Social and Cultural History

Medicine, Science, Engineering, and Technology

  • Sam L. Agron

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    Description: Following his service in the United States Navy during World War II, Dr. Sam Agron attended Johns Hopkins University and earned his PhD in Geology, focusing his research on the structural and geologic environment of the Peach Bottom slate. Agron later taught at Brown University before accepting a teaching position at Rutgers University-Newark and remaining on the faculty of the geology department for over thirty years.
    Field: Sciences/Geology
    Sector: University
  • Walter G. Alexander, II

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    Description: Dr. Alexander, a Tuskegee Airman, was the first black man to graduate from the School of Engineering at Rutgers in 1943 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He went on to work for Douglas Aircraft as a draftsman in California before enlisting in the USAAF in 1944. He trained at Keesler and Tuskegee Army Airbases as a fighter pilot, but World War II ended before he was deployed. He later attended Howard University's dental school and became a distinguished dentist in New Jersey as well as being the first black man to be appointed to the State Board of Dentistry in 1972.
    Field: Medical/Engineering
    Sector: Private
  • Ndidi Amutah

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    Description: Ndidi Amutah was born in Trenton, New Jersey in 1981 to Nigerian parents. Dr. Amutah grew up in Trenton and graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1999. She attended Livingston College at Rutgers, where she was active in the Livingston College Governing Association. After graduating from Livingston in 2003 with a B.A. in African Studies and a B.S. in Public Health, she earned a Master's in Public Health at George Washington University. Dr. Amutah attended the University of Maryland, College Park and studied maternal child health for her Ph.D. Dr. Amutah completed a Kellogg Foundation postdoctoral fellowship, served as a professor at Montclair State University, and then became a professor of public health and community medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine.
    Field: Medical/Sciences
    Sector: University
  • Elliot Bartner

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    Description: Mr. Bartner graduted from Rutgers with a degree in Chemistry in 1943. He worked on several medical R&D projects for the Bureau of Biological Research at Rutgers and Squibb during WWII. These projects tended to involve the study of human blood. He worked on projects such as Human Blood Fractionation that was part of a Navy project. He also had OSRD contracts at the Office of Scientific Research and Development as a Chemist. While working there, Bartner taught chemistry at Rutgers.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry/University
  • William H. Bauer

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    Description: William H. Bauer graduated from Rutgers with a degree in Ceramics in 1942. He served as a staff officer with the Fifth Air Force in the PTO. During his military service, Bauer was sent to numerous stations across the Pacific Theater. After the war, Bauer became a professor at Rutgers. While teaching there, he helped George Brown work on their first post-World War II research contract working on steatite. He served as President of the Rutgers Alumni Association during his time at Rutgers. He also was in the active reservers and upon retiring achieved the rank of a two star general.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: University
  • John E. Baylor

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    Description: Mr. Baylor was a member of the Class of 1944 at Rutgers, majoring in Agriculture. After graduating he joined the USAAF and served as bombardier on a B-24 with the 5th Air Force in the PTO. He served in Mindoro in the Philippines and Yokohama, Japan. After the war, Baylor enlisted in the inactive reserves and returned to Rutgers for further education and employment. He recieved his PhD from Penn State and taught Agronomy at Penn State for 26 years.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: University
  • Brian Berenbach

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    Description: Mr. Berenbach grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended public schools, and studied chemistry at Long Island University. He earned a master's degree at Emory University. After joining the Air Force in 1967 and initially going into pilot training, Mr. Berenbach trained to be a nuclear engineer at McClellan Air Force Base. He served in the 1155th Technical Operations Squadron in the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), monitoring Soviet, Chinese and French nuclear tests. He served overseas in American Somoa and Japan. During his career, Mr. Berenbach worked at United Engineers and Constructors and then at Lederle Labs developing the pilot plant control system. He worked as a controls engineer at Combustion Engineering, which was bought out by ASEA Brown Bovari (ABB). Later, Mr. Berenbach worked as a consultant at Siemens. After retiring, he became a professor of systems engineering at Georgia Tech.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Government/Industry
  • Samuel E. Blum

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    Description: Dr. Blum graduted from Rutgers University in 1942 with a degree in Chemistry. He enlisted in the USNR in 1943 and served aboard an escort aircraft carrier in the Pacific Theater. During the war, he was a production chemist working on synthetic rubber explosives. After the war he obtained a fellowship at Rutgers and received his PhD in Chemistry. He also was Project Leader for the Battelle Memorial Institute and a member of the research staff at IBM. He has done research from 1950 to the time of the interview, and made several contributions to the field in various areas, but most especially with solid state electronic materials. He also coinvented the use of ultraviolet lasers in dental and surgical procedures for which he was awarded Outstanding Invention by IBM in 1990. He has won several others awards for his work on inventions in the sciences.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry/University
  • Albert N. Brown

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    Description: Dr. Brown graduated from Creighton University in 1927 and majored in Dentistry. He contiued his practice until he was called into the military in 1935. During the war he became a member of the US Army Dental Corps, 24th Pursuit Group, V Interceptor Command and fought in the Philippines until the surrender of Bataan. He survived the Bataan Death March and spent the remainder of the war as a POW in the following camps: Hakodate, Babai, Machi, and Hokkaido Island. After the war he continued his education at USC, but never continued his dentistry practice.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Omer F. Brown II

