In Memory Of (September 2015)

Dean and professor emeritus of the University of California, Berkeley, Ernest S. Kuh, Ph.D., passed away earlier this summer at the age of 86. Dr. Kuh, MI G ’49, “joined the Berkeley faculty in 1956 and made pioneering contributions in active and passive circuit theory, electronic design automation of integrated circuits and engineering education.” He served as UC Berkeley dean of the College of Engineering from 1973 to 1980.

“He set exacting standards of excellence in everything he did, and he was extraordinarily devoted to the well-being of the Berkeley Engineering community. His legacy will shape our influence and impact for years to come,” said S. Shankar Sastry, dean and Carlson professor of engineering at Berkeley. Read the obituary for more information.


On Sunday, September 13, Dorothy I. Mitstifer, Ph.D., passed from ovarian cancer. Dr. Mitstifer served as secretary-treasurer of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) from 1976 to 2003 when she was named executive director. She retired as executive director of ACHS in May 2015. In addition, she served the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society for more than half a century as executive director.

From the ACHS website, “Dorothy worked as a tireless advocate for the best and brightest of our students across the nation and around the world. As a staunch proponent of ethical, transparent practices for honor societies and a champion for high standards, she set a tone of integrity and wisdom that each of our member societies works hard to achieve on the campuses we serve.”


MIT News published an obituary in remembrance of Frederic Richard “Rick” Morgenthaler, Ph.D. (MA B ’56), professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He was 82. Dr. Morgenthaler studied the theory and applications of electromagnetism, led the Microwave and Quantum Magnetics Group in MIT’s Research Lab of Electronics, was a fellow of IEEE, and author of more than 100 scientific publications.


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