Robert M. Rivello Engineering professor


Services for Robert M. Rivello, a retired engineering professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, were held Wednesday at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Rivello, who lived in Potomac, died of cancer June 28 at the Georgetown University Hospital. He was 70.

Born in Washington, he graduated from McKinley High School and received his bachelor of science and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland. He served in the Air Force during World War II and the Korean War.

He joined the staff at College Park in 1946. During his tenure, he twice served as chairman of the Aerospace Engineering Department. He also worked part time at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory.

He was the author of "Theory and Analysis of Flight Structures," a textbook published by McGraw-Hill in 1969.

Mr. Rivello was a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa.

He enjoyed wood carving and won several awards for his work.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, the former Marcelle O'Shaughnessy; two daughters, Susan J. Rivello of Potomac and Anne F. Darron of Fredericksburg, Va.; two sons, Robert J. Rivello of Potomac and David M. Rivello of Salisbury; and three grandchildren.

The family suggests that contributions be sent to the Robert M. Rivello Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, 20742.

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