Michigan Tech Magazine Spring 2009

Class Notes

Padma Bhusan Conferred on Rath

Bhatkta Rath ’58 has been honored with the 2009 Padma Bhushan from the Indian government, its third-highest civilian award. Established in 1954 by the president of India, it recognizes distinguished service of a high order to the nation in any field.

A senior executive of the US Department of Defense, Rath is head of the Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate and associate director of research of the Naval Research Laboratory.

Rath has received awards from several countries, including the US, during his career, which spans more than four decades. He graduated from Ravenshaw College in 1954 and completed his master’s and doctoral studies at Michigan Tech and the Illinois Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty of Washington State University in 1961. He was the commencement speaker at Michigan Tech’s 2007 Midyear Commencement and was awarded an honorary doctorate.

He has published more than 200 technical papers and reports, received two publication awards, and edited and co-edited over twenty books on topics in materials science and engineering. He was elected 2004–05 president of ASM International and to the Board of Trustees of the ASM Materials Education Foundation to promote science, engineering and mathematics education in high schools in the US, India, Canada, and other countries.

Goodrich Honored by American Foundry Society

George Goodrich ’63 has been honored for thirty-five years of contributions to metallurgy by the American Foundry Society (AFS). The John H. Whiting Gold Medal was presented to Goodrich for his “untiring efforts to improve the foundry industry through research, publication of articles and books, leading and serving on committees in the AFS Cast Iron and Steel Divisions, and teaching for the Cast Metals Institute.” Goodrich was honored at a special event held in conjunction with CastExpo in Atlanta.

Currently employed at Stork CRS, a materials testing and engineering operation, he was applauded by Stork Regional Manager Frank van den Berge. “We are honored to have George Goodrich among our staff and proud that he has been recognized for a lifetime of brilliant work. Over the years, George has been the recipient of many honors, including the AFS/CMI Directors Award, the AFS Service Citation, and the AFS Award of Scientific Merit. In 2004, he was the presenter of the Charles Edgar Hoyt Memorial Lecture. The Whiting Gold Medal is one of the highest honors in the industry, and no one deserves it more than George.”


Bruce Greenwood '69 announces a reunion of the Class of 1969 and Coup D'Etat at the Tech reunion on August 6–8. If you are interested, contact Bruce at brgnmg@aol.com.


Christopher Lenicheck '70 is vice commander, American Legion, Fluvanna County, Va.; counselor, Virginia American Legion Boys State Program; and volunteer staff photographer, Fluvanna County Virginia Historical Society.

Robert Pawling '70, executive manager of OE Quality Engineering, retired on 1/1/09 from Bridgestone Firestone after thirty-eight and one-half years of service.

Doug Schurig '73 has retired after a thirty-five-year career with American Motors and Chrysler LLC, most recently as the national operations manager for Fleet Remarketing Operations in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Richard Bell '77 has taken early retirement after thirty years at General Motors; he lives in Sterling Heights, Mich.

Bill Smith '77 of Chico, Calif., has been promoted to forest silviculturist for the Plumas National Forest. His first challenge will be planting 12,000 acres of the 2007 Moonlight Fire this spring. It will take 1,600,000 seedlings, 225 tree planters, and 17 days.

David Zimmerman '77 has retired after a thirty-one-year career with General Motors. "My highlight was being the engineering manager responsible for the chassis systems on the new Corvettes. One of the best engineering jobs in the world."


Bob '81 and Liz (Giddens) Gilreath '80 celebrated their twenty-seventh anniversary in June 2008. They have two second-generation Tech students: Rob graduated in May 2007, Paul is a senior at Tech. Daughter Sarah is a junior in high school. "We still live in the area (Hubbell). I work for the Telcom department at Tech, and Liz is an RN in the ER at Portage Health in Hancock."

Susan Ulanowicz '82 is an associate marketing manager in Applied Science at Roche Diagnostics, Indianapolis.

Dan Leveille '83 was promoted to colonel in the Air Force Reserve Command in December and was transferred to Charleston AFB, South Carolina. Dan is now the commander of a new 209-person RED HORSE Squadron. The RED HORSE is a combat heavy engineering and construction squadron charged with providing the Air Force a self-sufficient contingency design-build capability in austere environments. Thus far, Dan has thirty-three years of military service.

Jamie Holden '86 was recently promoted to corporate secretary and assistant general counsel of Coachmen Industries Inc., in Elkhart, Ind. Coachmen is one of the leading manufacturers of systems- built housing for the residential, commercial, and military markets. Jamie, his wife, Tracey, and daughter PJ live in Granger, Ind.

Margaret Ritchie '86 is now working for Redmane Technology LLC in Chicago as a software developer. 

Claudia and Ronald Stone '89 announce the birth of Maximilian Tobias Stone, 4/13/08.

Donald Beery '89 has joined the Fleetwood Group as director of new business development, Electronics Division. In this newly created position, he will support the Fleetwood Group as it expands new products and new markets for its growing RF Wireless electronics portfolio. Don, an electrical engineering grad, is former director and past president of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.


C. Winter '92 adopted Faith on 1/4/08 from Chattanooga, Tenn. She was born in 09/07 and has Down syndrome.

Emily and Jeremy Florence '94 announce the birth of their son, Levi Remington, on 8/19/08. Levi joins siblings Robert, Luke, Cassidy, and Ainsley. Jeremy works for Ford Motor Company as a new model launch specialist in Toronto. The family resides in Canton, Mich.

