GS Class of 1947


Apr, 2023

Joseph K. Casey ’47 ScM, of Cincinnati; Jul. 7. He worked as an analytical statistician for the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from 1948 to 1952. He then considered a vocation to the priesthood, but after 15 months at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, a monastery near Bardstown, Ky., he decided his calling lay elsewhere. He worked at General Electric in Ohio for many years and was recognized for his contributions to the flight propulsion lab and engine aircraft group. After retiring from GE, he taught various mathematics, engineering, and philosophy courses. He enjoyed participating in book clubs.

Jul, 2019

Luther M. Foster ’47 PhD, of Corvallis, Ore.; Feb. 21. He was chief of the physical chemical division at Alcoa Research Laboratory and later a manager in semi-conductor chemistry at T.J. Watson Research Center of IBM, from which he retired in 1981. He authored 60 research studies in scientific journals and was a contributing author of seven standard reference texts. He additionally served on the NASA committee for evaluation of Skylab satellite experiments, was a moderator of the Westinghouse KDKA radio public service series Chemistry and You, and was president of the Pittsburgh Chemistry Club. He enjoyed working with fused glass art in retirement and exhibited his work in galleries in the Northwest. He is survived by two daughters and two sons.


Jan, 2019

Frederick G. Barlow ’41, ’47 AM, of Cerro Gordo, Ill.; July 24. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 and, once discharged, returned to Brown. He began teaching in New Hampshire before being recalled to service during the Korean War. He then moved to Cerro Gordo and taught sixth grade, later moving to seventh grade, and finally retiring as a junior high school principal. He was a member of the Illinois Education Assoc., the Parent Teacher Assoc., and the National Education Assoc. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; two children; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.


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