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Well, unlike most of the obits posted here, the one I posted was at 
least on topic: a Vermonter whose life's work was researching skiing safety.

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> On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 3:22 PM, Joshua Auerbach 
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>         The University of Vermont College of Engineering and
>         Mathematical Sciences
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>         JOHN O. OUTWATER January 2, 1923 - August 12, 2009
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>         Dr. John O. Outwater was Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
>         in the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
>         from September 1, 1956 to May 32, 1993 when he retired. He was
>         known as the “Father of Ski Safety” and had over 120 research
>         papers.  In addition to teaching at UVM, he formed The Vermont
>         Instrument Co. and  was able to measure the force necessary to
>         break the leg bone. He then worked with manufacturers in the
>         United States and Germany to develop ski bindings based on
>         height and weight, still in use today, that release before a
>         bone breaks.  He obtained his Ph.D., from Cambridge
>         University, England, in 1976, and received his B.A. from
>         Cambridge University, England in 1943, an M.A. from Cambridge
>         University in 1948, and a Sc.D. from Massachusetts Institute
>         of Technology in 1950. He was a registered professional
>         engineer in the State of Vermont, was listed in Who’s Who in
>         America,  was named Vermont Engineer of the Year, and
>         Outstanding Educator of America.
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>         He led four archeology expeditions for the Wenner Glen
>         Foundation to Olanaytambo, Mexico, Peru and Haiti to locate
>         quarries to study the Incas who were able to cut massive
>         stones without metal tools.
>          In addition to his research on ski safety and mechanisms of
>         injury, he studied slope design, tree mechanics with sap flow,
>         composite materials, pultrusion; fracture mechanics test
>         methods, and variation of elastic constants. His papers were
>         published in prestigious journals such as The Journal of
>         Biomechanics and the Journal of Comp. Materials. His papers
>         included titles such as: "On the Skiability of Snow,"
>         published in Skiing Trauma and Safety and "The Engineering
>         Problem of Ski Safety," published in Journal of Biomechanics.
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>         A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in
>         Shelburne, VT on Saturday, September 7, 2009 at 11 a.m.  
>         Contributions to his memory can be made to the Vermont Mozart
>         Festival, 3 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401, or to the John
>         & Alice Outwater Mechanical Engineering Endowment Fund, The
>         University of Vermont, 411 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405.
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>         Dawn Densmore, Director Outreach & Public Relations
>         UVM, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
>         Phone: 802-656-8748
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>     Dawn Densmore, Director, Outreach & Public Relations
>     UVM, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
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