Professor Emeritus Lyle Blaine McCurdy, former chair of the Department of Engineering Technology, died on April 7. He was 81.
McCurdy earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Arizona State University, working and studying days, nights and weekends. After completing his studies at Arizona State, he went on to Texas A&M University to pursue his doctorate in industrial education and also taught there.
He joined the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona in the mid-1980s, working his way up to department chair. McCurdy dedicated more than 30 years to teaching, retiring in 2009.
McCurdy was active locally and nationally with engineering and education organizations such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education and Community Colleges ELC. With his colleague Steven Powell, a professor emeritus in the computer information systems department, he helped organize the annual Wireless Telecommunication Symposium in 2004, which continues to this day.
He had a deep love of teaching and helping his students achieve their best, keeping in touch with many of them until the end.
“Lyle was a passionate educator and mentor who motivated thousands of students in his 30-plus years of teaching electronics engineering technology and programming both to undergraduate students and industry users through continuing education programs,” says Gerald “Jerry” Herder, a professor in the electromechanical engineering technology department.
McCurdy is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Sheila; two daughters; four grandchildren; two great grandsons; and a great-granddaughter on the way.