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 <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


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The University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

JOHN O. OUTWATER January 2, 1923 - August 12, 2009

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.

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.

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.

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
Phone: 802-656-8748

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