Roger Eichhorn, a former dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, died Monday in Houston. He was 84.
Eichhorn came to UK in the mid-1960s as a professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 1975, he was named dean of the College of Engineering.
"He was an exceptionally dedicated person to the education of young engineers," said John Hahn, a retired engineering faculty member. "He spent all his time trying to make the college a national leader, and he essentially did that."
"His work in heat transfer was very well known internationally," said Kozo Saito, director of UK's Institute of Research for Technology Development.
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Eichhorn left UK in 1982 to go to the University of Houston, where he was dean of the Cullen College of Engineering until 1996.
Born in 1931 in rural Minnesota, Eichhorn's first eight years of education were in a one-room schoolhouse.
He excelled at the University of Minnesota, where he studied electrical and mechanical engineering and earned his Ph.D.
Before coming to Kentucky, Eichhorn was a professor of mechanical engineering at Princeton University in New Jersey.
A reception will be held May 16 at the Bayou Bend's Education Center in Houston.
Memorial contributions may go to the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering.