrington Co. in Cleveland, is 
presently with the firm in Indianapolis. . . . 
Douglas Schmidt is a student at Palmer Chiro- 
practic College. The Schmidts and their two 
children live in Davenport, Iowa. . . . Geary 
Schwartz has accepted the post of varsity head 
football coach at Stafford Springs, Conn. It is the 
first football program at the school. Geary 
graduated from the University of Bridgeport, 
and has taught math at Weaver High School in 
Hartford. He has also coached football at the 
University of Bridgeport, Southern Connecticut 
College, and UConn. He was assistant broadcast 
er on the radio for Bridgeport's home games. 
Recently discharged from the Army, David 
Scott is now attending Western New England 

College School of Law in Springfield, Mass 

Kenneth Shankle works as a facilities engineer 
for the U.S. Navy at the Naval Regional Medical 
Center at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He and his wife, 
June, have two children. . . . William Stafford is 
branch manager of Walker Laboratories' new 
office in Charlotte, N.C. The company is con- 
cerned with soils, concrete, and steel testing. . . . 

32 /The WPI journal / Winter 1980 

Dean Stratouly holds the post of manager of 
Gordon Systems Division of Carl Gordon Indus- 
tries, Inc., in Worcester Andrew Wemple has 

been promoted to assistant actuary within the 
actuarial organization at State Mutual in 
Worcester. In 1974, he started work at the firm, 
and was promoted to actuarial associate in 1 976. 
In 1978, he was advanced to senior actuarial 
associate within the individual health actuarial 
organization. Later that year, he transferred to 
the group actuarial. He is a fellow of the Society 
of Actuaries. 



James D Aceto, Jr. 
70 Sunnyview Dr. 
Vernon, CT 

Frederick J. Cordelia 
24 Imperial Rd. 
Worcester, MA 

^■Married: Mark R. Cosenza and Laura-Kay 
Racicot in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts on Au- 
gust 19, 1979. Mrs. Cosenza, head teacher at 
Happy Hours Nursery School in Marlboro, 
Mass., graduated from Worcester State, and is 
currently working for her master's degree. The 
bridegroom serves as technical superintendent 
at Polaroid Corp., Waltham, Mass. . . . Frederick 
P. Greulich and Maureen R. Dillon in Worcester 
on May 27, 1 979. Mrs. Greulich has a BA from 
Holy Cross and an MA from Brown. She teaches 
Latin at the Spence School in New York City. Her 
husband is a manufacturing manager for Procter 
& Gamble Mfg. Co., Port Ivory, Staten Island, 
N.Y. . . . Walter H. Hoskins to Peggy R. Hebert 
on May 26, 1979 in Worcester. The bride, a 
graduate of Doherty Memorial High School, is 
employed by Mass. Materials Research, Inc., 
West Boylston. The groom works as an actuarial 
associate at State Mutual. 

Patricia Pfeiffer and Salvatore L. Salamone on 
July 1 , 1979 in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. The 
bride and groom are graduate students in the 
physics department at Boston College. . . . 
Jeffrey A. Webber to Jayne A. DiNicola on 
September 7, 1979 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 
Mrs. Webber is physical activities director of the 
Girls Club. She has degrees from Berkshire 
Community College and Lyndon (Vt.) State Col- 
lege. Her husband has done graduate work at 
RPI. He is a data technician at GE Ordnance 
Systems. . . . Todd E. Whitakerand Patricia J. 
Massaro in New London, Connecticut on Oc- 
tober 7, 1979. The bride, a teacher in East Lyme, 
graduated from Central Connecticut State Col- 
lege and Southern Connecticut State College. 
The groom is with the Naval Underwater Sys- 
tems Center in New London. 

^Born: to John and Virginia Giordano 
FitzPatrick, their first child, a daughter, Cara 
Ann, on September20, 1979. John is with Exxon 

Research & Engineering in Florham Park, N.J 

to Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rutter, their first 
child, a son, Andrew William, on March 26, 

Raymond Acciardi holds the post of supervis- 
ing civil engineer atthe U.S. Bureau of Reclama- 
tion in Denver, Colo. He and his wife, Jeannette, 
live in Lakewood. . . . Jon Anderson of Wil- 
mington, Del., is beginning his second year as a 
law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Caleb 
Wright. During his clerkship, the Judge has been 
working to decide patents upon crystalline 
polypropylene and a man-made rubber. Re- 
cently, Anderson published in the Columbia 
Journal of Environmental Law an article critiqu- 
ing from legal and technical viewpoints, Secre- 
tary of Transportation Coleman's decision per- 
mitting the Concorde to land in the U.S. The 
article was titled: "Decision Analysis in Environ- 
mental Decisionmaking: Improving the Con- 
corde Balance." Anderson holds a Juris Doctor 
degree from Yale. . . . Alan Bergstrom, who 
received his MS in biochemistry from UMass a 
year ago, is now an associate in research in the 
Department of Dermatology at Yale University 
School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. . . . 
Patricia Graham has been nominated as one of 
the "Outstanding Young Women of America" 
for 1979. The honor recognizes young women 
throughout the nation for professional achieve- 
ment and community service. Nominated by 
Central New England College of Technology, 
Pat is a teacher at Assabet Valley Regional 
Technical High School and at Central New En- 
gland College. 

Bill Gregory continues as a manufacturing 
engineer at Boston Insulated Wire & Cable in 
Plymouth, Mass. The Gregorys have two sons. 
. . . Still with GE, John Greenstreet is now an 
analyst in computer applications. He and his wife 
Barbara reside in Baldwinsville, N.Y. . . . Spencer 
Liberty works as a chemist in Newton, Mass. . . . 
Paul Loomis has taken a new job at Olin Corpo- 
ration in New Haven, Conn. He is with the 
chemicals group in technical service. . . . Robert 
Martin, who has an MSEE from MIT, serves as 
field applications engineer at Intel Corp., 
Chelmsford, Mass. . . . Charles May has trans- 
ferred from Charlotte, N.C. to Tampa, Fla., 

where he is a sales engineer with Dana Corp 

Stephen Mealy was recently appointed to a 
three-year term on the town finance committee 
in Bourne, Mass. He works for Benthos Co. of 
North Falmouth. . . . Martin Meyers serves as a 
member of the technical staff at Bell Labs in 
North Andover, Mass. He has a PhD in electrical 
engineering from UMass. He is married to Cathy 
Seymour, '77. . . . Kevin Mischler has received 
his master of public administration degree from 
the Austin Dunham Barney School of Business 
and Public Administration at the University of 
Hartford. . . . Frank Moitoza is presently a 
weapons system management trainee for the 
Naval Sea Systems Command in Keyport, 
Washington. The management development 
program consists of rotational assignments in 
many naval activities around the country. . . . 


Paula E Stratouly 
318Thornberry Court 
Pittsburgh, PA 

Richard P Predella, Jr. 
40 Hawthorn Rd 
Braintree, MA 

^■Married: David F. Andel and Paula J. Culver in 
Stratford, Connecticut on June 16, 1979. The 
bride graduated from Albertus College and is a 
program performance measurement coor- 
dinator at Avco Lycoming, Stratford, Conn. Her 
husband is with Wilson Instruments, a division of 
ACCO Industries in Bridgeport, where he is a 
machine designer. . . . Paul J. Carabello to 
Charlotte A. Nelligan in Belmont, Mas- 
sachusetts. Mrs. Carabello is a registered nurse. 
She studied at St. Elizabeth's Hospital School of 
Nursing. The bridegroom works for MPB Corpo- 
ration, Keene. . . . Wayne F. Dyer to Joan S. 
Mitchell in Wellesley, Massachusetts on July 21 , 
1 979. The bride is a Wellesley graduate, and is a 
procedures auditor for the Northeast Division of 
the American Mutual Insurance Companies. Her 
husband is a computer programmer for Ameri- 
can Mutual Insurance Co., Wakefield, Mass. 
Previously, he had taught science at Hollis (N.H.) 
High School and at Minuteman Regional Voca- 
tional High School in Lexington, Mass. 

^■Married: Roger G. Leighton and Susan E. 
Barrett last summer in New York. Mrs. Leighton 
graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. 
The bridegroom works for Eastman Kodak Co. as 

a tool engineer Michael G. Menesale to Ellen 

A. Brill on January 6, 1979. The bride graduated 
from Anna Maria with a BA in social work. Her 
husband is an estimator with U.S. Steel Supply 
Division, Structural Wire Products Group, in 
Fairless Hills, Pa. He is enrolled in the MBA 
program at the University of New Haven. 
. . . Charles F. Moulter and Marylouise Giordano 
on August 25,1 979 in North Haven, Connect- 
icut. The groom is a development engineer for 
Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio. 

^■Married: John C. Mangiagli, Jr., and Terry 
L. Putnam on June 23, 1979inGloversville, New 
York. Mrs. Mangiagli graduated from 
Gloversville High School. Her husband is a test 
engineer at Texaco, Inc. in Beacon. . . . Paul F. 
Proulx to Janet M. Seppanenon June 15, 1979 in 
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. The bride 
has a BSE degree in special education from 
Westfield State College. She is a teacher in the 
education department at Monson State Hospi- 
tal. The bridegroom is a project engineer in the 
R&D department of the Milton Bradley Co. in 
East Longmeadow. He attends Western New 
England College. . . . Steven H. Schoen and 
Victoria C. Powell in Natick, Massachusetts on 
September 1, 1979. Mrs. Schoen graduated 
from Natick High School and works as a secre- 
tary for Sun Life of Canada in Wellesley Hills, 
where her husband holds the post of actuarial 
assistant. . . . Peter Tordo and Debbie Noble in 
Guilford, Connecticut on September 1 , 1 979. 
The bride graduated from Temple University. 
The groom is a loss prevention representative for 
Liberty Mutual Insurance in North Haven, Conn. 

Winter 1980 /The WP1 journal/ 33 

Joseph Betro has received his MSEE from the 
University of Wisconsin. . . . Still with CE, John 
Bucci is now production supervisor of the task 
force at GE in Waynesboro, Va. . . . Albert 
Cooley holds the position of administrator of 
market planning for microprocessor systems at 
RCA Solid State, Somerville, N.J. He has an MBA 
from the University of Michigan. . . . Sidney 
Formal is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
in Philadelphia. 

Recently, Leonard Goldberg was named re- 
gional and international sales manager for 
Software House of Cambridge, Mass. He is 
responsible for the firm's sales west of the 
Mississippi, the deep South, western Canada, 
and several international areas. Previously, he 
was system programmer at Johnson & Johnson, 
Inc. in New Jersey. Professionally, he is symposia 
coordinator for the Digital Equipment Corpora- 
tion Users Society, and a member of the Associa- 
tion of Computing Machinery. He is past presi- 
dent of the Mid-Atlantic DECsystem- 10/20 
Users Group. Software House is a leading pro- 
ducer of data base software for large Digital 
Equipment Corporation computers. 

Boeing Company, 747 Division, has hired 
Richard Isaacs as an associate engineer at the 
Boeing plant in Seattle, Washington. Isaacs and 
his wife, Cynthia, reside in Marysville. . . . Brian 
Plummer is with Intel in Aloha, Oregon. . . . 
Jaime Rodriguez is associated with Rodriguez & 
Del Valle, Inc., Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. . . . 
Steve Tuckerman, who recently received his 
master's in regional planning from UMass, is 
presently the town planner in East Hampton, 
Conn. . . . 




Kathleen Molony 

Christopher D. Baker 

6 Aiken St. 

P.O. Box 35 

Norwalk, CT 

Page. AZ 



^Married: Larry B. French to Betty P. Stockman 
in Oxford, Massachusetts on September 15, 
1979. Mrs. French graduated from Worcester 
State, and is a senior systems analyst at Paul 
Revere Life Insurance Company in Worcester. 
The groom is a computer programmer with New 
England Power Service Company in Westboro. 
. . . Domenico Grasso and Patricia A. Prue in 
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts on July 7, 1979. The 
bride, a graduate of Smith College, plans to 
attend Emory University School of Medicine in 
Atlanta, Ga. Her husband serves as an environ- 
mental engineer for the U.S. Army Environmen- 
tal Hygiene Agency in Atlanta. He has an MSCE 
from Purdue. . . . Robert J. Hyland and Julia K. 
Wetzel on August 18, 1979 in South Miami, 
Florida. Mrs. Hyland isasenioratJohns Hopkins 
University, Baltimore. The bridegroom, a lab 
technician at the Good Samaritan Hospital in 
Baltimore, received his MA in biophysics from 
Johns Hopkins. . . . Marc N. Richard and Lisa A. 
Publicover in Medway, Massachusetts. The 

bride attends Wellesley College. The groom, an 
MIT graduate, is with the U.S. Army Signal Corps 
in Korea. . . . James M. Rucci, Jr., and Nancy A. 
Caouette in Greenfield, Massachusetts on June 
30, 1979. Mrs. Rucci graduated from the Fash- 
ion Institute of Technology. Her husband serves 
as a fire protection engineer at Industrial Risk 
Insurers, Charlotte, N.C. . . . William S. Taberto 
Margaret R. McHugh in Weymouth, Mas- 
sachusetts on June 17, 1979. The bride 
graduated from Weymouth North High School. 
She is an assistant secretary to an orthodontist. 
The bridegroom works for Hammond Plastics. 
. . . Edward E. White, Jr., and Rosann Zizzari on 
September 23, 1979 in Johnston, Rhode Island. 
Mrs. White graduated from Rhode Island Junior 
College. Her husband and she both are em- 
ployed at Allendale Insurance Company. 

Fred Baker has moved from Massachusetts to 
Beaverton, Oregon. He is a CRT manufacturing 
process engineer with Tektronix, Inc. "Still a 
couple short of my goal of seeing all 50 states." 
.... Richard Blauvelt is employed as a service 
supervisor at Bridgeport (Conn.) Machines. . . . 
Lawrence Coel has an MBA from the University 
of Hartford. . . . David Edgerton serves as a 
quality assurance engineer at Data General, 
Westboro, Mass. . . . Jeffrey Firestone has 
transferred from Rocketdyne to the Military 
Aircraft Division of Rockwell International. Cur- 
rently, he is working on an industry-assist con- 
tract to Boeing Co. in Everett, Washington, 
where he is doing design work on the 747. . . . 
Paul Hajec is a highway safety research engineer 
employed by the Virginia Highway and Trans- 
portation Research Council. . . . Ron Howard 
holds the post of president of Datability 

Software Systems in New York City William 

Hubbard is director of materials at Data Point 
Corp. in Sunnyvale, Calif. 

"Chuck" Johnson is studying for his MBA at 
Cornell. . . . Brian Kisiel is employed by Betz 
Laboratories of Trevose, Pa., but is located in 
Wilton, N.H. He writes: "My area manager is Bill 
Messer, '67, who is a part-time farmer on his 
170 acres in Canterbury, N.H." . . . Fred Koury 
serves as manager for Colony Farms, Worcester. 
He has a BS in mathematics from Framingham 

State John Kuklewicz is a design engineer at 

Collins-Rockwell Int'l., Cedar Rapids, Iowa. . . . 
In August, Lt. William Lee took command of HQ 
Battery, 108th Air Defense Artillery Group, U.S. 
Army. . . . Michael Oakes works for Raytheon 
Co., Sudbury, Mass. . . . Ron O'Connor is 
enrolled in the School of Public Health at the 

University of Michigan Michael O'Leary is a 

sales engineer at Blake Equipment Co., Bloom- 
field, Conn. 

Greg Ruthven has joined Perkin-Elmer Corp., 
Optical-Technology Division, in Danbury, Conn. 
He is a structural analyst, and was formerly 
employed at General Dynamics in San Diego, 
Calif. . . . Gregory Scott serves as a systems 
support specialist at Energy Enterprises of Den- 
ver, Colo. . . . Cathy Seymour is a third-year 
PhD candidate in organic chemistry at MIT. She 
is married to Marty Meyers, '75. . . . Currently a 
free-lance electrical engineer for a Connecticut 
company, Dan Sullivan lives in Newton, Mass. 
Prior to taking his present job, he worked for an 
electronics firm in Watertown. He played in 
different bands in California earlier. . . . Nicolette 
Stultz has joined Sunworks in Sommerville, N.J., 
where she is a product development engineer. 
. . . Presently, Jeff Tingle serves as an assistant 
computer scientist in the Cancer Radiation 
Therapy Department at Rhode Island Hospital. 
... J. Gilbert Wilson III is a structural design 
engineer at Varco-Pruden in Evansville, Wiscon- 
sin. . . . Formerly general manager of the First 
Madison Corp., John Zimmerman is now a 
research associate at Yale Medical School, New 
Haven, Conn. 


Cynthia Grynick 
303 WolcottSt. 
Waterbury, CT 

^■Married: James M. Fowler to Kathleen L. 
Ahern on July 14, 1979 in Melrose, Mas- 
sachusetts. Mrs. Fowler, a Smith graduate, has 
taught in Camden, Me. for two years, and has 
accepted a post as a kindergarten teacher at the 
Langley School in McLean, Va. Her husband is 

with the Department of the Navy Herbert W. 

Holmes to Tana M. Laudicinaon May 26, 1979 
in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The bride, who 
graduated from UMass, is a substitute teacher in 
Sarasota, Florida. The groom is with the U.S. 
Highway Department. . . . Gary S. Knox and 
Louise M. Asselin in Lincoln, New Hampshire, 
recently. Mrs. Knox graduated from Emmanuel 
College. Her husband serves as a manufacturing 
engineer at Nixdorf Computer Co., Burlington, 

^Married: Sergej K. Ochrimenko and Patricia 
E. Riley in Slatersville, Rhode Island on Sep- 
tember 22, 1979. The groom works for Spencer 
White & Prentis in Hackensack, N.J. . . . Peter J. 
Rowdenand LaurieJ. Burnetton June2, 1979 in 
Halifax, Nova Scotia. The bride graduated from 
Mount St. Vincent University. She is a legal 
secretary for Burwick & Burwick in Worcester. 
The bridegroom works in the production control 
department at Data General Corporation. . . . 
Edmund J. Sprogis and Debbie Youngblood on 
August 25, 1 979. Mrs. Sprogis is studying for her 
nursing degree at the University of Vermont. Her 
husband is employed as an associate level en- 
gineer at IBM in Essex Junction, Vt. The couple 
resides in their own duplex in Burlington. . . . 

34 /The WPI Journal/ Winter 1980 

Dean C. Wilcox to Sandra A. Meyer in Warwick, 
Rhode Island on October 6, 1 979. Mrs. Wilcox 
graduated from the University of Vermont and is 
a physical therapist. The groom is a supervisor at 
General Dynamics-Electric Boat in Groton, 

^■Born: to Leonard and Elizabeth Papandrea 
Lariviere, 76, a daughter, Christina Marie, on 
June 5, 1979. Len is a structural engineer with 
Allen-Sherman-Hoff, a company of Ecolaire in 
Malvern, Pa. Liz is a market analyst on leave 
from Westinghouse Electric Corp. Power Sys- 
tems Generation Division in Lester, Pa. The 
Larivieres reside in Coatesville, Pa. 

Shane Chalke continues at State Mutual in 
Worcester. . . . John Contestabile has been 
promoted to highway engineer II at the Mary- 
land Department of Transportation, State High- 
way Administration (SHA). He coaches 8- to 
15-year-olds on the Parkville (Md.) Recreation 
Council Wrestling Team. "Challenging and re- 
warding!" He rooms with RickMazmanian, 77, 
who works in the SHA Bureau of Bridge Design. 
"There are eight of us here now, including: Sid 
Afonso, 79; Carl Blomberg, 79; Paul Gudelski, 
78; Bill Malone, 78; Steve Buckley, 77, and 
Chuck Rheault, 77. 

Andrew Corman is with Turner Construction 
Co., and is located in Columbus, Ohio. . . . Lt. 
William Diederich is at F. E. Warren AFB in 

Cheyenne, Wyoming Mary Donovan is with 

the Army Corps of Engineers in Waltham, Mass. 
. . . Anne Dyer serves as a structural engineer at 
David Taylor Research Center in Bethesda, Md. 
. . . Anthony Fernandes works for Malcolm 
Pirnie, Inc., Philadelphia. . . . John Kuchachik 
serves as a fire protection engineer at Kemper 
Insurance in North Quincy, Mass. 

Ethan Luce is an associate engineer at the 
Barden Corp., Danbury, Conn. . . . Wayne 
Martin has been named nuclear plant engineer 
in operations for the Knolls Atomic Power Labo- 
ratory. . . . Murray Matzmer holds the post of 
service adviser at Foreign Motors of Boston. . . . 
In March, Theresa Murphy left Torrington Co. In 
May, she became a management trainee at New 
England Telephone, Boston. . . . Rory O'Connor 
wrote "Campus Computer Center Built in Con- 
verted Chapel," which appeared in the Sept. 
17th issue of Computerworld. . . . Currently, 
Michael O'Hara is associate project manager at 
Firepro Inc., Wellesley Hills, Mass. . . . Stephen 
Pace is employed as field manager of Yukon 

Construction in Santa Clara, Calif John Petze 

is a production engineer with Hydroblaster, Inc. , 
Sparks, Nevada — Anthony Raymond works as 
a systems engineer at Electronics for Medicine in 
Sudbury, Mass. . . . Bruce Rutsch is with Prime 
Computer, Newton Lower Falls, Mass. . . . Phil 

Scarrell is at du Pont in South Francisco, Calif 

David Tate serves as a software engineer at 

Sanders Associates, Inc., South Nashua, N.H 

Brian Timura is a first-year student at Tufts 
University School of Medicine. Previously, he 
was employed by St. Elizabeth's Hospital in 

Brighton, Mass Charles Winters works as an 

electronics service engineer at Brown & Sharpe, 
North Kingston, R.I. 


Donald O. Patten, Jr. 

^■Married: Glenn R. Baylis and Lisa D. Newborg 
in Essex, Massachusetts. Mrs. Baylis is a senior at 
UMass, Amherst. The bridegroom is employed 
by Polaroid in Waltham, Mass., where he is a 
production engineer. . . . Maryellen Doherty and 
Hospitalman 3/c Michael Munzert, on June 3, 
1979 in Worcester. The bride is an assistant 
programmer in the Federal Systems Division at 
IBM, Middletown, R.I. Her husband serves as a 
psychiatric technician at the U.S. Naval Regional 
Medical Center in Newport. . . . Kenneth A. 
Gamache to Diane L. Storm on September 22, 
1979 in Rutland, Massachusetts. Mrs. Gamache, 
a graduate of Mount Wachusett Community 
College, Gardner, is a secretary at Wright Line in 
Worcester. The bridegroom is a manufacturing 
engineer at Digital Equipment Corp., Westfield, 

>Married: William R. Herman and Andrea L. 
Trivieri on August 1 1 , 1979 in Utica, New York. 
Mrs. Herman, a Becker graduate, is employed by 
Brooks Fashions, Hartford. Her husband works 
for Arthur Anderson, Inc. . . . Dale Hobbs and 
Bonnie J. Derosieron June 16, 1979 in Lunen- 
burg, Massachusetts. The bride, a senior at WPI, 
is a chemical engineering major. The groom is 
with Boeing Aircraft, Seattle, Washington. . . . 
Daniel F. Hurst and Cheryl A. Payeur in 
Springfield, Massachusetts on July 21, 1979. 
Mrs. Hurst holds an associate's degree in ac- 
counting from Springfield Technical Community 
College. She was a control clerk with Springfield 
Institution For Savings. Her husband is involved 
with research and development of photo 
technology at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY. 
. . . James D. Kelleher and Rosemary Shea in 
Worcester on October 6, 1979. The bride 
graduated from Holy Cross. Her husband is with 

IBM, Newport, R.I Kenneth Kimball and 

Susan Wright. The groom works for GE-Knolls 
Atomic Labs. . . . Peter Madnick and Beth J. 
Pomstein in Framingham, Massachusetts on 
August 5, 1979. Mrs. Madnick is a senior in civil 
engineering at the University of Lowell. Her 
husband is president and national sales manager 
for Dennesen Electrostatic, Inc., Beverly, Mass. 
. . . Christopher G. Mather and Mary L. Skillen on 
October 6, 1 979 in Oswego, New York. The 
bride graduated from SUNY, Oswego, and is 
employed by Eye Consultants of Syracuse. The 
groom is with Hewelett-Packard. . . . Anne L. 
Pattee and Stephen R. Picardo in Beverly, Mas- 
sachusetts. Mrs. Picardo, who also graduated 
from Salem State College, is a high school 
teacher in the Dover-Sherborn Regional Schools. 
The bridegroom attends Boston State College 
and graduated from Lowell University. He works 
for Sharp Air Freight Company. 

^■Married: Thomas D. Rockwood to Susan E. 
Kingsley on September 22, 1979 in North An- 
dover, Massachusetts. The groom is with Procter 
& Gamble, Mehoopany, Pa., where he is team 
manager of Luvs in the paper products division. 
. . . Robert C. Rosenlof and Mary A. Avery on 
July 21, 1979 in Hartford, Connecticut. The 
bride is employed by Travelers Insurance Co. Her 
husband is with Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. 
. . . Jeffrey G. Stickles and Jane L. Martinelli in 
Granby, Connecticut on September 8, 1979. 
Mrs. Stickles was formerly a secretary at Kenney, 
Webber & Lowell, Inc. The groom works at GE in 
Erie, Pa. . . Richard R. Tardiff and Debra A. 
Hebert in Saco, Maine on September 8, 1 979. 
The bride graduated from Biddeford High 
School. She is employed by Union Mutual Life in 
Portland. Her husband is at the Portsmouth 

Naval Shipyard in Kittery Paul A. Tessierand 

Jane E. Gresh on September 1 , 1 979 in Avon, 
Connecticut. The bridegroom is a development 
engineer at Hewlett-Packard in Waltham, Mass. 
. . . John F. Wheeler to Anne S. Malaney in 
Johnstown, New York on July 21, 1979. Mrs. 
Wheeler has a paralegal degree from Becker 
Junior College. Her husband works for Turner 
Construction Company of Boston. . . Thomas J. 
White and Linda J. Hein in Paxton, Mas- 
sachusetts on August 11,1 979. Mrs. White 
attended UMass. She is administration manager 
at K2 Corp., Wilmington. The groom serves as a 
wine salesman for Chas. Gilman & Sons, Med- 
ford. . . . Robert A. Wood to Robin A. Wrobel on 
June 16, 1979 in Warren, Massachusetts. Mrs. 
Wood attended Becker. Her husband is em- 
ployed by GE in Utica, NY. 

Donald Abells is an associate engineer at 
Raytheon in Sudbury, Mass. He is a design 
engineer on the laser gyro program. . . . Sidney 
Afonso works as a highway engineer I for the 
State Highway Administration in Baltimore, Md. 
. . . Leona Arsenault serves as a graduate 
research assistant in the ME department at WPI. 
. . . Robert Avarbock has joined Digital Equip- 
ment Corp., Tewksbury, Mass., where he is a 
systems programmer. . . . Kent Backe holds the 
post of staff engineer at CNR, Inc., Needham, 
Mass. . . . Stephen Blanchette is employed as a 
software engineer at Digital in Maynard, Mass. 
. . . Hewlett-Packard Co., Lexington, Mass., has 
hired Dean Bogues as a logic analysis- 
development specialist. . . . Roland Brooks at- 
tends Fairwood Bible Institute in Dublin, N.H 

James Campbell serves as an associate engineer 
at Honeywell in Billerica, Mass. ... Ian Cannon 
has been named a member of the technical staff 
II at the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell in 
Canoga Park, Calif. He is a systems analyst and 
programmer in aerospace engineering. 

Stephen Caputo holds the post of sales assist- 
ant in the technical marketing program at GE in 

Bloomington, Illinois Charles Carter is a field 

engineeratSchlumbergerWell Services in Pharr, 
Texas. . . Hosur Chikkalingaiah serves as a 
sanitary engineer at Whitman & Howard, Inc., in 
Wellesley, Mass. . . . Stephen Clark has been 
named design and development engineer at 

Raytheon in Sudbury, Mass Cynthia Connor 

is an associate engineer at Westinghouse-Bettis 

Winter 1980 /The WPI journal/ 35 

Atomic Power Lab. in West Mifflin, Pa. . ..James 
Cunniff holds the position of administrative 
technical support manager at Jamesbury Corp. 
in Worcester, Mass. . .. Edward Curtis has joined 
Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, Conn. 
. . . George Dainis is in the chemical engineering 
graduate program at MIT. . . . Gail D'Amico is 
studying for a PhD in pharmacology at Mt. Sinai 
Medical School in New York City. 

Andrew Davidson works as a salesman for the 
John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company 
in Worcester. . . . John Davidson is a CDP 

engineerat GE In Lynn, Mass Beth Raymond 

Davis has been named a structural engineer II at 
Allen-Sherman-Hoff in Malvern, Pa. . . . Paul 
Delvy is employed as a project engineer at Wang 
Laboratories in Lowell, Mass. . . . William 
Donoghue is a design engineer at Hamilton 
Standard, Windsor Locks, Conn. . . . Chester 
Drake has joined United Engineers & Construc- 
tors, Boston. . . . Ron Drewiany serves as an 
associate engineer in the Electric Boat Division of 
General Dynamics in Groton, Conn. . . . Richard 
Durand, Jr., is pursuing a PhD in chemistry at Cal 

Stephen Falls has joined the Spencer Turbine 

Co. in Windsor, Conn Eugenia Fernandez is a 

technical representative for Kemper Insurance, 
Southfield, Mich. . . . Alwyn Fitzgerald works as 
a biological assistant at Connecticut Valley 
Biological Supply, Co., Inc., Southampton, Mass. 
. . . Eileen Foley serves as a mechanical engineer 
at the U.S. Army Armament Research and De- 
velopment Company, Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, 
N.J. . . . Athanasios Foutsitzis is a research 
assistantandgraduatestudentatWPI. . . James 
Gaffney has been named a chemical engineer at 
the Kendall Co., Walpole, Mass. . . . Tom Girotti 
is a project engineer at Virginia Electric & Power 
Co. in Richmond, Va. . . . John Grimwade works 
as a field service engineer at Babcock & Wilcox 
Co., Barberton, Ohio. . . . Mark Groves has 
joined GE in Utica, N.Y. . . . William Guerin is 
employed at Idealab, Inc., Franklin, Mass. 

International Harvester Company has 
awarded a graduate dissertation fellowship to 
James Gustafson, currently a candidate for his 
MSME at WPI. He was one of 174 graduate 
students, representing 88 colleges, who entered 
the competition for the six fellowships offered by 
IH for the first time this year. Aimed at providing 
assistance to students, benefitting the colleges, 
and advancing industrial technology, the fellow- 
ships offer maximum funding of $25 thousand 
each. They cover up to a two-year period, 
provide funds for a cash stipend, tuition, and 
support of research costs. Gustafson's winning 
proposal title was: "Strain Measurement by 
Hologram Interferometry." His research will be 
aimed at advancing present knowledge for 
holographic strain analysis by experimenting 
with new procedures that will relate directly to 
surface strains of three-dimensional objects. The 
study will develop technology particularly 
adaptable in designing and testing critical com- 
ponents in the automotive, aerospace, and elec- 
tronics industries and in medical laboratories. 
Gustafson belongs to the ASME. During the past 
summer, he has been employed as a project 
engineer by Ambac Industries of Springfield, 

36 /The WPI Journal/ Winter 1980 

Kevin Halloran holds the post of president of 
Advanced Hybrid Systems in Newton Centre, 
Mass. . . . Dorothy Hamilton is doing work in 
inorganic chemistry at the Graduate School of 
the University of Illinois in Urbana. . . . Scott 
Hansen has joined Monsanto Textiles, Decatur, 

Alabama John Haporik serves as an associate 

environmental engineer at B.F. Goodrich Chem- 
ical Co., Calvert City, Ky. . . . Henry Hazebrouck 
has been named a research engineer at Ampex 

Corp. in Redwood City, Calif Mark Hecker is 

employed as a design engineer at Data General, 
Westboro, Mass. . . . Raytheon Company in 
Wayland, Mass. has tapped Paul Henderson as 
an associate engineer. . . . Daniel Hennessy 
graduated magna cum laude from Boston Col- 
lege, and is studying for his MBA at the Univer- 
sity of Michigan John Hopkins, Jr., works as 

a sales engineer at Alger Corp., Abington, Mass. 
. . . Arthur Hughes is employed as a field 
engineer at Dresser Industries in Texas. . . . 
Stephen Hull, Jr., who holds an MS from WPI, is 
working on his PhD at Michigan State, East 
Lansing. His wife, Kathy, is a resident at St. 
Joseph's Hospital in Flint preparing for family 

Craig Jacobson works as a gear product de- 
sign engineer at GE in Lynn, Mass. . . . Bruce 
Jenket, an officer candidate in the Navy OCS in 
Newport, R.I., will be movingto Orlando, Fla. for 
six months, then on to Idaho. . . . Turner 
Construction Co., Columbus, Ohio, has hired 
Richard Jenkins II as a cost engineer. . . . Brian 

Johansson is with Motorola in Plantation, Fla 

David Johnson and his wife Joan are now resid- 
ing in London. Johnson is with Film Cooling 
Towers, Ltd. in Richmond, Surrey, U.K., as well 
as with Johnson International, Ltd. in Bridgewa- 
ter, Conn. . . . Kilmer Joyce has been named 
associate engineer in the Combustion Turbine 
Division of Westinghouse, Concordville, Pa. . . . 
Stephen Kapurch is with the Dept. of the Navy 
Fleet Analysis Center in Corona, Calif. . . . Ronald 
Knapp, who has an MSEE from WPI, holds the 
post of design engineer at Analog Devices, 
Wakefield, Mass. . . . Richard Kozicz has joined 
Data General, Southboro, Mass., where he is a 
systems test engineer. 

Claire LaChance is with GE in Philadelphia 

Norman Lacourse has been named a chemist at 
National Starch & Chemical Corp., Bridgewater, 
N.J. . . . Ken Laliberte serves as a manufacturing 
engineer at Norton Co., Worcester. . . . Ray 
Lambert is employed as a project engineer at 
Monsanto in Springfield, Mass. . . . Presently, 
Brien Laufer is studying for his MSEE at Ohio 

State University Stephen Lawny is a graduate 

student in the physics department at WPI. . . . 
John Lennhoff holds the post of development 
engineerat Kodak, Rochester, N.Y. . . . Stephen 
Lesniewski is a student at Jagiellonski University 

in Krakow, Poland Ronald Lucier serves as an 

associate engineerat Yankee Atomic Electric Co. 
in Westboro, Mass. 

Frank Maldari works for Itek Corp., 
Lexington, Mass. . . . Frank Martin is a solar 
engineerat Environmental Alternatives, Inc., 
Dover, N.H. He is designing a home which he, 
Kevin Doherty, and John "Sid'' Fitzgerald may 
be building next spring for the owner. . . . 
Timothy McAlice has joined Pratt & Whitney 
Aircraft Group in West Palm Beach, Fla. . . . 
Kathleen McKeon is a teaching assistant in the 
math department at Michigan State University in 
East Lansing. . . . James Miller is studying for his 
MS at Stanford University, where he is a teach- 
ing assistant in the EE department. . . . Donald 
Mitchell serves as an assistant engineer for 
Public Service of New Hampshire in Manchester. 

. . . Lisa Mitchell is employed as a field liaison 
engineer at Westinghouse Elevator Co., Ran- 
dolph, N.J. . . . Jack Morrison has joined Pratt & 
Whitney, East Hartford, Conn., as an experi- 
mental engineer. . . . Tom Murray is a process 
engineer at Texas Instruments in Dallas. 

Prime Computer, Inc., Framingham, Mass., 
has employed Peter Pappas as a software en- 
gineer. . . . Stephen Parent is at Brown Univer- 
sity, Providence, R.I. . . . Gary Pearson is em- 
ployed as a product design engineer at 
Raytheon-Data Systems, Norwood, Mass. . . . 
Heidi Pivnick has been hired as operations 
supervisor at AT & T Long Lines, Hartford, Conn. 
. . . William Potter is with Motorola in Ft. 
Lauderdale, Fla. . . . Joyce Poulton is a 
mathematician at Vitro Laboratories in Newport, 

R.I Stephen Prawdzik has been working as 

an assistant sales engineer at GE in Nashville, 
Tenn. . . . Presently, Robert Reed is a product 
engineer for Wyman-Gordon in North Grafton, 
Mass. . . . Rene Richard has accepted a post at 
Kodak in Rochester, N.Y. . . . Glenn Robertson 
serves as a product engineer at Texas Instru- 
ments in Houston. He is responsible for a mem- 
ory device Ali Rostami is a graduate student 

at Stanford University. . . . Honeywell, Inc., 
Lexington, Mass., has named Ron Roth an as- 
sociate project engineer. . . . Carl Rutigliano 
works as a mechanical design engineer at GE in 
Fitchburg. . . . Scott Ryder has joined New 
England Power Service Co., Westboro, Mass. 

David Scheffler serves as a test engineer at 
Raytheon Data Systems in Norwood, Mass. . . . 
Richard Schneider is a manufacturing process 
engineer at Texas Instruments, Mansfield, Mass. 
. . . Monique Schobert is employed as a member 
of the research staff at Western Electric in Prince- 
ton, N.J David Sheridan, a 2/Lt. in the U.S. 

Army Ordnance Corps, is currently attending 
Explosive Ordnance Disposal School. . . . Alan 
Smelewicz is a teaching assistant at WPI. . . . 
David Smith is working for his MBA full time at 
Babson College, Needham, Mass. . . . Alfred 
Spada is a graduate student at MIT, where he is 
studying for his PhD. . . . Andrew Sumberg has 
joined Thermo Electron in Waltham, Mass. . . . 
Edward Tidman III holds the post of group 
insurance underwriter at State Mutual in 
Worcester. . . . Bob Tosi serves as a design 
engineer at Digital Equipment Corp., Maynard, 
Mass. . . . John Tracy is an MBA student at 
Northeastern in Boston. . . . Bradley Traver 
works as a surveying technician for the U.S. 
government in the National Park Service. He 
writes, "Constantly travelling!" . . . Tom Van 
Ness is with Kodak, Rochester, N.Y. 

David Wardell is at GE in Schenectady, N.Y. 
. . . Vincent Wasnewsky is a teaching assistant at 
WPI, where he is studying for his MSEE. . . . 
General Dynamics-Electric Boat, Groton, Conn., 
has employed George Wespi as an associate 
engineer. . . . David West works for Conrail in 
Pittsburgh. . . . David Willey is an associate 
engineerat Lockheed-Georgia in Marietta, Ga. 
. . . Chris Wilmot serves as a chemical engineer 

at Naval Ordnance Station, Indian Head, Md 

William Winters is at Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. . . . 
Vincent Wolff has accepted a position as an 
associate member of the research staff at Ampex 
Corp., Redwood City, Calif. . . . Lawrence 
Woodward, who has his MSEE from WPI, is a 

teaching associate at UMass in Amherst Paul 

Wrabel is an engineer assistant at Babcock & 

Wilcox in Barberton, Ohio Priscilla Young is 

employed as an engineering trainee at Mobil Oil 
Corp., Scarsdale, N.Y. . . . Robert Zunner has 
joined Raytheon in Wayland, Mass. 


School of 



Harold White, '55, now back with Norton in 
Worcester following a seven-year stint for the 
firm in England, says that his hobbies include 
collecting antiques, woodworking tools, and 
American clocks. He enjoys clock repairing and 
travel. "We have been in Europe, Asia Minor, 
and Africa, but Cape Porpoise, Me. is a favorite 
spot for family gatherings." Last summer, the 
Whites attended the Queen's Lawn Party at 
Buckingham Palace. 

George Durnin, Jr., '61, continues at Franklin 
County Public Hospital, Greenfield, Mass., 
where he serves as vice president of employee 

William Lechman, '64, has been named opera- 
tions manager for the Chain and Components 
Division of Rexnord, Inc. in Milwaukee. He is 
responsible for all manufacturing and related 
areas for the division. Previously, he was general 
manager of Ruberg & Renner, Germany. He 
joined Rexnord in 1 956 as a student trainee. He 
graduated from the University of Connecticut 
with a degree in industrial engineering. 

Edward Bilzerian, '66, was recently appointed 
vice president and controller of Bay State Abra- 
sives Division of Dresser Industries, Inc., in 
Westboro, Mass. With the firm since 1955, 
Bilzerian has held managerial posts in pricing, 
cost accounting, and general accounting. He is a 
graduate of Clark University. 

Edwin Larson, '77, has been named business 
manager of industrial production products at 
Norton Company's coated abrasive division, 
Troy, NY. Since 1956, he has held various posts 
in field sales, marketing, and product manage- 
ment for both grinding wheels and coated abra- 
sives. In 1978, he moved to the Albany-Troy 
area as product manager of cloth backed prod- 

JohnHickey, Jr., '78, is listed in the 1979 edition 
of Who's Who in Finance & Industry. Last 
August, he was appointed controller of New 
England High Carbon Wire Corp., Millbury, 

Robert Eves, '79, is now the technical manager 
of Norton Company's new proppants plant in 
Fort Smith, Arkansas. He has held increasingly 
responsible posts in manufacturing control and 
process engineering since joining the firm in 
1946. A registered professional engineer, he 
holds an ME degree from Tri-State University in 
Angola, Indiana. 

William Monigle, '79, is president of Video 
Base, Inc., Merrimack, N.H. The firm produces 
custom video taped training and communica- 
tions programs. Monigle graduated from the 
University of Massachusetts. 




John Sakala, '66, has been named principal of 
Princeton (N.J.) High School. He was selected 
from nearly 100 applicants. Previously, he was 
principal of Rockport (Mass.) High School, and 
of Homebase School in Watertown, Mass. He 
had taught mathematics and physics in Water- 
town, where he was also a coordinator of science 
for the school district. He has a certificate of 
advanced graduate studies from Northeastern, 
as well as a BA from Brandeis. Applicants for the 
principal's post were thoroughly screened by the 
Board of Education, the high school staff, and 
members of the community. Sakala was picked 
from among four finalists. 

Sr. Pauline Kalagher (S.S.J.), '78, is a science 
teacher at Milford (Mass.) High School. 

P. Martin Conway, '79, teaches at Granby 
(Mass.) Senior High School. . . . Timothy Hoar, 
'79, is employed by the school department in 
Franklin, Mass., where his is an educator at the 
junior high school. He and his wife, Susan, have 
two children. They live in Mendon. . . . Robert 
Raymond, '79, teaches chemistry at Mahar Re- 
gional School in Orange, Mass. 

Winter 1980 /The WP1 Journal/ 37 

L. Herbert Carter, '07, died in a convalescent 
hospital in San Jose, California on October 3, 

A Worcester native, he was born on Jan. 31, 
1885. After studying electrical engineering at 
WPI, he worked several years for New York 
Telephone. Other employers included Reed & 
Prince, and Worcester Pressed Steel, from which 
he retired in 1 950 as plant engineer. From 1 950 
to 1961 , he was a consulting engineer in 
Worcester, under the business name of the 
Carter Engineering Service. He was a registered, 
professional engineer. 

Mr. Carter, who moved to California in 1962, 
was active in the Little House Senior Citizens 
Center in Menlo Park. He had previously be- 
longed to the Tech Old Timers, the Elks, and had 
been active in scouting. 

Richard B. Davidson, '17, a retired associate 
engineer at the Sacandaga Reservoir in New 
York, died in Glens Falls on September 13,1 979. 
He was 83. 

He received his BSCE from WPI in 1917. 
Following graduation, he was an ensign in the 
U.S. Naval Reserve until 1921. He attended 
Officer Material School at Harvard, and later 
worked for the Power Construction Company of 
Worcester. While at Worcester, he was involved 
with hydroelectric and dam construction on the 
Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers. 

In 1925 he joined the Hudson River, Black 
River Regulating District of Albany, N.Y. as 
assistant engineer. Upon completing his duties 
on the Conklingville Dam and Sacandaga Reser- 
voir flood control project, he was named as- 
sociate engineer on the maintenance of the 
Reservoir. In 1966, he retired after serving the 
Hudson River-Black River Regulating District for 
41 years. He served as district consultant for two 
years after retirement. 

Mr. Davidson was born in 1895 in Sterling, 
Mass. He belonged to Sigma Phi Epsilon, the 
Eastern Snow Conference, and the American 
Legion. A fellow of the ASCE, he was also a 
registered professional engineer in New York. 

Retired Army Major General Kirke B. Lawton, 
'17, who coordinated photographic coverage of 
all U.S. ground troops on the Western Front 
during World War II, died in Athol, Mas- 
sachusetts on October 20, 1 979. He was 84 
years old. 

General Lawton's 37-year career in the Army 
touched on two world wars, the German surren- 
der signing, the Big Three Potsdam Conference, 
and the Army-McCarthy hearings. At the apex 
of his career, he served as commander of Fort 
Monmouth, N.J. and its Signal Corps Center. 
The two-star general had served as head of the 
Army Pictorial Service, for which he earned the 
Legion of Merit, as chief of American ground 
combat photographers in Europe in World War 
II, and as an eyewitness to top-level end of war 
and postwar meetings. 

