Recent TAU Chapter Alumni News

Michael F. Majchrzak (ME '75) (updated 12/10/2009):
Tau former Chief Engineer Dennis T. Miller, (Tau '75) sent us an e-mail reporting Brother Michael Majchrzak's death on 5/5/2009. "Mike was the President and Chief Engineer of Tau from 73-74," Dennis stated.

Steven R. Harbaugh (ME '72) (updated 5/9/2009):
Here is the information Brother Harbaugh's family composed:

Steven Roy Harbaugh, co-owner of Peninsula Yacht Basin in Gig Harbor, WA, passed away on May 5, 2009 at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Born July 2, 1950 in Red Bluff, California, Steve moved to Southern California as a young boy. He graduated in 1968 from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, and in 1972 from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A talented athlete and highly competitive pole vaulter and rugby player, Steve attended college on an athletic scholarship and was voted Track & Field Most Valuable Athlete in 1972. He served as Social Director and Chaplain of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Delta, and worked during the summers for the US Corps of Engineers, examining and certifying buildings across the country. After earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Steve joined one of the world's largest engineering firms, the Parsons Corporation, as a Project Manager overseeing the construction and installation of oil pipeline pumping stations in Saudi Arabia, Europe and Alaska. He later worked in Bismarck, North Dakota, for the A&G Corporation on the construction of a Shell Oil converting facility, and for the US Navy as a project engineer overseeing the reconstruction of the USS New Jersey at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. He then returned to Parsons, where he worked until 1999 as a Project Engineer, overseeing much of the tunnel work and initial line construction of the Los Angeles Rail Metro System. For the past ten years, Steve managed properties he co-owned in Southern California and Washington. In addition, for the past five years he resided in Gig Harbor, WA and served as Dock Master for the Peninsula Yacht Basin, and as 2007-2008 president of the NWMTA South Sound Chapter. Steve loved the outdoors and devoted many years to backpacking and camping as a leader of his son's scout troops. A man of great energy who relished a challenge, Steve was as adept at stock trading as he was at cribbage, cooking, fishing and boating. Known as Big Steve to distinguish him from his son, the name also reflected his stature, personality, and zest for life. He is survived by his mother Elizabeth Cox, son Steven Luke Harbaugh, brothers Jerry Harbaugh and Brian Cox and their families, half-brother Gene Harbaugh, half-sister Dalene Bloxham, niece Jessica Cox, and relatives Winifred, Gary, Erin and Kathleen Schultz. He will be missed by many lifelong friends and family members. His loss is great to our family and we'll miss his enthusiasm for life and his great sense of humor. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Anthony's Hospital in care of Franciscan Foundation, PO Box 1502, Tacoma, WA 98401-1502.