Elected in 1990
“For significant contributions to the development of nuclear submarine propulsion, nuclear power operation, and management of magnetic fusion programs.”
BY PHILIP CLARK
EDWIN E. KINTNER, former executive vice president, GPU Nuclear, Inc., passed away on May 7, 2010, in Exeter, New Hampshire, at the age of 90.
He was born May 1, 1920, in Paris, Ohio, and he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in December 1941, a member of the class of 1942 that was accelerated due to the attack on Pearl Harbor. After serving aboard a cruiser in the Pacific for 18 months, he earned a master’s degree in naval construction and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During that period, he also married Alice Shoemaker of Louisville, Ohio, on July 29, 1944, at Fort Benning, Georgia, where her father, a lawyer and colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, was on duty as inspector general of the infantry school.
He then served for two years at the naval shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, working on modernizing and upgrading snorkel-equipped, diesel-powered submarines. From there he was recruited by Captain Hyman G. Rickover to the new naval reactors program, which became an agency of both the U.S. Navy and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and its successors—the Energy Research and Development