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July 31, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edwin E. Lunn, 81, of Runnemede, a former school board member there, died of lung cancer Sunday, July 27, at the Vitas Inpatient Hospice Unit of Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. Born in Camden, Mr. Lunn graduated from Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset and earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering at Drexel University. During the Korean conflict, he was a fire central technician on the battleship New Jersey. Mr. Lunn chose a career as an electrical engineer because his father had worked in that field, Mr. Lunn's wife, Carolyn, said.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J. Sponseller, 87, a civil railroad engineer and longtime Wayne resident, died Thursday, July 24, of cancer at Shannondell at Valley Forge. Mr. Sponseller was hired by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a civil engineer fresh out of college, and remained in the industry throughout his career, retiring from Amtrak in 1991. Born in Canton, Ohio, he attended Lincoln High School there while also working to help support his family. He served in the Navy during World War II, and then attended Illinois Institute of Technology on the GI Bill.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's infrastructure has not improved since 2010, and the ongoing deterioration of its bridges and the near-failing condition of its roads remain a major economic problem for the state, according to a report card released Wednesday by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The state's overall grade remained stuck at C-minus, but there was some optimism among speakers at a news conference that Pennsylvania's new transportation-funding law would start turning conditions around.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edwyn L. Shoemaker Jr., 89, formerly of Haddonfield, a retired civil engineer and former World War II Navy Seabee, died Thursday, June 5, of pneumonia at Brittany Pointe Estates, Lansdale. Mr. Shoemaker grew up in Olney and graduated from Germantown Academy High School in 1943. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1940. Between 1943 and 1946 he served with the Navy Construction Battalion, called the Seabees, aboard a hydrographic surveying yacht in Bermuda. Hydrography is an applied science that deals with mapping the seas and adjoining coastlines, for the purpose of navigation.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
One way to make a retirement day worthwhile might be to help a few youngsters launch a rocket from a park in Camden. On May 11, William P. Rogers, a retired electrical engineer, was there as an adviser to an after-school group from UrbanPromise Academy, a Christian nondenominational high school in Camden. "He worked on that for a couple of months" with members of the school's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers Jr., his wife, Lynne, said. Marcus Bell, a special projects coordinator for UrbanPromise, explained that "with his background in engineering, he was a great help to us in math and science.
NEWS
June 4, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles White Conklin Jr., 82, an engineer and longtime resident of Springfield, Delaware County, died in a one-car accident Thursday, May 15, in Marshall, Va., near his retirement home. Mr. Conklin's vehicle veered off a rural road and crashed into trees. Local officials had not determined a cause. He was born in Smithfield, Va., and graduated from Smithfield High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and followed that with graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert J. Patsko, 86, formerly of Bryn Mawr, a chemical engineer, died Tuesday, May 27, of multiple myeloma at Kendal Crosslands in Kennett Square. Throughout his career, Mr. Patsko worked on chemical applications for the printing industry. Several were patented in the 1960s and 1970s. His work in photo engraving research, development, and technical sales took him to major newspaper customers worldwide. He was based at Master Etching Machine Co. in Ambler for two decades before moving to Park Forest, Ill.; Plymouth, Mass.; and Prairie Village, Kan. He returned to the Philadelphia suburbs and retired in 2000, his family said.
NEWS
June 1, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
The aorta is a marvel of elasticity, expanding and contracting millions of times a year to accommodate the pumping action of the heart. Yet the body's largest artery is not so elastic when a metal block slams into it at nearly 30 m.p.h. This is what Kurosh Darvish does in a lab at Temple University, again and again, in an effort to make cars safer. SKREEEEeeeee . . . BANG!! An associate professor of mechanical engineering, Darvish and his graduate students have rigged up an elaborate, 19-foot aluminum track where they can simulate the violent impacts of a car crash.
NEWS
May 29, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alfred L. Glaudel, 90, of West Chester, a retired engineering manager for Westinghouse Electric Corp., died at his home Thursday, May 22, of complications from a heart ailment. He had moved to West Chester in 2008 to be with his daughter Annette after many years living in Lansdowne. Mr. Glaudel was born in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, the youngest of 11 children. He graduated from Mahanoy City High School, and served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He was deployed to the Pacific Theater aboard the submarine USS Haddock.
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