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Ingenious Italian
A Georgia Tech alumnus engineers his way onto the Atlanta restaurant scene
By Maria M. Lameiras

Riccardo Ullio
Gary Meek
Riccardo Ullio serves authentic Italian cuisine from a tantalizing menu in his popular Atlanta restaurant.
t Georgia Tech, Riccardo Ullio learned how to combine concrete and steel to make it sound. But it was in his heart and his native Italy that he found the materials to build his road to success.

Ullio, CE '90, MS EnvE '93, is chef and co-owner of Sotto Sotto, an immensely popular trattoria he and his fiancee, MaDora Frey, opened in Atlanta's Inman Park neighborhood in February 1999.

"I'd always worked in the restaurant business while I was at Tech, and when I graduated, I opened a restaurant with a friend," rather than pursue a career in engineering, Ullio said.

That first restaurant, Pasta da Pulcinella in Atlanta, is still in business, though the partnership soon dissolved. Ullio went on to work at Pricci and Coco Pazzo, building the amateur cooking skills he developed during college into the polished talent his menu at Sotto Sotto now displays.

"I always wanted to own my own restaurant, and I stayed in the business with the goal of opening my own restaurant," Ullio said. "I was working for this guy at DePalma's, and he was a young guy taking nice vacations and who had a lot of freedom–a lot more than you'd have working at some corporation–and I decided if he could do it, I could do it."

After years of perfecting his techniques, a year of concentrated business planning and a three-month research tour in Italy, Ullio literally built his dream into reality.

"I came up with the layout and design, found the location, served as construction manager and did a lot of the build-out, bought most of the equipment at auction," he said, ticking off a long list of preparations that went into the opening.

Although Ullio had created and collected recipes while working his way through the restaurant business, he and Frey made the trip to Italy to experience the kind of authentic cuisine he wanted to emulate at Sotto Sotto.

"We ate at as many places as possible and went to see a lot of kitchens and different preparations to experience some of the authentic flavors and tastes and the kind of cooking we wanted to do," Ullio said.

The result is a tantalizing menu with such distinctive offerings as a dish of veal- chicken- and-pork-stuffed ravioli with butter sage sauce, which was created from a recipe found in Michelangelo's letters; a variety of freshly made pastas with sauces inspired by ingredients from various regions of Italy; and rich risottos meticulously prepared with premium short-grained Carnaroli rice. There is also a display of estate–bottled olive oils from premier producing regions of Italy available for tasting as an appetizer. Ullio said the menu will change with the seasons to reflect the fresh ingredients available at different times of the year.

The concept has captured the attention of Atlanta's restaurant-going public-garnering glowing reviews in the local press and a healthy word-of-mouth promotion–and as a result the restaurant "has been full since the first day we opened the doors, and it's never slowed down," Ullio said.

"It's been beyond my expectations; I'm really happy. It just proves that there is a market for this kind of Italian food in Atlanta that was untapped before."

Ullio has used much of what he learned at Tech in creative ways in the course of his business ventures.

"From the principles I learned in my CAD class to the accounting skills I picked up in my accounting class to the knowledge of basic efficiency–because a kitchen is still a production process even if you are producing pasta instead of nuts and bolts–there are certain engineering concepts that apply to this business like any other," he said. "Knowledge can be applied in many ways and even though it's applied in a different way, it's still valuable. Every day is a learning experience."

With Sotto Sotto's success, Ullio has begun construction next door on an upscale Italian pizzeria, which will open in April. He has plans in the works for yet another authentic cuisine restaurant to open in Atlanta sometime next year.

"I think we're going to do a Mexican restaurant next, maybe. We'll see."

Quiz Whiz
Former Jeopardy! winner continues quest for game show glory.

Philip Sasse
Gary Meek
ot quite two years after taking home nearly $32,000 from a two-day run on the TV game show "Jeopardy!," Tech alumnus Philip Sasse came seconds away from a chance at making a million on the wildly popular "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?" game show.

Sasse, ChE '83, appeared on the prime time quiz show on Jan. 12 and came within 3.2 seconds of being in the show's hot seat, where he would have had a chance to win up to $1 million.

As part of a panel of 10 potential contestants, Sasse had three chances to make it to the show, competing against fellow panelists to answer three questions correctly.

His closest brush with success came with his second question. "I entered my answer and when the board lit up, I knew I had it. But there was a woman who got it right in 0.87 seconds, which is the all-time world record for a fastest finger response," said Sasse, whose second place time of 4 seconds was a half second faster than anyone else on the panel.

Sasse said the experience was worth his efforts to get on the show.

In December, Sasse began calling to win a chance to get on the show. Callers had to answer three questions of increasing difficulty correctly in the space of 30 seconds. Successful callers are entered into a random drawing from which 40 names are pulled for a call back the next day.

Although he made several successful calls to the number, Sasse never got a call back during the show's fall run.

On Jan. 5, after the show began airing its next run, Sasse called and answered the three questions correctly. The next day he sat by the phone between the proscribed hours of noon and 3 p.m. waiting for his random call from the show. The phone rang at 3:20.

Sasse had to answer five timed questions on Jan. 9 to determine who the 10 contestants would be. Sasse made the cut.

Travel arrangements were made for him to fly out the next day to New York for the taping.

"One of the biggest hurdles to getting on is getting past that random drawing, so I was pretty excited," Sasse said.

Sasse, a polymer chemist with Southwire Co. who also holds a master's degree in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, uses his affinity for trivia games as an opportunity "to show off this storehouse of useless information I call my brain."

"My wife says I have a sticky brain," he said. "I have a broad range of interests, and I've always been a voracious reader. When things go into my head, they stay. I have always been able to remember dates and names and facts."

Though his appearance on the show did not prove fruitful, Sasse said the experience was a good one.

"It was definitely worth it because, if nothing else, I got a free trip to New York with my wife," Sasse said.

Free time before and after the taping allowed the couple to visit the Museum of Modern Art on Monday, meet up with another Tech alum, Greg Shunick, Arch '81, for dinner Tuesday night, and have lunch with family members on Wednesday before flying home.

Although he is not eligible to try out for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" again until after May, Sasse said he will definitely try his luck on getting on the show again and is checking out similar shows.

"I've kind of got the bug," he said, adding that among the 10 panelists on his taping of Millionaire, he was one of three former "Jeopardy!" champions. "It's kind of a little fraternity of people who do this kind of stuff."

Georgians of the Century
Fifteen from Tech among the top 100 in contributions to American society in Georgia Trends' rankings

Former President Jimmy Carter, former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and former Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. were among the Georgia Tech alumni and coaches listed as Georgians of the Century by Georgia Trend magazine for their contributions to American society and the world.

