Reporter 439, 27 September 1999


Joseph Cabrera

Professor Joseph Cabrera died on August 20. Joseph Cabrera died peacefully after a long illness. His family were at his bedside.

Born in Bolivia on 2 November 1933, his professional career began in 1957 when he became a design engineer for Thompson Cornwall Inc, based in Bolivia and USA, working on the design of concrete bridges and concrete pavements. Between 1959 and 1965 Joe progressed from resident engineer to project engineer and finally head of construction with the Bolivian Development Corporation. During this time he designed the highest and longest runway in the world at La Paz.

Joseph Cabrera came to the United Kingdom with his family in 1966. After completing a diploma of administration at the University of Leeds he began lecturing in the School of Civil Engineering.

He was appointed senior lecturer and then reader in civil engineering materials, and in 1992 he organised and led the Civil Engineering Materials Unit (CEMU), now a recognised international centre due to its contributions to the advancement of concrete science and technology.

During his academic career, Professor Cabrera supervised more than 65 doctoral students, who have gone on to become industrial leaders or successful academics. He wrote extensively in the area of concrete and bituminous composites and the use of waste materials in civil engineering, particularly the use of fly ash. He had published more than 200 papers in journals and proceedings of conferences.

Those privileged to have known him offer his wife, Gladys, children and grandchildren their deepest sympathy.

Dr Guy Woolley
School of Civil Engineering

Chris Sharkey

Chris Sharkey died on September 2.

Chris was a great servant to the radiotherapy profession and gave tireless devotion to the understanding and treatment of cancer, a disease which in the end claimed her life. Chris was a much-respected colleague within the University of Leeds and the radiography profession. She lived to fulfil one of her true aims, namely to see radiography situated on the Leeds University campus. Within the Division of Imaging and Radiotherapy Sciences she was a friend and mentor to all who came into contact with her. She will be sorely missed. Chris was laid to rest on September 8 and our thoughts at this time go out to her husband Harry, daughter Zoe and son Ian.

Professor David O’Halloran
Healthcare Studies

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