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Harold H. Kantner ’49

Harold Kantner ’49, August 13, 2001, in Evanston, Illinois. After graduation from Reed, he spent two years as an AEC predoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. He joined the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute in 1951 as an associate electrical engineer. In 1955, he was promoted to supervisor of mathematical services. During this time, he led projects in servo-mechanisms research and developed an opto-electronic simulator for the study of countermeasures against infrared guided missiles. He later became director of IITRI’s computer sciences division. In 1969, he left IITRI for a three-year appointment as an NIH special research fellow in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. Subsequently, he became an independent consultant and inventor, focusing primarily on applications of microprocessors and measuring and dispensing gear pumps, forming a company called Transience Associates in 1979. He patented a computer-controlled, rubber-geared pump for diagnostic machines and lab procedures in 1992. Preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, he is survived by two daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2002

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