In Memoriam: February 2009

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

6 February 2009

Machine designer
Life Member, 86; died 21 December

Robert J. Farrell had more than 35 years of experience in developing machinery for various manufacturers.

He began his career as an officer in the electrical division of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946. Farrell joined Reliance Electric Co., in Cleveland, in 1950, where he was an application engineer and control-system design supervisor managing a group that developed machinery for the paper, plastics, and printing industries. In 1970, he became vice chairman of the engineering department at the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, in Ohio.

Farrell earned a bachelor’s degree in 1944 from Fenn College (now Cleveland State University) and a graduate degree in 1950 from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland), both in electrical engineering.


Electrical engineer and adjunct professor
Life Senior, 78; died 3 January

Carmine Richard Porcaro worked as an electrical engineer for several companies, and for the past 31 years he had been an adjunct professor of electrical power engineering at the University of Houston’s College of Technology.

Porcaro began his career in 1956 as a senior electrical engineer at Mobil Oil (now ExxonMobil), in New York City. There he worked on the electrical design of refineries, power plants, and other facilities. He left in 1961 to design naval aircraft for Grumman Aerospace Corp., in Bethpage, N.Y., where he stayed for 12 years.

He became a senior principal engineer in 1976 for Bechtel Corp., at its offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Wyoming, where he worked until he retired in 1998. He was still teaching as an adjunct professor when he died.

Porcaro earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1955 from the City College of New York, in New York City, and a master’s degree in 1964 from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now Polytechnic Institute of New York University), in the same city.


Design engineer of electronic music equipment
Life member, 85; 8 October

John R. Brand spent more than 50 years repairing, designing, and developing electronic music equipment.

After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and seeing duty in the Pacific Theatre, he joined Dietze Music in Lincoln, Neb., where he repaired electronic organs in the early 1950s. This position opened the door to Brand’s career with the Rudolph Wurlitzer Co., a well-known organ company, also in Lincoln, where he worked from 1958 to 1975. He began as an organ troubleshooter, then became the director of R&D, and eventually was promoted to chief organ engineer.

Brand left Wurlitzer to become a manager of electrical engineering for Electromusic in Pasadena, Calif. He later became a supervisory engineer of signal products such as audio equipment and hearing aids for Cetec-Vega Corp., now part of Bosch Security Systems, a division of the Bosch Group that manufactures communications equipment and security systems, in El Monte, Calif. Brand’s held 23 U.S. patents and authored a book, The Handbook of Electronic Formulas, Symbols, and Definitions.

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