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Visionary Leader
Ivan Allen gets Commerce Club's first Ivan Allen Award
by John Dunn

Ivan AllenWhen the Commerce Club decided to recognize Atlanta’s extraordinary leaders, it named its new Leadership Award for Ivan Allen Jr., who as mayor of the city during the turbulent 1960s, initiated a visionary era of progress and racial adjustment.

Its first recipient is the man for whom the award is named—Ivan Allen Jr.

Allen, Com ’33, was chairman of the office-furniture chain that bears his name and past president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce when embarking on an eight-year political career in 1962—a career that coincided with one of the most tumultuous periods in the nation’s history.

Allen proved himself to be a man for the times.

As president of the Chamber, he had prepared a six-point plan for city development that included urban renewal, schools, modernization of transportation facilities, construction of a public transit system, and construction of both an auditorium and a coliseum. His initiatives stimulated economic growth and cultural development. It was during his administration that Atlanta became a major-league city with the arrival of the Atlanta Braves. Allen’s skillful diplomacy and open dialogues with civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. helped Atlanta earn its nickname as “the city too busy to hate.”

Andrew Young—who later became mayor of Atlanta himself—was one of King’s lieutenants at the time. Young was keynote speaker at the Commerce Club award ceremony, praising Allen for his leadership and courage.

When Atlanta was on the verge of experiencing an eruption of race riots, Young recalled that Allen left the security of City Hall and went to the heart of the crisis to confront the situation, standing on a police car to urge the crowds to stay calm.

“Throughout the period of civil rights, you stood tall and you stood proud,” Young told Allen at the ceremony. “I can still remember seeing you on television at what was trying to be a riot, standing on a car in Summerhill. I don’t think there’s ever been another white man who would do that.”

Young, who served as a congressman and then ambassador to the United Nations before being elected mayor in 1981, told Allen, “If I had any success as mayor of this city, it was because of the lessons I learned from you. You told me that you couldn’t run this city without getting the support of the business community and the newspaper.” Young said he not only took the advice to heart; he has shared it with mayors and political leaders around the country.

Allen, 88, who served as president of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association in 1953-54, was the first president of the Commerce Club.

Among those paying tribute to Allen in a video presentation was L. L. Gellerstedt, ChE ’45, former chairman of the construction firm Beers Inc. and a past Georgia Tech Alumni Association president (1968-69).

“It was a magic time for Atlanta. It was a time when the whole South was facing the integration issue,” Gellerstedt said in an interview. “Ivan was elected mayor, defeating Lester Maddox. Carl Sanders was elected governor, defeating Marvin Griffin. If those two elections had gone a different way, where would we be?

“Ivan Allen was born and bred in the city of Atlanta. He led all of us kicking and stomping to the fact that we had to face up to this horrible [prejudice] problem. It was absolutely marvelous when you think of the courage and leadership that Ivan Allen showed.”

Tech President Wayne Clough and Gov. Roy Barnes were among the 200 people attending the event.

“I was a student at Georgia Tech when Ivan Allen was mayor of the city of Atlanta,” said Clough, who earned his civil engineering degree in 1964 and master’s in civil engineering in 1965. “We had great admiration for his skills and commitment at that time. It’s wonderful now for the Commerce Club and the city to recognize in a permanent way what a difference he has made in shaping what Atlanta has become—and its potential for the future.”

Absolute Rush
No couch potato, Wendy Davis gets a thrill competing behind the wheel
by Karen Hill
Wendy Davis
Software project manager Wendy Davis races sports-car competitors in an AS Camaro she helped build.

Blind faith at high speed is an absolute requirement for Wendy Davis’ passion: road racing. That’s because unlike NASCAR racing, where racers zip around an oval track, road racers speed over natural-terrain courses.

“We turn right and left,” Davis, Mgt ’91, said with a grin. “We use our brakes a lot more; there tends to be a lot of elevation change. Courses like Road Atlanta and Hallett are even riddled with the occasional blind turn where you must have faith that there hasn’t been a major geological disturbance since your last lap—and that the track will still be there when you make that turn.”

Davis races against other women in the Women’s Global GT Series. But she also competes against men in the Sports Car Club of America races—in a car she built with her fiance, Jerry Lee, also a car buff.

“Racing is an absolute rush for me. I feel a great sense of pride when I come off the track knowing that I can handle these machines at the limit and in traffic,” she said. “The frustrations are certainly there—we have been fighting an underpowered car for quite a while—but it is always fun.”

Davis, who grew up in Joelton, Tenn., on the Nashville edge of the Smoky Mountains, said she’s always loved to drive—and drive fast.

“I set about trying to find out how to get behind the wheel,” she said. “I was basically a fan who wasn’t happy to sit on the sidelines. ‘Couch potato’ is not in my genes, so I started looking for ways to participate in racing beyond just watching on TV.”

She began a few years ago by volunteering with the Sports Car Club of America, waving flags during races and keeping radio contact with officials responsible for race control. She joined the pit crew of a team running an American Sedan Camaro. “I learned how to jet a carb, take tire temps, bleed brakes and lots more,” Davis said.

Then came an invitation to attend a weekend driving school.

“That was the point at which the hook was completely sunk,” Davis said. “I cannot possibly describe the excitement of that weekend—it took quite some time for me to come back to Earth.”

She began building her own car, also an AS Camaro, with visions of professional racing dancing in her head. Davis spent $900 for the frame of her car. She added nearly $16,000 in parts, then quit tallying the expenses. She simply doesn’t want to know.

This year she qualified for the Women’s Global GT Series, a qualifier for the American Le Mans Series, and competed in two races in Atlanta.

In the Women’s Global GT Series, she is provided with “equally prepared Panoz GT-RA race cars. Competitors draw a number each race to determine which car they will drive that weekend,” Davis said.

“I competed against some of the best women in racing from across the world,” she said. “In some ways, this experience magnified my relative inexperience. But in other ways, it was validating to know that I could at least hold my own.”

Racing remains a hobby for Davis, who works as a software project manager in an Atlanta suburb, but she’d like to pursue it as a career.

Davis’ employer, Axiom Systems, her uncle and another company, Tennessee Visual, sponsored her first race, but she’s looking now for a permanent sponsor. That would free up the time to allow Davis and Lee to concentrate on making her car faster and smoother-handling.

Now, that work gets relegated to weekends.

“I am fortunate to have a fairly flexible work schedule, and understanding managers, and that makes it much easier to do the things necessary to put the races together—whether it’s a long lunch to go pick up parts, or a Friday vacation day to make the long trek to compete in the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,” Davis said.

The Sports Car Club season starts in January in warm-weather states like Florida and Texas, opening in Georgia in March at Road Atlanta and Roebling Road in Savannah. The season winds down in September.

That leaves fall and winter to work on the car and plan her April 2000 wedding. No word yet on who gets to drive away from the church.

Karen Hill is an Atlanta freelance writer.

New Centenarian
Boutwell Hudgins at 100 is ready to usher in 21st century
by John Dunn

Boutwell Hudgins
Boutwell Hudgins holds a plaque honoring his centennial birthday.
Boutwell Hudgins began celebrating a new century last spring—that’s when he turned 100.

Hudgins, who observed his milestone birthday on May 6, began his freshman studies at Georgia Tech in 1917—the year John Heisman led the football team to its first national championship.

Hudgins is believed to be Tech’s second-oldest alumnus. Daniel L. Scharff, CE ’19, of New Orleans, became 101 on March 29.

A civil engineering major, Hudgins continued his studies until 1922. “I never did graduate,” he said. “I passed everything except calculus.”

Although Hudgins’ eyesight is not what it used to be, his hearing is sharp—and so are his wits. On his birthday, he took his customary morning walk through the neighborhood before breakfast—strolling six blocks. An active life has helped contribute to his long life, he said.