Fifteen Georgia Tech alumni and coaches were among the 100 distinguished Georgians listed in the January 2000 issue, including:

   Former president Jimmy Carter, Cls '46, whose diplomatic efforts on behalf of the United States after his presidency have earned him recognition as the outstanding former president in history.

Carter served one term as governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975 before becoming in 1976 the only Georgian ever elected president. Among Carter's achievements during his presidency was the orchestration of the Camp David Peace Accords between Israel and Egypt with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Carter founded The Carter Center and Library and the center has become a major force in the promotion of peace and human rights in the world.

   Ivan Allen Jr., Com '33, who served as mayor of Atlanta from 1962 to 1970. As mayor, Allen helped steer Atlanta peacefully through desegregation and, in 1963, was the only Southern official to testify before Congress in support of legislation outlawing segregation in hotels and restaurants.

During his term, Allen also oversaw the expansion of Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport and interstate construction, and was a pivotal force in the construction of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and the attraction of the Braves to Atlanta.

   Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, Cls '60, who became a force in his 24 years in the Senate. Nunn served as chairman of the Armed Services Committee. In that position Nunn played a key role in maintaining the nation's military strength and in establishing public policy that made the United States the most powerful nation in the world at the end of the 20th century. Georgia Tech's School of International Affairs has been named for Nunn, a distinguished professor in the school.

   Architect-developer John C. Portman Jr., Arch '50, who played a major role in saving Atlanta's downtown business district from desertion by designing and developing the 17-building Peachtree Center complex, and defined Atlanta's skyline with his buildings.

Portman has gone on to design and develop skyscrapers throughout the nation and the world, and his work has been lauded by the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute and the king of Belgium and queen of Denmark, among others. In 1986, Portman received Georgia Tech's Exceptional Achievement Award.

   Charles Smithgall, BS '33, a Georgia media giant who used his money and influence to the state's environmental benefit. Smithgall started in radio in 1941 with an AM station in Gainesville and in 1967 bought WRNG-AM, now WCNN, which he sold in 1982. Smithgall went on to own the weekly Gainesville Eagle, which he turned into the daily Gainesville Times, and later sold to Gannett in 1981 for $18 million. Smithgall was also part owner of The Gwinnett Daily News until 1987, when he sold his share for $50 million.

Meanwhile, Smithgall bought over 5,000 acres of land in North Georgia, which he reforested over the years and sold to the state of Georgia for half its worth. The Smithgall Woods-Dukes Creek Conservation Area is now maintained by the Nature Conservancy of Georgia. Smithgall's generosity to Georgia Tech resulted in the Institute naming the Student Services Building after him.

   Legendary Georgia Tech football coach Bobby Dodd, who compiled a 165-64-8 record as head coach from 1945 until 1966, during which time his teams only had two losing seasons. Dodd took his teams to 13 bowl games, winning six consecutively from 1951 to 1956. In 1952, the Yellow Jackets won the national title.

   Golf icon Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr., ME '22, who in 1930 became the only golfer to ever win the Grand Slam of Golf by taking the titles in the British Amateur and Open and American Amateur and Open tournaments that year. Jones won 13 major championships by his retirement at age 28 and founded the Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters tournament held there.

In addition to his engineering degree, Jones also earned a master's in English Literature from Harvard University and a law degree from Emory University. He practiced law in Atlanta for decades.

Other Georgia Tech alumni and friends of Tech listed as notables were:

   Retired Marine Corps general and Korean War hero Ray Davis, ChE '38.

   Businessman Tom DuPree, IM '74, after whom Georgia Tech's College of Management is named.

   Modem pioneer Dennis Hayes, Cls '73, founder of Hayes Microcomputer Corp.

   Legendary Georgia Tech football coach John Heisman.

   High-tech visionary John Imlay, IM '59, who led Management Science Atlanta to success before selling it to Dun & Bradstreet and becoming chairman of its software division.

   Former DOT commissioner Tom Moreland, CE '55, MS CE '62.

   Rich's department store Chairman Frank Neely, ME '04.

   Carrollton industrialist Roy Richards Sr., ME '35, chairman and CEO of Southwire Co.

Online Ace
Guru of online sports information garners new accolades

Levyichael Levy, president and CEO of SportsLine USA Inc., received the UJA-Federation of New York's Annual Achievement in Technology and New Media .

Levy, who founded SportsLine USA in 1994, was presented his award in November 1999 by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, whose own Web site is produced by SportsLine USA.

UJA-Federation is the largest locally–based philanthropic organization in the world and is a major source for private funding of social services in New York, Israel and 60 other countries. It raises more than $200 million annually for a worldwide network of human services, cultural and educational programs.

"I feel honored to be recognized by UJA-Federation as one of the early recipients of this award," said Levy, EE '69. "This award validates the high standards we set for publishing CBS SportsLine and our other Web sites."

The Annual Achievement in Technology and New Media Award is the latest of many accolades Levy has received. In 1998, he was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni by Georgia Tech's College of Engineering, and he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the University of Florida. Levy was also named the 1997 Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the emerging companies category by Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Services LLP, and he was honored by the Interactive Services Association as the recipient of the 1997 Interactive Entrepreneur Award.

Prior to starting SportsLine USA, Levy was CEO of Lexicon Corp., a company he co-founded in 1978 to develop and market the world's first hand-held language translator. Under Levy, Lexicon went on to develop data communications terminals for the Department of Defense and Fortune 500 clients, as well as financial-transaction terminals for major credit card issuers, banks and large retailers.

In 1988, Levy founded Sports-Tech International Inc., a Lexicon subsidiary that developed the video analysis systems used by a majority of NFL and NBA teams, and more than 150 collegiate sports programs.

Prior to Lexicon, Levy held engineering management positions with Racal Datacom and Harris Corp. Levy holds six technology patents and was honored with a Dreammaker Award in 1990 by the Georgia Tech Foundation for inventing the hand-held language translator.

SportsLine USA provides Internet sports content and e-commerce on a global basis, including more than 400,000 pages of multimedia sports information, entertainment and merchandise. SportsLine USA's flagship Internet sports Web site, cbs.sportsline.com, was renamed CBS SportsLine in March of 1997 as part of an exclusive agreement with CBS Sports. SportsLine USA also produces the official league Web sites for Major League Baseball, the PGA TOUR and NFL Europe League, and serves as the primary sports content provider for America Online, Netscape and Excite. In May 1999, the company began operations in Europe through its majority-owned subsidiary, Sports.com Limited, formerly known as SportsLine Europe Limited.

Barrier Breaker
Christi Mosher-Faught battled to open management college to women

Christi Mosher-Faught
hen she enrolled at Georgia Tech in the mid-1960s, Christi Mosher-Faught knew what she wanted, but she didn't know she'd have to break down walls to get it.

