In Memoriam: December 2018

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

31 December 2018

Otmar Paul Schreiber

Electrical engineer

Life member, 89; died 1 March

Schreiber served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radar operator. After he completed his military service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1949 from the Newark College of Engineering, now the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

He worked as a marketing consultant for C.H. Kline, in Parsippany, N.J., where he helped expand the company’s services into Western Europe.

After he retired, Schreiber was an emergency communications and civil defense amateur radio coordinator for Chatham, N.J.


Robert L. Kettelkamp

Electrical engineer

Life member, 75; died 28 April

Kettelkamp worked as an electrical engineer for IBM from 1966 until 1993, for Lockheed Martin from 1993 to 2002, and for General Dynamics Mission Systems from 2002 to 2012, when he retired.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in EE in 1965 from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla, and earned a master’s degree the following year from the University of Florida, in Gainesville.


E. Keith Howell

Engineering consultant

Life senior member, 93; died 20 May

Howell served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a tail gunner. After his service ended in 1944, he attended North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, where in 1948 he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

He was hired by General Electric and worked there until 1987, securing more than 100 patents.

After he retired, he worked as a consultant and was an adjunct professor of electronics for the University of Hartford, in Connecticut.

Howell was a member of the IEEE Industry Applications Society and the IEEE Power Electronics Society.


William A. Harris

Aerospace engineer

Life senior member, 86; died 28 May

Harris served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. After completing his service, he worked as an aerospace engineer at McDonnell Douglas, headquartered in St. Louis.

He left there to work at Rockwell International, another aerospace company, based in Oshkosh, Wis. As an aerospace engineer, he was an integral part of the team that developed and managed the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs.

Harris earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Long Beach City College, in California.


Joseph Terrell Kelly Jr.

Electrical engineer

Life senior member, 94; died 3 June

Kelly joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and held the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He attended communications schools at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, before his honorable discharge in 1946.

He worked for Atlantic City Electric, in New Jersey, from 1950 until his retirement in 1989.

After retiring, he volunteered for the YMCA in Atlantic City, where he became president of the chapter. He also volunteered for the Red Cross and was named the executive director of the organization’s Atlantic County, N.J., region.

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1947 from Washington University, in St. Louis. He earned a master’s degree in EE from the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, in 1954 and a law degree in 1959 from Wayne State University, in Detroit.

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