Elected in 1966
BY PAUL TORGERSEN
WALTER R. HIBBARD, JR., of St. Augustine, Florida, and formerly of Blacksburg, Virginia, died on February 24, 2010, at his home at the age of 92. He was born on January 20, 1918, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Retired from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as a university distinguished professor of engineering in 1988, he was world renowned for his scholarship in metallurgy.
When Dr. Hibbard received the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers Mineral Economics Award in 1983, he was cited for understanding and effectively communicating “the importance of mineral economics to the nation” throughout “his outstanding career in industrial research and management.”
Walter received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wesleyan University in 1939. Three years later he was awarded his doctorate in metallurgy from Yale University. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the metallurgical section of the Bureau of Ships, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.
During his last year with the Navy, he also became an assistant professor of metallurgy at Yale University. Within five years he was elevated to associate professor. Simultaneously, Walter served as director of the engineering division of the New Haven YMCA Junior College.