HF Design Pioneer Warren B. Bruene, W5OLY, SK
Warren B. Bruene, W5OLY, of Richardson, Texas, died September 28. He was 96. A pioneer in HF communication, Bruene worked closely with the late Art Collins, WØCXX, on many aspects of HF design during his 44 years with the Collins Radio/ Rockwell Collins.
“I worked at Collins Radio for many years and knew Warren,” Earl Milliken Jr, WB5M, told ARRL. “He was very dedicated, intelligent, and a very quiet individual. He didn’t ‘blow his horn,’ because he didn’t need to. Everyone there knew he was an outstanding contributor to both the company and communications in general. The HF design world has lost an outstanding engineer.”
Bruene was a longtime member of the IEEE, the Richardson Wireless Klub, Collins Collectors Association and other organizations. He held 22 patents and authored numerous articles for technical publications. In the 1950s he designed transmitters for the Strategic Air Command and the Voice of America.
He was recognized for his work with the Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering from Iowa State University. Services were October 3 in Texas.