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    Description: Omer F. Brown II attended Rutgers College from 1965 to 1969 and majored in history. He went on to Cornell University Law School (J.D. 1972). He was a Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey (1972-1975) and Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Energy (1979-1983). Then, in private practice, he has specialized in nuclear law, particularly in risk management for nuclear activities. He provided legal advice following the nuclear accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima. He is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Expert Group on Nuclear Liability (INLEX) and participates in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency (Nuclear Law Committee) as part of the U.S. Government delegation. He has lectured on nuclear law issues nationally and internationally.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Government/Industry
  • Mary Lou Norton Busch

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    Description: Ms. Busch was a student at New Jersey College for Women before she left school to work as a lab technician in a Manhattan Project plant (Houdaille Hershey, Decatur, IL) in World War II, where her work was classified. She later returned to Douglass College to earn her degree in 1982 after marrying and raising 3 children.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Robert L. Byram

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    Description: Dr. Byram is a member of the Rutgers Class of 1944. He majored in Agriculture and was President of his graduating class. He enlisted in the US Army in 1943 at Fort Dix, NJ. Byram then attended veterinary school at Michigan State University in the Army Specialized Training Program. He worked at a Veterinary Practice in Rockford, Michigan from 1948 to 1985.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • M. Leon Canick

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    Description: Dr. Canick graduated from Rutgers in 1942 with a degree in Biology. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served as the skipper of an LCT in the ETO and PTO. He was discharged from the Navy in 1946 and went to medical school in New York. He worked as the attendent and chief from 1954 to 1990 and since 1994, he has worked as the full-time chair of the SUNY Department of Plastic Surgery.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: University
  • Melbourne R. Carriker

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    Description: Dr. Carriker graduated from Rutgers University in 1939 with a degree in Agriculture and a minor in Zoology. In 1943, he enlisted into the Naval Reserve and served as an officer on a submarine chaser in the Aleutian Islands. After the war he became an instructor at Rutgers, an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, a Supervisor Fishery Research Biologist at Oxford, a Director of Systematics-Ecology Program, and has worked since 1972 as a Professor at the College of Marine Studies, at the University of Delaware.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: University
  • Sidney Cohn

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    Description: Dr. Cohn graduated from Rutgers in 1944 majoring in math and natural science. He was a medical student in Dallas, Texas during World War II. Between the wars he did his residency at Bronx Hospital, New York. He enlisted into the Army in 1952 and during the Korean War, he served as an Army medical officer and participated in the "Operation Big Switch" prisoner exchange. After the war, he opened up his own pracitce as an OB/GYN.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Marcia Collins

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    Description: Born on August 25, 1944, Marcia Collins grew up in Greene in Chenango County, New York. After graduating high school, Marcia went to nursing school at Wilson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Johnson City, New York. During nursing school, she joined the Army Student Nurse Program. Marcia went to basic training for the Army Nurses Corps at Fort Sam Houston in Texas and then worked at Fort Belvoir in Washington, D.C. in pediatrics and intensive care. Together with a friend through the Buddy System, Marcia volunteered to serve in Vietnam. In Vietnam from 1966 to 1967, Marcia served at the Eighth Field Hospital in Nha Trang in the surgical unit and surgical intensive care and then served in the 91st Evacuation Hospital at Tuy Hoa in the intensive care unit. After her service, Marcia worked briefly at Wilson Memorial Hospital and then got a job at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Marcia then spent the rest of her career in clinical research, working at Edison Medical Group and then starting her own clinical research business in New Jersey, which she ran with her husband, a medical doctor, for eighteen years.
    Field: Medical/Sciences
    Sector: Government/Private
  • Donald B. Cook

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    Description: Mr. Cook was a child on the American home front during World War II. After graduating from Rutgers College of Engineering in 1958, he served in the US Coast Guard. In Seattle, he worked as an engineer in the early 1960s. He recieved his MBA from the University of Washington in 1967. In 1969, he started his own corporation in New Brunswick, Cook and Associates Managment Consultants.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Private
  • Fernand de Percin

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    Description: Dr. de Percin, a New Brunswick, NJ native, was visiting his father in Martinique when World War II broke out in Europe and barely escaped being trapped in the French colony. After graduating from Rutgers College, he entered the US Army Air Forces where he became a metrological officer, serving at weather stations in the United States, Caribbean and South Pacific. He spent most of his postwar career as a US Army civilian research scientist specializing in extreme climates. He also served with the National Science Foundation from 1961 to 1980.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Government
  • John Dowling, Jr.

