MONTPELIER - Radu Stefanel Florea died of natural causes at his home in Montpelier on April 15, 2013.
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Radu was born in Romania on March 1, 1971. He became a permanent resident of the United States on March 24, 2008.
Radu came to Norwich in January as a visiting assistant professor in the mechanical engineering department. Prior to Norwich he was a research assistant at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University, where he was awarded his doctorate in mechanical engineering in December 2012. He received his master's degree in mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University in 2002; a master's degree in mechanical engineering for the railway industry, and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1999 and 1995 respectively. He was the author or co-author of a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles in mechanical engineering and materials science, and continued to contribute to those fields.
Radu is survived by his mother and step-father, who are travelling from Romania, as well as many other family members and friends.
Besides his academic interests, Radu loved playing soccer, skiing and chocolate. He was most at home in the great outdoors enjoying the wonders of nature. He had quite the sense of humor, and was a man of great faith. He enjoyed being with his friends and his solitude.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. in White Chapel on the Norwich University campus. The service will be conducted by the Rev. William Wick, Norwich University chaplain, and Father Caleb Abetti from the St. Jacob of Alaska Orthodox Church in Northfield Falls. Following the service there will be a reception for the family and close friends at the Sullivan Museum.
Gifts to assist his family can be forwarded to Mrs. Jane Lane at the David Crawford School of Engineering, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663.
Published in Times Argus on Apr. 19, 2013