College mourns passing of architectural engineering's Howard Kingsbury

January 31, 2011

Howard Kingsbury, professor emeritus of architectural engineering at Penn State, died on Jan. 25. He was 88.

Kingsbury joined the Penn State architectural engineering faculty in 1964. His work focused on daylighting and acoustical research and development.

Before joining Penn State, Kingsbury worked for Owens-Illinois Glass Company, the Pittsburgh-Corning Corporation and Sylvania Electric Products between 1947 and 1964.

The Elmira Heights, N.Y., native served as the architectural engineering undergraduate program officer and on numerous committees in the College of Engineering and University. He co-founded the student exchange program between Penn State and the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Kingsbury served as interim head of architectural engineering from 1983 to 1985 before retiring in 1991.

In 2007, he and his wife Callie endowed the Howard and Callie Kingsbury Award for Excellence in Architectural Acoustics, which recognizes an outstanding architectural engineering student each year.

Kingsbury continued to remain active with the department, assisting in acoustics courses and serving as a juror for architectural engineering senior theses.

He received his bachelor of science degree in glass technology from the State University of New York in 1943 and his master's of science in ceramic technology from Penn State in 1947.

Kingsbury was active with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning (ASHRAE) and the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST). He was a founding member and former director of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering and served as a national accreditor for acoustical laboratories for the NIST National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program.

Kingsbury was a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and a fellow of ASHRAE and ASTM.

Kingsbury is survived by his wife Callie, five children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Koch Funeral Home in State College, Pa., with a memorial service at 1 p.m. Online condolences can be made at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Atrium at the Village at Penn State or the Howard and Callie Kingsbury Award for Excellence in Architectural Acoustics.

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