Anthony J. Denning, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on February 22, 2009. Professor Denning was a visiting part-time Lecturer/Industrial Engineering.
Engineer, professor, husband and father, 88 Anthony Joseph Denning, retired Rutgers University professor, U.S. Navy veteran and long-time participant in the political and administrative life of Franklin Township, died on Sunday, Feb. 22. He was 88. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing at Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton Street, Somerset, on Friday, Feb. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mathias Church, 168 JFK Boulevard, Somerset, on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m., with a reception to follow at home. Mr. Denning was the founding chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the School of Engineering at Rutgers University. During his 19 years at the school, he mentored academics from many countries and created classes for entrepreneurs before retiring in 1987. Locally, he volunteered for the Franklin Township Zoning Board of Adjustment for almost two decades and was frequently the board's chair. At the same time, Mr. Denning was a long-time member and twice president of the Franklin Township Republican Club. A native of Newark, Mr. Denning graduated from Weequahic High School in 1938 and the Newark College of Engineering in 1942. He enlisted as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II, serving as chief engineer on refitting projects until the war's end. Mr. Denning earned a master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University, graduating in 1953. He was a member of the Keyport Yacht Club and a talented photographer. He is survived by Irene, his wife of 48 years; children, Catherine, James, Sharon and Suzanne; sons-in-law, Chris, Seth and Greg, and four grandchildren, Declan, Lila, Owen and Liam.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box F, Belmar, N.J. 07719.
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