In Memoriam: February 2015

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

27 February 2015

Lauren Sechriest

Power engineer

Life Member, 74; died 20 July

Sechriest worked for Southern Co., an electric utility based in Atlanta.

He began his career as an electrical engineer for Ling-Temco-Vought, a defense contractor, in Cleveland. Sechriest left the company in 1971 and joined Southern, where he worked as a power engineer until he retired.

Secrhiest earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

George F. Dalrymple

Communications engineer

Life Member, 84; died 28 August

Dalrymple was a research engineer at MIT for 32 years.

He started out as a graduate assistant in the physics lab at Rice University, in Houston. After earning his master’s degree in 1954, Dalrymple joined MIT Lincoln Laboratories, in Lexington, Mass., where he worked on communications for NASA’s Mercury and Apollo missions.

In 1968 he transferred to MIT’s Sensory Aid Evaluation and Development Center, where he worked on rehabilitation aids for children with cerebral palsy and technology to help people who are blind use computers. He retired in 1986.

Dalrymple was a volunteer in his hometown of Bedford, Mass., serving on the Historic District Commission, the Fire Department Building Committee, and the Public Access Television Committee. For his efforts, he was named 1998 Bedford Citizen of the Year. Dalrymple also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, a food delivery service for the elderly.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1951 from Phillips University, in Enid, Okla. 

M.R. Krishnamurthy

Engineering professor

Life Fellow, 85; died 18 September

Krishnamurthy was a professor of electrical engineering for 20 years at Region Engineering College, in Tiruchirappalli, India (now the National Institute of Technology). 

He began teaching at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and left in 1969 to become a professor at REC. In 1980 Krishnamurthy helped found the school’s IEEE student branch, which grew from 30 members to 210 in just two years. For his leadership efforts he received the 1982 IEEE Student Branch Counselor Award. Krishnamurthy retired in 1989.

He was elevated to Fellow in 1991 “for the development of rotating machines especially in the field of single-winding dual-purpose motors.”

Krishnamurthy received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from IIT Kharagpur.

Sheldon L. Epstein

Engineering consultant

Life Senior Member, 76; died 10 November

Epstein was founder and chief engineer at Epstein Associates, a consulting firm in Wilmette, Ill., specializing in machine vision systems for automated inspection of precision components, electronic instrumentation, and controls. He was also an intellectual property and patent lawyer.

He was a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

Epstein received bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and industrial management in 1961 from MIT. He went on to earn a juris doctor degree in 1964 from Columbia and a master’s degree in business administration in 1978 from the University of Chicago.

Gerald Zeitlin

Space scientist

Life Member, 77; died 9 December

Zeitlin was a staff engineer at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

He began his research career in the early 1960s at Cornell, where he studied early designs for the Arecibo Observatory, in Puerto Rico, which was under construction at the time. Zeitlin later studied seasonal patterns of very-low-frequency noise at Westinghouse Georesearch Laboratory, in Boulder, Colo.

As a staff engineer at UC Berkeley, he managed Project Serendip, which analyzed deep-space radio telescope data to search for signs of extraterrestrial life. Zeitlin also helped develop advanced methods of high-speed data analysis at NASA’s Ames Research Center, in Mountain View, Calif. He retired in 2002.

Zeitlin was a member of the Society for Planetary SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Research and an associate member of the Society for Scientific Exploration. He was also a volunteer pilot for the U.S. Civil Air Patrol, which conducts search-and-rescue operations and disaster relief missions.

Zeitlin received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1960 from Cornell and a master’s degree in EE in 1969 from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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