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Roger E. Eckert ’48

Published in Oct. 22, 2003, issue

Roger Eckert, distinguished professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University, died April 26, 2003.

A native of Lakewood, Ohio, Roger was a product of the local high school. He entered Princeton in June 1944, and graduated in 1948 with highest honors in chemical engineering and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of Campus Club, and sang in the Glee Club and chapel choir. In 1951 he received a PhD in chemical engineering from the U. of Illinois.

Roger's first position was with DuPont Co. in Wilmington. After 12 years he moved on to Purdue to a career in teaching and research. His specialty was statistics and the strategy of experimental design. He was on the Purdue faculty for 39 years.

Roger was active in the Presbyterian Church and was an avid supporter of Purdue tennis. His love of music never abated.

Roger is survived by his son, Roger Jr., daughters Rhonda Mapes and Robyn Zeeman, and eight grandchildren. He was a loyal Princetonian all of his days.

The Class of 1948

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Rhonda Eckert Mapes Says:

2010-04-19 09:43:48

I visited Princeton this year (2010) to watch the historic Princeton vs. Cornell game as I got my master's at Cornell and we live in Ithaca and follow Cornell B-ball. While there, I was trying to find Dad's eating club, so just now Googled for it and was very pleased to find this memorial. Our Dad, Roger, was a great man of integrity and I miss him dearly. One of our four daughters (Anna) is now a freshman at Harvard and it makes me sad that Dad didn't know that she got to be an Ivy Leaguer. Thank you, Princetonians!
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