Herbert John Lathrop Engineering Scholarship sponsored by Lou
Ann Lathrop. Herbert Lathrop was a mechanical engineer who
graduated from the University of Minnesota in the V12 program of
the Navy during WWII. He worked for Bucyrus-Erie, a mining
equipment company, which enabled him to go on trips all over the
world including China, which at the time was unthinkable. In the
words of Herbert Hoover on engineering, "It is a great profession.
There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination
emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it
moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings
jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living
and adds to the comforts of life. That is the engineer's high
privilege." This scholarship is dedicated to Lou Ann's father, who
died on Saint Patrick's Day, the patron saint of engineers.