Shots from A’s


Our RPI CD Directory is a big help in contacting class members, but unfortunately it doesn't carry winter addresses.  Dick Ahlquist ME '45 was in Naples, FL when my letter arrived at his  North Grafton home.  He will probably bring us up-to-date for the next issue.

Dick Ahlquist BME '45('47) There really isn’t much to tell about my career because it was all with the same company.

A week after graduation I was employed as a Sales Engineering Trainee by the Leon J. Barrett Co. (now = Barrett Centrifugals) a small privately owned company in MA manufacturing industrial type centrifugal machinery. After a training period I represented the company in Michigan and Ohio. Later I became Chief Engineer and retired as Vice President on December 31, !987 to end my career.
In 1962 my wife and I and our eight children     (6 months to 16 years old) trailered across the country from MA to CA and back on a 5 week vacation which was extremely educational.
Last August we enjoyed a weekend family must attend reunion with our 8 children & spouses, grand children & spouses and great grand children. All 43 attended.
Also, I would like to mention that our living room mantle holds 21 school mugs which represent Colleges, Universities and Institutes attended by our children and grandchildren. One represents RPI from which our oldest son graduated with BSME and MME degrees.


Howard W. Andrews BEE '45, and his wife Mary  have 6 sons, all engineers (he must have some RPI  grads in there somewhere).  Howard went on to get his PHD at Harvard in '53 and was with Bell Labs 42 years as a distinguished member of the Technical Staff.  He lists it as Lucent Technologies now. He likes to restore antique scientific instruments which utilizes his talents in wood & metal working.


Charles H. Andros '45 and his wife Joan are retired in Nassau, NY.    He was Assistant Superintendent of Finishing for F.C. Huyck & Sons.  They have three children.  He has been a volunteer fireman and Captain of the volunteer ambulance for 30 years. He remembers the great education that he had at RPI. In the 50's he was a great fan at all home games of the hockey team.


Herb Asbury BAeE ’45 reported: Down off the slopes near the California coast we have our first Habitat for Humanity homes under construction.  It's been a long time in making it all happen, but they are beginning to take shape.  It is a real thrill to see it happen.  If you like to make a real miracle happen come on out and help build, or find a Habitat for Humanity Affiliate near you to really use your many talents.


Herb Asbury BAeE ’45: The first Habitat for Humanity Project here in Santa Maria is complete! It included building four three bedroom homes for four wonderful families.  It was a great experience, and now we have two more under construction in Lompoc and are making arrangements to buy building sites in Guadalupe, CA, a town that has a great need for Habitat for Humanity homes.  Try using your talents with Habitat for Humanity, you will be surprised how much it will mean to you.


Since we all have now put in a good number of years in retirement I will start us off on a new “tack”, a few comments about what Herb Asbury BAeE ’45 MAeE‘48 has been doing since retirement in ‘89.   Verna and I spent 32 years in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA while I was working for TRW (and it’s prior names) and USC.  Our son, Wayne, was teaching in Lompoc, CA, so we decided to sell in ’90 and move to Santa Maria, CA.  We thought we would just have fun gardening our acre, playing a little golf and of course being close to our son, his wife Kathy, and our three grand kids..  Verna got into volunteering at the hospital and I became aware of the crowded living conditions of many low income workers in the northern part of Santa Barbara County.  Buying a decent home was far beyond their means.  I checked with Habitat for Humanity here in California and found that there was no active group in this area.  My engineering instincts focused me on solving that problem which led to the start of the now Habitat for Humanity Northern Santa Barbara County Affiliate.  Many meetings, fund raising, recruiting, buying property, architects,  building permits,  building homes, working with 100's of great volunteers, selecting and working with low income families that became new home owners followed.  We arranged the By-Laws so no one was the perpetual President, so I moved from steering committee chair, to President, to Executive Director, to Board Member, to volunteer.  We have built 8 homes (39 people), have building sites for 18 units (conservatively 72 people, which will make a nice total of 26 units & 111 people), opened a HFH ReStore Operation, have contracts for ReHab work on low income home owners homes in three cities, and enjoy talking to and hearing from the children of the Habitat for Humanity home owners that have now graduated and gone to college.  Those new homes inspired them to be real achievers.  It has been a great retirement activity for 16 years and still is. 

