Richard Walder, 83, died Thursday, July 6, 2006. Rick was among the last
of the pre-merger faculty. He joined the Electrical Engineering Department
at New Bedford Institute of Technology in 1956 and served continuously
until his retirement in January of 1995. He began his Engineering studies
at URI in 1942 but took time out to serve his country as a volunteer in
Word War II from 1943 to 1946. He served with the 84th Army Division
as a Combat Infantryman in Europe and was awarded three battle and
campaign stars for his exemplary service.
He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from URI in 1948 along with several hundred other returning World War II veterans. He attended Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia as well as Northeastern University in Boston where he took graduate courses in Math and Electrical Engineering.
Following graduation from URI he went to work for NACA (now NASA) at Langley
Air Force Base in Virginia.
During his nearly 40 years of service to UMD and its predecessor schools he taught a number of courses including Physica, Circuit Analysis, Energy Conversion, Power Systems, Electromagnetics and Electronics. He was responsible for introducing several new courses into the curriculum.
He served as the faculty advisor to the student branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the College of Engineering newsletter, "Tech Talk." He taught a number of courses in the Evening Division Associate Program and the summer Pre Engineering Program for incoming freshmen (PEP).
Professor Walder was an elected member of the first Faculty Senate and he served as treasurer of the Faculty Association. He chaired the University Honors Committee and was an advisor to the Engineering Fraternity (Nu Beta Tau). Prior to his retirement he served as Associate Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department. His main responsibilities were student advising and certification.
He was active in a number of professional engineering societies including the Institute of Radio Engineers, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Massachusetts Society of Professional Engineers, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers which he served at various times as Section Secretary, Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman.
He was one of three professors who co-founded the SHARE Foundation in 1982 and he served as Vice President and Resident Engineer for SHARE until his death. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Rehabilitation Engineering. He was a founding member of the UMass Dartmouth Retirees Association and was the founding director of the Upward Bound program which he directed for a number of years.
Rick will be best remembered for his quick wit, his unassuming smile and his absolute joy of life. The UMass Dartmouth community has lost a great friend indeed.
Rick leaves his wife of 57 years, Nonie Walder, 4 children, Diane, Larry, Margie and Cindy and 4 grandchildren.
Donations can be made to SHARE Foundation, UMass Dartmouth, and 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747 or to a charity of your choice.
Author: "Lester W. Cory, Ph.D."
Submitted by: Fernanda Botelho
Department: College Of Engineering - Ece