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Robert W. Bottcher, 44, a professor at North Carolina State University (NC State), died April 22, 2002.

Bottcher received his bachelor of science degree from Cornell University in 1979. After earning his master of science and doctorate degrees in biological and agricultural engineering from NC State in 1981 and 1985, he became an assistant professor in the department of biological and agricultural engineering at NC State. He was named a professor in 1995.

Bottcher was an internationally recognized expert in the field of environmental conditions in confined animal housing. An 18-year member of ASAE, he was vice chair of the International Meetings Committee, member of the Meetings Council, associate editor for the Structures and Environment Division, and served on several Structures and Environment Committees.

Bottcher was also ASAE's representative to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). In 1997, he received the New Holland Young Researcher Award.

He is survived by a daughter, Anna Elizabeth Bottcher of Cary, N.C.

Memorials may be sent to the Robert W Bottcher Memorial Fund, NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Campus Box 7645, Raleigh, NC 27695-7645, USA.

Bryon T. Aasland, 91, of St. Anne, Ill., died Feb. 18, 2002. He earned a mechanical engineering degree in 1933 from Iowa State University and upon graduation received a Second Lieutenant commission in the Organized Officers' Army Reserve Corps. He had been a member of ASAE for 64 years.

Aasland began his career at David Bradley Manufacturing Works in 1934 designing farm implements. He was promoted to chief engineer in 1941. In 1975, he retired as vice president of engineering at the David Bradley Division of the Roper Corporation. Following his retirement he worked for 10 years as an engineering consultant for Roper Corp. He was granted eight patents by the United States Patent Office.

He is survived by a daughter, Kathryn Treece of St. Anne, Ill.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1580 Butterfield Trail, Kankakee, IL 60901, USA.

William O. Ree, 89, former research hydraulic engineer with the ARS's Water Conservation Research Laboratory in Stillwater, Okla., died March 23, 2002, in Bryan, Texas.

Ree received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1935 from the University of Wisconsin and joined the USDA, Soil Conservation Service as a hydraulic structures designer at the Spartanburg Outdoor Hydraulic Laboratory, Spartanburg, S.C. In 1941, he helped relocate the laboratory to Stillwater where it later became the Water Conservation Structures Laboratory. Ree continued to lead the laboratory until his retirement in 1975. Following his retirement, he served on the staff of Colorado State University on the Egypt Water Use Project until 1984.

The early work on vegetated channels conducted under Ree's leadership laid the groundwork for current standards for the design of vegetated waterways. This work was recognized in the 1990 designation as an ASAE Historic Landmark. Ree earned the ASAE Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award in 1991. He had been a member of ASAE for 54 years.

ASAE Fellow, John C. Nye, RE., 57, director of Delaware Cooperative Extension, died April 30, 2002.

Nye earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural engineering from Kansas State University in 1968. He received his master's and doctorate degrees from Purdue University in 1970 and 1971.

In 1971, he joined the faculty at Purdue. In 1984 he became department head of the biological and agricultural engineering department at Louisiana State University. He became dean and director of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delaware in 1991. A member of ASAE for 29 years, Nye served on the Massey-Ferguson Gold Medal (M-112) and Engineering and Technology Accreditation (P-204) Committees.

In 1990, he was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. "Keeping the Dream Alive" award from Louisiana State University. Nye was also a pilot and certified flight instructor.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria of Newark, Del.; a daughter, Jaffe of Morgantown, Pa.; two sons, Donn of Davie, Fla. and Paul of Newark; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the John C. Nye Memorial Scholarship Fund, ASAE Foundation, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085, USA.

Gerald S. Birth, 75, of Minneapolis, Mm., died March 27, 2002. He had been a member of ASAE for 38 years. Birth retired in 1989 from the Quality Assessment Research Unit at the Russell Research Center in Athens, Ga. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in agricultural engineering from Purdue University.
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