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John S. Lovewell ’44 Th’48, a longtime resident of Edgartown, Mass., died November 25, 2017, at the age of 96. He served as a wartime Navy sailor from 1942 to 1945, and graduated from Dartmouth in 1947 and from Thayer School in 1948 with an M.S. in civil engineering. He solved clean water and wastewater problems for municipalities around New England as an engineer with Metcalf and Eddy and then Camp Dresser, both in Boston. When Camp Dresser went global, he began working overseas on projects involving municipal water and waste issues. He worked in Thailand for many years; even brought his family to Bangkok in the late 1960s, while the Vietnam War raged less than 400 miles away. He also worked in Turkey, Pakistan, and Egypt. He returned to the States in 1983, settling in his grandfather’s house in Edgartown. After retirement, he enjoyed playing golf at the Edgartown Golf Course and visiting construction sites around Martha’s Vineyard. He also served the town for 30 years as water commissioner after it took over the Edgartown Water Co., which his grandfather had cofounded. He is survived by children Robert ’70, Deborah, Frank, Jack and Mark.

Fletcher Clark III ’45 Th’45 Th’47 died March 6, 2018, in Cambridge, Md. He was 94. He came to Dartmouth through the V-12 program, and was a brother of Gamma Delta and the Marching Band. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Thayer School. Between his two degrees he served in the U.S. Navy Seabees in the Pacific Theater. In 1946 he married Frederica Whetton and moved to several locations for his work with Turner Construction Co. of New York City. In 1966 he moved with his family to Hong Kong for eight years to work as superintendent with the large housing estate Mei Foo Sun Chuen. The company built an enormous complex for 80,000 people that involved apartments, schools, subways, and markets, all of which filled a void for middle-class residents of the city. After the death of his first wife he married Helen Blair Stevens and lived in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had moved to Cambridge eight years ago to love near his daughter, Elizabeth. She survives him, as do several grandchildren and siblings Margaret, Edward ’52, and Charles.

Robert T. Harvey ’47 Th’45, a longtime resident of Wellesley, Mass., died March 5, 2018, at the age of 93. “Bun” came to Dartmouth through the U.S. Marine Corps V-12 program, and graduated as a second lieutenant. He started a family and settled in Wellesley, where he worked for Arthur C. Harvey Steel Co. and later Ryerson Steel Co. as national sales manager. He was transferred to Chicago, where he earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago while working full-time. He and his family returned to Wellesley in 1964, when he was promoted to general manager of Ryerson Steel. Later in his career he was self-employed as a manufacturers’ representative for the steel industry until retirement in 2013. Bun was an active member in the Wellesley community and served on the school committee from 1967 to1973, acting as chairman from 1971 to1973. He is survived by his wife, Victoria; children Linda, Kaki, Laura, Jennifer, Janet, Robert Jr., Wink ’79, and Millicent; stepchildren Jennifer, Matthew, Melissa, and John; sister Jane; 19 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Janet, and stepson Adam.

Theodore A. Platz Jr. ’47 Th’48 of Charleston, W.V., died after a brief illness on February 28, 2018, at the age of 90. At Dartmouth he was a member of Beta Theta Pi and the Navy V-12 program and earned a mechanical engineering degree from Thayer School. He later earned an M.B.A. from New York University. He earned his Air Force pilot wings in 1952, and then flew Lockheed F-80 Shooting Stars, America’s first operational jet fighter, in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. He returned to the States and served for three years in Texas as a jet instructor pilot. He began his banking career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and later moved to West Virginia to become president of Charleston National Bank and then vice chairman of Key Centurion Bancshares Inc. He was the author of numerous newspaper articles and Banking, a book published by Barron's in 1991. He is survived by his wife, Joan; children Cynthia, Kevin, Stephen, and Theodore and their spouses; and grandchildren Graham, Mary Catherine, Elizabeth and Ronald.

Arthur F. Niederbuhl ’48 Tu’49 Th’49 of Bloomingdale, N.Y., died January 10, 2018, at the age of age 92. Art was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving active duty during World War II from 1943 to 1946 and remaining in the Navy Reserve until 1961. Along with his wife, Norma, Art owned and operated Norman’s Wholesale Grocery. He was also a teacher at St. Pius X High School, where he taught advanced math. Art was active in the community and served as president of the board of directors for the Saranac Lake General Hospital and the Saranac Lake Federal Savings and Loan. He was inducted into the Saranac Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a gifted pianist who played professionally as a young man. Throughout his adult life he enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing golf, bridge, and poker, and family gatherings. He was predeceased by Norma in 2015. He is survived by children John, Claire, Arthur, Casey, and David and their spouses; 20 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

George H. Hartmann ’49 Th’50 died February 20, 2018, at the age of 90 in Hanover, N.H., of a brief illness. At Dartmouth he was a member of Beta Theta Pi, Glee Club, and the Marching Band. After graduating from Thayer he served as an officer in the Navy Civil Engineers Corps from 1955 to 1958 and then began a distinguished career in business. He worked for General Electric, serving as president of General Electric in Spain 1972 to 1975; then as president of Davol, a subsidiary of International Paper; and as a group vice president with Textron. During his working years he was active on the Rhode Island Council of Economic Education and the Joint Council of Economic Education. He was a U.S. delegate to the NATO Industrial Advisory Group. In 1958 he met his future wife, Anne, who survives George, along with children Michael ’83, Steven ’85, Elizabeth ’91, and Katharine, and eight grandchildren. He served his College and class in a variety of roles, including as a member of the executive committee of the Dartmouth Society of Engineers, a member of the Thayer National Development Committee, admissions interviewer, class president and treasurer, and club president.

