GS Class of 1952

Obituaries

Aug, 2021

Hans J. Zweig ’52 AM, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; Feb. 19. He had a career in physics research at Kodak. He published extensively in the area of optical physics with emphasis on the statistics and theory of photographic detection models. He spent many years involved with real estate and travel. He enjoyed yoga, poetry, philosophy, and cycling. He is survived by three children.

Jun, 2021

Robert Burger ’52 ScM, ’55 PhD, of Cary, N.C.; Nov. 29. He joined the U.S. Navy at 16 years of age during World War II. After the war he graduated from William & Mary College and Brown. As a physicist, he was a pioneer in the emerging field of solid state electronics and worked in the early years of NASA’s Apollo program. He was recruited to North Carolina by the Research Triangle Institute in 1962 and later cofounded the Semiconductor Research Corporation, which was presented the National Medal of Technology by President George W. Bush in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Marian; two children and their spouses; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four siblings.

Nov, 2019

Rodger B. Dowdell ’52 ScM, of Lake Suzy, Fla., formerly of East Greenwich and Narragansett, R.I.; July 4. He was a professional engineer and worked in the industry, including at General Electric before becoming an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Bridgeport (Conn.). While teaching at UB, he received a fellowship to Colorado State University. Upon his return to Rhode Island, he became a full professor at URI until his retirement in 1989. He was considered an expert in fluid dynamics and flow measurement. He served as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and on the International Committee for Flow Measurement Standards. He represented ASME and the U.S. and attended many worldwide conferences on the issue of flow measurement. His work in fluid dynamics is widely cited. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and enjoyed sailing. He sailed his boat from Narragansett to Southwest Florida. He also enjoyed playing golf, reading, and traveling. He is survived by seven children, including Rodger B. Dowdell Jr. ’71; two stepchildren; 26 grandchildren, including Rory A. Dowdell ’06; five step-grand-children; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Nov, 2019

Robert W. Lougee ’41, ’52 PhD, of Storrs, Conn.; July 6. He joined the faculty of UConn in Storrs in 1949 as an instructor in the history department and later became a full professor. Before retiring in 1984 he was head of the history department and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. In addition to being a distinguished professor and author of scholarly books and publications, he was also president of UConn’s faculty senate and actively involved with the University’s administration, working closely with the President’s Office and Board of Trustees. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the National Audubon Society, the American Ornithological Society, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. He enjoyed hiking, camping, boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, reading, and annual summer vacations in New Hampshire. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

 

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