In Memoriam: July 2014

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

28 July 2014

Alvin Reiner
Technical advisor
Life Senior Member, 90; died 8 December

Until his retirement in 1990, Reiner was a senior technical advisor in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology.

He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II and spent most of his career at the FCC, where he specialized in mobile radio services.

He was a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Communications, and Systems, Man, and Cybernetics societies, as well as the IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology.

Reiner received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1950 from Pennsylvania State University, in University Park.

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Wendell Anderson
Electrical engineer
Life Senior Member, 86; died 22 December

Anderson was an electrical engineer for RCA (now General Electric) in Moorestown, N.J., for more than 30 years.

He began there in 1955, helping to develop global positioning systems as well as missile defense and antisubmarine technology. He retired in 1989 and then became a consultant for GE. In the late 1960s he made headlines when he developed a radio station that could receive weather satellite images. When the Nimbus II satellite was launched in 1966, his device printed out images of Earth’s weather patterns, marking the first near-real-time reception on the ground of a weather satellite image. Previously, satellites stored the photos they took and sent them to a ground weather station once each day. His homemade gadget—composed of a radio, a microscope, an argon light bulb, and other items—was featured in The New York Times and The Inquirer newspapers.

Anderson was a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems, Communications, Electron Devices, Microwave Theory and Techniques, Oceanic Engineering, and Signal Processing societies.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville.

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Frank P. Kuhl
U.S. Army scientist
Life Senior Member, 78; died 12 April

Kuhl was a scientist at the U.S. Army’s Picatinny Arsenal, in Rockaway Township, N.J. His work there focused on pattern recognition, and his findings have been applied worldwide in dozens of fields, including computer science and medicine.

He taught electrical engineering at Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y., and at the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md., before he joined the arsenal in 1973. Kuhl retired in 1998.

He was a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society.

Kuhl received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1957 and 1958 from Columbia University, in New York City. He went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering in 1961 and 1963 from Yale.

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Charles H. Hoffman
Public utility executive
Life Fellow, 96; died 21 April

Hoffman was a former senior vice president of Public Service Electric and Gas in Newark, N.J., where he spent his entire career.

Before joining PSE&G, he served as a radar officer on the USS Wasp aircraft carrier during World War II.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1938 from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pa., and a master’s degree in EE from MIT.

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John T. Geary
U.S. Navy commander
Life Member, 89; died 17 May

Geary served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years, retiring as director and commander of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.

He had several tours at sea before becoming an instructor in electrical engineering at the Naval Academy. Geary later held several leadership positions, including manager of the Navy’s space programs and deputy commander of Naval Electronic Systems Command.

He also served on the Fairfax County Transportation Advisory Commission in Virginia and was on the Southeast Fairfax Development Corp.’s board of directors.

Geary was a member of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Academy in 1947 and earned a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

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