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    Description: Professor Dowling went to Rutgers, graduating in 1942 with a degree in agriculture. During World War II he flew missions in a B-24 for the OSS in the 8th Air Force, dropping supplies and agents into Nazi-occupied Europe. He served in the ETO theater and saw combat action in Germany. After the war, he became a Poultry Instructor and worked at Cook College until his retirement in 1984.
    Field: Agriculture
    Sector: University
  • Elmer C. Easton

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    Description: Dr. Easton attended Lehigh University during his undergraduate years and graduated in 1931. He then earned his doctoral degree at Harvard University for Electrical Engineering. He served as the Dean of the Rutgers College of Engineering from 1948 until his retirement in 1974. During the Second World War, Easton taught RADAR to officers in the US Armed Forces studying at Harvard University.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: University
  • Michael E. Elling

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    Field: After graduating in the Rutgers College Class of 1954 with a commission in the U.S. Army, Michael E. Elling served in the Corps of Engineers, first at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and then overseas in Germany and France. During his career, Elling worked in the oil and gas industry and in the chemical industry for various corporations, including General Electric, Western Electric, Mobile, Union Carbide and Imperial Chemical Industries. During the 1970s, he spent five years working in Iran in oil exploration.
    Sector: Engineering
  • Clifford A. Ellis

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    Description: Mr. Ellis was a child and student on the home front during World War II. He graduated from the College of Engineering in 1958 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He enlisted into the US Army in 1958 and served on active duty until the late 1960s. In his civilian career, he was an engineer with the New Jersey Department of Transportation as Chief Engineer of Regional Design until 1992.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Industry
  • Samuel J. Errera

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    Description: Dr. Errera served as an infantryman in the ETO in France and Germany and saw action in both areas. Dr. Errera spent two years at Syracuse University before entering Rutgers in the summer of 1946 and received a degree in civil engineering in 1949. He became an associate professor at Lehigh University, an associate professor at Cornell University, a Consulting Engineer at Bethlehem Steel Corporation, and then a Consultant from 1991 on.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: University
  • Andrew H. Eschenfelder

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    Description: Dr. Eschenfelder was born in Newark, NJ and raised in Glen Ridge, NJ. He attended Rutgers briefly before joining the US Navy in October 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater in World War II as part of a SeaBees unit on Hawaii, Tinian and Eniwetok. He also served in the occupation forces in Bremerhaven, Germany, after the war's end. He returned to Rutgers on the GI Bill, where he earned a BS in Physics in 1949 and a PH.D. in Physics in 1952. He then worked for IBM from 1952 to 1981 as a physicist and R&D executive.
    Field: Technology
    Sector: Industry
  • Herbert S. Estell

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    Description: Mr. Estell attended Rutgers before and after the war, receving his certification in Chemistry in 1945. He helped to develop and produce dyes for military use, including nigrosine, which is a shark repellent and a black dye, and uranine, which is a fluorescent dye. In 1955, Herbert established the Bruce C & C Co. Inc., a producer of dyes. For more than 50 years he worked with his company as CEO, lab technician, sales representative, mixer, packer and sometimes deliveryman.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Nicholas Filippone

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    Description: Mr. Filippone was a student and war worker during World War II, studying mechanical engineering. He graduated from Rutgers in 1945. At Western Electric, he worked on the manufacture of radio receivers, transmitters and components, required for assemblies. He was drafted into the Army after the war in 1948 and worked in research and development but served in support roles due to poor eyesight.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Industry
  • Richard O. Fimmel

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    Description: Mr. Fimmel served as a combat engineer in the European Theater and in the army of occupation following V-E Day, where he met his wife, Edeltraud. During his career, Mr. Fimmel worked for NASA and served as project science chief and then eventually project manager on the?Pioneer?satellite program. He worked on Pioneer 6 through Pioneer 13. He has written books about the Pioneer missions and retired in 1993.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Hans Fisher

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    Description: Professor Fisher and his family emigrated from Germany in the late 1930s to escape the Nazi regime's persecution of Jews. He was among the refugees aboard the?St. Louis?in 1939 when the ship was turned away from the United States and Cuba. He later settled in New Jersey, attended Rutgers College of Agriculture and became a professor and administrator at the University.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: University
  • Richard Flitcraft

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    Description: Mr. Flitcraft worked in the chemical industry during World War II. He entered Rutgers in 1937 as a chemistry major. He graduated in 1942. During his college years, he worked at DuPont as a chemist. He also produced material for the Manhattan Project. After the war, he worked in Germany as a chemist.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Gene Fricks

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    Field: Ernest "Gene" Fricks went to Rutgers College from 1965 to 1970, during which time he completed the dual-degree program in history and engineering. After commissioning in 1970, he served in the Air Force in a variety of posts, including Systems Command at Edwards Air Force Base; Ordnance Research Laboratory at State College, Pennsylvania; engineering squadron commander in the Military Airlift Command at McGuire Air Force Base, Dover Air Force Base and Pope Air Force Base; as a staff officer at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force; and on special assignment with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He continued his education at the Wharton School in executive management, at the U.S. Air Force Air War College, and at Northwestern with a certificate in nuclear engineering. After retiring from the military in 1993, Fricks worked for the rest of his career in the consulting business. He also earned a master's degree in American history at Rutgers-Camden.
    Sector: Engineering
  • Sidney Goff

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    Description: Dr. Goldberger was born in Perth Amboy and raised in neighboring South Amboy, NJ. He studied biological science at Rutgers College from 1938 to 1941, then entered the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. He completed his degree there as part of the Army Specialized Training Program in 1944. He then served in the Pacific Theater (the Philippines & South Korea) in World War II with a US Army quartermaster unit as a dentist. After returning home, he practiced dentistry as a sole-operator and in dental practices in Northern New Jersey.
    Sector: Medicine
  • Howard K. Goldberger

