CLASS NOTES

Obituaries


jack-derryJohn H. "Jack" Derry
1957 Alumnus/Faculty Member, 1958-99
The electrical engineering alumnus and 41-year faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering died on July 6 in Terre Haute following surgery. He was passionate about teaching, loved his students and served as a mentor for the Operation Catapult program for many years. He also enjoyed ham radio and bluegrass music and being a member of the American Radio Relay League for 51 years. He helped form the National Crossroads Bluegrass Acoustic Music Association. Jack was the first host of "Rosie's Pickin' Parlor," a long-running bluegrass music show on campus radio station WMHD-FM. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, two daughters and two sons, and three grandchildren.

1941

John Lester Combs (EE), 93, died on June 14 in Boise, Idaho. He retired in 1984 after working for several companies in Illinois and New Jersey. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, and three children.

Joseph W. Dreher (EE), 93, died on May 24 in Baldwinsville, New York. He was employed by General Electric from 1941 until retirement in 1985 and was an amateur radio enthusiast for almost 80 years. Survivors include his wife, Karolyn; one son and one daughter; four grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren.

1946

Edgar R. Carpenter (ChE), 88, died on July 13 in Marion, Indiana. He was chief engineer at Bell Fiber Paper Products until his retirement in 1988. Survivors include his wife, Martha; two sons and a daughter; four stepchildren; three granddaughters; four stepgrandchildren; and two step great-granddaughters.

Philip B. Loring, Jr. (ME), 88, died on June 5 in Troy, New York. He was assigned in Bahrain for Caltex Oil before moving back to the New York City office. He retired in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; one son and one daughter; and several grandchildren.

1947

Russell C. Cox (EE), 88, died on May 7 in Bullard, Texas. He was employed by the Phillips Petroleum Co. and various subsidiaries until retirement in 1985.

1949

Norman Bell (CE), 90, died on November 2, 2011. He retired from Motorola and then spent several years as a volunteer for Senior Gleaners. He is survived by two children, two grandchildren, and four greatgrandchildren.

Roland Timothy Kelley (ChE) died on March 26. He spent 20 years working in senior managerial positions for affiliated firms of Esso (now Exxon). He then became Vice President of Chemical Specialties for Dart Industries before retiring as President of El Paso Polyolefins. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; one daughter and two sons; two grandsons; and a greatgrandson.

Leroy W. Mitchell (EE), died on May 1. He was a retired partner of Leydig Voit & Mayer, Ltd. He is survived by one son and one daughter.

1951

Edward "Bud" Herbst (ME), 87, of New Albany, Indiana, died on July 9. He worked for several chemical firms, including Stauffer Chemical and Pearsall Chemical (later Witco Chemical). He is survived by two sons and three daughters, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

James H. Young (ME), 88, died on June 2 in Cincinnati. He was a retired Vice President of the Belcan Corporation. He is survived by his wife Joan, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

1957 Ronald R. Meredith (ME), 76, died on July 22 in Rocky River, Ohio. He was a private consultant for several years. Survivors include his wife, Roberta; two sons and one daughter; and eight grandchildren.

1958

Russell "Russ" Heelan, Jr. (ME), 72, of Senoia, Georgia, died on February 19, 2009. He retired from Delta Airlines after working for GM Delco and NASA's Apollo space program. Survivors include one daughter and one son, and two grandchildren.

Robert L. Barrett (ChE), 75, died on January 8 in Cypress, Texas. He retired as a Division Manager for Marathon Petroleum Company.

1961

Jack E. Schreiner (MA), died on June 1 in Vienna, Virginia. Survivors include his wife, Pamela; one son and one daughter; and two grandchildren.

1968

Timothy R. Armstrong (ChE), was memorialized on February 11 in McKinney, Texas, after dying from injuries suffered in an earlier pedestrian-auto accident. He owned Insight Engineers, Inc. He is survived by his wife, Linda; two daughters; and six grandchildren.

1977

Steven G. Owens (EE), 55, died on January 3, 2011, in Lakeland, Florida. He was a project manager. Survivors include his wife, Lynda, and one son.

1980

John Patrick "Pat" Green (ChE), 53, died on June 5 in Braselton, Georgia. He worked for E.I. DuPont for 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Cindy.

1986

William "Bill" L. Childress (ChE), 48, died on July 12 in Indianapolis. He was a lab manager for IBC Coating Technologies.