While all that was going on our grand kids graduated from high school, went to the University of Colorado, met their future spouses, and two now live in the Denver area, and one in Norfolk, NE.  They have provided us with 4 great grand kids that we really enjoy.  They aren't close enough, but we manage to travel to see them and vice versa.  We also enjoy being able to attend local concerts where our son is the principal oboist.   Verna is busy in PEO and we are both active in our Lutheran Church. 


Your Class Correspondent, Herb Asbury BAE ’45 has the sad news that on October 1st 2009 my wife, Verna, was making a left hand turn on a green arrow at a busy intersection near our home and a car ran the red light at full speed and hit her car broadside.  She was killed instantly.  The family and I are still trying to cope with the loss of a beautiful active lady, wife, mother, and Nana.  For those of you that may have known her in Troy, she was Verna Mae Newton from Center Brunswick just outside Troy.

Shots from B’s


Bill Beck MCL and I got together not long ago to look at some of the pictures from the Class dinner.  We were trying to put names with faces, since he knew people in the early class years that I didn't.  If it wasn't for Bill and other dedicated people like him in San Luis Obispo County, CA many families wouldn't have the food they have on the table.  He gets up at 4 a.m. to go pick up left over food, then goes to the many fields in the area to glean crops that were too ripe to be shipped to you.  While he is resting he helps get it organized for distribution to those in need.  Bill  discovered that I didn't get a picture of his table (very few were at the table when I was busy taking pictures)


Bill Beck MCL, even on holidays, is up and out early in the morning gathering the left over harvest from the fields in this area and the surplus from stores and restaurants for the food pantry.  The field produce  is good , but not up to the trip to markets all over the country, so it is left in the fields.  Fifty to seventy volunteers like Bill have organized to glean the fields, stores, and restaurants of produce for use in the local food pantry.  It is a seven day a week volunteer project, and it is a real success.


Bill Beck (MET)'45 wrote recently that "I had a fine visit from Don Kelton (AE)'45 of Tacoma.  He was not only a  '45 but also flew in B-17's over Germany while I piloted B-25's over China & Burma.  Quite logically we had quite a gab fest of RPI days and World War II.  We both got a kick watching a video of RPI as it was in 1941 which was sent to me a few years ago by Conrad de Fiebre (CH) '45, grease rush, etc.  Lots of laughs!"

Bill is still doing volunteer work feeding the needy.  Last year he was asked to be on the Advisory Committee for the Area Agency on Aging.  The Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens honored him by naming Bill Beck "Senior Citizen of the Year for San Luis Obispo County".  Bill says that is a far cry from metallurgical work, but very gratifying to be so honored.


We were saddened by a note in June from Maria Beck that Bill Beck BS '45 did not survive a massive heart attack on April 10, 2003.  Maria, his wife, is not well and has moved from Arroyo Grande, CA to Oakville, WA to be with her daughter and is not yet up to writing Bill's story. She added "Let it be said that in 21years together, Bill had become all my life."  I will fill in what I know.  Bill graduated from Troy High in June 1941and in September went up the hill to start RPI to work toward a Bachelor of Science degree.  Some time after Pearl Harbor he join the Army Air Corps (AF), became a pilot, and flew the "Hump" into China.  He returned to RPI, I believe, earned his BS and then went on to get his MS from MIT.  He was into metallurgical engineering (companies?) retiring as a consultant.  When Bill retired in the Arroyo Grande area he became a super volunteer with the Food Bank.  He was often out in the many local fields in the early hours gleaning the good  vegetables (too ripe for shipping to you) to take to the Food Bank. He will be missed in the volunteer world.  He made it to the 50th Reunion and had a ball. You may remember meeting him.


Harold A. Behnken EE'45 updated us for the 2000 Reunion. He and Boots (Priscilla) were married in 1949.  Their son is in Albuquerque, NM and their daughter in Hinsdale, Ill.  He went on to get his MS at Stevens Institute of Technology and then was with New Departure Hyatt Bearings of General Motors in Sandusky, OH.  He keeps himself busy with Habitat for Humanity and he and Boots have traveled to New Zealand, the Russian rivers & lakes from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and a boat trip from Istanbul to Vienna along the Danube.  He takes to the mountains for down hill skiing and to the ocean for swimming.


