1951 Distinguished Service Award: Reuben Trane

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Reuben N. Trane
President
The Trane Company
La Crosse, Wisconsin
BSME ’10

Born, La Crosse, Wisconsin, September 13, 1886.

B.S. in M.E. 1910, University of Wisconsin.

Organized, with Jack Wilkes and Sam Kerr, the Wisconsin Student Union.

With Machine Tool Manufacturer in Milwaukee, 1910-12.

Organized, with his father, the Trane Company, 1912.

Developed the first non-ferrous convector, 1926, and shortly after, non-ferrous extended surface heat transfer coils. Continuing research, under his direction, has resulted in many practical developments and accomplishments in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning fields.

Established Trane Student Engineering Course, 1925.

A Wisconsin “W” man. A member of four Wisconsin crews at Poughkeepsie races. Captain of crew in senior year.

Charter member and director, University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Holder of 27 patents on heating, ventilating and air conditioning.

Member: American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma, Past President, La Crosse Chamber of Commerce, Trustee, La Crosse Y.M.C.A.