August 2013 Class Notes

We hear from John Kern:

Let me report I finally had my long awaited, and only cleared for action on July 16 after almost a year of intense body-building of my already reasonably OK body, my left leg TKA [for you non-medically-savvy guys that stands for a phrase I have known for too long already, as a Total Knee Arthroplasty]. At our next class reunion I'll have to show off my regained and now vastly-superseded body, both lower and upper, from its previously reasonably good shape. Working out regularly is a lot of work but you don't have to undergo a 2½ hour difficult operation following after 5-previous ones to enjoy how good you feel as well, if that matters any more, and how proud you are to walk down the street with your beautiful wife of 55-years!


P.S. Here are some obscure conversion factors that you may not be aware of:

    1     Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter Eskimo Pi
2 2000 pounds of Chinese Soup Won ton
3 1 millionth of a mouthwash 1 microscope
4 Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement     1 bananosecond
5 Weight an evangelist carries with God 1 billigram
6 Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour Knotfurlong
7 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer 1 Lite year
8 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone 1 Rod Serling
9 Half a large intestine 1 semicolon
10 1,000,000 aches 1 megahurtz
11 Basic unit of laryngitis 1 hoarsepower
12 Shortest distance between two jokes a straight line
13 2000 mockingbirds two kilomockingbirds
14 1 kilogram of falling figs 1 Fig Newton
15 1000 cc of wet socks 1 literhosen
16 8 nickels 2 paradigms
Dr Edward J Guen, 85, died on March 1, 2011 in Tarpon Springs, FL. He was the retired R&D Program Manager at H. C. Starck, Inc, of Newton Upper Falls, MA. He is survived by Amy, his wife of 59 years, and four children and several grandchildren.
Denny Corwin

Denny Corwin

John Denham Corwin, 83, died July 1, 2013 in Baton Rouge, LA. After MIT he served as a 1st Lt. in the US Army, Signal Corps. Denham and his wife Priscilla moved to Texas City, TX, where he was employed as a chemical engineer at Union Carbide/Dow. He retired after 44 years of service, having advanced to the level of Corporate Fellow. Denham was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Texas City where he regularly sang tenor in the Choir, taught Sunday School and served in numerous positions, including Elder and Treasurer, over his 59 years of membership. His mission in life was to serve the Lord by loving his family and by living his faith through quiet action and gentle word. Denham was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 49 years, Priscilla Evans Corwin, and his brother H. R. "Buddy" Corwin. He is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Rui deFigueiredo

Rui deFigueiredo

Dr Rui Jose Pacheco de Figueiredo passed away on July 22, 2013, in College Station, Texas, after a valiant fight with Parkinson's disease. Rui was born in Panjim, Goa, India. He came to the US to study at MIT, where he received the SB and AM in Electrical Engineering. He then enrolled at Harvard, where he earned a PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1959. During his studies, Rui took time off to move to Lisbon, Portugal, where much of his family then resided. While there, he conducted research with the Portuguese Atomic Energy Commission (Junta de Energia Nuclear) using the experimental nuclear reactor in Sacavem. After his PhD, he returned to Portugal, heading the Applied Mathematics and Physics Division of the Portuguese Atomic Energy Commission and representing Portugal as a diplomat and technical expert at international conferences, treaty negotiations, and foreign scientific exchanges.
After marrying Isabel Colaco, also of Goa, in 1961, Rui moved to the US, accepting a position at Purdue. In 1965 he moved to Houston Texas, where he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Rice University for 25 years. In 1990, he accepted a position as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine, and served as a researcher and teacher there until his retirement in 2007. In retirement, he continued his research activities.
Rui is best known for his pioneering contributions to the mathematical foundations of linear and nonlinear problems in pattern recognition, signal and image processing, and neural networks, which, in turn, led to the development of novel methodologies for a wide range of applications. His work supported a variety of NASA space exploration projects, assisted the Department of Defense in weapons detection systems, helped companies identify credit card fraud, assisted the EPA in oil spill detection and source matching, developed algorithms for more efficient transmission of mobile telecommunications signals, enhanced geophysical images for well-logging, and improved the early detection of brain and neural diseases, like Alzheimer's disease. He authored over 400 scientific papers.
Rui is survived by Isabel, his wife of 52 years, and by five children and twelve grandchildren.
Our predecessor as Class Secretary Joe D'Annunzio wrote us on July 17:

Keep up the good work. last year was a tough year. Needed a pacemaker put in last April, then lost a lot of blood due to the blood thinner Exarelto which made the year a one of no sports but I was able to take two grandchildren last year and 2 more this year on a cruise with Regent Cruises from Spain to Venice with stops in France, Italy, Croatia and other spots. This is the 8th year in a row I have taken two or three grandchildren on a cruise. The 1st 3 years was with two grandsons graduating high school and went from Seattle to Alaska, then I started with college graduates. the first being my oldest granddaughter thru the Baltic countries from Russia to Denmark, all the others in the Mediterranean from Spain to Turkey. with stops in Greece , Malta, Sardinia, Monaco and many stops in Italy. All my trips were with the Seven Seas Mariner of Regent Cruises.
I tried to go back to tennis but have finally decided to give up tennis due to my breathing problems and bad right knee but I am back to golf having played 3 nine hole rounds and last week played 12 holes at the Plainfield Country Club in NJ.
I am on oxygen in the evenings and take a portable generator to use when I travel, still going to my grandchildren's games particularly soccer. We celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary next year with God's help. Viola is in fair health but will not go on a cruise. After the last one the kids put together a booklet of the two week cruise to show their cousins. With twenty grandchildren and two great grandchildren they keep us busy, 5 months in New Jersey and 7 months in Naples, Florida. Christmas Eve is still growing as everyone comes for an Italian specialty dinner of many fish appetizers and a whole lobster filled with crabmeat, which has been a tradition since we went south in 1957. Hard to believe I have been retired since then. Still fishing in the Gulf weekly if the weather and wind cooperate. Do you guys still get together in the summer? If so I would like to join you
Joe d

Joe's letter couldn't have come at a better time. We had been planning to get together with the Webmasters to discuss the care and feeding of the Class of 1950 web page, and Joe's office in Clark NJ was centrally located for all of us. So on August 13, John Kocher, Bob Michel and Tom Keane met in one of Joe's conference rooms. Dave Gushee was unable to attend, but Joe sat in and we had a very productive meeting, followed by a delightful lunch.

Here are a couple of pictures, courtesy of John's trusty camera.

Meeting       Lunch

Tom, Joe, Bob and John at Work


Enjoying Lunch

Thomas R. Keane, Class Secretary       David E. Gushee, Assistant Secretary
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