Engineering professor B. Stuart Trembly dies at 67

Trembly died last night after suffering a stroke, Thayer School of Engineering Dean Alexis Abramson announced in an email.

by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 7/19/21 3:43pm

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by Elsa Ericksen / The Dartmouth

Updated 4:22 p.m., July 19, 2021. 

Engineering professor B. Stuart Trembly died at 67 yesterday, according to an email from College President Phil Hanlon. Dean of Thayer School Alexis Abramson wrote in an email, which Hanlon attached to his message, that Trembly died after suffering a stroke over a week ago. 

“Stu will certainly be missed by his students and his Thayer and Dartmouth colleagues,” Abramson wrote.

In a follow-up email, Abramson wrote that Trembly died in the hospital after suffering from a stroke “following an unrelated medical procedure at the Cleveland Clinic.”

Trembly first joined the Thayer School of Engineering in 1982 as an assistant professor, she wrote. Abramson described Trembly as a “deeply committed teacher and scholar” who “provided a high level of rigor in his courses and was always available to field questions and engage in discussions with his students.” He taught ENGS 22, “Systems,” during the most recent winter term and ENGS 23, “Distributed Systems and Fields,” during the spring. 

After graduating from Yale University in 1975, Trembly began studying at Thayer in 1978, joining the faculty in 1982 upon earning his PhD. His research focused on “therapeutic heating and properties of the tissue” and “the development of various biomedical techniques to treat disease,” Abramson wrote. Trembly also founded multiple biomedical technology start-ups and was elected as a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors in 2020. 

For students, counseling services are available at (603) 646-9442 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at (603) 646-9440 outside of regular hours. The Student Wellness Center and Undergraduate Deans Office remain available resources for undergraduate students. 

Abramson wrote that faculty and staff can contact the Faculty/Employee Assistance Program at (844)-216-8308 and wrote that engineering students with academic concerns can reach out to their advisor, Thayer assistant dean Holly Wilkinson, or Thayer associate dean Doug Van Citters.

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