Chemical Engineering & Materials Science

Lawrence W. Von Tersch, Former Dean of the College of Engineering, Has Died

Von Tersch, dean of college from 1968-1989 and founder of MSU Computer Lab, died April 19 at age 87

April 22, 2010

Lawrence Wayne Von Tersch, former dean of the College of Engineering and founder of the MSU Computer Laboratory, died Monday, April 19. He was 87.

Von Tersch, who served as dean from 1968 to 1989, did much to advance the stature of the college. He joined the MSU faculty in 1956 as professor of electrical engineering and as founder and director of MSU’s Computer Laboratory, a position he held until 1983. He also served as chairperson of MSU's Department of Electrical Engineering from 1957 to 1965, and as associate dean for academic programs from 1965 to 1967.