Mosher-Faught, IM '69, was the first female allowed to officially enroll in and graduate from Tech's management college, now the DuPree College of Management, a school that was closed to women until her last quarter at Tech.

Mosher-Faught enrolled as a math major, but soon realized her ambitions lay within the walls of the management college.

"I knew that textiles offered a degree in textiles management, so I transferred over there," Mosher-Faught said. Then, on the advice of late Tech alumnus Susan Salter, IM '66, she enlisted the help of Professor Robert Green, then associate dean of the management college.

With Green's help, Salter had taken all of the required management courses, then petitioned the Board of Regents for graduation. Salter obtained a variance that allowed her to graduate with her industrial management degree, but the college remained closed to women, and the board stipulated that no other women would be allowed to graduate from the program, Mosher-Faught said.

Undeterred, Mosher-Faught began her plan of action. She and Green decided she would take the full management curriculum, then petition for graduation as Salter had done.

"I never actually told my counselor in textiles that's what I was doing. He kept saying, 'I don't know what you're doing, but you're going to be forever in this department,'" Mosher-Faught said.

Green, now a professor emeritus, remembers helping female students as part of an effort to open the management major to women.

"At that time, there was no prohibition–officially–against women taking management courses, just from being management majors. So I let her take the courses required for graduation. That's the kind of thing I was willing to do for students," Green said.

In her penultimate quarter at Tech, when required to submit her record of courses for graduation, Mosher-Faught went to the Board of Regents and asked to be admitted to the College of Management and to graduate with an IM degree.

"The Board of Regents wouldn't even address the issue; they tabled it and ignored the whole thing," Mosher-Faught said. Frantic, she sought advice and was told to get her parents involved.

"Well, my mother is a very meek, Southern lady, but like all good, Southern ladies, if she got her back against a wall, she'd come out fighting," Mosher-Faught said with a laugh.

Mosher-Faught's mother went to the Board of Regents and told them if they did not address her daughter's request, she would take the issue to Gov. Lester Maddox. In those days, Maddox held a weekly "Little People's Day" during which he heard grievances from the public that he often exploited in the media.

The Board subsequently put the issue on their agenda and brought it to a final conclusion.

"After that, it was all very simple. They approved me for graduation, and next thing we knew they'd opened the school to women," Mosher-Faught said.

To graduate with her class, Mosher-Faught needed to complete seven classes–a whopping 21 quarter-hours of credit–including a computer simulation course with infamous Professor Ashford W. Stalnaker.

"I went into his class the first day, and you can imagine the look on his face when he looked down at me," said the 5-5 Mosher-Faught. "He said, 'You've got no business in this class. This course is no place for women; you're not going to pass,' and that was it," Mosher-Faught said.

After a nerve-wracking quarter of hard work, Mosher-Faught remembers walking to the bulletin board outside Stalnaker's office with a classmate to get their grades.

"I remember thinking, 'This is it. I either made it, or I don't graduate,' and I truly didn't know which it was going to be," Mosher-Faught said.

When Mosher-Faught and her friend saw they had earned "A"s in the class, they began shouting and jumping around.

"Dr. Stalnaker came out and said, 'Congratulations. You've changed my opinion about women,' and he shook my hand," Mosher-Faught said. "That really meant a lot. He was an incredible professor with really high standards, but he was absolutely fair."

After graduating in March 1966, Mosher-Faught realized she was in for a new struggle.

"I couldn't get a job directly in industrial management because no one in the South was ready to put women into a management position," she said. "I remember going into an interview with an Exxon representative, and when I walked in, the man started laughing. He said, 'Do you honestly believe a woman could work for Exxon?' then he left. He never even talked to me."

Unable to find a management job, Mosher-Faught went into accounting and later earned her nursing degree. It would be 15 years after leaving Tech before she would be able to use her management degree professionally, as office manager for a medical group.

Mosher-Faught now works overseeing third-party administration on workers-compensation claims for a Nevada management company that handles group self-insurance.

"It was very frustrating. I took jobs at half the salary of the man who'd had the job before me just because I was female, and it made me mad because I had the same background, the same education and the same abilities. But at that time, it was take it or leave it," she said.

Now Mosher-Faught's daughter, Megan Gilstrap, 19, is a freshman at Tech who plans to major in mechanical engineering. Megan's father is Mark Gilstrap, IM '69.

Although she is proud her daughter chose Tech, Mosher-Faught never really discussed her own Tech experiences with Megan.

"You can't get a better education than you can get at Georgia Tech, but I know how difficult Georgia Tech was for me as a woman, so I didn't say anything to get her to go there," Mosher-Faught said. "She looked at a lot of schools, but when she attended the orientation weekend at Tech, she decided right away that this was where she wanted to go."

Virtual Mentors
Tech grads go online to help kids answer the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Net Mentors
James Green, Mark Gilleland and James Platt created NetMentors.Org to help students' with career decisions.
ealizing the power of the Web and the draw it holds for teenagers, three recent Georgia Tech alums decided to harness that power to help students plot their futures.

James Green, IE '97, Mark Gilleland, IE '96, and James Platt, EE '99, joined forces to create NetMentors.Org, an online career mentoring program for middle and high school students who need advice on choosing a career path.

"We want to help kids answer the question 'What do you want to do when you grow up?'," said Gilleland, a project manager in the software industry.

Green, 25, said NetMentors began as a truly collaborative effort.

"One of us had the vision of doing a web community, the other had the idea of mentoring and the other had the thought of doing career development–and it kind of snowballed into what we have now," Green said.

"The main thing I'd focused on was mentoring," said Green, who'd done some traditional mentoring, but had a hard time committing to a set number of hours at a set time each week. "I'd been speaking with others who had a tough time keeping such a strict mentoring schedule, and mentoring over the Internet was the main thing that sparked my interest."

Gilleland, Green and Platt all say that although they were fortunate enough to have ideas and guidance when choosing careers, they have seen that the individual who knows what they want to do before entering college is the exception rather than the rule.

"I came from a relatively small town in South Carolina where probably 15 percent of my graduating class went to college. Then, after coming to Tech, I met a number of students who came from high schools in communities where what was really missing were active professionals in a variety of career fields who could encourage students in their goals," Green said. "It is hard to think you could be something when the only time you've ever seen it is on TV. But the idea of being able to have instant contact with someone who has gotten there–and who could give you a road map of how they got there–will really give (students) something to work with."

After settling on a core idea and goals, the men split up the work according to expertise. Platt is director of Internet development, Green is executive director and Gilleland is director of strategic planning for the organization, which is currently seeking non-profit status as a volunteer service organization. A fourth founder, William Kern Jr., a graduate of George Mason University, is director of Internet strategy.

