Intercom Online......May 4, 2000


Jack Edward Pontius, associate librarian in Penn State University Libraries, died Wednesday, April 5, at the age of 59.

Pontius joined the Libraries faculty as a reference librarian in 1972. He was the communications librarian and head of the periodicals and microforms departments. For 20 years, he was the Libraries' liaison to the College of Communications.

He received a bachelor's degree in history from Indiana University in 1964 and a master's degree in library science from Columbia University in 1968. His areas of expertise were in communications literature, contemporary and historical newspapers, and micrographics. He was nationally known for his expertise in micropublishing.

Pontius developed the Mass Media Index, a Web-based index to journals in mass media, originally created for Penn State students and faculty, but now used worldwide. He also helped to implement the first databases in LIAS, the Libraries Information Access System.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 123 S. Sparks St., State College, Pa. 16801; or to the Paterno Libraries Endowment, Office of the Dean, The Pennsylvania State University Libraries, 510 Paterno Library, University Park, Pa. 16802.

Helmut E. Weber, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and director of the former Penn State King of Prussia Graduate Center, died April 4, at the age of 75.

Weber was the second director of the former King of Prussia Graduate and Continuing Education Center from 1968 to 1984. When he retired in 1984, he worked on the development of the wave engine with Science Applications International Corp. in La Jolla, Calif., and started his own company, Flow Energy Engineering.

A native of Germany, Weber emigrated to the United States and settled in Milwaukee, Wis., before being called to serve in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. After an honorable discharge from the Army, he was admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering. He joined Penn State in 1964 and remained until his retirement in 1984.

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