Dr. Wilford D. “Red” Raburn, a retired member of the College of Engineering faculty at the University, died on July 9 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 73.
A native of Hamilton, Ala., and resident of Spanish Fort, Raburn served as associate dean of the College of Engineering from 1992 until his retirement in 1998, as well as acting chair of the department of electrical and computer engineering from 1994 to 1996.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and Master of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Alabama, and his Master of Science and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico.
Prior to joining the USA faculty in 1987 as a professor of electrical engineering, he served as a member of the senior professional staff at Martin Marietta Aerospace in Orlando, Fla. Other former positions included section head at the Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Fla., electrical engineering professor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, section head of A.C. Electronics in Milwaukee, Wis., and professional staff member at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.
He published numerous engineering articles during his distinguished career, with a particular focus on radiation damage in semiconductors. During this period in the industry sector, he also carried out an early successful modeling of the electrical conduction mechanism in polysilicon.
Raburn was a member of several local and national professional organizations, including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Mobile Area Council of Engineers, MACE. He was honored in 2002 when MACE, in conjunction with the USA College of Engineering, established the Wilford D. “Red” Raburn Scholarship in engineering.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons, two daughters, and several grandchildren.