Booz-Allen & Hamilton, the management consulting firm Green and Platt work for, became NetMentors' first corporate alliance and is helping the fledgling program in two ways.

"They are including Net Mentors in the community-service literature they publish and using their existing relationships with several high schools in the Washington D.C. area to get us into the schools," Gilleland said.

Once the students know about NetMentors, they can sign up on the site, research their career interests based on personality type, choose several careers to explore, and contact mentor professionals in those careers from across the United States.

"Students who visit the site will see it as a process," Gilleland said. "They need to generate the career ideas; then we will help them explore those options and pursue the career they choose through internships, colleges or whatever route is best. Each step along the way they can ask a mentor for advice."

Currently, the program has signed up more than 200 volunteer mentors from more than 127 different universities, representing over 35 careers in locations from San Francisco to London, Gilleland said.

Though contact with students will begin only in specific cities and communities, Gilleland said the program has the potential to reach students in communities in every segment of the country.

"We will target student awareness in cities and communities where we feel students are most in need of contact with professionals," Gilleland said.

Two of the main facets the men feel make their program unique are the recruitment of young professionals–those only a few years out of college themselves–and a kid-friendly Web site that it is easy for students to use.

"We want to give the message to kids that we're not the condescending parents, that we're here to help," Gilleland said. "We're not there to rule anything out for these kids."

At 23, Platt may not seem far removed from the students he is trying to help, but he said it is a constant challenge to stay plugged in to the issues that affect today's middle and high school students. "In some ways," he said, "I think I'm a little out of touch, but that's one thing we need to do: look at that age group and see what will appeal to them."

Anyone interested in becoming a net mentor or in establishing a corporate or school alliance with NetMentors.org is encouraged to sign up on the Web site.

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George Frank Benson, ME '50, and his wife, Evelyn, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Long Beach, Calif., on August 22, 1999. Benson, a native of Flowery Branch, Ga., was with the Navy Seabees in the South Pacific before attending Tech. After graduation, he had a 32-year career with DuPont as a supervisor and lived in Londonderry, England; Northern Ireland and Isfahan, Iran. "We have always had each other, and living in strife-torn countries drew us closer together," he said.


Donnan Martin, ChE '54, was named member of the month in November 1999 by the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Martin started his own company, Poly-Mart Inc., in Kennett Square, Pa., in 1990 after a 36-year career in sales and business and marketing management with DuPont. Poly-Mart specializes in polymers for use in highly specialized applications in elastomer and plastics markets, which go into such products as golf balls, shotgun shells, shoe inner soles, hubcaps and construction films.


Ernest "Pat" Epps, ME '56, was honored with the National Business Aviation Association's American Spirit Award in October 1999. Epps, who has owned and managed Epps Aviation in Atlanta for over 25 years, gained international attention in 1992 when he and Richard Taylor, Arch '64, recovered a P-38 aircraft that had been abandoned in Greenland during World War II, and brought it back to the United States.


Anthony J. "Tony" Rourke, CE '61, recently completed a "round-the-world" adventure that included visits to the Netherlands, Tanzania, Kenya, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Japan. During his visit to Tanzania, Rourke climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Rourke continues to work in the development, design and construction of buildings with the latest emphasis on churches and related facilities.


C. Clint Bolte, IE '67, was inducted into the National Association for Printing Leadership's Soderstrom Society in October 1999. The society's objective is to provide a group of industry leaders the opportunity to offer suggestions for the development and expansion of the printing industry, and to recognize and honor these individuals. Bolte owns C. Clint Bolte & Associates in Chambersburg, Pa.

William W. Duffey, Arch '67, has been made a partner of The Ritchie Organization (TRO) in Birmingham, Ala. TRO is a 180-person design firm providing architecture, planning, engineering and interior-design services.


Ed H. Bowman Jr., MS IM '70, and his wife, Betty, announce the birth of their third child, Matthew Moore, on Nov. 1, 1999. The Bowmans live in Dallas with their two other children, Christina and Brooke. Bowman is president and CEO of F.Y.I. Inc., an information services and management company headquartered in Dallas. Bowman and F.Y.I. were recognized by Forbes Magazine in November 1999 as one of America's 200 Best Companies and in September 1999 as one of America's Top 100 Fastest-Growing Public Companies. Equities Magazine named F.Y.I. in August 1999 as one of the fastest growing companies in America.

Ben C. Davenport, IM '70, was named an associate partner at Newcomb & Boyd in Atlanta as of Jan. 1, 2000. The consulting engineering, special technologies, lighting design, and commissioning and operations group of the firm are housed in its Atlanta offices.


David A. Conner, PhD '71, has been re-elected treasurer of IEEE and began serving his second term in the position on Jan. 1, 2000. IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society. Conner, who is a fellow in IEEE, is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Artie Schroeder, ChE '74, MS ChE '76, graduated from the University of Houston in June 1999 with an executive MBA with a major in finance and a minor in international business. Schroeder is currently employed with BP Amoco doing strategic planning in the area of e-commerce.


Dennis M. Connelly, DMth '75, has been named as an associate at Newcomb & Boyd in Atlanta as of Jan. 1, 2000. The consulting engineering, special technologies, lighting design, and commissioning and operations group of the firm are housed in its Atlanta offices.


Perry Bankston, AE '71, MS AE '73, PhD '76, received the 1999 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aerospace Power Systems Award at the organization's Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference in August 1999. Bankston earned the award "in recognition of career achievements and leadership in research, development and application of aerospace power technology, including solid-state microdevices and materials, electric space power sources and energy-storage devices. Bankston is manager of the device research and applications section of the Space Avionics Systems and Technology Division and manager of the spacecraft power program in the Technology and Applications Program Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Steve Shelton, IM '76, was elected president of the International Society of Weighing and Measuring at the organization's 1999 conference in Atlanta. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the technical advancement of its members in the weighing and measuring industry. Shelton is sales and marketing manager of Scale Systems Inc. in Macon, Ga. Shelton and his wife, Debbie, live in Roswell, Ga.


Cathy Caseman Berdahl, IM '77, is a United Air Lines pilot flying Boeing 777 passenger flights from Washington D.C. to Europe. Berdahl was an Air Force pilot for 10 years on active duty and is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. Berdahl is the daughter of Austin B. Caseman, professor emeritus of civil engineering for Tech.

Curt Harrington, ChE '77, has recently been appointed to the Continuing Education of the Bar joint-advisory committee for the State Bar of California. Harrington is a patent attorney in Long Beach, Calif.

Bruce Noggle, Arch '75, M Arch '77, has been named director of retail construction for Zaremba Contractors of Lakewood, Ohio, a division of Zaremba Group, a national real estate development company. Noggle is responsible for overseeing and managing the company's retail construction throughout the country, including shopping centers, free-standing retail, movie theaters and multiple-site national building programs.

