Mystery Image #18

Posted by John Dojka on September 15, 2009 in

If you're new to this blog, let me explain what the mystery images are all about.  We have a large photograph collection that contains images of RPI people, subjects and events.  When photographs arrive in the Archives from various sources, we file them into the collection.  This all works great -- when the photos are identified!  If the photos are not marked in any way, then it's up to me or other Archives staff to figure out who, what or when.  If we draw a blank, the photos go into a stack of "unidentified photos" until we get some helpful information. Comments on this blog have helped identify many of these images!

Now let's get to the next mystery image.  Just a simple shot of a man walking down a hallway.  Do you know who he is?


Joann Taylor '81
Wed, 09/16/2009 - 15:31 Permalink

The building is almost certainly Cogswell - based on the appearance of the floors, the double doors and the narrow windows with the wooden bar rails. It is also probably the second floor - those flowers are probably outside of an admin's office. Maybe the third floor but definitely not the first floor.

I was there from 1978-1985 and he doesn't look like anyone from the chemistry department from that timeframe.

Cogswell was build a few years before my tenure there and I suspect that this photo predates me. Someone who has been around in the Chem Dept. (try Ron Bailey) can probably tell you who this fellow is.


Tue, 09/22/2009 - 23:43 Permalink


I'm not 100% sure, but I believe that is former Prof. Jeffrey A. Bell. He studied x-ray crystallography of biological molecules (he appears to be carrying an X-ray film cassette under his arm).

Was at RPI until 1998, and is now at Schrödinger Inc. -- you could try contacting him to confirm.


PS I love the Mystery Image series!

In reply to by egglel

Fri, 09/25/2009 - 13:34 Permalink

Thanks Dave & Joann for your comments. The only other visual we have of Prof. Bell is a black & white negative so I don't have much for comparison. His office was in Cogswell so that fits. It's good to know where he is now for further reference.

Andres Godoy
Wed, 12/02/2009 - 00:53 Permalink

This looks like Paul from the stock room in Cogswell.


Christine Jubic
Mon, 02/15/2010 - 04:08 Permalink

This looks like it could be my sisters ex-husband, now deceased. He was a chemistry student at RPI during the 60s-70s and aft grad, went on to work for NASA "growing mushrooms" in space. Not sure but this pic sure looks like him w/out is gold rimmed glasses or w/out his long hair. His name was Zpignew Korszun but his friends called him Richard or Rich. Hope this helps. I love a mystery too. I am looking for my own pic that appeared in a RPI year book around 1968 - 71. Do you know if they publish the yearbooks on line or will I have to go to the library to look through the pics?

I also am interested RPI insofar as they are credited for discovering the Capital District NY Area as the Fall-Out Capital of the Nation;

Anyone interested in this subject is welcome to join "Uncle Sams Down-Winders Club" Yahoo Group by clicking on to the link (above)
or click on to the "my website" link of this page

In reply to by egglel

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 13:10 Permalink

Christine, I will look to see if we have other photos of Mr. Korszun to compare. The yearbooks are not online so you have to come here to look through them. Thanks for stopping by the blog.

In reply to by egglel

Thu, 02/25/2010 - 09:08 Permalink

I was looking through a campus newsletter from 1992 this morning and saw a photo of this mystery man. Dave was right -- it is Jeffery Bell, a professor in chemistry. I love the serendipity of my job!

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