August 18, 2016 |
William McLellan Barnes, 88, of Philadelphia, a lawyer and engineer, died Thursday, Aug. 11, of acute kidney failure at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls. The son of Philadelphia architect Amos W. Barnes, he was born in 1928 at Good Samaritan Hospital, now Temple University Hospital, which his father had designed. Mr. Barnes grew up in Roxborough, and was president of his class at Roxborough High School and a member of the National Honor Society. He also had a letter in varsity football.
August 10, 2016 |
Imagine a world where the milk you drink doesn't come from cows, but yeast. The fuel in your car isn't pumped from beneath the earth's crust, but is renewably produced by microbes. And your house was built from bricks cured with bacteria rather than heat. These are the kinds of innovative solutions to environmental and industrial problems that are being tested. Some are already on the market, fueling the biotechnology boom. "It's one of the fastest-growing industries in America," said Orkan Telhan, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design.
August 3, 2016 |
Frederick T. Reel, 88, of Gibbstown, who retired in 1988 as a civil engineer at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Thursday, July 28, at Power Back Rehabilitation in Moorestown from complications from a fall on his property. Born in Woodbury, Mr. Reel was a 1946 graduate of Paulsboro High School and earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from what is now Widener University in 1950, a daughter, Sharon, said. He was an officer with an Army engineering combat battalion in Korea in 1950 and 1951 and retired as an Army Reserve colonel.
July 28, 2016 |
Sohrab Rabii, 78, of Philadelphia, professor emeritus of electrical and systems engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, died Monday, July 18, of pancreatic cancer at his home in the city's Spring Garden section. A gifted teacher and adviser, Dr. Rabii was chair of Penn's department of electrical engineering from 1978 to 1982. In 1985, he received the Lindback Award, the university's premier teaching award. Dr. Rabii also was a researcher known for his contributions to the condensed matter theory of carbon-based materials - what happens when carbon electrons and nuclei function in a condensed state.
July 9, 2016 |
Edward W. Duchneskie, 88, who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II and later worked as manager of mechanical facilities at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, died Monday, July 4, at Virtua Marlton Hospital of kidney failure. Mr. Duchneskie, who lived in Cherry Hill, was born in Camden and worked at an early age to help his family, said his son, John, an assistant managing editor for the Inquirer. Mr. Duchneskie was a teenager when he joined the Merchant Marine during World War II. "He lied about his age to get into the war," his son said.
June 27, 2016 |
It's frustrating enough for water company workers to try to find an underground pipe with only a century-old handwritten piece of paper for reference. And sometimes, that slip of paper uses nonexistent landmarks - which house is it in front of? None of these houses is yellow anymore, and the writing is faded, or sloppy, or the drawing is crudely sketched. "And then you dig there - no, it's not there. And then you dig here - it's not here," said Chris Kahn, senior geographic information systems project manager for New Jersey American Water.
June 9, 2016 |
Scrutiny of the engineer who operated a train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight passengers, isn't over yet. On Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board plans to issue its final report about the May 12, 2015, derailment, and is expected to reiterate its conclusion that engineer Brandon Bostian lost "situational awareness" and accelerated to 106 mph heading into the Frankford Curve, where the speed limit is 50 mph. ...
May 20, 2016 |
Donald Wesley Huddle, 90, of West Philadelphia, a former assistant highway chief and one of the city's first African American civil engineers, died Monday, May 9, of heart failure at his home. Born in Pittsburgh to Ernest and Helen Walker Huddle, he moved with his family to New Castle, Pa., and graduated from high school there. He received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1948 from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Huddle served in the Army before being honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
May 19, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - The engineer who derailed an Amtrak train lost his bearings shortly before he accelerated into a dangerous Philadelphia curve last year, likely because he was distracted by radio talk about a SEPTA train struck by rocks, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. Their report offered the most clear explanation yet for the May 12, 2015 crash of a New York-bound train that killed eight and injured about 200 people. "The engineer's world is one of fallible human decisions and actions in an imperfect environment," said Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
May 19, 2016 |
Alice Cleveland Halsema, 94, a former Wallace Township, Chester County, supervisor and an early radio-station engineer, died Sunday, May 1, of Alzheimer's disease at the Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. She was born in Philadelphia to Margaret and Eben Stevens Cleveland during the time her father, a textile manufacturer, was enrolled at the Philadelphia Textile School. Mrs. Halsema grew up in Webster, Mass., but returned to the Philadelphia area in 1938 when her father took a job at the family's textile mill in Manayunk.