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Lord Archibald Campbell – the 1st Duke of Argyll VII 1658–1703 – Argyll, Scotland – The 8th great-grandfather of my brother-in-law

This photo was shared on the website

When Archibald Campbell, 10th Earl, 2nd Duke of Argyll,_1st_Duke_of_Argyll was born on July 25, 1658, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, his father, Archibald VI Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll,_9th_Earl_of_Argyll ,was 29 and his mother, Lady Mary Stuart, Countess of Moray, was 29.

He married Elizabeth Tollemache Campbell, Countess Argyll and Lady Lorne on March 12, 1677, in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. They had 14 children in 62 years. He died on September 25, 1703, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, at the age of 45.

Here is how he connects to my brother-in-law’s family:

Rufus Runke 1889 – 1969

When Rufus Robert Runke was born on February 10, 1889, in Ahnapee, Wisconsin, his father, Heinrich, was 36 and his mother, Wilhelmina “Minnie” Bruemmer Runke, was 31. He had seven brothers and eight sisters. He died on November 1, 1969 in Algoma, Wisconsin, at the age of 79. Rufus was 9th in the birth order of the Runke siblings. Our direct ancestor Alma Runke was 4th in birth order.

Rufus was married first to Ruth Elida Vollmer but after her death in July of 1932 he remarried to Myrtle Mae Hyde (the widow of William Esser Perry ) in 1936 when he was at the age of 47.

Here is how we connect: Rufus Runke was a brother of my son-in-law’s great grandmother, Alma Runke Schmiling. This means that Rufus Runke was a 2nd great uncle of Drew.

Margaret Malvina Meeks Thompson 1828-1896. The 2nd great grandmother of my brother-in-law.

When Margaret Malvina Meeks was born on February 16, 1828, in Conecuh, Alabama, her father, Wiley, was 34, and her mother, Sarah Carroll, was 31.

Margaret Malvina married Robert King Thompson on December 6, 1846, in Mississippi. They had 13 children in 22 years. She died on March 5, 1896, in New Hebron, Mississippi, at the age of 68, and was buried there.

Here is a link to family information on find-a-grave:

This photo was shared on Ancestry website:

Photo caption: Robert King Thompson Family. Robert King and Margaret Malvina Meeks are on the front row center. I think Sarah Ann Frances is the one on the back row with something over her eye. I’ll add the other names when I find the original

Margaret Malvina’s husband was Robert King Thompson (the 2nd great grandfather of my brother-in-law). Here is information that I found on line about the farm that Robert owned. (In all of the US census records I could find, he listed his occupation as farmer.)

Robert King Thompson “Born August 23, 1818 – Died March 28, 1898” Burial: Bethel Church Cemetery, rural Lawrence County, Mississippi. Bethel Church was the family’s “home church” for several decades. The church is still standing in excellent condition and is the gathering place for the annual Thompson family reunion.

“Pursuant to the Act of Congress on the 20th day of May, 1862, To secure Homesteads to actual letters on the Public Domain,” and the acts supplemental thereto, the claim of Robert King Thompson has been established and duly consummated in conformity to law, for the West half of the South East quarter of Section two, in Township eight North of Range twenty West, the the District of Lands, subject to sale at Jackson, Mississippi containing one hundred and fifty Acres and Sixty hundredths of an acre. (Excess paid as per receipt No. 2620 1/2) according to the Official Plat of the Survey of the said Land, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General: according to the official plat of the Survey of the said Land, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General: Now knew ye, That there is, therefore, granted by the United States unto the said Robert K. Thompson the tract of Land above described: To have and to hold the said tract of land, with the appurtenances thereof, unto the said Robert King Thompson and to his heirs and assigns forever. In testimony where whereof, I, Ulysses S. Grant, president of the United States of America, have caused these letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed. Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the twentieth day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five, and the Independance of the United States the one hundredth. BY THE PRESIDENT: U. S. Grant

Recorded, Vol. 1, Page 427

Some interesting dates:

Margaret was only 18 years old when she got married.

Margaret would have been 32 years old and living in Mississippi during the Civil War.

Joseph Francis Fenton (or Finton) 1761-1851. My 4th great grandfather.

