Mystery Image #14

Posted by Amy the Archivist on February 27, 2009 in

I feel a little embarrassed when I post an image of a professor that I can't identify -- especially when the prof is still active on campus. The photos in my mystery file tend to be 15-25 years old and since I don't cross paths with faculty on a regular basis, it's not surprising that my knowledge is limited. The ability to reach out to the Rensselaer community through this blog has been very helpful. Keep the comments coming! Readership has increased significantly this week (thank you alumni ;)), so I expect a quick ID on this mystery image!

Mystery Image 14


Joann Taylor '81
Wed, 04/15/2009 - 11:58 Permalink

This fellow's photo has been bugging me. In the recent Rensselaer alumni mag, there is a photo of Gerald Friedman from the Geology Department...
the hairline is similar but there is a big age diff. between the photos.

I do, however, wonder if this might be a photo of a much younger Dr. Friedman??

Thu, 04/16/2009 - 08:16 Permalink

We have some younger photos of Dr. Friedman and this is definitely not him. Thanks for trying though!

Ted Weidner '77
Sun, 05/17/2009 - 08:11 Permalink

It looks like it might be Mark Abkowitz, Civil Engineering in the early 1980's. Mark left for Vanderbilt, he's still there.

In reply to by egglel

Fri, 06/05/2009 - 08:43 Permalink

I think Ted may be correct about this identity. I've looked at other photos of Mark Abkowitz, but, unfortunately, I'm still not certain enough to add this image to the file. I'm hesitant to contact Dr. Abkowitz out of the blue and ask, "hey is this you?" :-)

Ted Weidner
Mon, 07/27/2009 - 22:32 Permalink

Amy, sorry about delay. I just e-mailed Mark. The message might end up in his spam folder because I haven't spoken to him since the 80's and wasn't a student of his. Good luck.

Ted Weidner
Thu, 07/30/2009 - 20:31 Permalink

I just got a response from Mark Abkowitz. While he speaks fondly of time at RPI, he (and his wife) do not think that is him. So, the mystery continues.

In reply to by egglel

Fri, 07/31/2009 - 08:15 Permalink

Thanks so much for contacting Mark. It's great that he responded! Too bad the id remains a mystery...

Daniel Hogan 2010
Tue, 08/31/2010 - 23:34 Permalink

It might be Prof. Peter Persans from the Physics Department

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