In Memoriam 2010
|Alec Stone A’25||Elias Shneyer EE’37||Marcel W. Muller ME’43||Raphael Boguslav A’51||Sheinyie Shiau MME’70|
|Edward A. Bicks AR’26||Kit Mulford Phillips A’38||Clifford Petersen CE’43||Rebecca Cooperman A’51||John S. Mendrala, Jr. AR’70|
|Augusta Bartholomew Dillon A’26||Ann H. Dorfsman A’39||Aaron Joseph Teller ChE’43||Emerson Farwell A’51||Lawrence P. O’Keefe MME’70|
|Archer Field ChE’26||Max Gordon ME’39Roslyn||Marjorie Spence Buddington A’44||Fred Greller A’51||William Karpowicz Jr. A’71|
|Howard M. Hill ME’26||Ruben Kazarian EE’39||Beverly Shearer Ginsberg A’44||Milton Chanin ME’52||Walter J. Mehling MME’71|
|Raymond T. Lynch ChE’26||Ralph Koliner ChE’39||Samuel Josephs ChE’49||Kenneth T. Downs Jr A’52||John S. Mendrala, Jr. AR’73|
|Louis E. Shapiro ME’26||Harry Messinger ChE’39||Boche Spiegelman Kaplan A’49||Max Fogiel ME’52||Leonard Newton PHY’74|
|Thaddeus Slonczewski EE’26||Mort Rubenstein A’39||Bruna Locatti Sarri A’44||Elliot M. Offner A’52||William G. Betsch A’76|
|Mona Donohue A’28||Edward H. Kalfaian, EE’40||Deborah Lefkove Stein A’44||Alfred H. Palmer CE’54||Melvin L. Dennis AR’77|
|Agnes McKeon Beebe A’29||Horace Linsky CE’40||Blanche Nachsatz Ascher A’45||Lester G. Epel ME’55||Lester G. Epel ME’95|
|Vere W. Russell ChE’29||Alton H. DuFlon, Jr. ME’41||Benjamin Blank A’46||Joan Marie Longo A’55||Fred G. Schade EE’02|
|Herbert Harris EE’29||Andrew E. Karr ChE’41||Sava I. Sherr ME’46||Kenneth S. Daniels A’56||Richard Bowman, Professor Emeritus|
|Eunice Herbert Harris EE’29L. Tully A’32||Bimstein Glassman A’42||Donald A. Burgess A’47||Alan Fliesler A’56||Nicolas Carone, Adjunct Instructor|
|Abraham T. Zuckerman CE’32||Robert H. Rogge ChE’42||Robert M. Garrison A’47||Earl C. Lillie A’57||Ysrael Seinuk, Professor of Architecture|
|Harry Smilkstein A’34||Lillian Stein Surasky A’42||Salvatore Sagona A’47||Wili Scher-Grodner A’58||Michael Sundell, Professor Emeritus|
|John Bernard Hannon CE’35||Gregory F. Vinci ChE’42||Charles J. Lillin A’48||Marvin D. Schnapp CE’58||Tobias Wong A’00|
|David Aronson ChE’36||Lillian Stein Surasky A’42||Gordon C. Dedrick CE’49||Joseph B. Hellmann CE’62||Louis Laurita A’81|
|Stephen Boross ChE’36||Gregory F. Vinci ChE’42||Renee Kirshner Darvin A’50||Barry Elbasani AR’64||David C. Braverman CE’69|
|Jane E. Deed||Richard Charles Woessner ME’42||Paul Glaser Eng’50||Charles Irwin Miller A’64|
|Elias Shneyer EE’37||Lillian Woodard A’42||Wolfgang S. Homburger CE’50||Ralph M. Desimone AR’67|
|Kit Mulford Phillips A’38||Shirley Levine Lewin A’43||Raphael Boguslav A’51||Thomas Joseph Fitzgerald BSE’70|
Tobias Wong A’00 brought an elegant wit to contemporary design as an artist and designer. Infusing his daring work with a Dada-influenced absurdity, he merged design with conceptual art, and luxury with the everyday. His work was widely exhibited, including at the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and he created projects for Colette, Comme des Garçons, Prada/OMA, Cappellini and Swarovski Crystal Palace. He was named Young Designer of the Year in 2004 by Wallpaper* magazine and by the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2006. From 2008 to 2009, he served as the founding Co-Creative Director of 100% Design Shanghai, affiliated with the 100% Design fairs in London and Tokyo.Tobias Wong passed away on May 30, 2010. He is survived by his partner, mother, stepfather and brother.