Harold A. Behnken BEE, he and Priscilla (Boots) live in Huron, OH.  They have a son Fred, and a daughter Nancy who is married to John Meyers.  After NROTC duty with the Navy, Harold received his MS from Stevens Institute and  had an extensive career in bearing design with New Departure Hyatt Bearings Div. GM.  He designed bearings for crawler tractors and farm implements and the M-1 Tank.  He was Engineering Supervisor for Bearing Applications. (nice picture of each of them)


Bob Bernard BAeE ’45 writes that he is working with Mary Delciacco at RPI to put together the addresses of all of the  NROTC group, and will put that piece of the puzzle together somehow.  As I have written in the "Shots from RPI '45s", the NROTC were the original "hosts" for the new  V-12 program at RPI in '43, so they became an important part of the Class of  '45.  They were the "Anchor" or original NROTC group

of 108 in 1941.


Bob Bernard, BAeE '45 was featured in Ski Racing magazine May 20, 1994 with the following: "Bob Bernard (Class 10, age 70-74) took home all the gold in close races in his class at the nationals.  Bob, the Masters columnist for Ski Racing, also won the FIS International Masters Cup season-long series, the slalom gold at the Worlds in Austria, and the super G and GS events at the Canadian Championships."  There was a great picture of Bob racing down the hill.  He assured me by phone that you can really ski "thru" the poles in the slalom.  You can  find Bob on the ski slopes of Tahoe most of the winter.


Bob Bernard AE did it again this year.  He walked off with quadruple gold medals at the Masters National Skiing Championships in Alaska.  Bob has been racing for 21 years and hit his stride when was 60.  He says "I'm a living example that a skinny old guy can learn to race at age 50."   While he was resting, he arranged a special reunion at the 50th for all those in the '45 Aero NROTC group that got orders to carriers in the Pacific before graduation.  They got their commissions and were shipped off by train together across to San Francisco for transportation to their ships.


Bob Bernard AE writes: There were 12 1945 NROTC Aero Engineers who were commissioned in early '44 and traveled together from Albany to San Francisco by train for aircraft carrier assignments in the Pacific.  Of the 12, eight are still around and kicking.  Seven of the eight made it to Troy for the big 50th.  Only Ed Cortright, who had a seriously ill grandson had to cancel, but he had just been back at Rensselaer as a guest lecturer.

We had a fabulous time reviving old memories and catching up after 50 years.  Very soon the personalities we remembered shone through and we were all in a time warp back in the mid-40's.  We unanimously agreed (of course) that we all looked great.  Just about all of the surviving eight are athletes of one sort or another -- mostly golf or tennis.  And, we all agreed our wives of many years are now starting to mumble!  The "Surviving Eight" vowed to be back in Troy in 2000 for our 55th.  Present were George and Carolyn Cook, Dick and Mary Jane Donahue, Ted and Ginny Gaieski, Mort and Norma George, Emil Kremzier, Ray and Ann Zimmerman, and Pat and Bob Bernard.  Ed and Bev Cortright were unable to attend.


By the time you read this, Bob Bernard AE '45-'47  will be on the ski slopes with the '99 Alpine Masters Ski Team, probably taking more awards.  In '98 he won the overall in Age Class 70-74 at the U.S. Masters Championships and was named to the '99 Alpine Masters Ski Team.  He did retire from the International Masters Committee (FIS) at the May'98 FIS Congress in Prague, Czech Republic.  If Bob isn't on the ski slopes somewhere in the world, then you probably will find him at home in Tahoe, CA.  He does go in to his condo in San Francisco to visit grandkids, opera, symphony, and the great cuisine of SF.  Bob likes to travel and rattled off a list that would tire most of us just thinking about it., i.e.,. Seychelle Islands, Madagascar, Tanzania, Czech Republic, Burgundy in '98 with Patagonia, Chilean Lakes & Argentina in November then on to Saudi Arabia in Jan of '99.  If we find snow on any of the planets, we will have to send Bob to test it out.