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    Description: Dr. Goldberger was born in Perth Amboy and raised in neighboring South Amboy, NJ. He studied biological science at Rutgers College from 1938 to 1941, then entered the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. He completed his degree there as part of the Army Specialized Training Program in 1944. He then served in the Pacific Theater (the Philippines & South Korea) in World War II with a US Army quartermaster unit as a dentist. After returning home, he practiced dentistry as a sole-operator and in dental practices in Northern New Jersey.
    Field: Medicine
  • Arthur Goldschmidt

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    Description: Arthur Goldschmidt was born in New York City in 1925. He went to Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York. After high school, Arthur worked at Radio Receptor Company and went to Cooper Union.??During World War II, Arthur was drafted at the age of eighteen. Arthur served in the 3rd Battalion, Headquarters Company of the 347th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division. He served in France and in the Battle of the Bulge and won a Silver Star. After the war, Arthur worked at Freed Electronic and Controls in Manhattan and then at Radio Corporation of America (RCA).?
    Sector: Electronics
  • Irwin Gordon

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    Description: Dr. Gordon served as a combat engineer in the ETO theater, where he earned two Purple Hearts. He entered Rutgers as a ceramics major graduated and eventually received his PhD from the same university. He worked from 1952-1986 at RCA Laboratories as a member of the technical staff.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Lawrence Gordon

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    Description: Mr. Gordon graduated from Rutgers in 1954 majoring in Geology and recieved his Masters in 1956. Gordon enlisted in 1954 and served as an officer in various Ordnance, Engineer, Field Artillery, Quartermaster, Logistical and R&D (Petroleum Reserves) units during his active and reserve career in the US Army. He was discharged in 1981 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the US Army. He worked for Shell Oil Company developing new ventures for 35 years before retiring in 1991.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Douglas Grahn

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    Description: Dr. Grahn entered Rutgers in 1941, majoring in agricultural and then biological sciences. He enlisted into the US Army in 1943 and served as an antiaircraft gun battalion fire director in the ETO. He graduated from Rutgers in 1948. He has worked as a research scientist in the US Atomic Energy Commission Lab since 1953, working in anatomy and pathology.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Walter Gusciora

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    Description: Walter Gusciora was born on May 19, 1918 in Garfield, New Jersey to parents who had emigrated from Poland. He grew up in Garfield. Mr. Gusciora participated in the Civilian Conservation Corps at High Point in Branchville, New Jersey during the depression. After briefing attending Rutgers, Mr. Gusciora served in the U.S. Army during World War II. As a member of the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion in the 36th Infantry Division, Mr. Gusciora took part in the Allied invasions of North Africa, Italy and Southern France. Using GI Bill benefits, Mr. Gusciora attended Cornell University from 1946 to 1950. He returned to Rutgers for graduate school, earning a degree in 1972. Mr. Gusciora worked as an entomologist and studied mosquito-borne illnesses.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: State
  • Laurence F. Haemer

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    Description: Mr. Haemer served as a US Army Signal Corps photographic lab technician in the European Theater during World War II. He entered the Polytechnic Institution in 1930. He graduated in 1943. He worked as a senior chemist after leaving the military at Congoleum Corporation until 1981.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Doreen Hagerty

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    Description: Doreen Hagerty was born on January 5, 1935 in Newark, New Jersey. She grew up in the Roseville section of Newark and graduated from Barringer High School. Ms. Hagerty attended Douglass College and participated in a joint program in which she majored in Industrial Engineering at the College of Engineering. After graduating in 1957, Ms. Hagerty lived and worked in Connecticut, California and Nebraska, before eventually settling in Illinois. She earned a master's degree at Northwestern University. Ms. Hagerty enjoyed a career in management engineering in the health care industry.?
    Field: Engineering/Medical
    Sector: Military/Industry
  • C. Harrison Hill

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    Description: Mr. Hill entered Rutgers in 1936 as a ceramics major and graduated in 1940. He enlisted as an ordnance officer in 1941 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. He served in the ETO, working on weapons development and securing captured enemy ordnance. After the war, he received his Masters in Architecture from Yale University. ? He worked as Director of Institutional Planning at Kean College from 1969-1984.
    Field: Architecture
    Sector: University
  • Robert Hopkins

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    Description: Raised in Kentucky and Indiana, Dr. Hopkins graduated from Purdue University in 1964 before entering the Rutgers Graduate School of New Brunswick. He earned his masters and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering there while working at RCA Laboratories. He holds six engineering patents and, over the course of his career, worked in high-level management at RCA, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and the Sony Pictures High Definition Center. He is noted for his contributions to the development of digital video and HDTV standards, and to the use of high-definition technology with film, the last two yielding Emmy Awards for his organizations.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Industry
  • Harry F. Hutchinson

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    Description: Dr. Hutchinson attended Rutgers in 1937 as a biological sciences (pre-med) major and graduated in 1942. He enlisted into the medical school program under the Army Specialized Training Program in World War II and had multiple stateside postings as a USAAF/USAF medical officer between 1946 and 1948. From 1952-1986 he worked in the Fitkin and Point Pleasant Hospital.
    Field: Medicine
  • Arnold Hyndman

