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Robert A. Rudich, 43, a Lackawanna native who designed futuristic diesel engines for Amtrak, died July 11, 1997, of leukemia and pneumonia in Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Rudich grew up in Elma and graduated from Iroquois Central High School when he was 16. He graduated from Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass., in 1974.

In his role as an engineer with the U.S. Department of Transportation, he promoted the idea of futuristic diesels for the Amtrak system. He worked for the Department of Transportation for 20 years.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, the former Anastasia Evangelo of Framingham; his parents, Stanley and Julia Rudich of Elma; and two brothers, Cory of New York City and Kenneth of Scottsdale, Ariz.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Seneca Street and Rice Road, Springbrook.

Services were July 14 in Worcester, Mass. Burial was in Hope Cemetery, Worcester. (astrachan)

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