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In memoriam

Henry Cooke, a professor in the College of Continuing Education for almost 20 years, died Feb. 2, 2005, at age 82. Mr. Cooke taught courses in manufacturing technology and served as director of science and technology. In retirement, he continued to be an active emeritus faculty member in the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 59 years, Audre Pinny Cooke. A World War II veteran, he worked for TKM, General Dynamics and General Railway Signal as an electrical engineer and manager.

John M. Marciniak, a former staff member in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, died Jan. 13, 2005, at his Genesee County home after a long illness. He was a technical service manager for the School of Print Media for more than 20 years. Mr. Marciniak, 50, was an avid hunter and fisherman and was active in the prison ministry.

Martin Siebach, retired professor of electrical engineering, died Feb. 14, 2005. He was 76. A 1957 graduate of RIT, he taught in the College of Engineering for 38 years.

James “JT” Thomas, a 28-year employee of RIT, died at his home Nov. 30, 2004. Mr. Thomas joined RIT in 1976 as a custodian and worked in many buildings throughout campus during his career. He retired last summer.

Watson F. “Jim” Walker died on Dec. 7, 2004. He came to RIT as head of the electrical engineering department in 1967. He is credited with achieving national accreditation for the electrical engineering program and starting the master’s degree program in that discipline. In 1974, he stepped down as department head to teach full time.

William J. Welch, controller at RIT for 23 years, died Dec. 17, 2004. He was 77. He was a certified public accountant and taught classes on campus. He navigated the RIT budget through years of major growth at the university before his retirement in 1993. Mr. Welch was an avid sports fan and played volleyball during the lunch hour in Clark Gymnasium with a group called the “RIT Red Dogs.” He was past president of the Henrietta Kiwanis, and past president of the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce.