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A D V A N C E D

M A T E R I A L S

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IN MEMORIAM

IN MEMORIAM

John F. “Jack” Smith, FASM,

died on September 26 at age 92.

He was born on May 9, 1923, in

Kansas City, Kansas. Smith

enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and

spent his service years as a fighter

pilot on the carrier USS Suwannee

in the South Pacific during WWII.

In 1948, Smith began a 40-year

career at Iowa State University (ISU) and Ames Labora-

tory where he was a professor of metallurgy and a senior

scientist. He served as chairman of ISU’s Department of

Metallurgy from 1966 through 1970, and was a section

chief for the Metallurgy and Ceramics department at

Ames. With a background in metal behavior, Smith

co-developed an ultrasonic method for measuring bolt

tension, which improved on the traditional torque-

wrench method of measurement. Smith retired from ISU

and the Ames Laboratory in 1988, at which time he

became an associate scientist and professor emeritus.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of

Chemists in 1969 and the American Society for Metals in

1984. Smith served for 24 years as editor of ASM’s

Jour-

nal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion

. Donations to the

John F. Smith Scholarship Fund may be made in his

honor by contacting the ISU Department of Materials

Science and Engineering.

Robert Peh-Ying (Bob) Wei,

FASM,

passed away on Septem-

ber 28. He was born in Nanjing,

China, on September 16, 1931,

and emigrated from China to the

U.S. in 1947. Upon completing his

Ph.D. at Princeton University, he

worked at the US Steel Research

Center in Monroeville, Pa., until

1966. He then joined the Mechanical Engineering and

Mechanics department at Lehigh University, where he

served for over 40 years as a professor and department

chair. He was a leading international authority on the

fracture mechanics, fatigue, and corrosion failure of air-

craft materials, helping develop current predictive mod-

els for aircraft component life and safety. Wei received

ASM’s Henry Marion Howe Medal in 1979.

John Beverley Clark, FASM,

died on September

16. Born on July 13, 1924, in Port Dalhousie, Ontario,

Clark was a metallurgical engineer and researcher edu-

cated at the University of Toronto and Carnegie Institute

of Technology. After earning his doctorate, Clark pur-

sued research at Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich.,

Ford Motor Co.’s basic research laboratory in Dearborn,

Mich., and the University of Missouri-Rolla. On several

leaves of absence from the university, he served at the

National Science Foundation and the National Institute

of Standards and Technology. In 1960, he received ASM’s

Henry Marion Howe Medal.