departments in best practices testing
inbound components. Dick and Priscilla traveled extensively in the early
years of their retirement. Her failing
heath eventually curtailed that, and
they entered assisted living in 2011.
She passed away in early 2016, and
he married Carla Duke in early 2017.
He is survived by his son Roger and a
daughter, Elizabeth Canton.
While you think about it, why
don’t you put my e-mail address on
your Christmas family newsletter list?
Your classmates would love to learn
that you are alive and well.
–Ed Margulies, secretary, 925
Stonegate Dr., Highland Park, IL
60035-5146; tel: 847-432-3947;
1953 65th Reunion
By the time you read this, you will
have received registration materials
for our 65th reunion. Our class dinner on Saturday will be memorable.
The Koch Institute Public Galleries will be the site of our pre-dinner
cocktail party, and we’ll be treated to
a tour by one of the artist/scientists
responsible for the displays. That will
be followed by dinner in the multipurpose auditorium, where Dr. Anne
E. Deconinck, the executive director
of the Koch Institute for Integrative
Cancer Research at MIT, will tell us
about the facility. Then we will retire to
the Toast to Tech! All reunion alumni
will gather at this late-night complimentary party, with a hosted bar, live
music, and dancing. We hope to see
you for our 65th.
Julian Greenebaum reports the
sudden death of William Gouse Jr.
on Sept. 1, 2017, from heart failure,
in Richardsville, VA. Bill was Course
2 and Tau Beta Pi. He received his
PhD at MIT before moving to Washington to work for the government in
the energy field and later in counseling. He is survived by his wife, Jackie.
James Nelson died on Aug. 14,
2017, in Oak Island, NC. Jim was an
engineer with degrees from Bowdoin
and Ohio State as well as MIT. He
loved the water and was an avid swim-
mer, photographer, sailor, and wilder-
ness canoeist. He was also a lifelong
learner and teacher—someone who
embraced challenges and encouraged
others to do so. He was involved in
Christian servant leadership wherever
he landed—Ohio, Illinois, Georgia,
Mexico, North Carolina, Maine—and
his many years of scouting earned
him the designation of Boy Scouts of
America Honorary Eagle Mentor. He
is survived by his wife Muriel, four
children, and eight grandchildren.
Albert Lee died at home on Sept.
7, 2017, after a courageous battle with
pancreatic cancer. Al was proud of
his Chinese-American heritage. Born
on June 20, 1925, in Portland, OR,
in 1930 he moved to China, where
he attended elementary school. After
war broke out in China, Al, at the age
of 14, returned to the U.S. with his
older brother in 1939. Without parental support, Al worked odd jobs to
support himself while in high school.
His academic success led to his acceptance in a dual-degree program at
Reed College in Portland, OR, and
MIT. Al had a long, successful career
as an electrical engineer, starting with
GE in Pittsfield, MA. His interests
eventually led him to Los Angeles,
where in 1961 he began working for
America’s burgeoning space program.
In 1963 he met and married his wife,
Susan. After becoming an expert in
solar cell arrays, Al moved to Houston to support the Apollo program.
Later, he began designing electrical
transformers with GE, first in Shreveport, LA, and then in Hickory, NC.
He worked for GE until retiring in
1992. Al was especially proud of the
patents he developed at GE related to
transformers and amorphous metals.
In retirement, Al became involved in
many civic activities, most notably the
Kiwanis Club, where he held several
elected positions, and Junior Achievement. In 2008 Al and Susan moved
to the Carolina Preserve community
in Cary, NC, where he continued his
involvement with the Kiwanis Club
and met many new friends through
activities such as table tennis and
mah-jongg. He is survived by Susan,
three children, and six grandchildren.
Yechiel (Jack) Shulman passed
away in Palo Alto, CA, on Dec. 7, 2017.
One of his children wrote: “I remem-
ber my dad always wore three pieces
of jewelry: a gold watch, his wed-
ding band on his left hand, and his
MIT class ring on his right hand, for
he was extremely proud of his alma
mater. My dad was born in Israel on
Jan. 28, 1930, and came to Boston
with his wife in 1950 to study at MI T.
