Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2014 - (Page 44)
75th Reunion: Oct. 10-12, 2014
After contributing a column to the
Alumni News for almost 12 years, now
down to only two respondents, it is time to call it what
it is-my last column! They say that No News is
Good News, but not when it is about the gentlemen
of my Class of 1939, almost 75 years ago.
I did hear from a few graduates of other classes
and will give you their stories ﬁrst.
Jonathan Lawry, RPI Class of 1992, B.S., physics: Jonathan wrote that he was reading a copy of
my class notes while ﬂying over Albany on the way
to LA. To make a long story short, he thought that
going to RPI would open doors: Instead, his career
was opening doors. His jobs with Johnson Controls,
Honeywell, and Mercury Security have all involved
opening doors securely! His work is seen at several
airports, including Logan in Boston. His statement
is, "I credit RPI with preparing me to do whatever it
takes to complete projects."
Paras Patani, RPI Class of 1995, CEO of Castle
Surgical Inc.: Paras writes that my experiences
inspire him and give him the courage to try new
things, and his efforts so far have him well prepared
for his many careers.
As I write this only two out of six "Survivors"
have answered my call for news. I must assume that
the others are too ill to respond, all being over 96
Chris Fazioli (BCE): It was difﬁcult to ﬁnd Chris
(who was a star in basketball and track). I ﬁnally got
him to answer his cell phone. He is 97 years old and
no longer able to walk, but is in a rehab center near
LA, in a wheelchair or hospital bed, until he is able
to walk again.
Richard Trepp (BCH): My old friend (my roommate for three years at the fraternity house) did not
let me down. He has many medical problems. He
retired from Eastman Chemical (formerly Monsanto
and Solutia). He belongs to a group of retirees who
meet twice a year, but the group is disbanding after
membership has fallen below the number required
for reserving a dining room for an event. He has
been my friend for almost 79 years since 1935, when I
started my freshman year at RPI.
Sad News: Robert T. Cox (BEE), age 96, died
Dec. 13, 2013. Bob was a regular contributor to this
column; he sent me some aspect of his travels for
most issues. His daughter indicated that he was alert
and active until a month prior to his death-like the
engineer he was, always wanting to know how something worked. In his career with Collins Radio, he
served as general manager of the Cedar Rapids Division, vice president for space projects in Dallas, and
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member of the board of directors. In 1969 he went
to King Radio, an avionics ﬁrm in Olathe, Kansas,
from which he retired as president and CEO in 1986.
Sailing was a big part of his life. He built his ﬁrst boat
in his Iowa basement and taught himself to sail. He
was sailing last summer and tracking Lake Huron
water levels from his hospice bed.
This column is the most difﬁcult one I have written because it could be my last. If I have other news
I will forward it to the editor of the Alumni News!
Send news to: Lou Shornick '39, 108 Royal
Garden Terrace, Madison, MS 39110-7637; h: (601)
853-0265; firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.
70th Reunion: Oct. 10-12, 2014
Send news to: L. McD. (Mac) Schetky '44, 6782 14th Ave. North, St.
Petersburg, FL 33710 h: (410) 778-4853; teschky@
I received several good messages from
classmates for this edition, so let's get
right to it.
Leonard Gartland (BCH) came on board with:
"Just a short note to report that I'm still alive! I also
wanted to thank you for trying to keep a record
of various classes. I graduated in November 1945
(V-12) and by that time the war was mostly over.
I did do a short tour of duty on Saipan, Mariana
Islands. I retired from Eastman Kodak in 1983 and
my wife and I enjoyed many trips to European and
Asian countries during my retirement. It's hard to
believe it has been 69 years since I graduated from
RPI." They live in Hilton, N.Y.
John McDowell (BME) sent a note: "I live in
upstate New York in the Finger Lakes area, overlooking magniﬁcent Seneca Lake, about 9 miles north
of the Watkins Glen raceway. The community is on
the west side of the lake and is Glenora. I'm not on
the shore, but high on the hill and see about 30 miles
of the long lake!
"At almost 91, I'm rather an old man, but I still
keep active on my 14-acre mini estate, working
almost every day outside. I'm alone; my son and
daughter have 'grown and ﬂown.' My opera-singing
wife of 57 years joined the angels almost three years
ago. We had a great marriage. Opera is my avocation
and hobby here. I have a studio and enjoy Sirius XM
Met Opera on TV, 365/24/7, and my collection of 60
or so CDs + LCDs in my spare time. We've been
here for 25 years, having retired from Long Island.
This is home country to me, having grown up in
Elmira, N.Y., some 34 miles south.
The women's ice hockey team celebrated Senior
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2014
Table of Contents
Snapshot: Team Trooper Opens Door to Elite Eight
YouTube Link: Team Trooper – DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials (14:18)
President's View: The New Polytechnic in Space
Link: FIRST New York Tech Valley Competition Final Rounds (38:45)
YouTube Link: Burt Swersey at NCIIA Open 2014 (0:49)
Link: The Poly Digital Archives
Feature: Growing Graduate School
Feature: Everybody Wins
YouTube Link: Ecovative – Mushroom Packaging (1:53)
YouTube Link: Vistex Composites – Specialized Elastomeric Tooling (3:11)
Link: Vital Vio (audio) interivew – Killing Bacteria and Saving Lives (46:07)
Feature: New York Connections
RAA 2013-2014 Report
One Last Thing: The International Connection
Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2014