Hudgins said he decided at age 12 that he wanted to attend Georgia Tech and become either an architect or an engineer. He became an engineer; his late brother, Tom, became an architect, graduating from Tech in 1933.

There are two professors who stand out in Hudgins’ mind; both are Georgia Tech legends.

“I’ll never forget D. M. Smith,” Hudgins said. “He was my professor of mathematics when I flunked. He was a good-hearted guy; I liked him. But I just couldn’t make any sense out of calculus. It was a hopeless case for me; he couldn’t pass me.”

Dean William Henry Emerson, one of Tech’s pioneers who also taught chemistry, had the greatest impact on Hudgins. “He impressed me more than any other member of the faculty,” Hudgins said.

Hudgins retired in 1976 after an engineering career that spanned more than 50 years. He and his wife, Elsie, reared six daughters and moved to Stuart, Fla., 40 miles north of Palm Beach, in 1955. Four years later, his wife was killed in an automobile accident that involved a drunken driver, and his daughter, Leckey Hudgins, moved in to help him through the tragedy and to care for him.

After Tech, Hudgins went to work for the West Virginia Road Commission and joined the Missouri State Highway Department in 1925. He joined the Kansas City-based consulting firm Howard, Needles, Tammen and Bergendoff in 1950, where he was a project engineer working on such jobs as expansion of both the Atlanta and Miami airports, and construction of turnpikes in Colorado, West Virginia, Ohio and Florida.

“I’ll never forget working on the Atlanta airport,” he said. “It was—let me get it right now, I’m 100, I can’t remember everything—it was in October 1969.

“You wouldn’t believe what all they were doing,” he added. “It involved moving hundreds and hundreds of houses—and demolishing hundreds more. A lot of that land was 55 feet higher than it is now. It was a tremendous project.”

Hudgins takes life in stride, and that attitude has contributed to his longevity, he said.

“Don’t let life get you down; take the bitter with the sweet, and just keep going.” His profession also has played a role in his longevity because it was outdoors and kept him active, Hudgins said.

“A part of it is that my work was always out on the supervision of construction; I was on my feet,” Hudgins said. “I wasn’t riding around in an automobile or sitting down in an office; I was physically moving. I think that maybe was the biggest single thing.”

Way Down Under
Former ORGT leader Mike Gooseff is a happy camper in a hostile environment
by Shawn Jenkins

If the Y2K bug brings about the ballyhooed collapse of civilization on Jan. 1, Mike Gooseff will be one of the last to know. Confined to a vast wasteland at the bottom of the Earth, the Georgia Tech graduate and University of Colorado doctoral candidate will enter the 21st century far removed from the rest of the world in a frozen wilderness called the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

With funding from the National Science Foundation, Gooseff and his colleagues are spending the Southern Hemisphere’s more hospitable summer months—October through February—gathering baseline data on this harsh desert region of Antarctica for the Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER). One of 21 ecosystems chosen for the program, the McMurdo Dry Valleys offer a laboratory unlike any other in the world in terms of its topography, dryness, cold and sheer hostility.

“When I got off the plane last year in October, it was minus-40 degrees,” said Gooseff, CE ’96. “We had a couple of days above freezing, which can be comfortable, but it can change really quickly. There were some nights where it was easily minus-20, minus-30, and we’re out in tents with big sleeping bags. It’s like an extended camping trip.”

Before trekking into their field station, Gooseff and the other LTER researchers receive NSF-mandated survival training to cover the basics of hypothermia, frostbite and building livable confines. The whole experience is a refresher for the former student leader of Outdoor Recreation Georgia Tech (ORGT).

“I had always been interested in trying to learn more about backpacking,” Gooseff said. “I thought it was great that Georgia Tech had an outdoor program that wasn’t expensive, where you could take courses to learn how to stay warm and dry.”

Regents’ Professor Jim Powers, an accomplished mountaineer and ORGT legend, piqued Gooseff’s interest in outdoor adventure with a climbing expedition to Mt. Rainier, just outside Gooseff’s childhood home of Seattle. Another trip with Powers to Canada’s Columbia Ice Fields left a lasting impression on the budding scientist, who would spend his fair share of time in frozen climes.

“I didn’t go out wanting to do research in Antarctica,” Gooseff said. “I had taken a couple of classes from an adviser who did research down there. I was getting ready to graduate, and I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to get a job or go into a doctoral program. She said there was still funding out there if I wanted to do my doctoral research, but that I would have to go to Antarctica.

“The great thing about being down there is that it’s so big. There’s not a lot of vegetation or people walking around—and no cars. It’s nice to do research where you know you can rule out complicating factors.”

As a civil engineering undergraduate, Gooseff followed the environmental track, studying ground-water and surface-water quality modeling. For his master’s thesis he worked on programming a temperature model for a river in Montana. “I wasn’t funded for it,” Gooseff said, “but it was something that I wanted to do.”

With the coveted flow that comes in the “heat” of the Antarctic summer, Gooseff focuses on the streams and sediments of the McMurdo Dry Valleys’ Mars-like landscape.

“Part of the idea of the LTER is long-term monitoring,” he said. “Back in 1991 to 1993, we had really high-flow years with respect to the streams. They saw 10 cubic feet per second in the streams, where last year we saw just a trickle. We need time to determine what’s normal and what’s extreme.”

Of particular interest to LTER researchers are the life forms that lay dormant in a cryogenic sleep during the Antarctic winters, only to re-emerge when christened by the inevitable melt.

“This is such a harsh environment,” Gooseff said. “To be able to study how life persists and adapts is really important to setting a precedent or finding these mechanisms that may be going on in other places. There is this algae that is just waiting in that nine months of darkness and cold and dryness, and within a couple hours of getting wet again, it’s charging away, doing its photosynthesis and growing. One of the researchers is looking at this as a correlation to what might be happening on Mars. The whole premise of life on Earth has been that where there’s water, there’s life.”

Being an unclaimed continent with no governmental jurisdiction, Antarctica is increasingly trod upon by unregulated tourists shuttled to it aboard helicopters, and ships called “icebreakers.” Gooseff and another colleague are working to quantify the effects of human intrusion into this ecosystem.

“This year we’re hoping to take a look and see what they do when they’re out here,” he said. “We’re going to try to do some experiments where we have someone walk through a stream—which is something you’re not supposed to do—to measure the effects of what happens. We have strict rules that we have to follow when we’re out there.”

Scientists in the field are required to perform their own waste reclamation ritual, preserving every drop of “grey water”—water that is taken from a lake or stream —and waste, to minimize environmental impact.

Despite the spartan living conditions—”shower day” once a week—and the prospect of spending the year’s major holidays in freeze-dried isolation, Gooseff and the other researchers enjoy some creature comforts, like high-speed Internet access, and radio phones to call loved ones back in civilization. “There’s a bit of an echo,” Gooseff said, "but it's better than writing letters and waiting."

At the end of his four-month stretch in no-man's land, Gooseff will look forward to one more benefit of civilization--a belated honeymoon trip to Christchurch, New Zealand, with his new bride, Lisa.

Way way down under

Governor names Sally Bethea to environmental board
By Karen Hill

As an environmentalist on Georgia's Natural Resources board, Sally Bethea wants to see a cleaner, clearer Chattahoochee River.
Fulfilling a campaign promise to put more environmentalists in the group that sets Georgia’s environmental policies, Gov. Roy Barnes named Sally Bethea, M CP ’80, to the Department of Natural Resources board of directors.

Bethea founded Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, a group that works to clean and protect the Chattahoochee River from its headwaters near Helen, Ga., to West Point Dam in west Georgia. In just five years of existence, it has become one of the state’s most powerful environmental organizations, winning some major court battles against polluters.

During the 1998 gubernatorial campaign, environmentalists complained that the 16-member DNR board was heavily weighted with developers and bankers.

