G. Dale Sheckels, 88, of Greenfield, professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, died June 16 at Buckley Healthcare.
Born in Seattle, he received a B.S. from the University of Washington, an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University, all in electrical engineering.
He taught electrical engineering at the University of Washington and Montana State University in Bozeman prior to his appointment as department head of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1959, a post he held until 1972. He retired in 1982.
He had also worked at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, Standard Oil of California, Puget Sound Power and Light, the Radiation Lab at MIT, General Electric Co., Martin Co. and North American Aviation and was a consultant to many companies.
He was member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and the National Council of Engineering Examiners. He also belonged to the Engineering Council for Professional Development and the state Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.
He was a member of the Retired Faculty Association.
His wife, Dorothy (Jensen) Sheckels, died in 2001.
He leaves two sons, Thomas G. Sheckels of Moorestown, N.J., and William J. Sheckels of Greenfield; a sister, Virginia Peterson of Seattle, and four grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to any charity.