Bob Bernard AE '45 tuned in on email and sent along his update:  No real Rensselaer (formerly RPI) related news. After a 20 year hiatus,  I just returned from a two-week revisit to Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has in those 20 years gone from a third world country to a modern, technologically advanced nation with the best of just about everything : airports, hotels, highways, hospitals, universities, government and commercial buildings, residential suburbs, etc.  Lagging behind, however, is our western concept of the status of women in modern society. Camels are now mainly a hobby!

Having already celebrated our 50th at Rensselaer, this year I'll celebrate my 50th from the Stanford Biz School.  I plan again to compete in the U.S. alpine masters national championships to be held in Winter Park, CO in March ( in age class 75-79).  I was the national champ in the 70-74 class last year and have to defend the title, but it gets tougher every year.


Bob Bernard AE '45: I do not plan to attend the 55th (that is an almost unbelievable number!) as my two families (four adults, four grandkids) are joining me at a villa I have rented in Tuscany in June, beginning  June 6.  I am spending the winter here at my Lake Tahoe home skiing in this area and in Utah and Idaho.  Not doing much racing (skiing) this season as my old injuries are catching up with me and I definitely do not want to repeat them!  Travels last year included a wine tasting trip in Italy and three weeks in Japan where I visited a number of former business and other associates.

My NROTC Aero Eng buddies who went to carriers in the Pacific in early 1944 may be interested in the fact that I found my old ship (USS Intrepid -CV 11) on the internet and joined the association of former crew members.  The ship is now an air/sea museum on the west side of Manhattan.  Presumably, other carriers' crew associations also have web pages.


Bob Bernard AE'45 Part of my family ( seven total, including 4 grandkids ) joined me at a villa I had rented in Tuscany, Italy in June.  Then spent the July and August here at Lake Tahoe -- one of the all time great summers here.  Will be back in San Francisco for the Fall opera season and will spend three weeks in Australia -- after the Olympics.  I’m looking forward to the 2000/01 skiing season.


(From an email from Bob Bernard BAeE ’45 to Allen Dill) Your career in and out of the Navy, the academic and engineering/construction worlds sounds challenging and fascinating. Mine was sort of a low-key, miniature version of yours: Carrier duty in the Pacific, finish up at Rensselaer, MBA at Stanford Univ. and 30years with (Henry J.) Kaiser Industries started as a trainee and ended up as Exec.VP of Kaiser Engineers and Constructors running the company’s international operations. Have worked and traveled in almost too many countries to count. Now revisiting some of them: Saudi Arabia last year and will spend this May back in Iran. Retired since 1980, I split my time between my homes at Lake Tahoe and in San Francisco. Two kids and four grandkids are all here in Northern California. My late wife, Patricia, whom I met while at Stanford, died suddenly 5 years ago after 47 years of marriage.
As you may remember Bob is a member of th
e US Ski Team BOD and an active successful competitor.  From the picture sent along with his update it appears that he is also a wine connoisseur.

If he is not off skiing in Europe you will probably find him on the slopes at Tahoe where he is also on the BOD of the Historical Society & Museum.  In San Francisco, try the Opera (I don't think he's singing) On campus you may remember him as Associate Editor of the Transit and LAX Fraternity President. 

We all know how Bob Bernard AE '45 likes to travel, so it was no surprise that he didn't let 9/11 change his plans.  Bob had his trip planned to explore Southeast Asia and that he did in Nov 2001.  It included a tour through Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Hong Kong, and Taipei.  What a trip he had.  He sent along a summary that was very interesting, i.e., he had a tour of a few miles of the 150 miles of underground three level Cu Chi tunnels that were started back during the war with the French and the Viet Cong expanded and used during their "American" war.  They were a virtual city with ammo storage, hospitals, meeting and bunk rooms, etc.  If his trip intrigues you, get in touch with Bob to hear the story first hand.


Bob Bernard AE '45 sent a picture for the Class Notebook for the Reunion and it looks like he and his special friend are enjoying life in Tahoe.


Bob Bernard '45 AE sent in a quick update on “Ole Bob” for the notes. "It does not seem possible that it is almost 60 years since we were supposed to graduate way back there in 1945 !!!!!!"

