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Here we remember deceased slide rule collectors
who had a public presence in the slide rule world
and take note of their contributions.
They are listed most recent first.
???? – 2012
Helped publish the Journal of the Oughtred Society from the founding of the OS until 2011.
Bernard Carter Boykin
1921 – May 12, 2011
Born in Ruxton, Maryland. He earned
a BS degrees in Chemistry from Williams College in 1942/43 and another in Chemical
Engineering from John Hopkins University in 1954. During World War II he was a
radar officer in the United States Navy. Bernard manufactured the Boykin RotaRule
from his home in Ruxton, Maryland. His design was started in 1957, with manufacturing
commencing in the early 60's. Though based on the expired patent of Dempster's
RotaRule, last built in 1948, Boykin improved the slide rule with better materials
and scale arrangements. About 200 units were sold prior to 1973. He owned Boykin
Electro Tech and in 1991 founded the Whitby/Brewer (Yacht) Association. As of 2009
he was active at age 85 and enjoyed sailing with his wife Carolyn. Bernard died of
leukemia at age 89. In addition to his wife, Mr. Boykin is survived by three daughters,
Carol Boykin of Ruxton, Betsy Boykin of Bolton Hill and Bobbie Boykin of Larchmont, N.Y.;
and two grandsons.
Wayne E. Feely, PhD
May 24, 1931 - January 27, 2011
Of Rydal, Pennsylvania. Member of the Oughtred Society and
contributor to the JOS. Wayne was born and raised in Brooklyn,
New York where he graduated from high school. He was a graduate of
the Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn and received his doctorate in chemistry
from the University of Rochester in 1957. He served in the United States Army, being honorably discharged in 1962
after reaching the rank of First Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps. Wayne worked for 36 years as a research
chemist for Rohm and Haas, a multi-national chemicals manufacturing company in Pennsylvania, until his
retirement in the early 1990's. He accumulated 21 U.S. Patents. Wayne is best known amongst slide rule
collectors for his expertise on Fuller and Thacher cylindical slide rules.
Wayne outlived his wife Jeanette, They had 3 children, Bennett, Susan and Janet and two step-sons Chuck and Chris,
and at his death at age 79, eight grandchildren.
Harold (Dave) David Rueb
1939 - 2009
Dave was an avid slide rule collector and had one of the largest K&E collections. He worked as a
structural engineer for 40 years, and for 37 years as the owner of H.D. Rueb Structural Engineer.
Obtained his Architectural Engineering Degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo ('61). Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Upon graduation, he served our country as a Captain of the Civil Engineering Squadron in
the U.S. Air Force ('62-'68). Dave was stationed at Duluth AFB in Minnesota and Elmendorf AFB
in Anchorage, Alaska. Master's Degree in Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley ('69).
Dave engineered over 5,000 buildings in 10 states, including churches,
public schools, office buildings, retirement centers, country clubs, shopping centers, commercial
buildings, medical buildings and private residences. A few examples of his projects included the
Alhambra High School, Longs Drug Stores and the prison retrofit at Alcatraz Island.
He is survived by his wife Leslie Marie (Olson) Rueb and three sons.
Click photo to see Dave's slide rule display
Osborne Ingle Price
September 30, 1930 – June 3, 2008
Osborne was one of the original founders of the Oughtred Society that first met together in 1991.
As the publicity director, he helped to expand the membership in its early years.
The list of American slide rule patents was one of his many contributions to the slide rule community. He
studied mechanical engineering at the Stevens Institute in Hoboken, NJ, earning his degree in 1955.
After a stint in the U.S. Navy he ran his father's business, Magnetic Devices, then relocated to Los Altos, CA.
He is survived by his wife Elfried in San Jose, CA.
November 13, 1941 – December 6, 2005
John specialized in collecting K&E rules, with a strong
interest in Pickett as well. In 2002, John described how he
started with slide rules in 1960:
"I used a K&E 4181-3 ; we were mandated to use either a
4081-3 or 4181-3 in our freshman slide rule class. I chose the cheaper
(very important to a married 18 year old) rule and never regretted it despite
the dire predictions from some faculty about dimensional stability and
durability. I never really needed a more complex rule while working in
graduate school as an electrical engineer." [ISRG, message 15929]
March 5, 1933 – March 11, 2005
Dick operated The Slide Rule Emporium,
the major source for new-in-box Pickett slide rules.
Dick was a friend to many.
December 19, 1948 – January 25, 2005
Joe was a regular contributor to the ISRG list from its
beginnings, with the handle "JoeDentist,"
perhaps best known for his Schmendrolog
April Fools' Day hoax.
Herman van Herwijnen
October 15, 1929 – August 8, 2004
Herman was a prominent member of the Dutch Circle
of Slide Rule Collectors.
His major work was a CD database with over 5000
slide rules cataloged (including images).
In addition he co-authored
the book Calculating on Slide Rule and Disc
and published many times
in the Journal of the Oughtred
He was also a seller of slide rules.
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November 27, 1951 – July 19, 2003
Michael's slide rule accomplishments ranged from
development of the K&E and Pickett master XREF spreadsheets,
to moderating the ISRG discussion list,
to writing for
the Journal of the Oughtred Society.
with many collectors around the world.
Schwartzer and Prince, from newspaper obituaries;
van Herwijnen, from Otto van Poelje;
O'Leary, from Jim Cerny.