Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Yearbook

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Yearbook

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RPI Yearbook





A page from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's 1936 yearbook. The page lists students in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Five black and white photographs are displayed below the alphabetized list of students. Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s oldest technological research university.

A notable student listed is Edwin Selig Kesney (1917-2004). Born on January 5, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, Kesney grew up in Queens, New York, living with his parents until his enlistment. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic University, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. By 1940, Kesney was working in a machine shop as a draftsmen. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1941. Kesney began his training at the United States Army Signal Corps Officer Training School at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. After leaving the Army on February 3, 1946, as a Captain, Kesney continued working in radio technology through the Institute of Radio Engineers. Prior to moving to Florida in 1997, the Kesneys lived in Stamford, Connecticut, where Edwin worked for Ray Proof Corporation, a leading manufacturer of medical X-ray shielding. Kesney and his wife moved to Vero Beach, Florida in 2002. He was memorialized in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida, on July 15, 2004.

In 2017, the University of Central Florida was one of three universities selected to launch the National Cemetery Administration’s Veterans Legacy Program Project. The program engaged a team of scholars to make the life stories of veterans buried in the Florida National Cemetery available to the public. The project engages UCF students in research and writing and fosters collaboration between students, faculty and local Central Florida schools to produce interactive curriculum for k-12 students. The corresponding website exhibit uses RICHES Mosaic Interface to create a digital archive of related data. The public can use the project-developed augmented-reality app at more than 100 gravesites at the Florida National Cemetery, where they can access the UCF student-authored biographies of veterans.


Digital reproduction of original yearbook page.

Date Created

ca. 1936




1.09 MB


1 yearbook page




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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

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History Teacher


Originally created and published by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Copyright to this resource is held by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is provided here by RICHES for educational purposes only.


Connolly, Lehman
Cravero, Geoffrey

External Reference

Abney, Barb. "VA Selects UCF Historians to Archive Stories of Deceased Veterans Veterans." UCF Today, March 13, 2017. Accessed August 9, 2017.



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