Rensselaer Alumni Magazine - Fall 2017 - 50
December 30 of that year. Dennis Powers led the
team of Pierre Henkart, Jim Garretson, and Jim
Brickell to victory in the Sugar Bowl Inter-Collegiate Sailing Championship defeating Tulane, Cornell, Coast Guard Academy, Yale, Lehigh, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue. The sailors
scored 138 points in an 18-race series to give the
Sailing Club the championship. I remember taking
a sail on Saratoga Lake in one of the club's boats
with my roommate Robb Frederickson.
Gentlemen, write when you can. I need the copy
for the notes. Thanks. -Jack Titley '63; rpi63@
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Our very own rear admiral (Harold Goldman)
wrote to tell me that he and his wife are alive, well,
and living the good life-winters in Florida and
summers in the Capital Region. He is still working
in the tax business, and traveling a bit.
Dan Baer reports that he enjoys hearing news from
all our classmates. Now, Dan, time for you to write
in and provide some news of your own!
Peter Maier keeps busy babysitting his two grandchildren, and taking a senior citizens fitness class
(not sure how he got to be a senior citizen). And he
has kind words for the folks in Troy-he noted that
the latest issue of the alumni magazine is terrific.
He actually read it all!
My old buddy Bert Gottenberg wrote in to say
how much he enjoyed reading the class postings in
the last issue of the Rensselaer magazine about the
lunch that I had with Rick Kaplan, and Howie
Mandelbaum and Danny Gold. Next, Danny and
I are going to make a lunch date with him, notwithstanding that Bert and the TEP brothers tried
to rush Danny, but he wound up at AEP instead.
Stay tuned for more news from Bert.
Bob Burns is still living the good life in Florida;
he spent the months of January and February in
an RV park in Marathon, Florida Keys, where the
weather was delightful (for most of the time). And,
he also drove cross-country from Florida to Indio,
family keeps him busy with life cycle events, but he
still finds time to play in bands and orchestras on
clarinet, sax, and flute-which he says is great fun.
Dick Foster wrote in to say that he has been
retired for some years now from Black & Veatch
Consulting Engineers (water and wastewater
projects around the world). He and his wife enjoy
traveling and volunteering in his home town in
south central Pennsylvania. Recent travels include
two weeks split between Maui and the Big Island
of Hawaii this past winter, where he says that the
whale watching was fantastic. Last summer, he
spent three weeks in South Africa, with a side
trip to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, and he
says that staying at a game lodge and condo on
the Indian Ocean was really enjoyable. Overall he
found South Africa very affordable, easy to get to,
and an amazing place to visit.
Bruce Morrissey (B.S. Chem; Ph.D. PChem)
writes to say he and Susan (M.S. '69) are enjoying a nice mix of grandkids, travel, art courses, and
teaching. Retirement the third time (DuPont, U.
Delaware, and consulting) has stuck. There is even
time enough to work with the ACLU of Delaware
to foster the rights of immigrants...Most interesting, he has discovered the older you get the more
respect you have for the wisdom of your RPI teachers: Prof. Hollinger argued "You don't really understand calculus until you're 40!" To which Prof.
Brown replied "You can't understand Moby Dick
until you are 40!" Bruce does teach "Call Me Ishmael" at the UD Lifelong Learning Institute and
has come to appreciate Prof. Brown's perspective.
This fall Bruce will offer the course "Fake News,
Con Men, and Group Think" based in part on
Profs. Brown and Olmsted's book The Three Uses of
Language, which was required reading in 1960-61
by all freshmen in our class. Ideas do recycle.
Stan Brown says his life, of late, has not been ups
and downs, but ins and outs. He joined Rotary,
found they did some good things, but didn't care
for the goals and resigned after a year and a half.
He started with a class in social media marketing
at St. Thomas University, but realized its emphasis
"After years of plotting schemes that responded to a client's needs, I
am now selling plots with clues to test the mystery-solving acumen of
book readers. Even have a few Rensselaer engineers and architects in
my customer base." JERRY LENAZ '63
Calif., to watch three nights of Rock and Roll at
Desert Trip with The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters, Neil Young, and Bob
Dylan-marijuana smoke was thick in the air. His
son (Denis) and wife (Mo) were expecting their
first child (and Bob's first grandchild) in May, a lifechanging event for all concerned.
Allan Sperber recently cruised thru the Panama
Canal (which should be on all engineers' top 10
list!), and then spent February in south Florida. His
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was not what he wanted and got his money back.
He still loves doing job search and career coaching.
His is a national practice with clients all over the
U.S. and Mexico. He also enjoys Toastmasters and
does a newsletter and plans reunions for marketingrelated alumni of General Mills.
Also read (thanks to friends in Troy) that Tony
Tether has been appointed to the newly formed
Technical Advisory board of the Concurrent Technologies Board, in Johnstown, Pa. And Jeff Gural
has been honored by the University of Louisville
Equine Industry Program. Jeff is well known and
respected in the New York City real estate industry, and is also a long-standing standardbred horse
breeder and owner, and a harness track owner and
operator in both New Jersey and New York.
Finally, my five-and-a-half-year term as president
of my City College Lifelong Learning Community
has ended, and I am truly looking forward to lazier
days ahead! -Michael Wellner '64; captmike46@
Mary Esther Parker wrote to advise me of the passing of her husband, Alton Brooks "Bud" Parker
Jr., who, while serving in the Air Force, earned an
M.S. in management at RPI in 1965. Bud's 21-year
military career included flying more than 100 missions over North Vietnam; assignment as a flight
instructor for four years; and serving as the military liaison between the U.S. and Portugal, during
which time he had the opportunity to work with
Henry Kissinger and Vernon Walters and received
special recognition from the White House. After
retiring from active duty as a lieutenant colonel,
Bud earned a law degree and became an expert in
taxation. For the history buffs among you who may
note that Bud was the namesake of the Kingston
lawyer who ran for president against Theodore
Roosevelt in 1904, Mary Esther advised me that
there is no relation other than that many southern
families named Parker displayed their admiration
for the candidate by perpetuating his name. (Bud's
father was born in 1905.)
Mark Salita wrote to fill me in a bit on the past 52
years. He was able to earn his BAE despite playing freshman tennis and varsity lacrosse, clarinet
in the band and orchestra, and serving as an officer in his fraternity Pi Lambda Phi. After obtaining an M.S. in aerospace engineering from Penn
State and a Ph.D. in fluid mechanics and applied
mathematics from the Guggenheim Lab at NYU,
Mark worked on gas turbine research at Pratt &
Whitney Aircraft in East Hartford. Rather than be
transferred to P&W Florida, he accepted an offer
from Thiokol Corp. in Utah as staff scientist for the
space shuttle solid-propellant boosters. His presentations on booster O-ring erosion to NASA before
Challenger and the Presidential Commission after
the accident were most memorable. After 16 years
with Thiokol and 16 years with TRW/Northrop
Grumman, primarily as analyst on the Minuteman program, he retired to Sun Lakes, Ariz., but
has continued to consult and lecture from his
electronic book Basic Analytical and Numerical
Methods for Propulsion and Aerodynamic Analysis of
Solid Propellant Rockets (available only to the U.S.
government and its contractors). Recently, he has
been modeling the Boost Phase Intercept of North
Korean ICBMs from UAVs stationed at 20 km altitude, and he has written a book, Memoirs of a Rocket Scientist, available through Amazon. He finally
had to quit playing tennis and weekly ice hockey at
age 71 because of ankle arthritis, but he still leads