"As you may know alpine ski racing has been my sport for over 30 years. I am still at it, albeit slower and with more caution after all the injuries I have suffered. The curve of declining athletic ability with age is not a straight line ! Competing in the U. S. masters national championships at Aspen in March, I won the slalom and giant slalom and placed second in the super-G speed event, thus winning the overall, combined trophy in my five-year age class. (You Classmates will know what that is without my  listing those big numbers.)
New wife Barbara and I continue to travel both for skiing and otherwise. We were in Chile and Argentina in October and will be in Ireland in June and Japan in October and (maybe) Libya in 2005.  

2007 March

Bob Bernard BAeE ’45 sent along his “Career Story” for our Class Notes.

Noting that Herb Asbury has perhaps foolishly invited classmates to submit career “stories” for a “complete career history of the Class of 1945”, and that classmates Ed Cortright , Jack Westbrook and others have done so, this is my attempt.  Hope I can be as concise and interesting as they.

Along with other NROTC cadets at RPI, was activated and commissioned in early 1944.

Reported aboard the USS Intrepid CV-11 (yes, the one that was stuck in the mud in NYC) in San Francisco in March ’44.  She was in the major naval battles in the Pacific in ‘44 and’ 45 – and was clobbered by Kamakazi suicide bombers several times. Two of these occasions required being towed back to Pearl Harbor and on to Hunters Point, San Francisco for repairs. It was there I did the Tony Bennett thing and decided eventually to return.  Left the Intrepid in Jan ‘46 and took a temporary assignment at NAS, Quonset Pt., R.I. until the fall semester started at Rensselaer that September.

Graduating in 1947, headed back west for an MBA degree at Stanford University in ’49.

It was there I met my wife, Patricia, who was getting an MA in English history. We had a wonderful life together until she died very suddenly in 1996.


Joined the Henry J. Kaiser family of companies in ‘50 as a management trainee and worked for the aluminum, steel, and other companies before settling in at Kaiser Engineers and Constructors in 1962.  Held a variety of management positions in administration, engineering, construction and project management, culminating in almost a decade as Executive Vice President in charge of international operations and marketing.  

In this position I “lived” aboard a Boeing 747, traveling to many, many countries on all continents to review project progress – and problems, “hold clients’ hands” and market the company’s services to keep the backlog “humming.”  It was challenging, interesting and tiring, but a learning experience every day.  Dealt with heads of government, ministers, sheiks and client executives at all levels, mostly in lands culturally different than the US.  And, rather than turn off my interest in travel, it whetted it because as a businessman one sees mainly airports, taxis, offices and hotels. After retirement we have continued to travel the world visiting new places and revisiting places where I worked but had seen relatively little, e.g. Iran, Saudi Arabia.

After 30 years in the corporate world, retired early in 1980 and decided it was time to “repot” and do something in an entirely different field.  So, being a skier, I got involved in the sport of alpine ski racing as an official, administrator, ski journalist and as a masters competitor.  Raised money for and served on the BOD of the U. S. Ski Team/USSA, headed the Far West and national alpine Masters programs and served as the US. member of the sport’s Swiss-based international governing body’s masters committee for many years.

As a competitor in U.S. Masters age class alpine racing (downhill, Super-G, giant slalom, slalom races) won 22 national titles, eight overall national championship best-in-class awards and Canadian national titles.  Internationally I competed in Europe for 15 years against former national team members and Olympians, winning the World Cup- type season-long race series in my age class in 1994. I have enjoyed skiing and/or racing in 12 countries, including some “exotic” ones: So. Korea,  Iran and Turkey. My last overall national title (in age class 80-85!) was at Sunday River , ME in  March 2006.  

Remarried in 2002, Barbara and I divide our time between San Francisco, Orinda and Lake Tahoe and trips overseas. Together we have five kids and 10 grandkids.  I have been going to the S. F. Symphony and Opera for well over 50 years

It has been fun, challenging and very rewarding.  Thank you Rensselaer, Stanford and the snow god.  And I hope it isn’t over yet !!!!



There are times when you receive emails or phone calls that you are not anticipating and don't want to hear.  Barbara, his wife, David, his son, and Michelle, his daughter, sent such a message regarding our classmate and friend Bob Bernard AE '45.  Their words reflect the Bob that we knew too:

"Some of you received an e-mail earlier and are aware that my father, Robert Bernard, passed away suddenly on May 20th at the age of 84. For those of you receiving this information for the first time I apologize for the impersonal nature of this publication.

