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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.


RSE 2018 Biennial Election Recap

The Bylaws of the Society specify that at the Spring Society Meeting held in each even numbered year, all the Board of Trustees shall be elected by the alumni to a two year term. (The Tenant Relations Officer (TRO) is an exception. The TRO is selected by the elected Trustees)

The election utilized on-line and mail in ballots.  Regrettably, the 2018 election had minimal alumni participation. Incumbents ran unopposed for all offices except the Trustee-At-Large positions where newcomer Don Thoma '83 was elected.

The election results were announced by Secretary Eric Stoever ‘04 and the new board was introduced during the Society Meeting.  The new Board members are:

President - Tom Keating '75

Vice President - Preston Gordon '99

Treasurer - Jeff Gorss '66

Secretary - Eric Stoever '04

Information Technology Officer - Adam Orsi '03

Member Relations Officer -  Ben Mitchell ‘13

Tenant Relations Officer – Ben Mitchell ‘13

Real Estate Officer - Charlie Adkins '94

Fund Raising Officer – Nicholas Sosin '11

Trustee at Large - Cary Nadel '77

Trustee at Large - Don Thoma ’83