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Lt. Commander Robert James Manning Memorial Prize, 1990
|The Lt. Commander Robert James Manning Memorial Prize is awarded annually to an engineering undergraduate who is industrious, competent, enthusiastic, and who shows the same commitment to excellence which Lt. Commander Manning, E1970, demonstrated throughout his life.|
Lieutenant Commander Robert James "Bob" Manning was born to Edward and Barbara Manning on January 16, 1948, in Patterson, New Jersey. At Tufts he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned through the NROTC program. He served on the U.S.S. Esteem, U.S.S Embattle, and U.S.S. McKenzie, where he made two deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. He became Officer in Charge of the Navy Recruiting Station in Springfield, Massachusetts. During that time, at age 26, he was diagnosed with cancer. He was ordered to Washington DC where, following innumerable surgeries, he was returned to active duty. In 1983 he assumed command of Beachmaster Unit ONE in Coronado, California. He lost his battle with cancer in August 1986 while still serving his country. He was awarded two Navy Commendation Medals, a Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, National Defense Service Medal, and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.
The prize was established in 1990 by Lt. Commander Manning's wife Nancy E. Manning, and by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Edward V. Manning, with the support of his friends and family.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]; 100H