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Amazing!!! Still writing a column at
almost 98! Sad News: Earl Ray Lewis
Jr. (BIE), age 97, passed away Oct. 17,
2015. Profession, engineer; former director of the
Glass Packaging Institute. He was dedicated to
many charitable causes. I corresponded with Earl for
a number of years, but not lately as he became busy
with other projects. Earl spent his whole career as
"top dog" in the glass industry.
Sad News will probably continue to be the first
thing in my column, as most 1939 graduates are over
98 and not that many are left or have stopped communicating.
I still communicate with Dick Trepp, who keeps
me informed about his being (not too well), but he's
still working on clocks and attending meetings pertaining to clock associations.
Once in a while I hear from Jay Miller in Seattle.
He still stays busy where he lives in an extended care
facility and keeps his mind busy with various types
Now for a few predictions: Our main problem
in the future is fresh water! All over the world the
aquifers (underground water) are dropping at an
alarming rate and reducing the kinds of crops some
farmers can grow (only those that depend on rain).
Pumping water from underground is using about 15
percent of our total electricity, and the reduction of
fresh water may cause famine and war over food.
Another one of my present hobbies is space.
Although the universe is less than 14 billion light
years old, its diameter is by some estimates 94 billion
light years across and still expanding.
I have been writing this column for almost 15
years and will continue as long as I am able!
Send news to: Lou Shornick '39, 108 Royal Garden Terrace, Madison, MS 39110-7637; loushor@
mindspring.com; website: www.loushornick.com
Send news to: L. McD. (Mac)
Schetky '44, 6782 14th Ave. North,
St. Petersburg, FL 33710; teschky@
Representing the Class of '45 celebrating the 70th Reunion, Ed Oertel and
I walked arm in arm with President
Jackson to the 50-yard line with the Class of '65
alumni for their induction into the 50 Year Club. It
really hit us that it really had been 70 years (+) since
we graduated. RPI won the football game! That was
a nice climax of our 70th Class Reunion. We had
attended a "live" class on campus studying thermodynamics, a lab where they were working on projects to
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"make a product" (including use of "3-D" printing), a
presentation by President Jackson on the State of the
Institute, a very nice dinner for the alumni from '45
and '50, where Jack Westbrook and his son, Ed, and
Charlotte Oertel, Wayne, my son, and I enjoyed our
Class of '45 gathering, a panel on the future of outer
space with President Jackson, NASA Administrator
Charles Bolden, and our own RPI astronaut Reid
Wiseman '97. We followed that by visiting the RPI
model train layout to see how they have developed a
scale model of the Troy area (outstanding and worth
a visit), then we rode through the Troy area with a
stop at the Approach to see the changes. Then we
had to go watch the hockey team play a Canadian
team from St. Thomas University. It went into overtime and St. Thomas won, but there was a good
crowd and an exciting game. There were all kinds of
events going on all the time, so you had to make your
few choices that you would have time to attend. Oh
yes, the foliage in the trees painted a beautiful backdrop everywhere you went! It was a great time for the
It was great to get the following career story from
Robert (Bob) Nagel (CheE): "It's been a long time
since I have been in contact with anyone from our
Class of 1945. Last time I was up at the campus was
for the 50th Reunion.
"I was a Chem.E. in the V-12 program. Two of
my roommates were Al Crapo and Pepper Crenan.
Graduated in August 1944. By the time I finished
midshipmen school, received my commission, and
got out to the Pacific area, the war with Japan was
just about over. The following is about some interesting duty in post-war Japan before discharge.
"My 'ride' has been full of all sorts of memorable
experiences, and I have also learned that I have
never met anyone who has not had meaningful
experiences in their lives. One that may have some
interest for others, has to do with my being assigned
for duty in Nagasaki, Japan, by the U.S. Navy, only
a few months after the second atomic bomb was
dropped there, that brought an end to our war with
Japan. After the war ended there were many Japanese troops, and some families stranded all over the
areas they had occupied, and a plan was developed
to bring them back to Japan. There were many empty 'Victory' and 'Liberty' ships, sitting idle after being
so busy ferrying cargo all over the Pacific theater.
The plan was for the Navy to 'loan' those ships to the
Japanese government, who would find ways to refit
those cargo ships, to be used to bring all those Japanese back to the home islands. The refurbishing task
was given to the Mitsubishi shipyard in Nagasaki.
That very large shipyard had received some damage
Neal Barton '58 and his wife, Carolyn, dropped
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Spring 2016
Table of Contents
Snapshot: The Future of Cognitive Computing
President's View: Situations Rooms
Feature: The Power of Computation
Feature: Music to Our Ears
Feature: Troy Revival
One Last Thing: The Greatest Generation
YouTube Link: Launch of Cognitive and Immersive Systems Lab (CISL)
YouTube Link: Cognitive Boardroom
YouTube Link: White House National Medals of Science and Technology Ceremony
YouTube Link: 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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