Category: "In memoriam" Page 2

Vi Jacobs: Longtime Supporter Leaves Lasting Legacy

February 12, 2015

Violet “Vi” Jabara Jacobs, a longtime supporter of Harvey Mudd College, died Jan. 12, 2015. She was 99. Vi began her association with Harvey Mudd in 1973 when her late husband, Joseph J. Jacobs, the founder of Jacobs Engineering, was appointed to the College’s board. Violet and Joseph generously supported Harvey Mudd for four decades, […]

Harvey Mudd Says Farewell to Howard Critchell

February 6, 2015

Howard Critchell

Howard “Critch” Critchell, longtime friend, supporter and honorary alumnus of Harvey Mudd College, passed away peacefully Jan. 17, 2015. He was 95. Critch helped create and nurture Harvey Mudd’s aeronautics program, which provided flight instruction to hundreds of students for 28 years. In 1962, Critch and his wife, Iris Cummings Critchell, aeronautics instructor emerita, began […]

Vivian Baker, Former Harvey Mudd College First Lady, Dies

January 14, 2015

Vivian C. Baker of Ithaca, New York, wife of Harvey Mudd College’s second president David Kenneth Baker (1976–1988), passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, at age 90. Vivian served alongside Kenneth for more than a decade, supporting the activities of the College. In a letter detailing the time the couple spent on the Harvey […]

Sedat Serdengecti: Versatile Scholar Impacted Engineering, Physics and Computer Science

January 7, 2015

Sedat Serdengecti

Harvey Mudd College engineering Professor Emeritus Sedat Serdengecti died Nov. 30, 2014, following a heart attack. He was 87. Professor Serdengecti joined Harvey Mudd in 1961 as an assistant professor of physics then moved to the Department of Engineering in 1963 as one of its first faculty members. “Sedat was the person responsible for the […]

Longtime Trustee Norman F. Sprague III Dies

March 25, 2014

Harvey Mudd College Trustee Norman F. Sprague III, an active and dedicated member of the board of trustees for 35 years, died March 14, 2014, at the age of 67. He was the grandson of Harvey S. Mudd, for whom the College is named. “Norm was a truly extraordinary person as well as an amazing […]

HMC Mourns Passing of Founding President Joseph Platt

July 11, 2012

Joseph B. Platt, founding president of Harvey Mudd College, died at home in Claremont on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. He was 96.  An accomplished physicist, Platt took the helm as HMC’s founding president in 1956 and led the College through two decades of growth to national acclaim as a premiere engineering, math and science college. […]