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RSE Reminders and Updates

Be on the lookout for the spring RSE OveRSEer, coming your way soon!  

We hope you enjoy this latest edition of our semi-annual alumni newsletter, which recaps our April Trustee and Society Meetings, the results of the biennial Board of Trustee elections, the induction of our newest Junior Members, the completion of a recent and much needed kitchen project from the REO, and many other events and updates surrounding 1501 Sage Ave.

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RSE Member Made The Ultimate Sacrifice in WWII - Richard M. VanGalder '45

by Eric Stoever '04

For over 100 years, The Approach has served as a symbolic link between the city of Troy and Rensselaer.  Since its renovation and rededication in 1999, The Approach has prominently featured two plaques honoring those members of the Rensselaer community who died fighting in both the First and Second World Wars.  The first plaque honors the 28 men who died in the First World War, among them, four were members of RSE.

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RSE Alumni Selected in 2017 Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame Class

It is our pleasure to announce that another RSE member has been elected to the Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame.  The Rensselaer Alumni Hall of Fame, started in 1995, was created by the Institute to honor those alumni who have made extraordinary contributions to “humanity as a whole; a specific field of endeavor as a whole; or a unique niche area.”  Harry Harwood Rousseau 1891 was selected to the Rensselaer  Alumni Hall of Fame as part of the  class of 2017.  

Rousseau was a member of the class of 1891 and was one of the leaders of the construction and early management of the Panama Canal.  Appointed to the Isthmian Canal Commission in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt, he remained connected to the construction and management of the canal until his death in 1930.  Rousseau remains the only RSE member to be featured on a postage stamp.  A detailed biography is provided in  the Seabee Magazine at:

The induction of Rousseau marks the second consecutive Hall of Fame class to contain a RSE member, with MRI technology pioneer John F. Schenck ‘61 inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2015.  Rousseau’s likeness and biography will be etched into a glass window and displayed on campus.  Also inducted into the 2017 class was Bridge Engineer Alfred P. Boller, class of 1861.  Boller was the older brother of early Pi Eta member Frederick J. Boller.