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Elmer C. Easton

Elmer C. Easton, 103, passed away on June 22, 2013, at his home in Piscataway, New Jersey. He was a former School of Engineering dean and longtime friend of the Rutgers community.

Serving as dean from 1948 to 1974 (at what was then the College of Engineering), he was admired for his scientific abilities and visionary leadership. More than 4,000 students earned bachelorís, masterís, and doctoral degrees in engineering during his tenure. His high standards for teaching, research, and community engagement set the school on its path to excellence.

He came to Rutgers during a time of transition seeing the school through a period of growth that included moving engineering from New Brunswick to the Busch Campus. He oversaw the planning and building of the Engineering Building in the early 1960s, which continues to serve Rutgers students and faculty half a century later. He also established the chemical and biochemical engineering curriculum and developed a Creative Engineering course for honors students. This course, which stemmed from his personal interest in music and painting, incorporated the arts in finding unique solutions to engineering problems.

Easton was born on December 23, 1909, in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Lehigh University, earning both his bachelorís and masterís degrees in electrical engineering. He received a doctoral degree from Harvard University and was later conferred an honorary doctorate from Lehigh University. Prior to joining Rutgers, he served as the assistant dean of the faculty of the Graduate School of Engineering at Harvard University.

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