March 12, 1905–August 14, 1991


GUY SUITS, DECORATED SCIENTIST AND inspired administrator, is proof that giants once strode the earth. Here is a man who put the stamp of excellence on everything he touched. He cared deeply about science and his fellow man. He helped us all to be better than our best.

In the present era of “How does it impact the quarterly earnings?” it is important to pause and consider one who always kept the big picture in focus and in so doing helped his company and his country become more prosperous and more productive. As the chief scientific executive officer of General Electric (GE), Guy put many far-reaching programs in motion. For example, one of us (M.O.S.) had the privilege of interacting with Guy Suits as a General Electric-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) scholarship student. Indeed, during the early 1960s, GE had many special programs in which students from around the country were brought to RPI on generous scholarships.

M.O.S. recalls with pleasure a conversation with Guy at that time. As a naïve young student M.O.S. asked, “How does GE justify spending so much money on undergraduate scholarships?” Guy’s reply was memorable: “We draw from the body of knowledge and we feel we should add back in like measure.”

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