If her work with Riverkeeper is an indicator, Bethea will bring a big-picture vision to the DNR board. Her group monitors all threats to the Chattahoochee—development, industrial discharges and lax government enforcers. It has shown the flexibility to broker deals and the toughness to win court battles.

Riverkeeper made headlines in 1996 for helping devise a plan in which a housing developer turned over 27 riverfront acres in Forsyth County to the National Park Service. In exchange, the developer got 24 acres of national park land. Environmental groups got a promise that no house will be built within 350 feet of water.

The group also made headlines for suing the City of Atlanta for polluting the river, a court victory that resulted in a federal consent decree to force the city to fix chronic sewerage problems.

“I think her approach of working on all of the threats to the river is real important," said Sam Collier, field representative for the Sierra Club in Atlanta. “It gives us a sense of place, an overall idea of the problems.”

The Chattahoochee, which meanders from north Georgia to the Gulf of Mexico, provides 70 percent of metro Atlanta’s drinking water and has fueled its economic growth. In return, developers have used it as a disposal, allowing soil run-off that chokes aquatic life; cities dump sewage and trash in it; and industries add an alphabet soup of chemical wastes.

In 1996, the Chattahoochee was named one of the 10 most-endangered rivers in the United States by American Rivers, a Washington environmental group.

“I want it so clean that people don’t have to call us and ask if it’s clean enough to raft in, clean enough so that people can catch fish and not worry about eating contaminants, clean enough to swim in,” Bethea said. “I think those are achievable goals.”

The Turner Foundation, established by media mogul Ted Turner, launched Riverkeeper in 1994 with a $50,000 grant after Turner’s daughter and son-in-law, Laura Turner Seydel and Rutherford Seydel II, learned of a similar program protecting the Hudson River in New York.

Bethea, who had worked for the EPA and the Georgia Conservancy, was hired to get things off the ground.

“I have somehow been able to mesh an occupation with a passion, and that infuses a lot more energy into my work,” Bethea said. “Of course, it also means that I never stop working.”

And yes, she does drink Atlanta tap water. “It’s safe.”

Karen Hill is an Atlanta freelance writer.

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Clarence B. Drennon, ChE 31, and his wife, Georgia, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 9, 1999. A retired Army colonel, they have traveled the globe, living in 28 countries. They live in Lithonia, Ga., and have three grown children. Col. Drennons advice for a happy marriage: The only advice I have is they've got to give to each other. It's that simple. And, of course, marry somebody like I did.


Gilbert Bachman, ME 46, was honored by the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation with the Nehemiah Gitelson Silver Award for Outstanding Jewish communal work. Bachman is retired as president and chief executive officer of Dittler Brothers Printing Co. He and his wife, Lee, live in Atlanta.


Melvyn P. Galin, IM 53, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Educational Services Inc., has been elected to the Citizens Advisory Board of the Savannah River Site of the Department of Energy. He has also been appointed to the board of directors of the Business Education and Technology Alliance of Southeast Georgia. Galin lives in Savannah, Ga.


Carroll C. Underwood, EE 56, was honored by the Camilla, Ga., mayor and city council when they named a street adjacent to the city hall Underwood Street in recognition of her professional and civic contributions. Underwood is a former executive director with the Southwest Georgia Regional Development Center and a 20-year member of the city planning commission. She also served for several years as election superintendent.


Charles Gamblin, ME 59, presented a paper at the MSC Worldwide Space Conference in Long Beach, Calif. Gamblin directly compared his original 1962 redundant analysis of the NASA Saturn/Apollo launch vehicle first stage, to a state-of-the-art (NASTRAN) finite-element analysis model of the same idealized booster structure. He lives in Grant, Ala.

Aaron W. Todd, Chem 59, PhD Chem 64, retired on July 1 after 36 years of teaching chemistry and physical science at Middle Tennessee State University. Todd is the co-author of An Introduction to Physical Science, 9th edition. He lives in Murfreesboro, Tenn.


William Joe Tenison Jr., Arch 61, of Nashville, Tenn., retired as senior vice president with Hart Freeland Roberts Inc. Architects and Engineers on July 31.


Joe W. Doris, IM 62, retired as manager of transportation and receiving with Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Company in August. Doris and his wife, Joy, live in Fayetteville, Ga.

Robert McBrayer, ME 62, was named director of the new Systems Management Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunstville, Ala. McBrayer has been with NASA since 1963 and has participated in several widely known space missions.


Gary Agid, CE 63, retired from the California Air Resources Board after 36 years as an engineer/manager with the State of California. Agid lives in Sacramento, Calif.


Roy Herring, IM 64, retired from Georgia Power and the Southern Co. on Nov. 30, 1998. A resident of Lilburn, Ga., Herring plans to spend his retirement traveling, playing golf and taking scuba lessons.


Hendrix Nominated to be FORSCOM Commander

Lt. General Hendrix Lt. Gen. John W. Hendrix, EE 65, has been nominated by Secretary of Defense William Cohen for promotion to four-star general as commander of the Army Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Ga.

Hendrix is currently serving as commanding general, V Corps, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, Heidelberg, Germany.

Hendrix will replace Gen. Thomas A. Schwartz, who has been nominated commander-in-chief of United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/commander U.S. Forces Korea in Seoul, Korea. Hendrix assumed his new command in November.

Since receiving his commission 34 years ago, Hendrix's assignments have included assistant chief of staff, Allied Command Europe, Germany; commanding general, Army Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Ga.; and tours with the 1st Armored Division in Saudi Arabia. He also served as an assistant professor of military science at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he received a masters degree in history.

Robert C. Gordon, IE 65, has been named director of communications and development, University of Bath in Bath, England.

Patrick McKeown, AE 65, MS IM 67, has been named head of the newly established Department of Management Information Systems at the University of Georgia. A 1998 Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, McKeown has been on the business faculty at Georgia since 1976 and has written more than 30 textbooks in the areas of management science.


James Arthur Flip Lyle, IM 67, is champion (50-to-54 age group) of the Southwest Challenge Series-a Duathlon and Triathlon Championship. Lyle also holds every record in the El Paso Senior Games (50-to-54 age group) in cycling, swimming and the 5K running event. He is owner of James Arthur Lyle and Associates, a real estate firm, in El Paso, where he lives with his wife, Tita, and children Cory and Jessie.

David Pickett, IE 67, has been promoted to executive vice president of product development and manufacturing at AmStar Systems in Dallas.


Phillip T. Corbell, AE 68, was named Pilot of the Year by the Arizona wing of the Civil Air Patrol. Corbell is a pilot with American Eagle/Wings West in Sun City West, Ariz.

John H. Darnell, EE 68, has been awarded tenure in the EET program at Western Kentucky University. A resident of Birmingham, Ala., Darnell is retired from BellSouth.

Michael D. Wallace, ChE 68, director of research and development for the Mead Corp. in Chillicothe, Ohio, was elected vice president of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry.

Stephen O. West, EE 68, has been named chief financial officer and treasurer of Gold Kist Inc. A former Navy officer who served for three years aboard a destroyer, he joined Gold Kist as director of financial analysis in 1980. West lives in Atlanta.


T.E. Bearden, MS NE 71, published a paper, Use of Asymmetrical Regauging and Multivalued Potentials to Achieve Overunity Electromagnetic Engines, in the summer 1996 edition of the Journal of New Energy. Bearden lives in Huntsville, Ala.

Joel R. Schapira, ME 71, was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court on Jan. 15, 1997. He is currently associate general counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, after having practiced as a nuclear engineer for 21 years with Naval reactors. Schapira is also a member of the Virginia and Washington bars. He lives in Alexandria, Va.


