Morgenthaler, Frederic R. "Rick" 82, of Wellesley, died on June 21, 2015. He was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, obeying Wilbur Wright's advice to succeed in life by "… pick[ing] out a good father and mother and begin[ning] life in Ohio." He received the S.B. and S.M. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956. After serving for two years as a Lieutenant in the Air Force, he returned to MIT where he received the Ph.D. in 1960 and joined the MIT faculty the same year. He was Professor of Electrical Engineering for 37 years. His research and teaching centered on the fields of microwave magnetics and the electrodynamics of waves and media. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of numerous honorary professional societies. He authored over 100 scientific papers, a textbook ("The Power and Beauty of Electromagnetic Fields" published by Wiley), and was granted a dozen patents. Rick was an avid reader, traveler, and classical music aficionado. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara Pullen Morgenthaler; his two daughters Ann Rappaport of Wellesley and Janet Krolman of Calgary, Canada; two sons-in-law; and four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Rick to the Vernon Cancer Center, Attention: Joan Archer, NWH Charitable Foundation, 2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462.
Published in Boston Globe from Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2015.