Joseph Francis Fenton was my 4th great grandfather.

Here is how I relate:

I wanted to write about this ancestor partly because he has been so carefully researched by many other folk on Ancestry and they have shared valuable photos and other documents about Joseph. I wanted to pool all of these resources into one spot in order to share them easily with my family.

Joseph’s surname was Finton and this is how his first grave marker was inscribed, but later, when a new plaque was made the surname was changed to Fenton.

When Joseph Francis Finton was born on February 28, 1761, in Dutchess, New York, his father, William, was 29 and his mother, Mary George Fenton, was 29. He married Margaret Swegals in 1781 in New York. They had 11 children in 24 years. Joseph’s wife Margaret Swegals (my 4th great grandmother) died of measles on 30 March 1822.

Later, in 1825, he married Thankful Gillett and he had no children with this second wife.

He died on October 23, 1851, in Barrington, New York, at the impressive age of 90, and was buried in Penn Yan, New York.

He had a military background:

Source is DAR Lineage Book NSDAR Volume 166:1921

This is what is inscribed on a tablet:
Dedication of Joseph F. Finton Tablet in Penn Yan Cemetery, Nov. 27, 1934

Enlisted June 1778 for 3 years, under Capt. Craig, went recruiting for 3 months. Joined 3rd Pa. Regt. in the fall under Col. Craig (brother of Capt. Craig) Lt. Col. Wiliams & Major Biles.

He was in the assault and taking of Stoney Point in 1779, and in an engagement at Bargains Point, at the time of Arnold’s defection, soldier went to West Point and remained there some time. He was also in New Jersey a long time.

This photo of his tombstone also shows military associations:

Lived from 1761 to 1851

The burying ground of the Finton family was located on the family farm until most of the burials were removed to Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan, where they are today.


The source (Page 145-148-The Fintons and Crosbys) gives us the following information about the farm.

“Joseph Finton was a revolutionary soldier, and came with his family into Barrington, (then Wayne) from New Jersey in the Spring of 1806, and settled on land in the northwest part of the town, which, for some unexplained reason, was not run into lots and numbered wih the original survey. There was enough of this land for about five lots, and it was marked on an early map as “very poor.” Mr. Finton chose this location rather than land more heavily timbered in Milo, because in the open, less wooded land, there seemed a prospect of sooner getting food for stock, which was an object of great importance to pioneer settler. The Bath road at that time was a crooked way through the woods, and Mr. Joseph S. Finton, who lives now on the spot where his after settled, thinks it was not opened as a highway till after the lake road. Their first school for that neighborhood, was in a log house, north of the Barrington line, near the present residence of Job. L. Babcock, on land long owned by Jonathan Bailey. The house was warmed by a hugh old fashioned fireplace, capable of holding almost a cord of wood. School was principally attended to in the winter; and Mr. Finton says that on all the pleasant days they had to stay at home and break flax. Cotton was not king then, and flax wrought by home industry, was the most important element for clothing the family.”

The photo below of the Fenton farm was as pictured after the 1851 death of Joseph.

Finton Farm 1876

The next photograph was not taken until 1925 (Joseph had died in 1851)

1926 photo of the Finton Farm

Where did our European ancestors live?

Relatives born in the 1400’s

My 12th great grandfather, John Higbed, was born about 1480 in
Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on 26 May 1535 in Dagnall, Edlesborough, Bucks, England.

My 14th great grandfather, Col. Hugh Sprague was born about 1480 in Upway, Dorset, England. He died there in 1540.

My 14th great grandmother, Mary Smith Sprague, was born in 1482 in Upway, Dorset, England. She died there in 1538.

My 12th great grandmother, Juliana Higbed, was born about 1484 in Dagnall, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire, England. She died about 1540.

Relatives born in the 1500’s

My 13th great grandfather, Johan Sprague, was born in 1501 in Upway, Dorset, England. He died there in 1526.

My 11th great grandfather, John Higbed, was born about 1505 in Dagnall, Edlesborough, England. He died on 18 April 1548 in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England.

My 13th great grandmother, Marie Sprague, was born 1505 in Upway, Dorset, England. She died there in 1540.

