September 12, 2014 |
Charles F. Mengers, 94, of the Ogden section of Lower Chichester, a musician and former director of research for the Philadelphia Electric Co., died Tuesday, Sept. 9, of myasthenia gravis at his home. Born in Wilmington, Mr. Mengers grew up in Oaklyn and lived in Chester before moving to Ogden in 1950. He was a 1938 graduate of Collingswood High School, where he was a standout runner of the 100- and 220-yard dashes, and concertmaster of the orchestra. In 1942, Mr. Mengers earned a mechanical engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He did additional executive study at Columbia University and Dartmouth College.
September 12, 2014 |
Amid a slew of administrative actions Wednesday, Rowan University's board of trustees granted the dean of its engineering school a number of requests that will keep him busy this year: a new doctoral program, an undergraduate major in engineering entrepreneurship, an undergraduate minor in civil engineering, and the renovation of its Rowan Hall engineering building. After the board passed its stack of resolutions, Tony Lowman, the dean of the College of Engineering, reported to the board on the status of the school.
August 19, 2014 |
After a mortar shell wounded Joseph F. Weber in southern France in 1944, field hospital physicians "would have chopped his leg off," son John said. "But there was a newer doctor who had just come over," from the States and "he thought he could rework the veins and save his leg. " And he did. At military hospitals in England and the States, "it was a two- to three-year rehab process," and still the leg "bothered him for the last 70 years," his son said. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Mr. Weber, 89, of Ocean City, N.J., an operations manager for Mobil Oil in South Jersey, Illinois, and New Zealand, died of lung cancer at home.
August 6, 2014 |
Hiroshi Uyehara was working for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in January 1942 when he and others of Japanese background were fired, in the month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. By May 1942, the American-born 26-year-old and his family were incarcerated at Santa Anita Park, a racetrack in Arcadia, Calif. It was a result of Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in February 1942, which eventually displaced 122,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from their West Coast homes.
August 1, 2014 |
Edward T. Haney, 89, of Doylestown, a decorated World War II veteran, died Tuesday, July 22, of a heart ailment at Fairview Care Center. Born in Abington and raised in Elkins Park, Mr. Haney worked for 32 years as a lubrication engineer at Fiske Bros. Refining Co. in Newark, N.J. His proudest moments, however, came while he served in the Army during World War II, his family said. He was a rifleman assigned to the 29th Infantry Division, one of the first to land on Omaha Beach during D-Day.
July 31, 2014 |
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.
July 30, 2014 |
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.
June 27, 2014 |
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.
June 16, 2014 |
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.