In Memoriam They developed the infiltration techniques investigating the Communist Party, then used many of those methods to infiltrate the Klan. Ultimately, it made the Klan paranoid and had much to do with the crumbling of the Klan.” A few years later, Jake volunteered with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, who went to Mississippi to represent clients—civil rights organizers, people who’d been assaulted by state, county, or local police, and victims of hate crimes—unable to find Mississippi lawyers who would take their cases. “It was fun when you won,” Jake said. But the victories were often small, and Jake recollected once losing 26 cases in one afternoon. In 1964, the Tanzers returned to Portland with their first child, Joshua, and Jake went from deputy trial attorney for the Multnomah County district attorney to director of the Oregon Law Enforcement Council. One of his first responsibilities while working for the district attorney was to edit the briefs in Thornton v. Hays, the bill that preserves Oregon beaches for public use. He became the state’s first solicitor general and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Oregon in the American Can Co. v. OLCC case, which upheld Oregon’s bottle bill. Jake became the director of the Oregon Department of Human Resources (now the Department of Human Services), and then sat on the Oregon Court of Appeals, an elected position for which he ran unsuccessfully the first time, but was unopposed the second. Jake and Miriam divorced in 1972. Two years later, he married Elaine Rhine, a Portland schoolteacher who later purchased Elephants Delicatessen. For many years, Jake helped out behind the counter on weekends, to the surprise of colleagues in the legal profession who were more accustomed to seeing him in a black robe than a white apron. In 1980, when he was 45, he was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court by Gov. Victor Atiyeh (where he served alongside Justice Hans Linde ’47). Jake wrote a number of opinions from the bench involving land-use law and was the author of the court’s ruling that overturned Oregon’s death penalty in 1981. (Voters reinstated it in 1984.) Three years later, he resigned to return to private practice, explaining, “Unforeseen family circumstances compel me to immediately seek income greater than my judicial salary.” He had been involved in a protracted court suit with his former wife, Miriam, over child support, which resulted in his having to pay higher support payments. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Tanzer, and his children, Joshua Tanzer, Jessica Tanzer Conroy, Rachel Tanzer, and Elan Tanzer.
42 Reed Magazine december 2018
Capacity to Astonish Steven Boggs ’68
June 2, 2018, in Columbia, Maryland, of brain cancer.
Scientist, inventor, educator, and engineer, S te ve n fo c u s e d h i s remarkable career on the problem of harnessing electricity on a gargantuan scale. Author of more than 300 papers, he pioneered new techniques for handling massive quantities of electric power—enough to light up cities—and developed better ways to transmit, store, and insulate it. Steve was born in Miami, Florida, grew up in Portland, and attended Lake Oswego High School. As a young boy, he was distinguished by his intelligence and a lack of interest in following the crowd—a rare quality for an adolescent. Steve was interested in radios and high-fidelity equipment of all kinds. At the age of 13, he used a crystal set and a meter to determine the amount of signal he would receive from the local radio station. Throughout his life, Steve retained this curiosity and “geekiness.” He majored in physics at Reed and wrote his thesis, “The Covariant Presentation of a Postulatory Approach to Electromagnetism,” with Prof. Dennis Hoffman [physics 1959–90] advising. “Experience suggests that what one learns is much more determined by how hard one works than by the environment in which one works,” Steve said in later years. “However, the environment provided by Reed makes hard intellectual work much more enjoyable. Working as a Reededucated physicist in a field dominated by engineers has great advantages, as one approaches problems from a sufficiently different point of view that one can solve many problems which engineers find daunting. Finally, I can think of no better place to find a spouse than at Reed.” His wife of many years was Joan Raymond ’68; the couple later divorced. Steve obtained his PhD in physics at the University of Toronto and subsequently did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing at the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa. He then joined the research division of Ontario Hydro—at the time, the largest electric power utility in North America—and worked at their Toronto laboratory from 1975 to 1987. It was a fantastic time to be involved in research in the power sector. The U.S.-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Canadian Electrical Association were starting to fund major, long-term investigations into various utility problems. At the same time, advancements in oscilloscopes, wideband spectrum and impedance analyzers, digital instruments, fast photomultipliers, and
other optical tools were enabling much deeper investigations into insulation failure mechanisms and diagnostics. The invention of the Tektronix 466 and 7104 scopes enabled scientists to see the true partial-discharge (PD) current pulses for the first time, without the distortion caused by the measuring system. Personal computers enabled cost-effective automated measurements and analysis. Steve did pioneering work on the nature and measurement of PD, including the measurement of PD in the ultrahigh-frequency range in gas-insulated substations and rotating machines. At the same time, he pursued an MBA part-time at the University of Toronto, earning this degree in 1987. Some of his colleagues wondered why he pursued this degree—this new knowledge was of limited use in his research position at Ontario Hydro. But the new degree may have been instrumental in his beginning to look for another position. In 1987, Steve joined Underground Systems, Inc. (USi), as director of engineering and research and was a major contributor in USi’s role as EPRI’s prime contractor on a number of underground electric power transmission research programs. He spearheaded the successful development of a novel high-pressure fluid-filled (HPFF) pipe-type cable termination utilizing ceramic capacitors for stress control, which resulted in a patent coauthored by Steve. He was also vice president of Chicago Condenser Corporation, a USi subsidiary, and was the principal investigator on a U.S. Department of Energy-funded development program for a high-energy-density electrolytic capacitor for the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative Organization “Star Wars” program. In 1993, Steve left industry to pursue his academic interests at the University of Connecticut as a tenured research professor and the director of the Electrical Insulation Research Center of the Institute of Materials Science, with a joint appointment to the graduate programs of materials science, physics, and electrical engineering. He was also an adjunct professor and advisory professor of the department of electrical engineering at both the University of Toronto and Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China. Between the universities, he supervised more than 20 PhD students, half of whom were female, making him an early practitioner for gender equality in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. At the University of Connecticut, Steve’s research interests focused primarily on understanding high-field phenomena in solid dielectrics, and development and applications of computer programs for transient nonlinear finite element analysis. He continued to