My 11th great grandmother, Agnes Higbed, was born about 1509 in
Dagnall, Edlesborough, England. She died about 1550.

My 11th great grandfather, Thomas Gildersleeve, was born about 1513 in Witnesham, Suffolk, , England. He died there in 1572.

My 12th great grandfather, Enos Sprague, was born in 1525 in Upway, Dorset, England. He died in 1554 in Fordington, St George, Dorset, England.

My 10th great grandfather, Thomas Higbed, was born about 1535 in   Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. He died there on 26 February 1607.

My 10th great grandmother, Alice Higbed, was born about 1535 in
Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. She died in 1610.

My 11th great grandmother, Julian Clodde Gildersleeve, was born about 1538 in Thorndon, Suffolk, England. She died about 1570 in Witnesham, Suffolk, England.

My 11th great grandfather, Edward Love, was born about 1548 in North Hampton, Hertfordshire, England. He died on 7 March 1607 in North Hampton, Hertfordshire, England.

My 11th great grandmother, Alice Pope Love, was born about 1549 in Dodington, Oxfordshire, England. She died in 1577.

My 11th great grandfather, Tristram Sprague, was born in 1550 in St. George, Dorset, England. He died on 26 June 1575 in Puddletown, Dorset, England.

My 9th great grandfather, John Knapp II, was born about 1550 in  Ipswich, Suffolk, England. He died there on 2 May 1604.

My 11th great grandmother, Elizabeth Colt Sprague, was born in 1554 in Dorset, England. She died there in March of 1630.

My 10th great grandmother, Mary Love Gildersleeve, was born about 1560 in Thorndon, Suffolk, England. She died on 27 April 1627 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

My 10th great grandfather, Thomas Gildersleeve, was born on 25 December 1561 in Thorndon, Suffolk, England. He died in 1625 in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

My 9th great grandmother, Martha Blois Knapp, was born about 1565 in Grunisbough, Suffolk, England. She died in 1612 in Ipswich, Suffolk, , England.

My 10th great grandfather, Barnard Smith, was born about 1571 in Whitford, Devon, England. He died about 1596 in Penryn, Devonshire, England.

My 10th great grandfather, Edward Sprague, was born on 5 January 1576 in Upwey, Dorset, England. He died on 6 June 1614 having lived in Upwey, Weymouth and Portland Borough, Dorset, England.

My 9th great grandfather, John Higbed, was born on 30 November 1585 in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on 27 March 1642 in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England.

My 9th great grandfather, Richard Gildersleeve, was born about 1585 in Aldeburgh, Suffolk,England. He died on 26 September 1681 in Hempstead, Nassau, New York, Colonial America.

My 9th great grandmother, Ursula Blacknell Higbed, was born about 1589 in  Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England. She died on 31 October 1684 in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, England.

My 8th great grandfather, Nicholas Knapp, was born on 16 May 1592 in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England. He died on 16 April 1670 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut.

My 9th great grandfather, Pieter Clement Brouwer, was born in 1596  in Katwijk In Kew, South Holland, Netherlands. He died on 21 March 1692 in New York.

My 11th great grandfather, William John Smith, was born on 25 September 1598 in Whitford, Devon, England. He died in 1663  in Jamaica, Long Island, New York.

Relatives born in the 1600’s

The 9th great grandmother of my ex-husband, Sarah Ann Yates Meador, was born about 1600 in Stratford On Avon, Warwickshire, England. She died in 1655 in  Rappahannock, Virginia, United States.

My 9th great grandmother, Helena Caatje Mey Brouwer, was born on 18 January 1600 in Katwijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. She died in  1641 in Hoorn, Alphen Aan Den Rijn, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.

My 9th great grandmother, Joanna Appleton Gildersleeve, was born about 1601 in Little Waldringfield, Sussex, England. She died in 1677 in Hempstead, Nassau, New York.

My 9th great grandfather, William Sprague, Sr. was born on 26 October 1609 in Upwey, Dorset, England. He died on 26 October 1675 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The 9th great grandfather of my ex-husband, Thomas “The Elder” Meador, was born on  24 December 1612 in Bristol, Suffolk, England. He died on 6 June 1655 in Lancaster, Virginia, United States.