His various Army positions took him to Hol- 
lywood, where he assisted in the making of 
patriotic movies for the home front, to the 
atomic bomb test in Nevada in the 1 950's, and 
to a number of White House receptions. From 
1940 to 1944, Gen. Lawton served in 
Washington, D.C. He was promoted to Colonel 
and named chief of the Army Pictorial Services. 
In 1944, he was assigned to Supreme Headquar- 
ters of Allied Forces in Europe. Starting 1 2 days 
after D-Day, he followed the American Army 
across northern France with a cameraman, a 
jeep, a chauffeur, and a pup tent. He filmed and 
conferred with Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, 
British Field Marshall Montgomery, and French 
General DeGaulle. On May 7, 1945 he "free- 
lanced" his way into a school at Rheims, France 
at 2 A.M. and took the only color photos made 
of the German surrender ceremony. Two 
months later he "crashed" the Potsdam Confer- 
ence. "I sneaked in," he was to confess later. 

His prized Potsdam photo, widely published in 
periodicals and textbooks, was shot on a balcony 
over Churchill's broad frame and showed men of 
history around a huge round table including: 
Truman, Byrnes, Admiral Leahy, Churchill, Atlee, 
Anthony Eden, Stalin, Molotov, and Gromyko. 

In 1954, while in command of Fort Mon- 
mouth and the Signal Corps Center with its 
radar-sensitive laboratories, Gen. Lawton was 
put into the national spotlight during the heavily 
televised Army-McCarthy hearings. The general 
was praised by Senator McCarthy in regard to 
the civilian loyalty-security check system he had 
instituted at Fort Monmouth. He could not 
testify at the hearings, however, because of a 
"gag" order issued by President Eisenhower. At 
the time, Gen. Lawton let it be known that 
following the job suspensions he ordered at Fort 
Monmouth, there was no longer a threat of a spy 
ring at the installation. 

Among the general's many awards are the 
U.S. Legion of Merit, three battle service stars, 
the victory medal, and Czechoslovakia's Medal 
of Merit, First Class. He received an honorary 
doctor of science degree from WPI in 1950. A 
past president of the Boston chapter of the 
Alumni Association, he had also served on the 
Executive Committee. 

Gen. Lawton was born on Nov. 3, 1894 in 
Athol, Mass. In 1917 he graduated as a mechan- 
ical engineer. He belonged to ATO. 

Leslie H. Spofford, '17, chief engineer at 
Wachusett Engineering & Combustion for many 
years, died in Holden, Massachusetts on April 
21, 1979. 

He was born on Nov. 30, 1893 in Turners Falls, 
Mass. In 1917 he received his BSEE, then joined 
Hartford Electric Light Co. He worked for James 
McKinney & Sons, Eastern Bridge & Structural 
Co., and for 27 years the Worcester County 
Engineering Department, where he was a civil 
engineer. In 1 959, he started work at Wachusett 
Engineering & Construction Co., Holden, where 
he held the post of chief engineer. 

Mr. Spofford, a Mason, was a registered 
professional engineer and land surveyor in Mas- 
sachusetts. He was also registered in New York. 
He was the father of Winslow Spofford, '56. 

Charles C. Alvord, '18, a retired mechanical 
engineer and consultant for Norton Co., died on 
August 28, 1979 in Hyannis, Massachusetts at 
the age of 82. 

He retired from Norton's machine division 
operation in Worcester in 1 961 , and then served 
as a consultant for Norton-Asquith, its 
Shrewsbury, England, branch, for twenty 
months. While with Norton, he invented several 
machines for the company. 

Before joining Norton in 1936, Alvord was 
associated with his father, Clinton Alvord, '86 
(deceased) in the former Worcester Loom 
Works. During his early years, Alvord built and 
operated wireless sets, when they were still a 
great novelty. He was proud of Indian relics and 
Civil War documents handed down through the 
family by his uncle, Maj. Henry E. Alvord, who, 
after the Civil War, was so successful dealing 
with Indians in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

Alvord, who trained in aerial photography at 
Cornell in World War I, was born in Worcester 
on Dec. 19, 1896. He was a professional en- 
gineer and had a BSME from WPI. 

Cornelius A. Callahan, '21, a retired consultant, 
died at his home in South Yarmouth, Mas- 
sachusetts on June 8, 1979. 

Following his graduation as a chemist, Mr. 
Callahan worked for four years at Hamilton 
Woolen Co. He held subsequent posts at Pacific 
Mills, Charlton Woolen, and at Haywood- 
Schuster Woolen Mills. AtGoodall Sanford, Inc., 
he was a vice president and at Stroock & Co., 
works manager. In later life, he ran Callahan 
Realty, Newburgh, N.Y., and was a real estate 
appraiser and consultant. 

Mr. Callahan belonged to Lambda Chi Alpha, 
Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Skull. He was born on 
Sept. 30, 1899 in Winchendon, Mass. 

Harold C. Johnston, '23, a retired representative 
for Hobart Co., died at his home in Rumford, 
Rhode Island on September 9, 1 979 at the age of 

He was born on Nov. 12, 1900 in North 
Easton, Mass. , and was a member of the Class of 
1923. During his career, he was with Worthing 
Pump & Machine Corp., Lupton Co., and Toledo 
Scale Co. In 1969, he retired from Hobart Co., 
Providence, after thirty years of service. 

A member of ATO, Johnston had also be- 
longed to the National Association of Cost Ac- 
countants, the Sales Manager Club, the 
Chamber of Commerce, the Masons, and the 
Shrine. He was a member of the Episcopal 
Church and the Wannamoisett Country Club. 

38 /The WPI journal / Winter 1980 

Wolcott S. Bissell, '25, died on September 10, 
1979 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was 75 years 

In 1965 he retired as assistant training coor- 
dinator for the Connecticut State Highway De- 
partment after 29 years of service. He was 
responsible for formulating and teaching courses 
in algebra, trigonometry, and drafting. He had 
been a member of the Division of Design before 
transferring to the Training Division. Earlier, he 
was with Buck & Sheldon, Hartford. 

Mr. Bissell was a life member of the Connect- 
icut Society of Civil Engineers. A 50-year Mason, 
he had served as grand secretary in Connecticut 
for the Royal Arch Masons, and had held many 
other Masonic posts. He belonged to SAE and 
the Connecticut State Employees Association. 

A graduate ME from WPI, Bissell also had a 
BSCE from MIT. He was born on March 17, 1904 
in Hartford, Conn. 

Raymond H. Amsden, '26, passed away at his 
home in Reading, Massachusetts on August 27, 
1979 at the age of 75. 

He retired in 1969 following 38 years as a fire 
protection engineer for the Factory Insurance 
Association of Hartford. He traveled the New 
England States, and was then a special agent in 
the Boston office. 

A native of Arlington, N.J., he was born on 
Jan. 25, 1904. He belonged to the Pioneer Club 
of the Factory Insurance Association, and was a 
member of the class of 1926. 

Peter C. Gaskill, '27, a retired clinical psycholo- 
gist with the Veteran's Administration, died on 
December 1 6, 1 978 following a brief illness. 

After studying at WPI, Mr. Gaskill received his 
AB from Ohio University and his MA from 
Washington University. For many years he was a 
clinical psychologist with the Veterans Adminis- 
tration in Manchester, N.H. 

He was a member and elder of the Presbyte- 
rian Church, belonged to the Masons, the East- 
ern Star, and the American Legion. A charter 
member of the Londonderry (NH) Chamber of 
Commerce, he was voted citizen of the year in 

Mr. Gaskill was in World War II, and con- 
tinued as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Re- 
serve. He served three terms in the New Hamp- 
shire legislature. He was a member of Lambda 
Chi Alpha. A native of Worcester, he was born 
on Dec. 8, 1903. 

Ernest T. Parsons, '27, died in Manchester, New 
Hampshire on September 3, 1979 at the age of 

He was born on Jan. 28, 1905 in Easthampton, 
Mass. In 1 927 he received his BSEE from WPI. He 
worked 33 years as district transformer spe- 
cialist, sales engineer, and manager of the Man- 
chester office of the General Electric Company. 
He joined the Public Service Company of New 
Hampshire in 1959, serving as commercial- 
industrial sales supervisor until his retirement in 
1969. After retirement, he engaged in consult- 
ing engineering work. 

Mr. Parsons belonged to Phi Sigma Kappa, 
Skull, IEEE, the Rotary Club, and the Masons. He 
was past president of the Tri-County Electric 
Associates, past chairman of the board of trus- 
tees at Camp Foster, and he was a registered 
professional engineer in New Hampshire. 

Frank R. Roeder, '27, a retired civil engineer, 
passed away on August 20, 1979 in Sarasota, 

He was born on Nov. 20, 1 902 in Turners Falls, 
Mass. After graduating as a civil engineer, he 
joined the Metropolitan District Commission, 
Boston, where he was employed until his retire- 
ment. He had served the MDC in various 
capacities including that of draftsman in the 
Water Supply Commission and a senior civil 
engineer in the Construction Division. 

Frank R. Joslin, '29, a retired system vice presi- 
dent of the New England Electric System, died on 
August 24, 1979 in University Hospital in Bos- 
ton. He was 71. 

As system vice president, he was responsible 
for the labor department and various operating 
functions. He had started work at New England 
Power Co. in Worcester in 1928. Since that time, 
he had held increasingly responsible posts 
throughout his 45 years with the company. He 
retired in 1973. 

Mr. Joslin was born on May 1 , 1 908 in Oxford, 
Mass. He was a member of the Class of 1 929 and 
belonged to Phi Sigma Kappa. In 1948 he 
graduated from the advanced management 
program at Harvard Business School. 

His career with New England Electric was 
interrupted three times. From 1933 to 1937 he 
was a general superintendent for two CCC 
construction camps. He helped develop Myles 
Standish State Forest in Plymouth and Assonet 
State Forest. In 1 938 and 1 939 with the PWA, he 
helped in the reconstruction of Derby Wharf, 
Central Wharf, Salem Customs House, and John 
Derby House. Later he worked for the federal 
government on the National Research Defense 
Committee of the Office of Scientific Research 
and Development. 

In 1946, he rejoined New England Electric, 
and was soon named a vice president of New 
England Power Co. In 1959, he became chief 
spokesman of the company's negotiating com- 
mittee which bargained with unions of all system 
companies. He became vice president of New 
England Power Service Co. in 1962 and system 
vice president five years later. 

While a resident of Bedford, he served on a 
number of local committees, including the 
school building committee, the library board of 
trustees, and as chairman of the school commit- 
tee. He was named director of the Nashua River 
Watershed Association. He and his wife com- 
pletely restored the Fitch Tavern, which is now in 
the National Historic Register. 

After retiring, Joslin was named executive 
coordinator of the New England Construction 
Users Council. He belonged to the Rotary Club. 

George J. Tsatsis, '29, of Massapequa, New 
York passed away recently. 

For many years he was with Consolidated 
Edison, which he served as division engineer and 
executive staff assistant. He was born on January 
6, 1 906. He was a member of the Class of 1 929. 

John T. Tomkins, '30, of Newport News, Vir- 
ginia, died last August after a long illness. He was 

He retired from the machinery design depart- 
ment at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1974 
after 44 years. He belonged to ATO, the Society 
of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the 
Propeller Club, the James River Country Club, 
and the Newport Lions Club, of which he was a 
past president. 

He was born on Sept. 17, 1908 in Philadel- 
phia. In 1930 he received his BSCE from WPI. 

William E. Grubert, '35, the retired manager of 
the chemical hazards department of the Royal- 
Globe Insurance Company, died on August 15, 
1 979 after a long illness. He was 67. 

Mr. Grubert designed the first motor vehicle 
directional signal as a class project. He also 
designed Underwood's first noiseless portable 

During his career he was with Underwood, 
Elliot and Fisher, F.D.A. Insurance Co. , and the 
Army Air Corps in World War II. After leaving the 
service, Grubert was employed by Royal-Globe 
Insurance, New York as senior vice president and 
manager of commercial lines and chemical 
hazards department. He retired in 1972. 

Mr. Grubert was a cofounder of the New York 
chapter of the Society of Fire Protection En- 
gineers, of which he was a charter member and a 
past president. An outstanding fire protection 
engineer, he was very active in the Conference 
of Special Risk Underwriters and the National 
Fire Protection Association. He belonged to SAE 
and the Drug & Chemical Club. In 1935 he 
graduated as a mechanical engineer. He was 
born April 19, 1912 in Westfield, Mass. It is 
being suggested that if any wish to remember 
Bill Grubert, that a contribution be made to The 
Center For Fire Safety Studies, Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts 
01609, in Memory of William E. Grubert. This is 
a new program which has been set up to award 
Master of Science Degrees in Fire Protection 
Engineering and is the first such program in this 

Winter 1980 /The WPI journal/ 39 

Albert L. Delude, Jr., '38, a chief engineer at the 
Providence Granite Co. for 25 years, died on 
August 21, 1979 in Providence, Rhode Island. 

He was born on Jan. 21, 1917 in Worcester. In 
1938, he received his BSCE, and was employed 
by the Metropolitan District Water Supply Sys- 
tem Commission, Boston. He was involved with 
construction at Quonset, R.I. Naval Air Station, 
Richmond (Fla.) Naval Air Station, and the 
Marine barracks at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Briefly, 
he was employed at Prestressed Concrete and 
Smith Concrete Products, Kinston, N.C. before 
joining Providence Granite. 

Mr. Delude, WPI Alumni Council representa- 
tive of the Class of 1938, belonged to ASCE. He 
was a registered, professional engineer. 

Sidney F. Perkins, '38, of Athol, Massachusetts 
died in Worcester on July 29, 1 979. 

He was a district manager for the Mas- 
sachusetts Electric Co. for the past 40 years, 
including the last 1 1 years in Gardner. He had 
also been a commander in the U.S. Navy during 
World War II and in the Korean conflict. Prior to 
serving as Gardner manager, he was stationed at 
Massachusetts Electric in Worcester, and at Nar- 
ragansett Electric in Providence. 

Perkins belonged to Theta Chi, the Methodist 
Church, the Masons, and the Shrine. He was a 
graduate of WPI 's School of Industrial Manage- 
ment and a registered professional engineer in 
Rhode Island. He was born on June 13, 1915 in 
Millbury. In 1938 he graduated as an electrical 

William L Kay, '39, of Point Pleasant, New 
Jersey, passed away on August 9, 1 979. 

He was born on Aug. 9, 1916 in Scotia, N.Y. 
For many years, until his retirement, he was a 
research chemist at du Pont in Wilmington and 
Newport, Delaware. He had a PhD from New 
York University. 

Dr. Kay belonged to Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma 
Xi, and the American Chemical Society. He 
graduated as a chemist from WPI. 

Malcolm N. Pilsworth, Jr., '47, a physicist at the 
U.S. Army Natick Labs., Natick, Massachusetts, 
died on August 11,1 979 in Framingham Union 

He was born on Sept. 10, 1918 in Worcester, 
and graduated as an electrical engineer in 1947. 
During his lifetime he was with the Naval 
Ordnance Lab., Washington, D.C., Landers, 
Frary & Clark, and Tracerlab in Waltham, Mass. 
He held a BA from Colgate, a master's degree 
from Cornell. He belonged to Sigma Xi and Phi 
Beta Kappa. 

Mr. Pilsworth served in the Navy in World War 
II. He was active in scouting and with the 

Raymond B. Phaneuf , '49, of Lynnfield Center, 
Massachusetts died on July 1 5, 1 979 in Boston. 
A native of Woonsocket, R.I., he was born on 
January 29, 1923. During his career, he worked 
for Worcester Pressed Steel, Clevite Transistor, 
Itek Corp. and Bar Industries. For the past six 
years, he owned and operated National Radio 
Corp., Melrose. He served in the Air Force in 
World War II, and belonged to Theta Chi. In 
1949 he received his BSME from WPI. 

40/ The WPI Journal / Winter 19X0 


Summer 1 980 


Alumni term trustee 
nominations being 

Each year the WPI Alumni Associa- 
tion has the opportunity to nomi- 
nate alumni for consideration for 
positions on the WPI Board of Trust- 
ees. Candidates are selected 
through a balloting process con- 
ducted by the Alumni Association's 
Alumni Council, and a Trustee 
Search Committee of the Associa- 
tion is responsible for assuring that 
there are enough candidates each 
year for the positions available. Paul 
W. Bayliss, '60, chairman of that 
committee, has recently announced 
that his committee is now receiving 

petitions for consideration for nom- 
ination for terms beginning in July 

Alumni may submit petitions 
which contain the appropriate num- 
ber of verified signatures on or be- 
fore October 3, 1980. They should 
be mailed to Mr. Bayliss c/o the 
WPI Alumni Office, Boynton Hall, 
Worcester, MA 01609. Questions re- 
garding the procedures for the for- 
mal submission for proposals 
should be directed to Stephen J. He- 
bert, '66, Alumni director, at WPI, 
telephone (617) 753-1411. 

Editor: I found the article, "A room 
at the top," about Boynton Hall's 
clock tower (in the Winter 1980 
Journal) very refreshing. I'm glad to 
see that the wall of graffiti was left 
untouched during the recent reno- 
vations, at least so far. I sincerely 
hope it will be left as is. Nearly ev- 
eryone has left his name and date of 
visit on some obscure landmark at 
some time in his life, secretly hop- 
ing it will be found and recognized, 
hopefully years later. I suppose it's a 
way of immortalizing some small 
part of ourselves. To paint over the- 
se "fossils" of WPI students would 
be truly sad. Obviously that small 
piece of wall has brought some hap- 
piness (perhaps sadness) to some, 
and someone felt it could touch mo- 
re people (hence the publication of 
the article in a prominent place in 
the WPI Journal. ) Please help see 
that this small unobtrusive spot is 
left as it has been for these past 
years, to be enjoyed by future senti- 
mentalists. Thank you for your con- 
cern and the article. 

— Walter A. Perkins, '75 
Keene, NH 

Editor's note: The graffiti are still 
there, and probably will be for the 
next century or so. In a related vein, 
someone recently asked why WPI 
had gone to all the trouble and ex- 
pense to put sheet-rock on the walls 
of that nearly inaccessible and un- 
usable room in the tower. Building 
code requirements, that's why. 

Summer 1980 



Vol. 84, No. 1 


On Gossamer Wings 

Paul MacCready, this year's Commencement 
speaker and designer/builder of the Gossamer Condor and 
Gossamer Albatross aircraft, discusses the consequences of re- 
search into human-powered airplanes. 

"The Electric Disco Chicken . . . ?" 

The story of one man, twenty chickens, and more 

than five thousand photographic exposures, all in 4Vi minutes. 

The long ride of Edward Delano 

Roger Perry tells the tale of this remarkable alum- 
nus who rode his bicycle 3100 miles to attend his class's 
50th reunion. 

17 Reunion 1980 

A brief look back at that wonderful weekend. 

24 Your class and others 

32 The Peep Toad Potter 

How not to stay a physicist: the story of Dick Farrell,'64. 

43 What handicap? 

John Pavao's success. 

45 How much is it worth? 

American Appraisal's Lee Hackett, '61, either 
knows or can find out fast. 

46 Completed careers 

Editor: H. Russell Kay 

Alumni Information Editor: Ruth S. 

Designer: H. Russell Kay 

Typesetting: County Photo Composit- 
ing, Inc., Jefferson, Mass., and Davis 
Press, Inc., Worcester, Mass. 

Printing: Davis Press, Inc., Worcester, 

Alumni Publications Committee: 
Donald E. Ross, '54, chairman; Robert 
C. Gosling, '68; Sidney Madwed, '49; 
Samuel W. Mencow, '37; Kathleen Mo- 
lony, '77; Stanley P. Negus, Jr., '54. 

Address all correspondence to the Edi- 
tor, The WPI Journal, Worcester Poly- 
technic Institute, Worcester, 
Massachusetts 01609. Telephone (617) 

The WPI Journal is published for the 
WPI Alumni Association by Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute. Copyright © 
1980 by Worcester Polytechnic Insti- 
tute. All rights reserved. 

The WPI Journal (usps no. 0148-6128) is 
published five times a year, quarterly 
plus a catalog issue (identified as no. 2) 
in August. Second Class postage paid at 
Worcester, Massachusetts. 


President: John H. McCabe, '68 
Senior Vice President: Peter H. Horst- 

MANN, '55 

Vice President: Clark L. Poland, '48 

Secretary-Treasurer: Stephen J. Hebert, 

Past President: William A. Julian, '49 

Executive Committee members-at- 
large: Philip B. Ryan, '65; Donald E. 
Ross, '54; Anson C. Fyler, '45; Harry W 
Tenney, Jr., '56 

Fund Board: Henry Styskal, Jr., '50, 
chairman; Richard B. Kennedy, '65; 
Gerald Finkle, '57; Philip H. Pud- 

DINGTON, '59; RlCHARD A. DAVIS, '53; C. 

John Lindegren, '39; John H. Tracy, '52 

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On Gossamer 


by Paul B. MacCready 

The discipline of seeking 
high-performance on puny 
human power lets you see and 
understand just how efficient 
vehicles can be. 

Paul B. MacCieady, president of AeroViwnment, Inc., 
and winner of the two Kremer prizes for human- 
powered aircraft, gave this address at WPI's Commence- 
ment in May. Since then, he has unveiled the next 
aircraft in the Gossamer series — the Gossamer Pen- 
guin, powered by solar cells and batteries. 

Human-powered flight has been a goal of mankind from 
as early as man had developed to where he could envy 
the birds. However, once the Wright brothers mastered 
powered flight in 1903, people realized that this old avi- 
ation goal of human-powered flight was not all that 
important. Engines, as powerful as 100 or 1000 men, 
were then available to move aviation to achievements 
which were never conceived of except by science fiction 
writers. A few enthusiasts kept the dream of self- 
powered flight just barely alive. 

Then in 1959 a remarkable, creative event 
occurred. A British industrialist, Henry Kremer, put up 
a prize for the first sustained controlled human-powered 
flight (i.e., the human-powered analog to the Wright 
brothers' 1903 flight). During the 18 years the prize 
stood unclaimed, it was increased to nearly $100,000, 
the largest prize in aviation. Once Kremer established 
the prize, it was inevitable that someone would win it. 
But it was not inevitable that anyone would put up such 
a prize — that was a unique and creative event. 

In the summer of 1976 1 got the idea of how to win 
the prize and, with a team of a dozen friends and rela- 
tives, created the Gossamer Condor. It won Kremer's 
prize a year later. To our astonishment, the aviation 
establishment showed great enthusiasm for this esoteric 
and impractical feat — and the vehicle went to the 
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Wash- 
ington, where it hangs next to the Wrights' aircraft and 
Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis. 

We had found Gossamer Condor was a fun airplane 
to fly. You don't have to be either an athlete or a pilot; a 
60-year-old woman flew it, as well as a 10-year-old boy. 
The dark side of having the aircraft hang in the Smithso- 
nian, for us, was that we could no longer fly it. So I cal- 
culated what an improved version would do if made 
more accurately. The computations showed that our 
primary pilot, Bryan Allen, could probably keep it aloft 
for five hours, while we ordinary, out-of-condition mor- 
tals could fly it five or ten minutes. This sounded like 
fun, but we were too lazy to start work on Gossamer 
Albatross immediately. 

2 / Summer 1 980 / The WPI Journal 

Mr. Kremer announced a new prize: £100,000 (mo- 
re than $200,000) for a human-powered flight across the 
English Channel. We suspect he thought winning this 
one would take another 18 years; we felt winning it 
quickly would be a piece of cake! The basic design of our 
aircraft was already calculated on the back of an enve- 
lope. I should mention that a WPI 1951 alumnus, my 
brother-in-law Kirke Leonard, was a key member of the 
Gossamer Condor/Gossamer Albatross teams, and in 
fact did the primary development work on the use of ad- 
vanced composite materials in the Gossamer Albatross. 
In 1979 the DuPont company sponsored our efforts, we 
got to England, and Bryan Allen successfully flew the 
Gossamer Albatross across the Channel, miraculously 
doing it on the first try. 

Incidentally, this cross-Channel flight was the 
human-powered analog to Louis Bleriot's first flight 
across the English Channel in 1909 — a flight which 
greatly stimulated aviation in Europe, and which is 
regarded by many Europeans as a more important mile- 
stone than the Wright brothers' flight. The next early 
milestone of powered flight, which everyone agrees to, 
was Lindbergh's Atlantic crossing. (However, neither 
Henry Kremer nor Bryan Allen has evidenced the 
slightest interest in continuing with human-powered 
analogs to early aviation milestones!) 

While working on these projects, we focused single- 
mindedly on the simple goal of winning the prizes. 
Since the events, we have had time and occasion to try 
to view the projects from a broader perspective. We're 
beginning to realize that our projects were pretty spe- 
cial. They demonstrated approaches to solving technical 
problems and handling management tasks which may 
be applicable elsewhere. They gave, to us and others, 
perspectives which may be rather important. All this 
does not mean we are unusually bright or efficient. In 
fact, one of the important perspectives which emerges is 
that rather ordinary people, with a bit of luck and a 
strong drive, can literally "reach for the stars" and suc- 

As i think back over the Gossamer aircraft programs, 
there are several main points which stand out. The first 
of these is this: You can do amazing things in efficiency 
and energy conservation when you are really pushed — 
and the things you can do may be very important in the- 
se days of non-infinite energy resources. 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980/3 

In 1976, before the vacation when I thought up the 
Gossamer aircraft, it had never occurred to me (or 
others) that a person could fly on just 1/4 horsepower — 
or that you could make a 96-foot wingspan airplane that 
weighed only 55 pounds. But I was pushed by the lure of 
Kremer's prize money, because I was in the uncomforta- 
ble position of having guaranteed a friend's debt which 
couldn't get paid. I think Kremer put up his prize money 
for just this reason — to push (or lure) people to reach 
the goal he had in mind. (Our project turned out to be 
more expensive than hoped, so much of the profit was 
an illusion. But the initial push was there. ) And now I 
am delighted to have had that negative pressure of the 
debt — it caused the launching of a unique program. It's 
one more example that almost any circumstance can 
eventually be turned to benefit. 

You can certainly make a better human-powered 
airplane than the Gossamer Albatross, but any human- 
powered airplane will probably be so large and flimsy 
that it will not have an adequate margin of safety. We 
now find that our thoughts about future developments 
do not concern human-powered aircraft. Our aviation 
thoughts are about vehicles operating on two or three 
horsepower — 10 times what a human puts out, but still 
small enough power output that it can be derived from 
battery or solar power, or even from a large model air- 
plane engine. My dream is for a silent electric plane, 
battery or solar, with which I can soar with hawks, fly 
with migrating ducks, and cruise the shoreline at 100 

But there is another area of development which is 
of greater interest and greater importance — ultra- 
efficient surface transportation. Virtually everyone on 
the Gossamer Condor/Gossamer Albatross team is also 
involved in the development and racing of streamlined 
bicycles. Each year, in a competition in southern Cali- 
fornia, the Internation Human Powered Vehicle Associ- 
ation sponsors exciting races for these exotic vehicles. 
The vehicles all involve enclosing the occupant (or 
occupants) in a streamlined fairing, rolling on bicycle- 
type wheels, with bicycle pedals and sprockets or equiv- 
alent mechanisms. And each year you see man moving 
faster across the surface of the earth under his own 
power than he has ever moved before. 

A year ago, a two-person machine first exceeded 55 
mph — and, in a touching ceremony, the drivers were 
awarded honorary speeding tickets by the California 
State Highway Patrol. This year, a single-person 
machine went faster than 55 mph, while a tandem 
machine exceeded 100 kph, almost 63 mph. That same 
two-person machine, in a long-distance hour race, went 
46 miles — a mind-boggling feat (whether feat or feet!). 
These bikes make an ideal university project; I'm sur- 
prised that so far only three schools have gotten 

These vehicles at present are no more "practical" 
than our human-powered aircraft, but in these surface 
vehicles you can see the rudiments of something very 
practical. The discipline of seeking high-performance on 

Once Kremer established the 
prize, it was inevitable that 
someone would win it. But it 
was not inevitable that 
anyone would put up such a 
prize — that was a unique and 
creative event. 

puny human power lets you see and understand just 
how efficient vehicles can be — and with this under- 
standing you are free to use various power sources, such 
as human pedaling, an electric motor powered by a bat- 
tery or solar cells, a tiny gasoline engine, wind-aided 
motion, even a large rubber band, or combinations of 
these. In mass production you could have an all-weather 
vehicle, retailing at just a few hundred dollars, which 
protects you in a crash-resistant cocoon, powered say by 
an eight-pound battery/ electric motor system aug- 
mented by pedaling as desired, in which you could com- 
mute at about 30 mph while maintaining your body in 
good physical condition. You may think such a Mickey 
Mouse device would never fit into our present transpor- 
tation system . . . but just wait until OPEC turns off our 
oil imports for three or four months. Our perceptions 
can then change very quickly. 

The mood of the country now seems to be evolving 
toward a willingness to go to war in the Middle East in 
order to maintain our dependence on the oil and on the 
volatile politics and religions of that area. It seems more 
rational, to me, to play with new techniques in trans- 
portation, and with new life styles, rather than go chas- 
ing so hard after a vanishing resource (and, incidentally, 
one which pollutes our atmosphere). 

The second main point I learned from the Gossamer air- 
craft is that it is useful to approach a problem with a 
knowledge of fundamentals but without the deadening 
influence of prior detailed expertise and prejudice. 

As I look back at the Gossamer Condor/Gossamer 
Albatross projects, I see that the main factor which 
made them work was the vehicle's structure — and the 
main reason that we came up with the right structure 
was that I had no background in aircraft structures. 
Every other serious team had excellent credentials in 

4 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

You or I have the best chance 
of thinking clearly in new 
areas, where there is little 
precedent. Such areas are the 
most fun to work in, because 
you can make a significant 
impact without years of effort. 

aircraft structural design, and what every team built 
looked, structurally, like a regular airplane or glider. But 
that was not the right approach for this sort of pioneer- 
ing vehicle. My background included some fundamen- 
tals in beam bending and buckling, and those 
fundamentals were helpful. But basically this design 
was started with a clean slate (and with some knowl- 
edge of wire-braced indoor models and wire-braced hang 

I would rather fly in a jet airliner designed structur- 
ally by members of these other teams than by anyone 
with my poor credentials in structures. There is, of 
course, a vital role for the experts, but if they are getting 
into a new area they have to recognize that their exper- 
tise may inhibit their search for solutions. After think- 
ing about the role of structures experts in 
human-powered airplanes, I began noting various 
instances where knowledge stifles solutions, and noting 
that this happens rather more often than expected. 

For example, I was discussing with a 10-year-old 
how you put a needle on water and have the surface ten- 
sion keep it afloat. The question was, how to set on the 
water the largest possible needle which could stay 
afloat. How would you lower it and release it delicately? 
With your fingers? With tiny wire hooks? With an elec- 
tromagnet? After a little discussion, the 10-year-old 
said, "freeze the water, set the needle on it, and let the 
water melt." Would that really work? I suspect so. But I 
realized that I could not have thought of that solution 
because in my youth I had set needles down with my 
fingers, and my mind was blocked toward ingenious 
ways of setting the needle down carefully. The 10-year- 
old, even though afflicted with dyslexia, did not have 
my blinders on. He understood what question I was ask- 
ing better than I did — the question was how do you get 
the largest possible needle to be floating on the water, 
not how do you set it down. I had introduced an unnec- 
essary constraint. 

A Nobel laureate in physics told me recently that he 
noted the greatest creativity is found in young physi- 
cists, and this creativity usually involved ignoring a pre- 
sumed constraint which their elders had always 
assumed necessary. As a last note on the needle inci- 
dent, when I told the story to a friend, he said that when 
he was 10 he set the needles down on the water with a 
strap of toilet paper, which quickly dissolved away. 

10-year-olds have another attribute. They ask ques- 
tions and are perfectly happy to ask "dumb" questions 
(which may not turn out to be so dumb) . As you get old- 
er, you think maybe you should know the answer and so 
you are ashamed to ask a question which might label 
you stupid. Many of the most effective grownups feel 
secure in themselves and are comfortable asking those 
"dumb" questions . . . which helps their effectiveness. 

Now, when confronted with a new problem, I find 
myself asking, "What would a 10-year-old say?" But I 
know in most cases I cannot come up with the 10-year- 
old's approach because of the years of experience which 

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have coated over my originality. You or I have the best 
chance of thinking clearly in new areas, where there is 
little precedent. Such areas are the most fun to work in, 
because you can make a significant impact without 
years of effort. After a field is established, and particu- 
larly after it is so established that they teach it in col- 
lege, the excitement is lessened, even though the 
importance of the field may have grown larger. To pre- 
pare yourself for the new areas, the exciting subjects 
which have fallen through the cracks of established 
fields, you want a good background in fundamentals and 
in how to get jobs done — things which the WPI Plan 
has had clearly in mind during your years here. 

The third main lesson of the Gossamer aircraft is that 
technical aspects usually make up only a small percent- 
age of a total program. Business management, determi- 
nation, media interaction, timing, and luck may 
represent the major factors. The rule that invention is 2 
percent inspiration and 98 percent perspiration is surpri- 
singly accurate. I won't belabor this point except to note 
that, in the Gossamer Albatross program, probably 90 
percent could be called business management — fi- 
nance, personnel, hangar leases, logistics, backup boats, 
communications, etc. The goal was to win the prize, so 
I did whatever moved the project best toward that goal 
— and that meant only a little new technology but a lot 
of project management. 

The early morning flights at 
remote airports, watching the 
big, miraculous bird slip 
silently through the still air — 
these represented magic 

I may have given you the feeling that the Gossamer 
Condor/Gossamer Albatross projects were just work. 
The work came first (my time was actually spent play- 
ing hooky from my company, AeroVironment), but 
there was much more to the project than work. It was 
fun at all times. It didn't take me away from my family; 
rather my family got deeply involved in it, with my sons 
being the main test pilots. It got me involved with many 
new friends. 

The early morning flights at remote airports, 
watching the big, miraculous bird slip silently through 
the still air — these represented magic moments. There 
was a flavor of pioneering throughout, which I've only 
come to appreciate recently since I've had time to read 
about the history of aviation in the first 30 years of this 
century. Then there was success, even some small 
financial reward, and an appreciation for the feat by the 
public which still seems to us more than is deserved. 

All this introduces my last point, which is that 
work can be fun if you pick a challenge you are excited 
about. I recently heard Edwin Link, an aviation and 
oceanography pioneer, quoted as saying he never 
worked a day in his life — meaning it was all just fun. I 
think you too will find this to be true. Eventually you 
will find that everything you have learned and will learn 
in the future will have value. Politics, exercise, physiol- 
ogy, history, art, etc. — it's all as important as engineer- 
ing . . . eventually. 

Your WPI Plan experience has given you a unique 
start; you are emerging into a period when there are 
great challenges. You have merged academic technol- 
ogy, humanities, and real-world industry. It will be an 
exciting next half-century, the most exciting and best 
there has ever been. 


6 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

"The Electric Disco Chicken". . . ? 

Bob Goodness, '70, is a man of 
many facets. From 1973 through 
1976 he designed and manufactured 
hang gliders. Currently he is a tool 
designer for General Motors in 
Framingham, Mass. But you'd 
never guess what his latest venture 

For the past year or so, Bob has 
spent a major part of his spare time 
making an animated film entitled 
"The Electric Disco Chicken." 
Honest. It premiered February 1 at 
the Boston Film/Video Foundation, 
and its outrageous comic appeal 
generated, within a few weeks, two 
offers to air it on Boston TV sta- 
tions. It has won prizes at both the 
New England Film Festival and at 
the Toronto Film Festival. 

A year may seem like a long 
time to produce a AVi minute film, 
but that's not uncommon for ani- 
mation by an independent filmma- 
ker. According to Bob, "there's 
actually about three minutes of ani- 
mation, where chickens dance a 
'Saturday Night Fever' type line 
dance, and that three minutes 
required over 5,000 individual 
moves of the chickens." 

Perhaps we should make it 
clear here just what kind of 
chickens these are that Bob is talk- 
ing about. They're the kind you find 
living at the neighborhood super- 
market — plucked, dressed, and 
without benefit of heads or claws. 
Frank Perdue would understand. 

"I found myself spending about 
three hours," Bob continues, "to 
film each ten seconds of animation. 
Not only did this require a lot of 
patience, but it also took a high tol- 
erance for discomfort. The filming 
sessions frequently went late into 
the warm summer nights, and hav- 
ing four uncooked chickens under 
hot spotlights for hours at a time 
stretched my tolerance to the 

limits. (Editor's note: Now how 
does that commercial go! 'It takes a 
tough man to make a tender 
chicken '!!) One night I even tried 
spraying them with Lysol; but I 
quickly changed to washing them 
in hot soapy water between scenes. 
I used about 20 chickens and ate 
maybe 6 of them. 

"The other major time con- 
sumer, besides the filming and con- 
struction of a chicken-scale disco 
dance floor and lighting, was pro- 
ducing an original disco song. I had 
to locate a musician who would 
work within my limited budget, 
and unfortunately he turned out to 
be somewhat temperamental. We 
spent about 12 hours in an 8-track 
recording studio in Newton 
between Christmas and New Year's 
1979 — a full month behind sched- 
ule. The music did turn out very 
professional, but the delay hurt my 
distribution efforts. Gary Shapiro, 
'73, and his wife Pam helped out 
with the background vocals. The 
music was the most expensive part 
of the film, bringing the total cost 
up to $800, not counting the cost of 
driving into Boston three to four 
days a week." 

What would motivate Bob to 
spend that kind of time and money 
to make a 4 l A minute film? Basi- 

cally, it was art for art's sake. "I 
don't bowl, watch TV, or follow 
sports," Bob says. "I've maintained 
an interest in the arts for many 
years. In the past I've done some 
sculpture and furniture design. 

"Animation has had a major 
increase in attention as a medium 
of expression in the last ten years, 
with independent filmmakers like 
myself working all over the world. 
Some of those filmmakers have 
given up their independence and 
joined government-funded studios 
like the National Film Board of 
Canada, or Zagreb in Yugoslavia, 
because generally there are very few 
sources of financial support for 

"PBS in this country recently 
presented an opportunity which 
could have returned me about 
$10,000 for my film. Unfortunately, 
because of the delay with the 
music, I didn't have enough time to 
get the film through PBS's screen- 
ing process. And even though this 
sounds financially promising, it 
was a pretty rare opportunity, and 
PBS program directors have the 
final say on which films are 
selected. Independents generally 
complain that the selection process 
is not democratic enough for what 
is supposed to be the 'Public' Broad- 
casting System. 

"There are two other possibili- 
ties for making my money back," 
continues Goodness. "The first is 
cable TV. The second is a lead I've 
got about the owner of a fast-food 
chicken restaurant chain in Califor- 
nia, who has wanted an animated 
TV commercial for years. Neither of 
these promises to pay more than 
PBS. And beyond those opportuni- 
ties, there are only film festivals 
and the two Boston TV offers — all 
of which pay only a small portion of 
my expenses. They're just token 
payments, really." 

But making money from the 
film isn't everything. "The real sat- 
isfaction I've received has been in 
the creative process . . . and being in 
an audience when they get hysteri- 
cal watching the Electric Disco 
Chicken do his thing — that's pay- 
day for the psyche!" 


The WPI Journal / Summer 1980/7 

of Edward Delano 


by Roger N. Perry, Jr., '45 


morning of May 1, Edward R. 
Delano kissed his wife 
goodbye, climbed on his 
bicycle, and headed eastward 
from his home in Davis, 
California. Just over a month 
later, he ended his trip. He had 
bicycled 3100 miles to attend 
his class reunion at Worcester 
Polytechnic Institute. 

THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN quite an accomplishment 
for any person. But Ed Delano is a member of the class of 
1930, and he had ridden a bicycle across the united 
states to attend his 50th college reunion, at the age of 
75. Little wonder that he was seen off by television 
crews and newspaper photographers at that early hour. 

He had little doubt that he would complete the trip. 
After all, he'd returned to his 40th reunion in 1970 on 
the same 15-speed bicycle. When his classmates joking- 
ly asked him then if he'd return for the 50th by the same 
mode of transportation, he said, "If I can throw my leg 
over the saddle, I'll do it." And Ed is a man who keeps 
his word. 

AS A YOUNG MAN, Ed had a passion for long-distance 
bike riding, but gave it up when he went to college. 
When he was 58, he decided to go back to the bike. He 
joined one of the many bicycle clubs on the West Coast 
and entered serious competition in road races and time 
trial races. By the time he retired in 1970, after 37 years 
as a California highway superintendent, Ed was deeply 
involved as a serious bicyclist. That spring, he got him- 
self into condition for his first cross-country ride. "It 
was something I had to try. I wanted to prove to myself I 
wasn't too old to do something I really wanted to do," 
he said, looking back at his 1970 ride. 

Just to keep in shape for his planned ride back to his 
50th, Ed rode to Quebec in 1975, a distance of 3400 
miles. That same year, he competed in the Over 60 class 
in the European Veterans World Road Cycling Champi- 
onships, placing 15th out of 60 entrants. The following 
year, he finished 9th in the same race. He has a habit of 
bettering his time as he gets older. 

Along the way, he acquired a nickname on the bicy- 
cle racing circuit, the same name given to a Stockton, 
California, bank-robber who escaped by bicycle. When 
Ed shows up for meets on the West Coast, everyone 
knows him as Foxy Grandpa. "The name stuck," he 
commented, "and I kind of like it. I even have it stit- 
ched on my racing shirt." 

About his real name, Ed comments, "my family 
has always pronounced it de-LAY-no, with the emphasis 
on the second syllable. That fellow who lived in the 
White House for a few years, the one who had this for a 
middle name, must have come from another branch of 
the family, or else he never learned how to pronounce it. 

"Rosamond, my wife, is very supportive of my pas- 
sion for bike riding, but she's not a rider herself. When 
we go out together, we drive the car. But I prefer the 
bike, and I ride about 20 miles a day year-round, just to 
keep in shape." 

Roger N. Perry, Jr. , '45, is director of public relations at 
WPI. After writing this story, he and his wife went on 
vacation in Canada — and took their bikes along with 

ED HAD PLANNED HIS TRIP to cover the same route 
he'd followed in 1970, and he figured on covering the 
3100 miles in 31 days. 

He left home that May-Day morning, picked up In- 
terstate Route 80, and headed toward the Rocky Moun- 
tains. 1-80 was to be his route for the next two weeks, 
halfway across the country. "Bicyclists are allowed to 
ride the shoulder of that road through the West, and it 

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makes a beautiful trail for cyclists," he noted. "The 
road is new and in good condition, and the grades are 
long and gradual through the mountains." 

Ed made the first of many long-distance calls to me 
on his third night out, reporting that he'd reached Lov- 
elock, Nevada, a distance of 272 miles. From then on, I 
began to feel he was part of my family. I kept an atlas 
near the telephone at home to chart his progress. In the 
office, we began sticking pins into a map of the country, 
with little flags to indicate the town, date, and distance 
covered with each telephone report. Another map was 
hung in Gordon Library so others on campus could fol- 
low his progress. 

In those first calls, Ed reported taking time out to 
repair flat tires. He had a total of six flats, and they all 
occurred in the first week. He encountered a minor de- 
lay while crossing the Continental Divide. "The grade 
wasn't bad on 1-80 but, three miles from the top, the 
road surface was glazed with ice and I had to walk to the 
summit. Then there was another three miles of ice on 
the down side before I could ride again. But from there 
on, it was almost all downhill to Iowa." 

Calling from Kimball, Nebraska, he reported a de- 
lay when three inches of snow fell and kept him in Lara- 
mie, Wyoming, for a day. "It gave me a chance to rest 
up, but it put me behind schedule," he said. On his next 
call, Ed told of leaving a Nebraska motel at dawn with a 
cold rain falling. By the time he reached the next town, 
15 miles along the route, he'd decided it wasn't worth 
riding in the cold rain all day, so he checked into the 
first available motel, losing another day. "Riding in the 
rain doesn't normally bother me. In fact, it's a lot more 
comfortable than riding through a heat wave. But that 
day in Nebraska it was just too cold and raw to take a 

BEFORE THE TRIP, Ed had indicated his willingness to 
capitalize on the publicity value of a man riding a bicy- 
cle 3100 miles to his 50th reunion. "After riding this 
distance twice before," he observed, "I'm not trying to 
prove anything to myself. So if the ride can help publi- 
cize WPI, I'm glad to pitch in." 

Taking our cue from Ed, the WPI public relations of- 
fice alerted news media. They were indeed interested in 
hearing about his trip. The wire services covered his de- 
parture from Davis, and WPI's clipping service soon be- 
gan returning news items from all over the country. 
Once he reached the plains, where the population is mo- 
re concentrated than in the western mountains, he be- 
gan meeting reporters and TV crews again. 

At WPI we were concerned that news coverage 
enroute might slow him down and put him further be- 

hind schedule, so we were somewhat cautious in pacing 
the interviews, arranging, whenever possible, for inter- 
views to be held only after he'd checked into a motel for 
the night. News media along his route were alerted a 
few days before he was scheduled to pass through their 
area. If they were interested, and most were, I'd give Ed 
the reporters' names and telephone numbers when he 
called me periodically to report his progress. Then he'd 
call ahead to the reporter and either give an interview by 
phone or set a meeting point along the way. 

"I became a pretty good judge of reporters after a 
while," said Ed. "Of course, they all asked about the 
same questions, but some were a lot better at it than 

At Ed's request, we specifically did not arrange any 
alumni welcoming committees enroute. He was con- 
cerned that these could slow him up and perhaps keep 
him up too late in the evening. And since he never knew 
where he'd be staying until he arrived, it would have 
been difficult in any case to set up special events. 

EXCEPT FOR THOSE half-dozen flat tires in the early 
part of the trip, he had no mechanical troubles. Ed car- 
ries a tire patching kit, a spare tire, a pump, and a few 
specialized bicycle tools which he knew he wouldn't be 
able to borrow from a friendly mechanic's tool box in 
case of trouble. 

