Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Obituaries: Past-Presidents Phalen & McFeron

As our 2010-2011 year comes to a close and we celebate Past Presidents of Puget Sound Chapter at our May 11 meeting, we pause to remember two leaders who have recently passed:

Richard Phalen
Chapter President 1981-1982

Richard C. PHALEN Born in Bremerton, January 18, 1939, to Dorothy Sidam Phalen and Lester C Phalen. Attended school in Bremerton and graduated from West High School in 1957. Received an Associates Degree in Engineering from Olympic Community College in 1959. Married to Barbara Crittenden in 1960. Surrounded by his family, Richard passed away on April 26, at age 72. He was a member of the Army Reserve from 1957 to 1965. At Paco Pumps he excelled as a Sales Representative and retired after 44 years. Richard was a long time member of the Association of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers, where he served as president and was honored for his contributions. He enjoyed attending the symphony and other musical events, camping, hunting and fishing, trips to Alaska and Lake Chelan, and numerous family dinners and barbeques where he refined his skills as a chef. Richard is survived by his two daughters, Janis and husband John Wilds, Ginger and husband Jeff Chan, his sister Patricia and husband Edward Pieper, granddaughter Flora Wilds, nieces Vicki Koehly & Cindy Samson, and nephew Steve Pieper. Memorial services will be held on Monday, May 30, at 1:00pm at the Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Fare Start in Seattle, or the Seattle Symphony.

Published in The Seattle Times on May 1, 2011

Dean McFeron
Chapter President 1982-1983

SEATTLE, Wash. – Dean E. McFeron died peacefully on Wednesday (March 2, 2011), surrounded by his family, from injuries sustained in a recent fall while he was out for a walk on a beautiful day.

Dean was born on Christmas Eve, 1923, to Ruth and Wallace McFeron and was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Victor, his sister, Carolyn, and his daughter, Phyllis Ann in 1970.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; sons and daughters-in-law, Dave and Lexie, Doug and Diane, and Don and Joey; grandchildren, Jesse, Scott, Katie, Elise, Shira, Erin, Ian, Colin and Devin; and great-grandchildren, Molly, Owen, Ryan, Lucy and one baby on the way.

The day after the end of World War II, Dean spotted a cute and lively Navy Wave on a train in New Jersey, introduced himself and married her soon after. They celebrated 65 years of marriage last fall.

He was a WWII Navy veteran and retired as commander. He received mechanical engineering degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Illinois at Urbana, completing his doctoral studies at the UI where he was also an ME professor.

He moved his family to Seattle in 1958 to join the ME faculty at the University of Washington, served as chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, and retired as professor emeritus of mechanical engineering about 30 years ago.

He was national president of Sigma Xi, a national officer of ASHRAE, and active in several other professional societies. He enjoyed skiing, was an avid sailor, and a great reader. He was a gatherer and decipherer of data and maintained an active interest in all things scientific.
The family extends thanks to the exceptional doctors and nurses at Harborview Medical Center ICU whose care of Dean and his family provided guidance, support and comfort during his last days with us.

Donations may be made to the Children and Family Ministry at UPC (4540 15th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105) where Molly enjoys Sunday school, or Young Life NE Seattle (P.O. Box 19853, Seattle, WA 98109), a longtime favorite family ministry.

Published in The News-Gazette in March 2011.

Dean McFeron (standing)
and Dick Phalen (seated)
lead a Puget Sound Chapter
meeting in 1981

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