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    Description: Dr. Arnold Hyndman attended Princeton University, majoring in Biology. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1978. Dr. Hyndman took his first post-doctoral assignment at Ohio State University in the medical school doing research. He went to the University of California at San Diego to complete a second post-doctoral program. While working at UCSD, Dr. Hyndman and his collaborators developed a cell culture technique and were among the early describers of the natural cell division and replication of post-mitotic cells. Dr. Hyndman?s work helped to illustrate that there are cells in our brains that continue to divide. Dr. Hyndman first came to Rutgers University in 1981 as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. After serving as the founding director of what was originally called the Minority Advancement Program, he became associate provost (1990-1993). From 1993 until 2007, Dr. Hyndman served as Dean of Livingston College. He has directed the Organizational Leadership Program and the Criminal Justice Program. Dr. Hyndman is a professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience.
    Field: Sciences/Medical
    Sector: University
  • Henry Raymond Irons

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    Description: Mr. Irons graduated from Rutgers in 1943 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and worked on radar for the US Navy at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC as a civilian electrical engineer. After the war, Mr. Irons received his Masters in electrical engineering from Rutgers. He spent much of his career as an engineer with the Naval Surface Weapons Center. His achievements there include co-inventing a magnetometer used to map the Earth's electromagnetic fields (now part of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum's collection) and designing circuits for the IMP and Explorer VI and XII satellites.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Industry/Military
  • Arthur W. Jacoby

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    Description: Dr. Jacoby entered Rutgers University in 1943 as an engineering and biological sciences major before enlisting into the US Army in 1944. During the war he served as a radio operator in military intelligence in the PTO. After the war he returned to Rutgers under the GI Bill and graduated in 1949. Afterwards, he attended medical school from 1950-1954. He worked from 1959-1987 as an orthopaedic surgeon.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Donald R. Jenkins

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    Description: Dr. Jenkins entered Rutgers in 1940 as a mechanical engineering major before enlisting into the Army Air Force in 1943 at the age of 20. During the war he served as a navigator onboard a B-24 in the European Theater during World War II and flew 30 combat missions during the war. Under the GI Bill, he returned to Rutgers and graduated in 1946. He worked as a college professor at Lafayette from 1959-1987.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: University
  • Paul Jennings

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    Description: Dr. Jennings was a medical student during World War II. He entered Rutgers in 1942 as a biology major and graduated in 1945. During the Korean War, he served in the Public Health Service. Since then, he has worked as a cardiologist.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • George A. Johannessen

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    Description: Dr. Johannessen entered Rutgers in the Fall of 1937, majoring in Vegetable Crops. He enlisted into the US Army Medical Department in 1941 and served as an officer in the US Army Medical Administration Corps at various hospitals in the US & South Atlantic Theaters during the war, including Belem and Natal in Brazil and Lovell General Hospital at Fort Devens, MA. He worked on the faculty board at Cornell University and afterwards became the director of the California Tomato Research Institute for 23 years. Dr. Johannessen served on the AEF Board of Directors since 1987.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Lloyd Kornblatt

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    Description: Dr. Kornblatt entered Rutgers in 1940 as a pre-veterinary major before enlisting into the Army in 1943. He studied veterinary medicine in the ASTP. Dr. Kornblatt graduated Rutgers and went to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Debora La Torre

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    Field: Debora La Torre served in the Army's 58th Military Police Company as a combat medic. In 2004, she deployed with her unit to Afghanistan to Bagram Air Base, where she rotated between serving as a combat medic on patrols, at the combat support hospital, and in the detention center that held enemy prisoners of war. After, she was stationed in Germany with the 67th Combat Support Hospital in W?rzburg and then the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Kaiserslautern, during which time she worked in the emergency room at the military hospital at Landstuhl. She went to nursing school on the GI Bill at Bloomfield College and then got her Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN). She joined the Army Nurse Corps Reserves and currently serves, at the rank of captain, as a medical readiness officer. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC). During nursing school, La Torre became involved in the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). In 2020, she became president of the New Jersey Chapter of NAHN.
    Sector: Medical
  • Bernard Levine

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    Description: Dr. Levine was a high school student and a poultry farmer during World War II. He entered Rutgers in 1947 as a poultry science and agriculture major under a Standard Oil 4-H scholarship and a state scholarship. He graduated from Rutgers in 1951.
    Sector: Agriculture
  • Gordon F. Lewis

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    Description: Dr. Lewis initially served in the 106th Infantry Division in a heavy weapons company, then transferred to the Ordnance Corps for several postings, as well as a special assignment to a psychiatric rehabilitation project focused on GIs with PTSD. He served overseas in the occupation of Okinawa in a replacement depot. He entered Rutgers in 1942 as a sociology major, graduating in 1949. From 1961-1988, he worked in academia in sociology.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: University
  • William Lewis

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    Description: William Lewis entered Rutgers in 1938 and majored in chemistry, graduating in 1942. He enlisted into the USAAF and served as a B-24 navigator in the China Burma India Theater during World War II. After a brief postwar career in chemistry, he rejoined the US Air Force as a weather officer and retired in 1968. He continued his career in metrological research with the FAA for 15 years programming computers to analyze fog data and published papers on radar studies.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • John G. Lofstrom

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    Description: Dr. Lofstrom trained as a US Navy radio/radar technician in Chicago and Corpus Christi before being assigned as an aviation electronics technician at NAS Quonset Point, where he outfitted carrier-based aircraft with radar and other systems. He got his PhD in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1953. He became a chemist at Dupont De Nemours E I & Company working in the Photo Products Department until his retirement in 1985.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Taylor Lorchak