He credits his lack of mechanical trouble to fore- 
sight. "I took my bike to the best bicycle mechanic on 
the West Coast, Spence Wolf of the Cupertino Bike 
Shop. I told him to go over the whole thing and replace 
any part that wasn't in first-class shape. 

10 / Summer 1 980 / The WPI Journal 

"My touring bike is the best money can buy," Ed 
continues. "The frame was made by Ciano Cinelli of It- 
aly, who has now retired. I bought it in 1969 for just un- 
der $300. Today it's probably worth about $1300, and if I 
hang on to it long enough it will become a collector's 
item. The complete bike weighs about 28 pounds. It's 
one of three I own. For competition racing, I have a 
lightweight bike, which weighs only about 19 pounds. 
The third bike I use to get around town." 

One of the features of Ed's bicycle which distin- 
guished it from every other on the road was a plastic 
bubble mounted on the handlebars. "That's a Zipper 
fairing, which I'm trying out for the first time. It's sup- 
posed to cut down the wind resistance by a few percent. 
Since it only weighs 14 ounces, I figured it was worth a 
try on a 3100 mile trip. Perhaps the value is mostly psy- 
chological, I don't know. It's a fact, though, that most 
of a bicyclist's energy is expended overcoming wind re- 

He travels light. "I'm an executive traveler. Besides 
my emergency spares, I carry a tooth brush, enough 
clothes to keep warm, and a lot of travelers checks," 
was a story he gave frequently to reporters along the 
way. "I always stayed in motels. When I was lucky, I'd 
find a motel in the middle of town where I could find a 
restaurant, a laundromat, a place to buy a newspaper, 
and a telephone." 

The newspaper did double duty. After he'd caught 
up on the news of the world, he'd spread the paper on 
the floor of his room so that, when he oiled the bicycle 
chain and mechanical linkages each night, he wouldn't 
drip on the carpet. "I always kept my cycle in my room 
sol could know it was safe," he said. "I'm not much of a 
television watcher, so usually I'd lean the bike up 
against theTV set." 

"The grade up to the 
Continental Divide wasn 't 
bad, hut three miles from the 
top the road surface was 
glazed with ice, and I had to 
walk to the summit. There 
was another three miles of ice 
on the down side before I 
could ride again. But then it 
was all downhill to Iowa. ' 

wanted to see firsthand how Ed lived as an 'executive 
tourist.' As he approached New York State, I made ar- 
rangements to drive out and meet him on the road. He 
told me the route he'd follow from the Pennsylvania- 
New York border, where he was spending the night. 

I left Worcester early the next morning. By mid- 
afternoon, I'd left the New York Thruway and picked up 
U.S. Route 20, then Alternate Route 20. 1 knew that 
he'd be somewhere along this stretch. I passed through 
towns named Geneseo and Warsaw without seeing him. 
Realizing that we'd need a motel along the route, I be- 
gan noting the mileage as I passed each one, mentally 
sizing up its quality. 

After driving through Varysburg at about 5 p.m., I 
began to wonder if somehow I'd missed him. Perhaps Ed 
had been stopped at a store just as I'd passed by. But no, 
things were just fine and, five miles beyond the town, 
there he was, pedaling up a slight grade through the 
beautiful upstate New York farm country. 

It was a happy reunion there beside the road. Mine 
was the first familiar face Ed had seen in three weeks. 
For my part, I was delighted to see how well he looked 
after riding 2700 miles since he left home. We compared 
mileage figures and found that his estimated distance to 
go was only 5 miles more than my trip that day. (Ed fig- 
ures his distance by adding up the little numbers printed 
between towns on a road map. ) 

He was happy to learn that the Varysburg Hotel was 
only five miles ahead of him, because he was ready to 
call it a day. I drove back, and he arrived nearly as quick- 
ly, because it was all downhill to the town. But we were 
in for a disappointment. The hotel was completely filled 
with construction workers from a nearby highway pro- 
ject. The next motel was 16 miles farther on, and I re- 
called that it hadn't looked very promising. Also, the 
road was mostly uphill at that point. 

"Tell you what," I said. "Put your bike in the back 
of my pickup truck and let's go find a good motel. I can 
bring you back to this same starting point in the morn- 
ing." As we drove north, we saw a sign for a Holiday Inn 
at the Thruway in Batavia. "I always like to stay at Hol- 
iday Inns," commented Ed. "They have everything I 
need, and they treat me royally." We had better luck 
here, and they had two rooms available for us. 

"Do you ever have trouble getting a room?" I asked, 
looking over Ed's functional cycling attire and three- 
week-old beard. "No," he said, "but I do have a specific 
technique I usually use. I put on a tired look — but with 
a sort of wistful smile — and I ask, 'Would you have a 
room for a weary cyclist who's been on the road since 
dawn?' It hasn't failed me yet." 

After we'd checked into our rooms, both of us were 
ready for dinner. "First, I could go for a nice cold beer," 

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said Ed. "Then we'll take a look at the menu." 

"What does a cross-country bicycle rider eat?" I 
asked. "I eat everything," was the prompt answer, "but 
not too much of anything. I like a big breakfast. That's 
really the best meal of the day because it has to last me a 
long time. Then during the day I usually stop at a store 
and buy an apple, a banana, some grapes, and some- 
times I just sit on the curb and eat them right there. 
When you ride a bike, you lose all your dignity. I can't 
carry much with me, so I just buy what I can eat right 
away. I snack that way about every two hours." 

For dinner that night, Ed had soup and a salad. 
There was a salad bar, and he tried a little of everything 
except the hot peppers. "A salad is really a well- 
balanced meal. It's got everything you need." 

As we discussed food, it became clear that he under- 
stood the nutritional value of everything he ate and 
that, on the road, he was careful to eat what he needed 
for strength and stamina. "I'm not a health food nut," 
he said. "I enjoy just about everything. While I'm rid- 
ing, I don't eat much beef, though. I never use sugar out 
of the bowl, and I don't add salt to my meals. There's 
enough in most food, anyway." 

As we returned to our rooms on the second floor, Ed 
ran up the stairs, two at a time. "Always run up stairs," 
he said. "It's good for you." This from a man who had 
pedaled nearly a hundred miles that day! 

He called California, a nightly ritual, to tell Rosa- 
mond where he was and to check on the news of home. 
Then he oiled his bicycle. Once he'd completed his eve- 
ning routine, he relaxed in a chair and we talked a bit. I 
commented on his beard, which was beginning to look 
distinguished. "I don't like beards," snorted Ed. "But on 
a trip like this, I carry only the essentials, and even a ra- 
zor adds weight. Now the beard is starting to itch, and 
one of the first things I'm going to do when I get to 
Worcester is go to a barber shop and get a shave, a hot-oil 
shampoo, a haircut, and a facial . . . the works! But you 
know, even though I don't like beards, I find having one 
on this trip is an asset. Somehow the beard seems to 
give me credibility." 

"How many people do you find in your age bracket 
in bicycle competition," I asked, when the conversation 
turned to his other bicycling activities. 

"There's one guy from Florida who's 84, and he still 
rides in competition. If he ever decides to retire, then I 
guess I'll be the oldest competitive rider in the country. 
But there are a lot of riders not too much younger than I 
am, and each year there seem to be a lot more. 

"When you think about it, bicycle riding is one of 
the best things you can do to keep in good physical con- 
dition. There's no danger of damaging your legs and 
feet, like you can do in running. Besides, you can go 
about three times as fast and see three times as much on 

a bike. If you ride hard, you give the old heart a good 
workout. It's like any muscle in your body, the more 
you make it work, the stronger it gets." 

Does he smoke? "I used to smoke, but I guess you 
could say I didn't do it for a living. It would take me 
three or four days to finish a pack of cigarettes. Then 
one day I just decided I didn't want to smoke any more, 
and I haven't touched one since. Now I find the smell of 
tobacco repulsive . " 

Once he was back on the 
highway, our brief visit was 
over. Ed quickly disappeared 
from sight in my rear-view 
mirror. It would take him five 
more days to reach where Vd 
be at dinnertime. 

HAD ED NOTICED any changes since 1970 as he re- 
traced his earlier route along the old U.S. numbered 
highways in the eastern half of the country? "I hardly 
recognized the same route. There have been a lot of 
changes in the buildings along the roads. But the biggest 
change was the condition of the roads themselves. Some 
of our Midwestern states should be ashamed of what 
they call highways. And I speak as someone who spent 
37 years in the highway business!" 

Safety is a matter of vital concern to a bicycle rider 
in an automotive society. "My professional highway ex- 
perience makes me particularly aware of hazardous situ- 
ations, and I just don't let myself get into them," he 
said. "Intersections are the most dangerous, and you 
have to keep your wits about you. I always ride on the 
shoulder of the road, even though in many places it's a 
pretty rough ride. I wear protective headgear to keep the 
old head in one piece if I should take a spill. I never ride 
at night; that's suicide. 

12 / Summer 1980 / The WP1 Journal 

"Dogs are about the only hazard you can't antici- 
pate. There's something about dogs and bicycles. They 
must think you're running, and they want to chase any- 
thing that runs. When I see a dog, I size up the situation. 
If I can beat him on a sprint, I pour it on. If he's got the 
lead on me, I'll sometimes coast without moving my 
legs and maybe he'll ignore me. I've been pretty lucky 
so far." 

Ed wasn't so lucky a year and a half ago. He was hit 
by a truck. His bike was demolished and one leg broken 
in two places. "Fortunately it happened near a hospital 
with an excellent orthopedic surgeon, and he put me 
back together real fine. When I told him I wanted to get 
back on the bike as soon as I could, he had me come 
back so he could graft on some extra bone to give my leg 
more strength." 

Up to this point, I had considered Ed a remarkable 
person to have already ridden a bike so far at his age. But 
to do it after just recovering from a bad leg-break? My 
admiration grew. 

He looked at his watch. It was nine o'clock. Time 
to turn in. Ed's day, and mine too the next morning, be- 
gan at 5 a.m. "I like to start as early as I can, but most 
dining rooms don't open until six," he said. This one 
was no exception. We were the first customers. 

I was interested to see what Ed's biggest meal of the 
day would be. First he had a large glass of orange juice. 
Then a bowl of cereal. "I try to get raisin bran, because 
it has a lot of bulk to it," he said. The next course was a 
plate of eggs with coffee. 

We struck up a conversation with the waitress, who 
didn't have many other customers that early. "I'm rid- 
ing a bicycle from California to attend my 50th class re- 
union at Worcester Polytechnic Institute," he 
announced to her, carefully enunciating the name of his 
alma mater. "Now be sure you spell that right," he 
added with a twinkle. 

As we both finished, he noticed that I'd left a sprig 
of parsley on my plate. I never eat parsley. "It's good for 
you," he said. "You should always eat everything." 

Ed speaks like a man who means what he says. 

I ate it. 

By 6:30, with breakfast behind us, Ed was chafing 
to be on his way. Checking out was easy for him be- 
cause, except for the bike parts on a carrier, his luggage 
is spread throughout the seven pockets in his cycling 

Once he was back on the highway, our brief visit 
was over. He quickly disappeared from sight in my rear- 
view mirror. It would take him five more days to reach 
where I'd be at dinnertime. 

SOME of the photos I'd taken of Ed were used by the 
Worcester Telegram the next morning. This was one of 
several reports on Ed's cross-country progress printed by 
the Worcester newspapers. As he neared Worcester, it 
seemed that everyone I met knew about his trip and was 
rooting for him. Perhaps he had kindled that spirit of ad- 
venture which lies dormant in most of us as we become 
entwined in life's normal routine. 

Fair skies and tailwinds blessed the final leg of his 
journey, and by Sunday evening, June 1, he was in 
Springfield, just 60 miles short of his goal. However, the 
official welcoming ceremonies were scheduled for noon 
on Tuesday, based on earlier estimates of the time he'd 
need to cover the remaining distance. "No problem," 
said Ed. "I'll just loaf along to Sturbridge, and that will 
give me plenty of time to do the last 20 miles on Tues- 
day morning." 

For more than a month Ed Delano had ridden alone. 
"That's the only way to ride. No two people ride at the 
same rate of speed, so one is always lagging behind the 
other and making it hard to keep up a comfortable 
pace." But he did not ride alone for those last seven 

In Auburn, he was met by Alumni Secretary Steve 
Hebert, '66, and News Bureau Manager Steve Donahue, 
'29, who had known Ed in his college days. They were 
driving a restored 1953 Buick convertible with signs 
taped to the sides identifying the grizzled bicyclist. Also 
in the entourage was Douglas Thompson, 78, supervi- 
sor of the WPI television studio, who videotaped the last 
leg of Ed's trip and in the next two days prepared a 15- 
minute documentary of Ed's trip for showing at Re- 
union. Together with a Worcester Police Department 
motorcycle officer, they escorted him right through 
downtown Worcester, past City Hall, to the WPI cam- 

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According to Steve Hebert, people on the sidewalk 
waved and drivers beeped their horns as they recognized 
that man on the bike they'd been reading about in the 

When radio reports from the escort indicated that 
Ed's arrival was imminent, the bell atop Washburn 
Shops was rung to let everyone on campus know it was 
time to gather in front of Boynton Hall for the grand fin- 
ish of this historic ride. 

At 1 1 :40 on the morning of June 3, 1980, Ed Delano 
rode up the long sweeping drive from Boynton Street, 
passed under a banner marking the official end of the 
line, and waved his hand in a happy salute. Whatever 
words he may have said in that moment of personal tri- 
umph were lost forever in the cheers of the crowd. 

In 1970 he said, "If I can throw 
my leg over the saddle, I'll ride 
back for the 50th Reunion. " 
And Ed is a man who keeps 
his word. 

PRESIDENT CRANCH, in his official welcome, noted 
that Ed Delano obviously had the physique of a Tarzan 
and the instincts of a homing pigeon. Alumni President 
Jack McCabe, '68, presented Ed with a plaque showing 
his cross-country route superimposed on a map of the 
United States. City Councillor Sara Robertson, repre- 
senting Mayor Jordan Levy, presented Ed with a key to 
the City of Worcester. She mentioned that, as a native 
Californian, she was particularly pleased to be part of 
the welcoming ceremonies. And to prove her sincerity, 
she planted a big kiss right on his month-old beard! 

Rick Ferron, '82, presented Ed with a certificate 
proclaiming him an honorary member of the WPI 
Commuter's Association. He next gave Ed a tee-shirt 
bearing, on the front, the official symbol of the group 
and, on the back, the words foxy grandpa, honorary 


Ed's response was brief, but heartfelt. He had kept 
the promise he'd made to his classmates ten years ear- 
lier. This was probably his last cross-country ride, be- 
cause there's no real challenge left when you've done it 
three times. He was proud of his alma mater and hoped 
that perhaps his trip had helped make more people 
across the country aware of WPI. And perhaps, too, his 
trip might have been an inspiration for a few retirees to 
take up bicycling. 

THEN Food Service Manager Scott Migala stepped for- 
ward with a huge cake, appropriately decorated, to be 
shared by the whole welcoming crowd. After posing for 
TV cameras and newspaper photographers, there was a 
small, informal luncheon in Morgan Hall. Among the 
guests were Professors Jim Matthews and Harold 
Hilsinger, both of whom had made more leisurely cross- 
country rides on bicycles. "You fellows who ride with 
packs on your backs and camp out, you're my real he- 
roes," exclaimed Ed. "I didn't even work up a good 
sweat as an executive tourist." 

Ed was driven to the Holiday Inn, where he was 
welcomed by innkeeper Maranes Nikitas himself, who 
had been eagerly awaiting his celebrated guest. The 
signboard in front carried the message, "Welcome to 
WPI's Ed Delano, '30." 

Even before he'd had a chance to shower and 
change into the conventional clothes he'd shipped 
ahead, reporters were waiting to talk with him. Boston 
Herald- American writer Joe Heaney started his inter- 
view in Ed's hotel room. He was interrupted by a call 
from the AARP Newsletter editor. Joe finished his inter- 
view while Ed was realizing his month-long dream of 
"getting the works" at Barber's Crossing, the barber 
shop I use. Heaney's article concluded with the fact that 

"Always run up stairs, " he 
said. "It 's good for you. " This 
from a man who had pedaled 
nearly 100 miles that day! 

proprietor George Bamikas wouldn't take any money 
for his work. "How many customers come 3100 miles 
for my services? This one's on me," said George. 

For two days, Ed was besieged by writers who want- 
ed his story. Even though he said much the same to 
each, he patiently answered all questions. Within 
hours, his story was carried by the wire services and on 
radio stations. He even had calls at his hotel room from 
radio stations in North Carolina and Los Angeles, from 
all-night talk shows who wanted him to share his expe- 
riences with their listeners. 

By June 5th, when the Class of 1930's three-day re- 
union officially began, Ed was finally able to call his 
time his own again. Clean-shaven and wearing a busi- 
ness suit, he could pass through a crowd without being 
recognized as the bearded bicycle rider who had cap- 
tured everyone's imagination two days earlier. And 
that's the way he liked it. At his reunion, Ed was happy 
to be just one of the class, reliving those great days on 
campus in the pre-depression era and bringing each oth- 
er up to date on personal events of the past half century. 

When the class held a dinner at the Plaza Club, lo- 
cated on the top floor of the Worcester County National 
Bank Building, Ed did slip back into character. Instead 
of taking the elevator, the way everyone else did, he 
climbed the stairs — up 24 floors! 

When he made the final notes in his travel log, Ed 
noted that he had made the trip in 33 Vi days, almost 
three days better than his time ten years earlier; but still 
he missed his planned schedule by two and a half days. 
Ed is a purist who counts total elapsed time. But to ev- 
eryone else who had become a part of his cross-country 
ride, Ed was right on schedule in terms of riding time. 
Weather had kept him indoors for two days, and the fi- 
nal day he delayed in Sturbridge in order to synchronize 
his campus arrival with the planned ceremonies. 

Everyone wanted to know if he planned to ride back 
home. No, one way was plenty. Another frequently 
asked question was whether he would be riding his bike 
to his 60th reunion. 

"Well," Ed commented by way of an answer, "I've 
ridden across the country three times now, and the nov- 
elty is beginning to wear off. I don't believe I'll make 
any promises about the 60th." 

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HE TOOK APART his bicycle, packing it away in a 
canvas bag for shipment home. When he left Worcester 
at the end of the Reunion, he stopped at St. Louis for 
two days of physical evaluation at the Washington Uni- 
versity Medical School. A team of research people there 
have followed him for the past ten years, for Ed is one of 
their subjects in a long-term study on aging. 

In a letter to Ed after the visit, Dr. James Hagberg 

"We would like to express our thanks for your visit; it 
was inspiring for all of us and, on top of that, simply a lot of 

"Your body weight this time was 1.5 pounds lower (175.6 
pounds) than during your 1978 visit. Your body fat was also 
very similar to the 12.5% measured on your first visit. Your . . . 
oxygen consumption was . . . substantially lower than mea- 
sured earlier, and is probably indicative of the lower intensity 
riding experienced during the last month. It would be higher 
following your training for the national time trials, I'm sure. 

"Your maximal voluntary ventilation (where you 
breathed as much as possible in 15 seconds) was 185 liters per 
minute, which is exceptional. Predicted normal for your age 
would be 80. Your vital capacity was 18 percent above predict- 
ed normal. 

"Your heart rate, blood pressure, and electrocardiographic 
response to the treadmill test were perfect." 

On Ed's first Saturday back in California, he partici- 
pated in the district 25-mile time trial championship, 
covering the distance in one hour, nine minutes, and 
seventeen seconds. Of the five riders in the Grand Mas- 
ters Class (55 and older), he placed second. All his com- 
petition was under 60. This finish qualified him to enter 
the national championships later in Bisbee, Arizona. 

LOOKING BACK at Ed's ride, I can recall few events in 
recent years that have stimulated so much genuine in- 
terest in, and affection for, one man. I think there could 
be several reasons for this. 

Each of us looks to the future with some concern, 
for we see too much evidence that old age is not really a 
golden period of happy and healthy retirement for many 
people. But even those who never met him can see in Ed 
Delano the hope that maybe, just maybe, they too have 
a chance to enjoy their later years with as much gusto. 

The formula he lives by is essentially simple. Eat- 
ing sensibly in moderation, doing what he enjoys, get- 
ting plenty of exercise, and enjoying his friends. To 
those who have the pleasure of knowing him, Ed has 
other endearing attributes. He's essentially a quiet man, 
who listens more than he talks. In spite of his notable 
accomplishments, he is humble. And although he be- 
lieves passionately in his way of life, he chooses to teach 
it by example rather than by preaching. Ed Delano is a 
gracious and considerate gentleman, the kind of man 
we'd all like to have living next door ... or as a class- 
mate. Just ask anyone from the Class of 1930. 


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REUNION -1980 

at right: The Class of '55 enjoying 
themselves at Higgins House. 
above: Winners of this year's alumni 
awards. From left, Herbert F. Taylor 
Award recipients (for service to the 
Alumni Association) Peter H. Horst- 
mann, '55; Plummer Wiley, '35; and 
Leonard G. Humphrey, Jr., '35. Robert 
H. Goddard recipient for professional 
achievement, Raymond J. Forkey, '40; 
(not shown is Robert C. Stempel, '53, 
also a Goddard winner). Recipient of the 
WPI Award, for service to the college by 
a non-alumnus, is Robert W. Stoddard. 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980/17 

1 955 's 25th 

Twenty-five years certainly flew by. 
They must have, because everyone 
looked the same and it seemed like 
nearly yesterday we had been 
together. 37 members of our class, 
along with 30 wives and guests, 
returned for the reunion, which was 
certainly festive and one that we 
will always remember. It was a 
great weekend! 

It all started with the opening 
of our Hospitality Suite in the 
Fuller Residence complex, which 
became the focal point for all our 
activities. Frank and Madeline 
Horan, Pete and Barbara Horst- 
mann, and Ray and Ginnie San- 
soucy served as the hosts. The suite 
was a busy place and made an ideal 
place to meet. Several times we had 
about 70 people in the suite, and we 
never ran out of beer or good con- 

Friday night the early arrivals 
spent several hours in the suite 
renewing fond memories of their 
four years at WPI and in Worcester. 

The group comprising Jerry and 
Charlotte Backlund, Earl and Pat 
Bloom, Bob Holden, Hank and 
Donna Manseau, Bob and Rose- 
Marie Neunherz, Hal and Shirley 
Sauer, Bob Schultz, Dick and Hella 
Sieron, Chuck and Barbara Walters, 
and the hosts went to dine at 
Maxine's, a new restaurant in 
downtown Worcester. They later 
returned to the Hospitality Suite 
and closed it at about 3:00 a.m. 

The reunion luncheon gave Ray 
Sansoucy, our class gift chairman, 
the opportunity to present our 
$35,600 gift, which with matching 
funds approached $56,000 to the 
College. Our goal was $35,000. Our 
gift represented an excellent gift for 
a 25th-year class, both in terms of 
dollars and the percentage participa- 
tion by members. It appears that 
our interest and enthusiasm for WPI 
has not changed. By a vote of the 
members of the class, the funds will 
be used for the new main entrance- 
way in the now-being-renovated 
Atwater Kent electrical engineering 
and computer science laboratory. 
Also at the luncheon, our own Pete 

Horstmann and Bob Stempel 
received two of the six coveted 
awards: Pete the Herbert F. Taylor 
Award for distinguished service to 
WPI, and Bob the Robert H. God- 
dard Award for outstanding profes- 
sional achievement. Unfortunately, 
Bob was, at the last minute, unable 
to join us for the reunion. 

President and Mrs. Ed Cranch 
served as hosts in their home for a 
reception for the class. This gave us 
an opportunity to meet them and 
discuss WPI and to socialize. The 
banquet was held at the Higgins 
House, and the class picture was 
taken inside . . . and getting every- 
one assembled proved to be quite a 
task in itself. The banquet was 
superb, thanks to the Alumni 
Office, the caterer, and more partic- 
ularly to Frank Horan, John 
Calhoun, Pete Horstmann, Ray 
Sansoucy, and Ralph Mongeon, who 
planned it. Frank also served as 
master of ceremonies and presented 
very smoothly a brief program that 
highlighted members of the class, 
the personalities of the class, things 
that happened while at Tech, and 

the events leading up to the 
reunion. We even resurrected the 
Goat's Head for the occasion. 

Frank announced that Tarek 
Shawaf presented a very generous 
gift to the class, which pushed us 
over our goal. Tarek had a number 
of kind words to say about WPI and 
about all his friends in this country. 

Ralph Mongeon recognized Ray 
Sansoucy and Frank Horan for their 
efforts as chairmen of the Reunion 
Gift and Reunion committees. Both 
Ray and Frank thanked their com- 
mittees for their efforts in making 
both programs highly successful. 
The Reunion Gift Committee 
included Ray Frank Horan, Paul 
Brown, Bob Olson, Art Rudman, 
and Ed Bouvier. The Reunion Com- 
mittee included Frank, Ralph Mon- 
geon, Pete Horstmann, John 
Calhoun, and Ray Sansoucy. 

Our special guests for the 
weekend and banquet were Carl and 
Arlene Koontz and Merl and Sandy 
Norcross. Merl reflected back on 
some members of our class, like 
Earl Bloom, Ed Bouvier, Don Gre- 
nier, Pete Horstmann, and Bob 
Schultz, the 'jocks' of the class. Bob 
Holden presented Merl with a 'gift,' 
borrowed from WPI, that he had 
been using for the past 25 years. 
Carl Koontz recalled his memories 
of the civil engineering graduates by 
highlighting Lou Axtman, Paul 
Brown, Jocko Conlon, Frank Horan, 
Bob Schultz, and Tarek Shawaf. 
Merl and Carl brought back many 
fond memories. 

The yearbook was distributed 
at the banquet, along with appropri- 
ate comments by Ralph Mongeon, 
who assembled the information and 
oversaw its publication with the 
help of the Alumni Office. From the 
stats, it is obvious that members of 
our class have been very successful. 
They have also been successful in 
marriage, family, and commitment 
to Tech. They also average 3.2 chil- 
dren per family ... a very productive 

Those that traveled some dis- 
tance to attend the reunion were 
Tarek Shawaf, who came from Riy- 
adh, Saudi Arabia; Bob Schultz, 
from Corvallis, Oregon; Bob 

Holden, from San Diego; Howie 
Dworkin, from Detroit; and Don 
Zwiers, from Joliet, Illinois. Tarek 
received the gift for traveling the 
longest distance from abroad — a 
round-trip ticket on the self- 
propelled Gossamer Albatross. Bob 
Schultz traveled the farthest from 
within the country, and he received 
a can of dust from Mt. St. Helens. 
President of the Class, Brian 
Kelly, was unable to make the 
reunion, and he suggested that we 
elect new class officers. They are 
Pete Horstmann, president; Frank 
Horan, vice president; Ray San- 
soucy, treasurer; and Ralph Mon- 
geon, secretary. 

In summary, when you add the 
familiar names of Roger Bardwell, 

Larry Dennis, Larry Henschel, Ray 
Lemieux, Jim Mathews, Walt 
Power, George Robbins, Gerrit 
Swart, Al Twitchell, John Welsh, 
Dick Butterworth, Dave Dayton, 
John Edfors, and Bob Sechrest and 
their wives and guests to the list, 
then combine Tech stories, 
exchanges about family and friends, 
discussions of professional, world, 
and business situations, and factor 
in good fellowship, it all equates to 
an outstanding and memorable 

It was a great twenty-fifth, 
thanks to the Committee, the 
Alumni staff, and above all those 
who came. We will be seeing you all 


left: Peter Horstmann, '55. 
below: The Class of 1 950 showed a re- 
markable turnout for their 30th re- 

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1940's 40th 

After months of planning by the 
Class of 1940 Reunion Committee 
and three years by the Gift Com- 
mittee, the Friday morning of 
Reunion finally arrived. 48 class- 
mates plus their wives took part in 
our best reunion ever. Everything 
could be described with superla- 
tives, starting at the moment we 
signed the registration cards in 
Morgan Hall with the pleasant, 
helpful hostesses assisting our 
obtaining 1940 caps and 1940 tote 
bags, answering all our questions, 
and pointing the way to our 
Ellsworth Residence rooms and our 
own 1940 Hospitality Suite nearby 
Hospitality was ably captained by 
John and Laurel Peters, assisted by 
Ken and Judy Blaisdell. 

That afternoon some enjoyed 
golf and tennis with classmates and 
wives at the Worcester Country 
Club, while others attended 
campus talks and tours, while at 
the same time catching up on old 
time-topics and friendships. 

The evening program, entirely 
as guests of the Institute, started 
with a truly cordial reception at 
President and Mrs. Cranch's home 
at One Drury Lane. Those bacon- 

wrapped shrimp tidbits were very 
tasty and so nicely served along 
with other morsels and cocktails. 
We then crossed over Park Avenue 
to the Higgins House and a very 
brief, informal, and breathless tour 
of the mansion and grounds. It was 
followed by an elegant roast beef 
dinner. We are noting now that, 
next time back, we would like to 
spend more time studying the 
house and grounds. We also wish to 
point out that this was the first 
time we have enjoyed strawberry 
shortcake a la two-long-stemmed- 
roses for dessert! Place setting 
favors, thanks to Clark Goodchild, 
were 1940 nickels sealed in a plastic 
coated 1940 sign card. President 
Cranch was the key speaker, offi- 
cially welcoming us for the week- 
end. Class president Ray Forkey 
highlighted the coming activities, 
and Steve Hebert, '66, alumni direc- 
tor, was the master of ceremonies. 

We then adjourned to our 
Dorm, our Hospitality Center, and 
then to the Goats Head Pub in San- 
ford Riley for a very excellent eve- 
ning of dancing and listening to 
old-time numbers by a Banjo Band. 
Many 1940 classmates participated 

Saturday came with heavy rain. 
Breakfast in Morgan was abundant 

and delicious, and we have to point 
out the outstanding difference in 
food service the entire weekend — 
the difference being our memories 
of being served as students as com- 
pared with our now being guests, 
with food and service to match the 
occasion. We split up the the Art 
Museum tour, the WPI Today panel 
discussion, the nuclear power topic, 
and shopping in the bookstore. Oh! 
we wish the store had been open 
earlier, because there were too 
many conflicting demands on our 
time. The lecture by Professor Les- 
lie Wilbur — nuclear power: where 
are we headedl — was outstanding, 
very broad in scope, and we hope it 
will be printed for all to study and 
discuss back home. Others were 
excited by the WPI Today panel. 

Then came the alumni lunch- 
eon, indoors at Morgan due to the 
rain. Again a good meal, but the 
excitement of our class participa- 
tion dimmed the excellence of the 
food. Our class president Ray 
Forkey received one of the prized 
Goddard awards for outstanding 
professional achievement. Good 
work, Ray! Our own Howie 
Freeman, as a member of the Board 
of Trustees, made presentations of 
other awards. And then our Merrill 
Skeist raised the roof when he pre- 

20 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

sented the Institute with our class 
gift, more than double any prior 
40th reunion class gift at 
$160,247.66 plus corporate match- 
ing gifts of $12,919.75, Dana qual- 
ifying payments of $37,669.28, plus 
two separate special additional gifts 
from class members totaling 
$362,500.00, for a grand total of 
$573,336.69. Haifa million dollars! 
The $160,247.66 official class gift 
has been voted by the class to go for 
scholarship aid. Wow! That was 
some reunion luncheon! 

That afternoon we relaxed a 
bit, some took the campus tour, 
others visited their fraternity, and 
still others enjoyed the class Hospi- 
tality Center. We all congregated at 
the Sheraton Lincoln Inn for class 
picture-taking, cocktails, dinner, 
band music, and dancing between 
courses — just a beautiful evening. 

Ed Hafey, although running for 
King of USA, proved to be king of 
amusement and pun. Ray For key 
got in a business session to 
announce the tracking down of an 
old class bank account of $399.00. 
Fritz lohanson gave the 1940 class 
historical overview, reserved a min- 
ute of silence for our 17 deceased 
members, announced the results of 
the questionnaire now published in 
the new biographical yearbook. Ray 
then introduced our guests: Tom 
Denney, WPI vice president, who 
reported on the high qualifications 
of the entering freshmen; and Prof. 
Emeritus Al Schwieger and Prof. 
Don Zwiep, head of the mechanical 
engineering department and 
national president of A.S.M.E., 
both of whom spoke of their world- 
wide travels. Clark Goodchild 
announced that the two door prizes, 
very nice gift sharpening sets, were 
won by Jack Leach and Howie 
Freeman. Clark also took small 
group pictures at each table during 
the evening. Yearbooks were passed 
out to all, which resulted in many a 
light in the dorm being turned out 
late, while we digested those 73 
reported careers. Music and dancing 
was enjoyed by all. 

Sunday morning Break-Up- 
Brunch at Morgan was another 
super meal, along with the sincere 

good-byes and vows to "see you in 
five at our 45th." Special thanks go 
to Clark Goodchild for design and 
procurement of Class Caps and 
Bags; to Clark and Fritz Johanson 
for editing the Yearbook; to Merrill 
Skeist for carrying the ball on the 
Class Gift; to President Ray Forkey 
for calling the signals; and to all the 
members of the committees who 
put in many hours of work to make 
it all come to pass. Citations for 
long distance traveling for the occa- 
sion should go to D. Bates, R. Bates, 
M. Ross, L. Behrent, E. Hafey, and 
W. Brooks. 

The complete list of those 
attending follows. 

— Bob Dunklee, Secretary 

Mr. & Mrs. Howard L. Anderson 
Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Bates 
Mr. & Mrs. Ralston E. Bates 
Mr. Lewis F. Behrent 
Mr. & Mrs. Max Bialer 
Mr. & Mrs. George S. Bingham 
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. Blaisdell 
Dr. & Mrs. Roland S. Brand 
Mr. & Mrs. William S. Brooks 
Prof. & Mrs. Malcolm S. Burton 
Dr. S. Carlton Dickerman 
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Dunklee, Jr. 
Mr. & Mrs. Raymond J. Forkey 

Mr. & Mrs. Howard G. Freeman 

Mr. Clyde L. Gerald 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Flencross 

Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Goldsmith 

Mr. & Mrs. W. Clark Goodchild, Jr. 

Mr. Willard T. Gove 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank G. Gustafson 

Mr. & Mrs. Edward E. J. Hafey 

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph M. Halloran, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Franklin D. Hayes 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Hewey 

Mr. & Mrs. Fritz E. Johanson 

Mr. & Mrs. Rolfe G. Johnson 

Dr. & Mrs. Stanley W. Kimball 

Mr. & Mrs. David A. Kuniholm 

Mr. & Mrs. John A. Leach, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Russell A. Lovell, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Zareh Martin 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. McDonald 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard T. Messinger 

Mr. & Mrs. Peter A. Muto 

Mr. & Mrs. John H. Peters m 

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Ramaker 

Mr. & Mrs. Marcus A. Rhodes, Jr. 

Mr. & Mrs. Milton E. Ross 

Mr. & Mrs. M. Michael Sadick 

Mr. & Mrs. S. Merrill Skeist 

Mr. & Mrs. Everett P. Smith 

Mr. & Mrs. Francis E. Stone 

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence R. Sullivan 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Terkanian 

Mr. & Mrs. Frederic S. Wackerbarth 

Mr. Randall Whitehead 

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas S. Wingardner 

Mr. & Mrs. David B. Zipser 

Merrill Skeist presents President Cran- 
ch with the 40th anniversary gift of the 
Class of 1940 — more than half a mil- 
lion dollars in all. 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980 / 21 

1930's 50th 

Actually, the 50TH Reunion for 
the Class of 1930 started on Tues- 
day, June 3rd, with the arrival of Ed 
Delano on the completion of his 
3, 100 mile bicycle ride from Davis, 
California to WPI. As he crossed the 
finish line about noon at Boynton 
Hall, he was greeted by President Ed 
Cranch and a crowd of 300 faculty 
members, students, office workers 
and friends. 

Fran Kennedy and I met him at 
the Yankee Drummer Inn on the 
Auburn-Worcester line, whence we 
followed him the last seven miles 
by car. This section of his ride was 
also filmed by the WPI television 
crew. He received the key to the 
city, a plaque from Jack McCabe, 
President of the Alumni Associa- 
tion, and I presented him a pair of 
roller skates from the Class of '30, 
suggesting he may want to try these 
for his 60th. Any way you look at it 
— it was a remarkable feat. 

On Thursday afternoon, June 
5th, we started to assemble at the 
Sheraton-Lincoln Inn, and at 5:45 
p.m. most of us boarded a bus that 
took us to the President's house for 

a welcoming reception. At seven, 
we moved over to the Higgins 
House for a delicious roast beef din- 

At the dinner, President Cranch 
spoke about the school, and then 
presented 50-year diplomas to those 
present, followed by the premiere of 
the 15-minute tv presentation of Ed 
Delano's ride of the last few miles, 
with the finish up the hill to Boy- 
nton Hall, and the various short 
speeches of welcome and congratu- 

Friday a.m., Steve Hebert, 
Alumni Secretary, escorted our 
class on a 1 Vi hour walking tour of 
the campus, pointing out the many 
new buildings and changes of the 
past twenty years. This was fol- 
lowed by a very nice buffet lunch in 
Morgan Hall. 

During the afternoon, many of 
us attended seminars on the WPI 
Plan, and another on Estate Plan- 
ning. The bus took those staying at 
the hotel back, so they could get 
ready for our 50th banquet which 
was held on the 24th floor — the 
Plaza Club — in the Worcester 
County National Bank building, op- 
posite Worcester City Hall. The 
class picture was taken during our 

social hour, but with all the mir- 
rors, windows, space, who knows if 
it will come out? 

Following a very fancy dinner, 
Gardner Pierce, head of WPI's plant 
facilities, gave us a slide show of 
WPI old and new. Dan O' Grady, the 
Master of Ceremonies, read several 
letters from people in the class who 
could not attend for one reason or 
another. I announced that we had 
100 living members out of a gradu- 
ating class of 141; 76 members had 
contributed to our Fund; 
$15,000.00 had been raised during 
1970-77; and, $39,677.55 was raised 
in the last three years. We also had 
matching gifts to the College of 
$3,061.25 and $9,684.00 in Dana 
matching funds. So our total effort 
was $67,422.80. (Actually, a late 
gift of $1,224.38 has arrived, so our 
total is now $68,647. 18.) 

The class voted that the Col- 
lege use our 50th Reunion Gift for 
the new student lounge area in the 
renovated Atwater Kent building. A 
suitable plaque will be put in the 
room informing all that this room 
was given by our class. 

Gene Center, Class President 
for the last five years, thanked the 
various committees for work done 




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on arranging everything for the re- 
union. Pete Topelian gave a short 
talk on working (for money) after 
age 72. 

Charlie Fay Chairman of the 
Nominating Committee, presented 
the following slate for the next five 
years: President: Dan O'Grady; 
Vice President: Fran Kennedy; Sec- 
retary/Treasurer: CarlBackstrom. 
Nobody objected, so we were voted 
in. Once again, the bus was there to 
take the hotel people back, and our 
class really enjoyed this means of 

Saturday morning at 10:00 
a.m., we were voted into the 50- 
Year Associates group, and we lis- 
tened to a very interesting talk on 
energy by Prof. Leslie Wilbur. 

Due to the rainy weather on 
Saturday our reunion luncheon had 
to be moved inside to Morgan Hall, 
rather than the Higgins lawn. After 
lunch, the Goddard, Taylor, and 
WPI awards were presented to six 

Due to the fact we had 42 per- 
cent of our living members there, 
we beat out the class of 1940, so we 
will have "Class of 1930" inscribed 
on the large silver attendance cup 
donated by the class of 1917. The 
best percentage of returning alumni 
from a class wins this honor, and al- 
so a bottle of champagne. 

After the reunion luncheon, 
about 35 of our group of 75 went to 
Charlie Fay's home in Sterling, 
where we celebrated with the 
champagne. We finished with ham- 

burgers, hot dogs, cookies, and cof- 
fee, which put everybody in a good 
frame of mind for their trip home, 
saying, "See you in five years." 
Thanks Charlie and Ingrid for open- 
ing up your house to us! 

The following people were at 
the reunion: 

Mr. & Mrs. Carl W. Backstrom, Mr. & 
Mrs. Roscoe H. Bowers, Mr. David K. 
Bragg, Mr. & Mrs. C. Eugene Center, 
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph H. Coghill, Mr. & 
Mrs. Charles H. Cole, Mr. & Mrs. Wil- 
liam D. Davidson, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert 
W. Davis, Mr. Edward R. Delano, Mr. & 
Mrs. Charles R. Fay, Mr. & Mrs. Stanley 
H. Fillion, Mr. & Mrs. Leland H. Fisler, 
Mr. Thomas F. Flynn, Mr. & Mrs. Wal- 
ter H. French, Mr. & Mrs. Albert M. 
Goodnow, Mr. & Mrs. Carmelo S. Gre- 
co, Mr. & Mrs. Allan L. Hall, Mr. Robert 

Steve Hebert, '66, presents Gene Cen- 
ter, '30, with the champagne and the 
Class of 1917 Attendance Cup. As usu- 
al, the 50th anniversary class outdid ev- 
eryone else! 

E. Hollick, Mr. & Mrs. Irving Joseph, 
Mr. & Mrs. Francis E. Kennedy, Mr. & 
Mrs. Raymond C. Lewis, Prof. & Mrs. 
William W. Locke, Mr. & Mrs. Percy F. 
Marsaw, Mr. & Mrs. George A. Mar- 
ston, Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. Milde, Mr. 
& Mrs. William J. Newbold, Mr. Daniel 

F. O'Grady, Mr. & Mrs. Christos 
Orphanides, Mr. John R. Parker, Mr. 
Henry A. Pearson, Mr. & Mrs. Fred P. 
Peters, Mr. & Mrs. Paul E. Reynolds, 
Mr. & Mrs. Wilson H. Rice, Dr. & Mrs. 
Philip M. Seal, Mr. & Mrs. George W. 
Stratton, Dr. & Mrs. Joseph T. Tawter, 
Mr. & Mrs. Alvin E. Thrower, Mr. Paul 
J. Topelian, Mr. & Mrs. John H. Wells, 
Mr. & Mrs. Harold G. Williamson, Mr. 
Charles L. Wright, and Mr. & Mrs. Ar- 
thur Zavarella. 

It was a great Reunion! 

— Carl W Backstrom 

middle: Members of the 50-year associ- 
ates relaxing at the Worcester Country 


The WPI Journal / Summer 1980 / 23 


Loyalty to WPI often transcends a genera- 
tion. Such was the case with the daughter 
of Edward C. Perry who shared his pride of 
this alma mater with his family as she grew 
up. Had Miriam been a boy, she might well 
have followed her father to WPI. Instead, 
she graduated from Simmons college and 
entered military service in World War II. 
She became the first Chief of the U.S. Air 
Force's Woman Medical Specialists Corps 
and later retired with the rank of colonel, by 
then the wife of Lt. Col. Moxie Goll, U.S. 
Army, now retired. Miraim Perry Goll died 
in January, 1979, but in her will she left a 
substantial bequest to WPI in memory of 
her father. Col. Goll recently visited the 
campus for the first time to see the college 
of which his wife often spoke fondly. 


An early thesis on wind power, "The Con- 
struction and Test of a Windmill Electric 
Lighting Plant," by the late Ralph Goddard 
has been acquired by the Rio Grande His- 
torical Collections in the New Mexico State 
University (NMSU) archives. Goddard 
wrote the thesis while an undergraduate at 
WPI. He was dean of the NMSU engineer- 
ing college from 1 92 1 to 1 929, until his 
accidental death in the campus radio sta- 
tion. The current NMSU engineering dean 
says that the thesis "was an excellent piece 
of work for that time." 


Ruth Taylor, widow of Herbert Taylor, was 
named the 1979 Red Cross Volunteer of 
the Year for Worcester County. 


William Stults writes: "I still drive my 
14-year-old car, and will probably spend 
the summer in North Carolina." 



Ellwood N Hennessy 

680 Mechanics Bank Tower 

Worcester, MA 


The following information was sent to me 
by the vice president of our class, Earl 
Hughes. While it is true that his fraternity 
has been informed of this information, 
certainly the rest of our class have not, and I 
am submitting it exactly as it was sent to 

Earl C. Hughes, '14, 98 Lighthouse 
Drive, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida 33458. 
Earl received a WPI honorary Doctor of 
Engineering Award on June 7, 1963, and 
the WPI Herbert F.Taylor Award on June 7, 
1975. He is currently retired and is still 
married to Mary B. Hughes (54 years). Earl 
has one daughter, Mrs. Philip A. Peterson, 
who lives at 350 Salisbury St., Worcester, 
two sons living in California, and a total of 
nine grandchildren and two great grand- 
children. Earl has enjoyed visits in Florida 
from President and Mrs. Cranch; Vice Pres- 
ident and Mrs. Bolz, who live in Hughes 
House which he gave to WPI; and also 
from his very good friend, Tom Denney. 
Earl writes that he will be 88 in September 
and is beginning to feel it. 

Earl has done a lot for our class and for 
Worcester Tech. As most people know, he 
gave his own home to the College. One 
other thing that is not generally known is 
that Earl lives in Florida next to the home of 
Perry Como. Whether Earl gets free beauti- 
ful music at home, such as Perry Como 
gives on television, I do not know. 

