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your professional honors and memberships,
career changes and family information such
births, marriages, graduations and deaths.
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- On Nov. 15, 2006, the Osage (Iowa)
Municipal Utilities Building was renamed
the Weston D. Birdsall Utilities Building
in honor of the BSME ’49 graduate. Wes
Birdsall was general manager of Osage Municipal
Utilities from 1972 to 1992. Birdsall
has been recognized on the “NBC Nightly
News” and in the Wall Street Journal, Time
and USA Today for encouraging energy
conservation in his community. To this
date, Osage has some of the lowest electricity
rates in the country, according to a
Mitchell County News-Press article.
- John A. Marks, BSEE ’54, is retired and
living in San Jose, Calif. He is enjoying
retirement by playing bridge, tennis, piano,
choir and napping. John can be reached at
- John O’Reilly, BSME ’82, is the founder of
Investors LLC in
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- Jeffrey Kohn, BS CIVE ’89, is superintendent
of the Platte South Water Treatment
Plant. He works with the Metropolitan
Utilities District Water Operations Division
to explore methods of meeting new
regulations. Jeff was involved in the design
of the new 100 MGD Platte West Plant,
which is under construction. He can be
reached at Jeff_Kohn@munebr.com.
- Chad Mercer, BSCM ’01, lives in Fresno,
Calif., and is a structures engineer for
Washington Group International. He is
working on a $200 million freeway improvement
project in Riverside.
- James Loutzenhiser, BSEE ’03, has been an
electrical engineer at the Cooper Nuclear
Station since 2004. He is living in Auburn
and raising a family. James can be reached
Friends We Will Miss:
Frederick Carl Hunt, BSME ’50, passed
away Sept. 10, 2006. Hunt was founder of
Vibration Test Systems in Aurora, Ohio.
He held a patent on a line of low-cost
electrodynamic shakers in the 25-600 lbf
range. He also integrated his company’s
line of digital controllers with customers’
computers. Hunt was from Omaha and
served in the U.S. Navy for two years. He
also was a member of the Institute of Environmental
Sciences and Technology.