Daily Archives: July 8, 2019

JNEWS: Blenner, Mark [MC2004] receives a PECASE award



Mark Blenner of Clemson University awarded Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Media Release
Paul Alongi, College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
July 8, 2019

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CLEMSON — A Clemson University associate professor whose research could help enable long-term space missions and search for some of the globe’s most destructive weapons is receiving the U.S. government’s highest honor for early-career scientists and engineers.

Mark Blenner, the McQueen-Quattlebaum Associate Professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, also called PECASE.

“It’s an honor to be included among such an esteemed group of scientists and engineers from across the country,” Blenner said. “I’d like to thank all who made it possible, including the undergraduate and graduate students who work in my lab, as well as all of my mentors and my colleagues at Clemson University.”

Blenner was among 311 researchers nationwide, including two from South Carolina, honored with the award, according to the White House.

“The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology,” it stated.

Blenner is the fifth Clemson University researcher to win the award since it was commissioned in 1996 by the cabinet-level National Science and Technology Council. He is the second winner from Clemson’s chemical and biomolecular engineering department.

Blenner works with bacteria and yeast to make new enzymes that are able to do things nature has not yet figured out. The research gives the students in his lab a chance to work on the cutting edge of synthetic biology.

In one project, Blenner and his team are working to engineer yeast to convert respiration carbon dioxide, algae biomass and urine into 3D printable plastics and nutritional omega-3 fats. Astronauts on missions to Mars could, for example, use the plastics to make new tools and use the omega-3 fatty acids for maintaining health.

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Blenner received his Ph.D. and Master of Science in chemical engineering, both from Columbia University. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Manhattan College.

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Blenner, Mark [MC????]

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Dear John,

               I believe that Mark is a member of the Class of 2004.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Blenner, Mark [MC2004]

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JOBIT: Crane, William Grace [MC1953 RIP] 2019-Jul-02



William Grace Crane
1932 – 2019

POUGHKEEEPSIE – William Grace Crane, Esq. , 87 of the Town of Poughkeepsie, passed away suddenly at his residence on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Born in Manhattan on March 25, 1932, he was the son of Thomas and Rosalind Illions Crane. He had a colorful youth working with his family business Charles M. Illions Carousel Works and other establishments in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

He was a graduate of Manhattan College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with Honors and St. John’s University School of Law as Co-Valedictorian with Mario Cuomo. He proudly served his country with the US Army from 1953-1955.

Admitted to the New York State and Federal Bar in 1958, he practiced as a trial lawyer for 61 years in Albany, New York City, White Plains and Poughkeepsie. He was also employed by the the Unified NYS Court System for 35 years, retiring as the Chief Clerk of the Dutchess County Surrogates Court under the Honorable George Bernhardt. In addition, he successfully defended his client in the landmark United State Supreme Court Decision Brady v. Corbin 495 U.S. 508 (1990) reaffirming the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

On August 21, 1958 at St. Denis Church in Yonkers, NY, Bill married Catherine Ann Polsenski. His beloved wife predeceased him on December 29, 2012.

William is survived by his four children; William G. Crane, Jr. D.O. of Watertown, NY, Matthew D. Crane, M.P.A., M.F.A, C.P.A., Brooklyn NY, Genevieve M. Crane, Phoenix, AZ and Bridget C. Crane, M.P.A., Westminster, MA.; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandson and his brother, Peter Sokolow and sister-in-law Salvatrice. He was predeceased by his son James F. Crane.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 9 from 4-7 pm at Parmele, Auchmoody & Schoonmaker Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 am from St. Martin De Porres Church, 118 Cedar Valley Rd., Poughkeepsie. Entombment will follow in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to St. Martin De Porres Church.

For directions and condolences, please visit http://www.hudsonvalleyfuneralhomes.com

Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 7 to July 9, 2019


Crane, William Grace [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link 

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July 8, 2019
Hi Folks…..
We read with sadness the passing of Bill this week….. what a great guy! First meet Bill as a youth when my grandfather, Dad and uncle shared office space with the Rosen Law Firm back in the early sixties…My Grandpa Joe thought a lot of Bill..as did Dad and Uncle Dick….. And of course…..who will ever forget summers spent at YMCA camp WAWA SEGOWEA….with Billy…we had a lot of fun! Oh, I hope this helps…..May God Keep You Bill….. with warm personal regard we are the McCabe’s of Poughkeepsie.

Dan and Jeff McCabe
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July 8, 2019
To the Crane family I am so sorry for you loss.
Marcia Haigh, Boston, MA
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July 7, 2019
Dr. Crane, Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. My condolences to you and your family’s loss
Norma, Erie, PA
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July 7, 2019
Bill was a person you could always count on to do the right thing and fight for you with his knowledge of the law. We have the utmost respect for him. I’m so sorry for your loss. Will miss him. Sincerely 
Pamela Falco, Sanford, FL
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July 7, 2019

Very sorry to learn that you have left us so suddenly and I trust that you left peacefully.

Thank you so much for your sincere friendship and helps. Will miss your wisdom and jokes. Your kindness and wits will always be remembered in our hearts.

May you R.I.P. and enjoy the heaven.

Ed & Ella
Hong Kong

Billy & Matthew, Please accept our condolence! Bill is a super guy!

Stay in touch.

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I believe that Bill is a member of that great Class of 1953.

He was a great lawyer and a good friend.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Sorry for the loss of your friend.]

Crane, William Grace [MC1953 RIP]

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JUPDATE: Cronin, Edward P. Jr. [MC1956 RIP] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JOBIT: Cronin, Edward P. Jr. [MC1956 RIP] 2019-Jun-30


Edward P. Cronin Jr.
1933 – 2019

Guestbook: Same link 

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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Dear John,

              I believe that Edward is a member of the Class of 1956.

                                   May He Ret In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cronin, Edward P. Jr. [MC1956 RIP]

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