Worcester - Long-time WPI professor and assistant coach Byron Menides died peacefully at age 85 from complications of pneumonia at Dodge Park Rest Home. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Laura Jehn-Menides, his son John and daughter Georgia, and many nieces and nephews.
From 1978 through 2007, he was an associate adjunct professor and instructor at WPI. In the meantime he was a familiar face on the WPI football sidelines for over 10 seasons. He was also spotted frequently at Crimson and Gray basketball games.
"Byron was one of the most lovable people I've ever met during my time here at WPI," remarked head football coach Chris Robertson. "He supported WPI in so many ways and loved our football program and all the players he met and interacted with over the years. He was a gentle soul with a big heart and he will be missed dearly."
Menides has had careers in both business and higher education. He has been senior vice president and chief financial officer of Global Power Networks, Ltd. and was a CEO and CFO of a number of public companies.
A 1953 graduate of Dartmouth, Menides earned his bachelor's degree in International Relations. He was a defensive and offensive tackle at Lynn English High School, where he later was line coach for the junior varsity.