An­thony J. Fer­raro

April 4, 1931—Oc­to­ber 25, 2018

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An­thony J. Fer­raro, age

87, passed away on Oc­to­ber 25, 2018 at Mount Nit­tany Med­i­cal Cen­ter. He was born April 4, 1931 in Erie, PA to Joseph and Anna Fer­raro. He was mar­ried on July 6, 1958 to Carol Mathe­son Fer­raro in Ridg­way, PA. who sur­vives him. They en­joyed 60 years of mar­riage to­gether.

In ad­di­tion to his wife, he is sur­vived by his daugh­ter, He­len Guthrie, and her hus­band, James, and his son, Joseph Fer­raro, and his wife, Polly. He is sur­vived by four grand­chil­dren, Robert Guthrie, Michael Guthrie, Travis Guthrie, and his wife Kelsey, and Maria Fer­raro. Tony was proud of the ac­com­plish­ments of his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

Tony grad­u­ated from Academy High School in Erie, PA. in 1948. He at­tended Penn State Behrend cam­pus for two years and trans­ferred to the Univer­sity Park cam­pus where he earned a B.S., M.S., and PhD in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing at age 28.

He ac­cepted a po­si­tion as As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor of Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing at Penn State Univer­sity and de­voted his ca­reer to higher ed­u­ca­tion for 42 years. He had a long and dis­tin­guished ca­reer in academia and made nu­mer­ous sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the re­search ar­eas of an­ten­nas and elec­tro­mag­netic wave in­ter­ac­tions with the iono­sphere. He was a pi­o­neer and world au­thor­ity on meth­ods for gen­er­at­ing ELF ra­dio sig­nals by mod­u­lat­ing the iono­sphere cur­rent sys­tems from ground based high fre­quency trans­mit­ting fa­cil­i­ties. Tony was awarded the in­au­gu­ral Kirby Chair Pro­fes­sor­ship in the Depart­ment of Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing for be­ing a clear and con­sis­tent leader in teach­ing, re­search, and ser­vice in the field of elec­tro­mag­net­ics. He was elected a IEEE fel­low in 1988. In 2001, he re­tired from Penn State as Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor Emer­i­tus.

Tony was an ex­tra­or­di­nary ed­u­ca­tor, men­tor, role model, and best friend to many fac­ulty, staff, and stu­dents. In 2001, the A.J. Fer­raro Grad­u­ate Re­search Award was es­tab­lished to honor his ex­cep­tional ca­reer. His legacy along with his no­table con­tri­bu­tions and ser­vice will con­tinue to make note­wor­thy im­pact for years to come. Tony was a ham ra­dio op­er­a­tor and made friends around the world. He en­joyed hav­ing cof­fee and lunch weekly with his lo­cal group of friends. At var­i­ous times dur­ing his life, his hob­bies in­cluded wood­work­ing, bread bak­ing, gar­den­ing, card play­ing with other cou­ples, and learn­ing to play the snare drum in his fifties. Tony en­joyed ex­er­cis­ing and so­cial­iz­ing with his many friends at the gym. He was loved by his fam­ily and friends and will be deeply missed.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30, 2018 at 1:00 at Koch Fu­neral Home, 2401 S. Ather­ton St, State Col­lege, PA. A ser­vice will fol­low at 2:00 with the Rev­er­ent Scott Schul of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial will be pri­vate. In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions can be made to Penn State Univer­sity. In­di­cate “A.J. Fer­raro Grad­u­ate Re­search Award” in the memo line of your check and mail to Amy Sharer, 101 Ham­mond Build­ing, Univer­sity Park, PA, 16802.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the care of Koch Fu­neral Home, State Col­lege. On­line con­do­lences and sign­ing of the guest book may be en­tered at www.kochfu­ner­al­home.c om.

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