Frank Zedar, IM '77, has been certified as a commercial mediator by the Virginia Supreme Court. Zedar is a member of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution environmental and land use issues and is a real estate broker in McLean, Va.


Hal Fallert, ME '78, has been promoted to senior vice president and divisional director of the Phytochemical Division of Kemin Industries Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa. Fallert will oversee the operations of the new phytochemical division of the global feed and food ingredient company, which was created to develop new natural technologies for the feed, food, pet food and personal care industries.

H. Byron Gaar III, IM '78, has been named as an associate partner at Newcomb & Boyd in Atlanta as of Jan. 1, 2000. The consulting engineering, special technologies, lighting design, and commissioning and operations group of the firm are housed in its Atlanta offices.

Kelli Nemessey Keb, Mgt '78, has been elected the 1999-2000 president of The Junior League of Atlanta. After graduating, Keb entered the retailing field and was a manager for Rich's and Lord and Taylor, and a buyer for Marshall Field in Chicago. Most recently, she was a representative for Kelly's Kids, a children's clothing line. Keb and her husband, Phil, have two children, P.J. and Madeline.


David Baranek, Psy '79, retired from the Navy in October 1999 after 20 years and joined Burke Consortium Inc., a small information-technology consulting firm in northern Virginia, as a consultant and project manager. Baranek lives in Springfield, Va.

Andrew A. Dymek, IM '79, MS ME '86, has been named as an associate partner at Newcomb & Boyd in Atlanta as of Jan. 1, 2000. The consulting engineering, special technologies, lighting design, and commissioning and operations group of the firm are housed in its Atlanta offices.


Pete Colan, ME '80, recently started his own company, SportCrafters Inc., making bicycling products-such as racks, rollers and trainers-for companies such as Graber, CycleOps and Bike Nashbar. Colan also works in the engineering department of Bosch Braking Systems. He lives in Granger, Ind.


Noelle Marier Cardell, IM '81, and Jeff Cardell, ME '81, announce the birth of their fourth child and first son, Andrew Nathan, on Oct. 19, 1999. Noelle is a self-employed property manager, and Jeff works for Lockheed Martin. The family lives in Kennesaw, Ga.

Thomas E. Dodson, Arch '81, has been named a principal with The Estopinal Group architectural firm. Dodson lives in Louisville, Ky., with his wife, Candace, and children, Claire, Caleb and Connor. Dodson also recently completed his first marathon, the Louisville Marathon, in 3:57:40.

Steven M. Henderson, IM '81, has been named vice president of sales at KeraVision Inc. Henderson was previously sales director for Bausch & Lomb's $50 million U.S. refractive surgery business and director of training for more than 1,000 LASIK surgeons.

Bryan LaBrecque, ME '81, was promoted to senior vice president of Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines Inc., in August 1999. LaBrecque and his wife, Pam, live in Peachtree City, Ga.


Doug Fuller, IE '82, earned his doctorate in systems engineering in August 1999 from the University of Virginia. After the thesis defense, Fuller accepted a position as director of business development for the First Select Corporation in Pleasanton, Va.

Robert A. Howell, ME '82, has been named as an associate partner at Newcomb & Boyd in Atlanta as of Jan. 1. The consulting engineering, special technologies, lighting design, and commissioning and operations group are housed in its Atlanta offices.

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

Karen Collins Thurman, IM '82, was promoted to member at Frazier & Deeter, an Atlanta-based CPA firm. Thurman has been with the firm since 1989 and was promoted from the position of senior associate.


Linda L. Brennan, IE '83, was appointed program director for the master of science program in Technology Management at Mercer University. Brennan is an assistant professor in the Stetson School of Business and Economics at the university and conducts research in the areas of project and process management, as well as assessing the organizational and educational impact of information technology.

Lisa Stevens Epstein, BC '83, recently joined the staff of Suncoast AutoBuilders as Project Manager. Suncoast AutoBuilders designs, constructs and renovates auto dealerships nationwide. Epstein lives in Safety Harbor, Fla., with her husband, Andy, IM '84, and their son, Austin.

Denise Holloman, IE '83, was promoted to director of package engineering for General Mills in Minneapolis in October 1999. Denise and her husband, Leonardo Maurice Holloman, CE '83, live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Jeffrey O. Stull, MS ChE '83, has received a 1999 American Society for Testing and Materials Award of Merit from the ASTM Committee on Protective Clothing. Stull was also awarded the title of Fellow with the organization. Stull was honored for exemplary leadership and skill in the development of a broad range of standards and guides for the committee and for his professional dedication, diplomatic and scientific resourcefulness, and perseverance. Stull is president of International Personnel Protection Inc., the company he founded in Austin, Texas, where he lives.


Warren E. Morgan, Chem '84, and Denise Briley Morgan, EE '87, announce the birth of their second child, Audrey Elizabeth, on Oct. 9, 1999. The couple also has a son, Joshua. The family lives in Houston, where Warren is an otolaryngologist in private practice.


Angela Cardoso, Mgt '85, has been promoted to senior vice president of Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C. Cardoso manages the practices and reporting group of the bank's corporate risk evaluation division.

David S. Graf, EE '85, was promoted to project engineer at Advanced Technology Video Inc. in Redmond, Wash. Graf lives in Bothell, Wash.

Alyssa Levy McElrone, Psy '85, and her husband, Joseph, announce the birth of a son, Devlin Patrick, on Oct. 8, 1999. The family lives in Atlanta.

Jeff Trim, CE '85, was recently named a senior vice president for Wade-Trim Inc. Trim serves as the operations manager for Wade-Trim's Tampa, Fla., office and recently served as the engineer of record for the rehabilitation of the Friendship Trailbridge (the Old Gandy Bridge) over Tampa Bay.


Lisa Linden, ME '86, married Brock Patterson on May 29, 1999. Linden is a senior sales representative for SmithKline-Beecham Pharmaceuticals, and Patterson is a vice president with Bank of America. The couple lives in Boca Raton, Fla.

Bob McDonnell, MSci '86, MS Mgt '91; and Maureen Orzada McDonnell, CE '89, announce the birth of a daughter, Christine Marie, on Dec. 17, 1998. Bob is director of production and manufacturing for retail store services in Alpharetta, Ga., and Maureen is director of transportation maintenance engineering for Applied Engineering & Science of Atlanta. The family lives in Suwanee, Ga.

Fred Y. Robinson, ME '86, recently started at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems in Gaithersburg, Md., as a staff systems engineer, working on their Data Capture System, which will scan in most of the forms used for Census 2000. Robinson and his wife, Lynn, also announce the birth of a second daughter, Dori Young, on April 21, 1999.