I had another interesting letter from 
Mike Dufault, our president, and I also 
spent some more money on the telephone 
talking to him personally as before. Neither 
Mike or Chris, his wife, is presently very 
well, but they get around and occasionally 
go out to lunch at the Pillar House, which is 
my favorite eating place in New England. 

I also hear from Eddy Bartlett, who still 
lives contentedly alone in Tryon, North 
Carolina. Last year he said he was very busy 
raking up an extra crop of leaves. 

Tilly and Al Crandon and my wife, 
Dorothy, and I keep in touch every so often 
with each other by telephone. They are 
very busy living a social and farming life in 
their lovely home in Compton, Rhode 


The Frederick Churches will be celebrating 
their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 


Married: Brigadier General Hermon F. Saf- 

ford and Mrs. Annemarie Logsdon on 
March 15, 1980, in LaJolla, California. 



Robert E Chapman 
26 High St 
Oakdale, MA 


TUNE I 98 I 

Robert E Chapman 

The Edward Roses celebrated their 58th 
wedding anniversary in February. 


Daniel L. Hussey 
81 Whitney Rd 
Short Hills, NJ 

John Fitzmaurice of Wellesley, Mass., a 
retired assistant traffic engineer from the 
Massachusetts Department of Public 
Works, is currently a self-employed traffic 
engineering consultant. . . . Leonard San- 
born writes that he is retired, healthy, and 
has completed three two-year terms in the 
New Hampshire legislature. 


Archie J. Home 
1 Hunter Circle 
Shrewsbury, MA 


JUNE I 98 1 

Archie Home spoke on the topic, "Grow- 
ing Up to Be A Man" at the annual district 
Men's Communion Breakfast held at the 
First Church in Sterling, Mass., on March 
23rd. He is well known for his talks about 
land development, management, counsel- 
ing and consulting. A member of the Amer- 
ican Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, he 
also belongs to the Society of Real Estate 
Appraisers and the American Right of Way 

Armand Paquette writes, "We are cele- 
brating our golden wedding anniversary on 
June 2, 1980." 

24 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 


William M. Rauha 
4 Whittletree Rd. 
West Yarmouth, MA 

The Nathan Southwicks celebrated their 
50th wedding anniversary on October 5, 


Gifford T. Cook 
Rte.3 Box 294 
Keyes Perry Acres 
Harpers Ferry, WV 

Theodore J. Englund 
70 Eastwood Rd. 
Shrewsbury, MA 

Since the Paul Henleys moved to Spain 
eight years ago, they've done a lot of 
traveling. They have journeyed to Belgium, 
Italy, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Por- 
tugal, Morocco, the Canary Islands, 
Madeira, the Balearic Islands, Monaco, and 
"many of the wonderful places in Spain." 
Memorable trips include a cruise from 
Alicante to Genoa to Tunis on a Dutch ship; 
a canal barge trip to Carcassonne; a visit to 
the caves of Altemira (before they were 
closed); and trips to the Alhambra, Sevilla, 
and Cordoba. Other points of interest have 
been the Costa del Sol ("similar to Miami 
Beach") and Barcelona. "Madrid you can 
have. The weather is like Cleveland, Ohio." 

The town where the Henleys live is on 
the Costa Blanca, off the beaten tourist 
path. "An artist's paradise. We have a villa 
halfway up the mountains against the sea." 
Fishing and farming are the most prevalent 
vocations in the area. 

"As for the American bases (here), they 
are more of an advantage to the U.S. than 
to Spain. Spain managed to stay out of 
World War I and World War II, and I 
believe it will stay out of the approaching 
World Warlll." 

Ralph Lundberg says that he's so busy he 
wonders how he ever had time to work. He 
enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, golfing, 
bowling (two leagues), boccia, and tennis. 
He also travels and belongs to three men's 
clubs. Inga and he like to dance and belong 
to a club where they dine and dance. About 
every other year Inga visits her family in 
Sweden. Ralph has accompanied her on 
the family trips four times. 


Secretary: Representative 

Holbrook L. Horton Holbrook L. Horton 

1 20 W. Saddle River Rd. 
Saddle River, NJ 

Wayne Berry and his wife are tutoring slow 
learners in the West Side Elementary 
School near Spring Hill, Fla. Last fall, 
Wayne taught a course in fundamental 
economics for adult education at the local 
high school and used his booklet, "Progress 
and Poverty" as a textbook. He also 
teaches Sunday school at the Methodist 
Church, is a lay speaker, and coaches chil- 
dren's soccer. . . . Arthur Knight has re- 
turned from a week-long exploratory 
checkup at Mary Hitchcock Hospital in 
Hanover, N.H. He resides in Lower Water- 
ford, Vt. 


Secretary: Representative: 

Carl W. Backstrom Carl W Backstrom 

113 Winifred Ave. 
Worcester, MA 

John Burt recently moved to Melbourne, 
Fla., to enjoy retirement. . . . Joseph 
Coghill was robbed at gunpoint at the 
Centerville Variety Store in Warwick, R.I., 
in June, but not before he tried to disarm 
the gunman with his bare hands. When 
first confronted by the robber, Joe grabbed 
the barrel of the gun, before it was finally 
pulled out of his grasp. The gunman de- 
manded money from the cash register. Joe 
offered the man two tens, but he didn't 
leave until he got about $45. . . . Sherman 
Dane is still working in Boston at Welch and 
Forbes (Fiduciaries and Trustees) and 
commuting each day from his home in 
Marshfield, Mass. The Danes have three 
children: Bob, 27; Chris, 21; and Nancy, 
19, a junior at Plymouth (N.H.) State Col- 
lege. "I expect to work full time until Nancy 
graduates," Sherm writes. "After that, I 
hope to slow down a bit and semi-retire." 

Herb Davis says that he, like Jim 
McLoughlin, collects sand samples. Cur- 
rently, he has a collection of about 100 
samples from around the world. In the 
1950's he helped design and test a beach 
cleaner, and during the testing he dis- 
covered that adjustments had to be made 
to allow for the large variations in sand 
from beach to beach. The project got him 
interested in sand collecting. Among his 
samples are those from the USA, Tahiti, 
Bora Bora, England, Wales, and Scotland. 

Armando "Ed" Greco retired in June 
1979. He left May 9th for a two-month trip 
to Western Europe. This was planned a 
year ago, so he was unable to attend the 
50th.. . Jim McLoughlin was sorry to miss 
the 50th, but he had just gotten back from 

the hospital recovering from an attack of 
angina. It was one of the few reunions he 
wasn't able to attend. . . . Ted Mesh enjoys 
his big vegetable garden and his camellias, 
roses, azaleas, magnolias, and gardenias in 
Greensboro, N.C. Louise and he live quietly 
and do no entertaining. Ted does some 
volunteer interviewing for the Greensboro 
Urban Ministry and is involved with church 
projects. His daughter and family live next 
door and his son and family live in In- 
dianapolis. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Fred Peters of 
Springfield, N.J., were named the recipients 
of the Archbishop's Award during the an- 
nual fund-raising gala held to benefit 
Catholic Community Services in the Ar- 
chdiocese of Newark, on April 27th. They 
are members of St. Rose of Lima Church in 
Short Hills, where Fred serves as a parish 
trustee. Peters, who is the former executive 
vice president of Reinhold Publishers in 
New York, is a past president of the Heart 
Institute at St. Michael's Hospital in 
Newark. He also serves on the advisory 
council of the Seton Hall University School 
of Business and on the editorial board of 
The Advocate, the archdiocesan newspa- 
per. Mrs. Peters, a past officer of the ladies 
auxiliary at St. Rose of Lima, is a volunteer 
worker at St. Ann's Villa in Convent Sta- 
tion, a home for retired nuns, and at a 
nursing home in Totowa operated by the 
Little Sisters of the Poor. ... Phil Seal has 
started a three- year term as a town asses- 
sor in Gouldsboro, Me. (Prospect Harbor, 
his home, is part of Gouldsboro.) He has 
been busy for several months getting all the 
information together for sending out the 
bills. Phil says that Ken Gleason, '33, has a 
summer home in his area. . . . Vern Wade's 
grandchildren graduated in June, so gradu- 
ations kept him from the 50th reunion. He 
sends regards to all his classmates. 


Howard P. Lekberg 
RFD 115 Main St. 
East Douglas, MA 

Paul Nelson was named a co-recipient of 
the 1979 Outstanding Conservation 
Farmer Award at the Caledonia Extension 
Advisory Board and Conservation District 
meeting held in Danville, Vt., in May. He 
and Raymond and Donna Nelson have 
operated Hillside Acres Farm in Barnet fol- 
lowing conservation management prac- 
tices in the use of their woodland. They 
produced maple syrup from 1 300 maple 
taps. Paul served as town selectman for a 
number of years. 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980 / 25 




Dwight J Dwinell 

Edward R. Markert 

Box 265 

1 Elf Hill 

Brownington, VT 

South Amherst, MA 



Harold Greeney has retired from Sandy Hill 
Corp., Hudson Falls, N.Y., where he was a 
sales engineer. 



Raymond F. Starrett 

Continental Country Club 

Box 104 

Wildwood, FL 


Plummer Wiley 
2906 Silver Hill Ave. 
Baltimore, MD 

Walter Blau, who retired over a year ago, 
writes, "Can't find the time to do all the 
things I planned for retirement. Enjoying 
every minute." He had been with Wallace 
Silversmiths in Wallingford, Conn., where 
he was plant engineering manager. . . . B. 
Austin Coates says that he has gone blind, 
but with extensive surgery and laser treat- 
ment his eyesight is coming back slowly. 
. . . Phillip Dean still enjoys skiing several 
times a week in the winter. In summer, he 
sails on Long Island Sound or works in his 
vegetable garden. . . . Sam Hakam's son 
just graduated from Long Beach Univer- 




Richard J. Lyman 

Gordon F. Crowther 

10 Hillcrest Rd. 

20 Bates St. 

Medfield, MA 

Hartford, CT 




Samuel W. Mencow 

189 Parker Ave. 

H olden, MA 


In June, Allen Benjamin retired from teach- 
ing urban and environmental planning at 
WPI, although he still may be involved with 
an occasional course. He expects to do 
some consulting and writing. His wife, 
Eleanor, works at Wayland Public Library, 
but they will take a short trip during her 
vacation. Meanwhile, they are establishing 
a "farm" in Wayland. They grow blueber- 
ries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and 
pears. During his career, Benjamin was an 
urban planner in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El 
Salvador, and various U.S. cities and towns, 
as well as a planning engineer for the 
Massachusetts State Planning Board. 
Civic-minded, one of his awards was the 
Distinguished Service Award of the New 
England Chapter of the American Institute 
of Planners. 

26 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

IS FOR ^a w 


Continuing as a professor in applied 
physics at Stanford University, C. Chapin 
Cutler says, "We are loving our new life in 
California, but it is not really relaxing." 
Recently, he bicycled 68 miles on the Coast 
Highway. He is active with the IEEE (Fel- 
low), the church, and the Boy Scouts. Ear- 
lier, he had been with Bell Labs in New 
Jersey for 41 years, and retired as director 
of the Electronic and Computer Systems 
Research Laboratory. He was involved with 
"Echo," "Telstar," and the Picturephone 
computer applications, and was awarded 
over 70 patents. A member of the National 
Academy of Engineering, he also belongs 
to the National Academy of Sciences, 
AAAS, and Sigma Xi. WPI awarded him an 
honorary doctorate. 

Wesley Holbrook retired in February as 
safety engineer in the technical support 
section of the Boston regional office of the 
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational 
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 
Recently, he and Betty got together with 
Dot and Bob Powers on their way back 
from Florida. Last year, Holbrook taught a 
course in industrial safety one night a week 
at Northeastern, and expects to teach 
again this year. "The students are all from 
industry — and striving to obtain a degree 
the hard way by going to school nights," he 
explains. He hopes to do some consulting 
on fire protection and safety engineering. 
During his career, he had advised industrial 
firms and building contractors on fire pro- 
tection and safety standards and require- 
ments. ... A. Hallier Johnson is still retired, 
and shooting, hunting, and boating. He 
lives in Chesapeake City, Md., on the Elk 

David La Field serves as president of 
Shipyard Crafts in San Lorenzo, Calif. . . . 
The Dick Lymans are visiting China this 
summer. Dick says, "Have always wanted 
to know whether you drink or chew bird's 
nest soup!" In a year he expects to retire, 
but presently is vice president and director 
of personnel at New England Electric. . . . 
Billings Mann of George Mann & Co., Inc., 
Providence, R.I., has retired. He was presi- 
dent and director of the firm. . . . Francis 
Marchand is keeping busy with the Visiting 
Nurse Association and a social service 
agency in Torrington, Conn. He is retired, 
has five grandchildren, and enjoys sailing 
and tennis. 

A. Hamilton Powell has returned from a 
6-week volunteer stint in Kenya (near 
Nairobi) with the Africa Inland Mission. He 
planned and installed the electrical system 
in the 56' x 90' shop that the technical 
services branch of the mission is construct- 
ing. From the new building, technically 
trained personnel will go out to build 
houses, water projects, and electrical sys- 
tems for the 450 missionaries across central 


Francis B Swenson 
599 Common St 
Walpole, MA 

Paul Murphy, a consultant for GE in San 
Jose, Calif., is now retired and living in 
Anacortes, Washington. . . . Henry Ritz, 
president of R&R Plumbing Supply Corp., 
Worcester, was recently elected president 
of the Association of the Plumbing and 
Heating Wholesalers of New England. He 
has served as president and treasurer of 
R&R Plumbing for 42 years. He holds a 
degree from Northeastern and took a man- 
agement course at the Harvard School of 
Business Administration. Active in fraternal 
and civic groups, Ritz has also served as vice 
president and director of the New England 
Wholesalers Association. 




Charles H Amidon, Jr 

C. John Lindegren, Jr 

636 Salisbury St. 

21 Prospect St. 

Holden, MA 

Shrewsbury, MA 



Roger Iff land retired May 1st. from the 
Torrington Co., where he had been chief of 
mechanical engineering. . . . Carl Lewin, a 
WPI trustee, has been appointed manager 
of the Melbourne, Australia, office of 
Austin-Anderson Pty. Ltd., the Australian 
subsidiary of the Austin Company, interna- 
tional designers and builders. He joined the 
firm in 1940 as a field engineer in Austin's 
Eastern District. Later, he moved into sales, 
and in 1965, he was appointed sales man- 
ager for Austin's international companies. 
In 1975, he was elected a corporate officer 
of the company, maintaining his worldwide 
sales responsibilities as vice president for 
international sales and development. 

He belongs to the ASCE, the Cleveland 
Engineering Society, the American Man- 
agement Association, and Tau Beta Pi. The 
Lewins are moving to Australia from De- 
troit, where Lewin has been responsible for 
the operations of the Detroit office of the 
Austin Company. 






Robert E Dunklee, Jr. 

Russell A. Lovell, Jr. 

Robert SSchedin 


Jonathan Lane 


North Scituate, R.I. 

Sandwich, MA 

Brookfield, MA 




Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis, has named 
Willard Gove vice president of corporate 
real estate and field administration. In his 
new post, he is responsible for corporate 
real estate operations and the administra- 
tive functions in Honeywell's U.S. branch 
sales and service offices. Since 1978, Gove 
has been director of corporate real estate 
and field administration. In 1951, he joined 
Honeywell's Commercial Division as a sales 
representative in Boston, and two years 
later he became a marketing manager. He 
has also been manager of markets and 
products and director of corporate field 
administration. ... P. Warren Keating, 
chairman of the board and treasurer of the 
P. J. Keating Co., Fitchburg, Mass., has 
been elected to the Burbank Hospital Board 
of Trustees. . . . Zareh Martin, an aircraft 
instruments engineer at GE in Wilmington, 
Mass., also teaches evening courses in 
management at Northeastern. He is a 
member of the Nahant School Committee. 


Norman A. Wilson 
17 Cranbrook Dr 
Holden, MA 

McGraw-Hill is publishing Dr. Frank 
Bodurtha's book, Industrial Explosion Pre- 
vention and Protection. The book is con- 
cerned with the principles and practice of 
explosion control in the chemical and allied 
fields. Dr. Bodurtha, who has been with du 
Pont for 27 years, is now a principal consul- 
tant in the engineering department. . . . 
Win Munyon works for Whitman & Ran- 
som in New York City. ... In April, Rodney 
Paige was named vice president of corpo- 
rate engineering at Pfizer, Inc., New York 
City. He had been director of construction 
and plant services. He joined the Groton 
plant in 1951, and transferred to corporate 
engineering in 1964 as assistant director of 
engineering. He is a licensed professional 
engineer in New York and Connecticut. 
The brother of "Hilly ** Paige, '41 , he is also 
a member of the Steering Committee for 
the Class of 1942's 40th reunion gift pro- 
gram. ... Dr. Ray Wynkoop, formerly di- 
rector of the corporate research depart- 
ment at Sun Oil Co., has retired. 

Richard Bonnet has retired from AVTEX 
Fibers after 32 years of service. . . . Harry 
Merkel holds the post of president of Mer- 
cury Company of Norwood, Inc., which is 
now located in Brockton, Mass. The firm is 
a subsidiary of Fischbach and Moore, Inc. 
. . . Frank Szel took early retirement from 
Dow Chemical, and is presently residing in 
Sun City West, Arizona. 




JohnG. Underhill 

Harrison E Holbrook, Jr 

6706 Barkworth Dr 

Holbrook Drop Forge, Inc 

Dallas, TX 

40 Rockdale St. 


Worcester, MA 


John Underhill is currently distribution 
coordinator for the western marketing re- 
gion of Exxon Company, U.S.A., in Dallas, 


Robert E. Scott 
Indian Hill Rd. 
Little Compton, Rl 

James Breed writes from Richland, 
Washington: "So far, only a slight dusting 
from Mt. St. Helens, but many friends were 
caught further north in the thick of the 
dust." . . . Burt Hinman is currently vice 
president of Varco with responsibilities for 
international operations, purchasing, R&D, 
and the manufacturing of equipment for 
sorting and coating forms which Varco 
manufactures. The company manufactures 
forms for all purposes, including those for 
computer printing and machine reading. 
... Ed Swanson is "unloading" a big house 
for a smaller one with more land. He likes 
gardening and finds Washington an in- 
creasingly interesting place to be. 



M. Daniel Lacedonia 

106 Ridge Rd. 

East Longmeadow, MA 



JUNE 1 98 1 

George H. Conley, Jr. 
213 Stevens Dr. 
Pittsburgh, PA 

Judge Ernest Hayeck has been elected to 
membership in the American Antiquarian 
Society, which is headquartered in Worces- 
ter. He is a justice in the Commonwealth of 

Massachusetts Trial Court, District Court 
Department, Central Worcester Division. 
The AAS is the first historical society that 
has national collections and serves scholars 
and researchers worldwide. The library 
holds examples of over 2 h of all American 
material printed before 1821 and its collec- 
tion covers material up through 1876. 

In February, the Rev. John Knibb, Jr., 
was elected president of the Virginia Chris- 
tian Ministers Conference (Disciples of 
Christ). He has been pastor of the Hampton 
(Va.) Christian Church since 1967. . . . Cur- 
rently, Jack Laffey serves as vice president 
of marketing for worldwide major accounts 
at Clark Equipment Corporate Headquar- 
ters in Benton Harbor, Mich. He travels a 
great deal and is responsible for the full 
Clark product line to major accounts. The 
product line covers construction equip- 
ment including loaders, scrapers, cranes, 
graders, and skimmers. 

Thomas Lempges has been named to 
the newly-created post of vice president of 
nuclear generation by the Niagara 
Mohawk Power Corp., Syracuse, N.Y. Pre- 
viously, he was head of nuclear generation. 
In 1949, he joined the firm at the Dunkirk 
steam station. A total of 22 years of his 
experience has been in nuclear generation. 
He was concerned with the Enrico Fermi 
fast breeder reactor in Michigan, a jointly 
sponsored reactor project in Vallecitos, 
Calif., the design and supervision of 
Nine-Mile Point and the functions of the 
FitzPatrick plant. He is a licensed profes- 
sional engineer. 

Donald Nichols has retired. Formerly, he 
was associate technical director of en- 
gineering and technical supply at Naval 
Underwater Systems Center, New London, 


Allan Glazer 
20 Monadnock Dr. 
Shrewsbury, MA 

Norman Feldman holds the post of vice 
president of operations at The Three 
Phoenix Co., Phoenix, Arizona. 




Paul E. Evans 

James G. McKernan 


516 Brook Forest Ln 

Longmeadow, MA 

Charlotte. NC 



Thomas Hess is director of engineering for 
fuel injection equipment at Stanadyne/ 
Hartford Division of Roosa Master. . . . 
Richard Home continues with Cincinnati 
Milacron Co., and is presently regional 
administrator in St. Louis, Mo. . . . Gordon 
Keller writes that he is retired from AVCO 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980 / 27 

and is "messing around with solar do-it- 
yourself to keep in touch with the engineer- 
ing philosophy." Recently he participated 
in a Total Environmental Action Seminar in 
Harrisville, N.H. . . . ArneKellstrom is leav- 
ing New Jersey this summer for Houston, 
Texas, where Ingersoll Rand is setting up 
new headquarters for the Gas Compression 
Group. He has been with the company for 
32 years, and is now vice president of 
product management, a post related to all 
oil field and process industry products. 

Daniel Sheingold edited Transducer In- 
terfacing Handbook (a Guide to Analog 
Signal Conditioning), which was recently 
published by Analog Devices, Inc., of Nor- 
wood, Mass. The manager of technical 
marketing at Analog Devices, Inc., Shein- 
gold is also editorof "Analog Dialogue." In 
the course of a long career in analog com- 
puting and data-acquisition, his major pub- 
lications include the Analog Devices' 
Analog-Digital Conversion Handbook, 
andNonlinear Circuits Handbook , and ear- 
lier, the Philbrick Applications Manual for 
Operational Amplifiers, and The Lightning 


Howard J. Green 
1 Kenilworth Rd. 
Worcester, MA 

Sidney Madwed 
215 Crest Terrace 
Fairfield, CT 

Dean Amidon, commissioner of the Mas- 
sachusetts Department of Public Works, 
was named one of the top ten Public Works 
Leaders-Of-The-Year during the observ- 
ance of National Public Works Week in 
May. He directs 4,500 DPW employees 
and is responsible for an operating budget 
of $100 million. He originated a useful life 
replacement schedule for DPW equipment 
to increase efficiency and reduce mainte- 
nance costs and has developed a caravan/ 
masspool program to assist private firms in 
the development of commuter van and car 
pools fortheiremployees. Under Amidon's 
direction, the DPW had surpassed its goal 
of advertising $200 million of various types 
of construction projects for the first time in 
history, and has streamlined operations to 
operate more efficiently with available re- 

Phil Buffinton continues as chief operat- 
ing officer for State Farm Fire & Casualty 
Co. and State Farm General Insurance Co., 
wholly-owned subsidiaries of State Farm 
Mutual. He serves on the board of directors 
of both subsidiaries. Since his companies 
are among the largest writers of home- 
owners insurance, he is very interested in 
construction standards, windstorm resist- 
ance, and arson detection. He belongs to 
the American Academy of Actuaries and 
the Casualty Actuarial Society. . . . Richard 
Hawie has retired. . . . Bill Julian has ac- 
quired a Vermont real estate license and 

plans to sell some condominiums and lots 
at Burke Mt. . . . Daniel McQuillan serves 
as a broker for South Coast Realty, Mat- 
tapoisett, Mass. He is also a general man- 
agement consultant doing business under 
the name of McQuillan Associates. 

Edward Randall was elected a director of 
Morgan Construction Co., Worcester, and 
was simultaneously promoted to vice pres- 
ident of rolling mill engineering administra- 
tion and purchasing. Since 1954, he has 
been with the company, which he has 
served as vice president, project adminis- 
tration and purchasing. He belongs to the 
ASME and is a director of the Purchasing 
Management Association of Worcester. 



Lester J Reynolds, Jr. 

15 Cherry Lane 

Basking Ridge, NJ 


Henry S Coe, Jr 
3 Harwick Rd 
Wakefield, MA 

Dan Harrington, Jr., presidentof Sunnyside 
Motor Co., has been reelected a library 
trustee in the town of Holden, Mass. . . . 
Kenneth Muccino, an employee of Peter 
Paul Cadbury in Naugatuck (Conn.) since 
1 957, is currently director of engineering. 
He has two sons: Kenneth 73, who works 
for Northeast Utilities in Berlin, Conn., and 
Keith, a second-year medical resident at St. 
Francis Hospital in Hartford. . . . James 
O'Connor holds the post of program man- 
ager at Hazeltine Corp., Greenlawn, N.Y. 
Presently, he is working on a NATO E-3A 
program at Siemens for Hazeltine. . . . 
Charles Seaver is an energy conservation 
engineerat Ball State University in Muncie, 

During the past ten years, some 6,000 
people have settled in Guilford, Conn., 
most of them in subdivisions engineered by 
Russell Waldo and Associates. (Waldo's 
son, Jonathan, 78, is with the firm.) The 
Waldo company has also handled the en- 
gineering end of nearly 80% of the town's 
residential and commercial development, 
and about V3 of Madison's (Conn.), as well 
as numerous jobs along the shoreline. A 
self-described conservationist, Waldo likes 
to build multi-family housing projects to 
save energy and keep land open. He also 
likes to provide affordable modern rental 
housing, and points out that 40% of the 
residents of the apartments in his Straw- 
berry Hill complex are retired. 

Philip Wild has been elected a director 
by the board of directors at Stone & Web- 
ster Engineering Corporation. He was also 
appointed director of engineering. In his 
new post, Wild is responsible for engineer- 
ing in the firm's Boston headquarters, as 
well as engineering and design throughout 
the international corporation. A vice presi- 
dent since 1972, during his 24 years with 
the company, he has engineered and de- 
signed major power projects, headed the 

marketing department, and most recently 
has held the post of senior engineering 
manager. Wild, a professional engineer, 
belongs to the U.S. Committee of the 
International Commission on Large Dams 
and the International Society of Soil Me- 
chanics and Foundation Engineering. He is 
also a member of the ASCE and holds a 
master's degree from Princeton. He is a 
town meeting member in Walpole, Mass. 


Stanley L. Miller 
11 Ashwood Rd. 
Paxton, MA 

TUNE 1 98 1 

Duncan W. Munro 
Northboro, MA 

Capt. Ralph Auerbach, Jr., Civil Engineer 
Corps, U.S. Army, retired on July 1st 
following 26 years of Navy service. His final 
assignment was as executive officer of the 
Western Division, Naval Facilities Com- 
mand, San Bruno, Calif. This fall he will 
enterthe DBA program at Florida State. . . . 
Leo Lemere has transferred to The Badger 
Co., Inc., as vice president of project con- 
trols. . . . Jack Reid's company, Diversified 
Metals Products, which he headed as pres- 
ident, recently merged with Koch Engineer- 
ing Company, Inc., Fairfield, N.J. Currently, 
he holds the post of general manager of the 
Divmet Division at Koch. 


Edward G. Samolis 
580 Roberts Ave 
Syracuse, NY 

John M Tracy 
1 5 School St. 
Northboro, MA 


Lee Tuomenoksa, executive director of the 
Data Communications Division of Bell 
Labs, has been elected a fellow of IEEE, 
was cited for his "contributions to the 
development of telephone electronic 
switching systems." 



Dr David S Jenney 


Stratford, CT 


George T Abdow 
35 Forest Glen 
West Springfield. MA 

^Married: Daniel W. Furman and Marcia 
Brandwein on May 4, 1980, in New York. 
Mrs. Furman graduated from Pratt Insti- 
tute. She is director of styling for M. Low- 
enstein and Sons in New York City. The 
groom, who has an industrial engineering 
degree from Columbia, is in business in the 
U.S. Virgin Islands. 

28 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

Dave Beach is still with Kodak, now 
working in the medical products field as 
program manager for automatic blood 
analyzers. Two of the four Beach children 
are through college (St. Lawrence and Rus- 
sell Sage), and the third is at Michigan. The 
youngest is in high school. Dave stays 
active with a "strong bug" for ski racing. 
He has entered the New York State Senior 
Race Circuit and won his age group in 78 
and was second in 79. This year he raced 
on the women's Olympic downhill course 
atWhiteface Mt. in the Senior Nationals. 
Among Dave's other interests are the Ski 
Patrol and tennis. Last year, he reached the 
semi-finals in the Rochester Senior (tennis) 

Tom Bellew celebrated his 27th year 
with IBM in June. Currently, he is a staff 
engineer in packaging and distribution of 
large scale computer systems. Daughter 
Diane is a teacher; Lynne, a speech 
therapist; and Jody, a college graduate. 
David continues at Clarkson. Tom has 
served as an officer and/or chief of the 
Hyde Park (NY) Volunteer Fire Department 
for over 20 years. He and his family enjoy 
downhill skiing. Recently Tom completed 
his 20th year as secretary-treasurer of his 
10-pin bowling club. 

Mike Cariglia is presently an engineering 
analyst with New England Power in 
Westboro, Mass. He says that a WPI/NEES 
Corporate Contacts Program has been set 
up for the purpose of keeping WPI 
alumni-employees informed about ac- 
tivities taking place at WPI. 

Ed Diamond writes from Cutchogue, 
N.Y., that he's working on electronic war- 
fare systems for Grumman on almost a 
60-hourweek. He reports, "It'salmostfun, 
something like working out puzzles all the 
time. We are not far from the Star Wars 
concepts." The Diamonds have four chil- 
dren aged one to twelve. Ed and the oldest 
enjoy sailing on Peconic Bay. Ed's "check- 
ered career" includes a tour as a project 
engineer on Ranger at NASA, design of a 
solar system for an energy house for 
Grumman, and a spare time stint as editor 
of "Mensa." He says that he considered 
working in energy as a career, but came to 
his senses in time. 

Ed should compare notes with Dave 
Elovitz, whose letterhead carries the logo, 
Energy Economics. (Dave's new business 
venture was outlined in the winter7our- 
nal. ) He writes that his consulting business 
is busier than he ever intended. With the 
three Elovitz offspring through college, his 
wife, Franny , is more free to travel with him 
when his consulting takes him to interest- 
ing places like Guam and Truk. Their son, 
Ken, a materials science graduate of 
Lehigh, is a process engineer at Texas 
Instruments in Attleboro. Daughter Sara 
went to Syracuse and Curry and teaches 
multiply handicapped children at Little 
Peoples School in Newton. She also does 
some typing for her dad. Gary just 
graduated from Dartmouth and is in 

graduate school in Israel. Although the 
senior Elovitzes are involved with Dave's 
business, they still sing in the Temple choir, 
and Franny helped with the Sisterhood 
cookbook fund-raising project. Dave has 
finished a chapterfora McGraw-Hill hand- 
book, and is writing a magazine article on 
ventilation for Plant Engineering. He 
teaches seminars, sails, and is involved with 
the American Field Service. His AEPi 
roommate, Arthur Shepard, lives right 
around the corner from him. 

Your secretary, Dave Jenney, proudly 
reports he finished his fourth Boston 
Marathon in April with a closing "sprint" to 
break three hours by ten seconds — good 
for 1536th place. . . . H. G. Stanton is the 
controller for DiEugenio Tool Center, Inc., 
Phoenix, Ariz. After retiring from the USAF 
in 1972 as a lieutenant colonel, he was an 
industrial engineer with Black and Decker 
Corp. (McCulloch Corp., Lake Havasu, 
Ariz.). Recently, Stan wasan honor student 
at Arizona State University and graduated 
with a BS in accounting. 

Wildt, who holds a diploma in structural 
engineering from the Imperial College, 
University of London, England, belongs to 
the ASCE, American Concrete Institute, 
National Fire Protection Association, and 
the American Society for Testing and Mate- 
rials. He is a registered professional en- 
gineer in Massachusetts. 




Kenneth L. Wakeen 

Edouard S. P. Bouvier 

344 Waterville Rd. 

123 Beech woods Dr. 

Avon, CT 

Madison, CT 



Raynald LeMieux holds the post of man- 
ager of licensing sales at Atlantic Richfield 
Company, Philadelphia. . . . At the present 
time, Richard Lucey is president of Intrex, 
Reading, Mass. . . . Donald McNamarais 
the president at Tara Chemical Co., 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 




TUNE 1 98 1 





Roger R Osell 

Edwin Shivell 

Rev. Paul D Schoonmaker 

John M McHugh 

18 Eliot Rd. 

64 Woodland Dr, 

325 North Lewis Rd. 

431 Beacon Hill Dr 

Lexington, MA 

Portsmouth, Rl 

Royersford, PA 

Cheshire, CT 





Neil Gleberman has been appointed man- 
ager of operations for the chemical division 
of Koppers Co. He supervises and directs 
operations at plants located in Bridgeville, 
Oil City, and Petrolia, Pa., and Chicago, III. 
. . . Douglas MacLaren was recently pro- 
moted to plant engineer at the Torrington 
Company (Heavy Bearings) in South Bend, 
Ind. He joined the firm in 1954 and went to 
South Bend in 1974 as assistant sales man- 
ager. Later, he was named sales manager 
for several domestic sales offices. . . . Mil- 
ton Meckler's firm, the Meckler Energy 
Group, has begun a complete survey of the 
air conditioning systems at the Naval Air 
Station at Lemoore, Calif. Twenty-nine 
major buildings are involved. 

The sales engineering division of 
Bethlehem Steel Corporation's sales de- 
partment has appointed RogerWildttothe 
newly created post of project manager. 
Formerly a structural consultant, Wildt will 
have responsibilities in the area of new 
products, particularly the coordination of 
interdepartmental market development 
teams. He will continue serving Bethlehem 
and the steel industry in the fields of build- 
ing codes and structural fire protection. 
Prior to starting at Bethlehem Steel in 1 960, 
he was an associate professor of civil en- 
gineering at WPI. From 1963 to 1967 he 
served the steel company as an assistant 
research engineer. In 1967, he was trans- 
ferred to the engineering department. Two 
years later he was named a structural con- 
sultant in the sales engineering division. 

Donald Behringer was elected as a one- 
year member of the Ashburnham (Mass.) 
Municipal Light Board last spring. He is a 
senior engineer at GE in Fitchburg, Mass. 
. . . Robert Farrar has been elected to the 
board of directors of the Keene (N.H.) 
Co-operative Bank. He is president of Fred- 
erick A. Farrar, Inc., and Farrar Engineering, 
Inc., and vice president of P.B. Alford As- 
sociates, a snowmaking consulting en- 
gineering firm. Before returning to Keene 
to join his father, Frederick A. Farrar, '31, in 
the electrical repair, sales, and service busi- 
ness, Farrar worked as a design engineer 
for Westinghouse. He and his wife, 
Jeananne, have four children. . . . Norman 
Fischer holds the post of associate director 
at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. 

Prof. Raymond Hagglund of the WPI 
mechanical engineering department was 
the featured speaker at an ASME meeting 
held at the Old Mill in Westminster, Mass., 
in May. His topic was "Products Liability in 
Engineering." . . . Still with Ebasco Over- 
seas Corp., Charles Healy is now residing in 
San Juan, Puerto Rico. . . . Anthony Scan- 
cella serves as plant manager for du Pont in 
South San Francisco, Calif. 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980 / 29 



Dr. Robert A. Yates 

11 Oak Ridge Dr. 

Bethany, CT 


sentative at Metropolitan Life in West Palm 
Beach, Fla. He is also a realtor-associate at 
New Era Realty II Corp. 

Alex C. Papianou 
15 Birch Tree Rd. 
Foxboro, MA 

John Braley is national account manager at 
Information Handling Services in Dallas, 
Texas. . . . Audrey Carlan, a professor at 
Southwest College in Los Angeles, cur- 
rently serves as chairman of the mathemat- 
ics department. . . . Thomas Kohanski has 
been doing design work on submarines for 
over 20 years. He was with Electric Boat 
from 1 959 to 1 968 and with Mare Island 
Naval Shipyard since. Tom and Ellie's chil- 
dren are: Karen, 21, a student at the Uni- 
versity of California-Davis; Tim, 1 9, at the 
University of California-Berkeley; and 
Mark, 17, a high school senior. 

Wilson Sellar holds the position of presi- 
dent at R&M Stampings, Inc., Westboro, 
Mass. . . . Carl Uretsky is employed as 
regional manager at Unitrode Corp., Dal- 
las, Texas. 


Harry R. Rydstrom 
132 Sugartown Rd. 
Devon, PA 

Last October, Jasper Freese sold his busi- 
ness to Otto & Culver of Storm Lake, Iowa. 
Currently, Freese works as manager of the 
Greeley, Colo., office of the architectural- 
engineeringfirm. . . . Stewart Gentsch con- 
tinues with Rexnord, and is now president 
of the Roller Chain Division in Springfield, 
Mass. . . . David Helman holds the post of 
vice president of administration at Insti- 
tutes of Medical Sciences, San Francisco. 
He has an MS in management from RPI. 
William Hopf, vice president and gen- 
eral manager of Walworth Co. , has re- 
ceived the "Man-of-the-Year Award" 
from the Valve Manufacturers' Associa- 
tion. His award read in part: "William H. 
Hopf — for years of meritorious service to 
the valve industry." . . . Presently, Sheldon 
Kesslen serves as plant manager at Alton 
Shoe Co., a division of Shaer Shoe, Inc. . . . 
Douglas Todd was co-author of "A Mech- 
anism for the Development and Use of 
Synthetic Fuels" which appeared in the 
April 24th issue of Public Utilities 
Fortnightly. He is manager of steam and 
gas for power generation business devel- 
opment, gas turbine marketing depart- 
ment, at GE in Schenectady, N.Y. He joined 
GE in 1 966 and has worked in heat transfer 
products and the medium steam turbine 
and gas turbine division. Earlier, he was 
with Alco Products, Inc., in nuclear, petro- 
chemical and utility services. . . . Richard 
Wiinikainen is presently a sales repre- 



Dr Frederick H Lutze, Jr. 

1 10 Camelot Court NW 

Blacksburg, VA 



Dr Joseph D. Bronzino 

Trinity College 

Summit St. 

Hartford, CT 


Burnham Baker holds the position of presi- 
dent at PenCept, Inc., in Waltham, Mass. 
. . . Frederick Costello was promoted to 
vice president of sales for the ethylene 
oxide derivatives division of Union Carbide 
Corp. and is now headquartered in 
Moorestown, N.J. He began work as a sales 
trainee in New York for the company fol- 
lowing graduation. He was advanced 
through the chemical field sales organiza- 
tion and was named district sales manager 
in St. Louis, Mo. In 1971, he was named 
market sales manager in New York. Later, 
he became the EOD division director of 
sales in Moorestown. The Costellos and 
their three daughters and three sons live in 

Wayne Gass continues as director of 
physical facilities and assistant business 
manager at Mount Holyoke College. He is 
responsible for 800 acres and 100 build- 
ings, including 50 major structures and 40 
faculty houses. He directs a corps of 250 
people whose talents include pruning, car- 
pentry, and cooking. With the college since 
the early 1 960's, Wayne has seen the 
campus expand considerably with a 
number of new buildings being built and 
older ones being renovated. In the 1970's, 
the school caught its breath with reduced 
building activity, and in the 1980's is look- 
ing ahead to energy conservation. Says 
Gass, "It's the route we have to walk." He 
holds an MS from MIT and is active with 
the Holyoke Rotary Club's Foreign Student 

Michael Hertzberg, president of Michael 
A. Hertzberg Consulting Engineers, Inc., 
Waitsfield, VT, was recently elected vice 
president of the American Consulting En- 
gineers Council (ACEC) for 1980-82. The 
Council represents 3,600 independent en- 
gineering firms. Previously, Hertzberg 
served as a member of the ACEC Engineer- 
ing Education and Scholarships Commit- 
tee, the Business Practices Committee, the 
Interprofessional Committee, the AIA- 
ACEC Liaison Committee, and the Planning 

His own firm, established in 1967, spe- 
cializes in mechanical, electrical, alternative 
energy and energy conservation engineer- 
ing services. Formerly, he had been presi- 
dent and national director of ACEC- 
Vermont and had held posts in three com- 
panies. In 1978, Hertzberg received an 
ACEC-Vermont engineering excellence 
honorable mention for the mechanical en- 

gineering design of the Vermont State 
Hospital in Waterbury. He has studied at 
NYU, CCNY, and the University of Illinois. 
A member of the National (and Vermont) 
Society of Professional Engineers, he also 
belongs to the American Society of Heat- 
ing, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning 

Norman Monks serves as division opera- 
tions managerat Rexnord. . . . Still with the 
Army Corps of Engineers, Leo Price con- 
tinues his involvement with the construc- 
tion of two airbases in Israel. He expects to 
be back in the U.S. next year. . . . Phil 
Puddington has joined P.T. Brake Lining 
Co., Inc., Lawrence, Mass. He is a member 
of theWPI Fund Board. 




PaulW. Bayliss 

JohnW Biddle 


78 Highland St 

Barnngton, IL 




Still with IBM, William Firla is now senior 
market support center representative in the 
Data Processing Division, Waltham, Mass. 
. . . Paul Honer is employed as marketing 
and sales manager at Kennedy Engineering 
Co., Tulsa, Okla. He is an ordained deacon 
in the Tulsa Diocese of the Catholic Church, 
assigned to St. Ann's in Broken Arrow. He 
and his wife, Ruthann, have two children. 
. . . Irwin Jacobs is vice president of the 
commercial OEM group at Digital Equip- 
ment Corp., Maynard, Mass. . . . Robert 
Kandall holds the post of commercial vice 
presidentatPullman-Kellogg, Hackensack, 

Continuing with Polaroid, Richard Lor- 
ing is presently a senior manager of techni- 
cal manufacturing in the film division, in 
Waltham, Mass. His wife, Pat, is active in 
the Massachusetts Association of Conser- 
vation Commission and serves as chairwo- 
man of the Town of Westford Conserva- 
tion Commission. The Lorings have two 
children in high school. 

Kenneth Matson was named vice presi- 
dent of the Public Service Electric & Gas 
Research Corporation, where he began as a 
cadet engineer in 1 960 in New Jersey. He 
has an MBA from Rider College and at- 
tended the program for management de- 
velopment at Harvard Graduate School of 
Business. He is married and has four chil- 
dren. . . . Formerly a field sales managerfor 
the Rubber Chemicals Division of Mon- 
santo Co. , Harry Ray is now plant manager 
of the Detergents and Phosphates Division, 
Monsanto, in Trenton, Mich. Son Tim is a 
student at Cornell; Kevin a high school 
student; and Susan is in elementary school. 

30 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

David Willard, a group leader at the 
Mitre Corportion, Bedford, Mass., has 
been awarded a patent as co-inventor of a 
digital bus communications system. The 
device is a time-division multiple-access 
communications system that includes a 
number of terminals coupled to a common 
signal path or"bus." Itoperates more than 
seven times faster than an earlier version 
developed at the system engineering firm, 
for which Willard had previously received a 
patent. With Mitre since 1960, he had also 
been associated with Crompton & 
Knowles, and had served as an indepen- 
dent consultant. He has a BS from the 
University of Vermont and a master's from 


John J. Gabarro 
8 Monadnock Rd 
Arlington, MA 

JUNE I981 

Henry "Hank" Allessio is presently a vice 
president and member of the board of 
directors of Hayes/Hill Incorporated, New 
York. He had been with William E. Hill & 
Company for over ten years before it 
merged with Robert H. Hayes and As- 
sociates in 1979. He holds an MS in man- 
agement from RPI. Prior to joining Hill, he 
was with New York Telephone and Geon 
International. Hayes/Hill is an international 
management consulting firm. 

Roger Borden, associate professor of 
mechanical engineering at WPI, is taking a 
one-year leave of absence from his teach- 
ing duties to join other top engineers from 
around the world to "shape the vehicle of 
the 1980's." In June, he left for Boston to 
work with the U.S. Department of Trans- 
portation's Transportation Systems Center. 
Says Roger, "The car of the 80's will be 
practical, not a thing of beauty. It is cer- 
tainly going to have to last a lot longer than 
our present cars, since it will undoubtedly 
cost a good deal more." He expects that 
the biggest change in automobiles will be a 
move away from metals as the primary 
material for car bodies. "Metals corrode, 
are heavy, and cut down on mileage." He 
believes there will be a switch in the indus- 
try from metals to composite materials or 
plastics, and that the use of the diesel and 
gas turbine engines will be more wide- 
spread. Along with the advances in auto 
construction, Borden envisions the growth 
of mass transit as one of the better hopes in 
solving our transportation problems. 

Bradford Cushing has been promoted to 
manager of engineering design at Weston 
Designers-Consultants. He is responsible 
for all design activities in the engineering 
and construction management division. 
With Weston since 1975, he was a project 
engineer and project manager, and has had 
1 3 years of experience in the industrial and 
municipal markets. During his career, he 
has also been with Enviroengineering, Inc., 
and GE's Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. 
Weston is a 500-person international en- 
vironmental energy design-consulting or- 
ganization headquartered in West Chester, 
Pa. . . . Richard Davis, who holds an MBA 
from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, 
presently serves as manager of strategic 
planning for the military products group at 
Intel Corp. in Santa Clara, Calif. 