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    Description: Taylor Lorchak is a registered nurse, combat medic in the Army National Guard, and alumna of the Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden. During her last semester in nursing school, her National Guard unit was activated as a part of New Jersey's Covid-19 crisis response, and she deployed to the Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home, where she served as a medic. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rutgers-Camden in 2020 and soon after became a registered nurse. Currently, she serves in the National Guard in Pennsylvania and works as a nurse at WellSpan Health.
    Field: Sciences/Medical
    Sector: Military/Private
  • Howard H. MacDougall

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    Description: Dr. MacDougall entered Rutgers in 1938 and majored in agriculture. He graduated in 1942 and then attended medical school through the ASTP program in 1944. After V-J Day, he served as a doctor during the occupation of Korea. He has served as a family physician since then, retiring in 1992.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Robert D. MacDougall

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    Description: Dr. MacDougall entered Rutgers in 1938 majoring in Agriculture, graduating in 1942. He enlisted into the US Marines in 1942 and served as a dive-bomber pilot in the Marine Corps Air Corps in the PTO for three and a half years. He entered medical school upon coming home and opened a family medical practice with his twin brother until 1991, when they both retired.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Charles W. Manger

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    Description: Mr. Manger served as a US Army medical technician onboard troopships in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. He entered Seton Hall in 1946 as a chemistry major and got his BS in 1947. He spent his career as a research chemist and lab technican being in charge of an electron microscope at DuPont for 42 years
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Maurice Meyers

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    Description: Dr. Meyers enlisted into the US Army in 1943 and served as an infantryman in the ETO from November 1944 until May of 1945. He entered New York University in 1946 and he graduated in 1948 with a degree in Biology. Frrom 1960 on he has been a practicing physician.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • James R. Moetz

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    Description: James R. Moetz was born on December 11, 1924 in Milltown, New Jersey. He grew up in Milltown, graduating from New Brunswick High School in 1942. During World War II, Mr. Moetz served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations. He functioned as a radio operator in the 417th Regimental Combat Team of the 76th Infantry Division. After the war, Mr. Moetz attended Rutgers College on the G.I. Bill and majored in chemistry. He graduated in the Rutgers College Class of 1949. Mr. Moetz worked as a chemist at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Calvin Moon

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    Description: Dr. Moon served onboard a submarine in the PTO during World War II. He entered Rutgers in 1942 as a pre-veterinary major. He enlisted in the USNR and was assigned to radio material program school for one year and also served in the Pacific where he went on five war patrols against the Japanese. He returned to Rutgers after the war and graduated in 1948. After leaving the military he went to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. After 47 years of veterinary practice, Dr. Moon retired.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Robert Olsen

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    Description: Dr. Olsen entered Rutgers in 1938 majoring in biological sciences (pre-med) and graduated in 1942. He enlisted into the army as a physician in the ETO. After the war, he remained in surgical training for two years. After 1951 he opened his own private practice before becoming a senior surgeon at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London, Connecticut, where he worked until his retirement in 1992.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Donald S. Pasternak

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    Description: Mr. Pasternak served as an aviation electronics specialist. He evaluated new equipment prior to its acquisition for the US Navy and flew anti-submarine patrols in the Caribbean as a radarman. He went to the school of engineering at Rutgers and majored in ceramic engineering from 1955 to 1959, using the GI Bill. He started MMI Industries and was its CEO from 1966-1983.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Industry
  • John Pino

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    Description: Dr. Pino entered Rutgers as an agriculture major in 1940 and graduated in 1944. He served as an infantry officer in the 69th Infantry Division in the ETO. He recieved his PhD in zoology at Rutgers in 1951 and also taught at Rutgers after the war. He was the director of a study on "The Global Conservation and Utilization of Genetic Resources" in the early 1970's. From 1990 to the present he has worked as an independent consultant.
    Field: Agriculture/Sciences
    Sector: University/Private
  • Norman Reitman

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    Description: Dr. Reitman entered Rutgers in 1928 as a Biology major and graduated in 1932. He entered the New York University School of Medicine in 1936. He enlisted in the the Medical Corps in 1943 and served as an Army Air Forces physician at an airbase in Alaska. After leaving the military, Dr. Reitman opened his own practice.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • George Reynolds

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    Description: Dr. Reynolds entered Rutgers in 1935 as a physics and math major. In 1944, he enlisted into the USNR. As a Navy officer he worked on the detonation device for the atomic bomb at Los Alamos and was sent to Tinian as part of the unit that used the weapons against the Japanese.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Government
  • Mary Jo Rice-Mahoney

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    Description: Born on January 2, 1947, Mary Jo Rice-Mahoney grew up in a military family. Majoring in nursing in college, she joined the Army Student Nurse Program and then served in the Army Nurse Corps. From March 1969 to March 1970, she served as a nurse in the intensive care unit and recovery room at the 67th Evacuation Hospital at Qui Nhon. After her service in Vietnam, Rice-Mahoney briefly went into civilian nursing but then rejoined the Army and went on active duty for a number of years. She then worked at veterans hospitals in New Jersey and Connecticut, while serving in the Army Nurse Corps Reserve at the 322nd General Hospital in New Jersey. She retired as a colonel. In 1993, she went to the dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial. Rice-Mahoney is a member of the Union County Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Military/Government
  • Donald N. Riemer

