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Distinguished alumnus George Trabue was Eastman Chemical leader

Aug. 13, 2019—Vanderbilt School of Engineering distinguished alumnus George O’Bryan Trabue Jr., 86, died Aug. 10, 2019, in Kingsport, Tennessee. Trabue received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1955. He went on to do postgraduate work at the London School of Economics. He served as a Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps as a Rifle...

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Distinguished alumnus, Vanderbilt Motorsports supporter Joe Dorris dies at 76

Jul. 17, 2019—A dedicated Vanderbilt Motorsports supporter and School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Joe M. Dorris, 76, died July 16, 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama. Dorris received a BE degree in electrical engineering from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in 1965. He earned a MBA degree from the University of Memphis in 1970. After graduation from Vanderbilt,...

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Engineering school announces 2019 alumni honorees, distinguished friend

Mar. 5, 2019—Vanderbilt engineering alumni Joseph Flowers, Sally Hopkins, Richard Schroeder and Cynthia Warner will be inducted into the School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at a special event in March. Jaret Riddick will be inducted as a member of the school’s Circle of Distinguished Friends. “The newest members of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni and...

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Civil rights pioneer, star Commodore, engineering alumnus Perry Wallace remembered

Dec. 4, 2017—Perry Wallace, BE’70, the Vanderbilt University student-athlete who integrated Southeastern Conference varsity basketball, died Dec. 1. He was 69. “Vanderbilt, the sports world, and the entire country lost a civil rights icon today. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Perry Wallace, who through quiet strength and courage blazed a trail that still serves...

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GHP co-founder, distinguished alumnus Steve Hays dies

Sep. 29, 2017—Steve Hays, the co-founder of Nashville-based Gobbell Hays Partners Environmental + Architecture, died Sept. 27 after an extended illness. He was 66. Hays, considered a national expert on asbestos-removal issues, was chairman emeritus of the company he co-founded with Ron Gobbell. GHP is 14th-biggest architectural firm in Nashville, according to Nashville Business Journal research.  ...

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Getting to the root of STEM challenges: Vanderbilt’s Women in STEM day is March 21

Mar. 3, 2017—Author who shed light on ‘hidden’ women in science to headline event Rachel Swaby wrote a book about 52 women who persisted despite obstacles to become scientists that changed history because the author wanted better profiles of women in science, technology, engineering and math professions. “If we all talk about women’s contributions to STEM fields...

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Engineering school’s 2015 distinguished friends, alumni honorees announced

Feb. 2, 2015—Vanderbilt engineering alumni James H. Littlejohn and Mark L. Reuss will be inducted into the School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at a special event in April. Kenneth F. Galloway and James J. Truchard will inducted as inaugural members of the school’s newly-created Circle of Distinguished Friends. The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes notable achievement,...

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Pioneer in online computing, emeritus professor Bill Rowan Jr. dies

Jan. 8, 2015—William (Bill) H. Rowan Jr., 81, died Jan. 6, 2015. Rowan’s ties to Vanderbilt run deep and wide – as an alumnus, as a faculty member, as an alumni volunteer, and as a donor. Rowan (BE ’55, Professor Emeritus) joined the engineering faculty in 1964 and became the first department chair of computer science.  A...

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