Charles A. Buescher, Jr.
Alumni Achievement Award
Charles A. Buescher, Jr., as a researcher, teacher, consultant, engineer; and executive, has focused his career on the investor owned water supply industry. He has served in many capacities at St. Louis County Water Company, and in 1979 was elected Vice President of its parent company, Continental Water Company in St. Louis. In 1982, he was elected Executive Vice President of Continental Water Company and Chairman of the Board of its operating water companies including St. Louis County Water Company, Northern Illinois Water Company, Gary-Hobart Water Corporation (Indiana), and Long Island Water Corporation, (New York).
Mr. Buescher received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Washington University in 1959 and his Master of Science degree in Engineering degree in Engineering in 1961. He has served as a Research Associate and Assistant Professor at Washington University, where he specialized in trace organic identification and removal techniques, and taught courses related to water supply. Mr. Buescher has also worked as an engineer for the consulting firm of Horner & Shifrin, Inc., in St. Louis.
He has been active in state and national water supply organizations, and recently completed his term as National Director from Missouri of the American Water Works Association. He presently serves on then Executive Board of the National Association of Water Companies. His numerous activities have included participation in legislative and regulatory matters affecting water suppliers on both the state and the federal level.
Mr. Buscher is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the following professional organizations: the National Society of Professional Engineers, Water Pollution Control Federation, Engineers' Club of St. Louis, and Sigma Xi. He is the recipient of many awards, including the American Water Works Association Fuller Award and the Award of Merit from the Engineers' Club of St. Louis.
Alumni Achievement Award
Rubin Feldman is the President, Chief Executive Officer, and a founder of Thermal Science, Incorporated, a St. Louis based company which specializes in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of fire protective materials, subliming heat shields, and heat resistive composites. Under his leadership since 1968, Thermal Science has developed from a local concern, specializing in aerospace research and development, into an international entity, whose products are utilized on a worldwide basis for many purposes.
Mr. Feldman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in 1952, where he was the recipient of the Van Blarcom, Cupples, and Gottschail scholarships. He received his Master of Science degree in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1955.
Before becoming a founder of Thermal Science, Incorporated, Mr. Feldman served an eventful thirteen year tenure at Emerson Electric in St. Louis. Under his management, the Thermal Systems Division developed and introduced subliming heat shield materials which had many uses for aerospace, and enjoyed the historical distinction of providing heat shielding for the first monkey sent into space and brought home safely.
Mr. Feldman is the developer of "thermo-lag," used by NASA, and holds numerous patents in the United States and other countries for thermal protective materials, devices, additives, and high temperature polymers.
Mr. Feldman served in the Armed Forces of the United States and is a Veteran of the Korean War. He is a member of the School of Engineering Advisory Council where he serves on its Eliot Society Membership Committee, and the Engineers' Scholarship Program Committee. Mr. Feldman is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the National Fire Protection Association. He has appeared in Who's Who in Engineering and Leading Men in the United States of America.
Sanford N. McDonnell
Alumni Achievement Award
Sanford N. McDonnell served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McDonnell Douglas Corporation for seven years, during a period when the corporation continued to grow and to build upon its successes in the aerospace and information systems fields. Under his leadership, McDonnell Douglas became one of America's most important aerospace companies, with a vital role in national defense. Mr. McDonnell retired from the corporation in 1988, as Chairman Emeritus, after 40 years of service to the corporation and to the nation.
Mr. McDonnell receives his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1945 from Princeton University, then went to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1948. He continued his professional training at Washington University, where he received a Master of Science degree in Applied Mechanics in 1954.
Before becoming Chairman of McDonnell Douglas in 1980, he served the corporation as President from 1971 to 1980, and as President of the McDonnell Aircraft Division from 1966 to 1971. During his tenure as Chairman of McDonnell Douglas Corporation, he also served as a Director of the Ethics Resource Center, Inc., in Washington, D.C., where he led an effort to focus national attention on the importance of ethics in all areas of life.
Mr. McDonnell is a past national President of the Boy Scouts of America, and served as 1988 Campaign Chairman of the United Way of St. Louis, where he led the organization to history-making achievements. He serves on the Board of Directors of Squibb Corporation, and Boatmen's Bancshares, Inc. (formerly Centerre Bancorporation). He continues to work for the betterment of local, national, and world communities.
Mr. McDonnell is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a former Governor of the Aerospace Industries Association, and a member of Tau Beta Pi. He has been a recipient of numerous civic and professional awards.