Joseph W. Lux ’51 Th’52 passed away March 10, 2018, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. He was 88. Joe was a graduate of Crosby High School, Dartmouth and the Thayer School of Engineering. In Hanover he was a member of the Camera Club, Dartmouth Outing Club, and Phi Tau/Phi Sigma Kappa. Joe was a mechanical engineer for Lux Time and Winchester Electronics before his retirement, and held many patents in that field. He served on the Waterbury Urban Renewal Energy Agency and was a member of the Waterbury Country Club, Harmony Lodge of Masons, Sphinx Temple, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Waterbury Power Squadron, where he taught boating courses for many years. He was an avid sailor and golfer who enjoyed sharing his love of skiing, sailing, and model airplanes with his family. Joe was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Gertrude. He is survived by children Joseph ’79 and Lisa ’84 and five grandchildren.

Edwin T. Rice ’52 Th’53 died July 12, 2017, from Parkinson’s disease. Immediately after graduating from Thayer School with his master’s in engineering, Ted married Polly Tuttle, his wife of 64 years. She survives him, as do daughters Laurie and Jeanne; granddaughters Lauren, Karen, Emily, and Tracy; and great-grandsons Everett and Theodore. Ted was predeceased by son Tom. Ted’s career path took him from Pratt & Whitney, to the family business of Goddard and Rice Insurance, where he served as a vice president of the trust department, to his final and most loved job at the Mystic Seaport, the largest maritime museum in the United States. At Dartmouth he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. As an alumnus he served his College and class as an alumni councilor, class agent, admissions interviewer, and club president.

Merritt C. Clark ’56 Th’57 of Derby, Conn., died on November 2, 2017, at the age of 83. He spent his career working as an electrical engineer at AT&T and Southern New England Telecommunications and taught at the AT&T Data Communications School in Cooperstown, N.Y. Upon retirement in 1989, Merritt taught mathematics for the Hopkins School & Foote School. In addition to his wife of 55 years, Paula, Merritt leaves son David, daughter Susan, sister Patricia, and grandchildren Ian, Charles, Meredith and Henry.

Emerson B. Houck ’56 Tu’58 Th’58 of Indianapolis, Ind., died January 25, 2018, at the age of 83. He majored in mechanical engineering at Dartmouth, and went on to earn a master’s in engineering and business administration from Tuck and Thayer. In Hanover Emerson was a varsity swimmer; a member of Casque & Gauntlet, Green Key Society, Palaeopitus, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and the Undergraduate Council; and served as class president and secretary. He dedicated his 35-year career to Eli Lilly & Co, retiring as an executive director. He gave back to his community and served on the boards of the Children’s Bureau, Hanover College, St. Vincent’s Hospital Foundation, the United Fund, and the Daughters of Charity National Health System. As an alumnus, he served Thayer and Dartmouth as a member of the Thayer Corporate Advisory Board, Alumni Fund volunteer and class agent, and member of the Moosilauke Forum. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jane (Hanna); children Elizabeth, Joseph, and Douglas; grandchildren Jane, Marshall, Emerson, Hanna, and Morgen; and sister Marcia.

Joseph William Scher ’56 Th’57 of Lebanon, N.J., died April 30, 2017, at the age of 82 after a brief illness. He was a highly respected and instrumental figure within the wire and cable industry. He joined Weber & Scher Mfg. Co. Inc. in 1957 and was immediately responsible for the sole operation of the company. He advanced the firm’s technology on a line of metal tape handling, corrugating, and forming equipment so that it could be used across diverse manufacturing environments. This technology continues to be widely used in the worldwide production of optical fiber cables, copper telephone cables, and power cables and the list goes on. Bill also took on the role of a consultant to the wire and cable industry, working with Indeco Peruana in Lima, Peru; Accevenca in Valencia, Venezuela; and ITT in New York City. He earned the 2017 WCTI Technical Achievement Award for his 50-plus years of involvement in the wire and cable industry. He was also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for many years. Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan, sons Douglas and Gregory, and six grandchildren.

Donald Scott Baker ’61 Th’62 of Williamsburg, Va., died February 2, 2018, at the age of 78. At Dartmouth he was a member of Cabin & Trail, Dartmouth Outing Club, and Panarchy. After graduation, Don served in the U.S. Public Health Service before joining the corporate world. He went through the initial management development program Starting with New England Telephone Co. and rose through the managerial ranks in assignments throughout New England, New Jersey and Ohio. In 1992 he completed a 27-year career with the Bell System as president of Ameritech Services in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Don then served as a business process engineering consultant on projects in Ottawa, Canada; Melbourne, Australia; Dublin, Ireland; Pretoria, South Africa; and various U.S. locations. He is survived by his wife, Linda; sons Russell and Kenneth ’90, grandchildren Jack and Cailey, and brother Terry. He served Thayer and Dartmouth in a variety of roles, including as class agent of the Thayer Annual Fund, member of the Thayer Campaign Committee, Alumni Fund volunteer, and member of the Moosilauke Forum.

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