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Retired Goodyear president returns to alma mater

Hoyt Wells, retired president of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., was a visiting lecturer at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s College of Engineering and Technology Oct. 20.

The graduate of NU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering held two seminars on “The Reinvention of Goodyear: A Corporate Success Story.” He also met informally with students and faculty.

Wells graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree and in 1951 with a master of science degree. He then began a 44-year career with Goodyear. Wells held many positions with the company before retiring in 1995, beginning with his first job as an engineer at the Lincoln power transmission products plant. In 1991 he was named president and chief operating officer and in 1994 was elected vice chair of Goodyear.

Wells lives in Akron, Ohio, where he is president of the University of Akron Foundation and Chairman of the Advancement Council for the University of Akron College of Engineering. He also participates in that college’s “Engineers in Business” Seminar Series.

Wells was an NU Masters’ Week participant in 1989 and a recipient of two alumni awards: the Alumni Achievement Award in 1996 and the Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award in 2000.

Strobel remembered for contributions to state and college

Longtime civil engineer and college alumnus G.C. “Jerry” Strobel, P.E., CE ’47, passed away Nov. 22, 2000 in Lincoln.

A life member of the NU Alumni Association and a member of the Chancellor’s Club, Strobel was director and state engineer of the Nebraska Department of Roads from 1987 to 1991. He was a member of the Road and Transportation Builders Association, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials and American Society of Civil Engineers (Fellow and Life grades).

Seeking a way to honor their father’s career, Strobel’s children, university alumni Debra Strobel Fischer, James and Cory, established the C.G. “Jerry” Strobel Scholarship Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation in 1991. So far, eight Nebraska high school graduates studying civil engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln have received financial aid from the scholarships.

“Our father was very pleased and honored to be recognized this way by his alma mater,” Fischer said. “He appreciated the university and the rewarding career for which it prepared him, and he enjoyed knowing the scholarship would help young people receive an education and training for a similar career.”

Strobel is survived by his wife, Florence, children and grandchildren.

David Lou, chair of mechanical engineering,
presents Hoyt Wells with a Nebraska-shaped
plaque in appreciation for his lecturing at the
college.

Wells gestures during a talk he gave on the "The
Reinvention of Goodyear: A Corporate Success
Story".

This-n-that

• William W. Berger, ME ’40, marked his 30th year of retirement from Ford Motor Company on July 1, 2000 after 18 years in product engineering. He was the chief engineers’ representative at a plant producing 4,000 automatic transmissions per day. He lives in Cincinnati.

• Boyd E. (Bud) Dose, Jr., P.E., ChemE ’69, ME ’72, was recently elected as Executive Vice President and Manger of the Omaha office of APA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Utility Engineering Corporation. APA provides engineering and architectural services to utility, rail, food processing and industrial facilities as well as buildings and office complexes. Utility Engineering is a subsidiary of Xcel Energy, Inc., of Minneapolis, formed Aug. 21 by the merger of Northern States Power and New Century Energies. E-mail: DOSEBE@email.msn.com

• W. Scott Gorneau, BSE ’96, AgE ’98, e-mailed us from Maine: “I have recently relocated to Maine with my wife, Jill (Armatys), (CE ’98), where I work as an environmental engineer for URS Corporation in their Portland office. The lobster tastes great. Go Huskers!” Address: URS, 477 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. Phone: (207) 879-7686.