Herbert Beall, professor of chemistry at WPI, died on Sunday, August 31, 2003 at home in the company of loved ones. Herb joined the faculty in the chemistry department at WPI in 1968 and had remained here until his passing. Beall especially enjoyed teaching general chemistry as well as inorganic courses. He published over seventy articles in various areas of chemistry including boron chemistry, chemical education, the use of language in chemistry and gold and coal chemistry. He was also the author and co-author of several textbooks including Chemistry for Engineers and Scientists and A Guide to Writing About Chemistry. He was a valued friend and colleague to innumerable members of the WPI community for more than 34 years. He leaves his wife, Dr. Barbara Apelian Beall, Chair of the Department of Art and Music at Assumption College, several children and grandchildren. A memorial service for friends and colleagues was held at WPI on September 17, 2003.
Carmen Brown, former Gordon Library staff member, died on September 3, 2003 unexpectedly. Carmen was a part of the Gordon Library since it was completed in 1967. Her 35 year career at WPI demonstrated a passion for WPI, our community of students, faculty, and staff, and also the Gordon Library. Carmen retired from WPI on July 1, 2003. Carmen was the first female academic advisor and advised students for many years. She was also a mentor to women students, and in general reached out to women colleagues on campus. Carmen was a very visible and popular figure on campus and especially enjoyed working with our students. Carmen graduated from James Millikin University with her B.A., and also the University of Illinois with a Masters degree in Library Science. A memorial service for Carmen was held in Alden Memorial on September 10, 2003, and a memorial garden was established in June 2004 adjacent to the staircase outside the library building. A fund in Carmen's name has been established to support women students at WPI - to make a gift, please send it to Carmen Brown Fund, c/o Development & University Relations, WPI.