Nelson M. Isada, Ph.D.
July 29, 1923 – July 3, 2019
Dr. Nelson Mijares Isada, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo from 1959-1993, passed away on July 3, 2019 at the age of 95. He was born in 1923 in Dao, Philippines. In 1947, he was selected to study in the US as a government scholar under the Philippines/US World War II reparations program. He received a degree in Meteorology at the University of Chicago. He then attended the University of Michigan and was awarded BS (1950), MS (1952) and PhD (1956) degrees in Civil Engineering. He was president of the university’s Filipino American organization and married Beatriz Manuel on Thanksgiving Day in 1952 at the student Newman Chapel in Ann Arbor. His first teaching position was at the University of Michigan as a university fellow. He worked as a design engineer in private industry in Detroit for two years and returned to the academic world as a professor at Syracuse University (1957-59). In 1959 he began his distinguished career as a professor and researcher at the University of Buffalo, and was the first non-Caucasian professor to be granted tenure at SUNY Buffalo. His addition to the relatively new engineering department facilitated the creation of a doctoral program. He also pioneered the use of computers in civilian research. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph University Parish Church in Buffalo and was a founding member of the Fil-Am Association of WNY. He enjoyed managing UB student rental housing and enthusiastically traded stocks until age 95. He was a devoted father to his children and a loving “Lolo” to his grandchildren. He was the husband of the late Beatriz Manuel Isada. He is survived by his children Dr. Nelson B. (Kimberly) Isada, Dr. Carlos M. (Dr. Loretta) Isada and Juliana I. (Joseph) Dompkowski; grandchildren, Matthew, Alex and Mae Isada, and Thomas and Andrew Dompkowski. He was predeceased by siblings Sergio, Cesar, Lourdes and Pepito Isada and parents Resurreccion and Juliana Isada. Visitation Friday July 12 from 4-8 pm at Perna, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home, 1671 Maple Rd, Williamsville. A Mass will be celebrated Saturday July 13 at St. Joseph University Parish Church at 11 AM. Donations may be made to St. Joseph University Parish Church, 3269 Main St, Buffalo 14214. Online condolences may be offered at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com
- Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, July 13, 2019
Nelson M. Isada, Ph.D.
July 15, 2019
To my dear friend, Julie, and her loving family,
The first time I met Nelson and Beatriz, it was immediately apparent where their daughter obtained her kind, unassuming, upbeat personality from, in addition to her high level of intelligence and youthful good looks!
May your many fond memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Thinking of you in my thoughts and prayers, With Love ~ Amy
July 9, 2019
On behalf of so many of his friends here in Buffalo, let me convey our sincere condolences to you, Julie, and to the whole Isada family. He joins your Mom Betty in the company of the angels and saints. Eternal Rest grant unto Dr. Isada, oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Dr. Jun and Babe Mangaser
July 8, 2019
Condolences to your family. So sorry for the loss of such a great man. RIP and soar with the angels. You will be missed.
July 7, 2019
Dear friends and family,
My wife and I are very sorry to hear of the passing of Professor Isada. I enjoyed taking classes from him in the late 1970s at UB's Main St. campus. Nelson was my mentor and taught my favorite undergraduate course- Fortran computer programming and Numerical Methods. Although I am now retired, I still enjoy programming as a hobby and fondly remember his inspiration and enthusiasm. He will be missed.
Bob King, Class of 1978