Mary O'Connor '95 announces twin boys born 8/6/08, Owen Joseph and Ryan Carl.

Michelle '96 and Joel Kraenzlein '97 announce two future Tech graduates: Lucas, born 9/19/00, and Emily, born 4/25/05.

Ryan and Marcy Till '96 announce the birth of Samantha Danielle Till, born 11/16/08.

Andy '98 and Becky (Hecksel) Becker '98 announce the birth of their son, Liam Andrew, in Grand Haven, Mich., on 9/2/08. Big sister Emma, 3, adoringly welcomed him home.

Julie and Jeffrey Edwards '98 announce the birth of a son, Andre Joseph (AJ), on 9/17/07. Jeffrey is working at Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber in Grand Rapids, Mich., in the process-engineering department.

Matthew Meyer '98 is the technical director for Bremen Castings Inc., located in Bremen, Ind.

Christi Chapman '99 is now working for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a wildlife inspector, overseeing the Detroit Land Border and Detroit Metro Airport. "I would eventually like to move south but for now am very happy to be using my biology degree."

Jon and Shannon Schoepflin '99 announce the birth of their son, Amery Emil, 9/26/08.

Dale and Melonie (McKenzie) Stothers '99 announce their second child, McKenzie Rose Stothers, born on 3/17/08.


Walt Ruben '00 is engaged to be married on 8/29/09. The bride to be is Jessica Birenbaum of Random Lake, Wis.

Jason Bauer '01 has moved to San Diego, Calif., and is now a senior developer for Adicio Inc.

Brian Crawford '01 received his juris doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 5/08. He is a licensed Michigan attorney and a registered patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Bryan and Rachel (White) Gehrcke '01 announce the birth of their son, Cooper Michael, on 12/26/07.

Brian Luptowski '01 joined Abengoa Solar Inc. in Denver as a senior engineer.

Sue and Nicholas Mehl '01 announce the birth of daughter Lilley on 6/7/08.

Jane (Brunkow) Gessinger '02 and John Gessinger were married 10/11/08 in Montrose, Minn., where they reside. Jane is a software quality assurance analyst III for Paisley based in Cokato, Minn.

Tracie (Kalliainen) Leix '02 and Ronald Leix Jr. were married on 6/21/08.

Erica Valencia '03 married James McDonald on 7/14/07 in Bay City, Mich. The couple resides in Lubbock, Texas.

Andy Luehmann '04 and Shannon Boyer were married 12/20/08.

Carl Jarema '06 married Cindy Kurc '06 on 8/16/08 in Alpena, Mich., and they now live in Plymouth, Mich.

Nikki Roth '06 married Cody Smith '07 on 9/20/08 in Midland, Mich. Nikki works as an operations marketing rep for Caterpillar Inc. Cody works as an accountant for Caterpillar.


In Memoriam

The Michigan Tech family extends condolences to the relatives and friends of those who have passed away recently.

  • 1937

  • Nathan Williams
  • 1938

  • Michael W. Schwetz
  • 1940

  • Abe W. Mathews Sr.
  • 1941

  • Newman H. Bergh
  • Bruce E. Miller
  • 1946

  • Warren L. Smith
  • 1947

  • Dr. Kern C. Jackson
  • 1948

  • Edward P. Giesecke
  • Martti A. Lundstrom
  • George C. Schwaderer, PE
  • William F. Tilton
  • 1949

  • Vernon S. Yerebeck
  • Delevan P. Young
  • 1950

  • Rene E. Adams
  • Jayme Nmi Avaiusini
  • Eino A. Koski
  • Joseph J. Ramuta
  • 1951

  • Rodney C. Ames
  • Owen L. Anderson
  • Arthur M. Arndt
  • Paul C. Bilger
  • Paul M. Uitti
  • 1952

  • John M. Eisley
  • Norman V. Jouppi
  • 1953

  • James H. Henning
  • 1956

  • Leonard J. Lefevre
  • Edward G. Lewis
  • 1957

  • Raymond P. Perlewitz
  • Janice Silvola Heather (Silvola)
  • 1958

  • Allen A. Lampela
  • Richard W. Malpass Jr., MPS
  • Ronald G. Stenlund, PE
  • 1959

  • William F. Zeckzer
  • 1960

  • James D. Anderson
  • Richard A. Leahy
  • Carl R. Puuri
  • Charles R. Tatman
  • Jesse R. Van Evera
  • 1961

  • Ralph L. Chiappetta
  • 1962

  • George T. Carlson
  • Allan E. Ponnikas
  • Richard W. Sarau
  • William J. Zieker
  • 1964

  • Mark F. Bade
  • Frederick H. Thomson
  • 1965

  • John D. Richmond
  • 1966

  • Konstantine P. Fedeyko
  • Harvey J. Haverluck
  • 1967

  • Robert S. Brown
  • 1968

  • George A. Hajduk
  • 1971

  • Brian D. Pike
  • John F. Schweikert
  • 1972

  • Gene P. Allen
  • 1973

  • David A. Niemeyer
  • 1976

  • Donald E. Sudhoff
  • 1978

  • David R. Jarchow
  • 1979

  • Kim K. McNeely (Lahti)
  • 1990

  • Sherri L. Taylor
  • 1991

  • Erick S. Dyke
  • 1992

  • Todd R. Tacke
  • 1994

  • Roy C. Winters
  • 2000

  • Troy D. Mikula