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GE’s Nancy Fitzroy is subject of latest Wizards of Schenectady video

Nancy Fitzroy, shown her working for General Electric in the late 1960s, will be the subject of a documentary film, “Nancy Fitzroy: Master of Heat Transfer,” to be screened Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Edison Tech Center.
Nancy Fitzroy, shown her working for General Electric in the late 1960s, will be the subject of a documentary film, “Nancy Fitzroy: Master of Heat Transfer,” to be screened Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Edison Tech Center.
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Most of Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy’s friends were all about going to Skidmore College and finding a husband. She had other plans. “I didn’t have any idea of what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn’t want to go to Skidmore and get my degree in ‘Mrs.,’ ” said Fitzroy, a Pittsfield, Mass., native and a mechanical engineer at General Electric Co. for 37 years from 1950-87. “They wanted to get married, but that didn’t ...

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jimduggan
May 17, 2013
3:26 p.m.

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This exemplary story of Nancy Fitzroy's purposeful life as written by your talented Bill Buell is outstanding. After reading it in print this morning, I thought "Why is Nancy's dogged work to evolve solutions to problems labeled as 'Science'?" As Bill's wording clearly states, Nancy is a superb engineer, excelling in a world very needful of engineering solutions. All of us should understand the difference between investigating and
research - science - and producing practical applications from what science informs - engineering.

When I decided to copy and send the electronic edition to several young learners, I was jolted to see it relegated here to "Seniors". Nancy is ever-youthful despite being 85, and her vital lessons for youth in this day of STEM are not well-served by the implied restriction of interest to AARP-qualified and ages beyond.

That Bill Kornrumpf's astute observation - Nancy's profound expertise in heat-transfer has very broad applications in the world, listing the wide range - is missing in the online version disappoints as a failure to state why her participations and accomplishments justify her inclusion in the Edison Tech Center's exclusive "Wizard series.

Likewise, that Mike Whelan's role as the skilled videographer and resourceful producer of this fine life-story is missing in the online version is more than disappointing. Each of the Gazette photographers get credit. Mike Whelan deserves no less.

Other than those points, I'm VERY pleased with Bill Buell's story about Nancy - what great material as a start!

Jim Duggan

jimduggan
May 18, 2013
6:19 p.m.

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I apologize for my erroneous comment re videographer Mike Whelan after I somehow missed the credit you did give his fine work.

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