In Memoriam: January 2008

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

2 January 2008

Frank A. Furfari

Electrical service engineer

Life Fellow, 92; died 5 September

Frank A. Furfari worked for some 40 years with Westinghouse Electric Co., in Pittsburgh, where he held numerous management positions.

He began his career in 1938 as an electrical inspector with Koppers Coal Co., at its Federal Division Mines. In 1940, he joined Westinghouse as an electrical service engineer and worked his way up to manager of electric service at its corporate headquarters. He retired in 1980.

Furfari also held numerous positions in the IEEE Industry Applications Society, including serving as its 1976 president and editing its newsletter from 1984 to 1994.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1938 from West Virginia University, in Morgantown.


Willard A. Richardson

Vice president of consulting firm

Life Senior Member, 95; died 22 September

Willard A. Richardson was vice president for 27 years of Henningson, Durham & Richardson Inc., an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm based in Omaha, Neb.

He started out in 1936 at Henningson Engineering Co., HDR’s predecessor, where he worked on bringing electricity to rural areas in the midwestern United States. In 1946, he and Charles W. Durham were named partners. The two bought the company in 1950 and renamed it Henningson, Durham & Richardson.

Richardson also cofounded and was officer of the Great Plains Natural Gas Co., a division of MDU Resources Group Inc., in Minnesota. He was president of the IEEE Nebraska Chapter and the Omaha Engineers Club.

Richardson received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1936 from Iowa State University, in Ames.


Burt G. Larson

Radio engineer

Life Member, 86; died 18 October

Burt G. Larson was an electrical engineer and department manager for AT&T’s Long Lines Department.

Beginning in the 1940s, he worked primarily in New York City and Chicago as an electrical engineer and department manager for AT&T, focusing on defense communications. He retired in 1980 as chief radio engineer.

Larson served in World War II as a first lieutenant in the 805th Signal Service Company. Stationed at the Pentagon, he was a cryptographic security officer with the classified SIGSALY digital communication system, which enabled secure telephone communications during the war.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1943 from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence.

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