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    Description: Professor Riemer entered the College of Agriculture in 1952 as a wildlife conservation and soils and crops major. He graduated in 1956 and went on active duty through the ROTC program. He served as a Nike air defense missile site officer and base wildlife convervation officer in the US Army in the 1950s. After leaving the military he got a job as an associate professor at Rutgers and then a Fisheries Biologist at the New Jersey Division of Fish and Game.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Government/University
  • Robert E. Ross

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    Description: Robert E. Ross went to the College of Agriculture at Rutgers, where he majored in food science and minored in biochemistry. He went on to earn his PhD in food science at UMass, during which time he served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a quartermaster. Dr. Ross worked at Hunt-Wesson for four-and-a-half years on a variety of the company?s projects, including retort pouch technology, plastic packaging, a study on ad claim substantiation of Orville Redenbacher?s Popcorn, and the different spices used in ketchup and spaghetti sauces. He then worked at Nabisco, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and developed a line of low sodium crackers, Teddy Grahams, Mini-Oreos, and Fruit Newtons. Following eleven years at Nabisco, he got a job at the Estee Corporation, in Parsippany, New Jersey, until the company was absorbed by the Hain Celestial Group. He then worked at Pepperidge Farm, in Connecticut, as vice president of its R&D department, developing products such as Goldfish, crackers, cookies, breads and other snacks. After working at Nestl?, he became a food industry consultant for seven years until his retirement. Dr. Ross served on the National Institute of Food Technology Board of Directors.?
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Arthur L. Roth

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    Description: Dr. Roth entered Rutgers in 1938 as a biology major and graduated in 1942. He served as an officer onboard the destroyer USS?Wadsworth?(DD-516) in the Pacific Theater during World War II. When the war ended, he enrolled at the NYU School of Medicine and graduated with his MD in 1950. He later became a noted cardiologist and physician in New Jersey.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Harry L. Runyan, Jr.

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    Description: Harry L. Runyan went to Rutgers University originally as a pre-med student and then changed to engineering. After graduating from Rutgers in 1939, Runyan worked for Pratt and Whitney for a short time before moving to California. There, he worked for the Civil Service inspecting airplanes.?Mr. Runyan served as an engineering officer in the Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. After the war, he went on to receive his Master's in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Virginia and, later, his PhD. Mr. Runyan continued to work at Langley NASA for about thirty years as a flutter expert.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Industry/Government
  • Joseph Saldarini

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    Description: Mr. Saldarini was a student at Rutgers during WWII. He entered Rutgers in 1942, majoring in dairy manufacturing in the College of Agriculture. He graduated in 1945. From 1951 until his retirement in 1985, he worked in technical positions in the US and internationally for Canada Dry soft drinks. He retired as Director of Quality Control and Production.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Theodore Sattur

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    Description: Mr. Sattur entered Rutgers in 1938 as a biological sciences major. He graduated in 1942 and afterwards worked as a lab technician in a copper plant during World War II. He worked at Metal 9 Thermit Corp Central Research, working on thermit improvements for underwater cutting and welding electrodes. Until 1982, he has worked at Asarco Inc. South Plainfeld NJ as a research scientist.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Ralph Schmidt

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    Description: Mr. Schmidt entered Rutgers in 1938, majoring in Chemistry under the Upson Scholarship and graduated in 1942. He worked in a Merck facility that manufactured penicillins and DDT during WWII. Until his retirement in 1986, he worked as Vice President of Operations in Penicillin.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Jerome Selinger

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    Description: Dr. Selinger entered Rutgers in 1941, initially majoring in engineering, then changed his major to the biological sciences after World War II. He served as an infantryman in the ETO providing support for armored units. After the war, he graduated from Rutgers in 1947 and then attended Columbia University School of Oral and Dental Surgery where he graduated in 1951. He had his own private practice for 36 years, and since 1991 has worked as a dental consultant at Delta Dental Insurance.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Bernard Z. Senkowski

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    Description: Dr. Senkowski served onboard the USS?Bogue?(CVE-9) in the PTO. Prior to enlisting in the US Navy, he had worked in a defense plant that made parts for B-29s and developed napalm. He entered Rutgers under the GI Bill in 1949, majoring in chemistry and graduated in 1951. Afterwards, he pursued his doctoral studies, receiving his PhD in 1965. He worked at Alcon Laboratories as a chemist from 1977 to 1988.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • Martin Sherman

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    Description: Dr. Sherman entered Rutgers in 1937, majoring in pre-med as a freshman, and then switched to entomology in the College of Agriculture. He graduated in 1941. He received his Masters in Insect Toxicology and Plant Physiology in 1943 from Rutgers and his PhD in the same fields from Cornell in 1948. He served in the Army Air Forces as a base officer for an 8th Air Force Bomb Group. He worked as an Entomologist and a Professor of Entomology.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry/University
  • Seymour Silberberg

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    Description: Dr. Silberberg entered Rutgers in 1938 as a biological sciences major and graduated in 1942. He enlisted into the Army Specialized Training Corps at the University of Pennsylvania Dental School in 1943 and attended dental school there during World War II. During the Korean War, he served as an Air Force dentist in the United States. He has worked as a dentist from 1945.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Private
  • Charles Silverstein

