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Dr. Harry H. West, PE
Consulting Chemical Engineer

September 3, 1943 - October 4, 2006

Harry West Memorial - Texas A&M

Dr. Harry WestAnother important member of our department passed away on October 4, 2006. Dr. Harry West struggled with and fought, successfully, against adult diabetes since his teens. However, the ravages of the disease led to a massive heart attack. While we mourn his loss, we need to remember all the good things he taught us: his very positive attitude, his zest for life, his ability and desire to help everyone, and his ready wit. He was a very strong supporter and friend of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, and helped mentor many in the Center as well as the Department.

In Honor of Dr. West’s memory, we are accepting donations for a Faculty Chair or Professorship in his name. Please make checks payable to the Texas A&M Foundation and on the memo line of the check indicate Harry West Memorial Fund. For more information please contact Andy Acker of the Texas A&M Foundation at (979) 458-4493 or visit the Foundation’s website, http://giving.tamu.edu/ or within the department contact Valerie Green at val-green@tamu.edu.

O'Connors Remember Process Safety Legend Harry West with Texas A&M Endowment
November 07, 2007
Olive E. and T. Michael "Mike" O'Connor of Houston honored the memory of their longtime friend with a $500,000 engineering endowment at Texas A&M University. 


Family and friends photo gallery
(please send me a digital photo of you and my dad to info@hologram.net)

Click on the photos for a larger view.

Wayne at a loss for his good buddy. Friends with Harry since childhood. Thanks Wayne for the bagpipes, and the memorial luncheon.
Cousin Suzy Walters, Don, Shani Wijay, Mike Trebendous, Betty Walters.
Mike Sawyer
adopting Pop and Betty.
EarthBiofuels scooter at the biodiesel conference
in San Diego
Brother-in-law Gary Walters
With Ailene
at Wayne's lake house
Pop, Don and Harry at Coral's HS graduation
At Wayne's lake house.
Coral and I planted a garden by "wishing well"
he bought for the lake house.
Dad, mom and brother Don high up in the mountains of Colorado
On the beach in in San Diego
Harry in the Hospital
March 2005 - always working.
With don in Taipei
With Cousin Bonnie Dwyer
4 Generations at pop's house
Pop's sister, Aunt Jenny Dwyer
Matty on the King's Throne
Scott's pre-wedding party on the beach
At Inventech office, by Mike McGuire
Being silly with pop
Old Harry Potter
In Wales
Don and May

Graduation and wedding

w/Chen-Hwa Chiu

In a bar in St. Croix...
Harry, we'll miss you!!


More photos galleries that I made for my dad in the past.



Dad's favorite http://www.drharrywest.com/lake

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Dr. Harry H. West, PE, 63, of Plymouth and Sweet Valley, PA passed away suddenly at his residence in Houston, TX.

Dr. West was the son of Harry H. West, Sr, Lake Township and the late Jane M. West. He was the grandson of the late Thompson and Elizabeth Maggs and the late Joseph and Edith West, all from Plymouth. He was a 1961 graduate from Plymouth High School, attended Wilkes College and completed his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering summa cum laude from Bucknell University. He earned his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. West was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas, and Texas A & M University. Last month, he was a guest lecturer at Texas A&M campus, in Qatar. As a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and Texas, Dr. West was world-renowned and had more than 35 years experience in the areas of chemical process/safety analysis, environment assessment, and regulatory compliance for the petroleum, natural gas, chemical, and water industries. He participated in several hundred forensic assignments and provided expert testimony in various cases ranging from civil litigation and international arbitration to regulatory compliance hearings. In Washington DC, he spoke on behalf of a current energy bill. Dr. West was a consultant to OSHA for the U.S. Coast Guard. He worked on patents regarding environment safety and disposal.

Dr. West was founder and president of Shawnee Engineers. He was the former president and technical director of EDG Engineering with offices in Houston, Tulsa, London, Cairo, and Abu Dhabi (ranked among the top 100 design companies in the world), a cofounder of Energy Analysts, member of the founding group of ChemShare Corporation, a senior staff member of University Engineers, and research assistant in the Flame Dynamics Laboratory. He was an author of more than 80 technical papers on systems safety analysis, hazards assessment, process safety management, and process safety automation. Dr. West coauthored the AIChE-sponsored text, "Guidelines for Safe Process Operations and Maintenance." www.drharrywest.com

He is survived by his wife, Georgell Bencho West; daughter, Deborah West, Boulder, CO; son, Donald West, Taipei, Taiwan; granddaughter, Coral Hackler, Durango, CO; step-daughter, Shawna Bauman, Houston, TX; brother, Robert West and his wife, Maureen, Bowie, MD; sister, Nancy West Walters and her husband, Gary, Shavertown, PA; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and his loyal canine companions, Rascal and Scooter.

Friends may call on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 West Main Street, Plymouth, PA (view map) during the hours of 2:00 - 8:00 pm A funeral service for family and friends will be held on Friday, October 13, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church, 97 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA (view map) at 10:30am. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

A second memorial service will be held at a later date at Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Eastern Pa Chapter, 225 City Line Ave, Suite #104, Bala Cynwyd (Philadelphia), PA 19004 or the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 East Main Street, Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702


Please know that my dad had a great time in this world, and he was glad to meet everyone of you.

With all my love to my dad - Debby West - info@hologram.net

Memorial service for Dr. Harry West in Houston
Download PDF with map and information

After considerable thought and discussions with several people, we have selected
the following venue for a Memorial Service for Harry West.

Pine Forest Country Club
18003 Clay Road
Houston, TX 77084

This place will be quite convenient for people coming from both Houston as well
as College Station. More information about Pine Forest Country Club is available
on the web at


We have booked the place for Saturday, October 28, 2006 from 2 pm to 5 pm.
As we develop the program for the day, I would be glad to entertain any suggestions any of you might have. I would like for you to communicate this message to Harry's brother (Bob) and sister (Nancy), his father, and all other relatives and friends. I would also like to know who from the family and friends would like to speak at the program. Also, any others suggestions would definitely be quite welcome.

Donna Startz from my office will be taking care of some of the planning and work
necessary. Her e-mail address is donnas@tamu.edu and her office phone number
is (979) 845-5981.

We intend to put together a formal announcement for the service next week and
circulate that by e-mail as well as publish the announcement in Houston Chronicle.


Sam Mannan


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Dr. Harry H. West, PE
Consulting Chemical Engineer

1829 Augusta #10
Houston, TX 77057
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