Deaths


1910-1919

CALDWELL RAGAN SR., TEX 19, of Gastonia, N.C., on Jan. 19, 1991. Mr. Ragan was founder of Ragan Spinning Co., and served as its president and CEO from 1936 to 1951. In 1953, he was named president, treasurer and general manager of Trenton Cotton Mills Inc. He was executive vice president of Carolina Mills Inc. at the time of his retirement in 1965. 1920-1929

ISAAC M. AIKEN SR., CLS 21, of St. Simons Island, Gal, on April 12, 1991. Mr. Aiken, 91, was the retired president and chairman of the board of American National Bank of Brunswick, which is now Barnett Bank of Southeast Georgia. He became chairman of the Brunswick Port Authority, president of the Glynn County Chamher of Commerce and president of Glynn Ice and Coal Co. He was chairman of the Brunswick bank for 22 years until he retired in 1964. He was also a past president of the Brunswick Kiwanis Club and a member of the American Legion Post of Brunswick.

PAUL MCLENNAN DOUGLASS, ME 21, of Atlanta, on March 11, 1991. Mr. Douglass, 93, worked for the General Adjustment Bureau for 37 years, retiring as general manager of the Atlanta office in 1962. He earned a law degree in 1924 and was admitted to the Georgia bar, but never practiced law. He was among Tech's first co-op students, and also ran track for coach John Heisman. According to a eulogy written by his daughter, Paula Douglass Hill, Mr. Douglass attended all Georgia Tech home football games until he was in his late 70s and suffered a heart attack at a game in which Tech lost by one point. "He decided it was time to cheer at a safe distance, watching television at home," she wrote. "He always said that when he was at Tech, he knew the names of all 50 professors," she added.

JOHN L. JOPLIN, CLS 20, of Houston, on Feb. 14, 1991. Mr. Joplin was senior chairman of the board of Joplin Interests Limited, Oil and Gas Manufacturing Co., Bush Manufacturing, Turbines Hispano Ogasco, and Hutchison-Hayes International. He traveled extensively and had visited more than 100 nations, selling equipment on every continent. He was the author of Tales I Have Told, a personal account of the early days of the Texas oil industry.

H. CLAY MOORE SR., ME 21, of Atlanta. Mr. Moore was a retired mechanical engineer and owner of H. Clay Moore & Associates.


1930-1939

DAVE CENTER, CLS 36, of Atlanta, on Feb. 12, 1991. Mr. Center was the founder of Oxford Chemicals and Oxford Services. He also served on the board of directors and was vice president of Sarah Lee Corp. A former trustee of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Mr. Center was a trustee of the Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center, and was named Man of the Year by the Scottish Rite Festival in 1988. A life member of the Woodruff Arts Center, Mr. Center was founder and chairman of the Woodruff Arts Alliance 500 Club. He served on the board of trustees of the Jewish Community Center in Atlanta, and was a member of B'nai B'rith and the Jewish Home.

JOHN S. COOK, GS 37, of Atlanta.

GEORGE CROSLANI) TAYLOR, ME 37, of Westwood, Mass., on Oct. 10, 1990. Mr. Taylor served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II, advancing to the rank of captain. After the war, he joined Polaroid Corp., where he spent his entire professional career. He is survived by his wife, Martha, and two children.


1940-49

HERBERT A. BERGMAN, IE 48, of Houston, on Jan. 5, 1991. Mr. Bergman was retired from BJ. Hughes Co. As a student, he was an all-American basketball and baseball player.

THOMAS W. FITZGERALD, ME 42, of Williamsville, N.Y., on March 2, 1991. Mr. Fitzgerald was a retired managing partner in Kideney, Smith, Fitzgerald, Laping Partnership, an architectural and engineering firm.

EDWARD ROBERT Foss, CE 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, on duly 15, 1990. Mr. Foss served 30 years overseas with Exxon Corp. prior to his retirement in 1984.

