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Where Will Your Interests Lead You? Following Wes Lord

This excellent article about RSE Alumnus and Secretary of the RSE Foundation, Wes Lord ’72, is being reprinted with the prior approval of the Pratt & Whitney (division of UTC).  It was originally published in their in-house newsletter.  Thanks to another RSE alumnus, Mike Savage ’95, for making us aware of it via the RSE Facebook Group.

The year was 1973 and a young Wes Lord, now a fellow in System Architecture Functional Design, found himself graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Lord had initially studied chemical engineering, but after taking several courses in chemistry, he determined that his interests lay elsewhere. This resulted in him pursuing mechanical engineering with a focus on fluid thermal science.

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Results of the Latest RSE Biennial Trustee Elections

The latest edition of the RSE Biennial Elections took place in April and were coordinated by RSE Board Secretary Eric Stoever ‘04, Voting was open and available to all RSE alumni and it was conducted by both the traditional mail in ballots and via electronic means through the RSE website.

The results of the election were announced at the Spring Society Meeting held in the Living Room of the RSE Clubhouse on the afternoon of Saturday, April 16th.

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Edwin S. Jarrett – RPI Class of 1889

By Eric Stoever '04

Edwin Seton Jarrett '87 was born in Brooklyn New York on March 7, 1862, the fourth of five children born to James M. Jarrett and Sarah O. Heathers.  His had parents immigrated to America separately and married in New York on May 1, 1850, his father had been born in London, England, his mother was from Ireland.  Following their marriage James was employed by Wardell and Pease, a sauce and pickle manufacturer.  He was later employed in the manufacture of ink and finally as a chemist for a chocolatier.  As the Jarrett family grew James supported his family, living at 213 Columbia Street until tragedy struck.  In 1865, Edwin’s younger brother Harrold died, when he was only one year old.  On November 20, 1866, at the age of 41, James Jarrett died; Edwin was only 4 years old.  Just three years later, at the age of 15, Edwin’s older brother Arthur enlisted in the United States Navy as an apprentice.  While stationed on the school ship Saratoga moored in Havana Harbor, he found himself in the middle of a Yellow Fever outbreak which would claim the lives of every officer with the exception of two surgeons.  After leaving the navy, Arthur joined the army where he would serve for 38 years; initially a private; he eventually attained the rank of Major and served during the Spanish American War.  In his civilian life, aside from his medical practice, Arthur was a member of the Brooklyn Board of Education where his accomplishments were greatly respected.  Arthur preceded his brother in death in 1922.

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