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Obituary of Robert James Ringlee

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Robert James Ringlee, passed away on November 27 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 23, 1926 in Sacramento, CA.

Dr. Ringlee is survived by his three children, Sarah N. Fowler (Daniel) of Plainfield, Vermont, Jane C. Ringlee (Robert Donaldson) of Schenectady, New York and R. Kris Ringlee (Elizabeth) of Delanson, New York; eight grandchildren, Benjamin Donnon, Andrew Donnon, Owen King, Callum King, Alexis Bruce, Sean Bruce, Syndenn Harmon and Maren Foley; and eight great-grandchildren, Liam King, Connor King, Killian King, Duncann VillaLobos, Eliza Donnon, James Donnon, Ruby Foley and Olive Foley. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Helen L. Ringlee.

Dr. Ringlee served in the US Navy from 1943 to 1946. After his honorable discharge from the Navy he continued his studies in engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was appreciative for his GI loan to be able to continue his higher education. Upon graduation he came East for his first job where he eventually met the love of his life, Helen. They met on a canoe trip on Lake George. This foreshadowed their everlasting love for the outdoors.

Dr. Ringlee grew up in Seattle, WA surrounded by the high peaks terrain. As a teen and in his early twenties, he climbed Mount Rainier and throughout the Cascade mountain ranges. He also skied the high peak’s areas shared the stories of sleeping under the most magnificent star-filled skies at 10,000 feet to his family as mentioned by his children. They also mentioned about Dr. Ringlee’s amazing encounter with a bear during a campaign and how the adventure became breathtaking.

Dr. and Mrs. Ringlee first settled in Pittsfield, MA and then moved to Schenectady, NY and continued his studies also working full-time. He received a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After working at General Electric, he and a group of engineers formed the company Power Technologies Incorporated. Dr. Ringlee traveled the world for his work. He was world-known for his expertise in power systems analysis and reliability. He was also asked to teach many courses in his field all over the world. At the age of 90 he attended an IEEE conference in Chicago, IL and presented some of his ground-breaking theories and work. He continued his engineering consulting work up to this present year.

Dr. Ringlee was generous with his time and expertise. He stepped in to become the ADK president and helped the mountain club to grow. He was also on the local school board where he was known for his fair and kindly dealings. Dr. Ringlee’s, Unitarian, benefited from his willingness to set up and monitor their financial systems and also help to maintain their electrical systems. He loved his neighbors and neighborhood, West Hill and worked with his neighbors on many projects including setting up the “green belt” around the houses, President of the West Hill Board, and trails’ building and maintenance.

Dr. Ringlee’s love for his family was his driving force. He was a humble and powerful soul that continued to guide his family to his end and will also continue to guide as mentioned by his family. His family requests to make donations to either the Schenectady Hospice or the Adirondack Mountain Club. All arrangements for the funeral were made by the Glenville Funeral Home, Inc.