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Obituaries

Albert W. Doolittle Jr. ’36 Th’37 died October 7, 2007 at his home in Derry, N.H. After graduating, he worked for the American Bridge Company for a year, then for Jackson and Moreland/United Engineers and Constructors, which later became part of Raytheon. He retired in 1979 and devoted much of his energy to community and conservation projects in Derry. The town honored him as a “Living Treasure” in 2005, and the Conservation Commission, on which he served since 1976, recently named a 95-acre conservation area in East Derry after him. Similarly devoted to Dartmouth and Thayer School, he was a longtime volunteer for admissions and the Dartmouth College Fund, and he served on the Thayer School Annual Fund Executive Committee since 1989. He contributed to the Dartmouth College Fund every year since graduation and to the Thayer School Annual Fund every year since its founding in 1976. In 2001 Thayer School named him a Sylvanus Thayer Fellow for outstanding service to the school, and the Annual Fund Executive Committee established the Albert W. Doolittle Jr. Giving Society to recognize all donors who have contributed to the Thayer School Annual Fund for five consecutive years or every year since their graduation. He is survived by his wife, Edith, sons Paul, David ’64, and Robert, and five grandchildren.

Henry C. Beck Jr. ’38 Th’39, who oversaw such projects as the Cotton Bowl and NorthPark Center as president of the Dallas, Tex. construction firm now called The Beck Group, died October 15, 2007 in Dallas. He joined his father’s business in 1939, prior to a stint with the Navy SeaBees in 1941. He returned to Dallas in 1946 and continued to work for the company, where he was named president in 1948 and became chairman in 1973. Under his leadership the company built Reunion Tower, Hotel Crescent Court and the Hyatt Regency. Other local Beck Group projects include the Texas Motor Speedway, Victory Plaza at Victory Park, and Fountain Place in Dallas. He served as a member of the Thayer School Board of Overseers (1966 to 1973) and was a recipient of the Sylvanus Thayer Fellow Award in 1979. He is survived by his wife, Nell, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

MAJOR WORK: The late Henry C. Beck Jr. ’38 Th’39 oversaw construction of the Cotton Bowl. Photograph courtesy of Henry C. Beck Jr.
MAJOR WORK: The late Henry C. Beck Jr. ’38 Th’39 oversaw construction of the Cotton Bowl. Photograph courtesy of Henry C. Beck Jr.

Clement F. Burnap ’39 Th’40, a tireless supporter of his class and Thayer School, died February 3, 2007, a few weeks after the death of his wife and lifetime companion, Elaine. He served for many years as class head agent and volunteer for the Thayer School Annual Fund and endowed a fellowship in his wife’s name, the Elaine Schofield Burnap Fellowship, as well as the Clement F. Burnap Project Development and Management Endowment Fund. After earning his Dartmouth and Thayer degrees, he received a master’s in naval architecture and an M.B.A. from MIT. He began working in the shipbuilding industry prior to the start of WWII and then joined the U.S. Navy, involved in the repair of warships damaged in the Pacific theater. After the war he was engaged in a number of large industrial construction projects, retiring in 1987 from Kaiser Engineers. Clem is survived by brother Wilder, numerous nephews and nieces, and other family members.

A. James O’Mara ’42 Th’43, co-founder and chief executive of the civil engineering firm Greenhorne and O’Mara Inc., died of pneumonia November 7, 2007, at Riderwood Village in Silver Spring, Md. He worked as a civil engineer in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland before starting his firm in the Washington, D.C., area in 1950. The firm, which specialized in surveying, land planning and engineering design, became one of the top-ranked engineering firms in the country and developed strong transportation and structural engineering, water and wastewater, water resources, and environmental engineering expertise. It also provided consulting services to the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was chairman of a business and community task force formed in 1983 to draft a Prince George’s County, Md., strategic plan. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lois; sons Thomas, Michael, Marc, Dennis, and Brian; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Warren Tuttle Loomis ’62 Th’65 of Norwich, Vt., died of esophageal cancer on November 2, 2007. A keen entrepreneur, inspired tinkerer, and clever prankster, Warren infused many lives with warmth and vigor. He earned his B.A. from Dartmouth, where his fellow hockey players knew him as “Zog,” and his M.S. from Thayer. Inspired by his mentor George Colligan, he earned a Ph.D in metallurgy from the University of Michigan in 1969. He then entered the nascent field of computers and in 1970 founded computer software company Logic Associates, which he led until his retirement in 2001. In retirement Warren took up his lifelong passion for invention and boating by founding ForwardFace! LLC, which designs and produces forward-facing rowing boats (see Inventions). Warren is survived by his wife, Alix Manny; children Aaron, Jason, and Molly; step-children John and Sam; mother Natalie; and sisters Barbara, Betsy, and Natalie.

Joan Queneau, wife of Thayer Professor Emeritus Paul E. Queneau, died September 8, 2007, at Kendal in Hanover. In 1990 the couple endowed the Paul and Joan Queneau Professorship in Environmental Engineering Design. She also showed her commitment to environmental conservation by establishing the Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal, given by the National Audubon Society and the American Association of Engineering Societies and emphasizing the importance of mutual understanding between conservationists and engineers. She was active in numerous community organizations, including Tamarack Twig, Girl Scouts of America, and the Junior League; she formed a Junior Audubon Society in Rochester, N.Y., and was president of its parent-teacher association; and devoted her services to the Church of Christ at Dartmouth. In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Paul, daughter Josephine, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces.

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