James Dunn is president of Dunn En- 
gineering Co., Inc., Foxboro, Mass. . . . 
Daniel Geller works as a senior environ- 
mental consultant with the Maryland En- 
vironmental Service in Annapolis. He and 
his wife, Susan, and two children live in 
Alexandria, Va. . . . Allen Johnson holds 
the post of district sales manager at 
Lambda Semiconductor in Tampa, Fla. . . . 
G. Leonard Johnson was recently pro- 
moted to director of generation engineer- 
ing at Northeast Utilities (NU). Previously, 
he was director of reliability engineering 
and quality assurance. In 1 961 , Johnson 
joined the Hartford Electric Light Com- 
pany. In 1966, he transferred to NU. From 
1 968 to 1 975, he was project engineer and 
acting project manager for Millstone II. 
Johnson belongsto NU's Nuclear Speakers' 
Bureau, the ASME, and the American Nu- 
clear Society. He is a registered professional 
engineer in Connecticut. He, his wife, 
Lauretta, and son and daughter live in 

Stephen Klein is a senior staff scientist at 
Science Applications, Inc., La Jolla, Calif. 
. . . Still with Malcolm Pirnie, Inc., Peter 
Kuniholm is now resident project manager 
for the environmental consulting firm in 
Cairo, Egypt. He is concerned with waste- 
watersystems rehabilitation and expansion 
in the Suez Canal region, including the 
cities of Port Said, Ismailia, and Suez. . . . 
Merrill Rutman continues as an electronics 
engineer for U.S. Army CERCOM, Ft. 
Monmouth, NJ. . . . Conrad Matuzek has 
been honored by New England Telephone 
Co. for his sales achievements. He is recog- 
nized by the company for doing an out- 
standing job developing his segment of the 
business market for 1979. Matuzek re- 
ceived a personalized plaque from the 
company president, and was named a 
member of the New England Telephone 
President's Club. The club is comprised of 
top sales performers in each company divi- 
sion. Matuzek is marketing manager in 
Waltham. His organization is responsible 
for electronic and electrical industries in the 
five-state area served by the company. . . . 
Currently, Charles Mello serves as plant 
engineer at Coppus Engineering in Worces- 


Harry T Rapelje 
1313 Parma Hilton Rd 
Hilton, NY 

Richard J DiBuono 
44 Lambert Circle 
Marlboro. MA 

Robert Cassanelli has been promoted to 
laboratory manager of the General Foods 
plant in Dover, Delaware. Since 1974, he 
has been managing the starch and instant 
pudding programs at Dover. He started 
with the firm in 1964 in the Tarrytown 
(N.Y.) technical center. He holds an ad- 
vanced degree in food science from the 
University of Massachusetts. ... Dr. 
Keyren Cotter is assistant director at the 
Center for Fracture Mechanics at 
Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. . . . 
Paul Cultrera serves as director of the 
Cooperative Education and Placement De- 
partment at Manatee Junior College, 
Bradenton, Fla. . . Arthur Dobreski is em- 
ployed as a facilities operations managerat 
the Signetics Division of U.S. Phillips in 
Sunnyvale, Calif. The Dobreskis have three 
children. . . . John Rupprecht is a president 
at Sullair Corp., Michigan City, Indiana. 



Robert E. Maynard, Jr. 

8 Institute Rd. 

North Grafton, MA 


Joseph J. Mielinski, Jr. 
34 Pioneer Rd. 
Holden, MA 

Albert Brodeur is employed as manager of 
engineering computing at Pratt & Whitney, 
West Palm Beach, Fla. ... Dr. Robert Des- 
mond, P.E., former head of the mechanical 
engineering department at Rochester 
(N.Y.) Institute of Technology (RIT), has 
been named director of RIT's new Institute 
for Applied Energy Studies. He will be 
responsible for the institute's energy re- 
search and development programs, includ- 
ing a $483,089 federal grant to reduce 
energy consumption on the Rochester 
campus. The new institute will conduct 
research and development programs in 
applied energy for the private industrial 
sector and study alternative sources of 
energy. Energy House, a solar powered 
energy efficient home built through 
cooperative efforts, will come under the 
authority of the institute. Dr. Desmond was 
appointed to the directorship because of 
his extensive experience in energy re- 
search. He has taught at RIT since 1 970, 
and he served as a consultant to the 
Swedish State Power Board while on sab- 
batical leave in 1976 and 1977. He belongs 
to Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Xi, ASME, Roches- 
ter Engineering Society, and ASEE, among 
other societies. He has a PhD from the 
University of Minnesota. The Desmonds 
live in Lima, N.Y. 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1 980 / 31 

In May, Dr. Allen Hoffman, associate 
professor of mechanical engineering at 
WPI, was selected as the WPI Outstanding 
Teacher of 1980. He received a $1,000 
award and a citation from the college trus- 
tees. He holds a PhD from the University of 
Colorado. In 1 964, he joined the WPI 
faculty as a teaching assistant. His profes- 
sional interests are in vibrations, fluid me- 
chanics, biomechanics, and the environ- 
ment, including pollution abatement of 
Lake Quinsigamond. Since his student days 
as a co-captain of track and cross country, 
he has maintained his interest in running 
and has entered many races, including the 
Boston Marathon. 

Presently, Russell Hokanson serves as 
area supervisor at du Pont's Savannah 
River plant in the reactor department. "I 
am still trying to qualify for the Boston 
Marathon. It will be a little easier now since 
I'll be 40 at the time of the next race." . . . 
Dr. Richard lacobucci'sfirm, Roctronics 
Entertainment Lighting, Inc., recently de- 
veloped a new light dimming package that 
can control up to 9000 watts of power 
without creating excessive interference 
with sound systems nearby. It makes life 
easier for touring performers because the 
dimmer pack can be hung at the top of 
lighting towers adjacent to the lighting 
fixtures. . . . Joe Mielinski, Jr., operations 
manager at WPI's Alden Research Labora- 
tory, has been elected to a three-year term 
on the Holden (Mass.) School Committee. 

The Power Systems Group of Combus- 
tion Engineering, Inc. (C-E), has appointed 
A. Edward Scherer as director of nuclear 
licensing, Nuclear Power Systems Division. 
He will be responsible for assuring com- 
pliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commis- 
sion regulations, as well as developing re- 
sponses to proposed licensing criteria. After 
serving in the Army Corps of Engineers' 
nuclear power program, he joined C-E in 
1968. At C-E he was most recently licens- 
ing manager. He has an MS from Pennsyl- 
vania State University, and an MBA from 
RPI's Hartford Graduate Center. He is a 
registered professional engineer, and be- 
longs to the C-E Nuclear Speaker Service 
and the Atomic Industrial Forum's Steering 
Committee on Reactor Licensing and 
Safety. He also is a member of the Ameri- 
can Nuclear Society, the ASME, and the 
Society of Sigma Xi, an honorary scientific 
research society. 

Timothy Shea has been appointed ser- 
vice manager in the newly formed Service 
Department of the Westinghouse Power 
Systems Projects Division (PSPD). The new 
service department will work more closely 
with other Westinghouse divisions' service 
operations to coordinate the total service 
support for PSPD operating plants. Re- 
cently, Shea completed an assignment in 
Egypt as project director, Cairo West Unit 
No. 4. Previously, he was site manager for 
Kori Unit No. 1 . Since joining Westing- 
house in 1971 , he has held increasingly 
responsible assignments. 




Dr. David T, Signori, Jr 

Barry J Kadets 

6613 Denny PI 

26 Harwich Rd. 

McLean, VA 

Chestnut Hill, MA 



^■Born: to Dr. and Mrs. Gary Goshgarian a 
son, Nathan, recently. Gary is a professor of 
English at Northeastern University. This 
year his first novel, Atlantis Fire, was pub- 
lished by Dial Press (see spring Journal), 
and he is now working on his second, 
which was inspired by another real life 
experience. (While at WPI, a classmate 
developed a system to beat the numbers 
game. Gary is weaving that system into his 
new novel which concerns the rip-off of the 
state lottery.) He was the commencement 
speaker at Northeastern in June. 

Christopher Almy continues in his me- 
chanical engineering post at Knolls Atomic 
Power Laboratory, Schenectady, N.Y. He is 
chief of Indian Princess Nation, treasurerof 
the Boy Scouts, a YMCA baseball coach, 
and a Sunday school teacher. He is also a 
major in the U.S. Army Reserve and oc- 
casional does a two-week stint at Ft. 
Monmouth, N.J. Wife Marge is a Brownie 
leader and does volunteer work in the 
school library. She and their son, Chris, Jr., 
are jogging companions. Daughters Jen 
and Katherine enjoy acrobatics, baton- 
twirling, and piano playing. 

In January, Peter Dornemann accepted a 
new position as director of marketing at 
Digilab, Inc., Cambridge, Mass. . . . Don 
Ghiz remains as director of steel purchases 
in the purchasing department at Conoco, 
Inc., in Houston, Texas. . . . Terry Harris is 
now the marketing manager at Texas Ole- 
fins Co., Houston. . . . Ron Lubowicz, the 
former vice president and chief operating 
officer of L & T Builders, Inc., Pampa, 
Texas, has been elected a director and the 
chief executive officer of Achievement 
Homes, Inc., of Lubbock. Achievement 
Homes is active in single and multi-family 
construction throughout west Texas and 
eastern New Mexico largely through its 
franchising operations and various limited 

Dr. Bruce Maccabee has received a 
$2,000 award from the National Enquirer 
for his investigation of a New Zealand UFO 
case in which a strange object was filmed 
from an airplane as well as tracked by radar. 
The WPI Journal ran a story describing 
Maccabee's investigations in fall 1979. 

Harold Monde will be chairman of the 
Milwaukee section of the ASME next year. 
. . . Frederic Scofield holds the post of 
superintendent of construction at Northern 
Liquid Fuels Co., Omaha, Neb. . . . Pres- 
ently, Thomas Spargo is employed by Stan- 
ley Works in New Britain, Conn. The Spar- 
gos, who reside in Terryville, have three 


Peep Toad 

From physicist to pottery partner, 
that's a thumbnail description of 
the vocational life of Dick Farrell, 
'64, over the past few years. 
Describing the advantages of his 
current life, Dick says, "my wife 
and I have a lot of freedom. We have 
a very rich life in many ways. ' ' 

Until seven years ago, Farrell, 
who has a master's degree from 
Brown University, worked as a 
career physicist at nasa Electronics 
Research Center and at Tyco Corpo- 
rate Research Center. His wife, San- 
dra, a graduate of Massachusetts 
School of Art, was art director for 
the Jewish Community Center of 
Brookline and later headed the Bos- 
ton ywca pottery department. 

In her spare time, Sandra made 
pottery in a basement studio at 
home. Dick became interested in 
the craft as he watched her turn out 
wares that she later sold to shops 
and galleries. He became so inter- 
ested, in fact, that he decided to join 
her in the pottery business full- 

' 'We made a six-month com- 
mitment to see if we could make a 
living out of pottery and to see if we 
could share our lives on a 24-hour-a- 
day basis, ' ' Dick reports. The com- 
mitment meant that they would 
have to move into larger quarters. 
They hoped they wouldn't have to 
leave New England. 

A friend's suggestion eventu- 
ally led them to a run-down mill by 
a waterfall on the Whetstone Brook 
in East Killingly, Connecticut. The 
valley surroundings were pictur- 
esque, and the mill affordable. San- 
dra fell in love with it immediately. 
"It was so romantic, ' ' she thought. 
"It will take a lot of work, ' ' Dick 

32 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

thought. But the Farrells were 
young and had plenty of elbow 
grease. They decided to buy it. 

It takes time to renovate a 200- 
year-old mill that was once a tan- 
nery, a blacksmith shop, and a 
plastics storehouse, into a livable 
home, workshop, and gallery. The 
new owners did all the cleaning and 
construction work themselves, in 
spite of the fact that for six months 
Dick continued to commute to his 
job in Waltham. Still, they managed 
to make progress. They lived in a 
small partitioned area on the third 
floor while creating their perma- 
nent living space on the second 
floor. "Aesthetically speaking, it 
was the pits," says Farrell, recalling 
the plastic-covered insulation that 
served as the partition. 

In the early stages, Dick and 
Sandra had to lug water and cook on 
an electric hot plate. A coal stove 
from an old Pullman train car was 
their only heat source. Gradually 
they added plumbing and other 
creature comforts. Farrell engi- 
neered their water power to provide 

the mill with a portion of its elec- 
tricity for free. His wife stripped the 
ancient beams with a torch until 
they regained their original nut- 
brown beauty. 

Today the 30 by 40 foot living 
space is partitioned with white 
insulated panels and weathered 
boards. The central part of the space 
soars to a double-layer Plexiglass 
roof. There are lots of plants about, 
but little furniture. Adjacent to the 
living space is a studio-workshop 
with pottery wheels. The gallery 
and kiln and glazing room are 
located on the first floor. 

Before moving to Connecticut, 
Sandra had sold her pottery to shops 
and galleries and at craft fairs. Now 
clients come to the Farrell' s gallery 
at Peep Toad Mill. Since 1974 
they've had two shows a year, on 
Labor Day and Thanksgiving week- 
ends. This year, for the first time, 
they held a major spring exhibition 
in May, and they have plans to 
extend their other shows through 
weekends in September and 

The May exhibition at Peep 
Toad Mill included works of 15 
highly recognized craftspeople, 
mostly from southern New Eng- 
land. "We make an effort to show 
works that integrate well, and our 
approach to exhibition is one where 
environments are creaed by display- 
ing groupings of pieces as they 
might be used to enhance living 
environments." The show was 
attended well, though never 
crowded, and was appreciatively 

During the last decade, many 
serious artists have turned to craft 
media for creative expression, and 
the craft movement has been 
widely recognized as an important 
direction in American art today. "It 
has been exciting and gratifying for 
us to be part of this trend, ' ' the Far- 
rells say. 

Farrell has served on the local 
zoning board of appeals for the past 
five years, and has recently taken a 
central role in a citizens action 
group working to re-outfit a series 
of large local damsites for hydro- 
electric generation — a project 
whose profits are to be dedicated to 
public service. 

Dick Farrell says of his unusual 
lifestyle, "at the time we decided to 
make this change in our lives, many 
people were baffled by what they 
saw as the sacrifice of a promising 
research career for uncertainty and 
struggle as a 'starving artist.' For 
me, the choice arose out of a feeling 
of personal incompleteness. 
Through my years of education and 
research, I had accepted an identity 
with my analytic mental function. 
The left-brain-hemisphere func- 
tions of definition and analysis tend 
to be developed in the world of tech- 
nology at the expense of the integra- 
tive, flowing, creative functions of 
the right brain. Looking back, I now 
recognize that the initial feeling of 
incompleteness was actually my 
right brain creative function 
demanding inclusion in my person. 
Working through this identity 
crisis, and all its attendant changes, 
has certainly been difficult, but it 
has also been fully worthwhile. ' ' 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1 980 / 33 


Patrick T. Moran 
100 Chester Rd. 

Robert Asplund, a GTE Products Corpora- 
tion research and development engineer, 
has been named a recipient of the Leslie H. 
Warner Technical Achievement Award for 
the conceptual design of the Flip-Phone 
telephone, the first GTE phone designed 
expressly for retail consumers. Asplund, 
who shared the award with a collaborator, 
helped design the internal electronic cir- 
cuits to fit the phone's compact size. He 
was awarded $5,000 by General Tele- 
phone and Electronics Corporation at 
world headquarters in Stamford, Conn. . . . 
David Bank holds the post of manager at 
Servall Mfg. Corp., Fall River, Mass. . . . 
Dr. Michael Boyd works as a senior pro- 
grammer at Sperry Univac, Roseville, Min- 

Wayne Eddy serves as a manufacturing 
information systems analyst at GE in Hook- 
sett, N.H. He and his family reside in Con- 
cord. . . . Robert Edwards is employed as a 
senior geophysicist at URS/John A. Blume& 
Assoc, San Francisco. He has an MA from 
Berkeley. . . . Robert Hawes, Jr., has been 
named director of business development 
for Liquid Paper Corporation, a Gillette Co., 
in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, he was 
product manager for commercial products 
for the Paper Mate Division of the Gillette 
Co. In his newly created post, he will 
coordinate marketing, sales, manufactur- 
ing, research and development, and en- 
gineering activities between Liquid Paper 
and Paper Mate. He will also look for new 
business opportunities. Hawes has an MBA 
from Boston College. Previously, he served 
Gillette as director of operating planning 
for Paper Mate and as administrative as- 
sistant to the president of the Safety Razor 

James Heinrich is employed as regional 
engineering manager at Elliott Co., 
Chicago, III. . . . Charles Hunnicutt has 
been promoted to head of the Rural and 
Suburban Switching Department at the Bell 
Telephone Laboratories Indian Hill facility 
in Naperville, III. His department is respon- 
sible for development of maintenance 
softwear, testing and field support of elec- 
tronic switching systems that are part of 
Bell's national telecommunications net- 
work. Earlier, Hunnicutt was involved in 
softwear development of a new electronic 
switching system now being developed at 
Indian Hill. He started to work for Bell Labs 
in 1968, and holds an MSEE from RPI. A 
member of Tau Beta Pi, he also belongs to 
Eta Kappa Nu and Sigma Xi. He is past 
president of the Tri-City Hockey Associa- 
tion and of the Wild Rose Elementary 
School Parent-Teacher Organization. The 
Hunnicutts have two sons, David and 

Last fall, Amar Kapur's company, Ameri- 
can Industrial & Medical Products, Inc. 
(AIM), moved from Worcester to Auburn 
because more space was needed for future 
expansion. The firm manufactures and dis- 
tributes specialty gases primarily for the 
food, hospital and computer industries. 
Recently, AIM opened a welding store 
offering a complete line of welding prod- 
ucts, and it continues to offer expertise in 
cryogenic engineering and design. . . . 
George Lemmon is a chief engineer for 

EBASCO Services, New York City Still 

with Bell Laboratories in Whippany, N.J., 
David Luber is now supervisor of the en- 
gineering planning group. He also teaches 
part-time in the Fairleigh Dickinson 
graduate business program. . . . Martin 
Soja holds the post of manager at Price 
Waterhouse & Co., New York City. 




Gary Dyckman 
Burlington, MA 

>-Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Stephen E. Ander- 
son their first child, a daughter, Nora Ellen, 
on March 21,1 980. Steve is the chief 
engineer at the Lee Company, Westbrook, 
Conn. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. 
Trefry, a son, Brian, who joins sister, Jen- 
nifer, 4. Currently, Trefry is a project en- 
gineer at Rust Engineering, Birmingham, 
Ala., where he is working on the solvent 
refined coal project. 

Gary Cassery is employed as an account- 
ingand inventory control managerat Texas 
Instruments in Attleboro, Mass. . . . Still 
with Torrington Company, Robert Coates 
presently serves as district sales engineer in 
Charlotte, N.C. He is associated with the 
Torrington Special Products Division. . . . 
Kendall Cowes works as a senior engineer 
in advanced development at Datatrol, Inc., 
Hudson, Mass. . . . Earthquake Engineering 
Systems, Inc., Boston, employs Gary 
Dyckman as a project manager. The 
Dyckmans have two children and live in 
Burlington. . . . Hank Flynn holds the post 
of manager of test engineering at Nixdorf 
Computer Corp., North Reading, Mass. 

Raymond Gallant works as a district 
service manager at Waters Associates, Inc. , 
Medford, Mass. . . . Robert Holt has joined 
Ocean Data Systems, Inc., Rockville, Md., 
as senior technical associate. . . . Philip 
Hopkinson holds the position of manager 
of engineering in the specialty transformer 
departmentatGEin FortWayne, Ind. He is 
a professional engineer in North Carolina. 
. . . David Jorczak has a new post as senior 
mechanical engineer at Kollmorgen Corp., 
Electro-Optical Division, Northampton, 
Mass. . . . Stephen Kaiser serves as presi- 
dent of Kaiser Sales Corporation, Los 
Angeles. . . . Robert Levine is manager of 
product planning and business develop- 
ment at GE in Warren, Mich. He and his 

wife, Mala, have two children. . . . Gerald 
Lucas is employed as staff manager at 
AT&T Co., Bedminster, N.J. . . . Presently, 
Paul Peterson works as managerof techni- 
cal support at Software AG in Lakewood, 
Colo.. . . John Petrie serves as senior appli- 
cations engineer at ITT North Microsys- 
tems, Deerfield Beach, Fla. 

Robert Rapp is assistant area superin- 
tendent at du Pont in Aiken, S.C. . . . 
Peter Sommer writes that he and his wife 
have just adopted two beautiful children. 
. . . Robert Sternschein is employed as a 
manufacturing superintendent at Colt 
Firearms, Hartford, Conn. He has an MSIE 
from Northeastern, is married, and has 
three children. 



John L. Kilguss 

5 Summershade Circle 

Piscataway. NJ 


Douglas W Klauber 
1 Alice Dr 
Nashua, NH 

>Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence R. 
Gooch their third child, Erin Margaret, last 
August. Presently, Gooch serves as en- 
gineering manager in the contract- 
engineering division of the Farrel Ma- 
chinery Group in Ansonia, Conn. He works 
with Jim Haury, '69; Fred Bartkiewicz, '63; 
and Bob Bennett, '64. 

Charles Blanchard has been named 
manager of the R&D department of CPC 
Engineering Corp. He also continues as 
manager of the environmental products 
division. In addition to nationwide respon- 
sibility for the environmental product line, 
he will be responsible for research and 
development. Since 1971, Blanchard has 
served CPC as project engineer, engineer- 
ing manager of the pneumatic ejector divi- 
sion and manager of the environmental 
products division. He belongs to the ASME 
and the New England Water Pollution Con- 
trol Association. The chairman of the Stur- 
bridge (Mass.) Water & Sewer Commis- 
sion, he is active as a scout cubmaster, too. 
. . . John Cahalen is employed as superin- 
tendent of process engineering at 
Schweitzer Division in Lee, Mass. 

Currently, Richard Court is the chairman 
of the Greater Danbury (Conn.) Section of 
the American Society for Quality Control. 
In June of 1 979 he passed the exam and is 
now an ASQC certified quality engineer. 
. . . Ronald Dill has been promoted to the 
position of manager of fiber materials de- 
velopment and evaluation at Goodyear 
Tire and Rubber in Akron, Ohio. He has 
been with Goodyear since graduation. . . . 
Dr. Francis Gay, who received his PhD from 
Northwestern last year, now serves as 
supervisor of softwear engineering at 
Siemens Corporation in Boca Raton, Fla. 
He, his wife, Susan, and two children reside 
in Coral Springs. . . . Stephen Lak received 
his PhD from UMass last year. He is a 
reliability engineer in the Ambac Division of 
U.T.C. . . . Jack Rahaim holds a post in 

corporate trainingat DEC, Maynard, Mass. 

Sudhir Shah was appointed director of 
engineering at Purcell Associates, Hartford, 
Conn. He is also a vice president of the firm 
and has been chief structural engineer. In 
his new role, he will be responsible for the 
technical quality of all engineering projects 
at Purcell. Shah, a registered professional 
engineer, attended the University of 
Gujaret, where he earned his BSCE. He 
holds an MSCE from WPI. He belongs to 
the ASCE, the National Society of Profes- 
sional Engineering, and the American Con- 
crete Institute. . . . Giri Taksali serves as a 
senior project engineer for the Kaiser 
Transit Group in Miami, Fla. . . . Fred Tur- 
cotte is with Wood Structures, Worcester, 


Charles A. Griffin 
2901 Municipal Pier Rd. 
Shreveport, LA 

William J. Rasku 
33 Mark Bradford Dr 
Holden, MA 

►fiorn. to Mr. and Mrs. John H. Holmes, a 
son, David, on August 18, 1979. . . .toMr. 
and Mrs. George Landauer a son, Brian 
Howard, on December 13, 1979. ... to 
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Racine their third 
child and second son, Bryan, on March 8, 
1 980. On April 1 , Racine was appointed 
unit supervisor for the engineering projects 
procurement unit of Aramco Services 
Company in Houston. He is responsible for 
contracting matters related to Aramco's 
engineering and construction activities in 
Saudi Arabia. In May, he graduated from 
South Texas College of Law. In July, he was 
slated to take the bar exam. ... to Mr. and 
Mrs. Kenneth R. Blaisdell, Jr., their first 
child, Michael Eric, on March 20, 1980. 

Arnold Antak was promoted to office 
administratorforthe Boston office of How- 
ard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff, En- 
gineers-Architects, in January. He is re- 
sponsible for personnel administration, 
budgeting, insurance, financial administra- 
tion and general office administration. . . . 
Donald Bergstrom serves as assistant proj- 
ect manager at Walsh Construction Co. in 
Longview, Washington. Presently, he is 
managing construction of a new paper 
machine complex for North Pacific Paper 
Corp. . . . Major John Caprio, U.S. Army, is 
stationed at Ft. Bragg. He and his wife, 
Susan, have three children. ... Dr. John 
Cryanski, who has a PhD from the Univer- 
sity of Wisconsin, is with the Theoretical 
and Physical Chemistry Institute of the 
National Hellenic Research Foundation in 
Athens, Greece. 

Ronald Cummings has joined the law 
firm of Delio and Montgomery, New Ha- 
ven, Conn. He holds an MS from North- 
eastern and a law degree from Suffolk. 
Currently, he is a candidate for a master of 
law degree in trade regulation at New York 
University School of Law. Formerly, he was 

associated with the law firm of Zarley, 
McKee, Thomte, Vourhees and Sease in 
Des Moines, Iowa. . . . Richard Dubsky is 
chairman of the departments of mathemat- 
ics and science at St. Albans School in 
Washington, D.C. Also, he serves as an 
instructor of mathematics at the University 
of Maryland. He is working on his PhD. . . . 
Robert Gosling has been named the 1980 
New Hampshire Young Engineer of the 
Year. He is a staff engineer in the civil 
engineering department at the Public Ser- 
vice Company of New Hampshire. A 
member of the New Hampshire Society of 
Professional Engineers, he is the Society's 
current secretary and co-editor of its publi- 
cation, The Observer. He is a director of the 
Bow Athletic Club and belongs to the Bow 
Rotary Club. He serves as chairman of the 
Bow Industrial Development Committee 
and as a member of the WPI Alumni Publi- 
cations Committee and a WPI Alumni Fund 

Richard Hampson is a staff engineer at 

IBM in Charlotte, N.C John Korzick 

owns Korzick & Company in Concord, 
Calif. . . . Eugene Murphy holds the posi- 
tion of sales applications manager at Van- 
zetti Infrared, Canton, Mass. He is as- 
sociated with EIT-Massachusetts Board of 
Registration of Professional Engineers. Last 
year he received his MSMSE from WPI. . . . 
William O'Neil is now a senior cost en- 
gineer for Gilbert-Commonwealth As- 
sociates, Inc., Oak Ridge, Tenn. . . . Re- 
cently, Ronald Porter was appointed to the 
finance department faculty at Boston Col- 
lege. He is a real estate investment-trustee 
for hundreds of apartments throughout 
Massachusetts. His article, "Calculating 
Holding Period Returns for Real Estate In- 
vestments," was published in Real Estate 
Review, the journal of the New York Uni- 
versity Real Estate Institute. 

Frank Posselt works for DICOA in 
Savannah, Ga. . . .Since graduation, James 
Powers has been with Metcalf & Eddy. Last 
year, he was in Egypt. He has worked on 
numerous watersupply projects in the U.S. 
and abroad. . . . Continuing with Perkin 
Elmer Corp., Arnold Schwartz is now a 
seniorengineerheadquartered in Norwalk, 
Conn. . . . Formerly with Reed and Prince, 
Jaffrey, N.H., Richard Seymour presently 
serves as production superintendent at 
New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc., Peter- 
borough, N.H. He has an extensive back- 
ground in all phases of design, production, 
and plant engineering. . . . Greg Sovas is 
now chief of the Bureau of Mineral Re- 
sources in New York state. 




lames P. Atkinson 

Michael W.Noga 

41 Naples Rd. 

West Bare Hill Rd 

Brookline, MA 

Harvard, MA 



>-Born: to Mr.and Mrs. Gerry A. Blodgett 

their first child, Sarah Katharine, in De- 
cember. Gerry recently received his LLM 
degree in patent and trade regulation law 
from the George Washington University 
Law School and is practicing patent law in 
Worcester. ... to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew 
DiLeo their firsi child, Maria Rose. Andy, 
for the last year, has enjoyed self employ- 
ment as a free-lance structural engineer. 

Still with Raytheon, Dennis Agin now 
works as software program manager for 
the firm in Sudbury, Mass. He and his wife 
have three children. . . . Anthony Baglini 
owns Turn of the Century Brass Co. in 
Providence, R.I. . . . Arthur Evans III serves 
as corporate market manager at Goulds 
Pumps, Inc., Seneca Falls, N.Y. . . . Andrew 
Heman works as process engineerat Union 
Carbide Corp., Jacksonville, Fla. . . . Curtis 
Kruger is a sales engineer at Dresser Indus- 
tries, Walnut Creek, Calif. . . . Anthony 
Leketa, assistant area engineer with the 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ft. Devens, 
Mass., is currently responsible for contract 
administration of over $40 million worth of 
construction contracts in the New 
England-Plattsburgh, NY., area. He is a 
registered professional engineer in Mas- 
sachusetts and belongs to the Society of 
Military Engineers. 

Ronald Lewis is with the Civil Engineer 
Corps, U.S. Navy, in Japan. As senior activ- 
ity civil engineer, he supervises five Civil 
Engineer Corps officers. He is concerned 
with facilities planning and programming 
maintenance, repair, construction plan- 
ning, and budgeting. Recently, he received 
his MS from the University of Florida and 
was elected to Tau Beta Pi. He enjoys 
running and racquetball. . . . Daniel Lipcan 
has designed and constructed a new home 
in Sandwich, Mass. He holds the post of 
plant manager at Boston Insulated Wire & 
Cable Co. in Plymouth. The Lipcans have 
two children, Daniel and Nancy. . . . Daniel 
Lorusso is a consultant for Lorusso As- 
sociates, Pittsfield, Mass. He is involved 
with digital electronic design and micro- 
processing. An instrument-rated pilot, he 
belongs to the Pittsfield Airport Commis- 
sion. . . . "Sandy" Malcolm, after ten years 
in New Jersey, has returned to Mas- 
sachusetts, where he is manager of quality 
assurance for Johnson and Johnson in 
Weymouth. He is a member of ACS and 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980 / 35 

Chris Masklee is an associate materials 
and research engineer for the state of 
California in Sacramento. He is also a real 
estate broker. . . . Robert Mayer holds the 
post of chief engineer, electronics, for Con- 
trol Products Division, Hackettstown, N.J. 
. . .Spare time activities for Tom McAuliffe 
include coaching Little League baseball and 
soccer, advising a church youth group, and 
engaging in marriage encounters. An area 
supervisor in production fordu Pont near 
Houston, he has 29 people reporting to 
him. He supervises operation of utility sup- 
ply facilities and sulfuric acid production 
facilities. The McAuliffes have two 

Edward Mierzejewski works as a trans- 
portation planning consultant for Chase, 
Rosen & Wallace, Inc., Alexandria, Va. He 
is active in church groups and in various 
professional societies. . . . Roger Miles 
holds the post of president of Doten Man- 
agement Corp., Plymouth, Mass. The firm 
manages nine weekly newspapers and a 
tourist publication, and also does commer- 
cial printing. Not long ago, Miles started a 
new publication in Maine. . . . Eric Nicker- 
son is presently employed as a production 
engineering manager at Teradyne Compo- 
nents, Nashua, N.H., where he is responsi- 
ble for all products shipped out of the plant. 
For two years, he helped develop a new 
connector product line at Texas Instru- 
ments. He has built a new house and is 
landlord for two houses in Connecticut. . . . 
Continuing with Stone & Webster, Michael 
Noga directs the development of equip- 
ment and plant arrangements for fossil 
fired and advanced technologies electric 
generating plants. He and his wife de- 
signed and subcontracted the construction 
of their house in Harvard, Mass. They have 
two children. 

Paul Norkevicius serves as a product 
development engineer at Ford Motor Co., 
Dearborn, Mich. He is responsible for a 
portion of the development and certifica- 
tion testing of passenger car tires. . . . 
Michael Nowak is a chemist at Decotone in 
Westminster, Mass. . . . Joel O'Rourke 
works as a district education specialist at 
Computer Sciences Corp., Rosslyn, Va. . . . 
John Paolillo holds the position of senior 
associate programmer at IBM in Endicott, 
N.Y. . . . Still with United Illuminating Co., 
R. Craig Pastore applies protective relaying 
on the transmission and distribution sys- 
tems for an electric utility. He is a golfer and 
bowler and is located in Guilford, Conn. . . . 
Mahendra Patel enjoys gardening and 
every summer grows some vegetables 
from his native India. He likes photogra- 
phy, too. With Boston Edison since 1969, 
he is involved with power plant design and 
construction. A registered professional en- 
gineer, Massachusetts, he also is an active 
member of the ASME, and served on the 
Boston section executive committee as 
chairman. Presently, he is committee 
chairman for honors and awards, ASME, 
Region I. . . . Running, car rallies, and pho- 

36 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

tography are just a few of Al Pauly's hob- 
bies. He is a senior research engineer at 
Michelin America's Research & Develop- 
ment Corp., Greenville, S.C. The Paulys are 
the parents of Benjamin and Justin. 

Andy Perreault, a nuclear engineer at 
Knolls Atomic Power Lab., has been active 
with the American Nuclear Society at- 
tempting to educate the public on the 
benefits of nuclear power. At Knolls he 
helps to ensure that the nuclear reactors 
the lab designs, and sometimes operates, 
for the Naval Reactors branch of the DOE, 
are functioning properly. He is a profes- 
sional engineer. His wife is pursuing an 
MBA at RPI. . . . Stephen Phillips continues 
as the owner of Phillips Associates, Boston, 
which is concerned with graphic and indus- 
trial design and communications, as well as 
product design and development. Re- 
cently, he's been developing toys and 
games and plans to form a product devel- 
opment company. He belongs to the Art 
Directors Club of Boston. . . . David Piet- 
raszewski is still with the U.S. Coast Guard 
Research & Development Center in Gro- 
ton, Conn., where he works on instrumen- 
tation and data communications system 
design and development. He was named 
the recipient of an award for outstanding 
contributions to the Center. Presently, he is 
designing a heat efficient house for his 
family. . . . Donald Rapp continues at du 
Pont and is now located in Lexington, Ky., 
where he is a sales and technical repre- 
sentative in explosives. He and his wife, 
Elaine, have two children, Bryan and Derek. 

Bidyut Rath is an associate at BD/ 
International in Houston. . . . Robert Reidy, 
a senior application engineer at 
Megatherm, East Providence, R.I., works 
closely with consulting engineers and ar- 
chitects on commercial and industrial proj- 
ects involving building load management 
in conjunction with thermal storage de- 
signs. "Play a lot of golf, but can't shoot my 
age yet!" Reidy belongs to the Providence 
Engineering Society and the ASME. . . . 
James Richey is employed as manager of 
power supply design engineering at Data 
General, Westboro, Mass. He has an an- 
tique clock business, "The Olde Tyme 
Shoppe," where he buys, sells, and repairs 
antique clocks. The Richeys have a baby 
son, James Jacob. . . . Ronald Roberts, still 
with Western Electric, Inc., presently serves 
as senior test development engineer in 
North Andover, Mass. As engineering 
group leader he is responsible for develop- 
ment of manufacturing tests on data and 
switching communication systems. He has 
an MS from Northeastern and is an instruc- 
tor at Northern Essex Community College. 
Also, he is involved with Resource Parents 
for Boston Children's Hospital Devel- 
opmental Evaluation Clinic. 

Charles Robinson, Jr., is manager of 
operational planning for customer services 
at Foxboro (Mass.) Company. A member 
of the Foxboro Soccer Association, he also 
coaches and referees local soccer teams. He 
enjoys cross country skiing, tennis, and 
bikes to work every day. ... A senior 
engineer at Raytheon-Missile Systems Di- 
vision in Bedford, Mass., Rene Roy is re- 
sponsible for missile borne computer pro- 
gramming on the Patriot missile system, as 
well as the automatic test software. The 
Roys have three sons. . . . Robert Scott, 
director of planning for the City of Virginia 
Beach, Va., coordinates the physical devel- 
opment of the city, "The fastest growing 
city on the East Coast." . . . Steve Selinger 
is senior design engineer, chassis, at Volks- 
wagen of America in Warren, Mich. He has 
design and release responsibility for sus- 
pensions and exhaust systems on U.S. built 
Rabbits. For seven years he has been in- 
volved with racing sports cars. He likes 
photography and amateur radio. . . . Con- 
tinuing with Polaroid, Joseph Senecal does 
chemical process R&D as required to trans- 
form laboratory procedures to viable full 
scale systems. He lives in Worcester and 
commutes to Polaroid in Cambridge by 
train. While commuting, he enjoys reading 
serious fiction. He has started a small wine 
tasting group. 

Vinubhai Shah works as senior mechan- 
ical engineer at Commonwealth As- 
sociates, Jackson, Mich., where he is con- 
cerned with nuclear and non-nuclear pip- 
ing system analysis. . . . While not on duty 
as a staff engineer at IBM in Endicott, N.Y., 
Barry Shiffrin may be found developing 
pictures in his recently finished dark room. 
He takes pictures and makes color prints 
from the slides. Currently, he is turning the 
basement into a family room area, as well 
as pursuing his interest in magic. . . . Tom 
Starr (Gwazdauskas) holds the post of 
technology manager of nuclear processes 
at Helix Process Systems in Westboro, 
Mass. He manages the process design ef- 
fort for pollution control systems for nu- 
clear power plants. In the community, he is 
assistant soccer coach for Southboro Youth 
Soccer and president of the neighborhood 
civic association. Also, he is a local section 
officer of AICHE. . . Robert Stessel is living 
on board a 1910 classic boat that he is 
rebuilding in Beverly, Mass. Originally, the 
boat was a Harbor Ferry from Marblehead. 
In 1978, Stessel survived the blizzard 
aboard the "Kelpie" in Beverly Harbor. A 
technical consultant to the Northeast Surf 
Patrol, he occasionally engages in search 
and rescue with the group. He belongs to 
the National Marine Electronics Associa- 
tion. He is the proprietor of Advanced 
Marine Electronics in Beverly. 

Still with Bechtel, Martin Surabian pres- 
ently supervises mechanical engineers in 
the design of mechanical systems for 
nuclear-coal power plants. He is located in 
Gaithersburg, Md., and serves as a church 
trustee and as a baseball and football 


coach. . . . John Taylor belongs to the 
Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper 
Industry, which he serves as a member of 
the coating process committee. He is a 
member of the Research Committee at the 
University of Maine. His hobbies include 
jogging, photography, and building HO 
scale train layouts. He continues as a group 
leader in coating process development at 

St. Regis Paper Co., West Nyack, N.Y 

John Thompson, Jr., holds the post of vice 
president of finance and chief financial 
officer at SW Ind/Stowe Woodward Co. in 
Newton, Mass. The Thompsons have three 
children and reside in Wellesley. . . . 
Charles Trent serves as technical services 
manager at Crompton & Knowles Corp., 
Reading, PA. One of his duties is to estab- 
lish procedures and specifications for prod- 
ucts. He introduced computer color control 
for textile dyes. Trent has an MBA from 
Lehigh and belongs to the American Asso- 
ciation of Textile Chemists and Colorists 
and the American Chemical Society. . . . 
Kimball Watson has been designing and 
building hydrofoil sailboats. A staff en- 
gineer at IBM in Essex Junction, Vt, he is 
concerned with reliability analysis of inte- 
grated circuits. . . . Phillip Wilsey, Jr., en- 
joys a wide variety of outdoor activities: 
hiking, canoeing, kayaking, cross country 
skiing, and snowshoeing. Since 1971, he 
has been with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, 
East Hartford, Conn., where currently he is 
a product support engineer. His present 
responsibilities include monitoring field 
problems in a high pressure compressor 
and using the data to provide customer 
input to new engine design or proposed 
modifications. The Wilseys have three chil- 
dren and reside in Newington, Conn. . . . 
Steven Zieve plays golf and is a life master 
in bridge. He is a programmer-analyst for 
the Hartford (Conn.) Insurance Group, for 
which he provides support for operations 
research and property casualty actuarial 



F. David Ploss III 

208 St Nicholas Ave 

Worcester, MA 


Garrett 0. Graham 
Needham, MA 

^Married: Dr. Lee C. Malbon and Ann M. 

Murphy in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 
11,1 980. The bride graduated from Salem 
State College and received a master's de- 
gree in English from Boston College. She is 
an English teacher at Maiden Senior High 
School. The groom received a double mas- 
ter's degree in physics and education and a 
doctorate in education from Boston Col- 
lege. He serves as vice principal of Bur- 
rillville (Rl) Regional High School and also 
teaches computer science at Bentley Col- 
lege, Waltham, Mass. 

Richard Abrams holds the post of direc- 
tor of nuclear product development at 
Helix Systems in Westboro, Mass. . . . Ber- 
nard Belouin teaches at Mt. Greylock Re- 
gional High School, Williamstown, Mass. 
... Dr. Mark Brown, who has a PhD from 
the University of Minnesota, is a senior 
research engineer at American Can Co., 
Neenah, Wisconsin. . . . John Cattel is now 
project manager at Riley Stoker Corp. , 
Worcester.. . . Donald Colangelo works as 
a consultant for Stone & Webster Man- 
agement Consultants in New York City. . . . 
Dom Forcella currently serves as executive 
director of the Council on Environmental 
Quality at the state office building in 
Hartford, Conn. . . . Frank Gardner is em- 
ployed as a senior plant engineer at Nuclear 
Energy Services in Danbury, Conn. . . . 
Robert Greenwald III is a design engineer at 
Auditronics, Inc., Memphis, Tenn. 

Stephen Johnson has been promoted to 
group supervisor of the Chemical Engineer- 
ing Section at the Babcock & Wilcox Co. 
Alliance (OH) Research Center. His group 
(combustion technology) is researching the 
clean combustion of coal in utility and 
industrial steam generators. He joined the 
firm in 1 976 as a research engineer and has 
been a senior research engineer since 1978. 
Earlier, he had been with Riley Stoker 
Corp., Worcester. 

The Boston section of the American So- 
ciety for Quality Control (ASQC) has 
elected Kent Lawson of Norwood, Mass., 
its publicity chairman for 1980. He will 
serve as a member of the executive com- 
mittee and will be responsible for the 
monthly publicity in the national Quality 
Progress Magazine, the Engineering 
Societies of New England Journal, News- 
letter, the meeting notices, and the media 
exposure campaign. He is a senior quality 
engineer for the new products develop- 
ment group of the Polaroid Corp., Cam- 
bridge. Also, he is vice president of the 
board of directors of the Nassau Gardens 
Cooperative Housing Association, Inc., of 
Norwood, a senior member of ASQC, a 
member of the ASME and an officer of the 
Polaroid bowling league. He has an MS 
from Northeastern. The ASQC has over 
32,000 members nationwide. It is a society 
of professionals engaged in the manage- 
ment, engineering, and scientific aspects of 
quality and reliability. The Boston section, 
founded in 1945, is the second largest with 
nearly 900 members. 

Paul Lee continues as principal engineer 
at Lockheed Electronics Co. in Plainfield, 
N.J., where he and his wife, Lily, reside. . . . 
Bradford Myrick works as a project en- 
gineer at Ingersoll-Rand Co., Allentown, 
Pa. . . . Girish Patel is employed as a struc- 
tural engineer at Bechtel Power Corp., 

Gaithersburg, Md. . . . John Sztuka, Jr., 
holds the post of product supervisor at 
Hercules, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware. He 
has an MBA from Western Michigan Uni- 
versity. . . Philip Warren was recently 
promoted to production manager-finishing 
for the Graphic Products Division of 
Nashua Corporation in Merrimack, N.H. 
. . . Louis Zitnay is an environmental en- 
gineer at IBM Corp., Rochester, Minn. 



Vincent T Pace 
4707 Apple Lane 

^■Married: Thomas A. Pandolfi and Pat 
Hendrix on March 29, 1 980. The groom is a 
senior software engineer. . . . Frank W. 
Steinerand Elizabeth C. Poulin, 73, in 
Montego Bay, Jamaica on April 9, 1980. 
Beth is a project engineer for Foster-Miller 
Associates in Waltham, Mass. 

*Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Carlton E. Cruff 
theirfirst child, a daughter, Melanie Au- 
gusta, on February 17, 1980. ... to Nancy 
and Ben Katcoff a daughter, Rebecca 
Suzanne, on March 1 6, 1 980. The Katcoffs 
also have a son, Gregory, 2. ... to Mr. and 
Mrs. Robert Trachimowicz a son, Matthew 
Neil, on July 9, 1979. Matthew joins 
brother Timothy, 3. Trachimowicz was re- 
cently promoted to resident engineer for 
EBASCO Services, Inc. . . . toJacquelynand 
UrmasVolkeason, Erik, on April 11, 1980. 

Don Baron serves as industrial sales 
manager at Logetronics, Inc., Springfield, 
Va. He and his wife live in Alexandria. . . . 
Russ Batson of Wells, Me., builds custom 
designed, solar-heated homes through 
Green Mountain Homes of Royalton, Vt., 
James Kachadorian, '61, president. . . . 
Avanish Bhagat holds the position of man- 
aging director at Corrosion Control Ser- 
vices, Ltd., Bombay, India. He and his wife, 
Minal, have one child. . . . Richard duFosse 
is currently employed as a telecommunica- 
tions analyst at Data General Corp., 
Westboro, Mass. The duFosses and their 
two children live in Northboro. . . . Robert 
Gazda is vice president at K&W Machine & 
Tool in Springfield, Mass. . . . Alan Gradet 
works as a senior environmental engineer 
at ERT in Houston, Texas. 

