Engineering at Nebraska, Spring 2008
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In Memory

Omar Heins, EE '36, died Jan. 17, 2008 at the age of 96. He was born in Corder, Mo., and his life's path led him throughout the world, including the University of Nebraska, where he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Following his mother's death when he was 10 years old, Heins moved to Nebraska to live with an older sister who later convinced him to attend college. After graduating, he held jobs with the Power and Irrigation District in Hastings, Neb., and with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Knoxville, Tenn., building dams and power plants. Due to his ROTC training in Lincoln, in 1941 he was called to active duty with the U.S. Army, serving with several armored divisions (778th Tank Battalion, and the tank battalion with General George Patton's Third Army) in France and Germany, and rising to the rank of major in 1945 when he was promoted by Patton. He was a lieutenant colonel when he retired from the Army Reserves in 1945. He worked with the Atomic Energy Commission at Sandia Base, later renamed Sandia National Laboratories, in New Mexico and was an electrical engineer with Sandia until his retirement in 1974. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred ("midge" ), and his second wife, Mary. From his estate, a gift for the college will provide for a professorship as well as scholarships, fellowships or assistantships in electrical engineering.