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Weston Edward Vivian

Weston Edward Vivian, American telecommunications consultant, former congressman.


  • Vivian, Weston Edward was born on October 25, 1924 in Hermitage Bay, Newfoundland, Canada. Came to the United States, 1929. Son of Noah Gardner and Bessie (Rowsell) Vivian.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Union College, 1945. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1949. PhDEE, University Michigan, 1959.


    • Engineer various companies, 1946-1960. Vice president Conductron Corporation, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1960-1964, 67. Member United States Congress from 2d Michigan district, 1965-1966.

      Vice president KMS Industries Inc., Ann Arbor, 1967-1968. President Vicom Manufacturing Company, 1971-1973. Commissioner Michigan State Transportation Commission, 1976-1984.

      Director program in engineering for public systems University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1974-1979. Co-owner, president Rent-A-Byte, 1981-1985. Senior consultant Kalba Bowen Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1976-1982, 88, vice president, 1982-1986.

      President Vivian Associates, Inc., Ann Arbor, since 1987. Adjunct professor department electrical and computer engineering University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1973-1978, lecturer, since 1978, adjunct research scientist Institute Public Policy Studies, since 1973. Consultant Information Control Systems, Ann Arbor, 1968-1970, International Automated Machines, Inc., Perrysburg, Ohio, 1972-1974, Environmental Research Institute Michigan, 1973-1975, Argonne (Illinois) National Laboratories, 1976-1981, International Finance Corporation Inc., Washington, 1980-1981, others.

      Lecturer in field; member Advisory Committee on Conservation of Energy in buildings and Community Systems, National Academy of Sciences, 1978-1981, Federal Communications Commission Advisory Committee on Advisory television Services.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Patentee radar system, communications system.


    Democratic nominee Congressional office 2d Michigan district, 1964, 66, 68. Member board Ann Arbor Symphony, 1967, Ann Arbor Community Development Corporation, 1970-1975. Chairman Ann Arbor City Democratic Committee, 1959, 60, finance chairman 1975-1977.

    Chairman Michigan 2d Congressional District Democratic Committee, 1965-1968. Organizer State of Michigan Sen. Robert F. Kennedy for Presidency, 1968, State of Michigan Republican Morris Udall for Presidency, 1975-1976.

    Ensign United States Navy, 1945-1957. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science.


    • Married N. Anne Biggs, August 1946 (deceased 1969) children: Byron G., Alice B., Leslie L., Sarah J.
    • father: Noah Gardner Vivian
    • mother: Bessie (Rowsell) Vivian
    • spouse: N. Anne Biggs
    • children: Byron G. Vivian
    • Alice B. Vivian
    • Leslie L. Vivian
    • Sarah J. Vivian
    Weston Edward Vivian
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    Born October 25, 1924
    • 1945
      Union College
    • 1949
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 1959
      University Michigan
    • 1946 - 1960
      Engineer, various companies
    • 1960 - 1964
      vice president, Conductron Corporation
      Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
    • 1965 - 1966
      member, United States Congress from 2d Michigan district
    • 1967 - 1968
      vice president, KMS Industries Incorporated
      Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
    • 1971 - 1973
      president, Vicom Manufacturing Company
    • 1974 - 1979
      director, program in engineering for public systems University Michigan
      Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
    • 1976 - 1982
      senior, consultant Kalba Bowen Associates
      Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
    • 1976 - 1984
      commissioner Michigan State Transportation Commission
    • 1987
      president, Vivian Associates
      Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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