Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Winter 2013/2014 - (Page 44)
75th Reunion: Oct. 10-12, 2014
I have been stating that this column
is getting more difﬁcult to write, and
for the current column it is very obvious as only two
"Survivors" responded to my call for news. Usually
I receive news from six or eight of my "Friends" but
apparently they are not well and are not regulars on
the computer any more. At age 95 I feel blessed to be
able to continue this pleasurable task. Sorry that the
others are not in the same boat. I still drive and live
alone, and that does make a difference.
I did hear from Dick Trepp (BCHE)-my
fraternity roommate for three years-who said he
was sorry but he just didn't have any news to share.
The note I got from Bob Cox (BEE) was better:
"No news is good news and nothing but the usual
here. Am in Michigan for the beautiful summer
activities with ﬁve children, four of six grandkids,
and a new great-grandchild."
Additionally, I am on watch for the other graduate
of Ridgeﬁeld, Conn., high school, Class of '35. There
are still two of us left out of 40 and my other living
classmate is in the hospital and I have been unable
to contact him. Wonder if I will be the "Last one
With most of my "Survivors" gone, my columns
do not have the usual questions about the other
graduates of the Class of '39!
Send news to: Lou Shornick '39, 108 Royal
Garden Terrace, Madison, MS 39110-7637; h: (601)
853-0265; email@example.com; website: www.
70th Reunion: Oct. 10-12, 2014
Received a nice letter from Frank
Pietrowski, one of the rousing CE
group and a fellow LXA. After graduation Frank
worked for Chance Vought doing design modiﬁcations on the F4U-the beautiful gull-winged ﬁghter
which was a potent weapon in the Paciﬁc. After
reporting for induction, Frank and a few friends went
out for an evening of fun and frolic on Long Island
and on the return trip they suffered a blowout and
crashed, leaving Frank with a badly damaged knee
and a walking cast for six months, which took him
out of the military pool.
Hearing of a need for engineers at Aramco, the
joint American-Arabian petroleum giant, he hired
on and after a 32-day cruise, landed in Saudi Arabia
to start a career lasting 42 years, with tours of duty
in Rome, Sweden, the Netherlands, San Francisco,
and New York, and ﬁnally Houston, where he retired
Aramco had three planes to use in covering its
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vast business empire and Frank not only ﬂew a lot
but also met and married one of the ﬂight attendants.
They had a daughter who passed away in 2012 and
two sons with whom Frank meets once a week for
dinner. For his fellow CEs, Frank's address is: 9870
Gaylord Drive, Apt. 508, Houston, TX 77024.
And further news came in a letter from Bill Cloyes,
a fellow ChemE and member of RSE now living
on Solomons Island, noted for its Chesapeake Bay
sailing activities. Bill is involved as a mentor in the
Patuxent Small Craft Guild. Solomons has been a
hotbed of RPI alumni: Ed Kolbe '64, Robert Kolbe
'24 (now deceased), Al Lavish '51, and Ray Rollins
'50. These have been in Bill's sailing group and there
are other alumni there on the island as well.
I learned from Betsy Lehrer that my friend Bill
Lehrer '46 passed away from cancer. Bill was chief
executive ofﬁcer of a photofabrication engineering
company-PEI-located in Medford, Mass. The
company is well-known for its expertise in this ﬁeld
and is a leader in the photoetching of titanium. The
company is also renowned for its decorative products, particularly their Christmas ornaments. Bill is
survived by his wife, Betsy, and two sons. Bill earned
a B.S. in chemical engineering and an M.S. in metallurgy from RPI; he was in the V-12 program and was
commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. A testament to their long marriage is the fact that Betsy
was crew for Bill when he was racing Star boats on
We also received the news that Wayne Green
died Sept. 13. Wayne (W2NSD) was a ham radio
enthusiast turned magazine publisher, a technology
visionary, and a colorful character. A well-known
and often outspoken ﬁgure during amateur radio's
golden years in the 1950s and 1960s, he was ahead of
the curve in promoting such technologies as singlesideband phone, solid-state, FM, and the marriage
of computers and ham radio. He started 25 successful publications, including Byte, Microcomputing,
80-Micro (for enthusiasts of the TRS-80), inCider
(for Apple II fans), and RUN (Commodore-64), and
has said he signiﬁcantly helped build the cell phone,
personal computer, and compact disc industries with
his publications. Many people ﬁrst became interested
in computers when Wayne Green started writing
about them in 73 magazine in the 1970s, when the
only computers were built from scratch or from kits.
73 magazine (73 means "best regards" in ham radio
lingo) was his ﬁrst and longest-lived publication.
As we always say, please send news.
Send news to: L. McD. (Mac) Schetky '44, 6782
14th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 h: (410)
Members of the Class of '63, celebrating their
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Winter 2013/2014
Table of Contents
Snapshot: Rensselaer at Petascale
President's View: A Lesson From Microbes
Feature: The Rensselaer IDEA
Feature: Solving Problems
Feature:Hyerloop, Meet Tubeflight!
Feature: 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame
One Last Thing
Video Clip: Rensselaer at Petascale (AMOS)––Exerpts from President Jackson and CCI Director Chris Carothers remarks made at the Rensselaer at Petascale announcement event (3:21)
Slideshow: GE Girls@Rensselaer (0:54)
Video Clip: Data Forest––Director Jim Hendler discusses the "data forest" at the Rensselaer IDEA annoucement event (2:59)
Vimeo Link: EMPAC Research–– A New Paradigm for Interactive Exploration of Data with Live Coding (23:50)
YouTube Link: Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (44:13)
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