Leonard A. Hite Jr., ChE 72, was named director of investment services for the Eastman Chemical Co. Hite is a 27-year employee with Eastman Chemical. He and his wife, Anita, live in Kingsport, Tenn.

Robert A. Rieger, Cere 72, has been appointed vice president of ceramics, colorants and electronic materials with Ferro Corp. Rieger lives in Lewiston, N.Y.


David P. Buford, ChE 73, a colonel in the Alabama Army National Guard, was appointed commander of the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Buford lives in Birmingham, Ala.

Gerry Eng, Text 73, has accepted a position as sales executive with the Georgia World Congress Center. He lives in Marietta, Ga.

Steven T. Sherwood, Phys 73, has accepted a position as general engineer with the southern region headquarters of the United States Forest Service. Sherwood lives in Kennesaw, Ga.

Randy Swartz, MS ME 73, has been named president and CEO of Day & Zimmermann International--the engineering and construction division of Day & Zimmermann. He works at the Philadelphia headquarters of the $1.5 billion company, ranked 175th in last year's Forbes magazine listing of the top 500 private companies. Swartz was formerly president of the firm's Process and Industrial-SE business unit from 1995 through 1998, during which time he doubled sales and earnings. He joined Day & Zimmermann in 1994 after a 21-year career with DuPont.


Artie Schroeder, ChE 74, MS ChE 76, graduated in June with an executive masters of business administration degree from the University of Houston. Schroeder manages Y2K issues for BP Amoco. He and his wife, Charlotte Young Schroeder, ChE 76, and their four children live in Houston.

Larry Taber, AE 74, a professor in the biomedical engineering department of Washington University in St. Louis, has been named a Fellow of ASME International. Taber lives in Memphis, Tenn.


Phil Bowers, TCh 75, was appointed vice president of textile sales with the Burlington Chemical Co. Bowers lives in Burlington, N.C.

David Dorman, Mgt 75, was featured May 12 in the Seattle Edition article "Exec Shows How to Stay Focused". Dorman is chief executive officer of a $10 billion joint venture between British Telecommunications and AT&T.; He lives in Hillsborough, Calif.

Andres E. Nunez, CE 75, MS CE 77, a principal of TEI Engineers & Planners, has been selected for membership in Georgia Tech's Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. Nunez serves as a member of the External Advisory Board for Tech's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He lives in Tampa, Fla.


Roy Malac, ESM 76, has become program manager for the EPX product line with GE Harris Railway Electronics. Malac lives in Melbourne, Fla.

Warren Recicar, MSci 76, was named vice president of operations with Akamai Technologies Inc. Recicar was previously vice president of customer-services delivery for GTE Internetworking. He lives in San Jose, Calif.


Ashley R. Rammy Cone, CE 77, was elected president of the Florida Transportation Builders Association. Cone lives in Tampa, Fla.

Douglas H. Humme, EE 77, received his eighth professional engineers license, this one from the State of Indiana. Humme lives in Houston, where he is an electrical department manager for CHP Consulting Engineers Inc.


Lauralee Cromarty, IM 78, accepted a position as general manager of distribution with the HON Co. Cromarty lives in Muscatine, Iowa.

G. Fred Willard, PhD 78, was appointed chief executive officer of Sustainable Technologies Corp. Willard lives in St. Charles, Mo.


Ettore Crupie, IE 79, has been promoted to officer with Kurt Salmon Associates. He lives in Alpharetta, Ga., with his wife, Colleen, and four children.

Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, ChE 79, an internist in private practice at Piedmont Hospital, became president-elect of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM). She will be the youngest person and only the second woman in ACPs 84-year history to hold the office when she assumes the presidency in 2000. Fryhofer lives in Atlanta.

Dana M. Hicks, ISyE 79, was promoted to telecommunications industry director with Lockwood-Greene. Hicks, his wife, Caroline, and two children live in Huntersville, N.C.

Pranab Saha, PhD ME 79, was named Engineer of the Year by the 1999 Michigan Society of Professional Engineers. Saha is co-owner of Kolano and Saha Engineers Inc. He lives in White Lake, Mich.

Steven L. Wimberley, BC 79, has accepted a position as project manager with the State Department's Office of Foreign Buildings Operations in Washington. Wimberley lives in Woodbridge, Va.


Stephen L. Peet, ME 80, has joined BellSouth as facility project manager. Peet, his wife, Dianna H. Peet, MS ICS 79, and four children live in Norcross, Ga.

Terry L. Schiazza, ME 80, and his wife, Teresa, announced the birth of a daughter, Alexandra Caroline, on July 13. Alexandra joins her sister, Victoria Gabriela, at the family home in Seneca, S.C., where Terry is a strategic account manager for Schneider Electrics Square D.

Daniel B. Taylor, ME 80, and his wife, Joyce, announced the birth of a son, Christopher, on July 10. The family lives in Ft. Collins, Colo., where Daniel is a department manager for Hewlett-Packard Co.


Dennis Hall, AE 81, and his wife, Denise Hall, EE 81, have become proprietors of Fairfield Wine, a fine wine, beer and gift shop. The couple lives in Dayton, Ohio.


Stephen A. Dawkins, HS 82, has joined Atlanta Medical Center as medical director of occupational medicine. He was previously medical director of Sentry Software and medical director of Hospital Occupational Medicine in Atlanta. Dawkins lives in Atlanta.

Jon O. Peacock, IM 82, has accepted the position of vice president of business development for Vertical Networks. Peacock lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Robert H. Storer, MS OR 82, PhD 87, has been promoted to professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Storer first joined the faculty as an instructor in 1986.


J. Chris Coats, IM 83, has become a project manager with Aubrey Silvey Enterprises Inc. Coats and his wife, Pam, live in Bremen, Ga., with their three children.

Kathleen Maher, ME 83, of Gainesville, Ga., has been appointed intellectual-property counsel for the Elan Corp. in Dublin, Ireland.


Gene Parets, ME 84, has accepted a position as general manager with Gainco Inc. Parets lives in Duluth, Ga., with his wife, Sherry, and two children.

M. Andrew Thomas, Arch 84, has joined Portman Holdings as managing director of capital markets. Thomas was formerly president of Highland Capital Group, an Atlanta real-estate capital-advisory firm. He lives in Atlanta.


Costas A. Balaras, MS ME 85, PhD 88, was married to Elena Dascalaki in July 1998. Balaras was also promoted to C-level research scientist with the National Observatory of Athens (Greece). The couple lives in Vrilissia, Greece.

Timothy M. Brown, MSci 85, has joined IBM Global Services as a principal in the industrial-sector management group. Brown and his wife, Ellen Ewing, live in Vinings, Ga.

Susan Leathers Mitchell, ME 85, received a master of science in management degree from the University of Maryland. Mitchell lives in North Potomac, Md.

Nola Thompson, EE 85, has accepted a position as territory business manager for neuroscience and cardiovascular products with Bristol Myers-Squibb. Thompson lives in Rome, Ga.

Parra H. Vaughan, IE 85, was selected by the Charlotte Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Business Women in Charlotte, N.C. A senior vice president and director of integrated marketing communications for First Union Corp., she was also recently awarded her company's Spirit of First Union Award. Vaughan is a member of Junior Achievement and is an advisory board member of the United Way of the Central Carolinas.


Thomas Alberts, PhD 86, was promoted to professor of aeronautical engineering at Old Dominion University. Alberts lives in Virginia Beach, Va.

Phillip Crowder, ChE 86, has been named manager of strategy and business research with the Eastman Chemical Co. He and his wife, Karen D'Anne, live in Kingsport, Tenn.

Amy Flatten, MS CE 86, PhD ESM 93, has accepted a position on the staff of Neal Lane, assistant to the president for Science and Technology and director of the Office of Science and Technology.

