John Fondahl ’47 Th’48, 83, a world-renowned expert on the critical path method for construction management, died September 13, 2008. During World War II he joined the Marines, serving in the Pacific theater. After working for the American Bridge Co. in Pittsburg, Pa., teaching civil engineering at the University of Hawaii, and working as project engineer on California’s Nimbus Dam, he became a professor of civil engineering at Stanford in 1955. He taught there for 35 years, co-founded its construction management program, and served as the first Charles H. Leavell Professor of Civil Engineering. He taught construction management courses all over the world, founded the Project Management Institute, and served as president of the Construction Data Systems Corp. He received the Golden Beaver Award for Heavy Engineering Construction in 1975, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993, and to the National Academy of Construction in 2001. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Doris; daughters Lauren, Gail, Meredith, and Dorian; and three grandchildren.
Robert E. Koski ’51, 79, died October 11, 2008. After graduation, he moved to Sarasota, Fla., and in 1970 co-founded Sun Hydraulics, a leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance screw-in hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds that control force, speed and motion as integral components in fluid power systems. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers honored him when it inaugurated the Robert E. Koski Medal to “recognize individuals who have advanced the art and practice of fluid power motion and control through education and innovation.” In 1992 he was awarded the Joseph Bramah Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for his “contribution to the resurgence of interest in fluid power in the U.S.A. and beyond.” Case studies of his horizontal management approach at Sun Hydraulics led to his participation in programs at Tuck School of Business and Harvard Business School. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Beverly; children Christine, Robert and wife Tomeika, and Thomas and wife Sherry; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Gene F. White ’56 died June 17, 2008 at his home in Berkeley, Calif., after battling leukemia. Having earned a B.S.C.E. from the University of Denver. in 1957, he was a civil engineer specializing in water resources and irrigation in Asia and Africa. He served in the U.S. Army in 1957 and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Pakistan. He began skiing and climbing mountains as a teenager and had a lifetime list of 1,320 ascents, including several first ascents in Pakistan and Canada. His work and mountaineering took him to 60 countries. He spoke French, Indonesian, Pushto, and Urdu. He is survived by Betsy, his wife of 48 years; children Eric, Greg, and Laura; and four grandchildren.comments powered by Disqus