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In Memoriam
Lyle Young photoLyle Eugene Young died Dec. 20 at age 93 in Lincoln. He was a professor of civil engineering with the UNL College of Engineering from 1953 until his retirement in 1986. He served as the college’s associate dean for 22 years and interim dean for the Omaha and Lincoln campuses for two years. Young was born in Brandford, N.D., grew up in Granite Falls, Minn., and earned his degrees in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. He worked as a civil engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad until he was drafted in June 1942; later that year, while in the United States Army Air Corps, he married Marguerite Swenson. He served in World War II for 28 months in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged with the rank of captain in March 1946. The story of those years is told in the book Dearest Marguerite: Letters from a Soldier to the Wife He Left Behind, written by his wife. He taught returning soldiers at the University of Minnesota College of Engineering for eight years, before moving to Lincoln. He was a member of Sigma Tau, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Chi Epsilon, and is listed in Who’s Who in Engineering. He was past president of the Lincoln chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers and was a member of the American Society of Engineering Educators. Survivors include his wife, their four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lester Krogh, Ph.D., ’45 CHME, ’48 M.S. Chemistry, died Jan. 25. Featured in the Autumn 2012 issue of Engineering@Nebraska, he was a 38-year employee of 3M and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. To learn more about Dr. Krogh’s active career, visit http://

Splinter photoWilliam "Bill" Eldon Splinter, Ph.D., 86, George Holmes Professor Emeritus of Biological Systems Engineering, died Sept. 26 in Lincoln.

Splinter grew up at his family’s irrigated farm near North Platte. He earned a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Nebraska in 1943, and received a M.S. and doctorate from Michigan State University in 1951 and 1955. He served in the U.S. Navy as a radar operator.

He taught at Michigan State and North Carolina State before returning to Lincoln in 1968 to head Agricultural Engineering (now the Biological Systems Engineering Department). Splinter was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1984. He also served as national president of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

At Nebraska, Splinter held several positions, including vice chancellor for research, interim dean of engineering (1994-95 and 2001-02) and interim director at the University of Nebraska State Museum. He helped develop the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum and retired as director in 2011. The Larsen Tractor Museum is collecting donations to fund a Splinter Memorial Art Gallery; for more information contact Lance Todd at (402) 472-8389 or
He helped design UNL's Splinter Lab, named in his honor. With his late wife, Eleanor, he established both a student scholarship fund and an endowed professorship at UNL. His last project was working on a history of the Biological Systems Engineering programs, for the department’s centennial in 2012.

Winfred C. Zacharias ‘52 CHME, died Jan. 24 at age 87 in Midland, Mich. One of six siblings, Zacharias was born on a small farm in North Dakota. He served in the Army of Occupation in France and Germany as World War II concluded in Europe. Upon his return to the U.S., he earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska.

He married Joyce F. Fuhrman in 1952 and began his career with The Dow Chemical Company. The couple raised six children, and they had seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She died in 1990.

Zacharias earned an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan while with Dow. His 34-year career there included leadership positions in Research and Development, Economic Evaluation, Corporate Insurance, and U.S. Treasury divisions.

After retiring from Dow in 1986, he and six fellow Dow ‘graduates’ founded the consulting firm Omni-Tech International, Ltd. Until he retired from Omni-Tech in 2002, Zacharias headed its administration, finance and international activities and served on its board. He was also active in developing community resources in Midland and firmly believed in giving back to the community. He was a longtime supporter of the UNL College of Engineering.

Norman L. Scott, ’56 CIVE, died April 22 at his home in Fort Lauderdale. He founded the Consulting Engineers Group, Inc., in 1966; he was a past president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), served as director of Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) and had more than 15 papers published in journals of ACI, PCI and more.

Scott valued education and made his first gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation the year he graduated; he later established the Norman Scott Faculty Support Fund for the UNL Department of Civil Engineering and was a founding contributor to the Civil Engineering Alumni Excellence Fund in 2004. He served on advisory committees for the Civil Engineering Department as a research and development advocate. The University of Nebraska Foundation describes Scott as instrumental in creating UNL’s Les Martin Professorship of Civil Engineering.

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