BRUCE JACKSON, CHE 41, of Mentor, Ohio, on Nov. 21, 1990. Mr. Jackson was a sales engineer with Foxboro Co. for 28 years. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, retiring as a major. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. Mr. Jackson is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth.

JOHN R. NEWMAN, CLS 45, of LaGrange, Ga.

JOHN F. PICCO, CE 40, of Arlington, Va., on Jan. 12, 1991. Mr. Picco was a former Defense Department engineer and a retired captain in the Navy Reserve.


1950-1959

Editor's note: In the last issue of Tech Topics, H. CLAY MOORE JR., IM 51, IE 53, was incorrectly listed as deceased instead of his father, H. CLAY MOORE SR., ME 21. We sincerely apologize to the family and friends of Mr. Moore.

WILLIAM T. FRAMES, IM 53, of Maywood, NJ., on Sept. 6, 1990. Mr. Frames was manager of American Bureau Shipping in Paramus, NJ. He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.

ROBERT F. KNIGHT SR., CLS 50, of Troy, Ohio, on Feb. 12, 1991. Mr. Knight retired in 1985 as vice president of sales for the Commercial Equipment Division of Hohart Corp. after 35 years of service. He was a member of the National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers and of the Permanent Ware Association. His many honors include the 1984 Humanitarian Award from Purdue University and an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales College.


1960-69

BRANNON MORRIS, HONORARY 68, of Atlanta. Mr. Morris was president of Muses. 1970-1979

JAMES W. GORDON III, EE 70, of Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 21, 1991. Mr. Gordon was employed by the Jacksonville Electric Authority. Survivors include his wife, Carmella, a son, James IV, his mother, Catherine, and grandmother, Pearl V. Gordon.

JOHN H. (HANK) JOHNSTON, ME 78, of Smyrna, Gal, on April 5, 1991. Mr. Johnston was a co-pilot for Atlantic Southeast Airlines and died in a plane crash near Brunswick, Gal, that also claimed the life of former Sen. John Tower and 21 others. He had been a first officer with ASA for the past three years and was also an instructor with the Yellowjacket Flying Club. Survivors include his wife, SUSAN LNENICKA JOHNSTON, 73, and two daughters, Ashley and Shannon.


Friends

RALPH BERGAMO of Avondale Estates, Gal, on Feb. 18. Dr. Bergamo was a retired English professor at Georgia Tech.

LLOYD A. MOLL of Riegelsville, Pa., on Feb. 3, 1991. As a Navy officer in 1946, Dr. Moll was assigned to Georgia Tech, where he established a naval training program. Later, he served as officer in charge of the Atlanta Naval Air Station.

Arthur Murray Taught the World to Dance

Murray

Arthur Murray, a member of the class of 1923, died at his home in Honolulu on March 3, 1991. Mr. Murray, 95, the world's best-known ballroom dancing teacher, got a foothold on his career while a student at Georgia Tech. He taught dancing to pay for college, but soon was making-so much money at it that he dropped out of school to teach full time. While a student in 1920, Mr. Murray organized the world's first "radio dance." A band located on campus played "Ramblin' Wreck" and other songs, which were broadcast to a group of about 150 dancers-mostly Tech students--situated atop the roof of the Capital City Club in downtown Atlanta. He also opened the first Arthur Murray Dance Studio while in Atlanta, at the Georgia Terrace Hotel.

Mr. Murray was a skilled entrepreneur as well as a dancer. In 1923, he hit upon the idea of offering dance lessons by mail, and found an unexpected use of the mechanical drawing experience he gained at Tech--drawing footprint diagrams of dance steps. His chain of Arthur Murray Dance Studio franchises numbered more than 3560 all over the world at the time he retired as president of Arthur Murray Inc. in 1964. He stayed on as a consultant with the company, and became an art collector and investor.

A list of Mr. Murray's former pupils is studded with the rich and famous, including Eleanor Roosevelt, the Duke of Windsor, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Barbara Hutton, Elizabeth Arden and Jack Dempsey.