Mark L. Tweed, Arch '86, M Arch '88, has recently helped design Desert Ridge Marketplace, a 1.1 million-square-foot retail complex that will cover 110 acres in Phoenix. Tweed, design director for MCG Architecture Beverly Hills, is also working on a $54 million downtown redevelopment and entertainment center in Cathedral City, Calif., and The Galleria at Roseville, a 1.2 million-square-foot town center outside Sacramento, Calif.

Laura Lott Whitehead, MSci '86, and R. K. Whitehead, ME '87, announce the birth of their fourth child, Oliver Samuel, on Aug. 26, 1999.


Denise Briley Morgan, EE '87, and Warren E. Morgan M.D., Chem '84, announce the birth of their second child, Audrey Elizabeth, on Oct. 9, 1999. The couple also has a son, Joshua. The family lives in Houston, where Warren is an otolaryngologist in private practice.

David Whalen, EE '87, and his wife, Valorie, announce the birth of their third son, Thomas David, on Aug. 30, 1999. The couple also has twin sons, Adam and Eric, 7. The family lives in Stone Mountain, Ga. Whalen is the regional manager and director of operations for ABB Service Inc.

R. K. Whitehead, ME '87, and Laura Lott Whitehead, MSci '86, announce the birth of their fourth child, Oliver Samuel, on Aug. 26, 1999.

Allen Wynn, ICS '87, and his wife, Julie, announce the birth of a daughter, Ruby Elizabeth on Oct. 9, 1999. The family, including a son, Matthew, lives in Round Rock, Texas. Wynn is a software engineer with IBM in Austin, Texas.


Angela Duff Derby, MSci '88, and her husband, Mike, announce the birth of a son, Cullen MacDuff, on Dec. 10, 1999. The family, including an older son, Bryan, and a daughter, Lexi, live in Warrenton, Va.

Earl B. Smith, ME '88, recently finished the requirements for a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. In 1994, Smith received his master's in engineering from Prairie View A&M University. Smith lives in College Station, Texas.

Les Wiggins, AE '88, MS AE '90, and his wife, Jackie, announce the birth of a son, Ethan Andrew, in August 1999. The family lives in Hunstville, Ala., where Les is an engineer for Boeing.


Tiffany Partridge Bowen, Mgt '89, was recently promoted to manager of global solutions/food service industry by Radiant Systems Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga. Bowen and her husband, Craig, live in Buckhead.

Adam Hugenberg, IE '89, and Missy Dean Hugenberg, IE '92, announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Anne, on Dec. 11, 1999. The family lives in Woodstock, Ga.

Maureen Orzada McDonnell, CE '89, and Bob McDonnell, MSci '86, MS Mgt '91, announce the birth of a daughter, Christine Marie, on Dec. 17, 1998. Bob is director of production and manufacturing for retail store services in Alpharetta, Ga., and Maureen is director of transportation maintenance engineering for Applied Engineering & Science of Atlanta. The family lives in Suwanee, Ga.

Robert E. Reed III, Arch '89, was honored by the City of Atlanta and the American Institute of Architects, Ga., for contributions to the community and his profession. Reed, a principal with Village Habitat Design, received the Atlanta Community Development Dept.'s "Together Atlanta" award for outstanding contribution to his neighborhood, surrounding community and the city in general. In a separate recognition, The American Institute of Architects, Ga., honored Reed with their "Helping Hands" award for his contributions to the association and the practice of architecture in Georgia.

Robert "Robby" Reeves, IE '89, and Julie Collins Reeves, Mgt '90, announce the birth of their third son, Caleb Thompson, on Aug. 30, 1999. The family lives in Cartersville, Ga., where Robby is a manager for Shaw Industries, and Julie owns a Christian dance studio.

Julie Egenberger Shackford, Mgt '89, has been promoted to district manager at AT&T, responsible for the Delta Air Lines account.


Brian J. Gray, EE '90, has joined The North Highland Co. as a manager specializing in large-system implementation and performance optimization within the utilities and telecommunications industry. The company is an independent management and technology consulting firm. Gray and his wife, Lesley Peterson Gray, EE '91, also announce the birth of a daughter, Julie Ann, on Sept. 12, 1999. The family lives in Duluth, Ga.

Robert C. Oglesby III, ICS '90, has been promoted to principal of Kurt Salmon Associates, an international management-consulting firm. Oglesby lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Felicia, and his daughter, Sarah.

Julie Collins Reeves, Mgt '90, and Robert "Robby" Reeves, IE '89, announce the birth of their third son, Caleb Thompson, on Aug. 30, 1999. The family lives in Cartersville, Ga., where Robby is a manager for Shaw Industries, and Julie owns a Christian dance studio.

John R. Rosenberger, EE '90, and Kelly Burnett Rosenberger, EE '92, announce the birth of their third daughter, Emily Anne, on June 12, 1999. Emily joins her two sisters, Sydney and Kaitlin, at the family home in Williamsburg, Va.


Steven R. Ford, EE '91, and his wife, Laura, announce the birth of their son, Dalton Ray, on Oct. 7, 1999. The family lives in Macon, Ga. Ford is a principal engineer with Science Applications International Corp. in Warner Robins, Ga.

Lesley Peterson Gray, EE '91, and her husband, Brian J. Gray, EE '90, announce the birth of a daughter, Julie Ann, on Sept. 12, 1999. The family lives in Duluth, Ga.

Sue Huffman, IE '91, took the position of manager of ad sales for MSNBC and CNBC for NBC in New York in September 1999. Huffman lives in New York.

Holly Miskotten Mock, Mgt '91, and her husband, Henry, announce the birth of twins, Allie Corace McClellan and Reid Warren Edward, on Oct. 3, 1999. The family lives in Suwanee, Ga.

Helen Ayoub Shuford, Mgt '91, MS SM '93, and Mark Shuford, Mgt '91, announce the birth of their daughter, Julia Evelyn, on Aug. 3, 1999. Helen is a marketing analyst for Georgia Power Co., and Mark is the owner of Yard Services. The family lives in Atlanta.


Rodney Babb, Text '92, has accepted the position of vice president of manufacturing and general manager with Brumlow Mills, a privately held scatter- and accent-rug manufacturer in Calhoun, Ga. Babb lives in Dalton, Ga., with his wife and daughter.

Ken Holbrooks, CE '92, and his wife, Stephanie, announce the birth of their daughter, Allison Elizabeth, on Aug. 27, 1999. The family lives in Duluth, Ga.

Missy Dean Hugenberg, IE '92, and Adam Hugenberg, IE '89, announce the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth Anne, on Dec. 11, 1999. The family lives in Woodstock, Ga.

Steve Regitz, EE '92, and his wife, Sarah, announce the birth of their son, John Andrew, on Sept. 15, 1999. The family, including a daughter, Grace, lives in Marietta, Ga.

