In Memoriam: August 2014

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

29 August 2014
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Kenneth D. Claborn
Project manager
Life Member, 89; died 24 December

Claborn was a senior project manager at Bendix Corp. (now part of Honeywell), an automotive, aviation, and radio manufacturer in Towson, Md.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. In 1953 he joined Bendix, where he worked on antenna designs for NASA’s Gemini spacecraft and for the Army’s Patriot missile. In 1957 he helped design an antenna for the Navy that was able to track Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, launched by the Soviet Union. He retired in 1988.

He was a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society.

Claborn earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder.


obitBrooks Photo: South Coast Today

Robert A. Brooks
Electrical engineer
Life Member, 82; died 28 December

Brooks worked at Magnetic Analysis Corp., a manufacturer of electrical testing equipment in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he joined Magnetic Analysis in 1956. There he developed equipment to test the integrity of metals. He retired in 1994.

Brooks was a member of the IEEE Communications Society.


Johannes “John” Eggers
Electrical engineer
Life Senior Member, 79; died 8 January

Eggers worked in Juneau, Alaska, for the U.S. Coast Guard for the last 12 years of his career.

He had served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and then worked as an electrical engineer for several companies, including IBM and CH2M Hill, an engineering and construction company in Englewood, Colo.

He was a member of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

Eggers earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Oregon State University, in Corvallis.


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James K. Roberge
Professor of electrical engineering
Life Senior Member, 75; died 10 January

Roberge taught at MIT for almost 40 years. He began there in 1967 as a researcher and became a professor in 1976. His research focused on optical and space communications, and he designed systems that have been used in nine satellites. He continued teaching at MIT until shortly before he died.

In 1985 he helped to found Hybrid Systems Corp., an engineering company in Glendale, Calif.

He made pioneering contributions in circuit design and control systems, and he authored Operational Amplifiers: Theory and Practice, a widely used textbook first published by John Wiley & Sons in 1975.

Roberge earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.


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Eugene M. Spurlock
Research physicist
Life Senior Member, 81; died 27 January

Spurlock was a senior research physicist in underwater acoustics at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), in Menlo Park, Calif.

During his 32-year career at SRI, he worked in Guam, Japan, and the Philippines, where he developed ultrasonic underwater detection systems for the U.S. Navy.

He also worked at Ain Shams University, in Cairo, where he helped archeologists use ultrasonic energy to locate ancient tombs. His work there helped them find underground chambers near King Tut’s tomb.

Spurlock was a member of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society.

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