My father left us much too soon, he had so much more he wanted to contribute, the solace we have is that he made the most of every day. 

During his 84 years Robert played many roles: father, husband, grandfather, son, brother, friend, mentor, leader, officer, student, competitor, artist, business man and traveler. Robert brought everything he had to every aspect of his life leaving a great legacy to mark his passage through life. He played all these roles with commitment and passion, a truly great man.

He fully lived his life - the tally that marked his life's journey, the places visited, trophies won, operas attended, friends made, photographs taken, careers accomplished seems more than possible for a single man. We miss him very much."

The family scheduled two "Celebrations of Life", one in June in the San Francisco area and another at Lake Tahoe in July.

We knew that same Bob when we were on campus from '41 thru to '44 including both civilian and during the Navy days.  It was an eye opener when the Navy sent orders for Bob and the other Aero NROTC members to be commissioned and report to Carriers in the Pacific.  It was another eye opener to visit Bob in Hawaii on his Carrier that had just returned from Okinawa after being hit by a Kamikaze with both elevators sitting at a drastic angle in the elevator shaft.  It was a pleasure to see him again on the RPI campus when we returned to continue our studies in '46.  Then 50 years flew by and Bob contacted me about the 50th Class Reunion.  He rallied the NROTC to gather at the 50th to make it a real Reunion of widely scattered graduates ('44 to '52).  The chatter of old friends was heard for days.  Bob's skiing skills and trophies put us all to shame and it was so obviously his love of life that made it all happen.  You've seen Bob's name in the Class Notes before because he helped make the Class Notes come alive, I have a list of 10 emails from Bob this past year, some of which were his concern for my health.  Yes, we too will miss Bob Bernard!


William Bode and Doris live in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  After Navy duty as Lt(jg) in the Pacific (with a letter of Commendation from Pres Truman) Bill attended Georgetown Univ. to get his degree in Dentistry and had his practice in Albany, NY.


Robert E. Bower BAE '48, MAE '49 was part of AE '45 and left for the Army in '43. He obtained Grad Study in Aero at Poly Inst of Brooklyn.  He married Jane E. Yates in '45 and they had two sons, Chuck & Tom & now have four grandchildren. Chuck got his MME from RPI, Hartford.  Jane died in 2002.

He was with US ARMY  '43-'46 -Counter Intelligence Corps - Manhattan Project. He went to Grumman Corp from '49-'71 -over the years he advanced from Researcher to Director of Adv. Dev. His expertise was in Supersonic and hypersonic flow analysis; induction system design; composite materials; & program management.

He joined NASA Langley in '71 as Director for Aeronautics and advanced to Acting Deputy Center Director in '86. Expertise: Aerodynamics; computational fluid dynamics; flight dynamics; hypersonic propulsion; aeronautical systems studies; test facilities; strategic planning.

Teaching in grad school, lecturing in aeronautics, and tutoring in math and reading in local Literacy Council, Juvenile Courts, and local schools.

He has found consulting and volunteering to be part of his life. He has been: Consulting editor for McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, member of the University of Tennessee Space Institute National Advisory Board,   Director of Region I and member of the Board of Directors of the AIAA,  Advisory Board of the Peninsula Literacy Council,  V.P. Finance and member Steering Committee of the Lifelong Learning Society of Christopher Newport University, President in '95.  

He has been a very active member of   First Church of Christ-Scientist, in Newport News & Williamsburg. Member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of' the Newport News Juvenile Court ,Member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Air and Space Center, & the Foundation Board of Directors, Virginia Air and Space Center. 

While he was resting he was able to publish 21 technical reports on computational fluid mechanics, etc. and 9 papers on aeronautical research.

It is not surprising that he has received 13 awards,   been elected to: Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Gamma Alpha Rho, &  Associate Fellow of the AIAA.


John R. Bradford BChE '45 sent an email: "After leaving RPI my war assignment was the USS AUGUSTA to take President Truman to the Potsdam Conference. On return, he stunned us by ordering the dropping of the Atomic Bomb.