Kelly Burnett Rosenberger, EE '92, and her husband, John R. Rosenberger, EE '90, announce the birth of their third daughter, Emily Anne, on June 12, 1999. Emily joins her two sisters, Sydney and Kaitlin, at the family home in Williamsburg, Va.

Scott Richards, Mgt '92, and Regina Hardin Richards, '93 MatE, MS CerE '95, announce the birth of a son, Zachary Thomas, on Nov. 12, 1999. Gina is a project engineer for Procter & Gamble, and Scott is a golf professional at West Lake Country Club. The family lives in Evans, Ga.

Jeremy Curtis Sims, CE '92, and his wife, Johna, announce the birth of a daughter, Jayla, born May 8, 1999. The family lives in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.

David V. Stadolnik, ME '92, has joined Murphy Co. Mechanical Contractors and Engineers in Denver as director of business development. Stadolnik is also an engineer-in-training with the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. The firm serves the mechanical and industrial construction markets, including maintenance and service.


Joe DeLisle, CE '93, is working as an associate with Alston & Bird practicing environmental and real estate law. DeLisle previously worked as an environmental engineer and is licensed as a professional engineer. DeLisle and his wife, Reynolds, a CPA and controller for Insight Management Inc., live in Atlanta.

Paul J. Heney, ESM '93, has been named the new national president by the American Society of Business Press Editors. Heney is staff editor of Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazine (Penton Media Inc., Cleveland), an engineering trade magazine that focuses on the fluid power industry. Heney and his wife, Kara, live in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.

John E. Laughter, AE '93, and Angela Evans Laughter, AE '94, announce the birth of a son, William Edward, on Oct. 21, 1999. William joins his brother, John Evan, 2, at the family's home in Conyers, Ga.

Whitney Kirk McGuire, ChE '93, was promoted to plant manager of Henkel Surface Technologies' St. Louis production facility. She and her husband, Brian, live in Webster Groves, Mo.

Stephen D. Moon, Arch '93, has just released his debut CD–The Funeral of Mr. Disappointment–on his record label, MoonRover Records. Moon started the MoonRover record label in 1999 with his wife, Victoria. The couple lives in Louisville, Ky. and when Moon is not recording, producing or performing, he works as a project architect at Godsey Associates in Louisville.

Regina Hardin Richards, MatE '93, MS CerE '95, and her husband, Scott Richards, Mgt '92, announce the birth of a son, Zachary Thomas, on Nov. 12, 1999. Gina is a project engineer for Procter & Gamble, and Scott is a golf professional at West Lake Country Club. The family lives in Evans, Ga.

D. Kent Steir, MS EE '93, joined the intellectual property law firm of Jones & Askey in Atlanta as an associate in October 1999. Steir, who earned his law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law, works with the firm's electrical technology group.


Angela Evans Laughter, AE '94, and John E. Laughter, AE '93, announce the birth of a son, William Edward, on Oct. 21, 1999. William joins his brother John Evan, 2, at the family's home in Conyers, Ga.

Andrew B. Smith, AE '94, was married to Shayna M. Brodie on Aug. 14, 1999, at The Pavillion of Dunwoody in Dunwoody, Ga. The couple lives in Atlanta.


Heather Heimke Surdykowski, IE '95, was married to Paul Surdykowski on May 22, 1999. Heather works in the Global Purchasing Organization of Lucent Technologies, and her husband, Paul, is a national account manager at BellSouth. The couple lives in Atlanta.

Karen Elizabeth "Liz" Harriss York, Arch '90, M Arch '95, has accepted a position as a construction manager for the design and construction management office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. York and her husband, Chris, live in Atlanta.


Jenna K. Finch, PTCh '96, and Bret Gillis, MS CE '97, were married on Nov. 6, 1999. Jenna is a process improvement manager at Mohawk Industries and Bret is a transportation engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. The couple lives in Dublin, Ga.

Jerry C. Liu, MS EE '96, and Steven L. Park, EE '96, joined the intellectual property law firm of Jones & Askey in Atlanta as associates in October 1999. Liu, who earned his law degree from the Emory University School of Law, joined the firm's electrical technology group. Park, who graduated from the University of Georgia Law School, will work in the firm's electrical engineering group.

Roderick L. Lucas, ME '96, a Navy lieutentant junior grade, recently reported for duty with Sea Control Squadron 31, Naval Air Station Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla.

Brian Edward McGuire, ChE '96, has joined Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, Mo., as a brewing supervisor. He and his wife, Whitney, live in Webster Groves, Mo.

George R. Thompson, EE '96, recently accepted a promotion to project manager with Neles Automation USA.


Bret Gillis, MS CE '97, and Jenna K. Finch, PTCh '86, were married on Nov. 6, 1999. Jenna is a process improvement manager at Mohawk Industries, and Bret is a transportation engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation. The couple lives in Dublin, Ga.

Heidi Schindler, Biol '97, accepted a position in October 1999 as a sales representative with VWR Scientific Products in Chicago. Schindler previously worked for a genetics laboratory in Atlanta. Schindler lives in N. Aurora, Ill.


David M. King, IE '98, a Navy ensign recently reported for duty at Naval Hospital, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Julie Anne Westergreen, CE '98, and Robert Chapman Hays, CmpE '98, were married on Nov. 6, 1999, in San Francisco.


Stephanie Michelle Sherwood, Mgt '99, and Michael Joseph Ezratty, Mgt '99, were married on Oct. 23, 1999 in Negril, Jamaica. Stephanie is an agency relations coordinator for Builder's Mutual Insurance Co. and Mike is a business analyst for EDS Inc. The couple lives in Raleigh, N.C. Stephanie is the daughter of Steve Sherwood, Phys '73.

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He Knew George P. Sort of...

William Terrell Wiggins Jr., one of the conspirators in the origin of legendary student George P. Burdell, has died.

According to published accounts and stories he told his family, Mr. Wiggins, along with friends William Edgar "Ed" Smith, CerE '30, Robert J. Powell, BS '31, and brothers Frank B. "Blev" Thompson Jr., ME '31, and James C. "Jim" Thompson, ME '31, had all attended Richmond Academy military high school in Augusta, Ga.

When the young men came to register at Tech, Smith received two sets of enrollment papers. Smith decided he would fill out the extra set of paperwork using the name of the principal at Richmond Academy, a strict disciplinarian and staunch University of Georgia alumnus named George P. Butler. However, after filling in George P., the young man lost his nerve and signed the last name Burdell, the maiden name of a friend's mother. After registering George P. Burdell, Smith enlisted the help of Wiggins and other classmates to perpetuate the scheme by registering George P. for classes and taking tests for him.