Douglas G. Jones, Math 86, has earned his doctoral degree in digital signal processing from the University of Florida. Jones is employed as an electronics engineer in the guided weapons evaluation facility at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Jones, his wife, Donna, and children, Lindsey and Mark, live in Niceville, Fla.

Fred Y. Robinson, ME 86, was promoted to supervisor of the test engineering group with Fairchilds Controls Corp. In spring 1998, Robinson received his master's degree in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife and daughter live in Gaithersburg, Md.

Angela Torbett Schwartz, IM 86, and her husband, Tom Schwartz, EE 88, announced the birth of a son, Joshua Thomas, on June 16. Angela is sales manager with Microsoft's Southeast small- and medium-enterprise group. The family lives in Marietta, Ga.

Mark Strickert, MS ICS 86, and his wife, Mary Morgan Strickert, MS TASP 91, announce the birth of a daughter, Caitlyn Hannah, on Aug. 3, 1999. Mark is manager of software development at Vodavi-Ct. Mary is manager of environmental community relations for Dynamac Corp. The family lives in Marietta, Ga.

Yong S. Lee, Mgt 86, has joined Pinnacle Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Specialists, a healthcare firm with offices in the Greater Atlanta area, as a physician of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Yong received his doctor of medicine from Howard University and completed his residency training at Emory University in 1996. He served on the volunteer medical staff of the 1996 Paralympic Games. Yong is an avid runner who has completed several marathons; he is a road-and-mountain cyclist and enjoys hiking and mountain climbing.


David Douglas Boyd, AE 87, MS AE 88, earned his doctoral degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech in August. He is employed as a member of the research faculty at Virginia Tech. Boyd lives in Yorktown, Va.

Dan Fukushima, Mgt 87, has joined The North Highland Co. as manager. Fukushima was previously a senior manager with Radiant Systems petroleum/convenience store division. He lives in Dunwoody, Ga., with his wife, Annie, and children, Davis and Mary.

Jana D. Miles, ICS 87, was promoted to principal with Kurt Salmon Associates. Miles lives in Decatur, Ga.

Sanjay Raman, EE 87, and his wife, Amy E. Bell, announced the birth of a son, Jacob Darshan, on June 29. The family lives in Blacksburg, Va., where Sanjay and Amy are both assistant professors of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech.

Karl Swensen, IE 87, has been promoted to principal with Kurt Salmon Associates. Swensen lives in Tokyo with his wife, Susan, and children, Anna and Scott.

David C. Wright, AE 87, a former F-15E pilot and instructor, and a veteran of Desert Storm, was promoted to major in the Air Force. He is currently attending Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Wright and his wife, Lorraine, live in Plantation, Fla.


Jeffrey C. Butler, IE 88, has been promoted to principal with Kurt Salmon Associates. Butler lives in Greensboro, N.C., with his wife, Robin, and daughter, Grayson.

Jorge de la Cova, Arch 88, M Arch 90, has joined the architectural and interior design staff at Culpepper, McAuliffe and Meaders in Atlanta. He worked with the College of Architecture as an instructor and academic advisor to the director and associate director in the college's bachelors and masters program.

Steven Daneman, ME 88, MS ME 90, has accepted a position with Powerwave Technologies as senior manufacturing engineer. Daneman and his wife, Tammy, live in Westminster, Cal.

Jon Dickinson, CE 88, was named vice president and director of finance with GeoSyntec Consultants. Dickinson lives in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Bruce Etheridge, Mgt 88, married Amy Elizabeth Pearson on Sept. 18. Etheridge recently finished his pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, and is in private practice with Rock Hill Pediatrics Associates in Rock Hill, S.C.

George Fadel, PhD ME 88, was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure at Clemson University. Fadel lives in Clemson, S.C.

James A. Friedman, EE 88, and his wife, Jessica, announced the birth of a daughter, Madeline Jane, on Aug. 29. The family lives in Madison, Wis.

John H. Hatcher, EE 88, MS EE 89, and his wife, Janice Stinecipher Hatcher, MS Ch 90, announce the birth of a daughter, Erin Elizabeth, on April 21, 1999. Janice is an information manager for the polution prevention assistance division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and John is a computer engineer with Ciena Corp. in Alpharetta, Ga. The family resides in Duluth, Ga.

Robert J. Kaufman, ICS 88, was promoted to principal with Kurt Salmon Associates. Kaufman lives in Marietta, Ga., with his wife, Beth, and children, Ethan and Rachel.

Chris O'Reilly, EE 88, and his wife, Sheryl Smith O'Reilly, IE 88, announced the birth of a son, Michael Christopher, on Aug. 31. The family lives in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Jeff Brian Pope, Mgt 88, was elected president of the Memphis, Tenn., chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Pope is an office manager with Tom Barrow. He lives in Memphis.

Tom Schwartz, EE 88, and his wife, Angela Torbett Schwartz, IM 86, announced the birth of a son, Joshua Thomas, on June 16. Angela is sales manager with Microsoft's Southeast small-and medium-enterprise group. The family lives in Marietta, Ga.

Chi Lin Swift, Mgt 88, and her husband, Kevin, announced the birth of a daughter, Lauren Victoria, on Aug. 13. The family lives in Charleston, S.C.


Gary Bitter, EE 89, and his wife, Paige, announced the birth of a daughter, Camden Marie, on July 29. Camden joins her sister, Lauren, and brother, Ryan, at the family home in Ocala, Fla. Gary is employed by the Florida Power Corp.

Michelle Stephen Borthayre, ICS 89, and her husband, Christian, announced the birth of a daughter, Celine Danielle, on July 11. Celine joins her brother, Stephen, at the family home in Suwanee, Ga.

Gary H. Guyton, CE 89, and his wife, Beth, announced the birth of a daughter, Julia Claire, on Aug. 11. The family lives in Dallas, where Gary is a research analyst with J.C. Bradford & Co.

Steve Lindsey, ME 89, and his wife, Cynthia Benefield Lindsey, IM 90, announced the birth of a daughter, Morgan Alexis, on July 22. Steve is a manager for Atlanta Gas Light Co., and Cynthia is a team manager with the State Farm Insurance Co. The family lives in Cumming, Ga.

Laura McCarty Ogden, IE 89, MS IE 92, has accepted a position as vice president with Salomon Smith Barney. She lives in New York.


Holly Bramblett Doyle, ME 90, and her husband, Jay, announced the birth of a son, Connor Alexander, on May 15. Holly is an engineer with the Southern Co. The family lives in Birmingham, Ala.

Janice Stinecipher Hatcher, MS Ch 90, and her husband, John H. Hatcher, EE 88, MS EE 89, announce the birth of a daughter, Erin Elizabeth, on April 21, 1999. Janice is an information manager for the pollution prevention assistance division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and John is a computer engineer with Ciena Corp. in Alpharetta, Ga. The family resides in Duluth, Ga.

Herbert S. Hasell, ME 90, received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service as the Navy Air liaison officer on the Joint Task Force Nobil Anvil Staff during the Kosovo air campaign. Hasell flies the Navy's C-26 aircraft as a lieutenant commander in Sigonella, Italy.

Trevor Larsen, MS ME 90, was promoted to director of engineering services for Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom. Larsen lives in Winter Garden, Fla., with his wife, Madie.

Cynthia Benefield Lindsey, IM 90, and her husband, Steve Lindsey, ME 89, announced the birth of a daughter, Morgan Alexis, on July 22. Cynthia is a team manager with the State Farm Insurance Co., and Steve is a manager for Atlanta Gas Light Co. The family lives in Cumming, Ga.

Daryl T. Mizell, Mgt 90, and his wife, Tracy, announced the birth of a son, Liam Gregory, on July 10. Daryl is employed as plant manager with the Quikrete Co. facility in Lithonia, Ga. The family lives in Grayson, Ga.

