Robert “Bob” Boydston
CHE ’49
Olympia, Wash.

Retired from IBM in 1984 after a 22-year career, United States Army veteran Robert “Bob” Boydston developed a method of dynamic optimization of a chemical reactor by computer control, a model describing the factors defining programmer productivity, and a model for determining the intrinsic value of a common stock. He obtained an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1954. A strong supporter of Illinois Tech, Boydston was recognized with both the Alumni Service Award and the ChE Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.

Irving X. Burg
ME ’38
Corona del Mar, Calif.

Irving X. Burg had a long and successful career in manufacturing, sales and promotions, and real estate. He would have instead preferred to play major league baseball, but after a short stint with the Cincinnati Reds minor league, Burg’s coach told him that a life on the diamond was not in his future. He served for four years in the United States Army Air Corps and in 1961 began working in real estate, developing a number of southern California communities. In 1965 he founded Preferred Properties and served as the company’s president. A leader in the Pasadena and Orange County Jewish neighborhoods, Burg also supported Illinois Tech and was a member of the President’s Council and the Gunsaulus Society.

Robert Dewar
College of Science
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Bennington, Vt.

Born in Oxford, United Kingdom, Robert Dewar was a computer scientist who helped to develop software languages and compilers, and a strong supporter of freely licensed open source software. He was co-founder, chief executive officer, and president of the AdaCore software company. Dewar began his career at Illinois Tech in 1968 as assistant professor of information science and then advanced to associate professor of computer science before leaving the university in 1975. A skilled musician, Dewar supported the Village Light Opera Group in New York City for more than three decades.

Donald E. Goss
Board of Trustees
Western Springs, Ill.

Donald E. Goss had a 37-year career at Ernst & Young (Arthur Young & Co.) until his retirement in 1990 as vice chair and regional managing partner. He served Illinois Tech in many capacities: as trustee of the IITRI Board of Directors beginning in 1982, chair of the IITRI Audit Committee and member of the Board of Governors from 1985, and director of Alion Science and Technology Corporation from May 2002–September 2009. Goss was also active with the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Chicago Zoological Society. 

Charles Horn III
MGT ’82
Deerfield, Ill.

Charles Horn III began honing his business acumen in treasury management and financial analysis before embarking on a 20-year career with BMO Harris Bank/BMO Capital Markets as vice president and managing director of new business development and sales. He left that role to join the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. and later founded Flight Style International, LLC, serving as its president. In addition to serving on the executive board of the North Shore Men’s Health Initiative, Horn was a member of the Stuart School of Business Board of Overseers and chair of the Admissions Committee of the Illinois Tech Alumni Board of Directors.

Raymond and Betty Nepute
Both BE ’51

Raymond and Betty Nepute met as Illinois Tech students, graduated together, and remained avid supporters of the university, even decorating their home in Atlanta with various types of Illinois Tech memorabilia. Betty Nepute was one of 12 female members of the Class of 1951; Raymond Nepute, a United States Army Signal Corps veteran, worked in private industry for 20 years then operated his own accounting practice for the next three decades. Betty Nepute preceded her husband in death by eight months.