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1960s

Photo: Gary Logsdon

Gary Logsdon

Gary Logsdon, BS CiE ’62, MS CiE ’63, of Fairfield, Ohio, was the recipient the Abel Wolman Award of Excellence from the American Water Works Association, given out at a ceremony on June 8. The award “recognizes those whose lives in the water profession exemplify the vision, creativity and professional characteristics of Wolman’s long and productive career.” The association honored Logsdon “for creativity through research, studies and full-scale facility work that have delivered substantial impacts in the development of drinking water regulations, water treatment practice and a reduction in waterborne giardiasis outbreaks.”

1980s

Ronald W. Black Jr., BS EE ’87, of St. Charles, Mo., was elected vice president of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers in August. Black is the supply chain operations superintendent for Ameren, where he’s worked for nearly three decades in various capacities.

1990s

Robert Becnel, BS EE ’91, of Imperial, Mo., was elected treasurer of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers in August. Becnel works in guidance, navigation and sensor management for the Boeing Company and is an adjunct instructor at Washington University in St. Louis.

Patience Griffin, BS EE ’93, MS ’95, of McKinney, Texas, recently had her latest novel, “Some Like It Scottish,” published in July. The book is Griffin’s fifth overall and third in her “Kilts and Quilts” series, with a fourth, titled “The Accidental Scot,” planned for a December release.

2000s

Ben Niesen, BS CiE ’04, of St. Louis, recently was hired by Oates Associates, a civil engineering and architectural design firm, as a project manager. Niesen will specialize in projects based around recreational activities and sustainable design, including multi-use trails and green concepts.

Srinivas Yanamanamanda, MS CiE ’03, of O’Fallon, Mo., recently was appointed president and chief executive officer of Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier, a traffic engineering and transportation planning firm in St. Louis. She previously served as the firm’s chief financial officer.
Ashlynn Stillwell, BS ChE ’06, of Champaign, Ill., was selected as a “Woman of Distinction” by The
News-Gazette. Stillwell, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois, was lauded for her work both in the classroom and for her research on water-related environmental issues.

Adam Kertz, BS ME ’06, of Augusta, Mo., joined Faith Group, LLC, as a technical coordinator, where he’ll assist in the coordination of data-gathering crews working on a wide array of security system projects.

Photo: Ryan Corrigan

Ryan Corrigan

Ryan Corrigan, BS ME ’08, of St. Louis, was honored as one of St. Louis Business Journal’s “30 Under 30,” which recognizes 30 young professionals already making an impact on the area. Corrigan is a project mechanical engineer at 8760 Engineering, which “provides innovative engineering analysis and design to achieve optimum energy efficiencies for building systems.”

Deaths

1930s

Samuel Gill, BS CiE ’35, of Sun City West, Ariz., died May 3 at the age of 102. Gill spent 30 years of his career, beginning in 1942, with the U.S. Navy as a public works officer handling various construction projects. He also worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation and as a surveyor for the Milwaukee Railroad and was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Retired Officers Association, Lick Creek Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

1950s

Jack Hodges, BS ChE ’54, of Hendersonville, N.C., died May 22. Hodges worked in general services at Domtar Gysum until his retirement and is survived by his wife, three children, two brothers and a grandson.

Gerald S. Updyke, Engr ’56, of Santa Clarita, Calif., died March 10. Updyke served two years in the U.S. Army and worked for Lance Industries, an electronics manufacturing company, for more than 40 years, rising to the rank of vice president of sales and marketing. He was an avid traveler and was a longtime MU football season-ticket holder alongside his late wife, Kathleen.

Charles A. Costantinou, MS ME ’56, of Naples, Fla., died June 16. Costantinou retired after more than 40 years working as an engineer specializing in heating, cooling and refrigeration with several different firms in the St. Louis area, the northeastern U.S. and Florida.

Jack Hodges, BS ChE ’54, of Hendersonville, N.C., died May 22. Hodges worked in general services at Domtar Gysum until his retirement and is survived by his wife, three children, two brothers and a grandson.

Gerald S. Updyke, Engr ’56, of Santa Clarita, Calif., died March 10. Updyke served two years in the U.S. Army and worked for Lance Industries, an electronics manufacturing company, for more than 40 years, rising to the rank of vice president of sales and marketing. He was an avid traveler and was a longtime MU football season-ticket holder alongside his late wife, Kathleen.
Charles A. Costantinou, MS ME ’56, of Naples, Fla., died June 16. Costantinou retired after more than 40 years working as an engineer specializing in heating, cooling and refrigeration with several different firms in the St. Louis area, the northeastern U.S. and Florida.

1960s

Edgar Tohill, BS CiE ’63, of Glen Carbon, Ill., died Aug. 10. Tohill worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, first in the St. Louis District, then later in Saudi Arabia and South Korea, before his retirement.

1970s

Ernest J. Wilcox, BS ME ’70, of Montezuma, Iowa, died May 1. Wilcox was the founder and owner of Wilcox All-Pro Tools, a company he began in 1972 after the end of his service in the U.S. Army. He also held 10 patents.

Sister Jean Diepenbrock, BS IE ’70, of O’Fallon, Mo., died Sept. 14. Diepenbrock was a Sister of the Most Precious Blood, a Catholic religious order.

Charles Sherwood, BS ME ’73, of Livonia, Mich., died June 17. The St. Louis native spent his entire career with the Ford Motor Company, working as an engineer from 1974 until his retirement as a technical specialist in 2005.

Weddings

2000s

Photo: Wedding photo of Matthew Kraus and Katherine Transiskus.

Matthew Kraus

Matthew Kraus, BS CiE ’15, of Columbia, Mo., married Katherine Nicole Transiskus on July 4 at First Christian Church in Columbia. Kraus works as a construction inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Births

2000s

Photo: Emily Maranda Fritchman

Emily Maranda Fritchman

Kristin (Bruffett) Fritchman, BS BE ’09, and Nicholas Fritchman, BS EE ’09, of Olathe, Kan., have a new daughter, Emily Maranda Fritchman, born April 26. Kristin Fritchman is an environmental engineer at CB&I, and Nicholas Fritchman is an electrical engineer at Garmin.

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