Eric Rick Mucklow, Arch 90, accepted a position as architect and CAD manager for the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Mucklow lives in Arlington, Va.

Bridget Bapst Radosta, Mgt 90, and her husband, Pete, announced the birth of a son, John Patrick, on April 1. John joins his sister, Megan, at the family home in Alpharetta, Ga.

Ainslie Baldwin Schorr, Mgt 90, and her husband, Doug, announced the birth of a daughter, Kathryn Virginia, on May 19. The family lives in Columbus, Ga.


Eric Michael Brown, AE 91, was promoted to general manager of corporate travel services with Delta Air Lines. Brown and his wife, Stephani, live in Vinings, Ga.

Susan M. Davis, Biol 91, has been hired as outreach director with WaterPartners International. A resident of Carrboro, N.C., Davis is president of the Georgia Tech Triangle Club.

Kathryn Brooks Eichamer, CE 91, and her husband, Paul Eichamer, ESM 92, announced the birth of a son, Paul Trey III, on Feb. 26. Trey joins his sister, Kristen Marie, at the family home in Naperville, Ill. Kathryn recently received her master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, and Paul received his master of science in operations and technology management from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

James Moore, PhD ME 91, was promoted to the rank of associate professor and was granted tenure at Florida International University. Moore lives in Miami.

Mary Morgan Strickert, MS TASP 91, and her husband, Mark Strickert, MS ICS 86, announce the birth of a daughter, Caitlyn Hannah, on Aug. 3, 1999. Mark is manager of software development at Vodavi-Ct. Mary is manager of environmental community relations for Dynamac Corp. The family lives in Marietta, Ga.

Lee Ann Smith Terry, Mgt 91, and her husband, Brent, announced the birth of a daughter, Jessica Kathleen, on July 25. Lee Ann is an accountant with Gypsum Management & Supply in Tucker, Ga. The family lives in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Janice Dodson Teske, ChE 91, completed her master's degree in business administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She is market manager, polybutene, for the Americas Region with BP Amoco. Teske and her husband, Erick, live in Chicago.

Eileen Galshack Wilburn, IM 91, married Matthew David Wilburn, EE 92, on May 6. Eileen is an applications specialist with MaPics Inc., and David works for Arris Interactive. The couple lives in Norcross, Ga.


Raissa Cortes Chandler, CE 92, was promoted to help-desk manager with Manhattan Associates. Chandler's husband, Scott Chandler, ChE 92, is a loss-prevention engineer with F.M. Global. The couple lives in Smyrna, Ga.

Michael Doron, ME 92, graduated from the International Executive Masters in Business program at Vanderbilt University. Doron lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Paul Eichamer, ESM 92, and his wife, Kathryn Brooks Eichamer, CE 91, announced the birth of a son, Paul Trey III, on Feb. 26. Trey joins his sister, Kristen Marie, at the family home in Naperville, Ill. Paul received his master of science in operations and technology management from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Kathryn recently received her master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Margaret Pierotti Eisenhauer, ICS 92, has joined the law firm of Hunton Williams as counsel with the firm's business practices, group-corporate, securities and technology team. Eisenhauer lives in Marietta, Ga., with her husband, Greg, and son, Daniel.

Brent Goolsby, ISyE 92, and his wife, Janet Goolsby, ISyE 92, announced the birth of a daughter, Alexis Elizabeth, on July 28. The family lives in Marietta, Ga.

Tim Gottfried, IE 92, received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and accepted a position as investment banking associate with Chase Securities. Gottfried lives in New York.

Elisa D. Hix, CS 92, and her husband, Hal Hix, CS 92, announced the birth of a daughter, Rachal Ayn Hix, on Jan. 6. Elisa is a consultant with Informix Software, and Hal is a systems engineer with the Remedy Corp. The family lives in Suwanee, Ga.

Darryl James, PhD ME 92, was promoted to associate professor with Texas Tech University. James lives in Lubbock, Texas.

T. Allen Lomax Jr., ME 92, and his wife, Ashley Taylor Lomax, Mgt 92, announced the birth of a son, Taylor Allen, on July 19. The family lives in Moore, S.C., where Allen is a materials control manager with the cryovac division of Sealed Air.

Greg McDaniel, PhD ME 92, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Boston University, received a 1999 Ralph E. Teetor Educational Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers. McDaniel lives in Boston.

Joseph E. McMahon, CS 92, and his wife, Lorna, announced the birth of a daughter, Colleen Grace, on Jan. 27. Joe is a senior software engineer with Lockheed Martin. The family lives in Silver Spring, Md.

Kellyanne Merkel, ME 92, an associate with the intellectual property firm of Hoffmann & Baron in Parsippany, N.J., published the article, "Trade Dress Can Coexist Easily With Design Patent," in the May 31 edition of the National Law Journal. Merkel lives in Morristown, N.J.

Pamela Norris, PhD ME 92, married Eric Lamb in June. Norris was promoted to associate professor of mechanical engineering and granted tenure at the University of Virginia. The couple lives in Charlottesville, Va.

Robbie Schwab Stadter, ME 92, MS ME 95, and her husband, Mark Stadter, IE 92, MS IE 94, announced the birth of a daughter, Laura Catherine, on June 7. The family lives in Atlanta, where Mark is employed by CAPS Logistics.

Shay Martin Weaver, Mgt 92, and her husband, Bill Weaver, Mgt 93, announced the birth of their daughter, Adrian Grace, on Nov. 6, 1998. The family lives in Roswell, Ga.

Matthew David Wilburn, EE 92, married Eileen Galshack Wilburn, IM 91, on May 6. David works for Arris Interactive, and Eileen is an applications specialist with MaPics Inc. The couple lives in Norcross, Ga.


Traci Battle, Biol 93, accepted a position as a post-doctoral research associate with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at the Harvard Medical School. Battle lives in Brookline, Mass.

Charlotte A. Bond, Mgt 93, has been named an assistant professor of business at Berry College at Mount Berry, Ga. She earned her master's from Lamar University and her doctorate from Old Dominion University in 1998.

Robert B. Case, MS CE 93, married Bobbie J. Lamb on June 20. Case will live in Virginia Beach with his wife and two stepsons, Todd and Robbie.

Kim Fleck, TE 93, married David Seijo on May 29. Kim is a systems engineer with Shaw Industries, and David is a freelance photographer and instructor with Creative Circus. The couple lives in Cartersville, Ga.

Robert Bob Means, IE 93, and his wife, Loren, announced the birth of a daughter, Caroline Ann, on July 27. The family lives in Lawrenceville, Ga.

John Oshinski, PhD ME 93, of Michigan, Ind., has joined the University of Virginia mechanical engineering faculty as an associate professor.

Susan Carlson Skalak, PhD ME 93, was promoted to associate professor and granted tenure at the University of Virginia. Skalak lives in Charlottesville, Va.

J. Andre Soileau, CE 93, has purchased and become president of Gulfgate Construction. Solieau lives in Eunice, La.

Betty C. Tong, ME 93, MS ME 95, graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine in May, and has relocated to Baltimore to begin residency training in otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Bill Weaver, Mgt 93, and his wife, Shay Martin Weaver, Mgt 92, announced the birth of their daughter, Adrian Grace, on Nov. 6, 1998. The family lives in Roswell, Ga.

David Veazie, PhD ME 93, was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Clark University. Veazie lives in Crowley, La.


Christian B. Cooke, ME 94, completed a master's degree in international business studies from the University of South Carolina. Upon graduation, Cooke took a position with Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group as a senior consultant with a specialty in mergers and acquisitions for automotive manufacturers. He lives in Royal Oak, Mich.

Colleen Gilbride Cox, Mgt 94, married John Dennis Cox III on May 22. Colleen, a program coordinator with Georgia Tech's graduate cooperative office, received her master's degree from Georgia State University in May. Denny is employed by Motorola, and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA Program at Georgia State University. The couple lives in Atlanta.

