Obituary: Lebens, former member of engineering national council, 72

Charles A. Lebens, a past member of the School of Engineering’s National Council and a pioneer in delivering investment information electronically to financial institutions, died Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 72.

He served on the National Council for the School of Engineering from 1992-2007 and received the University’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1994 and Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000.

A St. Louis native, Lebens graduated from Washington University in 1957. He founded Bridge Data Co. in 1975. In 1985, Lebens started the Bridge University Program, a project designed to provide universities with free access to the company’s databases that students of mathematics, computer science and business could use.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles A. Lebens Memorial Fund, School of Engineering at Washington University, Campus Box 1082.