In Memoriam: November 2012

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

26 November 2012

Edward P. Chartier
Electrical engineer
Life Member, 87; died 7 May

Edward P. Chartier was an electrical engineer who had served in the U.S. Navy as a radio engineer during World War II.

He was a member of the IEEE Industry Applications and the IEEE Power & Energy societies.


Gary R. Engmann
Power systems engineer
Life Fellow, 69; died 18 May

Gary R. Engmann was a power systems engineer at Burns & McDonnell, an engineering and architectural design firm in Kansas City, Mo.

Engmann, a volunteer with the IEEE Power Electronics Society on its substations committee, was a member of the IEEE Communications; IEEE Industry Applications; and IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics societies.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence.


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Walter E. Willing
Electrical engineer
Senior Member, 58; died 28 July

Walter E. Willing was an electrical engineer for 35 years at Northrop Grumman, a defense contractor, in Baltimore.

He was a coach for the IEEE Baltimore Section’s IEEE Robot Challenge, an annual event that encourages high school students to consider an engineering career by having them build and race their own robots. He also served as treasurer of the Baltimore Section’s IEEE Reliability Society chapter.

Willing earned a master’s degree in engineering from Loyola College (now Loyola University) in Baltimore.


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Thomas G. Mitchell
Cofounder of CoaXmedia
Life Senior Member, 72; died 3 August

Thomas G. Mitchell was cofounder and chief technical officer of CoaXmedia, a company that developed technology for cable, DSL, fiber-optic, and wireless communications, in Duluth, Ga.

He began his career in 1966 as an engineer for Philco-Ford Corp., a radio, TV, and battery manufacturer in Blue Bell, Pa. In 1971 he joined Sperry Univac Corp., an electronics manufacturer in Blue Bell. He then worked for a pair of companies in Raleigh, Va.—Data General Corp. from 1979 to 1983 and ITT Telecom from 1983 to 1986. In 1988 he became manager of engineering technology at Bell Northern Research, a telecommunications R&D company in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

He joined Electronic System Products of Stockbridge, Ga., in 1994 as director of advanced products development. He had been promoted to vice president of development before leaving in 1999 to help found CoaXmedia. Arris Interactive acquired the company in 2004, and Mitchell stayed on as chief technical officer until his retirement in 2005.

Mitchell received the 1985 IEEE Meritorious Service Award for his “dedicated service to the IEEE International Test Conference.”

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