FREDERIC R. "RICK" MORGENTHALER
1933 - 2015
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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.


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Published in Boston Globe from Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2015.
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August 15, 2015
Dear Barbara, Ann, and Janet,
I was greatly saddened to hear of Rick's passing from my son Jim, who knew him as "Uncle Rick." Rick was one of my oldest and dearest friends and mentors, starting when I came to MIT in 1953. Rick devoted his life to electromagnetics, his family, his colleagues, and his friends. Rick set the highest standards of scholarship and integrity. He will be sorely missed. With love, John Penhune and the whole extended Penhune family.
John Penhune
June 26, 2015
Dear Janet, Malik, Setenay, and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. I know how much your family's father, husband, and grandfather will be missed, and hope you are comforted by many happy memories of a life well lived.
Karen Merguerian
June 25, 2015
Dear Ann, with sadness we heard about the death of your father. We offer our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Ursula and Klaus Brandt
Ursula Brandt
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