Paul Grady teaches in Waltham, Mass. 
. . . John Griffin holds the post of district 
manager of real estate operations at New 
England Telephone, Boston. . . . Continu- 
ing with Riley Stoker Corp., William Hel- 
liwell, Jr., is now district service manager in 
Northglenn, Colo. He and his wife live in 
Westminster. He has an MBA from the 
University of Denver. . . . Louis Howayeck 
serves as system effectiveness manager at 
Stencel Aero Engineering Corp. in Arden, 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980/37 

Bruce Leffingwell is a market manager at 
Olin Corp., Stamford, Conn. . . . John Lind 
works as a field engineer at General Tele- 
phone Co., Sumter, S.C. ... A senior sales 
engineer at Westinghouse, El Monte, 
Calif., Richard Pace is also studying for his 
MBA from the University of Redlands. The 
Paces and their three children reside in 
Diamond Bar. . . . Gerald Parrott has been 
promoted to the post of chief engineer at 
Rock of Ages Corp. , Barre, Vt. He is respon- 
sible for all phases of engineering within 
the Barre company and all of its sub- 
sidiaries. He joined the Graniteville firm in 
1 976 as a staff engineer and has performed 
in all functions of the engineering depart- 
ment since that time. He has taken numer- 
ous engineering and management courses 
and he is a member of the Mechanical 
Engineering Honor Society. Previously, he 
was with Westinghouse. 

Abbas Salim is a start engineer tor Mar- 
tin Marietta in Denver, Colo. Presently, he 
is responsible for power distribution and 
control for a 350 KW solar power plant for 
Saudi Arabia. He, his wifeZubeda, and two 
children live in Littleton. . . . Francis Scricco 
holds the post of manager of strategy 
development in the consumer products 
and services sector at GE in Fairfield, Conn. 
. . . Daniel Smith works for Morgan Con- 
struction in Worcester. . . . David Winer is 
employed as a senior engineer at Orion 
Research, Inc., Cambridge, Mass. 



John A Woodward 

101 Putnam St. 

Orange, MA 



Lesley E Small Zorabedlan 

16 Parkview Rd 

Reading, MA 


^■Married: Theodore A. Martin and Cindy 
Jarvenpaa on April 12, 1980, in Westmin- 
ster, Massachusetts. The bride graduated 
from Mount Wachusett Community Col- 
lege and was employed at Central Veteri- 
nary Supply of Westminster. Her husband 
is with MacDermid, Inc., of Connecticut. 

>Bom: to Mr. and Mrs. William Kamb a 
daughter, recently. Kamb is a class agent. 
... to Mr. and Mrs. T. Richard Price a son, 
Jamie, on March 3, 1980. Sister Sheila is 

Gary Dunkleberger is an IBM systems 
programming manager at Aerospace Cor- 
poration in El Segundo, Calif. ... In June, 
Jim Hall was appointed director of market- 
ing, Construction Products Division, at 
Norton Company in Gainesville, Ga. Previ- 
ously, he was with the Safety Products 
Division in Cranston, R.I. . . . Paul Lavigne 
was named plant superintendent for the 
Roller Chain Division of Rexnord, Inc., 
Worcester, which he joined last year as 
manager of industrial engineering. He be- 
longs to the American Production and In- 
ventory Control Society and the Society of 
Manufacturing Engineers. 

38 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

Richard Logan, CPA, is president of 
Positron Computer Corp., Ashland, Mass. 
He is concerned with EDP consulting, busi- 
ness management consulting, and business 
software. . . . Richard Podolny has been 
certified as a Rolfer by the Rolf Institute of 
Boulder, Colo. . . . Michael Rapport has 
been promoted to actuarial associate in the 
Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company's 
pension department. He is responsible for 
assisting with actuarial certifications of de- 
fined benefit pension plans, reviewing pen- 
sion valuation reports, and developing ac- 
tuarial procedures. With the company since 
1 978, Rapport is an associate of the Society 
of Actuaries, a member of the American 
Academy of Actuaries, and the Philadel- 
phia Actuaries Club. 

James Tarpey was promoted to manager 
of transportation for Orange-Rockland 
Utilities of Pearl River, N.Y. He is in charge 
of the company's transportation policies 
and oversees the selection and mainte- 
nance of passenger vehicles, trucks, and 
other construction equipment. In 1972, he 
started work as an assistant electrical en- 
gineer at the firm. In 1 975, he was named 
general supervisor of line technical services, 
and in 1979, he was promoted to eastern 
division assistant superintendent of over- 
head lines. He is a registered professional 
engineer in New York, and has a degree 
from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 

Thomas Tracy has been elected to a 
three-year term on the Uxbridge (Mass.) 
School Committee. Recently, he was pro- 
moted to marketing engineer in the pro- 
posal group at Stone & Webster, Boston. A 
life-long resident of Uxbridge, Tracy be- 
longs to the Uxbridge Historical Society, as 
does his wife. He is an assistant scoutmas- 
ter, a member of Phi Kappa Theta, and 
serves as the editor of the national alumni 
newspaper, the Temple. Tracy, who has a 
master's degree from Northeastern, be- 
lieves that inflation is the most serious 
problem facing schools in the 1980's. He 
has two children, Joanne, 6, and Michael, 
3. . . . Richard Wallace is employed as a 
senior civil engineer at Daniel Construction 
Company, Greenville, S.C. He, his wife, 
Diana, and child live in Greer. 




Jay J. Schnltzer 

Robert E Akie 

322 St, Paul St. 

33-8 Sheridan Dr 

Apt. #3 

Shrewsbury, MA 

Brookline, MA 



^■Married: Gene L. Franke and Arlene L. 
Bremer on September 22, 1 979. The bride 
attended Essex Community College and is 
a credit investigator for First National Bank 
of Maryland. The groom is a metallurgist 
and project engineer at the David W.Taylor 
Naval Ship R&D Center in Annapolis. The 
couple resides in Severna Park. . . . Robert 
J. Nacheman and Jessica R. Eth in Teaneck, 
New Jersey, on May 25, 1980. Mrs. 
Nacheman graduated from the University 
of Pennsylvania and holds a master's de- 
gree from Columbia. She specializes in 
product safety and public health at Mobil. 
Her husband is a project engineer with Lev 
Zetlin Associates, Inc., of New York. He is 
studying for his master's degree in struc- 
tural engineering at City College of the City 

>Born: to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy A. 
French their first son, Timothy John, on 
April 3, 1980. Tim graduated from New 
England School of Law with a Juris Doctor 
degree in June. He will join the Boston 
patent law firm of Fish & Richardson as an 
associate. ... to Mr. and Mrs. William E. 
Henries a second daughter, Elizabeth Ann, 
on March 21, 1980. Henries has a new job 
as senior structural engineer with Yankee 
Atomic Electric Co., Westboro, Mass. 

Robert Akie works as a sales engineer at 
Pat Jenks Assoc, Wakefield, Mass. . . . 
Dennis Beliveau is involved with produc- 
tion scheduling and analysis in GE's Gas 
Turbine Division, Schenectady, N.Y. . . . 
Jeffrey Blaisdell holds the position of proj- 
ect manager at George B. H. Macomber 
Company (builders), Boston, Mass. The 
firm is concerned with large construction in 
the New England area. . . . With Control 
Module, Inc., for over four years, Chris 
Broders was recently promoted to chief 
engineer. He is located in Enfield, Conn. . . . 
Richard Brontoli writes: "Enjoying many 
large construction projects throughout 
Germany." He is still stationed at 
Baumholder where he is a commander for B 
Company. . . . Paul Brown, Jr., is general 
foreman of mechanical maintenance at 
RSRCorp., Dallas, Texas. . . . Michael De- 
Collibus currently holds the post of sales 
manager at Dynamac, Inc., Marlboro, 
Mass. He, his wife, Cheryl, and two chil- 
dren reside in Nashua, N.H. 


Richard Filippetti, along with several 
other family members, won a total of 
$24,505 on the television game show 
"Family Feud," which was aired in May. He 
participated in the California-based show 
with his sister, Frances Morast, and her 
husband, and another sister, Nancy Schar- 
land, and herhusband. Thefamily was one 
of 150,000 families who responded to a 
recruitment drive by the show's producers 
a year ago. Only 21 families from New 
England were selected to compete. Filip- 
petti says his family taped seven shows: 
two on one day and five on another. "We 
were tired. We had only ten minutes to 
relax and change clothes between tap- 
ings." The group discovered it was consid- 
erably easier answering questions in front 
of the TV set at home instead of in front of 
the camera. "I developed cramps from 
nerves," Filippetti confides. 

All expenses for the family, including 
plane fare to Hollywood, meals, and hotel 
accommodations were paid for by the 
show's producers. Dick, a manufacturing 
manager at Goddard Valve Corp., Worces- 
ter, says, "I expect to be hearing from the 
IRS shortly." 

Filippetti has two other news items: his 
second child, Gregory Michael, was born 
on March 2nd; and he was recently pro- 
moted to varsity status in the Collegiate 
Basketball Officials Association. 

Presently, Michael Green baum is a pat- 
ent attorney with Wigman & Cohen in 
Arlington, Va. . . . George Harris is now a 
senior support engineer with Gould- 
Modicon, a post he has held since April. . . . 
Ed Jamro has been elected chairman of the 
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce South 
Jersey Environmental Committee. Ed was 
the main force behind the organization of 
the committee which consists of environ- 
mental representatives from all major oil 
and chemical companies located in the 
southern New Jersey area. . . . Subhash 
Johar serves as a senior engineer at Bechtel 
Corp., San Francisco, Calif. . . . Charles 
Kavanagh works as a project coordinator at 
Value Line Construction Corp., Hun- 
tington, N.Y. . . . Kenneth Makowski is 
employed as a training engineer at the 
Power Authority, State of New York, New 
York City. He resides in Stamford, Conn. 

During his recent travels as national pres- 
ident of the ASME, Prof. Donald Zwiep met 
with Firdosh Mehta in Edmonton, Canada. 
. . . Bruce and Allison Huse Nunn are 
currently located in the state of 
Washington, where Bruce serves as assist- 
ant superintendent for the Boise Cascade 
pulp mill in West Tacoma. The Nunns and 
their two children moved to Gig Harbor 
right after Christmas. They write: "We're 
enjoying the Northwest scenery. We sur- 
vived having our moving van overturn en 
route to Washington and a month's motel 
stay with two preschoolers." Allison keeps 
busy with the children and their animals. 
She and Bruce would welcome a visit or 
note from alumni passing through the area. 

. . . Maryann Bagdis Pace holds the post of 
senior consultant at Peat, Marwick and 
Mitchell in Dallas, Texas. She works in the 
energy regulatory group for the oil and gas 
industry, and has done some independent 
consulting. . . . 

James Risotti was recently awarded his 
MBA under the executive MBA program 
conducted by the Suffolk University 
Graduate School of Administration. He be- 
longs to Delta Mu Delta National Honor 
Society and is employed at GE in Lynn, 
Mass. The executive program is offered 
exclusively on Saturdays for those in middle 
or upper level management positions. . . . 
Peter Runyon works as a technical training 
instructor for GE in Schenectady. He is 
associated with the GE Field Engineering 
Development Center. ... AM Shafigh 
serves as an assistant professor at the Col- 
lege of Computer in Tehran, Iran. . . . Ken 
Therrien holds the position of service en- 
gineer at Hamilton Standard, Windsor 
Locks, Conn. . . . Presently, Tom and Kathy 
Zawislak Dagostino are employed by Tek- 
tronix in Beaverton, Oregon. Tom is a 
market segment manager doing market 
research and Kathy is a software engineer 
designing the operating system for a real- 
time debugging option for a microproces- 
sor development aid. They are both class 


David G Lapre 
P.O. Box 384 
Tunkhannock, PA 

James F. Rubino 
18 Landings Way 
Avon Lake, OH 

^Married: Mark E. Ostergren and Charla J. 
Cottone of Marion, Illinois on May 19, 
1 979. Mrs. Ostergren serves as supervisor 
of Southern Illinois Christian Academy. Her 
husband is with Babcock & Wilcox. . . . 
Michael W. Pontbriand and Cynthia D. 
Stafford in Billings, Montana. The bride 
graduated from Woodlawn High School in 
Baton Rouge, La. She is employed at Busch 
Gardens in Tampa, Fla. The groom works 
for Badger Company in Tampa. . . . Jay K. 
Thayer and Pauline Blois in Westboro, 
Massachusetts, on February 2, 1980. Mrs. 
Thayer graduated from Salter Secretarial 
School and is an executive secretary at 
Management Decision Systems, Waltham. 
Her husband is a senior mechanical en- 
gineer at Boston Edison Co., Nuclear Divi- 
sion, Boston. 

>-Born: to Dr. and Mrs. Duane R. Arse- 
nault a son, Kevin Duane, on October 10, 
1979. Kevin joins his sister, Crystal Lynn, 2. 
In December, Arsenault received his doctor 
of electrical engineering degree from RPI. 
Currently, he is a full staff member at MIT 
Lincoln Laboratory, where he is doing re- 
search on a surface-acoustic-wave chirp 

transform processor — work that is similar 
to that found in his doctoral thesis. One of 
the other full staff members at the Lab is Dr. 
Victor Dolat, '64. ... to Mr. and Mrs. 
Michael S. Martowska their first child, 
Michelle Margaret, on March 16, 1980. 
Martowska has been promoted from 
supervisor of incoming quality assurance to 
supervisor of package research at Clairol, 
Inc., in Stamford, Conn. 

Dennis Anctil holds the post of design 
engineerat O'Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc., 
Syracuse, N.Y. . . . Ann Anderson works as 
an analyst in the software department at 
Computervision in Bedford, Mass. . . . Paul 
Boulier serves as a project leader in the 
research and development group, Borden, 
Inc. — Thermoplastics Division, Leomin- 
ster, Mass. . . . Chuan- Ju Chen is employed 
as a senior engineer at Monsanto Plastics & 
Resins Co., Indian Orchard, Mass. . . . 
Wayne Chepren was commissioned a sec- 
ond lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force upon 
graduation from OTS at Lackland AFB, San 
Antonio, Texas. He is now at Norton AFB in 
California. . . . David Clew is a weatheriza- 
tion specialist at Pacific Gas & Electric in San 
Jose, Calif. He and Mickie have two chil- 
dren. . . Todd Cormier serves as a project 
engineer at Halliwell Associates, Provi- 
dence, R.I. The company is presently con- 
tracted to 14 firms to redevelop their hy- 
droelectric facilities. 

Steve Dacri, who appeared at WPI this 
spring, entertained at the Speidel national 
sales meeting in Newport Beach, Calif., in 
May. Summer engagements are slated 
aboard the MS Princendam and New York 
to Bermuda cruises aboard the Rotterdam 
and Volendam. . . . Capt. Robert Flanagan, 
Jr., serves as company commander for 
Company C, 2d Battalion, 4th Infantry, in 
the U.S. Army, Germany. He has an MS in 
physics from MIT. 

Gary Golnik is a member of the technical 
staff for TRW Defense & Space Systems 
Group, Redondo Beach, Calif. . . . Edward 
Gordon holds the position of senior devel- 
opment programmer at Decision Data 
Computer Corporation, Horsham, Pa. . . . 
Gordon Gover works as a senior develop- 
ment chemist at Clairol in Stamford, Conn. 
. . . Michael Graham has been named cor- 
porate director of compensation and bene- 
fits at Bausch & Lomb, Inc. Formerly, he 
was with Albany International Corp. He 
holds a degree from RPI. . . . Continuing 
with Bell Laboratories, Howard Greene is 
now located in Murray Hill, N.J. He has 
received his MSEE from the Columbia 
School of Engineering. . . . Gary Hills, who 
has an MSCE from Berkeley, is a cost 
engineer for Stone & Webster, Wading 
River, N.Y. . . . Lawrence Hunter is with 
Westinghouse Electric in Baltimore, Md. 
... In March, Vijay Kirloskar and his wife, 
Meena, visited WPI from India. . . . 
Michael Kosmo is employed as a project 
engineerat Schofield Brothers, Framing- 
ham, Mass. 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980 / 39 

Paul Nordstrom is a principal sanitary 
engineer for the Rhode Island Department 
of Environmental Management in Provi- 
dence Stanley Piekos holds the posi- 
tion of project engineer at Riley Stoker in 
Worcester. Last year, he received his MSCE 
from Stevens Institute of Technology in 
Hoboken, N.J. . . . Stephen Powlishen now 
works for Hewlett-Packard Co. . . . Bechtel 
Power Corp. employs Michael Rollett as a 
field engineer in San Clemente, Calif. . . . 
John Stopa, who has his JD from BU School 
of Law, serves as an assistant legal counsel 
at Orion Research Incorporated, Cam- 
bridge, Mass. He is a chess master. . . . 
Stephen Williams is working as an inven- 
tory and production control specialist for 
GE in Ft. Wayne, Ind. He has completed a 
three-year assignment as a quality control 


Secretary: Representative: 

James D. Aceto, Jr. William F. George 

70SunnyviewDr. 27 Old Farm Rd 

Vernon, CT Spencer, MA 

06066 01562 

^Married: Bruce E. Keith and Laura E. 
Gardosik, '77, on April 12,1 980, in West 
Warwick, Rhode Island. Mrs. Keith is a 
design engineer at Polaroid Corp., Cam- 
bridge, Mass. Her husband is with 
Teradyne Corp., Boston. . . . Capt. Michael 
L. Parker and Brenda S. Harkins on De- 
cember 29, 1979 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. 
Currently, they are residing in Killeen, 
Texas. Mike is stationed at Ft. Hood as a 
cavalry squadron maintenance officer. . . . 
David T. Shopis and Patricia A. O'Sullivan 
on March 15, 1980 in Windsor, Connect- 
icut. Mrs. Shopis, a graduate of Hartford 
Hospital School of Allied Health, is a nurse 
at Hartford Hospital. Her husband is with 
F.I. P. Corporation in Farmington, Conn., 
where he is construction manager. 

+Bom: to Mr. and Mrs. David H. Kings- 
bury their third child, first son, David 
Joseph, on March 11,1 980. ... to Capt. 
and Mrs. Douglas Sargent a daughter, 
Amber Marie, on September 8, 1 979. Sar- 
gent, who was promoted in December, is 
still serving in Portland, Me., with the U.S. 

Dr. Andrew Armstrong has received his 
Doctor of Optometry degree from the New 
England College of Optometry. He has a BS 
and MS in mechanical engineering from 
WPI. While at optometry college, he had 
extensive clinical experience at the Boston 
Eye Clinic and at Dorchester House Multi- 
Service Center. He had a three-month resi- 
dency at Rutland (Mass.) State Hospital. At 
a pre-graduation awards dinner, he re- 
ceived the Bausch and Lomb contact lens 
award, which is given to the graduate 
displaying the highest proficiency in the 
field of contact lenses. 

Clifford Ashton has been promoted to 
engineer at Northeast Utilities (NU). Last 
year, he joined NU as associate engineer in 
the generation engineering department. 
He belongs to the ASME, Pi Tau Sigma, and 
Sigma Beta Pi. . . . John Balint serves as a 
sales engineer for GE in Oakland, Calif. . . . 
John Batt, a staff engineer in the Customer 
Service Group of Union Carbide, has been 
transferred to the Linde Division at the 
Distribution Technical Center in 
Springfield, N.J. . . . Michael Blaszczak, 
an engineering recruiter for General 
DataComm Ind., Inc., is headquartered in 
Danbury, Conn. . . . Erik Brodin is a project 
engineer at GM in Framingham, Mass. He 
holds a master's degree from the University 
of Rhode Island and an MBA from Western 
New England College. . . .Still with the Lee 
Co., Raymond Cibulskis is now product 
manager for the firm in Westbrook, Conn. 
• . . . Robert Cummings is employed as a 
system planning engineer at Central Ver- 
mont Public Service Corp., Rutland, Vt. . . . 
Mark Deming serves as a senior planner for 
the County of Santa Cruz, Calif. 

Judy Nitsch Donnellan has been named 
a registered professional engineer in Mas- 
sachusetts. She continues as vice president 
and director of Schof ield Brothers, Inc. , and 
as manager of the Attleboro branch office, 
Freeman Engineering Company. . . . 
Robert Fair holds the post of project en- 
gineer at Connecticut General in Hartford, 
Conn. . . . Robert Hart is employed as an 
operations researcher for the U.S. Army 
Communications Research and Develop- 
ment Command in Ft. Monmouth, N.J. . . . 
Daniel Lapen works as a research chemist 
at Coulter Biomedical, Concord, Mass. He 
has an MS from UMass. . . . Ronnie Mater- 
niak has obtained registration as a profes- 
sional engineer in Delaware. He is being 
transferred to du Pont's Construction Divi- 
sion at the Richmond (Va.) plant on a 
two-year rotational assignment. He is 
working on his MBA "between job trans- 
fers." . . . Continuing with the Veterans 
Administration, James McKenzie is pres- 
ently with the Office of Construction as a 
resident engineer in Washington, D.C. . . . 
Paul Menard has received his PhD in 
chemistry from Ohio State University in 

Laurence Michaels is now a senior sys- 
tems programmer-analyst at Applied Data 
Research, Inc., Princeton, N.J. Previously, 
he was with Whitlow Computer Systems in 
Englewood Cliffs. . . . Ralph Miller works 
as a nuclear equipment operator at South- 
ern California Edison in Santa Ana. . . . M. 
Graham Noll is with Analogic Corp., Dan- 
vers, Mass. . . . Toby Reitzen serves as a gas 
process engineer for Mobil Oil in Chick- 
asha, Okla. . . . Michael Schultz is a 
graduate research assistant at MIT. 



Paula E Stratouly 

1804 Windsor Ridge Dr. t 

Westboro, MA 




Richard P. Predella, Jr 
40 Hawthorn Rd. 
Braintree, MA 

^■Married: Karl S. Johanson and Miss 
Shalene Nayar on February 2, 1980, in 
Bombay, India. The bride attended schools 
in Bombay, New Delhi, and England. The 
groom has been a customer support repre- 
sentative for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft since 
1976. He was based at Air India from 1977 
to 1980, assisting with B-747 operations. 
This May, he relocated to Garuda Airlines 
at Jakarta, Indonesia, to assist in their 
B-747 operations. . . . John V. Bucci to 
Susan K. Dillen on December 29, 1979. The 
groom was recently promoted to manager 
of materials at GE Datacom in McAllen, 

►fiorn: to Mr. and Mrs. James R. Cul- 
linane a son, Jason Stephen, on April 16, 
1980. Jim is with Grinnell Corp. in Provi- 
dence, R.I. The family resides in Norfolk, 

Richard Allen works as a project en- 
gineer at Dufresne-Henry, Manchester, 
N.H. He holds an MSCE from the University 
of Washington. . . . Charles Bellemer is a 
chemist at Janco in Dover, N.H. . . . Keith 
Bennett serves as a project engineer at Air 
Products & Chemicals in Paulsboro, N.J. 
He, his wife, Kim, and one child live in 
Bellmawr. . . . Charles Bohling is employed 
as a computer programmer at Mission Re- 
search Corp., Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Mark 
Coulson holds the post of nuclear shift test 
engineer at General Dynamics- Electric 
Boat, Groton, Conn. . . . Richard Crafts is a 
process engineer at Occidental Chemical, 
White Springs, Fla. . . . Thomas Des- 
coteaux is with the estimating department 
at Delia Construction Co., Inc., Enfield, 
Conn. . . . Presently, Les Erikson is em- 
ployed as general manager at Norton Co. in 
Arden, N.C. He and Carol have three chil- 
dren. ... Ed Floyd serves as a design 
engineer at Dufresne-Henry in North 
Springfield, Vt. 

Riley Stoker, Worcester, employs James 
Galvin as a construction engineer. He has 
an MSCE from Stanford. . . . Still with 
Eastern Utilities Associates Service Corpo- 
ration, Lincoln, R.I., Robert Grande was 
recently transferred to the system planning 
section. . . . John Grenier, Jr., works as a 
programmer II at Norton Co., Worcester. 
The Greniers have a son, Michael. . . . 
Raymond Houle, Jr., continues as general 
manager of Precision Products, the family 
business located in North Smithfield, R.I. 
The firm produces calculator keyboard as- 
sembly equipment, precision welding fix- 
tures, automatic choke inspection gauges, 
and was certified to work on the Apollo 
program. Recently, the company moved 

40 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

into larger quarters with room for expan- 
sion. . . Benjamin Jacobs is a self- 
employed actor and acting teacher in Port- 
land, Oregon. . . . "B. J." Johnson is now 
associate group manager for Prudential 
Insurance in Boston. He is chairman of the 
WPI Homecoming Committee. . . . Steven 
Landry serves as a chemical officer with the 
U.S. Army in West Germany. 

Andrew Marcus writes: "It appears that 
the WPI plan works. I've been working for 
the same firm, F. L. Smidth &Co., for three 
years." Presently, he is assistant contract 
manager. Earlier, he had been a project 
engineer, then project manager. His firm, 
based in Copenhagen, is a manufacturer- 
designer of Portland cement equipment 
and plants. "One of the reasons I picked 
WPI was that there wasn't a language 
requirement. Because of the fact that most 
of our plants are in Mexico and South 
America, I now know Spanish!" . . . Robert 
Milk is director of data processing at Elec- 
tronic Data Systems, Raleigh, N.C. ... In 
February, William Ruoff joined Gas Ser- 
vice, Inc., in Nashua, N.H., as a gas distribu- 
tion engineer. 

Craig Self is with Polaroid Corp., Cam- 
bridge, Mass. . . . Thomas Stowe is a test 
engineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, East 
Hartford, Conn. . . . Lance Sunderlin holds 
the position of supervisor of the insulating 
department at Anaconda Industries in 
Watkinsville, Ga. . . . Albany International 
Corp. of Glens Falls, N.Y., employs Thomas 
Vaughn as a sales engineer. He covers New 
England paper mills in his sales territory and 
is located in Nashua, N.H. . . . Currently, 
David Wolff works for ASA, Inc., a 
software house in Southboro, Mass. As a 
programmer-analyst and project leader, he 
heads a group of 75 people. . . . Recently, 
Neal Wright was assigned as maintenance 
officer for the 642d Engineer Equipment 
Company (CS) at Fort Devens. He is re- 
sponsible for over 140 pieces of engineer 
equipment. The 642d Engineer Company 
has been commanded by two other WPI 
alumni, Thomas Beckman, 73, and Wil- 
liam Baker, 76. ... In May, Brian Young 
received his MBA from Widener University, 
Chester, Pa. 






Kathleen Molony 

Christopher D. Baker 

Cynthia Grynick 

6 Aiken St. 

1 1 Boston St. 

303 Woicott Ct. 

Norwalk, CT 

Lawrence, MA 

Waterbury, CT 




Michael Abrams, who is studying for his 
MSEE at Vanderbilt University, works as an 
electronic technician at Northern Telecom 
in Nashville, Tenn. . . . Carol Sigel Baran is 
with Charles T. Main, Boston. . . . Jeffrey 
Baumer works as a manufacturing en- 
gineer at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in North 
Berwick, Me. . . . Brian Belliveau is em- 
ployed as a division sales engineer at 
Westinghouse-Sturtevant Division in Hyde 
Park, Mass. . . . Greg Cipriano is a project 
engineer at Instrumentation Laboratory, 
Lexington, Mass. 

Leonard Clow, a graduate student at 
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan- 
sas, is affiliated with the biochemistry de- 
partment. . . . Lawrence Coel is a sales 
administrator at Interex Corp., Natick, 
Mass. . . . When the tall ships visited Bos- 
ton at the end of May, Bill Cunningham 
was again on hand as he had been in 1 976 
with his silk-screening business. His tempo- 
rary business cards read: "Tall Ships Mar- 
keting, Boston-crafted silk-screened ap- 
parel." Bill says he sold most of his stock 
before the event was over. . . . Michael 
DiMascio serves as vice president of Briggs 
Engineering in Norwell, Mass. . . . Paul 
Hajec has accepted a new post as senior 
transportation planner for the Merrimack 
Valley Planning Commission in Haverhill, 
Mass. . . . Barbara Hatch is employed as a 
production engineer at Thiokol/Specialty 
Chemicals Division, Newell, West Virginia. 

1/Lt. William Lee is currently a battery 
commander with the U.S. Army in Europe. 
Later this summer, he will be located in San 
Antonio, Texas. . . . Jerry Melcher serves as 
an application engineer at Moore Systems 
in San Jose, Calif. . . . Eric Paulson holds a 
post as commander with the U.S. Army at 
Ft. Stewart, Ga. . . . 1/Lt. Marc Richard, 
who recently received his MSEE from MIT, 
is now with the Joint Tactical Communica- 
tions Office in Tinton Falls, N.J. . . . Peter 
Rudman, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, 
transferred from the Signal Corps to the 
Finance Corps in March. He is stationed in 
Germany. . . . Andrew Sayles is with Walsh 
Construction Company, Darien, Conn. 

Mike Sullivan writes: "Finally back in 
New England after two years in 'Frostbite 
Falls,' Minn. [Rochester, Minn.]" Presently 
he is with IBM in Essex Junction, Vt. . . . Ted 
Tamburro serves as a 1/Lt.-ADP officer for 
U.S. Army Management Systems Support 
Agency in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 
He and his wife Judy live in Alexandria, Va. 
. . . Robert Ware, who has an MS from 
Cornell, is a graduate student and research 
assistant in the chemical engineering de- 
partment at MIT. 

^■Married: Robert A. Brown III and Gail M. 
Beauregard in Gardner, Massachusetts, on 
April 1 9, 1 980. The bride, a graduate of Bay 
Path Junior College and Rivier College, 
teaches at Gardner High School. The bride- 
groom serves as a design engineer at Harris 
Corp., Westerly, R.I. . . . Joseph Maslar 
and Wanda Wells on December 21 , 1979. 
The groom is a sales manager at Datamet- 
rics, Inc., Wilmington, Mass. . . . David T. 
Markey and Regina A. Carcieri on April 26, 
1980 in Providence, Rhode Island. Mrs. 
Markey attended Rhode Island College and 
works for Almac's Inc. Her husband is with 
Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn. . . . 
Stephen W. Robichaud and Colette M. 
LaChance in Gardner, Massachusetts, on 
November 24, 1979. The groom will finish 
the GE Manufacturing Management Pro- 
gram in July. He has been serving as a buyer 
and is now working with solar-wind- 
nuclear energy. . . . Alan E. Simakauskas 
and June Carroll on October 20, 1 979, in 
Spencer, Massachusetts. The bride, a med- 
ical secretary at Cape Cod Hospital, Hyan- 
nis, graduated from Becker. Her husband 
is with Butler Automatic, Inc., Canton, 

>Born: to Robert and Robin Paisner 
Chapell their first child, a daughter, 
Melanie Ann, on April 22, 1980. Chapell is 
a project engineer at Linenthal Eisenberg 
Anderson, Inc., Engineers, in Boston. 

Anthony Allis holds the post of president 
of Microwave Systems Engineering Corp., 
A&J Marketing, and National Idea Devel- 
opment. He is secretary of A. J. Allis Dairy 
Co., Inc., and is located in Scarsdale, N.Y. 
. . . Paul Avakian is with NEC Micro- 
Computer, Wellesley Mass. . . . Paul Cody 
is employed as a field service engineer at 
Westinghouse Electric Corp. Engineering 
Service, Framingham, Mass. . . . Wallace 
Davis III is supervisor of environmental 
sciences for the Washington Public Power 
Supply System in Richland. . . . Adrienne 
Dill is with Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Cam- 
bridge, Mass. . . . Raymond Dunn starts his 
third year at Albany (N.Y.) Medical College 
this fall. "From then on it's full time till May 
1982." . . . Mladen Eic serves as technical 
manager for "Jugoinspekt" in Yugoslavia. 
. . . Bryce Granger now works for Akron 
Standard as a project engineer. . . .William 
Heberling III is employed as production 
engineer for Zachary Organs in Parsippany, 
N.J. Recently, he oversaw the design of a 
one-man band type of instrument with 
drums, bass, guitar, and violins. 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980/41 

What handicap? 

John Pavao, '79, has a lot going for 
him, according to his boss at the 
Naval Underwater Systems Com- 
mand (nusc) in Newport, Rhode 
Island. Another colleague says, 
"we'd greatly appreciate having 
other graduates like John referred to 
nusc. They make fine profes- 

Pavao, a computer specialist, 
has demonstrated proficiency in his 
profession and devotion to duty on 
his various job assignments, in spite 
of what many would consider 
unsurmountable odds. 

John was born blind. Blindness, 
however, has never deterred him 
from reaching his goals. Currently 
he works as a permanent employee 
deeply involved in developing a 
computer software program for the 
Acoustic Range Tracking (art) sys- 
tem which will be used at autec, 
the Atlantic Undersea Test and 
Evaluation Center, located on 
Andros Island in the Bahamas. 

To facilitate his work, John 
uses a teleprinter that prints Braille; 
a Braille writer; a telewriter; and a 
talking calculator. He can read nor- 
mal print by using an optacon, 
which uses an electronic system to 
scan letters and numbers and trans- 
late them into impressions he can 
read with his fingertips. 

John, a graduate of Perkins 
Institute for the Blind, Watertown, 
Mass., has been interested in com- 
puter science for a long time. At 
WPI he became adept at program- 
ming many of the popular computer 
languages, including Fortran, 
basic, cobol, and microprocessor 
machine languages. 

Following his graduation from 
WPI, Pavao was interviewed by a 
number of company recruiters 
through the Office of Graduate and 
Career Plans, but he was unable to 

secure a position because of eco- 
nomic considerations. "I discov- 
ered," he explains, "that 
companies were unwilling to hire 
me unless I could provide my own 
Braille terminal. They didn't have 
Braille terminals available, and I 
couldn't afford to buy one myself." 

Before finally joining the staff 
at nusc, where equipment for the 
handicapped is available, John 
received a 700-hour temporary 
appointment which he passed with 
flying colors. John is very happy 
with his permanent post at the 
Sound Laboratory, which was 
offered to him after the trial period. 

' 'Actually, it was a hobby that 
eventually led me to nusc, ' ' John 
reveals. ' 'I enjoy operating ham 
radios, and several years ago I 
became friendly with another ham 
radio enthusiast, Tom Riley, who is 
my current boss. It was through his 
efforts that I was able to take advan- 
tage of the job opportunity at the 

Able-bodied, well-trained, and 
capable, John displays a great deal of 
self-confidence. His co-workers feel 
that he has no handicap whatso- 
ever. He routinely walks unassisted 
from his office in Building 1 1 1 to 
Building 103 for negotiations on 
computer technology. Every day he 
rides to and from his job in a carpool 
from Dighton, Mass., where he 
lives with his parents. 

After hours, his interests are 
varied and many. He's an avid 
sports participant and regularly 
engages in swimming, jogging, 
bowling, and shooting baskets. 

42 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

Carl Klein has accepted a new job as 
production supervisor of switch assembly 
and molding in the GE Wiring Device 
Dept, Middletown, R.I. He will attend 
Harvard Business School this fall. . . . Pres- 
ently, Ken Kummins holds the position of 
principal engineer for E.D.S. Nuclear at the 
Commanche Peak Site in Fort Worth, 
Texas. Also a consulting engineer, he is 
working in a group that's doing safety 
analyses on the plants. He expects to be in 
Texas for a couple of years. E.D.S. Nuclear, 
a consulting firm, has offices in San Fran- 
cisco, New York, Atlanta, and Paris. . . . 
Scott Lentz serves as process control en- 
gineer at the Foxboro Co. in Chamblee, Ga. 
. . . Kathryn Lyga is a design engineer at 

CE-KSB Pump Co., Portsmouth, N.H 

Advent Corp., Cambridge, Mass., employs 
Brian McLane as a television design en- 
gineer. He is involved in the design of 
economy projection television. . . . Edward 
Menard is a firmware engineer at Qantel 
Corp., Hayward, Calif. 

Stephan Mezak holds the post of com- 
puter resources manager at Eaton Corp. in 
Sunnyvale, Calif. . . . Richard Ruscito is 
employed as a process supervisor at W. R. 
Grace-Davison Chemical Division, Balti- 
more, Md. . . . Philip Scarrell is a first line 
supervisor with du Pont in South San Fran- 
cisco, Calif. . . . Gregory Smith works as a 
sales engineer at F. K. Smith Co., Inc., Ham- 
den, Conn. . . . Andrew Tannenbaum is 
now an information systems staff member 
in the Sonar Systems Development De- 
partment of Western Electric, Whippany, 
N.J. . . . Jeff Toran is employed by du Pont's 
R&D facility in Wilmington, Delaware. He 
just received his master's from WPI. ... In 
February, Bettina Tuttle transferred from 
GE in Ohio to GE-Plastics in Pittsfield, 
Mass., where she is a process engineer. 
While in Ohio, she coached a YMCA swim 
team (12 to Nationals). In Pittsfield she 
teaches handicapped children skills and 
sports. She is taking night courses for her 




James Manchester 

Donald O. Patten. Jr 

625 Main St. 

27 French St. 

Reading, MA 

Hingham, MA 



^Married: A. Michael Blaney and Marlene 
M. Livingstone in Southboro, Mas- 
sachusetts on April 12, 1980. The bride 
attended Aquinas Junior College. . . . An- 
thony Doornweerd and Elizabeth A. Rivers 
on May 16, 1980, in Branford, Connec- 
ticut. Mrs. Doornweerd graduated from 

Edward Anderson, Jr., has joined 
Megakit Corp., Santa Clara, Calif. . . . Rick 
Bonci serves as a process engineer at Mon- 
santo Textiles Co., Decatur, Alabama. . . . 
Stephen Caputo is taking a GE technical 
program in Auburn, N.Y. . . . Douglas 
Clark works as a design engineer at Pratt & 
Whitney Aircraft, East Hartford, Conn. . . . 
Dewey & Almy Chemical Division of W. R. 
Grace & Co., Lexington, Mass., has em- 
ployed John Craffey as a process engineer 
in new product development. . . . Thomas 
Dinan, Jr., is at the University of Illinois at 
Urbana-Champaign. He belongs to the 
Electrochemical Society and the American 
Institute of Chemical Engineers. . . . John 
Etrie serves as a purchasing agent at 
Coghlin Electric Co., Worcester. . . . Mary 
Farren was promoted to associate engineer 
at IBM. 

Ken Fast is employed as a junior engineer 
at Engineering Incorporated in Hampton, 
Va. . . . Michael Gabriella works as a water 
quality control engineer for the Division of 
Water Pollution Control in Westboro, 
Mass. He is a member of the chorus and 
quartet of the Society for Preservation of 
Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. 
. . . Steven Gottschalk has accepted a post 
as associate engineer at Perkin- Elmer Opti- 
cal Technology Division in Danbury, Conn. 
. . . Robert Hart has joined the sales office 
in Trane Company's Commercial Air Con- 
ditioning Division, Los Angeles. Recently, 
he completed the Trane Graduate Engineer 
Training Program, a six-month course con- 
centrating on specialized heat transfer 
theory and practice. Trane is a leading 
manufacturer of air conditioning, refrigera- 
tion, and heat transfer equipment for 
commercial, residential, industrial, trans- 
port and special process applications and 
has facilities worldwide. 

William Herman serves as a systems 
analyst at Arthur Andersen, Hartford, 
Conn. . . . Lorraine Kikuta Hunt is a quality 
control engineer at DEC, Westfield, Mass. 
. . . Brian Johansson is employed as a 
development engineer at Motorola, Inc., 
Plantation, Fla. . . . Paul Keary is a compos- 
ite structural engineer at Boeing Co., in 
Washington. . . . Leonard Kleczynski is 
employed as a project engineer at Markem 

Corp., Keene, N. H. . . . Peter Kujawski is a 

chemical staff officer with the U.S. Army at 

Ft. Ord, Calif Procter & Gamble, 

Mehoopany, Pa., employs Douglas La- 
Brecque as a team manager. . . . Stephen 
Lefemine works as a sales application en- 
gineer at Warren Pumps, Warren, Mass. 
. . . Lawrence Leduc serves as a project 
engineer at Carl Gordon Industries, 
Worcester. . . . Sheng Lung Lien is now 
with Monsanto in St. Louis, Mo. . . . Pres- 
ently, Ian Mair is employed as a research 
metallurgist with Lukens Steel Company, 
Coatesville, Pa. 

John Moses is with A. D. Little in Cam- 
bridge, Mass. . . . Peter Mullarkey holds 
the post of project engineer at CTI7 
Thompson, Inc., in Denver, Colo. . . . Paul 
Norton serves as a junior engineer at 
Gannett-Fleming, Camp Hill, Pa. . . . John 
Osborne is employed as a field sales en- 
gineer at GE in Schenectady. . . . Chris Ratti 
(not "Patti" as erroneously printed in the 
spring issue of the Journal) continues as 
plant supervisor at Engineered Plastics 
Products, Inc., in Stirling, N.J. . . . Kenneth 
Sawyer holds the post of analytical en- 
gineer trainee at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in 
East Hartford, Conn. . . . John Skliutas is 
working for his master of engineering in 
electric power at RPI. . . . Currently, 
Timothy Spera is with Honeywell EOC in 
Lexington, Mass. . . . Joseph Spinn is em- 
ployed as stability engineer at Pratt & 
Whitney Aircraft in West Palm Beach, Fla. 
. . . Michael Tabaczynski has accepted a 
post at Raytheon in Wayland, Mass. . . . 
Marine 2/Lt. Gregory VanHouten recently 
graduated from Basic School located in the 
Marine Corps Development and Education 
Command in Quantico, Va. The school 
prepares newly commissioned officers for 
assignment to the Fleet Marine Force and 
emphasizes the duties and responsibilities 
of a rifle platoon commander. Training 
included instruction in land navigation, 
marksmanship, leadership, and teamwork 
in the 26-week course. . . . Felix Vargas is 
with CHU Associates in Littleton, Mass. . . . 
Douglas West, an MSEE student at WPI, 
serves as a teaching assistant in the EE 


The WPI Journal / Summer 1980 / 43 

School of Industrial 

John Greenaway, '54, holds the post of 
chairman at Peterson Steels, Inc., Avon, 
Conn. The firm is a division of SKF Steel. 

Richard Seymour, '75, has been named 
production superintendent at New Hamp- 
shire Ball Bearings, Inc., Peterborough, 
N.H. Formerly, he was with Reed and 
Prince Company in Jaff rey. He has an ex- 
tensive background in all phases of design, 
production, and plant engineering, and has 
aBSMEfrom WPI. 

Ronald Butler, 76, was promoted to chief 
engineer at CPC Engineering Corporation. 
During his 18 years with the firm, he has 
served as project engineer, quality control 
manager, plant engineer, and production 
manager. He is a graduate of Worcester 
Junior College, and is on the advisory 
boards of three vocational high schools: 
Tantasqua, Worcester Vocational, and 
WITI. The Sturbridge resident is vice chair- 
man of the American Welding Society and 
a member of the board of the Tri- 
Community YMCA, where he serves as 
chairman of the house committee. He also 
belongs to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Bay State Abrasives, Westboro (Mass.) has 
announced the appointment of Everett 
Peterson, '79, to the post of manager of 
manufacturing control. He graduated from 
Northeastern. With Bay State since 1965, 
he most recently served as senior industrial 
engineer. He is a past president of the 
American Institute of Industrial Engineer- 
ing, Worcester chapter. 




Robert Kelley, '60, an associate professor 
in the natural science-physics department 
at Worcester State College, was recently 
named the first "Science Educator of the 
Year" by the Massachusetts Association of 
Science Teachers. The new award is de- 
signed "to recognize persons making out- 
standing contributions to science educa- 
tion in the Commonwealth of Mas- 
sachusetts." Kelley earned his EdM in sci- 
ence education at Boston University. He 
was chairman of the founding committee 
of the Massachusetts Association of Sci- 
ence Supervisors and has been presidentof 
the Association, and chairman of the 1 977 
eastern convention of the National Science 
Teachers Association. He has received 
awards for outstanding work from the 
M.A.S.S., the Civil Air Patrol, and the Na- 
tional Aeronautics and Space Administra- 

Jim O'Brien, '60, is currently a professor at 
Boston State College, Boston. 

Dr. Jerry Jasinski, '68, presented a Citizen's 
Workshop on Energy and the Environment 
on May 7th in Newport, N.H. The highlight 
of the presentation was the use of the 
energy-environment simulator, a spe- 
cially designed electronic computer which 
enables workshop participants to play the 
roles of energy decision makers. In the 
game, they allocate the world's energy 
resources to meet growing demands. The 
program was given under the auspices of 
DOE. Dr. Jasinski is assistant professor of 
chemistry at Keene State College. He be- 
longs to the ACS, Sigma Xi, and the Ameri- 
can Association for the Advancement of 

Ernest DiMicco, '74, was chosen by the 
National Association of Student Councils to 
present a workshop at its national conven- 
tion in Arizona in June. DiMicco is a science 
teacher, and adviser to the Coventry (R.I.) 
High School Student Council. A graduate 
of Providence College, he holds a master's 
from WPI and has studied at Penn State 
and URI. Under his leadership, the Coven- 
try High School Student Council has be- 
come one of the most active and respected 
in the country. 

Michael O'Keefe, '74, is senior associate at 
Management & Advisory Services, Bur- 
lington, Mass. He, his wife, Donna, and 
one child live in Pelham, N.H. 

44 / Summer 1 980 / The WPI Journal 

How much is it worth? 
Well, I don't know, 
but I know someone 
who does .... 

