In Memoriam: Kenneth Bacheller

In Memoriam: Kenneth Bacheller

Kenneth Bacheller, ’36, was an airplane engineer before and throughout World War II, while living on both the East and West Coasts. But where he will be most remembered is in sunny south Florida for a career as a builder in the booming real estate business. “The houses that my sister and I live in, he built them,” said Suzanne Bacheller, one of two...

In Memoriam: Loutfallah Georges Chedid

In Memoriam: Loutfallah Georges Chedid

As Nic Peterson, BELM ’07, waited to pay his respects at the January 11 wake of Associate Professor Loutfallah Georges Chedid, EE ’83, he fought back tears. When Peterson had contemplated dropping out after his sophomore year, Chedid encouraged him to enroll in the electromechanical engineering program, a decision that transformed his career. “He...

A Life of Laughter

A Life of Laughter

At age 50, when Charlie Beals, AC ’39, had had enough of his engineering desk job at New England telephone, he asked to be reassigned to one of his first positions at the company, climbing the poles and installing telephones. The work took Beals all over Cape Cod, and he used the high vantage point atop the poles to discover trails, bridges,...

Lessons that Live On

Lessons that Live On

Frank Spada was known for deferring personal compliments to his wife, Anna Margaret. Whether it was a professional congratulations or simply an appreciation of the shirt he was wearing, Spada always had the same response: “It’s my wife; I couldn’t do it without her.” He was just as selfless in his teaching, devoting hours of time outside the classroom to...

Mr. Wentworth

Mr. Wentworth

Carl Swanson, MW&TM ’38, Hon. ’84, earned two titles during his Wentworth career in which he took great pride. The first was Institute Professor, an honor he received in 1982, making him the first-ever recipient of the designation. The second was a nickname earned over the course of more than four decades and myriad titles at the school: “Mr....