|Melvin Clyde Cottom|
|Date Of Birth:||October 11, 1924|
|Date Of Death:||November 19, 2011|
Melvin Clyde "Mel" Cottom, 87, of Manhattan,
Kansas, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Mercy
Regional Health Center.
He was born October 11, 1924, the son of Clyde Walter Cottom and
Mamie Cunningham Cottom. He grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas
and graduated from Coffeyville High School in 1941. He
attended Coffeyville Junior College. His family then moved to
Lawrence in 1942 where he enrolled in Electrical Engineering at the
Unversity of Kansas, He earned his Bachelor of Science degree
in 1945 and Master's degree in 1948. He was appointed to the
KU electrical engineering faculty immediately upon graduation at
the age of 20 in 1945 and served until 1950.
Mel was employed as an Electrical Design Engineer by Black and
Veatch, Consulting Engineers (1950-1955) with most emphasis on
power generation stations.
He accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor of Electrical
Engineering at Kansas State University in August of 1955. He
retired in January 1990 as Assistant Professor Emeritus.
Professor Cottom was a Life Senior member of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Other professional
memberships included Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society) and
Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering honor society.) Mel was
a charter member of the KSU Chapter of Delta Upsilon
Mr. Cottom was also a member of Lafayette Lodge No. 16 A.F.&
A.M. of Manhattan; the Scottish Rite Bodies and the York Rite
Bodies both of Lawrence; he belonged to the Thomas Jefferson
Chapter (Topeka) of the Sons of the American Revolution; and
supported many historican and arts organizations. He was a 67
year member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.
On August 18, 1963 Mel was married to Mary E. Brumm in the
Danforth Chapel on K-State Campus. She survives. Other
surviviers include and nephew, Steve Pendleton , and his wife,
Cathy Ricketts, Escondido, California; a niece, Helen Rumaout, and
her husband, Mike Ambrose Austin, Texas; a great grand nephew,
Charles Clark; a great niece, Sasha Willingham, and her husband,
Jimmie. both of Leander, Texas; and several counsis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Edith
Cottom Livingston, Pendleton Rankin and her youngest son, Martin
A private graveside service will be at a later time in the
Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Zeandale Community, Manhattan.
Memorial contribution may be made to the Marianna Kistler Beach
Museum of Art-KSU Foundation or the Washburn University
Foundation-Sunflower Music Festival Endowment and may be left in
care of the Irvin-Parkview Funeral Hom, 1317 Poyntz Ave.,
Manhattan, KS 66502.