Prominent Naval Engineer Dr. Ilario Hilary Rolih Dies at 82

Posted by Eric Haun
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Dr. Ilario Hilary Rolih

We deeply and sadly regret to advise the passing of George G. Sharp’s Chairman of the Board Dr. Ilario Hilary Rolih on February 16, 2014.

Dr. Ilario Hilary Rolih passed away at the age of 82 on February 16, 2014 while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico. Dr. Rolih had more than 58 years’ experience in the marine industry. He was the chairman of the Board at George G. Sharp, Inc. since 1983. He had a Doctor of Naval and Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Trieste in 1956, a Master of Mechanical Engineering Degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1959 and an MBA Degree from NYU in 1971. Dr. Rolih joined Sharp in March, 1957, as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer and was responsible for the power plant design, calculations and studies for all of Sharp’s Navy and commercial projects. He worked his way up to become Chief Marine Engineer, Director of Marine Engineering, Vice President of Engineering, Technical Director and Chairman of the Board.

He worked on the design of the World’s First Nuclear Powered Commercial Vessel, the NS SAVANNAH. He directed the project for the Navy’s Heat Balance Computer Program. He had a major and significant role in the design of many engine room power plants for IGE. He helped develop parametric data used in the economic evaluation of various types of commercial and naval power plants.

Dr. Rolih worked on the designs of many major naval and commercial ships, including the T-AO ships, the DLGN-38 Guided Missile Ship for the Navy, Sea Control Ships, design of the West India Fruit Carrier, Chilean Lines Cargo Ships, Grace Lines Passenger Cargo Ships, APL, PFEL, and States Steamship Cargo Ships, and Container Ships for Farrell Lines, Inc. He also played a major part in the design of the BARBERI, MOLINARI, and AUSTEN Class Staten Island Ferries.

In addition to his design work, Dr. Rolih was active in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He co-authored several technical papers for SNAME and was recently recognized by SNAME for his 50 year membership participation. Dr. Rolih was a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York and Delaware.

He was the beloved husband of his wife Zorka and the loving father of Hilary and Peter. He was the cherished grandfather of Caitlin, Andrew, Alexa, Victoria, and Caroline. He was the dear brother of Dolores Smith, and Gianna Gerlitz (Guido). He was the dear and close friend of Allen Chin, President of Sharp, with whom he worked for 57 years.

Funeral services are being administered by the Oyster Bay Funeral Home in Oyster Bay, New York. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, March 1st, at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Huntington, New York.
 

Maritime Reporter June 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Indonesia Expects Total to Decide on Mahakam within days

French oil firm Total  will decide how much interest it will retain from 2018 in Indonesia's offshore Mahakam oil and gas block over the next two days, the

Research Vessel Heincke: Serving Science for 25 years

7 July 2015. A quarter of a century old, with over 900,000 kilometres (488,842 nautical miles) logged and still on the cutting edge of science and technology:

Stena RoRo Charters Three Vessels

Stena RoRo has reached an agreement with the Finnish shipping company Godby Shipping to long-term charter their three RoRo vessels Misida, Misana and Miranda.

Navy

Fincantieri to Supply Four OPVs to the Bangladesh Coast Guard

Fincantieri has been awarded the contract with the Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) for the supply of four Italian Navy “Minerva” class corvettes to be upgraded and

Saab Bags $1 bln Order for Swedish Submarines

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has awarded contracts worth Skr8.6bn ($1.03bn) to Saab AB for the construction of two new Type A26 submarines

Austal Delivers 7th Cape Class Patrol Boat

Shipbuilder Austal Limited announced it has delivered Cape Wessel, the seventh of eight Cape Class patrol boats being supplied to Australian Border Force under a $330 million design,

Naval Architecture

AVEVA, DNV GL's Sesam Integration Cuts Cost

Integration of Aveva and DNV GL's Sesam Reduces Costs in Maritime and Offshore Engineering. Engineers designing ship hulls and offshore floaters can now save

FORAN for Pertamina's Future Ships

FORAN has been chosen by state-owned company PERTAMINA to review the design of their future oil product carrier ships, under construction in a shipyard with the FORAN System.

Technip Samsung JV Wins 2 FLNG Project Contracts

The Browse project covers the realization and installation of three FLNG units to develop the Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa fields in the Browse Basin, 425 kilometers North of Broome,

News

Indonesia Expects Total to Decide on Mahakam within days

French oil firm Total  will decide how much interest it will retain from 2018 in Indonesia's offshore Mahakam oil and gas block over the next two days, the

Asia-N Europe Container Freight Rates Jumps 60%

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe rose by 60.4 percent to $879 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday,

Research Vessel Heincke: Serving Science for 25 years

7 July 2015. A quarter of a century old, with over 900,000 kilometres (488,842 nautical miles) logged and still on the cutting edge of science and technology:

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2899 sec (3 req/sec)