Dr. Jack Bartley Chaddock, former Professor and Chairman of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2015 at the age of 90. He grew up in Cameron, WV and attended the University of West Virginia. In 1942, he joined the Naval Reserves as a commissioned officer. He was assigned to U.S.S Rotanin as the navigator. He spoke of the smoke shields which prevented enemy planes from diving on to the ship. He also guided the Rotanin out of the harbor to a safer port. He went through typhoons in the South Pacific where he talked about the waves coming over the boat and thinking they would never get back safely. After his service in the Navy, he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. and a Ph.D in Engineering from M.I.T.
He was most interested in thermo-dynamics, air conditioning and mechanics. In 1955 he became a Fulbright Lecturer at the Finland Institute of Technology where 300 pages of his lectures were translated into Finnish. Jack was an Associate Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1957. Two years later, accepted a position as Professor of Engineering at Purdue.
Jack arrived at Duke University in 1966 where he started building a Ph.D. program as there were only three on the staff at that time. Jack went to Washington D.C. and got an NSF grant to build an addition to Duke’s Engineering building. During the 1970's oil embargo, Jack was asked to head a delegation to help develop a new efficiency for energy uses in the United States. Jack was Chairman of Mechanical Engineering from 1966-1990 and Associate Dean from 1988-1990. His dedication to Duke and the teaching of his students was extremely rewarding to him.
Jack was an active member of ASHRAE starting in 1952, and served as President from 1981-1982. He was recognized worldwide for his work in heat transfer, refrigeration performance, noise control in air conditioning, energy conservation and indoor air quality. Dr. Chaddock received ASHRAE's distinguished service award, the E.K. Campbell Award for excellence in teaching, and the Wolverine Diamond Key Award for the best paper published in 1958. He also was the recipient of the 1993 F. Paul Anderson Award in recognition of the study of environmental conditions of comfort. He was President of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of the John B. Pierce Foundation in New Haven, CT from 1981-2004. He was instrumental in providing support for three scientific directors that had a research focus on food intake, metabolism and obesity.
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Jack loved playing golf, winning several club tournaments, and had three holes in one. He also enjoyed tennis and racing his sailboat at Kerr Lake in the summers. During his retirement he loved to hike the mountain trails around Grandfather Mountain near his summer home. Jack enjoyed Duke Basketball and was a season ticket holder for many years. After giving up his tickets, he never missed a televised game. He would text or call his children about the games. This last Championship was a thrill for him.
Jack traveled the world. He had three wonderful sabbaticals in Australia, England and Berkley, California. In the 1950's, he skied in Vermont, New Hampshire and near the Artic Circle using wooden skis. When he was at M.I.T., he saw Ted Williams play at Fenway Park and Warren Spahn pitch for the Boston Braves. His epicurean enjoyment for regional foods and wines stayed with him his entire life.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mallary, his two stepchildren James Mahoney, Katherine Reardon and grandchildren Quinn and Cassidy Mahoney.
A burial will be at Maplewood Cemetery in Durham on Saturday May 9th at 11:00 a.m.