Professor Régis M. N. Pelloux, 1931–2015, expert on fatigue and fracture of materials

July 14, 2015

Régis M. N. Pelloux, Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering, died July 10, 2015 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 83 years old.

Prof. Pelloux was born in Passy, France, in the Alps, and had a life-long love of the outdoors, which he shared with his family, friends, colleagues, and students. He was educated in France and then received a Jean Gaillard Fellowship to study at MIT, where he received an S.M. in 1956 and a Ph.D. in 1958. After completing his doctorate, he enrolled in the French army, stationed at the French Army Atomic Research Centre. In 1961, he was hired by Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories to work on difficult assignments relating to turbine fracture. He joined the MIT faculty in 1968, in what is now the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

At MIT, he was a researcher and educator in what was the new and relatively small field of fatigue and fracture of engineering materials and structures. He worked closely with faculty in Aero-Astro and Mechanical Engineering, consulted widely, and taught an unusually large course load. He was generous with his time and expertise, offering advice and a listening ear to junior faculty and graduate students and frequently collaborating with colleagues throughout the Institute, even offering his skills to the MIT Physical Plant Department when a large centrifugal refrigeration compressor failed in one of the main buildings. His students remember his big heart, his love of his adopted country, and his support for them and MIT.  He retired in 1995.

He was a Fellow of ASM and AIME, a recipient of the Albert Sauveur Award from ASM, and a Membre d'Honneur de la Société Française de Métallurgie et de Matériaux.

He is survived by his wife Isabel, his son Marc and daughter-in-law Carolynn, and his daughter Babette and daughter-in-law Ronda. A memorial will be held in the MIT Chapel on October 8, at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to MIT, in memory of Regis Pelloux for the DMSE Graduate Fellowship Fund (account #3122200). Checks may be made payable to MIT and mailed to Bonny Kellermann ‘72, Director of Memorial Gifts, 600 Memorial Drive, W98-500, Cambridge, MA

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