He's appraised everything from the 
Empire State Building to the 
Golden Gate Bridge. 

Lee P. Hackett, '61, president 
of American Appraisal Co., the 
world's biggest tangible and intangi- 
ble property appraiser, seems to 
have touched all bases. "Along the 
way, we've appraised professional 
baseball, football, and hockey 
teams." Hackett's firm has also 
evaluated the worth of the bankrupt 
Penn Central Railroad, an ITT space 
communications satellite, the Alas- 
ka pipeline, steel mills in South 
America, and the Lincoln convert- 
ible limousine in which President 
John F. Kennedy was riding when he 
was assassinated in 1963. 

' 'As a rule, we stay away from 
art objects and private residences," 
Hackett continues, "but we have 
done work for 60 percent of the 
firms on the Fortune 500 list." 

Hackett, a Vermont native, 
joined the Milwaukee-based firm 
after receiving his BS in electrical 
engineering from WPI and serving 
as a lieutenant in the Army Signal 
Corps. In 1974, he received his 
MBA from the University of Chi- 
cago, and he now discusses invest- 
ment tax credits and component 
depreciation as easily as watts and 
volts. And after years of traveling 
around the world, appraising every- 
thing from sole proprietorships to 
huge copper mines, he has scarcely 
a trace of his New England accent 

His Yankee trader savvy, how- 
ever, is still intact. Hackett doesn't 
allow American Appraisal to rest on 
its laurels. He continues to beat the 
bushes around the world looking for 
ways to make a buck. He is forever 
coming up with new ideas to better 
serve his clients, while still main- 
taining the image of an easy-going, 

"plain-folks" individual. Easy- 
going or not, Lee Hackett is not one 
to come out second-best in a busi- 
ness deal. For example, not long ago 
he charged the State of New York 
$800,000 for appraising the state 
university system, the largest in the 

"We put a value on every desk, 
building, and piece of land in the 
system," he says. The company 
also offered the state a continuing 
update service so that it could make 
accurate budget forecasts. "That 
was my biggest assignment. It took 
two years to complete." 

American Appraisal is a subsid- 
iary of American Appraisal Associ- 
ates, Inc. It accounted for half the 
parent company's revenues last 

year. Hackett predicts that his firm 
will be earning $40 million annual- 
ly by 1984. A Milwaukee financial 
analyst familiar with American Ap- 
praisal agrees with that forecast. He 
says the company does a good job of 
selling its services: "It's a people 
company. It doesn't make anything, 
but it thrives on expertise." 

American Appraisal is a well- 
established business, which origi- 
nated in Milwaukee purely by 

accident. "Back in 1896," Hackett 
explains, "the founders left Minne- 
apolis to go to Chicago, where they 
planned to set up a company staffed 
by experts who could make impar- 
tial property valuations that could 
stand up in court. They traveled by 
night train and mistakenly got off at 
Milwaukee instead of Chicago. Un- 
ruffled, they decided to set up shop 
where they were. The Joseph Sch- 
litz Brewing Company was their 

first customer." 

Soon the company was recog- 
nized as a leading expert in the areas 
of insurance, mergers, and property 
tax matters. Today, American 
Appraisal has 250 appraisers and 
500 staff members, including sales- 
men, engineers, financial analysts, 
economists, and other specialists 
skilled in the collection and inter- 
pretation of knowledge. Data flows 
through the computer system 24 
hours a day from the field force, 
from information services, and 
from staff calculations servicing 
tens of thousands of clients. 

Hackett notes that his compa- 
ny spends $1 million a year on sub- 
scriptions to publications and other 
data collection services, plus anoth- 
er $1.5 million on travel expenses, 
all in the name of adding services. 
"Our aim is to provide the client 
with a complete package of infor- 
mation and assistance that will tell 
him how much he is worth, how 
well he is doing, and how much he 
can improve his situation." 

Lee Hackett has spent nearly 
half his 40 years with American 
Appraisal. He has helped to make it 
prosper, and he hopes to lead it to 
greater heights in the future. 
Although business keeps him busy, 
he does manage to find time to do 
other things. For example, he serves 
on the enrollment committee at 
Milwaukee School of Engineering; 
he's finance director for the Mil- 
waukee Tennis Classic; and he's a 
member of the University Club and 
the Association for Corporate 
Growth. During the summer he 
escapes to the Arctic, fishing, and in 
the winter he can be found skiing in 
Colorado and Utah. 

The WPI Journal / Summer 1980 / 45 

George H. Ryan, '08, a retired head 
chemist for White & Bagley Co., Worces- 
ter, died on May 11,1 980 in Millbury, 
Massachusetts. He was 93 years old. 

A Millbury native, he lived there all of his 
life with the exception of 16 years (1908- 
1 924) which he spent in Montana as a 
sheep rancher. He graduated from Worces- 
ter Academy in 1904. In 1908 he 
graduated as a chemist from WPI. For 34 
years he held the post of head chemist at 
White & Bagley Co. from which he retired 
in 1956. 

He belonged to Sigma Xi, the Millbury 
Baptist Church, and was a 50-year member 
of the American Chemical Society. He was 
a past president of the Worcester chapter 
of the ACS and a life member of the 
Meridian Lodge of Masons in Cascade, 

Winfield S. Jewell, Jr., '15, of Grosse 
Pointe, Michigan, died on March 24, 1 980. 

He was born on August 29, 1 893 in 
Indianapolis, Ind. In 1915 he received his 
BSEE. During his career he was with GE, 
Studebaker, Jewell-Bassett-Jewell, Ready 
Power Co., Jewel Motors, and White- 
Haines Optical. For a number of years he 
was self-employed and associated with 
Maxon, Inc., as a real estate agent. 

Mr. Jewell belonged to Phi Gamma Delta 
and the Senior Men's Club of Grosse 
Pointe. He was a veteran of World War I. At 
one time he was president of the Detroit 
chapter of the Alumni Association. 

John P. Comstock, '16, internationally 
known naval architect, died of a heart 
attack in Newport News, Virginia, on 
January 29, 1 980. He was 85. 

The former chief naval architect at New- 
port News Shipbuilding, he was honored in 
1 960 by the National Society of Naval 
Architects and Marine Engineers for nota- 
ble achievement in his field throughout his 

He was a life member of the Society, 
belonged to Sigma Xi, and was also a life 
member of the Royal Institution of Naval 
Architects, United Kingdom, and a life 
member and past president of the En- 
gineers Club of the Virginia Peninsula. He 
published over 70 technical papers in the 
naval architecture field. 

In 1916, he received his BSCE from WPI. 
In 1919, he earned a BS in naval architec- 
ture from MIT. Following graduation, he 
was employed at the old Cramp's Shipyard 
until 1927. Later, he was with the Marine 
Engineering Corporation, and the New 
York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, 
N.J. In 1929, he became associated with 
the naval architectural firm of Theodore E. 
Ferris, New York City. He joined the well 
known Newport News Shipbuilding and 
Dry Dock Company in 1931 , startingoutas 
a draftsman and retiring as naval architect 
in 1960. 

Mr. Comstock helped with the develop- 
ment of the towing tank at Newport News, 
and channeled its activities into the most 
productive fields. His colleagues have said 
of him, "His contributions to naval ar- 
chitecture on a worldwide basis have been 

Since his retirement in 1960, he had been 
a lecturer at the Mariners' Museum and a 
reading instructor with the Peninsula Liter- 
acy Council. For many years, he was a 
ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church 
of Newport, and more recently a member 
of the Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. He 
was born on Jan. 12, 1 895 in Waterford, 

Frank J. Murphy, '18, who graduated from 
WPI as a mechanical engineer, died on 
February 26, 1980. 

Chester A. A. Peterson, '18, died in 

Brockton (Mass.) Hospital on March 1, 
1 980, following a long illness. 

He was born on Sept. 12, 1896, in 
Brockton, and later studied civil engineer- 
ing at WPI. Duringhis lifetime he had been 
principal at Vanceboro (Me.) High School, 
and had also been employed by the Maine 
Central Railroad; the city engineer's office 
in Quincy, Mass.; and the Town of 
Stoughton (town engineer). Prior to his 
retirement in 1961, he was the home office 
representative of the Prudential Life Insur- 
ance Co. for 30 years. 

Mr. Peterson belonged to Sigma Phi 
Epsilon. He was a member of the Congre- 
gational Church of North Easton, where he 
was editor of the church paper, "Tidings." 
A former deacon, he was a past president 
of the church Friendship Club. 

Ralph F. Tenney, '18, passed away in 
Summit, New Jersey on March 16, 1980. 

A native of Leominster, Mass., he was 
born on March 12, 1897. In 1918 he 
received a BS in chemistry from WPI, and in 
1920, his professional degree in chemical 
engineering. He belonged to Sigma Xi and 
Tau Beta Pi. 

After serving as a private in the Chemical 
Warfare Service of the U.S. Army, he briefly 
joined MIT as a chemical engineering in- 
structor. He was then a works chemist for 
Worcester Gas Light Co. , and a gas produc- 
tion manager for the Long Island Lighting 
Co. From 1947 to 1953, he was chief of the 
operating section, coal gasification and gas 
synthesis, at a coal-to-oil demonstration 
plant for the U.S. government. From 1953 
until his retirement in 1964, he was a 
chemical engineeratagovernmentanthra- 
cite experiment center. 

Mr. Tenney belonged to the American 
Gas Association and the Masons. He was 
the brother of Harry Tenney, '20. 

Rear Admiral Richard S. Morse, U.S.N, 
(retired), '19, of Sea Ranch, California, died 
on December 2, 1979, at the age of 82. 

He was born on Feb. 22, 1897, in 
Marlboro, Mass. After attending WPI, he 
entered the U.S. Naval Academy from 
which he graduated in 1920. He spent his 
entire career in the Navy, starting out as a 
midshipman and retiring in 1947 as a rear 
admiral. From 1948 to 1965 he served as 
secretary and assistant treasurer of the 
Argonaut Insurance Co. 

Admiral Morse received the Defense 
Ribbon, one star, in World War I and World 
War II, and he was cited for his service in 
the 1919 Haitian campaign and the Asiatic 
Pacific campaign. He received the Legion 
of Merit in the invasion of southern France 
and the Bronze Star in the Iwo Jima and 
Okinawa campaigns. 

He belonged to Phi Gamma Delta and 
the Masons. 

Homer E. Stevens, '20, of Augusta, Geor- 
gia, died on April 23, 1979. 

For many years he was with the Worces- 
ter Fire Department, which he served as 
captain. He was born in Worcester on Dec. 
26, 1896, and later became a member of 
the Class of 1920. 

Prior to joining the Fire Department, he 
worked for Savage Arms Corp., Sharon, 
Pa., and Crompton & Knowles, Worcester. 

46 / Summer 1980 / The WPI Journal 

Carroll A. Huntington, '21, a founder of 
and a partner in Huntington, Goodnow, 
Connors, Inc., died at his home in Welles- 
ley, Massachusetts, on March 31,1 980. He 
had been incapacitated from a stroke suf- 
fered ten years ago. He was 81 . 

In 1945 he helped establish hisinsurance 
brokerage firm in Boston. In 1973, the 
offices were moved to Wellesley. The com- 
pany specializes in commercial property 
coverage. Prior to founding the company, 
he was a salesman-engineer for Improved 
Risk Mutuals of Boston. 

Amemberof the Naval Reserve in World 
War I, Mr. Huntington also belonged to Phi 
Sigma Kappa, the Masons, and the76 Club 
of Boston. He was born in Barre, Vt, on 
Sept. 1, 1898. In 1921 he graduated as a 
mechanical engineer. 

Luther C. Small, '22, a former member of 
the Worcester Housing Authority, died 
March 3, 1980 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. 

He was with the Worcester Housing 
Authority (WHA) as executive director for 
public housing and management from 
1 954 until he retired in 1 970 and moved to 
Cape Cod. As executive director, he was 
responsible for the maintenance, man- 
agement, and budgets for over 200 build- 
ings run by the WHA. He was also con- 
cerned with the construction and renova- 
tion of buildings. 

Priorto his WHA appointment, Mr. Small 
had served as clerk of the works in the 
restoration of Great Brook Valley and Cur- 
tis Apartments which were heavily dam- 
aged by the 1 953 tornado. Earlier posts had 
been with R. L. Whipple Co. and Fiske- 
Carter Construction Co., Worcester. 

Mr. Small, a member of the Class of 
1922, was born on Dec. 8, 1900 in 
Westbrook, Me. He graduated from Lee 
Institute, Boston, where he studied to be a 
licensed, registered and bonded real estate 
broker. He was a registered civil engineer. 
During World War II, he was a lieutenant 
commander with the 56th Battalion of the 
Seabees, and formed the first Seabee unit 
in Massachusetts. 

He was a 50-year Mason, and belonged 
to the Congregational Church, the Mas- 
sachusetts Retired State, County, and 
Municipal Employees Association, the 
AARP, and the American Legion. 

Kenneth E. Hapgood, '23, retired director 
of power and design with the Tennessee 
Valley Authority, died in a rest home in 
Chattanooga, Tennessee, on January 9, 

He was born in Hudson, Mass., on 
March 31, 1899. In 1923 he graduated as 
an electrical engineer from WPI. During his 
lifetime, he was with GE, Allied Engineers, 
and the Tennessee Valley Authority. While 
with the TVA, he made a number of busi- 
ness trips to Europe and Taiwan. In 1964, 
he was appointed to the Federal Power 

A fellow of IEEE, Mr. Hapgood also 
belonged to CIGRE (the Conference Inter- 
national des Grandes Reseaux Electrique) 
and NSPE. He was a registered engineer in 
Tennessee, and a member of the Chat- 
tanooga Engineers Club and the Congrega- 
tional Church. He had been listed in 
"Who's Who in Engineering" and "Who's 
Who in America. " At one time he served as 
president of the Schenectady chapter of 
the Alumni Association. 

Edward B. Johnson, '23, of Garden City, 
New York, passed away recently. 

A native of Wethersfield, Conn., he was 
born on Aug. 16, 1899. He graduated in 
1923 as a civil engineer. From 1925 to 
1927 he was with Western Union. In 1927, 
he joined Franklin Society Federal Savings 
and Loan Association, and retired as assist- 
ant vice president in 1964. He belonged to 
Theta Chi. 

Richard L. Kimball, '24, of Ocala, Florida, 
formerly with Gibbs & Hill, Inc., died on 
January 10, 1980. He was 77 years old. 

Following his graduation as an electrical 
engineer, Mr. Kimball was an employee of 
Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Co. for ten 
years. For the next three years he worked 
for the Federal Power Commission. He 
then joined Gibbs & Hill, Inc., New York 
City, from which he later retired as chief 
systems engineer. 

He was a professional engineer and a 
member of AIEE, the American Railway 
Engineering Association, and ASME, as 
well as CIGRE (the Conference Interna- 
tional des Grandes Reseaux Electrique). He 
served on the Elmer A. Perry Board of 

Mr. Kimball was born on March 8, 1 902 
in Springfield, Mass. He was a member of 
Lambda Chi Alpha, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma 
Xi. His grandfather was Alonzo Kimball 
(deceased), an early WPI faculty member 
who planned the interior of the magnetic 
laboratory (Skull Tomb); designed the WPI 
seal; and founded the Electrical Engineer- 
ing Department. 

Thomas D. Perry, '24, retired mechanical 
engineer for Atlas Design Co. , passed away 
on February 12, 1980 in Holyoke, Mas- 

He was born on Dec. 17, 1902 in 
Chicopee, Mass., and was a member of the 
Class of 1 924. He belonged to Sigma Alpha 
Epsilon, the Massachusetts Society of Pro- 
fessional Engineers and Engineering 
Societies of New England. Other affiliations 
were with Associated Engineering Co. and 
United Engineering Co., both of 
Springfield, and with A.G. Spaulding & 
Bros, of Chicopee. 

Waldo E. Tillinghast, '24, of Brooklyn, 
Connecticut, died recently. 

He belonged to Sigma Alpha Epsilon. A 
member of the Class of 1 924, he later 
became a funeral director in Moosup, 
Conn., and then a partner in F.W. Tilling- 
hast Sons in Danielson, Conn. 

Arthur R. Brown, '26, of Sun City, Califor- 
nia, is deceased. 

He was born in Gardner, Mass., on July 
25, 1904. In 1926, he received his BSEE 
from WPI, and in 1928, his professional 
degree. For many years, he was a senior 
engineer at Westinghouse Electric Corp., 
Columbus, Ohio. 

Mr. Brown was a registered professional 
engineer in Massachusetts. He belonged to 
the Franklin County Chapter of the Ohio 
Society of Professional Engineers. 

Salvatore F. Marino, '28, WPI senior class 
president and business managerof the first 
Peddler, died on February 23, 1980 in 
Bristol, Connecticut. He was 77. 

He was born in Plainville, Conn., on June 
15, 1902, and received his BSME in 1928. 
Before entering WPI in 1924, he was a 
draftsman at Marlin-Rockwell in Plainville. 
After graduation, he worked in New York 
and Boston on the design and installation 
of steam power plant equipment. From 
1 935 to 1 957, he was with the New Depar- 
ture Division of GMC of Bristol, where he 
became chief product engineer and was 
granted several patents. From 1957 until 
his retirement in 1 965, he was senior appli- 
cation engineer for the Fafnir Bearing 
Company of New Britain, Conn. 

Mr. Marino had been a Republican 
selectman in Plainville, had belonged to St. 
Joseph's Church, and was an honorary life 
member of the Knights of Columbus. He 
also belonged to Tau Beta Pi. Interested in 
music, he started playing the organ and the 
piano at an early age. He sang in several 
choral groups and glee clubs in Connect- 
icut. Besides traveling extensively with his 
wife, Helen, he found time to compile a 
family tree and to write a family history 
dating back to 1800. 

Joseph E. Totas, '31, a retired industrial 
engineer from the former Worcester 
Works, died on March 13, 1980 in St. 
Vincent Hospital, Worcester, at the age of 

With Worcester Works, U.S. Steel, for 
over 30 years, he retired when the com- 
pany closed. He was born on Jan. 11, 1909 
in Worcester, and was a member of the 
Class of 1931. 

Mr. Totas was a registered professional 
engineer and land surveyor in Mas- 
sachusetts. He was a member of the 
Greendale Retired Men's Club, Lithuanian 
Naturalization and Social Club, and St. Joan 
of Arc parish and its Goodtimers Club. 

Curtis A. Hedler, '34, of Norwich, Connect- 
icut, passed away recently. 

He was a former assistant to the superin- 
tendent of production operations at the 
Northeast Utilities Service Company in Be- 
rlin. Also, during his career, he was assistant 
plant superintendent for Connecticut Light 
and Power in Uncasville, Conn., and former 
plant superintendent for the utility at the 
Montville generating station. 

A member of the Society of Professional 
Engineers, Mr. Hedler's other affiliations 
were with Sigma Phi Epsilon, the Masons, 
and the Boy Scouts. He had served as a WPI 
class agent. He was born on May 16, 1911 
in Taftville, Conn. In 1934 he received his 
BSEE from WPI. 

Robert B. Keith, '38, who retired eight 
years ago from U.S. Steel Corp., died in Key 
West, Florida, on February 5, 1980. 

He was born in Quincy, Mass., on Nov. 
22, 191 5, and later graduated as an electri- 
cal engineer. He was associated with Amer- 
ican Steel and Wire and U.S. Steel during 
his entire career. In 1972, he retired as an 
industrial engineer. 

Mr. Keith was a registered professional 
engineer in Ohio. Active with the Boy 
Scouts, he had also served as treasurer of 
the Cleveland chapter of the Alumni Asso- 

Dr. Roland W. Ure, Jr., '46, was killed in a 
light plane crash in Utah on January 24, 
1980. He was 54 years old. 

After studying at WPI, he received his BS 
from the University of Michigan, his MS 
from the California Institute of Technology, 
and his PhD from the University of 
Chicago. For nearly twenty years, he was a 
physicist at Westinghouse. In 1969, he 
became a professor of electrical engineer- 
ing, materials science, and engineering at 
the University of Utah, a post he held at the 
time of his death. 

Dr. Ure was an authority on thermalelec- 
tricity. He played a key role in establishing 
the Hedco Micro Electronic Laboratory in 
the College of Engineering at the University 
of Utah. He had served as editor of "Ther- 
malelectric Devices, Energy Conversion." 

He belonged to Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma 
Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and IEEE 
(senior member). Other affiliations were 
with the American Physical Society and the 
American Association for the Advance- 
ment of Science. 

A native of New York City, Dr. Ure was 
born on June 22, 1925. He held two pat- 
ents, and was the author of numerous 
technical and scientific papers, as well as a 
textbook on thermalelectricity. 

During World War II, Dr. Ure was with 
the Naval Ordnance Laboratory. He was 
active with the Cooperative Christian 
CampingGroupforwhich heled numerous 
backpacking and four-wheel drive trips. He 
belonged to the United Church of Christ, 
and served as president of the Hercules 

Bernard Siegel, '48, of Ipswich, Mas- 
sachusetts, died on March 4, 1980. 

He was born on May 12, 1926, in Brook- 
lyn, N.Y. In 1948, he graduated as a me- 
chanical engineer from WPI and received 
his MSME from Columbia in 1949. For 
many years he was with General Electric in 
Lynn, Mass. He was a member of AEPi, 

James D. Wilson, '49, a former chairman 
of the Board of Selectmen in Andover, 
Massachusetts, died on February 19, 1980, 
at Lawrence General Hospital following a 
short illness. 

Born in Worcester on April 24, 1920, he 
later became a student at WPI. In 1949 he 
graduated with his BSME. For a number of 
years he worked for Laird deVou, Inc., of 
Cambridge, which he served as salesman, 
treasurer-clerk, and engineering consul- 

A registered professional engineer, he 
was past president of the Merrimac Valley 
Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He 
was a Navy veteran of World War II, and he 
was active with the Episcopal Church, the 
March of Dimes, and the Boy Scouts. He 
belonged to the Masons, the American 
Society of Tool and Manufacturing En- 
gineer, and Phi Gamma Delta. 

Richard C. Gillette, '52, president of Star 
Datacom, Inc., McLean, Virginia, recently 
passed away. 

He graduated as an electrical engineer in 
1952, and then received his MA from 
Trinity College. Among his employers over 
the years, were Aries Corp., U.S. Industries, 
Lewis Dobrow & Lamb, Wilson, Haight & 
Welch, Inc., the Bristol Co., United Aircraft 
Corp., Motorola, and Telecheck. 

A member of the American Economic 
Association, he also belonged to the Asso- 
ciation of Industrial Advertisers, Phi Kappa 
Theta, and Pi Delta Epsilon. He was a 
former president of the Washington (D.C.) 
chapter of the Alumni Association. 

Mr. Gillette served as an ensign in the 
U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1954. He was 
associated with the U.S. Naval Institute, the 
U.S. Navy League, the American Platform 
Association, and the National Yacht Club. 
He was named to "Who's Who in the 
South and Southeast." 

Francis G. Scarbeau, SIM '63, passed away 
in St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, at the 
age of 53. 

He was comptroller at NYPRO, Inc. in 
Clinton, Mass. Earlier, he had been assist- 
ant controller at Riley Stoker, which he 
joined as an accountant in 1953. In 1956 
he was named accounting supervisor and 
in 1957, accounting manager. 

Mr. Scarbeau was a native of Worcester, 
and graduated from New England School 
of Accounting. 

Raffi H. Hollisian, '77, died of heart failure 
in Boulder, Colorado, on March 1, 1980. 
After WPI, he went to the University of 
Colorado, where he was studying mathe- 
matics and history. Last summer he toured 
several foreign countries including Ar- 
menia, which enriched his strong attach- 
ments to his Armenian heritage. 

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terms beginning in July 1981. 
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before December 1, 1980, and they 
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secretary-treasurer at WPI 

Of the three terms concluding 
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more alumni must be proposed for 
the ballot which will be voted on by 
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Attention small businesses! 

The Alumni Association recently 
received a request from the Department 
of Defense for names and addresses of 
alumni involved in small, high- 
technology businesses. Rather than 
attempt to define those alumni, and in 
line with our policy of not supplying 
addresses of alumni to those outside the 
WPI community, we are passing along 
the request here in the Journal. 

The Office of the Under Secretary of 
Defense for Research and Engineering will be 
announcing within the next few months a 
new program to increase the nation's innova- 
tive research and development capabilities. To 
do this, we must increase the participation of 
small, U.S., high-technology businesses in 
DOD research, development, test and evalua- 
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2 Fall sports: Off to a rousing start 

4 Shipping out with the President's Advisory Council 

Sending off the Tall Ships and saying thanks to some veryspe- 
cial people. 

10 Biomedical Engineering— The human side of technology 

A brief look at what may be the oldest of WPI's non-traditional 

13 On butterfly wings, this time . . . 

Yet another WPI connection to those human-powered aircraft 

14 Give the job to a busy man! 

15 Eager beaver? 

16 Your class and others 

30 Completed careers 


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Vice President: Clark Poland, '48 

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Past President: William A. Julian, '49 

Executive Committee member s-at-large: 
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Fund Board: Henry Styskal, Jr., '50, chair- 
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Gerald Finkle, '57; Philip H. Puddington, '59; 
Richard A. Davis, '53; C. John Lindegren, '39; 
JohnH. Tracy, '52 

The WPI Journal / Fall 1980 / 1 

Fall Sports: 

Off to a rousing start! 

by Mark Mandel 

WPI Sports Information Director 

If the WPI sports year continues as it 
has in the first half of the fall season, 
it will be the most successful in 
many, many years. 

The football team's 3-1 record 
marks its best start since 1968, 
when the Engineers went 5-2. WPI 
opened the season with a loss, 23-6 
to Norwich, but rebounded and won 
the next three games: 14-0 over 
Coast Guard, 7-5 over Colby, and 
37-0 over Western Connecticut State 
College before a cheering Homecom- 
ing crowd of alumni and students. 

"We are pleased with our efforts 
during the first half of the season," 
said head coach Bob Weiss. "But we 
would sure like to play that first 
game over again!" 

As the scores indicate, the Engi- 
neers have won on the strength of 
the defense. After giving up all 23 
points to Norwich in the first half of 
that game, the defense limited its 
opponents to just 5 points in the 
next three and one-half games. 

Offensively, a switch that has 
moved tri-captain Bob Montagna to 
halfback and freshman Mark Lefeb- 
vre to quarterback has been quite 
effective. But the bulk of the offen- 
sive load has fallen on the shoulders 
of sophomore halfback Jim Leonardo 
. . . and he has responded. Jim leads 
New England small colleges in scor- 
ing (5 TDs) and won the prestigious 
Gold Helmet Award (given by the 
New England Football Writer's Asso- 
ciation to the most outstanding per- 
formers in New England college 
football) for his 4-touchdown perfor- 
mance in WPI's win over Western 

"The second half of the season 
should be a good test for us," con- 
tinues Coach Weiss. "Bates, RPI, 
Hamilton, and Lowell — our next 
opponents — are all formidable 
teams. However, I feel that we can 
do well in each and every one of the 
remaining games. If the spirit and 
the togetherness that we showed in 
the last three games continues over 
the next four, there is no question 
that this team will produce one of 
the best records in years." 

Unexpectedly, the soccer team 
(4-0-1) is also having one of its better 
years. Despite losing WPI's third all- 
time scorer, Leo Kaabi, to gradua- 
tion, Coach Alan King has brought 
his team to its highest rankings in 
WPI history— 12th in the country 
and 2nd in New England. 

The offensive punch, supplied 
by Kaabi last year ( 1 7 of WPI's 35 
goals), has been provided by mid- 
fielder Micky Nallen (3 goals, 4 
assists) and forward Tony Pileggi (4 
goals). The defense, led by captain 

Dennis Wysocki and goalie Jim 
Eilenberger, has lived up to its expec- 
tations. The Engineers have given up 
only three goals in the first five 

"I'm not yet convinced that this 
is a great team — we still have the 
toughest part of the schedule ahead 
of us," said head coach Alan King. 
'But we are beginning to play like a 
team, and I have high hopes for the 
remainder of the year." 

The women's tennis team has qui- 
etly but quickly taken itself from 
infancy, just a year ago, to respecta- 
bility. Under the tutelage of Marcia 
Kenedey, the Engineers won their 
first six matches and have a 7-3 
record halfway through the sched- 

The key to the early success can 
be found in the team's depth. The 
engineer lineup, from top to bottom, 
is stocked with very capable players. 
First singles player Lisa Longwell 
(7-3 record); second singles Debbie 
Biederman (6-4); and first doubles 
Cindy Gagnon and Leslie Cornwall 
(4-2) are the cream of the crop. But 
everyone plays, everyone contrib- 
utes, and the result is a very reward- 
ing season. 

The cross-country team, riddled by 
graduation, is having a tough go of it. 
Its 2-5 record should improve as the 
young team gets further into the sea- 

The women's volleyball team is 
1-2 and will play the bulk of its 
schedule later in the fall. 

2 /Fall 1980/ The WPI journal 

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i mi i lj 'i ijwj 

Shipping Out 

with the 

President's Advisory Council 

It started out as a part of a time- 
worn device used by many col- 
leges to help raise money for the 
Annual Alumni Fund. It has become 
something much more valuable and 
significant for WPI. 

In 1972 a special category of giv- 
ing to the college by alumni and par- 
ents was created for the first time: 
those who had given the Alumni 
Fund or the Parents Fund $1,000 or 
more, or who had made a one-time 
gift of $10,000 or more, were recog- 
nized with membership in a newly 
formed group called the President's 
Advisory Council. 

Photographs by Michael A. DiPierro, '68, 
and Stephen J. Hebert, '66 

Now, many colleges have done 
similar kinds of things to help stim- 
ulate such major giving by alumni 
and parents. Such recognition usu- 
ally takes the form of a special certif- 
icate, or plaque, or some other 
physical memento, suitably 
inscribed or engraved. But Thomas J. 
Denney, vice president for university 
relations, and Stephen J. Hebert, '66, 
alumni director, didn't want the 
PAC to be just another "me-too" 

"People who make gifts of that 
magnitude," says Denney, "are 
showing a very real commitment to 
WPI and to what we stand for. For us 
merely to turn around and give them 
something like an engraved paper- 
weight as a way of saying 'thanks' — 
well, it just didn't seem to me to be a 
meaningful enough gesture. Instead, 
we decided to try and capitalize on 
the commitment of these donors to 
WPI by asking them for more than 
just money. 

4/ Fall 1 980 / The WPI Journal 

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"We tried to think of a suitable 
structure, a vehicle with which we 
could tap the wealth of knowledge 
and experience these successful indi- 
viduals had amassed in their 
careers," Denney continues. "Yet 
we wanted to do it in a way that 
wouldn't conflict with the normal 
day-to-day operations and policy- 
setting functional areas of the col- 
lege, which properly rest with the 
college administration and the Board 
of Trustees, respectively. And we 
didn't want to take up too much of 
the time of these busy and con- 
cerned people." 

The end product was the 
President's Advisory Council, 
a group which would be 
invited to the campus annually to 
meet with the president of the col- 
lege and discuss a specific topic of 

To help form the charter group 
of PAC members, Len White, '41, 
head of R.H. White Construction 
Co., Inc., pitched in to head up the 
recruitment drive. An attractive 
invitation to membership was pre- 
pared and mailed to approximately 
80 alumni who were considered 
prospects for the PAC. In that first 
year, 38 people joined the group. 
(Compare this with the 17 people 
who had contributed at the level of 
the PAC the year before.) They were 
invited to campus that winter, for a 
stimulating discussion with Presi- 
dent George Hazzard. The theme of 
that meeting was the problems fac- 
ing higher education in the 1970s, 
including financing college opera- 

tions, student expenses, and attract- 
ing sufficient numbers of students in 
the face of an imminent decline in 
the college-age population. 

The PAC program was off and 
running. It was so successful, in 
both leadership and financial terms, 
that Denney and Hebert and White 
wanted to find another way of saying 
'thanks' to this generous group of 
involved and committed alumni. 
What they decided has evolved into 
the other main tradition of the PAC, 
an annual recognition function. It 
started off simply enough, with a 
desire to hold a truly elegant dinner, 
with cuisine and setting appropriate 
to the stature and prestige of the 

Barbara Hall, special events 
coordinator, located a suitable 
caterer and the evening was staged 
in the great hall of the Higgins 
House, which had just recently 
become a part of the WPI campus. 

The WPI Journal / Fall 1980/5 



the president have continued. 
Over the years they have 
touched on student housing, the 
Football Committee's findings and 
report, Title IX and equal athletic 
facilities for women, the greening of 
the campus, and plans for WPI's 
physical plant. 

The dinners have continued, as 
well, and they have become a very 
special annual event. In 1975 some- 
one got the idea of staging a "Feder- 
alist" dinner at Old Sturbridge 
Village, recreating the supper served 
at George Washington's inaugura- 
tion. Well, it turned out that the 
menu had to be altered somewhat, 
but the combination of the nine- 
teenth-century setting and enter- 
tainment, plus the feeling of 
community created by being with 
others who cared about the future of 
WPI, made the day something very 
special for those PAC members who 

The next question became, 
"How could the PAC follow that 
kind of act for the next year?" With 
great difficulty and ingenuity, that's 
how. For 1976, the group was 
addressed by a special assistant to 
the Montreal Olympic Games Com- 
mittee. In 1979, another dinner was 
staged at Sturbridge, this one 
focused around the theme of recreat- 
ing the 'Junto,' a group of intellec- 
tuals founded by Benjamin Franklin, 
who gathered periodically to imbibe 
and to solve the world's problems. 
Franklin, as an inventor and early 
technologist, seemed a suitable 
choice for a WPI group, and the 
group was welcomed by Ben himself 
(well, actually by an actor perform- 
ing a one-man show) . 

In 1979, after heading up the 
organization for eight years, Len 
White turned over the reins of 
the PAC chairmanship to Richard A. 
Davis, '53, president of Thermos 
Division, King-Seely Thermos Co. 
White is currently serving on the 
Physical Facilities Committee of the 
WPI Board of Trustees and is corpo- 
rate chairman of WPI's current capi- 
tal funds program. 

For 1980, the PAC had one of its 
finest days ever. By now, the group 
had grown to more than 150 mem- 
bers, and it was getting harder and 
harder to 'top' the previous year's 
PAC function. But 1980 happened to 
be Boston's 350th birthday. As a 
present to Boston, the Tall Ships — 
which had so thrilled the city and 
nation in 1976 — returned for a few 
days' visit to Boston Harbor topped 
off by a sailing race to Norway. 

President Edmund T. Cranch 
welcomed President's Advisory 
Council members to some of the 
best seats in the house, on a spe- 
cially chartered boat, as the Tall 
Ships sailed out of the harbor and 
readied for the start of the race on 
June 4. Two PAC members flew in 
from California, one from Washing- 
ton, and another from his home in 
the Caribbean, specially for the 

The editor of the Journal hap- 
pened to be leaving campus late on 
the afternoon of the 4th, just as the 
buses were returning from the Tall 
Ships cruise, so he wandered over to 
Harrington Auditorium in time to 
see the group disembark. "In ten 
years at WPI," he commented, "I 
have never seen such an excited and 
enthusiastic crowd. They came out 
of the buses walking on air, it 
seemed like. You could tell that 
they'd had a great day, with the Tall 
Ships and with each other." 

Over the years, the PAC has 
grown considerably in 
numbers. And in doing so it 
has managed to develop a sense of 
community among its members 
while successfully avoiding any hint 
of elitism. As PAC members have 
come to know one another, as they 
have candidly shared their opinions 
at the annual discussions with the 
president, as they have enjoyed the 
annual functions, and as they have 
welcomed newcomers into their 
midst each year, the PAC has indeed 
become a vital force within the WPI 

PAC members come in all sorts. 
They range in age from the class of 
1913 to the class of 1974. They 
include parents of students and 
alumni in the classes of '77 through 
'83. Their numbers include busi- 
nessmen, engineers, entrepreneurs, 
contractors, attorneys, and members 
of the WPI faculty. They live across 
the continent, from Anaheim to 
Aruba. They give of themselves — 
their resources, their knowledge, 
their commitment, their time, and 
their love for WPI. 

6/ Fall 1 980 / The WPI Journal 

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Above: On the Tall Ships, people can 
look mighty small. 

Below: And you thought Main Street 
was crowded .... 

8 / Fall 1980 / The WPI Journal 


Above left: Tom Dcnncy, vice president 
for university relations, shares a moment 
with Julius Palley, '46. 

Above right: Professor Ray Hagglund, 
who holds the Kenneth G. Merriam Pro- 
fessorship in Mechanical Engineering, 
enjoys the day with Bill Steur, '35, who 
endowed the faculty position in honor of 
the former head of WPI's Aeromechanics 
Option program in the 30s and 40s. 

Below: The contrast of the 18th and the 
20th centuries is evident in Boston Har- 


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The human side of technology 

As the oldest of the 'non- 
traditional' fields at WPI, 
L biomedical engineering has 
been around since the mid-1960s. In 
that time it has emerged as an inno- 
vative yet mature program that cuts 
across many of the traditional disci- 
plinary boundaries. 

The recent death of Richard G. 
Beschle, associate professor and one 
of the founders of the program, 
marks the end of what we might 
describe as the "first stage" of bio- 
medical engineering education at 
WPI. It is an appropriate time to take 
a brief look at where the program has 
come from and what it is doing 

Biomedical engineering is the 
application of engineering 
principles and methods to 
problems in medicine. As engineer- 
ing fields go, this is a fairly new one. 
Though where you mark the begin- 
nings of the field depends somewhat 
on how you define its limits 
(Roentgen's use of x-rays, for exam- 
ple, might be considered one of the 
earliest instances of biomedical engi- 
neering), there were no educational 
programs to train professional bio- 
medical engineers until the 1950s. 

WPI doesn't really offer an 
undergraduate program in the way 
that some other colleges do, and in 
fact biomedical engineering isn't 
even a separate department, being 
instead an interdisciplinary program 
which uses faculty members who 
also have joint appointments with 

other departments. Prof. Robert A. 
Peura, '64, coordinator of the pro- 
gram, states its philosophy thus: 

"Some schools offer a number 
of undergraduate courses in the bio- 
medical area, but they attempt to 
cover such a breadth of material that 
the student never gets any real depth 
in any one area. We encourage our 
students to major in the department 
that reflects their basic interests — 
mechanical engineering, electrical 
engineering, computer science, 
chemical engineering — and then 
supplement that work with life sci- 
ence courses and, finally, if they 
choose, select from our senior- and 
graduate-level biomedical engineer- 
ing courses. 

"Most of our emphasis at the 
undergraduate level is through the 
project work, particularly projects 
done at the two hospital internship 
centers we maintain, at St. Vincent 
Hospital and at the University of 
Massachusetts Medical Center. 
These two centers offer students the 
opportunity to get practical, clinical 
experience in the field." 

As he talks about his field and 
his program, Peura's nor- 
L mally reserved manner 
takes on a passionate intensity. "For 
me, biomedical engineering is a 
chance to do something technical 
and really see the human benefit 
from your work, to do something 
that helps people live. I majored in 
electrical engineering at WPI, but I 
quickly discovered I didn't want to 
build a faster computer or make a 
better national defense system. I got 
interested in biomedical engineering 
after reading about defibrillators in 
the ieee Spectrum during my junior 
year, and I ended up going on to Iowa 
State University for graduate work." 
He continues, "I guess what I like 
most about biomedical engineering 
is the amount of feedback I get from 
my work, the chance to see it put 
into practice and really be of direct 
benefit to other people." 

10 /Fall 1980 / The WPI journal 

•wm m i w J rnai 

From its beginnings in 1963 as a 
joint program operated by WPI 
and Clark University, the bme 
program has cut across all sorts of 
traditional academic boundaries. In 
those early days, WPI itself offered 
no biology courses, so a cooperative 
program was the only possibility. 
The initial foray into the area was 
with a seminar held in 1961, when 
Dick Beschle spoke on the subject. 
The next year a joint seminar pro- 
gram with Clark's biology depart- 
ment was held at WPI. 

The first course in biomedical 
engineering was initiated by Dick 
Beschle in 1963, when it was given 
to students from both schools, and 
repeated during the summer for six- 
teen graduate students in electrical 
engineering. (That summer's course, 
incidentally, was either directly or 
indirectly responsible for the plan- 
ning of biomedical engineering pro- 
grams in at least two other schools.) 
Initially the program offered a 
master's degree, and a doctoral 
degree program was inaugurated in 

If biomedical engineering had 
remained at the graduate level it 
attained by the late '60s at WPI, it 
would certainly be a good if tradi- 
tional program. But then something 
different happened. The WPI Plan 
came along, and with it a focused 
emphasis on project work, the solu- 
tion of real problems in conjunction 
with outside sponsors. 

This opened up a whole range of 
new possibilities for WPI students. A 
project center agreement was 
quickly reached with St. Vincent 
Hospital, a 600-bed teaching hospi- 
tal in southeast Worcester. 

The February 1975 Journal 
described some of the work done by 
students at St. Vincent, specifically 
the refinement and development of a 
technique for detecting blood clots 
in the calf by measuring changes in 
electrical resistance, a procedure 
first defined by Dr. H. Brownell 
Wheeler, now chief of surgery at 
UMass Medical Center. The stu- 
dents' project, you may recall, 
involved the use of liverwursts (with 
holes drilled in them) to simulate 

the human calf. That project 
resulted in a validated medical test 
which is now used by the hospital, 
and Bill Penney, one of the students 
involved, is now on the WPI bio- 
medical engineering faculty. 

More recent work at St. Vincent 
has involved projects in blood pres- 
sure measurement, development of 
a cardiac simulator for training hos- 
pital personnel in the use of an intra- 
venous pressure monitor, 
microcomputer-based patient moni- 
toring techniques, designing a modi- 
fied surgical tool for cutting bone, 
and designing an adjustable headrest 
for wheelchairs. Projects at UMass 
Medical Center have included 
designing and building a micropro- 
cessor-based instrument for moni- 
toring the heart's oxygen 
consumption during surgery, mea- 
suring pulmonary artery tempera- 
ture, building an instrument to 
monitor the operation of a defibrilla- 
tor, devising a method for accurately 
testing the coefficient of friction of 
suture material (and thus determin- 
ing the security of surgical knots, 

The WPI foumal / Fall 1980/11 

measuring the true motion of the 
knee joint, devising a procedure for 
cooling large wounds to aid healing, 
a cough detector and counter, and 
work on determining the speed of 
blood flow by using ultrasonic waves 
and doppler shifts. 

This wide range of projects, 
however, do show two consistent 
threads that are characteristic of 
what is perhaps the major emphasis 
of WPI's program: investigation of 
non-invasive measurement and 
monitoring techniques — that is, 
techniques and tests which can be 
made from outside (or on the surface 
of) the body to discover underlying 
conditions. The second thread is 
that much of the work done in the 
program is concerned with blood 
flow in the body — with the arteries 
and veins, and with heart action. 

At WPI some 85 undergradu- 
ates are involved in the bio- 
L medical engineering 
program, in addition to 30 graduate 
students. While it will not likely 
ever match the size of one of the big 
departments — say ME or EE — 
biomedical engineering will con- 
tinue to offer a uniquely different 
alternative for WPI student engi- 

During the early years of the 
WPI Plan, the term 'technological 
humanist' was coined to refer to the 
type of values-conscious engineers 
and scientists the school wanted to 
produce. Of all the technologies 
being studied at WPI today, can any 
be called more 'humane' than bio- 
medical engineering, which is aimed 
at helping to protect and restore 
health and life? 


The thing that was really spe- 
cial about Dick Beschle was 
the way he cared about stu- 
dents. He was always available to 
students, even if they weren't taking 
one of his courses or working for 
him. He spent a lot of time just 
being available for students with 
questions or problems." Those are 
the comments of Bob Peura, current 
biomedical engineering coordinator 
at WPI. 

A former student echoed those 
sentiments: "To me, the most mem- 
orable thing about Dr. Beschle was 
that he spent several hours a day in 
the Biomedical engineering lounge 
talking to students. This was not 
official or part of a course. He was 
just always there, talking to stu- 
dents. The conversations were 
informative, educational, and inter- 
esting. This showed a real dedication 
to teaching." 

One of his students later com- 
mented that Dick "exuded through 
his teachings and manner a deep 
respect for the living organism. I can 
remember quite distinctly Dr. 
Beschle relating the moving experi- 
ence the first time he held in his 
hand a beating heart." That same 
student continued, "the most valu- 
able learning experiences at WPI that 
I can recall were the informal gather- 
ings 'chaired' by Dr. Beschle, where 
student research or other related 
topics were discussed an analyzed in 
an open forum. . . To him there was 
no such thing as a stupid question. 
He answered every one with 
patience and wisdom." 

One of the big interests in 
Beschle's life was the scouting 
movement. Edwin B. Coghlin, Jr., 
'56, worked with Dick on a number 
of scouting committees and pro- 
grams. He remembers, "Dick's tre- 
mendous commitment to an 
exceptional program . . . his great 
concern for the health and safety of 
each and every individual camper. . ." 

Dick, a WPI graduate and mem- 
ber of the Class of 1950, was one of 
the founders of WPI's biomedical 
engineering program, and he 
directed its operations for many 
years. During that time it grew from 
a joint operation with Clark Univer- 
sity to a separate WPI program serv- 
ing scores of students each year. 
Through an administrative mixup, 
Dick, an associate professor since 
1963, was passed over for promotion 
twice, despite the support of his col- 
leagues in the Life Sciences Depart- 
ment. Dick was finally scheduled for 
the promotion to full professor he so 
richly deserved on July 1, 1980. But 
he didn't make it. 

