In Memoriam

Tom Onstott

Tom Onstott, passed away on July 6, 2013, after an extended illness, surrounded by h is family and friends. Tom was an author of 10 novels, including three that were published. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on the small family farm. Tom was born in Beulah, N.D., but was raised in a small mining town north of the Yellowstone Park border. 

He worked in and around the mining and construction industries, highlighted by various company upper management positions.

Dr. Hans-Peter Rossmanith

It is with great sadness that the ISEE announces the passing of Dr. Hans-Peter Rossmanith. Dr. hans_peter_rossmanithRossmanith passed away June 26, 2013. He was one of the cornerstones of the fragblast community.

Born in 1947, Hans-Peter Rossmanith earned his doctorate in mathematics and physics from the University of Vienna. After successfully completing his studies, he became an assistant professor at the Vienna University of Technology.

He spent time performing research at the University of Maryland, in the United States, and later followed the call back to the TU Vienna. Dr. Rossmanith conducted extensive research in the field of fracture mechanics, studying the breakage of materials and developing damage models for solids and structures.

A major contributor to fragblast history, Dr. Rossmanith presented his research at the International Symposiums on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting; was the editor in chief for the Blasting and Fragmentation Journal, which is published by the International Society of Explosives Engineers; and was a member of the Fragblast International Organizing Committee (FIOC).

Dr. Rossmanith published numerous articles in scientific journals and regularly lectured at conferences. He also organized many successful meetings and conferences, bringing together researchers from around the globe.

Dr. Rossmanith was very interested in the history of mechanics, especially the historical development of fracture mechanics. His unique insights helped bring to life his lectures.

Dr. Rossmanith was fond of cooking and was an avid gardener, painter and composer.

Our condolences go out to his family. Dr. Rossmanith will be sorely missed.

Paul Joseph Webb

Paul Joseph Webb, 51, passed away on July 25, 2013, in Surprise, Ariz. Paul was born on March 27, 1962, in Belle Fourche, S.D., to the late James E. Webb. He was working for Nomac Drilling, Oklahoma City, Okla., outside Douglas, Wyo. He will be forever loved and missed by his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Clorie A. Webb; son Zachary C. and daughter in-law Sara Webb; daughter Erika A. Webb; grandson Canyon L. Webb; mother Virginia E. Webb; sisters Vonda Webb and Mindy Ireland and brother Jimbo Webb; in-laws Raymond and Carmen Chavez.

The visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ with the Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Radiant Church, 15522 W. Paradise Lane, Surprise, Ariz.

Please visit Paul's online registry to leave a tribute for his family at

Fred Smith

Frederick P. Smith, the former president of the IME, died suddenly on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at his home in Alexandria, Va. Fred brought the IME from its long time home in New York City to new offices in Washington, D.C., in 1979 and served as the president for 15 years until his retirement in 1994.

Condolences may be sent to Fred's family in care of his daughter, Cabell Schoenfeld, 5803 Gloster Road, Bethesda, MD 20816.

Fred's wife, Mary Holmes, can be reached through Cabell. The family advises that arrangements are being made for burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Silvio Giavitto

Silvio Giavitto, age 65, passed away suddenly on April 2, 2013, at his residence in Udine, Italy. After 43 years of experience in the explosives industry, Silvio Giavitto, a worldwide recognized expert in the manufacture of explosives and expert panel member of SAFEX, founded in 2002 with his son Igor his own company HIGH ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES Srl. Through hard work and his innate sympathy Silvio gained his reputation as a leading process and construction engineer on the international marketplace of planning, engineering and construction of plants for the production of industrial explosives. Silvio was an ISEE member since 1999.

Silvio will be deeply missed by his family, colleagues, customers and friends in our industry all over the world. He is survived by his wife Claudia, his daughter Petra and his son Igor. A funeral mass was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Chapel of Udine’s Cemetery.