Legacy of Action:
Prof. Frederick E. Wittig
Associate Professor Emeritus Mechanical Engineering
Professor Frederick Wittig was born August 21, 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland. He spent his childhood in Hartford. Connecticut.
He was a graduate of Rutgers University where he received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering . He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and in 1949 earned a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from New York University.
Prof. Wittig was an engineer for the Dupont Company in New Jersey and he was the chief engineer in design and installation for the Automatic Cooling and Heating Company. In 1945 he became an engineer for Bendix Aviation. In 1946 he joined the faculty of Michigan Tech.
He retied in May 1976 as an associate professor after 30 years of of service.
Prof. Wittig was a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers, Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Engineering Education, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was an honorary member of Tau Beta Phi of Rutgers University.
Fred Wittig was very active in community affairs, member and past president of both the South Range and Houghton Lions clubs. He served on the Houghton Village Council. He was a member of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and a member of the Free and Accepted Masons. He was a Huskies and Michigan tech President's Club member.
After retirement from Michigan Tech, Prof. and Mrs. Wittig spent two years in Zambia where Prof. Wittig taught at Zambia University. They lived in Livingston near Victoria Falls Zambia.
Prof. Wittig had established The Frederick Russell Wittig Memorial Scholarship with the Michigan Tech Fund. The fund was named for Prof. Wittig's son who perished in a boating accident in Keweenaw Bay in 1961.