It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that the CEMS family recently lost one of our members. Dr. D. Dale Kleppinger, an adjunct professor in the School of Engineering's Electrical Engineering program, passed away on November 6, 2008 due to complications that arose from surgery.
During the past twenty-three years Professor Kleppinger taught many, many UVM engineering students the fundamentals of semiconductor physics and devices. Drawing on his previous experience as an engineer at IBM, Dale brought great knowledge and insight of the field into his teaching. His students will tell you that he was a stickler for detail, and he did not let them off easily with a shallow understanding of the concepts. He continually challenged them to explain these concepts in ways that were precise and accurate. In the long run, this was more important to Dale than simply covering the material. Dale also had a penchant for correcting his students' grammar in their written work, including on exams. Though this did not always sit well with some of the engineering students, Dale never backed down from his expectations for accurate explanations and proper grammar. He felt very strongly that these were requirements for practicing engineers.
Dale loved teaching and, although not expected of adjunct faculty, he regularly attended faculty meetings. He also greatly enjoyed participating in graduation ceremonies. He was a valued member of the Electrical Engineering program faculty, and had many valuable comments and suggestions regarding curriculum and other matters. He was never confrontational and was friendly to all. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and worked with him in the College. However, his legacy is a generation of alumni who practice their profession that much better because they had Dale as a teacher.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dale's memory may be made to Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482; the Vermont Mozart Festival, 3 Main Street, Suite 217, Burlington, VT 05401; the American Lung Association, 371 Hurricane Lane, Suite 101, Williston, VT 05495; and the American Cancer Society, 121 Connor Way, Williston, VT 05495.