Obituaries


1920-1929

Jules Gray, Arch '27, of Atlanta on Feb. 3. A 21-year member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Gray established the Architecture in Atlanta program of monthly tours. He designed the Varsity restaurants from 1940 to 1978 and the original office building at Daytona (Fla.) Speedway. The Atlanta AIA awarded Mr. Gray the Ivan Allen Sr. Award and the Silver Bowl Trophy.

Julian Jett, Arch '28, of Atlanta on Dec. 9, 1996. Mr. Jett was retired from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He helped develop a number of structures around Atlanta, including the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.

Edward Graham Merritt, Com '24, of Atlanta on Feb. 12. Mr. Merritt was retired as vice president of Carolina Lumber and Supply Co. A lifelong Atlantan, he lived for 57 years in one of the first houses built on Peachtree Battle Avenue.

Charles Pearson Jr., Cls '24, of Pass Christian, Mo., on Oct. 26, 1996. Mr. Pearson was retired from South Central Bell.

1930-1939

Robert Barrentine, Cls '35, of Jonesboro, Ga., on March 7. Mr. Barrentine was retired as chief of automation for the Federal Aviation Administration in Hampton, Ga. He had a law degree from Woodrow Wilson School of Law.

Clement D. LeHardy, ME '33, of Hartsville, S.C., on Oct. 28, 1996. Mr. LeHardy was retired from Sonoco Products Co.

William A. Lindstrom, CE '37, of Bessemer, Ala., on Feb. 21.

James H. Maddox, Cls '39, of Atlanta on Dec. 18, 1996.

Vernon H. "Don" Shearer, BS '33, of Atlanta on March 28. Mr. Shearer was retired as president of Shearer Machine Co. He was a World War II veteran of the Signal Corps.

Julius B. Shuman, Com '34, of Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 17. Mr. Shuman was a retired sales representative for Atlantic Steel Co. He was a World War II veteran.

James A. Stenhouse, Arch '33, of Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 28, 1996. Mr. Stenhouse was retired from the architectural firm of J.N. Pease Associates in Charlotte. His specialty was designing churches.

James M. "Jim" Watts, EE '38, of Boulder, Colo., on Oct. 13, 1996. Mr. Watts was retired from the National Bureau of Standard's Boulder Laboratories after 26 years of service.

1940-1949

Guy H. Barney Jr., ME '43, of West Harford, Conn., on Sept. 1, 1996. Mr. Barney was a retired construction engineer for the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Julius P. Crawford, EE '49, of Dyersburg, Tenn., on Oct. 28, 1996. Mr. Crawford was retired from Dyersburg Electric System after 36 years of service.

Marcy B. Fannon, ME '40, AE '41, of Bronxville, N.Y., on Jan. 3. Mr. Fannon was a professor at New York's College of Aeronautics, having retired after 30 years in the airline industry. He was a World War II Navy veteran.

George P. Foote, Arch '40, of Atlanta on Feb. 7. Mr. Foote, grandson of Atlanta architect George Washington Foote, had one of the first showrooms of contemporary furniture in Atlanta. He helped design Redan and Lake Shore high schools, and Medlock Elementary School in DeKalb County.

William Marion Gaines, ME '46, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., on Dec. 11, 1996. Mr. Gaines was retired from Florida Power & Light Co.

Leo Kelly, ChE '41, of Atlanta on March 18. Mr. Kelly retired in 1991 as president of Coe & Payne, a commercial flooring business, after 31 years of service. He was a trustee of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association from 1973 to 1976 and was treasurer of the Class of '41 reunion committee. Mr. Kelly was a World War II Army veteran.

Thomas F. Lawrence, Cls '41, of Atlanta on Jan. 31. Mr. Lawrence was retired from the Small Business Administration office in Atlanta. He was a World War II Army veteran, retiring as a major in the Corps of Engineers.

Noel C. Turner, EE '47, of Lakemont, Ga., on Jan. 30. Mr. Turner was past president of the former Adair Realty Co. He was a charter member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club and the Society of Industrial Realtors.

Arthur Lamar Wade, ME '42, of Tulsa, Okla., on Jan. 19. Mr. Wade was a retired patent attorney. He served in World War II as a captain in the Army Air Corps.

