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In Memoriam - Dr. Ting Huang and David George Rognlie 

It is with great sadness that we report the death of two of our dear ICDD friends: Ting Huang and David Rognlie.

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Ting Huang died in his sleep on September 1, 2013. Ting had a very distinguished scientific career that included many advances in X-ray analysis while he was a scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. Ting was particularly well known for his expertise in the analyses of electronic materials, especially thin films, and had numerous frequently-cited publications in the field. 

Ting was also deeply involved in promoting the international scientific community and spent significant portions of his life in both the United States and China, where he was a frequent guest lecturer, invited speaker, and visiting scientist. Among the awards recognizing his achievements were the German Alexander Von Humbolt Award for senior distinguished US scientists, the Jenkins Award for lifetime achievement in X-ray analysis, ICDD’s Distinguished Fellow Award, and a joint ICDD/DXCOC special recognition award for his editorial work with two international publications, Powder Diffraction and Advances in X-ray Analysis. At the time of his death, Ting was the Editor-in-Chief for Powder Diffraction.  Dr. Huang served the ICDD in many other roles including being a member of the Board of Directors (2004-2008), Consulting Editor of  the Powder Diffraction File (1994-1996); Technical Committee Chairman (1992-1998); Consultant to the Board of Directors (1988-1992); ICDD Representative to the U.S. National Committee for Crystallography (1994-1996) and the IUCr Commission on Crystallographic Data (1992-1994); and Chairman and Member of various Board of Directors' Committees and Technical Subcommittees. Ting was also a friend, teacher and mentor to numerous students and colleagues and he will be missed.



David George Rognlie peacefully passed away on July 29, 2013 after a short battle with cancer.

Dave was born in Halstad, Minnesota, on November 26, 1934 and spent his childhood in Climax, Minnesota. He excelled in both academics and sports - basketball in particular- and was awarded an Ireland Lumber Scholarship to the University of North Dakota from which he received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1956.

Dave started his career with General Electric, then set off on his own and founded Blake Industries, Inc. in New Jersey, in the mid-1960s. As President of Blake Industries, he built a successful business in the manufacture, import and sale of precise scientific equipment which he ran until his death. Dave was well known by the powder diffraction community in North America, as the precision scientific equipment he provided was used to custom design diffractometers at many companies and national laboratories. As the President of Blake Industries, he was an annual participant at the Denver X-ray Conference for over 30 years, and an ICDD distributor. For those who worked with Dave, he was known for his professionalism, zest for life, and his positive attitude. Dave is survived by his daughter Heidi and her husband, his grandson Axel, and his companion of many years, Fern Letnes.