1959 Award Recipients

ERWIN C. BRENNER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

THERON A. BROWN
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

RALPH E. DAVIS
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

WALTHER C. FISCHER
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

HUGH L. RUSCH
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

MARTIN W. TORKELSON
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

CHARLES S. WHITNEY
Distinguished Service Award Recipient

ERWIN C. BRENNER

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ERWIN C. BRENNER

Vice President, Milwaukee Gas Light Company, Milwaukee.

Born, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 20, 1896.

B. S. (Chemical Engineering), University of Wisconsin, 1919; Chemical Engineer, 1920.

Employed with the Milwaukee Gas Light Company since before graduation.

1920 to 1925, Assistant Superintendent, at two different stations.

1925 to 1927, Assistant Engineer of Manufacture.

1927 to 1930, Engineer of Manufacture.

1930 to 1931, Assistant Engineer, in charge of gas production and distribution.

In 1931, appointed Chief Engineer, and member of Board of Directors, Milwaukee Coke and Gas Co.

In present position since 1946.

1930 to l931, engineering consultant to the U.S.S.R. on economic and engineering feasibility of producing gas from brown coal.

Past President, Wisconsin Utilities Association.

Has presented numerous papers before technical societies, and is active in civic and community affairs.

THERON A. BROWN

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THERON A. BROWN

President and General Manager, Madison Gas and Electric Company, Madison.

Born Spring Green, Wisconsin, May 7, 1896.

B.S. (Electrical Engineering), University of Wisconsin, 1923.

U. S. Navy Radio Electrician with special antisubmarine warfare training in European waters, 1917-19.

Employed by Madison Gas and Electric Company continuously since before graduation, as Foreman, General Foreman, Superintendent of Distribution, Superintendent of Production, General Superintendent, Vice President and General Manager, und in present position since 1958.

Pioneered in development of A-C network system.

Supervised changeover to natural gas.

Selected by Engineers' Society of Milwaukee as Engineer of the Month.

Past Director of W.S.P.E.

President, Wisconsin Utilities Association.

Active in many civic and profession societies.

RALPH E. DAVIS

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RALPH E. DAVIS

Ralph E. Davis Associates, Consultants Houston, Texas

Born, Blacksburg, Virginia, March 15, 1884.

B.S. (General Engineering), University of Wisconsin, 1906.

Assistant Geologist in southwestern Wisconsin mining company.

Geologist and Chief Engineer at Butte, Montana, and Instructor at Montana School of Mines.

Appointed Director of Wisconsin School of Mining, Platteville, in 1912.

Became member of New York consulting firm, 1920, and was soon placed in charge of the firm's gas activities, leading to his partnership in the firm.

Established his own company in 1924 with offices in Pittsburgh, New York, Tulsa, Shreveport and Charleston, with offices now centered in Houston, New York and Shreveport.

Consultant for more than 20 major gas companies, he has made hundreds of appearances, testifying before the Federal Power Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and various State commissions and courts.

Author of numerous papers and articles on natural gas reserves, and a recognized world authority on that subject.

WALTHER C. FISCHER

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WALTHER C. FISCHER

Manager of Engineering, Fairbanks, Morse and Company, Beloit, Wisconsin

Born, Bern, Switzerland, June 18, 1905.

Graduate (Electrical Engineering) of Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich, 1929.

Employed by Brown, Boveri Company, Baden, Switzerland, in experimental electrical machinery department.

Returned in 1932 to the Swiss Institute of Technology as Assistant to the Director of the Experimental District Heating Plant.

Came to the United States in 1935 and has been with Fairbanks, Morse since then except for brief period with Nordberg Manufacturing Co.

Positions have been Application Engineer, Assistant Director of Engineering in Chicago office, Assistant Manager of Engineering at Beloit, and since 1951 in his present position in charge of engineering research and development for all products.

Past Chairman, Executive Committee, Rock River Valley Section, A.S.M.E.

Frequent speaker to technical and civic organizations and to students at the University of Wisconsin.

Personal interests include music, painting, theater, chess, mountain climbing, swimming and skiing.

HUGH L. RUSCH

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HUGH L. RUSCH

Vice-President, Opinion Research Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey.

Born, Reedsville, Wisconsin, May 5, 1902.

B.S. (Electrical Engineering), University of Wisconsin, 1923.

Instructor in Physics, University of Wisconsin, 1921-22.

Instructor in Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1923-24.

Eastern District Manager, A. C. Nielsen Company, 1924-28.

Supervisor of Technical Data, Johns—Manville Corp., 1928-32.

Eastern Manager, Northern Pump Co., 1932-37.

Executive Vice-President, A. C. Nielsen Co., 1938-46.

Vice-President of Opinion Research Corporation since 1946.

Author of numerous articles in leading magazines and technical journals.

Inventor of several devices including hydraulic transmission, electro-hydraulic motor, and graphic recording instrument for measuring radio and TV listening habits.

Member of many professional, civic, and social organizations.

MARTIN W. TORKELSON

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MARTIN W. TORKELSON

Executive Officer (retired), Wisconsin State Planning Board, Madison.

Born, Jackson County, Wisconsin, October 27, 1878.

B.S. (Civil Engineering), University of Wisconsin, 1904; Civil Engineer, 1916.

Railway work in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, four years.

Beginning in 1908, Bridge Engineer, then Secretary, and later Assistant State Highway Engineer, Wisconsin Highway Commission.

Prepared first standard bridge plans used by the Wisconsin Highway Commission and drafted the first Wisconsin legislation providing continuing appropriations for highway development.

Director of Regional Planning, Wisconsin Highway Commission, since 1929.

State Highway Engineer, 1931-32.

Executive Officer, Wisconsin State Planning Board, 1932-58.

Works Progress Administrator for Wisconsin, 1936-38.

Secretary, Wisconsin State Council of National Defense, 1940-43.

Still active as Secretary, Natural Resources Committee of State Agencies, and as Consultant to the State Engineer.

Past member, Steering Committee, University Planning Commission.

Long active in technical, fraternal and civic organizations.

CHARLES S. WHITNEY

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CHARLES S. WHITNEY

Senior Partner, Consulting Engineering Firm of Ammann and Whitney, New York and Milwaukee.

Born, Bradford, Pa., November 4, 1892.

M. C. E., Cornell University, 1915.

Sergeant, 25th Engineers, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, 1918.

Early employment with Stone and Webster, with Gustav Lindenthal as Inspector on Hell Gate arch bridge, as Assistant Engineer on Los Angeles Union Terminal buildings, and as Chief Engineer for A. C. Eschweiler, Milwaukee architect.

In private practice as consulting engineer since 1924 and member of firm of Ammann and Whitney since 1946.

In charge of firm's foreign engineering contracts, through offices in Paris, Athens, Tehran and Addis Ababa.

Firm is consultant to the Federal Government on design of structures to resist atomic bomb blasts and on supervision of full scale tests.

Most important current contracts are world's largest suspension bridge across the New York Harbor Narrows and new International airport for Washington, D. C.

Winner of numerous awards and medals for papers on structural design.

Member of many technical and professional organizations.




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