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About Raymond Thorpe

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Raymond G. Thorpe was one of the best known and best loved teachers of undergraduate students in the history of the School. Sadly, he died in 2005 after giving over 50 years of service to the College of Engineering as a teacher and student advisor. The R G Thorpe Lecturer has been named in his honor by his many friends and former students.

Ray Thorpe was formerly an emeritus professor of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He received his undergraduate training at RPI in Engineering and joined the Navy in 1940 at age 20, but was allowed to graduate in 1942 before being sent on active duty. He served as a gunnery officer in World War II in the Pacific theater. He returned to the U.S. and completed a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering at Cornell. Upon graduation, he joined Monsanto and worked there until his wife's ill health led him to return to upstate New York.

Ray became an instructor in what was then known as "metallurgical and chemical engineering" and became a member of the faculty shortly thereafter. He taught for three decades in Chemical Engineering, where he was known for the quality of his teaching, his high standards, and his wonderful stories.

John Carberry, 2003 Thorpe lecturer, with Ray Thorpe

When his beloved wife died, he returned to Cornell's College of Engineering Student Advising office where he guided the careers of undergraduates for over a decade, giving them the benefit of a lifetime of knowledge of engineering and life skills until his death on September 6, 2005.

Related Stories and Memorials

Ray Thorpe's memory will live on in the lives of so many that he touched, not only in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, but in the entire Cornell community. Here are some related stories about Ray Thorpe. To download any of the recorded audio files, simply right-click on the file link, and select Save Target As... to save the file to your local computer drive.