Obituary: Richard Dammkoehler, 79, engineering professor emeritus


Richard A. Dammkoehler, professor emeritus of computer science in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

He held appointments at Washington University for more than 40 years. Dammkoehler became assistant dean of engineering at the university in 1960 and an assistant professor the following year. He held various roles, in both academic and research positions, throughout his career at the university. He was chair of the Department of Engineering Science in 1962-63 and became a professor in 1969.

Dammkoehler served as director of the engineering computer laboratories from 1971-99. He became a senior professor in 2000.

Beyond Washington University, Dammkoehler served as a peer adviser to the U.S. secretary of defense from 1969-92, through five presidents, among other roles.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in industrial engineering at Washington University in the 1950s.

In addition to his professional work, Dammkoehler loved performing with the Tiger Rag Forever Jazz Band, model railroads and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Dammkoehler; children Ann Spangler and Richard P. Dammkoehler; and four granddaughters.

A celebration of his life will be held later. Donations in his memory can be made to Sherwood Forest Camp, 2708 Sutton Blvd., St. Louis, Mo., 63142.