Andrew B. Smith, AE 94, married Shayna M. Brodie on Aug. 14, 1999. The couple lives in Atlanta.

Phillip S. Wallace, ME 94, an ensign in the Navy, was recently designated a naval flight officer while serving with Training Squadron 86 at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Freda Washington, MS EE 94, has completed military service as an Army officer and has accepted a position with BellSouth in Atlanta. She will live in Marietta, Ga.


Wei Chen, PhD ME 95, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois-Chicago, was awarded the Pi Tau Sigma award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for outstanding achievement in mechanical engineering within 10 years of graduation. Chen lives in Chicago.

Jorge E. Gonzalez, PhD ME 95, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, won a National Science Foundation Career Award. Gonzalez lives in Caba Rojo, Puerto Rico.

Stacy Hayes, IntA 95, was promoted to first lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Hayes is stationed at Whiting Field Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.

Marguareen Anise Jeans, CmpE 95, and her husband, Park Chalmers Jeans III, announced the birth of a son, Stuart Perry, on May 17. Stuart joins his brother, Trevor Wallace, at the family home in Marietta, Ga. Park is employed with ESI Inc. of Tennessee as a project engineer.

G. Drew Kessler, MS CS 95, PhD CS 97, has been named an assistant professor in electrical engineering and computer science at Lehigh University. He is developing a framework for 3-D interaction components in virtual environment applications. He is the principal creator of the Simple Virtual Environment Toolkit software package.

Keri Paarz Michaelis, Mgt 95, married Charles E. Michaelis on Aug. 28, 1999, in Chicago, Ill. Keri is a community representative for Andersen Consulting in Chicago. The couple lives in Evanston, where Charles is a graduate student in the J. L. Kellogg graduate school of management.

Heather Scepaniak, Mgt 95, married Matthew J. McKeen on May 15. The couple lives in Marietta, Ga., where Scepaniak is a project engineer with Heery International, and McKeen is an account executive with Westcorp Software Systems.


Kimberly M. Cochran, ChE 96, and Jason Kozakis, IE 96, were married on July 31. The couple will live in Pittsburgh, where Kozakis is working toward a master's degree in industrial administration at Carnegie-Mellon University, and Cochran is studying environmental science and management at Duquesne University.

Brian Dietzman, IntA 96, and his wife, Joanna, announced the birth of a son, Spencer Hessen, on Sept. 24. The family lives in Wackernheim, Germany, where Brian is a first lieutenant in the Army.

Amanda Timmons, BC 96, married Steve Farmer on Sept. 5. Timmons is a construction engineer with McDonough Bolyard Peck, and Farmer is a project manager with Branch and Associates. The couple lives in Roanoke, Va.

Nathan Hedges, CE 96, married Maria Webb on May 2, 1998. The couple lives in Alpharetta, Ga., where Hedges works for Beers Construction.

Kemper Lewis, PhD ME 96, received a National Science Foundation Career Service Award. Lewis is an assistant professor with the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Amherst, N.Y.

George R. Notell II, CS 96, married Annmarie Elizabeth Miller on July 4. Notell is a system-support specialist with Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College, and Miller is an administrative coordinator with Tech's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The couple lives in Smyrna, Ga.

Jennifer Schroer, IE 96, was promoted to director of quality assurance with EZGO Textron in Augusta, Ga. Schroer lives in Evans, Ga.

Lesley Peters Tighe, Mgt 96, and her husband, Donald, announced the birth of a son, Harrison Peters, on May 15. Lesley is a treasury-management officer with SunTrust Bank, and Donald is a system administrator for BellSouth. The family lives in Dunwoody, Ga.

Dave Tyler, Mgt 96, of Abilene, Texas, graduated from the Air Force's joint specialized undergraduate pilot training. Tyler is a lieutenant who began B-1 bomber pilot training at Dyess Air Force Base in July.


Regina M. Kronen, Econ 97, married Rafael S. Villasmil on July 3. The couple lives in Washington, where Kronen is an economist with the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Villasmil is a chemical researcher at Johns Hopkins University.


Andre B. Lester, ME 98, an ensign in the Navy, completed the Navy's nuclear-power-training course at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, S.C.

Tim Simpson, PhD ME 98, received the Sigma Xi Best Doctoral Thesis Award and has accepted a position as assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University. Simpson lives in State College, Pa.


Benjamin Herndon, IM 99, has accepted a position as a marketing-operations manager with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Herndon lives in Monroe, Ga.

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George Thomas Papageorge dies


George Thomas Papageorge, CE 25, an active member of Atlanta's Greek community and Georgia's first traffic engineer, died Aug. 18 at the age of 95.

Mr. Papageorge was the first traffic engineer for the Georgia highway department, where he worked for 14 years until World War II. After the war, he worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, overseeing Atlanta's planning, development and public works.

In the 1960s, Mr. Papageorge taught at the Athens Technological Institute in Greece under a Fulbright Scholarship. After his retirement from HUD in 1974, he returned to teaching at Senior University, which is now part of the Mercer University campus.

A member of Atlanta's Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Mr. Papageorge was in charge of the church's interior design and commissioned the cathedrals mosaic artistry. His church parish named him Archon of the Ecumenical Partriarchate of the Order of St. Andrew, the highest honor bestowed on an Orthodox Christian layman.

Mr. Papageorge was a graduate of Yale University and a veteran of World War II.

Ellis Bullock Dies at 99

Ellis Way Bullock Sr., of Pensacola, Fla., died on July 28 at the age of 99.

Mr. Bullock, EE 23, ME 23, was a retired inventor and co-founder of the Fly Ash Arrestor Corp. in Birmingham, Ala., pioneers in air-pollution abatement. He held numerous patents in the field.

Mr. Bullock served in the Navy during World War I and was a member of the first U.S. Air Service ROTC program. He was commissioned as a pilot in the Air Service and became a member of the Alabama National Guard, participating in aerial flood relief efforts during the Elba, Geneva and Brewton, Ala., floods of 1928. He retired as a captain in 1930.

In 1997, Mr. Bullock received a plaque recognizing him for 74 years of service to Georgia Tech. He was a long-time contributor to the Roll Call, giving since its inception in 1947.

Parachute Innovator Steve Snyder Dies in Fighter Jet Crash

Aviation enthusiast Stephen L. Snyder, who held the patent on rectangular parachutes and developed altimeters for skydivers, died July 17 when his 50s-vintage jet fighter crashed in New Jersey. He was 64.

Mr. Snyder, AE 59, had been a pilot for 50 years before crashing his 1956 F-86 fighter into the South Jersey Regional Airport, which he owned.

Mr. Snyder developed an interest in skydiving as a student at Georgia Tech and went on to open a jump school at the airport in 1962. He purchased the airport in 1988 and began lengthening the runway to attract more business. The airport reported 81,000 takeoffs and landings in 1992.

As part of the airport, Mr. Snyder also created the Air Victory Museum in 1989 in a hangar, with plans to increase it to 10 acres. He wanted the museum to inspire future generations of aviation enthusiasts and professionals by focusing on aviators who changed the course of history.

Mr. Snyder also owned Steve Snyder Enterprises in Pennsauken, N.J., which created equipment for skydivers and pilots.

Last Member of 1928 Rose Bowl Team Dies

Allen E. Gene Hauck, Com 30, an Atlanta physician and a member of the 1928 Georgia Tech Rose Bowl team, died Sept. 4. He was 91.

Dr. Hauck was a starting fullback for the Jackets the season following Tech's historic 8-7 defeat of the California Bears. He finished his medical degree at Emory University Medical School in 1935 and opened his private practice in 1938.

