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Rudolph Joseph Lambert

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Lambert, Rudolph Joseph Thursday, January 10, 2013, age 91. Born in Mishawaka, Indiana on July 4, 1921, Rudy was the youngest of the four sons of Alois and Alida Lambert. After graduating from high school he attended Purdue University for one year on an athletic scholarship. He subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to Swarthmore College through the V-12 Navy College Training Program, which was designed to supplement the force of commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Rudy earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Swarthmore and was inducted into the Sigma Tau engineering honorary society. After graduating, he was sent to the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School, from which he received his commission as an Ensign in the U.S.N.R. He then entered into active duty with the U.S. fleet, serving aboard the U.S.S. Crescent City troop transport. He left the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. In 1946 Rudy married fellow Swarthmore graduate Rosemary Ann Chubb, of London, England and Webster Groves. Once settled in the St. Louis area, Rudy went to work for White-Rodgers Company as an electrical engineer, where he eventually became Chief Engineer and the holder of patents related to thermostats and other appliance controls. After White-Rodgers was acquired by Emerson Electric, Rudy was made Vice-President and in time moved into the area of product liability, where he worked successfully for many years, into his 80's and well beyond his official retirement from Emerson. In addition to his wife of 66 years, Rudy is survived by his four daughters: Susan, of Leesburg, VA; Elizabeth (Lisa) Holekamp, of Glendale; Ann Good (Stephen), of Great Falls, VA; and Jane Stickney (Paul), of Lake Forest, IL. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Elizabeth Miller, of San Francisco, CA; Graham Miller, of Minneapolis, MN; Abigail Holekamp, of Washington, DC; and Michael Good, of Great Falls, VA. His surviving extended family includes numerous nieces and nephews. As Rudy's favorite place on earth was the family cottage in northwestern Michigan, a contribution in his memory may be made to the Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, 250 E. Front Street, Suite 310, Traverse City, MI 49684 (http://www.pointbetsie.org). Alternatively, a memorial contribution to the Saint Louis Zoo or to a is welcomed. Services: Memorial service: Saturday, January 26, 2013, 2:00 p.m., at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122. A reception will follow the service.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2013
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