My 8th great grandfather, Edward Higbie, was born on 2 February 1616 in  Ivinghoe, Aylesbury Vale District, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on 21 September 1699 in  Jamaica, Queens County, New York.

My 8th great grandfather, Edward Bishop, was born about 1620 in  Kingston, Surrey, England. He died on 3 March 1705 in Salem, Essex Co., MA.

My 7th great grandfather, Hans Caspar Waldhauer, was born about 1620 in Brötzingen, Pforzheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Deutschland. He died about 1737.

My 7th great grandmother, Margaretha Decken Waldhauer, was born about 1620 in Brötzingen, Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

My 8th great grandfather, Adam Berchoven Brouwer, was born on 18 January 1621 in Cologne, Kölner Stadtkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. He died on 21 March 1692 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York.

My 8th great grandfather, Richard Gildersleeve, was born in June 1625 in  Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. He died on  21 May 1691 in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

My 6th great grandfather, Johann Casper Waldhauer, was born about 1653 in Brötzingen, Pforzheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. He died there in 1730.

My 6th great grandmother, Salome Jung Waldhauer, was born about 1670 in Brötzingen, Pforzheim, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. She died there in 1742.

My 6th great grandmother, Elizabeth Pearson Fenton, was born in 1674 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. She died in 1723.

My 6th great grandfather, Richard Fenton Sr., was born on 19 March 1684 in Sturton Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England. He died on 31 July 1766 in Sturton le Steeple, Notts.

The 6th great grandmother of my ex-husband, Mary Esther Howe Shipman, was born 1 January, 1685  near, Hamburg, Germany. She died in Wales, British Isle, England.

My 5th great grandfather, Johann Caspar Walthauer was born about 1690 in Salzburg, Austria. He died on 3 December 1766 in Ebenezer Colony, Savannah Georgia.

The 6th great grandfather of my ex-husband, Daniel Edward Schiffmann (Shipman) was born about 1694 in Hamburg, Germany. He died at sea on a ship from Germany to Wales in 1718.

Relatives born in the 1700’s

My 6th great grandmother, Jane Ranby Fenton, was born in 1700 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire England. She died on 17 July 1782 in Sturton Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England.

The 5th great grandfather of my ex-husband, Daniel Schiffmann (Shipman) was born about 1715 in Lower Saxony, Prussia. He died on  8 November 1798 in Warren County, Kentucky.

My 4th great grandfather, George Jacob Stephanus Walthour, was born on 18 June 1729 in Broetzingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. He died on 12 November 1794 in Fort Walthour, Brush Creek, Pennsylvania.

My 5th great grandfather, Alexander Jackson, was born on 12 June 1729 in Longford, Ireland. He died on 14 March 1818 in Florinda, Orange, New York.

My 5th great grandfather, William Fenton, was born on 19 September 1731 in Sturton Le Steeple, Nottinghamshire, England. He died in Salem, New Jersey.

My 5th great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth George Fenton, was born on 25 February in 1732 in Staunton, Nottinghamshire, England.

My 4th great grandfather, Anton SCHÄFFLER, was born about  1748 in Sanktmartin Kreis Arad Rumänien. He died there on 27 NOV 1828.

My 3rd great grandfather, Martin Ponto, was born on 08 November 1792 in Sanmartin, Arad, Romania. He died there on 13 June 1858.

My 3rd great grandmother, Rosalia Schäffler Ponto, was born on  02 August 1792 in Sanmartin, Arad, Romania. She died there on 23 August 1849.

Relatives born in the 1800’s

My 2nd great grandfather, Johann Christoph (John Grayer) Krueger, was born on 17 November 1806 in Pösen, Saale-Holzland-Kreis, Thueringen, Germany. He died in 1875 in Güstrow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.

My 3rd great grandfather, Michael Wisthoff, was born about 1804 in Prussia. He died on 9 March 1895 in Antrim Co., Michigan.

The 2nd great grandfather of my son-in-law, Engebret Nilsen Viste (Rudi), was born on 25 August 1818 in Ostre Slidre, Oppland, Norway. He died on 11 September 1898 in Claybanks, Door, Wisconsin, United States.

