Jerald Marcus

April 25, 2017

Jerald Marcus (BS MECH EGR '56), Kalamazoo, died April 22, 2017, at the Brookdale Senior Living in Portage. He was 82.

He was born on June 9, 1934, in Ellsworth to Lambert and Bernice Marcus.

In 1956, he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

He was employed with Chrysler Corporation after college and worked in its missile guidance systems division. Marcus was involved in the development of guidance and tracking systems for the Apollo space program. He also held a patent on the Poppet Diaphragm Valve, that he invented in 1991. He retired as an engineer from Parker-Hannifin in 2000.

Marcus was a member of the Pi Tau Sigma National Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity and Tau Beta Pi Fraternity. He loved anything to do with aerospace, including flying his own plane. He built small engines and model airplanes, and had a vast knowledge of the World Wars and the Civil War.

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