Dick's class was celebrating its 
30th anniversary Reunion in June 
with a dinner at the Salem Cross 
Inn, West Brookfield, Massachu- 
setts. As part of the program, Dick 
had begun to address the group when 
he suddenly collapsed, stricken with 
a massive heart attack. 

A special effort is being made by a 
group of his colleagues and former 
students to create a memorial fund 
in Dick Beschle's name. As this 
issue went to press, over $5,000 had 
been raised. Ideally, the group would 
like to endow an annual graduate 
assistantship; if that is not possible, 
then an annual lecture series will 
result. If you would like to contrib- 
ute to this fund, please send your 
donation to The Richard G. Beschle 
Memorial Fund, Worcester Polytech- 
nic Institute, Worcester, Massachu- 
setts 01609. 

12 / Fall 1980 / The WPI Journal 



On butterfly wings this time 

When we ran the article by 
Paul MacCready about 
the Gossamer aircraft in 
the summer issue of the Journal, we 
inadvertently left out the contribu- 
tions of another WPI alumnus 
whose research was intimately 
involved with the success of the pro- 

The alumnus is E. Eugene 
Larrabee, '42, who is currently asso- 
ciate professor at Massachusetts 
Institute of Technology. Students of 
Larrabee, using his propeller design 
algorithms, designed the final pro- 
peller for the Gossamer Albatross, 
helping to transform that initially 
unsuccessful aircraft into the Chan- 
nel crosser that attracted world-wide 
attention. A popular account of Pro- 
fessor Larrabee's propeller design 
and analysis methods appears in Sci- 

entific American for July 1980. 

Professor Larrabee gave the first 
of this year's Carl Gunnard Johnson 
seminars at WPI in September. His 
presentation covered propeller the- 
ory and the history of the Chrysalis 
project, which led to the construc- 
tion by his students of a sophisti- 
cated pedal-drive airplane during the 
short period of 90 days in the spring 
of 1979. The biplane featured a 
72-foot wingspan and weighed 95 
pounds. The students were all 
undergraduates in MIT's department 
of aeronautics and astronautics. 
Stephen Finberg, an engineer in the 
Charles Stark Draper Laboratories in 
Cambridge, designed and con- 
structed the Chrysalis air-speed 
measuring system and took the pic- 
ture which is reproduced here. 

The Chrysalis biplane, alas, is 

no more. After being flown more 
than 330 times during the summer 
of 1979 by at least 40 different pilots 
(including Bryan Allen), it was dis- 
mantled forever on September 16. A 
handsome l/12th scale display 
model of the plane has been con- 
structed for MIT's historical collec- 

Professor Larrabee is proud to 
have received the Gospel according 
to Prandtl and Betz while he was a 
student of the late Professor Kenneth 
G. Merriam in the then-famous 
aeromechanics option of the ME 
department. And he's proud to con- 
tinue passing it along to his students 
at MIT, where he has taught since 
1946. But the Chrysalis project has 
to be the outstanding Lehr und 
Kunst activity of his life. 



If you want to get a job done, give 
it to the busiest person you 
know," goes the old saying. The 
University of Arkansas apparently 
believes in old sayings. It just named 
Dr. Mason H. Somerville, '64, the 
new chairman of the department of 
mechanical engineering and engi- 
neering science. 

Dr. Somerville made his way to 
Fayetteville, Arkansas, via Grand 
Forks, North Dakota and seven years 
of distinguished service at the Uni- 
versity of North Dakota (UND). For 
the last three years, he has been 
director of the University's Engi- 
neering Experiment Station in the 
School of Engineering and Mines. 
Since 1976, he has also held the post 
of associate professor in the depart- 
ment of mechanical engineering. 

At the Engineering Experiment 
Station, Somerville designed, nego- 
tiated, and implemented the Engi- 
neering Service Plan, which provides 
financial rewards for professionals at 
the School who are academically 
productive. He is also partially 
responsible for a research incentive 
plan with the University, which pro- 
vides monies to the School. Under 
his leadership, the annual value of 
the station's research projects rose 
from $700,000 to $3.4 million in a 
space of five years. 

As a professor at UND, he 
developed and taught the first gradu- 
ate course on the finite element 
method. His other courses included 
fluid mechanics, turbomachinery 
design, and heat transfer. Along the 
way, he produced 32 major publica- 
tions and reports totaling over 3,000 
pages, and conducted research pro- 
jects valued at over $1.3 million. 

Concerned with alternate 
sources of energy, he designed, 
supervised the building of, and mon- 
itored three experimental residential 
solar heating systems and developed 
a multiple-source heat pump. The 

university's coal characterization 
proposal, which he chaired, won the 
Old West Consortium competition. 
His concern for energy extends out- 
side of the classroom. He is one of 
the founders of the Energy Associa- 
tion of North Dakota, a private not- 
for-profit citizens' group dedicated to 
the furthering of energy conserva- 
tion and the use of renewable energy. 
A member of the North Dakota 
Solar Resource Advisory Panel, 
Somerville was also elected to the 
program planning and review board 
of the Mid- American Solar Energy 
Complex, Inc. to represent the state. 
He has helped arrange a national 
energy conference, and has partici- 
pated in 65 solar energy and coal gas- 
ification presentations since 1975. In 
May, he was invited to testify before 
the Senate Appropriations Commit- 
tee on DOE's conservation and solar 
application budget. Last February, he 
chaired a symposium on ice maker 

A year ago, recognized as an out- 
standing faculty member at UND, 
he was elected a faculty lecturer. A 
number of other honors have come 
his way. Six years ago, he won the 
Outstanding Young Educator's 
Award from the Society of Automo- 
tive Engineers. Previously, he won 
the Most Demanding Teacher Award 
at Pennsylvania State University, 

which also named him the Olin 
Grant recipient in a faculty compe- 

Dr. Somerville received his PhD 
from Penn State and his MSME from 
Northeastern. He is a registered pro- 
fessional engineer in North Dakota. 
An experiencd researcher and con- 
sultant, his most recent project post 
was that of consultant in the design 
and construction of the HVAC sys- 
tem at the Cray Research Facility in 
Minneapolis. The design, an off- 
peak air conditioning system, was 
completed this year. 

Somerville was active on 
numerous UND committees, and 
this year concluded a three-year 
term on the Faculty Research Com- 
mittee. His professional member- 
ships include the ASME, the 
International Solar Energy Society, 
and the American Society of Engi- 
neering Education. Recently, he was 
invited to speak before the Midwest 
Governors' Energy Task Force in St. 
Louis, Mo. 

Prior to joining UND in 1973, 
he was a senior engineer at 
Westinghouse's Bettis Atomic 
Power Laboratory. One of his pro- 
jects at Bettis was the completion of 
a major preliminary design of the 
shutdown and refueling facilities 
required for the U.S.S. Nimitz air- 
craft carrier. From 1967 to 1971, he 

14 / Fall 1980 / The WPI Journal 


alumnus arrives at his office 
at 7:45 a.m. After opening the 
mail, he checks the cash receipts, 
looks over the new invoices and the 
incoming orders, scrutinizes the pre- 
vious day's production figures, then 
takes a tour of the plant. 

"An eager beaver," you tell 

yourself. "A young man trying to 
impress his boss. Trying to get to the 
top. Fast!" 

was a full-time instructor at Penn 
State, and from 1977 to the present, 
an invited lecturer at the University 
of Wisconsin. 

Dr. Somerville takes to the Uni- 
versity of Arkansas a solid back- 
ground of dedication, creativity, and 
achievement, as well as a profes- 
sional record which will stand him 
in good stead as head of the Mechan- 
ical Engineering Department. This 
summer, he took over his new post, 
which like any new job is both chal- 
lenging and time-consuming. At 
Arkansas, he will teach mechanical 
engineering, as well as serve as head 
of the department. 

"I still plan to keep up with my 
outside activities, however," he 
declares. "I sing in the Methodist 
Church choir, and I am active in 
Lions International." A family man, 
Somerville also enjoys racquetball, 
backpacking, and woodworking. 

A busy man can make time for 
almost everything. 

Actually, the "young" man is 
over 80 years old, and he's been at 
the top for decades. He's Herbert E. 
Brooks, '20, owner and director of 
the Conant Ball Company of 
Gardner, Mass. For 60 years he's fol- 
lowed the same daily office routine. 
It's in his blood now. Herb Brooks 
likes to make sure that everything is 
running smoothly, and that every- 
one is doing his fair share to keep 
Conant Ball Company the producer 
of fine quality furniture that it has 
been for 128 years. During his long 
career with the company, he's 
worked with five generations of his 
family: his grandfather, his father, 
his brother, his son, and since 1979, 
his grandson. 

In 1920, he joined the firm as an 
assistant factory superintendent. In 
1936, he, his father, and his brother 
purchased control of the business 
from the state of Edward Ball. 
Shortly afterward, he was elected 
president. When his father retired in 
1949, Brooks was named treasurer. 
From 1974 to 1979, he was chairman 
of the board. Presently, he serves as a 

A Gardner native, Brooks 
attended WPI, graduating as a 
mechanical engineer in 1920. While 
there, he was a member of Sigma 
Alpha Epsilon fraternity and Skull. 
During his vacations, he worked in 
the family factory learning how to 
make furniture. Some of his early 
responsibilities included the supervi- 
sion of the wood shop and the pur- 
chase of lumber. Subsequently, he 
took charge of the entire manufac- 
turing operation of the company, 
and, much later, became the chief 
executive officer. 

For a number of years, he 
attended furniture shows in Grand 
Rapids, Mich., Chicago, 111., and 
High Point, S.C. His interest and 
dedication to the industry led him to 
active participation in the New Eng- 
land Association of Furniture Manu- 
facturers in the 1940's. Because he 
was a leader in the furniture field, he 
was invited to testify in Washington, 
D.C. before the World War II Price 
Control Board. For two terms he 
held the post of director of the 
National Association of Furniture 

Brooks' administrative talents 
have also served him well in com- 
munity affairs. He is a former direc- 
tor of the First National Bank of 
Gardner, and a past president of the 
Gardner Home for Elderly People, 
and of the local United Fund. He is a 
50-year member of the Masons, and 
a former member of the Monomo- 
noc Sporting Club and the 
Rotary. He belongs to the Congrega- 
tional Church. 

Since he started work at Conant 
Ball in 1920, there have been many 
changes in the company. Originally, 
Conant Ball was strictly a chair 
manufacturer. Early on, unfinished 
chairs were being shipped from 
Gardner to Boston to be finished and 
sold in the Boston finishing plant 
and showroom. Although the finish- 
ing operation was shut down in the 
late 1920's, the firm continued oper- 
ating showrooms in Boston and in 
New York City during the 1930's. 
Later, it produced dining room and 
kitchen suites. Early American fur- 
niture was introduced in the 1930's, 
with one of those lines only being 
discontinued in 1973. 

Conant Ball was a leader in con- 
temporary furniture. In 1932, it 
brought out American Modern, 
designed by Russell Wright. Follow- 
ing World War II , it was in a good 
position to satisfy pent-up consumer 
demands. Chicago consumers nearly 
rioted when a model room was 
unveiled. The firm produced that 
design for over 20 years. 

Currently, the company is 
famous for Sierra, its contemporary 
line made of solid oak with walnut 
accents, as well as for another group 
styled in the country English man- 
ner. Another popular line is a group 
of solid oak put-together tables, 
introduced in 1977. 

For 128 years, Conant Ball has 
maintained its reputation for high 
quality craftsmanship in the manu- 
facture of solid wood pieces. And for 
60 years, Herb Brooks has been on 
the job at 7:45 a.m. to insure the 
continuance of that reputation. 

The WPI Journal / Fall 1980 / 15 


Edward Nary writes that he is sorry that he 
missed the reunion, but hopes to attend 
next year. This year during reunion he was 
preparing to move back to his birthplace, 
Adams, Mass. after 65 years. 



Dr. Frederic R. Butler 


Worcester. MA 


Burton Marsh, emeritus member of the 
WPI Board of Trustees, is presently at home 
from the hospital following a slight heart 


Archie J Home 
1 Hunter Circle 
Shrewsbury, MA 

TUNE 4-7, 1 98 1 

Alfred Wilson writes: "I graduated from 
S.D. Warren Co./Scott Paper Co. more than 
eleven years ago and am still going 
strong." He recently moved from 
Westbrook, Me. to Quechee, Vt. 

16 /Fall 1980 / The WPI Journal 


Secretary Representative: 

Holbrook L Horton Holbrook L. Horton 

120 W. Saddle River Rd 
Saddle River, NJ 

The class has completed its 50th anniver- 
sary of graduation program by selecting 
the Communications Research Laboratory 
on the third floor of Atwater Kent 
Laboratories as its gift to the college at a 
cost of $40,000. It had previously funded a 
scholarship until the architect finished the 
plans for WPI's newest improvement. Hol- 
brook Horton was chairman of the gift 
selection committee, assisted by Andy 
O'Connell, Diran Deranian, Frank Wies- 
man, Milt Labonte and Steve Donahue. 


Secretary Representative 

Carl W Backstrom Carl W, Backstrom 

1 13 Winifred Ave 
Worcester, MA 

Ed "Foxy Grandpa" Delano just keeps 
rolling along. He was the unofficial national 
champion in his age class at the recent 
25-mile time trial, winning out overfour 
other riders all younger than he. Ed is 
hitting the media on all fronts. Many news- 
papers ran the story of his historic ride to his 
50th WPI reunion. He made "Faces in the 
Crowd" \n Sports Illustrated, and he was 
featured in an article in 50 Plus to name just 
a couple of magazines. He has also made a 
number of TV appearances. 


Sumner B. Sweetser 
100 Pine Grove Ave 
Summit, NJ 


Dr Raymond B Crawford 


Oakham, MA 


Don Haskins and his wife and the George 

Lymans travelled with their trailers to 
Mexico in March. The Lymans left from 
Connecticut and met the Haskinses, from 
Utah, at the border. They then travelled 
together, communicating by CB radio. 
After enjoying the warmth of Mexico, they 
returned to the U.S. for a few days of skiing 
at Utah resorts. In the future, they hope to 
travel together through the West and 



Raymond F Starrett 

Continental Country Club 

Box 1 04 

Wildwood, FL 


Plummer Wiley 
2906 Silver Hill Ave. 
Baltimore, MD 

Last year, Theron Cole was named vice 
president of engineering, research and de- 
velopment at Parker Metal Corporation 

Harvey White now serves as president of 
Harvey W. White, Inc., Charlotte, N.C. He 
is a registered professional fire protection 
engineer and RM consultant. 


JUNE 4-7, I 98 I 


Harold F Henrickson 

1406 Fox Hill Dr. 

Sun City Center, FL 


George Rocheford recently received a 
lifetime membership award from the ASCE 
in Boston. He is active as a director of the 
Natick Lions Club and is busy with local 




Richard J. Lyman 

Gordon F Crowther 


20 Bates St 

Medfield, MA 

Hartford, CT 




Samuel W Mencow 

789 Parker Ave 

Holden, MA 


Hank Dearborn continues as a patent and 
trademark attorney at Texaco, Inc. and 
plans "to continue as long as my health 
lasts." He is headquartered in White Plains, 
NY. and resides in Summit, N.J. . . . Re- 
cently, Harris Howland returned from a 
sailing trip on his boat to the Dry Tortugas. 
He writes: "Have been retired now for five 
years and still enjoying it. I play tennis three 
or four times a week and a game of golf 
once in a while." Howland is a member of 
the U.S. Power Squadron with the rank of 

The Ray Linsleys have returned from 
France where they visited their daughter 
who lives in Le Vesinet outside of Paris. 
(Their son-in-law is manager of the Paris 
branch of the Bank of America.) The 
Linsleys' oldest son is a consultant in the 


restaurant business, and their second son is 
sales manager for a distributor of material 
for natural food stores. Their youngest son 
is on tour with his rock band, which has just 
released its first record. 

After retiring from Hydrocomp, Inc., in 
1977, Ray later formed a new consulting 
firm, Linsley, Krager Associates, in Aptos, 
Calif. Last year, he completed the third 
edition of Water Resources Engineering 
and received an honorary doctor of en- 
gineering from WPI. 


Francis B Swenson 
599 Common St. 
Walpole, MA 

Norman Bouley, formerly chief of produc- 
tion control at H.F. Livermore Corp., Bos- 
ton, is retired. . . . Robert O'Brien continues 
with Kraft Dairy Group (Breyer, Sealtest, 
Breakstone, etc.) in Philadelphia. 



Charles H. Amidon, Jr. 

636 Salisbury St. 

Holden, MA 


C John Lindegren, Jr. 
21 Prospect St. 
Shrewsbury, MA 

Keith McKeeman has a winter home in 
Tucson, Arizona. He serves on the board of 
directors of Moses Ludington Hospital in 
Ticonderoga, NY. and is on the Planning 
Board of Hague, NY. He retired three years 
ago as chief industrial engineer from J.C. 
Penney Co. During his leisure time he 
enjoys golf and contract bridge. . . . Ernie 
Sykes says, "June 5th was commencement 
day for me as I retired from the lab at 
(University of California) Berkeley." Trailer 
travel is in the Sykes' future. 



Robert E. Dunklee. Jr 

Rocky Hill Rd 

North Scituate, Rl 


Russell A Lovell, Jr. 
Jonathan Lane 
Sandwich, MA 

Eric Anderson and his wife Hazel are enjoying his 
early retirement from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft at 
their home in Meredith, N.H on the shores of 
Lake Winnipesaukee. Although the shell of their 
house was built by a contractor, Eric did all the 
interior finishing himself with a little help from 
his friends. In the summer he commands his own 
fleet of small boats. In the winter he snow- 
mobiles and goes cross-country skiing. "No 
Florida winters for this rugged Scandinavian!" 
. . . Howard Anderson continues as president of 
the WW. Clark Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. 
The firm provides complete electrical service to 
heavy industry such as steel mills, metal-working 

installations, chemical and processing plants, 
and electric utility company facilities. An avid 
golfer, he's had two holes-in-one, one of which 
occurred on Friday the 13th .. . Since retiring 
from his office and institutional furniture man- 
ufacturing business, Donald Bates has been 
keeping busy with interests in several small 
businesses and real estate projects. He writes: 
"Our favorite hobby is traveling. Besides other 
short trips, we go completely around the world 
twice a year." 

George Bingham has just started a new career 
as manager of hydroelectric power and water 
resources for Chas. T. Main, Inc., in Portland, 
Oregon. Earlier, he had worked for 30 years for 
EBASCO Services and over seven years for Bon- 
neville Power Administration. Once he took two 
delegations to Russia as part of the U.S. technical 
exchange program. He's made seven annual 
appearances before the Public Works Commit- 
tees of the House and Senate. . . . Bill Blades is 
enjoying his early retirement from the Worcester 
Works (U.S. Steel) in Marco Island, Fla. Wife Vi is 
a volunteer at Naples Community Hospital. 
"Both of us have served in every church job 
except pastorand organist". . Alexander Bod- 
reau has retired from American Optical Corp., 
Southbridge, Mass., after 38 years with the 
company. He is an avid fisherman, garden "put- 
terer,"and participant in town politics. Forthirty 
years he has served as chief of the fire depart- 
ment in Quinebaug, Conn. He devotes quite a 
bit of time to fire prevention and community fire 
safety, and follows his grandchildren's participa- 
tion in school sports. 

Dr. Ronald Brand has retired from the Univer- 
sity of Connecticut after 33 years. He had been 
with the faculty and had held the posts of head 
of the ME department and director of academic 
planning for the university. Over the years, he's 
held visiting professorships in Norway and En- 
gland. Presently, he's "trying to keep a 200- 
year-old house and six acres in shape." He sails 
in Narragansett Bay and is treasurer of the Town 
of Eastford. The Brands have three children and 
two grandchildren. 

Currently, Malcolm Burton serves as associate 
dean for undergraduate affairs, director of the 
College Program ("design your own cur- 
riculum"), and director of the freshman- 
sophomore program in the College of Engineer- 
ing at Cornell University, where he has been on 
staff for 34 years. He was once associate dean 
for graduate studies when then associate Dean 
Cranch (now WPI president) was on leave. He 
wrote a textbook on applied metallurgy and was 
published in numerous technical publications. 
Once the owner of his own plane, his hobbies 
are now woodworking, carving, and painting 
waterfowl decoys. 

Dr. S. Carlton Dickerman and his wife Anne 
enjoy retirement living on their 1 3-acre tract on 
Rogers Lake, Lyme, Conn. Activities include 
fishing, ice skating, wood cutting for the stove, 
and above all, gardening. They grow asparagus, 
rhubarb, raspberries, blueberries (20 qts. last 
year), and flowers. In the winter they garden in 
their greenhouse. Arthur Dinsmore says that he 
is in "sort of a pre-retirement slot" at Seneca 
Falls (N.Y.) Machine Company where he is man- 
ager of technical services. With the firm for 32 
years, he has a number of patents for machine 
attachments, including some for the first au- 
tomatic handling device for work machined be- 
tween centers. 

Formerly with GE, Wheeler Wire, and Essex 
Wire, Kenneth Fraser is now western regional 
sales manager for Markel Corp. The Frasers are 
sports lovers. They regularly participate in golf 
and league bowling, as well as gardening. Wife 
Jane works part time at the Bank of America. . . . 
Continuing as president and chairman of James- 
bury Corp., which he founded in 1954, Howard 
Freeman says he has no intention of retiring, 
"but I foresee shifts in emphasis on the horizon." 
The Freemans, who have two children and two 
grandchildren, enjoy their home on Cape Cod. 
. . . Last summer, Clyde Gerald, vice president of 
Lloyd Publicity Co., Baltimore, Md., decided to 
retire, but reports that he has so many irons in 
the fire he's thinking of going back to work "to 
rest up." His hobby is model railroading. 

Leonard Goldsmith is continuing his career in 
research, development and manufacture of iner- 
tial attitude, reference, and navigation systems 
for aerospace applications, predominantly mili- 
tary. He serves as program manager in the 
Singer-Kearfott Division, Wayne, N.J. His wife 
Marcia, a professional, international folk singer, 
teaches viola, violin, and guitar, and plays 
chamber music on the viola. Their son Martin is 
an MD and Richard a documentary filmmaker. 
Goldsmith makes stained glass creations, hikes, 
and goes to concerts, museums and the theatre. 
After 30 years with Honeywell, Will Gove now 
holds the post of director of corporate real estate 
and field administration for the firm in Min- 
neapolis. He is a junior warden and lay reader at 
his church, reads on the radio for the blind, and 
chairs a committee to sponsor three Vietnamese. 
A sports buff, he likes skiing and tennis. 

Joe Halloran, past president of his local volun- 
teer fire association, reports he has responded to 
over 800 fire alarms. At one fire he fell from the 
second floor into the basement of a small build- 
ing following a chimney collapse. He is now 
treasurer of Box 22 Associates, International Fire 
Buff Associates, and a member of the Branford 
Yacht Club. With the Halloran Equipment Com- 
pany, he has been manager of the industrial heat 
treating furnace division in New Haven and for 
thirty years has been New England representat- 
ive for Ajax Electric Co. and Park Chemical Co. 
The youngest of the Hallorans' five children is a 
senior at St. Lawrence University. 

Franklin Hayes still farms with D.F. Hayes & 
Son in North Brookfield, Mass. He and Norma 
have a married daughter and a son who at- 
tended WPI and is a mechanic. Hayes is an active 
Mason. . . . With six acres of woodland and a big 
garden, Robert Hewey says he gets plenty of 
exercise without leaving home. Currently, he is 
vice president of manufacturing at Sprague- 
Textron in Bridgeport, Conn. . . . David 
Kuniholm reports that he is still "lead soloist" at 
Kuniholm Associates in Petersham, Mass. His 
agency sells machinery and equipment to the 
textile, paper, and plastic film industries in New 
England. His son, David Jr., graduated from WPI 
in 1969, and his daughter, Donna, is married and 
living in Spain. The Kuniholms have made three 
trips to Spain, and have also toured Portugal, 
Rome, Greece, and Morocco. Presently, they are 
restoring a 200-year-old 1 1 -room home in 
Petersham. "A challenge." 

Russ Lovell's book, The Cape Cod Story of 
Thornton W. Burgess, is now in its second 
edition. His town history of Sandwich is slated to 
be published in 1982. For six years, he worked 
for a small research firm on the Cape in the 
ecology, energy planning field doing energy and 
pollution studies. He is married to Penelope 
Dalrymple-Balston, a British subject. They enter- 
tain a lot and have been around the world nine 

The WPI Journal / Fall 1980/17 

Judson Lowd continues as president of C-E 
Natco in Tulsa. The company engineers, designs, 
manufactures, and erects crude oil and natural 
gas production processing facilities, mainly out- 
side the USA. The Lowd's daughter Dana is a 
missionary in Thailand. The family currently con- 
centrates on tennis, having pretty well given up 
their long-time association with horse shows. 
Lowd has served as a trustee of the University of 
Tulsa and of Beirut University College in Leba- 
non. After retirement, he plans to engage in 

some oil and gas related foreign consultation 

Noel Maleady, a member of the U.S. Power 
Squadron, now has his eighth boat, a 21 -ft. DC. 
Hatteras, and once took a 1 , 000-mile trip by 
water. Since his retirement from GE after 30 
years, he's done a lot of traveling, including 
several trips to Europe. 

The Richard Mayers, looking ahead to retire- 
ment, have built a Deck House in Intervale, N.H., 
near North Conway. They say the location 
should give them ready access to climbing, 
skiing, camping, and sailing and still be within 
striking distance of Boston and Maine. Mayer is a 
procurement specialist at Monsanto in Decatur, 

Richard Messinger, of Richard T. Messinger 
Insurance Agency, is a member of the Board of 
Assistants of the Massachusetts Society of May- 
flower Descendants, and has done several pro- 
fessional genealogical searches for clients. For 
many years, he's been working on a comprehen- 
sive genealogy of the descendants of Henry 
Messinger of Boston and Robert Taft of Men- 
don, works he hopes to get ready for publication 
in the future. The father of three sons, Messinger 
has been involved in scouting, bowling, golf, and 
stamp collecting. Once he engineered the resto- 
ration of an 1896 Duryea with Charles Duryea 
himself. . . . Although his experience includes 
engineering stints at Buffalo Forge, Republic 
Flow Meters Co., and Crane Co., Fred Miller 
took a big gamble in the travel business and 
won. After 31 years of corporate life, he became 
a manager of a travel agency, and then decided 
to start a travel training school, Echols Interna- 
tional Travel Training Courses, Inc., in San Fran- 
cisco. Presently, Fred is president of the school 
and his wife, Virginia, is director of admissions 
and placement. He says that, despite being 
astride the San Andreas Fault, "we have been 
blessed with outstanding success." Daughter 
Nancy and her husband both help out at the 
school. Fred has been named a certified travel 
counselor by the Institute of Certified Travel 

Lawrence Neale has had a number of articles 
published, one of the more recent being, "Exper- 
imental Evaluation of Fish Guidance Devices for 
Intakes" for the ASCE. Long associated with 
Alden Research Laboratory, he is now a flow 
specialist at Chas.T. Main, Inc., Boston. At Main, 
his responsibilities involve the review of hydrau- 
lic aspects of projects, including hydroelectric 
developments, thermal power plants, and other 
projects associated with flow phenomena. As a 
member of the firm, he travels to various loca- 
tions supervising model studies of projects being 
designed by Main. Neale, who has won the 
Worcester Engineering Society's Scientific 
Achievement Award, belongs to numerous 
honor societies, technical societies, and profes- 
sional committees. 

In February, Merrill Skeist was named as a 
co-recipient of a U.S. patent for the magnetic arc 
spreading fluorescent lamp at Spellman High 
Voltage Electronics Corp., which he serves as 
president. Presently, he says he is acting out the 
role of innovator. So far, Lawrence Berkeley Labs 
(DOE) and GE are interested in the invention. In 
June, Skeist was slated to graduate from the 
Harvard Business School Small Company Man- 
agement Program. He and Marian are active in 
many Jewish organizations. 

Larry Sullivan, president of L.R. Sullivan 
Assoc, Inc., reports he has no plans for retire- 
ment. His company is the largest appraisal firm in 
northern New Jersey. The Sullivans spend win- 
ters in their oceanside condominium in Boca 
Raton, Fla. Hobbies are golf, bridge, and travel. 
One of their sons, Chris, is vice president of the 
company. Wife Bunny is in real estate. . . . This 
year Harry Terkanian is retiring as a senior 
engineer from Raytheon in Bedford, Mass. He 
expects to work part time after retirement. His 
wife, Mildred, has an accounting degree from 
Bentley and is a staff accountant at Millipore 
Corp. He is the benevolent treasurer at his 

Daniel Von Bremen, Jr. gave his son an un- 
usual wedding present — his own business as a 
manufacturer's representative selling hydraulic 
and pneumatic components. He still does some 
consulting. Although retired from refereeing 
high school and college soccer games, he is 
involved with Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and is 
chapter safety chairman, as well as being a 
member of the Cooperstown Rescue Squad. . . . 
Although Frederic Wackerbarth's family busi- 
ness was partially destroyed by fire last year, 
Wackerbarth Box Shop, Inc. is now making more 
pallets in its new setup than it did prior to the fire. 
For 15 years, Wackerbarth has been a member 
of the Granville, Mass. Finance Committee and 
has served as church deacon, 4-H leader and 
scoutmaster. (He holds the prestigious Silver 
Beaver Award from the BSA.) A lecturer on 
edible wild foods and pyramid power, he also 
enjoys gardening. 

Dr. Michael Wales reports a year of great 
technical growth with three papers in the works 
and attendance at the Gordon Conference. 
Hobbies are literature, baroque mathematics, 
cross country skiing, and planning final retire- 
ment in Hawaii. After many years with Shell 
Development Co., he is presently senior research 
scientist at Abcor, Inc., Wilmington, Mass. He 
was involved in the development of a successful 
flame-resistant polystyrene for electronic appli- 
cations. He has five patents. . . . After 31 years 
with ITT, Thomas Wingardner retired from the 
Avionics Division where he had "cradle to the 
grave" responsibility for all navigation contracts. 
The Wingardners have three college-graduate 
sons and five grandchildren. Presently, they 
divide theirtime between Marco Island, Fla., and 
Cape Cod. 



Norman A. Wilson 
17 Cranbrook Dr. 
Holden, MA 

In July, the board of directors of Algonquin 
Industries, Inc., elected John Townsend as 
chairman and chief executive officer. Previously, 
he served as president and chief executive officer 
of the Guilford, Conn, magnet wire manufac- 
turer since its founding in 1968. He holds 
world-wide patents in the field of taped magnet 
wire, assigning them to Algonquin's joint ven- 
ture, the Magna-Ply Company, which he still 
serves as president and chief executive officer. . . 
John Bartlett, Jr. has been named general man- 
agerof New England High Carbon Wire Corp. of 
Millbury, Mass. The company produces ferrous 
spring wire and is owned by Precision Industries, 
Inc. of Washington, Pa. Earlier Bartlett had been 
a manufacturing manager for a Brown & Sharpe 
subsidiary in Manchester, Mich. He belongs to 
the Wire Association and has worked for Reid 
Avery Co., ACCO Industries, and Morgan Con- 
struction Co. . . . Peter Holz, chairman of the 
ASME Oak Ridge Section, served as chairman 
and master of ceremonies during the ASME 
Centennial Observance held in Knoxville, Tenn. 
in February. Prof. Donald Zwiep of the WPI 
mechanical engineering department, then the 
president of the ASME, gave the keynote ad- 
dress during the festivities. Holz, with Union 
Carbide, is also a professional engineer. 


Roberts. Schedin 

Brookfield, MA 

Clifton Kinne holds the post of senior engineer 
at Imlac Corp., Needham, Mass. . . . Herbert 
Marsh, a professional engineer, continues at his 
post with Westinghouse. Last winter he was 
professional development chairman of the 
ASME Oak Ridge Section assisting with the 
ASME Centennial Observance which took place 
in Knoxville, Tenn. During the celebration, WPI 
Prof. Donald Zwiep, then national president of 
ASME, rededicated the three Dixie IV ASME 
sections located in northeastern Tennessee. 

Russell W. Parks 
7250 Brill Rd 
Cincinnati. OH 

JUNE 4-7, 1 98 I 

Continuing with International Energy Associates 
Ltd., Hilliard Paige holds the post of officer- 
director of the firm in Washington, DC. He is a 
member of the WPI board of trustees. 

18/ Fall 1 980 / The WPI Journal 



M. Daniel Lacedonia 

106 Ridge Rd 

East Longmeadow, MA 


Geroge H. Conley, Jr 
213 Stevens Dr 
Pittsburgh, PA 

Roger Broucek is now regional manager at H.J. 
Hodes & Co. in Kansas City, Mo. . . . George 
Fritz recently celebrated his 25th service an- 
niversary at Teleype Corp. in Skokie, III. He is 
manager of the company's sales documentation 
organization. Besides his WPI degree, he holds a 
BA in English from the University of the Pacific in 
California. ... In August, the Rev. Prescott 
Grout was a guest speaker at the First United 
Methodist Church of Westboro, Mass. Cur- 
rently, he is a design draftsman at Riley Stoker in 
Worcester.. . . Charles Miczek, a corporate vice 
president at Stone & Webster Engineering Cor- 
poration, has also been appointed deputy direc- 
tor of engineering at the firm. He started work at 
the company in 1 946, became head of structural 
engineering in 1 968, and was appointed a senior 
engineering manager in 1978. He belongs to the 
ASCE and serves on the Society's Nuclear Stan- 
dards Committee. He is a registered professional 


Allan Glazer 
20Monadnock Dr. 
Shrewsbury, MA 

Robert Mark is completing 33 years with General 
ElectricCo. at 12 locations throughoutthe coun- 
try. Presently, he is a member of the corporate 
employee relations staff at worldwide headquar- 
ters in Fairfield, Conn. 



Lester J Reynolds, Jr 

15 Cherry Lane 

Basking Ridge, NJ 


Henry S. Coe, Jr. 
3 Harwick Rd 
Wakefield, MA 

Barbara Cocker, wife of John Cocker, is a well- 
known marine artist. In the summer she exhibits 
her work at the Old South Wharf in Nantucket, 
Mass. Her winter studio is in Rumson, N.J. She 
has had one-woman exhibitions at the Little 
Gallery at the Barbizon in New York, at the 
Artists' Association of Nantucket, and at Gallery 
100 in Princeton, N.J. Her work has also been 
shown at a group exhibit at the National 
Academy in New York. She is listed in Who's 
Who in American Art and Who s Who of Ameri- 
can Women. Her husband is on the technical 
staff at Bell Telephone Labs. ... Dr. Herman 
Nied was recently appointed chairman of the 
Structures and Dynamics Committee of the Gas 
Turbine Division of the ASME. As chairman, Dr. 
Nied will coordinate and plan future conferences 
and sessions for the committee, focusing on the 
latest gas turbine technology. He is with the GE 

Research and Development Center and is a 
licensed professional engineer in New York and 
New Jersey. He belongs to the ASME, the Soci- 
ety for Experimental Stress and the American 
Academy of Mechanics. 

Richard Olson was the co-author of "Rating 
Quality Systems" which appeared in the May 
issue of Quality Progress. He is a senior member 
of ASQC, is a registered professional engineer, 
and an associate member of the European Or- 
ganization for Quality Control. For 25 years, he 
has held posts in quality control, reliability, en- 
gineering, and procurement in industry. A cer- 
tified quality engineer, he is an adjunct professor 
of management at the University of Lowell. . . . 
James Sullivan has been named to the newly 
created post of chief steam power engineer at 
the consulting engineering firm of Neill and 
Gunter in Falmouth, Me. Previously, he was 
chief mechanical engineer for Thermo-Electron 
Corp., Waltham, Mass. Earlier, he was with 
Anderson-Nichols of Boston; General Dynamics 
of Groton, Conn.; Boston Edison Co.; Stone & 
Webster of Boston; and GE of Lynn, Mass. 


Stanley L Miller 
11 Ash wood Rd 
Paxton, MA 

JUNE 4-7, 1 98 1 
Duncan W Munro 
59 Brigham St. 
Northboro, MA 

Andrew Freeland works for Harmon Electronics 
in Grain Valley, Mo. 

In July, Thomas McComiskey was appointed 
assistant vice president at Buffalo Tank Opera- 
tions (Bethlehem Steel) in Dunellen, N.J. Earlier, 
he was manager of the tank division's plants in 
Buffalo, N.Y. and Romulus, Mich. He joined 
Bethlehem in 1951 in the steel operations de- 
partment's former fabricated steel construction 
(FSC) section. After two years with the U.S. 
Army, he returned to his former post of field 
engineer in 1 955. He subsequently was named 
safety engineer for FSC's home office staff; a 
field engineer in the Eastern and Central districts; 
resident engineer in the Central and Western 
districts; and project engineer for the Central 
district. He also served as manager of construc- 
tion and assistant manager of FSC erection in the 
Western district. In 1 976, he was named to a 
product sales post with Buffalo Tank, Chicago 
area. After being advanced to resident salesman, 
Chicago, he became plant manager in Buffalo 
and Romulus. 

Having left Sun Chemical as market manager 
of flexible packaging, Phil Michelman is now in 
marketing sales of packaging with Handschy 
Industries. He has two sons, Jeff and Mark. Jeff is 
entering Washington University at St. Louis for 
graduate work in hospital administration. Mark 
is starting his third year at the University of 
Illinois. The Michelmans live in Palatine, III., 
outside of Chicago. . . . Neal Peterson continues 
as a senior development engineer at the Foxboro 
(Mass.) Co. . . . Donald Spooner was appointed 
managing engineer of project design, Models B 
and C, in the Copy Products Department of the 
Kodak Apparatus Division (KAD). He joined 
Eastman Kodak in 1952. Most recently, he held 
the post of supervising development engineer, 
accessory development and design for KAD. 
Spooner, who belongs to Sigma Xi and the 
Rochester Engineering Society, holds a master's 
degree from MIT. 


Edward G. Samolis 
580 Roberts Ave. 
Syracuse, NY 

John M Tracy 
15 School St 
Northboro, MA 

Formerly technical director of Emhart's United 
Machinery Group, Robert Johnson has been 
named the new president and general manager 
of Fellows Corp., an Emhart subsidiary in North 
Springfield, Vt. Fellows manufactures gear cut- 
ting machinery and has 1000 employees. 
Johnson, atop research and development 
executive previously based in Beverly, Mass., 
joined Emhart in 1952. As United Machinery's 
technical director, he coordinated research and 
development, manufacturing, capital expendi- 
tures, patents, and long-range planning at 27 
units in 17 countries. He has an MBA, is a 
registered professional engineer in Mas- 
sachusetts, and belongs to the ASME, the Amer- 
ican Association for the Advancement of Sci- 
ence, and the Industrial Research Institute. 


Roger R. Osell 
18 Eliot Rd. 
Lexington, MA 

Edwin Shivell 
64 Woodland Dr. 
Portsmouth, Rl 

With Honeywell Information Systems for 15 
years, in April Andy Morgo was transferred from 
California and Arizona back to Massachusetts. 
Presently, he is international support manager in 


Kenneth L. Wakeen 
344 Waterville Rd. 
Avon, CT 

Edouard S. P. Bouvier 
123 Beechwoods Dr 
Madison, CT 

Last Year, Louis Axtman, Jr. transferred from the 
New England Division, Corps of Engineers, to 
the new Disaster Agency established by the 
president in July. Presently, he is chief of the 
Structural Survey Group in the Operations Sup- 
port Division located at the Federal Regional 
Center in Maynard, Mass. This summer, the 
Axtmans went to England where Mrs. Axtman 
was born. They have three children. Flying, 
sports car restoration, and music are favorite 
pastimes. . . . Jerry Backlund holds the post of 
manager of operations at American Cyanamid's 
Warners plant in Linden, N.J. The plant produces 
industrial and agricultural chemicals. Jerry is with 
the Field Artillery in the U.S. Army Reserve, 
where he teaches a command and general staff 
officer course to active Army, USAR, and Na- 
tional Guard officers. . . . The David Bagleys, 
who have a villa on the lake in Wolfeboro, N.H., 
also enjoy boating at Cape Cod, on the North 
Shore, and at Lake Winnipesaukee. Bagley is a 
sales engineer for a manufacturer representative 
at New England Controls, Inc., Mansfield, Mass. 

The WPI Journal / Fall 1980 / 19 


. . . With IBM since graduation, Earl Bloom is 
now senior engineer and engineering manager 
of new business products in the Systems Prod- 
ucts Division, Endicott, N.Y. Daughter Cindy 
majored in music at Mansfield State College in 
Pennsylvania, the college her sister, Tracy, plans 
to attend. Bloom's outside interests are golf, 
tennis, and investments. . . Edouard Bouvier, 
who has been active on the WPI Alumni Council 
and as class bequest agent, also enjoys camping, 
gardening, and woodworking. He has been with 
Southern New England Telephone since 1956. 
This year, he was named staff manager of motor 
equipment. In 1978-79, he was chairman of the 
AT&T task force on microcomputers for building 
automation. Bouvier and his wife, June Marie, 
have seven children. 

Long employed by Westinghouse, Cedney 
Brown continues in the company's Advance 
Reactors Division in Madison, Pa. In his spare 
time, he likes youth recreation activities, church 
work, choral singing, and specialty artwork. He is 
married and has two daughters. . . .P.W.Brown, 
Inc., Paul Brown's company in Westboro, Mass., 
is mainly concerned with utility and heavy con- 
struction in the New England area. The Browns, 
who have two boys and two girls, are restoring 
an old farm in Westboro, where they raise 
Scotch Highland cattle. 

Marty Burden is now a product manager 
(reinforcing for automotive weather strips) at 
Schlegel Corporation, Carolina Division, in Ches- 
ter, S.C. Before their recent transfer to South 
Carolina, the Burdens' major hobby was the 
restoration of a 140-year-old farm house. . . . 
John Calhoun's son, John, Jr., is a student at 
WPI. Daughter Mary Jane goes to Holy Cross 
and David to the Coast Guard Academy. Ann 
and Paula are at Notre Dame Academy. Since 
1976, Calhoun has held the post of personnel 
administrator at Heald Machine (Cincinnati 
Milacron) in Worcester. The family has a sum- 
mer home in Plymouth, Mass., where they sail, 
swim, and work on the house. 

Lt. Col. Dean Carlson (U.S. Army Ret.) is 
presently in the real estate marketing field with 
Mann Associates in Arnold, Md. r where he is vice 
president. Since entering the profession of real 
estate, he has been involved with sales counsel- 
ing, construction, property management, and 
administration. Carlson belongs to Schlaraffia, 
an international organization of German- 
speaking men (1 1 ,000 members). The Carlsons 
have two children. . . . John Cnossen, who is 
self-employed with Quaker Motor Lodge in 
Uxbridge, Mass. , has also been a science teacher 
and head of the department at Uxbridge High 
School. Son Jack is a chemical engineering major 
at WPI. Michael graduated from Tufts Dental 
College in June, and Timothy from Eastern 
Nazarene College. Peter is a graduate of Ux- 
bridge High School. In his spare time, Cnossen is 
a flight instructor. . . . Continuing with G&O 
Mfg. Co., New Haven, Conn., Dick Crook is now 
manager of product engineering, a post he has 
held since last year. He and Paula have three 
daughters and six cats. They own a 23-ft. sloop 
and can be found sailing in the Bahamas, the 
British Virgins, on Long Island Sound, and Nar- 
ragansett Bay. Crook has a private pilot's license. 
He likes sports cars and competitive shooting. 
Last year he served as chairman of the Flood and 
Erosion Control Board of the Town of East 
Haven, Conn. 

David Dayton is still president of Technical 
Development Corp., Boston. He also owns Day- 
ton Corp., which is concerned with energy con- 
servation products. He is on the board of direc- 
tors of several businesses and community or- 
ganizations. During his leisure time he runs, 
writes, and plays tennis. He and Shirley have five 
children. . . . Lawrence Dennis is currently chief 
of the Communications and Automatic Data 
Processing Division at the Communications and 
Electronics Materiel Readiness Command in Fort 
Monmouth, N.J. His career has sent him around 
the world, while family, church, and hobbies 
keep him busy at home. He is chairman of 
property and finances for his church. Lately he's 
taken up flying. 

W.G. Dudevoir remains with Sanders As- 
sociates in Nashua, N.H. He belongs to the 
National Society of Professional Engineers and 
the Greater Nashua Youth Hockey Association. 
The Dudevoirs have four sons and a daughter. 
. . Alan Ede has a collection of 16 mandolins 
and banjos. He enjoys bluegrass and "old- 
timey" music. Other interests are fishing, tent 
camping, and canoeing. He has been teaching at 
Oregon State University since 1974. ... A Hon- 
eywell employee since 1960, John Edfors is 
presently manager of mechanical design and 
packaging of minicomputer and terminal prod- 
ucts. Edfors is married, has an 18-year-old 
daughter, and works around his old farm. He is 
associated with a musical group, and likes 
woodworking and vacations in Maine. He owns 
a cottage, complete with a sailboat and a canoe. 
. . . Art-collecting, real estate, and land devel- 
opment are some of Dick Goldman's pastimes. 
During working hours he is in program man- 
agement at Intel in Santa Clara, Calif. . . John 
Goodwin has had a 25-year career with the 
Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, 
D.C. Presently, he is airport advisor for the 
government of Spain in Madrid