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    Description: Charles Silverstein studied social psychology at Rutgers-New Brunswick. Through his activism and professional engagement, Dr. Silverstein played an important role in enacting paradigm changes in the psychological community towards homosexuality. His work led to the American Psychiatric Association to change the diagnosis of homosexuality in the second edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-II) and eventually remove homosexuality as a mental disorder. He is a practicing psychologist.
    Field: Psychology
    Sector: University/Private
  • Charles Louis Smart

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    Description: Dr. Smart entered the College of Agriculture as a poultry husbandry and biochemistry major, graduating in 1944. He received his MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He worked as an ammunition expert at the Philadelphia Cargo Port of Embarkation. He is an author and co-author of 20 US patents in his field of study. After VE Day, he joined WYETH Laboratories and helped with penicillin manufacturing as well as serving as senior researcher for New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Government/Industry
  • Karen Spindel

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    Field: Karen Spindel was born in 1947 in Newark, New Jersey. She and her family lived in Newark until Karen was four, and after her family moved, Karen grew up in Clifton and then in Passaic. From 1965-1969, Karen attended George Washington University and majored in mechanical engineering. She spent her career as an engineer, working for Robins Engineers and Constructors, Hewitt-Robins, Western Electric and AT&T. A life-long feminist, she joined the Passaic County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1972. She is a board member of the Veteran Feminists of America. Now retired, Karen lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
    Sector: Engineering
  • Peter Staats

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    Description: In 1964, Peter Staats took over his family's farm, Dutch Hollow Farm, located in Bridgewater. In 1976, the farm established a store and milk bottling and processing plant, which was achieved with the help Rutgers University. This enabled the farm to directly market to customers. He has worked to improve the local farming community as a member of numerous agricultural organizations, including the Somerset County 4-H Association. While in the 4-H Association, he was involved in establishing the ?Borrow a Calf? Program. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation at the New Jersey Agricultural Convention in 2011. Among a variety of other positions, he serves on the Somerset County Agricultural Development Board and Belle Mead Farmers Cooperative Board of Directors.
    Field: Sciences/Agriculture
    Sector: Private/University
  • William Stalker

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    Description: Mr. Stalker entered Rutgers 1941, majoring in mechanical engineering, and graduated in 1944. He enlisted into the Naval Reserves in 1944 and as a Navy officer, oversaw the repair and refit of ships at the Portsmouth Naval Yard. After the war he received his degree in Engineering and went on to work as an engineer for various companies until his retirement.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Industry
  • Candy Torres

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    Description: With Puerto Rican roots, Candy Torres grew up in New York City and New Jersey. A first-generation college student, she attended Douglass College, graduating in the Class of 1976. She spent her career working in the space industry, beginning with a job at Princeton University's Astrophysics Department on the OAO-3 Copernicus satellite project. After moving to Houston, she worked at McDonnell-Douglass in Mission Operation Directorate (MOD) at NASA-Johnson Space Center, computerizing Mission Control operations in the Space Shuttle program. Later in her career, she worked in configuration management for the International Space Station (ISS) with Ron Croston & Associates and in the Operations Planning group in MOD for the ISS with Barrios Technology. She has forty-four years of experience in informational technology as a software engineer, digital video producer, image editor, 3D designer, and more. Since 2006, Torres has been self-employed as a computer expert, speaker, author, researcher and artist.
    Sector: Engineering/Sciences
  • Bert Tryon

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    Description: Mr. Tryon entered Rutgers in 1926 as a civil engineering major and graduated in 1930. He enlisted into the Corps of Engineers in 1938 and served in the United States and the PTO during World War II. Since then, he has worked for various engineering firms and worked on several projects such as The George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike, and the tunnel under the Houston Ship Channel.
    Field: Engineering
    Sector: Industry
  • David Tudor

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    Description: Dr. Tudor entered Rutgers in 1936 as a poultry sciences major and graduated in 1944. During the war he worked as an accountant. He worked from 1965 to 1978 as a research professor. He has worked since then at the Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: University
  • Maurice Weill

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    Description: Mr. Weill entered Rutgers in 1939 as a math and science major. He enlisted into the Army Air Forces in 1942 and during WWII served as an meteorological officer in the ETO. He graduated from Rutgers in 1943 with a degree in Mathematics. In 1956, he founded the Murray Construction Co. and has worked there until his retirement.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry
  • P. Richard Wexler

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    Description: Dr. Wexler served as a dentist/medic with the 1st Calvary Division in the PTO. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, and after the war worked as a dentist and consultant.
    Field: Medical
    Sector: Sciences
  • H. Boyd Woodruff

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    Description: Dr. Woodruff entered Rutgers in 1935 as a soil chemistry major and graduated in 1939. He was a graduate student on the home front during the war. A pioneer in the field of microbiology, Dr. Woodruff developed antibiotics such as actinomycin as a graduate student under Dr. Selman Waksman at Rutgers University. He was a researcher at Merck during World War II and afterwards.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry/University
  • Carl R. Woodward, Jr.

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    Description: Mr. Woodward entered Rutgers in 1935 as a biology, math, and microbiology major and graduated in 1940. He worked at Merck in Rahway where he was involved in the production of penicillin during World War II. He was Vice President of the Parenteral Drug Association and a member of the American Society of Microbiology. Later in his career, Woodward worked at Warner Lambert as a industrial microbiologist until his retirment in 1984.
    Field: Sciences
    Sector: Industry