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101, was born in Oroville, Washington, and died April 9th at Oak Crest Nursing Home, Baltimore. After graduating from Washington State College in Pullman, Washington, he worked as an electrical engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation at Grand Coulee Dam, Washington. During his forty year career with the Bureau, he developed technical equipment whose application to power generating and transmission facilities hastened the interconnection of systems throughout the United States, enhancing their reliability. As the recipient of many awards and honors, he had numerous patents used by public and private utilities. During World War II, Ferber developed an instrument which permitted uninterrupted flow of electricity to the power system serving the atomic bomb plant at Hanford and other vital installations. He rose to become Chief of the Research Division on electric power generation and distribution in Denver, Colorado. In 1970, Ferber Schleif received the Department of the Interior's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Gold Medal Award presented by the Secretary of the Interior in Washington DC. After his retirement from the Bureau, for ten years, he worked as a consultant on power system stability. In addition he volunteered his services, developing instruments to aid medical research at the University of Colorado Medical Center. Growing up on a farm, Ferber worked hard and recounted times when he came home from school and went out to shoot pheasant for dinner. He supported himself through college, working as a fireman in the university's fire department. Highly resourceful and self-reliant, he built furniture and could repair most equipment, mechanical or electrical. His motto was "anything that man can make, man can fix". Ferber Schleif is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Yoong Schleif of Baltimore; grandson Kelvin and wife Stacy Schleif and their two children in Connecticut and a niece Carol Ann Aguayo of Washington State. He was married for sixty years to Wilma Schleif who died in 1999.


Published in Denver Post on Apr. 20, 2014
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