George Whiteman Forman 1919 - 2006
Memorial services for George Whiteman Forman, 86, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Inurnment will be in Pioneer Cemetery.Mr. Forman died Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence.He was born Dec. 9, 1919, in Salt Lake City, the son of Frank and Daisy Forman. He attended Kansas City Junior College and graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1941. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas University in 1967.Mr. Forman taught courses in machine design, strength of materials, mathematics and thermodynamics at KU for 30 years and retired in 1985. He was the first recipient of the Gould Award in 1967. He worked for Hamilton Standard under orders from the U.S. Navy during World War II.He was the mechanical engineering manager for Marley Co. in Kansas City and did research with Butler Manufacturing. He worked as a consulting engineer for Bendix, Sandia National Labs, Sandia Livermore and at Lawrence Livermore National Labs. He was chairman of the KU department of mechanical engineering from 1973 to 1979. He was a registered professional engineer in Missouri for 50 years.Mr. Forman provided consulting engineering services for many private and municipal clients and testified many times as an expert witness. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Tau Beta Pi.He married Ruth Skaggs on Aug. 9, 1941, in Forest Hills, N.Y. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a son, John, Newcastle, Calif.; a daughter, Jane Forman Cigard, Baldwin; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.A son, Larry, died in 2003.The family suggests memorials to the George W. Forman Mechanical Engineering Scholarship Fund through KU Endowment, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.E-mail condolences may be sent to <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>.