Mr. Wiggins, CE '30, of North Augusta, S.C., died June 17, 1999 at age 90. After graduating from Tech, Mr. Wiggins went on to a 43-year career with Dixie Clay Co. before retiring as a plant manager in 1974.

ScharffOldest Alumus Dies

Daniel L. Scharff, CE '19, of New Orleans, Georgia Tech's oldest alumnus at 101, died Oct. 22, 1999.

Mr. Scharff was born March 29, 1898, in Natchez, Miss. He entered Georgia Tech in 1915, two years before World War I began, and graduated after the armistice ended the war. Mr. Scharff worked as an engineer in North and South Carolina and in Richmond, Va., before moving to New Orleans, where he served as a city engineer. Mr. Scharff then earned an accounting degree and went to work as an accountant for Scharff and Jones, a family municipal bonds firm.

In 1998, Mr. Scharff recalled the positive influence Tech had on his life: "I found out that Georgia Tech accepted all of its students on an equal basis, and gave each the same opportunity to excel–and the incentive to do so. Each student was encouraged to develop his own personality and his own aims and aspirations, according to the energy he saw fit to apply."


Frank R. Clark, EE '28, of Panama City, Fla., on Nov. 30, 1999. Mr. Clark was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity at Georgia Tech. He was retired from a 37-year career with Western Electric, where his major projects included communications for the DEW line and the SAGE air-defense systems.

Sam T. Gibson, Chem '36, of Bethesda, Md., on Sept. 20, 1999. Mr. Gibson served in the Navy during World War II and later retired from the Naval reserves as a captain. Mr. Gibson was director of the national blood bank program of the American Red Cross and was retired from a research post at the Food and Drug Administration.

Wilbur F. Glenn Jr., Com '30, of Atlanta, on Jan. 5, 2000. Mr. Glenn was retired as senior vice president of Atlantic Steel in 1971, and a World War II veteran. Mr. Glenn was a major benefactor of Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center and Crawford Long Hospital.

James Huff Gordy, CE '38, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., on Jan. 19, 2000. Mr. Gordy retired in 1982 as district loss-control manager from American Mutual Liability Insurance Co. after a 41-year career. In 1966, he retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve after 28 years of service. He was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

Walter G. Kirst Jr., AE '38, of Tulsa, Okla., on Jan. 11, 2000. Mr. Kirst was retired from a 42-year-career with American Airlines. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

Arthur Francis Perkins, EE '35, of Lynchburg, Va., on Dec. 6, 1999. Mr. Perkins was retired as vice president of manufacturing for International Paper Company and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Norman C. Poer, Cls '30, of Atlanta, on Jan. 18, 2000. Mr. Poer was a retired dentist and performed volunteer work for Meals on Wheels, Ansley Park Civic Association, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta Historical Society, Chattahoochee Valley and the Historic Society at Valley, Ala. Mr. Poer was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Ford E. Pratt, ME '33, of Longboat Key, Fla., on Sept. 1, 1999. Mr. Pratt was a retired Army colonel.

Louis F. "Mike" Schaefer, CE '30, of Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 14, 1999. A retired DuPont engineer, Mr. Schaefer was a member of Sigma Nu national fraternity.

William F. Stokey, ME '38, of Pittsburgh, Pa., on Jan. 2, 2000. Mr. Stokey was a veteran of World War II. After serving in the war, Mr. Stokey earned his master's degree and doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT. Mr. Stokey went on to teach mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for 33 years, retiring as a professor emeritus in 1982.

Robert Lanier Whitman, EE '32, of Brevard, N.C., on Nov. 14, 1999. Mr. Whitman had a private engineering consulting practice for more than 50 years, retiring in April 1999 at age 90, and was a veteran of World War II.


Lawrence A. Karst Sr., Cls '49, of Big Canoe, Ga., on Jan. 3, 2000. Mr. Karst, a founder of Century Electric Co. in Chamblee, Ga., was retired from a 38-year career in the electrical industry. He was a World War II veteran.

George "Mutt" Manning, ME '43, of Gastonia, N.C., on Dec. 7, 1999. Mr. Manning served as president of the student body while at Tech, and he was an All-American football player. Mr. Manning was retired from Cocker Machine and Foundry, where he was a mechanical engineer. He had been chief engineer and co-owner of Cleo Screws Heating and Air Conditioning. Mr. Manning was also retired as president of SunDrop Bottling Co. and served in the Navy during World War II.


Robert Paul Barton, AE '59, of Marietta, Ga., on Nov. 7, 1999. Mr. Barton was an engineer for Delta Air Lines. After graduating from Tech, Mr. Barton earned his law degree from Emory University Law School and became chief counsel for Lockheed-Martin Aeronautical Systems Co.

Emil J. "Dutch" Docekal, CE '50, of Dwight, Neb., on Jan. 4, 2000. Mr. Docekal was a World War II veteran and was retired as chief facility engineer for Lockheed, where he worked for 36 years.

William Walton Harris, AE '53, of Atlanta, on Dec. 31, 1999. Mr. Harris was retired as a flight engineer with the Lockheed Georgia Co. and served as a naval aviator during World War II.

Guy V. Morris, EE '58, of Atlanta, on Oct. 27, 1999, of a ruptured brain aneurysm. Mr. Morris, principal research engineer in the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), joined GTRI's Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory in 1984 and had served as chief of the radar systems division since 1994. Mr. Morris also directed the Electronic Counter-Countermeasures Program Office.

Steele Reynolds Simcox, IE '50, of Jacksonville, Fla., on Jan. 5, 2000. Mr. Simcox was a veteran of the Army Air Corps in World War II and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity.

James Henry Wallace, IE '53, of Dawsonville, Ga., on Nov. 20, 1999. Mr. Wallace was retired from Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems.


Joseph Roy DePriest Sr., IE '61, of Savannah, Ga., on Sept. 19, 1999. Mr. DePriest was retired from CSX Transportation.

Paul Wesley Heard Jr., ME '65, of Peachtree City, Ga., on Nov. 19, 1999. Mr. Heard was president of Paul Heard Inc., an industrial, mechanical and plumbing company. Mr. Heard also served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1983 to 1992.

Thomas E. Winter, AE '59, MS IM '62; and his wife, Melda Joyce Hatfield-Winter, of Pensacola, Fla., on Oct. 31, 1999, as the result of an automobile accident. Mr. Winter was a general partner with ONSET Ventures, a venture-capital firm based in Menlo Park, Calif.


Thomas C. Judy Jr., IE '73, of Jonesboro, Ga., on Sept. 25, 1999. Mr. Judy was Division Sales Manager for Atlanta Gas Light Co.


Walter C. Carter, former professor of textile engineering, of Atlanta, on Dec. 7, 1999. Dr. Carter graduated from Emory University.