In Memoriam: April 2019

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

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Photo of Warren G. Shulz.Photo: Courtesy of Meaningful Funerals

Warren G. Shulz

Radio engineer

Life member, 72; died 31 December

Shulz was chief engineer for 50 years at U.S. radio stations WFYR, WKFM, and WLS, and he served as chair for 16 years of the Illinois Emergency Alert System, a U.S. public-warning program.

He was a board member of the radio division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which coordinates the government’s role in preparing for and responding to disasters.

After he retired in 2012, he continued to assist others in the Chicago region with their radio engineering projects.

Shulz received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind.

Photo of Antonio C. Bastos.Photo: Courtesy of ETHW

Antonio C. Bastos

Longtime IEEE volunteer

Life senior member, 78; died 3 March

Bastos was the 1996–1997 IEEE Region 9 director. In 1974 he helped cofound the IEEE Bahia Section, and he served as its chair from 1983 to 1985. He was the IEEE Brazil Council vice chair in 1986 and 1987.

He was a professor of electrical engineering at the Centro Universitário Jorge Amado, in Salvador, Brazil. He was also president of InterConsult, an international engineering consulting company dedicated to power research projects located in São Paulo. He had worked at Coelba, a power-supply company in Salvador, from 1992 to 1996, as assistant to the president and as general secretary. He also served as the assistant to the general director at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. He joined Andrade and Canellas in São Paulo as an engineering consultant in 2008 and retired the following year.

Bastos was a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society and the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Council. He received several IEEE awards including the 2000 Millennium Medal and the 2006 Haraden Pratt Award. He received the 2002 William W. Middleton Distinguished Service Award from the Regional Activities Board (now Member and Geographic Activities).

He received bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and EE from the Universidade Federal da Bahia, in Salvador, and master’s degree in electric power engineering and in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y.

Roderic J. Procaccino Sr.

Electrical engineer

Life member, 91; died 5 March

Procaccino served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, N.Y., where he was the founding president of the Zeta Psi fraternity and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

He spent most of his engineering career at Raytheon, a U.S. defense contractor headquartered in Waltham, Mass.

Procaccino earned a master’s degree in EE from Northeastern University, in Boston.

Photo of Mark B. Moffett.Photo: Courtesy of The Independent

Mark B. Moffett


Life member, 84; died 14 March

Moffett spent most of his career designing sonar systems for the U.S. Navy. He held four U.S. patents for transducers and other apparatuses.

He also worked as a physicist at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, in Newport, R.I. After he left the center, he became an assistant professor of ocean engineering at the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston.

Moffett received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT and a doctorate from Brown University, in Providence, R.I.

Photo of Peter Bergsneider.Photo: Courtesy of Herald Review Media

Peter Bergsneider

Electronics engineer

Life senior member, 92; died 29 March

Bergsneider immigrated to the United States from Colombia and was trained by the U.S. military as an electronics engineer. After his training concluded, he became a civil servant for the Army and was stationed in various places including Arizona, Hawaii, and Maryland. He retired from the Army’s Electronic Proving Ground, at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., after serving for 30 years.

In 1973 he settled in Sierra Vista, Ariz., where he and his four sons built a ballet studio behind his home. There he built sets for a number of productions.

Bergsneider, a onetime IEEE section chair, received three IEEE-USA Regional Professional Leadership Awards.

 He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oklahoma City University.

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