In Memoriam: November 2013

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

6 December 2013

Edward H. Hooper
Electrical engineer
Life Senior Member, 81; died 8 July

Edward H. Hooper was an electrical engineer for defense contractor Northrop Grumman, in Linthicum, Md.

He had worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp., in Baltimore, starting in 1961, and retired from there in 1996, the year Grumman acquired the company’s defense systems subsidiary.

Hooper was a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1956 from Auburn University, in Alabama.

ObitHenning Photo: National Science Foundation

Rudolf E. Henning
Professor emeritus
Fellow, 89; died 9 July

Rudolf E. Henning was professor emeritus at the University of South Florida, in Tampa.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in 1943 from Columbia University, in New York City, Henning served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1944 to 1946. Returning to Columbia, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees there in electrical engineering in 1947 and 1954. In 1958 Henning joined Sperry Microwave Electronics Division, in Oldsmar, Fla., and was eventually promoted to chief engineer. He left in 1970 to join the University of South Florida as an engineering professor, and helped establish its Center for Wireless and Microwave Information Systems.

Henning was also founder and director of Yes We Care, an outreach program for minority junior high and high school students in south Florida. He was recognized for this work with a 2003 Presidential Recognition Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from U.S. President George W. Bush and the National Science Foundation. 

In 1968 Henning served as president of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He received the society’s 2008 Microwave Career Award for “a career of leadership, meritorious achievement, creativity, and outstanding contributions in the field of microwave theory and techniques.”

He was also a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation, Communications, Education, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, and Instrumentation and Measurement societies.

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Roderick Davies
Semiconductor engineer
Member, 62; died 11 July

Roderick “Rick” Davies spent his career as a semiconductor engineer at several companies, including Xerox, in Palo Alto, Calif.; Texas Instruments, in Dallas; and International Rectifier, in El Segundo, and Vishay Siliconix, in Santa Clara, both in California.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1977 from Stanford and a master’s degree in business administration in 1986 from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas. 

ObitLi Photo: Mark Li

Yuan-Lu Li
University professor
Life Member, 82*; died 7 August

Yuan-Lu Li was head of the Math and Science Center at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, in Clementi, Singapore.

He began his career in 1964 as an engineering professor at the University of Malaya, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was named chair of its electrical engineering department in 1969. Li left the following year to join Bell-Northern Research, in Ottawa, Ont., Canada, where he was a researcher for 17 years. He returned to Singapore in 1987 to head the Math and Science Center at Ngee Ann, a position he held until his retirement in 1997.  

Li was a member of the Institution of Engineers Singapore and was a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Committee of Science and Technology.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1958 from Imperial College London, and earned a Ph.D. in 1964 from the University of Birmingham, in England.

ObitNiemann Photo: Cape Gazette

Edward Niemann
Communication systems engineer
Life Member, 86; died 22 August

Edward Niemann was a communication systems engineer for 36 years at General Electric’s Valley Forge facility, in King of Prussia, Pa. He joined GE in 1951 and retired from its space division in 1987.

Niemann was a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems and IEEE Communications societies.

He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.


*This article has been corrected from the original version.

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