Barry Elbasani AR’64, FAIA, focused his architectural career on plans and buildings that revitalized downtowns throughout the country. A believer in thriving urban streets, he was responsible for major projects in Milwaukee, Portland, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Austin. Following The Cooper Union, Elbasani received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design in 1965 from Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 1967, he was one of the founding principals of ELS Architecture and Urban Design. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Institute for Urban Design, he was also a member of the Urban Land Institute Mixed Use Council and Lambda Alpha International. Several of his mixed use projects received AIA awards, including his Kaka’ako Makai Plan for portions of Honolulu. In 2004, The Cooper Union presented him with the John Q. Hejduk Award which recognizes outstanding contributions to the theory, teaching and/or practice of architecture. Barry Elbasani passed away on June 29, 2010 at his home in Berkeley, California. He is survived by his wife, son and brother.
Wolfgang S. Homburger CE’50 was a leading expert on traffic engineering, design and management. He taught and worked for 35 years at the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) as a lecturer, research engineer, acting director and assistant director. Born in Germany, he was sent to England in the last Kindertransport and as a young man he immigrated to the United States, where he was reunit-ed with his parents in New York City. After graduating from The Cooper Union, he earned a Master of Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley. His classes and influential textbook, Fundamentals of Traffic Engineering, impacted thousands of students and transportation professionals. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) elected him an Honorary Member in 1966 and in 1995 honored him with the Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award. Wolfgang S. Homburger passed away on June 9, 2010. He is survived by his son, daughter and five grandchildren.
Dr. Aaron Joseph Teller ChE’43 served as Dean of Engineering and Science in the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at The Cooper Union from 1962 to 1970. He was Chairman of Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, Senior Vice President of Air & Water Technologies and the founder of Teller Environmental Systems. An inventor with more than 100 patents, he received the Business Week environmental award and the Valeur Award. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a recipient of its National Annual Lecture Award. In addition to authoring numerous articles, he was an editor for Perry’s Chemical Engineer’s Handbook. Dr. Aaron Joseph Teller passed away on June 26, 2010 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is survived by his wife and son.
Nicolas Carone was an Adjunct Instructor in Art from 1956 to 1966 at The Cooper Union, teaching beginning to advanced drawing. He was one of the last surviving Abstract Expressionist painters, and his works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. Born in Manhattan, Carone studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League, later living in Italy on a Fulbright fellowship. With friends Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Lee Krasner (A’29), he was influential in the New York School movement, mixing the instinct-based ideas of Abstract Expressionism with the more traditional figurative styles of his art studies. In 1964, he became a member of the founding faculty of the New York Studio School and taught drawing there for 25 years. In addition to The Cooper Union, he taught at Columbia University, the National Academy of Design and Yale University. In 1988 he founded and ran an art school in Doglio, Italy. Nicolas Carone passed away on July 15, 2010 at his home in Hudson, New York. He is survived by his three sons and grandson.
Richard Bowman was Professor Emeritus in Humanities at The Cooper Union, teaching for 43 years on subjects such as Nonviolence, Resistance and Social Change, American Art, Comparative Religion, and Music and Literature. He prided himself on using the entire city as his classroom, offering generations of students hands-on experiences, whether the topic was social change or poetry. While at Cooper, Bowman was also drama director, faculty parliamentarian and a supporter of the new faculty union. He was honored with the Shell Award for his dedication to the union of science and art in education and he received the Outstanding Teacher Citation from The Cooper Union trustees. Prior to his career in education, he studied at Haverford College and Columbia University and served in the military during World War II. Richard Bowman passed away on Aug. 13, 2010 at Falmouth-By-the-Sea, Maine. He is survived by his wife, two children, three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and several nieces.