PAUL F. CHENEA
BY CHARLES AMANN
DR. PAUL FRANKLIN CHENEA died in Wayne, Maine, on March 25, 1996. During the early part of his career, he gained recognition as a distinguished university educator and administrator, rising to the level of vice-president for academic affairs at Purdue University. He then moved into industry, where he spent thirteen years as vice-president of the General Motors Research Laboratories. He was born in Milton, Oregon, on May 17, 1918.
Dr. Chenea began his college education at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated in 1940 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and became a project engineer with Contractors Pacific Naval Air Bases. His duties involved stress analysis and structural design. On January 17, 1941, he married Katherine L. Bullock.
That same year he joined the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant, serving with the Ordnance Department. His initial assignments placed him on the West Coast and in Alaska. He was later transferred to the office of the Chief of Ordnance in Detroit. He separated from the army in 1946 with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Upon leaving the army, Dr. Chenea enrolled in graduate school at the University of Michigan. At the same time, he served as a part-time instructor to help the university to cope with a large influx of World War II veterans studying engineering under the GI Bill. He taught courses in statics, dynamics, strength