In Memoriam

Richard DeGay Ernst

Richard DeGay Ernst (BS Civ Egr ’48) died January 17, 2012. He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., to DeGay and Esther Ernst on October 12, 1923.

Ernst graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, where he was active in athletics and student affairs. In the fall of 1941, he entered Michigan State University and joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity. From ROTC, he was called to active duty in April of 1943 and served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres with the Engineer Corps before honorable discharge as 1st Lt. in 1946.