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Leisses, Robert (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 57, Number 2 (November 1952)

Buchholz, Eugene
Alumni notes,   p. 21


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ALUMNI
by
Eugene Buchholz, m'55
  Parsons, Walter J., c '00, recently won first prize in a
contest for a plan to beautify a part of the lake front at
Lake Charles, Louisiana. The facts that he is a damyank
in the deep South and that he is in his 79th year add to the
satisfaction in his success.
  Kessler, Lewis H., c'22, who has been professor of sani-
tary engineering at the Technological Institute of North-
western University, has resigned to take the position of
chief hydraulic engineer at the Beloit plant of Fairbanks,
Morse & Co.
  Van Hagan, Robert L., c'32, a former editor of the
Wisconsin Engineer, has recently joined the staff of
Patchen & Zimmerman, consulting engineers of Augusta,
Georgia.
  Shorey, Edwin R., Jr., c'35, engineer in the production
department of Shell Oil Company, was transferred to
Houston, Texas, last June. He visited Madison on Octo-
ber 22 for the purpose of recruiting engineers for the
company.
  Duszynski, Edwin J., c'37, who has been with the bureau
of bridges and public works at Milwaukee, is now city
engineer for the city of Cudahy, Wisconsin.
  Wiggins, Donald C., c'42, is associated with Architect
Lefevre in the firm of Lefevre and Wiggins in Milwaukee.
  Hougen, Olaf A., Ch'18, acted as chairman of a gen-
eral technical program at the national meeting of the
American Institute of Chemical Engineers in Chicago on
September 12th.
  Professor Hougen is chairman of the department of
Chemical Engineering at the university and he has been a
member of the staff since 1925. In addition to his aca-
demic work he has been active as a consultant to industry.
  Romnes, Haaken I., e'28, has been with Bell Telephone
Company ever since graduation. In June, 1950 he was
named Chief Engineer of the Illinois Bell Telephone Com-
pany in Chicago. Recently he has been named Chief En-
gineer for the American Telephone and Telegraph Com-
pany.
  Schmedeman, Otto C., min'30, died in Mexico City on
December 4, 1951 while actively engaged in negotiations
for flourspar mines which he had been investigating for
several weeks previously. At the time of his death Dr,
Schmedeman was vice president of Reynolds Mining Cor-
poration and Reynolds Jamaica Mines, Ltd., and chief
geologist of Reynolds Metals Company.
  Crandall, Lee W., c'36, spent the summer at Boeing
Airplane Company in Seattle. After a two-week orienta-
tion assignment, Dr. Crandall wrote a landing gear stress
analysis report for the B-47, jet bomber development pro-
ject.
  Hlavka, George E., m'46, is one of six winners of grad-
uate fellowships at the Guggenheim jet propulsion cen-
ter at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena,
California. Previously he has been employed as a pre-
liminary design engineer for AiResearch Manufacturing
Co., Los Angeles, Calif; Aero-thermo engineer for Tur-
bodyne Corp., Hawthorne, Calif., and research engineer
for the Elliot Co., Jeanette, Pa.
  Mergen, Joseph M., m'40, will be co-recipient of the
1952 Manly Memorial Medal, one of America's highest
engineering honors, it has been announced by the Society
of Automotive Engineers, sponsor of the award. He is
now chief design engineer at the Propellor Division of
Curtiss-Wright Corporation, Caldwell, N. J., earned a
B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin in 1940 and joined Curtiss-Wright
in June of that year as a Jr. Engineer. At Wisconsin he
was president of Beta Theta Pi fraternity in 1939.
NOVEMBER, 1952
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