Tuskegee Mourns the Death of Dr. Michael R. A. Erdey, Funeral Services Aug. 21


TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY, Ala. – (August 19, 2004) – It was with great sadness that Tuskegee University’s President, Dr. Benjamin F. Payton , and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Physical Sciences Dean, Dr. Legand L. Burge, announced today the passing of Dr. Michael R. A. Erdey, who died Aug. 17 at age 76. Erdey served Tuskegee and the College as professor of electrical engineering.

Born on Oct. 2, 1927, in the town of Mezobereny, Hungary, Erdey received his master of science degree in mathematics-physics from the Scientific University of Szeged in 1953. He left his native Hungary as a refugee in 1955 following the Soviet takeover. He went to England, pursued graduate studies at Leeds University and obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1959. He came to the United States to take up a faculty position at Michigan State University.

Erdey was appointed as a professor and head of Tuskegee University's Department of Electrical Engineering in June 1963. He was instrumental in obtaining Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accreditation for the electrical engineering bachelor of science program at Tuskegee University. Subsequently, he introduced the master of science program in electrical engineering.

Very active in departmental affairs and electrical engineering education, Erdey edited and published the “Tuskegee Engineering Review – The Voice of TI Engineers” for a number of years. He served as the National Director of Eta Kappa Nu, and his name is listed in more than 10 regional, national and international Who’s Who listings. Erdey's research areas included novel aspects of “Man-Machine interfaces,” and he presented a series of lectures at various universities during a lecture tour of Japan. His research activities also included summer fellowships with IBM, Bell Laboratories, Aerojet Electrosystems, Collins Radio Company and Xerox.

"He was highly regarded by his students," the College noted in a statement. "He was honored by the engineering alumni for his devoted service to Tuskegee University and engineering students in a special ceremony on Oct. 27, 2001. Three of his students, Dr. Warren Clayton, Earnest Grant and Robert Jones, who received M.S. degrees from Tuskegee University, served on the electrical engineering faculty, and a fourth, Dr. Christian Madubata, is currently on the faculty. He will be sadly missed by students and colleagues at Tuskegee."

Eredy is survived by a daughter, Violet; sons, Raymond and Robert; and three grandchildren, Michael, Elizabeth and James. Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home, 1500 Frederick Road, Opelika, AL 36801, will conduct the funeral services Saturday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. The family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association.

For more information regarding services, contact Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home at (334) 749-8700.

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