Harry L. Salvo Jr.

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Dr. Harry Louis Salvo Jr. passed away on Sunday, February 7th, 2021 from pancreatic and liver cancer. Harry was born on March 26, 1947, in Racine, Wisconsin, and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Salvo, two daughters, Erika and Kara Salvo, and 2 Grandsons Desmond and Donovan. He received a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. He attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he received the MS and Ph.D. degrees in physics in 1974 and 1979, respectively. Harry started his career at Westinghouse in Baltimore Maryland, now Northrop Grumman, retiring at the age of 65 after 34 years of service. Upon retiring Harry could be found sitting in his chair or down in “mission control” working on his computer. For 10 plus years he volunteered as the equipment manager for the Severna Park High School Marching Band taking great pride in their field shows and parades. He received the Marguerritte Mills volunteer of the year award from the Severna Park Voice in 2006 for his work with the marching band. Harry enjoyed vacationing with his family in Hawaii, Deep Creek Lake, and North Carolina especially if there was a pool. Harry was happiest when spending time with his wife Liz, watching the 6 o’clock news, keeping his daughters safe and in line, or playing with his grandchildren. Harry’s passion for Science and love for his family will live on through Liz, Erika, Kara, Desmond, and Donovan.

Harry worked and published in the broad area of microwave acoustics, contributing to the areas of thin film bulk acoustic devices, surface acoustic wave devices, superconducting devices, GaAs MMIC, and signal processing and frequency control applications. Harry was very active in service to the IEEE UFFC for many years and in many ways. Harry was President of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society and a member of the IEEE Technical Activities Board Products Council in 1994 and 1995. He was Society Vice-president from 1991 to 1993 and the Secretary-Treasurer of the UFFC-S Administrative Committee from 1987 to 1991. He was a member of the Ultrasonics Symposium Technical Program Committee and a past President of the Baltimore, Washington, and Northern Virginia Chapter of the UFFC-S. He was involved with the local arrangements for the 1974 Ultrasonics Symposium held in Milwaukee and was Finance Chair for the 1984 Ultrasonics Symposium in Atlanta. In addition to his position as Technical Chair of the 1990 Ultrasonics Symposium in Honolulu, he was the General Chair of the 1993 Ultrasonics Symposium held in Baltimore, MD. He was a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the American Physical Society.

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