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Coulehan, Dobbs Ferry Scientist, Dies at 87

DOBS FERRY, N.Y. - Robert "Bob" E. Coulehan Jr., a longtime resident of Dobbs Ferry, died March 16. He was 87.

An accomplished scientist, Coulehan worked in the field of aerodynamics. Locally, he participated in the Westchester Concert Singers.

The son of Robert E. and Charlotte O. Van Cleve Coulehan, he was born March 18, 1924 in Rawlins, Wyo. Coulehan earned a bachelor's of science degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Wyoming in 1948 and a master's of science degree in physics from Fordham University in 1961.

During World War II, he served in Europe as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Coulehan married Rosina Mantello on June 14, 1952 at Our Lady of Pompeii Church in Dobbs Ferry.

Coulehan had a long scientific career, first as an aerodynamics systems engineer with Chance-Vought Aircraft in Dallas, Texas, then as a materials research scientist with American Cyanamid in Stamford, Conn. and then as a senior staff scientist with Ciba Geigy Corporation in Ardsley.

After retiring from Ciba Geigy, Coulehan worked as a consultant to the aviation industry in the field of advanced composites. He was a member of the Society of Rheology, the American Physical Society and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering.

A licensed amateur radio operator for more than 45 years, Coulehan served as a volunteer with the Navy Military Auxiliary Radio System during the Vietnam War.

Coulehan was also a gifted singer and was a member of several choral groups. He and his wife were opera devotees, holding longtime memberships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Opera. They also loved ballroom dancing. His wife, Rosina, predeceased him in 2009.

He is survived by his sister Mary Killary, his children Jeanne Coulehan, Susan (Peter) Porcino, Vincent (Dolores) Coulehan, Mary (Jerry) March and Robert E. (Nancy) Coulehan III and his nine grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. The mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Sacred Heart Church in Dobbs Ferry.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Restoration Fund for Sacred Heart Church, 417 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 or Our Lady of Pompeii Church, Dobbs Ferry, 95 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.

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