My 2nd great grandfather, John Jacob Baur, was born on 29 July 1824 in Zürich, Switzerland. He died on a visit back to Switzerland on 30 April 1886 in Rueochlikon, Zürich, Switzerland.

My 2nd great grandmother, Mary Stuber Baur, was born on 12 July 1835 in
Mecklenburg , Germany. She died on 30 December 1865 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, USA.

My 2nd great grandmother, Wilhelmina “Minnie” Ponto Grayer, was born on 1 January 1827 in Posen Province, Prussia. She died on 24 April 1898 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan.

The 2nd great grandfather of my son-in-law, Joachim Johann ” Joseph” Christian Bork, was born on 26 August 1848 in Grevesmühlen, Nordwestmecklenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. He died on 19 March 1922 in Forestville, Door, Wisconsin.

The great grandfather of my ex-husband, Andrea (Andrew) Melosso, was born on 24 August 1855 in Meduno, Pordenone, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He died there on 31 March 1934.

The great grandmother of my son-in-law, Emma Wilhelmine Caroline Bork Wiesner, was born on 14 November 1880 in Grevesmühlen, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Deutschland. She died on  27 May 1940 in Nasewaupee Township, Door County, Wisconsin.

My 2nd great grandfather, William Wisthoff, was born about 1832 in Germany. He died on  15 May 1897 • Scio, Washtenaw, Michigan.

My 2nd great grandmother, Ernestine Nevroth Wisthoff, was born 29 January 1837 in Germany. She died on 25 July 1917 • Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, USA.

My great grandfather, August Friedrick Kruger Grayer, was born on 5 January 1849 in Hammer-Sandkrug, Posen Province, Prussia. He died on 13 August 1917 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, USA.

My great grandmother, Emilie “Amelia” Louise Wisthoff Grayer, was born on 29 July 1861 in Prussia. She died on 1 May 1955 • Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan.

The great grandfather of my son-in-law, Ole Engebretsen Viste, was born on 22 October 1869 in Viste, Røn, V. Slidre, Oppland, Norway. He died on 1 April 1936 in Forestville, Door, Wisconsin, United States.

The maternal grandfather of my ex-husband, Anibale Bravin, was born on 13 February 1891 in Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He died on 14 December 1969 in Altoona, Blair, Pennsylvania, USA.

The application of a USDOT Crash-Like Computer Program Crash/Trajectory in Forensic Engineering by Robert L. Hess, Ph.D. and Joel T. Hicks, P.E.

In 1987, my young daughter was painting on office paper in her grandparent’s home. Her grandmother gave her the paper to use for this purpose. Together my daughter and her grandmother used the unprinted side of that paper to create water color pictures.

Imagine how delighted I was to find that the back side of the paper they had used contained part of a paper co-authored by my father. I have retyped what I found so that is legible for the reader of this blog. Sadly, not all of the pages are here . I found that you can download this full paper on-line at a cost of $25.00. I did not pay the fee, so this is only a sampling of the full document. Here is the link for the retrieval of the full document…

The Application of a USDOT CRASH-LIKE Computer Program CRASH / TRAJECTORY in Forensic Engineering

Part A: Mathematical Basis and General Capabilities by

Robert L. Hess, PhD

Joel T. Hicks,P.E.

(N.A.F.E. #049 Member)

Automotive accident reconstruction can be dramatically assisted and improved by the use of microcomputers which are programmed to utilize the vehicle damage and accident scene data. CRASH /TRAJECTORY is such a program and is based upon a main-frame computer program developed by the U. S. Department of Transportation. The federal program has been personalized and improved for use by legal and engineering offices faced with the task of interpreting actual accident cases. Where the federal program did not allow the user full access to the internal data tables and the output of the program’ s equations, these new programs do, through the use of user friendly menus and tables.

Introduction to the Underlying Mathematical Principles.

The laws of physics which underlie CRASH/TRAJECTORY are those which relate FORCE to changes in MOMENTUM and to changes in KINETIC and POTENTIAL ENERGY. These are based upon Newton’ s Laws, universally accepted as governing mechanical phenomena involving forces, mass and motion. To use these laws knowingly it would be good to review a few definitions and ideas of the physics of motion. This will be done in the next few paragraphs after which we shall turn to discussion of the program.