Shortly after leaving the service I met and married Lucille Fuller in Sharon, Mass.. We have six children and seven grandchildren. My career path varied, to say the least. Probably the most interesting was about 1954 the invention of and marketing of the first plastic credit card for Farrington Mfg. Co.. In 1962 we moved to Falmouth, Maine and eventually I worked for the S. D. Warren Div. of Scott Paper Co. as Mgr. of Engineering. I retired in 1988 and Lu and I spent a lot of time motor home traveling around this country and Canada. We now spend most of the year in Maine and a few winter months in Florida. For fun Lu hooks rugs and I carve birds and caricatures. 


Robert E. Brower AE '45 His career took him to Grumman to Director of Advance Development and then to NASA Langley as Director of Aeronautics. He and Jane have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.  He is a member of Sigma Xi , Tau Beta Phi, on the Board of Directors of several organizations, enjoys tutoring teens and adults, active in his church, and finds time for reading, volunteering,  and playing golf.

2007 – March

Bart Bumstead, BAE ’45 (Princeton) sent along this account of his story …After graduation from High School in 1941 I went to Princeton with others from my class.  I joined the Navy V-12 shortly thereafter and was sent to RPI with Tom Tompkins, Al Behrer and Bill McCombs. Upon graduation, (I took a Princeton degree) we went to pre-midshipman’s school in Asbury Park, NJ, and then on to Midshipman’s School at Notre Dame. After being made an ensign, we were sent to Saint Simons Island in Ga. to be made into Night Fighter Directors.

Next, I got orders to San Francisco to await transportation to Hawaii.

After a short stay in the Islands, I traveled by air to Iwo Jima, then by destroyer to my new home. I was transferred by breeches-buoy in a storm at night to the Bon Homme Richard CV-31. I arrived just as we were furnishing air cover for the treaty signing in Tokyo Bay which ended World War II.

On April 16, 1948 I married Marcia Van Deventer. Her father was a classmate and friend of my father in the Class of 1911 . We have three children, eight grandchildren, and live in Kearsarge, a suburb of North Conway , NH semi-retired.  (If I remember correctly, I believe Bart has been in the Insurance business while living in NH)


Joseph Butler ME '45: I would like to attend the reunion if any of the V-12 group of my class mates will be there. Joe worked for Honeywell Bull Corp., & he and Berna are in Yarmouth Port, MA. 

2006 June

The following input is from  "The Hazy Memories of Joe Butler Class of 1945 ( Or late 1944 ) I arrived at R.P.I. from the Univ. of Maine in July 1943 to join the Navy V-12 program as a college junior. After a stressful 15 months or so,  I graduated as a ME in the fall of 1944. Then off to Midshipman school at the USS Prairie State on the Hudson River in N.Y.C.. I volunteered for the Navy Sea Bees where I was commissioned and married on Jan. 6 1945. Then off to California for unit assignment and on to Okinawa to help build an air strip at Buckner Bay and prepare for the invasion of Japan. I was back home and a civilian all in about 18 months.

I joined the United Shoe Machinery Corp. for about 11 years ,first as a new machinery development analyst and finally as a leather machinery sales and service manager.

I got the opportunity to work at the Raytheon Missile Systems Div. for about 12 years as a Quality Assurance Administrator, later as Manufacturing Engineering Mgr. for Sparrow and Sidewinder Missile production. I was offered the position as General Mgr. OfDage Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Raytheon, that designed, built and sold closed circuit TV and language lab. systems.  I ended my stay as a Corporate Mfg. Consultant.

In 1968 went to work for the Honeywell Computer Div. where I spent about 18 years mostly in factory and division Industrial Eng. Management...Stayed on after official retirement for the first 6 months of 1987 to oversee the transfer of a large computer system manufactured from Phoenix, AZ to Lawrence, MA.

I retired in the spring of 1987 to Cape Cod, MA for a relaxing life of golf, lawn and garden care, and considerable historic research work.

Most importantly possibly, I have had 61 happy years with my wife Bunny ( who I dated while at RPI ), raised 2 sons and a daughter and have watched 2 grand sons grow up with one just recently returned from Iraq. With minimal lapses we lived in Winchester, Mass