Category: In Memoriam

Memorial service for Robert H. Simpson held on Feb. 19, 2015

Memorial service for Robert H. Simpson held on Feb. 19, 2015

A memorial service for Robert H. (Bob) Simpson, FE 79, who died on Dec, 19, 2014, was held on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at the Foundry Methodist Church in Washington. Dr. Simpson was 102 years old when he died. To the public he was best-known as the “Simpson” in the categories 1 to 5 scale of hurricane strength. To atmospheric scientists and weather forecasters  he was a towering figure in the history of hurricane research and forecasting.On March 8, 2014 the ECWG held a luncheon at the Cosmos Club honoring Dr. Simpson. The Sunday, Dec. 12, 2014 Washington Post has an informative obituary on Dr Simpson.

Frank R. Power, MN ’93, dies

Frank R. Power, MN ’93, dies

Frank R. Power, MN ’93, died on May 8, 2014.

“Frank was a past chairman (of the ECWG), longtime board and committee member who worked tirelessly for the chapter. He was  friend to all and will be greatly missed.  Our deepest sympathies to Marie and family,” Don Gerson, FE, 78, said.

Mr. Power served as the Explorers Club Washington Group (ECWG) Chair in  2001 and 2002 after serving as vice chair in 1999 and 2000. He then served on the Board of Directors as an active vice chair with a vote from 2003 through 2007.

Many in the ECWG probably best knew him as the organizer the the annual Bombash, a weekend outing that was an ECWG tradition, from 2003 through 2012.   (The source of the name has been lost in the mists of history.)

Mr. Power also organized the June 201o ECWG picnic at the National Arboretum and the June 2011 picnic at the Hillwood Estate. From 2004 through 2012 he spoke at nine ECWG programs.

He also served on the committee that organized the international Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner held in Washington in 2013.

“I will especially remember Frank for all of the work he did coordinating with the Cosmos Club and answering my many questions as we organized the luncheon honoring Bob Simpson,  FE ’79, at the Cosmos Club on March 8, 2014,” said Jack Williams, FN ’03.

Mr. Power is survived by his wife, Marie F. Power; his children Kathy M. Lencsak (Carmine), Beth P. Bugler (Tom) and Ed R. Power (Tracy). his grandchildren Bridget, Grace, Maggie, Charlie, Catherine, Molly and Eddie,  his sister-in-law, Kathleen F. O’Dea, niece Amanda O’Dea Dillon and nephew, John P. O’Dea.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Raphael Catholic Church, Falls and Dunster Roads, Potomac, Maryland on Saturday, May 17, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

You may view and sign the family guest book at:http://www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituary/Robert-F.-Power/Rockville-MD/1380904