Robert Furman

On Dec. 5, 2007, the indefatigable Army engineer Robert Furman, who died Oct. 14 at 93, drove more than four hours through a winter storm to dedicate the offices where he had worked 64 years earlier as a key aide to the head of the top-secret Manhattan Project.

Born on Aug. 21, 1915, Furman studied engineering at Princeton; he remembered seeing Albert Einstein walk across campus. After graduating in 1937, Furman was called up by the Army Reserve in December 1940. Assigned to the quartermaster corps construction division, he supervised day-to-day operations in the building of the Pentagon (left).

In 1943,...

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