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Michael Roger Pender ’47, P.E., of Sarasota, Florida, died on November 23, 2014. He was born February 16, 1926, in Garden City, New York, where he grew up and went to high school. He started college in the summer of 1943 and left after two semesters to work in the defense industry and then to serve in the Army from 1943 to 1947. He returned to graduate in 1949, and from Thayer School in 1950. In college he joined the Dartmouth Society of Engineers, was active in the Interdormitory Council, played in the band and joined Zeta Psi. From 1950 to 1960 he worked for Madigan-Highland Engineers and from 1960 to 1965 worked as director of state exhibits at the New York World’s Fair. For the 20 years following he was commissioner of public works departments for several cities on Long Island and then as commissioner for Nassau County, New York. He served as president of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers and as Northeast regional vice president of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He became active in the American Public Works Association, serving as president from 1984 to 1985. He relocated to Sarasota in 1986, when he joined the consulting firm of Boyle Engineering until 2006. He served as president of the Dartmouth Club of Sarasota and as president of the Rotary Club. He was named Dartmouth Club Secretary of the Year in 1977. He is survived by his wife and five children, including Richard Pender ’79.

Peter R. Brown ’49 Th’49 of St. Petersburg, Fla., died on Nov. 23, 2014. He was born May 10, 1928 in Newton, Mass,, and grew up in Milford, Conn., where he developed a lifelong love for sailing. He was dedicated to the U.S. Navy (he was a rear-admiral in the U.S. Naval Reserve Civil Engineering Corps.), to various business ventures in construction, boat building, marinas, and real estate, and to fundraising for Dartmouth and many other organizations. At Dartmouth he was a member of the Glee Club and Gamma Delta Chi fraternity. After his A.B. and master's degree in civil engineering at Thayer, he earned an M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Honored as a Sylvanus Thayer Fellow in 1979 for his service to Thayer School, he served on the Board of Overseers from 1982 to 2003, chairing it from 1984 to 1986. He received Thayer's 1988 Robert Fletcher Award for distinguished achievement and service in the highest tradition of the School.

Pieter von Herrmann ’50 Adv’53 died on July 1, 2013, his birthday. Pieter came to Dartmouth from Germany, majored in mathematics and was a member of Theta Chi. After graduation he attended the University of California in Berkeley, returned to Dartmouth for his master’s and earned his Ph.D. at Yale in nuclear physics in 1956. He then married Mary Smith, who bore him children Joan von Herrman ’80, Timothy von Hermann ’82, Mary and Anne, who gave him eight grandchildren. Pieter spent 30 years with General Electric in several locations and in several capacities, including that of nuclear physicist. He was one of the pioneers in successful efforts to launch America’s first nuclear submarines. Having moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, at retirement in 1987 he became involved with Cleveland State University, building and directing an advanced manufacturing laboratory to bring together industry, faculty and students to do research and development as well as automation for industry. A lifelong supporter of Habitat for Humanity, church member and elder, music lover (Mary plays the viola), skier, sailor, gardener and advisor to family and friends, Pieter was an accomplished man of whom Dartmouth can be proud. He is survived by his wife, four children and eight grandchildren.

Kevin J. Travers ’51 Tu’52 Th’52, who graduated from Dartmouth’s combined business and engineering (Tuck-Thayer) program and applied these disciplines in a 35-year career in marketing management roles at DuPont, died on January 26, 2015 near his long-time home of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Kevin’s career at DuPont began in the firm’s Atomic Energy Division and included a variety of technical marketing and manufacturing assignments. He retired in 1986 and enjoyed a second career as a real estate broker. He and his wife Joan lived full and active lives in Kennett Square that included gardening (“playing in the yard”), music, art, dancing and golf. Kevin sang with the Forty-Niners, a local singing group, and was known in his retirement community for his beautiful whistling. He loved to paint. Kevin came to Dartmouth from Tenafly, New Jersey. He was a member of the freshman soccer team. Besides his wife, Kevin is survived by four children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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