Engineers Remembered, December 2013

Earlier this week, Daniel Frank Hang, P.E. (IL A ’41), passed away at the age of 95. He was “among the founders of nuclear engineering education at the University of Illinois (UI).” Hang earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the UI, taught at UI from 1949-1984, and volunteered after his retirement with the UI alumni board. Click here to read the obituary, which states that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tau Beta Pi or the Prairielands Council of Boy Scouts of America.


The 13th President of the Colorado School of Mines recently passed away. George S. Ansell, Ph.D. (NY G ’54), was 79. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was later a faculty member for more than 20 years. In 1984, he was became the President of Mines. According to the obituary, Ansell and his wife “became enthusiastic ambassadors for the school, had an impact on financial aid, helped diversify the student body, and encouraged the expansion of graduate and research programs across the campus.”


Structural engineer Raymond L. Chalker, OR A ’54, had a hand in many of the buildings in downtown Tacoma, WA. His friends, family, and co-workers are remembering Chalker and his work. He died this month at the age of 82.

“You can hardly go a block around Tacoma without his work somewhere. Just so many buildings that he touched. Downtown especially,” said Dan Putnam, Chalker’s mentoree. “He was just an innovator, especially with historical renovation.” Read more of his obituary from The News Tribune (WA)


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