Cable television executive
Life member, 78; died 22 December
Robert Bilodeau was manager of Suburban Cablevision (now Comcast Cablevision), which serves parts of New Jersey.
He began his career in 1955 as head of TeleCable, a small cable company that his family owned in North Adams, Mass. Bilodeau later joined Jerrold Electronics, in Philadelphia, where as an electrical engineer he helped design cable TV equipment. He left Jerrold to join Suburban Cablevision.
Bilodeau was president of the Society of Cable Television Engineers from 1973 to 1979 and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2004.
He was a member of the IEEE Broadcast Television Society.
Bilodeau received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1955 from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Thomas G. Croda
Former member of IEEE Press Board
Life member, 70; died 5 January
Thomas G. Croda was a member of the IEEE Press Editorial Board from 2005 to 2010.
He was a telecommunications engineer for 34 years at General Telephone & Electronics Corp. (now GTE Sprint), where he worked on DC power and lightning protection systems. He retired from the company in 2000 and worked as a systems engineering consultant for CSI Telecommunications, a consulting firm in San Francisco.
Croda earned a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic Institute, in San Luis Obispo.
Jeffrey R. Bilton
Life member, 68; died 11 January
Jeffrey R. Bilton was an electrical engineer for 42 years at several energy companies including Texas Utilities Corp. (now Energy Future Holdings), in Dallas, and Calpine Corp., in Houston. He worked for five years at Utility Engineering Corp., in Amarillo, Texas.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.
Earl V. Carr
Director of NASA’s Mission Control Center
Life member, 85; died 24 January
Earl V. Carr worked at NASA’s Mission Control Center, in Houston, on several missions, including Apollo and Gemini.
Carr began his career in 1955 at Patrick Air Force Base, in Cocoa Beach, Fla. There, using radar and telemetry, he helped track test missiles launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In 1958 he became communications manager at an auxiliary Air Force base in San Salvador, where he maintained the command control system and kept it operational. Two years later he returned to the United States to work on the command subsystem at Kennedy Space Center, in Cocoa Beach. He operated the command console for all NASA Mercury mission launches from there.
In 1965 he joined the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, in Houston, where he worked on the Apollo, Spacelab, and space shuttle missions. He was director of the Command Center at Johnson during NASA’s first manned Gemini flight. He retired in 1990.
Carr graduated in 1949 from the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute (now Capitol College) in Washington, D.C.
Syed A. Nasar
Electrical engineering professor
Life Fellow, 80; died 29 January
Syed A. Nasar taught electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington. He joined the university in 1968 as an associate professor and became a full professor in 1970. He held several leadership positions at the school, including director of graduate studies from 1981 to 1988 and chair of the electrical engineering department from 1989 to 1997. He was named professor emeritus in 2000.
Nasar was an expert in electric power systems. Much of his research focused on linear electric machines and novel rotary motors used in artificial heart pumps and transportation systems.
He was founder and editor in chief of the Electric Machines and Power Systems [Taylor and Francis Group], which became Electric Power Components and Systems in 2001.
He received the 2000 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award for “leadership in the research, development, and design of linear and rotating machines, and contributions to electrical engineering education.”
Nasar received a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1957 from Texas A&M University, in College Station. He earned a Ph.D.—also in electrical engineering—in 1963 from the University of California at Berkeley.