1950-1959

Barham Bobo, ME '54, of Atlanta on Jan. 26. Mr. Bobo was retired as a mechnical engineer for Lockheed in Marietta, Ga.

Louis Shelly Commins, Cls '53, of Atlanta on Feb. 14. Mr. Commins was a World War II and Korean War veteran.

Charles W. Crouse, IM '58, of Creve Coeur, Mo., on Nov. 29, 1996. Mr. Crous was retired as director of field operations for U.S. Dealer Sales Organization.

Roland L. Culpepper Jr., ME '52, MS ME '56, of Palm Coast, Fla., on Nov. 4, 1996. Mr. Culpepper was retired as a division manager with Lockheed Corp.

Larry A. Gunter, EE '50, of Tucker, Ga., on March 9. Mr. Gunter was retired from Georgia Power Co. and since his retirement had been doing consulting work for Southern Electric International and H&R Block. He was a Korean War veteran.

Peter S. Knox III, IE '57, of Augusta, Ga., on Dec. 8, 1996. Mr. Knox was chief executive officer of Merry Land & Investment Co., a firm he helped found in 1981. Mr. Knox served on the boards of the First Union National Bank of Georgia and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. He was also on the board of trustees of Payne College.

Wilbur L. "Pat" Patterson, CE '55, of Tucker, Ga., on Feb. 7. Mr. Patterson was president of Patterson-West Inc., W.L. Patterson & Co., and a former senior vice president of McDevitt Street Bovis Co. He was active in the Georgia branch of Associated General Contractors of America.

William Jefferson "Jeff" Powell, IM '50, of Roanoke, Va., on Sept. 12, 1996. Mr. Powell was retired from PepsiCo in Roanoke.

Robert D. Royal, Cls '50, of Newnan, Ga., on Nov. 18, 1996.

Charles Moore Weeks, CE '54, of Greenville, S.C., on Feb. 17. Mr. Weeks was retired as a civil engineer with Ballenger Paving Co.

Joseph Johnston Wimberly III, ME '56, of Brentwood, Tenn., on Feb. 19. Mr. Wimberly was board chairman emeritus for I.C. Thomasson Associates, a Nashville consulting firm. Some of his projects included Opryland, the BellSouth building, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Nashville Thermal Transfer Plant.

1960-1969

James D. Leake, Arch '67, of Fort Myers, Fla., on Jan. 26, 1996. Mr. Leake was president of the architectural firm of James D. Leake Associates.

L. Howard Olson, MS TE '67, of Atlanta on Jan. 22. Mr. Olson was associate chair, associate professor and associate director for student affairs and facilities in the School of Textile and Fiber Engineering at Georgia Tech. He had been at Tech since 1969. The school has set up a scholarship, the L. Howard Olson Medical Scholarship Fund, in his honor.

1970-1979

Julian H. Fletcher, IE '70, of Atlanta on March 5. Mr. Fletcher was a project leader for Lucent Technologies.

Cliff Robichaud, Mgt '73, MS IM '77, of Princeton Junction, N.J., on Feb. 22. Mr. Robichaud was a technical editor for John Wiley & Sons. He was named Wiley's Editor of the Year in 1993.

1980-1989

Donald R. Saggus, CE '82, of Washington, Ga., on March 19. Mr. Saggus worked for Cooper Communities at Savannah Lakes in McCormick, S.C. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and chairman of the Wilkes County Board of Education.

Alonzo Watson, MSci '89, of Acworth, Ga., on Jan. 17. Mr. Watson worked for DuPont Corp. in Wilmington, Dela., for six years before returning to Georgia to enroll in graduate school at Georgia Tech.

Friends

Sherman F. Dallas of Atlanta on Jan. 15. Dr. Dallas was the first dean of Georgia Tech's School of Management in 1969. He resigned as dean in 1971 and returned to teaching and research. The Board of Regents named Dr. Dallas Regents Professor in 1982 and then Regents Professor Emeritus following his retirement in 1983. He was recognized by "Who's Who in the World," "Who's Who in America" and the Dictionary of International Biography.

Suzette Roe of Morrow, Ga., on Feb. 6. Ms. Roe was an administrative assistant in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She had worked for Georgia Tech since 1979.

Edward E. "Gene" Weaver of Vinings, Ga., on Dec. 26, 1996. Mr. Weaver was a research scientist for the Georgia Tech Research Institute for 32 years.