In Memoriam: April 2013

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

26 April 2013
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Jules Cohen
Broadcast engineer
Life Fellow, 95; died 13 November

Jules Cohen worked as a broadcast engineering consultant for several major television networks and standards associations.

He began his career in the late 1930s, working for several consulting engineering firms in the Seattle area. He went on to become an assistant engineer in the substation design department at the Bonneville Power Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, in Portland, Ore.

In 1942, Cohen joined the U.S. Navy as an officer and did part of his service during World War II as a project officer working on radar beacons at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, in Cambridge, Mass.

In the years following the war, he was a broadcast engineering consultant to several television networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and PBS. Cohen was also an advisor to the Federal Communications Commission and the IEEE Standards Association.

Cohen served on the FCC advisory committee that helped develop regulations for FM radio stations within the portion of the band reserved for noncommercial educational programming—between 88.1 and 91.9 megahertz. The regulations were meant to prevent interference with broadcasters operating in the adjacent spectrum. He also worked on the IEEE C95.3-1991 Standard for the Measurement of Potentially Hazardous Electromagnetic Fields and its 2002 revision.

Cohen was a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation, Broadcast Technology, Communications, Electromagnetic Compatibility, and Engineering in Medicine and Biology societies.

He received several awards, including a 1999 award from the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society in recognition of his lifetime of service to the broadcasting industry and to the society.

Cohen received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1938 from the University of Washington, in Seattle.


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Richard K. Moore
Professor emeritus
Life Fellow, 89; died 13 November

Richard K. Moore was professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946 as an electronics and radar officer. After  World War II, Moore was a lecturer at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, and in 1955 he was appointed chair of the school’s electrical engineering department.

Moore joined the University of Kansas in 1962 as an electrical engineering professor and a researcher in the school’s Remote Sensing Laboratory. His research interests included microwave remote sensing of the atmosphere, ocean, land, and planetary surfaces; radar systems; and radio-wave propagation. He helped develop instruments for aircraft and spacecraft that collected data under a variety of wind conditions and paved the way for satellite measurement of ocean winds. He also helped develop scanning synthetic-aperture radar (known as ScanSAR) for measuring and monitoring surface deformation.

Named professor emeritus in 1994, Moore continued to run research programs at the Remote Sensing Laboratory until 2004.

He was a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Antennas and Propagation, Communications, Education, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and Oceanic Engineering societies.

Moore earned several IEEE awards, including the 1982 IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society’s Distinguished Achievement Award and the 1984 IEEE Centennial Medal.

He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Washington University, in St. Louis, in 1943 and 1946. As part of his master’s thesis, Moore invented a very low frequency antenna for submarines. He went on to earn a doctoral degree in 1951 from Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y.


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Roger S. Walen
Electrical engineer
Life Member, 91; died 24 November

Roger S. Walen served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. He then spent his career working as an electrical engineering researcher for various organizations, including MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Mitre Corp., a nonprofit research organization specializing in systems engineering and information technology, in Bedford, Mass.; and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, a marine science and engineering research organization, in Massachusetts.

He was a member of the IEEE Computer and Oceanic Engineering societies.


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Milton D. Calcamuggio
Electrical engineer
Life Member, 81; died 24 November

Milton D. Calcamuggio was an electrical engineer for 34 years at Toledo Edison Co., an electric utility, in Ohio.

He began his career there in 1956 as an assistant electrical engineer and retired in 1990 as an electrical engineering supervisor. Calcamuggio was a member of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation and the IEEE Power & Energy societies.


obitWeisberg Photo: Huntington News

Arthur Weisberg
Cofounder of electrical supplies wholesaler
Life Member, 88; died 27 November

Arthur Weisberg was cofounder of State Electric Supply Co., a wholesale electrical supply company, in Huntington, W.Va.

He started the company with his wife, Joan, in 1952. Since then, the company has grown to 40 branches with more than 700 employees in six states.

In 1998, Weisberg and his wife were named West Virginia Area Master Entrepreneurs of the Year. Sponsored by the business service and accounting firm Ernst and Young, the award recognizes entrepreneurs who have demonstrated “excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.”

The two made substantial donations to Weisberg’s alma mater, Marshall University, in Huntington, and in 2006 the university used the funds to reestablish its engineering program. The school named two of its buildings after the Weisbergs—the Weisberg Engineering Laboratories and Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex. In 2008, the university honored them each with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, an honorary degree that recognizes contributions to society.

Weisberg received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1952 from Marshall.

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