A body of mass (mass is the expression of the weight of a body in the gravitational unit named ‘slugs’) which is moving is said to have a VELOCITY and a LINEAR MOMENTUM. First note that there is a subtle difference between the two words SPEED and VELOCITY. Speed i s a measure of the magnitude of the rate of change of position of a body with time. Speed is measured in miles per hour or feet per second (MPH or ft./sec.).Speed does not in itself provide any information as to the direction of motion of a body, the word ‘velocity’ does. Combining the ideas of a body’s speed and direction of motion creates a VECTOR quantity, the VELOCITY VECTOR, or for shortness, the ‘velocity’. Velocity is a vector, i.e., an arrow-like quantity, with both magnitude and direction properties and would be described in writing as say, 45 MPH southward. A vehicle weighing 3220 pounds has



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Robert L. Hess’s History of Research, Service and Teaching Contributions to the University of Michigan



November 20, 1984


FROM: Prof. Walter Debler

SUBJECT: Robert L. Hess’s History of Research, Service and Teaching Contributions to the University of Michigan.

Professor Hess received his B.S.E. in Engineering Mathematics and B.S.E. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Michigan, after which he served as an Engineering Officer in the U.S. Navy.

Upon release from active world war II service he returned to Ann Arbor, the home of his wife, Gretchen R. (Ream) Hess and on a visit to the Engineering Mechanics office was hired as a full-time instructor and was asked to undertake a research project by Prof. J. Ormondroyd. The project became the basis of his Doctorial Thesis, “The Dynamics of Ship’s Structures, including Shear Deformations”.

This work was directed by Professor· Ormondroyd and became one of the first major engineering works to be programmed for the ENIAC (that being done by the David Taylor Model Basin, Dept. of the Navy).

During the three years of full time teaching, (Dr.) Hess served in the U.S. Naval Ready Reserve and spent his training periods at the Model Basin. He was honored by being requested to provide, along with his brother, 40 hours of lectures on mathematics and advanced dynamics for the scientific staff of the Navy at the Model Basin.

Professor Hess was recruited by the Bell Telephone Laboratories and joined BTL as a Member of the Technical Staff in the fall of 1949, being assigned to a ‘heavy-tube’ Development Group. The many research projects he participated in included the assignment to undertake the development of a pilot line for the production of both the material for and the devices known as ‘point-contact’, type A transistors. (This was before the courts orderd BTL to place the technology on the market and was thus a unique endeavor for Dr. Hess.) It was typical of him to have the breadth of both interest and scientific knowledge that brought him such a coveted assignment and also success in it. He developed new techniques of crystal growing and zone-purifying as well as a novel method of doping the contact area to created photo-sensitive transistors.

In his third year at BTL Dean G.G. Brown called him with an unsolicited offer to return to the U. of M. as an Assistant Prof. of Chemical and Metallurgical Eng. and Assistant Professor of Engineering Mechanics and to also take on a Phoenix Project dealing with the atomic structure of glass. Dean Brown gave Prof. Hess the challenge of creating a new course in structure of glass and ceramics. At the end of his third year Hess was promoted to Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics and left the Chem. Met. Dept. He undertook the reactivation of the Dept.’s Photo-Elasticity Lab. and generated a course for it as well as teaching. in the areas of elasticity and dynamics.

In about 1957, Vice President and Dean of Faculties, Prof. M. Niehus asked Prof. Hess to join an elete committee of engineers and scientists to oversee the work of the Willow Run Laboratories which at that time was experiencing troubled relationships with the Department of the Army, its prime source of support. In Jan. 1958 Dean Niehuss requested that Hess take leave of his teaching and consulting practice and join a new management team, headed by Prof. J.A. Boyd {now Chairman of Harris Corp.) to salvage and redirect the Willow Run Laboratories. Hess was given the specific assignment of Technical Director of Project Michigan as well as an Assistant Directorship of WRL. In addition Hess became the Head of the Applied Research Group of the Labs. In March of 1958 Dean Attwood informed Hess of the approval of his promotion to full Professorship. (A promotion which was said to make Hess the youngest full professor in the College’s history.)