He obtained five degrees, including a
PhD in aeronautical engineering, and
at that point decided to stay on in the
States. He worked in both academia
and business in Chicago and Minne-
apolis before retiring to Palm Des-
ert, CA. He was predeceased by his
wife Ruth and is survived by his three
children, five grandchildren, and two
Robert Tessier, of Springfield,
MA, died on Oct. 14, 2017, in Plymouth, MA. Bob was born and grew up
in Chicopee, MA. He began practicing architecture at Tessier Associates,
a Springfield architecture firm that
was founded by his father in 1923.
He designed a variety of significant
municipal and ecclesiastical buildings throughout the western New
England area. Throughout the 1970s
and 1980s, Bob devoted a great deal
of his time to architectural-regulation
organizations. He was first appointed
to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Architects, following in
the footsteps of his father, who helped
found the organization in 1941. Bob
then moved onto the National Council
of Architectural Registration Boards
and was elected its president in 1986.
He was instrumental in developing
the Architect Registration Examination and in furthering national standards for architectural licensing. In
recognition of his service to the profession, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of
Fellows in 1987. Generous, intelligent,
charming, and subversively witty, he
was a delight to be around. He loved
travel and parties and adored his wife,
family, and friends. He is survived by
his wife, Peggy, and by two daughters.
The Institute has announced the
recipients of the Class of 1953 scholar-
ships. Vibha Agarwal ’ 20 is an electri-
cal engineering and computer science
major from Overland Park, KS. She
writes: “I am developing Web and
mobile applications for a nonprofit
with the goal to make science and
technical education in India more
hands-on and engaging. To do this,
I am designing and programming an
Android application using Java to cre-
ate an accessible platform for students
to collaborate, post updates, and com-
municate with mentors. On campus
I have gotten involved with a num-
ber of organizations, including Engi-
neers Without Borders, the Society of
Women Engineers, the MIT Dance
Troupe, and the Fire-Spinning Club.”
Charles Freeman ’ 18, a math-
ematics major from Dresden, TN,
writes: “I am studying mathematics
with computer science. So far, I have
taken classes on calculus, differential
equations, and computational struc-
tures, among others. I am currently
taking classes on algorithms, topol-
ogy, statistics, and Spanish. I worked
at CERN (the European Organiza-
tion for Nuclear Research) on a con-
tinuation of research I performed
over the preceding two semesters. I
contributed to a paper for the CERN
dark matter and substructure team
in Geneva, Switzerland. I assisted in
the search for dark matter by provid-
ing jet substructure variable analy-
sis using C++ and maintained CERN
CMS data acquisition software.”
–W. James Mast, secretary,
tel: 011-502-7832-4811; e-mail:
Leonard Wayne Swenson (Course
8), PhD ’ 60, passed away on June 9,
2017. He had been a professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR,
prior to retirement.
Richard Edward Morley
(Course 8, nondegree) died on Jan.
17, 2017, in New Hampshire. He has
been called a “manufacturing legend.”
Dick was recognized as the developer
of the programmable logic controller
that facilitated factory automation.
He started several companies that
produced various sorts of electronic
controls and was an expert in applying electronics to production operations. If you would like to read more
about his career, some recent articles
are available online. Dick’s daughter,
stepson, and brother survive him.
To my knowledge, the reports on
classmates who have passed away are
now up to date as of January 2018.
John Blair, Joe Blake, Alex
Dreyfoos, Ron Kurtz, Sam Losh,
and Bob Warshawer were invited to
be greeters at the memorial service for
Paul Gray in Kresge Auditorium on
Nov. 30, 2017. If memory serves, all of
them plus several others were greeters
when Paul was inaugurated as MIT’s
14th president in 1980.
Last year I wrote about the voyage through the Northwest Passage
that Renate and Alex Dreyfoos began
in July 2017. You have never received a
report on the remainder of the adventure. In August Alex wrote that the
passage through Larsen Sound was
not ice-free, so there would be no
trip through in 2017. Alex’s reports
are always well written and informative, so I will just quote from his
e-mails. “For several years there had
been lessening ice blockage at Larsen
Sound in the Northwest Passage, and
in 2014, 2015, and 2016 the passage
became completely free of ice. This