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John S. Letcher, Jr. (BS '62, MS '64, PhD '66)

John S. Letcher, Jr., of Southwest Harbor, Maine, died May 7, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. John was an avid life-long sailor, completing six trans-Pacific voyages. Two of these were single-handed in a 20-foot boat, for which he was inducted into the Cruising Club of America. John was involved in several America’s Cup campaigns, including serving as senior scientist on the 1987 America’s Cup Stars & Stripes design team. He authored two books on self-steering and celestial navigation for small sailing yachts, and numerous technical articles on the application of aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, and mathematics to yacht design.

John was an exceptionally kind, courteous, and intelligent man, and a loving husband and father. His family cherishes his memory as a man of broad talents, who could build a boat, solve any math problem, play bluegrass banjo, and bake a cherry pie, all with equal skill and enthusiasm. Though his body and mind were ravaged by Parkinson’s disease, he retained his innate sweetness and good humor to the last.

Condolences may be sent to PO Box 684, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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Donald Remer (MS '66)

Donald S. Remer (MS '66, PhD '70) has retired after 42 years of teaching, research, and consulting as the Oliver C. Field Professor of Engineering at Harvey Mudd College. He is continuing as the President of the Claremont Consulting Group, which he cofounded in 1979, that presents short courses in Project Cost Estimating, Business Case Analysis, and Project Management. He and his wife have traveled to about 50 countries. They enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

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Jerry Yudelson (BS '66)

Jerry published his 14th book (since 2006) on the subject of green building, water conservation, architectural design and sustainability in June 2016; he is currently lecturing in the US, Canada, and other countries on topics of green building and sustainable cities. In 2016, he and his wife moved to Oceanside, California. He publishes a regular blog at

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Herb Schiller (MS '66)

Started as a Propulsion engineer at Grumman in 1965, then a Computer Systems manager, Operations Director, COO and finally Director of the Global Industrial Management graduate program at Stony Brook University.

Today I am enjoying golf, tennis, bridge and my 4 grandkids. My oldest grandson is a freshman at Northeastern University study Computer Engineering. Fortunately my entire family lives on Long Island allowing us frequent get-togethers. Once a year my family of 10 (4 grandkids, wife, 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and me) go on a vacation together to a Mexican or Caribbean resort.

Life is good!

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Carl Scandella (BS '66)

Carl Scandella (BS '66) is the owner of Carl Scandella Consulting. He started working in the nascent biotechnology industry in 1981, and participated in some of the "breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease that launched the industry. Over the course of his career, he notes that "the biotech industry has grown and matured in the way I hoped it would," and he adds that he has "no plans to retire from this exciting field.

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