C. Gordon Hagensick of Williamsville, an electrical engineer for 50 years, died Sept. 24, 1997, in Millard Fillmore Hospital after an illness of five months. He was 76.
Hagensick, who worked for the Westinghouse Corp. his entire career, had a reputation for solving complex engineering problems and for his grace in dealing with others. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee native began his career with Westinghouse in 1943 in Pittsburgh. He was assigned to design the equipment and circuits for mercury-arc rectifiers, which were emerging as a replacement for rotary convertors for DC power generators.
In the search for more efficient rectifiers for converting alternating current into direct current, he took part in developing cesium, germanium and mechanical power rectifiers. In 1952, came the first silicon semiconductor rectifier, which has become the industry standard.
Hagensick moved to Buffalo in 1967, when his department was transferred here. He did engineering development and design for the corporation's industrial systems division and the power electronics and drives system division.
In 1982, he began working for the industrial construction projects division in Pittsburgh, while continuing to live in Buffalo. He retired in 1986 but continued as a consultant, and at the time of his death he was working on a new Westinghouse computer program.
Hagensick was also involved in the early development of harmonic filters for industrial power systems. Over the past 35 years he prepared computer software programs.
Hagensick traveled extensively for Westinghouse and was honored on numerous occasions. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi and was elected a fellow to Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was a member of Williamsville United Methodist Church.
An interstate bicycle enthusiast, Hagensick also logged more than 4,000 miles in the Amherst area in recent years.
Survivors include his wife, the former Jean Pischke; two daughters, Helen Hower of Lewisburg, Pa., and Gretchen Wysocki of Syracuse; a son, John of Houston; two brothers, Les of Milwaukee and Perry of Arkansas; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Williamsville United Methodist Church at Main Street and Oakgrove Drive.