In Memoriam: September 2014

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

8 September 2014
obitLenz Photo: Post Star

Henry G. Lenz
Electrical engineer
Life Member, 90; died 2 February

Lenz was an electrical engineer at General Electric, in Schenectady, N.Y.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II and afterward began work at GE, where he helped design AC motors and generators. He received the company’s R.J. Cordiner Award for his work on hermetic motors, which are sealed within the refrigerant atmosphere of a chiller and cooled by liquid refrigerant.

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

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University).


obitFrick Photo: Olson Funeral Home

Gerald G. Frick
Manager of system operations
Life Member, 97; died 3 February

Frick was manager of system operations at Otter Tail Power Co., in Fergus Falls, Minn.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1941, where he worked in the Ordnance Department as a fire-control instrument repair officer at both the Aberdeen Proving Ground, in Maryland, and the Kankakee Ordnance Plant, in Illinois. Frick later worked as an armory maintenance officer at Fort Knox, Ky. He was released from active duty as a captain in February 1946.

He joined Otter Tail as a lineman’s assistant in May of that year, and was promoted in 1955 to assistant chief dispatcher. In 1972 Frick was named manager of system operations. He retired in 1978. Frick was a professor of electrical engineering in 1979 and 1980 at South Dakota State University, in Brookings.

Frick was an amateur radio operator and enjoyed building and programming computers in his free time.

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

Frick earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1938 from South Dakota State University.


obitBrown Photo: The Dunn County News

Roger G. Brown
Professor of electrical engineering
Life Fellow, 70; died 6 March

Brown was a professor of electrical engineering at Chippewa Valley Technical College, in Eau Claire, Wis.

He began his career as an electrical engineer at Cray, a supercomputer manufacturer, in Chippewa Falls, Wis. Brown worked there for 28 years before leaving to teach at the college.

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

Brown enjoyed bird watching and fixing antique clocks.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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