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DONALD J. BLICKWEDE

1920–2011

Elected in 1976

“For leadership in engineering advancement in the steel industry.”

SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY

DONALD JOHNSON BLICKWEDE, retired steel executive and resident of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the age of 90.

Blickwede was born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 20, 1920, the only child of Frederick Herman Blickwede and Laura Louise Johnson Blickwede. After attending primary and secondary schools in Detroit, he enrolled in the College of Engineering at Wayne State University, graduating with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1943. At Wayne State he also served as editor of The Wayne Engineer.

Upon graduating from Wayne State, Blickwede was employed by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation in Caldwell, New Jersey, where he worked until the end of World War II. During his residency in New Jersey, he attended evening graduate-level courses in metallurgy at Stevens Institute of Technology. In September of 1945, Blickwede was accepted as a graduate student in physical metallurgy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received an appointment to the staff of the metallurgy department as a research assistant. At MIT he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Morris Cohen, one of the world’s outstanding physical metallurgists. Upon graduation from MIT in September 1948 with the degree of doctor of science in physical metallurgy, he took a position



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