As a member of the Army Medical Corps Emory Unit at the 43rd General Hospital, he served in North Africa, Italy and southern France. After the war, he was a consultant to the military, inspecting military surgery departments and operating rooms at Army hospitals in the United States. He resumed his private practice in 1946 and became a visiting professor at Emory's medical school.

On Veterans Day 1998, Dr. Hauck and six other World War II physicians were honored by Georgia Baptist Hospital for their service to the civilian population. He closed his private practice in 1985, but continued to review disability applications for the Social Security Administration until his retirement in 1998.


John Roy Hollingsworth, EE 28, of Atlanta, on Sept. 6. Mr. Hollingsworth was the retired owner of a manufacturers agency.


John Creasy, Cls 35, of Lakeland, Fla., on March 12. Mr. Creasy was a retired engineer.

Clifford Henry Dyar Jr., TE 31, of Franklin, N.C., on May 23. Mr. Dyar was a retired textile engineer for the Goodyear Tire Co. He was a district chairman and leader for the Boy Scouts of America.

John Hatcher, ChE 33, of Gainesville, Fla., on June 9. Mr. Hatcher was a retired employee of the DuPont Corp.

Dana L. Kilcrease Sr., EE 39, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on May 24. Mr. Kilcrease was a retired employee of IBM. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy as a transport pilot and flight instructor. He retired from active service in 1945, and from the Naval Reserves in 1954 as a lieutenant commander.

William C. Lee, IM 39, of Atlanta, on July 1, 1996. Mr. Lee was retired from Hubbard Co.

Fred J. Ransom, ME 34, of Dunwoody, Ga., on July 20. Mr. Ransom was retired from Scripto Inc.

Hollis M. Richardson, EE 31, of Morris Plains, N.J., on Aug. 1. Mr. Richardson was a retired electrical engineer with the Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, N.J. He was inducted into Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and was a member of the American Geophysical Union, and Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi honorary societies.

Clair A. Short, ME 34, of Indianapolis, on Sept. 12. Mr. Short was a retired design engineer for the Allison gas-turbine division of the General Motors Corp. He was a member of the Tech Science Club and a veteran of World War II.

John Edward Spence, Com 33, of Decatur, Ga., on July 11. Mr. Spence was a retired tax attorney and certified public accountant who worked for the Internal Revenue Service and later the State Department, where he served as a tax adviser to South America and Singapore. He was a recipient of the Republic of Singapore's Silver Medal Honor Award, the highest award given to a foreigner. Mr. Spence served in the Navy during World War II, and was recalled into service during the Korean War, serving as a lieutenant commander.

George Thorpe Waite, CE 38, of Sarasota, Fla., on March 3, 1993.


John A. Jack Burgess, GE 40, of Little Switzerland, N.C., on May 21.

Walter Butler Daniel, EE 47, of Bowling Green, Ky., on May 2. Mr. Daniel was a retired engineering consultant.

Charles Gordon Denton Jr., ChE 40, of Fayetteville, Ga., on Aug. 29. Mr. Denton was retired as vice president of Stephenson Chemical Co. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and a World War II veteran.

William Windsor Evans, IM 49, of Ocala, Fla., on June 17, 1998.

William Hammock Evins, Arch 41, of Atlanta, on Sept. 24. Mr. Evins was a retired airport planner with United Airlines. He was a Naval aviator and lieutenant commander during World War II.

Henry F. Gaydos, ME 44, of Santa Monica, Calif., on Dec. 3, 1998. Mr. Gaydos was a cabinet-maker and retired teacher.

James R. Hall, ChE 47, of Tucson, Ariz., on March 6.

J. Starke Hamilton, Arch 40, of Townsend, Ga., on July 30. Mr. Hamilton was a retired architect who worked with Toombs, Amasino and Wells, and FABRAP Inc. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Richard H. Dick Hudson Jr., ME 47, of Baton Rouge, La., on July 7. Mr. Hudson was retired from Exxon Corp. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was an Army veteran of World War II.

Hugh I. Jackson, Cls 44, of Cartersville, Ga., on Sept. 10. Mr. Jackson was retired as executive vice president of C&S; Bank in Cartersville. He was an Army veteran of World War II, where he served as a combat engineer.

Henry Hopkins Manley, ChE 41, of Powder Springs, Ga., on July 14. Mr. Manley was a retired chemical engineer with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Edward H. Ted Shaw, ChE 43, of Charlotte, N.C., on July 14, 1998. Mr. Shaw was retired from Celanese Corp. He also taught real estate brokerage and valuation at Central Piedmont Community College. An Army veteran, he served as commanding officer of an ammunition detachment. Mr. Shaw was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

William C. Ward Jr., IM 40, of Dunwoody, Ga., on Aug. 14. Mr. Ward was retired as director of services with Georgia Tech's Engineering Experiment Station, now the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He was the youngest Marine Corps major in World War II and retired as a colonel after 25 years of service.


Donald Cook Chapman Sr., Cls 50, of Sandy Springs, Ga., on Aug. 31. Mr. Chapman was owner of Don Chapman's Garage and was a national skeet-shooting champion. While attending Tech, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.

Robert D. Clarke, ME 50, of Decatur, Ga., on Sept. 22. Mr. Clarke was a retired sales engineer with Honeywell and Lockwood-Greene engineers. He was a member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. An officer in the Navy, Mr. Clarke was a graduate of Tech's V-12 officer training program.

Howard S. Cole III, ME 51, of Houston, on June 12.

Robert J. Bob Rucker, EE 50, of Charlotte, N.C., on July 7. Mr. Rucker was retired from Westinghouse Corp. and was the founder and president of Statco Inc. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.

James A. Shugart Jr., Arch 52, of Palmetto, Ga., on Sept. 18. Mr. Shugart was founder of the Mark Inn, a 16-hotel chain based in Atlanta. He was a member of the Naval Reserve and served in the Army in both active duty and as a reservist. While at Georgia Tech, Mr. Shugart participated in the Glee Club.

John Harris Tolan, Phys 50, of Rocheport, Mo., on May 26. Mr. Tolan was a retired health physicist with the University of Missouri.


Robert L. Acuff, IE 60, of Newark, Del., on Sept. 1. Mr. Acuff was an administrator with the accounting firm McBride Shopa & Co.. He was a past president of the Washington chapter of the Planning Executives Institute.

William W. Bill Bryce, EE 64, of Dallas, on Sept. 25, 1998. Mr. Bryce was a founding partner of Terra Marine Engineering. He was an Army Signal Corps veteran.

William Thomas Conner, IE 69, of Memphis, Tenn., on Aug. 10. Mr. Conner was a retired legal department director for Helena Chemical Co.

James R. Griser, EE 62, of Birmingham, Ala., on May 9. Mr. Griser was retired from Lucent Technologies.

Richard Heck, ME 60, of Fairborn, Ohio, on May 18. Mr. Heck was an engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Edgar A. Neely, IE 60, of Atlanta, on Aug. 13. Mr. Neely was a retired partner of Neely & Player law firm. A member of Georgia Tech's varsity tennis team, he was a national tennis champion in the mid-1950s, when he won the boys' 15-and-under singles and doubles titles. Later in his tennis career, Mr. Neely competed in both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

E. Capers Palmer Jr., Chem 60, of LaGrange, Ga., on Sept. 19. Dr. Palmer was retired as chief pathologist, president and chief executive officer of West Georgia Pathologists. He was a Navy veteran and a supporter of the Alexander-Tharpe Fund.


Robert Lee Johnson, ME 94, of Atlanta, in a boating accident on Aug. 27. Mr. Johnson was a consultant with the Summit Group in Duluth, Ga. He was a member of Georgia Tech's varsity rowing team and the Kappa Alpha Order.


Daniel P. Tomasulo, of Atlanta, on Aug. 17. Mr. Tomasulo was retired from Georgia Tech, where he served as assistant to the dean. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.