I was a student of Professor Webb in the early 1980's. He was a very influential person in my career and life.
I made it through his classes and then became his grader for other courses he was teaching. I think he was harder on me as a grader than he was when I was his student. For example. when he gave a test to those students and I was to grade it, he had me take the exam myself and come up with the solution key. Not only that, he wouldn't even check my work at first. He told me I had to make sure I was right because I didn't want to mis-grade all those students. I think I learned more in that capacity than I did in any course.
I think about him and his influence often. He instilled in me a sense of discipline and completeness and drive to succeed that stays with me and has served me well in my career. Thank you Professor Webb. You will be missed.
I had the good fortune to have taken classes from Professor Webb while at Tulane in 1980. I was in Magnetic Devices, E303 and Energy Conversion E304. The first day of class he outlined what was to be covered and how our grade was to be determined. There were 15 homework problems for 10% of the grade, 6 or 7 quizzes for 70% and the final exam for 20%. I can only write these specifics because I kept my class notebooks and just flipped through them. Each class had an accompanying lab. The lab had many large motors and patch boards with large knife switches. One day we had a lab on DC machines. We had learned that if the field winding on a shunt connected DC motor was opened, the motor would spin as fast as possible, and if left in this state it could lead to damage - parts flying apart type of damage. Now, this was too tempting to not see for myself, despite the warning from Prof. Webb. So I grabbed the field knife switch & carefully opened it just for a fraction of a second. Well the motor spun super fast, so I slammed the switch closed, satisfied that it did indeed behave as the equations dictated. I did this when Prof Webb was at the other end of the lab, and he did not notice. He was quite strict in he lab, justified by the lethal voltages present. I expect he did a similar test at some point in his career. I remember he often told a joke at the start of class, unfortunately I couldn't recall a specific joke. The competence of a teacher is crucial, and Prof Webb was one of the best I had at Tulane. I had an aptitude for his coursework, and with his in depth knowledge and practical experience I learned so much from him. I have used what he taught me over my entire career. I even managed to get my PE license and practically all the work I have done using this license I credit Prof Webb's excellent instruction for my clarity of understanding. I had a question sometime in the early 1990's that I expected Prof Webb could help with. I tracked him down and sure enough he gave me the advice I needed to solve the problem. I was also pleased that he remembered me as his student. I have thought of him often throughout my career and will continue to do so as I draw on the knowledge he imparted to me.
My utmost condolences go to the family of Mr. Webb. May the GOD of all comfort provide you with whatever is needed so you can cope with your great loss. Also you can look forward to a end to all causes of death and the heartaches it brings.
Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your father. I knew Professor Webb and recall that he was an incredible human being and professor who touched the lives of so many in a remarkable way throughout his years at Tulane. I've been a staff member here in the dean's office since 1991 and albeit a very short time, I am honored that I had the privilege to know and work with him.
I managed to survive Professor Webb's electrical machinery course at Tulane. He was a no-nonsense, very knowledgable instructer and all my classmates liked him and his jokes. My condolences to the family.
Pat Darby, BSEE 1965