on November 15, 2013 - 4:07 PM
May 7, 1921 – Nov. 13, 2013
Howard E. Strauss, a professor emeritus and former associate dean in the engineering department at the University at Buffalo, died Wednesday in Canterbury Woods, Amherst. He was 92.
Born in Buffalo, he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and his master’s degree from the University of Buffalo.
He served in the Navy in World War II and was on the staff of the Navy Reserve Officers School in Buffalo from 1953 to 1970.
Mr. Strauss joined the UB faculty in 1947 as an instructor in engineering. In addition to teaching courses in thermodynamics and energy systems, he served in a variety of administrative posts and was chairman of several universitywide committees.
He was appointed assistant dean in 1966, then served as acting dean for the following academic year. He was promoted to associate dean for student services in 1978. He was the university marshal from 1975 to 1977 and was chairman of the Hearing Committee for the Maintenance of Public Order for 10 years.
From 1958 to 1964, he was associated with the Carbon Research Laboratory here as a research assistant. He was a chairman of the Buffalo Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was active for many years with the Engineering Society of Buffalo.
Mr. Strauss received several honors for teaching, including a pair of Instructor of the Year awards from the Engineering Student Honor Society, Educator of the Year in 1984 from the Professional Engineering Society of Western New York and the Dean’s Award for Engineering Achievement when he retired in 1985.
He was the author of a book-length study, “The Effect of Localized Heat Transfer Coefficients on the Temperature Distribution Within an Infinitely Long Cylinder,” which was published in 1954.
His wife of 67 years, Harriet Doig Strauss, died Nov. 4.
Survivors include three sons, John, Roger and Robert; a daughter, Carol Thompson; a brother, Roger; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St.