George Serovy, mechanical engineering alumnus and previous Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, passed away November 14 at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames. George Kaspar Serovy was born in 1926 to George and Helen (Kaspar) Serovy. He enrolled at Iowa State College in 1943, and earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering after enlisting in the Navy and serving in St. Louis. Afterwards, he worked with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor of NASA, in Cleveland from 1947 to 1948, where he explored his interest in turbomachinery. George returned to Iowa State in 1958 to complete his Ph.D., then taught as the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering until his retirement in 1991. He taught in both Lausanne, Switzerland and Paris as an exchange professor on two separate sabbaticals. George was active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Gas Turbine Institute, and also consulted for NATO and many leaders in the aeronautics and turbomachinery industries. George is survived by his wife, Joy, five children, five granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. He is remembered for his loyalty, integrity and wit, and as an avid walker, jazz lover, saxophonist and world traveler.
George Serovy, ME alumnus and professor emeritus passes away
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