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February 27, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pei Chi Chou, 89, a nationally known engineering professor and a leader in the local Chinese American community, died of heart failure Thursday, Feb. 13, at Shannondell at Valley Forge in Audubon, Montgomery County, where he had resided for the last few years. Born in China's Hubei province in 1924, Mr. Chou came to the United States for graduate study in 1947, earning advanced degrees at Harvard and New York Universities, and soon decided to forge a career here. He joined Drexel University as an assistant professor of engineering in 1953.
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February 20, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Lepore, 78, of Springfield, Delaware County, a civil engineer who found his life's purpose in teaching, died Friday, Feb. 14, of Alzheimer's disease at Riddle Memorial Hospital's skilled nursing center in Media. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Lepore attended South Philadelphia High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from what is now Drexel University and a master's degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
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January 24, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ERNIE KOVACS, the legendary actor and comedian who got his start in Philadelphia television, knew what he wanted to make his show great. He just didn't know how to get it. That was where Glenn Farnsworth came in. Glenn was an electrical engineer for KYW-TV for nearly 40 years, and when Kovacs, the irascible, unpredictable comic, came to town in the early '50s, Glenn had his work cut out for him. "Kovacs was constantly innovating," said...
BUSINESS
January 21, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
As it turns out, it's a good thing Sherrill Mosee didn't become the first African American astronaut, an aspiration she had as a young girl. "I don't think I would have made it in space," said the former engineer for General Electric Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. "I had to pull out the nausea bag my first airplane ride. " Not that her career path hasn't been full of adventure. Her latest endeavor, for example, is making fashionable diaper and travel bags. After three years of researching the industry, experimenting with designs, and availing herself of free small-business consulting services, Mosee has formed MinkeeBlue L.L.C.
NEWS
January 8, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wendell G. Anderson, 86, a former RCA engineer, died of a heart attack Sunday, Dec. 22, at his home in the Medford Leas retirement community. Born in Columbia, Miss., Mr. Anderson earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University. After serving as a postwar Army radar engineer in the Philippines, he taught electrical engineering at Syracuse University and then at Vanderbilt until he began his Radio Corp. of America career in 1955. In 1965, daughter Helen Anderson said, he created an amateur receiving station for weather satellite photos, which in 1966 earned him a place in stories in The Inquirer and the New York Times.
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January 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William T. Weir Sr., 92, of Ambler, a civil engineer who harnessed his lifelong fascination with water and bridges to serve Philadelphia's suburban municipalities and water companies, died Monday, Dec. 30, of cardiac failure at Gwynedd Estates. His wife of 66 years, the former Mary Grim, had died in a nursing home in Spring House 10 days earlier. He was the provider, she the nurturer and homemaker. Later she became a teacher. "Emotionally, they were very much together," said daughter Lucinda "Cindy" Veit.
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January 6, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY Ready . . . aim . . . thonk ! The first fruitcake hit the target, and the small crowd whooped. Never mind the snow-covered beach, which forced the event onto a sheltered porch at Resorts Casino's LandShark Bar & Grill. Never mind the frigid conditions. The celebration of National Fruitcake Toss Day in Atlantic City had made its wacky start. First up was Don Guardian - the gay Republican sworn in Wednesday as Atlantic City mayor - who said that when he heard about the fruitcake toss, he was "thrilled they were talking about the cake, and not me. " He said the event showed that even on a day that began with the mercury at minus 3 degrees, breaking a record set in 1918, "bundling up and coming out can be a whole lot of fun. " Apparently, there were few rules.
NEWS
December 25, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLASSBORO Thanks to the generosity of the family after which it is named, Rowan University will start a doctoral program in engineering that offers a fellowship that will cover tuition and living expenses. A second new program will support engineering undergraduates who want to study abroad, college officials announced Monday. The Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation has donated $300,000 to start an engineering Ph.D. fellowship. Starting in the fall, one student from each of the College of Engineering's five disciplines - biomedical, chemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, and mechanical - will have his or her tuition paid in full and receive a living stipend.
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December 16, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Weaver, 76, of Meadowbrook, a chemical engineer, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, of bile duct cancer at Holy Redeemer Hospital's hospice. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Weaver graduated from Central High School, and from Cornell University in 1959 with a degree in chemical engineering. He spent most of his career with Rohm & Haas Co., starting in research in 1969 and retiring in 1990 as vice president for environmental, health and safety, and engineering. After that, he worked for eight years in the New York office of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
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