Prof. Hess soon developed a keen ability to manage multiple teams of researchers on topics varying from information processing, semiconductor development, infrared scanning and synthetic antenna radar. He was able to apply his knowledge of basic physics and mathematics to the tasks as a member of the teams involved and to also represent them to the top military officers and, upon the creation of a Department of Defense to the scientific part of that community. In his unique fashion and with unusual modesty his term of management, which after three years included the project directorship as well as it technical direction, Hess always put his staff in the foreground and sacrificed personal fame in the process. Never-the-less upon his decision to return to teaching, the Department of the Army awarded Prof. Hess with THE OUTSTANDING CIVILIAN SERVICE MEDAL the inscription of which read in part ‘Hess succeeded in establishing and maintaining the University of Michigan as the leading free world authority in surveillance technology’.

His own proven scientific talent and professional imagination contributed additionally to the accomplishments of a broad team of scientists and technicians. The rare combination of skill, foresight and devotion to country…’. During the years of 1964 and 1965·, Hess served as the personal representative of the U.S. Army’s Assist Chief of Staff for Intelligence and led teams of scientists through a comprehensive field review of the Army’s Combat Surveillance capabilities in Europe and in Korea. As a token of the regard that the Army had for Hess’s abilities, over 70% of his recommendations from the Korean area were implemented. In 1965 Professor Hess visited with President H. Hatcher with the view of leaving the Project Michigan assignment and returning to full-time teaching. By that time, the I.S.T. had been created and W.R.L. was part of it and Hess was one of its directors. President Hatcher, through Prof. Norman, Vice President for Research offered Hess the challenge of using the $10 million original gift from the automobile industry to create the Highway Safety Research Institute. A counter offer on Hess’ part allowed him to hire a top level ‘internal administrator’ for H.S.R.I. and thus to be able to devote his attention to building the staff and its research programs and to also return to teaching, which was his first love. With a regentially appointed Executive Committee and with the cooperation of dozens of the University’s faculty Hess was able in a few years to build a building, hire internationally known figures and to build a program of research spanning fields from Law to Medicine and from Engineering to Psychology. His untiring drive established the Institute as the world’s premiere institution of its kind and brought not only many millions of research dollars to our campus for the support of researchers, faculty and graduate students but also continued to enhance the reputation of the University of Michigan.

During a long period of the H.S.R.I. years, Hess also served the University as a Consultant to the Army’ Science Board where he both chaired and participated in the study of many of the nation’s outstanding technical problems and challanges.

During the last five years Professor Hess undertook two major research studies while teaching a nearly full load and directing the H.S.R.I. These were first the review of the complete research findings in the scientific, engineering and medical communities of the experimentation protocols and the knowledge in the area of blunt trauma to the human head and second, the same for the area of blunt trauma to the thorax. In each case an annotated history of the development of the government’s use of the knowledge in its regulation was developed and recommendations were put forward for the future of research in the field. The second of these studies was selected for publication in the S.A.E.’s transactions. Hess served the University by membership on President Nixon’s Highway Safety Advisory Committee and also undertook service as a Consultant to the World Health Organization.

Prof Hess resigned his position as Director of U.M.T.R.I. (the succesor to H.S.R.I.) and returned to a full time faculty teaching role in January of 1984. In keeping with his reputation, he has undertaken the teaching of the Control Systems course, ME461, a new course for him, with vigor and has provided new leadership in its laboratory and course work with several software packages he has written to enhance the depth and breath of the educational experience of the students He also accepted an assignment as the Mechanical Engineering Program Adviser and has written software packages now in use by that office to materially enhance the efficiency of the process and to allow the Adviser to take a proactive rather than a reactive role in counseling. He is also supervising the trial use of a professional in this office.

All in all, Professor Hess’ academic and service accomplishments are outstanding and the respect that he has rightfully gained from his peers is only reflective of the credit he has always given to them over 32 years of devoted service to the University. In the classroom, the laboratory and the office he has represented the best the University of Michigan could offer its students and country.