Thursday, June 21, 2007
Kellen the Engineer
My father (who was named Graham after his father, who in turn was named Graham after his father, who is the Graham of a previous post) graduated from Georgia Tech and was a helluva ‘n engineer—an aeronautical engineer. He designed airplanes and studied things like stability and control. This was a big departure from the previous Grahams, who were both missionaries and ministers associated with the Northern Presbyterian Church (the Presbyterian Church split over issues of slavery in the 19th century). Graham, my father the engineer, had three sons and five grandsons, none of which were named Graham, but two of the grandsons carry Graham as a middle name, as does one of the sons. And of all those progeny, one of them went into the field of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, which is about as close as you get to my father’s field of study. So it is with particular pride that I watched my son, whose middle name is Graham, participate in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering commencement ceremonies at UCLA. Way to go, Kellen!