Charles R. Heising

Charles R. Heising

Charles R. Heising was born in Newark, N.J. in 1925. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1945. Mr. Heising began a 38-year career with General Electrical, first by graduating from the firm’s advanced engineering program in 1950. He then served as a controls designer for turbojet engines, at GE’s plant in Lynn, Mass., and then at the firm’s operation in Evendale, Ohio.

From 1960 to 1962, he was in Thule, Greenland, working on an early-warning radar system. GE then sent him to Houston, where, from 1962 to 1966, he oversaw reliability management for NASA’s Apollo spacecraft program. In 1966, Mr. Heising moved to GE’s switchgear division in Southwest Philadelphia, where he was stationed until he retired in 1983.

Mr. Heising was the principal author of a reliability handbook used in the design of industrial and commercial power systems. In 1981, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) gave him its standards medallion for that handbook. A tournament chess player, he was the 1956 cowinner of a tournament sponsored by clubs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

After his death in 2009, his wife Grace E. Heising, a member of Barry University’s Trustees Circle and a supporter of Barry’s Music Ministry, established the Charles Heising Scholarship for Music Ministry in his memory to encourage and develop student leadership in music ministry within the Barry University Community.